Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I had a case of the Mondays (Day 22)

There has been an upswing in the amount of baby vomit in this house lately. This makes doing 30 for 30 difficult. On Monday, before I had even done my make-up and decided whether or not my new (gifted!) hat was going to be part of my outfit (it never made it) I had been drooled and spit up on. Twice. But for the record, I was wearing my blue v-neck (Loft) and my jeans. I had my chunky blue necklace on and was debating on the hat.

Around noon, the baby began having a meltdown. Seriously. He would scream his head off if I so much as set him down for a millisecond. If I even sat down while holding him, he would yell and cry. He liked looking at the Christmas tree lights, but I couldn't set him down even while looking at them. hen

At the same time, Fuss decided it was time to get serious about this potty training thing and needed help with that. And when I couldn't drop everything to help her the exact second she demanded it, she had a melt down too!

I FINALLY got the baby settled and put him down for a nap. Then Fuss wanted to snuggle and watch TV before her naptime. I had a horrible headache, but she and I made it through her show and she went to bed fairly easily. I did some dishes (my kitchen over flows), fed the baby and put him back down (he didn't seem to want to be awake) and then attempted to lay down myself. I hadn't been down for long when Little Man stirred and fussed, but I was able to quiet him quickly by replacing his paci. He woke up after an hour, though, ready to eat again (early) and still very fussy.

I was worried he was having an ear problem since he wanted to be straight up, not angled at all and if I laid him down, he'd scream so much!

Fuss got up a little later and repeatedly went to the potty successfully all afternoon long! We're still using pull-ups because she isn't 100% yet (most of her pull-ups were soiled somehow even with her frequent trips to the potty, but that's okay! She's doing SO much better!)

My husband had a softball game at 8:30. Often, I will take the kids to his games, even when they are that late (they rotate times) but as stressed as I was (and I didn't think my MIL would be coming to help corral Fuss) I didn't think I could handle it. But my husband knew I needed to get out of the house, so he called his mom and convinced her to come and help me out and we went. (This puts Fuss to bed late, but then she sleeps in the next morning, so it works well, usually.) It was fun - he won and both Fuss and Little Man were much happier and much more tired out by the time we got home.

I was tired. I fed the baby (who wanted to eat and eat and EAT) and went to bed. He was wide awake, so my husband stayed up with him until he could get him to sleep (thanks, hun!) and we all had a good night's sleep.

10 on Tuesday

1. Where are you from? Have you lived there your whole life?
Tampa Bay area in Florida. I have literally lived within 20 miles of the hospital I was born in for my entire life. I did spend 1 year away at school, but "home" was still back at my parents' house. I moved into the house I grew up in when I was 3 months old and moved out the day I got married.

2. How would you classify your clothing style?
Classic preppy with a little bit of artsy. At least that is my preferred style. Of late, however, it's been more of a SAHM Grunge.

3. What kind of car do you drive?
Chrysler Town and Country. I'm a mini van mom and I LOVE it.

4. What would your dream home look like if you could have it (or already do!)?
It would have a porch and gables and an upstairs and more than 1 bathroom.

5. Do you have kids, and if so, how many and how old were you when you had them?
I have 2 children and I was 27 1/2 (within 2 days) when I had the first and barely 30 when I had the second. (9 days after my 30th birthday)

6. What is your favorite hobby?

7. Are you going to have any New Year’s resolutions for 2011?
To get organized. My living room is still disheveled, my dining room is still a catch-all (though it was clean for the holiday)

8. What is something, if anything, that you’d want to change about yourself?
I've been much too quick to anger lately, I want to change that.

9. What is something that you love about yourself?
My friendliness/sociability.

10. Pick one of the following: Someone to cook for you, someone to do your laundry, or someone to do your dishes.
Dishes, definitely. Sometimes I like to cook, I don't mind doing laundry at all, but I HATE doing dishes. I love the look of a clean kitchen, but I hate doing dishes.

For more 10 on Tues, visit Chelsea here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 21 and 2 kids at Christmas

Awhile back, I wrote a post about my daughter being cooler than me because she pulled off a somewhat trendy look of wearing cute shorts with a long sleeved t-shirt and I didn't think I could do the same. Today, I tried.

I wore my long-sleeved green scoopneck tee (Loft) with my denim shorts. I didn't leave the house all day, so I didn't bother with shoes. I don't even think I put make up on. Most of the day I wore my hair in a claw clip and when it dried it was nice and curly. (Picture to come - having trouble getting it off my camera.)

We decorated for Christmas (Fuss was thrilled!) and did stuff (like the mountain of laundry) around the house. We're having the "what do we do about a stocking for the baby?" discussion (currently, the plan is to let him use the tiny stocking we already had just because it had a moose on it and to buy 4 matching/coordinating stockings at the after Christmas sales for our current and future children to use - this may change, but it seems logical. Ultimately, I want to have matching/coordinating stockings for all of our children but I don't want to wait until we have reached our final child to purchase said stockings, so that they have them all along) and I worked on researching what Christmas presents we were going to get for the kids.

My mom got Fuss a play kitchen she found for a bargain online and a table and chairs for her room. I had been thinking about doing the table and chairs, but mom got such a bargain on the kitchen that she wanted to do the table, too. My husband did some research on the electronic devices for pre-school aged children and I talked to my mom friends. We're getting her the iXL by Fischer Price (I LOVE Fischer Price. I had a tape player when I was a kid - my mom got it for me when I was about 4 - and it STILL plays. Not that I have many tapes to play these days, but... and I seriously beat it up, too and worked beautifully.) She's also getting a tea set, Beauty and the Beast on DVD, some clothes, and a few other things. I'm looking forward to getting her some sparkly kid-friendly jewelry to play with, since she LOVES my jewelry and has been enjoying the few pieces she already has. She'll get coloring books and such, as well. I also found this Strawberry Shortcake set really cheap, so I think I'm going to get her that, too. She knows the Strawberry Shortcake ("Strawberry Cake" she calls her) icon, but doesn't have any toys or movies.

(Interruption: We are watching Disney's animal kingdom version of Robin Hood and Fuss called Sir Hiss "Kiss" I corrected her and she informed me that his sister calls him "Kiss." Who knew?)

The baby is a little harder. I want to get him a couple of somethings - small, of course, since he has no clue what's going on - specifically because the next major gift-giving holiday is going to be 9 months away. I found some nesting/stacking blocks I like, a teething play pack and I'm debating this water-filled tummy time play mat. He's also getting a few new clothes and a big box of diapers!

My own needs/wants are few. My mom keeps asking me what I want for Christmas - I think it's obvious that I've reached adulthood, since I can only think of a few small things I'd like to have, but none of which are that important. I have my beautiful, healthy, happy family. I just got a new room added to my house! I am really quite content! But my mom likes to go all out for Christmas so...

I have a couple of ideas for my husband, but they are HUGE gifts and his 30th birthday is right around the corner, so I can't go too crazy, since I'll want to do something big for his birthday, too. Plus, I want to get him something from the kids, too. And he reads this blog periodically, so I can't discuss them here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 17, 18, 19, 20: to Disney and Back Again

On Tuesday, we left for Orlando w/ my SIL (LB), her husband and 2 daughters and my MIL. (MIL drove with me.) We met my SIL J over there, as she had been in Orlando on Monday and Tuesday for a conference. LP and my husband came over later once my husband got off work at 7PM.

Dinner was horrible - we went to an expensive, unimpressive Mexican restaurant at Downtown Disney and both 2 year olds caused problems while we were there. My niece used the potty when we first got there and then Fuss got jealous, so she demanded to use the potty, too. Only she didn't really have to go. So she and I spent 15 minutes with her sitting on the potty in the bathroom while our food arrived and got cold and she wouldn't willingly get off the pot. I was really putting forth an effort to keep my cool, so I finally had to scoop her up and remove her physically from the seat, put her diaper back on and distract her with hand washing. (She loves washing her hands.)

That day, I wore casual clothes, since we were primarily preparing for and traveling to our destination. My black v-neck shirt, denim shorts and Birks.

Wednesday was THE day. I dressed in my seafoam green t-shirt (Motherhood - yes, it's a maternity shirt, but it's long and I knew I'd be spending the bulk of the day with my Moby wrap on and that the longer shirt would be helpful) and my jeans. I admit a small cheat - I wore my sneakers, which were not part of my 30 (I hate them, but for all-day walking, that's really all I've got) but they weren't part of a fashion statement - they were all functional. The kids were dressed in their Mickey Mouse t-shirts and they were adorable. More on our experience in a different post.

I took Thursday off from 30 for 30. I somehow hadn't packed any more tops that were in my 30.

On Friday, though, I wore my jeans w/ a black sweater with white collar and cuffs and my boots for our family pictures. (All the pictures are on the photographer's camera) I was melting by the time we got home, (it was SUPPOSED to be a cooler day - someone forgot to tell the weather) so I changed into my bright green v-neck (Loft) until the baby spit up on me. I honestly don't remember what I wore after that.

Saturday, I was looking forward to a low-key day with my family - some shopping, some errands, lunch out... but I dressed up anyhow. I wore my jeans with my periwinkle blue sleeveless shirt with a sequined neckline and my blue corduroy blazer. It looked great. I wore my black heels and my sapphire pendant necklace.

I went shopping on Saturday out of necessity. I was down to 1 nursing bra, so I had to go to the mall and visit Motherhood. Other than the 2 bras, I behaved myself.

It's been a crazy week. I am going to be sad to see my husband return to work tomorrow, but I think other than that, I am glad it is over.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 16

I got 4 hours of sleep Sunday night, so my outfit really showed that. But I stuck to my 30! (Until the baby threw up on me, anyhow!) My brown t-shirt can be dressed up or down and today it was really dressed down! Brown t-shirt (Target), denim shorts (Motherhood - at least 8 years old, as they were my BFF's first) and Birks. The only time I left the house was to run to Starbucks to get a (much needed) Caramel Brulee Latte and wish my SIL a Happy Birthday (she works at Starbucks and this year got a visit from all 3 nieces and her nephew while at work).

No pictures. Nobody wants to see the bags under my eyes. Here's hoping Monday night is better...

10 on Tuesday: Holiday edition

1. What are your plans for the holidays? Do you travel at Thanksgiving? If you celebrate Christmas, do you travel then, too?
This year, we did a traditional turkey dinner on Sunday before Thanksgiving because we will be driving home from Disney on Thanksgiving day and didn't want to have to worry about the Turkey situation. We will be having a "low country boil" for dinner on Thursday evening to have an easy family gathering. We gave up traveling for Christmas when Fuss was born.

2. How do you make the plans for the holiday? If you have a significant other, how do you decide which family to visit?
We try and alternate sides of the family or just host everyone ourselves.

3. Do you have your Thanksgiving meal at lunch or later in the day?
I preferred somewhere about 2pm, but this year that was the heart of nap time, so we moved it back to accommodate the toddlers.

4. Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
Just being together. I love the food, the decorations, the family time.

5. After a big meal do you lounge around or get up and take a walk?
Lounge. We used to play games, but that kind of fell away with the arrival of little kids, too.

6. Do you shop on “Black Friday” or do you avoid it?
Depends on the year. I have gone in the past, but haven't the last few years. I want to this year, but I need a better plan.

7. When do you usually finish your Christmas shopping?
The week of Christmas. But that's the last minute stuff - stocking stuffers, last minute RSVPers, etc.

8. Do you and your significant other exchange gifts? Is there a budget?
Yes and yes, but I always go over the budget a little and the amount changes from year to year.

9. When do you decorate for the holidays?
We'll be doing Christmas decorating this weekend. I'm psyched. I think Fuss is really going to get into it this year.

10. Do you go “all out” with the decor or do you keep it simple?
Mostly simple - but we've had bigger years and smaller years. I'm collecting a winter village (after Christmas sales) so it's getting bigger...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 15

Sunday's outfit happened by accident. We were hosting Thanksgiving at our house for our immediate families (those we have lived with at our childhood primary residences and their current significant others and offspring). Basically, the only one we were missing was Gigi (my Gramma). I had lofty goals of looking nice and polished and they were screwed up by the discovery of an unknown huge wet spot found on my jeans when they were discovered on the floor of the bathroom. Since we're having potty wars around here (ie. Fuss is putting forth some potty training efforts - finally) I didn't risk it and had to hurredly wash my jeans. Unfortuantely, I never finished drying them until the day was over - laundry got started, but they never made it the dryer while I was dealing w/ all the preparation and celebrations.

I wore my short-sleeved collared green knit shirt w/ that shiny green crystal necklace I love so much and my jean shorts. All were pieces from my 30, so I figure it counts, but the combination of dressy on top and shorts (and maternity shorts at that!) was not exactly in the plan. But no pictures - we ran out of time.

Fuss is working on her potty skills and we're giving Cookie Monster hand stamps as rewards. So far so good. We're talking one or 2 times a day, but I'll take that over the extreme resistance we've been having lately.

Count down to Disney - one more day! We leave tomorrow and we'll spend a little time at Downtown Disney on Tuesday before spending the day in the park on Wednesday. I'm a little frustrated, since I don't think my SIL is willing to push back bed time on the night we are there so that we can stay for the fireworks and such. I may simply suggest that they take their girls back to the hotel and we'll see them later, since I know Caro can stay up for them and would enjoy them a lot. Plus, you spend so much on tickets and such that I kinda want to make the most of it and spend all the time we can in the park.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 14 - Night Out!

Saturday, I spent the entire morning in sweats, because we were having a garage sale. We then met some friends (2 of my oldest friends - we met in Kindergarten and 1st grade, respectively) and their husbands for a triple date of a movie and dinner. (Saw Harry Potter, ate at a great new place that Cherry had a TON of gift certificates for and so no one had to pay for anything!) So I finally got to have an excuse to dress up a bit. My mom was babysitting both kids for the first time (it worked, but she had some troubles) and brought me an early Christmas present when she showed up - a new necklace that happened to go great with my outfit, so voila! a new look!

My outfit consists of those jeans that I'm sure everyone is getting sick of, my black criss-cross tank (Target) and a blue tencel over-shirt (Dress Barn, approximately 10 years ago) and my black boots (argyle knee socks underneath!). I'm wearing silver earrings (the kind I can't wear around the baby anymore since his fingers get caught in the rings and then he pulls accidentally) and my new necklace.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why I remix/ Day 13

Kendi has been having occasional "guest posts" entitled "Why I Remix" and I thought I'd try and answer that question myself.

I think my reasons are probably different from most - I'm remixing because I had gotten myself into a rut. I'm a SAHM with a two-year-old and a new born - my clothing choices (I can't even call them "fashion choices") are dictated by practicality and functionality and while I rarely (like maybe twice in the last 2 1/2 years) stay in my pajamas all day, I often throw on the same handful of pieces, simply because they are easy and available, I rarely bother with make-up, jewelry, or good looking shoes. I had given up caring about how I looked and I almost never put any effort into it. I had let my weight get out of control and I wasn't feeling attractive - or even that I could be attractive anymore.

But just before my son was born, I turned 30. And just after my son was born, my daughter saw a recent picture of me and announced that it was a picture of "Grandma" (my mother) and suddenly, I realized that I needed to stop looking so old. I needed something to put some effort back into my appearance.

There was a time when I wouldn't have been caught dead in a t-shirt and jeans. I was preppy and I liked it, but I was never sloppy, I always looked nice, always wore make-up, always did at least SOMETHING with my hair. That has changed a lot in the last several years, but I know that I don't have to look frumpy just because I am a mommy.

So I am attempting this challenge in order to kick start my journey back to caring about my appearance. To remind myself that I am a woman, that I can, in fact, be attractive (at least sometimes) and that a little effort goes a long way. And to have an "excuse" to wear some nicer clothes on days when I'm just hanging out with my kids and to remind myself to not just throw on the most comfortable, closest thing I can find.

Day 13 -
I'm wearing my favorite cardigan (I have a thing for argyle lately) by NY & Co. (last fall?) and I'm wearing my cream colored t-shirt (Coldwater Creek - more years than I can remember). My usual jeans, of course (one lesson I've learned thus far - I need more pants/jeans/bottoms that fit), my brown shoes. My jewelry is simple and classic. My oblong disc earrings and my 3 diamond pendant (my husband gave me that for my 25th birthday - our first birthday being married). This is an outfit I've only been able to wear once before - I bought the sweater just before getting pregnant and the t-shirt was too small for even my newly pregnant body. I stretched the cardigan for a short bit, but even that didn't last too long.

My pictures had to be taken inside today, seeing as my husband doesn't get home from work until well after dark these days. The painting in my pictures is my new purchase (a couple of weeks ago) and I LOVE it. I don't even know why, but I really, truly love it.

This weekend begins the craziness that is this week. We are booked with some extra event every single day until Saturday (when the only event is my SIL and her family leaving town - not much of an "event".) I am hoping to continue to post daily, but I may miss a day or two, due to family obligations.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 12 - (Pictureless)

My outfit today succumbed to an attack of salsa - and this time it wasn't even the kids' fault. But no pictures. It wasn't a great one anyway - a t-shirt and jeans w/ my Birks - and this was by design. I spent the day cleaning some more and hanging out at Tires Plus getting my oil changed and my brakes done before our trip next week. (Ironically, both my Kindle and my cell phone died while I was there. I talked to my BFF for a bit - probably part of the reason my phone died - watched some Regis and Kelly and read an old issue of People magazine - the only magazine that wasn't car or fishing related while I was there. I also had to feed the baby.)

I'm actually sort of proud of myself. I realized it was oil change time and made all my own arrangements (for a babysitter for Fuss and made an appointment) w/ no prompting from my husband! Very proud. The house is coming along, too, but it's hard sometimes! I'm trying to leave some of the tasks for later because I know that Fuss or one of us adults will just come back and mess it up, but then I look around and see all this mess and get discouraged.

The other night I was making a packing list for our Disney trip next week. 2 nights, 2 days out of town (and Fuss's first time - at least in her memory - of staying in a hotel. And she is really particular about her sleeping sometimes) and 2 kids under 3... I asked my husband if he could think of anything I had forgotten. He said no, just the usual stuff, the obvious stuff and it's just like any other trip to Orlando... and I held up the legal pad I was making the list on - the full page of things I needed to bring with us for ourselves and the kids and he said, "right, so like I was saying, it's a completely different situation this time around..."

We've never taken little kids to Disney before. In the couple of dozen times I've been to Walt Disney World, I was either the kid myself, or the youngest in our group were teenagers who could at least somewhat fend for themselves. (Back when we were the leaders of our former church's Youth Group) or it was just us/all adults. And taking a newborn... oh, how much stuff you need for a newborn!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 11 - Black and Blue

I'm feeling a little blue today. Even black and blue. Ironic, since last night I was determined to wear something other than jeans today and I've got limited choices. My khakis are at the cleaners after my unfortunately chocolate incident last week (seems weird to type "unfortunate chocolate") and that left me with my black skirt or my black dress. So, black skirt it is.

Unfortunately, that mean that I am dressing up to clean my house and make a Target run. (Much like Kendi did here.) Fortunately, that means that I am at least feeling better about myself because, well, I think I look nice. Or kind of nice. Anyhow, there was effort involved. And a definite remix here, since I never would have put this outfit together outside of this challenge.

Okay, so I'm wearing my black maxi skirt, (A peek at the label surprises me - it's from Motherhood, which means it's a maternity skirt. But it doesn't seem like one to me and I'm leaving it in my closet), my criss-cross tank from Target, a blue scarf/pashmina - origins unknown. (Truly, I have no idea where I got or the last time I wore it. I discovered it a couple of weeks ago when I was moving my winter clothes out of Fuss's new room.) I am also sporting my cobalt blue glass pendant (gifted - last Christmas. Handmade from a local artisan) and a bracelet I made myself from some pretty glass beads from the days when I was into beading big time. My shoes are the black heels. Since I'm wearing a skirt, I opted for nude-colored knee highs instead of funky printed knee socks.

I made it through Target fully "dressed", but I ended up taking the scarf and heels off while I cleaned.

Self portraits again. Who knows when my husband will be home tonight and what state my outfit will be in by that point.

I'd like to call in sick

I don't know where to start.
I am tired and frustrated and angry. None of these are positive emotions, and none of them are good when you are the primary caregiver of a 2 3/4 year old and a nearly 11 week old.

Lately, I am yelling way too much and way too often. And way too quickly. I'm reacting too quickly to my frustrations.

Worst of all, I'm yelling at my daughter and scaring both she and the baby. I hate that he is hearing all of this yelling. I hate that I am yelling at her. I hate that that is my way of handling these problems.

I used to be the manager of my dad's business. In our company, if someone didn't show up, it just meant more work for everyone else. (usually me) I used to get so frustrated when my then-boyfriend (now husband) would occasionally call in sick when he wasn't sick, just needed a day off to relieve stress/have fun or even to handle a situation. "Don't you know you are causing someone else more work?" (I'd say. In his case, he was mostly just leaving more work for himself, because that was the type of job he had then.)

But when I finally got a job that a day off just meant more work for me to catch up on when I came back, I confess, I did take a few "mental health days" by calling in sick.

I want to call in sick. I want a day off to recuperate and de-stress a bit before I have to return.

But moms don't get sick days. Even when they are truly sick. (Which, I'm not really. Truly tired, sure, but I'm not feverish or whatever) I am a mom 24/7, 365 and a quarter days of the year. That never quits. And with a nursing baby, even if I could get a babysitter, I would still have to do something mom-like (be it pump or nurse or whatever) and half the time, when I do have a couple of rare hours without one or both of the kids, I'm doing laundry, dishes, picking up the toys, etc. I want a day off and it is literally impossible to get one.

I feel like a bad mommy because at this point, my fuse is so short that I was mentally writing this post about how I hate that I'm doing all this yelling while yelling at my daughter (who had just dumped half a cup of yogurt all over herself and was happily splashing around in it - spreading it all over my dining room - while I was trying to clean her up) and I just couldn't STOP yelling. I need a break and there is none likely to come any time soon.

I've been looking forward to this coming week for months - we've been planning this trip to Disney since January/February. But in addition to the excitement and fun, it also means more stress (packing, traveling, screwed up nap and eating times, a lot of chaos) and an audience to watch how I'm handling it (my husband's entire immediate family will be along, we've turned this into a big family gathering).

I've noticed a few times lately that when I'm rushed, aggitated and stressed I start to get this really sharp headaches. Oh yippee. Now I'm getting stress headaches that show up out of the blue. I'm in the wrong line of work for that malady!

In short, I know I need to work on my attitude and the way I react to things, even very stressful situations. But I feel like I need to step back and recharge before I'm going to be capable of making a big change, too, and I have no idea when or how that might happen. Maybe I need to take up yoga or meditation or something. Or maybe I just need to pray more.

Motherhood is hard. Any mom will tell you that. It's not for the weak or those who aren't determined to work at it. I need to work harder at my attitude. I need to stop letting it control me.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

10 on Wednesday

Oops. I lost track of my days. And I posted twice yesterday as it was, so... but here they are. I even submitted a couple of these questions!

1. What is your favorite breakfast pastry?
Either a chocolate croissant or cinnamon rolls. I also like a good pumpkin muffin.

2. Were you ever in a Thanksgiving or Christmas play?
Numerous ones. Mostly, Christmas. I was even a pilgrim for a Christmas play once.

3. What is your favorite clothing accessory?
Well, I'm using a lot of scarves right now, but I'm not really in love with them. Does my jewelry count?

4. What is your favorite item of clothing?
Either my long sleeved green t-shirt or my brown argyle cardigan. Love them both and they both make me happy.

5. What is your favorite color and why?
I think I've finally moved over from green to blue on the "favorite"scale. I think I actually like certain shades of green more, but I loathe some of them too. (While all of these have their place, I prefer them in very small doses or not at all - lime green, kelly green, olive green) In general, I think most shades of blue are wonderful. And I like it because it's peaceful.

6. What is your favorite type of Christmas cookie?
Snickerdoodles. They might not be truly Christmas cookies (I've certainly seen them at other times of the year) but I only put forth the effort at Christmas time.
Also, my Gramma's gingerbird (yes, you read that right) cookies. But she stopped making them year ago. I am truly bummed by this.

7. What is your favorite scent (food, perfume/lotion)
Chocolate, cinnamon, italian (that perfect blend of garlic, cheese and spiced tomatoes)
My husband's cologne (Obsession), lemongrass lotion, Burberry Brit perfume

8. What is your favorite household cleaner?
Comet or my Lysol wipes

9. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? And what did you actually grow up to be?
A teacher. I grew up to be a mom and an office manager for an Advertising Agency and gave up the day job to be a full-time mom. I had actually given up the teacher idea long before college, though. I started college as a Journalism Major.

10. What is the last song or album you bought?
Glee soundtracks.

For more 10 on Tuesdays, see Chelsea's post from yesterday here.

Day 10 - Yee haw!

I was hoping for a Western look today - I actually had hoped to borrow a big belt buckle to really put it over the top, but that didn't work out - but I think I may have missed. It's okay, all in all the outfit wasn't a disaster or anything...

I'm wearing my jeans (of course) with my blue Loft v-neck tee. I added silver and turquoise earrings that my mom bought on our big family vacation to Colorado when I was 10. (Our only big family vacation. Usually, my mom and I would take summer vacations with my grandparents and dad would stay home. When I got older, my dad would occasionally take us for a long weekend to a short trip somewhere nearby - if the long weekend included a Monday holiday that the store was closed anyhow. He hates to miss work.) I added a huge turquoise ring that my grandfather made for my mother (that desperately needs some silver polish) which only fit my pinkie, but it was still cute. (She actually has a whole set of turquoise jewelry that my grandfather - my dad's dad - made for her. She gave me the ring eons ago, but still wears the bracelet periodically, and the chain on the necklace broke and needs to be repaired. I tossed a black belt on over my shirt and left it a little loose so it would hang a bit. I think this is the element that doesn't look quite right, but then, I'm a little unsure of this look even when the outfit comes with a belt, so I think I might have a bias against it. And of course, I had to wear my boots today, because no self-respecting cow girl would be wearing Birkenstocks or dressy heels on the range. haha. I tossed my hair into high a pony tail - not because it was easiest, but because it seemed to go with the outfit. (I'm not really much of a pony tail because I'm lazy sort of person. Honestly, my lazy hairstyle usually leans more toward pulling the sides back and clipping it with a barrette.)

I took these "part" pictures early in the day and was hoping that I'd have the opportunity to have my husband take some pictures later. Since he didn't get home until 9PM, and by then I was in my pajamas, that didn't happen. I will tell you, though, that I sacrificed for fashion - I wore my heeled boots to the mall and my feet were screaming by the time we were done. I am usually much more practical than that.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Evening Stresses

Monday night we went to my husband's softball game and then he wanted to go across the big bridge to see an old friend from high school who was in town for a conference. We went to see her the last time she was in-state at a conference in Orlando (2 hours away). I was originally going to let him go by himself, but I had kind of a crappy evening up to that point and I didn't relish going home by myself to deal w/ the kiddos for a few more hours and so I ended up going, too. She and I had been friends in high school, too, though she and my husband were closer.

(Interruption: On my way to the game, I was picking up Chili's take-out for dinner. They have a new feature where you can order online and go to the curbside pick up and pick it up, which I love because for some strange reason, I hate calling to order take out or delivery. I kinda hate talking on the phone to non-friends or family. It makes me nervous. I get there and realize that my debit card is missing - I only have the card we were using for our construction expenses, which had a current balance of about $12 on it. My order was $24, not counting tip. The guy who brought me my food and the manager were SO nice - once I explained and asked them if they could maybe take part of the order off to bring down the cost or whatever, the manager input several discounts into the system for me and brought my order down to $8 and change. She explained that they would have had to throw the food out, so they might as well give it to me and they'd rather keep my future business, so they were SO kind and gave me this huge discount and let me take all my ordered food, even though I didn't have nearly enough money on me. I thought I was going to have to go hungry, since I was going to have them take off my part of the order first and see if I could cover the remaining Fuss and husband's food with my $12. I was so relieved and grateful. But then, I got stuck in the WORST traffic and I was all agitated by the time we got to the ball field. And the entire time - through all this - my daughter just kept whining that she was hungry, that she was bored, that she wanted this or that or this other thing... I did NOT want to take her home by myself at the end of the night and have to juggle her bedtime and the baby, etc.)

So, anyhow, we went to see H and we took the kids to Coldstone to distract Fuss and give me a place to sit and nurse the baby while we talked. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see her. Fuss threw a temper tantrum in the bathroom when I tried to change her diaper, but was mostly okay. The baby was wonderful until just before we got home (he REALLY wanted to be out of his seat, and I couldn't blame him. This was usually a high-cuddle time for him. And while he did spend the entire game time and our visiting time out of his seat, he isn't that crazy about it to begin with, so the in and out of the seat was driving him crazy.) However, when he wasn't in his seat, he was incredibly smiley and kept cooing at me and "telling me stories" and it was SO cute and he is just so great at reminding me how much I love being a mom when I'm really over-the-top stressed. (He's just like his daddy that way!) I also got fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts out of the deal, so that was an added bonus.

We didn't get home until about 11 and put Fuss to bed immediately and changed and fed Little Man as soon as possible. But then he was wide awake, so Daddy Fuss had to rock him for nearly an hour to get him to sleep. It was a late night in the Family Fuss household.

(2 posts today - there is a 30 for 30 post before this one)

Day 9 Started out Fine

I won't say that this is my favorite outfit so far, but it was different and it was kinda interesting. I'm wearing a green, collared pull-over blouse from NY&Co (several years old - like 5, I think?) and my ever-present jeans. I considered wearing the sparkly green necklace from last Friday (LOVE that necklace) but thought it would be too similar to what I wore on Friday, so I went a different direction. I pulled out this hand-painted, silk scarf my grandmother gave me a million years ago. (Seriously. I think it's been in this box for more than half my life. I like it, but what does a 13 or 14 year old do w/ a silk scarf? Especially one with stick-figure people on it?) and tied it at the V so it was kind of like a necklace/kind of like trim around the neckline. It was cute. To mix it up further - and to give a nod to my childhood roots - I put my hair in a low pony tail, loosened it slightly to soften it about my face and added a scrunchie to the pony tail holder (scrunchies never stayed in my hair without help - ever) I added my heart locket and some silver, gold and green earrings and voila! A look is born.

I even went out in this outfit! I loaded up the kids and took them up to my dad's shop where we hung out w/ my dad's manager and my dad for a couple of hours. Unfortunately, I forgot to put on breast pads when I got dressed and just before I fed the baby, I noticed a mildly wet spot on my blouse. I thought I might be able to cover it up w/ the scarf, but then when I fed him, I began to leak much more profusely. I had 2 targets on my chest by the time the baby was done eating and... sigh. I'm telling you - mothers of babies are not meant for 30 for 30 challenges. I had to grab whatever shirt I could find from my pile of dry cleaning that was waiting for me (my dad owns dry cleaners - so I was actually at the cleaners when I stained my clothes) and give my blouse (dry cleaning recommended, of course) to my dad to fix, but it was too late to save it for today, as they were long done cleaning and pressing by this time. Ah well.

Mondays are always hard for pictures, so you get my crazy bits and pieces today.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 8 Monday, Sunday

I wore my 30 for 30 clothes yesterday, but the outfit was lackluster. Seeing as the furthest I ventured from my house was the grocery store and that I'd had very little sleep the night before, that I even put forth the effort was commendable. But I didn't take a picture. Does it count? I'm gonna say it does, since I stuck to the rules.

I wore my black v-neck tee (Target - this season!) and jeans and added a long necklace w/ pink clustered crystals. It was obtained from my mom's house, but this was piece of jewelry that she and I shared eons ago and I don't remember who it actually belonged to, only that I left it behind (on purpose, thinking I'd never wear it again) when I moved out. I confess that I threw on my Birkenstocks to go to the grocery store (as predicted - they were part of my 30 for 30 since I knew I would cave. But I think it's the first time I've worn them in public all week, so that's something)

I'm struggling w/ this challenge already - not because I can't come up w/ different combinations, but because they don't work with my life. I abhor tucking things in because A) I have to untuck every 2 hours to feed Little Man and B) I'm still trying to lose weight and tucking in a shirt and then taking a picture of myself makes me realize just how fat I really am right now.

We had a good day around the house, despite the rough night before and the kids not feeling 100% (Fuss had some tummy upset and a mild fever while she was out w/ her aunts the day before. I will sum all of that up by complaining that my sisters-in-law bought and gave my toddler medicine (acetaminophen) without so much as calling to ask me if that was okay. I even talked to my one SIL for a minute or 2 after Fuss had thrown up twice and was not told that that had happened. I don't know that I would have had them do any different, but I feel that I should be informed and consulted when my child shows signs of being ill while in their care. Is that too much to ask?)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day 7 - a day with my men

My 2 local SILs took Fuss for the day so I spent my day w/ my men. It was quite cool in the morning (even Daddy Fuss wore long sleeves, though I imagine that was to please me more than because he was cold) so I put on my long sleeved tan collared shirt and jeans and found a pretty necklace (also borrowed from my mom) that promoted "Courage" and "Hope" (appropriate for the week of Veterans Day, right?) and my outfit was born. We went down to the city where I used to work, had breakfast at a New Orleans-inspired cafe (beignets! Cafe Au Lait! - actually, I had a Mochachinno - delish!) and he took some pictures of me by the waterfront. These are my favorite pics so far, so yay! for nice pictures.

We came home and worked around the house - we're painting the outside of the house (and by "we" I mean my husband. I did some taping of the trim, but mostly, I sat outside with a pen and paper and we Christmas-planned while he painted. He was okay with that - just liked being together - so it was actually fun. I changed into "work clothes" for that, though, which included a paint shirt and old shorts, but I kept on my cute argyle knee socks.

I ended up talking my husband into convincing his mom to babysit Little Man and I was going to try and come up with a nicer/fancy outfit even though we were just going out the beach for sushi, but the outfit worked and it was weather appropriate, so I just stuck with it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 6 - Green and Sparkly

I had MOPs on Friday morning (I'm posting the day after I wear the outfit) so there is usually a frantic rush through my closet to find something that will be attractive on me and that I didn't wear LAST month but that doesn't look like I'm trying TOO hard because - hey, it's just a bunch of moms... (to prove my point, some moms don't bother to dress at all. One woman today was wearing velour pants (like to a jogging suit) and a completely mismatched top. I won't judge her too harshly, as she is pregnant, and I know how hard it can be to find comfortable clothes when you are pregnant, but... the outfit was awful)

But I like this outfit. Partially, this is because this is my favorite color and partially because I absolutely LOVE the necklace I'm wearing (borrowed from my mom - and she told me that I HAD to give it back. I'm bummed. It's terrific. It's this gorgeous green color and iridescent and very sparkly and while before this challenge, I never wore long necklaces, I am really into this one. I put on black heels w/ my jeans - I love that look on other people and I think it really dresses up an outfit to wear fancy shoes w/ jeans. Even though I have difficulty walking/driving in heels. (I'm not overly klutzy, but I don't feel graceful in them unless I concentrate on walking.)

(Shirt: Loft - last winter, Necklace: borrowed from mom - I believe she picked up at an antique shop)

But this >>> is my favorite picture of me today. This is the best accessory ever.

Several times today at MOPs the discussion of having a boy vs a girl came up. I was honestly able to tell everyone that while I was terrified of having a boy, I am MADLY in love with my son. He is wonderful and I can't get enough of him.

Now, excuse me please, I hear him waking from his nap and it's time to go smile at him.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 5 (Take 2)

I started out with a completely different outfit, but it got destroyed in the first hour - before I'd even had time to finish my hair and take a photo, so you get Take 2. I think my friend April might be right - SAHM aren't meant for 30 for 30 challenges. (though, at least in my case, we may need them more than most)

I ended up w/ chocolate all over my khaki pants this morning, but I WAS trying to mix it up a bit, since I know we're all sick of me in jeans. But.... alas, it wasn't meant to be.

So jeans, a brown t-shirt (Target - recently) and my brown shoes. Pretty basic, nothing special. But I added a scarf I got from my mom as a belt and went so far as to tuck in my shirt, despite the having to untuck it ever couple of hours to feed the baby. (Proof, however, that I need to lose more of the baby weight. The tucked in t-shirt makes me look huge) I changed up my jewelry a bit to an ancient (at least 50 years old) chain that used to be my Gramma's (she's still around, but has given up a lot of her unused jewelry) and some bright gold triangle earrings. I dug out my old newsboy hats (can't remember - probably Target, circa 2001?) put my hair up and tucked it into the hat. Overall, I think it's cute and I love the excuse to break out my hats again (trying to come up with a way to wear my favorite one...) and I'm trying to try new things instead of my usual SAHM uniform of a t-shirt and jeans.

I'm learning how hard it is to put effort into my appearance day after day and I'm not even a week into this. I am learning how much work my closet needs and how most of my wardrobe is really old (I have 6 pieces in my 30 for 30 that were bought in the last year. Everything else is older - dating back to 15 years older. And there is not much else in my closet that is younger.) I'm trying to be creative, but I'm running into functional roadblocks.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 4 -

I thought I was going to like this outfit more than I did. It was very cool in the morning, but predicted to get to a high of 80, so I thought layers would be ideal. This didn't end up being as functional as I had hoped.

I'm wearing my usual jeans, a black criss-cross tank top from Target (which dates back to when I was nursing Fuss, so it's a couple years old!) under a blue and black and gray print button down that I got for my birthday this year. (I believe it was from Macy's.) My black ankle boots covered my feet, which I'm not sure are ever functional (I really should have gotten lower heels on those - but my original plan was to wear them with a dress, so I thought the heels were ideal. Que sera sera.) I dug through my old collection of jewelry (interesting fact: in high school, I had a huge collection of interesting and funky earrings - they were my signature. I would go to art fairs and buy 2-3 pairs every year and I loved my artsy earrings. Now, I'm more of a classic jewelry sort of girl.) and found a celtic cross necklace w/ a blue stone (bought at Disney years ago) and some blue and black floral earrings (origin unknown - probably gifted).


Today we began Operation: De-pacify Maddie the Monkey. As I explained the situation to Fuss, she seemed amenable to the idea (not that I gave her much of a choice - I told her she could either leave Maddie in bed and only have her to sleep with or I could remove the paci during the day and she could play with Maddie outside of bed, but without the paci in her head. She chose the latter.) However, the minute I turned my back, she went and got the pacis off her dresser and stuck one on Maddie's head. I didn't catch this right away, though she was acting sneaky before she went back to her room and collected ALL the pacis on her dresser. That's when I caught her. I have since had to hide the pacis. I plan to be very strict on this - she's nearly 3 and shows no signs of giving up her pacifier, so I think a little push is in order.

I am again having daily - if not constant - headaches. I am hoping this is a sign that I am simply out of alignment and I need to visit my friendly chiropractor, Burke. Every once in awhile, these headaches come on with such frequency and strength that I wonder if I should find someone to have my head examined (literally - like a scan or something) but before I bother, they usually begin to fade away and all is well again for awhile, so I don't bother having my head looked at.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 3 - It's only me (or "Phoning it in")

Tuesday began sort of crazy with Fuss waking at 5AM to walk across the house to report that she couldn't find her monkey, dragging my husband out of bed to help her find it and him decided that since he was up, he might as well do a video work out. I was awakened half an hour later to the baby bleating from his bassinet and a thundering sound from my living room (directly outside my bedroom door) which ended up being my husband jumping around. I, too, was getting back into some exercise and the kids and I were meeting my friend Jo and her kids for a walk at the trail at the park. (this requires work out clothes, which I'm assuming don't count in the 30 for 30 since it's hardly my outfit for the day and I never stay in them long)

Fuss fussed most of the way through our 2 mile trail and my head started pounding (again - it's a daily thing these days) so by the time I came home, put on a movie for her, fed the baby and picked up a few things around the house, I was cranky, tired, and was not in the mood to put much effort into dressing. So, using my 30 for 30 pieces, I wore my "Fall in FL SAH Mom Wardrobe" of late - my Loft teal green v-neck, my jeans and my Birkenstocks. Then, I felt guilty, so I put the tiniest bit of effort into "finishing" myself - I did my hair (it's my go-to style, but it's not a ponytail!) added the locket Fuss gave me for my 30th birthday and a pair of my go-to earrings (gold and silver graduated disks) and did a little make-up. (obviously, the pictures are working again.)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

10 on Tuesday

Great questions, Chelsea!

1. Who makes your Thanksgiving dinner?
We potluck it, but my husband and I do the turkey and stuffing.

2. What is your favorite recipe that includes pumpkin? (bonus points for including the recipe)
Pumpkin Pie w/ Pecan Streussal topping - the secret is to use cinnamon flavored creamer instead of plain milk or cream. All the difference.

3. What are 5 things you want for Christmas?
A new dryer, a watch, clothes (in general, but if you really want to know, I'll give you a list of specifics!), Beauty and the Beast on DVD, a spa weekend.

4. Does your family draw names or do you buy for everyone?
My husband's sisters and he and my BIL and I have drawn names in the past, but lately we just focus on the kids - sometimes we get something small for each other, but no pressure.

5. How do you feel about motorcycles?
They kinda terrify me.

6. What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Saturday?
If there were no kids in the mix (or if my toddler would hold still) either sit in a comfy chair w/ snacks and a cold/warm drink (depending on the time of year) and read or cuddle on the couch and watch a good movie or marathon of my favorite TV show.

7. What is the coolest thing to do in your city?
The beach? I am decidedly uncool and kinda hate the beach, so I have no idea.

8. Do you paint your fingernails?
I used to. Before I had kids, I had lovely, professionally manicured nails... (sigh). Now I'm lucky if I can keep polish from chipping for more than 24 hours.

9. Who is your favorite actor over the age of 50?
Harrison Ford or Sean Connery ("he's 1000 years old and he's still sexy")

10. Do you have a high school letter jacket?
Yes, but I confess: in my high school you could letter in band and choir. My letter sure isn't from sports! (though, I have access to my husband's jacket and that one IS from sports - and from my high school!)

Check out more 10 on Tuesday here.

Day 2 - Something (Not So) New

My outfit today is again, basic "me" (this is the beginning of said challenge after all!). Those same jeans (you'll be seeing them a lot!), a black v-neck t-shirt (Target) and a tencel jacket I bought with my birthday money off of ebay a couple years ago (Coldwater Creek), along with my new black ankle boots (Kohls). I did my hair in a high bun, which I haven't been able to manage in a good long while (though I frequented this look in high school and college) and I learned from my pictures on day 1, that I desperately needed to trim my bangs, so I did. (About half the pictures we took, Day 1 my bangs were screwy from being too long or in my face and hiding my eyes, etc.) I was going to tuck in my t-shirt and wear a basic black belt, but then I realized how un-breastfeeding friendly that would be, and threw my hands up and shrugged. I dug in my jewelry boxes and found some earrings that I love, but I don't wear often enough and a necklace I made several years ago (8?) that I haven't worn in... at least 5 years. So yay! I actually had forgotten about the necklace, so yippee for finding a new treasure in stuff I already had.

I love the tencel jacket, but I don't get to wear it often enough. The color is a favorite and I am a very tactile-motivated person (I've been known to buy something just because it feels so nice!) so I love wearing tencel in general.

I am putting on make-up every day (yes, it's only been 2 days, officially, but in thinking about my appearance a little more, I even did some of this on Friday), choosing my jewelry and doing my hair. I'm also putting some thought into shoes instead of simply throwing on my Birkenstocks, so that's a point in the favor of doing this project already!

I confess, I went to the mall the other day. I didn't pay a cent (except for lunch) but I had to redeem my VS "free pantie" coupon before it expired, so I picked those up. I went straight to VS, and came straight back because I knew that stopping to look would be bad. I keep thinking of basic essentials that I need to replenish my wardrobe and accessories that would be nice to have. This IS having an effect on my thoughts, I admit.

Still having problems w/ Blogger uploading pictures, so here is another Flickr link for outfit #2. Mondays are hard around here, so I had to take the picture of myself in my mirror - please excuse the messy bed in the background. Also: please note a minor infraction: the baby threw up all over my jeans before I had the chance to take a picture, so they were in the wash and I had to throw on my maternity jeans (which don't fit real well - which is probably a good thing!) to go out and that's what I was wearing to take the picture. He threw up all over those, too, so it was a good thing I did that load of laundry so I could stop smelling of baby vomit.

(there is another post today - my usual 10 on Tuesday)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 1 - it's just begun

(I seem to be having issues with uploading pictures. Hopefully, it will come back soon)
Day 1 of 30 for 30
I was going to start Monday, but decided Sunday was as good as any and since I had my list finalized, why nota i?
My outfit today was very "me" despite the fact that the vest (Dress Barn) itself is new (had worn it briefly shortly after I got it, but it's been too hot lately) but the shirt... could possibly date back to high school, I think. It's from Paul Harris - a now defunct clothing company that at one time supplied approximately 85% of my wardrobe (yes, I'm serious. The other 15% was my school uniforms and a couple of church dresses). It's a classic piece that will likely never go out of style (however, seeing the pictures proves that I may ultimately want to purchase a white, cotton button down in a more appropriate size. It's a little snug through my middle...) The jeans are my one and only pair that fit (new-ish from Lee, bought at Kohls), the shoes are a couple of years old, and the label has worn off. My accessories are pretty typical for me. A small pendant necklace (this one happens to be my "push present" from when Little Man was born - a silver and sapphire pendant) and simple, small silver and blue earrings - a gift from my SIL this past birthday.


Fuss moved into her Big Girl room this weekend. I am so happy with how things turned out. I still have to make her curtains (no access to a sewing machine right now. I swear, if I knew someone who could sew I'd be willing to pay them to make the darn things.) so there are ugly navy blue curtains currently covering her windows, but otherwise it looks great. (pictures to come when blogger isn't being a pill)

Little Man has been especially fussy this weekend - I'm blaming gas. He has been just so cranky in the evenings.

Daddy Fuss should get to work from home most of the week, so that's pretty exciting. I'm hoping to get my nails done while I have someone to sit w/ the munchkins at home for a bit!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

30 for 30 List

I know I'm going to regret not rushing out this weekend to buy a couple more bottoms or something, but here is my list in all it's glory. (NOT) It's sort of sad that it's this pathetic. Keep in mind that I have a very casual life - I spend 24/7 with my kids, rarely have the need to dress up and usually only wear skirts for church (which is odd, since I like skirts, but for doing laundry around the house, it seems overkill.)

I started thinking about the classic pieces I'm missing from my wardrobe and the ones I'd like to have. I realize that that isn't the point of this exercise, but for someone who likes to dressy classicly preppy, I'm missing some staples. (a plain, white button down shirt, perhaps? a dark pencil skirt? how about a classic sweater dress? I'm currently missing one of my black ballet flats or they would be on the list)

What am I in for? I should do this with Fuss's clothes - she has way cuter stuff than me...

1. Jeans (the only pair that fit - basic blue denim bootcuts)
2. Denim shorts (actually my maternity shorts - again, the only ones that fit! I'm hoping to get into some other pants/shorts by the end of this 30 days anyhow)
3. Green long-sleeved Tee (Ann Taylor Loft)
4. Tan long-sleeved collared shirt
5. White button down blouse (I actually wish I had a better version of this - I've been in the market for a longer version to go over my black leggings, but can't seem to find one I like)
6. Blue knit long vest (my new fall purchase - nearly a month old)
7. Cream v-neck, collared, short sleeved shirt
8. Black, stretchy maxi skirt
9. Light khaki cotton pants
10. Cream colored lace-trimmed tank
11. Teal tencel jacket
12. Blue v-neck sleeveless shirt (sequined neckline - I may regret this because of carrying the baby around, but I love the shirt, so...)
13. Blue/grey print button-down blouse
14. Cream t-shirt (I want to replace this with one in a larger size or longer or both. It's not cotton - it's a high-end polyester knit and I love it - from Coldwater Creek)
15. Blue corduroy jacket (the closest thing I have to a blazer these days)
16. Teal v-neck collared shirt
17. Blue v-neck t-shirt
18. Teal v-neck t-shirt
19. Black sleeveless "wrap" dress (I figured I should add a dress to the mix and this is the only one I can breast feed in)
20. Brown argyle cardigan (my favorite piece from last fall - and then I went and got pregnant and couldn't wear it half the winter)
21. Black tank top
22. Seafoam t-shirt
23. Brown t-shirt
24. Black sweater w/ white cuffs/collar
25. Blue tencel button-down blouse
26. Black v-neck t-shirt
27. Black strappy shoes
28. Brown shoes
29. Black ankle boots (?)
30. Birkenstocks (because I guarantee I'll wear them to run errands - though not really a fashion choice - they're ugly and I know it. I wear them for comfort and convenience, not looks)

What am I in for? I should do this with Fuss's clothes - she has way cuter stuff than me...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

30 for 30 Challenge

Have you ever wanted to dress really nicely, but discovered that you had neither the wardrobe, nor the body nor the eye to figure it out? I recently came across a Fashion Blog that is fun and amusing and entertaining, etc. It's called Kendi Everyday and she posts pics of her daily outfits, etc. She has way more fashion sense than I do (plus a way better wardrobe and a way WAY better body) and while I'm not in love with every outfit she wears, mostly she has a cute classic-on-the-side-of-funky style which is great. (and who really likes every outfit that a person wears? I don't even like every outfit I wear)

Anyhow, Kendi is doing a thing called 30 for 30 where you take 30 pieces of clothing (including shoes, but not accessories and coats in case your weather requires one) and you can only wear these 30 pieces for the next 30 days. The idea is to learn to use what you have in your closet (to "shop your own closet") and learn to shop outside your own closet (by really knowing what you have and how you can use it) Kendi says, "When you have to get creative with your wardrobe you discover other ways to wear a shirt or skirt, that you might not have thought of."

I love this idea. I don't think I can successfully do it because half my wardrobe doesn't fit yet (plus we're in Florida so over the next 30 days the weather is predicted to fluctuate more than 40 degrees) , but I'm going to work on it a bit, I think. I have been living in my maternity jean shorts and my non-maternity jeans with the occasional skirt or dress for church and my step-brothers' weddings. I throw a t-shirt or tank on top most days and only rarely dip into my nicer tops for the rare occasions I'm going to spend more than an hour with other adults. My clothing has become very boring and really unattractive lately, so I'm going to work on this along with Kendi and whoever else is doing her challenge. My other challenge is, of course, that whatever I wear has to be breast feeding accessible.

Okay, forget "work on it a bit" that I said above. I'm going to try to do this challenge. I'll be posting my list of items on Sunday and begin on Monday to come up with 30 outfits over the next 30 days. My personal challenges include needing breast-feeding accessible outfits, not having many bottoms that fit, having a few events that I have to wear certain things for (such as family pictures and our Disney trip - both during the week of Thanksgiving) and being fashion-challenged in general and having very few accessories to change the feel of a designated outfit. I know this challenge is going to encourage me to find and buy some more accessories. But I'm okay with that.

Wish me luck. I may need it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

7 Quick Takes: Very Random Edition

1. This week Fuss has been driving me bonkers. In no particular order she has dumped an entire salt shaker all over my living room, screamed through half a trip to Target, destroyed one of my eye liners, flooded the hallway and dining room (in separate ways and occasions) and torn apart my living room repeatedly. I could actually do a Quick Takes on the many ways she has tried to drive me to drink this week, but no one wants to read that.

2. I discovered the beauty of the smell of classic Whisk laundry detergent this week, thanks to a tip on the Style Lush Blog. I still can't use it on all of our clothes (specifically the baby's) but I'm using it on our sheets and towels and such and I LOVE it. Everything smells so fresh. I still have half a bottle of generic brand scented fabric softener, so I can't vouch for the idea that classic Snuggle softener makes it even better, but I'm loving the Whisk!

3. I just ran out of Limoncello liquor. I love that stuff and I'm going to have to talk my husband into getting more. It's my favorite liquor - it tastes like sweetened liquid Lemonheads and is delicious in a drink I copied and altered from some restaurant called a Cosmocello. Awesome.

4. We're supposed to get chilly weather here this weekend and I'm psyched. I'm actually going to get to dress the baby in a sleeper for the first time (he gets very warm in just his onesies and a light blanket, so I don't dare cover him even more most days/nights). I can't wait to see how cute he is in this little football sleeper.

5. We're going back to our cash-only budget this month. We've been so bad the last 3 months with the arrival of the baby and my husband's raise at work, etc. But we're getting back on track, so wish me luck!

6. I'm less than 3 weeks away from our Disney trip and I am so excited. Fuss can't wait for the combination of visiting Mickey and hanging out with her cousins. I can't wait to sit back and watch her enjoy it all!

7. I didn't sign up for NaBloPoMo this year, but I'm planning to do the challenge anyhow. I may miss a day or so while we're in Orlando, though, so I didn't want to make the official committment and then blow it. Other than that, I hope to have a daily post - even on the weekends. See you tomorrow!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

2 months and space problems

After several weeks of having the painting done in Fuss's new room, we still haven't moved her in. We were waiting for a dresser from Daddy Fuss's mom's house (the one he had as a kid) but her hoarding has since gotten even worse and it is completely buried and there is no even remotely easy way to get to it. (the things in front of it would have to be moved out of the room they are in, down the hall and who knows where - because the house is THAT crowded w/ junk - before we could get to the dressers to move them out of the room, down the hall and out the door to our vehicle) So now we have to find/buy another dresser for Fuss's room to give her some drawer space. (Note to self: Search IKEA's website for options)

On the Little Man front: He had his 2 month appointment yesterday and is 13 lbs, 5 oz! He is officially in 3-6 month sized clothes (incidentally, I dressed him yesterday in the outfit I brought him home in - which swam on him back then. The socks were way too small and left the little ridge marks around his ankles when I took them off at the Dr's office - I didn't put them back on - and the creeper was fairly snug fitting!) This puts him in the 90th percentile for weight. (he's been in the 50th percentile for head size, height and weight since birth) He's still in the 50th percentile for head size and height, but he's growing according to normal breast-fed baby patterns (they tend to put on weight faster in the beginning and then slow down later, according to my Dr) so everyone is happy. The Dr went so far as to praise my breast milk this time around - a far cry from 6 weeks ago when she was suggesting that I supplement!

Of course, his growing just presents more space problems on the wardrobe front, as I need drawer and closet space for him and I can't get any with all her stuff in place. I feel a little bad for him, since he's been living out of boxes since he came home from the hospital vs. me having everything perfect and organized for her when she was born. I guess this is what happens when you are born the 2nd child, huh?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Apparently, even my mom thinks I'm a bad mommy.

So the sweater I want that will match the kids' Christmas clothes is 50% off today and tomorrow at Kohls. I mentioned this to my mom in passing and she offered to go by and pick it up for me so I didn't have to drag the kids out, etc., etc.

I thanked her. Yes, for a 10-20 minute trip, it would be a pain to get them out of the car, drag them into the store, etc. Then I mentioned that I needed to go to Target anyway. And she freaked out. She didn't want me taking the kids out by myself. Nevermind that I've done it a couple dozen times without incident. Apparently, I'm never allowed out of the house w/ the kids by myself again. I told her if I didn't get out occasionally, I'd shoot myself. She continued her rant. I told her then I was going to find a job and put the kids in daycare because my mental health couldn't stand being stuck in the house all the time.

This pisses me off because A) Yes, we had an incident which could have ended disastrously (though I'd like to point out that I wasn't, in fact, by myself at that point and so obviously being alone w/ both kids wasn't the issue), but that doesn't make me incapable as a parent. And B) it's not like she's offering to spend every weekday off hanging out with me/us so I can get errands done or get out of the house or whatever. Does she really expect me to stay home all day every day 5 days a week?

Yes, the incident last week was scary. I get that. Trust me, I get it. But does that mean I'm a bad parent and I am not allowed out with my own children?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Making a list...

Can you believe it is November already? The stores are filling up with their Christmas decorations and I am beginning to organize my Christmas plans so that I am not caught with a bazillion things to do on December 21st with 2 kids to cart around and crazy crowds, etc.

A friend of mine told me about a promotion from Shutterfly where I can earn some Christmas cards and I am psyched! In the past I have designed my own (not all it's cracked up to be, even with a degree in Graphic Design), simply included a printed picture of us in a cheapy Christmas Card and ordered a card from one of the many retailers who do picture cards. When my friend mentioned this promo, I jetted on over to Shutterfly's selection of Christmas cards this year and I am happy to report one of the best collections of images (you provide your own photo, but the graphics and such) I have seen in the last few years. I think they are beautiful and creative and not just the run-of-the-mill Christmas trees and Snowmen. I seriously am thrilled about this!

I'm even tempted to use some of their invitations, even though I think my husband would kill me if I suggested a holiday party. (Though I might be able to justify formal invitations to Christmas dinner now that our family is expanding and my step-brothers have wives that we need to include in our holiday festivities! Hmmmm...) I also always wanted to hold a cookie exchange party and there are a couple of those invitations that would be perfect for that...

I've also been thinking about doing a photogift calendar for the various family members this year. (Because who wouldn't want a year's worth of cute pics of my kids?) I've begun compiling pictures of the kid(s) for that. Shutterfly has a great selection of those options, too.

But overall, I am so excited about Shutterfly's collection this year and I'm looking forward to having the best looking Christmas cards yet! Now, if only I could decide between this one and this one and this one...

10 on Tuesday (and my baby is 2 mos old!)

Today my baby boy is 2 months old! It hardly seems possible. He will have his 2 month Dr's appointment tomorrow, so I will confirm what I have been suspecting - that he is growing like a weed! I have cleaned all his 3-6 month sized clothes and he's already starting to wear some of them - and filling them out quite nicely!

Questions for Tuesday, November 2, 2010!

1. Do you color? If you do, is it with markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.?
These days, if I color, it's mostly with Fuss and we use crayons. I like crayons and all the colors the Crayola provides. When I was in art school, though, I LOVED coloring with my professional-grade colored pencils. I learned how to layer and blend colors and had a blast doing it. It's been awhile.

2. What’s the most organized part (or system) in your house?
The kids' clothes are really organized. They would be even better if we had enough drawers to put them all in, but we're working on that. (We showed up at my MIL's house on Sunday to pick up the dresser for Fuss and it was inaccessible. My MIL's hoarding is really a problem and my husband was really frustrated)

3. What’s the most unorganized part (or system) in your house?
My books, my bathroom, my pantry - take your pick. All of those need to desperately be worked on, but my motivation is waning on those projects!

4. If you had unlimited amounts of time and money, what museum would you want to see and why?
Something in Europe? :) Actually, I would love to go back to the Smithsonian (I went when I was 13, but I only enjoyed a small part of it and I think my age would allow me to get more out of it now)

5. What is your favorite part of the fall season?
Fall decorations, candy corn, and Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving food and the lower stress of that holiday (you have to cook. That's it. No presents, no other craziness)

6. Did you dress up for Halloween?

7. Have you started Christmas shopping?
I've started thinking about Christmas shopping - does that count?

8. Do you crack your knuckles?

9. If you had to live in another city for a year (all expenses paid), which city would you choose?
Well, I love New Orleans, but I think it's a "love to visit, but don't want to live there" sort of location. I've never been to Seattle, but I think I'd like it for a temporary time period, like a year. I wouldn't mind trying to live in a very different climate.

10. Do you have any reoccurring dreams?
When I'm really stressed, i get a recurring dream of being crushed by a larger-than life rock-like thing. It's horrible.

For more 10 on Tuesday (and to celebrate her baby boy's 2 months, too!) visit Chelsea at Roots and Rings.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Weekend in review

November 1st. One year ago today I lost my second pregnancy. I wish I could have known that baby. I had planned to light a candle in memory today, but I cannot find a lighter, which is frustrating me to no end (we used to have dozens of the darn things lying around. We've had to hide them from Fuss, since she likes to play with them, but they should be SOMEWHERE)

Friday night we went to my SIL's party and dressed as Gibbs and Abby from NCIS. My SIL and her roommate dressed as the band KISS (or 2 members thereof) and they looked fantastic. We used the entire can of black hairspray on my pigtails and still didn't cover all the red, but it gave a good effect, anyhow. I don't know how I feel about being a brunette (I have never dared to color my hair in the slightest. Too scared of what hair dye can do to red hair. A friend of mine tried highlighting her red hair at home and managed to turn it purple instead.) but it was fun for a night.

My husband and his friend painted the front of the house over the weekend. It looks great. We used a creamy pale yellowish color and a midnight blue for the trim. It's going to take me a few days to not be surprised when we I come around the corner and pull in the driveway. (Our garage door is now mostly blue, whereas it used to be off white and sage green and faded) I managed to somehow go to the grocery store without either child in tow, get everything on my list, spend way less than our budget, and get there and home in less than 29 minutes. I was impressed by my grocery shopping skills, even if I do say so myself!

We went Trick or Treating w/ our best friends K&M and their kids. Fuss was a Ladybug and Little Man wore his Halloween onesie. I carried him in the Moby wrap almost the entire time and he slept until the last half of the last street. (he has finally begun to really like the Moby - I've learned that the trick is to get walking once I get him settled in it, at least until he's asleep, comfortably.) It was really comfortable on my back, which was nice. If it weren't for my arm/elbow getting tired from supporting his head that had flopped over once he was in a deep sleep, I could have probably carried him like that for ages.