Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ready to Shop!

The amount of bright TCU purple t-shirts I have been wearing lately has been a little over the top.  You know that your family has an affinity for a school when you can fill an entire load of laundry in the color of your alma mater.  We can do that with all of our purple shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, blankets etc.

I have been following a few great blogs lately and though I am not going to do any closet challenges like my friend Jen (see her cute blog here) I do want to make my wardrobe a little more than just purple pre-shrunk cotton!  Jen is trying to wear everything in her wardrobe and donate items that she doesn't need any more, what a great idea!  I really liked the part about turing the hangers around, so simple, so brilliant!  I stood in front of all my clothes a few weeks ago after I read her post and thought, "I maybe wear about 15% of this regularly, why do I need all this to just sit here and mock me and why can't I donate plenty of great items to Goodwill or even trade with friends?"

As a stay at home mama, I look in the closet and peruse and then, with a big old sigh, end up just wearing....whatever.  Usually, with a sweatshirt or large sweater on top.  Somedays, I'm super happy with that situation and somedays, I realize I should put on real clothes before my husband comes home or I will have just been in jammies since my workout at 9am.  Not that I'm trying to just be cute for my husband...I am cute/put together for me, darn it!  Such the feminist at heart. Plus, I see staying at home with Kai as my job for now, so I feel like if I put myself together a little better on a daily basis then that is one more way that I can also maintain my own identity/self-expression. I have heard many mamas say that it is easy to lose your self when you stay at home and become consumed with such a precious kiddo.

I received a few gift cards and some cash for Christmas...time to shop!

Monday, December 17, 2012


Scott and I are so sad to say that we had to give up our sweet pup, Juno, yesterday.

We contacted the place that we adopted her from five years ago and their policy is that pups adopted from them, return to them.   There is a story here, but the lady was none too happy to take her back, in the sense that she made us feel as if we were abandoning Juno... which I understand, but sometimes you just have to make REALLY hard decisions.  There was a LOT of guilt involved, but she did take her because her first priority is the dogs that she adopts out.  I really wish the situation had been more amicable, but she never wanted to understand our side of the story.

Our first priority is our family and our son, Kai.  Juno made us nervous on a daily basis around Kai and we tried to train her to obey but had little luck.  I had a long phone conversation with a friend's dog trainer and came to the realization that there are just a lot of dog breeds out there that are not compatible with children.  We could have done more training, however, it would be very time consuming, expensive and guarantee no results as to her ever getting along with one baby (let alone two in the future!!)

Juno was a stray when we adopted her so we do not know her background as far as her breed goes or even if she suffered abuse at the hand of a previous owner.  She had some pretty skittish moments and was skeptical of many adults which made me think something happened in her past.

Scott took the horrible responsibility of driving Juno back up toward DFW to meet the lady and drop her off.  We all thought it was best that I didn't go as I had some choice words for our guilt trippy lady, and my emotions would have been off the charts.

We will miss you sweet girl, and we hope you find a new home with no kiddos and parents that will love you, play with you, and treasure your wonderful personality.  Thank you for a fun 5 years, girl.

Here are some of Juno's greatest hits:

as a pup....

In the snow...

Just being cute...

Getting muddy in the backyard, there was a time I came home to this on a daily basis. 
 I had to pick her up and bathe her after work!!


p.s. if you want to comment on this story, please be kind with my heart.  I'm so torn up about this, and I just wanted to share about this because I'm sad and needed to let a teensy part of it go.  Give your sweet doggies a big hug for me today!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Presents

I hid Scott's Christmas presents behind all the cleaning supplies.  I thought he would NEVER find them there.  I forgot a little thing called the light bulbs were right next to them and I sent him off to change a lamp and boom!  He came directly back saying he found a bag with some stuff but he didn't look inside.  I need a better location...we are in a new house this year so I need to get creative.  He's not one to snoop, (that is me!) but I want to find a place that he will never look.

More shopping left to do.

So much wrapping to do.





It's fun, but every few days I have to get a grip on myself and pause to catch a breath.

p.s. Kai woke up at 4:30 this morning!  But went back to sleep.  I was very grumpy there for a bit when I thought he was done snoozing.

p.s.s. We are going to one of TWO of Scott's work Christmas parties tomorrow.  I'm excited! There are supposed to be a ton of people there, and all I have to do is look good.

Crackin' me up

So there are two days left in November, and I've only posted a handful of times this month! Blerg.  Right now, I want to write to Kai.

Dear Big Baby,

You are doing the funniest things these days.

Every time I give a big belly laugh, you laugh right along with me.

You started clicking your tongue yesterday and we will have nice long tongue clicking conversations together.

You have, fairly successfully, moved over to sippy cups!  We didn't use a paci very long with you and have tried to keep the bottle time-span short as well.  It makes a mama and daddy so happy to put those bottles away, especially since we bought the ones with 5 parts a piece.

You are still "reading" every chance you get.

You are playing a version of peek-a-boo.  We thought you understood the game because you played it multiple times with a blankey but we quickly realized that you didn't quite get the rules.  All you do is lift a blankey or toy up over your head and then pop it back down quickly.  When you first started doing it the item was hiding your face, but now you will just play with anything.  I can see your face, but I still say, "where's Kai?" because I just can't bear to not play this silly game.

Whenever you wake up from a long nap you sit up quickly, but then proceed to tip over as you fall back into a nap induced stupor.

Your smile always makes me melt, even when I know you've been a stinker at school.  I feel bad for your teachers because I come in being all cute with you, when they have had to deal with your moodiness all day long!  You hide it well when mama's face shows up in your classroom, my dear.

I posted this on Instagram the other day, entitled: little baby, big world.

Love you!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012



Wolf Blitzer is updating us by the second on who is leading and where.  Florida is so super tight right now!  Maybe I need some more drama in my life but I find this stuff really fun.  I just really enjoy watching these reporters pee their pants about the county map of each state, and press all the little buttons on the screen so fast that my eyeballs can't keep up.

I really wish that Texas was a swing or critical state, because there would be some really awesome interviews from people out in west or south Texas that want to secede from the Union.  Plus, there are so many counties in Texas!  I can't even imagine watching them wrap their brains around analyzing each county surrounding our fair little burg.

One of my sweet friends straight up asked me who I voted for today.  I hadn't had anyone actually ask me...People are so careful not to step on toes these days that I feel like we don't end up actually discussing candidates, we just proclaim on Facebook (if that is how you are), forward slanted emails,  tell people to ambiguously GO  VOTE!, or generally just dance around the topic.  Back to my friend asking me... we ended up having a nice, albeit quick, convo about some of our views on things.  It was good to discuss some issues with a reasonable person.

While we were talking, I did find myself kind of saying things that weren't terribly strong.  I kind of backed off from some of my views, because I didn't want her to judge me.  However, I am also the type of person that picks a lot from the left and the right so it can be hard for me to form a decent answer as to why I voted the way I did (wink).  I wish we could vote on issues sometimes instead of one person who is supposed to embody everything that we believe in.

oh, Wolf just called Florida a squeaker contest...weird!

Safety Not Guaranteed

Saw a great movie the other night!

Safety Not Guaranteed with Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson.  I love me some Aubrey...she is just so quirky and seems like she would be fun to hang around.  Watching her on Parks and Rec, it seems like she is a very surprising person and you can't really tell what she is going to say next.  Can you tell she's my girl/celebrity crush right now?

I would also re-cast her as Snow White in the recent KStew movie.  Though I'm not sure how much really dramatic work she has done, I just think she fits the look perfectly.

Scott has a man crush on Jake Johnson right now so this movie worked out well for both of us!

Anyhoo, the cast of characters are reporters that go seek out a lead on a story about a man who is trying to travel back in time.  He seems like a nutter so they were going to do this as a mission to sort of poke fun at him and see what he has to say.  They meet him, and Aubrey Plaza's character is the one who gets into his life to research the story. Eventually she falls in love with the guy.... BUT you will have to see if they actually time travel!

This is an awkward picture of Aubrey, but in my opinion the best scene of the movie!

p.s. Go vote! But only if you've done your homework!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Currently Reading

My son woke up at five this morning (darn that daylight saving time!) So I'm sitting here listening and watching via our video monitor as he protests waiting until six to get up and out of that crib.  There are moments I think he'll go back to sleep, but then...NOPE!

So here I am to tell you about my current book.

11/22/63 by Stephen King.

I started it way back in September when we went to Cali, and I'm just now coming back around to it.  I re-started the Harry Potter series and I'm also working my way through a couple of teaching type books for my 30 before 30 list, as well as a book about the Paleo Diet.  I've been interested to hear the science behind it.  Anyone have any feedback on it, good or bad?  (We aren't dieters per se, but I do like to know what real research says and best practices on getting a little healthier!)  Oh! And I'm also close to finishing Soul Revolution by our Pastor at church.

So this book...

Good schtuff so far.  The set up was a little slow, but the main character, Jake, finds a port back in time through this older gentleman who owns a diner.  He travels back to 1958 to prevent the JFK assassination, so it seems as though he is going to have to live a few years in the past in order to get to 11/22/63.  Then he should be able to get back to the port and walk back into 2012 like it was 2 seconds later and have a cup of coffee with the old man that showed him the port in the first place.  At least that's the plan!  I will say that I'm waiting for some creepy Stephen King plot lines though.  I can't tell if this is going to be scary/suspenseful or just good ole regular suspense.

yay books.

Note: It sounds like I'm reading a lot, and I do...however, it's in the little moments that I can grab.  Dishes and laundry tend to get back burnered by me quite frequently.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


This year for Halloween, our big baby isn't old enough to trick or treat so we opted to host a Halloweener at our home!  It was such a great idea.  We had neighbors come visit that we hadn't met yet and just generally got to know our area a little better.  I would say about 40 people showed up not including the friends and family I invited.  Scott grilled hot dogs and we had a few side things thanks to some thoughtful neighbors that stopped by and asked if they could help with anything in the days leading up to the party.  Everyone said they wanted to do more events like this! So that is perfect.  I can't wait to get to know everyone even better.  There were some really nice folks.

I didn't take great pictures so here are the four that I did take!

Kai with a neighbor's grandson. 

Big baby in his ball pit!

 Neighbors and food!

Auntie Em's amazingly carved Puss 'N Boot's pumpkin! Impressive.

This was Kai the next day after baby school, he fell asleep within 3 minutes of being in the car...this was his second outfit of the day BTW!  He had pictures that day and may have been wearing a plaid shirt and a striped bow tie.

Leaving the diaper bag behind!

The onesie side of Kai's wardrobe is dwindling.

No more nursing, yay!

Almost full on walking now = shoes for big baby.

Parting little man's hair to the side. He needs a trim in the back, yikes!

Dog, more, dada, banana (nana) is the vocabulary.

All of these things add up to a grown up dude in our house.

Last week I left my loverly diaper bag behind.  This is a great bag, great brand, great product.  It was super pricey (thanks mama!) but I never had to buy another bag, nothing frayed and it had plenty of storage space and pockets.

Exhibit A:
Exhibit B:
This is our new bag!  It's a little Pottery Barn backpack (thanks Mutti!) and it is perfecto for our little man and his baby needs.  The front pocket there has spots in in for crayons.  hah!  Like a little pen spot in big people backpacks.  Love it.

I feel like this kid is moving forward much more quickly than I was prepared for.

Looking forward to the holidays!  We have a trip to Katy, a visit from Aunt Dee Dee (Devon), Thanksgiving, Black Friday (which is great to be over because it's the most intense day of Scott's jobber), a trip to Fort Worth, Christmas shopping, ChrisTAMS!, Boxing Day (which we won't be here for, but in which we will be participants) and finally NYE.

I'm sure NYE will be much like last year...cheesecake and the baby monitor roaring at us.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Mr. Armstrong has made me so sad.  I remember listening to the JB and Sandy show when I was in high school, and they talked about this up and coming cyclist named Lance Armstrong that battled and defeated cancer.  He helped with their Bikes For Kids program even after he had begun winning the Tour and I just thought he was an all around inspirational story that continued to give back even after he had suffered.  I even read his book and stood by him all these years when my friends asked what I thought about him.  I always defended Lance. 

I heard a quote the other day and went and found it:

“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” [International Cycling Union President Pat] McQuaid, a former competitive cyclist himself, said at a news conference in Geneva. “This is a landmark day for cycling.”

That is super heavy.  I can't even imagine someone saying that in regards to anything I have ever done.  Jane Hatter deserves to be forgotten in blogging.  Well, I could see that, but it's not quite the same, eh?  Think about that for a second, think about what you do best, and have done all your life, and someone publicly comes out and shames you to the whole world.  He has got to feel super awful now.

And he should!  There are stories that are coming out that he told his teammates that they either follow his doping program or they are off the team.  Scott and I discussed this the other day and now that we have a son it makes me think about how much time, money and sacrifice parents and families put into their child's sports/dreams/activities.  The teammates were put in a position to either get on board with something so heinous to lie to everyone they know and the whole world watching or leave (yes there are other teams, but come on!)

Further, today they announced that no one, I repeat NO ONE will sit in the TDF history books as having won those years!  So either they said it's best to just let it lie, OR there was not another team they could give it to that didn't do performance enhancing crap!!!  I'm sure there were people in there not doped up, but can every team say that they didn't have a cheater in there?  Maybe my perception of that is wrong, but that's what it seems like.  Or, would the second place finishers just not want to win by default?  That wouldn't be so great to me either, I guess.

Article with quote about Lance being forgotten

Article discussing the idea of just allowing athletes to dope (boo)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Confessions (a la Anne)

My friend Anne used her facebook a few weeks ago to get a few confessions off her chest, and I thought I would share a few of mine.

1. I am HORRIBLE at compound words.  I have to look up everytime every time... every time I use it.  Other ones I hate are: eachother, everyother,  anyone - I always think that is two words, sometime- two words again, and someday.  

2. I am a math teacher, but I always forget where the dashes go in written out numbers.  For example, twenty-one. So when I teach that lesson, I have to review it well for myself too!  I'm sure after a year or two of consistent teaching I'll have it down, but it's just not something you use very often, eh?  Writing checks gives me heartburn sometimes!

3. I'm reading the Harry Potter series...again. I have read it all the way through once, and then the first and the last books both at least twice.  Luckily, I loaned my collection to Cici so I have to wait to read the fourth one until she is finished.  I have a lot of books on my 30 before 30 list, so I need to get crackalackin.  I found some more educational books that I want to read so I also need to purchase those!

4. I hate American Idol.  I'm sorry friends and family that love this show, but I think I have watched it twice (not all the way through) in my life.  I'm very glad for the people who love it, I just can't do it.  I like some of the artists who have come through the show like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Elliot Yamin (I went through a moment of that because I didn't understand how that voice came from that kid) and Phillip Phillips which is the awesomest name ever.

5. I also hate ironing.  I have 3 shirts in my closet that need to be ironed and have just been sitting there waiting to be ironed for, um, sixth months...and that's being kind to myself.  If my grandmother read this, she would make fun of me for weeks.  It also helps that I'm not working (as a professional) so I don't need blousey type shirts very often.

6. I listen to no less than 6 podcasts a day.

7. I'm watching the 90210 series on the CW.  Liam is in some serious trouble, and I canNOT believe that Naomi kissed that dude.  Wow, it felt good to get that one off my chest.  

more later!

Today is THE day!

Goodbye Boppy!

Goodbye baby au lait nursing cover!

Goodbye pump!

Goodbye freezer stockpiling!

Goodbye worrying about nursing in public!

Goodbye late night google searches to Kellymom to ask, "can I take this and not cause my baby to grow a third ear?

Not all is super happy, I am a little sad too...

Goodbye serious uninterrupted cuddle time.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Quitting nursing.

This is on my 30 before 30 list.  It was kind of one of those things that I put on there just so I could cross it off.

We are right in the midst of quitting!  I read a lot about quitting but in the end it's another one of those nebulous things that can't be explained in a checklist.  Everyone does it differently and from what I have found there is no perfect way.

A few notes:

I HATE the word wean.  Cici hates the word panties.  What word do you hate?  This is why I'm just saying quitting nursing.

I started quitting with 3 nursings spread through the whole day (6am, 12:30ish, and 7:15pm)  I left the 12:30 in the dust first last week.

We have been doing sippy cups with straws, which he likes... but he still hasn't mastered those so we are reverting to the bottle for a week or two so that I can make sure this kid is getting his daily need.

Going with cold milk.  Doc said to try that first and hopefully he would take it, and then we wouldn't have to warm our milk.  He's doing well with this especially since we changed back to a bottle today.

I'm slightly uncomfortable.  yikes.

I thought it would be hard to let go, but Kai has been sick this week so we have gotten a lot of good cuddle time!

I'm also hoping that this may help my back pain a little.  Being a nursing mom keeps your hormones out of whack so keep your fingers crossed that this strengthens and heals me some!

Lastly, I'm ready to not have any dietary/medicinal/adult beverage restrictions.  I'm not some crazy indulgence type of person, but just having freedom back is a great feeling.  I found out I was pregnant in January of 2011 so almost two years of being restricted.

I should be done by 10/27 and at the very least by Halloween. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My favorite wines!

It is 10:53 AM so what better to talk about than my favorite wines....Don't ask me why this came up on my radar (not that anyone follows, or comments on my blog) but I was just thinking about how delicious wine is last night and decided it needed a post.

I have learned a few things about wine over the years and let me tell you, the most important thing is to love the wine you are drinking!  If you don't love it, then you are drinking just to drink and who needs to do that?  That's what Natty Light is for, or at least that is what I hear.

I started with Rieslings when I first tasted wine because it was so sweet and now I have moved all the way to the super spicy and or "full bodied" red wines. 

Malbec: This is a wine that I look for from South America, usually Chile or Argentina.  I just looked it up and evidently there is a variety of grape grown in Bordeaux that is used in French wines, but they are not the same!  Who knew.  I like the ones from down south, and generally they are reasonably priced and yumtastic. Usually I'll buy whatever is cheap.  I haven't really had any in Texas...and if it's not a Texas wine it better be on sale!

Pinot Noir: Can't go wrong with a good pinot.  Scott and I have drank this for most of our marriage, and it's a little less intense than a Malbec or a Cab. La Crema makes a wonderful Pinot, but it's pretty pricey at the grocery store and at restaurants! Make sure it's a great occasion.

Cabernet Sauvignon: I just started drinking these again.  Becker vinyards in Texas has a super yummy Iconoclast Cab that is a great companion to any meal.

Pinot Grigio: A great white.  This is not so sweet and great with most meals.  Try Flat Creek Estate Winery's bottle, it's a win, win, win.

A few good bottles lately (Because we went to Santa Ynez/Los Olivos)

Fess Parker (The Big Easy Syrah) Surprisingly awesome.  Usually syrahs are too much for this gal.  We bought a bottle and flew it home!  Shared it with some friends.  Delish.

We also went to a vineyard known for their Savignon Blancs.  Blew me away!  I hate them.  Always have.  But they were so crisp and great.  Uhhhhhhhhh, I have to ask the hubby what that place was called.  It was the third vineyard we tasted at that day and I can't even remember.

*Note: This was a very peppy post.  Lot's of silly words, and interesting placements of exclamation marks.  mmmmmmmmmm, wine.  Back to my big fat bottle of water.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Kai's first birthday

Well, Kai's first birthday was...good, but then...kind of a drag.

On the day of his birthday (Wednesday), we all got our shots!  Not thinking that we would have reactions to it's like Oprah, "YOU get a flu shot, YOU get a flu shot, EVERYBODY gets a flu shot!"  That's how Wednesday was.  Scott and I both were feeling a little bit allergy ridden that day, but just brushed it off.  We went to Luby's that night with my parents which was awesome, because last time we went Kai L-O-V-E-D the mac 'n cheese and fried chicken etc, etc.  The next day we started feeling bad and all three of us were congested.  Things went progressively downhill and we decided on Friday to call off the party.  In the end, we weren't sure if we all just had serious allergies, colds, reactions to the Flu shot or a combination of the above.  ( I know you can't get the flu from the shot anymore...)

We have such amazing friends, and there were going to be people driving in from other cities, and across town so we just figured it would be better to call it off.  Also my mom got really sick!  Grams can't be sick too!!  No party.

We let him open his presents from us that morning.  I followed the rhyme that I've seen all over pinterest.

Something you want (bath toy)
Something you need (straw sippy cups, and snack cups)
Something to wear (new shoes)
and Something to read! (nursery rhyme book)
New Shoes!
new bath toy!

New sippys with straws!
Scott's mom and step-dad came over so we were given some serious toys for Kai to play with from daddy's side of the family!  What a fun afternoon Kai had on Saturday.  I could tell he was sick but that kid just keeps going and loves attention from his Nana so much, that he just wouldn't stop even for one moment. 

We were able to reschedule his party, though the Wheel of Fortune theme has been nixed.  (I had some cute stuff too!)  We are going to have a costume/cupcake party for his birthday and hopefully lots of friends will be able to come.

pics from Luby's:

Sunday, September 30, 2012


I was going to have a garage sale yesterday, but the impending doom of rain made me believe that it just wouldn't be possible.  I really wanted to get rid of some of our stuff, but I guess the skirt I wore twice in 10 years, and the 18 baseball caps that Scott doesn't wear any more will live to see another day.


We DID get to go see Rock of Ages last night.  One side of my brain says, "that was a fun show, and I'm glad we got to sing along to some rockin' 80's tunes..." the other side says, "yikes, there were a lot of jokes that I'm sad to say that I laughed at..."  All in good fun I guess!  The third side of my brain still wants to yell, "shut up!" to the losers that were sitting behind me and Scott who were talking/singing/drunk/explaining the show/INTERACTING with the characters and poorly chosen times. 

The Long Center was pretty neato, and Scott got us amazing seats (they were a present from my FIRST 29th birthday back in July) that he was worried wouldn't be great.  Middle mezzanine toward the front is always good, my love! We ate at ZAX beforehand, which was delicious.  I had tilapia and he had beef skewers, but the most important part was the yummy margarita I had.  Mmmmmmmm.

p.s. I started a sewing project yesterday.  whew! That stuff is complicated.  I'm trying a pattern, so that I can learn to read them and use them.  It's a half apron, and I'm already confused.  Way to go Jane. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A trip to Horned Frog central!

This past weekend, our little family traveled to one of our most favoritest places in the world, Fort Worth, TEXAS!  I'm pretty fond of this wonderful purple haven, but it's mostly for the amazing family we had around us while we lived there for about 10 years.

Friday, we arrived and were greeted by our friends, the Howards, including their awesome and quite energetic D1 (Maddy) and D2 (Jane Jane).  We got situated and promptly put Kai booger to bed.

Maddy lost a tooth.

Saturday morning, we got up and relaxed a bit with Todd and Tina and then headed off to Kai's very first TCU football game!  We got to catch up with a few friends (mostly dudes, but some ladies!) at their tailgate.  It was an 11 am kick off so they had all breakfast food and it was all delish!  Jose made some killer breakfast tacos...seriously, they were so good! Kai didn't do great at the tailgate, it was hot and I took him to see the band march by and that promptly brought on the waterworks.  Sad to this band nerd mama!  He will love it eventually, I just know it!

Evidently, all of that action wore the little man out, because Scott had him on his shoulders and as we were walking up to our seats, Kai laid his little head right down on top of Scott's head and fell asleep!  It was so precious, a stranger even took a picture of him because he thought Kai was so cute!  I let him nap on me for about 30 minutes until he woke up and then Scott came and helped us up to our seats.

The little dude and I made it about 15-20 minutes, until Kai spit up (which he hasn't done in forever) and just generally got squirmy.  So we left and headed back to the Howard's house.  I know he will love it in a year or two, honey, I promise!  I also had a hard time sitting still with Kai there in the sun, and my back was bothering me a bit.  I'm such an old lady!

 After we all got back and rested, Tina and Todd hosted a bunch of our friends from FW over at their house for appetizers and dessert!  All the food was so goooooooood.  And seeing those amazing faces and getting a chance to hug them was just fab.  Got to see some new babies, the Dore's little Davis, and the Connelly's Maggie girl.  MMMMMMMMMmmmmmm little babies!  They were so little!  I was nervous to pick them up or put their binky back in and I just had one of those not 10 months ago.  It's crazy how quickly you forget that fragile and tiny state they are in just after being born.  A little wine and a good chat and we were off to bed.  The only picture I snapped that evening was one of Katie's whoopie pies.  Now they were good, but I don't know how I didn't get pics of all our friends!! I guess I was just caught up in the excitement.
 hmmm, I think Maddy took this.

Sunday, we woke up, went back to TCU and took family pictures with Tina!  She is seriously and amazing photographer and I can't wait to get all the pictures back.

Here is her business if you are in the DFW area and need some great shots of your family/child/senior/etc.

Fall Meadow Photography

And our first pic!

After that, it was on to the City Church! We had been wanting to visit the church our friend, Ben Connelly, started in FW for a long time but it just never happened.  What a great experience! Our friend Matt Hudson preached on incorporating God into the rhythms of your life.  Such a great reminder of how we don't have to take on more to experience God more.  I didn't get to hear the whole thing because I had to go get Kai dude who was tired and hungry.  Poor big baby. After that, we were on the road home.  It was a great and exhausting weekend filled with friends, smiles, laughter, good food, wine, babies, and horned frog fun!  Good times.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


to my 30 before 30 are at the right...


A pup on thin ice

I love my dog dearly.  And I'm a dog person.

So, when I'm thinking about giving our Juno pup up, you know it's a serious situation.  We got Juno with the best of intentions about 4 years ago, but things just seem to be getting more difficult.  She was acquired as kind of a bridge between married life and "babyhood" and she served her purpose well! Juno loves to be the center of attention and has a lot of sweet energy. 

We knew we had our hands full though when she first acted a little suspicious around our goddaughter, Maddy.  Cici did a great job of trying to be helpful and patient but Juno just wasn't having this little toddling creature around our house.  So from then on, every time Maddy or any kiddo friends came over, Juno got put away.  We tried to figure out how to acquaint Juno with kids, but it's really hard to test that, you know?  You can't just train that out of them easily.

When I became pregnant, I got nervous it would be a serious issue so we worked with a trainer a little, however Juno just never really took to it.  It's not like she is overprotective or territorial really, she just has a lot of energy and doesn't like being dominated by anyone, even us.  We learned that by a few of the lessons our trainer went through with us...anything where we had to show Juno who was dominant, she put her tail down and her ears down.  Not aggressive, just not comfortable and not responsive to it.

So now here we are.  Do we just recognize the signs when she is around Kai as evidence that she needs to go?  Or do we just keep them forever separated, until Kai is old enough to assert his dominance over her and not get bit? I know we could do that dance, and our vet said he had a similar situation and he just took care of it.  Make sure to keep vigilant, keep them apart, put her away when other kids are around, etc.  Never trust that it will just be okay.

but I hate that feeling.  It makes me uneasy.  It is also hard when I see pictures of my friend's sweet dogs, napping in the crib with their baby, or letting the baby just roll all over them, or pet them or anything.  We can't even let Kai on the floor with Juno.  So sad.

The place we adopted her from said that if we seriously consider giving her up for adoption, we have to call them first.  I would hope that they would take her and find her a new home.  That was the nice part of adopting from them.  They feel a great sense of responsibility toward any animal they adopt out. 

But yikes, the thought of losing this little happy personality in our home is a rough thought.

But yikes, the thought of having her near Kai dude gives me heartburn. 


And what if we can't find her a home? 

Quote of the Day:

Scene from 30 Rock...

Kenneth gets put in charge because Liz is trying to get out of jury duty,  and the first thing he does is stand up in a crowded hallway and yells, "All menstruating women go home immediately!"

I so wish that would happen in real life, and that I could witness a couple women in the room look at each other, shrug, put down what they are doing and walk out.

No muss, no fuss.  Just acknowledge what we all really want, that this man who is just being a really just doing us gals a favor.  I would gladly go home!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

1st time trying pasketti

This was from last week, but I had a hard time uploading it then.  Fixed it!  Kai's first time eating pasketti went well, eh?


Re-cap from our trip to Funky Town should be up tomorrow!  It was very good times!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dear Kai,

You are almost one!  I can't even believe how fast this year has gone.  Every time I think about the fact that I only have 17 more years until we boot you out of the house I get a little teary.

Quickly, you are turning into one spirited little individual.  You ability to walk is coming on slowly but surely and I think, is giving you more confidence and more desire to get into anything you aren't supposed to.  You are still using a little push toy to walk or holding onto our hands, but your father and I are seeing you let go of a toy or the couch a little more often so you are getting those little balancing moments a few times each day.

As for personality, there is not a shortage!  You are starting to yell way more often (you get those rants from daddy).  You are yelling/babbling things like "adadadada" (I think means dada), "tat" (I think is cat), "amamamam" (mama), "noou?" (combined with a very demonstrative hand clap means more...I think this is you doing a sign...I have been trying to teach you that one, but I'm not terribly consistent with it, so I can't tell for sure for sure.)

They told me at baby school yesterday you started trying to steal the other kid's bottles.  For shame!  I don't send a bottle with you because, amazingly enough, we are still nursing and I'm very low on our stash.  But that is coming to a close!  My doc said I shouldn't supplement any cow's milk quite yet, so no bottles until 10/10, sorry my love.  I think you are going to want other people to share with you as you grow, but I don't know if you will be so ready to share with them.  When I hand you a little snack, you grab it out of my hand like, "This is mine! And by the way, MOM, if that is your real name, why didn't I get this 10 minutes ago???"  Maybe sharing won't be so much your problem as just over eating.  I don't think you will be terribly chunky though, because you like to move!  Sometimes to get your energy out, I just put you on the floor and follow you around the house while you crawl/army shuffle.  You get the biggest kick out of it.  Stewie pretty much hates these sessions but you are determined to get that fluffer! 

We are getting ready to put your jumperoo away, but you can't figure out the walker one with wheels. You just keep going backwards then you get stuck and just honk the horn till I come save you.  presh.

Some stats:

Weight as of today- 24.8 lbs

didn't get your height measured went to the doc b/c you tore this little piece of skin in your mouth while you were playing.  Lots of blood=sad mama.  But you are napping now, so evidently you aren't hurting too bad!

Clothes size- 18 months!  

Sleep- through the night consistently, but you wake up anywhere in the 5-6am range.  Please push that back! Naps are good usually a short one in the morning while we are on a walk, and then an afternoon marathon of 3-3.5 hours! Baby school is the BEST.

Favorite toy-Push popper thing, has a button and the little balls pop up and down inside or books to pull off the shelf, or pretend cell phone.

Favorite food- You tried spaghetti for the first time a few days ago, and you couldn't get enough!  You can plow through a whole banana easily, and you love mum mums or wagon wheels.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Re-cap: Becky's Wedding!

My beautiful friend, Becky got married to her loverly (now husband) Justin on September 8.  Scott and I were able to fly out for the ceremony and various other events thanks to our parents and their generosity to watch our little mister.  

Leaving Kai was one of the hardest things I've ever done, seriously.  Before I had a child, I always thought it would be like...kiss kiss little baby see you in a couple days! But Scott had to start working on me like 9 months in advance because originally, I wanted to take the little stinker with us! I can't even imagine what that would have been like...a baby in the wine country of California sounds like a pretty tough hill to climb in retrospect.  

Speaking of wine country, the wedding was held at the beautiful Firestone Vinyard in Los Olivos.  So everything about this weekend was centered around LO, Santa Ynez, Buellton, and Solvang.  We rented a little house in Santa Ynez and shared it with the Frittses.  The house was beautiful, quiet, and sat on an amazing landscape of property.  Here was the view out our master bedroom window.
 Before the house though, we had to pick up our rental car and drive up the PCH of course....

 This was our amazeballs yellow Mustang convertible! 

Driving out to the valley took most of the day, but on the way there we stopped in LA to have lunch with our friend Nate.  After we got to Santa Ynez, we went to dinner in Buellton at the Hitching Post.  Featured in the movie Sideways, as most places we frequented were, this little restaurant claimed to have amazing BBQ steaks...hmmmmmmm.  I was expecting Scott's steak to be smothered in BBQ sauce, however they meant smoked/grilled and boy was it amazing! So smokey.  

Next day...WINE day.  Fess Parker (also featured in Sideways...)

 Gainey Vineyards, where we met up with some scallywags.
 Jane and Cecilia, hard at work forgetting they are mamas for a weekend!
 With the Frittses and the McIlherans.  Eating salami nuggets & cheese and trying delectable wines!

And another vineyard, can't remember the name... wink!

That night it was time for the pre-party...  This was our group of gals at a little place called Sarloos & Sons.  If you ever visit Los Olivos, go to there!  We didn't have their cupcakes, but supposedly they pair cupcakes with the wines during wine tastings. um yes please! I'll just have to go back.
 Saturday AM, pedi with the ladies in Solvang, and the boys went to golf.  Found out that Robyn (from How I Met Your Mother) and Taryn Killam got married that night where the dudes golfed.  We saw the Dean from Community and Nasim Pedrad from SNL just hanging around Solvang.  I geeked out a little.

At the wedding that evening.... (I didn't do a great job on my hair. boo.)
 BUT, my toes matched the theme of lavender perfectly!

Becky was so gorgeous!  Her dress was perfection.  And when she walked down the aisle with her daddy, the sun was starting to set it shone through the trees so pretty.  ah!  so good.

The program/fan with a little lavender sprig.  The wedding photographer had me hold all this and be her model because she said my dress and jewelery were perfect for her shots.  I hope to make it in the wedding album! 
 First dance!
 As we were leaving to make it to LAX...which we were late, missed our flight and did NOT get to see our big baby before he went to bed.  But we survived, got on the next flight...and relieved my mom from duty very late... she went to sleep at 2:30 am that "night" when she got home...big props to Grams!!!
All in all, an amazing trip with, beautiful friends, and memories to last a lifetime! Opa!