Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Weekend with the Amigos

Good morning my lovely readers! I couldn't sleep last night, so I cleaned the kitchen (what?!) and prepared my coffee maker. So, I awoke this morning to the glorious smell of my breakfast blend. Mmmmm... I have to do this more often.

This post will be full of pictures! Amy and Broc came to visit for Broc's 30th birthday. It went splendidly. We all went to the football game (UT vs UTEP). It was a blowout, but it was a good, fun game. I turned into a lobster. I also, am now supporting UT 24/7. I wore longhorn stickers on my face. And now I have a tan of a longhorn on my face. Here's the picture:

Can you see it ? It's on the right side of the picture... awkwardly enough, right below my longhorn on the visor. Here are a few other pictures from the game:

Notice, I have a napkin on my chest and Stephen's face is his "I'm so hot, I'm melting" face. Oh, the fun. I was trying to prevent my chest from burning. It worked out for the most part. My right shoulder is the only place that is pretty badly burned.

Me and Amy. Beautiful. Later, we realized that we were wearing the same kind of shirt, Broc and Stephen are both wearing cargo shorts and t-shirts (I'll show you a picture in a minute). Me and Stephen are both wearing orange, Amy and Broc are both wearing white. Cute. I will end this blog with a lovely picture of the boys:

Don't they look so happy together? Teehee.

Anyways, it was a great weekend. I love it. Hopefully, they come back soon for a visit. It was their first UT football game. Shocker! I've been going to those games since I was younger. I love UT! I can't wait to bring Ian to a game. Wonderful, wonderful weekend.

Blog out.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Somebody has a Case of the Mondays

Hey! Well, it is Monday. And it is a very bleh day. Before I get to talking about my weekend, I will update you with Ian. On Saturday, he went to the Pecan Festival with my parents. He got to go to the petting zoo!

From what they tell me, he wasn't scared at all. They actually had to put his shoes on because he wanted down to play with the animals himself!

I know it's hard to tell, but he has his shoes on and he's standing next to the animal petting it. Adorable! Here is one more from the Pecan Street Festival. This is why he loves going to grandma's and T-Bone's so much!

Nice! Lol. I'm sure he ate a lot of that too. When I picked him up, his lips were red. I said something along the lines of  "Oh, he must have really liked that ice cream cone, his lips are red!" My dad responded with "Oh, no. That was the slush we gave him." I don't think it was a slush, but I can't think of the name that was used. So sorry.

Ian learned some new words this weekend as well. Of course, he's been saying "mommy" and "dadda" for a while now. However, over the weekend he added 2 more words to his repertoire. He now says "baba" (for mommy's milk) and "gama" for grandma! Can you believe it?! He's such a big boy now! Figuratively. Physically, he's still a tiny one. Oddly though, he's eating just about 24 hours a day. If I moved nonstop like he did though, I would probably be tiny too.

Now that Ian's update is over, I am saving my weekend post for tomorrow. You'll have to tune in then!

Good day!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Let Down

Remember my post a while back where I told you I was super excited about going to ACL for the first time ever? We have our tickets and everything. This might all be coming to a sad, sad ending. Hopefully I can throw something together at the last minute.

I don't feel right bringing Ian to the show because of all the smoke. He's so little. His poor little lungs. And if I did bring him, it would only be for one day. It's hot. The days are long. I can't expect him to last outside all day. That's mean. I really need to find a sitter to watch Ian for 3 days. All the people I would ask have other plans. So, I don't really know what I'm doing yet.

I would be devestated if I had to miss (and this is in no particular order): Asleep at the Wheel, Coheed and Cambria, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Queers of Leon, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Flogging Molly, The Decemberists, Dave Matthews Band, the B52s, Toadies, Pearl Jam... the list could go on and on... Needless to say, it'll be a very very sad day. When will I ever be able to see this many awesome bands all in a row? I should have known better.

Okay. Now that I'm in a sad mood, I'm going to go watch the Office and clean. Amy and Brocholate are coming in tonight. I'm excited. :) I need a nice little stress reliever.


P.P.S. I have my wedding shoes. All my bridesmaids have their dresses. It is all coming together. I need to finalize some things still. Hopefully Amy will help with that when she gets here.

P.P.P.S. It probably doesn't help my mood any when I read Pray for Dylan dot com. I'm going to put the link because I don't want everyone else to cry. But, Google it if you're interested. What an amazing baby. Keep him in your thoughts.

One more thought, I need pictures of Ian. I need to find my memory card.

Blog out.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Back in Action

So, I've been MIA lately. There is no real excuse, but I've been dealing with a few things. Here is a list:

  • Internship
  • Cleaning
  • Farmville on Facebook
  • Trying to cure myself of my choking phobia with Ian
    • He's eating Teddy Grahams at the moment... so I'm working on it.
  • Wedding planning
  • Not getting sick.
  • Making Ian's first birthday card
At the internship, we've had lots of sicknesses... including my boss. Stephen was even sick. I'm just trying to insure that me and the booger stay as healthy as possible. Speaking of which, I bet that you want an update on Ian. Well, he's very conversational now. He 'talks' to you all the time. He uses inflection really well now. He'll have a full on babble-thon with you! Also, he's completely loosing his mind. When Stephen shows Ian his teeth, Ian laughs uncontrollably. I, for the life of me, cannot figure out why Daddy's teeth are so hilarious. It's really funny when he's tired and cranky. Stephen will show him his teeth and Ian laugh-cries. He doesn't know what to do. My only theory? He's loosing his sleepy mind. He as to be. He's 10 months old and only takes one short nap a day. Sometimes, he completely misses his nap. Somehow, I gave birth to the only baby who doesn't sleep.

I lost my memory card... :(

    I probably told you this in the last post, but he waves 'goodbye.' His arm is uncontrollable when he's saying bye. I can't believe he's almost one. :( He's growing up too fast.

    Also, if anyone has any advice for me and being crazy about Ian choking, I'm open for ideas.

    Blog out.

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009


    I am missing my memory card. It was in the computer. Now, it's nowhere to be found. I'm sure Ian took it. I need to find it so I can post more pictures of my angel. And take them too.

    Let's take a look back at adorable Ian when he was first born:

    Could he possibly be any cuter? No. I don't think so. He is perhaps the cutest baby on the planet.

    As much as I love Ian, I will now focus my mind energies on another topic. Though, you'll have to keep in mind that Ian is in the chair next to me playing. You know how I write when he's next to me. In that one sentence, he climbed down from the chair and is roaming around. See? He has already stolen the spotlight again.

    Before I forget (though I don't know how I could possibly EVER forget), we got a new a/c unit. Or a condenser. We got one of those thingyies that go outside. Yes, we had one before, but it sucked. This new one is awesome! Mainly because it works. And it's pretty. It's bigger, it's grey, it's sleek looking. Overall, I'm pretty happy. Regardless of the 3 day turn-around. It wasn't hot outside, so I didn't mind too much. Oh, what's that? You want a picture of it? Too bad. I need to find my memory card. We have like 3 of them I think.

    (Funny side note: Ian will not get rid of his blue circle block or his red building block. So, he's literally back to army crawling around so that he can hold both of them. Then, he climbs up an object with no hands so that he's standing and proceeds to walk around. What an odd baby).

    My first potential pair of wedding shoes were too big. They are adorable though! If someone returns my size, I will probably buy them right up. But, I'll wait for them in the right color and size. If they don't get it in, it wasn't mean to be. The search continues.

    It is time to finish my morning coffee and play with Ian. :)

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009


    I forgot to update yesterday. It was supposed to be Mommy Goggles. I haven't taken any recent pictures of Ian so I thefted some from my mom.

    I love Ian's new 'focus' face. He puts his lips like that. It is hilarious. Speaking of hilarious things... it is really awkward when I'm sitting in a chair and I see a little head bob by. When I look up, there is a tiny child walking around with no destination. No obvious one anyways, I'm sure he knows where he's going. I can't believe he's already walking. Though, when I put shoes on his feet, he stops bending his legs and his feet become stones. If only he had a nice little par of converse to wear around. (My mom bought Ian's outfit for the rehearsal dinner at our wedding... adorable).

    Would you like another picture now?

    It's a little blurry. But you can definitely see the excitement in his face. He loves  his truck. He climbs on and holds on for dear life. Then dear ole' dad (or grandma, t-bone, or mommy) push him around. Yesterday, he was giggling. His feet don't touch the ground yet. He's little. I'm surprised a person so tiny can have such a huge personality. And so much skill. He knows when to use the pouty face. He knows how to direct grandpa around to get exactly what he wants. Cleaver.

    On a note other than Ian. Our a/c has been out since Sunday. Seriously. We need a new unit. Hopefully we get one.

    Blog out.

    Saturday, September 12, 2009

    It's Raining

    It's about time. I'm so excited!! I woke up at 4:30 to some thunder. I stayed up a bit to see if it was true. It's been raining for way more than 5 minutes now. I'm so happy! When Stephen's parents came to visit us, they brought Honey. When she peed, it would roll on the ground. The ground was so hard and water deprived. I'm sure it still is, but this is definitely helping. I looked at weather.com and it's supposed to rain all week. Let's hope that the weather people are right for once. Is anyone else as excited as me?! I'm so excited that I want to get out my Caroline cup and mkake some coffee, but sadly my creamer is at my parents' place. So, instead I'm wasting all of my time that I don't have at zappos.com. I'm a VIP member now, this means free next day shipping. Don't worry, I've only ordered my first potential pair of wedding shoes, and I wasn't VIP yet. They should be here next week. Some time after Ian's costume arrives.

    Remember a while ago when I told my bridesmaids to fill out a paper and send it to everyone? It was pretty neat. I even found things out about my bridesmaids. 3 of us were almost named Ariel. That is Franny's real name. And, Amy and I had very similar forms. I don't know what that surprised me. Here is a copy of it, I don't know if you'll be able to read it.

    You'll have to click on it to get a better view. Those were the questions that were asked. The last 4 questions were questions that they wanted to know about one another. It was even a little surprising on who came up with what questions! I decided to do this because none of my bridesmaids really know each other. I feel like they should at least have a feel for one another before we all have to be shoved into the same room together. Overall? Success!

    Well morning, that is all. I shall relax for the remainder of the morning.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009


    I really need to update my 101. I did make a realization though. I wanted to start rituals with Stephen because I didn't think that we had any. We have 2 that randomly popped into my head the other day. Kisses and breakfast.

    What?! Well, kisses. Every single morning before Stephen goes to work (and even on the weekend if he wakes up first), I get a kiss. Even if there was a fight the night before. It doesn't matter. I get a kiss. :) It is a great start to each one of my days. Maybe that's why I'm so optimistic these days. I love mornings. I love having them start off with a kiss from Esteban. That is ritual number one.

    [As I'm typing this. I don't know if 'ritual' is the right word, but I'm going to use it anyways]. Breakfast! Every Saturday Stephen has been going to Maria's tacos and getting us amazing breakfast tacos. Apparently my parents have been doing the same thing. They are ooooooh so delicious.

    I should go mark these off my 101, maybe tonight. On another note, yesterday my mom, Ian, my bridesmaid Franny, and I went to Weddings Unvelied. We looked around and left after an hour. In that hour, I won a $50 gift certificate to a delicious truffle place AND a 15% off of beautiful cakes. My first thought was that I could use it for Ian's birthday that's coming up. But then I thought, maybe I could let Janet use it for the rehearsal dinner cake. Who knows?! I'm really excited about it though. I could have won one more time and I probably did, but we left. It was way past Ian's bed time. He was a trooper.

    I will leave you, not with words, but with a picture. Ian smash!

    Just kidding... not leaving yet. I ordered Ian's Halloween costume and it shipped today. WE ARE SO EXCITED! I am going to try to keep it a secret until Halloween. But, it will blow your mind hole!

    Tuesday, September 8, 2009

    Three Days in a Weekend?!

    Yesss! It was glorious. The in-laws came to visit, we bought IKEA desks, date night, finally saw the progress on my aunt and future uncle's house, ate at County Line, Ian turned 10 months, etc. etc. It was a very good weekend. I even got to sleep in until 8:30 on Saturday. Oh my gosh. Wonderful weekend. Have I mentioned that? It is just way too much for one blog!

    I'll start with the in-laws. I love it when they visit. I get a little break. I get to see and play with Ian without being overwhelmed. Example, if I need to visit the lady's room, I can (without Ian screaming). I also enjoy their company. I'm super excited because I think we've started a ritual with them. Every time they come into town, we always meet up with my parents. The past two times we've had them all over here for beverages, snacks, and games! It has been Phase 10. Since I declare that this is a ritual that is to happen during all visits, we should try new games. Stephen is a trooper. He hates Phase 10, but he always plays it. Or maybe, we could keep score next time, we haven't been keeping score.

    During these Family Bashes, we drink of course. Always trying new, delicious beers, drinking Amy's Marvelous Margaritas...

    Next time, I should cook a meal so that I can mark another thing off of 101 in 1001. I need to update that thing.

    Blog out.


    I haven't updated in days.

    I will update tonight about the weekend. For now, I'm building.

    Friday, September 4, 2009

    Week of Events

    This week has been a week just full of... stuff! Here are some bullets to quickly sum it up for you people.

    • August 31 was the first day of lab school. This was a good day. I really enjoyed it. :)
    • September 1 was the day that I declared Ian's Official Walk Day. He's such a joy when he walks. He props himself up. Looks at you, gets a huge giddy smile on his face. Then, he proceeds to walk sideways, then straightens himself out and walks forwards. All with that HUGE goofy smile. It's adorable. Then, he wont' stop because he's a show off. I love it. It makes me laugh.
    • Let's see, Wednesday. I get a claim from my insurance. I'm confused because I have never received a bill from these people and Ian is almost a year old now and I thought I was done paying these dang bills. Needless to say, tuition and medical bills are going to put a huge hole in our pockets. Not to mention, I got an e-mail today from the midwife saying we owed them money as well, a year later. People! Come on! This is going to hurt pretty bad, thousands and thousands of dollars. :(
    • Thursday. Ian and I were getting ready to leave. I was throwing away two bags of trash. I had Ian in my arms, my purse, my keys, and no shoes on. I then proceeded to lift up the dumpster lid and throw 2 bags of garbage in, as well as my keys. We're lucky Ian didn't follow. Thank goodness I had my phone in my purse. My apartment was locked and so was my car. My mom brought over a hanger and she fished out my keys for me because I'm not a capable adult (obviously). Surprisingly, I still made it to the lab school in time. Thank goodness.
    • Good ol' Friday. Today was good. I think Ian may be getting sick. So, I had an early morning (around 530) followed by constant whining and crying until it was time to leave. We are lucky I even made it to school today. Though, this is the day when the midwife e-mailed me. [Caroline also sent me a coffee mug and candy, which I'll post pictures of later.]
    I was beginning to come to terms with owing the hospital money and having to pay tuition. But this other bill? Come on, I don't have a paying job anymore. I'm a student now. It's a little ridiculous. Babies are expensive. Ian needs new toys. And soon, a new car seat. Maybe even two. /sigh

    I am now going to move on and put this week behind me. Even though I will be facing the reality when I have to pay everything off in a few days. The inlaws are coming in tomorrow. :) That's good. Also, I may get to see Bones and I-han, that's another good thing.

    Blog out.

    Thursday, September 3, 2009

    Melons Please

    Finally sitting down to write the blog. What?! Are you reading the time?! It's 3:50am! I know. I have been awake since around 2. I've already slept. Hard to believe? This practicum must be wearing me out more than I realize. When I am laying down to put Ian to bed between 7 and 8, I myself am falling asleep. Thus, after 6 hours of sleep, I am refreshed! So, this morning I watched the Glee pilot again, cut a watermelon, cut a cantaloupe, but them in the fridge to get super cold because I like them that way, made coffee, and now I'm on the computer watching How I Met Your Mother. I've already been super productive. And if Ian allows, I will finish my goals for tonight's seminar.

    I have been trying to eat more fresh fruit. My mom has always been really good at this. Hence the watermelon and cantaloupe. The most impressive thing is the way she cuts it. 1) I cannot find my cutting knife this morning. I bought it freshmen year of college just so I could cut watermelons for me and my roommates. This is an awesome knife. I wish it was here. 2) I am 22 years old and I should never be trusted with a knife. Most people cut themselves with a slice. I literally poked my pinky finger with the knife. I poked it. Seriously, who does that? I now have a wound on my pinky because I poked myself. Ugh!

    Anyways, back to fresh fruit. My mom would always cut it up and put it in the fridge (she still does) and I love this super cold fruit! I'm seriously debating cutting up the apples in a similar fashion so that I can just have a 'mixed' fruit snack. Oh, back to the point. My mom cuts these fruits amazingly. She cuts them all the same and it is very efficient. The other week when I was over there, I told her I wanted to cut it. (I'm trying to cook and things now because I'm technically an 'adult.' So, I do these things in front of my mom so that she can guide me). She was critiquing my every move. It was hilarious. I always pick on her for being so 'controlling' in the kitchen. Everything must be just so.

    During my cutlery experience, I did not have the proper utensils so it did not goes nearly as smoothly as it should have. I was using a bread knife and a steak knife. I'm not kidding. It didn't work out very well and it took a long time. This is probably why I ended up poking myself.

    In conclusion, fruit is delicious. Fruit should also always be cut with the proper cutlery. And last, but certainly not least, it is possible to poke yourself in the finger with a knife when cutting fruit.

    On a complete side note, this story just reminded me of another story. When I was younger, my mom was using a butter knife and I told her to be careful. She explained to me that it is a butter knife and it cannot cute you. I then proceed to get out a butter knife rubbing it on my finger harder and harder until it cut me. What the heck was I thinking?! Of course it is going to cut you that way! (I just laughed out loud... shhhh)

    Blog out.

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    TB or not TB?!

    Good morning. My coffee tastes a little bit better these days. Ian woke up early with me this morning. Fun huh? He cried so I would change his wet diaper, just so he had a fresh diaper to go twosies in. Ah, parenthood.

    **In case you missed it, Ian is walking!**

    This morning is slightly busy. I have to take Michael to school. Then I go to campus to have my TB test read. I don't think I have TB. My wound looks like a normal shot, but the kind where the nurse stabs you really really hard. There's a little bruising. What happens when you have TB?

    Speaking of shots, is anyone getting their flu shot this year? Supposedly Ian is old enough to get his flu shot, but I really hate adding to his regimen. I think that I might get one and I'm pretty sure he'll get the goods from me because he still breastfeeds. At least that's what we did last year.

    This is a short scattered post. But, Ian is in my lap. You see how he effects my brain? Here's a picture from our road trip to Houston:

    He's hard at work. Michael is in the background. We stopped by Lei Lei (sp?!) Dumpling House on the way out of town. Delicious.

    Tuesday, September 1, 2009


    I had day 1 of the wonderful internship. I'll have to admit, I was really nervous. I still am a little bit. But, the director of the lab school, Rhonda, is amazing. She is really outgoing and understanding. She makes you feel right at ease. Plus, she's super organized... so I love that. And her cute file folders. The list could go on and on.

    I am really excited about the rest of the semester. We do have to do a big project... I need to keep my eyes open. We get to choose and decide what project we want to do. Oh, the possibilities are endless! One majorly cool detail, we get boxes. I am going to leave Kevin a note in his box today. As the semester goes on, I think I might leave him and Carina periodic treats. I can do that right? I sure hope so.

    Did I tell you the cool news? I was mad at UT because I could only get a permit in the garage by the stadium. I would then have to hike 100 miles (more like 1 mile) to my building. Ridiculous. It's hot (though yesterday was beautiful). Anyways, I was able to return my permit and get a parking permit through the garage itself that next door to my building. :) It's very exciting.

    Now, I must go finished getting ready for 'work.' I must also get my adorable Ian ready after he awakes. Could he possibly get any cuter? I think he does every, single, day.

    **Side Note** I read like 2 pages of my mom's Ann Rule book before Ian started crying on the Houston trip. Did anyone know that these books are real? I know, Amanda, duh the book is real. But I mean, I had no idea that she actually worked with Ted Bundy. I was reading the Green River, Running Red book. Wow. Just wow.

    Blog out.