Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dear Lucy...


Please stop rolling in deer pee. You smell so bad. I don't like not being able to snuggle you.

Love,
Mommy

Monday, March 29, 2010

Finally

Ladies and Gentlemen. Its been more than 7 months since I last had my hair cut and relaxed. I used to get it done every three months, but that gets pretty expensive at $100+ and there are bills to pay.
I finally broke down about a month ago and called for a hair appointment. The guy I go see is amazing at what he does and yes, I had to book it a month out.
As of Friday, my hair will be relaxed (goodbye frizzies) and my hair will be a different length. Nothing drastic, but something healthier. I can look like a mad scientist forever.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Soon...Very Soon

I will be here.
Shopping here and here and here and here

Eating here:
Though I will be at the one in Phoenix, not Vegas

Doing lots of this:
Hiking

And hanging with these two fabulous people:
And these two fabulous people:

Friday, March 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Jill

Here is a picture of some of my favorite girlie cousins. I have lots, but you weren't all there for the picture.

Happy Birthday Jill! (Tomorrow)

Jill is the best because:
  • She is a wonderful mom to two beautiful children and has another one cooking in her oven. 
  • She works SO hard managing her own business and has been very successful. See what Jill does here
  • She ALWAYS looks good
  • She's one of the best people to talk to and get advice from. She thinks the way I would like to think. 
  • She and her husband moved to California on a whim. Although we miss them in MT, we know they're great in Cali (plus we like coming to visit). 
  • She took me to the Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake concert when I was in high school and I seriously had so much fun with her. 
  • She and I used to swap back massages
  • She is always down for Baskin Robbins :)
  • Jill. I miss you! We need a girls weekend!
  • Happy Birthday from Montana!

Why Do I Blog?

My husband recently me asked this. He thinks I should try to market my blog more...

I've thought about this question some and here's what I've come up with.
I blog because I'm a journalist not in a writing profession and I would die a slow death if I couldn't write.
I blog because I miss my family and want them to know what's going on with me and my family.
I blog because I think I'm funny...though I'm sure others don't.
I blog because it makes the day go faster
I blog because it eases my mind to write what I'm thinking or feeling.
I blog because I'm lonely without my husband who works nights.
I blog because, in some ways, I'm a little vain. I think my son is the cutest EVER.

On a random note: I blog because I like to type on a keyboard. I can type really fast and I love the sound of the clacking on the keys.


As for marketing my blog. I know some people have been fortunate enough to make some money off their blogs. I haven't reached that point yet and I don't think I'll be very sad if I never make it. I like writing, even if I'm not getting paid for it.
I'm okay with that. Its like having my own journal at the tip of my fingers instead of next to my bed.
It's a huge release and something I'd probably go cray-zay without.

Happy Mama!

This morning my son woke up at the un-godly hour of 5:00 a.m. and wouldn't go back to sleep. So, me being the trooper that I am hauled myself out of bed to get him.
Caderyn has started this thing where he likes to bring his blankies with him now when we get him out of the crib. Its seriously so cute. He holds on to it for most of the morning while he walks around the house. So my little buddy had his blanket and I grabbed a blanket off the couch because I was chilly.
Then I tried to do something that both Jeff and I have been highly unsuccessful in- snuggle.
Caderyn just is not a snuggler. He gets up and he goes and he rarely stops.
So today I was too tired to play just then so I covered us up with a blanket and hoped for the best.
I GOT MY WISH! He snuggled with me for 30 whole minutes and then found out that it was fun to head-butt mommy.
My head is a little sore but I've been on cloud nine all morning because he SNUGGLED with me!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Successful Dinner...Minus Picture

I'm having really great result with all of these crockpot and casserole recipes I got.

On Tuesday night I made Double Onion Beef Brisket.
Here's what you need:
  • 4 pounds ( I used three) of brisket. You can buy it pre-cut and everything from Safeway!
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Rube this on both sides of the brisket
  • 3 cups of onions. I used one and a half because Jeff doesn't like lots of onions. 
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 cup of chili sauce. I looked for this everywhere and couldn't find it! So I was only slightly panicking looking through my cupboards and I decided to hot some of Jeff's green and red hot sauces (the kind with some safety labels on them because they're so hot). I combined them and distilled it with a little bit of water. 
  • 1 cup of cider vinegar. I like the smell of vinegar. Is that gross? It reminds me of easter eggs.

What to do:
Brown the brisket for about 8 minutes on each side. Make sure you put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan before you do this. After you've done that, remove the brisket and dump the onions into the pan. Stir them until they are browned/carmelized. Then put half of the onions at the bottom of the crockpot and then pour in all of the rest of the ingredients and top with the rest of the onions.
Cook on high for 6 hours. After three hours, if you can flip the brisket over for a nice even cook.

The recipe suggests serving it with mashed potatoes, but I served it with a flavored rice (mushroom). Jeff thought he'd died and gone to heaven.

Someone's Excited For the Easter Bunny

Photo courtesy of Lisa Kunkel. If you like this picture (she also took our pre-baby and family pictures) let me know!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day (sing it with me!)

Today even though I am at work...
Even though I'm not with my son, husband or puppy...
Even though my house is a mess...
Even though we have bills to pay...

I am in a GOOD MOOD!

Why you ask?
Well, you asked for it- Bullet style
  • I have a happy and healthy one-year-old son
  • I have a hubby who loves me and is committed to making our relationship as a couple and as parents stronger
  • I have a wonderful and funny family who love me (or at least I hope they do. If not WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME? I'M LOVABLE!
  • I have wonderful friends 
  • I have a little dog who loves me, even when I yell at her for eating poop
  • I have a job
  • I'm going back to school and still feel really good about this decision. 
  • I'm going on vacation very, very soon and will get to spend a whole week with my parents in sunny Arizona! Lots of hikes are in order, a trip to the zoo, some good food and shopping and some exploring.

Dear Chocolate Chip Cookie

Even though you are not what my body needs right now, you're what my mind needs.
The first bite of your warm, soft choclatey-ness was HEAVEN. The second bite was even better.
But, then as I reached my fourth and fifth bites. I noticed you were much smaller and little by little I got sad.
Then you were gone. Oh well.

In the words of the Cookie Monster: "OM OM OM OM OM OM NUM NUM NUM NUM"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dear Girl on Elliptical

Please stop wearing sandals when you work out.
I really don't even know how that's possible.
I don't like having to see your feet and imagining them sweating all over the machinery. I have a problem with feet (except for Caderyn's cute baby feet).
Chacos are okay to hike in and hang out around the water in, but seriously, I don't think you need to wear them at the gym.
I thought there was a rule against that...oh wait no...that was in Missoula where they had that. Too many hippies :)

Dear Girl In Class

Your outfit was cute today. So was mine. I'm glad we decided to wear the same outfit to our Children's Literature class today. I have no idea who you are, but I've noticed that you usually only wear sweatpants to school. This was a big day for you if you graduated out of those sweatpants and into the cute dress I'd been excited to wear all weekend...you just so happened to choose the same cute dress to wear on the same day.

Yours probably looked better because you didn't wear black leggings and you had cute cowboy boots instead of flats- Point You. I'll bet you were cold though (mwahaha)- Point Me. I also will say that I'm happy I'm still hip enough to wear the same dress as you from the Juniors section of Target- Point You and Me.

Verdict: TIE!But I'm slightly leaning toward me. I'm biased.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dear Pregnant Friends

I am so happy for you! Yay!
But, at the same time you're starting to give me the baby bug.
I'm not quite ready for another baby, but my mind is trying to convince me otherwise.

I'm cutting you all off! No more babies for at least another year.  :)

Love, Sarah

Yet Another Reason For Me to NEVER Watch Golf

I know this has been an ongoing issue, but I figure I would write a quick post about my thoughts on this guy:
Yuck right!?

So maybe like a year ago, if I'd of looked at a picture of this guy a little light bulb would have gone off and my brain would have said, "Oh! That's Tiger Woods. He's a good golfer. He wears red when he golfs. He has really big teeth."

I'm not much of a golfer (although mini-golf rules!) and I don't ever care to watch it. I think its sooo boring to just walk around a golf course and take a swing here or there, maybe a putt. I'm more of a fast paced sport person. I love basketball and volleyball rocks.
All of the men in my family find golfing fascinating. During nearly every family function there is some golf match on and if I wanted to fall asleep really fast, all I would have to do was sit down on the couch in front of the tv and watch all of 5 minutes before I'm out. 

But I'm getting off topic. 

So a year ago, I wouldn't think more than somewhat innocent thoughts about Tiger Woods.
But, now after all of the scandal he's become immersed in recently I hate looking at his pictures. I hate hearing news about him. I flat out hate him. I know, HATE is such a strong and negative word, but let me explain why I use this term.

Tiger Woods is an example of how the world's morals are SO corrupt. The man was married to a beautiful woman and had two gorgeous kiddos. I understand that marriages go through ups and downs, but the best thing you can do is keep communication lines open with your spouse or for heavens sake, go and see a marriage counselor. Here is an example of how when you are in the public's eye nothing is private. WHEN WILL THESE PEOPLE LEARN. 
Now I have to read about all of his dirty laundry and the dirty women he made company with. Tiger, how do I say this delicately...Keep it in your pants. 
You disgust me. Marriage and family should be something sacred, but you decided to take a big ole dump on that. I personally hope your wife gives you the boot and you're never able to recover from the scandal. 
You don't deserve the endorsements, you don't deserve the attention, you don't deserve the money. 
P.S. I came across a news article that had some of the text conversations between you and one of your many "acquaintances." You should be seriously considering, deep down in your soul, who you really are. You have some problems that I don't think a month in rehab will cure. 

I vomit a little in my mouth every time I see you talking on TV. You don't even sound sincere. You sound like a robot. You and Jesse James and LeAnn Rimes should all start a loser club. You can all be the best of friends. 
Okay- venting done. Don't support this sick man. Give up watching golf whenever he competes. Watch something awesome like The Princess and the Frog instead.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wonderful Surprise

Dear Jeffy:
Thank you for the wonderful surprise on Saturday morning.
It made getting up at 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday with the little boy so amazing!
You haven't done anything like this in a long time and I really liked it. It warmed my heart a lot because I knew you were thinking of me.
I think you should keep this trend up- not every day or every week. But just so often so that I'm still surprised. :)
I love you
Wifey

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hello My Name Is...

Hello, my name is Lucy
I am a two-year-old welsh corgi. 
I eat poop. All kinds of poop. I love it. Deer poop, cat poop, skunk poop, my poop. If my mom and dad let me I'm pretty sure I'd eat baby poop.
I roll in deer pee and stink up to high heaven. Mom and Dad yell at me when they catch me on my back flailing in the grass. But I don't listen. I continue to squirm and roll in the pee until its delicious scent seeps down to my skin.

After I've eaten poop and taken my pee bath I like to come and lay on your lap and give you kisses. I try to get my kisses directly on your lips or, even better, I try to get them inside the mouth. 
I'm a stinker.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Big Guy Turns "1"

Eating his special birthday breakfast of pancakes and sausage (first time eating pancakes)


Caderyn's Birthday cake. Funny story. This isn't how it was supposed to turn out. Due to some bad directions from the recipe I got from a magazine, this is what we ended up with. Oh well, at least it tasted good and my mom and I had lots of laughs.

The spread. We had a dinosaur theme.

Happy Birthday Toooooo Youuuuuu!

The first taste.

Digging in.

Oh man is that good.






THE LOOT!

A Movie I Just Didn't Like

My Life in Ruins

One of the main characters- the guy leaning up against the bus- was named Poopy Caca or something along those lines. I really don't think I need to say much more...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Caderyn!

Caderyn at about 12 hours old.

Caderyn on Christmas Eve at 9 months old

Well today has finally arrived. Hooray! My sweet little man is one!

Here are my blog posts a year ago from today:

Little Boy's On the Way!

Welp, we've been up since about 2:00 a.m. (though Jeff hasn't actually slept yet) counting the minutes between contractions. They've started off at 25-30 minutes apart and have since digressed down to 7-15 minutes apart.
I'm in between a contraction right now- so at the moment its no pain no worries for me but there's another contraction coming on.
Hopefully, before the day is done we'll have a beautiful little boy in our arms. 
I think I posted this blog around 6:00 a.m.
After this post I called my parents and my aunt, mother-in-law and doula and began to time contractions more and more. My water broke around 8:30 a.m. after one of my many, many trips to the bathroom (so ladies if you're peeing more and more- like every 2 minutes- along with having cramping that might mean baby's on the way). From there we grabbed a towel- because ladies once you're water breaks its a continuous flow of water- and headed to the hospital.
Here's the post I did on March 14 to let everyone know about our new little family member:

Introducing Mr. Caderyn James Windmueller


The newest edition to our family is FINALLY here.

Caderyn James Windmueller was born March 12, 2009 at 7:33 p.m.

He weighed 7 lbs 12 oz and was 22 3/4 inches long.

I started labor at 2am. My water broke around 8:40 a.m. and we were at the hospital at 9:00 a.m. When I checked into the hospital I was 5 cm dilated and 70 percent effaced. I labored for an hour and a half before I got an epidural. At that time when they checked me I was still at 5 cm dilated but I was 100 percent effaced. Got the epidural (oh sweet joyus wonder of medical sciences!!) and they also started me on pitocin to get the labor cooking.

Everything after that was peachy keen. I had my mother-in-law and my aunt who are both OB nurses there and then I also had a doula (they're fabulous and I highly recommend them) there and my sweet Jeffrey.

Labor took longer than I think anyone expected and I started pushing around 3:30 P.M.

It was a long, hard labor which surprised all of us. The little guy just was having a tough time getting out! He was in an awkward position and kept getting stuck! So we had to ditch the original birth plan at the last minute and use the vacuum thingy to help get him out.

He was SO long when he came out and he had cord wrapped everywhere!!! Lots and lots of cord.

He wasn't crying which was so scary and they had to take him immediately to make sure he was okay.

He was just fine and SOOOO long he almost didn't fit in the little bed they had for him!

It took both of us awhile to recover because I tore (sorry- that's gross I know) and had to get all stitched up and he had to get all checked out and make sure his lungs were in order.

But oh man! When they put him in my arms the world stopped. He is just SO beautiful. He's nothing at all that I expected him to look like- but ten times better! He looks so much like Jeff but also like me!

He is just the most perfect little angel in the whole world and has just competely changed our lives for good!

I hope everyone else loves him as much as I do!
 
 
 
Jeff and I are so blessed to have Caderyn in our lives. He's helped us put a lot of things in perspective this year and brings so much joy to our lives. 
Happy Birthday little man!!!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Countdown to Caderyn's Birthday

Here is the blog I posted one year ago today:

Changes are a coming...

Something feels different today.
I think the little man will be coming very soon!



That was all I posted, short, sweet and simple. And sure enough. This was the day I started labor.
What was I doing this day?
Well...
  • I went to work because there was an event the next day/
  • I moved tables and chairs even though they told me not to and I told them I wanted to have this baby. Every so often I would have to stop helping them because I was having strange cramps and aches. 
  • Jeff walked Lucy to my workplace and we took a walk to see if these were really contractions. I had to stop every few minutes because they would get painful. 
  • After the walk I went home and took a nap. 
  • Then I woke up and made spahgetti and brownies for dinner. 
  • I called my mother-in-law and aunt who were going to be coming to help at the birth and told them that something felt different.
  • I talked to my parents a lot. 
  • I watched Surf's Up.
  • I called Jeff around 11:00 p.m. and told him he might want to come home early because something was different.
  • I went to bed at 11:30 p.m.
  • I was awake at 2:00 a.m. with contractions and never really went back to bed. 

I CAN'T BELIEVE ITS BEEN A YEAR!

I will write a huge blog post tomorrow! But this is pretty much what I was doing a year ago today. Crazy huh!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Countdown to Caderyn's Birthday

I'm still in shock that my little boy is going to be one-year-old this weekend. I've spent most of the week looking through pictures from when he was brand new, looking at ultra-sounds and reading the journal I've been keeping for Caderyn since we found out we were pregnant. 

I thought it would be kind of fun to do a countdown on my blog of what I was doing on the last couple days before Caderyn was born. So this day, March 10, just so happened to be a Tuesday last year. Here's a blog post I did:

Daylight Savings Can Kiss My Butt

It's only 9:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and I am about ready to pass out on my desk.
It could be the cold I have that's clogging up nearly every opening on my face EXCEPT for my nose or the fact that I'm just not sleeping very well in these last few days/weeks of pregnancy. But, I will make a point to say that I truly think I am dragging because I lost an hour of sleep due to the stupid Daylight Savings "jump" forward. Why throw half the country off their sleep schedule when you could just leave it the way it is!
I like being on the same time zone as my parents who are now an hour behind me. They forget and I forget and I find myself calling them at 7am on a Saturday morning when I think its really 8am there.

I'm having so much trouble with this time change right now I am seriously thinking about going home to bed! Mmmm wouldn't that be delicious!

But what else was I doing:
On this day last year I had a doctor's appointment. I was 2 centimeters dilated and 75% effaced. I was having some little sporadic contractions that weren't on any kind of a schedule. I was exhausted and would come home from work every day and take a nap and then I would wake up and play spider solitaire (love that game) before making something for dinner. The only pants that fit me were my black maternity sweatpants and I wore them to work! The only shoes that fit me were my snowboots and I wore those to work too. I felt so heavy and sluggish. Caderyn hadn't been moving as much but when he moved I ended up moving with him. 
I was craving beef constantly and still loving my cupcakes. 
We were madly preparing for baby and making sure we had everything in order. 

I have a picture of me at 38 weeks pregnant. I will NOT put it up online because I'm such a huge blob. I gained a lot of weight during this pregnancy and I really don't think I will eat like I did in my first pregnancy again. I ate fairly healthy, but I seriously ate enough for two or three people. I'm paying for it now as I'm finding out how hard it is to get the baby weight off. 
I am still just in awe of the fact that my little bub will be one. I might cry.

Another post to come tomorrow.
 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Happy Birthday

Well it's happened. Today I am 25.
It feels so weird. I feel so...old. Even though I know I'm not.

Looking back on my 24th year, so much has happened! The most important thing of course being Caderyn's birth and how much he has impacted our lives. Being a parent is simply one of the best things ever. I understand my purpose in being on this earth and being married to Jeff is so that we can nurture, love and teach Caderyn and any other children that follow.
Some other highlights of 24 are: making the decision to go back to school, learning how to budget, stepping out of my comfort zone of cooking and trying new things so we can save money, and taking trips to places like Phoenix and L.A.

And because you know you love me, here's a picture of ME! Sadly, this was taken when I was just a wee lass of 21.

I think 25's going to be a good year.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Office

Recently I started watching The Office.Never watched it before this week, but then I decided to download it all on Roku (love Roku).
Ever since I've downloaded it I can't stop watching it. HILARIOUS!
Oh my gosh.
After I finish the American version I'm going to move on to the British version.
I think my favorite episosde(s) so far have been:
1. The episode where Dwight and Michael fight
2. The episode where somone takes a poop on Michael's carpet in his office.
3. The episode where Dwight wins Salesman of the Year.

Does God Understand That Things Come Up?

In a previous blog, I talked about how our Lenten promise as a family is to go to Church every week. We've found a mass on Mondays that works with our schedules and went last week.

I got home from work yesterday and was prepping everything to go to church.
Snacks: check
Soft books and toys that don't make noise: check
Bottle: check
Pacifier: check

When all of the sudden Jeff gets a phone call and before I know it, he's getting ready to head to Great Falls and taking the baby with him.
"But, what about church?" I asked him.
He explained he had to go and that he had a ton of work to do. So I nodded my head and began to help pack thinking I might be able to sneak off to church on my own after they'd left.
By the time I got them all loaded and everything ready to go church was long over.
I can honestly say I was really disappointed with how things turned out and said multiple prayers last night. How could I have fixed this? Jeff couldn't say no to work, his job's on the line. I could have just told him "No," and not helped him pack and gone to church on my own. But if Jeff is left to pack for Caderyn all by himself- what a disaster! I could have told Jeff just to go to Great Falls without Caderyn and then taken him to church with me but then I would have missed work and class today because at the moment Jeff is our childcare provider and I can't really take a walking, put everything-in-his-mouth, very active little boy to work with me.
Does God understand that things come up? Does He understand that we wanted very much to be a part of church yesterday but that other forces kept us out. Does He understand that I sat down and prayed for about a half hour I felt so bad about not going?
Does He understand that I'm so stressed out about it I've almost eaten an entire box of Girl Scout cookies?
Starting new this week.
I'm heading to Great Falls to see my family and friends for my birthday and am definitely going to go to church with my Grandparents on Sunday. I love the Church they go to. I wish we had one like it here in Helena! I'm excited to go to this church and to see all of my family and friends.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Another Successful Crockpot Meal Without a Picture

I made yet another fabulous crockpot meal for Jeff last night.
It was called Three Bean Sausage. There's lots of it leftover so maybe I'll try and take a picture of it later.

Ingredients:

  • Cooked/Uncooked Polish or Italian sausage. If you get uncooked (which I did) you'll have to cook them before they go in the pot. 
  • Black beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Great Northern Beans
  • 1/2 cup of celery
  • 1/3 cup of onions (or more of less depending on your tast)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp of dried thyme

How to make it:
  • So I cooked the sausage on the stovetop before putting it in the pot. Random sidebar here: I have this thing where I can't stand the touch of raw meat. Seriously it gives me the heebie jeebies. But I still do it, because, you know, one's gotta eat. Something I found that helps with this weird fear I have it a pair of good, strong thongs to pick up the meat and hold it so I don't have to. I would suggest every gal gets some of these for her kitchen. 
  • While the sausage was cooking, I poured all of the canned beans into a strained and rinsed them and then put them in the crockpot
  • I chopped the celery and the onion and added those
  • Then I added all of the spices and tomato sauce.
  • Once the sausage was cooked I sliced it and put it in the crockpot. 
  • Cook on high for 4-4 1/2 hours stirring every half hour or so. 
  • Serve over rice

Going to Church Round 2

I should have posted this like a week ago, but as you can see from my previous post the little Buddy is walking so we've been chasing him everywhere!

So, true to our Lenten promise, Jeff, Caderyn and I went to church last week.
We found a small chapel on campus that has a 4:20 p.m. mass and we love the campus priest. His name is Fr. Marc and he's young and really in tune with what our generation is feeling and/or wants to hear. He always has wonderful stories to tell, too!
So we made it to this chapel and found its basically a tiny room that could hold maybe 50 people and during this particular mass there were only 15 people. It echoed a lot too...
Caderyn is a baby and he'd just woken up from his nap so he was all hopped up on all sorts of energy.
He cried and screamed because he didn't want to be held and when we'd put him down he would crawl all around and bang on stuff. It was the loudest mass in the universe thanks to my son.
To make it just a little more embarassing, the priest knows us and every so often when Caderyn would scream during his sermon, he would make a reference to the scream or try to use that as an emphasis to his story.
So finally Jeff walked out of the chapel with Caderyn who you could still hear complaining all the way down the hall. I sat through the first half of the mass and then we switched and I took Caderyn out into the hall.
We're going at it again today and this time I'm prepared. I'm going to take his bottle and lots and lots and lots of snacks to keep him occupied.
I don't necessarily see us having to leave every so often to go out into the hallway with little Buddy as a bad thing, I think the important thing is that we're going to mass and starting to get Caderyn used to the idea.

Wish us luck.