Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Another week gone by and another Thankful Thursday is upon us. Boy they fly, don't they?!?!
So this week I am feeling quite "simple." Thankful for all the simple things in my life.
  • I am thankful that Kaiden got to "visit" with G-ma & G-pa this past weekend. Web cam has made it easy for us to do this since we are 2300 miles away.
  • I am thankful for makeup. If you read this post, you'd know why.
  • I am thankful that our "activities" will be starting up again in a couple weeks. We have been going stir crazy in the house. It's just too doggone hot out there to be setting foot outside on a regular basis.
  • I am thankful that Kaiden hasn't been sick once since he has been born. Hubs and I were just talking about that the other day. Not even a sniffle.
  • I am thankful that we have leftovers in the fridge. That will free me up from having to come up with a menu tonight.
  • I am thankful that I have been sleeping relatively well the past week. Usually I wake up a few times during the night, but not this week. I've been tired, ya'll!
  • I am thankful that So You Think You Can Dance is SOOOOOO good this season. I love me some dancing shows!

Thanks for stopping by and have a Thankful Thursday!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Is that what I think it is?

Yesterday I woke up in a pretty good mood for 4:45 in the morning. I went through my morning routine…wandered into the bathroom, peed, wash hands, dry hands. Then I looked up and saw myself in the mirror. I gasped. I rubbed my eyes and looked again. I thought, “Is that…? No. It can’t be.” I leaned in for closer look and there it was. Smack dab between my eyes. Staring back at me. Mocking me, as if to say “Well, good morning sunshine!”

That’s right my friends. A pimple. [Dah, dah, daaaah]

But not just any pimple. No sirree. Not just a little “you won’t even notice I am here” type of blemish. You know when you are talking to someone and they have a big mole or pimple on their face and you really aren’t listening to what they are saying because the whole time you are thinking to yourself, “Whoa. What is that? Don’t stare, don’t stare, don’t stare?” Yeah. It’s like that. Only worse.

Now this is not a new occurrence for me. I have been having problems with my skin for about the past 5 years. Precisely the time that I moved to Arizona. It’s almost like I rode into town and my face just erupted. It hasn’t been the same ever since. Not that they are all this bad, and certainly not always smack dab in the middle of my face, but my skin is never really clear all the way. I really don’t remember having this sort of problem when I was a teenager. Yeah, I mean, here and there I would get a pimple. But I was 13. Those things are supposed to happen when you are 13. It’s called puberty. I am 30 now…so what’s going on? Yeah, yeah hormones, right. Maybe. I think there is something in the water.

Over the past five years I think I have tried just about everything. Dermatologist. Yeah…been there. Organic products…tried em. Proactive…didn’t work. I’ve practically tried every face wash out there. And you know what I hate the worst? Every time I go to try a new product I explain what is going on and how I have a problem with breaking out…yada, yada, yada. They ALL say to me, “Oh, I know what you mean. I have a problem with adult acne too. But with this product it all went away.” Now I know darn right well that she hasn’t had any problems because her skin is flawless. Flaw-less. Ain’t no way.

So, my point. When I was at my mommy get-away weekend I had a custom facial. The esthetician told me to try yet another product line called MD Solutions (no I am not getting paid to do a product review). I did notice a difference for about a week after I had that facial with these products. I have been putting off buying the stuff because of its $40 price tag…just for the face wash. But, I am desperate. Desperate people. I guess I am gonna break down and go get me some just after junior wakes from his nap. The least I can do is try, huh?

Ho hum.

In the meantime, if you see me out in the next couple of days you can stare. Go ahead, I’ve been there. I don’t mind.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The smartest man in the world

Our church service this weekend was our last service about the "End Times" in which our pastor preached about what happens when we die. He was talking about how we all will get new bodies when we die, but somehow our loved ones would still recognize us in heaven. He didn't know what we would look like. Maybe we will look like we did in our best year ever or maybe we would look completely different. So, last night hubs and I were in bed reading and I asked the loaded question.

Me: "Who do you hope that I look like when we go to heaven?"
Hubs: "I hope you look exactly the way you look now."
Me: "You don't hope I look like Angelina Jolie?"
Hubs: "Nope. I hope that you look just like you."
Me: "What if you don't recognize me?"
Hubs: "Why wouldn't I recognize the most beautiful woman there?"

Smart man.

A little time went by and I took a break from my new book that I am reading "The Power of a Praying Wife." The book made me wonder if I was being as good of a wife as I could be. I figured I was on a roll so I kept going with my loaded questions.

Me: "Who do you think is the best wife in the world?"
Hubs: "You are."
Me: "Better than Angelina Jolie?" (you see I am on a Angelina kick!)
Hubs: "Of course."
Me: "Better than Britney was to Kevin when they were married?"
Hubs: "By far."
Me: " Better than June Cleaver?"
Hubs: "Ooooo. You know that June Cleaver was the ultimate wife and mother, right?"
Me: "Yes. Am I a better wife than her?"
Hubs: "Yes, honey, you are."

And that, my friends, is why I married him. No one else would put up with me.

101 random things about...ME!

I have been working on this list for a few weeks now. Why? Just because, okay. I thought it would be fun. It's hard to come up with a 100 things about lil 'ol me, but I did it. In fact, I am such an overachiever that I actually came up with 101 things. As I read it back to myself I find that it is all sort-of random, but hey, I believe that I am a random type of gal (Maybe that should be #102 on my list!). Sit back and enjoy getting to know a bit more about moi!
  1. I am a wife.
  2. I am a mother.
  3. I am a Christian.
  4. I have never seen "The Godfather" movies or Sex in the City and I am OK with that.
  5. I don't like ketchup.
  6. I always mix at least two cereals together.
  7. I peel the skin off of peaches before I eat them because the fuzziness weirds me out.
  8. I have chewed Extra Peppermint gum since high school.
  9. I have a soft spot for puppies.
  10. I once watched a "Chorus Line" every Sunday for an entire year.
  11. I have traveled all over Europe.
  12. I am terrified of spiders. And wouldn't you know it, I found a tarantula on my front porch crawling towards my front door not too long ago! YIKES!
  13. I don't have any cavities.
  14. I am obsessed with Post-it notes.
  15. I eat hot dogs with the meat and bun. Period.
  16. I can curl my tongue under but not over.
  17. I hate shopping.
  18. I have never broken any bones despite my clumsiness.
  19. I like to take two showers per day.
  20. I almost always get a tall, non-fat, x-tra hot latte when I go to Starbucks.
  21. I like to watch any movie with dancing in it.
  22. I name my cars.
  23. My favorite car was Gretchen. RIP.
  24. I like to write lists.
  25. I like even more to check things off my lists.
  26. I hate it when people don't say "God bless you" when someone sneezes.
  27. I wear a size 9 shoe.
  28. I don't like feet.
  29. I like pepperoni and mushrooms on my pizza.
  30. I don't like onions.
  31. I sleep with three pillows. One under my head, one at my back and one between my knees.
  32. I grew up in Phoenixville, PA and now I live in Phoenix, AZ.
  33. I love the beach.
  34. I talk to myself. A lot.
  35. I eat fondue every year on my birthday.
  36. I believe in love at first sight.
  37. I am shy.
  38. I am a homebody.
  39. I start listening to Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving.
  40. I am an early riser.
  41. I hate talking on the phone.
  42. I am a germ-a-phobe.
  43. I like to follow rules.
  44. I think I have an undiagnosed case of ADD.
  45. I have the bladder of a 6 year old.
  46. I have a new found love of reading.
  47. I barely ever finish a tube of chap stick because I usually lose it before I can.
  48. I love ice cream. Especially with brownies.
  49. I sucked my thumb and had a blanket named "Bockie" when I was young.
  50. I like fancy drinks. But only if they aren't too strong.
  51. I don't watch hardly any TV. When I do, though, I am obsessed with TLC.
  52. I had a gerbil when I was young named TJ who walked with a limp.
  53. I am scared of change. But if I am pushed, I will probably try anything.
  54. I know how to change my own oil. But I prefer to pay the 25 bucks to have someone else do it.
  55. I am a Conservative.
  56. I try to eat all organic products as much as possible.
  57. I have green eyes.
  58. I have a B.S. from Penn State University.
  59. I spent one semester studying abroad in England.
  60. I always knew my "calling" was to be a wife and mother.
  61. I rock my son every night before he goes to sleep. It is my favorite part of the day.
  62. I route for the Philadelphia Eagles even though every year they let us down.
  63. I am always on time. (unless someone I am with makes me late!)
  64. I am a child of the 80's but I never permed my hair.
  65. I love concerts in the park.
  66. I would rather receive a card or flowers then an expensive gift.
  67. I hate unloading the dishwasher.
  68. I like to iron.
  69. I wear glasses because I have astigmatism in my left eye.
  70. I was never a "worrier" until I had kids.
  71. I can't sing, but sometimes I think that I sound just like Celine Dion when I am in my car...LOL!
  72. I don't drink soda.
  73. I know how to use chopsticks, but prefer to use a fork.
  74. I play sudoku.
  75. I love to snuggle.
  76. I put God in control.
  77. I am pretty good with directions. If I go somewhere once I can usually find it again with no problems.
  78. I have only gotten one speeding tickets in my life.
  79. I have only gotten in one accident. It wasn't my fault.
  80. I always sneeze twice.
  81. I like the color red.
  82. I am a Pisces. Even thought I don't believe in that stuff.
  83. I hardly ever use change. I am saving it up for a rainy day.
  84. I am 5'7"...and 3/4.
  85. I don't tan, I burn. So, I hardly ever sit out in the sun. Especially not without sunscreen and lots of it.
  86. I don't have any tattoos.
  87. I had my belly button pierced but took it out before I got pregnant.
  88. I have one older brother.
  89. I am pro-life.
  90. I like to work out. As long as it doesn't involve running.
  91. I listen to country music but only found out that I actually liked it about 3 years ago.
  92. I am goofy.
  93. I hope to one day own a hammock.
  94. I prefer to write with pens rather than pencils.
  95. I love to go to the theatre. Especially to see musicals.
  96. I have a Chihuahua named Paco.
  97. I won a pageant in high school called the Dogwood Pageant. That made me the Dogwood Queen. HA!
  98. I have dark brown hair which used to be quite blond when I was young.
  99. I mumble in my sleep.
  100. I am always cold. Well, except when I am out in 110 degree Phoenix.
  101. I like my eggs scrambled.

So there you have it!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Another week for "Thankful Thursday." Today is Thursday, right?! All the days seems to be running together and with NO sleep last night (more on that later), I am lucky that I know my name today.
  • I am thankful for girlfriends. A night away for quick chit-chat can do wonders for the soul!
  • I am truly thankful for my hubs. He goes out everyday to “fight the world” so that he can provide for his family. I am truly blessed that he does this (with hardly any complaints, mind you) and gives me the amazing opportunity to stay home to be a wife, mother and homemaker.
  • I am thankful that tomorrow is a new day since today doesn't seem to be doing me any favors (as I hear Kaiden screaming after napping for, oh, all of 10 minutes).
  • I am thankful that I don't have any chocolate in the house right now. Cause if I out. I'd probably eat the whole darn thang. And it's only 9:30 in the morning. LOL.
  • I am thankful for free passes to the Arizona Science Center. We can enjoy a museum this weekend and beat the heat compliments of hubs employer.
  • I am thankful for a beautiful home that we live in. With the state of the economy, real estate and forclosures right now...yikes. We are blessed.
Be sure to check out the other contributors to Thankful Thursday to be inspired!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pampers Points

I thought I should probably post about Pampers Points because I had no clue about it when we first brought Kaiden home and started buying diapers. I think we probably bought like 10 packs of diapers before someone told me about the program. For all of you mamas out there that are in the dark like I was, this is for you.
Go to Pampers "Gifts to Grow" and sign up. Enter your codes on every pack of diapers or wipes and earn FREE stuff! Woo Hoo!

Monday, July 21, 2008

National "Blah" Day, Christmas in July and the End Times

So this weekend was pretty blah to say the least. Probably since I have been feeling a little "blah" lately. As a friend of mine put it, it must have been National Blah Day since she too was feeling a little blah herself. I guess blahness is okay on a here and there basis. We can't be chipper all the time. Can we?

So anyways, the plans for the weekend were sounding pretty good on Friday. Chris got an email on from a co-worker that said there was a "Christmas in July" celebration in Glendale. Now if you have ever been to "Glendale Glitters" in December we figured it would be something like that. Vendors, Santa, music, food, etc. Saturday seemed to be the perfect day to go since it has been somewhat overcast we wouldn't be out in the scorching sun like most of the summer has been. We packed up and headed to Glendale. Maybe we got the wrong weekend because there was nothing going on. No vendors, no lights, no Santa, nothing. The only glimmer of Christmas we saw was a few random folks in Santa hats, a few red and green balloons scattered about, one store playing Christmas music and another store doing some face painting for the kiddos. That's it. If you want to call that a Christmas in July celebration I've got news for you. So, we had "linner" (our new word for lunch and dinner combo) and headed home disappointed. Blah.

Then on Sunday we decided to head to the later service at church in which they are doing a series on the End Times. Chris and I have been extremely interested in this subject. We have so many questions as to what will happen in the End Times so we couldn't wait to hear this weeks message about the Tribulation. I must admit I walked out of that service with more questions than when I went in. Basically he gave us four different "scenarios" of what people believe may happen and some basic information so that we can do the research ourselves to figure out what we believe. No real definitive answer. It truly wasn't what I was expecting to hear. So again, blah.

When we got home I tried to put Kaiden down for a nap with no real success so we decided to get out the blow up pool that we had bought for him awhile ago. He LOVES the water and is totally content to sit there and splash. Instead of packing ourselves up every time we want to go to the community pool we figured this blow up pool would be a good time waster right here in our own backyard.

Thank goodness for my little guy lifting my mood a bit when I saw him playing in the water. How can you be blah when you look at a face like that?! I think he may have just saved me from having National Blah week.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Free Blogger backgrounds

Like my new look? I stumbled across this site with a TON of free Blogger backgrounds...all super cute! Check it out!

Thankful Thursday

I was searching out there in blogland the other day going from one blog to the next, hitting one from the other and another from the prior and so on. About a half hour later I ended up at this blog….not really sure how the heck I got there, but none-the-less I thought she had a fantastic idea. So, I am going to participate. My new weekly post is now titled “Thankful Thursday.”

Thankful Thursday will consist of a weekly list of about 5-10 things that I am thankful for that week. And, you guessed it, I will post it every Thursday. Boy, you guys are sharp! I thought it was a fantastic way to stay focused on one of the reasons that I even started this blog in the first place…to take each day and remember the memories and enjoy the wonderful life that I am ever so blessed with. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day “rigamara” and forget that we need to be thankful for both the big and little things that God has given us. I encourage you (even if you don’t have a blog) to write down some things on a daily, weekly or monthly basis that you are thankful for. Look back at it often. Especially on those days that you feel like you have been beaten and bruised and life has gotten the best of you. I know it will inspire you to stay focused on what is really important in our lives.

  • I am thankful my husband doesn't have to travel for a living. He has been gone for a business trip the last day and will get back tonight. I can't imagine having to say goodbye to him every week..I miss him!
  • I am thankful that we are healthy and happy.
  • I am thankful that there is a such thing as caffeine. I love coffee but have never been a daily coffee drinker. I find myself "needing" it a little more often since I became a mom.
  • I am thankful that God chose me to be my son’s mother. I can't imagine my life without him.
  • I am thankful that summer is about halfway over. I'm pretty sure that I can hang in there for two more months. It's brutal.
  • I am thankful that I have a reliable car. I know so many people that have to take their cars to the shop constantly.
  • I am thankful that the Internet was invented. It's a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.

Go check out some of the other contributors to this post...I know you will be inspired!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Life as we knew it

I was sitting here trying to figure out why I didn't get as much stuff done today that I thought I would. Then I remembered...Kaiden started crawling on Friday! Nuf said.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Read all about it

I went to my book club on Monday night and the leader handed out a list of all the books that we read in 2007. I thought I would pass it along because I am always looking for a good book to read and would rather have a suggestion from someone else rather than going to the library and aimlessly wondering around hoping that the book that I pick up will be good.
The book club that I am in meets the first Monday of every month. Since it is set up by a woman in my church, we read books by Christian authors. Mostly fiction books...occasionally we will read a non-fiction, but we far more prefer fiction. Since 2007 was a busy and crazy year (I'm exhausted just thinking about it!) I didn't get a chance to read all the books, so I will just list the ones that I can attest to.

A Voice In The Wind by Francine Rivers
The Guy I'm Not Dating by Trish Perry
The Ultimate Gift by Renee Gutteridge (this is a movie also, but the book far exceeds the movie)
A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin
True Devotion by Dee Henderson
The Oath by Frank Peretti
Miss Invisible by Laura Jensen Walker

Some other books that I read on my own that are worth reading are:
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner
After Anne by Roxanne Henke
Eve's Daughters by Lynn Austin (we read this in book club in 2006 and it was great!)
Louder Than Words by Jenny McCarthy
The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears

The books that I am currently reading are:
Last Light by Terri Blackstock (it is really good so far and I have only just started)
Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Happy reading!

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July weekend

Our weekend started on Thursday night. Anthem has their fireworks every year on 4th of July eve. They hold a little festival at the community park all day with rides for the kids, a beer garden, a band and, of course, ends the night with fireworks. So we packed up the clan, grabbed our blanket and headed to the festivities.

Then on Friday, Chris had some gift certificates that he has been meaning to use up. So we figured that was as good as any day to pack up for a trip to Scottsdale Fashion Square for the afternoon. We ended up getting brownie mix and a fruit muddler at Williams Sonoma. Chris' new drink of choice is a mojito and we were using a spoon to muddle the limes and mint, but that wasn't cutting it. So, we needed q muddler!
*Side note: Could Williams Sonoma be the most overrated kitchen store in the world? The prices are so outrageous for simple things that I could find at Target or Walmart for more than half the price.*
Then we went to Nordstroms. Chris gets gift certificates periodically from his work for his birthday, holidays, etc. It is only $25 so it is always a "chore" to try and find something for that amount at Nordstroms. We usually find ourselves walking aimlessly around the store in an unsuccessful attempt to spend the money. He typically ends up getting underwear or socks but even then sometimes has to pay a difference. But this time, Chris couldn't really find anything that he was interested in, so I got some makeup. Thanks honey!

Saturday we decided that we were going to take Kaiden to the community water park. He is really starting to love the water and will splash about. He loved it!

Finally, on Sunday, we decided to take Kaiden to his first Diamondbacks game! We made sure to get the cheapest seats (for fear that we wouldn't be there that long!) with no one else around so we had plenty of room to spread out. It was a great way to end the weekend!

Teething Terror

As the wise Kate Gosselin once said, "I have already decided that today I am going to lose my mind." (Kate Gosselin, ya know, from Jon and Kate plus 8. Come on people, stay with me here.)

Everyone that hates teething raise your hand. I mean, come on, what is up with teething? It's like some sort of sick joke. As if pregnancy and labor wasn't bad enough, we will throw in a few months of no sleep once the baby arrives. Then, just when you think that things are getting better because now he is sleeping through the night, teething begins. Great. Thanks for that.

I feel like Kaiden has been teething forever. He started "teething" at about 4 months, but of course, didn't get any teeth until 6 months. Those first two finally popped through and I think that we had a week or two break where he was back to normal and happy-go-lucky. Then it started all over again. Two months of teething then we finally see some teeth. But the kicker is that he is getting like 4 teeth at a time which makes him extra cranky. So we just came off of a two week "break" and now here we go again...only this time has got to be the worst. I mean, he can't get any crankier than this. Can he? Don't answer that. I don't know if his molars are coming in or what, but for the love, hurry it up, would you! He has his whole fist in his mouth constantly. So, if he isn't crying from the pain he is practically choking himself from shoving his fist down his throat. To make matters worse I feel like I have tried every teething remedy I can think of to no avail. Tylenol...check. Motrin...been there. Orajel...done that. Teething tablets...tried it. Teething rings...double check. Chewing on a cold cloth...negative. It's not affecting his sleep at night (thank goodness for that) and he hasn't gotten any ear infections either. Just a little diaper rash here and there which I can totally deal with. Now nap time is another story. He fights it and fights it and fights it. Then, once I do get him down, he only sleeps for a short amount of time. Clearly not enough time for him and clearly not enough time for me to regroup. I know I will make it through, I know I will make it through, I know I will make it through...

So that is my "woes of motherhood" story for today. Next time you see me I will look (and feel) 10 years older.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mommy Germ-a-phobe

I must admit, ever since Kaiden was born I have become the biggest germ-a-phobe in the world. I have armed myself with hand sanitizer in my purse, in the diaper bag and even on the coffee table in the house. I guess I can somewhat blame it on the nurses while he was in the hospital. They made us wash our hands after we touched anything. Touch the door handle, wash your hands. Touch the cabinet, wash your hands. Touch your purse, wash your hands. Rightfully so. I mean with him being born 10 weeks early we didn't want to take any chances of him getting sick while he was in the NICU. This continued after we brought him home. Again, since he was a preemie and we brought him home during RSV season, it was imperative that we, along with everyone else that touched him, washed our hands. But then I got this strange addiction to analysing everything that we came across. I would think of the door handles on doors to restaurants and even the menus themselves. Think of all the people that touched them! How about shaking hands with about 10 different people around you at church when they inevitably say "Meet a new friend today and welcome those around you." Knowing full well that I just heard the guy behind me hacking up his right lung, but you don't really have a choice. It would be rude to say "Good morning and welcome to church. I can't shake your hand though because I am a germ-a-phobe and you should probably be at home in bed with that cough of yours." But what grosses me out the most, I think, is the handles on shopping carts. Think about it. Day in and day out those things get used about 100 (or more) times a day for years and years and years by people that have had runny noses, didn't wash their hands after using the restroom, etc, etc, etc. But, do you ever see anyone with a can of Lysol or a jar of disinfectant wipes out there wiping them down? No. Gross.
So, now Kaiden is sitting up and he no longer needs to sit in his infant car seat while at the grocery store. I was freaking out at this thought and didn't know what I was going to do. He is now at the stage that he is grabbing everything, germs or no germs. Now I will give it to them, Fry's and Safeway have started leaving the disinfecting wipes out near the carts so that we can wipe down the cart before you touch it. But, I find myself at Walmart (which I go to two or three times a week), Costco and Target without any wipey dos. Yick. So, what did I do? I bought a cart cover! This has to be the BEST invention ever. Surely invented by a germ-a-phobe like me. It eliminates Kaiden (and my hands too) from touching the grimey cart and it also makes that hard cart really comfy. Most of the time Kaiden is lounged back, feet up, enjoying the ride. Problem solved! Although I don't think that I will mention the fact that I still wipe down the cart first with the disinfectant wipe before I put the cover on. What if I touch the cart while accidentally while putting the cover on?
Now I just have to figure out how to handle the other germs in this world...