LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sttiiinnnkkkkyyyy!

Remember how I often write about how sweet and perfect this little man is?

Well albeit sweet and perfect, he also has incredibly stinky feet. Like really bad. Like walk into a room and know that he has definitely taken his shoes off kinda bad. Like I feel sorry for your future wife kinda bad.

We have tried everything. Of course there is the daily sometimes multiple times per day baths and showers. It's so bad that J now washes Ben's feet the minute he comes home from pre-school.

We've bought all kinds of shoes, but the shoes aren't the problem. It's what goes into those shoes. J and I do not have particularly stinky feet. I would even go as far and say that we have rather good smelling feet-okay that may be a bit far stretched, but they are at least neutral-no smell-good or bad. How our son ended up with ten little piggies that smell like a few of them have rotted and died I have no idea.

Thankfully, in 20 years when Ben's worried about how to tell his future wife about this problem all he'll need to do is direct her here. The blog post where his mom decided to write about his stinky feet and memorialize it forever for the whole world to read.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Beautiful Day For a Wedding

This past weekend my friend Ali got married in a gorgeous outside ceremony. As we pulled up to the wedding a few rain drops hit our windshield and I about died. Luckily the rain held off and the weather turned out to be perfect.

Although I could never do an outside wedding, uh have you seen what happens to my hair when there is the slightest bit of humidity, if I did decide to do such a thing I would want it to look just like Ali's. It was gorgeous and so was she. Of course I would forget to put my memory card back in my camera so I had to revert to good ole Iphone pics.
The reception was a blast, the speeches were hilarious, and the cake was amazing. I am so happy for you two!
Sunday, September 19, 2010

He Said, She Said

Each of the Two originally posted this cute couple quiz and as a test of J's love and devotion to me I made him take this with me. 

J's answers about me....

1. She’s sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?  something on the Bravo network

2. You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does She get on her salad?  ceasar

3. What’s one food she doesn’t like?  tomatoes

4. You go out to the bar. What does she order?  cranberry and vodka

5. Where did she go to high school? Rockbridge

6. What size shoe does she wear?  8

7. If she was to collect anything, what would it be?  coupons

8. What is her favorite type of sandwich?  ham with mustard

9. What would this person eat every day if she could?  sushi

10. What is her favorite cereal?  Corn flakes

11. What would she never wear?  Anything that’s in style. J/K, a moo-moo

12. What is her favorite sports team?  MU

14. Who is her best friend?  Mallory

15. What is something you do that she wishes you wouldn’t do?  leave the cabinet door open
16. How many states has she lived in?  one

17. You bake her a cake for her birthday; what kind of cake?  German chocolate

18. Did she play sports in high school?  Does dancing count as a sport?

19. What could she spend hours doing?  Scrapbooking, blogging

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My answers about J:

1. He’s sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen? Something on the history or discovery chanel

2. You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?  French

3. What’s one food he doesn’t like?  nothing, he eats pretty much anything

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order?  Redbull and Vodka

5. Where did he go to high school?  Westran and Lemon Bay in Florida

6. What size shoe does he wear?  9.5-10

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?  Apple products(tech, not fruit)

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?  Depends on where, Cuban, Ham and Cheese,

9. What would this person eat every day if he could?  Chipotle 

 10. What is his favorite cereal?  Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes

11. What would he never wear?  Anything Pink

12. What is his favorite sports team?  Doesn’t have one

14. Who is his best friend?  Me :)

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?  Talk during movies

16. How many states has he lived in?  2
  
17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake?  Chocolate cake with vanilla or German Chocolate

18. Did he play sports in high school?  Track, baseball, basketball,

19. What could he spend hours doing?  Playing on his ipad

Besides the cereal questions and J thinking that I would collect coupons, wtf?,  we did quite well. It looks like I won't have to leave him after all:)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

RIP Elmo Balloon

As of 6:00 pm this evening the Elmo balloon is officially gone. RIP Elmo balloon. You had a short life, but you were well loved while you were here.

It all happened when we took the balloon with us in the car to my parents house so Ben could show it to them. As we left, I willy nilly threw the balloon in the trunk(so that I could see while driving). Well, on the way home I decided to make a stop at good ole Walmart. Why did I need bananas and bread?

I loaded Ben back in his car seat forgetting all about his little friend who had made the journey with us. As I opened the trunk to put the groceries in, out popped Elmo. Before I even knew what was happening he was soaring past the W on the store sign.

I looked in the car to see if Ben had noticed and sure enough he was staring out the window just watching his beloved balloon friend float away forever. Surprisingly there were no tears and he didn't even mention what had happened. Of course as soon as we got home I had to tell J about the horrible thing I had done and I promised that I would buy Ben a new Elmo balloon the next time I saw one at the store.

So, what did I learn from this experience?

Lesson 1: If you are going to put your child's most favorite balloon in the back of the car, either tie it to something or be ready to grab as soon as you open the trunk.

Lesson 2: Don't buy $10 balloons because chances are somewhere in that great blue sky our Elmo balloon is having a little party with all the other balloons that have also floated away from their owners.

RIP 9/11/10-9/14/10

A Honeymoon Shower

For those of you read that read often, you've read about my good friend Ali, who is getting married in less than 2 weeks. I am so excited for her and her wonderful fiance. They really are perfect for each other.

A friend of ours from high school hosted a shower for her this past weekend. To mix things up from a typical bridal shower, it was honeymoon themed. Guests were encouraged to bring gifts that Ali could use and take with her on her honeymoon such as books, beach towels, flip flops, etc.

I decided to make her a basket filled with things like books, a bottle of wine, lotion, etc. But, in typical fashion, I was running late and didn't get a chance to take a pic of it before I left the house. 

The shower was a blast and our friend's house was so cute. She has a five month old who is absolutely adorable and I loved getting to look at the pictures of him throughout the house. I think it's safe to say everyone was disappointed that his daddy had taken him for the day. We wanted to see that little nugget!

We played several different games, all of which I'd never played before. I was thrilled not to have to play the same shower games again. Ali's twin sister Sarah, who also happens to be one of my best friends was my team mate for the games. In one game we had to create a unique bikini for Ali's honeymoon. Here is what we came up with:
The toilet paper tucked in the back is for those occasions when the local island cuisine might not settle too well with her stomach.

The other creations-sadly, ours didn't win:( It had something to do with it not being something she'd actually wear, yada yada...Who couldn't use spare toilet paper?!?

Sarah and I

Opening presents
Congrats Ali! Love you and can't wait for the wedding!!!
Monday, September 13, 2010

A Weekend in Kansas



My goal as a mom is to provide Ben (and any future kids) with the best life possible. Pretty big feat huh? And just how will I know when or if I've accomplished this? When Ben looks back on his childhood and can remember all the places he's been, experiences he's had, and the love that surrounded it all. 

Since Ben was born, I've always been the kind of mom that wanted him to experience everything. The library, swim lessons, the park, zoo animals, all of it. Even if he would be too young to remember it-we were going to do it-that's what pictures are for. 

When Ben was the size of a grape, J and I were already planning where we would go on family vacations. When he was the size of a peach, we talked about how we couldn't wait for him to be old enough to crawl or walk, what he'd think of trying baby food for the first time, or what kind of little person he would turn out to be.

Before we even knew Ben was going to be a Ben we had hopes and dreams for our little baby. Ben won't remember all the cute little outfits he wore, how many toys he got for his birthdays, or whether or not his Power Wheel was the newest model. And if that's solely what he remembers about growing up-then we did something wrong as parents.

Don't get me wrong, Ben is spoiled. Between his two sets of grandparents he has pretty much everything his little one and a half year old heart could desire and more. I'm guessing this will continue long into his teenage years and probably into adulthood-because let's face it, J and I are grown ups and still spoiled rotten.

I want Ben to be able to say, "Wow, I got to do a lot of neat things with my family." I want him to explore, to see the world and other cultures, and to have a passion for learning. And the older he gets, the easier it becomes for us to do more and more things with him-especially things that are further away from home.

And, what is the best way to open your child's eyes to the world around him? 

This guy of course. But seriously. Ben is obsessed. 

This past weekend Ben, J, and I took our first real family vacation to Kansas City, Missouri before making our way over to Topeka, Kansas for Elmo Live. Not the grandest trip we've ever taken, but it was perfect. Although we've taken Ben many places including the zoo a few hours away from our house and on a plane to visit my sister in Atlanta, this was the first time he's stayed in a hotel overnight. After knowing how he acts sometimes in a restaurant, I was a little afraid of how he would do confined to a hotel room but he ended up doing great. Even better than great.

The trip all centered around going to see Elmo LIVE and the closest show to us happened to be in Topeka. Not wanting to drive 3 hours each way just to see the furry red creature, we decided to make a weekend of it. We left early Friday afternoon and headed to Kansas City about 2 hours from where we live and only one hour from Topeka. The great thing about leaving in the afternoon is it was also Ben's nap time and he slept almost the entire way there. Not.one.peep. When he did wake up, guess who was all cued up and ready to play in dvd player? And just to note, for those of you who are against television for young children you've obviously never been on a long car ride with a toddler. Try it.

In Kansas City we stayed at The Hyatt which was connected to Crown Center, a big shopping mall complex that also has activities and things for kids to do. It's also near Union Station which used to be an old train station that was converted and now has exhibits and activities for children and families. Although the weekend was supposed to be about Elmo, J and I definitely agreed that Crown Center and Union Station were just as fun. 
J and Ben outside Fritz's, where we ate dinner. 

The restaurant was really cool and had a train theme throughout with trains running all over the restaurant. Each table had their own phone and when you are ready to order you pick it up and someone in the kitchen takes your order. When the food is ready, a train that goes around the top of the restaurant brings your food, stops above your table, and drops it on a levy that lowers it down to you. 

Crown Center also has a small Crayola Factory Store with activities for kids and every Crayola product you could imagine. See the wheel behind Ben? It was made with all the different colors of crayons. The crayons Ben is coloring with are recycled from other broken crayons and melted into new shapes.

This little invention also kept him occupied for hours. If we knew he would have loved it this much we would have just gone to our local JCPenny:)

Saturday morning eating breakfast in bed. Ben slept so well, even better than mommy and daddy. The hotel was fabulous and had a pack n play already in our room when we arrived. He feel asleep in our bed and after we moved him to the pack n play we didn't hear a peep until morning.

Since Elmo wasn't until later that afternoon, we headed over to Union Station to see everything it had to offer. Every few months they have a rotating exhibit and this time it just happened to be Dinosaurs Unearthed.
I love how he's looking at J to make sure everything's ok and that dinosaur isn't going to eat him.

Sometimes dinosaur stuff like has a tendency to be cheesy, but this one was amazing. Kids seemed to love it, parent's loved it. It was a win-win. The dinosaurs moved and made sounds and they also had some replicas of actual dinosaur fossils. I didn't catch a picture, but just the hip bone of one of the dinosaurs was HUGE. 
Ben kept saying "dinosaurs, dinosaurs," and roaring like one. 

Besides Dinosaurs Unearthed, Union Station also has a thing called Science City. It's kind of like a science center, but made to look like a city. It had a train station, hotel, playground, police station, etc. and each place had cool activities inside of it.
In the Nasa Spaceship.

In the "mine" getting ready to go down the dark slide. The sign said that friction and static electricity inside the slide should create sparks that you can see.

I think daddy was weighing the team down because not only were there no sparks, but J had to basically scoot down the slide. Ben was not amused.

In the lobby at Union Station. Ben normally doesn't carry his lovey with him when we go places, but for some reason he wanted to carry it with him everywhere this trip. I thought it was pretty cute and he looks so small in the big atrium. 

And last but not least...we finally made it to Elmo!
Waiting in anticipation...

We had amazing seats on the floor, fourth row back. We figured if we were going to travel 3 hours to see him, we wanted to be able to really see him.


At intermission, two men each carrying at least fifty Elmo balloons casually made their way to the front of the stage and of course, the moment Ben spotted all the balloons he had to have one. As did the 500 other children. And, at $10 a balloon, Elmo made himself a nice little pile of cash. A balloon shaped like Elmo is the greatest joy to a 19 month old.
The finale. I may or may not have teared up when Elmo said, "Goodbye, Elmo loves you."

As we made the drive home, we reminisced about all the fun we had this weekend. I'm already looking forward to our next adventure and praying that one of Ben's little friends doesn't inform him that in a month, one singing, dancing, purple dinosaur will be also be at the Topeka Expocentre. Because of all the places we'll go, that is not one of them. 
Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Good Morning?

This can't possibly be a comfortable way to sleep.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labor Day Weekend Recap

If only all weekends could be 3 days. Our Labor Day was filled with lots of family time and relaxing.

Ben decided he was too big to sit in his highchair and that he needed to sit at the grown up table.

We also blew up some balloons which provided at least a good hour's worth of entertainment. Ben thought it was hysterical when we blew up the balloon and let it go. And yes, I know balloons are dangerous and kids can swallow them, but we were right there with him the whole time.

And just when a one year old thinks there couldn't be anything more exciting than playing with balloons we brought out the playdough. For a whole 3 minutes. Someone apparently loves the taste and wouldn't stop eating it.

My child does in fact have clothes, but he prefers to be naked.

Between all the fun, J and I managed to get away for a little date. We ate at a new Mexican restaurant that was delicious and saw Going the Distance. It was ok but wait until you can rent it. 

Sunday night went to J's parent's house for dinner. His brother is having his first baby in November and I can't wait for Baby Kylee to get here.

We also made a trip to the park and although we weren't planning on playing in the splash pad Ben was dying to and you only live once. 

After the park, we went over to my partent's house for dinner where we ate and relaxed. 

Despite being 3 days, the weekend went by all too fast and I'm already counting down the days until the next one.