Monday, June 30, 2008
A couple of weeks ago Justin had mentioned that his grandparents would like to have my parents, his parents and us over for a little bbq. I thought it was strange because they have a huge bash for Fourth of July which is only a week away but whatever. With the bathroom (and subsequently the house) being in a total state of disarray I told Justin last weekend that we had to cancel the bbq because there was no way we were going to leave the house for a whole day when he could be spending it finishing the bathroom. His response was to say nothing, turn around a walk away. Very odd. It was at this point that I thought maybe something was up so I decided to keep my mouth shut and just go with it.
Turns out Justin got a group of my super close friends together yesterday for what he called a "Ladies Luncheon"! How sweet is that? My gf's told me that he wanted to give me an afternoon to see everyone before the baby was born and to just relax. His grandmother hosted the get together at her house and had a local market put together a super yummy lunch. i had a wonderful time and got some adorable little goodies for the baby to be. I also heard numerous times how Justin needs to give lessons to other hubbies who are less than attentive. Looks like I definitely found a keeper! Thanks babe!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
With Madison I chose not to breastfeed for a list of reason too numerous and boring to get into now but I really do have my heart set on nursing this time around. I'm not the show all type of person that is willing to whip my girls out wherever I may be though. The solution to this problem was found when I checked out all of the nursing covers over at Bebe Au Lait. From what Danielle told me about the company their original name was Hooter Hiders but since becoming better known they are Bebe Au Lait. No matter what label is stitched onto the cover the covers are sooooo pretty and definitely on the list of gifts that I'll be purchasing not only for myself but also for all my expectant friends! My personal favorite is the cream soda cover. While I'm doing my shopping I think I'm also going to pick up a pack of their burp clothes that will not only make baby spit up look good but from the pictures it looks like the clothes will actually absorb it too! If you are nursing you need to check these covers up or share the site with your nursing mommy friends because they really are too cute to pass up!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
I was just reading the latest post over at Adventures in Babywearing and it was about all of the songs that remind Stephanie of summer. Naturally I started thinking of all my summer time favs. so sorry if I'm totally copying but I felt the need to share my summer time favs. too!
- Music= Sublime, O.A.R., Bob Marley, just about any kind of reggae
- Food= clams, steamers, lobster (can you tell I grew up near the beach?), Italian water ice, Kohr's Orange and Vanilla swirl ice cream, corn on the cob, fresh grown tomatoes. The list could go on. I guess I should eat breakfast!
- Smells= salty air form the ocean being blown inland, Coppertone, the funky probably carcinogenic smell of the planks on the boardwalk, sausage, peppers and onion being cooked on the boardwalk
- Good books
- Watching the bennies cruise the beach trying to look like they fit in with their giant coolers, flops w/ socks and sunburns (think John Candy Summer Rental)
- Life guards hooking up with badge checkers (oops did I just give away TMI about my high school days?)
- Crazy thunder storms that seem to blow in from nowhere
- Kayak races in the lagoon
- Taking the boat out to catch some local fluke
- Bike Rides
- Mini Golf
I'm sure there are so many more but I'm at a loss for now. So now that summer has officially begun HAPPY SUMMER!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Last weekend while having breakfast at my parents' I was lazily flipping through the April edition of Better Homes and Gardens and I found it! My purple was staring me in the face. There was actually someone out there that had envisioned the same color! It was called French Casino and it listed devinecolor.com as the place to find it. Good news was when I went online to find out where to purchase this paint I learned about a really great company that I'd like to do business with. The bad news was I couldn't find the color anywhere on the site. Good news again was there were other shades of purple even better than the first. The worst news of all though was that there is no place in New Jersey to actually buy this paint :<
Well after doing a little research I've discovered I can actually purchase the paint online and since I only need one gallon the shipping charge isn't too bad. I'm torn between Devine Tempest and Devine Twilight from the Silver Skies Color Collection.
Now onto why I'm psyched about buying paint from Devine Color even though it is not exactly convenient. First of all I never knew that paint was 100% animal tested. Not so for this paint. The company states that it is rated 50% animal tested. The reason why it can't be completely animal tested free is because although the finished products have never been tested on animals the initial ingredients that make up the paint can't be guaranteed that they haven't been. As I've stated before I'm in no way, shape or form a vegan but this paint is! So for all you vegs out there this may be an added bonus to checking out the paints.
The founder of the company seems very cool too. This just makes me want to buy from this company more than to just hand my cash over to yet another big business. Gretchen Schauffler had me when she stated that she "wears Uggs as winter flip flops" 'cause that pretty much describes my whole family since before Uggs were worn by Brittany or Christina or whoever made them the huge item that they are now! She also happens to be the original inventor of the "mini-paint pouch". You know those cool little samples that you can use to test a color before buying a whole gallon? Yep, Devine color did that first and they filled the first 42,000 pouches in Gretchen's home! How great is that?
Oh and did I mention that the colors are AWESOME? There is a limited paint selection to choose from arranged into categories based on items such as jellybeans, ocean colors and vineyards just to name a few. Each click of the mouse brings you to more beautiful nature based colors. I can't guarantee how the paint goes on yet because but the company states that it goes on "rich like yogurt" and there are many customer praises on the site backing this statement. I just wish I had more rooms to paint (and that I new about them before painting Stella's room 'cause I don't exactly love the color I chose).
So if you are planning a painting project soon this may be the place for you to get some "Devine" inspiration (I know corny but I had to do it). Hopefully you have better luck than me and are actually able to purchase the paint in a local store!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
As for better late than never news if your little one is in need of new kicks check out Isabooties. They are absolutely adorable and an eco friendly company to boot. Plus for every pair of shoes you purchase until tomorrow a pair will be donated to a child in need! This may be a great excuse to tell the hubs if you happen to order more than your share.
AND for my big news! My c-section date has been scheduled for July 29th! The fact that this is less than 6 weeks away is both thrilling and terrifying all at once. I was apprehensive the first time around but the state of ignorant bliss at the time did wonders for the situation. Knowing what's to come is completely nerve racking! So to Andrea and Lori PLEEEEEEASE keep your updates coming about how well things are going 'cause they definatley set my mind at ease!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Bathroom- The goal was to have the tub installed and functioning by Sunday afternoon. It is now Tuesday afternoon and when you walk into my bathroom you can see straight down into the crawl space. Why? When the tub was pulled out we discovered several rotting beams in the walls and also on the floor. Instead of replacing them on Sunday Justin "had" to spend the afternoon with his friend Dave while I was at his fiance's shower. After work yesterday Justin did as much as he could but there is still a lot left to do before getting a tub. Complete bathroom in two weeks? Riiiiiiiiiiiight!!!
Pool- We've attempted to get Madison in the pool several times but it was a little chilly. Instead of a happy preschooler splashing around it looked like a cat fighting to stay out of the water. At one point she was just about sitting on my head to stay high and dry! Yesterday after much effort she got in and stayed in for 2 1/2 hours until I dragged her out!!!! Yay! Mental note - Do NOT put pressure on the side of the pool 'cause it will fold over and let the water out!
Baby- No c-section date but everything is going well. I think she has dropped and if anyone else tells me how big I've gotten all of the sudden at that I don't look only 32 weeks I may scream! I also just want to make a note here that the name Stella was chosen way before it became trendy. I care more about liking my kids' names than their popularity BUT this time around I thought I found something that was different without being weird. If you haven't heard Tori Spelling had a little girl yesterday and named her Stella and I just feel the name getting trendier by the second!
Now for the dilemma with Madison. When we got to school she went over to play with two little girls who were sitting on a bench. There was plenty of space for Madison but the one little girl said "You can't sit here. You aren't cool enough to be in our club." Madison stood there staring at them on the verge of tears not knowing what to do. She is THREE! My little girl should not have to deal with rejection already! Anyway I fought the urge to yank the little girl out of the seat by her pigtails and tell her how "not nice" she had been but I decided to call Madison over instead. I asked her what was going on. Her response was that "Barbie (real name hidden) isn't my friend. She doesn't like me anymore". She then proceeded to cling to me with her head on my shoulder. At this point I'm not sure who was more crushed. It took all I had not to run away with Madison in tow and spend the day making her feel super special. I decided to remind her how smart, friendly and beautiful she is. I then told her that what the girl did was not nice and when people aren't nice like that they are not good friends. Did she get it? I'm not really sure 'cause she is only three and I sometimes have trouble remembering that she is still a baby. I asked her if she saw any kids in the class that are fun to play with and she pointed out her little buddy Connor. I asked her if Connor was nice to her and she said "Yes, mommy he's my friend!" If fought the urge to just hold her all day and put her down. She ran off to play with him as happy as could be. There is only 1 day left of school so I decided to not mention it to the teacher. The mom of the little brat also works at the school and is super sweet. I know she would be crushed if she knew what her daughter was doing ans one of her older sisters (she is the youngest of 6 so obviously we know where she learned this) is a student of mine. Bottom line is if there were more time in school left I would mention it but for one more day what will be solved? I did check on Madison throughout the say and she was fine. When I picked her up she mentioned that this girl was not her friend but she had others so she did not forget. Madison even had me call Justin at work so she could tell him how this girl was no longer her friend.
I was just wondering what you would have done in this situation? I feel like what I said to Madison was a way to make her feel better about herself and to help her develop coping skills. Unfortunately Mommy will not always be there to step in so the next best thing will be to have a daughter strong enough to deal with these situations on her own. BUUUUUUUUT Did I mention that she is only THREE? I know kids can be mean but knowing my daughter has to learn this at such an early age is really heartbreaking. Oh well enough rambling. Let me know what you think.
Monday, June 9, 2008
The wedding party
Me, Madison, Joni (groom's sister), Brenna (bride but you could probably tell that by the cool hat I made, Marisa (groom's niece) and Meyling (bride's friend and matron of honor)
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Bathtub circa 1963
and it begins (Justin and my brother Corey)
6:00 Saturday and the bathroom has been abandoned.
What the %^$# am I going to do at 2:00a.m. ? I may be checking into Casa De Mama's tonight.
My dining room may never be the same!
P.S. No, Madison and I haven't been home all day exposed to all the dust and other junk in the air!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Anyway onto more pressing issues! If you are a frequent visitor of Celebrity Baby Blog maybe you have noticed all of the gorgeous, long, flowing sundresses that celebrity mommas to be have been sporting. I love them! Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani's dresses happen to be my favorites! I've been looking all over for something similar (much more affordable) for the bridal shower this weekend and my sister in law's Sweet 16 next weekend. Unfortunately my search has left me frazzled and tired of trying on moo moos made by Omar the Tent Maker! I've looked online at Motherhood and Mimi maternity but haven't seen anything I love. I also refuse to go on Pea in the Pod because I'm sure I'll fall in love with a $500 something or other on that site and that is way out of my price range. Right now I'm thinking my limit is about $100 but may increase slightly if I become super desperate. Being that this will probably be the most expensive item in my maternity wardrobe (can't seem to part with the major bucks when I'll only be preggers for a few more weeks) I'm also hoping for something not super dressy so I can wear it again. At this point I've all but given up hope for the shower and I do have a couple of so so dresses to choose from but I'ld really like something new for next weekend. If you know of anywhere that may have something that I'm looking for I'ld REALLY, REALLY, REALLY appreciate your help!
Monday, June 2, 2008
I was tagged for this Meme by Dana - Thanks for giving me a topic 'cause I was struggling for one today!
1. I LOVE to cook - the everyday stuff gets kind of tedious but I love to have company over for a fancy meal that I can wow them with. Guess I'm kind of a show off that way.
3. Making hand made beaded jewelry. If I weren't 31 weeks preggers I'd be leaving for a huge bead expo in Milwaukee tomorrow :<
1. Move out of the town that I grew up in (I live next door to the house I grew up in)
3. Own another convertible
4. Get a boob lift and tummy tuck once I'm done being a baby factory
6. Buy a house with a huge kitchen, tons of closet space and more than one bathroom
Eight Things I Say a Lot:
3. I'm sooooooo tired
4. Because I'm the mommy and I said so (yep, I've said it. The "Why stage" is just starting and it is brutal)
5. If I don't wash your hair you'll get bugs
6. Yes you have to go to school today and yes you have to take a nap there
7. If I had more time I could get everything done
8. It was on sale
Eight Books I Have Read Recently:
1. Guess How Much I Love You
2. I Love You Stinky Face
3. Duma Key (yep, adult books do occur sometimes)
4. The Accident Man (LOVED IT!)
5. Bad Dog Marley
6. I'll Love You Forever ( I cry every time)
7. 5 Little Lady Bugs
8. Disney Collection of Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales
(Just started the Bourne series but I'm having trouble getting into it)
Eight Movies I Have Seen Eight Times:
1. Top Gun
2. Pretty Woman (was on again last night)
3. Dirty Dancing (I have to watch it every time it is on)
8. Godfather I & II
Eight People Who Should, but are in no way obligated, Do This Meme:
I'll leave this one up to anyone that wants to join in!