Sunday, November 20, 2011

Relaxed, Rested and I Have Returned

When I last posted, I was stressed, sick and going crazy while preparing for my vacation.

I'm back. I'm rested. I'm relaxed (for the most part... our dryer broke today...). I'm ready to get back into the grove of things.

We left for Myrtle Beach, SC on Sunday morning and came home Thursday afternoon. I'm not going to get into play by plays of our trip because we were really really low key on this trip.

We had a whole condo to ourselves that included a master bedroom, HUGE bathroom, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and a living room/dining room with an ocean view Our first day we went shopping at the grocery store. We bought stuff for yummy breakfast and lunch as well as munchy stuff. We also bought beer since it was a mommy/daddy only trip :)

The mornings were spent enjoying coffee and a brilliant breakfast then followed by reading until we decided what we wanted to do. From there we decided what we wanted to do and did it. What we did was wander the beach, wander Broadway on the Beach, Barefoot Landing, played Mini Golf, ate awesome food and drank beer. In the evenings we came back to the suite, relaxed on the rooftop hot tub, and read our books again.

Vacations away without a toddler are so much different than our vacations before we had a baby. Its not a bad thing really.... we really just appreciate the uninterrupted reading time, uninterrupted meals and the peace and quiet.

I love being by the water and we had the perfect weather. It was in the upper 70's almost 80's and mostly sunny more than half the time we were there. On our last evening there we watched a thunderstorm leave off the coast. I love love love having my toes in the sand. AND even though it was chilly.... I walked with my toes in the water on Tuesday.

Life was good last week. Life was better when we came home. I just loved seeing Connor's face light up when he saw me there to pick him up from daycare instead of my mom. I LOVED our snuggles the next morning.

We had Friday through today to get caught up on family time. Friday Kevin and I took Connor to Storyville in Woodlawn, MD and let him run and play with us. It was perfect family time until his mini meltdown at Chic-Fila.

Even though I'm struggling getting caught up on some housework, homework, labs and quizzes due to being sick before vacation.... its been nice taking time before having to head back to work. This work week is a three day work week so I'll enjoy the other long break that is coming to me.

I have to give a shout out to my mom for coming in and handling things with Connor. She said he was awesome be we all know toddlers can be a handful!

Soooo I'm back... I'll be blogging.... Enjoy the pictures from our trip!

View from our balcony

Another View

View from the front of our room

First day on the beach. We were right near Cherry Grove Pier.

We walked on Cherry Grove Pier

Celebrated our birthdays and anniversary at Joe's Crab Shack.

I'll have to scan the picture I have from the two of us many years ago in almost the same place.

Our golf balls kissed :)

COLD but worth it.

These birds reminded me of the guys from the movie City of Angels listening to the "music".

This leaf caused me grief....

Mini golfing nerds

This building will freak you out at night.... it freaked out Kevin while driving...

Where we spent most of our time reading.... It was WONDERFUL.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Yes... I've been on a hiatus and I'll be on one for the next week.

Kevin and I are leaving to go on a toddler free vacation on Sunday. VERY EXCITING.

This week however is kicking my butt. I've trying to get the house ready for my mom to visit while she's watching Connor, I'm trying to get my homework caught up and ahead so I don't have to worry about it on vacation and I've been battling a crazy sinus infection that exploded on me the begining of this week.

I had been fighting a little cough for about a week and then this week BOOM! I feel like crap, I have off and on headaches/migraines, at one point my nose was extremely stuffy and the fatigue is awful. I was handling it with the Neti Pot and rest but yesterday I broke down and went to the doctors. He gave me some antibiotics and I'm just waiting form them to kick in now..... anytime now would be perfect.......... really......

I'm trying to focus on the positive but I'm so run down its hard to even get excited about the vacation I have yet to pack for...

Keeping my chin up and I'll see you when I get back!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

This Week on Pinterest!

I started this week off trying one of my "For The Home" pins. It says to take a magnetic strip and place it in an area in your bathroom and attach your bobby pins to it. I did it... and its ok. BUT when I go to take one off my fingers bump other and then they fall off. NOT COOL. Soooo I think I'm going to get a small bowl with a magnet in it. This way all of them will gather together and I don't have to worry about them spilling.
Image from Pinterest

On Monday we were going to meet at a friends house for a Halloween get together Potluck event. My problem was it started right after work and I needed to have something prepared. I went to my Pinterest boards and found Chicken Fajitas in a crockpot. YUM! They turned out great and it was very easy to make!

Tuesday I made Spicy Honey Chicken. I didn't have all the spices she was requesting but I made something similar. THEY ROCKED. It was great grilling too because the weather was nice and cool.

The spices I used.

On Wednesday I blogged about how two of my friends came over and we made Snickerdoodle muffins. THEY WERE TO DIE FOR! VERY YUMMY!

Friday I made foil wrapped bacon ranch potatoes and tossed them on the grill with some Italian sausage. These were also a winner.
My potatoes... mmm... soooo good.

Saturday I made Hawaiian Chicken in the crock pot. My family found it funny because my father is in Hawaii for work right now. It turned out ok. Kevin and I agreed that the sauce was a little strong.

Theroy was good but I'm going to have to adjust it.
This morning I made Apple Sauce Pancakes. They were pretty good. I added All Spice, Ginger and extra Cinnamon to it and I'm glad I did... they would have been bland. I made Connor a Mickey Mouse shaped pancake...

Now for the crafts.....

I blogged earlier in the week that we have a Thankful Zone in our house. The idea came from this pin.

Gobble Gobble!
This week I also remade the Red Velvet Hot Chocolate to go with the Snickerdoodle Muffins and the sliced potatoes to go with dinner on Tuesday.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Love of Blanket Forts

I grew up building blanket forts in the basement, my bedroom, the living room or any room that would hold one. I LOVED building them! I could create elaborate ones that had tunnels to areas that opened up to big spaces. Sometimes I built one that could blow up when we attached a fan to it. And sometimes I would build them and then my sister and I would have a sleep over inside them. FUN!

Every once in a while I get a craving to build one.... now that I have Connor around... its acceptable!

I was sitting at work on Friday and the craving hit me! Kevin was going to be in school for the evening and it would just be me and Connor. I decided building a blanket fort and watching a movie while eating dinner would be a FABULOUS idea.

It was!!

Last time I just used chairs to prop the sheet up. It was fun... but not elaborate by any means. Good... but not my best.

Our first blanket fort
On Friday I dug out my twine, pulled out three sheets, and pulled all the cushions off the couch. I was on a misson! Check out our Friday hide-a-way....

It took up the whole living room... AND included the TV!

I attached the twine from the chairs to other stable things around the room.
We used the cushions and couch pillows as a place to lounge.
Connor insisted on bringing his friends... Teddy, Pluto 1, Pluto 2 and Mickey Mouse.

This is the life Mommy... now where's dinner!?

Sometimes... you have to just enjoy the "bear necessities" of life!

Needless to say we had an awesome time. When Connor got bored with the movie we pulled out the cars and played with them on the cushions in tent. After Connor went to bed, I climbed in the tent and enjoyed an episode of X-Files in the dark until Kevin came home from school. Before bed I took down the tent (didn't want the cat's to try to climb on top of it in the middle of the night and have a big crash). I'm looking forward to more tents as it gets colder and we're stuck inside.

Connor agreed that we should be thankful for Blanket Forts before going to bed... so Day 4 we added "Blanket Forts" to our Thankful Zone.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My Angels!

You've heard of my BFF Alice a few blogs ago and how we love our random hot dog vendors.

There is another BFF in our mix of friendship, Courtney. I haven't known her as long as Alice BUT we've been friends for about 8 or 9 years. I met her in my very very early 20's during our drinking and partying part of life. After the drinking part faded we stayed awesome friends. Even though we don't see each other often enough, I still miss her bunches when she's not around.

we called ourselves The Angels back in 2007

Alice and Courtney came by for a Girls Night visit tonight. I baked them Snickerdoodle Muffins and we ate them with Red Velvet Hot Chocolate. VERY fattening and VERY good!

It was really fantastic getting caught up with friends I don't get to see often. I email with Alice on a weekly basis but Courtney and I aren't as in touch as we should be. Laughing, giggling and playing with Connor filled our evening. Then once Connor was in bed we laughed and giggled some more. Ahhh to be "YOUNG" again!

Sooooo tonight.... Day 2 of being thankful goes out to my Angels. Love you!

Our Dedicated Thankful Zone

The turkey is going to lose some feathers as we add what were thankful for!!

30 Days to be Thankful!

Yesterday I pulled out our paper letters and hung the word THANKFUL on the glass door in our living room. I tried explaining to Connor what Thankful means BUT he was more interested in me telling him what each letter was. In a nutshell, I told Connor Thankful is what makes you happy. We should all stop and think about what makes us happy and then give thanks for that wonderful gift. While we should do it every day and every month of the year... This month is at least the month to start!

Last night I also created a Thankful Turkey. I got the idea from a Pinterest craft. I started of wanting to create it but it morphed into its own thing. I took a paper plate and made a turkey. Then I grabbed 30 clothespins and attached them so they looked like feathers. Each day we'll pluck off a feather and attached a piece of paper or a picture of something we're thankful for on it. I tied a string above the doors. The turkey and the thankfuls will hang from it (I'll post a picture soon). This Thanksgiving we'll have a visual of what we're thankful for.

Our Thankful Turkey!
So what were we thankful for yesterday? We were thankful for Connor!! He was the first "item" to be added. He's truly a solid blessing in both mine and Kevin's life each and everyday.

Happy Halloween!!

I know we're two days passed the holiday but I can't help but share my cute little skeleton!! We met with friends to go Trick or Treating. Connor's first really time out went ok. He did fine the first couple of houses BUT towards the end he started to get hungry and would melt down in between each house. Once we got back to our friend's house Connor was too distracted by all the other toddlers to sit down and eat soooo he kept throwing fits. We decided it was time to get outta there. On the way home we stopped by to surprise as set of grandparents. Once we got home and Connor got some real food in his belly, I let him have his first taste of Halloween candy, Gummy LifeSavers. Enjoy the pics!

Off we go to beg for candy!

Too cute to be scary
First Halloween Treat