Friday, July 19, 2013

Superhero Names

How embarrassing that I took the time to think of such things, but I have decided that if my kids had superhero names, they would be as follows:

                                                       Mikey "the Negotiator"
                                     -"I make arguing and sleep deprivation an art form."

"Let's talk about Star Wars."
"Well the sun is awake and I am hungry and how about I just look at you and Charlotte?"

 "Charlie doesn't want to play with that train, he wants me to, and he just wants to watch me play."

"I just want a strawberry and coconut milk milkshake for breakfast, right now, okay?"


 "How about I just don't take a nap and go to bed at 6?"

 At 8pm, "But let's just wait for Daddy to get home together, and I just love you and don't want to go to sleep".

 In bed, "Can you just rub my back for a while and sleep in here."

"Take me to a parade right now."

"I don't really like you today, so can you just take me to Nona's?" (His grandmother's house).

                                                        Charlie, "The Destroyer"
                                   -"Disobedience never looked so good, or spoke so little."
"The New Face of Naughty"         


"Let me feed myself, always a good choice without any repercussions"

Charlie: "You didn't like that coffee table did you, Mom?"

"oh, I see you got a new chair, shall I just pee on it then?"

"Sorry, I just ate that candle off the wall."

Morning nap attempt just ended with me greasing down both of his portly ankles with Berts Bees Baby Lotion and prying his tightly wedged legs back thru the crib bars he so carefully stuck himself into. At $10 dollars a bottle, he smells like heaven and it worked like a charm.

Although I vowed never to cut it, his hair was getting a little out of control, so I broke down and snipped away yesterday ... The time has come for you to become a man, Son.

"I'm a free and sloppy spirit, Mom."
"Please photograph me right now."

                                                         Charlotte "the Snuggler"

"Put me down, I dare you."  

 "Love me, feed me, change me, and love me some more.".

"Why sleep when you can look at me all night?"

"Am I interrupting your movie date with Daddy? I'm not sorry, and neither are you."

"Pet my face like at kitty while I fall asleep in the middle of your bed."

No embellishments, just the cold hard truth of baby raising and toddler wrangling.  Enjoy your weekend, you know I will. :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Zulily Junkie

So, do you know about Zulily?  Do YOU live in a rock?  Okay, I will just go ahead and assume that you know.  Then you must also be aware of how extremely addictive it is.

 I even downloaded the app onto my phone, which means at 9am every morning, I am receiving an alert compelling me to shop.  "Hurry, you better purchase these tinted mason jar wine carafes before every other crazy mom does, they are in hot demand!"  No.  "What about a MY BABY BLING- Miss April shirt?  Surely that's necessary!" Nope.

"Teach your child to read with Star Wars phonics?" Oh crap, I give.  I guess I am just feeding his obsession, but if I can get Mikey reading while doing it, then sure, I'll buy 10 books for the price of one.

But seriously, I am so excited cause guess what I landed last week from them? 

An Ergo!  Yay! I can finally carry Princess Charlotte around in something other than my arms!  Dare to dream, Mama.  Best part?  $67 bucks!  Normally they are like at least $100, so I am thrilled. :)  I'm gonna look awesome parading down the street with my "giant stroller" (words uttered from a caring one child parent last week) and Charlotte strapped to my chest, but hey, at least we will be mobile, which is more than we can say about these last 3 months.

A girl can dream, right?

I also really want a new couch and/or slipcover.  I keep trolling the site for one because it's what I do.  If you've been over to our house lately, you may have noticed the plethora of mismatched couches we are rockin' (including an actual rocking couch, pun intended).  It's true, I'm a secret couch hoarder.  The problem is I can keep it a secret no longer, as I have run out of rooms to put them.  One room has so many that it's blocking the patio door.  See?
The Mismatched Sofa Triple Threat
I guess I have this plan that if I just keep accepting furniture rejects, eventually I will make something lovely from them.  How's it lookin' so far?  Good.  Anyway, Zulily you haven't failed me yet, so let's get some slipcovers up on there, pronto. 

I also DESPERATELY want to buy one of these for Charlotte, but I can't justify dropping the weekly grocery budget on baby hair accessories.  Plus, she doesn't really have hair yet, so ...yeah. 

Anyway, if you don't have Zulily yet, get it!  Because it's awesome and because misery loves company, so join me in my pining for things that I don't actually need.

Friday, July 12, 2013

"Put a Girl in it"

Long time no blog, or shower.

Princess Charlotte turned 3 months old this week, so I thought it may be an appropriate time to revisit the blog, as we are all kinda on a normal schedule. 
Seriously though, she is an angel and the calmest, happiest baby, thus far.  We love love LOVE having a girl. All of us, but probably especially me.  She's a total doll and she loves to play dress up everyday, or hide from her brothers with Mommy and watch the Bachelorette. She's really cultured and versatile already.  She unfortunately is extremely sensitive to dairy, spicy foods, and beer (go figure).  So Mommy and Charlotte are all free of such foods and beverages at this time.  No fun at all, although I am pretty adjusted to my coconut milk drinking now.  Mostly only in coffee. 

Over the 4th of July weekend, I made the grave error in eating a quasadilla that Jenny whipped up for me, yes JENNY!  The Uebbing's visited us for 5 days during their magical US vacation.  It was sleep deprived and awesome.  Add in one incredibly gassy little infant and you've got yourself one heck of a party.  Here are some highlights:

All 6 cousins! 1 in utero, get it?
 We snapped a quick "all cousins line up in ascending order" pic before they left for the airport.  Obviously the three in the middle are triplets, as if I even need to tell you that.  My favorite part of this picture is that we took it on my in-law's couch, where we usually line up all the Hadro cousins.  I'm totally going to frame both sides of the family cousins now.

Daddy and uncle Dave went out and bought $50 worth of fireworks and set them off in the backyard.  Can you tell the kids are thrilled?  Look how they aren't scared at all!  I couldn't get over the cost, I literally thought fireworks were like, $5. Who knew?

JP is enthralled
 How could I leave out the after party meltdown?  "We want more, and we want more!" He made this chant/song up last year at the fireworks, so of course he taught his cousins to sing it this year as well. Poor guy didn't sleep much all weekend, so really, we knew this was coming.
Get that Daddy a beer.

Cousin love, these two were bffs from the very start.

Melt my heart, Godson.

 One more thing, I bought Charlie an Amber Teething Necklace.  Judge me all you want, but if it works the whole family is getting one, even the parents.  You never know what wonders can come from magical amber necklaces.  Stay tuned for that update.
What an attractive little...boy? Sorry son, but if it works, you're wearing it til high school.

That's all for now.  I have already wasted 40 minutes of my "Mikey is at summer camp, get your act together" free time. Must go!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Liebster Awards

Thank you to Lisa, Sheena, and Natalie for nominating me for the Liebster!  I have finally gotten around to responding ... sorry! I have been couch deep in 36 week pregger-dom. But Lizzie, can't you blog from your couch? No, I can't do anything but wallow and change diapers from my couch. I had to go type this in the kitchen to keep the wolves at bay. So, without further delay, here is the info!

Instructions + Rules: 
Thank the person who nominated you and link your post to their blog | List 11 facts about yourself then answer the 11 questions given to you | Create 11 more questions for your 9 nominees, all of whom have 200 or less followers. | Comment on their blogs informing them of their Liebster Award nomination.

 11 Facts About Myself: 

1.  I was born in San Francisco, California. Which makes me a (Northern) Californian by birth, Coloradan by Heart, and Virginian by marriage.

2. I am less afraid of black bears and mountain lions than I am of garden snakes and spiders.

3.  I can tie shoelaces with my toes in under 5 minutes. (Someone else's shoelaces, not my own).

4. I love red wine. I love it, I love it, I love it.

5. I have never broken a bone, but I have had stitches. When I was 4, Jenny, my big sis, told me that if I tied a towel around my neck and jumped off of the top bunk bed I would be able to fly ...I did not fly.
6. My primary sports of choice in high school were "throwing". I threw discus and shot-put from 8th grade thru my senior year.

7. Jurassic Park is in my top 3 for Desert Island movie choice, which I guess is kinda ironic seeing it is set on an island ...

8. When I hear about something bad happening in the news I often remark, "See, that's why you should only let your kids listen to country music". It's true.

9. I am expecting a baby (GIRL!) in 3 weeks. Making that 3 babies, in 3 and a half years. We are BLESSED! And busy!

10. When I was in high school my favorite pair of jeans were embedded with glitter. I would leave a sparkly trail everywhere I went.

11. My very favorite place I ever visited, Doolin Ireland. :)

11 Questions from Lisa:
If you could play any instrument what would it be?
 The guitar. I would love to be able to play well.

Favorite fashion trend ever?
Snap bracelets and t-shirt ties/holders, the neon ones. Missing childhood.

Favorite vacation spot?
Topsail Island, NC!

Favorite religious devotion?
St. Therese's "Little Way", and Opus Dei. 

Mountains or ocean?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Would you rather have to empty/take out all the trash in the house or clean the toilet?
Eww neither, but it ends up being the toilet.

Do you prefer emails/texts or handwritten letters?
Receiving letters, but writing emails. I am weirdly insecure about my handwriting.

Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes.
Boots! :) Each fall a new pair, but my ideal would be my own pair of Frye riding boots, brown leather, yes please!

Do you have a favorite book you’ve read more than once?
I love futuristic dystopian youth genre and have read an embarrassing amount of these novels, but Jane Austin is truly my favorite author. I have read all of her books, obviously Pride and Prejudiced more than once.

For your wedding did you do (any of) the traditional “Old, new, borrowed, blue”? If so, what were they?

Old, was my pearls that I wore;  new, was my dress, accessories, etc; borrowed, was my rosary from my mom, and blue was my Scottish garter that my neighbor/adopted grandmother, who is from Scotland gave to me from her recent trip there.

Questions from Sheena:

 1.  What blog inspires you the most?

Spiritually and as a mother, My Child, I Love You

2.  When you go shopping for yourself, what's the first thing you buy?
 A new, inexpensive top.  I'm always on the lookout.

3.  What's your favorite t.v. show?
Downton Abbey, only I am heartbroken right now, so it's tied with Once Upon a Time and Parks and Rec. 

4.  If/when you go to Target, what area of the store do you spend the most time?
Start at Starbucks, then to Home/ Decor clearance aisles, then to Baby.

5.  What is the best book you have read?
hmm that's too hard. I have many "bests" and all evoke different emotions and thoughts. The Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales really impacted me spiritually during college, and I Believe In Love is one I like to re-read yearly. But I also love to read crappy, easy to read in a day novels, for example everything Nicholas Sparks has written. I know, embarrassing.

6.  What is one food you could eat every day?
Salsa, normally accompanying something else.

7.  Name the funniest movie ever, of all time.

8.  Coffee or tea?!

9.  What is most misunderstood about you?
My sense of humor. Sometimes my sarcasm confuses others...and me. 

10.  Which city in America do you like best?
D.C. Really! My heart still flutters when I enter the skyline of the monuments. I love history and it is the most historic city we have in this young country of ours.

11.  What do you appreciate most about your life?
My husband. Really, truly, I feel like I am the most blessed and luckiest woman.  Mike works so incredibly hard to provide for us, and he loves us so much. I love watching him interact with our boys and they just light up when he gets home every night. Melts my heart!

Natalie's Questions:

I tried not to re-answer any questions, so here I just put the ones I didn't think I had already answered.

1. If there was one home goods purchase you could make, what would it be?
 Paint, paint, and more paint! I would love to paint our entire house, but when renting, I know it's a big task to take on and not really worth it in the long run, so for now I will just be happy as I continue to paint all of our furniture. 

2. What's your favorite joke?
I prefer antidotes from real life. I can't tell jokes, just stories about funny things that have happened to me or others.

3.And your favorite memory?
A group of 11 of our friends went to Ireland 10 days before our Semester in Austria began in Fall 2006.  We traveled together without any premeditated plans.  On the day that we visited the Cliffs of Moher, after touring, we all sat at a couple of picnic tables and passed around a couple of bottles of wine while talking and playing cards. I told everyone then, and it's still true now, that it was just my favorite memory of our time there. Everyone looked like trolls from not showering and from sleeping on buses etc. but it was hilarious and so much fun to get to know everyone in a way different than ever before. You're so out of your element, literally, when you are visiting a foreign country. And, of course, to have the freedom of adults for the first time ever was incredible.

5.What piece of clothing can you not live without?
Black leggings, essential to my "mom-iform ". Unfortunate, and true.

6.Favorite time of year? Why
Fall! It's truly the only time of year that I can say that I enjoy living in Virginia. Half of it is because of my child-like anticipation for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, oh, and Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, but also because both my boys are October babies, and we get to do all of the best things during the fall. Wine tasting, Apple picking, visiting pumpkin patches and just being able to be outside for the first time all year, since Spring, makes it the best ever!

11 Questions for my nominees:

1. Boxers, briefs, or pantaloons? JK

1. Where would you go if you could visit anywhere in the world?

2. Favorite novel, guaranteed to make you weep?

3. Beer, wine, or mixed drink?

4. What quality is most unique about you?

5. Cooking, organizing, or crafting?

6. Best date ever?

7. Who in your life challenges you the most?

8. What job would you do if you could do anything?

9. Who's your biggest role model?

10. What are you most afraid of?

11. What word best describes you? One word! Explain. :)

And my Nominees are:

1. Jenny

2. Hillary

3. Lauren

4. Ana

5. Audry

6. Steph

7. Brittany

8. Francine

9. Kristin

Some of you haven't written in a little while, but when you do, I love it! So please, please keep it up!

Good luck!

Friday, February 1, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

Thank the Lord it is finally Friday!  This week has been a blurry, sweat-panted mess.  Here are my 7:

1.  I am STILL potty training Mikey.  He's 3, and almost 4 months... This is probably totally my fault, as he was really interested this last summer, and we were traveling a lot, so I encouraged, a lot, for him to, "just use your diaper".  Yeah, like that didn't backfire times a million.  Did I mention that I am 30 weeks preggers this next week, and that Charlie is 15 months old now?  I just want to lay it all out there so that you can get a good clean (pun intended) glimpse of what is happening in our house right now.  We haven't left the house in weeks, aside from our weekly doctor appointments that we somehow cannot seem to avoid.  So here's how it's been going down.
"Do the (clap, clap) potty dance!"

7am- Me: "Mikey, do you want to go on the potty like a big boy?"
Mikey: "Sure, are we gonna potty train today?" (promptly goes in Pull Up).

8am-(after changing him into big boy undies (orange with dogs on them)
Me: "Mikey, tell Mommy when you need to go potty okay?"
8:15am- Mikey: "Ahh! Oh no! Save the puppies!!!" (As he runs, while peeing, down the hall to the bathroom, where when we "try" there is nothing left.

Replay this situation 3 times over, only alternate in Thomas the Train, and Spiderman with "the puppies".

Overall, I'd say we are well on our way to success, and I dare you to offer me some unsolicited potty training advice, ready ..., go!

 2.  Whine, whine, wine? (I wish!).  You don't want to hear me complain about what it's like to be preggers while parenting a 3 year old and a 15 month old, that's why I dropped off the blog-o-sphere for all of the first trimester, (and second?).  But, can I just say that truly the worst and hardest part is when you do go out in public, or to the big kid doctor appointments, that you are constantly reminded by the sweet, young things, with their bodies still hot and stretchmark-free (secretaries, nurses, even the doctors) that,

 "Wow, do you have YOUR hands full!" (literally, I mean, they had a point with this one, I was holding my whopper of a Charlie, (27 1/2 lbs).
 "I can't believe you still lift him!" (however, aside from finding a very sturdy baby leash, what else could I possible do?  Plus, he'd totally chew through it if I did get him one).
"I will Mom, I'll eat right through it."

 And my favorite, while checking out, "You have to schedule his 18 month check up at exactly that week, oh, it's your due date, well then you can just bring them both. Just think, you were about to get to once a year appointments only, and now you have to start all over again with this one!" (Evil, youthful cackle).  I am not making this up, and yes I am crazy and hormonal, but these women, are brutal!
"You're fat, and crazy for having babies!"

3. I'm 27, and my body which only gave birth 15 months ago, feels like it's 13 going on 30(+20).  I'm not kidding.  If this is how I feel at the spry and agile age of 27, what the heck is going to happen if I have a baby a decade from now?!? Which, you know, is possible.  I've done my math.  I'm pretty sure that I will be wearing Spanx everyday, for the rest of my days, 'til death do us part.  Somehow I managed to pull something that should not have been pulled, so even walking has been painful and difficult, so you can guess how many times I have hit the gym as of late.  And can I preface this by saying that to date, I have only gained 11 lbs, so don't go assuming that I have been hitting the ice cream carton too often and that there in lies my problem, 'cause, it doesn't ...
ice cream!
Get in my mouth!

4. Can someone, other than Youtube, teach me to sew?  My mother-in-law gave me her sewing machine a couple of years ago, and it's awesome and I even painted it to make it adorable, but I rarely use it.  I really want to now that I am having a baby girl.  I told Mike I was going to teach her to sew and moved the machine into her room.  He says it's maybe a little premature; I say it's ambitious.

5.  I made Ana's peanut butter cookies today.  Mikey and I scarfed half the batch.  The were delicious and I don't usually really like peanut butter cookies, but I'll admit I was tempted by the 3 ingredient simplicity.  Go try them, they rock!

6. Are you familiar with the CCC Saint videos?  Mike and I both were raised on them, and Dear Aunt Hillary sent Mikey and Charlie the St. Patrick dvd for Christmas.  To say that Mikey is obsessed with it, is the understantment of the world.  After watching it only twice (It's 20 minutes long, give me a break), he began to quote the catchy lines from it to me.  Like when it's naptime, and I tell him it's time to go into his room he says, "You've got to be kidding me, Druid, let me go!".  Yeah, that's probably my favorite.  Or, "Patrick, come back, teach us about Jesus, the one true God!"  Actually, that one totally melts my heart. And I have to admit I much prefer this obsession to the "Yo Gabba Gabba" one (creepy little creatures).
I'm not quite sure of the historical significance of the "Irish Twins" who complete each sentence for one another, or that of the little black sheep, but it's all very exciting.

7. I must say it as it is fresh in my memory.  Mikey had at nightmare around 5am this morning.  What's the worst possible thing that you could imagine dreaming about?  Multiple it by infinity because you're about to be rocked.  I awoke to hear Mikey yelling, "I need my party, I need my party!!!" I went in to console him, where he told me repeatedly that we were, "out of Birthday candles!" and "needed decorations and cake!"  His life is really difficult.  Truly, coming from two very large families, someone is literally celebrating a Birthday every two weeks. This month's even worse, I believe we have 3 in a row, so you can see where the stress is coming from.  This kid lives and breathes birthday parties.  I figure if he is going to have a nightmare, there are worse things he could be dreaming of.
Partying is scary business.

 Now, go see Jen at Conversation Diaries for some real quick takes. :)

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Few Simple Projects

I've got to admit, I have gone a little stir crazy as the weather has kept us all but captive in the house these past couple of months weeks.  We did get a nice/strange break yesterday however, when it was literally 70 degrees for most of the day. Although, crazy windy and ending with thunderstorms and tornado watches all night, what? ANNNNNNND of course it's suppose to snow tonight.

Anyway, enough with the weather, it's definitely forced me to tap into my creative side.  Here are a couple of little Pinterest inspired projects that I have whipped up over the past few weeks.

This one we did a couple of weeks ago.  I picked up this mirror from Salvation Army for $15.00! Already adorable and in no need of paint!  I was so excited, I knew it would go perfectly in the entry way.  Then during my "Support Hobby Lobby" shopping spree, I snatched up theses cute fleur de lis hooks ($9 total) and had Mike attach them to the board that was already up on the wall.  I think it was asking for us to add something it! Yay! Extra storage instantly! Of course Charlie's also a huge fan, as he now has an extra easy way to steal and hide my wallet from my purse before every outing. :)

This I did a few nights ago. I got bored with this "chalkboard" that I had made from an old picture frame (thrifted) and sprayed with chalkboard paint. So I added an "H" from Michael's that I had purchased a while back. Still boring, so I ended up using a hot glue gun and gluing a bunch of shells that I had collected from our last beach trip to Topsail Island. I don't know if I love it, but it cheers me up during this bleak, bleak 3rd trimester.


 The next project I had been meaning to do for some time now.  I really wanted to organize my jewelry, and I like the ideas I had seen on Pinterest, so I used two old frames that I had, an old lace curtain, some craft wire, and again, my trusty glue gun, and very easily made these.  I hung them in our bedroom and I am pretty happy with the result, although I may change the frame color. I room is lookin' kinda bland these days. Also, I pointed out to Mike, that I may need at least 10 new pairs of earrings to add to the almost empty one. :) Off to Forever XII I shall go.


 (Sorry these pics do not do it justice, Mike bought me a rockin' new camera for my birthday, but I am lazy and quite frankly not the brightest when it comes to "new" technology, so I am still snapping away with my camera phone here).

This is the other side of our entryway.  I also got this cute key hook at Hobby Lobby, it looks SO much better than the thumbtacks I was previously using, shocker, right?

This I did last night. :) I am getting into the St. Valentine's Day spirit, consider yourselves lucky, this usually means the house is covered in garland and glitter, and it only ends in tears. (Mike's usually, not mine). 

Anyway, I thought this would be a cute way to use my ever growing collection of mason jars (which I am so over), so I used the same lace from the curtain, (the gift that keeps on giving), and a flower from a pin that I no longer was using, and some jute rope. I hot glued them all on, added a candle, and now I have a pretty Valentine votive, and ya know what, it actually DOES look better without the glitter. Go figure. I am sure Mike will be thrilled when he discovers that this is all I plan to do as far as decorating is concerned. Although he will not escape my ritual of decorating the whole house for his birthday which is coming up this next Friday.  (I will post pics of previous years, and you probably need to see what I did this New Year's, but that's a different post entirely). 

 Oh, hey pallet furniture! A Room With a View.
My little sister, Katy, was here last week and we were discussing how all of us have a little "Glam'ma" in us all. Mine comes out in glitter and spray paint, her's was apparent when she wore a large amount of cheetah print to mass on Sunday, and we both giggled at Jenny's blog the other day where both she and Tia were seen sporting this:
"Teehee, Glam'ma Rules!!!"
"Wee! I think so too!!!"
 Hillary's comes out in her storytelling, or something. I have to think about it. But this is pretty much why I avoid animal prints at all cost. You can only mix so much shimmer and animal.

Well that's all for now. I hope you enjoyed my project expo.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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