Friday, July 18, 2014

A Random Assortment {Oh Hey Friday Link Up}

So, I've been a bit MIA over the last few days...Sorry about that. We've had some internet issues. If you've ever tried writing a blog post from your cell phone, you know it's dang near impossible, so I just gave up on blogging for a few days. I've still been trying to keep up with you gals, and have been commenting here and there when I could on my phone. Otherwise, these internet problems have had me down for the count. They're still not resolved, so I am writing this post sitting cross-legged on the family room floor with my laptop - that B hardwired to the internet (whatever that means) - on my lap. To my understanding, it just means that I can't take my computer farther than the little cord that it's plugged into. Which is super un-comfy. So, I'll make this post a short one, mmmk?

Today, instead of 'fessin, I am linking up with sweet Karli of September Farm for the "Oh Hey Friday" link-up. If you'd like to join in, grab the image below, pop over to Karli's blog and link up!


1. Momma's Got a J-O-B
Don't freak out! I am not re-entering the corporate world. I am also not heading back into the classroom. Not ready to give up being a SAHM yet. Not by a longshot. But, I have agreed to a little part-time job offered to me by B's dad. He desperately needs some help with his bookkeeping (expenses, employee pay and fun stuff like that). And I desperately need a little fun money. It's a win-win. As I mentioned, it's part-time. I can do it from home. And I choose my hours - so, it's something I can work on when Caleb's napping, in the evenings, or whenever I get some free time. 

2. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Speaking of fun money, I know you are all aware that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is going on right now, right? Well, ladies, the sale went live this morning for non-cardholders like little ol' me. I have my eye on a few things, and will share with you my finds after I narrow down my ridiculously long, completely unattainable list.

3. The New Coca-Cola Campaign
I'm still not sure of the goal of this new campaign. But, whatever it is, I'm a fan!


4. Park Friends
Many of our mornings have been spent at the parks around town lately. Caleb - like every little boy known to man - loves being outside. And I love wearing his little self out so that he takes good long naps for me in the afternoon. This week, he met his first sweet little friend at the park. Funny thing about it? Their hair was the exact same shade of blonde. It almost looked as though they could be brothers...


5. A New Drugstore Favorite
I was in Ulta earlier this week, and on a whim decided to try a new concealer. And ladies, I am in love. For less than $9 a pop, I would say run, don't walk, to get one - or seven - of these. They go on smoothly, cover nicely, and are perfect for erasing those dark circles. I even use it for highlighting. It's a keeper!


Maybelline

That's all I've got for today, lovelies. I'm off to peel myself up off the floor, get packed up for a little trip to visit some ATL friends and family this weekend (more about that on Monday), and head to bed. 

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Momma Moments {Link Up #3}

Happy Tuesday, ladies! 

Welcome to the third installment of the Momma Moments link up with sweet Alisha and I. If you'd like to join us today, simply grab the button below and paste it somewhere on your blog, then enter your link at the bottom of the post. Easy as pie:)



As you are all aware by now, B has started the five year chapter of his career known as residency. For him, this means long hours away from home. For me, it means long hours at home with our little man. With B being gone so much, I am more grateful than ever that I can be at home every day with Caleb. I truly don't know how we would make this crazy time in our lives work if I had a full-time job right now (hence the reason you don't see too many residents with children; and if you do, they typically have a stay-at-home-spouse like me).

Because I am at home with Caleb all day, every day, we see every side of each other. The good, the bad, and the ugly. We laugh and play and love and snuggle. But we also get on each others' nerves and suffer from cabin fever now and then. At almost 14 months old, Caleb has developed his own little personality. He loves to get into everything, and knows what he wants. He is strong-willed, smart, and doesn't give up. When deterred from getting something that he wants, he is not afraid to show his displeasure. And he is not a fan of waking up...



But he's also sweet, kind and silly. Despite driving me out of my ever-loving mind once in a while, Caleb is my favorite little person in the whole wide world. One smile from him lights up my entire day. The feeling of his chubby little arms wrapped around me in a hug is the best feeling in the whole world. Breathing in his baby smell when he's curled up on my lap is my absolute favorite thing.


He's had a few rough nights over the last couple of weeks. He starts out in his crib, but about halfway through the night, will wake up screaming and inconsolable. We've been attributing it to teething. Last night was one of those nights. My hubby went in to get him, and brought him into our room, where we were able to calm him down and get him back to sleep fairly quickly. Despite his settling down, I was not able to sleep well with his little body thrashing all over the bed. Poor little guy just couldn't seem to get comfortable. I felt myself getting frustrated about not being able to get some rest. Then, out of nowhere, my sweet baby reached his little hand to me in his sleep, grabbed one of my fingers in his tiny little hand, and sighed, "Mama." 



My eyes welled up, and my heart felt like it would explode into a thousand tiny fragments hearing that one word whispered just like that. The sweetest word on earth. What an amazing blessing it is to be his mama - sleep or no sleep. And what a sweet momma moment.

What "Momma Moment" do you have to share today?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Eat Mor Chikin {Weekend Review}

Yes, I do know how to spell chicken...But, as I mentioned in my post on Friday, the little man, B's sister and I had a little excursion to Chick-fil-A in honor of national Cow Appreciation Day. Yes, it's a thing. It involves free food, so believe it or not, it's a big thing. People go all out for this every year. And I'm not too proud to admit that we enjoy dressing up for the day and participating. 

Because it's easy to throw on leggings and a tshirt, attach paper ears to headbands, and cut out white spots with computer paper, that's what we did. So, Anzlee and I were black cows with white spots. And because Caleb doesn't own any black clothing, he was a little brown cow:) Here's a few (poor quality phone) photos:


Sweetest little brown cow you ever did see...





"Are those my chicken nuggets?"



 Little man is a CHAMP at sucking down chocolate milk. I literally have to stop him to breathe.

He is not such a champ with large, walking/talking animals. As you can see, the minute the cow came within reach, C started screaming! Santa should be interesting this year...

I'd like to say that our weekend got a whole lot more exciting after the Chick-fil-A excursion, but alas, I don't have much to share with you now. B and I did do a family dinner Friday night - we took Caleb to Mellow Mushroom to indulge in our favorite Caesar Pizza - and that was nice. B has been working such long hours lately (ie 90+ per week) it just hasn't been feasible to try to go out to dinner by the time he gets home late in the evening. So, it was a nice change to go out just the three of us. 

We spent most of Saturday at home. We slept in, made blueberry biscuits for breakfast, watched some tv, did some cleaning, and enjoyed lunch together. Then, on a whim, we popped up to Atlanta to do an impromptu dinner with my parents. It's nice that we live close enough to do that now! Saturday evening was bittersweet because although we wanted to stay up late and watch a move together, we knew that B would have to be up around 5:30 in order to be at the hospital a little after 6 am for Sunday call. So we turned in around 11 instead. And Sunday...Well Sunday didn't feel like a typical Sunday. Caleb and I spent the day at home, missing Daddy. We played outside for a bit, but the intense heat drove us inside before too long. We watched the Tigger movie, trashed the house with every Lego and toy train in Caleb's arsenal, played with Ellie, and whipped up a bacon caesar pasta for dinner. By the time B got home last night, we were both pretty desperate. 

And he doesn't get another day off for 2 weeks...Sigh...

Happy Monday.

*As a reminder, don't forget to link up with Alisha and I tomorrow for our monthly Momma Moments link up. It's a great way to share sweet memories of little moments with your children that might otherwise go forgotten, and to meet other mamas as well. Can't wait to see what you all have to share with us this month!




Friday, July 11, 2014

A Day in the Life {Friday Confessions}

Happy Friday, lovelies!



Today, I am linking up with sweet Leslie over at A Blonde Ambition for the Confessional Friday link up. For a fun twist, Leslie made today's link up a topic-based one on "A Day in the Life". So, here's what yesterday looked like in our little life:)


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8:00 am Caleb's up! (This week, his schedule has been completely off - he's been up later at night, and sleeping later in the morning). After a quick diaper and outfit change - due to a little bit of a leak - we're prepared to start the day. He's ready for some morning cuddles and his morning milk. 


8:30 am My little munchkin hangs out in the bathroom (i.e. destroys everything) while I wash my face, brush my teeth, take out my contacts and try to make myself somewhat presentable. 




9:00 am Caleb and I pay a visit to the pantry, where he tries to convince Mama that Lemon Oreos would be a good breakfast choice. (They are really good...ahem).


9:05 am The Oreos having been vetoed, Caleb enjoys his morning oatmeal with peaches...



And a side of Doc McStuffins.



9:10 am While Caleb eats his breakfast, I let Ellie out, feed Aslan, and pour a bowl of cereal for myself. This morning, it's Honey Bunches of Oats in almond milk. 


9:30 am After breakfast, Caleb plays for a bit in his room. Around this time, Anzlee gets up and around and makes herself some breakfast (B's little sister has spent most of the week with C and I while B's been gone on night calls). 





10:00 am I throw on a tank top and shorts. I contemplate fixing my hair or putting on some makeup, but don't get around to either. I scoop Caleb up from his mess of Legos and toy trains, and we go through another diaper and outfit change.


10:30 am Anzlee, Caleb and I are loading up the car when B pulls in - finally home from a 16 hour shift. We give hugs and kisses, then wave goodbye, knowing that he will be heading inside to collapse in bed.

10:40 am We arrive at one of our favorite places - the park! We love to visit and walk the trails, feed the ducks, and play on the playground. It's so nice having such a nice little place to visit so close to home.



Look at those curls. Eerrrrmmmyyyyygooooodddddnesss!



11:00 am After checking out the ducks, we hit the swings, and then Caleb spends a solid 15 minutes running around the playground, digging in the dirt. #boymom






11:15 am I wrangle my sweaty little man up for a park selfie and some sliding before we pack back up for some walking on the trails around the lake.




11:45 am The three of us head out of the park, and swing through McDonalds for some $1 drinks on our way home. Nothing's better on a hot day than an icy cold Coke. Delish!



11:55 am Little man strips down to a diaper - the dirt encrusted park clothing didn't make it past the front door. While Anzlee and I enjoy our icy beverages, Caleb enjoys a cool beverage of his own -a sippy full of apple "juice" (1 part juice, 3 parts water).


12:15 pm Lunch time! Caleb enjoys some cheddar cheese, turkey, Goldfish and applesauce, while Anzlee and I nosh on some turkey sandwiches and sour cream and onion potato chips. Lost my mojo here, and totally forgot to take any pictures.

1:00 pm Caleb lays down with Daddy for his afternoon nap. 



1:15 - 3:00 pm While C is asleep, I grab the opportunity to do some house cleaning - particularly in his room, where it looked like a lego explosion has occurred. Then, Anzlee and I get down to business preparing our cow costumes for the annual "Cow Day" at Chick-fil-A tomorrow.




3:00 pm Caleb is up! He enjoys another bottle of milk (he still prefers milk from bottles) and runs around with Ellie like a wild man for a bit.



3:30 pm Out of nowhere, a summer storm pops up. Caleb is fascinated by it, of course, and watches every second of it from the glass front door. 






He looks so big to me most of the time, but then once in a while, I remember how tiny he still is. And I'd love for him to stay that way. Time, slow down.



4:00 pm Anzlee and I enjoy a little mid-afternoon snack of carrots and cucumbers picked straight from Pawpaw's garden. So yummy!


4:30 - 5:00 pm Caleb and I spend some time with Daddy after he wakes up! These few precious minutes are all we get with him during the days this week.

5:00 - 5:30 pm I start dinner and we sit down to eat (we've been eating earlier this week so that B can eat dinner with us before he heads out at 5:45 every evening). Tonight, homemade waffles, turkey bacon, and fresh strawberries are on the menu.


We couldn't get it onto Caleb's tray fast enough! (Please ignore his crazy hair - it's time for another haircut).


6:00 pm Kitchen clean up. Daddy's gone, so Anzlee and I get everything cleaned up while Caleb plays in the family room.

6:30 pm Anzlee, Caleb and I head to B's mom's house so that I can print some coupons for grocery shopping (our printer is out of commission right now). While I am working on that, B's mom gives Caleb a bath. He loves getting to play with 'new' bath toys!



8:00 pm Anzlee, Caleb and I head home. Little man falls asleep in the car, so I carefully transfer him to the crib when we arrive home. 

8:30 pm Anzlee and I sit down for a couple of episodes of "Friday Night Lights" on Netflix, some blog work, and some laundry catch up.



10:30 pm I wrap up my blog post, and head for the shower, hoping that I won't be interrupted by a screaming baby this time around. My wish is granted!

11:00 pm I finally head to bed. And prepare to do it all again tomorrow - but with a few embarrassing cow costumes involved this time around! (Pictures to come). Looking forward to B's last night of call and a weekend spent together.

As a reminder, next Tuesday, July 15 will be the third installment of the Momma Moments link-up hosted by Alisha and I. Don't forget to pop over on Tuesday and share a sweet, funny, silly, crazy moment with us. We can't wait to see what you have to share!



 
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