Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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 that I was a girly girl. But maybe I am - who knows!?!?

I'm not into bows and frills, though!!!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

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!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

We've Got a Climber

We need a new level of child-proofing!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

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...

Monday, January 21, 2008

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 while. Mother was hosting a dinner party Saturday night so we didn't stay too late and then went to see Michael's mother for a bit. We all went out to dinner and just hung out at the house playing for a while before heading back home for the night. Yesterday was also so pretty outside so Michael & I took Emma to the park to play. I wanted to take some pictures and play around with the close-up rings my parents got me for Christmas! The wind started picking up, though so we decided it best to go home. The rest of the day was consumed with football. Surprise? Nope!

Today is very gray as I think it's supposed to start raining again today. I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow night, though b/c I don't want to have to run across the parking lot for class in the cold rain! I was planning to go out during lunch and get my nails done today, but with the weather like it is and how I feel I decided a bowl of soup from the cafeteria downstairs just sounded so much better! Hopefully the afternoon will go quickly, otherwise, I may just have to leave early if I don't improve!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Get the skinny on your ZIP

I found an interesting site through this post - it's called ZipSkinny. Basically it gives you all the stats about where you live based on your zip code. It's a fun site to find out about who is living around you and whether you're in the norm or not, too! Just something fun to play with this morning!!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

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 Mist Humidifier for Emma's room (We bought the V400 model). It works so well. It does make her room a little cooler, so I just bundle her up a little more b/c it is so worth it. Before the humidifier it killed me to listen to her have such a hard time breathing at night. It just made it so much easier for her and she was able to sleep through the night so much more restful. We don't use any medicine in this either, just plain water.

Besides the humidifier I also bought Puffs with Vicks for Emma's little nose.  Her poor little nose was so red from being wipe and every time she saw me coming with a tissue she started running from me. These are so much easier on her nose and they have just the right amount of Vicks on them to help clear her nose. They are definitely something to recommend!

At first I had also picked up Vicks Baby Rub for her, too but then in the baby aisle I found Little Colds Rub by Little Remedies (all their products are good, too). I hold it open under Emma's nose to let her breathe it in to help open her nose up. I was advised by the doctor, though not to rub it directly on her nose in case it irritated her. I did rub regular Vaseline on her nose, though. It helped soothe her irritated nose and made it easier to clean her nose each time it was needed. The Little Colds Rub isn't near as strong as regular Vicks or the Vicks Baby Rub so I figured she would tolerate it a lot more.

Also by Little Remedies I bought Little Noses -  this by far has helped the most I think. I just spray a little in Emma's nose and it immediately clears her nose out and loosens any mucus that had dried on/in her little nose (I know yucky). It doesn't bother her as much as I was afraid it would. I guess b/c it provides so much relief she immediately gets over it b/c she can breathe!!

All of these remedies help so much and none of them contain any medication whatsoever. Like I said before I will give my daughter medicine if needed and recommended by the doctor, but if there is a way I can help soothe her and heal her w/out drugs that is what I would prefer to do. She is a different baby since we started using these product. I do give her Tylenol or Motrin when she has a fever, but other than that the only meds she is taking now is the antibiotics and ear drops the doctor just prescribed for her. It is such a relief to be able to listen to her breathe normally while she sleeps instead of as if she can't get any air in whatsoever. I know she must have been miserable, poor baby. I'm actually thinking about bringing the humidifier into our room after she gets well b/c many mornings Michael wakes up with a stuffy nose when he isn't sick even. It might help him out a lot, too.

The only dilemma I do have is the Robitussin I have left from before. It really worked well for Emma when she had a runny nose and bad cough before and the doctor said it was probably alright that I gave it to her when this cold first started. I don't know if I should throw it away or keep it to use the next time she gets a cold. I guess when we go back for her follow up I'll ask the doctor, though I am sure I'll be told they cannot recommend that I use it at all. The directions for children under 2 says to call a doctor and that's what I did when I bought it (on the recommendation of the pharmacist and Emma's doctor) and I gave her the amount both the doctor and pharmacist recommended every time. But now they say that cold medicines don't really help children under the age of two - actually, the doctor told me they are trying to get it prohibited for children under the age of six! For now, though besides what the doctor gives me for Emma I'll just stick with the non-medicated remedies b/c I know they help her!

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't sleeping through the night either.

Now she is on antibiotics and ear drops - the ear drops are supposed to help the pain as well as help heal her ear and we're already seeing that! Last night when I took her into her bedroom to lay down for the night I was holding her next to her bed while Michael got her humidifier ready (life saver for her poor little nose) and she was literally wrenching herself out of my arms trying to get into bed. She did the same thing just now when I put her down for her nap. I think once this gets healed she is going to be back to her happy self again and I think car rides are going to be a lot more pleasant. We'll probably still get a DVD player for trips, though!

She ran a 102.2 fever last night before I got her prescription filled. Tylenol helped to bring it down, but now that she is starting the antibiotics I think she is going to start improving very fast!

Friday, January 11, 2008

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 sites...one 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)! Anyway...so 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 counter or bar or I end up with things like junk drawers!! I try to regularly declutter my junk drawer and reorganize it...though Michael has one, too and I am not allowed to touch it! LOL! Under my sink are all kinds of organizers and each has designated inhabitants!

I really like #3 b/c I love to go into someone's house and see clear countertops. My SIL's house is that way and everytime I come home from her house I want to get rid of everything on my countertop! I have a couple decorative things out, but mostly it is just kitchen stuff - the toaster oven, spice rack, utensil holder, paper towel rack, knife rack, and phone...I do use my toaster oven a lot, but I would like to get it off my kitchen counter. That's something that I just have to live with, though b/c we do use it a lot. I have a home for all my other kitchen appliances that don't get used as often, but the toaster oven would not fit in there anyway. I do need to cull down my utensils, though. I did this with the drawer where I keep other utensils (like the potato peeler and can opener) and it made a world of difference. I got rid of a lot and now my drawer looks so much more neat and tidy! Originally I was going to get a bigger cannister for my utensils, but now realize that would just add to the problem - so I need to only put the spatulas and big spoons that I really like in there!

Anyway...I realize you'll get more out of the actual article that reading my ramblings so take a few minutes to go read The Minimalist’s Guide to Fighting (and Beating) Clutter Entropy.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

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!!!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby!

Happy Birthday Michael!! We love you very much!

Love you bunches,

Hanna & Emma

Monday, January 07, 2008

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 my water intake to make sure that I get all enough water every day. And during the week the kitchen at my house closes at 8:00. That was another trick that helped me…closing the kitchen at a certain time helped to control any late night snacking – and actually we don’t really do this much, so this wasn’t too terribly hard! J

On the weekends I do not stick to these rules, though, but I do try to make smart, healthy choices about eating. I don’t run to the sweets or anything like that, but I don’t count calories or close the kitchen. I just try to be sensible. This way it doesn’t feel like I am on a diet, b/c we all know diets don’t work! And every Monday morning it’s like starting from scratch again and don’t we all do our best when we first start something new?


So…wish me luck to achieve the next half of my weight lost goal!

Birthday Wishes



Happy Birthday

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Bubble Bath

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



Wednesday, January 02, 2008

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 riding in the car. Honestly, I think it’s the being tied down part she hates. It makes car rides longer than half an hour miserable for all of us. She is screaming and we don’t know what to do to make her happy. If she is sleeping it’s fine, but some times she is so upset she cannot go to sleep. I’ve tried several different kinds of toys and so far nothing appeases her enough to last the entire journey. So, I thought I would get a portable DVD player and give that a go.

She isn’t a huge TV watcher, but does enjoy watching Disney on the mornings that we’re home together and sadly she loves Barney – she watches it at the babysitter. So I thought I could buy her a few DVDs for the road and hopefully that would be entertaining enough to keep her from being so miserable riding in the car. RECOMMENDATIONS please!! I’ve perused a few websites about portable DVD players and haven’t really been able to settle on one just yet. If you have one you love please let me know…or even if you have one you hate let me know that, too so I can avoid it! Or…if you have the end-all solution to make a child enjoy riding in a car seat that would be something wonderful to know – so please share!!!

Emma is usually a very happy baby, but when it comes to being strapped into a car seat tempers flare!!!

Onto better news: Emma also got a new tooth over the holidays. This makes seven for her now! It’s on the bottom – so now she has three on the bottom and four on top! I think she has been working on this one for a while actually, but it just came through all the way less than a week ago!

On New Year’s we went to Jamie & Steven’s house to ring in 2008. It was a fun evening! We had fireworks, but someone else in the neighborhood really put on a show for everyone! Needless to say Emma didn’t stay up to ring in the New Year (thank goodness), but she was up early in the morning!

Next week is Michael’s birthday and I am trying to pin him down for what he wants to do. I think I am going to invite the family over for dinner, unless he decides on some place to go out to eat. He is so hard to pin down on decisions like that!!!

Today I am back to work after being off since December 21st. I only have to work today and tomorrow, though b/c Friday is my scheduled Friday off so it’s a good transition back into work after being out for so long. It is really quiet around here, though today which I honestly expected and enjoy!