Monday, October 16, 2017

Lucky 13

And I'd choose you,
in a hundred lifetimes,
in a hundred worlds,
in any version of reality,
I'd find you, and I'd choose
YOU.
-Kiersten White, The Chaos of Stars

October 16, 2004...





















...to many, many more!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Uncle David

Saturday morning, my dad called my cell phone and told me 'I have some bad news.' We just went through a cancer scare with him a few weeks ago, so my stomach immediately dropped thinking he was going to tell me he did have cancer. When he said 'It isn't about me', my next thought was something had happened to his brother who has had too many medical issues to list in the last 10 years. He told me that my mom's brother, David, had died of a heart attack. He was 69 years old.

My Uncle David was the sibling my mom has always been closest to. So many of her childhood stories involve him tormenting her in some way and her constantly trying to tag along with him. In our family, even though he wasn't the oldest, he was kind of the boss of the siblings. He was kind, he was funny {he was such the joke-teller and practical joker}, he demonstrated the faith he was so proud of, he was a great father, an amazing grandfather, a fun uncle. He was a great man. My heart hurts mostly for his kids and grandkids and my mom who has lost her best friend from her whole life. It makes me realize that my parents are getting older. I found out that he is the 3rd generation male to have a heart attack {my grandfather had one when I was a baby but survived, but I didn't know his dad died of a heart attack at 63}, and that makes me scared.

But my family has always been strong and rallied in times of sadness. My grandparents were amazing people who raised 7 kickass kids. I feel blessed to be a part of this family and have known and loved this amazing man.

He was the family picture taker - he would always irritate everyone making us stop for pictures, ha, and he'd always send out a Shutterfly album. Every Thanksgiving he made us go around a circle and say what we were thankful for. He loved to drink beer, play 42, and listen to polka music. He was always going to garage sales and would keep a running list of all the things we had him looking for. He could fix anything. He was awesome and will be missed.

We will never be the same as we were before this loss but are ever so much better for having had something so great to lose. -unknown




Friday, October 6, 2017

Five on Friday

When you miss work on Monday NOT to go to the spa with your mother-in-law as planned but to stay home and clean up puking kids, the week sure goes by fast when you're back at work... {grin} [Sidebar: I am so furious at the Lake Austin Spa right now. Brent has bought Mother's Day spa packages for my MIL and myself 3 years in a row, and because we didn't call with 24 hours notice to reschedule our spa treatments they are saying this uses up our gift cards. Seriously? I didn't have 24 hours notice that Drew was going to be barfing. So angry, and I keep calling up there to talk to different people, but so far, no dice.] Let's have a little Five on Friday today!

ONE
Miracle Mist

I can't believe I've never blogged about Miracle Mist before. I use it for SO many things - diaper rash, breastfeeding issues {chapped, damaged nipples, thrush}, cuts, etc. The homeopath I love so much recommended it when Drew and I had thrush, and I just love it so much. I recommend it for all mothers and especially new mothers for those rough first few weeks of breastfeeding.


TWO
Greenlife pans

I mentioned a while back I wanted new cookware. I would love to have Le Creuset everything, but that isn't in the budget. I found these Greenlife pans that are affordable {the set below is $100 on Amazon!} and pretty good quality. Do I think they'll last a long time? Not necessarily. But they're a great option for now.


THREE
Going gluten free

Ugh. Our family doctor wants Trent and me to go gluten-free. For Trent, it's to see if it helps him on his continued MTHFR journey. For me, it's because I'm having some inflammation issues which are likely food-related. At home, this isn't hard. It's everywhere else I'm struggling. Trent's class cooks a lot and does a lot of pot lucks - it's impossible to monitor those! And eating out and grandparent treats...ugh. Anyone done this successfully and have any tips?

FOUR
Mole removal

One day this spring my sister made a comment about a mole on my back and thinking it needed to get checked out. I finally scheduled an appointment in early August with a dermatologist to get checked out. I haven't done this since Trent was a baby! The dermatologist took 5 moles off and 1 of them came back 'moderately abnormal' - the one my sister saw, so I had to go back in to have more tissue removed. I now have a lovely 2" scar on my back. But I'm thankful my sister got onto me about this because our mother had melanoma when we were kids, and we have a friend from high school with a crazy foot-long scar wrapping around his head from recently removing melanoma. SO GET YOUR MOLES CHECKED!

FIVE
Jeggings

I need to do a whole separate post about my weight loss journey with Paige since it has been such a different experience than with Trent and Drew. The short story is the weight isn't coming off easily AT ALL. So 9 months post-partum I still have so far to go. And I was tired of thinking I didn't need new clothes because I wasn't going to be this size that long. Well, yes, I am. I desperately needed some new jeans since that is a huge part of my wardrobe. My bestie, Kristen, told me about finding some 'pull-on jeans' as she calls them and how amazing they were, so I went on a hunt for them and found some great options at Old Navy with their Rockstar jeggings. I got 2 pairs - one normal denim and one black - and will probably go back for more as they have TONS of colors. THEN, my friend, Lauren, who owns Southern Peach Clothing, was telling me about Moto jeggings that they are carrying now. And I think I need a pair. How cute are these olive ones?


Anything fun worth sharing??


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September 2017 Reads


Okay guys...this was kind of a lame month. When you get done seeing what I read this month, you are definitely going to roll your eyes. Don't say I didn't warn you!


First, I read 4 books by Kristan Higgins. I hadn't even heard of her until September started, but I read another book review of one of her books and decided to try it out. Fast forward 2 weeks, and I'd read 4 of them. So they must be AMAZING, right? Nope! They're fun, but they're Nora Roberts-lite or the perfect plot of a Hallmark Channel movie. Will I continue to read them? Yes. Am I likely to find the best book of 2017 in them? No.


Then I spent the second half of the month plowing through the 4th Game of Thrones book, A Feast for Crows. Talk about the exact opposite of a Hallmark Channel book! I figure if by now you aren't reading these books or watching the show, my review isn't going to get you there, however, I love them! This book really started to show differences from the show, so it was really fun to have a lot of it be new to me. 

See? Not really the best of book review months. Here's to hoping October goes better {for review purposes at least, ha}!

Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2017 Goals: Fall Bucket List

We've started my favorite time of the year {and Brent's least favorite, ha}. Lots of giddy, cheesiness happening in our house right now - I confessed to the kids that I was really close to putting Christmas carols on in the car. They are definitely my kids because Trent responded 'Yay!'. {grin} So let's talk about goals for the fall!

First, a recap of September goals:

1. Try 2 new recipes - I tried 2 new recipes, but neither were a success, boo. Back to the drawing board!
2. OTF! - The Orange Theory Fitness near me opened September 14, and I've gone 4 times, and it's so awesome. I have had the same instructor all 4 times, and he's great, and I love that I don't have to think - I just do what he says and get a great workout!
3. Clean kitchen island - I wanted to have it look good every day, and that didn't happen. BUT I did make a more conscious effort to clean it up on a regular basis. Clearing clutter and moderation in eating will be my lifelong battles, but I think as long as I keep at it, I'll keep improving!
4. Fruits and veggies - See #3, same answer. {grin}
5. Print pictures - Finished on October 1! And with a 40% off coupon!


1. Pumpkin Patch - We went a few times to a Pumpkin Patch near our old house {the picture above was when Patty and I took the big 3 kids - and had Drew and Mayer along in our bellies}, but it's too far away from the current house to convince Brent to go {remember he hates holidays!}. However, a local church has a more manageable one that I think I can convince Brent to go to.

2. Carve Pumpkins - I think Trent and Drew would really enjoy doing this together. Trent and I will have to get over being grossed out by the pumpkin seeds first though, ha!

3. Halloween Stroll - Around the square in our town, they do a Halloween Stroll. I found out about it last year the day after it happened, boo. This year I definitely want to hit it up. I think you can drink while strolling, so I should be able to get B on board!

4. Daily Outside Time - The high yesterday was 85 degrees. ALL THE PRAISE HANDS EMOJIS! While Brent played in a golf tournament, I walked down to the park with the kids and they played for about 30 minutes. And I was only a little bit sweaty! So while fall is making its way into Texas, I want to really get us outside every day and soak it up.

5. House Cleaning - We have a cleaning lady who comes every 4 weeks. I do a bare minimum of cleaning in the intervening weeks, which leaves the house pretty grimy by the time she comes back. My goal this month is to get the house a good scrub in the second week between her visits.

6. Kids' Vitamins - I have gotten really lazy about giving the kids their daily vitamins. I think the hard part is I have always passed them out in the morning, and there's just too much going on in the morning getting to school on time. I'm going to switch it to after school and get back to doing this every day.

Here's to a happy fall for everyone!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Currently: Where's Fall?

Current Book


One could seriously be a Hallmark Channel movie...and the other couldn't.

Current Song


Shawn Mendes There's Nothing Holding Me Back {Drew asks for it on repeat!}

Current TV Show


Season 3 is SOOO good - not shocking since book 3 is probably my favorite!

Current Drink


The last thing I had to drink today was water!

Current Shame-Inducing Pleasure

Did you see that cheesy book up top? Yeah, I've read FOUR other books by Kristan Higgins this month. I am pretty embarrassed about that fact!

Current Outfit

I meant to take a picture today because I was dressed relatively nice. Now I'm in pajama pants and an old t-shirt of Brent's.

Current Celebrity Crush

I seriously can't wait for an engagement announcement for these 2!

Current Mood


Current Anticipation

Mine and Brent's 13-year anniversary is just a few weeks away!
We have an overnight trip planned, and I'm really excited.

Current Wishlist

Nothing fits. UGH. So a new wardrobe...or losing the last of the baby weight. {grin}

Current Film

Allison and I had to cancel our date to finally see Pirates 5 when she got strep throat {seriously, having kids is the worst}, so I think we'll switch gears pretty soon to likely Oscar contenders.

Current Picture

Hahahahaha


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

9 Month Comparisons

I'm not sure that anybody but me enjoys these posts, but I sure do love seeing how my babies stack up!


Trent:
Weight: 18 pounds, 6 ounces - gained 9 pounds, 13 ounces
Height: 28.5" - grew 8"

Drew:
Weight: 16 pounds, 14 ounces - gained 7 pounds, 14 ounces
Height: 27.5" - grew 7.5"

Paige:
Weight: 17 pounds 3 ounces - 7 pounds, 4 ounces
Height: 27.5" - grew 7.5"

*I'm most surprised that Paige has now gained the least amount of weight, although I guess with her being the biggest that shouldn't really be a surprise.

*I think Paige still looks the most like Trent, but I think that is largely due to her face shape - she has the same perfectly round face with big cheeks where Drew's face is more narrow. You can definitely tell they are all siblings though!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Grow Baby Grow {Paige} - 9 Months

We had such a busy month with Ms. Paige! I can't believe she's 9 months old - the last 3 months have really flown by, and she's changed so much. This month the list of new skills is amazing!!


Stats:
Weight: 17 pounds, 3.5 ounces {25-50%}*
Length: 27.5" {50%}
Head circumference: 43.5 cm {40%}
Clothes size: 6-9 months or 6-12 months
Diapers: size 3 in disposables, 1 snap up and 1-2 snaps open in cloth
Hair: dirty blonde {she might be my lightest}
Eyes: same blue/brown/green/gray hazel as the other 2 but WAY more blue

*Paige was consistently weighing about 1 pound more than Drew {sticking with the birth weight difference}, but this month, that gap narrowed to about 5 ounces which surprises me. I did note in Drew's well check at 9 months she was weighed with her diaper on, but that wouldn't account for THAT much of a weight change. So this surprised me this month!

This has been a big month for Paige with lots of new tricks! She can wave, clap, sign, mimic, blow raspberries, stand unassisted {WHAT?} - See? New tricks!

I would say there are 2 main things to note about Paige: First, she is just the absolute sweetest girl! We get so many comments on how sweet she is, how smiley, she is truly JOY personified. Second, this girl LOVES food. She is always down to eat, starts kicking her legs with excitement when I open the fridge...I think her favorite place is her chair at the kitchen island, ha.

Speaking of food, she eats so much and has never turned her nose up at anything. We've added meat to her diet this month! She's had spaghetti with zoodles, deer breakfast sausage, and grilled chicken. She's had rice, a tiny bit of pasta, beans, a couple of cracker sticks, but we've mainly still stuck with fruits, veggies, and simple proteins {like eggs}. Very little carbs and only a teeny amount of dairy {a tiny piece of a cheese stick}. Her teachers at school comment on what a great eater she is, too! She eats usually 3 meals a day, although breakfast on weekdays is usually just some fruit since she's not up for very long before we leave. I've also learned the way to keep her happy in the car - I pass her raisins, ha!

Paige still loves water! Anytime I turn on water - washing dishes or her diapers - she tries to jump in. She loves her baths or being in the shower with Brent or me.

She loves her siblings - especially Trent. I think Drew is sometimes an accidental tormenter a little too often still, ha. She and Trent have a special song I made up that they dance to before bed, and Paige will jump out of my arms to get into Trent's when I start singing 'their' song. I love it!

Paige sleeps pretty good. This month she slept through the night EIGHT times with a 5-night streak! This brings her total to 10, so month 9 was huge! Bedtime fluctuates a lot based on day of the week - she sleeps so much more at home than at school, so on school nights bedtime is sometimes as early as 6:00 and on weekends can be as late as 8:00. It's also hit or miss whether she'll go right to sleep or cry and need extra help falling asleep.

Another tooth {top right} broke through bringing Paige's total teeth to 3 - so cute!

Paige is not nearly as interested in nursing as Drew was. Paige's nursing habits revolve around sleep - either before bed or just when waking up. If I try to nurse her any other time, it ain't happening. So on the weekend, it's usually about 4-5 nursing sessions.

She is still consistently napping twice a day - about every 2.5 hours. At school, naps are 30 minutes {ugggggh}, but at home, they are easily 2 hours.

Paige signs 'all done' and understands when I sign 'more' and 'water' and 'eat'/'food'. She is still saying 'ma-ma', 'ba-ba', and 'da-da', but I still don't think she's associating any of it.

We are having such a blast with Paige, but she really needs to slow down this growing up business!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Last 24

Well, I am back from Chicago. Had a great time meeting my co-workers, the meetings we had were fantastic for talking about the future of our organization with some really great leaders, and Brent and the kids rocked life without me. BUT...the last 24 hours or so are worth sharing in detail because sometimes you just gotta laugh...and blog about it. {grin}

Wednesday
6:00 PM - Arrive at the airport for my 8:00 PM flight. Get through security - always a fun experience and adding 30 ounces of breastmilk to the mix is an added pleasure. Find out my flight is delayed until 11:00 PM. Womp, womp.

6:45 PM - I was hoping to just push through and not pump until I got home, but knowing my flight was delayed 3 hours...it isn't going to happen. Try to pump in a family bathroom because my flight is in Concourse A and the Mother's Room is in Concourse C - how is there only 1 room? But I get interrupted after less than 10 minutes by a woman in a wheelchair needing to go to the bathroom. The kicker? Aunt Flow has returned after an 18-month hiatus, and I am 0% prepared - isn't that just the icing on the cake?


7:00 PM - Double check at my gate that I didn't misread something - yup, flight is truly delayed 3 hours. Go pump sitting in a stall in a regular bathroom. Enjoy one lady next to me who is farting up a storm.

7:30 PM - 11:20 PM - Read, buy snacks, find a vending machine with Aunt Flow products, talk with other passengers, calculate how much sleep I'll get, get ice for my milk, clean out my email inbox {get it down from over 600 to 35!}...all such super exciting stuff!

11:20 PM - We take off for Austin! Get more ice for my milk because what I had from before has melted and leaked all in my suitcase. I try to sleep the whole flight and am pretty successful.

1:30 AM - Land in Austin. Walk a million miles to my car, stop to get gas {of course I'm way past E}, drive the 45 minutes home.

2:45 AM - Get home! Best feeing in the whole world. Find roses from Brent {pink! my favorite!}, a note from Trent and a drawing from Drew. Cue the waterworks!

Trent's note said: Dear mom, hope you had a great trip we missed you! We got flowers for you thanks for being my mom. Love Trent

3:20 AM - Finally get in bed!

6:30 AM - Alarm goes off. BOOOOOOO. Get up, get kids up and get them ready for school. Trent comes out of his room with a blazing stye, so we decide to keep him home since those suck. Paige has her 9-month well check, and Drew wants to come along since Trent is now getting to go.

8:15 AM - Well check for Paige! I love these appointments so much since I am such a stats nerd. Today should have been her 9-month post, but this post was needed, ha. Leaving the well-check realize Aunt Flow has overflowed. Super. While making a u-turn due to road construction, I hit a traffic cone and get it lodged under my car. A random stranger pulls over to help me get it out. Take D to school, but decide to bring P home for a good morning nap.


12:15 PM - Load T and P up because Trent is starting with a new behavioral therapist today. Take P to school and go to T's therapy appointment. Also, go to Academy to get him new tennis shoes and Drew some soccer shorts.

3:00 PM - Get D and P from school.

4:30 PM - Leave for D's soccer practice. 

5:30 PM - During practice, Trent's eye looks worse. We'd been doing warm compresses and I had him take some omega-3, but there isn't much else to do for a stye... I was kind of surprised it looked worse, so I texted a picture to our eye doctor {her older daughter and Drew are besties at school}. She lets me know she thinks it's infected and to bring Trent in for an appointment in the morning because he probably needs oral antibiotics. 

6:30 PM - When we're home keep texting with our doc, and she suggests giving him antibiotic eye drops first which we have some leftover from Trent's eye infection in the summer. Keep doing warm compresses on the couch, repeat eye drops at bedtime.


9:00 PM - Trent in bed, eye still looks awful. :(

Isn't that a super fun last day???

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Emmy Fashion 2017

I didn't watch much of the Emmy's because I don't watch that much TV anymore {am I 37 or 87, not sure}, but I did catch maybe the last hour or so and was excited by Sterling K. Brown's win {I watch This is Us!} and The Handmaid's Tale/Elizabeth Moss since that was a book club book {even if I haven't seen the show}, and Nicole Kidman's win for Big Little Lies {another one where I've read the book but haven't yet watched the show...but plan to!}. 

However, you know I was scouring the internet for the Red Carpet pictures! And sadly, I didn't recognize a lot of the people...I felt like my granny who had a subscription to The National Inquirer until the day she died, but as she got older she didn't know a lot of the celebrities, ha. So I decided to just focus on who I think was Best and Worst Dressed. The one caveat was I had to either know your name or recognize you - if I had no clue who they were, I just didn't care enough to include them! It's my list, so it's my rules.

Best Dressed
{In no particular order, except my #1 pick}

The Top 10 Runners Up

10. Claire Foy
The Emmy's is the place to go out on a limb a little. I like that Claire wore pants but also wasn't doing something crazy. Love the sparkly knot and her red lips for some color.

9. Emmy Rossum
This dress fits her so well - she looks super feminine and just pretty. I love the green accessories that don't take away from the simple beauty of the gown but add just a little something. 

8. Issa Rae
At first the sleeves threw me off, and I didn't love it. But with time, it grew on me {again this is the place for something unique}, and it fit her perfectly and the color couldn't have been better.

7. Jane Fonda
She's in her 80s people. She looks amazing. I love the bright color!

6. Kiernan Shipka
I am a sucker for a Grecian-inspired dress. She looks so beautiful - the dress is simple, I love the little bit of sparkle, no issues with cleavage, simple hair. Love.

5. Lea Michele
She was the first picture I saw and I just thought 'Bam, nailed it.'

4. Millie Bobby Brown
If she just isn't the most adorable little thing, I don't know what is!

3. Nicole Kidman
I think she looks really good, but I also think she's looked so bad for so many awards shows I got excited by this for NOT being bad! I like that it is a bit shorter, I like how it fits her, love her hair and the little details. 

2. Thandie Newton
Very feminine, love the little bit of sparkle, mostly happy with the fit {small boob issue}, looks amazing with her skin, very nice.

1. Yara Shadidi
Again just a great fit, color looks great on her skin, a little unique, simple hair and make-up...overall just very nice!

And my absolute favorite of the night...
Jessica Biel!


This was so unique, fit her AMAZING, love her hair {simple yet not}, make-up is awesome, leg is gorgeous, no boob issues, clutch and accessories are perfect. Totally 100% flawless!

And now...

Worst Dressed

10. Ariel Winter
We do not need 2 leg slits that go ALLLL the way up - WE GET IT, YOU AREN'T THE NERD YOU PLAY ON TV. PUT YOUR BODY AWAY.

9. Ellie Kemper
The sheer panel at the bottom kills me. I think I would have been happy if it had just been knee-length - it's still too busy at the top but at least it wouldn't have been so bad.

8. Heidi Klum
She's becoming the new J. Lo for me - if I see this much of her body again...I might lose it.

7. Kathryn Hahn
This is just a sack that does nothing for her.

6. Reese Witherspoon
Something about this isn't right. It's like the material is too thick to really work as a dress? I just felt like this doesn't fit right. And I HATE her hair - her roots are bad and her hair looks yellow. So sad.

5. Uzo Aduba
The boobs kill me. It's like torpedo boob overflowing the top. It's how I look in some of my nursing tanks, so trust me, I know it's not a good look!

4. Zoe Kravitz
FEATHERS...RAINBOW FEATHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3/2/1. Sarah Paulson, Priyanka Chopra, Tracee Ellis Ross
Sarah's 1980s prom dress married Priyanka's feather dress and together they birthed Tracee's metallic feather disaster! Yuck, yuck, yuck!

There you have it...my highs and lows for the Emmy's! What made YOUR lists?

For me, the highlight of the Emmys is it means Oscar season is right around the corner, so Allison and I have lots of ecxiting movies to see in the coming months...yay!