Monday, December 19, 2011

Random Redhead

Nothing amazing today peeps. I've got work to finish and an Ugly Sweater Party to host.

Today you'll get the usual "these are the spectabulous pictures on my iPhone."
A food post? You bet. The common, go-to meal with me is breakfast for dinner. Some nights its just too hard to think about making some great and grand culinary feast that the boys probably won't like anyways. So last night was one of those nights and I actually made homemade waffles with sausage and strawberries. Not gonna lie. They were suuuuuuuper goooooood.

And now for your viewing enjoyment, here are are series of photos I shall title: That Lazy Corgi of Mine

Photo 1: That Lazy Corgi of Mine refuses to move from her father's side of the bed. Gives evil stare instead.

Photo 2: That Lazy Corgi of Mine pretends she doesn't hear me hollering at her to get off the couch. She instead rolls on to her back and falls asleep.

Photo 3: That Lazy Corgi of Mine stole my spot on the couch. If you look closely, it appears that she is clinging to that spot for dear life. Well, it's true. She was. I couldn't get her to let go of that blanket or that spot all night.

Lazy Corgi.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

BUY BOOKS NOT NOOKS!

After I accomplish something big, I sometimes like to give myself a little reward.
For example, when I took my final on Monday and knew I'd done a great job, I scheduled a prenatal massage. When I graduated from college in 2007, I got married. No big deal :)

So this whole "taking it easy and bed rest most of the time" thing just really isn't my cup of tea. I like to be active. I like to workout and I HATE sitting still. I'm the most antsy, fidgety person if I have to sit still for too long.
But, Dr's orders this time. And, I do notice how tired my body is. For example, yesterday I took Caderyn to Costco and Target. I was careful and slow and really tried to listen to my body. Boy did I get sore quickly and my energy level went down so fast. I promptly came home, put the little guy to bed and camped out on the couch. This placenta previa thing is exhausting and really uncomfortable. I find myself napping at least once a day and I'm constantly thirsty, thirsty, thirsty!
Such a difference in pregnancies. With Caderyn, I had energy for miles and then collapsed into bed at night. This one is tiring all day. Whew!
So, anywhoooo, the point of my story is that since this has been going on and I've been confined to my house so much, I decided I needed to give myself a little reward for trying to take care of my body and baby. I would be doing this anyway, but of course, now it is of extreme importance.
Well yesterday this gal bought herself a new book to read. Y'all know I love to read. This semester I haven't really been able to read for fun because of school and everything else that's been going on.
(Ok. This isn't true. I read World War Z two weeks ago- but that was more of the "I'm so done with school and I just don't care anymore," rebellion and whining.)
I bought Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Just saying it makes me laugh, but I started it today and I'm already very intrigued. I heard it was really good! On deck is that next book in the Diana Gabaldon series I've been reading...I think it is The Fiery Cross. Hopefully that will get me through Christmas and I'll have gotten some of new books I asked for. I'm not a Kindle kind of girl. I love the way a book feels in my hands, the smell of new or old pages and the sound of a page turning as you come one step closer to the end or go just a little further into the story. One day (in my dreams), I will have a sitting room/library filled with books upon books. Ahhh that sounds delicious, doesn't it?
Happy reading!

Friday, December 16, 2011

FROM THE MOUTH OF BABES

Still not making much ground in the potty training department, Caderyn is over by the couch, grunting.

Me: Caderyn are you pooping?
Caderyn: No. Nothing.
Me: Caderyn! Are you pooping?
Caderyn: No. I'm taking a nap.


Interesting. I don't know many people that can poop in their sleep.

WANT TO SEE SOMETHING REALLY SUPER CUTE?


Our baby's butt, legs and toes. Look at those little feetsies!

NOTHING TO SEE HERE

Just another Corgi thinking she owns her mom's side of the bed.
When I tried to move her she gave me a "I'm tough" growl.
Sheesh...what a B(I won't say the rest of this word, but I'm sure you all know it).

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A CONFESSION AND THURSDAY THREADS

Sometimes when I get an email update telling me someone new is following me on Pinterest, I want to use my best Gollum voice and say, "Yes, yes. Follow me my precious."

Also, I'm not feeling too terribly well today.
My body hurts and I've had a migraine that kept making me puke most of the night (1:30 a.m. and 4:15 a.m. it was greeeeeeat).
But enough whine...I don't have any cheese to go with it...eh, eh? You get it? :)

Here is a really lame Thursday Threads post. But I figured it's better than nothing.
This was taken from my iPhone before we went to my work Christmas Party.
I got this dress last year from DownEast Basics
I love this store. It is very affordable and the clothes are so comfy. I think this dress was only $40.
I can't find it online anymore and I know the picture isn't that great so I will describe it for you.
It is a deep chocolate color with the wrinkle ruching. Funny story. I put the dress on and Jeff says,"I think you really need to iron that dress before you wear it out." But silly Jeffrey! That's how the dress is supposed to look. It has a belt that ties around the waist and then the shoulders through the collarbone area is all done in chocolate colored sequins.
Very pretty!
My shoes were a nude Steve Madden heel that I got for $25 at Dillards in an after Christmas sale.
I wore gold earrings from Silpada and some bangles I got from Express.

I got tons of compliments from co-workers on my dress and the bump so I think the overall look was a success!!

P.S. Look how awesome my tree star looks in the background.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

BUT ON A POSITIVE NOTE

Since yesterday's post was a little gloomy, here is a much happier post today.
Isn't this the most precious thing ever?
This baby TOTALLY has my son's nose. And I firmly believe that these are the cutest of all noses in the entire world.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

GRAPHIC NATURE POST

I really am beginning to think that this baby is a girl because she is being SO dramatic.
Yesterday was like any other day. I went to work, I took my final for class, I got Caderyn from daycare, I made dinner and then I got a prenatal massage.
I came home so relaxed and happy.
I was getting ready to take Miss Princess Fluffykins (aka Lucy) for a walk around the block when I realized I had to go to the bathroom. I did my business and noticed (CAREFUL HERE THIS IS GRAPHIC) there was some blood. I instantly grounded myself to the couch, resolving to monitor my body.
It got a little better as I moved less and drank more water.
I went to bed.
I woke up to go to the bathroom around 3:30 a.m. and after what I saw immediately called the Emergency Room. I talked to a few nurses who advised me to monitor my blood loss over the next hour. If it maintained, they told me to come in first thing in the morning.
I called my doctor first thing, watching the clock with every passing second.
They, again, put me on bed rest and bumped up my ultrasound appointment.

Ultrasound appointment revealed THE CUTEST LITTLE BABY EVER with cute little feet and hands and a high heart beat (girl?). But also revealed that I have placental previa. This is basically where the placenta is covering my cervix. In my case, it is scraping up against my cervix and that's where they believe the bleeding is coming from. They told me at the moment, it's not of too much concern, but to monitor the blood loss if it continues and communicate that with them. As we go along more, if this problem does not eventually correct itself, then I become a very high candidate for a C-section. I don't want this. But if this is what it takes to ensure both of our safety, obviously, we will do what it takes.
The problem with the Internet these days is that there is too much information out there to freak people like me out. I spent about five minutes looking through what the Internet had to offer me on placental previa and I and trying not to lose my cool.
Everything will be fine.
It has to be.
This baby and I are an essential part of this family.

So today, I am taking it easy and thinking calming thoughts while I wait, yet again, to hear back from my doctor.
Tomorrow I will go to work and all will be fine.
All will be fine.
If I can get my act together I'm going to put some pictures of the world's cutest 13-week fetus online.

This pregnancy is so much different that my first one!

Monday, December 12, 2011

2011 IN REVIEW AND A BUMPDATE

Well Good Morning!
Today is a busy day here.

I have my final for my class today. I will be so glad when that beast is over.
I am celebrating by having a prenatal massage tonight. I can hardly wait. I am so very sore these days.

On another note, I am glad this year is almost over.
This year has been an exhausting one for me...
Here is my 2011 Year in Review...beware this will probably be a long one.

January
January was a time of BIG change in our family. Jeff resigned his position as sports editor at the newspaper and joined the National Guard. He left on January 17 for three and a half months of basic training. They sent him away and we were only allowed to talk three times on the phone. We did send each other lots of letters. Caderyn got Cars slippers and I experienced single-parenthood in all of its gloriousness and pitfalls.

February
The month of LOOOVE. I traveled occasionally to keep my mind off of the loneliness. I reflected a lot on that loneliness and how lucky I was to have Jeff and Caderyn and all of my wonderful family in my life. Caderyn and I started baking together.

March
My month of birth. The day when I emerged into the late 20s scene by turning 26. I threw myself a very fun party with lots of food, drinks, friends and jewelry. I reached my weight loss goal! I dropped all of the baby weight I had gained. I celebrated by eating a cupcake. Lucy got very sick and made my house look like a crime scene. I cut my hair and my parents came to visit.

April
Jefferson finally made it home. I booked a trip to Phoenix. Jeff and I had a romantic date weekend. We dyed Easter Eggs and went to Great Falls for Easter. Jeff and I started talking about having another baby.

May
I went to Phoenix and saw my cousin's band, The Fleet Foxes, play. Awesome! Osama bin Laden died. The weather started to get nice...and then it snowed again. Caderyn's verbal really exploded and he hasn't stopped talking since. I contracted MRSA and started my 24/7 work schedule.

June
Potty training began (and is still going). The wonderful season of garage sales started. Jeff turned 28. We participated in the Governor's Cup and Caderyn ran the entire mile. My parents made it up here for their summer vacation- yay! I started Thursday Threads. I still had MRSA. I rarely saw Caderyn.

July
I still had MRSA. We went to Holter Lake for the 4th of July and Caderyn experienced his first accident requiring stitches. He was very brave. We took family pictures. I read lots of books. My brother was here. We booked our trip to San Jose for Jeff's sister's wedding and an anniversary trip to San Fran. Bryanna came to visit. Jeff and I went to a wedding and we also got to go to Flathead Lake for a day. We boarded our flight to San Jose and Caderyn could hardly contain his excitement of getting on the plane. He loved every second of it. We made it to San Jose and had a whirlwind time of fun and festivities. Rarely saw my son until the end of July.

August
We went to San Fran for our 4th wedding anniversary. Caderyn started saying some pretty funny stuff.
My work schedule slowed down and I got to spend more time with my son.

September
Work started to pick up again and I started my class. Lucy was NOT a lady. Caderyn got sick and we had to do lots of breathing treatments. Went to Great Falls for my cousins baby shower. I fell in love with Thor.

October
Work got even busier. I started sticking it to Pinterest. We found out we were pregnant. Kept it a secret. I went to Phoenix and told my parents. Got back from Phoenix and got super sick. Was told I was having a miscarriage. Then I was told I wasn't.

November
I was still really sick. Then they couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. I got worse. Then they figured out what was wrong with me and put me on antibiotics and bed rest. I got better. And we were officially pregnant. Yay. It snowed. I brought out the tights and snow boots. We went to Great Falls for Thanksgiving and had a blast.

December.
Pregnant. Excited.

On to 2012!
This year will also be a year of big changes for us.
Jeff is going back to school in January. FULL TIME. He is resigning at the paper (trust me, this is a goooood thing) and going to the University of Montana to get his Master's in Business Administration. He will be there 2-3 years and will also be doing ROTC. Once he graduates from both the school of Business and ROTC, he will have a Master's AND an officer title. So, this is a big change for us. We've talked and talked about it until we're blue in the face. It will be hard. I am not going with Jeff (at the moment). It doesn't make sense to close off both of our incomes and just up and move. We have expenses that need to be paid. If, in time, I do find a job that is suitable, then we will consider moving. For now, we will be long distance. Seeing Jeff every chance we get. Some people might think we're crazy, but we really feel now is the time for Jeff to do this. The career he has now isn't going anywhere and he does not like his job. He has my support 100 percent in this and that is all that matters. Our marriage is strong and the goal is clear. We will get through this and on to the next stage of our lives.
Another big change will be the new addition to our family in June. I am nervous, but excited. We will no longer be a family of three, but a family of four. That just sounds very complete to me.
P.S. I still think it's a girl. We get to schedule out boy/girl appointment tomorrow!

2011, you were exhausting but fun. I'm glad you are nearly gone.
2012, you already sound like you will be exhausting, but I'm ready for you. Bring it on.

Here is your weekly bumpdate. Me, 12-weeks, and ready for my work Christmas Par-tay.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

ZEE CHRIIIISTMAS TREEEE (SAY IT IN A FRENCH ACCENT)



Our little ole' six foot tree was given to us by my grandparents.
It's very loved.
It may not be a seven foot beauty full of thousands of lights, but I can't help but think it gets prettier with each new year.

Friday, December 9, 2011

I SAW IT ON PINTEREST

MAN, I am getting pretty crafty these days.
Here is another (non-food, hooray) little doozy I found on Pinterest.
I love it. I have these in all of my large windows. They are just so very festive and make me happy to look at.
All I did was buy some balls (heehee) and ribbon and then attach it to my window shutters. I had some extra balls (heehee) left over so I used them around different rooms in our house.
VOILA.




Thursday, December 8, 2011

THURSDAY THREADS

Dear Lisa:
Please stop having a sore throat and come take my pictures.
Jeff just isn't cutting it as a photog and I think I'm going to have to let him go.
Love,
Me

I had enough energy and time this week to pose for an outfit post. But, looking at these pictures and how chubby my face is getting...I might reconsider until after baby #2 is born.
Love this outfit. Love that it still fits my expanding belly and butt.







Brown shirt: The Limited
Tan and maroon skirt: The Limited
Tights: Target
Boots: Herbergers
Earrings (which you can never see because of my crazy hair): Silpada

Also, for those of your interested, I'm 12-weeks today! Almost seeing the light at the end of the first trimester!
Little bean is 2 1/4 inches long and weighs 1/2 ounce.
About the size of a lime.
Little bean's tissues and organs have begun to grow and mature rapidly.
Bean's face is starting to form more and more each day. The big thing Bean is working on this this week is reflexes.

I'm feeling pretty good. I really only had that one awful day of all day sickness.
Other than that I've had moments when I feel really yucky, but it passes after I eat a snack, drink some water or go for a walk.
My energy levels are up.
I can still fall asleep on cue, but I now have motivation to clean my house.
Food aversions: None at the moment
Cravings: Oranges, strawberries, water, pizza, peppermint ice cream with hot fudge (but I've been very good).
Also, my belly has popped. My doctor laughed at my appointment on Tuesday because I was telling her how I went to bed one night able to sleep on my stomach and woke up the next morning and all my clothes were tighter and it looked like I had a gut.
We have an ultrasound on Tuesday.

Exciting!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

CHILLING WITH SANTA

The soldier hubster had drill last weekend. So, to kill some time, I took the kiddo to the local carousel to see Santa, go for a ride and eat some ice cream.
It was a good time.
Caderyn was sure a two-year-old stinker that day, though!
He was very excited to see Santa and told him he wanted a train table and some new trains.


This kid loves candy canes and I am forever worrying about his teeth.




After Santa, Caderyn told me he wanted to ride the carousel. Since this little guy gets so many ear infections, we think it has had some odd effect on his equilibrium. He usually is terrified of the carousel. So I was surprised he wanted to go for a ride. We started off riding on a fish, but then I think the ear thing started to kick in, so we moved to a tea cup. He loved this and stayed calm and happy the entire ride. Total Mom Success.











And then we got some ice cream.
Oh it was good!
Caderyn had fun peeking over the booth to look at Santa. He did it probably five or six times and would just giggle as hard as he could.  










Monday, December 5, 2011

I SAW IT ON PINTEREST

I actually found the time to take some pictures of my son this weekend.
Those will come when I motivate myself to plug in my camera...I will work on that tonight...maybe.


As some of you know, Pinterest has recently become my obsession. I can proudly say I've also gotten a few other people addicted to this large pinning board of favorites.
I love it.
I love it so much that I didn't want it to go to waste, so I've started challenging myself to try and recreate the majority of my pins. Now, some of these will never come to life. But I'm attempting to recreate quite a few of them. As of late, everything I've been showing has been food I've made from Pinterest.


Well, this weekend, I challenged myself to do something a little different.
Caderyn and I made reindeer ornaments.
This is the website I pinned, and here is the example picture:
Cute, huh!?

Caderyn had a lot of fun making these ornaments and we are still making them since he has decided he wants lots of other people to have ornaments he has made.
Here is our finished product, proudly hanging from a Caderyn height spot on our Christmas tree.

I couldn't figure out how to rotate the picture, so you'll just have to use your imagination.

Cute, right!

Friday, December 2, 2011

I SAW IT ON PINTEREST

Last night for dinner, I made this:
Only mine wasn't as pretty- behold:

This little number here is called Chicken Enchilada Pasta
I thought is tasted just like chicken enchiladas. Jeff said he liked it, but it wasn't spicy enough and Caderyn thought it was too spicy. I thought it was yummy. Next time I will serve a side salad or some rice with it.
So how do you make this?
Well let me tell you!
Cook the chicken, I boiled three chicken breasts for an hour and a half and then had Jeff shred the chicken.
Husbands are good for something, right? Touching chicken just grosses me out right now. Bleh.
In a soup pot or deep skillet, add 2 T of olive oil and 1 cup of diced onions.
Cook for 5 minutes.
Add 1 chopped red pepper and 2 cloves of minced garlic (I LOVE GARLIC).
Cook for 5 minutes.
Then add 2/3 c of red enchilada sauce (I used Hatch).
and 1 1/2 cans of green enchilada sauce (I used Hatch).
1 can of diced green chili's
1 tsp of cumin (anyone else think this smells like B.O.? But it makes everything so tasty!)
1/2 tsp of salt
Add shredded chicken.
Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
While letting it simmer, cook your whole wheat or regular penne pasta.
After the 10 minutes is up, add 2 cups of Colby jack cheese and cook on low, stirring often to melt and mix the cheese.
Drain your pasta and set aside.
Once the cheese is all mixed add the 1 cup of cour cream and remove it from the heat! If you don't the sour cream will curdle.
Stir, stir, stir like crazy to prevent curdling and to mix in the sour cream.
Once this is done add your noodles and stir.
Garnish with tomatoes, avocados, cheese, olives and/or sour cream.
Yum!

On a side note, I also tried to make these last night:
Seems pretty easy, right?
Well just you wait.
Caderyn had a rough night where there were more tears and screaming than smiles.
In my stress, I forgot to add the sour cream the recipe called for.
So now I have some sour cream-less Oreo cupcakes sitting in my fridge and I'm wondering if they're worth eating.
*Sigh* all those Oreos. Wasted.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

RANDOM REDHEAD

I like that title, don't you? I'm very random and, of course, I am a redhead. Methinks I'm going to have to use that more.


I've been a little absent this week.
I know.
I'm just so tired.
I don't even have Christmas up in our house yet and THAT JUST DEPRESSES ME.
On Tuesday night I fell asleep mid-text message with someone.
WHO DOES THAT?
me. i guess.


So to calm all your nerves (I know you all been dyingfor me to post something spectabulous) here are a few iPhone pictures of what I've been doing lately.
Thrilling right?


On Tuesday, I participated in the Festival of Trees decorating day. We've actually all been working on this tree since September, but Tuesday was THE big day it all came together. Our tree was a "Sweet Tree-t" and we had lots of fun putting it together and raising the almost $2000 worth of donations. My favorite part of the tree is our cupcake topper. I just want to eat it. Now. 



Lately, this dog and her photographs have been cracking me up. But none so much as this one.
Don't look into her eyes.
She will steal your soul.
It looks like she already nabbed Jefferson's. 

I've not been much of a cook this week. This was about as culinary as I got. Butternut squash raviolis with white sauce and sausage. It was okay. It didn't knock my tastebuds out of the park.



Again, this dog just cracks me up. My son does too, but he never holds still long enough for a picture and Lucy just soaks up all of the attention.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

THANKSGIVING VIA INSTAGRAM 2011

This Thanksgiving, I didn't take any pictures on the camera. Not a single one.
We were too busy snuggling and eating. And eating and sleeping. Eating and shopping. And eating and watching Lifetime Christmas movies.
But, I did snap some classy pictures on my phone.
So, here is a collection of my Thanksgiving experience, via my random phone pictures.

Lucy gets the royal treatment at my Grandparents.
  
Making Grandma's chocolate pie.

Sticker crazy after dinner. 
Lazy dog gets caught on my in-laws bed.

Enjoying The Muppet Movie with Mema.