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Am I a girly girl b/c I like pink?

Red is my favorite color, but I really like pink a lot, too. I love hints of pink with brown especially! I like the pink to NOT be the primary color mostly. Just an accent color.

So, this morning I get on the elevator w/ my sling backpack for the gym and my shoes in hand (b/c I grabbed them running out and didn't put them in my bag). My shoes are mostly black, but have pink shoe strings. My bag, coincidentally is also mostly black, but has a pink panel of material on one side. So, I get onto an elevator with a female coworker who notices my shoes and says, "Pink laces..." just matter of factly and grins! I smile back and say..."Yeah, I like pink!" To which she replies that I am a girly girl. I pause for a moment and then turn back to her and say, "Well, I try not to be, but I guess I am...I love pink and red!"

So, I ask - does that make me a girly girl? I never thought of myself as a girly girl. I've always kinda taken exception if anyone insinuated…

Emma has gone tech

Well, she's been on the internet from the moment shew as born...and loves to beat on the laptop now...but now she has something new! My parents started using Skype to talk to friends/family overseas and bought a webcam as well. So, last night I signed up for a Skype account and though I didn't have a webcam Emma got to see my parents through theirs last night and she loved it! She got the biggest kick out of and kept laughing! She reached for my mother through the monitor and then would hold out her hands like, "What's going on...??" but then would get all excited again talking to and seeing her on the computer! So, today at lunch I'm going to get a webcam so they can see her in return when they talk to us!

Let me know if you use Skype so I can add you as a contact!!

Hello Down There

So, I wanted to try my hand at fake model photography. No, that isn't a model I photographed, it's real life - it is Las Ramblas in Barcelona. I took this picture when visiting with Elaine, her husband, and another friend a few years ago. I manipulated the picture in Photoshop using a technique to make it look like a model instead of real life, also known as Tilt Shift Photography.

I have tried my hand at a few pictures from our trip and hope to play with some more soon! You can view the others here...

For the most part

we were in all weekend. Friday we had our carpets cleaned so I was home for that of course. And if I had felt better Emma & I would have gone out to let the carpet dry, but it was rainy and nasty and I still felt so miserable so we just stayed in. She is doing so much better, but yes sadly Michael and I still have the crud. My crud apparently caused a gland in my eyelid to clog so now I have a big, puffy eye. I look like Rocky Balboa & have been walking around with my hair hanging down and avoiding eye contact. It is very miserable, but as I am not about to let the doc poke around on it he said it should go away on its own in a couple of days. Ugh - I've been dealing with it since Friday already! He did give me 2 Benadryl and a Zantac to help with the swelling - mostly, though they are just making me really sleepy! I'm still debating about posting a picture!

Saturday I did tell Michael that I wanted to get out of the house. So we went to visit my parents for a little wh…

New Mommy Tips: Vicks for Cold Relief

Well, now that children's cold medicines aren't as available OTC as before if you have a child under two you'll need to find another way to help soothe their cold. I am not one for stuffing my child with medicine by any means, but if there is a medication that will ease the pain that my child is in and is not going to hurt them while doing so, then yes I'll use it. When Emma had a cold before her doctor and the pharmacist recommended children's Robitussin Cough & Cold and it worked very well for Emma's cold. This time, though when I called the doctor about her current cold & was asked what I had given her I was told to quit using the Robitussin.

So when we went in to see the doctor I asked, "What do I do to soothe my child for minor cold symptoms?" I didn't want to rush her to the doctor every time she had a sniffle, but wanted to be able to make her comfortable and back to her happy self. Vicks products are great! We bought a Vicks Cool Mi…

We have a problem and a solution...

Well, after the holidays I wrote about Emma not liking car rides anymore. She was also having problems going to sleep at night. Usually I just would lay her in the bed for nap or to go to sleep for the night, walk out, and she would fall asleep. I think we have the solution to those two problems now, but it's actually another problem in itself. At Emma's 12 month appointment she had two ear infections - apparently one cleared up, but the other did not. Yesterday I took her to the doctor b/c she's been fighting a bad cold and it turns out she has a hole in her left ear drum - I guess from the ear infection that didn't clear up with antibiotics last month. So it's no wonder she hasn't been my happy baby lately. She's been in pain. I figure riding in the car wasn't pleasant b/c after all ear problems affect equilibrium and car riding doesn't help that. And going to bed at night was just a matter of the pain she was feeling in her ear and why she wasn&#…

Brown Eyes & Pink Nose!!

Back in East Texas we went riding on four-wheelers and gun buggies for about 3 hours through trails in the woods all around my sister's place! Emma had so much fun! It was cold, but we kept cozy on the gun buggy wrapped up in a warm blanket and lots of layers & hats!

The Minimalist’s Guide to Fighting (and Beating) Clutter Entropy

I subscribe to several organizing type is called Zen Habits. This morning they had a really good article that I had to bookmark and print out! I'm kind of obsessive about containers - everything has to have a home to be put up correctly so I have tons of containers to keep different things in. If I don't have the proper container, chances are it'll sit out until I find it a good home (this drives Michael insane)! the article this morning really perked my interest about keeping this clutter down.

Basically it had 8 guidelines to follow:
1. One in, two out.
2. Limited storage.
3. Clear floors and flat surfaces. Keep them clear.
4. Designate a home for everything, and be fanatic.
5. Regular decluttering sessions. Put in your calendar.
6. Reduce your desires for more.
7. 30-day list.
8. Change your habits
#4 is me hands down. I am a fanatic about everything having a home and like I said, if it doesn't have a real home it'll sit out either on my cou…

2008 CD Case Calendar

I have started digital scrapbooking and this is one of the projects I've been working on - it's a CD Case Calendar and each page is a one month calendar with pictures of my sweet darling!

Michael's Yummy B'day Cake

Michael picked out his own cake this year and it was so delicious!! I was nice and instead of putting 31 candles on the cake to set off the smoke detectors I just put three candles on one side and a single candle on the other side!!!

Happy Birthday Baby!

Happy Birthday Michael!! We love you very much!

Love you bunches,
Hanna & Emma

Back to the Spark…

This is my first full five day work week in over three weeks. The week before the holidays I worked four days due to my Friday off, then was off an entire week for the week of Christmas, the week after that I was only in the office two days…man, it’s been nice!!

So – since today I’m back in the swing of things full force I figured it was time to return to updating SparkPeople. I was very successful last year using this site and lost 36 pounds when I started journaling my calories with SparkPeople. I still want to lose a lot more and I think I gained back some over the holidays (only about four pounds, though) so I am going back to using what I know works! No, this is NOT a New Year’s Resolution. I don’t believe in them. I do believe that New Year’s is a great time to get a fresh start on things, though. And yeah, there’s a difference!!

So, back to SparkPeople – I will go back to recording all my calories and aim to keep them at 1,200 or less Monday through Friday. I’ll also be recording…

Birthday Wishes


Bubble Bath

Emma & Mommy took a bubble bath this morning and Emma had a nice bubble mohawk!!



Beautiful sky driving to work today

Post Holiday Post

Now that the holidays are behind us and a new year is starting I think it’s time for a good holiday update for everyone and to list out what I want to get organized for 2008! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Our Christmas and New Year’s were both equally nice! It was so much fun to watch Emma tear into her gifts this year! She didn’t quite know what to do at first, but after a while she really got into it. Ha ha! It was such an amazing time! When she got all excited she started squealing – almost to the point of screaming! It was hilarious! She got a couple big gifts and several small ones that I wrapped up so she was able to tear lots of wrapping paper. Next year Santa is going to assemble all his toys the night before so she doesn’t have to wait on Mommy & Daddy to put them together for her, though!!

We do have one more thing we want to get for her…but honestly it’s as much for us as it is for her!! We want to buy a portable DVD player. Lately Emma hates r…