Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Daily Grind

 
We wake up, rinse, and repeat.  I cannot complain.  I do not hate my job. In fact, I like it, pretty much.  My co-workers are phenomenal, it's a blessing. At the end of the day, I'm ready to get home to my babies... They are amazing.  I'm blessed to have beautiful children with no major health problems.  I'm blessed to have a great husband. I'm blessed to have a great family and some close friends. I'm blessed to be living, breathing, confident and enjoying it. 
 
Don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to have more money, live in a house, have no debts, etc. etc. 
 
But GOD has given me peace - I love and I feel loved and to me, and we float, that's the most important thing.   
 

 

Because sometimes she gets too close and he has to get a little grab. 

Her 3rd birthday party.  I love this pic of her because I rarely get a smile out of Zoe and here it is.   (....although  you cannot see that I am tickling her!)

They are so sweet together. 
This morning, while we were getting ready for work and Zoe was getting a breathing treatment, they were just sitting there, watching cartoons and holding hands.  #sweetfordays 

B gets into EVERYTHING.  He isn't eating bread yet - he just started baby rice cereal, but as you can see, he poured all of the bread on the counter and decided to have himself a piece. 

Usie
(How funny is it that continuously have to keep myself from saying YOU-Zee?)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Just Effin' Stop!

I just yelled this inside my head, sitting in my cubicle at work.  I cursed myself out a little bit too.  There, I'd just eaten my salad for lunch, drank a ton of water, and felt healthy and accomplished. No sooner had I done this but that pang of a sweet tooth got me... and out came these.


Meet my newest addiction, this is my second bag this week.  I have a severe addiction to sweets and I need help.  (But really I don't, because I don't want to quit. I'm not ready.  Don't make me.)

Zoe is turning 3 tomorrow.... we're going to Chuck E. Cheese, "where a kid can be a kid."  And an adult can go insane.  It's just sensory overload- loud and chaos, a giant mouse comes out to make friends which scares a lot of the kids, loud, bright games and children running.  Our original idea, a pool party with family, got rained out.  It's looking bleak today and has been raining and I don't want to take a chance on  tomorrow.

Anywho, it's for her. I"ll do it for her.  Wish me luck and parental patience!

In other news....

My little B is 5 months now. 

He's been eating rice cereal like a champ and I think he is ready for other foods because he stares you down, begging for it the entire time you eat. I feel bad eating in front of him because he wants it. If you get too close, he'll grab your spoon. 

I am going to wait and see what the doctor says at his 6 month check up at the end of the month because you know,  I'm one of those parents. 

He and Zoe are perfect together.

She entertains him and he thinks she walks on water.  When she walks into the room, you can see his eyes follow her.  She yells, "BABY" and his body jerks and hands clinch with excitement.  I fall in love with these kids more everyday.

My hubby and I are heavily into our parental roles right now. We don't really get much time to just be hubby and wife. We take care of the kids and at night, he's been going to the gym.  While I appreciate the fact that he has been going after making sure we're all taken care of, it kinda sucks.  We've started planning day dates during the week since we have a babysitter already in tow.  Next week is our day date and next Friday, our couples night out with friends. I'm ready for it.  I love my kids, but it's so easy to get lost in the shuffle.  

Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Guess What I Did!

Big Four Bridge (Louisville, KY/ Jeffersonville, IN)

We have a new walking bridge that allows you to walk, bike, jog, (what have you) between Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN.  

My friend and I met there to walk bright and early Saturday morning.  

I love our time together because we are thisclose and we can play catch up.   Plus the walk is pretty good exercise, especially the incline going down and coming up.  

I tested us...  I asked her what she thought about us running across the bridge on the way back.  She said, "I think we can do it."  

This conversation between us is a blessing itself. We used to be fat buddies. All it took was a signal from one of us and we would  quickly forego our trips to the gym (dressed and all) and make a beeline to Chili's instead.  

So we did.... it's about a 1/2 mile across but we jogged that mug silently.  In my head was this dialogue, "if only I can make it to the bench..... to halfway.... hold up, a few more steps until the end."  

We never stopped and we made it.

I was so pumped. I haven't ran since I ran track my freshman year of high school. I graduated in 1999. Don't do the math.  Believe me when I say, that's a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time ago.

Yesterday when I got home from my mom's house, I exercised on U-Verse Interactive TV (which kinda sucked)... I felt like I didn't do much so I then went outside and jogged.  

My husband came outside and strongly encouraged/Tony Horton'd me into doing more.

So I did....  

Knees don't fail me now.  God, I hope my bad knees hold up!  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Soooooo.....

I often start sentences like that in my daily speak.  It probably annoys some people but my friends get me.

I have started about five posts in my head but haven't actually put word to screen because well, distraction is a very real thing yaw.

1.  I don't know if you've noticed but I've changed the look of my blog about 3 times over the past 6 months.  I hope it's not confusing, it's not intentional. I'm just a very random, whimsical (that's a nice way of putting it) person and I may feel passionate about something one minute and completely change the next.  I love how it looks right now though. I LOVE polka dots.

1A.  I need a good polka dot shirt for the right price... I'm not paying $79 for a shirt.

2.  The cookie #struggle is real. If there is one thing that I am addicted to, it's chocolate chip cookies.  Or maybe just cookies period.  I've been to Insomnia Cookies twice this damn week and then we ordered pizza from Pizza Hut last night and I ordered one of their pie cookies... yaw I ate the whole damn thing. Did you read that?  I ate the whole pie cookie.  By myself. No Zoe, No hubby.... maybe Brax also ate some since I'm nursing him and he drinks my milk?  Ahhhh. I feel better..

#devouredit  #kiltitdead


Insomnia cookies.
Just repeat that phrase in your head.
They deliver until 3 a.m.
Seriously???? I'll eat this picture. 

3.  On the good foot, I haven't called myself fat in a while. 

4.  My daughter is so funny without trying.  Last night, I had to explain to her why she couldn't have Calliou's food ... he was eating salad, she loves salad...  and last week, I had to explain to her why she cannot also breastfeed her brother. P.S. I want to slap the shit out of Calliou.  Why does he whine so much?

5. Zoe is turning three next week and we are keeping her party low key.  Like super low key-er than it was for her 2 year old party.  There will only be three other kids there and that is including Braxton.

6.  This right here:






Monday, July 28, 2014

Lactamed (Review)

Somehow, I stumbled upon this company with a few clicks on Facebook.  Lactamed. 

I am obsessed with pretty much everything related to breastfeeding as I am trying my best to be successful while working full time... so my interest was piqued.

First off, the cost of the Simplicity Bra (less than $15) got me.....

I checked their Facebook page and saw nothing but good comments so I ordered it immediately.  (Again, I could not believe the price!)

I spent double that amount of money on the Madela Hands Free Bustier which was a thorn in my side.  It was fine to use right after I had Brax, and while I was  at home.  Once the baby weight started coming off, it became too loose.  PLUS, it was too much artillery to haul out every day, twice a day to pump at work.  It was just TOO MUCH... and too frustrating. I ended up just holding the pumps in my hands which was just too uncomfortable. 

Did I already tell you that I strongly dislike pumping? Carrying the bulky thing to work, adding one more thing on the list of things-to-do for the day, etc.  So, I need this process to be as quick as possible.

My Simplicity Bra pretty much arrived after a weekend (it was that quick).  Upon opening the box, it looks like such a simple contraption.


But after using it for a week now??????  Honey listen, you NEED THIS in your life!!!!!!!!!!  

It is so easy.  It straps on over my clothes.  It's no fuss.  It slips right into the bag.  It is pretty much one size fit all because extra strapping is enclosed in case you need to make it bigger.  I could just go on and on to say this, so I'll just sum it up with I LOVE IT

Go buy it....

Now.

Seriously.

Trust me. 

Update: Here is how it looks on:
 

 
Update #2: Enjoy 20% off right now, with the code: "summer."

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mommy Date (at Ross)

Ross just opened a store up around the corner from our home on Saturday and I thought it would be a perfect place for Zoe and I to have a Mommy date.

Ross is my go to place for shoes, dresses, and home items, and they did not disappoint. 

We started off in the shoe department were I found these three lovely pairs of shoes. 

The wedges are my fave!!! They were so comfortable, I've NEVER worn a heel that comfortable.  I can easily chase my kids in them.  (This is how I figure out my shoe choice daily.) 




Next, we tackled the ladies department, where Zoe helped me skim the racks.  This is her giving me fashion advice ("No mommy, one simply does not wear the garment.") She's my little Andre Leon Talley.

 
Next up was the home department, where she fell in love with this chair.... It was adorable, she was  Goldilocks. 
 

 
 
I had to take a picture of this painting because it was so breathtaking... we walked past and Zoe said, "mommy, WOW."  




I even scored a pillow for my neck. I've had a crick for about two weeks due to ill sleep position and falling asleep while nursing (all curled up around the baby and whatnots).  Brax looks cuter than me, using it though.
 
 
**** Ross invited me to shop and sponsored me with gift certificates. **** 


Friday, July 18, 2014

The Naked Party

I was leaving my apartment (we live on the second floor), and I noticed behind us (there is a brick barrier between us and a cul de sac) that some neighbors were having a party in their pool. 

There were about 10 dudes laughing and toweling off, some had on regular bathing suits and some had on bikinis.  I assumed it was a bunch of gay men having fun and while I snickered at man parts in bikinis, I moved on....

Later on that night, my husband left and called me freaking out.

That simple bikini party had turned into a balls fest and the men were NAKED.



Yep, folks, NAKED.


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