Friday, December 30, 2011

Ode to Ootie

Somebody has a birthday today!!!
She is a great friend, wonderful person and all around super cool gal. 


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Brody 3 month video

Back by popular demand or at least by a parent's tiny bit of obsession...Brody's 3 Month Video!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I love that Brody was baptized this past Sunday and that we had family there to share in the moment.  I also love that he was wearing a family heirloom.  The gown was made in 1949 for my dad by my great grandmother.
I love the Santa sack that we ordered for Brody from Pottery Barn kids.  We of course are getting the large sack and I can't wait to see it.
Speaking of Christmas I am loving that it is right around the corner.  I feel like I missed last year since I was so sick from being preggo.  I love all of the holiday movies that will play on television.
I love that I have lost a couple more pounds!  Only 13 more to go until I am back to pre-nugget weight.  It's definitely coming off slow but I am trying to stay positive. 
Last, and this might be why I still have 13 more pounds to go...I love the new Arby's Philly cheese steak sandwich.  I try not to eat fast food often but we tried this last night and it was yummy.  The peppers were still a little crisp like they hadn't been sitting under a heat lamp all day.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Make B a Winner!

Brody has entered his first contest!  It is a Halloween costume contest on Facebook.  The winner is chosen on who gets the most "likes" on their picture in the bank's album. I (of course) want Mr.Man to win so if you can please go to the page below and "like" his picture (he’s the dinosaur) I'd appreciate it. :) You don't have to download an app or anything just a quick "like". Thanks everyone!

Click here to vote for Brody the dinosaur!

Come on- let’s win this costume contest!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spooks, smores and more!

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween!  I took off half a day from work to take the little man by a local bank's Boo at the Bank.  He was so good and kept flirting with all of the female employees.  Here is the pic they took that will be for their costume contest.  Of course I am bias but I think he is the cutest:
Our little Dinosaur (he's not that scary)
Our neighborhood has a massive amount of trick or treaters (around 300-400).  We had tons of candy!  Speaking of candy I really think each year they go up in price.  We made a fire in the backyard to make smores and hot chocolate. 

Yum Yum

B looked so cute in his costume!  He was even giving the "thumbs up" while his daddy was holding him:
Of course after all of the fun with the festivities little man was so tired.  He passed out on the couch and did not budge at all for awhile:

So we made it thru our first holiday as a family (I don't count Labor Day).  Looking forward to Thanksgiving and this Christmas!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up

Happy Monday!  I can actually say that this morning because I had such a good weekend that I am not dreading this morning.  I spent some much needed catch up time with the nugget and Bill.  Friday I made Halloween treat bags for some of our special Halloween spooks that will come to our house.  Saturday we finally hung shelves in Brody's room I had been planning to do for some time.  I think they really help to "complete" the wall.

Saturday afternoon we made our annual trip to Green Acres pumpkin patch in Milan. Bill had already been this year to get some pumpkins.

He loved looking at all of the scenery and displays.  Next year will be even more fun when he can help gather pumpkins.

Sunday evening we had our annual Fall Fest Celebration.  What is Fall Fest?  This is a special holiday that Bill created several years ago.  We basically pay homage to all of the things we love about fall ...from food to activities.  This year was scaled down a bit due to the mini human but I made chili, beer bread, and butter pecan cupcakes.  Here are our pumpkins (our as Bill says punn-kin) we carved.
My pumpkin

Bill's pumpkin
This weekend I also picked out and ordered matching Christmas stockings.  I can't wait till they arrive.  Bill's stocking will be Santa, mine will be Mrs. Claus and Brody will be the reindeer/moose. 
I also ordered B some super cute Christmas long johns with a reindeer on the toosh.  Adorable!

O.k. that's my weekend wrap-up.  Happy Monday and Happy Halloween.

Friday, October 28, 2011

For your viewing pleasure...

I finally finished some videos of Brody I had been working on.  They are several minutes a piece and if you enlarge the screen to full size it can be kinda blurry...Hope you enjoy! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Great Weekend

Happy Monday everyone!  O.k. I know for most of us that statement is a bit of an oxymoron.  We had a great weekend...gorgeous weather and my dad and step-mom came to visit on Saturday.  I was so glad that my dad was able to spend time with B.  He hasn't seen him since August so you can imagine he was amazed at how big he had gotten.  Here are some pics of the proud grandfather:

Of course B had to charm everyone with his grin.  Personally I think he gets that from me. :)

Here we are together.  I obviously didn't get my height from my dad. 

We all went to eat for lunch on Saturday and Mr. Man was especially good.  Sunday we went to church, visited Bill's grandmother at her assisted living home and then met our friends Ashley and Andrew for dinner.  If you don't have a newborn you probably think my weekend sounded uneventful but when you're toting around an almost 12 pound mini-human completing all those outings with no massive meltdowns was a good accomplishment.  Monday we go again!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Thank gosh it's Friday!!!  Woo hoo we've almost made it to the weekend.  It has definitely been a busy week.  Last weekend Kristy and Sarah came to visit. 
Here we are all dressed up for the Delta Mu 50th Anniversary Celebration in Union City.
I tried on so many dresses and made the girls decide for me.  I've been feeling so self-conscious lately with how I look.  Still trying to get the baby weight off...Blah!
Brody LOVED having Kristy and Sarah visit.  Here he is charming them with his grin.  He also loved spending lots of one on one time with Daddy while I got to spend some time with the girls.  I'm so glad Bill loves taking care of him - he's a pro! 
Me and B saying goodbye to the girls.  My mini-human is getting so big!

Work has been super busy this week...working late and coming in early some but no complaints.  I'm lucky to have my job!  I'm especially looking forward to this weekend because my dad is coming to visit.  He hasn't seen Brody since August so I'm excited for him to see how much bigger he's gotten.  Really hate that he doesn't live closer but love that he's making trips to come see us.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I'm becoming one of "those people"

Oh no!  It's happening!  I am slowly becoming one of "those people".  You know certain parents with certain annoying tendencies (ones that I swore I would never do).   Here are just a few traits I've developed:
#1 I'm obsessed with pictures of my child.
Yep!  Every day I take an obscene amount of photos of Brody and I get so excited when someone asks to see a picture of him.  As I'm showing the pictures I hear a voice in my head saying "stop!  they only asked to see one picture" but of course I ignore it and keep scrolling thru picture after picture after picture.  In my defense I do try to delete all of the "bad" and duplicate pictures (because of course I will take 3 of the same picture).  When we recently received the proofs for Mr. Man's newborn pictures.  Which ones did we choose?  Well the same any obsessed parent would...all of them!  Rather than choose between the pics we of course just ordered the CD with all of them. 
#2 I act like a complete goober with my child. 
I sometimes find myself making silly faces and talking in a goofy baby voice to Brody.  I just wonder what Brody is thinking while I'm doing this.  By the expression on his face sometimes it's probably "what the hell is wrong with your face and voice?"
#3 I think my child is perfect.
You know the saying "nobody is perfect" well that phrase was obviously coined before my mini-human was born.  As I'm writing this blog I keep glancing over at him sleeping and even with the nasally snorting sounds and intense loud gas he is passing I couldn't imagine a baby being more perfect than he is.  OK you're thinking I have my "parent blinder" glasses on but judge for yourself:

OK because I can't just show you one pic (refer back to my first statement) here are some other cute pics of the nugget. 

And another one...

Alright I will stop with the photos. 
So if you see me out in public you have been warned. :) 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ode to Sarah!

This post is dedicated to my friend/ZTA sister Sarah!  Woo Woo it's your birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day - eat some ice cream cake! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Things I don't get...

Happy Tuesday!  Today's post is about things I don't "get" or fully understand.
Lady Gaga
O.k. I know she is an "artist" but I really do not get Lady Gaga.  From her wearing a dress made out of meat to her alter ego Jo Calderone character she's created I just think she's strange.  Of course I know part of the reason for her antics is to keep and create buzz about her (which of course obviously is working since she is included in this blog).  I don't want to offend any of her "little monsters" out there so maybe it's just me getting old and uncool but if she's ("he" when she is her Jo character) is your cup of tea then that's definitely your perogative but I just don't get it.

The next thing I don't "get" is how there is so much pressure put on new mothers that are planning to go back to work.  Several people have made comments to me about going back to work.  Everything from kind of criticizing how much maternity leave I am taking or the fact that I am even going back to work at all and putting Brody in daycare. What I find really ironic is Bill took one week off work and no one ever commented or said anything like "wow you're only taking one week off work" and NEVER did anyone ever question whether or not he intended to go back to work after the baby was born.  I've always planned to go back to work after having the nugget.  I've worked really hard to get where I am in my career and I'm just not ready to give that up.  Plus the last time I checked my bank account I hadn't won the lottery so even though we would be o.k. financially I'm not willing to make the lifestyle adjustment to living on just one income.  I don't feel guilty about going back to work or putting my child in daycare (I know that may change when I drop him off) but with all of comments it's almost like I am starting to feel guilty about not feeling more guilty.  I don't want anyone to misinterpret what my opinion is on the subject. If you want to go back to work after having a child then I think that's GREAT...if you decide not to then that's also GREAT. Basically I feel that you should do what is best for YOU and YOUR family. To each his own right? 

The last thing I don't get is the insane media attention surrounding Beyonce's pregnancy announcement.  Don't get me wrong I like Beyonce and I LOVE me some Jay-Z and I definitely enjoy my share of entertainment news.  I completely understand media outlets like E! devoting a majority of their broadcasts to such an announcement but is it really national news worthy?  I'm not saying it shouldn't be a blip on the news but certain news organizations had it as their lead news story.  Really?  I just don't get it.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Goodbye weekend - hello Monday!

Is it Monday already?  Even though I am on maternity leave I still really enjoy the weekends because Bill is home and we're both able to spend time with the mini-human.  I also get the chance to have a bit more freedom to get out and about.  This weekend was especially good because we celebrated a couple milestones:

Brody turned 1 month on Saturday! 
He partied like a rock star, drinking bottle...after bottle...after bottle...after bottle  haha
Baby Daddy (aka Bill) celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday.  We went out to dinner (minus baby) with our friends Andrew and Ashley on Saturday night.  It was the first time I had been to a restaraunt with Bill in 6 weeks!  Then Sunday morning we started the day off by making our first very succesful trip as a family to Wal-Mart.  I know at first it may not really sound like an exciting time but when you haven't been in over a month and you're toting a baby completing the errand was actually quite thrilling.  We celebrated our accomplishment by picking up Perkin's mega-muffins for breakfast (of course I ate oatmeal instead damn diet).  The day ended with us going to Bill's parent's home to eat dinner and cake (I said no to chocolate cake double-damn diet).
Sunday I also recieved the proofs for Brody's newborn pictures! 
We were really pleased with how they turned out.  If you've ever had the experience of taking newborn pictures with an 11 day old baby then you'll understand how stressful the process can be.  During the session I kept joking with the photographer I'd be pleased if we got just one picture.  She was great in working with Brody and calming him down and we definitely got more than one picture.  :) Thankfully the photographer narrows down the proofs so you aren't sifting thru hundreds of pics.  It's still going to be difficult to decide on which ones and how much to order...Brody doesn't really need a college fund does he? 
Click Here if you'd like to check out our photographer's website.   

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Well another week has passed which means it's time for another addition of What I'm Loving Wednesday (please try to contain your excitement)  haha
Flipping Out
If you've never watched this show you should check it out.  It airs on Bravo and follows house-flipper turned interior designer Jeff Lewis.  From over the top clients to Jeff's demanding no-nonsense persona it's one of my favorite shows.
Boudreaux's Butt Paste (The Original)
Got a diaper rash that seems to never end?  Then rub some of this on your bum.  O.k. I know if you're reading this odds are you don't have diaper rash but if you have a mini-human (aka baby) GET THIS PRODUCT!  It works wonders. 
iPod on my iPhone
Over the past few weeks I've been reminded on how much I love my iPod.   It makes exercising or a screaming baby much more bearable.  What's on my play list?  A huge variety of music:  everything from Pink, Randy Travis to T.I. 
Family coming to visit
I love that my dad made another trip to visit Brody.  He brought my step-mom and aunt also.  He lives almost 3 hours away so I appreciate him making trip.

  That little grin!
I absolutely love that Brody is starting to smile.  It doesn't happen to often but when it does it is super cute!  I have a feeling if I'm not careful this could be a tool used against me in the future to get what he can you say no to those pearly whites I mean gums?