Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Totally Cute Tuesday

What? I'm posting a Totally Cute Tuesday???? You betcha!

Today is January 31st in Ohio, and it's almost 60 degrees outside! My fellow SAHM friend, Alyssa, came over with her 2 kiddos and we all played outside. My big front yard could barely contain the cuteness of this group! (Out of privacy to the mother, the pics are missing the bundled up 2 month old that I have recently started babysitting - more on that development later...I would have taken way more pictures, but chasing my 15 month old and feeding a 2 month old didn't really allow for that!)

E playing on the 'pirate ship', and Addy wishing she
could climb up there with him.

G chillin in her stroller - looks like she's just about to
drop her toy!

Addy and our daily visitor, Buzz the cat. She was chasing
him all arund the yard.

This was Addy's first time walking outside in the grass. It was a hoot! She was falling over every 5 seconds, and laughing. She loved the breeze and the sound of the leaves and sticks crunching beneath her. Pictures just can't capture that!

Friday, January 20, 2012


Lately, we've been flipping through a book entitled "Mama and Me", which depicts mama animals with their babies. There are polar bears, orangutans, ducks, deer, elephants, and humans. Addy really likes the pictures, and as we flip I say each animals name. She tries to imitate bear, duck, and deer, but they come out sounding like bay, duh, and dee respectively. But today, she got a nice surprise when three beautiful deer showed up in our backyard. We watched them from the playroom window for about twenty minutes, during which she repeatedly turned to me and exclaimed "dee!"

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today's Lunch

Pureed apples & carrots: No thanks.
Spaghetti noodles: Thanks, but nah.
Goldfish crackers: Not today mom.
Chicken breast lunchmeat: No thanks, I'll just go ahead and shove that right off my highchair tray.
Vienna Sausages: Mmmmmmmmm, more please!

My kid is wierd.

Monday, January 16, 2012

14 months and 10 days

That's how long it took Addy to get sick for the first time. I'd say that's pretty good! Welcome to Cold & Flu Season Addy; I'm sorry to tell you, this is the first of many stuffy noses and annoying coughs. Hang in there kiddo!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

J is for...

Yes, that is a beautiful ring on my finger. And yes, I did get my
dad's sausage fingers. And yes, I took about 30 pictures trying
to get one showing the least degree of sausage possible.

We're engaged! Matt proposed on Christmas morning, after everyone had opened their gifts. Even though I had picked out the ring and I knew it would be coming at some point, he still managed to surprise me, which is pretty spectacular. And bonus points for all involved, I didn't turn into psycho bitch, which is customarily what happens when someone surprises me (maybe someday I'll tell you all about my ninth birthday party).

I am not a girl that likes to wear jewelry, but dammit if I don't smile every time I look at this ring. And it just gets more beautiful every day. As does our love (awwww....aren't I sweet corny).

Dear Matthew,

I'm very much looking forward to the years to come. You've been a wonderful partner on this journey, and I am elated that you're willing to accompany me for the rest of it.


Dear Addison,

Someday, in addition to reading about this, you'll get to see the video of your dorky mom in her morning robe being proposed to by your awesome father, in which I call your Aunt Stephanie a bitch for not forcing me to change clothes before the Christmas morning festivities began. The rest of the internet world does not get to see that. You, my dear, are loved.

Addy's Christmas! (Finally blogged!)

A few pics from Christmas Eve:

I keep thinking this was Addy's first Christmas. Afterall, she was only seven weeks old for her actual first Christmas, and that was less than thrilling for her. But this year, she got to wear a festive dress, tear off wrapping paper, and steal the bows off of all the other people's gifts. She got to play with toys and get excited about what she was opening, and drag around all her new stuffed animal buddies. And also, we did most of the Christmas entertaining at our house, so she got to enjoy it all in her own surroundings and stay on her sleeping/napping schedule - remember folks, I am the sleep nazi, so this made me very happy. This was WAY better than last year. So Addy, I hope you enjoyed your first REAL Christmas, and I very much look forward to the next few years being even more fun for both of us.

And here's a video of Addy testing out her new shopping cart:

Addy got spoiled of course. Her loot consisted of:

  • A plastic toy box, a book, and footie pajamas from Nana and Papa
  • A carseat, some books, some stocking stuffers, a big teddy bear, and Memory Game from Grandpa and Gammy
  • Christmas pajamas and moolah for her college fund from Grandma and Bill
  • Moolah for her college fund from Grandma Jean
  • 3 outfits, a shopping cart with tons of plastic groceries, and a bowling set from Aunt Stephanie
  • Megablocks from Uncle Dave
  • A ball-tossing Elephant from Aunt Jamie and Uncle Dan
  • An outfit and a fluffy puppy from Aunt Marcy
  • A big fluffy dog from Uncle Glen
  • An ABC Turtle from Aunt Cathy and Uncle Jay
  • A Rub-a-Dub Bathtime Paint set, book, and MyPal Violet Dog from Aunt Kris
  • A gift card to Toys R Us from Uncle Mark
  • A set of play fruit in a basket from my Bestie Jen
  • A chunky wooden puzzle, books, and stocking stuffers from Mom & Dad (yes, we are saving the good stuff for years when she will actually appreciate what we get her, so this year was pretty lame on our part)
I am ALMOST positive that I got it all...but if anyone reading this does not see any or all of the gifts you gave listed, I'm very sorry. Nothing personal.

So I think Addy had a pretty spectacular Christmas. Mommy and Daddy did too, but that's a topic for another post... (-;

Monday, January 2, 2012

Resolutions for 2012

1.       Lose 30 pounds by June 9th. I know, I know…I’m setting myself up to be just another statistic of those idiots that start out all gung-ho on January 1st, and by March have gained 5 more pounds. But I resolve to not be that person this year! I have a wedding to get ready for, a daughter to chase around, and a body to prepare for carrying a second baby. I have a fiance that loves me no matter what and he deserves to enjoy what he sees, rather than accept what he sees. I have so many reasons and no excuses…it’s not going to be easy, or quick, or fun. But it has got to happen. I’m going to make it happen by utilizing Sparkpeople.com every day to track my food and exercise. I’m going to take Boot Camp classes a couple of times a week through February at the minimum (thanks to Dad for the Christmas gift of two months membership).  I’m going to cheat sometimes, but start the next snack or meal or day as a new one. I will not quit just because I make one bad choice. I have gained 47 pounds in just short of 5 years. This is unacceptable and will not continue.

2.       Become more engaged. I am not good at actively listening to people when they are talking to me. I’m usually doing something else in my head, like reciting my grocery list or remembering something cute my daughter did the other day. I nod, use appropriate listening cues, but I usually forget what I’ve been told within a short time. This is not being a good friend or family member. This is selfish and rude. I wasn’t always this way, and it seems to get worse as time goes on. And it has gotten especially bad since having a baby. She takes up a lot of time, right? So when I have a minute to not be watching her, sometimes I’d like to just have quiet in my head and around me, so listening to someone else becomes just another obligation. But I need to stop viewing the act of having meaningful conversation with adults as an obligation or a bother, because it isn’t. It is healthy, and fun.

3.       Send notes and cards through snail mail. Is this a weird resolution? I love to find surprise REAL mail in the mailbox, don’t you? It means that someone loves me enough to expend the energy and time needed to pick out a card and/or write a note, address the envelope, put a stamp on it, and walk it to their mailbox. I always mean to do this in the back of my head, but it never actually happens. I don’t keep a steady supply of stamps, I don’t have people’s addresses handy, and I don’t take time to stop and look at cards at the store. But, since receiving the most awesome planner in the world, with a pocket that I can keep stamps in and a monthly listing of birthdays handy, I fully intend to reconnect with those I love through snail mail.

I’m going to stop here. If I sat here long enough, I could probably type up a list of 100 things I’d like to change in 2012, and only a small handful of them would happen. I can manage these three – I’m not asking too much of myself; I’m basically asking myself to redirect energy and time that is currently spent playing my DS or generally being lazy to improving my health and relationships.
Did you make any resolutions?