Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I want you to stay (talking to you, fall)

Today was one of those rare, but glorious, days that start out rough and end beautifully. I started off running dumb errands and arguing with insurance companies, and ended playing in the leaves with a suuuuper excited D.

It was 60 degrees and sunny, the kind of perfect fall day that begs you to be outside. D and I split a turkey sandwich at Jimmy John's (the kid can eat, I tell you), hit up the library for story time and a little book browsing, played at the park and picked out a pumpkin. I swear, it was the sort of day that makes me want to be a stay at home mom forever! All that fun erased all the worries about stupid grown up things (pfft bills- lets play in the leaves!) and totally recharged my batteries.

Fall can go ahead and stay awhile, if you ask me.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


I'm getting pretty excited for D's first Halloween! His costume is adorable, he's going as a baby duck! I plan to be a cow, force my brother into being a pig, and my dad will be Old McDonald! My mom has to work and Hubs will still be in Salt Lake, or they would be (forced into) farm animals too :)

We got into the Halloween spirit today, with skelly jammies, pumpkin sippy cup, and festive cupcakes! I've got plans to do some serious damage to a pumpkin patch tomorrow, then get carving! We've had fabulous fall weather so far, and I'm hoping it holds- no snow during trick or treat for us!

What are your Halloween plans?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Oh hey blog

This past week has been part whirlwind, part laziness! I've been spending extra time with my baby boy (hence the lack of blogging) in case I go back to work soon. He's grown so much in just the past 2 weeks- crawling like a champ, pulling himself up on furniture, saying "mama", "dada", and "kitty", and eating everything in sight! He is absolutely the joy of my world.

This past weekend, my mom and I took the horses for a ride through the Scratch Gravels, and had such a great time! The weather was great and we saw some great views.

My hubby left for a business trip to Salt Lake City yesterday, he'll be gone for 10 days! It's times like this I'm so happy we moved out here, because I have the awesome help of my parents while he's gone. Miss him too much already though!

Now I'm going back to playing cars with my boy...he especially likes it when they crash lol.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

an update

Oh boy, has this week been a doozy. D is cutting his top two teeth, which is SO. MUCH. WORSE. than the bottom two teeth. He has been waking up screaming 5 or 6 times every night, allll week. It's awesome timing, as my hubby just started his new job, and there's nothing quite like waking up for a new job after being up all night with a screaming baby. Not to mention, my hubs started a project on his car, rendering it un-drivable for the week, so he's been taking my car, which means we've been stranded at the house all week. All in all, not the best week. But, as I'm still waiting to hear from several interviews I went to, I'm trying to soak up what could be the last few days of staying home with my boy. I'm so glad I'm here with him when he's feeling this bad, rather than him being at daycare. 

Since we aren't able to go anywhere this week, I'm having to be creative with our routine. Usually, I try to go out at least once a day, just to get out of the house. Since we aren't able to do that, I am trying to do outside time everyday. Even though it's been pretty chilly, I try to get us out for a few minutes every day. The way my parent's house is set up, there's not a big enough space for D to use his walker, so I took him out into the garage/driveway. He was confused for a few minutes, then totally got the hang of it. It was pretty cute.

In other news, he has totally mastered feeding himself, as well as drinking his juice with no help, this week. He is eating pretty much anything we have for dinner, and doing really well! More than anything, this has made me realize just how fast he's growing up! He doesn't need me to eat anymore! I can't believe he'll be ONE year old in just 2 months.... so crazy.

I am SO GLAD tomorrow is Friday. The Fall Festival is Saturday, and we have plans to go with the whole family. We plan to get D his first pumpkin, and enjoy some good fall festivities. I'm so looking forward to it! It'll be great to get out of the house and spend some time with the family, after this crazy week!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday, friends! We have a super busy day ahead of us...Hubs starts his new job, I have an interview, and D is staying with his uncle (my brother) for the first time! The busy day makes me appreciate this past weekend even more. Lots of fun and relaxation!

Saturday, D stayed with his Gammy while hubs and I hiked Mt. Helena! It's about a 2,000 foot hike up, putting us about 6,000 feet above sea level at the top. Despite the imminent threat of mountain lions and a few icy patches, we had a great time!

Sunday was beautiful, 65 degrees and sunny, so we spent a good portion of our afternoon in the backyard! D has been a little fussy the past few days (tooth #3 coming in!) so I think the fresh air really did him some good.  

Overall, a really awesome, relaxing weekend! And a great way to end our 2 months of's back to reality tomorrow!

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

fashion crisis

As I've mentioned before, we've decided that it's time for me to return to work! It was definitely a difficult decision, because I do love staying home with D every day. But, as I'm sure many other stay-at-home moms can attest, it can be very isolating. Especially if, like in my case, you are brand new to a city and don't have a network yet. I would never had considered putting D in daycare 6 months ago- I would have gone crazy first- but now that he's almost a year old, we feel like it's time for him to start getting some socialization (mommy needs some socialization, too!). We found a great, Christian based daycare that I think he'll be really happy in. My biggest fear? Every single one of those children was seriously snot nosed! Any tips on keeping him from getting sick when he starts? Blech.

In addition to my daycare fears, I'm also re-entering the workforce for the first time in almost a year. I have a few interviews lined up, but my biggest challenge at this point is that it's been 10 months since I've had to get dressed for work, and for almost a year before that, it was all maternity clothes! So, needless to say, my wardrobe is pretty limited. It's mostly jeans, tees, and sweatshirts these days- if I ever make it out of my pajamas, that is! So, I've been thinking about how to revamp my wardrobe to make it more career-friendly. I'll have to wait until I'm actually offered a job, so I know what the dress code is, but you know I've started scouring Target for ideas! I recently bought these boots, which I loooove, and wanted to create an outfit to go with them! This outfit is great for a job interview, day at work, or church! I'd wear a dress, boots, and a scarf every day if I could!

All items from Target! Duh.

What kinds of things do you have your eye on for your Fall wardrobe this year?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuesday snoozeday

The excitement in my life is out of control. I mean, I went grocery shopping today. I bought shampoo. It was intense.

In other (boring) news, I'm re-teaching myself to play piano! I took lessons as a kid, but like 95% of other piano playing tots, I whined and cried and threw fits until my parents let me quit. And boy, do I regret it now! My old lady brain is not nearly as spongey and absorbent as my 9 year old brain was, but I'm definitely enjoying my new hobby!

I'm thinking of doing white chicken chili for dinner, renting a movie, and calling it an early night. Please- don't be jealous. Piano and chili- not everyone can handle such a whirlwind lifestyle. I know you're just unable to contain the thrills this blog post just gave you.

And, in case you were wondering, this is what I'm working with while blogging....

It's really no wonder that I churn out such gripping, exciting posts, with this going on!