Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Act Like A Lady!

Honestly...I don't know where she gets it. Sound asleep on the floor, acting like a hussy.

Um hello...

Nothing really new to report on our front.
It rained most of the Memorial Day weekend. I still have a band aid on my face. Pictures coming- hopefully tonight.
I did splurge a little this weekend and buy myself some new pretties (and by pretties, I mean jewels). I was having a pity party about the state of my face so I bought some earrings and a vest from this cute little online boutique called Francesca's Collections. Very cute and super great prices if I don't say so myself. I've got my eyes on a couple of their dresses, but I keep talking myself out of them which is probably a good thing.

This is one of the pairs of earrings I got. Adorable!
I don't have a lot of gold or coral so I've been brainstorming what I should wear this with and the possibilites are very exciting.
I'm just a jeans and t-shirt girl, but I'm trying to make more of an effort to look, you know, nice.
But, once I'm home from work I'm all about those sweatpants. I rock the sweatpants look, yo!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen...This Is Disgusting

Looking back through my illness history, I can only conclude that if there's something out there, I'm probably going to get it.
I had a string of bronchial infections throughout grade school.
Appendicitis in college.
H1N1 when Caderyn was only 7 months old.
Pleurisy just two months ago.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, I have MRSA.

What started out as a zit on Friday morphed into an evil monster that made the left side of my lip and part of my face swell up five times their regular size. It throbbed, a lot. So I went to the doctor, thinking they would just look at it, laugh and pop it.
Not what happened.
Doctor took one look and put on gloves, did a test and then told me I had MRSA. Delightful huh!
He said, more than likely it was brought on by some bacteria from the college environment I work in. Those college kids are dirrrty :)
So now I'm on intense antibiotics that make me sick and I have to take them all and they are huge.
And last night was intense because I was so sick and in so much pain.
I can't snuggle my son, I can't love on him and it makes this gal super sad.
Jeffy took great care of me last night and made sure I had ice and was warm and took my pills in the middle of the night. That guy. :) We did take some pictures of my face thinking it would be funny to post about my monster zit. I haven't had the time or energy to download them yet, but if I get around to it today I will and you can all see just how seriously swollen my face was.

Loves from a sickie!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's In a Name

This article from Circle of Moms was sent my way recently.
It' gives details that one in five parents end up disliking the name they chose for their child "because it was too unusual or because they'd discovered a more fitting one too late."

I've been thinking about this a little.

You know, when I was younger I used to write name upon name of possibilities for what I would call my future children.
I loved names like Dimitri and Aurora and Egypt. I think I even wrote down the name Moon for a girl.

When I was in high school, I stumbled across the name that is now my son's, wrote it down in a journal and kept that journal close. I still have that journal and this is exactly what I have written:

Name: Caderyn. (Kay-der-in OR kah-der-in)
Gender: Boy
Origin: Welsh

Meaning: Battle Ruler

From the way it sounded when I pronounced it, to its origin and meaning I was in love with this name.
Of course, I never told Jeff this name. Until I was pregnant.
When it came time to choose a name, we talked about it quite a bit.
Jeff kept rolling off names like Alaric-- after one of his favorite historical figures-- or Rolland and Duplane, both are family names.
We played with more common names like Jeffrey Craig, Gabriel Craig (which is our next name to use if we have another boy in the future) and Benjamin James.
Middle names are just as important for me as the first name. Both need to be strong, sound good and have meaning.
When we went in for our second ultrasound to discover what we were having, we had four names picked out. Two for a boy and two for a girl. Middle names included.
The second we found out Caderyn was a boy and saw how much he'd developed since we'd last seen him at week 8 he was nothing else to me but a Caderyn James.
James is after my Daddy-o, Jim and I guess my brother too, 'cause he's Taylor James.
When I look at my son, day in and out, I see and love only Caderyn. I could never think of calling him anything else.
Jeff, at first, struggled a bit with the name. He really wanted it to have historical reference. But, once he discovered the meaning it was a done deal. You wouldn't see a prouder papa when he tells people what the name means.

I love my sons name. I will never regret that decision and I want him to grow up proud to have that name.
Jeff and I already have two other names picked out for our next children. We have a boy name (which you already know-oh dear!) and a girl name. I might do a little more name digging if we get pregnant again to play with some other options, but for now I am so happy with the names we have chosen and will possibly one day share with you all.
Of course, it is the child who makes the name.
So parents, I guess my advice (if you call it that) is to name your children wisely. I mean, they have to live with it the rest of their lives. I don't think they would appreciate being called Armchair Douglas and then have to try and convince people its French and sounds like "Amchare."
Make their names strong. Make their names meaningful. Don't regret it for a second.

P.S. Of all my friends and family that have had babies recently I have discovered I love each and every name they have chosen. I don't think I could look at any of their kiddos and call them anything else but the name they were given. So, GOOD JOB FRIENDS! :0)

We can't forget about Lucy the Goose! Her name is perfect for her too, in each and every way! She also has a lot of nicknames: The Goose, Lucious, Goose Goose, Luc, Woosey (Caderyn), Princess Puppykins, Stinkbutt etc.

Today I Love...

Living in a state with four seasons:



Yes. That's me cliff jumping. Whee!

How lucky am I?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Um hello...

Cute dress huh?!
This is the dress I'm wearing to my sister-in-law's wedding in July.
Oh yeah. I'd best be lookin' fly, yo.
I've been doing lots of push ups each and every day.

Got this from The Limited

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I need to dance...soon...or I will go crazy

Seriously. It has become so desperate a matter that I am going to post some of my favorite photos of dancing.

Just a few of my faves. Now lets dance people! Call me and plan something quickly!

Hooked on Reading Worked for Me!

About a month ago, I posted my summer reading list

Here are some of the books I had on there:

1. Dead Reckoning
2. Forever
3. Jane Eyre
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest
5. A Reliable Wife
6. To The End of the Land
7. Bird Cloud

Since I posted this, I have read these books (note: some of these might not be on the list)
1. Dead Reckoning
2. Water for Elephants
3. Can You Keep A Secret (twice- I really thought this was cute)

I am currently reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
I get paid next week, so I am going to splurge and buy myself To The End of the Land and Bird Cloud.
I'm going to use the library for Jane Eyre.
I've also added Diana Gabaldon's Drums of Autumn and maybe The Fiery Cross (if I can get that far)
Oh and I bought Clan of the Cave Bear at a garage sale for .25 so I figured I would read that one too.
So much reading. I love it!
I'm still open to suggestions.
One of my favorite moms to follow recommended Still Alice. I looked into it a little bit. I would probably recommend this book to lots of other people- it sounds wonderful. However, Alzheimer's is a touchy subject with my husband whose grandmother passed away from it and he doesn't even like to talk about it.

I really want to read The Gossip Girl series...maybe...but I don't want to dumb myself down...and I'm pretty sure that's what I'd be doing.
Did I ever tell you I have a secret (not so secret now) addiction to that blasted show? I love it. Lord help me.

Now, if anyone is ever interested in the TOP FIVE books Sarah highly recommends you read before you read anything else ever again, here you go:

5. The Grapes of Wrath. The story is brilliant and the symbolism is beautiful.
4. Catch-22. Funny, compelling, sad, quirky. Just like the aforementioned, the story is brilliant and the symbolism is beautiful.
3. The Princess Bride. I've read this probably a million times and I still laugh out loud.
2. The Book Thief. Laughing out loud one minute and crying the next this story was so beautifully written and inspiring. This is actually where my blog title comes from!
1. Gone With the Wind. *Le sigh* Rhett Butler has touched my heart forever. I read this every summer. No matter what and I adore every detail, every snitty Scarlet comment and every page of this gorgeous book.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Living in the Real World: Montana

You see. Not every family picture turns out hunky dory.

I have been reading lots of different blogs lately from lots of different sites. And by lots of blogs, I mean LOTS of blogs. Some of them I really like. Some of them I don't. Some make me laugh. Others make me roll my eyes.
I started blogging as a way to keep in touch with family and friends who wanted to know what we were up to. I also started blogging to feed my never ending journalist's desire to write about....something...anything.
This obviously helps, although, it is taking precious time away from that book I told myself I'd write but still haven't started yet...that's a whole 'nother story.

Something that keeps bugging me when I read the majority of these blogs is the happiness.
I find it hard to believe that so many of these blogs can express so much happiness in marriage, parenting, life in general and material goods all in one complete package.


Don't get all huffy on me. Maybe some of these people really ARE that happy in everything and well off enough to buy whatever they want and jet away on a vacation whenever they feel like it and afford to stay at home and not work. Maybe each and every day is a big confetti covered smile for them. AGAIN- DON'T GET ALL HUFFY ON ME JUST KEEP READING.

But what about the reality- the truth?
There is a lot of happiness in my life. I'm happy in my marriage and my family, I'm happy I have a job-- though most days I would prefer not to have one and just stay at home and bake cookies all day (seriously, that's all I would do).
I'm pretty happy with my life.
But, it is by no means perfect.

Jeff and I fight. There are days, like last Thursday, when all I could do was nitpick at Jeff and complain about how I felt I did everything around the house. Then, I bossed him around until the house was clean and neither of us wanted to talk to each other again until bed time. Then, remember that time when Jeff was gone for three months for his basic training with the military? Yeah, that was super hard on this gal. Most days I was able to stay pretty positive and keep on trucking through each and every day (I had a lot of wonderful help from family and friends), but there were some days when I was overwhelmed with feelings of resentment and loneliness.

I love being a mommy, but sometimes I wonder if I'm cut out for raising more kids. I look at myself now and see how much of the old me I've given up to take on this new role of "mom." It's wonderful and I love Mr. Little Man to death- my heart beats for him. But there are times when I can't help but wish for the days when my life was run by me and I had all day to do whatever I wanted. There are also the days when nothing I do seems to make my child happy and then I seriously begin to doubt my credentials as a mother. Those days when my patience is short, the tears flow heavily and I worry about emotionally scarring my child by telling him "No" or turning on the television so I can have some time to collect my thoughts and regroup.

My husband and I don't own our own house- yet. Some days it feels like we never will. We have been saving since we were married and there's still no relief in sight. Our savings for a house does keep growing little by little, but so do the prices on houses in the town we live. Why would anyone pay $250,000 for a 3 bedroom 1 bath house??? Seems a bit ri-donk-ulous.

We live on a budget and sometimes we bust that budget to kingdom come. Each month we carefully construct a budget for the next month determining where our monies will go. What goes into house/Christmas/ vacation/ college savings and what we need for groceries and bills.

We also can't buy anything we want at the drop of a hat. I rarely shop online and I do occasionally buy myself some new clothes every once in a while, but it's usually for work. I go to garage sales and consignment stores for Little Man's wardrobe and I think its amazing! This past weekend I visited my favorite consignment store Once Upon A Child in Great Falls and got 5 shirts, one pair of shorts and three pairs of jammies (all 3T- the size we'll probably be in by fall) and a bag of trucks for the "potty jar" (more on that later) for $39. Each and every one of these pieces of clothing was from a name brand store- Gymboree, Old Navy, Gap or Carter's and most of them still had their tags on. I think that's a pretty good deal! I also went garage sailing with my father-in-law and got Caderyn two new shirts and a book for .75. YEAH!

We don't go out to eat all that much and I don't take pictures of my food (usually because I eat it before I even think about taking a picture). I have my favorites-- like cupcakes--that I write about occasionally.
I do bake desserts from time to time and I might have taken one or two pictures and posted them online, but that's because they were something I'd never tried before.

I don't have sponsors and I don't get free stuff.

I don't craft and most of my home furniture is second hand.

I don't have a fancy camera and I don't shop in vintage stores.

But that's okay.
There are thousands of other gals/mothers out there in the same boat as me.
Not every day is a smile. Not every day is a breeze.
But we're real and that's all that matters.
Go us!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fleet Foxes Take 2

Again, one of the best concerts I've ever been too...I might be singing along with the song.
Don't judge! So was everyone else.

Um hello...

As my hubster and I have gotten more and more of a handle on this parenting thing ("Hah! Just wait until next week!" you say with an eye roll), we have come to the conclusion that buying clothes for Caderyn new just doesn't fit the budget.
Sure, Carter's has the best jammies around for kiddos, but I'm not willing to pay $20 a pair. No sir-ree. Not when said kiddo, aka Caderyn, only wears them for four or five months before growing out of them. That kid, I tell ya! He's gonna be a tall heart breaker.
So I have found it to be quite fun going to garage sales or consignment stores throughout Montana and finding our needs. Now, I do buy socks brand new and we usually will buy one or two new pairs of shoes for him a year. However, I just recently picked up a cute pair of Carter's brown shoes and some Teva sandals for Caderyn at my favorite Montana consignment store: Once Upon A Child (Great Falls) and paid $12 for both pairs and I still look at them and think they're brand new.
But, I found this super cute outfit on Old Navy's website and I couldn't help but daydream over how handsome Mr. Caderyn would look.

 Totally cute right!!!!!!!????? I imagine him wearing this while lounging in the Hamptons with a sippy cup of milk. He'd watch some polo matches (cause the stuck up rich people do that, right?), make some ladies swoon and then go home and read Chaucer.
AH! I'm totally in love with my son.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

From the mouths of babes...

Not hot chicks you sillies- babies!
This morning I had to run Caderyn to the doctor's office to check out his ears. We weren't sure if he had an ear infection or just really bad allergies. Turns out it was just allergies.

As I was unloading Mr. Man from the Subaru, he started talking really fast.
"MommywearegoingtoseetheFECES!" He said without taking a breath.
I looked at him for a second thinking, "Did he really just say feces?"
I smiled.
"MommywearegoingtoseetheFECES!!!!" He said louder adding a cute little chortle.
"What buddy?" I said, trying not to laugh.
And then--BOOM. It hit me. Our doctor's office has a giant fish tank and Caderyn loves looking at the FISHIES.
Sheesh Sarah. Get your mind out of the gutter. But it sure sounded like he said feces.
If he had been saying that word that is another word for poop, I would totally have blamed it on Jeff.
Anything poop related is his fault.
Love you Jeffy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This Guy...

  • Is currently two-years and two-months-old. Journalism friends, help me out on this, are those hyphens correct? I can't remember.
  • Talks and babbles so fast it makes my head spin.
  • Can speak in complete sentences when he wants to. Example from this morning: "Mommy, where is my milk?"
  • Has the best belly laugh e-v-e-r.
  • Is very sweet and loving but also whiny and a stinkerton.
  • Loves to read.
  • Loves movies- we try very hard to limit them.
  • Loves family and friends.
  • Still tickles his face with his Pooh Bear blanket if he is upset or tired. He also tickles our faces when he thinks we need it.
  • Loves fruit with a passion.
  • Hates vegetables and will only eat them if they are in the baby food form. Is this weird? I have no idea.
  • Loves to dance. Dancing for him means jumping and jumping until he can jump no more.
  • Really tries to work Jeff and I over at bed time by putting on a sad face and a tiny little voice that says, "Snuggle with you?" It melts us, but we've been trying to be really firm on the bedtime.
  • Is very aware of the owies he gets. He has a cut on his toe that I put a Band Aid on. He wobbles around like a gimp if we don't put socks over his feet so he doesn't see the owie. It's hilarious.
  • Is very sensitive. He gets upset at sad parts in stories.
  • Has now mastered the art of the "cheesy" smile when in front of a camera
  • Is a run-aholic. Jeff and I are considering entering him in the 1-mile of the Governor's Cup.
  • Is never without at least two trucks/planes/trains in his hands.

F-F-FLEET Foxes Take 1

I have so many of these I'm just going to start posting them. They are short but beautiful!
And, yes, you can hear me "Whooooo"-ing through most of the video.

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Confession and a Dream

I have a confession to make.
When my child blows a Number Two through his drawers, also known as poop, I will generally assess just how bad the blow out was and than more than likely throw the pants away. I mean seriously. I'm not going to hover over the toilet and scrape poop off pants. If it is bad enough that I would have to remove more than one layer of poop, I throw the pants away. End of story.
Some people out there might call this wasteful. I call it necessary. Thank you.

And now on to my dreams-
One day I would
1. Like a house with: a. at least four bedrooms b. at least two bathrooms c. a large kitchen with an island
2. Like to own a minivan. No suburban for this Family of W's!
3. Like to work part time so I can actually do those fun crafts and play groups that I always dream about doing
4. Maybe have surgery on my tummy so I could wear a bathing suit again. These are just dreams- it may never be a reality

To name a few.

Mother's Day Recap EXTRAVAGANZA!

So- I have a lot of video and pictures from Mother's Day to post.
To start- here is a short video of The Cave Singers.
They opened for the Fleet Foxes. They were pretty good. If you like what you hear check them out.
My camera can only capture short increments, so its not the full song.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Recap: May AZ Trip 2011

Just me, myself and I went on this quick trip.
Day One: Saturday
My mom and I hiked, had a delicious cupcake, shopped and then went to a First Communion Party.
Rating for the Day: 11 out of 10 cupcakes.

Hiking like champions 

Pure and utter BLISS! 
So many to choose from... 
The box of chosen cupcakes 
Um. YUM. A marshmallow chocolate cupcake and a black and white.  
My tastebuds just about exploded in happiness.  

Playing in the bouncer with the kids at the First Communion party. These things a fun! Do they make them for adults? 
This is probably the first time I've worn shorts in two years. No joke. I bruise really easily as you can see my the huge bruise on my leg.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Snow in May...and then it was gone.

Seriously. This is what it did the week before I went to Arizona. Crazy I tell ye, CRAZY!

And then, before we could click our heels together three times trying to remind ourselves, "There's no place like home," the snow was gone and we were outside soaking up the green grass and the sunshine.

Lucy is so happy to have a yard to exercise in again. 

Caderyn is equally just as happy to be outside running around.
And mowing the lawn.  

Gotta love Montana.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Coming Soon...

Details, pictures AND video of my trip.
But, to keep you in suspense. Here is a picture of my parents and I with my cousin. He's the guitar player. He rocks. But you already knew that!

They were also streamed live on NPR's website (I love me some NPR in the morning). Pleaes, do me a favor and check out their songs and, if you like them, download them. They are SO amazing! And, if you're anywhere near where they will be performing you should seriously go and see them. If you listen to their music, they sound exactly like they do on their album. It's the most beautiful and pure example of music I've heard in a long time.

Friday, May 6, 2011

So Long Friends!

Me, myself and I are packing up and heading to Phoenix for some Mom and Dad time, plus a Fleet Foxes Concert.

I'm going to miss my boys.
I'm not going to miss work- AT ALL.
I'm kind of going to miss the spring transition that's taking place in Montana right now. Phoenix is like a bazillion degrees.

Here's to sweating behind the knees!

Jumping for joy at the prospect of vacation!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fleet Foxes

Attention EVERYONE!
My cousin's band just released their newest album to the public and it is AMAZING!
Such soothing, moving music. I love it.
P.S. Did I mention I get to see them live on SUNDAY.
And I'm excited.
Which one is my cousin? Well, he's the cool one!
For privacy reasons I'll not tell you. But if you realllllly want to know, just ask me and I might tell ya.

The Race of Infinity (Translated: The Race of Forever)

On Tuesday, I completed yet another class toward the (what feels like) endless pursuit of my Elementary Education degree.
Yesterday I took my Child Psychology final and then my friend Tina and I went to Big Dipper after to celebrate.
Now that this whirlwind semester is over, I took a minute to observe (and perhaps grumble) at the never ending list of classes I still have to take (in comparison to what I have already done).

Currently, I have 59 credits completed out of 122 needed to obtain a full Elementary Education degree. Yikers.
I mean, technically, I guess that means I'm halfway there. So...great?
But now I'm looking at all of the classes left I have to take and my heart is beating super fast.
Here's what I HAVE TAKEN:
1. LAS 101/ Alpha Seminar 3CR (transferred from my first college, The University of Montana GO GRIZ)
2. ENWR 102 College Composition  3CR (UM)
3. CO 101 Basic Communication  3CR (UM)
4. History 4CR (UM)- I was at one point going to minor in history.
5. Literature  3CR (UM)
6. Mathematics  3CR (UM)
7. Nat. Science/ Lab  3CR (UM)
8. Philosophy 3CR (UM) I still have 3 more to obtain
9. Social Science 6CR (UM)
10. Theology 3CR (Carroll College)
11. Global Diversity 5CR (UM- I took French)
12.National Diversity 3CR (UM)
13. Foundations of Education 3CR (Carroll College)
14. Children's Literature 3CR (Carroll College)
15. Child Psychology 3CR (Carroll College)
16. World Culture Course 3CR (UM)
17. US History Course 4CR (UM)

Count 'em up: That's 59 completed.

There are still 24 classes I need to take PLUS the semester of student teaching.
Will I ever get this degree???

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tyra Banks Can't Handle This Fierce-ness

I remember when I loved watching America's Next Top Model.
Especially when they had the marathon's around Christmas. They had like season after season non stop for 5 days. And, usually, I would watch it, season after season for 5 days.

Now I no longer watch it. It's become a bit too...overdone for my taste.
But that doesn't mean I've stopped pretending I could be a model.
Thanks to my friend Lisa Kunkel, my modeling career is just beginning.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Finally. This guy is dead. Good riddance.