Instead of sleeping

August 25, 2009 at 9:10 am (Top Ten Tuesday)

top-ten-tuesdaySo it was one of “those” nights last night.  My newest one year old had a rough day on Monday – just not feeling too hot.  And as expected it unfortunately rolled into the evening.  She went down at 7:00pm but woke up at 11:30.  We stayed up until 1:45am.  One. Forty. Five.  She was wide-eyed, but tired.  She couldn’t get comfortable.  I ended up in the den with her for a good while because I couldn’t stay awake in her room!  It was just not much fun.  And of course she still woke up at the normal 6am!!  Why does that happen?!?!?

So, instead of sleeping, here are the Top Ten Things I did last night:

1.  Watched David Letterman give his lame Top Ten list.  I mean really!!  Anyone on this carnival could have been better than his!!

2.  Watched a bit of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.  I haven’t seen him host the show yet, but I wasn’t that impressed.

3.  Watched some band perform during The Tonight Show.  They actually were pretty good.  I need to find out who they were.

4.  Read a coloring book.  It was the closest book I could reach!

5.  “Rested” my eyes

6.  Rocked alot.

7.  Caught an Infomercial.

8.  Day-Night-dreamed about sleep.

9.  Held my baby girl

10.  Listened to my husband snore!

My Diet Coke has alot of pressure on it today … stay awake. Stay awake.  Stay awake!!

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“B” is for birthday

August 24, 2009 at 8:23 pm (1 year olds, birthdays, Megan, parties)

We celebrated Megan’s 1st birthday with all our family this past Sunday.  It was a really fun day!

Our theme was “B is for Birthday”.  I was originally  inspired by this Hostess with Mostess spotlight.  Then when I found this dress (think yellow ribbons, not green) by Oh Sew Sweet Boutique on Etsy … I was in love!  And I loved it!  So “B” was for Birthday … it was Megan’s Bee-Themed 1st Birthday Party!!

My sister Staci came through as always with the most awesome cakes!!!

Megan's Cake

Megan's Cake

Cake for Everyone Else!

Cake for Everyone Else!

The party started at 1pm, so we served everyone lunch – nothing too fancy, but I wanted to make sure everyone had a seat & could enjoy their meal without having to balance their plate & drink!  So I rented some tables & chairs (it was cheap since we didn’t have a huge number of guests!).  I’m glad I went this route … it was alot of fun to decorate!!

The Table Settings

The Table Settings

The Lunch Spread

The Lunch Spread

We played a version of “Megan” Bingo while we ate.  The card squares were all about Megan – birth stats, the hospital she was at, names of family members, places she’s been, etc.  Staci won one round … and she took home a bottles of honey!

The "B"ingo Card

The "B"ingo Card

One Lucky Winner:)

One Lucky Winner:)

I hated to see the Beehive destroyed, but it was time to enjoy some cake.  Megan wasn’t that sure about it.  She never really ate too much.  She much preferred just to pat the icing!

The Birthday Girl

The Birthday Girl

Yes, that's an Easter bib ... it was the biggest I had!

Yes, that's an Easter bib ... it was the biggest I had!

After opening alot of gifts … I think I opened them all & Big Brother helped – Megan definitely doesn’t understand that concept yet!  Everyone just stayed around for a while, played & visited.  We had “The Bee Movie” playing for the kids (and some adults enjoyed it as well).  Everyone got to take home one of the centerpiece pictures of Megan & also a goodie bag of treats from the “Candy Buffet” (small, but still “sweet”)!

Megan's 1st Year Pictures

Megan's 1st Year Pictures

Lemon Heads, Lemon Sticks, Marshmallows, Whoppers

Lemon Heads, Lemon Sticks, Marshmallows, Whoppers

Lemon Bars, Tootsie Pops, M&Ms

Lemon Bars, Tootsie Pops, M&Ms

Overall, we had alot of fun celebrating our Birthday Girl!  I can’t believe it’s been a year already!!

Our "attempt" at a Family Picture!

Our "attempt" at a Family Picture!

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Happy birthday megan!

August 21, 2009 at 7:02 am (birthdays, Megan)

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Today we’re celebrating Megan’s 1st birthday!!  Yes, we’re celebrating two very important things today!! 

It was last year, on our 9th Anniversary that we received a little gift in the form of a healthy baby girl about 12-days earlier than expected.

She weighed 7lbs, 15 oz and was 20 inches long.

And today she’s a walking, teeth-cutting, gibber-gabber-talking, little 1 year old!

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Happy Birthday Megan!  We can’t wait to celebrate you today … and every day!

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I do … again!

August 21, 2009 at 7:01 am (anniversary, Pepper, wedding)

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Today my husband and I are celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary!! I’ve been blogging a little over two years now, so here’s a post from our Eighth Anniversary.  And then of course the big Ninth Anniversary.  Honestly, I’m no more excited about the “10th” than I was the “7th”.  What I’m most excited about is still being in a happy marriage.  Still being in happy marriage to someone that I would actually marry again today!!

Recently our pastor spoke briefly about “co-existing” relationships.  He pointed out that the county we live in has the highest divorce rate in surrounding metro cities of our state.  We also have the highest average income & housing prices – those probably help with the divorce statistic!  I NEVER want our marriage to be about the two of us co-existing!  Sure, I want each of us to have our separate hobbies, interests & free-time.  But on a whole, I want both of us to be in our marriage … to be a part of it.  Not to only love each other, but to be in love with each other!  I am not naive enough to think everything will always be peachy & perfect.  There’s definitely been times these past 10 years that it hasn’t, but I’m so thankful that I still love (and still like) the person that’s going through all of it with me!

The sappy line from Jerry Maguire, “you complete me”, has always been just that to me – sappy!  Earlier this summer, we were at our good friend’s wedding & the groom’s father was giving a speech.  He said marriage isn’t about giving 50/50.  If we each only bring 50% to the relationship it won’t be as strong as it can be.  We’ll be missing something.  We each must bring 100% … that’s the only way it will work.   And I believe that.  If we bring 50% we might co-exist & make it so we can say “Happy 20th Anniversary”, but I want more than to co-exist.

On my 11th, 15th, 20th … or whatever the number is … I want to be in a happy marriage.  I want to be in a happy marriage to someone that I would actually marry again that day!

pamHappy Anniversary Babe … I love you!!

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Party chips

August 19, 2009 at 7:53 am (random)

WFMWSo.

Here’s a scene for you.

You’re getting ready to host a party.

You’ve made all the dips.

You’ve purchased all the chips.

You put your dips in a cute little bowl & displayed them ever so nicely.

You find a great bowl to hold your chips.

You open up the bag.

You pour the chips out.  And are left with the teeny tiny pieces & crumbs all at the top of the bowl?!?

Is that how it usually happens for you?  Or is that just me?

So I doubt this is some extravagant-never-heard-of-before-news, but as I was pouring chips into a bowl for this party, I realized the solution ….

Open the BOTTOM of the bag!

That’s where all the crumbs are so they’ll go in the bottom of the bowl!!

The result:  Pretty, Un-broken chips at the top … proudly on display!!

And yes folks … from here on out, that “Works for Me“!

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Did someone say candy?

August 18, 2009 at 7:06 am (Top Ten Tuesday)

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I think I’m in craving mode.  They say don’t ever go grocery shopping when you’re hungry, but I doubt it hurts to blog about something you’re hungry for.  Although this may be worse!!  I might have to make a mid-night run after I get done with this!!

So, in no particular order I present my Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Candy

Where should I start??  Sweet?  Salty?  Sour?  Chocolate?

Chocolate.  Yes.  Chocolate.

M&Ms could probably consume all Top Ten spaces for the list this week, but I’ll try to share the love.

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1.  Peanut M&Ms – I could eat an entire bag.  Not the little ones at the check-out counter.  Not the big ones in the candy aisle.  But the really big ones at the Coscos, Sams, BJ’s, etc.  And I think last week I actually did eat an entire bag!!

2.  Regular M&Ms – I hate putting “regular” in front of them … seems to discredit them alot.  But you know what I mean.  I prefer to melt mine in the microwave about 10-15 seconds just so the shell starts to crack … yummy!!

3.  Peanut Butter M&Ms – How can you go wrong with those three words being in the same statement!!

4.  Twix – Because everything’s better in pairs!!

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5.  Butterfingers – Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Crunch … yum!

6.  Dove Chocolate Bars – I love chocolate & Dove is just about one of the best!  Milk, Dark, I don’t care … I’ll take one of each!  They make you pay for it, but it’s worth it!

7.  Heath Bars – I love toffee.  I haven’t had one of these in forever but it’s still a good choice.  This also happens to be my Blizzard of Choice as well!

8.  5th Avenue Bar – Are you noticing a trend?  Chocolate.  Peanut Butter, Crunchy?

9.  Laffy Taffy – You gotta have something to break up all that chocolate.

10.  Skittles – reminds me of my childhood:)  Is it strange that I prefer to suck on these like hard candy before chewing them?  Does anyone else do that??

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Conversations with a four year old

August 17, 2009 at 7:30 am (4 year olds, Conversations with a 4 year old)

4 year old: Mom, now that my birthday is over does that mean it’s Christmas now?

Mom: Well Christmas is still a ways off.  We can look at the calendar & I’ll show you.

4 year old: Oh, so we have to be patient for Christmas.

Mom: Yes … very patient for Christmas.  Very, very patient for Christmas

(oh brother!)

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The dinosaur party

August 12, 2009 at 7:56 am (4 year olds, birthdays, dinosaurs, parties)

DSC01384This past weekend we celebrated Evan’s 4th birthday!!  I love birthdays.  I love celebrations.  I love celebrating my kids.  I love giving them birthday parties!!!  In my mind they are always a little better, a little more fun, a little more organized, a little more extravagant than they actually turn out but if I know I’ve done the best I can to give them something that makes them happy & that they possibly can’t forget then I’m happy. 

Evan still talks about his 3rd birthday party.  He got to ride “the horses”.  He doesn’t remember that it rained & we had to all go home early … but he does remember “the horses”!  I hope his 4th birthday is one that he’ll remember next year as well! 

He’s been “into” dinosaurs for a while now so I had plenty of time to prepare.  I decided to go with the “station” concept.  I think organized games & events are great for certain parties & certain ages, but at his age it’s still a birthday party for all – older & younger cousins, friends, grandparents, parents of the friends, etc.  With mixed ages of guests “stations” just seem to make more sense to me.  That way everyone can participate at their own pace & their own time!  When you have ages ranging from 2-8 it seems impossible to get them all to do the same thing – is that possible?!?

So we had four stations setup.  One was the Dinosaur Dig – guests got a hat, a bag, and a brush.  They brushed around in the sand searching for dinosaurs, fossils, and bones!  Super easy – just a leftover swimming pool, some bags of sand, plastic toys & cheap paint brushes.  When we went to the T-Rex Cafe in Orlando earlier this summer, they used brushes with their sand – SO much better than shovels because it wasn’t near as enticing to throw sand with the brushes as with shovels!  I also lucked out & found some wooden puzzle pieces at Michael’s – they were very “fossil” looking.

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An even super, super easier station was the “Color-A-Saurus” (clever – huh?) – guests could sit & color to their hearts content!  Every little kid likes to color so I knew this was a “safe” station … even if they didn’t like the others!  It’s also a good ice breaker if anyone in the group is a little shy.

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We also had a “Dino Fossil Find“.  We got lucky on another find.  This time at The Dollar Store.  My mom found these little fossil kits, complete with everything you need – an egg & two tiny tools.  There were bones (super tiny) inside that “should have” made a baby dinosaur.  It didn’t exactly work out that way, but it was messy & the kids seemed to enjoy at least breaking the egg & trying to find the treasures inside!!

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The fourth station was even easier than the Coloring one.  Evan had a great floor dinosaur puzzle – so we pulled that out from his toy room.  We called this one “Earth Shakes” (pulled straight from The Land Before Time series”). 

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And finally, we couldn’t pass this up!!

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So that’s the party – part 1.  I figured this post was getting too long to continue with all the food & “other stuff”.  But I’ll post more about that later … because of course you can’t have a party without food!!

 

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It’s all about the drinks

August 11, 2009 at 8:38 am (Top Ten Tuesday)

top-ten-tuesdayTwo weeks ago I slacked horribly in ohAmanda’s Top Ten Tuesday carnival.  Then last week, I slacked even worse because a post didn’t even go up.  This week is probably a little in between the two – you’re lucky enough (or maybe not) to actually get a post, but it’s by no means the most clever one on the block! 

So … not to keep you waiting any longer, I present to you … my favorite (at least at this moment in time) Top Ten Drinks (in no particular order).

1.  Coke – As in “Coca-Cola” – Being from the home of Coke, it without question must make the Top Ten.  I actually don’t drink it on a regular basis, because I so much prefer to eat my calories than drink them!  But I would NEVER drink that other brand.  And sometimes you just have to “open happiness”!

2.  Propel Fitness Water – As stated above, I do prefer to eat rather than drink my calories but sometimes plain ole’ water just gets boring.  At only about 20cal/serving I don’t feel too guilty.  I’m partial to the grape flavored one!

3.  Salted Caramel Signature Hot Chocolate by Starbucks – Oh these were heaven!!  And then they became non-existent!!  Or at least where I stop anyways.  You can still get the shot of Caramel in your Signature Hot Chocolate (which I definitely recommend), but the salt was so, so yummy!  I’m pulling for a come-back this fall!!

4.  Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino by Starbucks – Another good one that’s gone!!  As far as I know the Green Tea Frapps are still around.  But they are definitely missing something with out the Blackberry sauce.  I tried one after the blackberry sauce was no-more, but it just wasn’t the same!!

5.  Frozen Fruit-Flavored Margaritas – I don’t drink many alcoholic beverages.  And even more rarely will I order anything out because I don’t want to take the chance of spending $8+  on a drink that I may very well not like!  So, if I do order anything out it’s likely going to be frozen & fruit-flavored.  Mango is always at the top of my list!

6.  Oreo Milkshake form Chick-fil-A – What?  That’s not a beverage??  Sure it is!!  I have yet to try the special “Peach” one out right now (my will power is amazing to even me!), but I did try the special “Candy Cane” one last Christmas … Oh. My. Goodness – it was good!!!  Definitely hoping it makes a return visit this year!!

7.  Sweet Tea – Yep, still from the South!!  It’s not tea unless we make it as unhealthy as possible with lots & lots of sugar!!

8.  Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry – Or is Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper … oh I don’t know, but I do know it’s good.  I actually prefer it much better than Coke’s version of their Dt. Cherry Drink … Sorry Coke!

9.  Fuze – A friend of mine just turned me on to this.  It’s yummy & at only 20 cals not bad for you either. 

10.  Good ole water – sometimes it’s absolutely the most refreshing thing & other times I feel like I’m forcing my quota in, but you know you need it!!

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Conversations with a four year old

August 10, 2009 at 8:08 am (Conversations with a 4 year old)

We no longer have a three year old in the house, but so far conversations with a four year old are just as good!!

Scene ~  4 year old waking up the morning of his birthday.

4 year old:  Mom, guess what?  I’m 4 now.

Mom:  That’s right.  You’re 4 now.  Happy Birthday!

4 year old:  Is it time for my Dinosaur Party yet??

Mom:  Not yet.  Remember, today you turn 4 and then we’ll go to sleep two more times and THEN  it’s your Dinosaur Party!

4 year old:  Ok, let’s go to sleep now.

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