Thursday, April 29, 2010

Book Review: "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang"



Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (Chelsea Handler)

Possibly more offensive and vulgar than her other book, Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, but I still loved it :) Hilarious and witty, I just think she's really funny. I'd recommend it as an easy & entertaining read, especially if you're a fan of hers!

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Mama Bed

The other night, we put Jake to bed, then Brian hopped in the shower (the bathroom is right next to Jake's room, so you can hear when the water starts running) A few minutes later, Jake started to call for me, I walk in & ask him what he needs & this is the conversation that then took place:

Jake: Daddy in shower?
Me: Yep, daddy's taking a shower.
Jake: *packs up all of his stuff, including his 2 stuffed animals, pillow and blanket, then stands up with a huge smile on his face* Ok, I go to mama's bed now!

What can I say, he's a smart kid....he knows I'm weak! It was like he was in there, just waiting for the water to come on so that he could try to make the great escape into the mama bed. (and it's always the mama bed....you ask him who sleeps there, he always says mama....he must think that daddy has to sleep on the couch with Gracie or something)

Here he is, one month old, having weaseled his way beside me in bed after nursing one morning :) Look at that little smirk that he has already!! Like, "ahhh yeah....they fell for it, I'm in their bed!"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Favorite Foto Friday: Cute

For this favorite foto selection, I decided to dig back through some of the first pictures we took of Jake, since I wasn't doing much blogging then, I probably haven't posted them before. I have this first picture in a frame in his room, these have always been some favorites...he just looks so tiny! (he's about a week old):

Leaving my baby....


Ok, so maybe he's not a baby anymore, but it's not making it any easier for me to leave him for the first time. Yes, the first time ever...I know that might seem weird to some people that he's over 2 years old and I've never left him overnight, but to be honest, I've never had a reason to. I haven't had anywhere to go that's required me leaving him overnight!

That changes next week, I get to go to a conference for work in San Francisco. I'm SO excited to go, it's my first time going to California and I'm very excited to spend some time with my fun co-workers and explore a new city. But I will be very sad to leave Jake behind for 4 days, though I know he's going to have a ton of fun having "Man Week" with daddy.

I think it's just another example of working mothers guilt...I love having a balance of work/home, but it's hard sometimes. It's hard when I leave my building for lunch and I see other moms taking their kids to Story Hour at the library or hanging out in the plaza with the carousel just across from my building. It's hard walking in the door at 5:30 and trying to get dinner on the table, clean up dishes, pack lunches for the next day and spend that limited time with Jake before it's bedtime.

I want to take advantage of every minute that I have with him when I'm not at work, while also keeping my sanity at home by trying to have a reasonably clean house and not go crazy with laundry and the never ending work that comes with a house. Brian commented the other day how he's excited that summer is almost here, but he also hates the fact that it means more time spent mowing the lawn & doing other yard work, which means less time spent with Jake. The good news is, Jake has all of the tools required to help out in the yard this year, so we can put him to work & spend quality time together :)

But the truth is, even though sometimes I get stressed or sad about these things, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm lucky to have found a job I like, I'm lucky that we have a wonderful daycare for Jake that we all love and I'm lucky that Brian & I are both on the same page when it comes to really making the most of the time we do have together. Sure, things will always come up....it seems like weekends fill up too quickly and trying to get stuff done around the house is one endless project after another....but there is time in between all of that and we take advantage of it as much as we can. He's only this little once, so if what makes him happy is going to the park every night or going to the zoo every other weekend, then we're happy to help him out :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Book Review: Kids books!

While I love reading my own books, I definitely read more kids books in a week than my own, so I figured why not review some of those? Some of the favorites in our house are the classics (Goodnight Moon, Guess How Much I Love You, I Love You Through and Through, etc....) but for this post, I'll list some of the books that I hadn't heard of until we received them as gifts.

I don't have lists or pictures of some of the more popular ones, because they're just little ones that I pick up in the dollar bins at Target (LOVE those bins!) They often have Sesame Street board books, that are themed with counting, colors, shapes, etc....Jake LOVES them.

Here are the favorites in our house:

Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton: Book CoverMy Big Truck Book (My Big Board Books)If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul: Book Cover

If Kisses Were Colors by Janet Lawler: Book Cover On The Night You Were Born Hardcover BookHippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton: Book CoverYou're All My Favorites by Sam McBratney: Book Cover

The Barnyard Dance - Sandra Boynton
My Big Truck Book -Richard Priddy
If Animals Kissed Like We Kiss Goodnight - Ann Whitford Paul
If Kisses Were Colors - Janet Lawler
On the Night You Were Born - Nancy Tillman
Hippos Go Berserk! - Sandra Boynton
You're All My Favorites - Sam McBratney

Monday, April 12, 2010

Now THIS is great weather!

I am the first to admit that I'm a whiner when it comes to the weather....I enjoy fall the most and I like a little bit of snow around Christmastime, but other than that, I hate extreme weather. I hate freezing at the bus stop. I can't stand to break a sweat, so I really despise heat waves in the middle of summer. And you know what else is annoying? Getting bypassed by this little season called "spring", which is exactly what was happening here in the burgh recently! Oh sure, mother nature....I just love going from 30 degrees to 85 degrees in the course of 48 hours....super fun!

Fortunately, mother nature seemed to hear my whiny pleas to bring back spring because this past weekend was perfect. In the mid-60's, sunny and not humid....ahhhhhhhh. Look how pretty everything is now that it's blooming:



We went to the zoo Saturday afternoon....we've gone to the zoo dozens of times and out of all those visits, never once has Jake even looked in the general direction of the gift shop. But for some reason during this trip, he decided to veer into the shop and announce "I go shopping!" We let him look around at the merchandise, figuring that the allure of looking and not buying would soon wear off, but then I turned around and saw him hoisting a PPG Zoo sippy cup with elephants on it up on the counter and saying "I buy this now". We had a good time once we finally got him to leave his shopping expedition....I felt his pain, I know what it's like to leave a store empty-handed *sigh*


On Sunday, we put together his new Sand & Water table that was a Christmas gift from Aunt Missa, Uncle Dennis & Ben....it was a big hit!!



Gracie finally got her hair cut and feels like a new woman...she had some extra pep in her step and even took time out of her busy napping schedule to join us outside for a bit.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Great Outdoors

Sorry for this old post, but I tried last week to upload the video with no luck, so I just now got it to work...thanks a lot, blogger!

When we were visiting Nana & PopPop, we went to a park called Jacobsburg (very fitting, right?) :) As most of you are probably aware, I'm not an outdoors-y kind of gal. I'm more of a "sit in the air-conditioning and not get sunburned or attacked by bugs" kind of gal. But-as I'm slowly learning, having a child gives you a different perspective on things and I'm now happy to partake in some activities that I normally would have laughed at.

Here are some pics of all of us enjoying the trails at Jacobsburg, followed by a video of Jake learning to skip stones across the stream with PopPop.






video

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Happy Easter!

We kicked off Easter week by dyeing eggs last weekend....I can't say it was a success, because there were tears involved ("no, we can't put the stickers on yet, the eggs aren't dry....no, we can't throw the eggs, they will break...please don't touch Gracie with the dye all over your hands") but he did enjoy the final product :)



We left Friday to go visit Nana & PopPop for the weekend and we were very fortunate to have gorgeous weather for our entire visit. We did a LOT of playing outside, at some nearby playgrounds and in the backyard.



Easter morning rolled around and Jake was up bright & early to begin the egg hunt...nothing like chowing down on some jelly beans at 6am to really start the day out right.



The Easter bunny brought Jake some fun stuff, but the most popular gift was the basketball hoop that Nana & PopPop got him. So popular, in fact, that ever since then, he's been sobbing when it's time to take a nap or go to bed and in between sniffles, he says "No sleep....I play two points!". It is cute and heartbreaking all at the same time.



We went out to dinner that evening and Jake got his money's worth from the buffet....when all was said & done, he had consumed 5 stuffed shells, a pile of carrots and 2 pieces of carrot cake. Here he is enjoying the carrot cake & sharing the wealth with daddy:



The highlight of the Easter dinner was that at one point, everyone was talking & Jake was saying something very softly....I couldn't hear him at first, so I asked him to repeat it and it turns out he was saying "Happy Easter!" (though it came out "happy East-ow", which made it even cuter)



We hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Favorite Foto Friday: Silly!

Thanks for doing Favorite Foto Friday, Annie...it was fun digging back through old pictures trying to find something to fit the "silly" theme of the week!

This is my BFF Melissa & I at our friend Jen's wedding, busting out some of our "best" dance moves, haha! Other favorite moves include the sprinkler, the lawn mower, the shopping cart....our husbands can normally be found hiding in the corner at weddings, we can't figure out why....

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