Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A little break

Well, it looks like I may be M.I.A. for the next 5 days or so.

First of all, my laptop has finally gone kaput! I'm typing this on Jason's work computer, and I'm not sure how often I will have access to it. I'm hoping mine may make a recovery or that we will purchase another one. But, I'm really not too sure.

Secondly, my best friend and older sister, Elizabeth, will be coming into town tomorrow evening. Her husband will be arriving on Friday morning. I am so excited for them to come and spend the Easter holiday with us. They will also get to meet Aidan for the first time!

Aidan is also getting his first set of vaccines tomorrow morning at the Pediatrician. I am a little nervous and feel bad that my Little Man has to get poked! I'm anxious to see how much weight he has gained. He is definitely getting bigger by the day!

I hope everybody has a Happy Easter! Keep a lookout for some super cute pics of Aidan in his Easter outfit! :)

~Emily

Monday, March 29, 2010

Getting to Know You- 3/29/10

Whew! I'm tired. Aidan has been super fussy for the past few nights. He's tired and hungry and needs to spit-up all at the same time. It's been rather challenging to get him calmed down to eat, burp and finally fall asleep. Poor little guy. It leaves me tired and with a headache. It's 12:20 am right now, and I thought I'd answer Keely's questions today to decompress. After this, I'll lie down for a few hours and get some shut eye before the Little Man wakes up for his nighttime feeding.


Today's questions are:

1. Why did you start blogging?

We moved to Texas and I wanted a place to keep family and friends update with our lives. I gave up for awhile, but had a renewed interest over the last year or so. I'm glad, as it's a great way for me to get my thoughts out and to just relax a little bit. I have also discovered so many great blogs that I love to read!

2. Who's the one blog friend that you'd like to meet in "real life?"

Not sure. I would love to meet up with Tricia though, as our babies are only 3 weeks apart. It'd be fun to get together and chat about all things Mommy.

3. Why are you always concerned with losing that "extra 10 pounds" when chances are your husband/boyfriend/friends tell you that you look just fine the way you are?

I'm losing weight for myself. I want to be healthier and in better physical shape. And, who doesn't wanna look good in a swimsuit?!

4. What's one thing that you wish guys could understand about you?

Well, Jason is the only guy that needs to understand me and he does. When I was younger though, I wished guys would understand that I needed my independence.

5. Tattoos. How many do you have and how many are visible when you wear your everyday clothes?

I've got 2. Neither are visible unless I want them to be. :)

6. What was the best year of your life and why?

It's a tie. 2005 because it was the year I met Jason and the year that I became committed to earning my degree. Also 2010 because it was the year Aidan was born!

7. Name three things you would do if you were a man for one day?

Mmm... How about three things I wouldn't do? I wouldn't do housework, make dinner (although I love it... most of the time!) or get up early to feed the baby. Yay!

8 . What's your alcoholic drink of choice that usually raises a few eyebrows?

Well, there's a bar back in Ohio... Brubaker's Pub. For awhile they had these awesome carafes and you could fill them with shots of your choice. People would get them and split them with friends. I used to get them and drink one by myself. Tee hee. I remember the first time Jason and I went out with his friends and I ordered a carafe of Kamikazes. The bartender asked me how many glasses I wanted and I said, "Just one." She couldn't believe it and neither could his buddies! Let's just say those days are long gone. I haven't had a drink in 11 months. I'd be hammered off of half a wine spritzer.

Good night!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Whatever's Comfortable for You...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday- 3/23/10

I thought I'd take a break from my spring cleaning and participate in The Undomestic Momma's Top 2 Tuesday while my Little Man is still asleep!




Today's Question:

What are two things that you can't live without?

Other than the obvious things...

Jason
Aidan
Family
Friends
Food
Water
Air
Etc...

I'd have to say....

1. Simply Apple Juice. I became addicted to this when I was pregnant. I had to give up my daily Diet Coke *gasp* and replaced it with apple juice. I drink it everyday now! It's SOOO good and caffeine free AND tastes like cider! Yummm!

2. Reef flip flops! I LOVE THEM! They are so comfortable and perfect for this Texas weather! I even have a pair that comes with a bottle opener on the bottom, in case I'm in a pinch and can't open a Corona. In fact, I'm wearing them right now!

And now he's awake! Until next time, friends! :)



Friday, March 19, 2010

Five Question Friday- 3/19/10

Well, it's all ready Friday.. barely! Here I am at 12:30 am, wide awake and blogging. My little man goes to bed pretty late (he just fell asleep half an hour ago.. yawn!), so I don't get "me time" until after midnight. I don't mind. I got the dishes and laundry done, the mail sorted and now I'm able to sit down and just decompress. Aaaaahh!

I thought I'd go ahead and get started on Mama M's Five Question Friday. I just can't miss out on it! I love Mama's blog and encourage you to stop by for a visit. Now, onto the questions!

My Little Life


1. Have you ever had a celeb sighting?

I've met/seen professional athletes before. Jim Thome (Cleveland Indians), Brad Doherty (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Larry Nance (Cleveland Cavaliers). Thome used to frequent this little dive breakfast diner that my friends and I would hang out at in High School. It was called Doug's Dinner Bucket. Doug was dead, they weren't open for dinner and nothing was served in a bucket. That place was awesome! Doherty lived in my little bubble of a community while I was growing up and I'd often see him at the grocery store. And Mr. Nance was a frequent patron of a restaurant that I served at for a short time. I've never met Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp or anyone super famous like that.... I wish! *swoon* Actually, who am I kidding? I'd love to meet Kenny Chesney or Jimmy Buffett! I wouldn't just swoon, I'd probably die. Seriously.

2. What temperature do you keep your house?

We actually keep it pretty cool. Before Aidan was born it'd be around 67, but now it's either 69 or 70. I get hot easily, so I don't like the house too warm! And Jason doesn't like to pay the bill!

3. Do you notice dust at other peoples homes?

Honestly? No. I don't really look for it. I'm no clean home Nazi when it comes to others. It's funny though, because I am super anal about my house being clean when we have people over. But it doesn't bother me if others don't have a clean home. I'm not gonna come over and give 'em the "white glove test" or anything!

4. What's the worst job you ever had?

The worst job I ever had? Remember that serving job I mentioned in question number 1? That'd be it! Awful! I didn't mind serving, but I absolutely hated my coworkers. The owner was a jerk and the other servers were very bitter people. I took food to the wrong table one time and the owner said (and I quote) "I should take you out back and shoot you." I quit that night. Now, he may have been joking... but it wasn't funny. It's never funny to tell somebody you want to shoot them. He said it in front of other servers and even they were stunned. Yea. Not a good job.

5. What is your most sentimental possession?

I really don't know. If my house were on fire I'd grab my man, my baby and my animals. If I had time I'd grab our pictures. I do have a Hummel figurine that my mother gave to me for Christmas one year. It's a figure of a little girl climbing an apple tree. She cried when she explained why she gave it to me... I was always the little tomboy getting stuck in trees! That would probably be my most sentimental possession since it meant so much to my mom and she bought it specifically for me.

I think I'm going to try and get some shuteye before my little guy wakes up for his 4 am feeding. Woohoo!


Thursday, March 18, 2010

The sweetest thing...


Why I wake up everyday.... to be there for my boys. :)


Precious.


Discovering Peace Within Chaos

This morning on the Today Show Ann Curry answered the question, "How do you find balance in your life?" She stated that her doctor had actually asked her this a few years ago. Ann told him that she balanced between her children and her work. She was then told by her doctor that that wasn't good enough. He stated that we would all live more fulfilled and longer lives if we discovered our passions and made sure to incorporate them into the balance of our lives.

That statement really struck a chord with me. I believe that many of us do not have that balance. We are so concerned with work, school, children, households, money and relationships with others that we forget the most important relationship of all- the one we have with ourselves. What makes us happy? As women, we are tuned to figure out what makes others happy. We want our children, spouses, parents, siblings, friends to all be happy. We work so hard at those relationships, at pleasing others, at being strong for others, bending over backwards for others, putting their needs before our own that we don't make time for ourselves.

After watching this interview I was rather saddened by the thought that I cannot think of a true passion of mine. Ann discovered her passion after that conversation with her doctor. It is photography. Others I know have a similar passion, and also an eye to go along with it. Some people run, volunteer, bike ride, blog with a passion. I also do none of those things with a burning passion. I do not feel strongly enough for them that they act as part of the balance that is my life. I feel I have no fire in my heart, nothing that would help me to balance out my life. To remember myself and that I need time for me.

I think back to when I had more time. When I was younger. What really meant a lot to me? What drove me. What was I excited about doing? What did I like to do best? Three things come to mind.

Reading would be the first. I have been a voracious reader since a young age, devouring whatever book came across my path. My mother used to come into my room well past my bedtime and discover me hiding under my covers with a flashlight and book in hand. I couldn't start a book without finishing it within two days. I HAD to read. It was my air. It had its advantages as well. Growing up I excelled at English, Spelling and History. I was advanced at a young age in my reading level, reading books well above the level of the ones my peers would be reading. I always made time for extracurricular reading. Until the last few years. Being a full-time student and working full-time took its toll on me. All I read were textbooks. There was little time or desire for me to want to read on my own. Then I became pregnant and all I read were pregnancy books and magazines. Now that I am a stay at home mom, in the little free time I have, I find myself reading books on child growth and what to expect in these next few months with Aidan. As I type this I am facing two large bookshelves covered with my books. I can honestly say that 1/4 of them I have not read and another 1/4 I started but did not have time to finish.

It seems that time always plays a roll. There is never enough time in the day anymore. This brings me to my second joy. I love to hike, to be outdoors, to smell the trees and to breathe in fresh air. I have been able to take Aidan for walks recently since the weather has been beautiful. But, I would rather be hiking in the woods, on trails and off. Discovering new flora and fauna, hearing the water tinkle its way through clear streams and down mossy covered rocks. Jason and I used to live very close to a National Park in Ohio as well as the Ohio Erie Canal Towpath and the Metroparks. In the warmer months we lived outside. We often took long walks along the river and through the forest and over boulder-cladden trails. Here in Houston we are removed from nature. The outdoors that I love are absent here in this large, concrete jungle.

And finally, my last love ties into the outdoors. My love of travel. I was very fortunate as a child that my parents were able to take us on many vacations. I have explored almost every one of the 48 continental United States. And most of them before the age of 18. I love discovering new places, seeing the timeless beauty of historical structures, taking in the vastness of the National Parks and smelling the salt air of a new sea coast. I also love to plan trips. I spend weeks and even months mapping out our route, finding what places to stay at, researching restaurants and discovering things to do in the area. In these last few years travel is also something that has been on the bottom of my priority list. Mainly because we do not have the money to go on vacation. The last real vacation I went on was almost five years ago. FIVE YEARS! I used to go on a vacation every year. I made it a point. Not only to see a new place, but for my own mental health. If anything, we all need to getaway from reality just to recover and reconnect with ourselves and our loved ones.

I need to find my passion. I want that balance. I feel that I owe it to myself and my family to find that balance and to incorporate it into my daily life. Maybe I'll find that once I pick up a book again and devote time everyday to reading, it may well become a passion of mine once more. Or perhaps I will need to make more of an effort to find new outdoor places to discover, even if that means going the distance to find them. And possibly Jason and I will be able to fit it in our budget to take a vacation as a family. It would give me the opportunity to plan something fun for all of us that we can all benefit from. Or there may be something else out there, something I have yet to find that will help me balance out my life. Afterall, as Ann stated at the end of her interview, we all need to discover peace within the chaos of our lives and that is with balance.

Do you have balance in your life? What is your passion?

If you would like to view Ann's interview you can find it here.



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Daddy's Lucky Charm

Aidan's first....

Saint Patrick's Day!
Isn't he the cutest little Lucky Charm?

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Aidan is 5 Weeks Old!


How time flies. Spring is here and Aidan is all ready 5 weeks old! Here are some new things about our little man:

* Aidan smiles. At mama, daddy, his mobile above his changing table and at himself in mirrors.

* He loves his Bouncer and Play Gym. He is working on the Swing, right now he lasts about 10 minutes in it.



* Aidan is quite the talker. His favorite conversationalist? Himself, of course! He loves to look into mirrors and just babble away. He has also discovered the "I am a very happy baby and therefore must scream" noise and does that as well when he is happy!

* He has discovered how wonderful the outdoors are. Whenever he starts to fuss, I just step outside with him in my arms and he quiets down immediately. He loves to talk naps in my arms outside on our back patio.

* He is very relaxed in the car and in his stroller and will sleep almost the entire time while in both.

* He is almost too big for his newborn onesies! Awww... :(


* Aidan is a spit up King, and spits up after every feeding. It has resulted in about 10 outfit changes a day. Not fun for Mama.

* Loud noises, from the smoke alarm to the dogs incessant barking, do not bother him at all. He can sleep through them... for now!

* He is fascinated by lights and ceiling fans. He will look up the ceiling for long periods of time like he is deep in thought.

* Aidan is becoming much better at night. He will usually sleep 3 to 4 hours at a time. I am very thankful.



* His canine and feline brothers love him very much. They like to sit by him and give him kisses.

* He breastfeeds like a champion- I couldn't be happier about this one.

* Aidan has all ready met two friends, Eston and Hazel. They are both almost 2 years old and I hope one day he will be able to play with them!

* He has discovered his hands and puts them in his mouth when he starts to get hungry.


* This little man is a kicker! Even in the womb he would kick very hard, hence the nickname "Tough Kicks" that his Daddy gave him before he was even born!

* Aidan is very expressive and all ready has many facial expressions. It's so fun to see him react to different things!

* His hair is turning a lighter shade of brown. The hair on top of his head is starting to thin and he is getting the "old man horseshoe" look now!


Gettin' My Shred On

I love The Biggest Loser. It is one of the only shows that I make a point to watch every week. I really enjoy getting to know everybody's story, and I love to see how the contestants progress both weight-wise, mentally and emotionally throughout the season.

With that being said, one of my New Year's Resolutions, that I wrote about in this post, was to lose weight. My first goal was to lose all of my baby weight within 3 months of Aidan's birth. Well, it's all gone and it only took me 4 weeks! So, I thought I may as well begin my second goal of that resolution- to lose an additional 40 pounds by the end of 2010.

This is a big goal for me. And one I intend to follow through on and achieve. I have my doctor's blessing, so there is no reason why I shouldn't start now. The sooner, the better.

You see, Aidan was our little miracle. A little miracle whose arrival was unplanned. I would have preferred to have been in better physical shape before getting pregnant. Granted, my pregnancy was fantastic and I felt great almost the entire time (other than trouble sleeping, slight anemia and some bad backache), but I would have liked to have been at a lower weight.

So now I am determined to get myself down to a healthier weight, a realistic weight. No, not the 115 pounds I weighed in High School! Yea, right! I don't want to be Skeletor!

Today I started Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred. I've read a lot of good things about it on other blogs, so I thought I'd give it a go. I picked it up at Target for a mere $9 and bought a cute Yoga mat for an additional $15. The weights I have at home are 8 pounders, and since I haven't touched weights in over 9 months, I decided to use Campbell's Chunky Soup cans instead! Once I feel a bit stronger I'll go back to my "real" weights.


Let me tell you that Ms. Jillian kicked my arse! I cannot believe how out of shape I am. It's rather depressing. Unless you count the occasional walk around the block (once a week on average) I did not work out at all during my pregnancy. Needless to say, I have the stamina of a 90 year-old asthmatic. Not good. I was out of breath about 5 minutes in. Thankfully, it's a 20-minute workout. I can squeeze it in while Aidan is napping, which isn't usually longer than 30 minutes at a time. I am hoping that this will give me the jumpstart I need to get back into a healthy lifestyle routine.

Wish me luck! Tomorrow is Day 2 of my 30 Day Shred... I hope I do a little better! I know I feel better all ready! I always feel great after a good workout. :)


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Getting To Know YOU Sunday

It is such a beautiful day today here in Houston. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and it is 75 degrees. I love this time of year! Spring here is absolutely beautiful... It usually lasts until June, and then the unbearable heat comes into town.

Aidan loves being outside. We have spent a lot of time with him on our back patio lately.He is very alert- feeling the soft breeze, listening to the birds chirp and turning his face towards the sun.

I thought I'd take a break from this gorgeous weather for a moment and play along with Keely today.

The questions are:

1. What's your favorite Easter candy?

Hands down, black jelly beans. I LOVE them! My mom buys me a bag every year... except not now since I am not home for the holiday anymore. *tear* I miss those suckers! I may have to treat myself this year....

2. Who do you think is cleaner.... men or women?

Uhh... I don't know? I think women probably clean more than men do.... Jason and I are pretty equal. Although I clean inside and he cleans outside.

3. Which do you prefer... wordy blog posts or ones with pictures?

Either one. It really just depends if it's a topic I want to read about.

4. Were you popular in High School?

Nah. I wasn't unpopular, but I wasn't Prom Queen. I had a lot of friends and never sat at home on the weekends. I had a lot of fun in High School!

5. What's your bra size?

Right now it's WAAAY too big. I am looking forward to some shrinkage after I stop breastfeeding.. Granted that's about 11 months away.. Details, details.

6. How many states have you lived in?

3- Ohio, North Carolina and Texas... I would LOVE to move back to North Carolina or to live in South Carolina. My favorite states for weather and locale.

7. What's one blog you read everyday?

Elizabeth's - we actually went to High School together and reconnected through blogging. Small world!

8. Peanut butter or Nutella?

Both please. With bananas. On toasted wheat bread. Heaven. Mmmm! Also, IHOP makes these to die for crepes with nutella and bananas and whipped cream. Ooooh!

That's all for now! I've got some laundry to throw in and a little man to love on. Enjoy the rest of the day!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Aidan Smiles

Happy Weekend!

Here is a little video I took of Aidan yesterday. I finally caught him on camera smiling!


video

We're off to spend some time with friends. Aidan's first trip to somebody else's house. I hope it goes okay!

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

It's a Sunshine Day

On our walk today, Aidan and I noticed signs of springtime everywhere! What a beautiful day.

Okay, well maybe Aidan didn't notice anything because he was sleeping. But, he enjoyed the fresh air!
Flowers blooming,
Leaves budding,
Gardens popping up in neighbors' yards.

Signs of life everywhere...
Even these little turtles can't help but smile!

Just another beautiful, sunshine day!



Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday





This is my first time participating in Top 2 Tuesday, hosted by The Undomestic Momma. These week's Top 2? Baby Names! So, I couldn't help but chime in with my top two favorites.
Jason and I really had a hard time with choosing baby names. We had a lot of options, boy and girl, since we had decided not to find out the sex of our new baby! We didn't want to share our choices with family because, well frankly, we didn't want to deal with other peoples opinions. Our kid, our name choice. Also, if other people didn't like a name we chose, well, too bad! With that being said, my top two:

1. Well, obviously, Aidan Charles. It was our only boy name. We both loved Aidan and Charles is the name of both of our grandfathers. Aidan has always been my favorite boy name- I even named a pet rabbit Aidan at one point in time!

2. Girls names... Eek! I love so many! We hadn't even decided on a girl's name when I had Aidan. We both breathed a sigh of relief when we found out he was a boy! It saved us the trouble of choosing a girl's name.
My favorite girl's name is Aisling. It's Irish and is pronounced Ash-leen or Ash-ling. I love the unique, Gaelic spelling. Unfortunately, the poor kid would have to deal with name butchering her entire life. Just ask my Irish friend Caitriona (pronounced Katrina). Man, those Irish love their vowels! So, with that being said, if I were to have a girl her name would either be Hayley Rose or Abigail Elizabeth.

There are just so many great names out there! I wonder what our picks will be in a few years when we have another baby? Hmmm...

No!

Dear Solicitors-who-show-up-at-my-door EVERY FREAKIN' DAY (ever oh so conveniently when I am breastfeeding my son, and whose ring of the doorbell or knock at the door cause my two dogs to bark uncontrollably and attempt to break through our window screens),

You are driving me crazy. No. NO! NO!

I do NOT
want to purchase your waffle iron, floor cleaner, port-a-potty, lawn service, body waxing kit, magazine, home security system or Encyclopedia Britannica.

I do NOT care if it cooks up the best damn waffles in the world, makes my floors shine like the roof of the Chrysler Building, is a convenient outside alternative to peeing on a tree, saves me the hassle of mowing my own postage stamp sized yard, creates pain free, smooth legs (yea right!) without the inconvenience of shaving, offers me a free candle if I sign up for a 36 month subscription, is better than my current security system AND comes with free installation or will make me smarter than Ken Jennings.

NO. It does NOT matter that 20 of my neighbors (who I don't even know!) have just purchased whatever the hell it is that you are selling. I am not a follower. Let them waste their money. I don't care! Now go away. Leave me alone.

Or I will let my 60 pound dog barge through that window screen and chase you and your Encyclopedias down the street as you pee your pants. Maybe you should go find the guy selling the port-a-potty. I bet he'd cut you a deal.

Sincerely,

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Getting To Know YOU!

I was unable to participate the last few weekends, so since I have the time I'm jumping in on Keely's blog carnival today. If you want to join in check her out in MannLand!

Pardon me if I'm a bit distracted... I'm watching The Oscars at the same time... So anyway...

Okay, sorry about that! Today's questions are:

1. Are you more of a talker or a listener?

I believe that everybody likes to think that they are a great listener. I think that in some instances I am, but in others I am not. Especially if somebody is talking about something I disagree with, I pretty much start to chomp at the bit so I can get my two cents in. And, if you know me, you know that I pretty much love to talk in general. But, if you have a problem, I am definitely a good listener. :)

2. Bra. Underwire or wireless?

These girls need an underwire or else they'd be all over the place!

3. I wish I was...?

Hmm... I wish I was able to go on a fantastic beach vacation this summer with Jason and Aidan. Although, we are going home to Ohio for a chunk of time, so I am thankful for that! But man would the beach be great!

4. The Academy Awards are on tonight.. will you watch?

Heck yea! Oscars+Alec Baldwin+Kettlecorn= great night for Emily!

5. Do you put deodorant on before or after you get dressed?

Always after.

6. Would you rather do the dishes or clean the toilets?

Definitely the dishes. I would much rather do them than hang out in the bathroom. I hate cleaning the bathroom.

7. How much did you weigh at birth?

I was a pretty big baby. Out of the 7 kids in my family I was #2 for weight, weighing in at a chunky 8 lbs 12 oz. My sister Natalie weighed 10 lbs 14 oz. Yikes! My poor Mom!

8. If you could only buy one thing for the Spring/Summer season what would it be?

Shoes. I'm on the lookout for some new peep-toe heels. I'm thinking black. I want them. I need them. Let me know if you find anything super cute!



It's Official

Yes, it's true. As of this past Friday I am officially a Stay-at-Home-Mom. Taking on this new position is a little scary, a bit daunting, but will be a whole lot of fun!

My resignation was received on Friday afternoon at the clinic that I worked at. It was a hard decision to make, but one that I am confident in. It's the right decision. For Aidan, for me, for our whole family.

This is a job that many women wish they were able to have. But, unfortunately, most cannot due to financial reasons. We are lucky that I do not *have* to work. I feel very blessed that I will be able to take advantage of our good fortune and stay home with Aidan.

I will be able to witness all of his firsts, and not have to hear it from a babysitter or a daycare provider. First laugh, first smile, first major temper tantrum, you get the idea... :)


Wish me luck on my new job! I'm excited to report for duty first thing Monday morning. I look forward to each and everyday and the memories Aidan and I will make together.

Also, on a different note, this is my 100th post! I can't believe that I have actually written 100 posts. I guess I had more to say that I thought. Stay tuned for another 100.

I'm off to watch the Oscars. I love them!




Thursday, March 4, 2010

Top 3 Thursday


Elizabeth at Confessions From a Working Mom and The (Un)Experienced Mom have started a new Blog Carnival. This is my first time joining in. If you'd like to play along visit either one of their blogs to get started!
Today's topic is:

What are you Top 3 Favorite Things About Spring?

I should start off by saying that I have lived in two VERY different areas of the country, so Spring is completely different in each place. In Ohio Spring doesn't usually start weatherwise until May. And it usually doesn't last for very long. It was very normal for me as a child to wake up on the "first day of Spring" to a snowstorm. With that being said, Spring in Texas couldn't be more different. As I type this it is all ready 65 degrees outside. When Spring arrives in a short two weeks time, I can guarantee the weather will be in the mid-70s all ready. Not quite your typical Spring weather.
So, my favorite things about spring?

3) Being able to wear flip flops (which I am all ready wearing!) all of the time. I hate that my feet have to be confined to shoes in the cold months. (Although, I do love to wear heels!) I love to have a reason to get pedicures, and what's a better one than the fact that the world will have to look at my feet? They should look pretty, right?

2) Being able to spend time outside. The upside to living in snowbound Ohio is that Spring and Summer are great times to be outside! The downside to living in SE Texas is that Summer is a living nightmare. It's what hell would feel like. Literally. It is so hot and humid, it is actually hard to breathe while you are outside. Nobody here steps foot out of doors in the Summer months, especially July and August, unless it is absolutely necessary. But, Spring in Texas is fantastic! The weather is in the 70s and 80s and the unbearable humidity hasn't set in just yet. It's nice to be able to spend a few months outside before the awful heat comes to town.

1) Everything turns back to a beautiful green and flowers are in bloom. I love looking outside my window and seeing buds forming on the trees and tulips poking up through the soil. Things to start to get depressing after awhile when all you see outside is brown grass and bare branches. The world is just a more beautiful place once Spring has made its entrance.




Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Amarillo by Mornin'...

Up from San Antone
Everything that I got

Is just what I got on


My blog is called Texas Life. But, I've realized that I don't write too much about actual Texas life... Here's my chance.

So, if you're not a country music fan, you probably do not know this song. But, I hope that you have atleast heard of George Strait, or King George as he is known by country music fans. This song describes life for a Rodeo rider- travelling from place to place, making next to no money, but absolutely loving his life. Afterall, it's what he was destined to do. Not everybody is cut out for such a rough and tumble line of work.

When the sun is high in that Texas sky
I'll be buckin' at the county fair

Amarillo by mornin'

Amarillo, I'll be there


Right now here in Houston, Texas it's RODEO time! This is big stuff people. This is the equivalent of the Super Bowl here in Houston. And, as you know Texans love their football! For twenty days in March, the Reliant Center is transformed into the largest Rodeo in the country. It kicks off with the arrival of the trail riders. Yes, you heard me right. Trail riders. They come from all over Texas in covered wagons, riding horses, carrying all they need with them. Some wagon trains can take up to 30 days to arrive in Houston from their destinations. They all arrive in downtown Houston the same day, where people line the streets and a parade is held to welcome the Rodeo into town. After this a HUGE two-day Bar-B-Q Cook Off commences, because what is a Texas party without barbecue?

(Yes, they are on the highway headed towards the 4th largest city in the country- I wasn't pulling your leg!)

They took my saddle in Houston
Broke my leg in Santa Fe

I lost my wife and a girlfriend

Somewhere along the way


I was lucky enough to attend Rodeo last year. It was something the likes of which I have never witnessed before. Being from Ohio, I had never been to a Rodeo. It was quite an experience. There is a massive carnival set up, along with pretty much every carny-type food imaginable. Here in Texas, they will "chicken fry" anything they can get their hands on. At the Rodeo, they deep fry anything they can get their hands on and then slap it on a stick to make it easy to eat! For example I've seen, oreos, twinkies, bananas, ice cream, snickers, shrimp, even butter. It's basically a heart attack on a stick. I can personally say I have never tried any of these deep fried "delights."

(This would be a deep fried twinkie on a stick... covered in chocolate. Enough fat and calories for a month in one little bite!)

But I'll be lookin' for 8 when they pull that gate

And I hope that judge ain't blind

Amarillo by mornin'

Amarillo's on my mind


Now, for the actual Rodeo itself. There are a variety of different events that encompass the overall Rodeo experience. Here are a few of the most popular (and dangerous):
Tie-down roping, which is just another name for calf-roping. You know, cowboy on a horse chases down a poor, innocent little calf, throws a rope around his neck, jumps off of said horse and ties up the calf. This isn't my favorite event to watch. I always feel so bad for the little calf!
Bareback riding, pretty self-explanatory, right? Except, man does it look hard and scary! These cowboys tie one hand to a crazy horse and hope to dear God they can hang on for 8 seconds. Not my cup of tea.
Saddle bronc riding, another difficult and scary-looking event. This time the cowboy is riding a wild, bucking bronco, but he atleast has a saddle to sit on. That makes it SOO much easier!
Steer wrestling, or, as I like to call it, crazy man jumping off of a horse and tackling a giant steer (large cow with horns, for those who don't know the lingo). Whoever does it the fastest wins! Insane!
Bull Riding, the main event. Who doesn't want to see a man mount a 2000 pound animal, and hold on for dear life with one hand?
I must say, I have a whole lot of respect for these men. Not only did they grow up with names like Rusty, Howdy and Tuf, but their day jobs are extremely dangerous and demand a lot of physical prowess and guts. (And yes, those are names of real cowboys at the Rodeo. Look it up!)

(Crazy bull rider...)

Amarillo by mornin'

Up from San Antone

Everything that I got

Is just what I got on


Another cool aspect of Rodeo is the Livestock Show. They fill a large convention center chock-full of cows, bulls, horses, chickens, goats, pigs, you get the picture... It's fun for kids and adults alike to walk around and see all of the livestock. There are also plenty of vendors selling things (who doesn't need a new grain silo?), as well as great photo-ops for all to enjoy.

I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine
I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free

Amarillo by mornin'

Amarillo's where I'll be


And finally, my favorite part? Well, the entertainment of course! Where else can you spend $16 and get to see the Rodeo and Livestock Show, have admittance to the Carnival and all of the fattening food you want AND be able to see Kenny Chesney? NOWHERE! The musicians they get are just out of this world. I can't believe it! This year alone, some of the acts include: Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, The Jonas Brothers (if that's your cup of teeny-bopper tea), Mary J. Blige, Rascal Flatts... Well, you get the picture! BIG NAME SINGERS!

Amarillo by mornin'
Amarillo's where I'll be


I love the Rodeo. I am so disappointed that I cannot go this year. It's too soon for me to leave my little man. So, instead, I chose to tell you lovely readers ALL about it. So, if you live in Texas... Walk. Run. Sprint to the Rodeo! Do it for me! You'll regret it if you don't!

I leave you with King George singing this fantastic song live! Please watch, you won't be disappointed.



Happy Trails!


P.S. I got a signature, yay!

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