|Amelia and Santa|
Hoping you have a wonderful holiday!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I have never been a runner. Everyone else in my family is. I have always felt a little left out but never enough to want to actually become a runner. Now, don't get me wrong. I enjoy exercise and sports. I would even call myself athletic but I don't like running just to run. To me it's kinda like math, what's the point? I don't just go around solving algebra equations for the heck of it, why would I just go for a run?
Of course that was before I went to the doctor yesterday and realized I have gain about 20lbs since having Amelia. Blah. So, I said to myself, "Self, this is unacceptable. Something MUST be done," and I remembered reading about the Bluebell FunRun. Bluebell Ice Cream sponsors a 5k/10k each year to raise funds for the local high school. It's relatively cheap and at the finish line you get ice cream. What better motivation?
Saturday, November 19, 2011
I've been looking at brands and all the cloth diaper brands we use (fuzzi bunz, bum genius, and charlie banana) all make wipes too. The only thing is they are all kind of, well, boring. No color, just white. The designer in me just doesn't like that. I found these from Thirsties. I am at least going to buy one pack. The rest can be white, but I need at least a little color in my life.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I downloaded a fancy font and used Power Point. I'm sure you could use other programs but I was already using it on a homework project; word would probably be easy too. Once I got it looking the way I wanted I printed it off on plain printer paper. I already had a magnet sheet in my stash of craft supplies (Score!). It was the kind with adhesive on one side, no glue necessary! I did put a coat of mod podge on the front though. Just to make it a little more water resistent. And ta-da!
- clean kitchen, bedroom, and living room
- make menu and shopping list
- work on studio project (ALOT)
- write Art History paper and work on presentation
- wash clothes...this should probably be closer to the top
- stalk friends on Facebook
- play with Amelia
- make lunch
- take nap with Amelia
- play with Amelia
- cook dinner
- start making a list of foods I want to make next week off my Pinterest board
- get distracted and waste HOURS pinning and re-pinning things...
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
|She likes pulling everything out of her diaper bag. Ugh!|
Now, that I am going to be home full time I decided it was time to get serious about this. I spent about a hour researching other people's solution to the diaper pail issue on youtube. After several videos I decided that all I needed was a 13 gallon trash can and some good pail liners. Why had I never thought about this before? I have no idea. It was such an epiphany moment. I went right away to amazon and ordered two liners and a wet/dry bag. I am going to try the planet wise brand since several of the reviews on youtube suggested it. I will probably do a review after using the products for a few weeks.
I am excited to get back to basics though! I have been doing so much cleaning and organizing around the house since I stopped working. I feel like I might actually get things under control. Gasp! Can you believe it?
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
|Our little technology fend!|
Friday, October 7, 2011
This past week I put in notice at my retail job. It's the scariest/most exciting thing I have done in many years. I've been debating about it for months. I've been working since I was sixteen years old and I've been at this current job for 9 years. It was always supposed to be my "college" job but college has taken me a little longer than traditional students. I feel like I've kind of grown up with that place and the people I've worked with feel more like family than just co-workers. I never thought I had a hard time with change and liked to think that I am adventurous but this has been an incredibly hard decision.
I know I won't regret it though. I will get to be home more with Amelia. I will get the chance to watch her rapidly grow and develop from my tiny infant "blob" into a little girl with definite personality. That's the exciting part! Well, that and getting more time as a family. Juggling work, school, and a very active baby sometimes my hubby gets left out of the mix. I am hoping this extra time will allow me to make sure I get to take care of him a little too.
Plus, maybe I'll get to blog more...
Friday, August 26, 2011
With the semester starting in full force Monday I am not sure how often I am going to update on this blog. I doubt it will be as much as I want since I haven't been able to achieve that over the summer. I do plan to post pictures though. I've even considered only posting pictures here instead of on multiple networking sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) I hope that will be enough for the time being. Of course if I can do more I will. I'm still trying figure it all out. Here are a couple of gems from our week.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I am not ready for school to start yet. I know it will only be two days a week but it will add a lot to my work load. I've really enjoyed these lazy days of summer. We sleep in most mornings, laying in bed "talking" to each other and eventually head downstairs for breakfast. Once school starts our mornings will be much more rushed. I have definately enjoyed every minute and plan to keep doing so. We still have a whole week before the craziness starts.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sorry, I am too upset to write about this now, more later. Plus, a Mad About Mia post tomorrow.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
|This is what daily nap time looks like. That lip just kills me!|
|We got to see Auntie Hi for one day!|
|Sitting Supported at Nana's with our new Elmo toy.|
|Happens every time we are in the car...|
Monday, July 11, 2011
The "recipe" I made I found on Simply Baby Food Recipes. It's summer time and peaches are in season. So, when I went the the grocery store Friday I grabbed a bunch on sale. I cut, peeled and pitted the peach, then simmered them for 10 minutes. I then used the food processor attachment that came with my blender to puree the peaches. I then loaded the mixture into ice cube trays and put it in the freezer.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I am trying to get the house ready for a bridal shower I am hosting Friday. I am doing several diy type projects so I plan to post pictures eventually. I am also still working at my ultimate goal of getting the whole house clean and organized as well as keeping it up. I've found pinterest and I'm completely addicted. I've found so many great organizing solutions and print outs. It's great!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Home of the Free because of the Brave. :)
Sunday, July 3, 2011
1. Solid Food poo diapers are a whole new game.
2. Sweet does not equal good.
3. High chairs are overrated.
It's been almost a week since we got the green light from our pediatrician to try solids. I wasn't completely convinced she was ready so instead of investing in all the "equipment" to make my own baby food we had a go with organic store bought. The choices were green beans, butternut squash, apples and bananas. I thought that if she like bananas it would be the easiest to make myself so we started with it. I also grabbed some rice cereal for good measure.
The bananas went over lukewarm. She surprised me by going for the spoon, but once it was in her mouth she started making faces and pushing it out. I won't lie I laughed, it was pretty cute. I tried the bananas two different times within the 1st day. When she reacted the same way the second time I thought, maybe she isn't ready yet.
The diapers are bad though, like seriously.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
p.s. what do y'all think about piercing ears as a baby? Hot or not?
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Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
|Playing with Great Uncle James|
I hope that I can teach this to Amelia. How important and special relationships are and how blessed we are to have so many wonderful people in our lives. This is why I want to make a commitment for her to see her grandparents at least once a week. I want to be more committed to using Skype to keep up with our international family. I've recently reconnected with my father's family and while I doubt I will ever be able to do the same with my father it is nice to have even more people to love.
Friday, June 3, 2011
|Remember this? Yikes!|
First up: The Kitchen
I actually have this almost done so I will post pictures probably Monday with a summary of what all I did. :)
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I've been told we are going to regret it and that babies need routine/a schedule. Since summer time means waking whenever I choose, I have decided to work on this. We are not on a 7pm bed time. That just isn't our life style right now. We don't have a constant babysitter which makes it hard to create a routine that early. I have been getting her to bed by 10pm most nights. I thought starting a routine at that time would be a good start. We take a bath every other night, put on her pjs, then read a book and I sing to her while she nurses.
This worked the 1st night but last night not so much. I sang to her for over an hour, until I ran out of soft slow songs to sing. Finally about half an hour before midnight I laid her in the crib half asleep and let her "cry it out." HARDEST. THING. EVER. seriously. I was literally sitting on the couch willing myself to stay there while all I wanted to do was run up the stairs and comfort my little girl. She eventually cried herself to sleep. She slept a whole 3 hours before waking up to eat and we started all over, only this time I didn't make it. She ended up in our bed the rest of the night.
Tonight went better and I am going to be strong when she wakes up to eat this time. Curtis says the neighbors are gone for the summer (they're students) and so I don't have to worry that she is keeping anyone up. I'd like to say that this is making me get better sleep but it's not. I worry all night, imagining SIDS and other uncontrollable tragedy, but eventually I think I might.
First up is the Annotated Sense and Sensibility edited by David M. Shapard. I read his annotated version of Pride and Prejudice about a year ago and loved it. I've always had a great affection for Ms. Austen but Shapard's notes add a lot of deeper understanding to the circumstances of the plot and knowledge of the culture at that time. Shapard has annotated 3 of Austen's 6 books so far (my 3 favorites, P&P, S&S, and Persuasion.) I really hope he continues because there are parts in Mansfield Park that discuss theology and parts of the satire in Northanger Abbey I would really like explained in depth.
If you are a fan of Jane Austen I really encourage you to read one of David M. Shapard's annotated versions of her books. You will come away even more impressed with her.