Archives for February 2013

This is mostly about a St. Patrick’s Day wreath

Well hello there. Happy Friday. I’ve been quiet this week. And probably the week before, I can’t remember. I tend to lose track. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to:

I reached a new level on Candy Crush. I don’t even know why I’m playing this game. It’s not even that fun. It started out all easy and stuff and then it started getting hard and I keep running out of lives and then I have to wait 30 minutes for another life and then I start compulsively checking my phone to see if the 30 minutes is up yet or not…it’s a vicious cycle. I’m ashamed to say I have also spent money on it here and there. You know: like, when I run out of moves and am about to lose another life and it offers to let me keep playing for $0.99? Sometimes I do that because I’m smart with money, OBVIOUSLY. I realize some of you have no idea what I am talking about.

All our fish in our aquarium died a while back and we finally got some more. We got 3 fish that I call “stripey things” and 2 algae eaters that I call “sucky things”. I don’t know the real names of things sometimes so I just make stuff up. It’s a pretty technical process. Anyway, after a day or two one of the sucky things diasappeared. I have no idea where he went. I’ve looked all over that tank, I even stuck my hand in there and started moving things around and couldn’t find him, all I did was freak all the other fish out. I think the others ate him. Bunch of cannibals.

On Monday I decided I wanted to make a St. Patricks Day Wreath so I trotted on over (I didn’t actually trot, I drove my car) to Hobby Lobby and got some materials. I decided to make a tulle wreath because I make them every once in awhile and they’re easy and quick and I like the way they look. Tulle was also 50% off that day so that’s actually the REAL reason. I had to make a cheap wreath since I spent all my money on Candy Crush and cannibal fish. Anyway, I picked up a few other decorative items from their St. Patricks day section: a little leprechaun hat and some gold coins and four leaf clovers. They came in packs and were only about $1 or $2 and were also 30% off. Yay bargains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was pretty happy with it. It was easy and cheap to make and it looks fun and festive. Then yesterday I was shoving my Christmas tree up in the attic (yes, I know it’s the end of February, stop judging me. It was just the little 3 foot tall extra tree I had in the corner of my master bedroom, alright?) and something caught my eye: a neon green tulle wreath. Apparently I made almost the exact same St. Patrick’s Day wreath last year and completely forgot about it.

There must have been wine involved.

Now I have a St. Patrick’s Day wreath on my front door and on the door in my garage. My neighbors must think I really like St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

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How I spent Superbowl Sunday

I actually watched some of the game. That might shock some people because I’m that person that will probably ask you something ridiculously stupid in the middle of the game like how many innings there are. I’m that clueless. But I did watch a little, so what if it was mainly just to catch a few commercials and the half time show?

The remainder of the time that the Superbowl was on I watched Downton Abbey and worked on binding Bella’s birthday cards together. I told someone about this today and they didn’t know what I was talking about so I’ll show you:

 

I started doing this about a year ago and I’m obsessed with it. I gives me a nice little book I can flip though and it stores easily, much better than just chucking all your cards in a shoe box or something- which is what I was doing before.

I have my cards divided up by events and occasions. I have a book of cards we received when we got married, a book for when Bella was born, I have a book I am still adding to for my own birthday cards, a Christmas card book and one for wedding/birthday/bridal shower/baby shower invitations and birth announcements. I’m telling you- I LOVE THESE THINGS.

 

Here’s my wedding card books, they’re divided up by the cards I got from showers and cards I got the day of the wedding:

 

 

 

Anyway that was my Superbowl Sunday. In other news, I’m ridiculously excited that yesterday started my week long countdown to the return of the Walking Dead. I may not have had a Superbowl party but I should TOTALLY have a Walking Dead party.

 

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Bella’s 3rd Birthday Party- Dr. Seuss

Bella’s 3rd birthday is tomorrow but we planned her party for today. I’ve been watching the weather because I always worry about something going wrong. Last year we had her birthday at the Zoo and it rained all day. Parts of the zoo had standing water and the power went out in the party room we were in, people had to go to the bathroom with the door open because they couldn’t see anything. It was ridiculous. We’ve had some weird weather lately- lots of rain, drastic changes from warm days to cold days (one day it’s in the 60s, the next it’s in the 30s). Schools have had a delayed start or have let out early a few times because of snow or ice predictions (which, by the way- I did not see a single snow flake on any of those days that the schools closed down.)

The weather predictions have been FINE all week, from what I saw they were calling for it to be sunny, then that changed to sunny with maybe a few showers. Temperature predictions ranged from the late 40s to the mid 50s. I was not worried at ALL. And the sometime around 10 AM this morning, people started to text me that it was snowing. At first I was all, “Whatever, it’ll stop in a few minutes.” It was not, at that time, snowing at my house. Then over the next hour or so, people were still saying it was snowing and started sending me photos and videos of the snow across town (which is where our party was going to be.) And then I started to panic. This whole freaking city practically shuts down at the mere threat of snow and I was hearing that it was snowing and sticking and had been doing so for about an hour. People started saying they weren’t sure that they were going to be able to make it and I about had an emotional breakdown. Was I going to have to cancel? What was I going to do with all the food I had made? What was I going to do with the freaking cake and balloons?

And then it started snowing at my house and I just stood in my kitchen staring out the window wanting to beat the crap out of mother nature. Luckily, the snow soon stopped, both at my house and across town and everything turned out alright. A few people that lived on the mountain or on the ridge weren’t able to make it, but we had a great turn out and Bella had a blast.

I started planning the party around Christmas. I know that once the holidays were over, I would fall into a little bit of depression. I feel like it’s always a little sad when it’s all over. We do all the decorating and buying and planning and then POOF. Done. So I decided to throw myself into a project, something to consume my time.

I went to Pinterest to get some ideas. I wasn’t into a real girly party because that’s not really Bella. She loves her princess castles and movies but she also loves cars and trucks dinosaurs. I also wanted to do a co-ed theme because her little buddies are girls and boys. I decided on Dr. Seuss because she loves Cat in the Hat and The Grinch and I found some really great ideas. I had a lot of fun planning this party. So, here is what I have been working on over the past month or so:

 

 

These popcorn containers were one of my favorite things. They were filled with white cheddar popcorn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This last photo is of the cakes and the white chocolate marshmallow pops (I added blue food coloring to the melted white chocolate to make them blue.) This picture would have looked better if we had been able to get the box out from underneath the cake. The cake was from my husband’s favorite Mexican bakery and it’s made with condensed mile and was leaking a little so we opted to leave it on top of the box. Oh well.

 

The actual party part- aside from food- was good as well. We had it in a cheerleading gym so there was lots of room for the kids to run and play. There was a tumble track and a floor trampoline and I think it’s safe to say that all the children ran out a lot of energy. It was hard to tear Bella out of the gym to eat, blow out the candles on her cake, or open her presents. In fact, she only opened about 3 presents before giving up and returning to the gym to play. That was okay though, we just brought them home and she has spent the afternoon opening them slowly and playing with each item. I feel bad that I only got a few pictures of the kids playing and the ones I did get are blurry. Hopefully someone else got some good shots and will pass them my way.

 

Here is a picture of Bella snacking before her guests arrived. It’s the only picture that kind of shows the Cat in the Hat shirt I got her. I win at photo documentation.

 

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Kids do gross things.

In my last post I said I wasn’t sure if I was a “mommy blog”. I’m gonna retract that and go ahead and say I probably am because I’m about to throw another mommy story (or 3) out there.

Last week I mentioned that Bella gave me a special surprise at the grocery store. Two days later she presented me with another special occasion when we were at a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. I went ahead and put a Pull Up on her before going to the party because I was pretty sure she was going to poop from excitement. This is something that people don’t tell you before you become a mother: sometimes your preschooler will poop out of excitement. Even when they are potty trained, they will get somewhere where they are SO excited and having SO much fun that they will poop their pants because the refuse to stop and tell you that they need to go to the bathroom because they don’t want to stop playing.

At Chuck E Cheese it happened while Bella was in the playground area and had climbed up into the tunnels where I couldn’t reach her. There she was, up there by the ceiling while I stood on the floor and watched her and could tell from her facial expressions what she was doing. I looked up and her and said “YOU GET DOWN HERE RIGHT NOW,” to which she replied “NO!” And then I got to wait for 20 minutes for her to finally come down, knowing the entire time she had something waiting for me in her Pull Up. So then I had to haul her off to the bathroom to change her and express my disappointment. Then like 15 minutes later, she did it AGAIN when she was sitting at the party table eating birthday cake. Then I told her it was time to leave and took her home, because once you poop your pants twice, the party is definitely over.

This evening I fed Bella dinner, she had some mixed fruit and macaroni and cheese. After she had eaten and was playing with her princess castle, I tried to scarf down some pasta, but it of course, didn’t go over well. Whenever I am eating, regardless if Bella is hungry or not, she will want some. So I got to eat my dinner with my 3 year old sprawled across my lap, picking pieces of pasta out of my bowl with her fingers.

Then, before bed, Bella came up to me and tried to hand me something. I thought it was a Cheerio. It was not. It was something she had pulled out of her nose. It just happened to be the size of a Cheerio. And that made me want to vomit.

Dear Pregnant Women,

I hope you know what you are in for.

 

 

 

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