Thursday, June 30, 2011

Goodbye, dear mullet

 First off, I want to thank you all for your words of advice on picking out baby names. We definitely need all of the help we can get! Now, onto the mullet situation.....

I love the shaggy hair style on little boys. It just screams cute, cuddly and trouble- which describes my little man perfectly.

I was desperate for his hair to grow out into blonde, curly locks of cuteness. Instead, it grew pin straight in the back and over his ears, while the top kind of stuck up everywhere. A good friend of mine refers to him as Mr. Fuzzyhead for a good reason!

The result was a mullet (pronounced moo-lay, I'm trying to class it up a bit, you see!). I knew it was a mullet, but was in denial. Can you blame me? He's so freakin' cute. I thought I could handle it until his hair finally started to fill in; that could be a few years at the rate it's growing!

 But, then the comments started. People started to mistake him for a girl (as if!)... and it started happening with more frequency.

Then a (male) flight attendant had the nerve to tell me that "your kid needs a haircut, he has a mullet"  while we were exiting a plane one day. Thanks, jerk. (Why is it that other people feel the need to tell you how to parent simply because they see that you have children?! I'll never understand that!)

So, I finally gave in. The time had come for Aidan to get his first haircut. My Mom has given all of us kids (and grandchildren, too) our first haircuts... so it was only fitting that she took care of Aidan's mullet as well.

He did pretty good! No tears, just a bit fidgety. Once we gave him Jason's cell phone to play with, he was just fine!

And, here's how it looks now! Jason and I both agree that it's much better (and blonder) than the "business in the front, party in the back" look he had been sporting. I still want to grow his hair out, but I think we'll wait a bit until it starts to grow on top.

My little boy is growing up!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's in a name?

We're in a bit of a pickle. You see, tomorrow I'll be 30 weeks pregnant, and if you follow my blog you'll also know that we don't find out the genders of our children while they're baking away.

Aidan was a surprise, and this baby will also be another surprise!

But, the problem is.... we have NO names chosen for baby number two.

None. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Well, let me take that back, we have names... just none that we agree on!

With Aidan it was simple. We both loved  the name, and hoped to God we were having a boy because we hadn't decided on a girl name! And let me tell you, the last thing I wanted to do after eighteen hours of labor was have a debate on our child's name. The stars aligned that evening. 

This time it's not so simple. We have three girl names we agree on, but none of them are a clear winner. And the boy names? Well, that's just a mess! We don't agree on any!

We're also not huge proponents of asking family for help with names. We didn't even reveal our name choices until after Aidan was born. It saves us the hassle and headaches of hearing everybody's opinion on the names we've chosen.

Now,  I'm not looking for opinions on names you like, or anything like that. Instead, I'd just like to know how you came up with your baby name.

The clock is ticking and I'm getting a bit nervous that we won't have a name chosen for our child. I don't want to name our baby something crazy (like Edamame!) in my post-labor, drugged up, don't-want-to-take-my-catheter-out-because- I'm-too-tired-to-pee-on-my-own stage.... Ya know?!

How did you decide on names for your child(ren)? Was it a family name? Did you use a name from a TV Show? Did it come to you in a dream? Was there a certain name you've always been fond of? Or, did you just decide on a name in the hospital? Did it come to you once you saw that precious little babe f or the first time? I'd love to know!


P.S. Linking up with Shell today... :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Look what I found!

Since I've been redoing our living room, I've started scouring thrift shops more often in search of  fun, inexpensive finds to jazz our new space up a bit. This week I found two great finds at my local Goodwill, so I thought I'd share them with Linda at Coastal Charm. Check out her Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Party for other fabulous finds!

First up, two light yellow accent pillows for my couch. Since painting the room gray, I've decided that I'd like the accent colors to be light yellow, blue and green. (These pieces that I all ready own are my accent color inspiration, two little birds and a votive holder, courtesy of Home Goods and Michaels.)

These pillows were only $3.99 a piece and look wonderful on my white couch! They also match my yellow "inspiration bird" perfectly.

Next up is this sweet little rocking chair. I saw it and immediately knew that it was just the thing for my little man. He loves chairs that are his size and we have yet to find one that we liked, until today!

At only $7.99 I couldn't pass this up! So far I've only bleached it, but I definitely have some big plans( that involve sanding and a fresh coat of paint) for this little chair. And, I think Aidan all ready loves it!

Have you snagged any great finds lately?


The Graduate

There were many special occasions that we celebrated while visiting in Ohio for the past few weeks, from Father's Day to a Surprise Baby Shower to a Retirement (more on all of those later)...

But to me, the most significant celebration was my sister's graduation.

My sister, Natalie, just graduated with her Associate's Degree in Natural and Historical Interpretation from Hocking College. I am so incredibly proud of her!

This degree means so much to her and is the result of hardwork, determination and sacrifice.

Being a single mother of two young boys, it was no easy feat for her to finish her degree. After some difficult life circumstances, she took a few years off of school. Realizing that she needed to earn her degree in order to give her children the life they deserve, she made a huge sacrifice, with the help of my parents and sister.

She moved away from home (and lived in a dorm, where she was by far the oldest student at 27) for 10 weeks to complete the one quarter of school that she had left. To leave her sweet babies for that long was gut-wrenchingly hard for her. But she did it! Instead of opting to put the boys in daycare, my youngest sister stepped up and watched them during the days and my parents took over in the evenings.

Every weekend Natalie would make the 4 hour (one way) drive home on Friday evenings to spend time with her boys. She'd leave Sunday evenings to head back to school.

I can't  imagine how hard that must have been for her. And I know that it was also difficult at times for my family to watch both of her little ones. But, she perservered and finished out her final quarter with straight As!

Our entire family made the LONG trip down to watch her cross the stage and finally graduate. You can be sure that she got the loudest applause in the house with this crazy bunch rooting her on!

My 88 year-old Grandma was even able to make it to Natalie's special day. (How cute does my Grandma look in her trendy, new dress?!)

Natalie all ready has a job working for the Parks system near my parents house as a Naturalist and is planning on taking classes towards a Bachelor's degree in the Fall. Her love of nature, children and education combined will make her a great Naturalist or Outdoor Educator, I'm sure of that.

I am so proud of not only how far she has come, but of the woman she has become. I love you, Natalie!

(And yes, I cried at her graduation.... Ha!)


Sunday, June 26, 2011

House Hunt Sunday

Somehow I managed to squeeze in time over the weekend to view an open house.  And I'm so glad that I did! It gave Jason some time to do some more painting (we were out of town for two weeks, it had to wait!) and gave me the opportunity to check out a fantastic house!

If you are new to my House Hunt Sunday feature, you can click here or go to the House Hunt Sunday tab at the top of my blog to see the previous houses I have posted about, as well as our "must list" for our next place.

This week's house:

 (All photos and information provided by Houston Association of Realtors)

An all-brick ranch, situated on a golf course in a gated community. Priced at the high range of our current budget, this house is in a suburb NW of Houston, known as Cypress. They have a fabulous school district and the home is close to my favorite grocery store! (Nerdy, but I drive almost half an hour one way to get there right now.)

The details~
Sq Ft: 3,052
Lot Sq Ft: 8,400
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Private Study: Yes
Two Living Areas
Dining Room + Eat-in Kitchen
Master Suite
Back patio
Asking price: $235,000

Inside the home...

Walking through the front door into the large foyer, you immediately notice the high ceilings and the natural light that fills the home. I love the tile floors (which are also in the kitchen and breakfast area)! The french doors lead to a private study/4th bedroom.

 The study has beautiful wood floors and could also be used as a 4th bedroom. It is attached to a full-sized Jack & Jill bathroom.

Walking straight ahead from the foyer you enter the living room. It has a beautiful double-sided fireplace and soaring ceilings. The columns that frame the open entry into the dining room give the space an elegant touch. The doorway behind the couch leads to a bedroom that shares the the Jack & Jill bath with the study.

The dining room has great architectural detail and feels very large. The doorway  to the left leads to the kitchen. You'll pass the laundry room and a huge pantry on the way.

 Here is the family room. You can see that it shares the fireplace with the living room. The huge windows bring in lots of light and offer views of the golf course. The room is large and can hold multiple pieces of furniture. You can see two doorways  in the picture above. One leads to the master suite and the other to the guest quarters.

This kitchen is huge! love the stainless steel/black appliances and the island. I've always wanted an island in my kitchen. The tile and backsplash are beautiful and the natural light makes it feel like such a large space.

 The breakfast room is enveloped with windows. It can hold a large table and would make a great place for family meals. I think a windowseat would go nicely in here, don't you?

Now for the master bedroom... heaven! Huge windows overlooking the golf course, the BIGGEST closet I have ever seen (It needs shoes, lots of shoes!) and a gorgeous bathroom. What's there not to love?

Here is one of the secondary bedrooms. It attaches to this cute Jack & Jill bath. All of the bedrooms are nicely sized and have walk-in closets.

 I think we would really enjoy this back patio. It has two ceiling fans and would be a great place to unwind after a busy day. A cool drink, a good book and watching the sun set over the golf course  is my idea of a good evening.

The yard is a decent size. Although, I am worried that my dogs would either jump the short fence, or go crazy barking at golfers all day long!

One last parting shot of this beautiful home. It's much larger than it looks, don't you think?
What are you thoughts? Personally,  I really like this house. I love the idea of having a ranch with this much space. The high ceilings, natural light and openness make this house feel very large. I feel that the only thing it is lacking is a true 4th bedroom.Overall,  I think that we'd make a bid on this home if we were ready to buy right now!

Stay tuned for next week's house. I think I may look at something a little different.... * wink*


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Where did the time go?

So.... I'm  kinda pregnant.

I definitely look it. And lately I've definitely been feeling it.

Mainly it's my energy level. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably at a 0.

It sucks. A lot.

How can somebody be this tired?

And then reality hit.

While my Mom was dropping  us off at the airport on Monday, I told her that I'd see her soon. And then I realized how soon that was.....

Approximately 78 days according to my Lilypie ticker.

Holy crap! When did this happen?

Didn't I just find out I was pregnant... in January? Okay, so that's like 6 months ago, but still. It seems like only a few weeks ago.

And now here I am, a mere 2 1/2 months until Baby Number Two is due.

That overwhelming sensation is starting to kick in.

I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO! And not a whole lot of time, or energy, to get it done.

But, instead of freaking out about it like I normally would...I'm going to take it easy and enjoy what little time I'll have left with Aidan as an only child.

Not only is my world about to be flipped, turned upside down (name that tune!), his is about to be rocked more than he will ever realize.

So, for now... I'll let it be.

The painter's tape can stay on the wall, the office area may stay a bit messy, and dinner may not always be a gourmet meal.

And that's all right. Because  my little man and I are going to have a lot of fun these last few months of just the two us. :)


P.S. Linking up with Shell today....

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday Afternoon Babbles

It's creeping up on four o'clock and I'm ready for bed. This Mama is exhausted.

We've been away for the past two weeks visiting family in Ohio. (Hence my lack of posting. I did write a few posts to be published while we were gone, but not enough to fill the entire two week trip.)

We finally pulled into our driveway last night around 6:30pm. After a long plane ride (Aidan's worst one to date, by far!) and a confusing adventure trying to locate our car in the parking garage, we had to fight rush hour traffic to make it back to our little house.

Our visit was great. Just the right length of time. Not like our three week visit over Christmas that pushed me to the brink. Three weeks is way too long to visit anybody. Even those closest to your heart. I'll post more about our trip later this week.

So here we are. Aidan decided that 6 am would be a fabulous time to wake up this morning. I thought otherwise. We've run a bunch of errands and even caught a movie with some friends (Kung Fu Panda 2, in case you're wondering. Very cute.). And now it's time for a nap. For both of us. Although,  I think the little guy might need some convincing.

One of the great things about coming home is sleeping in your bed. With your own pillows. Pure bliss.

One of the bad things about coming home is realizing the things that should have been done/you forgot to do before you left.... like, say, leaving leftovers in the fridge that now stink to high heaven. And having to bleach your fridge as a result, just to get the smell  out. Oh, and leaving your car unlocked and sitting in the driveway the entire time you were gone. I mean, who would do such things??? (Raises hand slowly... guilty!)

I'm blaming it on the preggo brain. I can't help it! I swear!

Well, I'm off to lay Aidan down for a bit of a nap. Wish me luck!

Until tomorrow....


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Have I ever mentioned that I feel destined to have all boys?

We aren't finding out the sex of Baby Number Two, but I all ready have a very strong feeling that it's another boy.

I've told Jason that if my feelnig is right, that I'd like to have a third child, you know, to try for a little girl! I have dreams of hair ribbons, mani/pedis, dance class, gymnastics and shopping trips.

But, honestly, I all ready feel that if we do have a third child, it will also be a boy. Don't ask me why I think it... I just do!

Not that having three boys would be a bad thing! I'd love it, and I know that Aidan and Daddy sure would, too!

Then, they'd have more boys to wrestle with. Maybe they'd even start their own Wrestlemania!

Boys will be boys, right?

But, Mama is allowed to wish for a little girl...



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