Monday Morning Chit-Chat: 30 Day Marriage Challenge

Happy Monday!!  This is my last full-week of work before our family vacation in Hawaii!  Whoohoo!

Today’s Monday Morning Chit-Chat is brought to you by My 1/2 Dozen Daily:

The cutest little pumpkin in the pumkin patch!

On Sunday we took a trip out to the “country” to visit a place called Bates Nut Farm . . . I was warned that it would be crowded but OH. MY. GOODNESS it was insanely crowded – and HOT!  The car thermometer on my parent’s car said 92 degrees!  That is way too hot for autumn.  Unfortunately, we are in for a week of high temperatures – apparently the weather hasn’t gotten the message yet that it’s time for scarves, boots, tights, hats and mittens!!

What are you…

  • Reading: Yup . . . still on “Game of Thrones” . . .
  • Watching: We got caught up on Survivor last night – okay episode, feel bad that the one team keeps losing!
  • Listening to: the sounds of coughing!  The little one and I are both sick with chest colds.
  • Cooking/Baking: Tonight it’s a pre-made tuna casserole from the freezer.  I love it when my past-self has the foresight to help her future-self out with dinner! 
  • Happy you accomplished this week: I got a lot of solid work done at the office.  . . important because I’ll be out for three weeks on vacation at the end of October/early November!  Can’t wait!
  • Looking forward to next week: I’m splurging a little bit on some self-grooming treatments I normally would not do (i.e. waxing/pedicure) for the vacation I just mentioned.  I’ve only been waxed once and it was INCREDIBLY painful but I really don’t want to deal with my bikini-line and I expect to be in a swimsuit a lot on vacation!
  • Thankful for today: my voice . . . today I have laryngitis (a side-effect of that cold) and I can barely talk.  Makes me miss my voice and realize how hard it is communicate without it!! 
  • Bonus question: What time do you go to bed & wake up in the morning? I usually go to bed about 9 p.m. and get up around 5 a.m.  Usually I read a book until I’m sleepy – but that doesn’t take long!  I’m a person that needs a solid 8 hours each night.

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I decided to do a 30-day Marriage Challenge (links to a PDF of the challenge).  I really appreciate my husband and all that he does for me/our family.  As a two-parent working-outside-of-the-home family, it’s easy to just be on the go ALL the time.  Because we don’t necessarily have traditional husband and wife roles I don’t always “act like a wife.” To be honest, I’m not TOTALLY sure what I mean by that (and I don’t mean anything derogatory towards women who are stay/work-at-home moms with more “traditional” family roles). Anyway, the point is that I want my husband to know how wonderful I think he is and hey, why not focus 100 percent on my BFF and love of my life for a month?

 I’ll be skipping around the challenges rather than going in straight 1-30 order just because it’ll be easier to do something like bake a treat just for him (#6) on a weekend. I’ll try to remember to update weekly! Anyone interested in  playing along? 🙂

Friday Five: Pumpkin Smoothies for all!

Ah!  It’s FRIDAY!!  How about a Friday Five?

1. We woke up to rain this morning and it was such a cozy way to start the day.  Unfortunately it looks like the storm is over and we’ll be back up to summer-like temperatures in the 80s this weekend. It was nice to break out the tights and boots while it lasted (two days). Right now I’m looking out my office window watching huge puffy white clouds move past on the horizon against a bright blue sky – it’s so lovely to have weather!!

2. I’m super excited for this weekend. DH and I have been talking about buying a house for awhile now and focusing on saving up money.  We many not be QUITE there YET but this weekend we decided to check out an open house for a brand new development being built in a community we’d like to live in. It appears to be in our price range (the website just lists a “starting at” price) and the floor plans are spacious.  It’ll be fun to atleast take a look and see if it might be a possibility.

3. On Sunday we are taking a drive out to the “country” to visit a pumkin patch that I’ve heard is THE place to go in San Diego called Bates Nut Farm.  I also heard it can be a bit of a zoo so we’re going early to avoid traffic on the one-lane highway. I’m hoping to finish a pumkin hat I’m knitting for my little one so she can wear it (at least for a minute or two) there.

4. Ugh, I woke up early this morning with a sore throat and that thingy that hangs down in the back of my throat feels swollen and gross. Since my little one started daycare I have to say that I’ve been sick more times than I have in my entire life!  I’m hoping that I’m building up my immunity and next year will be better. 

5. Next Tuesday is Boss’s Day and my co-workers and I decided to get a little creative about what to do to celebrate our totally awesome boss (seriously, she’s the best). We debated getting a plant for her desk (boring) or taking her out to lunch ($) but then we finally agreed to collaborate on making this:

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Yum!  Pumpkin Spice Smoothies (the photo should link to the source blog if I did it right)! I discovered it on Pinterest, of course. So one co-worker is bringing in the spices, I’m bringing in the pumpkin, banana and almond milk . . . and another co-worker is bringing in glasses and a blender!  I can’t wait until Monday!  And hey, it’s cheaper than a desk plant or a lunch out!

Happy Friday!!

Affirmations

Before I start I just want to acknowledge that today is my baby’s 14-month birthday!  Yay!  Today she waved good-bye to me when I dropped her off at daycare.  She’s becoming such a big girl – independent and curious and so very sweet and loving. Her hugs are THE BEST.  Seriously.  She gave me a minute-long hug this morning and I didn’t want to let go until she did. Her head on my shoulder, her arms wrapped around me . . . smelling her baby soft hair . . . does it get any better??

14 months . . . such a short time on Earth for someone to occupy such an enormous part of my heart.

So today I thought I’d blog about affirmations.  My work put my entire division through a leadership training course in August of this year.  It was not your typical training – it wasn’t really focused on the workplace but on what we do and say to ourselves each day that limits us personally and professionally.  It challenged us to overcome negativity and limiting thoughts and people to become who really want to be.  One of the things we practiced was writing positive affirmations and revisiting our statements daily – or more frequently – to help us stay on track toward our goals.

Two of my major goals is related to personal finance and my immediate family.  I definitely could be better with my money.  Some months I am amazing with my cash.  Other months I fritter it away and spend emotionally or frivolously. September was one of these months for me.

As for my relationship with my husband, I would say that it is very good – but marriage is something I believe you have to work at every day.  Life isn’t a romantic comedy and after you say “I do” on your wedding day there isn’t necessarily a “happy ever after.” We have our ups and downs like every body else and I will say that having a baby has definitely introduced new challenges to our marriage as we’ve navigated the ups and downs of parenthood.

Here are my affirmations for October:

Personal Finance

I am deliberate and thoughtful in the way I spend my money.

I don’t give in to impulse or emotions when I feel the urge to purchase something – particularly clothes.

I save money by eating food at home or I bring food from home to eat at work.

When I am good with my money I feel relaxed, secure, confident and happy.

Relationship with DH

I tell DH something good, awesome or special about him every day.

I speak kindly to him and give him sweet looks and affectionate hugs and kisses.

When I feel negative about our relationship I think instead of what is right.

I always assume good intent with him and his actions.

When I act and think lovingly toward DH I build a stronger relationship for us as a couple and as parents for AJ. This makes me feel loved, cherished, secure, at peace and content.

So, there you have it!  That’s what I’m working on this month! 

Do you write affirmations?

I’m still here!!

I guess I took a bit of an unplanned blog hiatus.  I didn’t mean to but life just got in the way I guess.  But I’ve really wanted to revisit this blog many times over the last few weeks . . . and I’ve been REALLY wanting to comment and socialize with other bloggers, but I felt like I couldn’t until I updated here! 

Here’s an abbreviated version of what happened over the summer:

Celebrated AJ’s first birthday at the park with family and friends:

Happy 1st Birthday!

I made a vanilla cake and cupcakes frosted with raspberry buttercream icing . . . which proceeded to melt on the crazy hot day (but they were pretty while it lasted!).

Cake!

AJ took swim lessons on Saturdays at the Y and enjoyed ALMOST every minute of it (not so much a fan of the dunking but the “motor boat” song was a definite highlight of every lesson):

Playing at the splash pad before swim lessons.

We took a Saturday drive up to Huntington Beach to visit an old Air Force buddy of DH’s.

Enjoying the sun and surf on the HB pier.

 One Sunday afternoon in September we went to our local Oktoberfest for some brew and bratwurst (well, I enjoyed the brat, DH passed being that he’s a veggie):

AJ enjoyed “dancing” to the music. Cute stuff!

There were other things too but mostly I can sum it up as: trips to the park, trips to the park and more trips to the park. And we worked and cleaned and made meals and saw friends and family . . . Overall it was a good if not slightly mellow summer. 

And now for a Monday Morning Chit Chat post – it’s been a LONG time since I participated and happy to be back! (Brought to you by My 1/2  Dozen Daily).

Captivated by the leaves and sky!

Reading: Yup, I’m still plodding along with The Game of Thrones – about 70 percent through a Book 3 and woah!  FINALLY things are starting to happen and get interesting!

Watching: Real Housewives of Miami on our DVR this morning.

Listening to: Miles Davis – a little jazz on this over cast day puts me in the mood to write!

Cooking/Baking: I prepped spinach and artichoke baked pasta yesterday for tonight’s dinner.  Can’t wait!

Happy you accomplished this week: I’m happy that we had such a good weekend – a great balance of time at home to do chores/prep/laundry while getting in some quality time with friends and with just DH and my girl.  It’s hard to find that balance but this weekend we actually did!

Looking forward to next week: Saturday DH and I are checking out the Open House of a new townhouse development – we are feeling ready to think about buying a home of our own and this will be the first time we actually go check out a property other than just do neighborhood drive-bys.  On Sunday we are taking AJ on her first trip to the pumpkin patch!! 

Thankful for today: A really lovely weekend leaving me feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead.

*Bonus Question*

Do you “switch out” your purse when the seasons change? No, not really.  In Southern California the season change is very subtle. As it gets cooler I do tend to work in more of my fall and winter clothes but let’s be real, my version of winter clothing is probably a lot different from a person’s who lives in the mid west and deals with snow and other chilly elements!  I’m carrying a black canvas purse right now with leather detailing (a second-hand Coach) and will probably continue to carry it through the end of the year and into 2013.

Fridge Friday

I’m inspired by Simply Being Mum’s Fridge Fridays, “No Waste Tastes Great” blog posts.  Every Friday she posts a photo of what’s in her fridge, highlighting the waste (or lack there of!). Not only is it a great exercise in keeping your fridge tidy and clean, but taking a weekly inventory can help you meal plan more efficiently and frugally.

So, here’s my first Fridge Friday post (and by the way, I’ll be posting one week retroactively, so these photos are actually as of last Friday):

Let’s start with the waste after I cleaned it out:

Wasted food = money down the drain. Sad face.

I threw away (from left to right):

  • half a container of Coffee-Mate (When I decided to take a more whole foods approach to my diet I stopped drinking this – too much added sugar.  I use half-n-half now.)
  • a bunch of wilted cilantro*
  • 1/2 cam of corn
  • left-over home-made bean burger patties (in the container with the blue lid, it was a Pinterest recipe flop)
  • a bunch of dried/wilted basil*
  • 1/2 of a shrimp quesadilla from our favorite Mexican food place

And this is what I was left with (after a trip to the grocery store for new supplies . . . next time I’ll try to do this post before the shopping trip):

Top shelf:

Fish (for dinner on Monday), lunch meat (something we rarely buy because it’s not that health but we had a “make-your-own-sandwich” buffet when my parents were over on Saturday . . . cheaper than eating out! This will be used for my lunches at work), an egg salad deli sandwich (purchased by DH . . . eaten by me), whole milk yogurt (for the bubbah), applesauce

Middle shelf:

two containers of spinach (for dinner and lunches), Country Crock margarine (rarely use this anymore now that we use real butter), bottled water and two Pepsi cans (the Pepsi’s were for my step-mom who is a Pepsi-aholic – no joke, she is SUPER addicted to soda.  We need to have an intervention!)

Bottom shelf:

Blueberries( in the metal collindar), a box of butter (hidden from view by AJ)

Bottom left drawer:

various shredded/sliced cheeses and two zucchini

Bottom right drawer:

Bottled water (DH has a bottled water problem . . .)

Here’s the door:

Top shelf: 1/2 an avocado that AJ will eat, pumped milk, a container of sliced blueberries for AJ, strawberry jelly, a bottle of breast milk for the bubs, mustard, two bottles of syrup (the gross, corn syrup-y cheap kind that I prefer not to eat anymore). 

Middle shelf: OJ, Organic whole milk, two containers of half-n-half, ranch dressing, sliced pickles, ketchup and salsa

Bottom shelf: bottled water, a beer, sparkling pear juice, white wine

I didn’t bother with my freezer this week because, my goodness, it is a disaster zone.  One of these days I’ll showcase it as well. 

What’s in your fridge?

I’m off today.  AJ’s daycare is closed for a professional development day and I’ve never left her with a babysitter, so I decided to enjoy the day off with her!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Peace and love,

Margie

*After throwing away the sad looking basil and cilantro, I wondered if I could have done something to save them?  Any ideas on how to put wilted herbs to use . . . perhaps I could have dried them??

Bringing Up Baby: She’s a Toddler Now!

Newborn AJ: 12 hours old

AJ at 11 months

How did it go so fast??

 This morning DH and I had our “needs and services” meeting with the lead teacher of the toddler room at AJ’s childcare center. We took a tour of what will be AJ’s new learning environment for the next year and discussed what we as parents should expect.  As the teacher was showing us the diaper-changing area she pointed to a miniature sink about two feet of the ground and a miniature working toilet.  She said that when bubs is ready, she will start washing her own hands and, a little later down the road if she’s curious, she can try out the potty.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit that this had me in tears.  My little baby is not such a baby anymore! Wahh!  She’s learning to become more independent and do things on her own! This is a bittersweet moment.  While I know she’s ready for the transition (all of the children she was playing with in the infant room recently moved over and now she’s the eldest by several months), it breaks my heart to see how big she is.  It really is true what they say about parenting . . . “the days are long but the years are short.” ::Sad sigh:: I know that at every stage there is something to worry about.  And while I know that worry gets you nowhere, there are certainly things I have concerns about as we make this transition. 1) Partial weaning.  I’ve been pumping at work since I returned from maternity.  In the beginning I pumped 3x/day.  Then it went down to 2x/day a few months ago.  As of this past Monday, I started pushing my mid-morning pump session a little later and eliminating the late afternoon session. I’ll continue at this pace for a few more weeks and soon I hope to be all done with the pump (until baby #2).  I can’t say that I have loved pumping but I am proud that I kept up with it despite the challenges. I’m not ready to wean Bubs completely and I don’t think she’s quite ready yet either. So at night and in the morning we’ll continue to nurse. This leads me to wonder,  what kind of milk should she drink during the day? The center provides whole cow’s milk for the children as part of the cost of tuition.  However, we are welcome to bring in alternatives if we’d like. I wonder what the best option is . . . I need to do some research.  2) AJ is still on a 2-3 nap/day schedule.  In the toddler room there is one nap in the middle of the day after lunch.  I worry about her transition to this new routine.  They sleep on cots instead of cribs.  There isn’t any rocking. I forgot to ask if there is a sound machine.  The teacher said that usually the children are so tired from the activity (prior to nap time is art/music, outdoor time and lunch) that by the time nap time rolls around they are ready to nap and remain asleep for much longer.  I hope this is the case with AJ as well. 3)Breakfast, two snacks a day and lunch are provided but I’m not super thrilled about the menu options.  A menu is posted at the start of the week.  This is what’s on the schedule this week for lunch: tuna roll ups with lettuce and cheese, chicken nuggets with green beans and pears, turkey sandwiches with carrots and apples, and burritos with corn and peaches (no lunch on Friday, school is closed). Am I crazy or do some of these things sound unhealthy or just a little “old” for toddlers.  For instance, chicken nuggets? Turkey sandwiches?  I’m not a fan of processed foods, especially for the little one.  And I’m not crazy about lunch meat (although I’m eating some this week in my lunches – still, it’s a rare thing).  I’m probably being a little neurotic but I told the teacher that I’d like to supplement AJ’s meals with things from home.  She said that was fine as long as it was easy to prep and didn’t require extra work.  I’m happy that they accommodate me but I worry if AJ will want to eat what the other kids are eating and refuse my food?  I guess I will just have to roll with the punches on that one. We’ll see how it goes!  In the meantime, I’m planning a teacher appreciation gift for AJ’s infant room teachers (there are three).  I can’t buy supplies until the weekend after next when I get paid, but this is what I was thinking of: Pinned Image

 (via Pinterest and Giggles and Galore)In other news, tomorrow I’m taking a vacation day so that I can sit with my step-mom in the hospital waiting room while my dad has surgery to remove some tooth implants and gum tissue that appears to be pre-cancerous.  As I think I mentioned on Monday, a recent CAT scan showed that everything appears normal with the bone. A few years ago they found cancer in his gum around these implants and he had some work done.  Since then he’s been cancer free . . . until a recent doctor appointment when they found the abnormalities.  We’re hoping that the implants are the problem and that once they are removed he’ll be good from here on out!

Friday is an off day for me because AJ’s childcare center is closed for a professional development day.  I’m not sad that I get to have the day off and I’m looking forward to getting a head start on my weekend chores with a few trips to the park thrown in! 🙂

Hope you are all having a good week and I’d love to know . . . do you have any tips to help make this new transition from infant room to toddler room easier on all of us? 

Peace and love,

Margie

 

 

Monday Afternoon Chit-Chat: Park Edition

We went to the park three times this weekend! It’s our new favorite weekend activity.

This week’s Monday Afternoon Chit-Chat brought to you by Carla:

Reading? Working away (about 25% complete) on book three of “Game of Thrones.” Keeping all of the characters and plot lines straight is good brain exercise!  There so many layers to these books but I’m enjoying the series immensely!

Watching? I wanted to watch The Bachelorette finale last night but no dice, it seems like the audio on our TV went out.  Hope it’s not permanent!

Listening to? Random office noises.

Cooking/Baking? This week’s menu includes fish, cous cous and zucchini (tonight), pasta with feta, tomatoes and spinach (tomorrow) and Mexican Casserole (Wednesday & Thursday). Yesterday I made a really yummy blueberry oat bread – I hope to have time to post about it later this week, it turned out so good!

Happy you accomplished this week? Ah, my mind is coming up blank.  I guess I’ll say I’m happy that I accomplished mopping the kitchen and entryway floors on Sunday. That’s one chore that often gets pushed aside for other tasks.

Looking forward to this week? I’m looking forward to having a day off on Friday.  I’m also taking Thursday off but am not as excited about it – I’m going to be hanging out with my step-mom in the hospital waiting room while my dad has surgery to remove a few teeth and some precancerous gum tissue.

Thankful for today? That a recent CAT scan revealed that the abnormal precancerous cells found in my dad’s gum haven’t spread to his jaw bone.

*Bonus Question*

What is your favourite summer food and/or drink treat? I love, love, love summer fruit: citrus, peaches, melons and, my personal favorite, blue berries!!  And everything is so inexpensive, too!

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Our weekend was yet another whirlwind.  My dad and step-mom came to AJ’s last scheduled swim lesson at the Y.  The lesson was cut short about 10 minutes into it. I’m not sure why but everyone was ordered out of the pool – I can only speculate that one of the kids had an accident! They opened the splash pad so DH and AJ had fun playing there for the remainder of the lesson time.  Later in the afternoon, after AJ’s nap and our lunch, all of us went to the park. It was the first time AJ was skilled enough with walking to enjoy roaming around the playground equipment. My dad had so much fun showing her how to climb the stairs to a small slide.  As it turns out, she’s quite the thrill seeker! I got a great video of her gleefully laughing as we pushed her on a swing.  It was so cute!

On Sunday, while DH was surfing mid-morning, I decided to take the baby to another park nearby. We ate lunch in the shade of a tree and we roamed the playground equipment again before heading out the grocery store (I need to post an update in another post but I’m still doing the envelope/cash system and it’s working out great!). In the afternoon I got about 90 minutes to myself while DH and the baby napped together – that was pure decadence!  I finished knitting AJ a winter beanie (more on that this Wednesday).  We wrapped up the day with another trip to the park – it’s truly the best way to wear the little one out.  She slept so soundly last night . . . and so did I!

 Have a great week, everyone!

Peace and love,

Margie

 

WIP Wednesday: Knitted Dishcloths, form meets function

I finally have a couple of finished products to showcase!  I finished two knitted washcloths this morning.  Here are the beauty shots:

Knit Pick’s organic cotton – cable-y goodness

Peaches N Cream cotton yarn – I love the blue stripes! So cheerful!

 Dishcloths are the perfect “quick” knit and easy to pick up and put down when you have distractions (like a toddler!). 

Recently I was reminded of how icky kitchen sponges are. I don’t remember exactly where I read this fact but did you know that kitchen sponges can be one of the dirtiest and germiest places in your house? They are right up there with the remote control.  Gross!  You are supposed to de-germ-ify your sponges every day but that’s not something I’ve ever been in the habit of doing. 

The great thing about cotton dishcloths (especially handknit ones!) is that they are durable, easy to toss in the wash and more environmentally friendly!  And they are pretty!  Form, meet Function! 🙂 I’m planning on making many more.  My goal is to have at least seven for the kitchen (one for every day of the week) and then seven for my bathroom so I can toss the poof (another germy item) in the trash. I think it might be difficult to convince DH to replace his poof (wonder if there is a way to knit or crochet one – there must be!) but I’ll be working on him next. 😉 

This project fits well into some of my personal finance goals as well: 

Dishcloths can be used to wipe down the counters, the baby after a meal, and they have a multitude of household uses. This equates to less use of paper towels, baby wipes and those swiffer duster things I buy. I’d love to become a greener, zero paper towel household (again, would need to get DH on board with this). 

These dishcloths are knit with cotton from my stash of yarn.  Folks, I have a HUGE bin and several plastic bags full of yarn in my daughter’s closet. It’s accepted in knitting (and I’m assuming sewing and other crafting) culture (I know, it sounds ridiculous that there is such a thing as “knitting culture” but there is!!) to have stashes of supplies. On Ravelry (a knitting/crochet website) people even post photos of their massive stashes like it’s something to be proud of!  But I can’t judge too much – I used to drool over those stash pictures and purchase yarn like crazy – I love yarn! And I love knitting!  (I even went to a conference in Portland on JUST sock knitting). 

Today, I truly have so much yarn that it would take me YEARS to knit through it all. Also, yarn is not cheap.  Yes you can buy it cheap at Michael’s or other big box craft stores (and the cotton I’m using for my dishcloths is actually really inexpensive) but most of my skeins are from specialty yarn stores with delicious blends of fibers like wool, silk, alpaca, cashmere . . . you get the picture. I’m cut off. No more yarn until I’ve used up what I’ve got! 

So there you have it, knitted dishcloths – what are the good for? Absolutely everything! 🙂 Tell me, what do you use to wash your dishes? Washcloths, sponges, or something else?

Peace and love, Margie

Monday Morning Chit-Chat: Pool Edition

Water Baby! AJ loves splashing in the pool.

Ugh, I really want to blog more regularly but it seems like all I do is post these Monday morning posts (brought to you by Carla)!  Oh well, at least it’s better than nothing! What are you….

Reading? A knitting pattern for a winter beanie (with ear flaps!) for AJ.  I just have to put the finishing touches on it and it will be done!

Watching? Last night I was watching Bridezillas.  I wasn’t kidding when I said that trashy reality t.v. is my indulgence when everyone else is asleep in bed! 

Listening to? Garth Brooke’s Greatest Hits album – borrowed from one of DH’s co-workers. DH and I saw Garth Brooks live in concert at the LA Staple Center back in 2007 (or was it 08?) and it was the best concert of my life.  He was amazing and I’d love to see him again sometime.

Baking/Cooking? I made these delicious blueberry lemon scones on Saturday while my mom was here and playing with AJ (having someone to distract the baby makes baking in the kitchen so much more pleasurable!). I also made this tomato cucumber salad.  On the menu this week is black bean sliders and zucchini corn quesadillas.

  Happy that you accomplished this week? I’m still on budget for eating out and grocery shopping using the cash-only envelope system. I’m pretty proud of that – it hasn’t been easy!

Looking forward to next week? I’m looking forward to my dad and step-mom being back in town and seeing them this weekend!

*BONUS QUESTION*

What goal is your top priority right now?

My top priority is keeping healthy, home-cooked meals on the table in the evenings.  This is the key to staying under my food and eating out budget! 

Ok, your turn!!

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It was a busy, long weekend.  I took a half-day off on Thursday to go to DH’s company picnic at Morley Field.  It was such a hot, humid day and something that I did not want to attend with the baby but we went anyway.  DH was proud to introduce me and the baby to his bosses.  He’s relatively new to the company (started in December 2011) so I’m glad I was able to attend and help make a good impression to his higher-ups.

Friday was my “Mother’s Day Off”.  I take a day off during the work week every other month so that I can get my hair done at the salon (a 2.5 hour process) and run errands or do chores without being interrupted.  I can get so much accomplished on these days even with an entire afternoon spent in the beauty chair.  The day went really fast but my hair looks great and I was able to clean my bathroom, do some laundry, scrub down the kitchen and pick up around the house.  I wish I had a day off every week to do these types of things!

Saturday was AJ’s fifth swim lesson at the Y.  My mom met us there and she was thrilled to watch the 30 minute lesson.  Then she came over and played with the baby while I did some baking.  My mom and I have an interesting relationship.  Basically, she drives me absolutely nuts . . . but the baby loves playing with her.  She stayed a few hours past my “mom threshold” but we managed okay.  Sometimes I wonder what my adult relationship with AJ will be like.  Will she feel the same way about me that I feel about my mom?  I will feel successful as a mother if we can have a much better relationship and understanding.  I hope we can truly be friends when she grows up.  Sigh.

Sunday was lovely and relaxing.  DH had to go into work for a bit so I went to C and E’s place.  We splashed in the pool (first time I was in a swim suit since the baby was born . . . blah), BBQ’d burgers and got some sun (a little too much sun in my case! I burned my back). 

And now the week begins!  Have a good one everyone!!

Monday Morning Chit-Chat, I Ran Out of Time so I had to Put My Make-up on at Work Edition!

Today’s Monday Morning Chit-Chat, brought to you by Carla:

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At the park on Saturday with the triplets.  Four babies and four adults, and yet we still could have used and extra set of eyes and hands! The husband snapped this in a rare moment when all four were on the blanket at the same time.

What are you:

Reading? Read a “Jon Snow” chapter from Game of Thrones . . . I’m on book three now and I must say it’s getting much more interesting!

 Watching? Caught up on a few episodes of Real Housewives of New York last night. My hubby watches the RH of OC with me but draws the line at New York.  He insists I turn it off when he’s in ear shot because their voices are so annoying.  I completely agree but yet I continue to watch.  🙂

Listening To? Nothing – absolute silence around me!  Just the sound of typing.

Baking/Cooking? I’m making a veggie lasagna tonight with squash from a friend’s garden so I’m expecting it to be totally yum.  Tomorrow will be homemade pesto pizza (I prepped the crust dough on Sunday morning).

Happy you accomplished this week? Continued with the envelope system for groceries and eating out and so far so good!

Looking forward to next week? It’s a short work week for me – just 3.5 days as I’m taking Friday off for a “Mother’s Day Off” to get my hair done and spend the day however I’d like (probably crafting and/or watching back episodes of Downton Abbey).  Thursday afternoon is the husband’s company picnic.  Sounds like good fun.

Thankful for today? Air conditioning – it’s going to be hot this week and I’m glad we have it both at home and in the office!

*Bonus Question*

Grab the book nearest you, turn to page 18, line 4, and type out what it says. The nearest book to me is “Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors” by Bill Bryson and the 4th line on pg.18 reads: “apogee. The highest or most distant point, usually in reference to orbiting bodies. Its opposite is perigee.” Hm, well how about that.

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This weekend was a really busy one!  Saturday we were bouncing all over the place. . .

AJ had her 3rd swim lesson at the YMCA. Husband gets in the pool with her and they have a great time. This time AJ was dunked under water (ugh! I’m glad R was in the water – I wouldn’t have been able to do it) but she did great! She looked a little confused and wasn’t a fan of the water in her eyes, but no tears!

We had lunch in Cardiff with our friends A & E.  Now that AJ is walking, eating out is becoming more rare because it’s such a pain to wrangle her.  Sitting in the high chair is fine for about 10 minutes, and then it’s all about exploring.  I took her outside to walk around and she fell and got her first skinned knee.  I felt AWFUL.  Again, it didn’t seem to faze her at all but I was crushed.  Poor baby.  I swear, it was if MY knee had been scraped! Ugh.

In the afternoon we drove down to North Park to see our friends with the 16 month old triplets.  It was the first time I’d seen them in about 10 months – they moved, very briefly, to Texas and are now in San Diego for my friend’s husband’s job.  We are glad to have them back and AJ has more playmates her size. 🙂 I think she met her match with the three boys! And I have to just say, my girlfriend, R, is a saint in my eyes.  I don’t know how she manages to stay so calm and sane with triplets in a tiny 3 bed, 1 bath 1920s bungalow sans a/c.  A saint I say!

Sunday was a little bit more calm. . . chores in the morning, grocery shopping, and then a trip to the park with the little one. While we were playing near the jungle gym, a 16-month old toddler came rushing at AJ and pushed her right down on her tush.  The dad came over and apologized and of course I said it wasn’t a problem (and it wasn’t – AJ just looked a little inquisitive about what the heck happened but again, no tears!).  It’s going to be interesting to see how AJ adapts to toddler-hood.  I’m sure that little one has just realized the power of pushing and is testing out how many things she can topple over, babies included. 😉

And now, here we are, it’s Monday morning.  I guess my little one is getting SOME toddler tendencies, as this morning she really didn’t want to get dressed so it was a much longer process of putting on her onesie, pants, shoes, socks and basically getting her presentable (enough) for daycare.  That’s why I was sitting at my desk, 30 minutes late, hoping that no one would swing by as I was applying my mascara and blush. 🙂