What is this Adventure?

Full-time Mama & Part-time school social worker in the throes of toddlerhood at its best and worst. In my short tenure as a member of the prestigious Mamahood club, I find the reality of it all to be amazing, exhausting, hilarious, challenging, a blessing, lonely at times, nostalgic, guilt-ridden, and the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me...all at once. Sit back, read, laugh and cry with me on my adventure!

Friday, December 30, 2011

7 Random Facts...

I received an email today from a best friend of mine, Kimberly, who has an awesome cooking blog: Badger Girl Learns to Cook. In her blog, she wrote 7 random facts about herself and then nominated my blog to do the same...Thanks Kimberly! I'm honored!

Since I have a readership of, oh, about 2 people...it was very hard to think of 7 random facts that these people would not know...but here goes nothing:

1. There are some words that I remember better in Spanish than English and therefore the Spanish word comes to my head before the English word in these cases. While the instances are few and far between, it becomes comical when I can't think of the English word...here's a few examples: hinchado (swollen), chueco (crooked)

2. I have a re-occuring dream about an old friend of mine where I ask this friend why she does not talk to me anymore. The dream has several variations, but basically, in my dream, I tell this person how sad I am that we lost touch. This is someone I talk to about once or twice a year...but I dream about it about once a month.

3. I HATE cooking chicken. The raw chicken totally creeps me out...touching it, thinking about salmonella, the slimy little chicken leftovers on the cutting board...I'm getting ill thinking about it.

4. I only took one picture on my camera of my belly while pregnant with my second child Hazel. Here it is....

(My mom took a second picture of my belly while pregnant with Hazel on HER camera...but that's it!)

5. I hated and was embarrassed by the "procession" tradition that my family had when I was younger. On Christmas Eve, we would turn off all of the lights in the house and walk around the house with candles and sing religious Christmas songs. The idea was to bring Christ's "light" into the house. We would only know the first verse of every song and end up humming the rest. We would walk in a line following behind my father. The youngest child would hold the baby Jesus that would be placed in the manger of the Creche at the end of the procession. We would end by singing "Silent Night" and then "Joy to the World" when the baby Jesus was placed in the manger. Like I said, I was thoroughly embarrassed by this tradition...and now I make my family do it every year.

6.  I'm addicted to Solitaire on my I-touch at night.  I can't go to sleep without winning a game first.  Sometimes, I stay up after nursing Hazel in the middle of the night just to play another game.  Sick?  Yes.

7.  When I was in middle school, I always wore my hair either in a french braid or half-up in a pony tail.  My first-ever boyfriend always encouraged me to wear my hair down. I wanted to try, but he made such a big deal out of it and told others that I would look so pretty if I wore my hair down that I didn't want the attention if I changed.  I also didn't want him thinking that I would wear my hair down just because of his suggestion.  So, come the first day of high school, I felt this was the "new start" I needed, and I wore my hair down....for the next four years I was in high school.  Now, you won't catch me more than 10 minutes with my hair down...but it's a bit impractical with two babies at home.

Well that's all folks.  Now I'm supposed to nominate other blogs for this same award...Most Versatile Blogger...there is only two other blogs that I read other than the Blogs already nominated by Kimberly...

Liz...I love your blog.  A Constructed Life It's hilarious.  And often times, you cleverly say the things that I am thinking in my head about my kids...so, I nominate you to write the next 7 Random Facts and I can't wait to read them!

April...I also love reading your blog and what you are up to.  And your tips are so helpful!  Check out:  Thirty and Thrifty and I can't wait to read your facts!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Trying to get the picture-perfect-picture.... impossible.

As you can see, I was really trying to get both kids to smile for the picture. I tried....at no avail. And Hazel is SUCH a smiley baby...and Kieran loves to be a ham for photos...but...not this day.





I think Kieran was attempting to smile on this one:


Finally, I at least got Kieran smiling and Hazel wasn't crying. We had to call it a day. Merry Christmas everyone! We are blessed!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Super Kieran and Super Big Hazel


So Kieran received this Super Hero costume from a good friend of ours and at first he wouldn't put it on. I, of course, thought it was adorable, so I modeled it for him, running around the room "flying" around like a crazy person. The next day, voila, like magic, he wanted to put it on and fly around the room too. Hilarious!

As I speak, both of my kids are attempting to nap. Kieran is upstairs calming his Abby doll down by saying "I know, I know, I know" (see previous blog) and I'm just downstairs chuckling to myself. Hazel is laying next to me on the couch, fighting off sleep as she drifts into slumber land.

If you are wondering about my attitude, I am feeling much better this week. No, I haven't met anyone, but...I have a lot of visitors :)

Oh yes, and on to super big. Hazel recently "weighed in" at my six week post-partum midwife appointment. THIRTEEN POUNDS! I have to laugh because my dear cousin, so sweet of her, sent a little Christmas outfit for Hazel....Newborn size! If you are unfamiliar with infant sizing, let's just say my kids NEVER fit into "newborn" size...it's size 5 to 8 pounds....

Here's her attempt at putting the outfit on...you can't see it, but NONE of the buttons are buttoned. I had to take the outfit off as soon as the pictures were done because it was squeezing her so much! Still, cute.



Anyway, it's amazing how fast kids grow. One blink and they are 13 pounds. Next blink, they are running around house playing super hero and saving the world...

Monday, December 5, 2011

New baby, new home, needing new attitude...


Well I'm thrilled about a new baby, but new home? Less than thrilled, one could say.
We took a big step on Nov 20th and moved closer to Paul's work...
We now are "suburban"...my mom will laugh because I say it with such disdain, but she says I turned out fine in the suburbs....or did I? ;)

Actually, the place is really nice. We have a two bedroom townhome. The club house has a play room, basketball court, outdoor pool, and hot tub (that I haven't tried yet). There is a small playground outside as well. We live within 15 minutes of every store known to mankind, which is a totally new experience compared to that of the city. So many options....I'm used to the grocery store and Target! :)

Why the bad attitude?
I'm just throwing a pity party because I'm lonely.
I can write about it today because I'm feeling a bit better...

In the meantime, Kieran turned TWO!

He is very two and I love him for it. Every day he is stringing more and more words together. His latest funniest thing: telling me "I know, I know, I know" when I'm upset with him. Where does he get that from? Yeah....ME......and I never knew it until he started mocking me! Apparently, when my kids are upset, I pick them up, rock them, pat their backs, and say, "I know"....

Wanna know something sick? This strange habit was passed down from generations! I caught my MOM saying it the other day to Hazel! That's RIGHT! I unknowingly am passing down a strange little phrase...I wonder if my Nana says it?

Ok, Kieran is now sitting on my lap reciting the letters I type...it's getting tricky. Gotta run!