Friday, October 30, 2009

Good, Good Day

I want today to be a good day, so to jump start a feeling of goodness, I will start my day with 10 things that I am grateful for.

  1. Lately I have been upset because I have lost my faith in humanity. But, I need to remind myself, family. I am so grateful for my family. I have an amazing baby. He's incredible. He's almost an entire year old! How lucky am I?! I have an amazing fiance. He is always doing things to insure my happiness. Plus, he's nerdy and that is wonderful. My mother is an amazing person. She watches my child on a daily basis, free of charge. My father loves Ian so much. Luckily, the feeling is reciprocated, so my dad holds Ian a few times a week so that I can eat dinner. So, I am thankful for my family.
  2. Mini animal crackers. I have an irrational fear of Ian choking. Babies R Us sells these amazing things. Tiny animal crackers. Ian can eat away!
  3. Cold weather. I woke up and it was cold this morning. It is glorious. I live for cold weather. And that cold weather smell. I think it's about time to go to the store and buy some winter scented candles.
  4. I am so grateful for Ian, that he gets to go on the list twice. He is just so energetic. Amazing. So tiny, but has this HUGE personality.
  5. Friends. Example, Franny also watches Ian for me at times. Franny will also strap Ian to her body and help me clean. That is true friendship. Which reminds me, I need to take Franny out to a fancy restaurant. Amy is 23 today. Our 20 year friendship anniversary is quickly approaching! Caroline video chats with me. I need to make that time. Oh, and Jackie keeps me cool.
  6. Internship. It could be terrible, but it's quite the opposite. I work with amazingly wonderful people. I am always looking forward to go to work. I happily go to work everyday.
  7. Coffee. Need I saw more?
  8. Justin's ability to write my name in Mayalayam. It looks beautiful and is enough to make me happy just by looking at it.
  9. All of the recent rain. Austin really needs it. And I don't mind it.
  10. Hulu. I am only going to be grateful for this for a short time. They are about to start charging for it. I will not pay. But now, while it's free, I am grateful for it. They need to team up with Google to learn how to give the public free things with a profit. I'm sure it takes lots of skill.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ten on Wednesday

Chelsea does a Ten on Tuesday on her blog, but I didn't have enough time to do mine then, so surprise! You have Ten on Wednesday!

Let the questions begin:

1.  What are you going to be for Halloween?
I am going to be a mom. Boring. I know. Stephen really wanted us to dress up. But, I have had  zero time to plan. Ian was going to be Yoda. Then I lost his costume. I ordered another, but I don't know if it'll get here in time. :(

2.  Have you ever been on television?
Yes. A long time ago, I was in the audience of some rated R boxing movie. I remember because I was really young and it was awesome! I got to stay out really late, I won a bicycle, AND they gave us free food. It was pretty uber. I don't remember the movie. Also, I don't think I ever saw it. But, it was so fun!

3.  Do you have a toilet paper preference?
Um.. as long as it works, I don't really mind.

4.  When you're pregnant, will you find out the sex of the baby? (Or if you've already had babies, did you find out the sex?) Why or why not?
I did find out the sex! Stephen and I are both too curious to not know. We had to know. I'm glad we did. The anxiety of not knowing would have killed me.

5.  What are three items that every kitchen must have?
Considering I'm a person who doesn't cook very often, I'd say; 1) a pot to boil water in; 2) a coffee maker; and 3) a microwave. Those are pretty much the only three things I ever use. Sad. I know.

6.  Do you enjoy Christmas shopping?
Enjoy is an understatement. I am in love with Christmas shopping. I am in love with presents period. I'm that person who gets you a present and makes you open it early because I can't handle the excitement! I wish that I had all the money in the world so that I could buy presents for everyone. And during Christmas, I get to buy lots of presents for people. So yes, I enjoy Christmas shopping.

7.  What is your go-to-recipe? (The thing you cook more than anything else because it's easy and mindless.) Please share the recipe.
Umm... I don't think I can answer this. When I want to make something mindless, I get fast food. But, when I cook, I make spaghetti. It's the easiest thing to make. I get some ground turkey meat, cook it, add sauce. If we are feeling energetic, we cut up lots of things, like bell peppers and what not, and add it in the sauce. Then we make noodles of course. It's the easiest thing in the world. I would live off of spaghetti.

8.  Do you sleep on your back, belly, or side?
I am most comfortable on my back. When I had knee surgery a long time ago, I had to sleep with my leg in this machine thing. I COULDN'T do it! I had to sleep on my back. It was miserable. I didn't sleep very much. Now, I sleep on my side more often, or that side/stomach sort of lay.

9.  How do you feel about Tom Cruise?
When you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Though, I will say, his daughter is adorable.

10.  What books are in your "books to read" stack?
Really? You're making this a question?! Well, the Harry Potter books; the rest of the Ender books; the series that Bones is based off of; and well, the list could go on forever. I need to make more time to read.

That ends Ten on Wednesday.

Blog out.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkins means Winter!!

I l-o-v-e Halloween. And not because I love Halloween, even though it is pretty delightful. It's because it means that winter is that much closer. I get to bust out my winter clothes, my winter boots, my winter candles! Oh, winter. I love winter! I love the smell of winter! I can't wait until I can drink hot chocolate and snuggle up on the couch with my men. It will be wonderful!

Here is the first sign that winter is on the way:

He has on his monster shoes, his LONG SLEEVED shirt and his sweat pants. Those are all signs that winter is on the way. There was cold weather today. And no, I didn't mean to rhyme that.

Having said that, I must go now. Ian has eaten a 4th of a grilled cheese, half of a squeezy food thingy, mini animal crackers, and an entire banana in about 30 minutes. This is a record!

Check in tomorrow for Ten on Wednesday (much like Chelsea's Ten on Tuesday)

Blog out.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

I have been made aware, through my mother, that I have not updated in a while. I have not forgotten about the blog. I've been busy. Wait, no... that's an understatement. With business (sentence break - I just realized that busy-ness and business are the same... weird), I'd be able to still take a breath every now and then. I've been a whirl wind. With the few hours of sleep I scrape by with a night, I still have to cram in that lovely 2 minute shower. Oh, the luxuries.

Remember when I said that Ian was sick? Well, 2 doctor's appointments, a multitude of fevers, and endless internet searching later... Ian had the measles. As well as a beautiful ear infection. Oh, and don't let me forget the allergic reaction to Amoxicillin (sp?). Here we are now, with another antibiotic, probiotics, bendaryl, and calimine lotion. MY POOR BABY! I didn't get any pictures. During this whole fiasco, I seem to have forgotten what a camera was. I also don't know what a clean house is. However, I do know what a sick baby is like. Unless you've had the pleasure of hanging out with Ian for an extended period of time, you might not know that he's extremely high maitenence when he is his 'regular' self. Sick Ian is way more work, if that's even possible.

I have amazed myself, I  survived, Ian survived. I was putting Ian to sleep while I was simultaneously walking him, holding him, and breastfeeding him. I'd then continue to do this until I was allowed to sit down and perhaps get some shut eye. God bless my parents and Stephen who would give me the occasional break. But, since Ian wasn't eating food, I was his food. I drank super amounts of water to keep up with an exclusively-breastfeeding one year old! He's back to eating solids now,  his spots are almost completely gone, and my arm muscles are bigger than ever. Not to mention, Ian is now up to 18 pounds!

I am so grateful that this was Ian's first sickness. It was scary though. I'm not going to lie. There was one night where my parents came over to give Stephen and I a break. It was glorious. We still haven't made it to the pumpkin  patch (Ian is supposed to stay away from small children and pregnant women, but I think it's okay now)... and in all this madness, I seem to have lost his wonderful Halloween costume. You'll know what it is soon, cross your fingers that I find it.

Good news is, that with all of this holding Ian and watching Ian time, I've managed to brainstorm an idea for my in-service training idea for the lab school. I'm pretty excited.

Ian has been such a grandpa's boy these days. He will actually hit other people that try and take him from grandpa. My favorite is when he closes his eyes or turns his head away from you when his grandpa has him. Apparently, if he can't see you, you can't take him, obviously.

I must finish cleaning out the closet now that Stephen is back from the Ren Fest. More later

Have a wonderful evening.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tell me... Do You Feel Lucky? Do ya?

I might make some variation of this for Ian today.

He's sick. We go to the doctor soon. He's already back to sleep too. I feel bad. It's his first real fever. Triple digits for the first time. It makes me nervous. It's a low temperature, and he's sleeping, so I haven't given him any medicine. I did mention to my mom that 101 and I'm going to the emergency room. Lol. First time mothering. It is wonderful.

Since I'm too absent minded today, I am going to send you a link to this WONDERFUL article. I like it. It tells you how to be lucky. It's really interesting and completely makes since. Go read it. It is worth your while. Trust me.

I bid you farwell.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Birthday Envelopes

I have been busy. I don't mean your average, every day life busy. I mean busy. Most of it is my own fault... what can I say? Ian's birthday is coming up soon. I created the invitation and had them printed and today, I used some paper Stephen and I had left over from our Save the Date video and made homemade envelopes. OMG! They are so adorable! Since the paper is busy, I printed the addresses on those Avery stickers. I didn't take step-by-step pictures because I didn't think to document it. :( But, I will walk you through it.

The invitations I printed are 4x6. So, of course, my envelopes needed to match. I didn't know envelope sizes, so I Googled It. (I am obsessed with everything Google). I needed A6 envelopes. I googled "free A6 envelope template" and I got a great one! I then printed it out, cut it out, and traced it onto the paper I wanted to use. I held the envelope together with some double-sided tape that I already had.

I then put the invitation in the envelope and sealed it with a cute return label on the back! It is wonderful. Total cost of Ian's invitations? Less than $3. Wonderful! :) I love his invitations too. But, I can't share what we wrote on them until after his birthday because people haven't gotten their invitations yet.

So no... I do not need these extra added things to go on in life. But, who would I be if I was denying my creative side?

I'm sorry. I'll try and update more frequently. Until next time...

Keep it real.

Monday, October 12, 2009

ABC 123

What an eventful weekend. I feel like every single weekend is eventful. What ever happend to relaxation? Does that even exist anymore? The weekend began with me making the decision to give myself a DIY project. (Check out tomorrow's post). Needless to say, Ian's invitations should be on their way to people's mailboxes starting tomorrow. Stephen, Aaron and myself were able to attend the Texas vs. Colorado game. I wish that I would have been sleeping during the first 3 quarters because they did absolutely nothing for my stress level. But alas, my team came out on top.

Onto Ian. He got lots of new things this weekend. He's still sick. :( My poor angel. We did get him so new foods, like chicken/noodle star soup. He got two new cups. They look awesome! He drinks from a straw because he's strange and skipped the whole 'sippy' cup phase. And what else? OH YEAH! He got one of those awesome play mats that I've been wanting to get FOREVER, but hadn't found one that I loved. Well, Babies R Us came to the rescue.

Needless to say, he absolutely adores it! It's in our living room right now because Ian's room is in the middle of a few decisions. But, he crawls around on it feeling the different textures, looking at the different colors, and taking the letters, numbers, and edges off and on. It's amazing. It's everything I thought it'd be. I'm glad that I waited to buy one until I found the one. It is a success.

Until next time...

Peace out.

Friday, October 9, 2009


I really haven't written a post all week long. Ridiculous. I know. Ian has been sick. My poor babe. He's lost some weight, but he seemed back to his normal, high maintenance self this morning. I am at work, so I really can't write a blog. So, I'll leave you with a fantastic find!

I can think of about a million things I could do with this thing. I could even sort money and put it in there for separate spending expenses. Projects, obviously. And soooo many more things!

Drink it in.

Friday, October 2, 2009

First Memories

The other day I was over at my parent's picking Ian up after school. Ian was crawling around on the floor as usual. My dad then pipes in something about one of his memories. This memory involved him crawling. My mom and I just stopped and starred at him. "Um... dad... you remember crawling?" Yes. Yes my dad has memories of when he was a baby, just crawling around. I try to explain to him that this isn't normal. I can barely remember what happened last week. My first memory is from some time when I was 3. And... I have no recollection of my little brother until I was a little older.

Do people really remember these things? Am I the exception because I have a terrible memory? This is just beyond ridiculous to me. Now, I'm super paranoid that Ian is going to remember EVERYTHING we do. For example. He's sitting in my lap pretending to read what I'm writing. Or... is really reading it? Lol. He's funny. But, how scary if he can actually remember this.

For example, he'll remember that I want him to play soccer and that his dad wants him to play water polo. I actually have a video of him from yesterday. He can't decide which ball to play with, water polo or soccer. He is simultaneously playing with both of them. It is hilarious. I really don't care which sport he plays, I just think it's funny. Will he remember that?

Well, this is the end of the blog. I have to run to a meeting now.

Blog out.