Dreams To Do

February 2011 archive

Cold Temps & Warm Hearts

This past weekend brought friggid temps (can you fathom -10 degrees?) which required a lot of cozy-hunkering-in kind of moments. With my hubby having to work both Saturday AND Sunday, Leila and I were left to our own devices. That being said, we ventured off on an hour+ long car ride to the hubster’s parentals house to visit with them and his sis and her fam who were visiting for the weekend. OMG did Leila sure have a blast with her cousin Beau!

Can you see the crazy resemblance between these two?
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So, Saturday was spent lounging on couches, inhaling homemade brownies (with marshmallows AND frosting), watching kiddos jump on beds, and catching up with family. It was fabulous! We headed home with warm hearts, that’s for sure!

As for Sunday it was still a day spent hunkered inside all warm and cozy, but not quite as much fun. Leila was needy. Billy (our doggy) was needy. Mommy was needy. And, Daddy was working. Basically, remember how I said that we had the BEST day last Thursday during our snow day at home? And remember how I said it totally made me wanna be a SAHM? Well, yes I would still like to spend more time at home with my little lady, but Sunday drove me batty. For some reason little miss Leila was extra whiny and wanted me to hold her all the time. Billy had an upset stomach and also wanted me to hold him all the time. I basically just kept looking at the clock, counting down the hours until Andy would be home. The highlight of our Sunday? Meeting my momma for an early Mexican food dinner! And let me tell you, a hot enchilada with some rice and beans warmed my heart right back up!

Two more random tid-bits from our weekend:

  • Leila ate a chicken nugget!!! For those who don’t know, my daughter is a self proclaimed vegetarian and this just about blew me away! Never has she wanted anything to do with them before!
  • Leila ate out of every box of cereal we own. See below.

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HAPPY MONDAY!

My first snow day with my daughter!

And by snow day I mean over a foot of the white fluffy stuff causing cancellation of Leila’s “school” which forces me to stay at home with her all day. Poor me! 🙂

We have had the BEST day! Lounging and eating and playing briefly in the friggid temps out in the powdery goodness. Funny that I was dogging the snow yesterday, huh? Well, when it allows me the most perfect excuse of staying home from work and bonding with my daugher, I am loving it! Me and snow are like BFFs now.

Wanna know what I love about this pic? Leila’s precious little mouth saying, “Snow!”
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Poor Billy…the snow was up past his belly and he had a heck of a time finding the right spot to potty.
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Wanna know my fave part of the day? Leila went down for a good 2.5 hour nap and I lounged on my bed and watched some Baby Story on TLC. (No, that’s not my fave part, this is…) Right at the end of an episode as a baby popped out and the mom and dad were crying with joy, I lost it. Got all teary eyed and weepy. Then I heard my precious say “Mama” from down the hall, ran and scooped her up, she gave me the hugest smiles, we ran back to my room, jumped back in bed and snuggled together. She was so happy and giggly and cuddly…I loved every second of it.

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In a way I got a little teeny weeny taste of life as a stay at home mom. Now I know it really is much harder than my day was today, but if it could even be half that good 50% of the time, sign me up. This just gives me more motivation to tackle my dream of finding something I can do from home to make a little $ and be able to spend more time with my funny girl. The fire is a burning!

Oh, I must leave you with one last pic! Now I know you probably don’t care to see my feet again after the last post, but this one captures the color a little better (and my mini-me feet, too!):

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Peace out!

Wise Words Wednesday: Snow, Snow, Go Away!

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” – Carl Reiner

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Photos courtesy of Daddy, who took Leila out to play while Mommy was at work.

This is what God gave us today (quite a contrast from this past weekend, eh?). A beautiful dusting of snow. The problem? It’s almost friggin March and I am sick and tired of winter! Boo! So, to make myself feel better I decided to remove the dark, depressing purple color on my toenails and replace it with this:

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Trust me, these are MUCH brighter in person/daylight! HOT PINK!

Ahhhhh! I feel better already!

Happy Hump Day!

A FABULOUS weekend full of failed dreams & failed technology!

And no, I am not being sarcastic. Our little family had the BEST, most relaxing weekend despite a few issues. Obviously I failed in one of my Dreams To Do, sleep training Miss Leila Jade (see previous 2 posts). BUT, I have officially decided that this is not considered one of my “dreams” anyway… so I’m removing it from the list! I am no longer afraid to admit that I love snuggling my little princess at night and we’re gonna keep on co-sleeping.

Another bummer side of our weekend included the fact that our massive TV died and the Trojan.Zefarch virus took control of our computer again. So it was a no-go for technology this weekend. We just had to order a part for our TV, which should be here any day now, but as for our poor computer, we’re pretty much giving up. Yes we are getting the mac book that I’m always drooling over…we just don’t know when yet. It’s a HUGE purchase so we’re looking for deals and taking our time deciding on exactly what we want.

Anyhoooooo, These little annoyances of the weekend are what ended up making it so fabulous (along with a little bit of sunshine, too)! Since we couldn’t watch TV or play online, we ended up spending much more time enjoying eachother’s company… and getting the house awesomely clean! Oh yeah! And, we played outside in the glorious sunshine, too:

Leila absolutely LOVES being outside!
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Coming after daddy with a branch…
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Our new little garden gnome – he will be much happier once he’s surrounded by tulips!
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He He! Snack time for Leila & I thought it was pretty…
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Beautiful flowers from my darling hubby…
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As for progress on the quilting front, yes I have started to cut my squares. I really should have taken advantage of my downtime this weekend to get some more done, but I’m not gonna lie, I had much more fun loving on my daughter and hubby all weekend. Love them!

Happy Monday!

Sleep Training The Beast: FAIL

Last night was a joke. I lasted maybe 40 minutes with Leila crying and putting her back down and crying, etc. until I couldn’t take it anymore. I bundled her up in my arms and snuggled her up in our bed until we were both sound asleep. And I don’t regret it. Andy and I talked about it and neither of us are really willing to let her scream all night when, for now at least, we sleep perfectly fine with her in our bed (minus the occasional Pillow Hog episode). So, we may end up with a child in our bed for the next several years. But ya know what? I was the same as Leila. I woke up in the middle of the night and crawled in bed with my parents until I was probably about 6 years old. They never once said I wasn’t allowed to sleep with them. Eventually I just decided I would rather be in my own bed all night. And I turned out just fine! (jury is still out on that one I guess… he he!)

So, tonight we will resume our routine: Leila down in her crib around 7:30pm, Leila cries out for us around midnight, Mommy (or Daddy) stumbles down hall to get Leila, then we all sleep peacefully until 7am-ish. And life is still good!

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