Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The big boy tub

After our eventful day on Sunday, Aidan definitely needed a bath before bedtime. We finally decided it was time for him to try out the big boy tub!

He went nuts! He LOOOVED the big boy tub.

It was almost impossible to wash him because he was crawling everywhere. He kept trying to pull up on the soap holder and the edge of the tub so that he could plop back down into the water. He thought it was hilarious! Aidan also loved that he could play with so many more toys. It was so fun to watch him giggle as he splashed around!

Jason eventually had to get him with him so that we could scrub him down. Looks like bath time has become a two parent job around our house!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Cards

So not too long ago, I wrote about a great deal that Shutterfly was giving to us bloggers and twitterers (is that a word?). They were generously giving 50 FREE photo cards to anybody who blogged or tweeted about their giveaway and then linked back up to them with the proof.

Today I ordered my cards. I narrowed it down to about 13 different designs and then had Jason come and take a looksy. He vetoed about half of them. A few minutes later we had decided on our Christmas card. Yay!

After I entered my code at checkout for the free cards, it gave me my total (around $8.00 for shipping and handling) and then had my savings on this order at the bottom.



Can you believe it?

I saved over $100 on these cards simply by writing a blog post about it! If you were in my bedroom you would've seen me doing a little happy dance. Then you would have laughed. Anyway...

Seriously people, if you haven't all ready done so, write a freakin' post about the giveaway! It'll be worth it!

Trust me.

Afterall, the most wonderful time of the year is always better when you get things for free!

The big game

Yesterday we had the opportunity to take Aidan to his first (and OUR first) Texans game. Good friends who have season tickets were unable to go to the game due to their teething baby keeping them up all night, so they asked if we'd like to go. And we gladly did!

The seats had a great view of the field and the sun was shining!

Aidan put on his "game face" when we got there. Jason and I always crack up when he makes this face... we're not sure why he does it. But it's SOOO cute!

It was pretty loud inside the stadium, so our friends gave us their son's hat and earmuffs for Aidan to wear. He was not a fan of the earmuffs, but managed to keep them on for most of the game!
He got to try his first hot pretzel, which he loved! He also decided to pee through his pants onto Mommy. I did not love that!

Other highlights included an all out brawl between Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan,
which resulted in both of them being ejected from the game. Oh, and the woman behind me asking her boyfriend/husband/fiance "why there was no yellow line on the field?". Ha ha! I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing. I couldn't believe she was serious!

Aidan started to get a little tired and antsy towards the end. But, we managed to stay for the entire game! We are so proud of him for doing so well in such a different atmosphere.

Hopefully we'll be able to get our own season tickets one day and treat Aidan to more football games!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The beginnings of a playroom

I love our house. The one here in Texas. Not the one in Ohio. Okay, I love that one, too. But I wish somebody would BUY the freakin' thing! Anyway....

Even though it's not very large, it's a good size for our little family. Although sometimes I wish we had more space. An office for Jason, a craft room for me and a second living area for Aidan to play to his heart's content. Just shy of 1500 square feet, our home is not one of palatial size. But, it's OUR home and it'll do for now.

We have 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, laundry room, living room, kitchen and breakfast room. That's all. This home was purchased while I was pregnant with Aidan, so off the bat two bedrooms were all ready taken.

That left one room. One small 10x10 room to use as guest room/home office/craft room/storage/whatever else we may need it for. We made do. Although at times it was not a pretty site. There are no basements here in Houston and our small attic above the garage does not hold very much. Therefore we were forced to seriously down size our pile of "stuff" (which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I feel very cleansed and in control now that we don't have a whole bunch of crap sitting around in boxes collecting dust!) since it all pretty much had to fit in one walk-in closet and on some shelves in the garage.

So, we basically used whatever closet space we could for storage. This small room also held a full-size bed, computer desk, filing cabinet and other miscellaneous items. I hated it. I hated the clutter and the chaos. It just never looked right. I felt bad when we had guests over and they had to sleep in that room. I certainly wouldn't want to sleep there. And, I also hated that we had a bed that was only used a few times a year taking up what little "free" space we had in the house.

One day I had enough. Of Aidan's toys all over the living room. Of that stupid extra room full of crap. It was time for a change. Jason came home from work and I told him we were putting the bed out on the curb. I had decided to make our extra room a playroom for Aidan. He's get so much use out of it. Much more than we were getting out of it at the present.

Here's the room as it looked on the day we said goodbye to our bed. I haven't looked back since. The desk was moved into a nook in our master bedroom and we now blow up a queen size air mattress for our guests. We bought a beautiful red rug on sale at Home Depot. It was a start. That meant atleast Aidan could play on the floor in there.

It also meant that his toys were all over the floor!

I knew that I wanted a jungle theme for his playroom, but I wanted to take my time and really think about how I wanted it to look. Because eventually this will become his bedroom. That is, after we get around to having baby number 2.

Yesterday Jason moved the bookshelf that was in Aidan's room into his playroom. He anchored it to the wall to ensure the little man wouldn't pull it down on top of himself. Then I headed out to visit some of my favorite places to find a solution to this toy dilemma.

I came home with some of these from Garden Ridge. I love that place! I bought 4 smaller bins at $6.99 a piece and one large bin for $9.99.

Then I stopped at Hobby Lobby to pick up these guys. ($1.99 a piece) I had been eyeing them for awhile, but wasn't sure how I could use them...

How cute are they?

My idea was to glue the cute little wooden animals to the bins that will hold his toys. Finally I could start to incorporate a jungle theme into the playroom!

All I did was take out my hot glue gun and attack the backs of those little critters with glue. Don't worry, it didn't hurt them. I promise.

Next I pressed them onto the bins and held them firmly there for about a minute to ensure that they were glued on tight.

And voila! Cute bins to store lots of baby toys... and I mean LOTS of baby toys!

I love how they turned out!

I've also found the artwork for the walls at a fabulous etsy shop. What do you think?

And these frames I found on clearance at Home Goods will be a good touch on top of his bookshelf.

I've decided that I want to get a polka dot valance for the window. I just haven't found the right fabric yet. But, I'm on the prowl! (I'm thinking something like this shower curtain I've found at Target.)

So far Aidan really likes his new playroom. And so do I! I can't wait until it's finally finished!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I am.

I am thankful.

*For my loving family and friends in Ohio. Even though they are far away, their love penetrates the distance each and everyday. Just knowing that they think of us is comforting.

*For my amazing support group that I have down here in Texas. Without all of my friends, many of whom are family to me, I do not know how I would have survived these last few months of motherhood. It's so wonderful to have people who support me, understand my trials and who are there for Aidan and I no matter what.

I am grateful.

* For good health for Aidan. Earlier this year we had quite a scare. It's not something I ever voiced on this blog- it was one of those "maybe if I don't mention it it's not real" situations. Also, it literally exhausted me to think about, I couldn't imagine writing about it. In short, he had various tests done to determine if he had neurological problems (seizures, epilepsy, etc.), but it has turned out that he is okay. The episodes he was having were merely an odd result of his acid reflux. I've never been so scared in my life. I can never thank God enough for keeping my baby boy healthy and strong. My heart goes out to those whose children do suffer with medical conditions. That is a heartache that I cannot even comprehend having to bear.

I am blessed.

* With the two most amazing guys. Jason and Aidan are the reason I wake up every morning with a smile on my face and a song in my heart. I love every little thing about them. They are my heart and soul.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My mischief maker

There once was a little boy...

He was extremely curious.

Everything was new and fascinating to him.

From the cat

To a fishtank

To the coffee table

To the television set.

He loved making mischief

and exploring anything he could get his hands on.

And he was loved more than he could ever have imagined.

Friday, November 19, 2010

I solemnly swear I am up to no good....

Thursday night, while most of you were winding down for the evening, perhaps reading a few chapters in a good book, watching the Late Show or snuggling into your warm beds, I was standing in a line. At 10:30 p.m. But this was not just any line.

Oh no!

It was the line to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. The midnight showing.

It's true. I'm that person. The one who is more excited about a new Harry Potter movie or book than a 6 year-old on Christmas morning! The one who actually has stood in line at midnight on more than one occasion when a new book or movie was being released.

One who goes home and reads that new book in a day. Because I can't put it down. I have to know what's going to happen!

And, I've gotta hand it to everybody who took part in this most recent of films. It was wonderful. This is the first time since the second movie that they were able to include (for the most part) what needed to be included so that the story wasn't confusing (you know, for those people who don't read the books! *gasp*)

My friend Ally and I ordered our tickets two weeks in advance and were so excited to see the movie! It's always fun when you have somebody with you who shares your enthusiasm.

There was all ready a line when we got there, but we only had to wait half an hour, as they let us into the theater at 11p.m.

We both wore our Gryffindor scarves...

And ordered butterbeer! (a popular wizarding drink, in case you didn't know!)

It was warm, cider-y, buttery goodness! And topped with whipped cream to boot!

So, you probably think I'm super big nerd now. The cat's outta the bag!

Oh well!

I'm going to be seeing the movie again with my brother and sister when we go back to Ohio next month... and I can't wait!

Mischief managed. :)

Catalogs and the great stocking debate

So last week I went a little nuts. Okay, crazy nuts.

See, I have catalog envy. But I was determined not to let it get the best of me. At one point in my life I was probably getting over 20 catalogs from various companies. I stopped cold turkey. It was pointless. I just drooled incessantly over the gorgeous items in them that I couldn't afford.

Last week I bit the bullet and hopped back on the bandwagon. It's been close to 5 years, so I thought... what the heck? What's the harm afterall?

Well, this week my poor little mailbox is feeling the burn! I've all ready received about 8 catalogs from wonderful places including: Williams & Sonoma, Restoration Hardware (as well as their Baby & Kids edition), Pottery Barn (and their Kids edition, as well!) and Land's End to name a few.

I love looking at all of the wonderful holiday decorating ideas! And, all of these catalogs have brought up an ongoing debate that Jason and I have been having for the past 5+ years.....

The Stocking Debate.

Let me fill you in...

I like THESE:
I love the embroidered look. It's simple, yet elegant and there are a multitude of designs to choose from. To me it's just a classic look.

Jason likes these:

He thinks that these are a "classic" stocking. I think they're boring, ugly and cheap looking. Yea. They are not pretty. At all. (Sorry if you like this type of stocking, it's just not my taste...)

Every Christmas it's the same thing. I pull out our stockings, which I don't like, and ask him if we can get the kind I like. The answer is always no. He just loves those blah, generic ones!

So, after browsing my many new catalogs, I was bombarded with other beautiful stockings. I tried to compromise. I asked if he liked any of these:



I figured they are more "traditional" from his point of view, and really thought he'd like them. Nope. At most I got "they're okay." Eeeek!

I just don't know what to do. Currently we have stockings of the style he likes. And I hate them. I seriously just want to throw them away. Any advice? He usually could care less about how I decorate and what's in our house. But this is the one thing he holds firm on. The stockings!

I figure it's Christmas and I should just let it go... but I can't! Should I give in and just let him have his stockings. Or should I just buy what I like and hang them up? Is this ridiculous?



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