Sunday, October 31, 2010

Inaugural Trick-or-Treating Verdict


First hit


shrieking with excitement
(mostly because he saw Boppy, but still)

The costume
(Steve Martin - 1978)

Next stop - Kevin Ogle's house, of course
(also, a Steve Martin fan)

Busting open some chocolate on the way to the next party.

Our adult theme for the annual Stansberry Halloween Party was 'Something You are Scared Of: Nothing Stupid or Cliche'
(I may have added the tag)

Lucas went as a one-day expired product, and I went as someone having multiples. (No offense to anyone, but that terrifies me.)

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Poor Thing

The first (and possibly last if I don't remember to do this again) preggo picture with baby #2.

15 weeks

Monday, October 18, 2010

Advice Needed

So, I am trying to decide if I should try to move Henson to a big bed before baby #2 arrives in April.
I was thinking that if I DID do this I would try around February to give him a couple months to get used to it.
BUT, I don't want to push it too soon. I know it takes certain cognitive development for this transition, but I think by then he could be ready.
Thoughts from people with experience would be appreciated.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Just what I was looking for to go bankrupt for beauty.

Walmart sells this TOWEL HOLDER for a mere $1680. Not $16.80, but $1,680.
This thing better wash, dry, and style my hair everyday, clean the bathroom everyday, and get out of the bathroom to cook me dinner every night.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to my wonderful mother! I have always admired her so much. She is faithful, wise, fun-loving, funny, caring, compassionate, discerning, adventurous, a great listener, smart, and a great friend, too.

Love you, mom!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Can someone get me a paper bag??

Yesterday he turned 18 months. Which means I have just over 6 months for the next one to get here.

Tomorrow he will be two. Which means I will be only one week away from NUMBER TWO in the house.

I need Sam's Club quantity of paper bags here ASAP.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


I am sure every mother has felt the guilt. The pressure. The embarrassment. You know what I'm talking about. The "I'm not as good of a mom because I don't _________.", or "So and so says I should or shouldn't do it this way, and that's the only way because their grandmother's grandmother said so." Blah, blah.

I have read a few blogs lately that have talked about some of this in one form or another. There is always something we can be doing better. Or something that we should be doing for our child that we are not, therefore they will turn out as heathens.

Especially as a first time mother (who only has 18 months of experience), I think you feel more pressure because you want to do everything 'just right'. But, now that I've had a teeny bit of parenting under my belt, and getting ready for the second go round, I have found that keeping the important things FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY in perspective goes a long way.

ANYWAY...... I had one of those days yesterday that I was feeling pretty down about my mothering. Mostly because I was not on my 'A' game - instead plopped on the couch feeling physically horrible with a bad cold while my poor toddler was trying to entertain me enough to come play with him.
Just when I thought I was doing a terrible job, was never going to get this time back so I better teach him his alphabet, numbers, and some Greek before his life went to the gutter... he saw a bag of MY trash sitting on the end table, picked it up and took it to the trash.
It was something that small that seemed so big to me at the moment thinking "I am teaching him to be thoughtful and responsible after all!" Yay me! I'm going to go nap now! (ok, not really that last part).

Or a very humbling time at the dinner table when your 17 month old is the one who reminds you and your husband that it's time to pray by taking your hands and bowing his head.

Redemption that keeps the important things in perspective.