Friday, April 18, 2014

I Don’t Wear Orange

If you remember earlier in the week I mentioned that Andy and I had finished Season 6 of ‘Mad Men’ on Netflix and were looking for a new series to watch.  Monday night we started “Orange is the New Black”. 

The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Have I ever mentioned that being wrongfully accused and convicted of a crime and going to prison is one of my biggest fears?  I mean, it *could* happen, right?  Just thinking about it makes me start to breathe a little faster.  So so scary!

Watching “Orange is the New Black” is like watching my biggest fear come to life.  Holy cow, the first episode I actually cried.  The description doesn’t say how she turns heterosexual (or maybe she’s bi?) and is engaged to be married (to Jason Bigg’s character).  She has a surrender date so they go to the prison together on the day she’s scheduled to start her sentence.  They have to say goodbye and oh boy was that hard to watch!  Tears were streaming, down my face and theirs.  Ugh, it was brutal.  And that was all before she went into Hell.  After episode 1 was over I told Andy I didn’t think I could watch anymore. 

Tuesday night I decided I could try watching another episode.  We ended up taking on 2 episodes that night.  We went to bed right after the second one was over and I had nightmares the rest of the night!  Every time I’d wake up I’d immediately think of that show and what I’d seen.  It was haunting me! 

Wednesday night we (meaning ‘I’) decided we needed a night off from the show.  It was just freaking me out way too much!  And I made an executive decision that we will only watch 1 episode per night and then find something completely different and happy to watch after it so that is what’s fresh in my mind when I fall asleep, not prison, a.k.a HELL. 

I when I was looking up the description for the show I saw that Season 2 is set to come out on Netflix June 6th.  Heaven help me. 

Andy is super sweet about it, he said we can just stop watching it since it’s freaking me out so much.  But a tiny part of me wants to see what happens, how it all turns out.  Wish me luck!


I will not be blogging on Monday because Miss Tia is going to be getting me all set up with my NEW blog design!  Come back Tuesday, you won’t want to miss the grand unveiling!!!  She did such an awesome job!  If you are looking to update your blog design you MUST check out Tia!


Have you signed up for the Summer Fitness Giveaway yet?  If you haven’t, here’s the Rafflecopter!  What are you waiting for? a Rafflecopter giveaway

What are you Easter plans? Have you watched ‘Orange’?  What is your biggest fear?

Happy Easter to all! See you back here Tuesday!!!

Erin


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

They Don’t Sell CD’s Anymore?!?

Happy Thursday, all!  Welcome to all of my new followers!  I hope you will all leave me a comment saying ‘hello, how do’.  I love making new friends and meeting new bloggers!  Next week I’ll do a post all about me so you can get to know me better.

Thanks to all who have entered the BIG Fitness giveaway I’m participating in with 17 other bloggers!  If you haven’t signed up yet please do – it goes to Tuesday, you still have time!  The Rafflecopter is at the bottom of this post.

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Yesterday I went to the big city to do some ‘me’ shopping.  I had a huge list of things I was looking for and wanting to get.  Top of the list was some new clothes.  I need some cute jeans that don’t sag and bag now that I’ve lost a little weight.  I needed some cute tops for a few upcoming events that I can’t just wear a t-shirt to.  So off to the city I went, with Baby in tow.  Do you know how hard it is to clothing shop with a 2 month old?  He was a pretty good baby, even was ready to eat at the convenient time I was already in the dressing room.  But you can’t just hop out of the dressing room to go find a different size in something.  And you know you are working on borrowed time anyway since at any moment the baby could decide he has had enough of sitting in that damn car seat.  So I tried on a number of things, none of which I liked on, and then Tate decided he was ready for a snack. I made myself as comfortable as you can on those hard benches and started feeding him. Now, Tate is not a quiet eater, he likes to make “I’m enjoying getting my belly full” noises.  Noises like “DANG this is good milk!”  So there I am, sitting in the dressing room, feeding my little Tater Bug, and all the while he’s making loud moaning and sighing noises, and all I can think about is the other gals in there wondering “who’s getting a piece in the Target dressing room?”  Oh sheesh.  30 minutes later, we emerged from that little room. Luckily I didn’t run into anyone else back there!

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Did I leave Target with some new clothes?  Nope.  Womp womp.  And I forgot the stroller so couldn’t go down into the  mall to find clothes down there to buy.  What a let down. 

After that I ran over to Best Buy, looking for a couple of bizarre CD’s for my almost 14 year old niece’s birthday next month.  First of all, have you ever heard of Sleeping With Sirens or Pierce the Veil?  What is she listening to?!?  Anyway, so into Best Buy Tater and I go looking for these CD’s.  Did you know that Best Buy doesn’t cell hardly any CD’s anymore? NO?  Neither did I!  What is this world coming to?  It took me forever to find the tiny selection of CD’s, and once there I knew right away there was no way I finding those CD’s.  Guess I’ll be ordering them online.

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So that was fail #2. 

Well, actually, fail #7, because most of what I wanted to find at Target I didn’t. 

Then I went to JoAnn Fabric.  I was looking for similar material to those Adan and Anais blankets.  Have you seen them?  They are nice and thin, perfect for covering baby’s up in the summer. 

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I wandered and wandered around that store looking for the material and never did find it.  I thought I’d just make a couple of those blankets for Tate myself instead of spending $30 for 4 blankets.  I was wrong.  The universe was against me and didn’t want me to do that.  Instead it led me to the rack of DCWV scrapbooking paper that was on sale for $9.99 a stack.  So I bought a new stack even though I’ve been a lame scrapper and haven’t done a single page for over a year.  Yea, lame.  Fail #8 and #9.

So my big, exciting day of shopping and actually getting to take time to roam turned out pretty crappy for me and I’m bitter about it.  Boo.  I need a real life shopping day, ASAP. 

The best part of my shopping trip was meeting up with my awesome friend, Amy, for lunch at Olive Garden.  It seems to be our spot for meeting up for lunch.  It was yummy, as always, and we had a great time catching up.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Basket Blog Hop And ‘The’ Giveaway

Today I am linking up with the beautiful, amazing, awesome Sarah from “Our Journey”.  She is hosting a blog hop that showcases the goodies you are putting in your special people and pet’s Easter Baskets.

I thought I’d show you what I got for our niece’s this year.  I don’t always get them Easter Baskets because Andy’s family does a HUGE egg hunt for the 4 (now 5) grandkids.  I’m talking a few hundred eggs for 4 kids.  Ridiculous!  Since they go that route I don’t usually spend extra money on basket stuffers, but this year I decided the nieces might just feel too old to hunt Easter Eggs.  Addison is turning 14 next month (waaaa!) and Chloe will be 11 in June.  I had fun picking out ‘girly’ stuff for them.  And it turned out we didn’t do the egg hunt this year because it was a rainy day Sunday, so my planning ahead worked out for the best!

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1. Found this cute basket at Dollar General for $3.  I thought my nieces could reuse it to put in their jewelry, nail polishes, make up – whatever! 

2. Candy – because what Easter Basket is complete without candy in it?

3. A $2 picture frame – I loved setting out pictures of me and my friends when I was a teenager.

4. Makeup – hello, TEENAGERS!  I found fun eye shadow, lip gloss, nail polish and nail tattoos.

Both nieces loved their baskets, they were a big hit! 

As for what the boys are getting in their baskets – you’ll have to come back next week to find out! 


Now for the most AMAZING giveaway!

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Stacie from Stacie Rogers Training

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The winner will be announced next Wednesday morning! Good luck!

Erin


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gardening–Getting Started

If you are wanting to get your garden started, now is the time! 

First things first: you need to till up the dirt.  If you don’t have a garden area yet, pick a nice sunny spot in the yard.  Your garden will need full sunshine.  If you do have a current garden you’ll want to add some fertilizer.  You can get fancy and have your soil tested (contact your local extension office about this) or just throw on some 5-5-5 or 10-10-10.  What we do is use chicken or horse manure.  It’s best to put that on in the fall, till it in then and let it sit for the winter. But if you didn’t get to it last fall go ahead and put a small amount on now – too much and you might ‘burn’ your plants.

Some horse boarders take their horse manure and mix it with compost or dirt and sell it that way.  That stuff is pretty dang good fertilizer so if you can get your hands on some of that I recommend it!  Otherwise just go to your local store and buy some fertilizer from them.

A bit of advice: if you’re wanting to plant your first garden but aren’t sure if you’ll like doing it, start with a small plot. Don’t go tilling up your whole yard only to have to reseed it with grass next year.  Start small, you can always make it bigger next year.

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Once your garden is all tilled and ready to go it’s time to plant!  There’s an old wives tale about planting your cold weather veggies on Good Friday (which is this Friday).  Those include peas, onions, radishes, lettuce, and potatoes, to name a few.  I don’t usually get mine planted ON Good Friday, but AROUND it by a few days to a week. 

I was asked what some easy plants to grow are for a first time gardener.  I haven’t found a plant that’s hard to grow, honestly, but I’d say grow what you like to eat.  We usually call our garden a ‘Salsa Garden’, because we plant everything we need to make salsa.  Tomatoes, green and jalapeno peppers, onions and cilantro.  All of those are easy to grow.  You buy the tomato, pepper and cilantro plants from a greenhouse/Wal-Mart/Home improvement center garden center.  The onions you buy as ‘sets’ or ‘onion plants’ at the same places.  The difference between onion ‘sets’ and ‘plants’ are that the ‘plants’ are already growing with a green stem on top.  I’m trying those this year because I’ve not had the best of luck with my sets growing big onions the past few years.  My mom doesn’t seem to have that problem so just get whatever you feel comfortable with. 

Aside from salsa ingredients, peas, radishes, leaf lettuce, green beans and potatoes are all easy to grow as well.  You can buy seed packets at the above mentioned stores, or can order them online from a good seed company, such as Henry Fields or Gurneys. 

If you have rabbits around, like we do, you’ll want to put up a small fence around your garden.  We use chicken wire and little posts, they do the trick for the rabbits.  If you have deer to contend with, you’ll need something higher and sturdier.  You might also have problems with birds pecking off plants, you can put pinwheels out to scare them off, or tin foil pie plates tied to posts that blow in the wind and scare them off, too.  You can find some clever ideas online, do a little googling and see what you can find. 

I hope this was enough basic info to get you started with planning out your garden.  I’ll do another post when I plant to show you how I do that.  We got an inch or so of rain this weekend so it’ll take a few days for the garden to dry out enough for me to get in there and plant.  But when I do I’ll be planting onions, carrots and potatoes to start.  I’m taking the year off from radishes and leaf lettuce because it seems to go to waste every year.  After the threat of frost is gone I’ll go pick up my tomato and pepper plants, along with some basil and cilantro.  That’ll be another post.  And if you are wanting to plant tomato and peppers start saving milk jugs or coffee containers (the big ones) now for putting around your plants to protect them. 

Any questions??

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the big ‘Get Fit For Summer’ giveaway!!

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Happy planting!

Erin


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Rewind

Good Monday morning, all! 

How was your weekend?  If you remember from my post on Friday, we had a busy weekend planned.  Saturday started with soccer games.  Both boys had great games!  The weather was spectacular, mid 70’s during the game and sunny!  This year Aiden’s team is starting to play positions, which made the game a lot of fun to watch because there was a little strategy going on.  Aiden did awesome, played aggressive and got in there and made some good plays. (He is second from the right in this picture.)

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Brennan made 2 goals in his game!  Oh that boy, he’s so sweet!  We’d throw up a big cheer for him and he’d turn and smile his sweet, innocent smile!  Then he’d put his tongue up to his top lip, which is what he’s always always done when he’s please with himself but feeling shy and excited about it!  Ha ha, love that!  Of course, watching a bunch of 4 and 5 years old run around the soccer field is super adorable and there are always cute little things to chuckle over, but I think my favorite ‘funny’ thing from Saturday was when, after the game when they were shaking hands and saying “good game”, our team stood still and made the other team walk by them to shake their hands.  It was pretty funny, they didn’t know they should be walking too!  Cute cute!  Here’s a picture of that. Bren’s #7.

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After his game, Aiden left with his friend’s to go to Planet X to celebrate his buddy’s birthday.  He had a blast!  Here’s the pic the mom sent me.

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Saturday afternoon it got into the 80’s here!  Wow!  I finally was able to get Tate’s chubbies out!  We were outside quite a bit, it felt so good!  Andy tilled the garden while the little boys and I watched.  Speaking of that, I know some of you have asked for some posts on gardening, and I will be doing some of those this Spring as I’m working the garden. Stay tuned!  And let me know if there’s anything specific you want me to write about.

Sunday was church and religion classes.  Then for supper we went to Andy’s brother’s for Easter.  Because it was a rainy, sloppy mess we didn’t do our annual GIANT egg hunt (hallelujah!).  I love the egg hunt for the kids, so fun, but the massive amounts of candy they get I don’t like.  So this year they did a scavenger hunt to find their baskets in the house.  They each got two buckets that were stuffed to the brim from their grandparents and aunt and uncle.  Candy, yes, but also paddle balls, light up balls, coloring books and legos.  Perfect!  I missed out on the scavenger hunt (and didn’t get any pictures) because I was off hiding in the corner feeding Tate most of the night.  Poor guy, the noise and craziness just totally overstimulated him and he was not having any of it!  He was fighting his sleep and was just fussy.  Finally I took him to the basement living room and laid him on the floor to stretch out and have some peace and quiet.  Totally did the trick.  He was perfectly happy and content there.  Lesson learned.

When we got home we put the boys to bed and finished off Season 6 of Mad Men, just in time to watch the first episode of Season 7 on TV.  We love this show and are sad this is it’s last season.  We are excited to watch it as it’s happening, though, and not a year later on Netflix. 

Okay, I have to brag.  Tia sent me the images of my new blog design and I am in LOVE!!!  Oh my gosh, did she do an amazing job! So far beyond my wildest dreams, I couldn’t be happier! I cannot wait until next Tuesday when we roll it out! 

I have joined up with about 17 other gals for a massive fitness related giveaway!  That’s going to start THIS Wednesday. Rumor has it that part of the giveaway is a Polar!  You WON’T want to miss this one!

So tell me, how was your weekend?  What should our next series be that we watch on Netflix? Did you do any Easter Egg Hunts this weekend?

Erin


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Friday!

Hey all!  We made it to the weekend!  Barely.  Sheesh, the last half of this week has been a bit difficult.  Poor Tater, he still wasn’t himself yesterday.  He slept the entire morning, which was great, I figured he needed the extra sleep to get over the rough day before.  Then the afternoon hit and he was a fussy baby.  He would lay on his play mat and be perfectly fine, then he’d start fussing.  I’d feed him, he’d spit up, I’d rub his back, he’d spit up, he’d settle down, then he’d start being fussy again.  He wouldn’t take a solid nap, only doze here and there.  Poor bebe.  And just when we were getting settled into a 7-8 hour stretch of sleep at night those dang shots hit and messed it all up.  Last night he woke up at 9:45, 12:30, 4:00, 5:25 and 7:15.  Ouch.  So far I’m not dragging too bad today, but just wait, I’m sure it’ll hit.  I’m hoping we can get back on our old schedule quickly!

What’s your plans for the weekend?  We are having an Easter meal with Andy’s family Sunday evening.  Wish us luck.  Tate is very needy in the evenings.  He’s not a bad baby, just cluster feeds all evening long building up a full tummy to get good sleep at night.  So, I’ll be hanging out in the basement by myself feeding Tate for most of the night. 

Also this weekend we have the boys’ soccer games Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon Aiden is going to a buddy’s birthday party at Planet X.  They get to play laser tag for an hour, then play the rest of the games for another 2 hours, then pizza for supper.  He’s going to have so much fun!  Bless the birthday boy’s mom for taking 10 - 7 & 8 year old boys!  She’s a brave, brave lady!  She will have help, don’t worry! She’s not doing it alone!

Sunday morning is church (Aiden’s religion class is in charge this weekend), then the boys have their last class of religion for the year.  Aiden has been preparing to make his First Communion this year, that is May 3. It’s been a busy few months of big events (Tate’s birth, his baptism), Aiden’s First Communion is the last one and I’m ready for it to be here. 

I am so so SO excited!  I am getting a blog makeover!!!  The most amazing Tia from Hands On Pants Off is doing it for me.  I cannot wait to get it up and running so you guys can see just how amazing she is!  Once it’s up and running we’re going to give away a *FREE* blog makeover to one lucky reader, so stay tuned for that later this month!!!

What are your plans for the weekend?  Any big events coming up in your family this year?  How old were your baby’s when they slept through the night?

Talk soon!

Erin


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tate At Two Months

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Tater Tot, you sweet little boy, you are two months old today!  I can hardly believe you have been with us for 2 months already, although it seems like you’ve always been here with us, a part of our family. 

Yesterday you had your 2 month check up.  You went in there sleeping soundly, woke up while Dr. Amanda was checking you and were super happy.  You gave Mommy lots of big smiles and were talking to me quite a bit.  Then the nurses came in to give you your shots.  Oh you poor thing!  The scream you let out was shrill and high pitched, like nothing I’ve ever heard before.  I never cried with your brothers when they got their immunizations, but you, Tater Bug, you I cried with!  After the nurses left the room we sat together and you nursed, which settled you down and you fell fast asleep. 

You slept all afternoon after that, you were so tuckered out by those big, bad, mean shots!  When you woke up from your nap you laid on the floor looking around and talking, then out of nowhere the crying started.  You cried and cried and cried all evening long!  You didn’t want to nurse, you didn’t want to cuddle.  We tried everything we could to calm you down but you just wanted to cry.  You would fall asleep but not for long.  It was never very restful.  Oh you broke my heart, Tate!  I hope your 4 month immunizations don’t affect you this bad.

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At Two Months you like:

  • your baths – you lay in the tub and look around and are super calm.  We have some of our best ‘conversations’ in there!
  • your big brothers – you are really noticing them now and like to follow them with your eyes
  • MOMMY! – you and I are best buddies for sure!  2 weeks ago I thought you were starting to prefer to be put down when you were fussy and that our snuggling days were over.  Then you changed your mind and now we’re back to snuggling again!  You love burying your little face in my neck.
  • tons of smooches from Mommy – we sit together on the couch and I just kiss and kiss your chubby little cheeks to my hearts content while you stare at our family picture that’s hanging on the wall (another of your ‘likes’).  Then, when I’m in the middle of kissing your cheeks, you turn your head towards me and give me a kiss back!  You put your sweet little opened lips on my cheek and press in to my cheek.  Sigh!  You sure know how to make me feel special!
  • swinging in your swing.  Sometimes you swing in it with your eyes open, looking at the pictures on the wall. Sometimes it puts you to sleep and you snore softly. 

At Two Months you:

  • cluster feed every evening before bedtime.  You start about 5:00 and want to nurse every 45 minutes to an hour.  You do this all evening until you go to bed, usually between 8:30 and 10. 
  • sleep for 7 hour stretches!  Mommy really likes this!
  • are trying to roll over – well, sort of!  You lay on your back and cock your head back as far as you can go, so your little body is in a backwards ‘C’ shape.  You get your chubby little arm over your chest and if you’d just throw your chubby little leg over I bet you’d roll over to your tummy!  You aren’t really trying to roll over, you are trying to look at something waaaayyyy back there and it just so happens to look like you are about to roll over.
  • don’t mind tummy time, but 3 to 4 minutes is plenty long enough for you!
  • grab my hair with both fists and use it to pull yourself closer to me.
  • smile quite a bit when you have just woken up from a good, long sleep
  • coo some.  You coo to your angels when you are laying on the floor, you coo to me and Daddy when we talk to you. 
  • don’t really have a schedule,which is fine with me, but you seem to wake up between 6 and 7 in the morning, nurse, then hang out with me and the boys until we take them to school.  After that it’s time to feed you again!  You might doze for a short while then you’re up again.  You take 2 really good naps most days, usually midday and again later afternoon.  You take about an hour nap in the evenings, too.  None of this can be counted on at this point but you have established this ‘routine’ all by yourself.

At Two Months you don’t like:

  • your pacifier that much.  You’ll take it but sometimes very begrudgingly. 
  • to be buckled into your car seat.
  • a bottle.  We are working on this, and you are doing a little better with it, but mostly you just prefer to nurse, and I am okay with this.  I love that you prefer to be with me over a bottle!
  • getting shots, although we’ve already established that!

Tate, you are such a joy in my life!  Some days I hold you and just cry about how lucky I am to have you all for my own.  Your funny faces and noises make me laugh every single day.  I sit and hold you much more than I ever did your brothers, and if that makes you spoiled later I’m okay with that.  I want you to stay my baby as long as possible.  If I could freeze time to where we are right now I would in a heartbeat.  You mean more to me than I can express with words. 

Thank you for letting me kiss and munch on those sweet cheekers of yours.  Thank you for letting me squeeze those chubby thighs and arms of yours.  Thank you for letting me be your one and only, if only for a few years. 

I love you, Sweet Tater Pie!

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All my heart,

Mommy


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