Tuesday, December 28, 2010

TV Stands and a Giveaway!

Sometimes the unpacking and decorating of a new home is a never ending process. We’ve only been in our new home two and a half months and there are still entirely too many totes that have not been unpacked. I guess I should look at it as things I apparently don’t really need.

Our upstairs family room has lots of windows and we have a large tv. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to arrange the room and maximize the space for Hanna’s toys without completely cluttering the room. The option of hanging the tv on the wall doesn’t really work for us {right now} and so we are looking at a corner tv stand.

The problem is I have a lot of requirements. I’d like cabinet doors {that could be child proofed, if necessary} and I want something that doesn’t look cheap. I went right to CSN Stores because there is such a selection I knew I could find something there.




I really like both of these but just like most other big purchases, this isn’t an easy decision.

The great people over at CSN Stores are offering one of my readers a $35 gift card to use on any of their 200+ websites. I am sure there is something that you really wanted to receive during the holidays and haven’t.

To enter the giveaway, you can do one or all of the following. The more you do the more chances you have to win. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only, sorry.

1.Publicly follow my blog (or leave a comment saying you already do).
2.Visit CSN Stores and tell me what you would buy with your gift card.
3.Blog about this contest.
4.Vote for us on on Top Baby Blogs by clicking the button at the top of my blog.

The contest will end on January 4, 2011 and a winner will be announced on January 5, 2011.

Monday, December 27, 2010

SNOW!

We moved to the beach in the fall. Ok, so we are not right on the beach but we are 6 miles inland from the beach. It is a lot closer then the 45 minutes to an hour we were before.

So why is it that we have had so much snow already this winter? We were hit with a "whopping" 3 inches in early December and well the snow yesterday…I can’t give you an exact amount. It is still blowing everywhere!

{For the record both snow storms don't compare to what we experienced last winter in New Jersey!}

Hanna has had snow now for both her first and second Christmas. Lucky girl!!

During the first snow fall Hanna just wanted to slide and swing.   

What a great way to clear the slide! 
Poor girl had lots of snow up her back though!! 

 There were lots of extra layers required to get out the door today. 
Dressing took 10 minutes. 
Total time in the snow - 5 minutes!!


There is a street and driveway out there. 

I don't think we can play with these today :)

Tomorrow we are really looking forward to taking a ride to the beach to see the snow there.  I've always wanted to see snow on the beach :)

Merry Christmas!

I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas!  We had a wonderful time with our family friends on Christmas Day and the days leading up to it.

Christmas Eve started with a visit from Brandon {Hanna’s Godfather} and Hanna was lucky enough to receive a china tea set and a cooking apron set. Of course the tea set will be put away until I think she is ready for it {i.e. won’t throw it at the dog!} but the apron is necessary for her to “cook” since she is pretending to do that a lot now.

 
Then we were off on our traditional Christmas Eve lunch with my Dad. It started when my sister and I were younger as a way for my Dad to get us out of the house so my Mom could get some things done. Well our family has grown and the lunch crowd has grown. We tried a new place near my parent’s house that was a little more child friendly.
 
Christmas Eve my parents had their normal open house. The crowd has gotten much smaller as families grow and new traditions begin. Stephen and I did not attend church because we wanted to be there to help Santa find Hanna at Grandma and Granpa’s house.

I was {still am a little} upset that we forgot to leave cookies and milk out for Santa. I realized about 10 minutes after Hanna went to bed. I could probably have woken her to help me but with my luck she would not have wanted to go back to sleep.



Christmas morning Hanna was kind enough to sleep till about 7:15.  Aunt Becki and Laci {the dog} arrived before Hanna and well pretty much all of us woke up.   We started to open some presents and then we were joined by our big extended family.  It was a nice relaxing Christmas morning.

 We wanted to be on our way to Stephen’s family by about noon and I am pleased to say we actually left on time. Shocking! When we got there we put Hanna down for her nap and all the “big” kids opened their presents. We did a pollyanna this year with all of the children. It was a nice change and meant there was more room in the car for all of Hanna’s stuff! When Hanna woke from her nap it was time for her to open presents and for us all to have dinner.


We had planned to stay overnight with Stephen’s family but the forecasters were calling for a blizzard that was to start early the next morning so we opted to leave right after dinner. We made it home in good time though we did drive through some snow. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas already?

I can not believe that Chistmas is here. This year has gone quickly or so it seems to me.

I'm ready. The gifts are all wrapped. We've reached our travel destination. Now we are just counting down the hours.

I'm trying to savor every moment with Hanna because she is only nearly 2 (!) for 1 Christmas. If only her 2 year molars felt the same way!

Yesterday she was lucky enough to see "the big guy" twice in 1 day. First it was to the mall with Grammy and Grampy. She didn't cry but she wasn't talking or looking at him either. Then last night while we were at Grandma and Grandpa's house Santa came by on the fire truck. When he was gone she cried and cried because she wanted "Santa back." This is quite a dramatic change from the first time we saw him earlier in the month. There was nothinv but tears then and all of Ocean City Maryland knew Hanna was visiting Santa.

I have lots of pictures to share but I don't have access to them from my Nook. Yep, Santa came early to give Mommy her present. Wasn't that nice of him??

I have a great giveaway to tell you about but that is for another post :)

Talk to you soon :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hectic..

It is amazing how hectic your life can be once you have a child. Not in the always having to be here or there sense but hectic in the sense that normal, routine things are near impossible to do until nap or bed time. And when nap or bed time finally comes around {and some days it seems like an eternity till that time} you are usually too tired to do what needs to be done.

So is the story of my life. Blogging seems to have taken a back seat lately to spending time with family, adjusting to our new home and new town/state and virtually everything else I need to do. And I feel bad because there are 3 {ok maybe 4} faithful readers that I am sure are feeling ignored :)

I know that New Year’s is only a few {short} weeks away and I am making mew resolution now. To be a better blogger.

It’s not like I don’t have things to blog about. Hanna’s vocabulary has quadrupled since she started daycare. She now insists on going to the potty all by herself {we are still working on the wiping by herself though} and don’t you dare try and help her. She is now 100% binky free!!!! Hanna has a little boyfriend at daycare {yep!} and is making lots of new friends. We are trying all kinds of new recipes and I have lots of great thrift store finds to share.

And it’s not as though I am lacking in recent pictures. There are many many of those to share.



So please stay tuned my friends…..

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Disney Live

Last Sunday we were fortunate enough to take Hanna to see Disney Live in Salisbury.  For day leading up to it I kept telling her we were going to go see Mickey and Minnie {or as she says Mimmie and Mimmie}.

It was our first time visiting this particular venue and we were really pleasantly surprised.  Tickets weren't that expensive and parking was free.  Yes, you read that right.

As soon as we got there we decided to go find our seats because we honestly didn't know what it would be like inside.  Finding our seats was easy.  So Stephen went to get some snacks.

Hanna was angel waiting patiently for the show to start.  That was partially due to the fact that she napped the majority of the 45 minutes it took to get there. {No complaints on that here!}

The show for the most part was really good.  I think that Hanna was a little to young for it.  She isn't familiar with all of the princesses yet so the parts they were in didn't hold her interest as well. She just wanted to see Mimmie and Mimmie.

And this is a picutre of the $20 light up wand that Daddy got suckered into. Grandpa thinks Daddy got off cheap!

I am glad we were able to take Hanna to see the show and I look forward to many more of these experiences with her :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Where's Ollie?

Day 4 - Ollie spent Sunday watching over things from the kitchen

Silly Ollie!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weekend Recap

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
We had a low-key Thanksgiving weekend and sometimes that is all you really need. 

Our Thanksgiving Day started out with the arrival of this little fella.  
We know him as Ollie but you may know him as your Elf on the Shelf.
For those of you who don't know about this, you should definitely check it out.
Ollie will be living with us until Christmas Eve and then he will be returning to the North Pole until next Thanksgiving.
{Stephen has requested you ignore the wires.  It's on his list of things to do!}

Once we read the book Ollie brought we had some breakfast and started decorating for Christmas.  I don't know if it is because Hanna is older now {and says Ho Ho Ho so well!} but I am really looking forward to Christmas and doing holiday type things with her.

We headed over to Grammy and Grampy's for dinner after naptime.  We had a wonderful dinner with lots of family.

Friday we did not do any crazy Black Friday Shopping.  Nope. I was snuggled in my bed until 7am.

Friday night we had Grammy, Grampy, Aunt Car, Uncle Mike, G-Mom Mom and G-Pop Pop over for dinner. I wasn't in the mood for left over turkey so I made mac and cheese.


Saturday we went to the park but we didn't stay to long.  It was pretty windy {it's only 2 short blocks from the beach} and Hanna didn't have a hat and silly Daddy had shorts on.  While Hanna was napping I ordered stuff for her birthday parties and I ordered our Christmas cards.  I love productive naptimes!

Today has been a quiet day too.  Hanna has a little cold so we are laying low in hopes that it will go away and not turn into anything major, after all we are having a house full Saturday and Sunday. Hanna is currently taking a nice nap and I am thinking I am going to do the same.....

What's for dinner?

I found this recipe today when I was trying to come up with something different for dinner tonight. You can only do some many different things with chicken!

Chicken Casablanca Slow Cooker Recipe From Crock-Pot

I'll let you know how it turns out. The true test will be if Hanna eats it...though she usually eats everything!

Happy Sunday All!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fight for Preemies

As I sat and watched Hanna “help” her Daddy fold her laundry tonight, I couldn’t help but think how far we had come. She is such an active little girl and for those who are just meeting her, they don’t know she was a preemie unless we tell them.

It came as surprise when I was told I needed to be induced. Luckily my labor progressed very quickly and Hanna was born just over 6 hours after I arrived at the hospital. The hardest part for me was when they took her to the ICN and I hadn’t really had a chance to hold her. I was told to rest and that I could see her later {after all she was only going to be in there for a few hours…} and by midnight I was getting really anxious. I had a wonderful nurse who allowed me to walk {!!} to the ICN to see my beautiful daughter.

What started out as a few hour ICN stay turned into 11 days. We were fortunate to have a fairly uneventful ICN experience when Hanna was born. Those 11 days felt more like an eternity {and for anyone that has had a child in the ICN you know what I mean}.

Hanna was sent home on a heart monitor that she needed to wear for 3 months. At the end of those 3 months she was discharged from the high risk doctor and I’d like to say that it has been fairly smooth sailing since. Yes, she has had her fair share of viral infections and even a bout of pneumonia but that has nothing to do with the fact that she was a preemie.

Not every family has an easy ICN experience like we were fortunate enough to have. One in eight babies is born to soon. Premature birth is the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. These babies need people to fight for them because they shouldn’t have to. To learn more about how you can help, please visit the March of Dimes.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Today marks the three year anniversary of my Grandmother’s passing. It is also my Grandfather’s birthday. It is fitting that she chose to “go home” to be with him on his birthday.
I miss you both very much.

Proper Park Etiquette?

This morning Hanna and I went to the park. Under normal circumstances I usually leave with some great photos and that makes for a happy Mommy.

Unfortunately there were no photos today. I left with a frown and some questions that hopefully won’t offend anyone.

There were two young girls {my guess is 4/5ish and 6/7ish} that were there with their Grandmother. The Grandmother was not friendly AT ALL. And she wasn’t overly concerned with making sure her granddaughters were being well behaved.

The youngest girl, Maddy was a huge fan of Hanna’s. So much so that she like to hug her by grabbing her at the throat and pulling her in closely to rub foreheads. Awesome.

The oldest girl, Samantha was more interested in pushing Hanna out of the way to go down the slide before her. Awesome.

And yet the Grandmother never corrected them or asked them to stop. Never.

I started saying “let’s take turns” or “Hanna you can go once the other girls have gone” and you would think that would maybe make her speak up. No.

She did talk to me twice. Once was to ask if Hanna’s name was also Maddy. Then to tell me how cold she was.

At what point is ok to ask another parent/grandparent to control/discipline their child? At what point is it ok to ask a child not to do something when it is affecting your child?

I am quite certain we will be frequently visiting this park {it’s a block from the beach!! :)} and I want to make sure I am up to speed on toddler park etiquette.

I wouldn’t be lying when I said that I was happy to see them leave. It was nice to have the whole park to ourselves until the next little girl arrived…..

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Weekend Recap

Saturday we went to our first Punkin Chunkin. What an experience! It was cold, muddy and the stroller really wasn't an option. 

I was amazed at the people and things I saw.  I can only describe as really being a place not for children.  The "tailgating" that people do is unbelievable.  One group had a leather sofa next to a fire pit.  There was another group with a port-o-potty on the back of their truck.

I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

The crowds {or well the people that are actually there for the Chunk} go crazy when the pumpkins go flying.  The noise when the pumpkin explodes at take off is even louder.

We watched a few pumpkins fly then we made our way down to the vendors. There were some inflatables for the kids to play on.  Hanna LOVED the slide.  I went down with her the first time and I did not like it.  It was a gentle reminder of how much I fear heights and falling. Stephen thought she would like to go down the slide on her own. You can judge for yourself but I don't think she liked it to much.



We randomly bumped into some friends from Jersey.  It was so great to see them and to catch up.

I don't have any other pictures from the Chunk.  I know you are sad :(

Monday, November 8, 2010

Reality TV

I am thinking about giving up TV. Crazy, right?

Don’t get me wrong, I love to watch TV. I have certain shows on certain nights. Thank goodness for our dvr and the ability to watch missed shows on the internet.

But lately I feel as though some of the shows are becoming too real. They are more graphic and push the limits as much as they can. Some of it is quite disturbing to me. I think it is because some of the stories they portray really happen to people and everyone knows someone who knows someone.

I’ve talked with some friends about this quite a few times in the last year. Most of them are moms and they all agreed that shows affect them differently now that they have had children. Any storyline affecting children sends us into tears. Pets too. Why is that? Blame it on hormones I guess.

I remember watching Meet the Fockers when I was pregnant and having a panic attack over the storyline. Silly I know. Even sillier because I had already seen the movie and I knew what happened.

Then there was the episode of American Dad {not a show I normally watch; in fact it was the first and last time I ever saw it} where the parents got divorced because he found out she had been with a lot of men before they were married. They divorced so he could sleep with another woman. The storyline got so crazy that someone ended up in jail and he married the women he divorced his wife to sleep with. Someone may have died too. I can’t remember exactly because the show gave me nightmares for 2 days. Now if it comes on when we are watching TV, the channel has to be changed right away.
Last night we were watching one of my favorite abc dramas from last week. The story line had me crying and gave me such anxiety that I was up for hours before I could fall asleep. The prank calls to my husbands cell phone at midnight did not help any either.

Maybe it’s just me but I don’t think TV shows should do that to me. Granted all of the Explorer episodes I watch don’t leave me feeling this way. {Although that fox can be rather sneaky}

Does anyone else feel this way?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Your Three Words

Punkin Chunkin Weekend


What is that exactly?

Don't ask me....just yet.

It's the big to-do around here so of course we are going to check it out.

If you want to see for yourself click here.

It is sure to be lots of fun after all the rain we had yesterday!



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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fight for Preemies

I love the month of November.  Yes, the weather gets cooler {but not usually to cold, depending on where you live that is} and of course there is Turkey Day!! But November is even better because it is Prematurity Awareness Month. 

As you may know from reading the blog, our family is big supporters of the March of Dimes.  They do great things and are really trying to find answers as to why premature birth happens.

Novemeber 17th is National Fight for Preemies day. To join the fight go here,  sign up and then spread the word.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Trick or Treat or Not

Would it be wrong to say that Hanna didn't go trick or treating because I she doesn't need the candy.

Saturday we went to my parents for the day.  Stephen dressed Hanna in her costume {If I try to do it, she cries}and we took some pictures.  Aunt Becki took her to the neighbors to "trick or treat" a day early.




Sunday we went to Rehoboth for the Sea Witch Festival.  What a great way to spend Halloween!!  As Hanna says "Beeeeeeaaaaaccccchhhhh!!"

Stephen took Hanna for her first pony ride.  


 I love to watch her facial expressions.
Hanna has decided that she loves the sand. 
I think that is going to make for a really fun summer.


We were really excited to watch the horses run on the beach. 




Friday, October 29, 2010

Your Three Words

One of the advantages of moving where we did is that we get to spend lots of time at the beach.

I think I am truly a fan of fall beach time. You wouldn’t believe how crowded the beach can get.

Sand in your toes when it's not 100 degrees is AWESOME!!h

All of this time I had no idea what I was missing out on!

I’m looking forward to spending Halloween at the beach with my family :)



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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mommy Burnout

How many things on this list can you relate to?

There are quite a few for me though I think they are all amusing.

A dirty diaper or tinkle accident (since we are still potty training) really does make me cry sometimes. Hanna and Stephen look at like I am crazy when I start to cry about it. Especially if Hanna just had a bath. She's good at doing that.


I admit I have used my outside voice inside. But who hasn't. Right???

My wonderful husband has learned not to ask me to call anyone to ask questions about anything. I never ask the right questions and well it's just easier for him to do it. I have no complaints about this arrangement.



Number 10 makes me crack up.  We say MOVE MORGAN when she is under our feet.  My 21 month old adorable daughter now looks at Morgan and says MOVE!  That can't be good!
 
 
What items on this list do you find most amusing?




Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Costume & Tears

I wish that my child liked her Halloween costume.

The first time I tried it on her tears. screaming. lots of it. and instantly.

Today there were more tears. not instantly. but there were tears.

I’m hoping to at least get her in it and take a picture.

We’ll pretend its Halloween.

Maybe next year will be better!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Your Three Words


 Big project in our house this weekend!

Hanna's room is getting a fresh coat of paint.

Purple :)

It will look lovely with her new Dora Dora sheets.



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Life Lessons

  • All of the things you say you aren’t going to do as a parent are out the window as soon as that baby enters the world.
  • Secrets and lies are crap. They shouldn’t exist and whoever says there is such a thing as good secrets and white lies is full of crap too.
  • A good hug from your child can make everything right with the world.
  • It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how fancy your possessions are, if you don’t have anyone to share it with, then they are worth nothing.
  • You learn who really cares about you during your biggest time of need.
  • A child’s belly laugh is the best sound you’ll ever hear.
  • You can’t please everyone all of the time.  No matter how hard you try.
  • Sometimes you have to just do what is right for you and not what everyone else thinks is right.
  • You don’t always have to agree with a person’s decision.  Offering your support to them is the best thing you could ever do.
  • Hearing your child say “love you” for the first time is a moment you will never forget.
  • It is important to have all of the facts before you make any sort of judgment

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gone but Not Forgotten

We are still here.
There has been A LOT going on.
Just when I think I have time to blog, I realize I actually don't.


I'm working on some posts though.
Full of picture overload.
Don't say you weren't warned.....  :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Organized?!?

Sometimes I love being pretending to be organized.

It doesn’t happen often.

But for once I am on the ball and not waiting till the last minute.

With what you ask????

This…..












Yup…

Hanna’s Halloween costume.

Purchased.

An in route to our house.

All before October.

This is recording breaking stuff here people!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Huge

Last week I received an email from a friend and it the middle of the email it said something like this....

OMG!!! Hanna is getting HUGE!!

Some people might take that to mean huge as in a hefty little one. Not I. I knew what she meant.

A few days before I received that email Stephen and I were at the store and I had found a cute late fall/early winter outfit for Hanna. It was 24 months. The woman at the register was trying to be nice. {We won’t talk about how she was quickly shoveling a snack in her face when we approached the counter and that the entire time we were checking out she kept trying to remove the crumbs from her enormous large chest} The conversation went a little like this…

Cashier - How old is your daughter?

Me - She’ll be 20 months this week.

Cashier - She must be huge.

Well gee, thanks for that lady! I explained to her that Hanna is very tall and we need that size more for her height then because of her weight. I don’t think she bought it.

When we took Hanna for her checkup in August she was still in the 95 percentile for her height. I don’t think I really noticed it until I put one of her 18 month dresses on her a few weeks ago and it looked like a mini dress.

Poor child. I hate having to buy pants that are longs. Excuse me, I mean huge.

Rookie Move

We’ve learned our lesson.

Hanna is a smarty pants.

Do not give her any advance notice to things we will be doing or places we will be going.

If told too early, a meltdown is sure to be had when we don’t do said thing or go to said place immediately.

Hence the freak out in the kitchen last night.

Who knew that little girls were required to wear something other then underpants outside to play?!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

This weeks recipe is kind of one of my own. I made something similar one time and I can’t find the exact recipe anywhere so I make it my way now. I love this side; I make it to go with chicken, steaks, burgers, pretty much anything. What is even better is that my darling daughter who will not eat potatoes {unless they are in the form of a french fry} eats them right up. I think it must be the cheese!!

I start with 4 baking potatoes {it is enough for the 3 of us with a little left over sometimes}

I clean and slice the potatoes into ¼ inch slices.

I put the potatoes in a sealable bag or a bowl with a lid.

To the potatoes I add:

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon basil

½ cup of grated parmesan cheese

Then I add olive oil. How much I’m not really sure. I just start pouring and stop when it looks like enough.

Give the bag/bowl a good toss to coat the potatoes. {Add more oil or cheese if necessary}  There can never be to much cheese!!

I line a cooking sheet with one of those silicone mats and cook the potatoes in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly crispy.

Enjoy!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Decisions

There is never a dull moment in this house or in my life {in general}. Just when things start to calm down something comes along {whether big or small} that makes it not so calm. I’d like to say that I see calm in my near future but I’m thinking that that is far from the truth.
The thing that sucks about being an adult is the decisions that you have to make. No one likes making adult decisions. Or at least I don’t know many people that do. Trying to predict the affects of your decision on your future is impossible. You can only make the decision using your best judgment and how you think the future will unravel. What makes it even worse is when there is a child who is directly affected by the decisions you make. Younger children don’t always directly feel the affects but really, they aren’t stupid.

There have been a lot of decisions made in my house lately. None of which I am ready to go public with. And I am not sure I ever will be. Trust me when I tell you that Stephen and I think that they are the best for our family, right now. We love each other very much and want to give Hanna the best life possible. Oh and Morgan too!

Thank you for letting me get this out. I have been wanting to blog about this for sometime but I haven’t been able to get the words down exactly as I wanted.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

One Week Potty Training Update

We did!! We’ve made it one week {okay nine days now} into potty training. The first day was rough. I won’t lie. There was lots of washing of the training pants. But then I went away for a girl’s weekend and left Daddy, Grandma, Aunt Becki and Grammy to deal with it!!

I must say that I am overly impressed with how well it is going. Hanna hasn’t quite got down the science of telling us exactly when she needs to go but she does let out a little scream and stops dead in her tracks when she feels a dribble. I would say that half the time we can successfully get her to the potty before it turns into a full blown accident.


Yesterday was an amazing day. There were no accidents all day. None! The day even included a trip to the ice cream shop without a diaper. I was so excited.

But then she woke up this morning forgetting everything about potty training and made up for the lack of accidents yesterday before lunch today. I can only hope that she will wake up from her nap in a better mood and we can accident free afternoon. {I know…I probably just jinxed myself!}

I can only hope that this week will be even better then the last!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Your Three Words



Girls Weekend Away!!!
It's my first time away with out Stephen and Hanna since well.....
well atleast since Hanna was born.
It may be my first time away without Stephen in 4 and a half years.

I'd say I am LONG overdue for this!!

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