Monday, October 31, 2011

Always A Bridesmaid

For the third year in a row, I got 2nd place in our work costume contest. I'm always beat by some random person, not even someone who dresses up every year.

I was an old woman who lived in a shoe
Baby Boyfriend is looking out the window....
 She had so many children, she didn't know what to do....

I got beat by this half naked viking. He's one of my own employees - I hired him for our Promotions Team! I have to admit, the costumes good, but I bet he didn't make it all by hand*

Bitter party of one.

*turns out the costume is made by hand - his roomate sews. He deserves to win.....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

DIY: Candy Corn Onesie

After A Blue Eyed Boy Met A Brown Eyed Girl pointed in the direction of this tutorial today, I thought it would be cute to try and make a candy corn onesie for each of the Bambinos.

The tutorial calls for Tulip tie dye paint but our Joanne's didn't have any, so I decided to try Rit dye instead. I'm thinking I should have gone with the big tie dye kit even if it had colors I didn't need. 

I started with the orange so that I had a stopping point for my yellow. Otherwise, I was afraid I would go too  far with my yellow and then have to go too far up with my orange. I was okay with leaving just a little white at the top because real candy corns don't have a ton of white.

Then apply the yellow.

I let it sit for an hour or so then  I thought I could rinse it out. Some of the orange ran upwards, I should have left more white space so the orange could run up without the white being compromised.
Rinse it under water until the water runs clear. Keep the onesie with the white at the top otherwise some dye might run into the white part.
The first one all rinsed out. It bled into the white too much and there's not much difference between the orange and yellow.
  After seeing the first one I did and not being too happy with it, I decided to let the other one sit for 4-6 hours (or overnight) like the tutorial says to.
After rinsing, you're supposed to wash them both (or one in most people's cases) in the washing machine by themselves with detergent. I let them sit out to dry instead 'cause I'm not happy with them and they will mot likely become rags. They're 6-9month size so they're almost too small anyway.
The one on the right sat overnight but there's still not much difference between the two onesies. Letting the dye sit longer does not give more vibrant colors.

Run to the store for the actual tie dye kit. Trust me. Rit dye does not work if you follow these directions. The tie die kit, however, does.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Target Is My Weakness

It's Target Tuesday with Fabulous but Evil! Since I always want something from Target, I thought I'd link up.

 I've been wanting this gray sweater for awhile now, but for some reason, I just haven't been able to bring myself to buy it (or even try it on) I always buy something for the Bambinos instead. I dream of getting dressed in a cozy sweater, leggings and boots every single day.

I'd pair the sweater with  jeggings. I never thought I'd actually own jeggings (and I don't yet) but the few times I've worn leggings lately I haven't wanted to take them off. I think I'd be more comfortable wearing jeggings and a sweater at work that leggings and a sweater.

Love all the buckles on these. Not that I need any more boots, but it would be nice to have something a little more casual with a lower heel. Although, I feel really weird spending $80 for an item at Target. I usually go to Nordstrom for a nice item and get cheap stuff at Target. I guess I just see Target as not being quite as good quality. Anyone else?

Another pair of boots. Again with the buckles.

I would get this bubble umbrella purely because we had one when I was younger...and I live in Seattle.

And last but not least I would get this sweater so I can recreate this outfit like Chelsea did.

Did you get anything from Target lately? Do you want anything?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday, was the perfect day for the pumpkin patch! It was finally not raining so we took advantage and headed up to this place called Remlinger Farms. 

I completely forgot the baby bjorns so B went and got a wheelbarrow while I tried to take pictures of Lovebug:

Then we started looking for pumpkins.

We enjoyed a hay ride
Obviously, the trip was more for me and B than the Bambinos, they had no idea what was going on, and just wanted to look around at all the people. We decided next year would be more fun, and next year we needed rain boots. B also mentioned that the Bambino's vests looked very 80's.

Why yes they do.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lindsay Loves: Nails

I've posted before about my love for nail polish and nail stuff.

I decided to get a little crafty with mine recently:

I thought it was kind of fun, so I did a fall colorway
If you're interested, I'll do a tutorial soon, it's a little time consuming but super easy with this amazing topcoat I found.

This topcoat is fantastic! You apply it while your nail polish is still wet and it not only helps dry your polish in a matter of minutes,  (brilliant for a mom of twins!) it reacts with your polish and base coat to kind of make it all one coat.

But, this stuff is hazardous. Like, really hazardous. It comes with a warning that reads," This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm." Yikes! I'm done having kids for awhile but I want to be able to have another when I choose to. Plus, when I was nursing, I didn't want the Bambinos to get any of the effects. I used it twice until I noticed the label and then gave it to a co-worker who has been using it for years and has grown kids of her own.

I just heard of a topcoat called INM Out the Door which doesn't have toluene in it, so I think I'll try that one.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween's About Winning

I love to dress up. When I was younger, I wanted to be a ballerina because I wanted to wear costumes. I loved to dance too, but the costumes did it for me. Once I learned about the bloody feet, constant practice and sometimes eating disorders that I decided ballet wasn't for me. Plus, I always liked hip-hop and jazz more. Halloween's the one time of year that I still get to act out my fantasies.

I was like most girl club promoters and went the slutty route in 2008.....and 2007...and 2006. But 2008 was by far my favorite. I thought the tail and ruffles on the back was so cute.
That mirror..... I still have that mirror. It was given to me by the hippie in the picture above. When you pushed a button a face appeared in the mirror and it screamed. After three too many long island's,  it was hilarious to walk up behind people, put my arm around the front of them and make it scream. Apparently I was the life of the party that night.

Funny story: That night, B ended up being at the club for a bachelor party . I'd never spoken more than 10 words to him at work (I can be shy) but I tapped him on the shoulder and before he had enough time to turn around, I gave him a big hug. Luckily, it really was him because I wasn't completely sure when I tapped him, and luckily he recognized me because I obviously don't dress that way at work.

The next day I ran into him telling Roomate about how he saw me (this was before she was Roomate) and I was so embarrassed.

2009, I decided I wanted to win my work's Halloween party (hello $100!) so I searched forever for a big garbage bag. I wouldn't tell B what I was going to be, but he's actually the one that came up with the garbage bag for me. B decided to be a Hooters Girl so he shaved off his beard, bought nylons and a wig, and even wore one of my bras. I came in 2nd to a head in a freezer

There's two buns in my oven! Coming up with a costume while 6 months pregnant with twins can be difficult. I have this issue where I don't want to be anything that someone else might be, or be anything that's been done a million times so I really struggled with a costume. The one thing I knew was I didn't want to do the whole painted stomach thing. Showing my pregnant, bare stomach to strangers really creeps me out.

At the last minute, I was beat by the Wicked Witch of the West's leg's poking out from a house. No joke, Roomate (who was no longer Roomate at that time) made a house out of a cardboard box with individual shingles and everything. For the 2nd year in a row, I came in 2nd.

This year, Halloween is all about winning. I have an idea for a pretty clever costume, I'm just not sure how I'm going to pull it off.

What's your favorite holiday, friends? Do you know what you're going to be for Halloween? 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mama Says: Don't Forget About Your Relationship

Meet Floyd
We became friends this weekend
 B and I took a one night trip to the amazingly beautiful Sun Mountain Lodge in Eastern Washington - without the Bambinos!

Woah that was hard.

When I first had the Bambinos, I tried so hard to be super mom (who am I kidding? I still do) and take care of both boys, not neglect my boyfriend, work and still do my part around the house. Actually, the house part is not true. I actually let B do pretty much everything around the house. 

I was good at it for awhile, but I was exhausted. Something had to give. I needed to work to make money so the thing I let up on a bit was my relationship with B. A few months ago, we decided to try and reconnect and build an even better, stronger relationship not only for the boys but for us as well.

With the Bambinos now eating formula and nursing a little less, we decided to take a one night stay to Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop Washington.
The Nanny volunteered to watch the boys overnight and since she's with them all week and knows their schedule, she was the one I'm most comfortable leaving them with. She came over around 1pm and we took off for our adventure. 

About an hour in to our 4 hour drive, we almost got ran off the road, literally. A woman was not paying attention and almost changed lanes right into us. Instead of pulling back into her lane when B honked, she just kept going so we ended up half on the shoulder, just inches away from her car. I'm glad there even was a shoulder instead of a median. The angels or someone were watching over us. 

We saw a black bear down at the river
I had never seen a bear out in the wild before. 

And because Karma's a betch, we came just inches from hitting someone else's truck when B was trying to back up so we could take a pic of the bear. He was watching the right side so he didn't back up over the edge of the bank, he didn't notice the truck on his left that we very nearly hit. But at least he was super apologetic to them man for almost hitting his car. The lady earlier didn't even seem to care.

We debated about the plural of Bigfoot. Is it Bigfoots?.....Bigfeet?

After missing our turn for Sun Mountain, we ended up in Twisp, so our 4 hour trip really ended up taking closer to 6 hours (we also stopped for lunch and a beer after we almost got hit.)

We went to dinner and made friends
We ate way too much and ended up falling asleep around 10:45pm. 

The next morning, I woke early and pumped in the bathroom until B woke up. He made my hot chocolate and enjoyed his coffee while taking in the amazing view
He does not normally sit with his legs crossed, he was trying to be funny for the camera.
B was obsessed with the robe, for some reason. Anyone who knows B knows he does not seem like a robe kind of guy.
The view from our room

Did I mention the room didn't have a TV?! It was great because not having a TV led us to unofficially unplugging for the weekend. We both stayed off our phones and computers, unless we were texting the nanny.

We ended up going back to bed and making up this funny way of talking using the letter P. I won't explain it because it's one of those stupid things that are only funny to us, but it cracked us up to the point of tears.

Eventually, it was time to leave, but not before I took a ton of pictures. It was so quiet and still out there, I loved it.
The valley in front of the lodge

Found some roosters
Eating lunch in Winthrop was a lot of fun because they really really preserved the buildings originally erected in the 1890s so we almost felt like we were on a movie set. There were planked wood walkways instead of sidewalks, for the most part.
We went through Wenatchee to get back home (I forgot underwear! Who does that?! I normally take 6+ pairs for a two night stay) but we made a stop at Costco for formula (& underwear) so our drive home still took almost as long to get home as it did to get there, but I'm so grateful for the time B and I took to just enjoy each other.

We had a lot of fun just hanging out and being dorks the way we used to before the Bambinos were born. Of course, we couldn't wait to get home and see them, but I definitely think we need to get away every once in awhile and  enjoy being Lindsay and B- in a relationship instead of Lindsay and B - E&E's super-parents.

Although we're not sure we'd go back (it's a long drive fore just one night) I think we both enjoyed ourselves to the point where we'll try and make it a point to get away once in awhile sans kids.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Day Teddy Ran Away

I'm not sure I've professed my love for Teddy enough.  He was my first baby, my first puppy, the first time I took total responsibility for something. He's been around longer than B.
Wednesday afternoon I got a text from the new nanny asking if the painters were supposed to stop by to look at the house, because the gate was  left open, Teddy got out and she looked for him for 35 minutes before the neighbor around the corner found him and returned him.

With a pounding heart, I read the text to Boyfriend before he left work. He seemed a little blasè about it and told me we can't blame the painters.

But oh we can.

TWICE I've found the gate open after they've left and have told B so he could mention it to them. I didn't want to call and yell at them for losing my dog, I wanted them to be aware they have been leaving our gate open and to be more careful. They have a habit of coming over to work without letting us know and sometimes they just stop by to check on something so we don't even know they're coming or have been here. Otherwise, the nanny would have checked the gate herself.

Of course, this caused a big talk between me and B (it really wasn't a fight) so he did call the painters and ask them to be more careful and I came up with my own solution:

These signs will be on each side of our gate, if people still don't close it after them, there's no hope for them after all.

Thank you all for your kind words on Wednesday's post. I know I'm a good mom, I just feel like I should have known, like it should have been common sense. I'm feeling better about it now. Happy Friday, friends!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Time I Failed As A Mama

You know how sometimes things happen exactly they're supposed to? Yesterday, I received this sweet package from my favorite Meli Faif.
 It's a set of cocktail napkins that read, "I thought I childproofed my house but they still get in," a set of wash cloths with "E"s on them and a photo wallet, the perfect size for my new handbag.

This package couldn't have come at a better time because for the first time, I felt like I completely failed my Bambinos.

We had their 9 month check up yesterday and they're severely under weight. They've only gained 4 ounces since their six month check up. They're even less than 5th percentile (what they were last time) and if they weighed one pound less they would have gone straight to the hospital.

The pediatrician says their weight scares the pants off of him.

Since it's both Bambinos, the pediatrician thinks it's caloric and not medical so I have to feed them 16 ounces of formula in addition to the 24+ounces of breastmilk and three meals of baby food per day they currently get. He said my body may be producing fluid, but it may not have a lot of calories. We go back for a weight check in one month and if they're still under, he'll order a full work up to test their kidneys and everything.

So why do I feel like a failure? Because I knew they were small but had no idea just how small they were. I feel like I should have caught it sooner.

Because they sleep so well at night, they go for 14 hours without eating and I should have known that was too long. We now have to wake them up at 10pm for a bottle so they're only going 10 hours without eating.

Their height is too short, but not nearly as bad as their weight. Their heads are  in the 50th percentile and luckily the rest of their development is on track. We're hoping to have them caught up by their 12 month appointment.

I'm really hoping they catch up within the month and there's nothing wrong medically, then I'll really feel like a failure.

I feel like Meli's package came at exactly the right time (it was supposed to be here Saturday) because it was the Universe telling me, "Hey, it's okay! A lot of people care about you. Don't be so hard on yourself." It was a sliver of happiness after I'd been beating myself up all afternoon. Thank you Meli, you're amazing and I love everything you sent!


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