Monthly Archives: July 2013

Day in the Life: Toddler Edition

As this pregnancy comes to the end, I feel like I should post another typical day in the life with the Toddler.  I know that this is the last month that he will be my one and only child and that our day to day schedule is about to change drastically- which is scary and exciting…..

5AM: The Toddler starts stirring… I smack myself in the head…. NOO not again. For the past two weeks he has woken up at 5AM. Kill me now. Seriously, with getting up 5+ times a night and tossing-turning, the early wake-up call is completely unwelcome. We both get into comfy cotton clothes, wash our faces, brush our teeth. I straighten-up the rooms before we head downstairs.

7AM: By 7AM we have had Cherrios at the table-I have made coffee- cleaned the kitchen- thrown in a load of laundry and we have started playing with choo choos. 

7AM-11AM: We play trains- read books- build blocks- dance to the iPod- watch an episode of Scooby Doo(The Toddler’s fav)- consume two cups of apple juice- make a fort and have “secret” conversations(he gets really really chatty when we play in forts=priceless)-I complete 3 loads of laundry.

11-11:30AM: I prep veggies for a batch of slow-cooker, white chicken chili= Husband and Toddler Approved. The Toddler plays at my feet and snacks on red and green bell peppers. After the crockpot is loaded I get The Toddler changed for naptime.

11:45AM: Naptime Upstairs

12PM: The Toddler is out.

12PM-1PM: Blog-do bills-phone interview for Blog-clean downstairs-take trash out to garage- bring up three large bins of laundry upstairs-pound a cup of coffee-and usually this is my “snack time”- but The Toddler is going through a “I hate sleep” phase- which is undoubtingly killing me and today this full-term pregnant lady didn’t get a snack.

1PM: The Toddler gets up- I change him- attempt to put clothes away for Baby Girl, The Toddler and myself- BUT today instead of jamming out on the guitar, playing with his trucks, or reorganizing the toys in Little Sister’s room he grabs my hand and tells me we need to go play downstairs… Because we are both so cranky- and tired- and hungry- I relent.

1:30-2PM: I serve lunch for both of us in the dining room.

2-3:45PM: Trains Galore- The Toddler plays independently with his Little People, reads more books aloud to himself and is otherwise entertained as I work on house projects and my never-ending to-do list.

4PM: We both need a break- the white flag is hoisted up and we sit down, cuddle and watch an episode of our beloved Scooby Doo(thanks Aunt Rachel) as we anxiously await The Husband’s arrival home.

4:30PM: Husband s home. The bells chime- people rejoice and all is right in the world again.

5PM: Family dinner around the dining room table. The Toddler and Husband talk about their days… One sounds like gibberish-bet you can guess who. Reminds me of Squirt the Turtle from Finding Nemo- “I know you’re trying to talk to me but I can’t understand a word your saying,” adorable. Do you have your exit buddy?

5:45PM: Backyard time. Water hose action, hummingbird watching and relaxing.  The Toddler has now found out the joy of soaking mom to the bone with the hose as I sit there and just take it- laughing-screaming-laughing- because frankly I am WEIGH(way-haha see what I did there?) too large to sprint away from a rambunctious toddler.

6PM: quick shower for The Toddler. 

7PM: Bedtime routine.

8PM: Toddler is out.

8-10PM: Swollen ankles iced. Catch up on favorite blogs. Relax with The Husband. 

10:30PM: Lights out.

Wake-up 4-7 times-and start it all over again at 5AM.  Sleep regressions come in phases for The Toddler- and I know that it will be better soon.  Hopefully in time for when Baby Girl makes her arrival.

Baby Girl’s Sprinkle

Our Baby Girl certainly is blessed to have such lovely women in her life already!  My dear friends hosted a Sprinkle last weekend and I enjoyed every single moment with them!

The invitations were ADORABLE- and had little “sprinkles” that fell out when you opened up the card : ). 

A couple of days before the event I received a package and low and behold there was a note with this BEAUTIFUL(and comfy-so key right now) dress- seriously… how can I be so lucky?!? My friends really do know how to pamper!

Our Little One is going to be one well-dressed lady! She has an amazing array of outfits for me to choose from!!! Even those out of town sent packages to Aunt Tina for our Baby Girl.  One lucky little lady!

During the Sprinkle there was even a small craft session where they finished up a project they were working on…. In the background you can see the champagne flutes that held a signature drink-complete with purple straws(my favorite color), melt in your mouth cupcakes with decorated plates and more adorable baby decorations!

VOILA! This my dear readers can not be found on Pinterest-this creation was thought up by my dear friend Becca- here she is holding her masterpiece! It is hanging in our Little One’s nursery as we speak. I may or may not have cried a couple of times so far as I walk into her room when I see that hanging in the corner- all of Little One’s “Aunts” are quite thoughtful and special.

This is from The Toddler’s Baby Shower- check out that decor in the background- yes my friends made that for our family too- just wanted to show you how darn thoughtful they are! 

-September 2011-

To my dear friends,

Thank you so much for being there for me!  I am so glad that we all met Freshman year of college.  You mean more to our family and I than you know.  My children are lucky to have a couple of extra “Aunts” around to look up to.



Catching Up

-hospital bag is packed

-big brother presents wrapped
-friends are on-call for delivery to watch The Toddler
-nursery is complete
-all baby clothes cleaned
Now if someone could come over and deep clean the house I would be indebted to you… Or if you purchased a maid for the day for us. Yep.
I have a list of posts to write. An entire house to clean. But instead I think I am just going to take care of The Toddler and myself the best way I can. 
Because folks. It is over 100degrees. I am HUGE. I can no longer sleep. And life doesn’t just stop when you are 9 months pregnant. Try to explain how tired you are to a toddler. Yea, it doesn’t work.
So my dear friends, I will trudge on and will post about our lives in due time.
Now if someone could make me a sandwich all would be dandy.

NW Vacation: Recap

Happy Monday All!!!

We had a fabulously relaxing weekend as a family of three.  OH- and I can not wait to share with you the details of Baby Girl’s Sprinkle from Saturday! Little One isn’t even here yet and already she is so loved! Very blessed indeed.

As you can tell time is flying by and I want to make sure I share the last of our adventures in the Pacific Northwest before our little one makes her appearance.  

The Toddler and I enjoyed our two weeks by playing outside. All. Day. Long.  We played in Nana’s backyard, at the local parks, even squeezing in a couple beach days.  I even remember remarking how cute he looks in clothes.  Real clothes. The desert has proven to be too hot for clothes. Which frankly, any toddler is fine with. 

Here are some of the memories and moments from our summer trip to WA. So happy we got to spend so much time with Nana and Aunt Rachel! 

Kitchen Renovation is Officially Complete

After 80+ hours of sweat, tears, and pain… We can officially close off this chapter of our DIY renovation list.  My arthritic hands started to really question if beauty was really worth it.  Well hands, it is.  Our kitchen feels so much more open and airy!  We added bead board to the lower cabinets because they were pretty beaten up- I mean there were even large gashes that went all of the way through the fake wood.  I ended up sealing the bead board two different ways- one with caulk-the other with nothing.  Now I know that I will never attempt to caulk the cracks on fake wood again… just personal preference with how “good” the bead board looks.  
Since this isn’t our forever home-I am going to try not to dwell on that.  If it bothers me too much then we will rip out the caulk- sand the suckers down(just 3 boards) and re-prime and re-paint them.  
Here is a look back at our renovation:
For those of you wondering why it took us so long- we had to move the cabinets after every stage because the temperatures outside were over 100 degrees(even at midnight) which isn’t conducive for priming or painting-and yet we would have to store them back out in the garage so the Toddler would not decide to hinder the drying process with some bashing of Legos or Thomas the Train.
Paint Color Choices:
Dining Room/Behind Fridge: Benjamin Moore Moonshine
Kitchen Walls: Benjamin Moore Moonshine with 1/4 of the tint
Kitchen Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Advanced Paint in Decorators White
How much did this cost us?
  1. Bead board- cut at Lowes
  2. Glue
  3. Primer
  4. Paint- two gallons-1. Moonshine 1/4 Tint 2. Decorators White
  5. 2 Inch Angled Brush
  6. Foam Roller
  7. Electric Sander with 5 New Attachments

COST: A little under $225.

Not too shabby when you think of how much new cabinets are in general-along with install-and repainting our kitchen(proudly pats self on back).  Now that we are done and everything is right in the world again- I can definitely say that I will be refinishing cabinets in the future over buying new ones. Yep.  Sorry Hubby.  Sure it took FOR-EV-ER(Sandlot style with flashlight-Google it) BUT- it looks fan-freaking-amazing to us.  
We are lucky enough to have enough Home Equity in our little house to refinance our mortgage saving us precious money that we can put toward making our house, our home-such as this project-and wouldn’t you know- another appliance started going berserk during this process.
Yep.  Our fridge leaks brown goo. Lovely, I know.  So with a little savings- we were able to purchase our very own sparkly white fridge   It is 26 Cubic Feet of bliss.  And can I talk to you about the ice maker? No? Well, us folks have lived without one for years and we didn’t know what we were missing!  Excited about fridges… showing my age on here today. : ) Oh and I would go crazy for a white cook-top oven… but since that is the one appliance still kicking we won’t be replacing it for awhile.




New coffee corner!


Our lovely new fridge!


Detail Shot of Bead Board








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