Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Of Course

Miles' awesome grandparents have been watching him these past 2 months while I tried to find a daycare for him. And the time has finally come -- drumroll please..... we decided to go back to his old daycare because of how much we loved it before and because everywhere else is so much more expensive.

Cut to --

Of course Miles would choose a week before he is supposed to start school - to get a cold. And of course I would waste $20 on our co-pay to take him to the Dr. yesterday when they couldn't find a single thing wrong with him. And of course today he is doing much worse. And of course his stupid Dr is gone for the day - so we are left paying 4 times as much taking him to Urgent Care if he doesn't get better.

Currently he is sleeping in my arms, but that's after an hour of restless crying and whining and pulling at his ear. I finally pulled out the ibuprofen, and it's doing the trick for now. But we shall see.

Hopefully we can hold him off at least until tomorrow to take him back to his Dr.

Ug, Maybe we can start next week...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

For a post about the pumpkin patch - I don't even seem to have one picture of an actual pumpkin. Whoops! There were some there, I promise!

But who cares about pumpkins when there's cows to feed, hay rides to go on, trains to ride, mazes to get lost in, and silly pictures to be taken.

Not us!

Of course Miles loved the hayride and the train ride the most of all. But Tony and I had the most fun being stupid and taking pictures of ourselves jumping. We kept trying and trying to get a picture that made us look like we were floating, but instead we just look insane...

Don't act like you're not impressed!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Train Ride

Well -- apparently I started this post 2 weeks ago on my iPad and completely forgot all about it! What can I say, we've been busy! We went 3 weeks ago on a Thursday when my parents were in town for Senior night! Of course - we took the train and that was the absolute highlight for this little boy. He'd much rather ride the train all day then bother with going to the stupid fair!

Taking him off the train equates ripping his little baby heart out... it's just so sad. But he eventually got over it for the fun car show!

He loves pretending to drive and opening and closing doors - so this place was right up his ally!

We didn't stay too long - but we did enjoy some Fletchers (a must) and a few beers.

On the way out we found this fun feet massagers - I think my parents liked them!

It was a nice fun trip with my parents.... I hate it when they leave...

We miss you Nana and Papa!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sam's Birthmark

As parents we have the challenge to help our children develop good self esteem and teach them how to embrace each others differences.  There are thousands of differences that make up who we all are - from skin color to gender, to kids in wheelchairs, to kids with port wine stains on their faces.  All of these differences are what makes us each unique -- and teaching our kids to embrace these differences and love people for who they are inside and out is one of the best gifts we can give to them. 

So, when I heard of this project by some friends of ours -- I fell in love with it!  Their son was born with a Port Wine Stain on his right cheek.  He has undergone 8 laser surgeries at this point and his parents have created this wonderful book in his honor.

Please take a minute to watch their beautiful video and hear their story by going to the Sam's Birthmark Page.

And if you can, pledge to help get this book published!  It's SUPER easy to pledge - you can log in and pay with your Amazon account.  Any amount will help - and on the pledge page you can see what you will get for your pledge.  From a PDF copy to hardback, pick which one you would like to offer to help with.

If they receive enough pledges you will be charged and get your copy of the book.  If they do not receive enough, this amazing book cannot get published (and you will not be charged anything).  Please check it out and do what you can!

Thanks!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Rules, Pools and Pumpkins

You know what is totally awesome - paying an exorbitant amount of money each month to have other people give you rule after rule for living in your own home! Rules like - you are not allowed to hang anything outside your door, you can't vacuum after 9 PM, and you child is not allowed to swim in the pool that YOUR MONEY pays for!! Ya, super awesome.

So, around the first of June the entire building received an email with a reminder of our pool rules - a long list of rules, most of which were common sense - except for one. One that stated that children who are not potty trained are not allowed in the pool. That was news to me - who reads the chapters and chapters of HOA rules ever? And we were in the pool with Miles the summer before with no problems, what so ever. Tony and I talked about it a little - but we both decided that the rule was antiquated, created before people knew about swim diapers, and surely wasn't going to be enforced.

Until...

We got another reminder with just that excerpt cut out.

So I did what any mom of a toddler would do -- ignore it. What? I'm busy! Who has time for rules that stupid!

Until...

We get a call from the Management Co. telling us that we are in violation of the rules for having Miles in the pool.

I tried to remain calm and not shoot the messenger - "So the rule states that Miles has to be potty trained to be in the pool. Ok. He's potty trained and just wears that swim diaper as an extra precaution."

Because, please tell me how you plan on verifying whether or not my child is potty trained! Ya, you can't...

The manager was very nice and supportive (she also has a 2 year old boy) and said to just write a letter stating that he was potty trained and they would remove the violation.

So I did. In the letter I also stated that the rule is completely un-enforceable and it would be wise to change the rules to something that makes sense. Something like - proper swimwear, including swim diapers, are necessary.

And they completely ignored me.

We swam the rest of the summer whenever we wanted to without incident. We did get several dirty looks and a few snide comments. But you can make all the snide comments you want - and as long as I get to swim with MY family in MY pool that MY money pays for - all I will do is laugh at you.

I do plan on following up until the rule is changed, but as it's fall and no longer pool weather I've been less motivated. Hopefully this post can re-motivate me!

So... incase that story was anti-climactic after all the buildup - here are some cute pics from our trip to the Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum this year.

Skate or Die

I'm not even sure there are words to do these pictures justice. My heart swells with pride at this little, big boy! I can only image how his skateboarding father feels!

And if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't believe the talent and skill this 2 year old intuitively has on this board!

It's like skateboarding is a part of his genes!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Distracted Lately

With my momma visiting, work, Dallas Moms Blog - Moms Night Out last week, friends staying with us for the weekend for a friend's wedding and me finding a book I cannot put down (Gone Girl) I've been waaay too distracted to blog lately. But we have been doing exciting stuff - so here's a few fun pics of what we've been up too!

With my mom visiting Miles has really started talking so much more! The progress is slow and steady with him saying things like "see you later" and "Pablo Pablo Pablo" -- but mostly he LOVES to sing. He sings along with the Backyardigains, Thomas, Wow Wow Wubbzy and this adorable commercial on Nick Jr. And it's so cute to hear him singing along with the right words... not all of them, but a LOTE!

His favorite song is the commercial. Maybe you've heard it -- "In a house, in a home there are mother's and fathers, sisters and brothers and there's ME ME ME." Here's him singing - "me me me" in the bath! :)

Dallas Moms Blog Moms Night out was a huge success and so much fun! It's so awesome to be a part of something that's so big and growing --where we get to share info, advice, and have a huge community with other moms! I just love all the people I've met being a contributor! And it's especially cool when someone says - "Nice to meet you, I really love reading your posts!" I can't even explain how cool it is - really REALLY cool! :)

Over the weekend we had some of Tony's old high school friends stay with us for a mutual friend's wedding. I've only hung out with this group of friends a handful of times - but every time we see them is such a great fun time - I really wish they lived closer so we could hang out more often -- they are all such great people.

On Friday night my AWESOME mother watched Miles so we could go out to eat and have a few drinks. Of course we took EFrogs because we LOVE them!

We ended up at the Warwick in uptown and the guys all had a great time laughing, dancing and shaving their little brother's head! Poor kid! LOL

We danced Gangum Style and then realized that we were probably putting on a great show for anyone looking up at the windows. So I ran outside to see if I could get some pics. From the street I could see figures with some AMAZING dance moves... but sadly the pictures didn't do it justice!

The next day was the wedding at the Arboretum... and it was so beautiful! The bride and groom were so happy and gorgeous!

And we had a great time laughing, dancing, eating, drinking and staying warm by the heat lamps!

Sunday was lots of rest and recovery (from the hangover) after the busy weekend!

And this week we are gearing up for an even busier weekend. My dad arrives today!! We have the kids and plan on going to the State Fair -- twice! Lots of soccer games, birthday parties and general busy-ness. Why is the fall always the busiest season?

I also have lots of posts about the Arboretum, my mom's visit, my skater-dude son, the infamous (in my head anyway) pool story from this summer that I keep alluding to (I think it's safe to share finally), our upcoming trips to the Fair and I've been nominated for a Liebster Award... so stay tuned!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

On a Roll

I haven't jinxed myself yet... I'm still making my Pinterest recipes... and still rockin them! Today was Pumpkin/Apple Breakfast bread and it was gobbled up before I could even take a picture. The recipe even called for healthy things - like whole wheat flour and applesauce and the bread was DELISH!

And while this isn't technically my success, it's still worth sharing!

On Saturday my mom and I made the most out of the rainy day by going to the Farmers Market. (While Tony napped the rainy afternoon away - another way to make the most out of the rain!) And while it wasn't a Pin - it was still a HUGE success.

I was afraid the Market would be empty because of the rain, but I was dead wrong. It was PACKED!

We had such a great time picking out veggies and fruit! Miles even joined in on the fun...

We bought SO!MANY!VEGGIES!

Conveniently (for me) Tony woke up just in time to help with the chopping, since I had to lay down with Miles. Sleepy, rainy day cuddles are by far the best!

And I woke up to the most amazing smell ever!

They had chopped and diced and cooked some meat even! It was a vegetable soup/stew and it was AMAZING!

We just had leftovers today and I am missing the soup already...

Time to get on Pinterest for another dinner idea!!