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Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Featured Blogger - The Tervo Times


Hi everyone! I hope you're enjoying these as much as I am! I love reading about new bloggers and getting to know each other in the community. Today we have Sierra from The Tervo Times. Check her out!

First, tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you?
I'm Sierra. Born and raised Navy Brat. I love dolphins, the theatre, reading, fascinating Bible studies, watching movies, and a good pedicure. I'm from a strong, Christian family and I am thankful for that background. I've got 2 older sisters and a younger brother (who is deployed with the Army). I was one of those people who LOVED High School... and college was even more fun! That's where I met my husband. I was married at 19, moved to another country, worked & kept pressing on for my degree, had a baby at 22, graduated college (BS in Paralegal Studies), moved back to the US, and had another baby at 24. We JUST PCS'ed to our new base so I'm in that adjustment period right now.

Tell us about your spouse.
Ryan is my husband. We met doing AFROTC stuff in college and then I became his assistant working on special projects. I always joke with people that I used to have to call my husband "sir" and salute him. Although we met in college almost 3 hours away from home, we learned that our families lived 15 minutes away from one another. From the time we started dating to getting married it was 11 months... and 2 of those months were planning the wedding. Ryan is an extremely intelligent man, ambitious, and has a dry sense of humor that cracks me up. He is in to the AFIT program for his Master's degree and I couldn't be more proud of him.

Tell us about your family.
I have 2 small kids and a smaller dog. My son, William, is 4 years old. When he was about 2 and a half he was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, a major speech disorder, that has prevented him from learning to verbally communicate properly. More goes into Apraxia, such as motor planning problems and feeding difficulties that are also evident with him. You can learn more about Apraxia at www.apraxia-kids.org. So yes, therapies are a part of my life. My daughter, Alanna, is 2. She is a bundle of personality and attitude! Right now she's getting into trouble more often but she's stubborn... and she's 2... maybe that explains it. Our little dog, Maya, is a Havanese and one of the most submissive dogs I've ever known! She cost a fortune, but she's a wonderful pet for our family.

Where are you from?
That's a loaded question! I'm a Navy Brat so I tell people I grew up along the West Coast: born near San Francisco, lived in San Diego, moved to Northern Oregon, and then off to Washington. Technically I call Washington State home. That's where I lived the longest. That's where my parents live. That's where I chose to go to college.

Where do you live now? Do you like it there?
As I mentioned, we just arrived to Dayton, Ohio in mid-May. It has been quite an adjustment moving to a humid area from the high desert of Albuquerque. Things are pretty different all together and I'm currently trying to learn my way around the area. I guess overall I do like it here. I'm making friends and life is picking up. It surprises me how much there is to explore in Dayton and I can't wait to get started! What makes me doubly excited is that Ohio is SO CLOSE to many places I've always wanted to go! This is the farthest East I've ever been and now I'm a mere 8 hours from Washington, D.C. and within a days drive to several places along the East Coast. I'm always up for a trip and love travel buddies!

What about your home away from home – your blog? Tell us a bit about your blogging journey so far.
I started blogging DURING our last PCS from Japan to New Mexico. I started it while we were on vacation in Hawaii. Originally it began as a way to keep family updated on what was happening in our lives but since then it has grown to whatever I want to write about: kids, photos, recipes, my feelings, journaling, book reviews, and military life. Through blogging I have discovered a huge support from the blogging community with a lot of resources on things that impact me.

Have you been through a deployment? Do you have any advice for those who are or will be?
I have been through deployments as a dependent child, but not as a spouse. My husband has been slotted for a deployment on 2 different occasions but because of special cases he has been pulled from both of them. And I know that we have at least 2 years before he is eligible for a deployment again.

How do you like being a military spouse?
Military life is all I have known. I'm not sure what I'd do as a civilian spouse. So, I guess I'm pretty happy being a military spouse. I enjoy my life. I love traveling to new places and making new friends. There is something to be said about the security of military life as well.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I'm not sure. Probably still a stay-at-home mom raising my kids (which I hope to have more of). Chances are we will have moved, again, unless Ryan gets into a PhD program. I want to be busy and active with things I enjoy, and my children happy and active in things they enjoy.

What’s your favorite food?
Hmmm... I love red meat. I also like Italian. Popcorn and ice cream are rated pretty high as well.

Tell us a fun fact!
I have an obsession with office supplies.

Anything else you would like to add?
I really do love to read so if you read anything interesting, tell me about it and I'll check it out! I'm always on the look out for new material.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Penny's Outfits for the Week

I'm not a girly girl, so I never understood why people were so excited about having girls and dressing them up. And then I had a girl. My goodness, some of these clothes are so freaking cute. I have a problem, I like shopping for my baby!

After receiving my latest shipment of clothes (from Crazy8), I decided to take a photo a day to show you her outfits, in different rooms around my house. Why not? I'm always looking for an opportunity to show off my cute baby! And practice my photography skills, I guess... :P


By the way, I love her in t-shirts and shorts, and rompers. Love love love. But she's wearing a dress in one photo to show that sometimes I do put her in them. Sometimes.


Friday
...in Penny's bedroom
Saturday
...in the living room
Sunday
...on the kitchen table
Monday
...on the guest bath counter
Tuesday
...in front of the bookshelves
Wednesday
...on our bed
Thursday
...among the pillows on the guest bed.
I was not paid or even asked to talk about these clothes. I just love dressing my baby up. But hey, if you send me stuff, I will review it!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

First Date

Once upon a time, Brandon and I were just a couple kids without any real responsibilities. No big jobs, just college. No pets, except for awhile we had a rat (whom I loved!). No babies, only our cars. Before we were married, before we were engaged, we were dating.

And on Monday afternoon, we went on our first date since Penny was born! (If you're following my Instagram, you probably saw all the photos while they were happening.) When Brandon came back from SERE school we interviewed a babysitter who came highly regarded, who we found on SitterCity. After the short interview we knew she would be great! With his parents being here, we never got around to making a date, and then on Saturday we realized, "Crap, flight school is starting like next week and we're not going to see each." So we planned a date!

We decided to do a lunch and afternoon date because it would work better for Penny. That was fine with me!

The night before, I typed out some instructions. My baby comes with an instruction packet. You can't fault me, I like being thorough. I'm sure she appreciated it a bit. Right...?
 The babysitter got here at noon when Penny was nearing the end of her nap. We booked it! We decided on a whim to drive the Mustang because we never drive it together. We're going to be trading it in soon (that's a whole other post) so Brandon needed to get it out to enjoy it a few last times.
 Our first stop was a Mexican restaurant where we happened to have a $10 gift card. We got one of the lunch specials, chicken fajitas for two. Yummy! They were pretty good!

After lunch we went and bought our tickets for my movie of choice: Rock of Ages. And since we had a bit of time, we headed over to Cold Stone to share a small ice cream. Brandon chose the Founder's Favorite. We were full but we just couldn't pass up Cold Stone.
We were the only ones in the theatre. We had the whole place to ourselves! It was fun because we could talk to each other if we wanted and didn't feel bad. I really liked the movie and for being a musical, Brandon didn't mind either. It helped that it was all rock music.

After the movie was done, we headed back home. Penny was crying because she couldn't fall asleep, but other than that, she had been a great baby. The babysitter did a wonderful job with her. I will tell you, though, Penny was soooo excited when we got home. She was grinning and flapping her legs and arms. It was so cute!

We didn't talk much, but we enjoyed some of the quiet that our date gave us. It was fun to just be us two and not have to worry about the baby. Plus, we hadn't seen a movie together at the movie theatres since a week before Penny was born. It was well overdue!
Do you date your husband?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Colorado

Keep Colorado Springs in your thoughts.

The fire is way too big and way too close to the city.
(Photo taken from FB)

The Unexpected

About seven years ago, I graduated high school.
What?

Life has taken me in a lot of different directions.

By this time, I expected...

...to be married...
...and to have a dog (but maybe not a cat!)
I even expected to have my first baby.
(OMG cuteness)

However, along with the baby came some unexpected, but welcome, surprises.

I didn't expect that we would choose not to vaccinate...
...or cloth diaper (at least when I was 18!)
 Baby-wearing and co-sleeping? Wouldn't have even crossed my mind at that age!
And the latest and greatest of all unexpected surprises?

We're considering homeschooling.
I never ever ever would have thought that, not even a year ago.
Not even six months ago.

Here we are, though, thinking of our baby's future.

And this just feels right.

Who would've thought?

Monday, June 25, 2012

I stopped reading Fifty Shades of Grey

That's my confession of the month - I stopped reading Fifty Shades of Grey.

It sounded like a good idea to read the book. Well, it took some convincing for a bit before I thought, I should see what everyone is talking about. As a writer, I like to follow the trends, because one day maybe I'll have a book out there that I want people to read. Maybe. So why not? I had some money left over anyway, so I downloaded it to my nook and started it!

I should've known better. The same people who are obsessed with Twilight were raving about this book. Don't even get me started on my beef with Twilight.

And yes, I know Fifty Shades was based off of Twilight fan-fiction. Another red flag.


I made it 1/3 of the way into the book before I decided to put it aside and start reading a lovely historical novel that just arrived in the mail from Paperback Swap, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. That was a good book, by the way, I recommend it!



I have a beef with the writing.

I just couldn't get through it, that's what was holding me up. Sure, I could handle the sex and the silly plot line, because who doesn't like a bit of entertainment? But geez, the writing! As someone who sometimes studies the writing craft so my novels can be a little good, my eyes couldn't see past the blatant mistakes. The dialogue was annoying, the descriptions were over the top, and I'm pretty sure every writing "rule" was broken, but not in a good way.

But hey, good job for getting a book published! And not just one book, an entire series. I bet she's making bank.

I don't think I'll continue reading the book. I just don't want to. I have so many books on my list to read that I shouldn't force myself to read one I'm not excited about! I just wish I could get a refund on Nook books!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Leading Lady Review

Boobies.

We all got 'em. Ok, maybe not all of us have them, but I'm willing to bet that the majority of my readers are women, and ladies, this blog post is for you.

I was recently contacted by Leading Lady to review a couple of their products. They specialize in full-figure and nursing bras, and have been in business (a family business!) for more than 70 years. But don't listen to me, this is what they had to say:



Leading Lady's family owned and operated intimate apparel business has been expertly tailoring nursing and full figure bras for top brands and retailers acrossNorth America for more than 70 years. The nursing collection, available in sizes in sizes 34B to 48 F, and full figure collection, available in sizes 34 A to 56 DDFG, features quality lingerie designed especially to fit real women for all of her lifestyle needs. Leading Lady’s comprehensive line of nursing and full figure intimates -- including sexy stretch lace, seamless wire-free and underwire bras, and cozy sleep and leisure bras -- can be purchased directly on LeadingLady.com,making it easier than ever for women to find their style and fit for an exceptional value.

Leading Lady is proud to celebrate “Leading Ladies” everywhere through its products, programs and philanthropic activities. Leading Lady is dedicated to arming new moms with the support – physically, intellectually and emotionally – they need to nurture their babies through breastfeeding and committed supporting a variety of organizations and issues relevant to women across the country.


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As you know, I breastfeed, and I swear by nursing bras. It's just so much easier to deal with them than regular bras, especially when you have a hungry baby attacking your chest. Right before we had Penny, I purchased two nursing bras and two sleep bras. Six months later and I have... two nursing bras and two sleep bras. Buying undergarments hasn't really been a priority, ya know? That's why I was super excited when I was given this opportunity!

I decided to order one lacy bra, wirefree and white (a color I didn't have), and a black nursing tank top. I never liked the nursing tank I had bought awhile ago and I figured, why not? I wear tank tops all summer anyway!
Yeah, I wasn't going to model the bra myself. Sorry, guys. You just get a blurry iPhone photo of the top!

As soon as my package came, I ripped it open to try on my new stuff! I was impressed with the quality of the bra and how comfy it was. I don't normally do lacy things, but it looked nice. I'm happy I got it. It's also super easy to unclip - an important thing for nursing. Then I pulled on the tank top and again, I was impressed! The tank it so comfortable that I didn't change back to the shirt I was wearing all day. It's easy to pull down the front and nurse, but it's also stylish enough to be worn out of the house. No one will even know it's a nursing top!

I'm very happy with this product!

I've been given a great discount if you'd like to get your own stuff from them! The Leading Lady Military Friends & Family discount code is MBLOG20 and offers 20% off site-wide July 1-7. Check them out!



I was contacted by Leading Lady and offered two bras in exchange for my review. These views are my own.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Family Time Continued

Brandon's family came to visit last Thursday. He had a four-day pass, thank goodness. They drove alllll the way from Colorado (yikes, I don't want to do that 24 hour drive again for a long time) and arrived by dinner time, just half an hour before Penny had to go to bed.

What did we all do? Friday we had lunch at Mellow Mushroom and visited the local health food store, played some games, had fun. We also hit up the commissary for food for the weekend. Saturday we visited a couple farms and had Thai for lunch. Sunday we spent Father's Day at the range and ate some more food, and played more games! Monday, their last day, we visited the Aviation Museum and spent some more time with the family. They left Tuesday morning.

It was a low-key visit, no real stress except for trying to figure out how to cook for five grown adults! The house didn't really feel very cramped, even with his sister sleeping on the couch. It was a good visit. Brandon and I agree that it was a good amount of time too.

I'm glad to have my house back, though. I spent most of the day today doing laundry and cleaning up to get it back in order. I am not a fan of clutter, but I guess if you have so many people in a house, things get messy. I'm feeling much more settled with some order in the house!

Of course, visits like this make me miss my own family. What I wouldn't do to have someone visit or us to visit them. There's just never enough time, you know?

I have no idea when our next family visit will be! Flight school starts super super soon!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

First Father's Day

On Sunday I was just so busy I never got around to writing a "Penny Says..." post for Father's Day! But I thought I'd come around and let you know how it went.

This was Brandon's first official Father's Day! Last year I mentioned my own Daddy, so a happy day to him too, but I thought since this was a special day for Brandon, we could talk about him.

Wow, I picked a good husband, but I picked an even better father of my children. He was made to be a good dad. He loves this baby of his like no other. He wants to hold her, hug her, kiss her, toss her around and make her laugh. Penny is pretty lucky to have someone like this in his life.

We woke up early, like usual. I haven't mentioned that his family was in town for the weekend, so we had two dads there! We made a big breakfast of scrambled eggs with veggies, bacon, strawberries and some cinnamon pull-apart bread. Delicious. Then we opened their gifts! Brandon got a BluRay from Penny and an iPod dock from me. His dad for some new shirts.
The boys wanted to go shooting, so we were off to the range in the morning. That afternoon we hit up Cold Stone for some ice cream. For dinner, we made steak, potatoes and corn on the cob. We played some games before bed too. It was a very good day!

The night ended with me being super busy cleaning up from dinner and finishing up the bone broth I had started a few hours before. Brandon took the reins and gave Penny a bath, dried her off, put her lotion on, did the diaper and pajamas, and read her a book. I went to check on him before he handed her off to me to eat and he told me, "I don't mind doing this. I'm actually glad I got the chance to do the entire bedtime routine because now I know I can do it. This was fun for me!" Warms my heart.


Happy Father's Day, Brandon, from me and from Penny.

Monday, June 18, 2012

June 18th

Today, we celebrate four years in the Army. June 18th, 2008, Brandon officially started his Army job after being commissioned a few weeks before. We had just returned from our honeymoon to Mexico and he was off again to spend a couple months in Washington. Army life, right?

Exactly a year after his start date, Brandon was graduating IBOLC, a 2LT about to start his journey in the Infantry. We were in Georgia, living the life, and a couple months later we were moving back to Hawaii.

And exactly a year ago today, Brandon came home from Iraq.

Has it really been a year? Holy moly. I feel like the entire deployment was such a blur and suddenly here we are, a year out, a 6 month old in our arms, living in Alabama while Brandon attends flight school as a warrant officer. Wow.

It's funny how so many things can fall on June 18th. This year is more laid-back, which is nice. Maybe next year he'll be graduating flight school on this date? Only time will tell.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Penny - Six Months

Penny - you're six months old!
We have a fun baby on our hands! This month was interesting because, for most of it, your Daddy was gone off to training. It was just us girls! You were good company, though. Your six month appointment is next week, but I weighed you recently and you were nearly 19 (!!) pounds. Wowzers! Not sure you're length, but you're getting longer. Such a big baby! Most people comment on your chubby thighs and double chins. I love you, pudgers. Your hair is a light brown, definitely lighter than mine, and your eyes are gray-blue. I think they will stay that way!

Clothes? Well we're into the 6-9 month ones now. You still fit into 6 month comfortably, but for sure you're getting bigger. I had to pack away your 3-6 month clothes just last week. For bed time I got you some t-shirt and pants sets and you are much more comfortable in those.
No problems nursing! Ok, maybe a bit - you will only nurse right before your nap. It's weird, but we deal with it fine. You eat pretty quick now too, I love it. Oh, and you kick, you're trying to move and bounce, which makes it hard to nurse. Geez! You've also bitten me a couple times with those two little baby fangs. Ow.
But speaking of eating, you've started solids! We've been introducing different things here and there and you're really like it. Lately you've been choking on foods that chunk up so we put those in the mesh feeder and you go to town. You're favorites are strawberries and avocado. You've also tried sweet potatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, and banana.

Your nights have gotten a little better. You go down around 7pm, sleep until maybe 1am, and then 5am, when you come into bed with us and sleep until about 7:30am. It is what it is! I actually like when you sleep with us and I get to wake up to your cute little face. You're still napping four times a day for 45 minutes each time. That's just what you do!

Your newest, coolest thing is sitting up! You are awesome at it! It's provided both of us with some freedom because you can sit up and play with all your toys while I do stuff. You are much happier now that you can sit, and now that you have that freedom you hate tummy time. You have rolled a few times, but it's just not what you do! That's ok, the sitting is awesome!

This month has been so busy! We've been to Georgia, we've gone to the pool, we've played with new toys and new friends, and welcomed Daddy home. You even got some visitors - Grandpa, Grandma and Aunt Mallory. If we're at home you want to swing on the swings, play in the Jumperoo, sit and watch Yo Gabba Gabba or Blue's Clues.
As you can see, we've been super duper busy! This month has been so fun and I love watching you learn and grow!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Featured Blogger: This is Me; Consequently

Hey everyone! Here we are again for our next Friday Featured Blogger! Today we get to learn about Jamie from This is Me; Consequently - a blogger who lives right near me in sunny Alabama. Hope you enjoy! Happy Friday!
This is Me; Consequently.

First, tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you?

I'm Jamie! I'm from a small town in Alabama where the days are hot and the tea is sweet. I'm an artist and a crafter. I'm an army wife and a first time SAH mom. I have a college degree, but no desire to put it to good use [yet]. 

Tell us about your spouse.

My husband is currently making the switch from National Guard to Active Duty Army! He is finishing up the last of his college credit hours, and will be commissioning as a 2LT in Field Artillery in May!

Tell us about your family

On June 30th, 2011, our little princess Adelei graced us with her presence. She has a fur sister, Kami [a black lab mix]. And the two of them keep me on my toes.

Where are you from?

I'm originally from Clayhatchee, AL, a small town outside of Ft. Rucker, AL. 

Where do you live now? Do you like it there?

I currently live in Troy, AL. But will be PCSing to Ft. Sill, OK in less than a month. I'm so happy to be leaving this little, creepy college town. 

What about your home away from home – your blog? Tell us a bit about your blogging journey so far.  

I started my blog in 2008 as a way to vent my college frustrations. Over the years, as I gained readers and...maturity, it has turned into a place where I share recipes, pictures, craft ideas, and of course, talk about my life.

Have you been through a deployment? Do you have any advice for those who are or will be?

We have been lucky enough to miss that boat thus far. But I will definitely need advice when that time comes!

How do you like being a military spouse?

I love it! I love the bond, the networking, the support [of other military wives]. Of course I love that my husband is honoring our country. & I enjoy the benefits that come along with that [steady paycheck, healthcare, world travel!]

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Where ever the Army sends us! My husband wants to make a career out of this, and I stand behind that. I hope to be a SAHM, at least until my daughter starts school.

What’s your favorite food?

This one is a hard one, as I am a self proclaimed 'foodie'. But I would have to say that my ALL time favorite food is Chicken Fried Rice, and french dip sandwiches are a close second.

Tell us a fun fact!  

Paula Deen is my foodie idol, and I hope to be like her one day [sans diabetes ;)]

Anything else you would like to add? 

I have my own etsy store, Home Made With Love. I sell bows, headbands, custom hand stamped jewelry, art prints, and paintings. I also sell custom paintings and tutus on request. MilSpouses can receive 15% off their first purchase with code MILSP12.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Family Time

Life gets complicated when you're in a relationship, and especially once you get married. Suddenly you have two separate families to deal with. Extra siblings, extra parents and grandparents, more birthdays to remember, you know the whole deal.

Whether you like it or not, either your family or your significant other's family will become "more important." By this I mean you spend more time with that family by default and interact with them more. No matter what you do, it just sort of happens like that. Either your family is cooler to spend time with, or his family is closer, or any other reason, someone gets more attention than the other.

It isn't all bad, I suppose. At least we have a family to spend time with.

Here's my specific problem: My family is all over the place. We're in the military so of course, we're off somewhere new every few years; we're in Alabama now. My three sisters and their families are in Virginia, North Dakota, and Colorado. My dad and stepmom are in Colorado, but a different city from the sister. My mom is down south outside of Phoenix, Arizona. We're covering a good stretch of the United States! So it's not easy for us to plan a trip to visit everyone because, well, it would be a long long trip.

Also, my family doesn't have the time/resources to come visit us that easily. Or maybe they just don't want to come down to sunny Alabamy?


I'm not complaining that we spend more time with Brandon's family. It's just easier, I suppose. His parents are still married and his sister lives with them - one stop shop. His aunts and uncles and grandparents all pretty much live in or around Colorado Springs, easy peasy. So if we visit the city it's easy to visit them all.

This is part of my issue with Christmas time. I don't want to take Brandon from his family, but why should I feel so guilty wanting to visit my own? Maybe I should just toss it all out and go on a cruise just the three of us like I want to...

I do get to talk to my sisters via text and Facebook all the time, and my mom calls every week usually, and I talk to my dad once a month. It's still not the same as visiting. I sometimes wish one of them could come and see me! But hey, I have Jenny's wedding next year to look forward to, at least.

Do you have trouble balancing your family time?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Eating Habits Redefined

My brain is a little muddled because I've been hit by a head cold! So forgive me if I get confusing...

Remember yesterday how I said "Nothing says Happy Anniversary like a juicer?"
After going back and forth for a bit, we decided to gift ourselves a juicer for our fourth anniversary! We don't give individual gifts for our anniversary. I don't know why, but it just kind of evolved this way. I like it anyway. Why not celebrate each other by getting a joint gift?

Why a juicer? For one, we watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, and we inspired. This guy had all kinds of issues and he went on a juice-only diet for 60 days. Basically freed himself of everything and now he's super healthy. 

For another, we're trying to rebalance our body's pH levels, which requires us to eat a lot of alkaline foods. This means way less dairy, meat and grains, and way more fruits and veggies. I like it, I enjoy eating that stuff. Brandon is having more of an issue with it, but I try my best to provide him with snacks throughout the day.

We aren't just drinking juice, because we don't really need to do that. We have replaced our breakfast with a good juice and most lunches too. We've been striving to have two juices a day.

I'll tell you what, I know it's working because I had a rough day on Sunday while my body got rid of some toxins. Now I feel great! Except for this darn head cold... I feel healthier already bumping up our intake.

We did spend about $100 on fruits and veggies the other day because you need a good amount to throw in that thing. We're having fun with it though. At first we followed recipes, now we make our own juices. A more fruity one for breakfast and more veggies at lunch. Always throw kale or spinach in there, and a lemon. Otherwise, whatever we feel like doing. And the juices have been delicious!

So yeah, we're changing our eating habits again. I like it. Plus, we can be a good example for Penny, especially now that she's starting solids. Juicing is fun!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

All of everything!

Some randoms...


Giveaways: Have you entered to win $100 at Amazon and Journey 2 DVD/BluRay?


Running: I started the Couch to 5k last week again. My body hurts, but that's to be expected. It's my calves that are taking the worst beating because my body is getting adjusted to the Vibrams again. Speaking of my Vibrams, they have a hole, but I ordered new ones! I love running in them, I wrote last year about my miracle shoes. I used to not be able to run at all because of shooting pains from my plantar fasciitis. These shoes have saved me!

Weight Loss: Along those lines... I've lost some more weight! At this point my goal isn't to lose weight but to tone up, yet anything I lose is an added bonus. I will say I feel a little more comfortable in my body now. I feel hot!

Border Collies: If you have one or have ever had one, then you know. I passed a lady on a run the other day with her own border collie and we gave each other a knowing smile. They are special kinds of dogs, that's for sure.
 Penny's Naps: Of course she started napping better when Brandon came home. By better, I mean, she goes down easily and sleeps for her usual 45 minutes. And now she's trying to stay up longer in the evening before bed. Getting so big!
Juicer: Nothing says Happy Anniversary like a new juicer! It's pretty awesome.

Captcha: Or however you spell it. Come on, people, just get rid of it. I took the leap and don't get spam. You can too! It's a nuisance to type those freaky letters after a comment. Wondering why you aren't getting as many comments as you want? Could be that!

Drive-In: This was a BIG no-go, again. We thought we would get her asleep and she would stay asleep. Nope. Woke up 5 minutes before the movie, screamed for about ten, and then we went home. Waste of $10!

Family: We have family visiting this weekend. Don't worry, I will still be blogging!

Monday, June 11, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Journey 2 DVD/BluRay

Have you entered to win $100 at Amazon?

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Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games) finds a hidden signal that he believes will lead him to his long lost grandfather (Michael Caine, Miss Congeniality).  With the help of his new step father (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, The Scorpion King), Sean finds a map and starts his adventure which leads him to Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical) and the island of Atlantis!  Sean and his friends battle giant bees, killer lizards, a volcano of gold, and electric eels to escape the lost city and make their way home!

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Another One?

First: No, I am not pregnant. Oh goodness, that would be a terrible idea! Works for some, but I couldn't imagine having my babies that close together.

However, once you have a baby, most people are asking you when's the next one coming. You know, you're just recovering from the birth and learning all about parenthood, and you have to start thinking about what comes next. That's just how it goes, I suppose!

Brandon and I have always had a plan and we're sticking to it. We want our kids 2-3 years apart. I like that age difference since my little sister and I have that spacing and it has worked well. Brandon is 8 years older than his sister and their relationship is certainly different. So we're hoping for the 2-3 year spacing.

Now, our big argument has been how many kids. We've gone back and forth for years. He always just wanted two. I wanted three. I come from a larger family, so that's probably why. But now that I have a baby I'm leaning more towards two... babies are hard! I don't know if I want to keep doing this!

Then it comes down to what kinds of babies we have. We have a girl now and I'm perfectly fine with having another girl, but would we want to try for a third and see if we have a boy? What if we end up with three girls? Poor Brandon ;). I am perfectly confident in saying if we have a boy next, we will be done. Maybe...


Anyway, this is what we talk about sometimes. Always the next one. What they'll be like, if they will look like Brandon, how Penny will be...

What does your "family planning" look like?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I Heart Instagram

As soon as Instagram came to Droid, I was hooked. And then I got an iPhone a week later and I was extra hooked. I love it! I love love love it!

You can follow me here!

Instagram is my new favorite social network. Yes, it's a social network - you get people together, sharing things, talking to each other, tada! Social network. I'm a visual person, I like pretty things, and I love looking at other peoples photos. I am also a social person, so it's fun to interact with others over a common interest, photography and sharing our life moments.

Also, I take a butt load of photos of Penny. That kind of happens when you have a baby. It's hard to lug around my Nikon all the time (though I still take photos with it) and whip it out when those little moments pop up. Thank goodness my phone is always by my side.

So yeah, if you follow me, it's like 95% photos of my baby. Photos like these:

Eating an orange!
Eating a Kleenex box!
Playing with toys!
But it's not all my baby. I do the Photo a Day challenge, so those are instantly there for your viewing pleasure. And photos of my pets. Because they do funny things, like this:

"Hiding"
Doing yoga with me.
Sharing the couch.
And then there's the not-baby-or-related. Photos of my day, of different sewing creations, of cool stuff I see, or of healthy food and snacks I make. Like this!

Nomnomnom.
 No, Instagram didn't pay me to write this post (I wish!). I just wanted to tell you about my newest addiction. I'm not afraid to admit it, I'm addicted. But hey, I love it! I love documenting our lives with my pretty little phone. So if you're not so sure about Instagram, just try it out. You won't be disappointed!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Art of Sitting Up

Penny is a sitting up queen these days. Since the Sunday before Memorial Day, she has been doing it all on her own, and I am so proud of her! For awhile there she had been practicing, but she would only last a few seconds before toppling over. Then on Sunday I put her down on the ground for some practice and she stayed up. Wow!

I was hooked! Screw tummy time, I want to see you sit up! Every chance I could, I would sit her up. What freedom she had! At WalMart, I got her a new toy that she could play with sitting up. Same thing at a yard sale. I sat her up on the changing table to brush her hair. She sat on the bathroom counter while I got ready in the morning (don't worry, I was right beside her the whole time). We played outside on a blanket and she sat with her toys while I read a book. She's even sitting up in the bath now!
I know she's happier with this new freedom. She loves being able to reach out and grab things more easily, so I pile toys around her to play with. Of course, after awhile she gets tired, so she will either fall right over without a sound (it doesn't even phase her! She's tough) or start whining and crying until I move her position.

The freedom I have too! I can bring her around the house without worrying about a place to lay her down - she can sit right there on the floor. Awesome!

She looks like such a big girl now and she's acting it too. I just love it though. Every new thing she does brings a smile to my face. I can tell she's growing and learning, and I'm so happy to be there for the ride.
We've still been doing tummy time. She's rolled a few times (yay!) but she's not so interested in it. I don't think she ever will be. She's rolled over a couple times at night, usually accompanied by a cry that wakes me up. I think she's just not going to be a roller, not that she can sit. Maybe she'll skip right to crawling?

I love this baby!