Thursday, September 29, 2011

National Coffee Day!

Two momentous occasions occurred today.

#1.  National Coffee Day aka International Coffee Day.  While the origins of this glorious day remain unknown, we do know that Krispy Kreme and 7-11 offered free coffee this morning.  I did not however take either of these establishments up on their offers.  I instead let my mom buy me coffee at Starbucks.  And it was delicious. 

#2. The Day of My Birth.  While we do know the origins of this day (my mom told me), what you may not know is that it was one of the best birthdays to date. 

I woke up to a cute baby, cute husband and some delicious homemade pancakes!  I told Josh it was like we were camping, but I didn't cry...(I've been known to cry while hiking.  Not because of the beauty of nature, but because of my wimpiness..)

The husband gave me my birthday card with the disclaimer that it was homemade, and that it may be entirely creepy.
And yes, that is a tiny baby head on my body.  Hallmark can't market this stuff.

Too many lawsuits.

I got to have lunch at the Garden of Olives with the mom, the baby (who was a champ), and the mom-in-law.  I neglected to get any pictures of the company or the yummy soup and salad.  I'm 32 now.  I forget things.

After the Olive it was onto the Starbucks to celebrate our National (and International) holiday!

Then it was onto the New Life to force my birthday party on every available cubicle and office.  I have to represent for South Everett Foursquare!  And National Coffee Day.  There was a lot at stake.

Jaim spoiled me with a mint cupcake and kitty card.  My friends are so good at me.  Whiskers made me cry like I was hiking.

Sometimes the birthday girl drops her cupcake box and destruction ensues.  The good news is that it was still salvageable.

The bad news is that it got dropped later on in our driveway and is now beyond recognition.  Don't tell Jaime.  I'll still eat it. 

I celebrated it up with so many of my favorite people, including Catherine and Rhonda (and this delicious looking pear that somehow made it into the picture).
Rick (or Rico as the husband calls him) was sporting his "Farwest Medical Supplies" shirt, and my coffee.  I told him I'd give the company a free plug on here.  I'm up to something like 150 hits on here so business should increase markedly. (you're welcome Liz :)

I wanted to hang out with some of the loveliest women I know while sporting a tiny sombrero and mini balloon.  One of my many many birthday wishes of the day.

Mission accomplished thanks to Carolyn, Nicole, Wendy and Jaime's box o' props!


I got a shot with Fig Tree 21's former producer, Don Garberg, and the lovely Ilse. 

I ran into Joe's office quickly and yelled "photo bomb!" which is what the kids seem to be into these days.  He loved it.

I then photo bombed Jeanette.  Who became immediately uncomfortable.

And Kristin.  Who immediately serenaded me in Spanish.


After all of my effort and revelry, someone much younger than I informed me that this is not actually photo bombing at all.  Epic fail.  (<--also what the kids are into)

The office doors slowly began to close in our nearby proximity (so people could celebrate National Coffee Day in silence), and I decided it was time to go onto the next birthday adventure.

Target. 

A few hand soaps and flameless candles later (safety first), and it was onto the final event of National Coffee Birth Day....dinner at Anthony's with my favorite!

We got to enjoy a day that rivaled many of the actual summer days we had in Seattle this year.


It was a most lovely National Birthday :)  Complete with enough celebrating to wear out the most active tiny human.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Birthday Fun.


First of all, the tiny human we live with is 5 months old today!  And I'm fairly certain she and I were both awake at the exact time of her birth (6:07am) as we were both up approximately every hour and a half to two hours last night.  We apparently can't get enough birthday fun...

She was far too busy doing big kid things to bother looking at the camera for this picture.  We'll go let her run around the McDonalds Playland later.

According to this story, Coffee consumption may lower risk of depression in women I have consumed one mug of anti-depressants today.  3 more and I'd be that much closer to happiness.

My personal take on it is that after 4 cups of coffee per day, I would be so caffeinated as to have no real gauge of my emotional state.  And I'd likely type much faster.

Speaking of typing faster, I decided at the gym the other day (where all of my major life decisions take place) that when I eventually go back to work, I would like to be employed by the company who does the Closed Captioning for television.  I think this could be my calling.

Or being a backup dancer.  I can't let go of that one just yet.

Last night, Josh and I had the privilege of spending time with Mat and Suzan Bartee.  We love them.  It's impossible not to.  And not only because they came with us to our new church.  Or because they are two of the funniest people you will ever meet.  Or because their son Adam hung out with Emma the majority of the evening and seemed to genuinely enjoy it.  And not even because Suzan is a fabulous cook who both spoiled us with a fancy dinner and sent us home with enough food to make a whole meal tonight. 

It's mostly because they spoiled me with tiramisu and presents last night!  

Yep.  That's mostly it.   

But the other things help :)

I still have the lung capacity of a 28 year old.  Astounding. 
They gave me the game "Bananagrams."  A few weeks ago at church Suzan was asking me if I'd ever played it, as they'd just discovered it.  She suggested I go out and buy it, but then quickly gasped, I believe some birthday talk transpired, and she said "No, DON'T buy it."

And here we are.

I think it's like Fruit Scrabble.  Lucky for me, I know how to spell cantaloupe, so I anticipate winning every time. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oh, I see.

"Our biggest blessings make terrible gods." - Liz Sawczuk

We had our second Ladies Life Lite session today and although we've all agreed that the videos we watch are a tad on the cheesy side, the group of women I'm privileged to sit with have enough depth and vulnerability to easily balance it out :)

I'm not sure if I'm giving an entirely accurate quote above of what Liz shared today, but her thoughts struck a chord with me.  She talked about the frustrations that come when other people don't fulfill our expectations of them, when our agenda overrides God's and we set ourself up ultimately for disappointment.  She mentioned that our biggest blessings in life, whether it be our spouses, children, friends, etc, when placed before the Lord will only cause disorder and heartache.  And we can actually love them better by not placing them where they were never meant to be.

I found this so freeing and a great re-focusing point.  I've been memorizing 2 Cor 4:16-18 which coincides with the idea of keeping my heart and mind set on what is eternal rather than the tangible temporary things I grasp for.

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rainy days and Mondays

I must admit that this rainy Monday has been quite lovely so far.  There is just something about the combination of watching rain falling outside, a fresh mug of coffee nearby, a little tiny human contentedly napping, a lit candle, and jazz music playing in the background that makes the day feel so cozy and delightful.

Or perhaps it's the fact that we vacuumed last night for the first time in a while.  It's hard to say really.

As much as I try, we're still a no-go with the "binky."  Her facial expression, to me at least, conveys something along the lines of "Sick. Why do I keep falling for this?"


I went to Fred Meyer today by myself for 30 minutes while the husband played with the tiny human.  It was invigorating. 

Also invigorating was Emma and I dancing with Ellen DeGeneres on the TV today.  We are really quite good.  Her high quality dance skills are inevitable considering her parents.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fake Birthday Fun

The husband and I had been planning today as a pre-birthday-day-o-fun for a while now, planning to frolic about in Seattle, go to REI, have lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, and finish out the afternoon getting our game on at Gameworks.  We're gamers at heart.  Everyone knows this about us. 

Emma's delightful aunties had agreed to watch her while we ventured out, and we planned out our whole day which would of course culminate in a brief pre-birthday-parade along the streets of Everett (not terribly dissimilar to the Dean Martin Parade in Steubenville).

Sadly, the sweet tiny human we're responsible for had been extra sneezy yesterday and woke up today with a stuffy nose and what we quickly identified as a head cold. 

Not ones to be deterred, the aunties offered to watch the teeny one while we had an abbreviated pre-birthday-day-o-fun.  The aunties are so good to us!

Even when baby isn't with us, monkey mirror always is..

A picture Auntie Brenda sent to us after sweet tiny woke up from her nap.  

Since we couldn't go to the Cheesecake Factory we decided to settle for the Spaghetti Factory.  So similar.  We love industrial restaurants.  And fancy pesto salads.  

"It feels a little like Disney Land here..." -Joshua Ferguson.  It's true.  It was a uniquely sunny September day and there was a trolley.  I pretended (on a dare from the man previously quoted) to be a Disney princess by relaxing on this couch. 

Until the employees walked back by, refused to serve me spumoni in the waiting area, and we quickly gathered our things and left. 

I'm not usually one to turn down a dare.

Aside from the dare, my husband also presented to me a brand new jacket from REI!  I am quite excited to sport this soon.  And baby is excited to be held while I sport it. 
Whenever it's sunny out we feel like we're on a road trip, so today we went with that feeling by treating ourselves to a little $.99 Caddy Shack Lemon Iced Tea at the AmPm! Take that Gameworks. And Disney Land.

Happy Fake Birthday to me!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

More Spice

I'm utilizing the "50 Creative Ways to Make Your Blog Popular" website once again because let's be honest, I've reached over 100 hits now (unheard of in the blogging world) and I have no choice but to attribute my success to this website. 

And cute baby pictures.  People love cute baby pictures.

Tip #2 says "Start a contest.  Make sure to end it too."

Here's a contest.  Who can tell me why my baby is sneezing so much today?  She seems happy otherwise, and even makes a delightfully cute "wheee" coo at the end of her sneeze.  Adorable. 

I will officially end this contest in 2 months.  Stay tuned.  The winner will receive free baby snuggles (whether real or virtual) and the potential for a tiny human to sneeze on you. 

Tip #3 says, "Give away free goodies.  People love them."

I'm giving away free baby snuggles.  Check.

Tip #4 says, "Write about other bloggers to interest their visitors to read your blog.  Keep it positive."

Blogger #1 is Jaime Broxson.  She mostly blogged while living in China.  Therefore, approximately 92% of her readership is Chinese and they would have to rely on the cute baby pictures to be enticed by my blog.  Tough crowd.  Either way, Jaime is delightful and very encouraging when we "gym it up" together and I want to give up on my third set of reps.  I get so tired...

Blogger #2 is Suzanne McMorris.  Her son taught my daughter the value and importance of sleep.  And she pre-makes cookie dough and keeps it in her fridge for easy cookie making.  I greatly appreciate this.

Blogger #3 is Rosemary Jones.  She is walking out a lot of things with her baby that I aspire to try with mine.  I appreciate her willingness to experiment for my benefit.  :)  She is so lovely and her "lend-me-downs" provided approximately 83% of Emma's newborn wardrobe. 

In other news, I love to attach random percentages to roughly 73% of what I blog about.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I nearly went to the gym today.

Why is it that my conscience has no problem with watching this...

while making these...

Maybe it's because I'm far less fearful of having my face ripped off by Anna Kournikova than I was of Jillian Michaels. 

In other news, does flour expire? 

And do expired flour cookies cancel out the scone and coffee cake I had at Ladies Life today?? 

Here are some brief snippets of conversation I've had in the past few days:

Nice older man at the grocery store:  "Here's how you make homemade applesauce..boil the apples, add a little butter and some brown sugar and there you go.  [pointing to Emma] He'll love it!"

Nice lady registering me at Ladies Life today: "This is your first time to use the Hub?  Great! [pointing to Emma] I'll help you get him all checked in!"

This is one of the main reasons I so quickly recanted in my strict "no-pink-policy" when I found out we were having a girl.  Yet even with countless outfits like this

people opt for using "he."  I suppose I might have to finally relent on my "no-hair-bow" policy.  Desperate times.

Lastly, I think it's worth noting that I have already reached an impressive 70 hits!  That's right, seventy!  And by my calculations only a little over half of those were from my mom, me, Josh and Jaime.

Sadly, my thousands upon thousands (not true) of hits from my previous blog name did not carry over to this new name, but thankfully for me I am going through this Ladies Life Bible study that tells me to separate my identity from my circumstances.

Just in time...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Defying Gravity. Part Deux.

Thought I'd add one of these "moving picture" things to enhance the Johnny Jumper experience.


 

Defying gravity.

Not only did Emma experience her first time in the Johnny Jumper, but also finally mastered the "salute" we've been trying to teach her. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Spicy.

Now that I am back in the blogging game, I decided to use this thing called "Google" to help me spice up my space.  My search landed on a page entitled "50 Creative Ways to Make Your Blog Popular." 

Perfect. 

I plan to utilize that list to ensure that I reach 100,000,000 readers by Tuesday. 

Tip #1 suggests "Start a controversy.  Just remember not to cross the line."

Here we go people.  Prepare to be offended. 

I contend that these..

...should not be sold at Target. 

Countless times now Jaime or I have gone up to the clearance rack excitedly examining the cute "shirt" we have stumbled upon, only to lower our soon-to-be disappointed glance to the built in shorts..

That's right.  A romper. 

Admittedly, I have purchased the classic "tank top sewn into the actual top" look, so I am not immune to these sorts of multi-purpose outfits.  I just cannot support the romper.  I'm sorry. 

If I really wanted to "cross the line" as Tip #1 suggests not to do, I would delve into this whole "Missoni" phenomenon also occuring at Target. 
But that is a controversy for another day.

Hot Stuff

I love family birthday night... :)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Seafood.

Emma caught sight of her very first fish at the doctor's office the other day and it's all she's been talking about since(we assume).  So today I headed to Bridges Pets (free plug) with Jaime (who is currently on a steady diet of saltines), Briell, Marli, and Jude (who went home with a new pet Betta fish named Whiskers that he tried to drink as we exited the building.  Not his fault, Whiskers looks delicious).**

In all reality, Emma was far more enamored by the bright lights of the store than she was by the animals, but with some silly faces from us, prolonged time in front of each glass casing, and the right camera angles, she had the time of her life..

 In the words of Jaime Broxson, "You are sickin' me out big headed fish..." (my paraphrase)

**It should be noted that the Hansen family did not in the end take my "Whiskers" suggestion but went with the more clever name of Alpha the Betta.  Welcome home Alpha. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Big kid stuff.



Just because you require seven individual blankets to prop you up to play in the exersaucer doesn't mean you're not a big kid. 

Whiskers and Dino.

If we ever become avid hunter-gatherer types, I would happily employ this man's services.  Because he is just that convincing, per the link below.

"Nope!" 

In other news, the "Pick City" on the Today Show this morning (which I like to assume Matt Lauer chooses himself) was none other than Steubenville, OH.  Never wanting to miss an opportunity to promote tourism to Steubenville, here are a few reasons to not overlook this town (which incidentally is cloudy and 63 today). 


Reason number one is their vast array of murals, including "Female Seminary" featured above.

Next, is the annual Dean Martin Parade where for a mere $10 fee those 6 years and older, along with their horses (provided their sponsors arrange for clean-up maintenance to follow behind), can walk the streets of Steubenville or ride in a flame retardant float waving to spectators (no candy allowed) and singing "That's Amore."  **

You can explore the Local Shopping and visit the Claires where I first got my ears pierced.

And lastly for a small fee you can meet up with my dad for a personal tour of the town and the neighborhood I grew up in, as well as some tales from his days in the steel mill :) 


**Terms and conditions taken from the Dean Martin Festival Parade Committee Invite

Up All Night

Josh and I sat together and laughed as we watched portions of our current life being played out on national TV last night.  Not only did we see Emma's diaper warmer (which we eventually gave up on), teething ring, and green Bumbo, but also recognized many similar characteristics in the TV baby version of our baby. 

#1. You can't set her on the couch without her quickly tipping over.

#2. She never seems to quite understand that we really are only trying to help her!

#3. She is physically stronger than me much of the time when she starts kicking.

#4. She largely determines my nighttime schedule, much to the detriment of my innate love of quality sleep.

#5. I also bank on the fact of her caring for me in my old age.

So minus the bleeped out swearing, their former party lifestyle, and the career roles they chose (she works, he stays home), Christina Applegate and Will Arnett are living our life. 

Also, I think Maya Rudolph and I could be really good friends if she gave me a chance. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

So long.

Today, with its 62 degree drizzle, officially felt like Fall in Seattle. 

I sadly retired my favorite flip flops in favor of whole shoes.
I did however still get an iced coffee when I was out.  I can't jump too quickly into every aspect of Fall...


And we're back! Maybe...

Emma is currently enamored with a stuffed giraffe hanging from her playmat, so I'm taking a moment to sit down with a long lost friend.

This blog. 


I changed the look of it to see if that would entice me here more often.  I've been a mom for 4.5 months now, so it's probably time I have some sort of public forum to offer the countless bits of wisdom and insight I've gleaned from the process.  Countless.

I'll start by saying that I'm pretty excited to watch the first episode of Up All Night tomorrow courtesy of Jaime's DVR.  I feel like this version of Christina Applegate will resonate with me far more than the Kelly Bundy version.

In other news, I've developed a love of putting links in my blog updates.  If this doesn't keep people coming back, I don't know what will.  Aside from, perhaps, an excessive use of commas.

The giraffe has lost its appeal.  Time to make silly faces for 15 minutes and watch the tiny human giggle.