Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Blogging to blog.. And to share some pics!

It's been awhile since I have blogged and I am trying to put off an expense report at work as long as possible so hear I am! Nothing to exciting going with us just dealing with Finn and her ever growing attitude, whether it be good or bad! She is such a little spitfire! She got put in time out this morning before 6 am even for kicking Daddy in the shins because she wanted to wear a pair of shoes that are too small. Mental note - time to clean out the closets!!

I've taken a lot of pics lately and posted them all on FB and Myspace but I figured WTH I will post some of my favorites here.. Ok so after I finished I realized I lied, I'm posting A LOT not some of my favorites!! LOL!

My friend Lindsey came over a couple fridays ago with her daughter Sydney who just turned two.. Finn and her have been "friends" since birth but this time was soooo much fun watching them play. They totally hit it off and it warmed my heart to hear their giggles when they thought no one was watching.. I can't wait till it's time for them to have sleep overs!! So much fun!!

They look incredibly sweet and innocent here... oh what a camera can do!! LOL!

I LOVE this picture!! So precious!

Having way to much fun in the tent!!!

Baby giggles! I love that I caught this on film!!!

The Sydster!

Chicken nugget anyone?! I like how colorful this picture is..

One of my faves right now... She picked out her outfit, yellow pants, yellow shirt and yellow socks.. She is definitely her fathers daughter!

You'd never think looking at this picture that she is capable of knocking you off your feet with on swift kick to the shin!
Showing off

Daddy, Finn and the dogs!

I love my sweet girl!

Is she telling me to kiss her butt?!?!?


She looks so big to me in this picture...
Love my happy girl!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Momma It's Broke..

So I'm driving home with Finn yesterday. She is coloring on her magna doodle that we keep in the car. I'm driving down the road and all of the sudden she makes eye contact with me in the rear view mirror and says "Momma It's Broke" clear as day while she holds up the magna doodle pen. Turns out she had pulled on it to hard and pulled the string that keeps it attached off.

I was blown away! She is doing well with her talking and puts certain sentences together and has her typical phrases but to just pop off with something like that I could not believe. It was the first time she said something to me that we hadn't "worked" on. I was SO proud! So I say to her oh it's broke and she shakes her head yes and says "uh huh it's broke".

I'm going to miss her baby babble when it's gone but having that happen last night had me SO excited for when we really get to communicate. I always fantisize about how great it will be to discuss her day with her on the car ride home etc. and it looks like it is starting!!

What happened to my little baby?

Peace out dudes!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Finners gets down!! Finally able to get her lip synching on camera! What a nut!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I want I want I want!!!!!

I think I am hooked and I haven't even bought any yet! I think these are sooo cute and perfect for Miss Finners!! She always wants shoes on, even if she is in her footed PJ's! I bought her some slippers but she won't keep them on.. So this may just be the answer!

Check out the review from our friend Shannon!!! Hey look at that I did a link!!

I am loving these confetti ones in the brown!!!

Valentine's Day!

Just a few pics of Finn in her new dress she got for Valentines Day from my Aunt Laurie. We don't exhange Christmas gifts with them but instead have always done Valentines Day. Isn't it cute!?!?!

Can these eyes be any bigger?!?

She's starting to really pose for the camera...
A big ol CHEESE for Mommy!!

Ready to be done with pictures!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Just some pics from my phone...

I took some pics with my phone this weekend and wanted to share.. although I guess I really didn't need to since they are on Myspace and Facebook!

Why is it that all the good ones are always on my blurry phone?!?!

I asked her to show me her teeth...

Then she smiled big..

We took the dogs with us to my parents, Finn thought that was pretty dang cool to have her Kaizer ride with her..

And my new fave, Finners on Valentines Day.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tofutti Love!

So Miss Finn was just too dang sweet this weekend and I splurged and gave her a little extra treat since Daddy wasn't looking.. He thinks she gets to messy with them and usually tries to feed them to her himself... Yea right we all know how great that goes over with an independent two year old.. (GASP, my baby is 2 in 13 days!!!!)

Anyway, maybe he has a point........

LMAO! I turned around for one second! And look! LOL I couldn't help but laugh.. she obviously had a ton of fun and was very proud of herself. I took out the camera and she came back with a big ol "CHEESE" and that sweet smile..

Needless to say she went right in the bath!

After that she took a nap and when she woke up her Daddy took her for a walk. He let her "pick" her clothes and when she walked out I had to smile she was looking to damn sweet for her own good. God I love that girl!!

Have a great day!

Friday, February 6, 2009

I think I hurt his feelings..

Late last week Travis couldn't contain it anymore and spilled the beans on a Valentine gift he'd been planning. Turns out he had scheduled us for a couples massage on V day complete with our own private suite, Champagne and Chocolate Covered Strawberries!! Isn't that sweet!! He even had child care already arranged. I was super stoked and couldn't wait..

Then we did our taxes.....

Blech! I hate money! We didn't get what we had hoped for and after taking care of the things we needed to there is next to nothing left...

I was thinking about how much I wanted to do the massage but that could I really justify spending that kind of money with the way things are right now.. How would I feel if went and spent $200+ on a massage only to turn around and one of us get laid off next week..

So I talked with him about it last night and tried very nicely to talk him out of it. It's hard because I don't want to discourage him from doing nice things like that but I also don't want to do something we can't really afford.. So I told him all the other things we could do with that money and how as much as I want to I don't think we should do it.. He seemed a little perturbed about it but agreed. So I called and was *luckily* able to cancel it. Turns out it was non-refundable and they already had our debit card info so I thought we were screwed but the lady was really nice about it and said that they had a waiting list and since we gave them so much notice she wasn't going to charge us.. I called and let him know I was able to cancel it and he said "OK, thanks for shitting on my gift" Sigh, he said he was kidding but I don't think he was.. However, if he wasn't talking shit about something and giving me a hard time then I would have been worried.

Do you think I should have just kept quiet and gone ahead with it, am I wrong for telling him? So many times I have gotten ourselves in trouble by not saying no to things he wants to do when I know we shouldn't. I'm trying to turn a new leaf!

Besides, I have two free movie passes from work and a gift card to Applebee's leftover from Christmas, that sounds like a great V day and it's FREE!! He seems over it now but I feel bad for doing it....

HEY IT'S FRIDAY!!!!! And the boss is gone till Tuesday! I'm finally getting that break!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Need a break...

I need a break from the radio and news, everything is SO depressing. Everywhere we turn it is layoffs and job cuts. I'm scared for everyone, but it's really freaking me out that Travis and I are both in aircraft, living in a city that is dominated by aircraft and are in the middle of unbelievable job cuts. Everyday it seems the next big company is announcing huge numbers. Even Travis who works in a small company that only has 200 people are effected. The are laying off at least 30% and started last Friday. Yesterday Boeing announced 5,500 on top of the 4,500 already announced, Cessna just announced 4,600 and last week it was Hawker with 2,200. It's seems my company is the only one who hasn't announced any but it is inevitable.

But you know, I am really scared that I will get laid off BUT I am also looking at this as my chance to get out of a job I am not satisfied with. I've been missing dental a lot. I never realized how passionate about it I am until it was gone. And even though I've been putting my resume out there it has been against Travis' wishes. It's not that he doesn't want me to be happy but he is scared about me leaving a job with good benefits and 401K well what good are those things if there is a chance of losing that job everytime something happens with the economy? It's not worth it. And who cares about the insurance, I don't even use it cause I am on Travis' and if he is worried about me not having the 401K then we will just raise the percentage on his. PLUS most dentist only work 4 days a week so that right there is a savings of $100 a month from not having Finn in daycare that extra day. All those things are good points but I can't make him see it. And unless I found some dream dental job with benefits, awesome pay and dependent care I couldn't comfortably leave Spirit. I'd feel guilty everytime something was tight and I would worry about Travis holding it against me. But I can't help it if I was laid off right?!?! So enough of this worrying shit... I need to look at it as a blessing in disguise. If I'm laid off then I get to claim unemployment for awhile, stay home with my girl and look for a job in a field I love and can excel in AND it would all be guilt free... The power of positive thinking right!?!

On a different note I am soo anxious about getting our taxes done this weekend.. We are planning a trip to Phoenix in October for Miss Jenndears wedding and I am ready to get things booked and paid for! Travis and I have taken lots of vacations but it has always been with my family. This will be our very first family vacation on our own and I can't wait. And the best part is, is that it's far enough away that I can realistically save for it so we can not only get to go but have enough money to enjoy ourselves. My aunt and uncle live in AZ too so all the way around it will be a fantastic trip!!! WOOT WOOT!

Wow, I am finally starting to fully grasp how great this blogging is... I've felt so crappy the last few days and have been so angry but after typing out all of this I actually feel a little better. Better start doing this more often!

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Wrath of Ava

These pictures don't even do it justice. My poor girl will randomly point to them and say Boo Boo.. I can't believe a two year old could be this violent in a small amount of time.. All of this was done in a matter of minutes... I took these last night in the bath. Luckily they are healing nicely and aren't getting infected...

The two worst ones.. the one above her butt bled a long time..

You probably can't tell but there are 5 marks in this picture.. 3 are bites.

The one I found last night..
And a smile just to show you how forgiving she is!

And cheesing it up this morning.. Notice Dad thought it would be "rock star" (those are his words) to pop her collar.. He's such a goof! I told him Donetta doesn't know about popping collars and that she'll probably just think we are sloppy! LOL

Loving her man!

Friday, January 23, 2009


OK is it totally sick that all I can think about is TV right now? There are so many good shows! Last night Travis told me that I could watch a recorded show (he likes to watch them live) but that it couldn't be a reality show... I had about 12 shows saved to my DVR and every single one was a reality show... I think I have a problem!

First of all I know that I have an issue when I can't miss an episode of the Bad Girls Club. Those girls are crazy and ridiculous but it's like a car wreck, I have to watch.

Top Chef rocks as always, nothing new there...

Real World has sucked me in, I watch every season but I think this seasons group is different then the typical Real Worlders. I'm curious to watch this season.

Real Housewives.... Don't get me started on this show... I seriously can't stand any of them and yet I still watch.. I like Jeana the most but I hate to watch her because she seems so depressed all the time.. makes me sad... and this new chick Lynn... OMG she looks like a shorter Steven Tyler!

I'm also sucked into all those wedding shows on WE TV, Rich Bride Poor Bride, Platinum, Wedding Central and my favorite My Fair Wedding with David Tutera, that show is awesome. He goes into peoples lives 3 weeks before the wedding and changes everything they've planned so far, but for the better! The weddings he puts on are amazing. But how much are they? I just saw a Platinum Wedding that he was the planner for and their budget was 1.4 MILLION! Surely this My Fair Wedding show doesn't have budgets like that! Could you imagine spending that much on a wedding? It was beautiful though. They had 100,000 white rose flown in, that's 10 ACRES of flowers..

Next theres Greys Anatomy. Totally and completely HOOKED. I just started watching it this season so I have about 5 years of shows to catch up on. Thank goodness for Lifetime reruns! Today I get off work at 1:30 and I don't need to pick Finn up till 3:30.. and instead of going and running errands like I should be doing I will be going home to plop my butt on the couch and watch last nights GA. It's what is gonna get me through this long day!

And finally I think I have a new favorite show.... The United States of Tara on Showtime..
It's created by Steven Spielberg and has Toni Collette in it who I love. A typical housewife who has multiple personalities... Her "alters" always seem to make an appearance at times of stress.. I've only seen one show so far but I laughed my ass off the entire time. In fact while watching it alone I thought this is something Travis would like too, so when he got home I actually watched it all over again with him. It's great, if you have that channel I really recommend it!
Well this was kind of a random post but it is whats on my mind sooo... Yay for blogs!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Long time no blog....

So I need to get back into this blogging thing. I really like it and love having unlimited space to say what I want. But I just wish I could write a blog as interesting as some of you other girls!
I've got a lot of pics to put up. I'm behind and haven't even done my Christmas photos! Bad mom!! Things have just been crazy lately. My big brother was in town over New Years and it seems like things haven't settled since!

Finn is so much fun right now. She is, as I like to lovingly call her a little shit but I love it. We are starting to really be able to communicate and it is amazing. I will definitely miss the babble once it's gone but for her to be able to tell me what she wants is priceless. I think it would definitely cut back on the tantrums as well. It seems that so many of her fits are related to us not understanding her!

We finished her playroom over break and she loves it! I love that she has her own little place and that she utilizes it. Whenever I can't find her she is always snuggled up in her little closet nook with her buddy Kaizer (who by the way thinks we made that damn thing for him) Yesterday I ran outside to check that mail and when I came back in she was in her room trying to shove Jenn's felt cookies down K's throat. It was hilarious!! She kept saying Kaizer COOKIE! Take Bite!! And when he tried to leave she chased after him wagging her finger and saying No No No!! Poor dog, he is such a saint and loves her so..

Anyway enough rambling.. I know that the most of you who read this are ones I talk with daily anyway so this is all old news! LOL.. I think I am at Sam's and Tera's urging still going to make a PW post. I need to get back over to that place.. I miss it but you know how hard it is to just come back when you've missed so much.. I'm telling you that's why I like these blogs, you can be waaayyyy more selfish!! LOL is that bad?

Here are a few pics of Finn's new room and a couple from the last few days. I'm still debating doing a Christmas blog, I mean hell, it's been over a month too little too late?

My black friday deal!! Flat Screen with DVD player!! Woot Woot!!

Jenn's awesome altered letters! I love them!

View from the doorway... It's a small room but perfect for toys!

Her Christmas present, a new chair from Mema and Papa!

Her hideout! It was a closet and we just took the doors off and hung a valence over the shelves. Works great cause it hids all the junk we are still storing on the shelves!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

JennDear Strikes Again!!

Ok, seriously folks.. Can she be anymore creative?!?! Everytime I order something from her I am always just blown away. I asked her if she could make a Paper Bag Album for the guy I work with whose twin grandbabies were born at 23 weeks. One of the babies passed away early on but the other little miracle actually got to come home last week after being in the NICU since August. She is an amazing little girl and not only did I work with her Grandfather but I also went to highschool with her Daddy. After having my own NICU experience I felt very close to them and wanted them to have a gift that would mean a lot. And what better gift then this?! Like always Jenn went above and beyond and made something so beautiful I considered keeping it myself! It's the biggest and grandest book I've gotten so far.. I've got an addiction to her work and am constantly finding new things to have her work on! I only took a few pictures of the book because I can never take them well enough to show all the detailed work. Here is a link to it on her Myspace.

Isn't it GREAT!!

Look at that sparkle!!

And here it is with all the cute wrapping she sent with it! It was wrapped already but I very carefully opened it! He he he, I couldn't resist! Plus I had to take pics!!
And then to top it all off the little stinker that she is sent me another pink and brown box!! Yippee! Thank you so much Jenn for another amzing box o goodies!! I love it all!! And I already used the tape measure to hang your amazing letters (which deserves a blog all their own) Thank you sooooooooo much! You rock!!
Finn loves those cookies!! She runs around the house with them and then yells BITE and shoves them in her or our mouths LOL!

The loot!! Even the envelopes to her cards are creative!! I swear all this just screams Jenn!! There is a 2009 planner, a desktop calendar, notebook, post its, altered binder clips, FELT SUGAR COOKIES, a too cute tape measure, memo pad, a while you were out notepad, cute little Diva tickets, a SNOW BABY and the cutest magnets with the most awesomeness story I've ever read!!!!

And this is the Snow Baby which I collect! And it's soooo cool and special I cried when I saw it!

And these two magnets are about the cutest damn thing I've ever seen! And Jenn pointed out that even their names start with S & J! The story is sooo us! These are made by another PW mom who has a shop on Etsy. I love Etsy stuff!!

Upclose to read the story...

Thanks again for everyting Jenn! You always go above and beyond. I wish I had half of your imagination!