Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Go Horsey Go!

Last weekend was one of those ones where I needed a weekend from my weekend. Saturday I worked a wedding (which I'm loving btw. I definitely found my calling.)

Sunday we were doing an event for work at Emerald Downs so B and I thought it would be fun to take the Bambinos.  None of the station's winners showed up so we got a private box all to ourselves :)

It ended up being a rainy, dreary day, but overall it was a good time. Just like at Safeco, we have a gorgeous view at the racetrack too. We didn't bet any money, but the horses I would have picked (the ones wearing pink) seemed to win most of the time.

I spent the whole time being nervous that I'd run into my ex-best friend but I never did, thank goodness.

And, the rain stopped just in time for the last race so it wasn't pouring on the walk back to the car.

After working all day Saturday and then hanging out so late (7pm-ish - I'm so old now!) Sunday, I definitely could have used another day to relax and recoup before going back to work.

How was your weekend?

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Monday, June 24, 2013

The Time The Mailman Saw Me In Lingerie

A few weekends ago, I decided to surprise Boyfriend by being in a cute little slip when he returned from the post office. My plan was to continue getting ready for the Mariners game and act like it's an every day occurrence for me to wear a slip.

A bit later, Teddy was barking incessantly and since the Bambinos were napping, I walked into the living room to calm our good little guard-dog down.

I got about half way into the living room when I noticed our super tall mailman look up from putting mail in our box. He could see straight through the windows at the top of our door.

We totally caught eyes and then I scampered into the kitchen. After a few minutes seconds, I headed for our bedroom. But, I did it in the crazy, awkward, slow, backwards way people do in movies. You know, the one-step-backwards-at-a-time-with-a-small-pause-between-steps one.

The slip wasn't super revealing but I was embarrassed and didn't come back out of the room until after B came back home.

How did B react? I barely got a 2nd glance out of him. He thought "maybe you ran out of stuff to wear." Seriously. We were going to the Mariners Game, I wasn't planning to wear just a slip and sneakers.

Silly boy :)

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Friday, June 21, 2013

"Go M's!"

Take Me Out To The Ball Game! We tried getting the Bambinos to sing this on the way to the Mariners Game on June 8th but they weren't having it.

Work had some extra tickets to the Ms vs. Yankees game and I was fortunate enough to get the Saturday pair. We knew we'd be a bit late as the game started at 1:10am and we're still pretty strict about keeping to the Bambinos' schedule so there was no way we were waking them from their nap just to go to the game.

We got to the game around 3pm and stopped to get a "first game" certificate for each of the boys and then buy them shirts at the team store (I couldn't find any in their sizes at sports stores near us.) I thought we'd be at the game for 2-3 hours which would be perfect because they wouldn't sit for much longer than that. When we went to our seats it was already the 8th inning. Oops!

I felt horrible, but B said he'd never seen a game go so quickly. At least our tickets were free; I'd have felt worse if we paid for them.

Being late to the game actually worked out because the Bambinos were squirmy little children and were constantly up and down in the two free seats next to ours. We were surrounded by Yankee fans, but  everyone was super nice and B's friendly enough that he makes friends with people within minutes anyway. Peanut was a little confused because he'd clap every time the people around us clapped. But really, who can resist a happy little guy wearing the wrong shirt enthusiastically clapping for your team?

Overall, we had a blast, three of us participated in the wave (Bug was more interested in driving his cars on his seat,) they yelled "Go M's!" and "Go Mariners!" and we just enjoyed being in each other's company.

I love Safeco Field, the weather was perfect and we get views of the mountains and the ocean. And, former Mariner Ichiro was playing for the Yankees. It was good seeing him back on our field even though they beat us. But....I really can't wait until football season. I hope we get to take the Bambinos to a game before the weather gets too bad.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Live With What You Love

Yesterday, I mentioned that I overhauled a wall in our home. It didn't take very long and I'm in love with the result.

In my old apartment, Roomate had styled this box on a shelf in my room and I loved what she did. So, when I had a blank wall I wasn't sure what to do with, I copycatted: I found some similar boxes at Target and had B hang them up.

Immediately, I hated them. I knew I hated them, but I didn't want to admit to B that I hated them. They hung, mostly unused and unstyled for months. Occasionally I'd make a lackluster attempt at putting something in them, but I just didn't like them.

After my epiphany I decided I wanted a bunch of prints that reflect who we are. So, I turned to Google images and made a bunch that are completely different and random but seem to all go together.

I found the perfect shelves at Target and some letters at Joann's. I found a bunch of frames at the Goodwill and did a lot of spray painting. I took down the boxes so only the molly's and screws were left. I measured out where I wanted the shelves and left blue-tape markings for Boyfriend so he could hang them while I was at work. He even spackled the holes and touched up the paint before I got home. I am so in love with the change.
This, reflects our style, not some weird, too-modern, floating boxes that are too small to actually put anything in. Now, when I walk into our home, it feels light, and airy. It feels balanced and it feels like us.

An unknown person said: Live with what you love. And I'm really beginning to love what I've done to the place. I know people will walk out of our house feeling like they know us better than when they walked in. And they might just be surprised to learn a thing or two!

I love that.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Home Improvements

I spent a ton of time last week preparing our house for family pictures. I love the lifestyle pictures people do, you know, the ones where everyone's piled on a bed looking like they're having so much fun and it's a common occurrence to hang out in bed all day.

I love the relaxed feeling of photos done in a person's home so although I was apprehensive because we have a lot of work to finish on B's house, I agreed to have photos taken there because this is the first house we lived in as a family of  four and although it is not perfect, we're creating a lot of memories there. These memories I want to preserve and cherish for many years to come.

Of course, I did what any good blogger does: present only the best version of the house!

The first thing I did was finish the mobile that I started probably 6 months ago. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted an overly-dramatic mobile like Kat Von D has (I cannot find a picture of for the life of me) but I knew that paper cranes might be kind of difficult to work into children's decor, so I gave up that idea but was determined to come up with an alternative.

One day, the idea of paper planes popped into my head. We live not far from the municipal airport and the Bambinos have always loved pointing out the planes flying overhead. I still haven't revealed the "nursery" because I've never really felt like it was done. But, I finished the mobile, hung it up, and it gives a whole other vibe to the room. It feel like it's one of the last decorative pieces that needed to be added so I will be ready to reveal the nursery soon. and I love that it was a collaborative effort since B made most of the planes and I put it all together. And their Papa works on airplanes so it's almost like there's a piece of everyone is included.

After the mobile, I got to work hemming a bunch of curtains that have been hung for a long time. (Actually: I cheated, I used iron on hemming stuff, I didn't sew a thing.) And, I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, but some of our smaller windows only had one panel of curtains so I added a 2nd panel and it made a huge difference. The windows look much more "decorated" now.

The third thing I did was make a cute little welcome mat for our front door. I'm in love with it! It's funny how such a small thing can make such a difference.

After glancing at my welcome mat for the 436298th time, I had an epiphany: my boss at my wedding planning internship says people should walk away from your wedding feeling like they know you better. Why shouldn't your house be the same?

Too often, I buy stuff because it goes, or I have a space that needs to be filled, but I just don't love it. So, with my recent epiphany, I gave myself 989 more things to do. We're fun and a little crazy, we're vintage and hip hop, we're glamour and grafitti, we're Michael Jackson and Seattle. I have no idea how I'm going to make it all work in our home, but I'm determined to. I completely overhauled one wall and the bookshelf in our house (and I'm in love with the finished result!) so I'll share that tomorrow.

What are your favorite parts of your house? Do you feel like people know you better after leaving it?

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

6 Reasons Why I Fail At Father's Day

I pretty much failed at Father's Day this year. If you ask B, he'll said it was fine, and he doesn't need much. But, I love holidays, I love doing things for people and I generally just planned poorly this Father's Day.

Actually, I thought it was the next weekend.

It wasn't until Friday I realized my mistake.

I think I added too much pressure on myself because B did such a good job at Mother's Day this year.

I woke up when I overheard the Bambinos on the monitor, and almost asked B to get up, I was seriously sleep deprived all week getting our house ready...and then I remembered what day it was.

I almost asked B to get up and let me sleep in on Father's Day.

Fail #1.

I got up and gave each Bambino a different colored pen so they could draw in B's card....the card I'd picked up just the day before.

Fail #2.

Then, I put the Lowe's gift card I'd picked up on Saturday (are we seeing a pattern here?!) in the card and gave that to one child while I gave a chocolate bacon lollipop to the other child. I opened our bedroom door to let them give the gifts to their Daddy and followed with day old doughnuts left over from family pictures the morning before.

Fail #3. Day-old doughnuts?! It was supposed to be funny. No one ate them. And B didn't get the joke.

I suggested Kona Kitchen for breakfast and thankfully B agreed.

Fail #4. We went to my favorite breakfast place on Father's Day.

On the way to breakfast, I convinced B to look at a couch (HELLELUJAH!) so after a yummy breakfast of Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast (me) and their version of Pigs In A Blanket (boyfriend) we were stuffed and headed home. I kept asking what he wanted to do with the day, and the only thing he came up with was go to the park or something low-key. How cute is that? ! He could have said anything and he picked something simple like the park.

But first, B suggested we stop by my dad's work so we could wish him a Happy Father's Day and then we looked at a couch at World Market. We decided to keep looking but at least B's agreeing to look, I've been trying to convince him for months that we need to get a new one so this was huge.

Back at home, I finished planting the flowers I started planting the day before. Somehow, Boyfriend ended up raking up all our beauty bark.

#5. He ended up doing yard work.

I tried stopping him; I told him he should be sitting in the hammock relaxing with a beer, but he pointed out that the hammock is broken and we don't have beer.

Fail #6. Isn't it un-American to be without beer on Father's Day? That's like a dad-right or something.

After yardwork, we went to (where else?) Doofer's for dinner. That was his choice.

After dinner we played in the backyard for a bit and then we ended the day with B reading the Bambinos a bedtime story.

I think this was the most heart-warming part of my day, watching the three of them read the story.

After the Bambinos were tucked into bed, we cuddled on the couch and decided not to watch a movie because we'd both fall asleep so we were lame and flipped through the TV channels until it was bed time.

All in all, I'm sure B would say he was ok with the day and he had fun, and all that really matters is that he was with his family, but I know I can do better. He's the most amazing dad; he deserves to be spoiled. I feel like Dad's get one day the whole year and I didn't spoil him the way I would have liked to. But, I'm still kind of new at this Father's Day thing too, so all I can do is plan better in the coming years.

I just now realized that I didn't hang the Father's Day banner I made for B's first Father's Day  and I wanted to recreate the Bambinos mustache pic. (Are those reasons #7 and 8?) Oops!

I really want to start some kind of tradition too. Do you have any kind of Father's Day traditions? Please share in the comments!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I've Got A Pocket Full Of Sunshine Part II

"They're so grown up!" I heard over and over while we were in Eastern Washington.
"Don't remind me," I always replied.

As someone who sees them every day, it would be easy to overlook the differences in my children, but these last two months they've really grown up. Every single day I'm amazed at their vocabulary and how much it's growing. They're using longer, more complex sentences. I can just imagine how my Grandma feels since she hadn't seen them since Christmas.
This is quite possibly one of my favorite pictures I've taken of Peanut
Stopping at my Grandma's Sunday, we ended up filling the house with family. A few aunts, uncle, cousins, kids, cousin's new husband, there were so many of us there. We laughed, we ate, we reminisced, we teared was a house full of love.

My cousin gave my Grandma her 80th birthday present early....
 a newspaper from the day she was born! How cool is that? I think it's cool that there's enough old newspapers around to actually make a business out of it. I can think of a few people who I'd like to give one of these. And I wish I had picked up a newspaper the day the Bambinos were born. Or, had someone else pick one up 'cause, you know, I had just been cut up and everything.

One of my Aunt's pulled out some Legos, but the Bambinos and my couisn's daughter, Avery, were just to young to play with them. They mostly pulled them apart and tossed them around. Bug likes pouring out the big Legos we have and listening to the sound of them as they tumble out of the bucket. He also likes the feeling of pouring them on his lap. Silly kid.

It was so, so, so warm in my Grandma's house with all the people in there. If my children actually liked being naked, I would have at least taken off their shirts. Bug laid down, put Legos on his forehead and would gently shake his head to make them fall off. A few minutes later I glanced over and saw this.
The warmth must have gotten to him because he slept on the Legos for a good 15-20 minutes before I woke him up so we could leave. I tried getting all the Legos around him, but couldn't get the ones actually under him without waking him.

As Bug slept on his bed of Legos, we were going through some of my Grandma's old papers (she still has ration books from the war!) when I turned to see this tender moment between her and Peanut.
 She was tickling him and he was soaking up the attention. I'm so glad they've gotten to spend time with my Grandma the way I did when I was younger. My Aunt Jill would probably be astonished to know this, but Eastern Washington is my Happy Place. It's where I go to unwind, relax, slow down, listen to the songs of the birds, the lapping of the waves at the lake, the bouncing of the basketballs on the court, and the giggles of my children in the background. It's where I go to be surrounded by love.

I just wish that the Bambinos got to spend even the tiniest amount of time with their Great-Grandpa
 It's because of him that I call Peanut, "Peanut." It's because of him that Peanut has the middle name that he does. It's because of him that I'll always think of twinkie and ding-dong as a swear word. I thought about him a lot while we were at his house this time.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

I've Got a Pocket Got A Pocket Full of Sunshine

Don'tcha just hate when you take an unintended blog break? These last two weeks at work have been nuts, and I haven't even been able to write on my lunch break....I haven't been taking lunch breaks! Let's talk Memorial Weekend......

Friday we headed over to Eastern Washington where we immediately went to the rodeo again, juts like last year. And then left. The Bambinos are just too young to go to things where they need to sit still and not drop their Hot Wheels under the bleachers. Maybe next year.

Saturday we attended my cousin's bridal shower. She married a guy from England last fall (it was just the two of them, how cool!) They had a ceremony in England a few months ago, and they're having one here in July. My Aunt and other cousin (the brides sister) went with an English tea theme and it ended up being so cute!

How cute is my cousin! I don't think she takes a bad picture. Can I tell you how good those chocolate raspberry sandwiches were? That's why there's hardly any left in the photo.

While I enjoyed the party, the Bambinos hung out with my uncle and cousins doing boy things: basketball, rocks and dirt. Bug gets such a kick out of the free- range chickens, especially when they're in the front yard in the morning. He loved looking out of the window exclaiming, "Tickens!"
How gorgeous is my aunt & uncle's back yard? They have 6 acres.

 Just like last time, they love the "tampeen." They'd run around and around with a little jumping thrown in. Peanut was still getting his trampoline legs and looked like a little drunk man trying to navigate his way :)

More than once he leaned too far over and lost his balance.

It's a day wasted unless it involves playing in dirt! I love that my aunt and uncle's has so much for them to do and explore. Having two boys of their own, my aunt is super laid back and doesn't care if the Bambinos are rolling in dirt or playing with small rocks. "Throw 'em in the bath!" is what she says.
The day ended with ice cream in the back deck after a bath. Why I didn't give them a bath after the ice cream I'm not sure, but the mini drumstick ice cream cones are pretty cool.

I'll update on Sunday tomorrow, this post is already long.

And now you've got that song in your head.
You're welcome.

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