July 30, 2010

Friday, my beloved, we meet again

1. Friday Follow, Blog Hop Friday and New Friend Friday...


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This week Friday Follow is hosted by Kerri from Kerri’s Kluster, Elena from A Day in the Life, and Marice from Life Can’t Wait.

Blog Hop Friday is hosted by My New Life As Mom, Chubby Cheeks Thinks, Take A Mom's Word For It, Bree Bee's, This Adventure Our Life and Belly Charms!

New Friend Fridays is hosted by The Girl Creative and Trendy Treehouse.

2. For reals yo. Here's my guest post at The Very Best Housewife.



And because I'm too tired to think of anything new to say about it...It's all about the mess that was my wedding. And I didn't even talk about our drunk Best Man's 5 word speech (Um...yeah...congrats you guys). So just imagine what I did talk about. Are you imagining? Are you? I also order you to ignore the big hair, the half ton of makeup, and the inexplicable fake nails. It was a long time ago people so cut me some slack!

3.This little girl, my tiny little baby has her first TOOTH! Wednesday when I came home from work the tiny, bottom lefty was waiting for me. She has been awesome! Just look how happy she is...hanging out, being a sweet rolly polly olly!

*Updated* Make that first and SECOND tooth!!!

July 29, 2010

I may have lied...

I thought I had a guest post going up today, but there's every chance in the world that I got my dates mixed up. So to make amends for the post that wasn't, I'll distract you with my happy girl...

Out and about

The post isn't up yet...but should be shortly...

Today I have a guest post over at The Very Best Housewife. It's all about the mess that was my wedding. And I didn't even talk about our drunk Best Man's 5 word speech (Um...yeah...congrats you guys). So just imagine what I did talk about. Are you imagining? Are you?

I also order you to ignore the big hair, the half ton of makeup, and the inexplicable fake nails. It was a long time ago people so cut me some slack!

July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Sleepy edition...sun and water wear a girl out
I was having some tech issues this morning and not all the pictures were showing, but I think I've got it now....

July 27, 2010

Squeak squeak

Ahh Sophie the Giraffe, you are so tasty. Make sure your volume is on because Sophie + Pie's gums = awesomely hilarious noise.


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July 26, 2010

I've come to realize

I got this lovely list from Michelle @ Mommy Loves Stilletos, by way of I'm just the MOM at Life in the Boys' Locker Room.

1. I’ve come to realize that my chest-size….is what it is.
2. I’ve come to realize that my job….sucks.
3. I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving….I’m usually exhausted and thinking about a million other things. That sounds safe.
4. I’ve come to realize that I need….more sleep/rest/relaxation than I get. Who doesn’t?!
5. I’ve come to realize that I have lost….focus on my dream.
6. I’ve come to realize that I hate....wasting my time on people who add nothing to my life.
7. I’ve come to realize that if I’m drunk….I crack myself up.
8. I’ve come to realize that money….would make my life SO much easier.
9. I’ve come to realize that certain people….won’t change and aren’t worth the effort!
10. I've come to realize that my life would be easier if...I had more time and money. I know it's a shock right!?
11. I’ve come to realize that my siblings(s)….are awesome.
12. I’ve come to realize that my mom….is crazy smart and an unbelievable role model.
13. I’ve come to realize that my cell phone….is too expensive for what I do with it.
14. I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning….I needed to go back to sleep.
15. I’ve come to realize that my first love is….my husband, followed closely by Pie.
16. I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking about….sleep. I’m starting to see a theme here.
17. I’ve come to realize that my dad….was/is a workaholic to better the life of his family and is still one of the most important men in my life.
18. I’ve come to realize that when I get on Facebook….I don’t actually. I’m one of the last Facebook holdouts.
19. I’ve come to realize that today….all I want to do is snuggle my sweet girl.
20. I’ve come to realize that my best friend(s)….Husband and Pie.
21. I’ve come to realize that my spouse….makes me laugh like crazy.
22. I’ve come to realize that what I really want to do….is be a published author.
23. I’ve come to realize that life….is going by too quickly.
24. I’ve come to realize that this weekend….I could have done without a visit from my in-laws.
25. I’ve come to realize that next weekend….needs to be less crazy!
26. I’ve come to realize that my child(ren)….is one funny little girl who makes my life infinitely better.
27. I’ve come to realize that when life gives you lemons….I’m going to have to quote Paul Rudd in Forgetting Sarah Marshall on this one….”say F@&* the lemons and bail”

I'm adding a new one...

28. I've come to realize that I've lost some followers this weekend. Did I offend? Did I not entertain? Why am I bothered by it?


July 23, 2010

Oh how I love you Friday

1. Friday Follow, Blog Hop Friday and New Friend Friday...

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This week Friday Follow is hosted by the Duck Fest Auction Winner, Shell from Things I Can’t Say, and Terri from That What She Said.

Blog Hop Friday is hosted by My New Life As Mom, Chubby Cheeks Thinks, Take A Mom's Word For It, Bree Bee's, This Adventure Our Life and Belly Charms!

New Friend Fridays is hosted by The Girl Creative and Trendy Treehouse.

2. Yesterday I had some peeps ask questions...here are the answers in case you missed them. I'm always happy to answer, so feel free to ask whenever!

Marc asked -
I have a question.. can I steal Pie to pick up women?? Is that wrong of me??? LOL
It probably is wrong, but absolutely. It seemed to be working last night! LOL.

-K asked -
What's your favorite ice cream?

I'm going old school classic with this one...Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough. YUM.

Her Momma asked -
What was your wedding song and why?
It was James Taylor's My Romance. It was picked because the words were so sweet, perfect and simple. Plus it was short :D. Here it is for anyone not familiar...just listening again made me a little teary eyed.





Salt asked (well said really) -
Mmmmmm margaritas sound so good right now. I don't care that it's only 11am.
I concur whole-heartedly!


Bronzed asked -
What time are you coming home today? we miss you
As quickly as is humanly possible. I miss you too...especially after listening to our wedding song :)

Cris Goode asked -
What is your favorite thing to do when you have an hour to yourself?
Read...without question. I am a great lover of books and words in general. My deep, dark secret dream is to be a published author. So when I have time to myself (bahahaha...yeah right) the first thing I do is read.

lindsey asked -
hhhmmm...what kind of music do you prefer to listen to?
This is a tough question. What I listen to shifts with my mood, but I would say that for the most part it falls into the singer/songwriter, folk-y kind of genre. I really dig Alexi Murdoch, Amos Lee, and one of my all time favorites is Ray LaMontagne. Here's a really great song of his (video is just a static picture). Let It Be Me is also a completely amazing song of his...




I am asked -
What is the question you would most like to be asked? Why does that question stand out as important/interesting to you?
First let me say that it's well worth your while to check out I Am's blog. OK, now for the questions...this is a really hard one, or two-parter as the case may be...I suppose the question I'd most like to be asked would be 'is motherhood what you thought it would be/does it live up to your expectations'. It stands out for me because I think reality is almost always different than what you expect or what you've imagined. And I think society expects parenting (mothering in particular) to be all rainbows and unicorns. I think it's important for people to be able to say it's fantastic and is also kicking my ass without an online riot ensuing.

3. Another vacation pic...this is the view from the second floor deck. At some point I'll do a recap of that fantastic week.

UPDATED - Jumped in on some other blog hops run by new followers/newly followed by me-ers :)


July 22, 2010

Margaritas...

...may have been consumed last night. As a result I can't come up with anything clever for today. So I'll distract you with pictures of Pie. Look shiny.Additionally, I'm totally going to steal this idea from several of my favorite bloggy peeps. All the cool kids are doing it, she said looking for a bridge to jump off. Anyway, the idea is being an open book. I'm totally going to call it Open Book Thursday...or maybe Thoroughly Read Thursday. Hmmm, that still needs some work.

The point is ask me anything. Anything at all...about Pie, the adoption, myself, Husband...whatever is on your mind. Don't be shy, I'm nearly impossible to offend!

*QUESTIONS*
Marc asked -
I have a question.. can I steal Pie to pick up women?? Is that wrong of me??? LOL
It probably is wrong, but absolutely. It seemed to be working last night! LOL.

-K asked -
What's your favorite ice cream?

I'm going old school classic with this one...Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough. YUM.

Her Momma asked -
What was your wedding song and why?
It was James Taylor's My Romance. It was picked because the words were so sweet, perfect and simple. Plus it was short :D. Here it is for anyone not familiar...just listening again made me a little teary eyed.




Salt asked (well said really) -
Mmmmmm margaritas sound so good right now. I don't care that it's only 11am.
I concur whole-heartedly!

Bronzed asked -
What time are you coming home today? we miss you
As quickly as is humanly possible. I miss you too...especially after listening to our wedding song :)

Cris Goode asked -
What is your favorite thing to do when you have an hour to yourself?
Read...without question. I am a great lover of books and words in general. My deep, dark secret dream is to be a published author. So when I have time to myself (bahahaha...yeah right) the first thing I do is read.

lindsey asked -
hhhmmm...what kind of music do you prefer to listen to?
This is a tough question. What I listen to shifts with my mood, but I would say that for the most part it falls into the singer/songwriter, folk-y kind of genre. I really dig Alexi Murdoch, Amos Lee, and one of my all time favorites is Ray LaMontagne. Here's a really great song of his (video is just a static picture). Let It Be Me is also a completely amazing song of his...



July 21, 2010

July 20, 2010

The good, the bad, and the about to get ugly in here

THE GOOD:

Drama Mama over at The Scoop on Poop, passed this lovely award onto me today. Ahhh, these things make me happy...lovin' the love. So thank you DM, your scoop and your poop are beyond compare.Take a minute and check for yourself. Seriously. Do it.

Ok so here are the fun parts...passing it on and 7 things about me...

Jenny at Yankovich 6 Pack
Brittany at Unexpected Surprises
Chelsea Rebecca at TRIUMPHS and blunders of a KOOKY gal
Lindsey at This is our life
Katie at The Nerdy Katie
Andra at The Domestic Project
Ian at THE DAILY DOSE OF REALITY
Kady at Take A Mom's Word For It
Brandi at My Three Bubs
Dandee at My Favorite Things

1. I watch a lot of tv. Really a lot of tv. I suppose it's dropped off some since the arrival of Pie though. I love lamp. I mean...I love tv.
2. I love adult beverages of almost any kind...except spiced rum. Hell to the no on that one.
3. No matter how bad a movie is, if I've invested enough time in it (more than 20 minutes or so) I feel obligated to watch the end of it.
4. I dig a scruffy sort of dude. Think Dave Matthews, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogan. They only pretty boy I've been enjoying of late is Eric from True Blood. Yum.
5. I always knew I'd marry a man with an accent...I guess I should have been more specific. I was thinking European, I got Southern.
6. I refuse to go in natural bodies of water further than about calf level. I just can't make myself be in the same place as all kinds of unknown, possibly bite-y things that will touch me without my permission.
7. My favorite curse word changes frequently. At the moment it's balls. But you have to say it loud and all angry like...BALLS!

THE BAD:
This little girl has you all fooled. She looks sweet and innocent, but she is punishing me with a capital "P". We had 10 days together during vacation. It was bliss. We got home and went to court the next day. Then, I had to go back to work. Ever since she has made sure I know how unhappy she is with me. Deliberate turning away, stopping the smiles, the laughs...she's a stinker!


THE UGLY:
I was reading a post out in bloggy land about adoption. The general sentiments of the writer were that adoption was selfish, that the only really selfless choice is to parent or abort, and adoption in general was tantamount to abandonment. The post goes on to comment that any adoptive parent who might have sympathy for a birth parent is simply faking to get their greedy, grubby hands on a baby to fill their desperate and barren life.

Whew. I don't normally get into stuff like this. I really think to each his own...everyone has the right to their opinion. HOWEVER, if you put your opinion out into the universe you must also be prepared to have others comment. My comment is WTF! Seriously...WTF?!

I cannot, no matter how I try to frame it, think of this point of view as anything other than bitter and wildly skewed. I am not making any political or social commentary about what I think of abortion, but the fact that there are people (the writer and many, many commenters) who believe that it is preferably to adoption, and that adoption is not a viable and valuable choice floors me. There are thousands upon thousands of families created through adoption. Loving people who have a child/children because of it, and children who now have families and homes because of it.

I am not naive. I know there are plenty of adoptions that don't go well, for the family or the child. I know there are people out there who adopt and then send the kid back to Russia with a note that he's too hyper. I know that. But for every one story like that, there are hundreds or thousands like my own. There are also adoptive parents who do care for the well being of the birth parents. While we can have sympathy, we cannot have empathy...unless we've gone through the situation on both sides. I get being bothered by someone saying, "Oh I know exactly how you feel" because they likely don't. But what's wrong with someone saying. "this has got to be hard/sad/confusing/etc for you and I'm sorry for that"?

I'm actually shaking I'm so, I don't even know, pissed...shocked...saddened...by this. I really don't know what else to say about it. I just can't fathom having that point of view...

Sorry this one was so long. I apparently had quite a bit to say :-D

July 19, 2010

Compliments...given and received

1. This wraps up the rules of the award I got from Cris at GOODEness Gracious. A compliment given and passed on.The Rules:
*Thank the blogger who awarded it to you.
(Thank you Cris!)
*Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience using five (5) words.
(Pie, Husband, our life together - that was hard!)
*Pass it on to 10 other blogs which you feel have real substance.
C's Mommy at A Mommy's Dreams About Diapers and More
Chelsea at Adventures in Vandyland
Kayla at and Potato Makes Three!
Casey at Aubut Life
Erin at Dropped Stitches
Grace at Finley and Oliver
Elsie at Little Sprout Growing
Maria at Mom et al
Sam at Mom. Undecided
Rachel at The House of Burks



If you haven't checked all these fantastic blogs out, please take a minute and do so. Each is wonderful in its own unique way, and well worth the follow.


2. Pie and I were out running errands on Saturday. At Target, which I alternate between cursing and longing for, people stopped us in nearly every aisle. This doesn't usually happen, but little Pie was so happy and chatty that she was drawing lots of attention. Everyone who stopped us had lovely and kind things to say. About half of them had to ask whether Pie was a boy or girl first though. I would have thought the hot pink tank top was a clue...

3. I saw a family friend this weekend for the first time since Pie was born. I remarked that I still couldn't believe I was someone's mother. His response was, "I can. You were supposed to be someone's mom, and the world is a better place because you are." I wanted to cry. It was such a sweet thing to say, and such a boost when I'm not always sure about my parenting.

What about you guys? Any great compliments lately? Or comments that just made your day?


July 16, 2010

Still catching up...

1. Friday Follow and Blog Hop...

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This week Friday Follow is hosted by the Mission Monkey Raffle Winner and Heather & Jessica from Saving Money Living Life .

Blog Hop Friday is hosted by My New Life As Mom, Chubby Cheeks Thinks, Take A Mom's Word For It, Bree Bee's, This Adventure Our Life and Belly Charms!

2. I got an award last week, they really are happiness in jpg form. This one is from Cris at GOODEness Gracious. Check her and Miss Add out as soon as you get a chance!!

The Rules:
*Thank the blogger who awarded it to you.
(Thank you Cris!)
*Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience using five (5) words.
(Pie, Husband, our life together - that was hard!)
*Pass it on to 10 other blogs which you feel have real substance.
(I will do this part over the weekend...grabbing all those urls right now seems WAY too complicated)

3. Next week is going to be all about vacation. In the mean time here's a little glimpse of the view from our room...it did not suck.
4. Sometimes you just have to keep your hands free for other things.

July 15, 2010

OFFICIAL Mom

UPDATED - Thank you all so much for your sweet and wonderful comments. You guys are the best!!!

On July 12, 2010 at 9:30 am Husband, Pie and I went before a judge and finalized our adoption.


July 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Supermodel Edition

Really...that's how you're going to behave? We met all of your demands. Your room is filled with Similac Soy Formula scented candles, there are dozens of things that are either shiny or make a crinkle noise, and there are exactly 100 green M&Ms in alphabetical order. What's that? Yes, I know your parents sing you the ABC song every day and you'll totally know if they aren't in the right order. Seriously, don't be a diva.Ah...that's the smile we've been waiting for...Now play coy......And back to the smile....Now blow kisses to the camera...what? Is that a confusing direction?...You could at least pretend you're enjoying this...

For realz yo...

I'm still trying to get settled from the vacation madness and the unbelievable amount of work waiting for me when I got home. Fingers crossed we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

In the mean time, make sure you check out Ericka at Alabaster Cow's guest post. And my guest post over there.