Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Catching Up With Evan - 7 Months

Evan first pulled himself up when he was 7 months old. He did it the first time at daycare.  Missing any firsts from my son is devastating to me, but I put on a good front.  I told the daycare from the beginning that I didn't want them not to tell me things, because that's what they would do, not tell and just wait til the baby does it at home for you to see it "first".  I choose not to live in a world of illusion.  Evan is at daycare for eight hours every day, it was bound to happen.  

He was seven months in the summertime.  My in-laws have an awesome pool that we get to spend lots of time at, and Evan loved it!  At first he was scared of the little float that my mother in law bought him, but he warmed up to it quickly.  I realized that I don't have photos of him in it since I was there beside him.  I think I'll have to round some up.  

Here are some photos of Evan at 7 months old, feels like a lifetime ago....

napping in his bouncer

loves to cross those legs

in his walker playing with his cousin

All the cousins together.  Now there is one more.

On his playmat.  Love the bright colors, hated trying to keep it clean.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

House Tours - Laundry Room - After

As I mentioned a few days ago, my husband and I are making efforts towards purchasing a home.. HOORAY!  And with that said, House Tours has been edited.  But don't worry I think it will actually be better, for all of us. My new plan is to just show y'all around my house.  This of course will involve at least cleaning the room before taking photos so you don't know how much of slobs we are.  No major changes are going to happen in this rental though.  In the laundry room I only made some minor adjustments to make me dread entering the room less.  If you would like to see the room before check here. And here's how it looks now.

The worst thing about the room was how dark it was.  Mostly because I had a red curtain hanging up, so I took that down.

  I bought a shelving unit that now lives to the right of the dryer.  And I bought a rack to hang up the broom, mops and whatever else made sense. 

I made some little posters to hang on the cabinet doors that make me smile. 

I tidied up opposite the machines.

And I didn't touch this closet at all! I really want to get the tools and stuff organized asap though. 

As a special bonus I cleaned my downstairs bathroom this morning so I can show you that too.  How exciting.  Click here to see it!

House Tours - Downstairs Bathroom

Our first floor bathroom is off of our kitchen.  Our only shower is in there and it couldn't be any further away from our bedrooms.  It's not ideal, but it gets the job done.  

When we first rented our house someone was in the process of being evicted from it so it was kind of trashed.  The landlords tried cleaning and fixing stuff.  A for effort I guess.  Our first floor bathroom looked ridiculous.  All of the paint was peeling off of the walls.  I wish I had a photo of it, but I don't.   Anyway, my husband got in there and did it the right way, well as right as he was willing for our rental.  Primer and the proper paint for a bathroom.  It's better now, but I am not a fan of the color we chose.  In my mind it was a beachy, fresh vibe we were going for.  I feel like it's more on the cookie monster scale.  Let me show you around.

The doorway from the kitchen

Looking in.

The closet

Linen closet is a must have for me.  The bottom of this I believe is supposed to be for a hamper, but as you can see the hinge is broken.  What's in there I just tossed in  awhile ago and forgot about honestly. 

Can you tell we have a kid?  Toy central.  Oh, and I have an overabundance of products myself, Yes I know. 

Another must have.  A curved hotel rod.  If you don't have one.. You should. 

Weirdest window frame ever.  There is one window in our house stays up without one of those sticks you see here.  That's right, ONE, and not this one obviously. 

The vanity.  Other than the nice amount of counter space, I hate just about everything here.  But it get's the job done. 

I am candle obsessed.  I just bought this one today and it smells amazing.  Only five bucks too! 

All of my (showing) linens are white, not that brilliant of an idea for a downstairs bath mats.  Everything always looks dirty, and I constantly have to wash the mats.

View to the yard from the window.  I keep the curtain closed pretty much all the time, even though the neighbors are pretty far away. 

Well, there you have it.  Depending on what area of my house needs to be cleaned next, that's probably what I'll show you.  Are you like me, and love peeking inside other peoples houses? 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Trying to Conceive

Trying to get pregnant is horrible.  Getting pregnant is great...usually.  I think.  I've only done it once but I was pretty pleased about it.  My first pregnancy was a "happy accident", although you can't really consider it an accident I guess if you do nothing to prevent it from happening.  It just wasn't entirely planned, or thought out.  

This past November I missed taking a few of my birth control pills and warned my husband accordingly.  Again, we did nothing to prevent pregnancy.  When the time came, and I realized I was not pregnant and also pretty disappointed about it, the discussion began.  It wasn't much of a discussion really, I just told my husband I was ready and he was okay with it.  We knew all along that we wanted our little ones pretty close in age.  I thought we would wait until the end of this coming summer to try again so that I wouldn't have to endure pregnancy in the stifling heat of summertime.  But I knew I was ready.  

I am not trying to complain about the fact that it's three months later and we have had no success yet.  I know that's not a long time in the grand scheme of things, and that there are so many devastated people out there just waiting for their day, for their chance to hold their new baby in their arms, and that have endured so much pain in their journey.  What I'm saying is that all things are relative.  In my world, it feels like forever.  

I spend the second half of my life trying NOT to get pregnant.  Naturally, I assumed that if I actually tried it would be easy.  I am a classic over-thinker (thanks Mom).  I like to think every single tiny thing that happens in or near my body is an indicator that I am pregnant.  I also like to waste lots of money on home pregnancy tests and take them too early.  

I am nearing that time again.  Emotions are in high gear and I just have to wait.   Fingers are crossed.  


What's your conception story?  Did you have to try for a while, or are you trying now?  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thankful Thursday

OK, so I am aware that it is Friday, but I didn't get around to posting yesterday and I didn't want to go without taking a moment to reflect on something positive.  I need it!

As you may know, this past Sunday, my camera broke.  The lens is stuck in the extended position and I can't even get it to turn on.  If you are anything like me, this is a devastating occurrence.  I have a 14 month old baby for starters.  I want to capture as many of his moments as I can, and he seems to change by the minute.  So as horrible of a thing as this was to have happen, I was lucky enough to have the means to purchase a new camera. I am so very Thankful for that! 

I had actually been secretly wanting a new camera for a while.  Since I have taken on some new endeavors that involve my publishing photos for all to see, I feel as though they should be decent quality.  Not that my camera was terrible, it just lacked a few features I desired.  I'm almost certain my husband thinks I broke my camera on purpose so I could get a new one.  I didn't. I promise.

Anyhow, I did a little research and set my sights on what I thought I wanted, and then Wednesday after work I picked up Evan and headed to the mall.  When the guy helping me pointed to the empty shelf where the camera I wanted should have been located, I was disappointed.  We got to talking about the features I was looking for and if I could order the camera, yada, yada, yada.  Turns out,  a different model was a better fit for me.  And, it was $100 cheaper.  Score!

I ended up with a Nikon COOLPIX S8200.


I wanted to take a picture of my actual camera, with my camera, but clearly that is impossible. I don't want to get into the specs, and all that, you can look into it if that sort of thing interests you.  I am not well versed in that kind of thing.   But from what I understand it takes better quality photos than the more expensive model, whose better feature was the zoom, which I am not all that interested in.  It should be great for close ups for recipes and for items in my shop.  It also works well in low light and for moving objects, like a toddler! So far so good!  

What are you thankful for today? 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Catching Up With Evan - 6 Months

On the day Evan turned 6 Months old, he sat up unassisted for the very first time.  Funny how he chose to do it on that day so I could never forget. It  was also the first time he slept through the night in his crib.  That was a big day.  He still to this day spends a lot of time in mommy and daddy's bed, but at the very least he starts out in his crib so I don't have to go to bed at 8:30 like I did last night (he had a rough one).  I never intended to be a co-sleeper, in fact I never gave it too much consideration at all, it just happened, and quite honestly I have enjoyed it a lot for the most part, especially since I don't get to see my son during the day, as I am working, so I miss the crap out of him.  I'll take any time I can get.   Yesterday, Evan became officially 14 months old, I think I am going to wait to write all of the monthly posts in proper order (not like you don't know what he's up to!).  

My photos should be much better from now on too, unless they are old, cause momma got a new camera today!  More about that later, but for now...

Evan at 6 Months.

Look at me sitting up!! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Camera Broke!

Yesterday I was somewhat deep in the throws of creating.  I have been working on tons of stuff to stock up my shop.  Also I was planning on going to visit my mother in law, whose birthday was on Friday so I was making her some Red Wine Cupcakes.  And I was making some Mexican Mac and Cheese to bring over for dinner.  Not to mention I got an extra day at home with Evan since it was President's Day and I didn't have to work.  So I was busy, and thinking all the while of all these great things I would be able to blog about.  And then it happened.

My camera broke.


The lens is stuck in the outward position, and I can technically turn it on and off but nothing happens, besides the beeping and the screen says "lens error".  Even if I plug it into the computer I can't see any pictures.  Needless to say it's really not great timing for this to happen.  I doubt that anyone ever says, "Well at least it's good timing for something super annoying to happen."  So now what?

I'm pretty sure I have to buy a new camera.  My son changes on a daily basis and additionally I'm trying to build a business that relies heavily on photographs.  I suppose I have the option of trying to get the camera repaired, but I would hate for the cost of repair to be the same as a new camera, and I'm sure I wouldn't know until I actually brought it somewhere.  So I think I have my work cut out for me, since I have no idea what I need in a camera, and I don't really have the time to get too involved in the process.  I suppose I will find a few options within my price range, and read the reviews.

If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear em!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Farmer's Breakfast Casserole

My kitchen and I haven't been all that close lately.  I have been so busy!  Excuses, I know.  It's so much easier to grab whatever is quick and easy, but I love me some kitchen time!  Here is a recipe for a pretty easy hearty breakfast to feed the whole family, probably for more than one day.  

Farmers Breakfast Casserole

1 roll crescent dough
1/2 pound Maple Bacon
1/2 Red pepper chopped
1/2 Green pepper chopped
1c chopped mushrooms
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
8 eggs
2c shredded cheddar cheese
2c shredded mozzarella cheese

After your bacon is cooked, move from baking sheet to paper towels. 

Scramble up the eggs and then mix in the cheese.

You'll know that it's done by placing the blade of a knife in the center, it should not be runny.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thankful Thursday

This week has been pretty good.  Despite the oral surgery I had yesterday.  My spirits are higher than they've been in a while.  Today I celebrate my first sale through my Etsy shop.  Although I have sold a few things to people that I see in person, I have my first official sale through the website.  I am so grateful for the boost that has given me because I have become so in love with creating for my shop.

I think it's a good thing that I can't choose only one thing to be thankful for each week, must mean things are looking pretty good, huh?  So, secondly I am thankful for the idea that we may be buying our first family home in the near future.  We tried this past summer to get our affairs in order and just couldn't get it together.  This mama may be getting her own nest soon!  I can't even explain what that is like for me.  I love doing home improvements and decorating and would love for it to be happening in our own place.  This may mean my House Tours are going to change a little bit, but don't worry I'll still show you around, I just probably wont be making any drastic changes. And hopefully before long I can show you around OUR house!!! Keep your fingers crossed for us! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Catching Up With Evan - 5 Months

I may feel like I got punched in the face a bit, but my surgery went well and I think the recovery will be pretty easy.  I should be laying down and resting but that's a tough thing for me to do, so I have to sprinkle in a little bit of "doing stuff".  I just paid all of our bills, which always feels nice to get out of the way.  I ordered some new fun stuff to go along with some ideas I have for my shop, very exciting! And I wanted to make sure to stay on schedule with my lovely little Evan catch up session. 

He's pushing 14 months now, it's so hard to believe!  He's so awesome, I love him more every day.  I love that he is so interactive now too.  He's starting to throw words around.  He's been saying "mama" and "dada", and "more" for a while now.  He will point and say "wsat?".  Jibberish if you aren't paying attention but he's actually inquiring as to what an item is.   The ceiling, the couch, the fridge, anything he feels like mentioning.  He loves pointing at things.  

The other morning we were watching Sesame Street while I procrastinated on getting ready for work.  He said Elmo a few times, pretty cute, I think that's a common one.  I'm sure I don't help matters when I buy him a furry Elmo Chair.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand, Evan's fifth month was the last one where he really seemed like a little baby, it's been a wild ride ever since.  

My go-to, the tummy time shot 
Looking a little chin-y in his high chair.  

One of my favorites of all time.  Bum in the air! 

He wasted no time holding his own bottle. 

In his favorite spot, his swing. 
   Stay tuned, His sixth month was a big one!  

Try Not Laughing

I'm having some dental surgery done today.  I'm pretty horrified at the concept so I'm getting knocked out.  Hopefully, I'll be lucid enough later on to write a bit, but for now... 

Try not to laugh.. I dare you!  

He's just so excellent! 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Great Shower

I really wanted to write today about how I had this amazingly therapeutic shower.  Mike and Evan were napping on the couch and I went into the bathroom and actually shut the door for a change.  I turned the water on and climbed in.  I imagined that the perfectly temperatured water would run on me for as long as I could stand it.  I wouldn't have Mike coming in to pee while I was in there.  I wouldn't hear Evan whining from the living room.  It was going to be awesome.  


Here's the problem.  We live in a house that has an apartment attached to it.  Our landlords live in said apartment.  Anytime our neighbors turn on any sort of water it makes our shower water so scalding hot that you have to jump away from it.  Kind of like if someone flushed the toilet.  I'm guessing this only still happens in older houses, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.  So apparently it was run-the-water-time in their house while in the shower, because I was scalded three times.  

Instead of talking about how awesome my shower was, I have added number reason number 372 why we need to buy our own house.  


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