Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Weekend Recap

Gianna and I had a very busy weekend

Since the my hubby's whole team is gone for training I decided to have all the wives and kiddo's over for a little Halloween party. 11 kids in my house. Yikes but it turned out to be a great time. All the kids came dressed up in their costume's and we had them decorate sugar cookies, play games and watch Halloween themed movies. They had a blast. The adult's all had a great time as well. Until my friend's 2 year old had a seizure. One minute she was playing hide and seek with the other kid's the next minute she was laying on her mom's nap and her face turned white and her lips turned blue. She was completely unresponsive. Luckily I live a block behind the hospital here in town. Turns out she had a upper respiratory infection and a 103 degree fever which caused a febrile seizure. My friend had no idea her lil one was sick it came on that fast. I'm just glad she's ok

Despite that little mishap everyone had a great time. It was 11:00 before anyone even started thinking about leaving!
Here's a pic of lovebug dressed up in her ladybug pj's for the party

Saturday-We got up bright and early and headed into Destin. Barnes and Nobles had a special Halloween themed Story time where they read Goodnight Goon and the 13 Days of Halloween. I went with my friend and her two little ones and the kids had a blast.

After Barnes and Nobles we did a little shopping before heading back home and changing into our costumes. Our town had a little fall festival where all the shops passed out candy to the kids and had little booths set up with games for the kiddo's.It was so much fun
Mama Bug and Baby Bug

My friend's daughter went as a bee so she dressed up as well!

Today is trick or treating around here. I plan on dressing up Gianna in her costume again and passing out candy. The hubs got home late last night and although he leaves again tonight I'm so glad he is able to be back and celebrate Gianna's first Halloween. I'll be back tomm with pics but before I go Gianna wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 27, 2011


The first weekend of October the hubs and I started decorating for Halloween. After we finished the inside of the house we went and started on the outside. As we were hanging stuff up I noticed our neighbor's decorating their yard also. I commented on how we were decorating for Halloween too. She stopped and said Oh we aren't decorating for Halloween. We are decorating for Fall. Then she walked over, looked at my stuff and said you won't see many people decorate for Halloween here. This is the bible belt and it's very Christian.

Hmm, I didn't know my pumpkins and Happy Halloween sign were un-Christian. Before I continue with my post I should say that having been raised a Christian and attending a Christian school for both grade school and high school I personally have some friends that don't believe in Halloween and celebrate it. And that's fine. I persoanlly am a Christian who loves Halloween and I don't like it being implied that since I decorate for Halloween I'm not a Christian.

Instead of saying anything, bringing up the fact that one block over from us everyone had their houses decorated or commenting about how every church here in town has their own pumpkin patch I instead her Fall flag and scarecrow were cute and kept hanging up my decorations. I did however ask when trick or treating was

Again I got the we don't believe in trick or treating. We pull both cars in the garage, turn off all the lights and pretend we are not home. Ok scrooge! I will be on my front porch dressed as a ladybug with Gianna and passing out candy

I was telling my friend about this a few days later since she called and asked if I knew when trick or treating was. She ended up stopping by the house and said that she thought I told her my neighbor's didn't decorate for Halloween. I said no, they didn't. She then told me to look at the flag in their yard. My neighbor had changed it from a fall one to a trick or treat one. I was curious as to why but didn't say anything

The trick or treat flag hung there until this past Friday when I noticed it was taken down. I found out from the hubs who had talked to her hubby that day that his wife made him take it down because she didn't want it hanging up. So weird

Then Saturday they invited us over for dinner. We accepted and when we went over there I noticed the whole inside of the house was decorated for Halloween. Witches hat, black cats, pumpkins everywhere. I don't get it. I commented on how cute their decorations were wanting to see what they said. All she said was that she loved Halloween decorations. I again brought up trick or treat and got the same answer about how they won't be passing out candy. I left it alone while laughing to myself and on the way home noticed the trick or treat sign was back up. The whole situation I find amusing and just had to share with ya'll. Some people I tell you. I don't know why she made such a big deal about my decorations when her whole house is decorated to a T.

Here is a pic of our house decorated for Halloween

Gianna at one of the church's pumpkin patches

Our Little Pumpkin

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Fall

This past Sunday Gianna was scheduled to have her 3 month photo's and we had planned to also have some family pics taken

While the hubs watched Gianna that morning I hopped in the shower. It was so nice to take a long, hot shower instead of the quick two minute one's I take on days he is not home. I was able to shave, moisturize and actually paint my nails without having to rush and make sure the baby was ok. I took my time getting ready, fully applied my make up, did my hair for once and thought Wowo you haven't looked this good in a long time.

Does it come to any shock to y'all that the photographer canceled due to being sick. Since I was all ready and was having a great hair day I had the hubs take some pics of us outside. Here is our mini photo session

The photographer did reschedule for a weekend in November so Gianna's 3 month pics will be more like her 4 month pics

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gianna's 3 month update

Dear Gianna

You are already three months old. Where is the time going? Every day brings something new and it is so much fun watching you change and grow. You are such a morning person. Every morning you wake up smiley and giggly ready to start the day. You are making a wide variety of sounds and are trying so hard to laugh. You smile the minute you see Mommy walk into a room and you love all the attention Mommy and Daddy give you.

You have become a fan of tummy time and can lift and hold your head up for a few minutes at a time. You are such a joy and I can't imaging life without you

Baby Stats
You weigh around 12 pounds. You have def had a huge growth spurt this past month. You grew out of your newborn clothes, bypassed 0-3 months and are now in 3 month clothes. I hate to admit that some of your 3 month clothes are a little snug!

You are still in size 1 diapers but after this box is done we will be switching to size 2's

You are wearing all 3 month clothes but I'm not sure how much longer that will last

You rarely nap. You are a fan of cat naps and I can only get you to nap twice a day for about 20 mins at a time. Unless I lay with you of course. Than you can sleep for about 2 hours.

You still sleep with us in your lil co sleeper. You usually fall asleep at 9, sleep until 1:30 and then get up every 2 hours after that.

You are so fussy from the hours of 5pm-7pm. You scream and scream. The only thing that really calms you down is Mommy. Nothing else works

You are still exclusively breast fed. We prolly won't introduce rice cereal until you are six months old and that's because you seem to have a very sensitive tummy

You love to look around at things and prefer to be sitting up so you can take everything in!

Now for some pics

Monday, October 24, 2011

Gianna's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

We took Gianna to the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago. She had been extremely fussy the day before and cried the entire time we were there but we were able to snap a few pics.

Getting ready to go to the Pumpkin Patch. She was clearly not too excited

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Guest Blogger-From Mrs to Mama

Hey everyone! I have a special treat for y'all. I have one of my favorite bloggers here with an awesome guest post for today. If you do not read Becky's blog you are missing out. I seriously stalk her blog. Daily. I can't get enough. She is hilarious and I think if we lived in the same city I'd be begging her to hang out with me! She is a mom to a beautiful little girl who will be turning 1 soon. I was so excited when she said she would write a post for little ole me. So here she is, Becky from over at From Mrs to Mama

Hey guys! My name is Becky and I blog over at my little corner called From Mrs to Mama. I blog all things related to motherhood, marriage, photography, couponing, and my adventures of becoming domestic.And because I just can't go on without showing you my greatest accomplishment in life... here it is. Or, shall I say, here she is.

So. As you can tell... I am a proud mama. More importantly, I am a mama.

Being a mom has been the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. It is truly a gift. A blessing. Something that we should never take for granted.

And now that I am {almost} 1 year into this mommyhood... there are a few things that I have learned.

{A Short list written to myself}

1. Kiss them often. You can't ever kiss them too much. 

2. Teach them. Remember they look up to you. They pick up on everything.

3. Make Memories. Think of fun family activities to do. Go to the zoo. Go to the pumpkin patch. Do crafts together. And most importantly, love each of these moments. 

4. Take pictures. Lots of them. Who cares if they are sitting in the same pose... those facial expressions are honestly priceless. And I guarantee you will appreciate having these in the future.

5. Plan ahead. Think about the future. Plan for the future. Buy clothes ahead of time. Review your finances a year in advance. And remember, your child should always come first. 

6. Share. Share your child. Others want to love on him or her, or them. Let them. It's okay. Your child/children won't forget that you are the most important. And listen, you are. 

7. Never regret. Don't "wish" you did this. Or that. Or why did I do this or that. Trust your decisions. Learn from them. And grow. Because at the end of the day....

You are that child's mother and no one can ever take that away from you.

Yes. I get sappy like that, and you can blame it on the "mom" thing. But in short, this list doesn't even compare to the extended list of lessons learned. Because remember, us moms, we strive for perfection. The super mom title. To be the best for our children. So that they can one day grow up and say.... "That's my mom. And she's my role model"  Right? And yes, I just teared up thinking of my daughter saying that one day. Hoping that I meet her expectations. Praying that I make her proud.

Oh motherhood, thank you for such an amazing {almost} year. I can't wait for the many more years to come.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SAHM Vs Daycare

After we found out we were pregnant we decided that I would not return to work once Gianna was born. We knew that we would have to tighten the belt a bit since we would be down to one income but we didn't worry too much about it since the hubs was going to reenlist in October and we were planning on using the bonus to pay off the rest of our credit card debt. The army has other plans and now the hubby can't reenlist until March. Which is fine but now we are going to have to tighten our belts even more until then.

One day when discussing finances and our bills we brought up the topic of me going back to work. I immediately started crying hysterically. I can't imagine leaving her alone with anyone. As I've stated in many post's Gianna is a high needs baby. She needs to be held all the time. I mean all the time. And right now I coddle her. She's my first and she is only little once so I cave in and hold her all the time. No one that works in a daycare would do that. If Gianna was the only kid they had all day then of course they could give her the attention she requires, but with four babies to one daycare provider it wouldn't be possible for them to do so. And that's not their fault. That's just the realty of daycare. They can't just give her all the attention and ignore the other kids!I would be stupid to expect them to

And even if I got a job am I only working just to work or would my income be significant enough to warrant going back to work. WE moved to a really small town. The only major store here is Walmart. The rest of the store's are your little mom and pop shops all family owned and ran. So getting a part time retail job would be a little difficult. And there aren't many other jobs available in this town.Especially in my career field. To get a job in my field I'm looking at a minimum of a 45 minute drive to work every day. Then you add in daycare. I priced a few here in town and the cheapest one is 125 bucks a week. Not to bad but if I'm driving an hour to work and an hour back, that's a lot of money going to gas. So in the end is the extra few dollar's I'd actually make worth going back to work for. Right now we decided that no it is not.

So for now I will be a stay at home mom. I have put us on a strict budget and we are trying to not spend frivolously. It's def doable but still an adjustment after two income's. Would the extra cash be nice, of course but I wouldn't give up any time spent with my little girl. With her dad being gone all the time due to work she needs one source of constant and stability in her life.

While I know this decision isn't for everyone it is the best for us right now. I have looked into selling scentsy or other home based businesses but since we live in a predominately military town everyone I know sells something! Everyday I have an invite to a 31, scentsy, partylite, pampered chef or mary kay party. No I don't go due to our budget but that also made me give up on a home based business like that. I do wish I could find some other way to work from home and bring in cash but there aren't too many options. Anyone have any good budgeting tips? Work from home options?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Babies and Marriage

Babies def change a marriage. Some for the worse, some for the better but whichever is the case things change. You bring home a wonderful little bundle of joy who needs constant attention and of course things get put on the back burner. A clean house, clean laundry and your way of doing things. This also includes time spent with your spouse. After Gianna finally falls asleep it's not long before the hubs goes to bed since he has to get up early. And with him being gone so much it's hard to fit in any quality time for the two of us. I know that will eventually change so I'm not worried about it. What I am worried about is a discussion we had the other day

I asked him to help out more. Gianna is a very needy baby. She has to be held. All day long. Putting her down results in screaming and naps are a thing of the past. (Apparently I was the same way as a baby, sorry mom and dad)And while I sound like I'm complaining about this I'm not. I love every moment spent with her. I love cuddling with her all day and playing with her especially now as she is starting to explore toys, and doing new things like sitting in her bumbo and playing in her jumperoo propped by pillows and blankets. I wouldn't have it any other way

But sometimes it is frustrating when the hubby breezes home from work and plops on the couch wanting to relax when I'm covered in baby puke, haven't showered yet for the day and the house is a disaster. So yesterday we had a little tit about how he would love to stay home while I work and how it must be nice to do nothing all day, followed by me yelling at how he does nothing at home and blah blah blah. We have since rationally discussed all this and have apologize for each being so testy with each other. Hey 4 hours of sleep a night will make anyone crabby.

But tonight as I was reading the book Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina I came across the chapter about how relationships and happy marriages impact your baby and I died laughing when I read this and had to share it with y'all

" If my husband tells me one more time that he needs to rest because he worked all day I will throw all his clothes on he front lawn, kick his car into neutral and watch it roll away and sell all of his precios sports stuff on ebay for a dollar. And then I'll kill him. He seriously doesn't get it. Yes he worked all day but he worked with English speaking, potty trained and fully capable adults"

"He didnt have to change their diapers, give them naps and clean their lunch from the wall. He didn't have to count to ten to calm himself, he didn't have to watch Barney 303 times and he didn't have to pop his boob out 6 times to feed a hungry baby and I know he didn't have peanut butter and jelly crust for lunch. He did get two 15 minute breaks to stroll, an hour break to hit the gym and a 1 hour train ride home to read or nap"

"So maybe I don't get a paycheck, maybe I stay in my sweatpants most of the day, maybe I only shower every 2 or 3 days, maybe I get to play with our kids all day. I still work a hell of a lot harder in one hour than he does all day. SO take your paycheck, stick it in the bank and let me go get a freakin pedicure once a month without hearing you say Maybe if you got a job,, and had your own money"

Ha typing this up I am still laughing. I even read it aloud to the hubby over the phone since he is gone for the week and we both had a good laugh. Probably because this sounded like the conversation we had during our little tift.

And while having a baby is an adjustment and our marriage will need to adjust with it, I think it's a good sign that we can have little arguments, get frustrated but then talk and work it out, later on having a good laugh about it all!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Where's My Daddy

Being a part of a military family I know this is a question I will hear a lot in my future. I also know that it will be awhile before Gianna will fully comprehend where her daddy is. Whether he's away for training, a class, deployment preparation or an actual deployment all she will really understand is that he is gone. And that makes me sad

From the moment she was 10 days old he has been working like crazy. For these past 3 months the only time he is really home is the weekends. We try to cram as much family time in on those weekends as much as possible but it's still hard including daddy in our daily routine when he is gone most days. I know this has to be really frustrating for him.

WE already know that he will miss most of her second year due to a long deployment. That's why this year we planned to make every holiday and time spent together really important. We want traditions to start now. Take Halloween, we have Saturday the 29th planned down to the minute. We are going all out and couldn't be more excited about Gianna's first Halloween

Then today I got the bomb dropped on me.As he was getting ready to leave for yet another week he told me he'd be gone the last week of October and then for a part of November. (No I am not going against OPSEC) he is not deploying or going to some secretive training. He will just be gone for a few weeks doing work related things. This means that he will miss her first Halloween. I am devastated. He's already missed so much and now Halloween. And part of me is mad. Mad that he's always gone and mad that's he's missing so much. Before it never seemed to matter when he left. Sure I never wanted him to leave but I just dealt with it and went about my everyday routine. Now it's different. It's hard not to take him being gone so personal. I know he can't help it but knowing that he is hardly home to spend time with his first child breaks my heart. And I know that it won't get easier from here on out. It will get harder. Right now she doesn't really know that he is gone a lot. She won't look back and remember that he was working on her first Halloween. But later, as she gets older she will. The questions will come and how am I going to deal with that. What exactly do you tell a child so that they understand?

Some day's I hate the army. I know they can't postpone training or deployment just so that their soldier's are home for every first or important event in their life and it makes me feel bad for those that sacrifice so much. They are missing out too.

Even with him gone I know that for her sake I need to stay strong and still make a big deal about everything in her life. So even if it means I will be carving pumpkins by myself and pushing her in a stroller around the block during trick or treating I will take as many pics as possible and be there for her. Maybe when Daddy get's back we can have our own Halloween celebration. Regardless if it is the middle of November or not. Today though I am going to shed a few tears and have a few glasses of wine before putting on my big girl panties and sucking it up.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Seriously Thursday!

It has been awhile since I've participated in a Seriously Thursday and I had to get back in the fun. Head here to visit one of my favorite blogger's and join in the fun

1. Seriously- I found that with a new baby in the house blogging has been pushed aside.It has helped to schedule my posts in advance so A few weeks ago I wrote my Seriously Thursday post the night before and scheduled it to post the following morning. When I woke up I jumped to Mrs. Mama's blog to read all the entries. Only to find out that she hadn't written a seriously Thursday post that week. I deleted my post and went about my day. It wasn't until later that I realized that it was a Friday and not a Thursday. Blogger fail! I blame it on my Mama brain. Seriously

2. Seriously- Did anyone watch Kim's fairy tale wedding? Poor Chris. Was it just me or did those two appear really dysfunctional? I know wedding planning is stressful but something just seemed off with those two. Maybe that's just me

3. Seriously- The only store here in town is a Walmart. If I want to go anywhere else I have to drive to Fort Walton or Destin which is about a 30-60 min drive depending on traffic. It never fails every time I pack Gianna up and drive to one of those places I am always met with a stinky baby. After pulling her out of her carset I discover that during the drive she had an explosive poop that has somehow ended up soaking through her outfits and getting on everything. And sometimes this Mama forgets a change of clothes. So this means I end up buying Gianna a brand new outfit every time we go out somewhere. I've come to realize that my little mini me is doing this on purpose to get a new outfit. Apparently I have a future shopaholic on my hands. I need to start saving money now!

4. Seriously- I am going to my first Mom's of Preschooler's meeting tomorrow. A friend told me about it and I thought I'd check it out. Kind of nervous to go but we shall see how it is

5. Seriously- When decorating outside for Halloween my neighbor's came outside and explained that most people in our neighborhood don't decorate because they are christians. I guess my black tulle wreath means I am not a christian! I commented about how I loved Halloween and asked when trick or treating was. They said it's always on Halloween night and they would be pulling their cars in their garage and turning off the lights in their house and pretending their not home. Seriously. Some people. I think just for fun Gianna and I should go over there and keep ringing their door bell!

6. Seriously- I can't wait for the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion show. I predict a lot of drama. I used to love Teresa but she is getting on my nerves lately. She is so catty and puts everyone down all the time. No wander everyone is turning against her!

That's it for now! Happy Thursday everyone

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gianna's first trip to the Beach

Now that we live in Florida we decided we should take Gianna to the beach early on since she will be our little beach bunny. Well we hope so anyway. Here are some pics from our first time to the beach

Gianna loves being outside and didn't seem to mind the water! When we first arrived at the beach however we noticed everyone standing at the outskirts of the water and no one was in it. Why was that you may ask. Oh yes there was a clearly visible shark swimming in the water. Let's just say we didn't go in past our calf muscles. But we had a great first time at the beach. I'm hoping we can squeeze in one more beach day as the weather here is still in the 80's. If not I know we will be there every weekend next summer!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Go the F*** to Sleep

When Gianna turned two months we finally had some sort of bedtime routine established. She usually fell asleep around 8:30/9 woke up around 1:30 or 2 and then woke up every 2 hours after that. I noticed that when she woke up after her 2am feeding it was only to comfort suck. At her dr's appt I mentioned this to the Dr and he said this was normal and not to worry about it. That it was to early to get her on a schedule and on some sort of routine and trying to do so would only make me more tired in the end. He said she would figure it out on her own

Then on Wednesday of this week I woke up suddenly at 4am. I wasn't sure what had woken me up. Then I realized that nothing had woken me up. No baby was crying! I immediately thought something was wrong. It was 7 hours after Gianna had gone to bed and she hadn't stirred. I was terrified she had stopped breathing. I looked over and placed my hand on Gianna's chest and sure enough she was still breathing. I breathed a sigh of relief and wasn't surprised that my freaking out had woken up gianna. I fed her and she went back to bed. At 6 am she was wide awake! The next day the same thing. The extra sleep was heaven! We will have to work on the 6am wake up call but hey you win some you lose some

I was so excited that she had started sleeping through the night that I called everyone to tell them about it. I had spoken too soon. Fri and saturday my happy baby has been replaced by a crabby,fussy baby. She screams when not being held, refuses a pacifier and wants to be attached to me 24/7. At night she is back up every 2 hours. I feel like we are back to the newborn days all over again!

I have noticed that she is drooling alot and is sucking on her hands at every free moment. Mommies is this a sign of teething? I've looked in her mouth and haven't seen any white teeth poking through. Not sure if this is just a stage she is going through or if this means teething is starting.

I just feel so helpless when she gets fussy like this. And isn't it amazing how guys can sleep through all this. It takes every ounce of restraint not to beat him with my pillow as he slumber peacefully in bed and then has the nerve to tell me that every time he woke up I was sleeping and didn't know why I was so tired

Monday, October 10, 2011

Best Brother Ever

As I have stated many times in my blog I am addicted to reality tv. Something which will end come tomorrow when I downgrade our cable package to basic cable. I have decided we spend way to much time zoned out in front of the tv and I'm over paying a crazy cable bill each month so I am cutting down on our cable

That being said I blame my parent's on my tv addiction. Growing up we weren't allowed to have cable. To this day they still don't have cable. My dad hooked up one of those converter boxes to his nice flat screen tv in order to get the regular channels.(My dad is el cheapo) I can remember as a teenager rushing to my friend's houses and watching MTV and entering college where girl's nights watching Laguna Beach or the Hills became the norm. Then when I moved out of my parent's house senior year of college thr first thing I did was get cable. It was heaven and my love for even more reality tv began. My absolute favorite show was the Girls Next Door. I loved it. My roommates and I would sit and watch it every time it was on. Kendra was my absolute favorite.

So last year when her book came out I rushed to get it. It was a decent read. She ha def had a hard life. A few weeks ago I found out she was coming out with another book, discussing her life as a mom and her experience with postpartum depression. I ordered it from amazon and couldn't wait to read it. Then while on Twitter I saw she would be having a book signing in Chicago Il. I planned to go. Until I remembered that I didn't live in Milwaukee, WI anymore and a drive to Chicago from Florida would take a long time! So I called up my brother and begged him to go for me. He agreed and dragged his girlfriend along with him.

What a fiasco it turned out to be. On her website it said she would be at the Macy's in Chicago and didn't list an address. Well there are two Macy's within a 5 minute distance from each other and they went to the wrong one first. Then they get there only to find out you could only purchase her book from Macy's. They had picked one up from Barnes and Nobles to get signed. SO my brother spent 30 bucks on a book that he already had purchased. Then no pictures were allowed since they were filming the reality show as well. The whole time I kept receiving text messages from my brother, You owe me big time. Never again! Opps, now I felt really bad. When they actually made it up to the front of the line to get their book signed however my brother's story changed. Both him and his girlfriend said she was so nice and she told my brother's girlfriend that her outfit was super cute and that she needed to learn how to dress cute like her! I'm glad she turned out to be really nice and friendly!

My brother still has to send me my signed book. I can't wait to read it. And thanks again to the best brother in the world for doing me such a huge favor!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Never get Ahead

Does it ever feel that no matter what you do you can never get ahead?

Now that the hubs and I are down to one income we have been trying hard to set a budget and stick to it. A new thing we started is paying for everything with cash. So after payday I figure out our bills and what is not needed for bills I pull out. I then separate the cash into separate envelopes such as gas/groceries, spending money and savings. We did have an online savings account but we found that it got us into trouble as it was linked to our checking account as well and we would transfer funds whenever we felt like it. I know not very smart. So I thought I would try this cash and envelope system. And this month it worked. We did good with sticking to our budget and even having money left over. That is until today

The hubs came home and commented on an email he received about one of our credit cards. He asked If the minimum payment was really a few hundred dollars. I said no and showed him what I had set up to pay online. When we went on to that credit cards website they had said we had missed last months payment. I logged onto our bank account and pulled up where the money had been taken out last month. So we called the credit card. Turns out due to a glitch in their system they took out a payment for October and November plus a late fee even though it did register our September payment. Since I only have what is needed in our account for bills we are going to be hit with some pretty hefty fees not to mention some other bills won't be paid. The company is going to send us the difference they owe us in ten business days but that still won't help us now.

I'm just so frustrated because I am anal about paying our bills. And we still get into trouble. The simple solution would be to go deposit our cash into the account but we bank through USAA. An online bank. So we would have to mail in the cash which would never get into our account by the time all the bills hit. I'm only praying that some of the bills scheduled for the 11th don't clear until we get the hubs next check.

I'm so stressed right now. A glass of wine is needed tonight

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What's with all the big words?

A few weeks ago I showed y'all the huge stack of books on my nightstand. I have not made any progress and have added even more books to the list. Most of them are parenting books and I swear I feel like I'm back in college reading some of them!

I understand that most of these books are written by people who have phd's and who are considered experts in their chosen field but give me a break. What's with all the big words? I mean I'm college educated and all, one who loved English class and one who will read anything but geez if I wanted to read a textbook I would buy one!

Don't the authors realize that most of the time the ones who are reading their books are mommies during their 3am feeding or women who try to read during their kiddos nap time. Women who are so exhausted themselves that they should be napping too. Ok so that might not represent all you ninnies out there but it represents me.

I picked up to parenting books The Baby Bond and Einstein never used flashcards and I felt like I was reading my applied behavioral analysis textbook. It was so dry after a few pages each I put them both down and did what I should have been doing. Napped!

If all the books are like this the books on my nightstand will take years to read! Now I'm not saying the books are bad. They had some good info. I just may have to revisit them when I have more than a half hour break during my day. I just wish they would make these books more mama friendly. I know the scientific evidence they use and the case studies in those books are used to prove their viewpoints but liven it up a little! This mama is tired and wants a good, interesting read. Not a book where I feel the need to pull out my highlighter and take notes!
End rant

Hope everyone is having a great week so far

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Ok time to announce the winner of the My Memories giveaway. The winner is Amanda! Congrats hun! Email me for details


Hey everyone. If you haven't entered the My Memories giveaway nows your last chance.
I'll be picking the winner tonight At 5!

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