Thursday, February 28, 2013

Alone

I can be shy but I love big crowds.
Is that weird?

I get energy from from a mass amount of people gathered together in one place enjoying something - especially concerts or downtown Seattle during Christmas time.

I also get energy from being outside alone. I love listening to the crashing of the waves at the beach, the sounds of bird overhead and all the chit chat happening around me as I lay and focus on the sun hitting my face.

But I hate doing things alone.

Tonight I'm going to Zumba....alone. My sister can't go (I'm a dork and scheduled her to work - yes, she works for me.) I thought about skipping Zumba and going to the gym instead, but tonight is my favorite teacher and I like Zumba better than the treadmill.

True story.

I'm trying to break out of my comfort zone but I'm nervous.

I'm not used to doing things alone.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Doing His Business

B would most likely kill me for telling this story, but it's just too funny not to share.

I've made no secret that our house is really small. Our bedroom is part of an addition built in the 1970s, with a half-bath separated only by an IKEA curtain.

One day, I couldn't find Bug. With a house being so small, it's not easy to lose a child in it. After walking through the whole house, I finally decided that maybe he was in our bedroom after all.

B was in the bathroom doing his business and if I need to go in the bedroom at all I make it a point not to look into the bathroom at all. That's just...

Ew.

There was a tiny crack in the curtain and out of the side of my eye I noticed the back of a tiny brown head a lot higher than he should be.

"Is he standing on you?" I asked.

"Yep!" B happily replied.

And I burst out laughing.


Apparently, it's Bug's thing to stand on B's leg and play with the sink or other things on the counter while B's in the bathroom.

And I was wondering how he was smart enough to do this to me a few days before.


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Monday, February 25, 2013

A Yellow Giveaway

Happy Monday friends!

I didn't have time to set up a post yesterday, I was working on a sewing project I'll share later and then I watched the last half hour of the Oscars.

The.last.half.hour.

I forgot they were on and missed all the good stuff (the fashion.) But, I did see best actress/actor/film.

Anyway, I wanted to stop in and tell you that I'm giving away a $40 shop credit to The Shine Project Store at Living in Yellow today. And, there's a ton of other prizes too. (34 of them!)



Get your booty over there! 

And if you're stopping by from the giveaway - hello!




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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Giving Up Pacifiers

I realized I never posted about one of the biggest hurdles we've overcome as parents... the thing I've been dreading for months now.

Last weekend, we gave up binkies.

And my children decided it wasn't the only thing they were giving up.

At their two year check up,  our doctor suggested we have a family meeting, tell them they're big boys and it's time to give them up. He said to give them something else to get attached to instead.

Throwing any advice from the doctor out the window,  instead we went to the Disney store and we were going to let them pick out a toy and "pay" with their binkies.

My kids did not want one toy in the Disney store!

Are my kids even human?!?

Did they not understand what a once in a lifetime opportunity they had?!?

They could have had practically anything in the Disney store.

Bug kept picking up Cars characters but when I asked if he wanted to take it home, he'd put it back.

They literally were not interested in anything

To say I was shocked is an understatement.

And it made me wonder if they really understand as much as people say they do.


We did walk out with a 2nd Ligthning McQueen car but we'd already planned on that one because they fight over the one we had already.

Except now Peanut has claimed both of them.

Since they weren't interested in the toys at Disney, we just took the binkies away.


That ish was hard

Actually, the Bambinos gave them up pretty easily..... but my little overachievers decided they're not really into napping now either.

I'm mourning the loss of their naps. I'm not even home during the week to miss them, but when I get home I'm greeted by whines, and tears, and general grumpiness; I miss my happy, smiley babies.

Although I do appreciate the cuddles.

 
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weightless Wednesday: Progress

Sorry, this isn't a post where I'm going to show you photos mainly because I haven't taken any yet.

But I will share my good news:

As of Monday, I've lost 7 pounds! That's pretty good for only 4 weeks of eating healthier and working out.

5 more pounds brings me to pre-baby weight.

I know I keep saying that this is more about how I feel than look, but it's nice to see the numbers on my scale go down too.

I told my sister the other day that I want to look like a Nike ad.
This may be too extreme....
Don't doubt me, it'll happen - eventually. I'll take their beautifully bronzed skin too, thanks!

Ok, so I know I won't ever look exactly like a Nike ad since I can't photoshop what everyone sees when they look at me, but I'm determined to get super toned legs because if I remember right even when I was dancing & cheerleading they weren't super toned.

As it turns out, when I googled Nike ads I didn't actually see anyone I wanted to look like, so how about I want to look like a Self Magazine ad instead? Those women look toned without being too muscular, and thin without being skinny.

I want to feel strong!

That's my goal.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

I say this pretty much every month, but the Bambinos are getting more and more fun. Not one day goes by that they don't crack Boyfriend and me up.

They're starting to talk and say short sentences, Bug's favorite is, "Oh man!" They respond when we ask them questions - usually with a matter of fact, "Nope," from Peanut but by far the best thing they do is give kisses.

Saturday night, Boyfriend and I were playing with the Bambinos in their room after getting them ready for bed. I was asking Bug for a kiss, asked him to give Daddy one and then I said, "Go give brother a kiss."

He walked over to the bookshelf where Peanut was standing, bent his knees to reach Peanut's mouth and tried to give him a kiss while Peanut giggled in his face.

So sweet.

It was the cutest thing I've ever seen from them.

How can your heart not be full after that?

B wanted to read them a book because he said, "You got to last night," (how cute is that?) so I obliged but as he read to them, all I could hear over the monitor was giggles.

B has a habit of doing voices and faces causing them to laugh a ton when reading books so I gently opened the door not to interrupt what they were doing.

"It wasn't me! I told Bug to give Peanut a kiss and now they keep looking at each other and laughing," B quickly explained as if he were getting in trouble.

Their cribs are literally end to end so they were leaning a little over the ends, laughing their little heads off.

I watched the scene for a few minutes, said some more, "I love you's," blew some more kisses and shut the door thinking how lucky I am to have these three people in my life.


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Monday, February 18, 2013

"Don't Stop Believing, Unless Your Dream Is Stupid. Then You Should Get A Better Dream"

Happy Monday Friends! We had an awesomely fun Saturday and a lazy Sunday. For some reason I was exhausted all day so I just wasn't motivated to do anything - other than laundry, get my Etsy tax stuff together and play with the Bambinos, of course!

Saturday we were going to do our family thing for Valentine's Day and go to the Museum of Flight, but I took forever to get ready and by the time we were ready to go, it would have been closing in an hour and a half. So, we used one of the Bambinos' birthday presents: a gift certificate to the nearby Children's Museum.

It's the first time we've gone to a children's museum and it was awesome! I can't wait to go back.

The museum itself is fairly small, but it's packed with really cool stuff. They have a huge area specifically designed for kids 1-3 years old so we spent a lot of time in there. 
Look at the huge train table! Do you see my bug way back there? It was a hit with both Bambinos.

Finally Peanut wanted to leave the enclosed area and explore other parts of the museum, he ran straight to the scarf shooter and then to this big light board. It's like a big Light Brite! Did anyone else have one of those as a kid?
The museum even had a real semi truck for the kids to climb into. Even I was intrigued to see what the inside of one looked like. The only bad thing was there were doors on both sides so I was afraid Peanut would run out the other one and I'd have to track him down.
Sadly, I didn't realize that the museum also closed an hour and a half after we got there, but I think we were there long enough to experience everything and know that it might be worth buying a a membership because it is pretty awesome.

We stayed until the very last minute so Bug could play in the truck - and because mostly everyone else had left he got to drive all alone!
Next time we go, I get to follow Bug around so I have more pictures of him. I started out with him originally, but then somehow I ended up with Peanut. 


Something cute to leave you with - I posted this on twitter and possibly facebook already but I am in LOVE with this video and this kid. Can I take him home please? Stolen this from my friend Jessie...


How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?


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Friday, February 15, 2013

First Valentine's Day

My first Valentine's Day with Boyfriend started out a disaster.

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm not really a fan of Valentine's Day but I was pretty smitten with B so I decided to try and make the day special and fun.

Valentine's Day was on Saturday so I woke up early and snuck out to my car where I'd left an arsenal of Valentine's stuff.

First up was breakfast so I hid chocolate covered strawberries I'd made in the fridge along with champagne and got started on pancakes or hashbrowns or something like that.

Suddenly, a piercing alarm sounded as the smoke detector went off. I ran into B's room and panicked, "Don't get up! I got it."

So much for surprising him in bed.

Finally, after turning on the fan above his 1970's  olive-green oven I couldn't get the smoke detector to turn off, I moped into his room and asked for help.

"But don't look at anything!"

Tunneling his vision with his hands, B made his way over to the smoke detector

Once he finally got the dumb smoke detector off, I made him go back to bed. Obeying my wishes, he responded with a smile and a "You're cute."

I continued to try and make hasbrowns only to have the stupid smoke detector go off again! The food wasn't even burning. I'm not a good cook, but I'm not that bad. 

After that, I let him stay up, but he had to stay in the living room.

Finally, breakfast was ready. I went with total class and served mimosas in plastic champagne flutes, chocolate covered strawberries that were sweating (how was I supposed to know you shouldn't put them in the fridge?!), croissants,  and hashbrowns that were just barely done because I was afraid of the smoke detector going off.

We exchanged gifts
I gave him a griddle. 
Womp Womp


How's that for romance?

In my defense, I did  have on a cute, lacy, little bra, but he never even saw it.

After breakfast we headed to the aquarium where 47632p46 had the same idea - there was actually a line to get in.

As long as I've lived in Seattle, I'd never been to to aquarium, so it was pretty cool

Except for the parts where you're surrounded by water - I have an irrational fear of water.

The romantics that we are, I agreed to work that night so we spent the night at a club.

And that, my friends is how you convince a guy to spend 5 Valentine's Days with you: shatter his dreams with a smoke detector, feed him high-class food, give him an appliance as a present then spend the night at the club.

The griddles' gotten a lot of use.



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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's At Our House


I've always been a Valentine's hater. Ok, not always. It may be due to the fact that I never had a Valentine in High School, but now it's because I feel like a forced holiday to tell someone you love them is stupid. Don't get me wrong, I love Love.

I want to be loved and cherished every day.

I want to love and cherish every day.

This wasn't V-Day but I still love this photo
Every year I tell Boyfriend I don't want anything for Valentine's Day and I mean it. It's not one of those I don't want anything for Valentine's Day you better get me something for Valentine's Day things.

I break my own rule every single year and get him a card and do something very small.

And then we do something as a couple family that weekend.

You might argue that an outing for Valentine's Day is the same as gifts and it's still forced and to that I'd say you may be absolutely right!

 But, I like the idea of experiences and memories better than gifts. None of us really want for anything so I'd rather do something together that I can take a ton of photos of. I love spending time with my family.

I mean, what else will I blog about?


What do you do for Valentine's Day? Do you have any traditions? What's your favorite Valentine's Day memory?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Weightless Wednesday: In All Fairness....

I have a major problem with wanting things to be fair - even if I'm the one who would be coming out on top.

This is great when it affects my employees or my family but not so great when it has to do with food. Too often, I would find myself eating half a dessert I'm sharing with someone even if I didn't want it because it was only fair we each get half. I would find myself eating a cookie because Boyfriend ate one and I want to make sure I get at least one before they were all gone.

Now here's where I show you how crazy I am: I have to eat things in even numbers. That's not crazy, but the reason why is. 

I remember laying on our couch when I was about two years old playing with my hands and feet. The right one was the good one and the left was the bad. Then, I decided it wasn't fair for my left hand to be the bad one because it would feel left out. Ever since then, I ate things in pairs because I didn't want the other ones to feel left out. I was afraid they'd be sad without their pair. I couldn't eat just three tiny cookies, I had to have four.

As I got older, I didn't think about pairs and whether or not they felt left out, but the habit of eating even numbers of things stuck with me causing me to overeat at times. I don't count how many bites I'm taking or anything crazy like that, but in fairness to myself and my health, I'm trying to break myself of the habit of eating in pairs. Or if I really have to, only eating one pair of something rather than two.

Please tell me I'm not the only crazy one who does this....I promise I don't hear voices in my head or anything.

Edit: I don't eat everything in pairs. Eating two steaks, two baked potatoes, etc. is just weird. I only eat small things like crackers, cookies, clementines, grapes, strawberries.....
 
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Friday, February 8, 2013

Whiney Little lovebug

Thank you all for your encouraging comments on yesterday's post. I'm super excited about the opportunity and what it might mean for my family.

I knew eventually, I'd be putting my foot in my mouth when I declared that I didn't find parenting difficult even though I always followed that statement with a "yet."

For the first time, we're at the point where I don't know what to do.

Up to this point, I feel like we've been able to take our parenting milestones in stride and sometimes we even have the "I've got this!' feeling. But lately, and especially this week, I'm at a loss.

Bug has started whining.

He whines all day long for anything and everything.

If he wants up he reaches his arms up, puckers his lips, and repeats "Ooooohhh, ooohhhh" over and over.

If he wants his daddy's vintage Hot Wheels to play with he reaches out his arm, puckers his lips, and repeats "Ooooohhh, ooohhhh," over and over.

If he refuses to eat his dinner until he gets his milk he puckers his lips, and....you get the idea.

Not only is it annoying but it's frustrating because, up, car and milk are all words he's been able to say for months. 

I'm at a loss as to what to do.
Don't let his cute little face fool you.
Usually, I say what he wants (to which he nods his head over and over) and ask him to say it at least 5 times while gently asking him to use his words before giving in to him and giving it to him. I'm afraid that's just going to reinforce that he doesn't have to talk and he can still get his way.

Should I ignore him?

Should I repeat what he wants and tell him to use his words over and over until he finally does it?

I can out-stubborn my child any day, but then I worry that I'll be mentally scaring him and that will be his first memory - a mommy who doesn't meet his needs. And that's why I give in.

The annoyance of his whining is not as bad as me worrying that I'm impeding his development.

I went into psychology so I wouldn't screw my kids up too bad, and now I've had two instances this month already.

I guess I can count myself lucky that the hard stuff took two years to happen.

What would you do? Are your kids whiners? How did you deal?

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Going To the Wedding And We're....

I got an internship with a wedding planner.

How's that for irony, huh?

The girl who just two weeks ago posted her thoughts on marriage is now working for a wedding planner. 

But,  I'm super excited for this opportunity.

I started college as a psychology major, wanting to go into event planning. I realized communications might be the better way to go so I made psychology my minor and switched my major to comm. I ended up with an internship in radio, was promoted twice in one year to where I am now and the rest is history.

I love radio and everything I've learned from it (the perks ain't bad either) but I've toyed with the idea of getting into wedding planning for awhile, and after throwing the Bambinos' birthday party, I knew that I at least needed to give it a try.


I'm working for the woman who put together my favorite room at Weddings on the Waterfront and I'm so so excited. She's super nice, and seems completely like the type of person that I want to work for.

Where does that leave radio? I still love radio and am not leaving it (a girl's gotta make her money!) but I've been wanting a new challenge, something that I can learn and grow from, for a while, and I think this internship is the perfect opportunity.

I have no idea what my life holds once the internship is over, but right now, I find that part of the excitement.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Weightless Wednesday Pinterest Style

I shared with you my goal to get fit on Monday. There's a few key things I keep reminding myself which I think is helping my mental state this time.


I need to up my water intake anyway so this is helping.It's also helping me through cravings although (so far) I haven't had as many as I thought I would.


 Now I'm loving the time I spend working out, but the first two days I reminded myself of this as soon as I woke up and I repeat this is my head anytime I notice myself half-assing squats. It keeps me going.

And I keep reminding myself

I want to see instantaneous results. I think that's part of why I gave up the last times I started working out - I wasn't seeing as drastic results as soon as I wanted to. I will say that I can see a little change in the muscle tone in my outer thighs, but that's about it right now.

I'm not going to give up. I want this.

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