Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge: Day 2

Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge
 
 

Continuing on with the holiday blog challenge, I am now on to Day 2: Favorite holiday tradition, new or old.

As most families do, my family has lots of holiday traditions. We have more traditions during the Christmas season each year than we do for the entire rest of the year. We have craft night, we go to the Southern Christmas show each year, we play the "game"/white elephant/dirty Santa/whatever-you-wanna-call-it each year on Christmas Eve with my immediate family, and also with my Dad's side of the family the weekend before Christmas, we go to the mountains to cut down our own Christmas trees every couple of years, and we used to go see the Christmas lights in McAdenville, NC each year also. But, not surprisingly, my favorite Christmas tradition is fairly new and has to do with food.

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Each Christmas morning, my immediate family and I gather at my parent's house to exchange gifts and eat. We used to pretty much have the same meal on Christmas as we did on Thanksgiving, but at some point during the last 10 years, we changed the Christmas meal to be a brunch-type meal. On top of the favorites - ham and mac & cheese - we now also have breakfast items. We have breakfast pies, and hash brown casserole, biscuits, cinnamon rolls and orange danish. I'm going to attempt a french toast casserole this year too, and I absolutely cannot wait. It is by far my favorite meal of the year, and on top of that, my favorite tradition of the holiday season. Because on top of having my favorite meal consisting of my favorite types of foods (breakfast foods!), we all gather at the longest table ever and eat together. And you can't beat having a long table FULL of people and food you love.

Okay so this is old, from Easter instead of Christmas, and is missing quite a few people. But, you get the idea. All big family meals are had at this long table!

Any good breakfast recipes to share with me should my french toast casserole be a bust? Remember, I'm not the best cook!
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Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge: Day 1

Okay. I'm a couple of days late, but I wanna play too! And so I'm just gonna invite myself over and jump right in. Even though my Mama always taught me not to invite myself over because it's rude. Sorry Mama!

[Quick side story: When I was little/teenagerish, my very best friends lived up the street from me and their house was the friend's hangout house. Their parents allowed a revolving door of friends to come in and out all the time and we were always welcome there. But, as I mentioned, my Mama taught me to never invite myself over somewhere. So if I were to go ask her if I was allowed to go to Angela and Amy's house to play, she would sometimes question if I invited myself over because she never heard the phone ring, and I'd be busted. Even though going to their house never really warranted an invitation. So, the creative, devious little thing I was figured out how to trick her. [I'm really sorry Mama!!]

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They are going to kill me for sharing this picture. But I had to! We were so cute trying to look all bad ass (except for sweet lil Amy that has a hint of a smile!)

There used to be a phone number you could call which would allow you to hear a dial tone, hang up the phone, and within seconds your phone would ring right back, and when someone picked it up it would just be a dial tone. Ha! Tricked you! It was great for pranks on your older sisters when they were waiting for a phone call from their boyfriends. But, in this case, I started using this number to make the house phone ring, which I'd quickly pick up and then hang up, then call Amy and Angela to make sure they were home and up for some playing. Then I'd go ask my Mama if I was allowed to go, and since she heard the phone ring she'd assume I'd gotten a proper invite. And I was off! I love you Mama, and I'm sorry I was such a little trickster! She was just trying to instill some good southern manners in me!]

Anyways, on with the show:




Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge


This is a 2 week blog challenge that is holiday related, and is being hosted by her and her. Here is the complete list of topics, and it's not too late! You can play catch up with me too!

Day 1 is this: Your Favorite Gift You've Ever Received

Well, we all know Big Bear was a big hit from Christmas 1989. But, I probably wouldn't consider that my favorite gift ever. My favorite gift ever may actually surprise some people.

I feel like most people would say that their favorite gift was something big. Like, if they got a car for Christmas, or an engagement ring or even a house. (House?! Do people really get houses for Christmas? If so I need to temporarily join that family!) But mine isn't big or expensive at all. Sure, I've gotten jewelry from John for Christmas, or the KitchenAid mixer that I wanted from my parents, and although I absolutely love any and all gifts, they aren't the ones that stand out in my mind.

For Christmas 1995 (I was 13), my sister Christy gave me a big box of stuff for Christmas. The box was wrapped, and then once I opened it, it was full of many other gifts that had all been wrapped individually. As I started opening them, I realized that this gift was full of a ton of crafty things. Felt and buttons, pom poms, wiggly eyes and pipe cleaners. It was an entire box full of craft supplies and I absolutely loved it.

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My sister Christy has always been the craftiest of us all. She is a bit older than me, so as I was growing up I remember how she always was making crafts with all of her cool supplies and she'd often let me help her. So this Christmas she decided to get me tons of supplies of my very own because she knew how much I'd like them. It didn't cost much or seem like much, but here it is 16 years later and I still remember this gift.

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Here is the reason I loved it so much - it wasn't something I asked for, but instead was something she thought of herself that she just knew I'd love. That is my favorite thing about giving gifts myself - I really try to think of something that I know that someone will love. I try to stay away from ideas on a wish list, and only get those if I just cannot think of something else myself. [For example, anytime I'm buying for any of the men in my family! Sheesh, they are so hard to shop for!] And so, when someone does the same for me I not only appreciate the actual gift, but I really love the thought that went into it. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and loved inside and I really look forward to giving and receiving gifts like this.

But, in my family and friend's defense, APPARENTLY I'm a tough person to buy for. APPARENTLY I make too many blanket statements about things I don't like - such as shirts with words or cartoon characters, decor with words, etc. etc. And then APPARENTLY that makes people nervous to stray from my wish list because who knows what other things I despise. But, that's okay. I love them anyways and I will still enjoy buying for them each year, much to my grinch of a husband's protests.

What has been your favorite gift ever?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ketchup

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I have a million things I feel like I need to share with blogland. But, my countdown-to-back-to-work timer is currently reading 39.5 hours and instead of blogging I've been smothering my baby girl with attention. Currently she is napping though, so I felt like I could maybe fit a whole bunch of stuff I've wanted to share in one quick blog.
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Charley was a ladybug for Halloween. I'd say she was a happy ladybug while we went out trick or treating with her cousins, but then I'd be less than truthful.
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I continued my tradition with personalized Christmas ornaments this year. And, John didn't get the chance to throw them in the trash, so all is well in our household!

I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to continue with just a John + Lacey couple ornament and then a separate yearly ornament for Charley, or if I wanted to just do a family ornament each year, or if I wanted to do a family ornament + a Charley ornament. But, if I didn't do a family one I would never get the chance to order this ornament so I decided to do both a Charley ornament and a family ornament. And if I want to one day have that ornament, I better get busy. Move over Duggars!

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Anyways, I'm so happy with them and if you wanna be cool like me and order some too, go here. I swear I don't know these people and I'm not paid to endorse them. I just really like their prices and their work. You can't get these kind of ornaments at Hallmark!
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Tuna is still around and as pretty as ever. Also as annoying as ever. I did absolutely no photo shopping to this picture. His eyes are just that pretty.

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So the success was short lived. Sure, we got her to take a cute pacifier a few times. But, taking a pacifier in general was usually a fight. But you know what's even cuter than a pacifier? A certified thumb-sucker. And it looks like that is what we now have. Now that she's figured it out, she's a pro.

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Which, I'm sure is why she has yet to lift her head while on her tummy. She's spent all of her time learning the thumb sucking, and just hasn't been able to focus on head-lifting. One thing at a time, she says.
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 If you are a part time couponer, or you would like to start couponing just a little bit, start with CVS. They are, by far, my favorite place to coupon. I get all of our personal items here - shampoo, razors, soap, hair products, etc. - and just couponing there makes my $1.00/week I spend on the Sunday paper well worth it. On Thanksgiving day, I woke up at 7, fed my baby, and rushed to CVS for one of their biggest sales ever. I walked out of there with all of this stuff, and I spent...

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...nothing. They actually paid me $7.00 to take these items off of their hands. All that's missing from the picture is another Snickers bar, a Balance protein bar, and a Starbucks double shot espresso drink, which all somehow got consumed before I was able to take a picture.
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I've talked about Halloween, I've talked about Christmas. Somehow I skipped over Thanksgiving. Wanna know what we did on Thanksgiving? We ate.

And wanna know what else? I went to a parade with my family. Which happened to be #78 on my 101 list. It wasn't as great as we all remembered it, but we still had a good time. It's not like the Macy's parade which has giant balloons every other float. We just had one balloon in our parade, and by the time it got to us it wasn't much of a balloon at all.
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It looks like it may have been a Turkey, but it lost it's stuffing at some point along the parade route.
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And finally, wanna know what else I've been spending my time on? Making bird mobiles for my Etsy shop. Since I first mentioned it to you, we have sold another 13 bird mobiles, for a grand total of 15! That means we have sewed (John) and stuffed (me) 120 birds and shipped them off to far away lands such as the elusive United Kingdom and the even more elusive Canada.

I know I've shared this picture with you before, but I'm sharing again because it's cute. And I need a picture to go with this section.
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So that's what's been up with me. What's up with you?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Day in the Life: Maternity Leave

I once posted a blog detailing a day in the life of Lacey. This was in March 2010 and was pre-baby. I knew that when I posted it I would want to revisit this once I had a baby to see how different my days are. I'm currently within my 12 weeks of maternity leave, so I think I'll do this once more once I go back to work. But for now, here is a day in the life of a temporary-stay-at-home-mom Lacey.

I'm going to attempt to duplicate the post from March 2010 and take pictures of my every move. Only, some of my daily duties now require being halfway topless so I'm going to have to be creative with my picture taking or else risk becoming an X-rated blog. Here goes...

6:15 a.m.
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Baby monitor sounds off and wakes me up. I'm doing the math in my head as I gather myself and walk over to the nursery to get my sweet baby out of her crib. Went to bed at 8:45pm, woke up at 6:15pm, that's, umm, 9 and a half hours of sleep! Go baby! I on the other hand didn't go to bed until close to 11, so that's 7 hours 15 minutes of sleep for me. Still, I'm very thankful to have such a good little sleeper!

[Ooh. Forgot to mention this part. At 4:00 a.m. we lost power because there was an accident near us, apparently involving a telephone pole and a car. That woke both John and I up because we sleep with a fan on for noise and when the power went out and we lost our white noise and we both struggled to get back to sleep. It was out for 2 hours, so 2 of my 7 hours weren't consisting of very good sleep. Oh well!]

6:22 a.m.

Charley only nursed for 7 minutes (her normal is just 10 minutes!) and I was able to lay her back in her crib and she went right back to sleep. So, then I went back to sleep. I mean, I had to make up for my 2 hours of poor quality sleep!
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Nighty night!
Somewhere around 8:00 a.m.
I'm assuming John left for work and I very sleepily said bye and I love you and all that. I was still snoozing and not awake enough to take his picture as he left.

10:15 a.m.
Repeat of 6:15 a.m. Baby monitor wakes me up. Walk over to the nursery and get baby. Thank baby for giving me 4 more hours of sleep. Nurse her for only 6 minutes this time. She's distracted and wants to smile at me while nursing. Only, that doesn't work very well because you can't smile and suck at the same time. I take her off the boob and lay her on the boppy in my lap to have our morning ritual of coos and smiles. This is my favorite part of the day and the part I'll miss the most when I'm back at work.

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10:56 a.m.
Smile/coo time is over and it's time to get back to business! Charley begs me to nurse once again and I let her. Who could refuse that face!? She goes 15 minutes this time.

11:15 a.m.
Another favorite part of the day for me: time to get Charley dressed! I lay her on her changing pad and change her diaper. The changing pad is on top of her dresser which houses her clothes so after diaper changing, I start looking through her drawers to see what I can dress her up in for the day. Charley loves this part too, because it involves three of her favorite things. 1, her changing pad, 2, being naked, and 3, her bird mobile.

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Today I decide on a pair of jeans (newborn sized still!) and a stripey short-sleeved shirt of which I have 2. Another hand-me-down item from her cousins Lindsay and Lori. Why do I need two, you ask?

Well, 2 minutes after I dressed her she decided to spit up all over herself. Jeans were fine, but shirt and changing pad cover needed to be replaced. Maybe she didn't like today's shirt and that's why she spit up on it. But, I just put the identical second stripey shirt on her anyways. Mommy wins.

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11:30 a.m.
We make our way downstairs for the day. Open the blinds, open the door and start scrounging around for breakfast for me. I'm in luck today...I happened to buy 4 cupcakes last night and only ate 2 of them. That means there are two left, and what better occasion is there to eat cupcakes than breakfast? I pour a big glass of milk and chow down.

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Sure, I could have taken a picture of the actual cupcakes. Only, they didn't last very long and I didn't think of it until I had a mouth full of the second cupcake. In fact, I had already trashed the box when I realized I didn't photo-document this part of my day. So I dug the box back outta the trash to take it's picture.

12:00 p.m.
Charley is already getting sleepy again, so I lay her down for her first nap of the day on the couch. I let her nap on her tummy as long as I'm in the same room as her. That sleep sheep is a very important piece of nap time too.
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12:21 p.m.
After I'm sure Charley is asleep for good, I have to relieve some of the milk build-up in my boobs. If you've been keeping track, Charley has only nursed for a total of 28 minutes since 8:30 the previous night, so there's quite a bit left in there which can get quite uncomfortable for me. Since I know that this nap is pretty long usually, I pump them empty and freeze the milk for use on a later day. & yes, pumping makes me feel like a dairy cow. Moo. This only takes about 10 minutes.

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1:15 p.m.
The house is pretty much clean today, so the only tasks I've given myself today are to write a couple of thank you notes, make a doctor's appointment, change a doctor's appointment and to mail back a few forms for open enrollment for my insurance. Such a busy life I lead. I finish all of those daunting tasks in the next half hour and even managed to walk the thank you notes and forms out to the mailbox.

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4:11p.m.
Mail's here!

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4:15 p.m.
Okay. I just skipped 3 hours of the day and you may be wondering what I did all of that time. Well, I'm curious too. Charley just now woke up and I looked at the clock and realized I've wasted 3 hours on Facebook, doing this blog, and having a snack. That's all that I can recall of the last three hours and that's pretty sad. Facebook can suck you in and you lose track of time!

Anyways, Charley just woke up and was ready to eat again! 20 minutes this time!

4:35 p.m.
Immediately after eating, we moved down on to the floor for some time on her play mat. Tuna joined us too.

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4:59 p.m.
She's done with the playmat. PICK. ME. UP. please?

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And I can only assume why she was done playing, but, I'm pretty sure I know why. Because every day at 5:00 I do the same thing. And I think Charley has figured me out and wants to join in my fun. So I give in and let her join me.

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But, as you can see she doesn't last very long and she's back asleep by 5:30. Meanwhile, John has gotten home at 5:20.

5:38 p.m.

Ring ring. My phone rings and it's my best friend Amy. She was going to come over and visit us today, but we are having severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings, so we both decide it's probably not the best night to visit. She and I end up talking for 23 minutes. All the while, Ellen is on pause and Charley is still asleep on me. At 6:01 I finish my episode of Ellen.

6:20 p.m.
I unsuccessfully try to lay Charley down while she's sleeping and she wakes up. John takes this opportunity to sneak in some Daddy time.

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6:47 p.m.
Charley eats again. This time for 23 minutes. She tends to eat a lot in the evenings. Luckily before she got hungry I manage to throw some taco shells into the toaster oven to start my dinner.

6:51 p.m.
John goes to check on the taco shells for me as Charley is still eating. They are done but he doesn't take them out of the toaster oven. Why? I have no idea. They burn. He puts some more in for me. And they are done (and he nearly burnt these too) by the time Charley finishes eating.

I know I don't have much time, so as soon as I can, I go to heat up my leftover Fiesta Chicken as my taco filling. I realize we don't have any other toppings leftover except sour cream. So I end up eating 3 chicken and sour cream tacos. And since sour cream is my only topping, I am extra generous with it.

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Mmmm sour cream.
7:30 p.m.
Wheel of Fortune.

7:54 p.m.
Charley's hungry again! 18 minutes this time.

8:00 p.m.
Survivor! Only my favorite show of the week. Charley naps after she finishes eating and lets Mama enjoy her show.


9:01 p.m.
Survivor is over, and I haven't talked to my Mama in 2 days so I call her. She just finished watching Survivor too. We talk for 26 minutes. Meanwhile, at 9:08 p.m. Charley decides she'd like to eat again. Luckily I can multitask. 18 minutes again this time. At some point John comes and gets Charley and changes her and puts her jammies on her.

9:30 p.m.
After I get off of the phone, Charley and I have some play time on the couch. She really just enjoys looking around talking to Mama.

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She then starts to get sleepy so I attempt to go lay her in her crib for the evening. She isn't having that and I bring her back downstairs. John attempts to put her to sleep for me. She's clearly not ready for bed...


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...because...
10:13 p.m.
Charley wanted one last meal before bed. 14 minutes this time.

10:30 p.m.
I lay her in her crib and she's out within minutes.
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Which brings us to now...

11:15 p.m.
...and I sit at my computer, with my baby monitor, finishing up this blog. My bed is calling me and I'm going to meet it in just a few minutes.

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Things to note when comparing my pre-baby day-in-the-life to today's day-in-the-life.
  • No, you didn't just miss it. I did not actually shower today. But I did shower just before bed last night which explains the curly bed head that I have in all of today's pictures.
  • I never changed clothes. What's the point? I say if I make it through a day where I didn't HAVE to change clothes due to spit up, then I had a pretty great day!
  • There was no exercising.
  • There was no dinner making. Instead all meals consisted of what I could find and shove into my mouth in the least amount of time.
  • In today's day-in-the-life, I had a hard time documenting MY day instead of Charley's day. I kept catching myself only taking pictures of her. Hmm. It seems she IS my life. Crazy how that happens.
And with that, I'm off to bed. My sweet baby will be up in 8ish hours so I better go get some sleep myself. I'm not looking forward to going back to work, but once I get re-established with a new routine, I'll be sure to show you what a day in the life of a working Mama looks like.

Good night!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

101 Updates

I've still been working on my 101 list. I have nearly a year and a half left, and I really need to get moving on some of these if I expect to complete my goals. Eek. Here's what I have managed to complete so far.

43. Have a baby.

Check.

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5. Get a pedicure.

This may come as a shock to some of you more high maintenance people and you may say this is a freebie item on my list because "who doesn't get a pedicure?!" but, I don't really get pedicures. I got my first pedicure before my wedding in 2009. I didn't even wear open toed shoes at my wedding, so it was really for my honeymoon since I knew I'd be spending a week barefoot. I enjoyed it, but didn't deem them necessary. After that, I went back to painting my own toenails and was quite satisfied with that.

Then, in August, I had a problem. Shoes weren't fitting so I was flip flopping around everywhere. On top of that, I had a big thing keeping me from my toes.

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Yes, that big thing.

John did paint my toenails for me once, but then I decided I may as well just go get them done so that I don't have icky feet when I'm sticking them in the nurses faces during delivery. So I went for my second pedicure ever.  (And lucky for me Charley came just 4 days later!) It was nice of course, but, I'm back to painting them on my own again. I'm too cheap to throw money away like that!

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8. Have breakfast in bed.

After Charley arrived, John was given a week of paternity leave to help out with our newest addition. My sweet husband made me breakfast in bed TWO days in a row! It consisted of cinnamon pancakes, bacon, and eggs and was so delicious!

Nevermind the fact that he woke me up to eat it when I was already waking every two hours to feed Charley. I'd say a hot, yummy, breakfast in bed more than makes up for that! ;)

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23. Spend an entire day without turning on the computer / no internet.

Okay I lied. I have NOT completed this one, and this one is giving me the most anxiety. When I was on vacation last month I thought I would complete this one of those days, but no dice. I couldn't do it, and that's really sad to admit. A WHOLE 24 hours? Who made this silly list?!

25. Carve a pumpkin.

I actually did carve a pumpkin this year! I used the baby as an excuse to do it this year, because what kind of parents would we be if we didn't carve a pumpkin with our child!? I am an overachiever also, so I went with the classic carving: cat within a pumpkin.
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If only I had taken a picture of Reese and Tuna next to it.

And also, I may still have this jack-o-lantern on my porch on November 15th. Since jack-o-lanterns are clearly a Halloween decoration, I just turned it around backwards since pumpkins can remain through Thanksgiving. What smell, neighbors?

60. Get a bike.

Got a bike. At a garage sale. Are you surprised? I paid $30, I think. It was somewhere between $20 and $40 at least. What a bargain!

Anyways, as number 76 in my 101 list states, I must take a picture of each item. I envisioned a cheesetastic picture of me riding the bike and waving at the camera, but, my impatience isn't going to allow that to happen. The bike is at my parent's house currently, and I am not going over there just to take this cheesetastic picture. Instead, I am going to share this lovely picture I text messaged to John after I bought the bike at the garage sale.

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And, for added measure, you can also peek a glimpse of my bike on the left in this picture of my Mama riding her bike - which coincidentally was also bought at a garage sale.

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63. Get my car windows tinted.

Remember how I just got a new Honda Pilot? Well, before that I had a Honda Civic and we traded that Civic in on the Pilot. Wanna know how to up your trade-in value by about $500? Tint the windows right before you trade it in!

Yeah, no. That's a lie. Tinting the windows does next to nothing to the value of the trade-in. Therefore when we got those windows tinted mere weeks before trading it in we essentially just flushed our money down the toilet. That's what we get for being impulsive.

Did I ever tell you about the time we bought brand new tires for a car we owned and then traded it in a month later? Yeah, that impulsive bug bit us again. We aren't very patient people.

Since apparently I never once took a picture of my Civic - windows tinted or not - you are getting this picture instead:

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81. Go swimming in our neighborhood pool 5 times.

Okay, I haven't completed this one, but I've made some progress. Over the summer, when it was a million degrees outside and I was pregosaurus rex, I decided to cool off in the neighborhood pool a whopping ONE time. Only, we went at 8:30 in the evening, so it's not like it was even hot out in the first place.

So, the picture. I can't believe I'm going to share this with the entire inter-webs. But, I insisted on a picture for each item as it's completed so I hafta, right?

Remember when I said I was cheap? Well, I was also too cheap to buy a maternity bathing suit. So, I just wore my regular ol' bikini. Maybe THIS is why I only went to the pool one time this summer, and that one time was in the dark:

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83. Type, print and organize all recipes into a notebook.

Check. I think John actually finished this one up for me. He was probably (mistakenly) thinking that if he organized all of my recipes I may actually start to cook for him.

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And no, I didn't actually type and print them all. I changed my mind about that part. I kind of like when a recipe has hand written notes all over it. Especially in the case of the mac & cheese recipe pictured...the note says DOUBLE EVERYTHING because a single mac & cheese is never enough!

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So now I've completed a measly 25 items out of 101. If I plan on finishing this, I better start knocking some stuff off this list! Which item would you like to see me complete next?
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Triplets

One of these things is not like the others....

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And although my photoshopping skills are clearly superb and you probably can't tell, I'll reveal that little miss Charley is on the right, and has been photoshopped into one of my nieces' baby pictures since they are wearing the same outfit.

Charley is a bit smaller than they were when they wore it, as you can tell by the loose, wrinkly tights on her. But she (and I) are super thankful that their mommy saved so many of their cute outfits which Charley is now getting use out of. This one in particular which has a BIRD! on the dress! You know how I feel about birds!

I would have kept the picture in color, but, whoever took Lindsay and Lori's picture did some crazy coloring to the picture and I couldn't figure out how to match it. I need someone to school me on Photoshop!

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Could they be any cuter!? And also, cute as they might be, I'm glad to just have my one!
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thank Yous

I always try to use my very best manners and say thank you when appropriate. Especially in this month of November, it is important to say thanks to those in your life that you may have ever neglected to tell. Since I have this prime piece of internet real estate right here, I thought I would use this space to say thank you to some people in my life that I may have never thanked before.

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First, I would like to say thank you to my old coworker Katie. (Remember? She was the other coworker that cared.) Katie did a very significant thing in my life. She convinced me to get my eyebrows waxed for the first time ever. She doesn't realize she did this, because I just started going after she did because she found a place that was right by our work. But, I was so impressed by her eyebrow shape that I then decided I needed to start waxing mine as well.

But, I really don't have a whole lotta eyebrow hairs, so it's not like I was walking around for 27 years with a unibrow or anything.

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Next, I would like to thank my sister Joy. If it weren't for her, four-year-old Lacey would never have known how exactly you get the Chicken Pox. You think you get it from contact with someone else that has them? No, no no. According to my big meanie sister Joy, you get them by being outside while a chicken flies over your head. [Because chickens are always flying, you know.] I am thankful that she told me that so while I played in my backyard at the young and impressionable age of 4, I could constantly dodge any fowl that may be flying overhead since they may have been chickens. That didn't interfere with me wanting to play outside at all.

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I may look like I was happy playing outside, but I assure you I was living in constant terror of chicken flyovers.
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And finally, I would like to thank my high school french teacher Ms. Bain. Even though she was the only teacher to call home EVERY time you missed her class (I may have left school early a time or two), I do have to thank her for teaching me how to speak french. So fluently, in fact, that I got a great chance to use it last time I was in Paris.

My parents, John and I were in Paris and my dad's hand was really hurting him. I think it was sore or swelling or something, and he wanted to buy one of those heating pad things, something like this, to put on it to help with the pain. Luckily for us, there was a pharmacy, or la pharmacie if you will, right across the street from our hotel. When we got into the pharmacy, we were struggling with the language barrier and couldn't get the pharmacy workers to understand what we were looking for. The only word I could come up with to describe what we were looking for was the word for hot, "chaud". Apparently even with my very clear French description, they still didn't know what I was talking about. So looking around, I found something else to demonstrate the word "hot"...

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I picked up a tube of warming sex cream to try and get my point across. "Chaud! Chaud! Chaud!", I repeated. Shockingly, they never figured out what we wanted and we left there with some mystery medicine.
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Is there anyone that you'd like to thank today?
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Charley Bear: 2 months

In the same fashion as I did the 1 month birthday, here is the two month update.

We are still taking the weekly pictures with Big Bear. But, I accidentally missed the 6 week picture since we were at the beach that Sunday. I meant to take it on Friday night before we left, but packing for a week for a 6 week old baby somehow took up all my time that day. So, we have 5 weeks, 7 weeks, 8 weeks and 2 months.

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She weighed 10 pounds and 7 ounces at her doctor's appointment today and was 22 inches long. She is chunking up quite nicely! She can still wear a lot of her newborn clothing, but can also finally fit in some 0-3 month stuff as well. I admittedly have way too much fun getting her dressed everyday! She also got her 2 month vaccinations today and she cried, but only for a few seconds. She's a trooper!

She loves: napping on Mommy, napping on her tummy, sleeping in general, mornings, ceiling fans, bath time, her changing table (due to the bird mobile above it!), my boobs, and trying to eat her hand.

She hates: getting buckled in her car seat, being stationary in her car seat (she's gotta be moving if she's in the thing), bottles (we've got 3 weeks to get this under control), pacifiers (ugh!), Daddy's scruffy face, and having her arms swaddled.

We love her to pieces and don't bother getting dressed, brushing hair, brushing teeth, etc., before spending time with her while she's awake in her room on the weekends.

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We always make sure to wear matching pajamas to bed.

I will be back at work by the time her 3 month birthday gets here, and that makes me sad! But, my sister is going to keep her everyday for me and I know that I am very fortunate for that.

Happy 2 month birthday my Charley Jane! You are so very loved, little lady!

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