Thursday, September 23, 2010

First Temper Tantrum

From such a sweet boy, this came as a surprise, but Jack threw his first real tantrum today when I took away my flat iron that he had been playing with. What's your funniest/ weirdest tantrum story?

Friday, September 17, 2010

New GIANT Picture Post!

So the mommy slump has eased. I attribute this to a few things.

I decided to make an extra effort to get us out of the house to try new things. Some of these things were kind of unexciting, like the field trip Jack and I took to Crawford, Texas, to see the place G.W.Bush spent some time. Here's a pic. I'm not exaggerating how boring this place was. Maybe I just didn't go to the cool part?

Other outings were somewhat more successful, like the trip north up the freeway to West, Texas, to go to Westfest, which I had been hearing about for years. It was a really hot day and not the coolest fair ever, but it was nice to see it finally. Plus as you can see in the picture, there were some cool costumes worn to commemorate the Czech heritage of the town's founders.

And Evan, Jack, and I have been making lots of trips to this little park that's about 5 minutes walking distance away from our house. It's nice to let Jack run around and burn off some energy. He's even started climbing benches! We were all pretty excited by that and lots of clapping ensued.

Also, Jack has been very cute in general lately. Well, cute and scampy. Here's a few pictures that show him up to his active scampyness around the house.

Tipping over the jogging stroller.

Pulling the hairdryer off the counter to play with it.

Playing in the laundry hamper.

I've also been being a little more active in my exercise pursuits. And finally, I got asked to be in a leadership position in the women's organization at church (Relief Society Secretary for all the Mormons reading). It's been really nice to get out of the house and talk to/work with the other ladies in the presidency and meet other ladies as well.

All in all it's been nice lately. And tonight we have a homecoming football game followed by a visit to the Waco Art fest tomorrow. Sweet!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I'm in a Mom Slump

I think I may have posted about this before - I can't remember. But I'm in the doldrums of a mommy slump. What do I mean by that? I'm BORED and it's contributing to my crankiness. I feel like I've checked out everything there is to do here and I'm bored of it. My baby is lovely and sweet, but can't talk to me or settle down for long chapters of Harry Potter being read to him or anything like that. I don't feel my prettiest or my smartest or my most interesting or anything.

Ladies (and gentlemen if it's applicable) what are you doing to fight this off?

Here are some cute pics of Jack to balance this post.

Jack squinting because he knows his picture is being taken.

Jack at the spray park leaving adorable little wet footprints.

Jack enjoying one of the toys at the children's museum.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Baby, er, TODDLER stuff

Well, the time has flown by. I can't believe it when I look at the side of my blog and I see I have only posted 10 times in 2010. And yet I'm annoyed when I feel that other people aren't posting frequently enough. Sigh.

Lately things have been a blur with Jack running around and getting into everything and me hurrying around behind him trying to make sure he doesn't get into stuff he shouldn't. It's been fun though, too. I really feel more than ever that I can take Jack around and just do stuff. The only obstacle is nap times, but I treasure those so much it's hard for me to resent the way I have to form my schedule around them.

Anyway, I thought I'd post some pictures of our very big boy.

The first is a picture I took of him out on our front lawn. He's wearing his first pair of shoes (sandals) and is still freaked out by walking on the grass instead of a hard surface. He's an amazing walker though. It's awesome to see him zoom around, pivot, and just take off. Maybe he'll be a runner like mom and dad?

Today was Jack's family birthday party with us, my parents, and my brother, who drove down from Dallas area. Jack's actual birthday isn't until the 8th, but this was the best time to celebrate. It was a gorge fest of epic proportions - including pizza, cake, cookies and several flavors of Blue Bell ice cream. Remember that last post about hitting my pre-preggers weight? Yeah, I'll have to get back to that in about a week of hardcore dieting again. Sigh x2.

BUT - it was super fun. It was one of those times that being a mom feels really rewarding. So delightful to make and frost his cake, even though I didn't do anything super special. So fun to see him unwrap his toys and play and play until he was exhausted. Life is good, my friends.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mega Weight-Loss Milestone

Well friends, it has been very nearly a year since I gave birth to my beloved son, and just this morning I finally saw my pre-pregnancy weight on the scale. Can you believe it?

I've been doubling up on my workouts and seriously monitoring what I eat.

If I had to do it over again, I would probably start the weight-loss efforts earlier post-partum, but I just felt like taking care of Jack was all I could handle for so long. And I was soothing my tired nerves with food. Plus, I didn't want to ruin my milk production by starving myself.

I'm definitely NOT one of those people for whom breastfeeding just melted the fat away. Maybe I'm actually the opposite; as in now that I stopped breastfeeding, I finally lose the weight. Hmmm.

I'd like to lose about 5-10 more pounds and stay there a little while before I get pregnant again...whenever that is. We'll see. we'll all celebrate with some Father's Day pancakes!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Yeah I Know

It's been forever. Sigh.

I'm not going to try to catch up. I just thought I'd jot down a couple of things.

1) I'm going to the spa today, for pretty much the whole day. Thank you, Evan!!!!!

2) I've decided that if I ever win $100 million, I'm going to pay for all my family and several friends to move to the same city, or at least state.

3) Jack is such a big boy now. He is a little walking machine and gets into everything! He's also being unpredictable with his sleep lately. So boo on that.

4) Texas is very HOT in the summer.

5) I have been reminding myself lately that my problems are kind of luxury problems. What do I mean by that? Well, like with Jack being weird about sleep, it's kind of like "Oh, waaa, my beautiful, healthy baby is occasionally cranky. Poor me. Or if Jack is pulling tons of books out of bookshelves and scattering them everywhere, it's because we have a lot of books and other things he can get into. And finally, if we don't feel like we're super involved in friendships and outside activities here, well, we do have a lot of enjoyable family time together and aren't overburdened with obligations. So there. That's me looking on the bright side. :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

More Jack

This kid continues to charm me every day. I always think I couldn't love him any more, and then he shows off more of his personality. Love it.

We had his 9-month checkup. He weighed in at 25 pounds and was 30 inches long. I don't think he gained any weight this month because he is so busy crawling everywhere, getting into absolutely everything, and lately pulling to stand and cruising around.

Here are some pics for your viewing enjoyment.

This one is one of the best from our (now) annual trips to a nearby field to take pictures in the bluebonnets. Wildflower season in Texas is gorgeous.

Here's Jack enjoying one of the toys at my sister's house.

And one of our little guy eating. He's not shy about it, that's for sure.

One of the seemingly rare moments when we could catch him just resting.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Last Night

I had a dream in which I ran into a kind of nerdy guy from high school. He asked me out and told me how he had always thought I was cool. I was kind of flattered, but said, "ooh, sorry, I'm married." To which he responded, "Well, you've gained weight."

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hollywood Gossip Post

Ok, so I was just perusing some online gossip rags - I know, it's a bad habit that I should give up - when I came across a few pictures that I would like to comment on.

First of all, before I was ever pregnant, I remember seeing this photo of Katie Holmes and thinking she looked as big as a house pregnant! Now I notice what thin arms she had.

Second, why does anyone care whether these two are dating? I really can't wrap my brain around the "are they or aren't they" fascination.

Third, and I often think this when a similar thing happens, but doesn't it suck for Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriend, whom he dated for many years but to whom he never proposed (I think), that he is now engaged to this gal that he hasn't been dating so long? I mean, I know it's all about timing and everything....I just think it would suck for the other gal.

Who's with me on these?

Monday, February 22, 2010

My Baby Has No Fear

Check out this super cute video of Jack trying to crawl right off the side of the bed. He doesn't seem to realize that falling could be bad.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I'm in a Blog Funk

But...even so, you all deserve to see these.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mom Fashion

I need help. I am stuck in a fashion vortex. I haven't really bought new clothes in a while. (Although I did score some great stuff at Ann Taylor Loft the other day in a bangin' post-Christmas sale. You might want to check if it's still going if it's your style).

So I need to find new jeans and clothes that are friendly to my new momish lifestyle. Lots of bending over, pumping, camouflaging my still-larger-than-ideal body.

But specifically, I need help with shoes. WHERE do I find cute shoes to run around and do errands in? And where do I find some good shoes for church that are cute, but not platform or stiletto heels, but yet not ballet flats or lame one-inch heels? What have been your go-to fashion items?

Help me out friends! I wear flip-flops or running shoes almost every day and I'm sick of it. As for church I always wear my same high-heeled sandals or high-heeled boots pretty much every Sunday. So come on, throw me something new.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

On the Eve of My 30th Birthday

So I'm about to turn 30. I guess it's kind of a big deal. Three decades old. Old. But actually, I don't feel too bad about it. Mostly, birthdays make me feel grateful. I'm grateful to have lived 30 years in some of the most prosperous times in history, in a free country, with a great family and lovely friends. Add to that a handsome hubby and an adorable baby, and it makes me think "Bring on 30 more years of this stuff - then maybe 30 more after that!" addition to birthday musings, I'll admit that my Roll Call was somewhat of a failure. I appreciate everyone that commented, but with the exception of Becca outing her mom, I didn't find out about anyone new. Sigh.

In other news, I've relaunched my diet starting Jan 1. But I just ate a donut, two peanut butter cups, and two cookies. Yes, that's bad, but it's my birthday eve, so whatta ya gonna do about it? But as a whole, I have been eating more healthful and less-processed foods. So we'll see how that goes. I also claim exemption for my actual birthday.

No big plans for the day itself, as I am sick and so are Evan and Jack. I had to take Jack to the pediatrician today because he was sick with a fever of 102. Booooo. In the end it wasn't that big of a deal, but I guess it's better to be safe than sorry. The diagnosis was a possible ear infection following a virus that we all had/have, so I got a prescription of amoxicillin for him. Soooo that's a bummer, but the good news is that Jack is as cute as ever, and a cuddly 21 pounds at 6 months old.

I think we will end up treating ourselves to a nice dinner of some sort. Other than that, we're taking 30 pretty easy. Maybe that's part of being 30? No wild parties, etc.? Or maybe that's just us being boringish. Anywho...goodbye 29!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Roll Call

Dear Readers of My Blog:

I wonder who you are. About 15 of you comment on a fairly regular basis, so I know that you read. However, some of you seem to read with some regularity, but never comment, so I'm not sure who you are. Don't get me wrong, I probably have only about 30-40 regular readers (based on Google Analytics), plus the randoms that occasionally drop by, but I'd like to know to whom I'm writing.

Here's where I need to fully acknowledge that I "lurk" on a few blogs. I knew some of the authors years ago but haven't spoken recently. Others are blogs I surfed onto and decided that I like, but don't know the person, so I don't comment.

But still, I'm just putting this out there. If you read the blog and haven't commented recently, just take a second and say hi.

That is all.