Friday, December 31, 2010

These are a Few of my Favorite Tweets . . .

Wow, so this is what a year in tweets looks like! Trust me, there were MANY MANY more, but I narrowed it down to the top few for each month.


1/9 – Hey, acid reflux: you can suck it.

1/13 – I love the expression on people's faces when they ask when I'm due, and I say, "Today."

1/20 – And, I'm staying! Getting induced today. Tator Tot, I am so excited to meet you.

1/21 – Welcome to the world, Henry Jacob.

1/22 – I am so in love with this kid already. I honestly can't believe he's really all mine.



2/8 – I love that the two feet of snow we got this weekend forced Phillip to work from home. He has his laptop on his desk and Henry on his lap.

2/10 – Still in the midst of a blizzard. Or, as the meteorologist called it, Snowpacolypse 2010.

2/11 – This is the 5th outfit I've put on Henry today. This boy could pee through iron.

2/25 – Hubby to me last night: I think Henry's wet. His level of anger just increased.



3/1 – H pooped on me yesterday. ON ME. As in, so much his diaper couldn't handle it and it ended up on my lap. Not cool, baby, not cool.

3/9 – Told mom I couldn't leave H with her while I shopped b/c I didn't have any nipples with me. Bottle nipples, but still, that sounded weird.

3/12 – Earlier today, when I should have been cleaning, I chose to hold Henry on my chest while he napped for 2 hours. Definitely the right choice.

3/17 – Is it crazy that I know EXACTLY what's on tv at 4 in the morning?



4/3 – H likes to bang his head into my head. Pretty sure one of us is going to end up with a broken nose. If it's me, I'm getting a nose job.

4/3 – Holy cow. Henry rolled over. Twice, just in case I thought the first time was a fluke.

4/12 – Last day of maternity leave is tomorrow. Excuse me while I cry.

4/14 – We made it. H and I are home, together, just like it should be.

4/20 – What am I going to do? Working all 5 days this week, and only 3 pairs of pants that fit.

4/28 – H and I had a difference of opinion on what constitutes morning. I think it's 5:45, he things it's 3. So exhausted.



5/6 – Just realized it was a year ago this past Tuesday that we found out we were pregnant. Can't believe it's been a year already! Love you, H.

5/30 – Phillip + I are at a wedding. Well, he's at a wedding. I'm sitting in the car pumping. First date night w/o Henry.




6/4 – H fell asleep by himself last night AND slept through the night for the third night in a row.  AWESOME.

6/4 – Paying my sister to clean my house? $30.  Coming home to a clean house? Priceless.

6/9 – H rolled the other day, then looked up at me, like, what? Aren't you going to applaud?

6/14 – Just as we were about to leave this morning, H spit up all over both of us. And then laughed in my face. Thanks, kiddo.

6/17 – I just saw a tow truck towing another tow truck.

6/21 – It makes sense that today is the longest day of the year, because it is turning into a LONG. FREAKING. DAY.



7/3 – Completed Week 1 Day 1 of the Couch to 5K. Good grief I am out of shape.

7/12 – I love that I have a supportive hubby. Just called to confirm that he would be home early to watch H so I could go running J

7/12 – And I'm using the term "running" pretty loosely here.

7/13 – H likes to grab my face with both hands when I lean in to kiss him. Love that.

7/19 – I'm going shopping for a bathing suit. Prayers are appreciated.

7/31 – You know what sucks? Stretch marks. Thanks, H.



8/4 – I must be batshit crazy to run in this weather. Somebody tweet me in 30 minutes to make sure I haven't died.

8/23 – Okay, can my customers SENSE that I'm getting ready to go on vacation? Have had over $3M in requests THIS MORNING. Normally great, but NOW?

8/23 – Co-worker's teenage daughter told me today that she "loved how pretty I was and how I always dressed so nice." Yes, I'm blushing.

8/24 – I will not cuss at clients. I will not cuss at clients. I will not cuss at clients. I will not cuss at clients. I will not cuss at clients.

8/25 – I definitely forgot makeup this morning. I *may* have forgotten deodorant. And I had a nail in my tire, which means my car is at the shop, which means I can't even drive somewhere to BUY deodorant.

8/29 – We are home from our beach vacation with a 7-month-old. And we are exhausted. Happy, but exhausted.



9/1 – Super productive today, which hopefully makes up for sucking at life yesterday.

9/3 – Have I mentioned we're throwing a labor day picnic for 50 people on Sunday? Yes, the weekend after our beach trip. Yes, I'm an idiot.

9/4 – Eating at Chick Fil A and THEN running is a bad idea. Ask me how I know.

9/10 – Who knew that one little nose could produce SO MUCH snot?

9/10 – So, H is COMPLETELY IRATE when I wipe the snot dripping down his face, but he is PERFECTLY FINE with wiping on my shirt. Awesome.

9/20 – I'm glad someone (Henry) finally appreciates my mad dance skills.



10/2 – And I'm done. First 5K. Complete.

10/5 – Is it weird that I brought scrapbooking supplies to work? They're sitting under my desk, just waiting for my lunch break.

10/9 – Oh, now H has learned to pull himself up. There will be no stopping him now.

10/15 – Running today for the first time in a week. Nothing to do w/ me being lazy + everything to do with this dirty little word: harvest.

10/26 – Have I mentioned that I'm not a fan of the treadmill. Not. A. Fan.

10/31 – I think I may have overdosed on chocolate. Please tell me I'm not alone.



11/12 – Ever gone to work and realized you shouldn't have worn a black bra with that shirt? I mean, it's never happened to me. Definitely not today.

11/14 – P: What are you eating? Me: cough drop. P: Oh, you smell like old people.

11/17 – H and I have a system. I fold a piece of clothing, he pulls it off the pile + throws it in the floor. Such a good helper!

11/19 – Not only did I trip + fall in front of my boss today, but I just missed my mouth + spilled soda all over myself.

11/20 – He just discovered the joy of pulling tissues out of the box one by one.

11/21 – H stood up on his own today for about 5 seconds. Then we all collapsed into giggles. It was wonderful.

11/30 – Sister in college: I need a job. I'm poor. Me: You think you're poor? Try having a mortgage. And a kid. And a husband who farms and hunts.



12/1 – Huh. My tights are too big, and they keep falling down. This is awkward.

12/1 – Does Spanx make leggings? I need a pair of those.

12/2 – Working from home in my recliner. Definitely not awful.

12/3 – Just a general reminder: whoever you are, whatever you want, you deserve it. You are awesome.

12/7 – I have spent all night in the recliner with H. Notice I didn't say "slept." 3rd night of this. I'm a little grumpy.

12/9 – I scrapbook because I have a serious case of CRS.

12/11 – I've decided that I'm totally cool with my house not being clean for the next two years. That's the last stage of grief, right? Acceptance?

12/13 – I can finally breathe through my nose again. I'd forgotten how nice it feels.

12/18 – Shoppers, beware! I'm wearing my kick-ass boots today.

12/20 – P is interviewing RIGHT NOW for his dream job.

12/25 – P + I are about to throw a Christmas hissy fit re: toy assembly.

12/29 – I haven't worn heels in a LONG time. I'm pretty sure my feet are getting ready to cut themselves off so they can kick me in the head.



Happy New Year's Everyone!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Great Expectations?

You know what's irritating? When someone doesn't update their blog.  Really burns my britches.

Oh, wait.  I don't update my blog.  Ignore the previous comment.

I know this sounds ridiculous, but there is just SO MUCH GOING ON RIGHT NOW.  I know, everyone has a lot going on in December.  But honestly? I always imagined myself as this sweet little domestic goddess, working full time, taking care of H, decorating my house for Christmas, getting handmade cards sent out by December 1, etc.

Basically, I was totally delusional.  For example, my "holiday" cards are currently sitting on my desk, in various states of doneness.  And they are totally photo cards printed from Shutterfly.  Also, notice how they are now "holiday" cards instead of "Christmas" cards?  Yeah, that's because I'm hoping to have them out by New Year's.  Or Epiphany.  Or Valentine's Day.  Whatever.

I actually drove H to daycare yesterday, on snowy roads, just so that I could drive back home and spend my vacation day doing "mama" stuff.

My resolution for the new year? Lower my expectations.

*Hope everyone had a wonderful December.  Even though it was a tad bit stressful (and I'm secretly glad it's almost over), we really did love this year.

**Happy Birthday M + J Cabrera!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Love these pics.

I'm so tickled with our first ever set of family photos.  Our photographer (wonderful, by the way, if you're in the Delaware area) posted a few of them on her blog today.  There are even more wonderful shots in the previews she sent us.  Now we just have to decide which ones to use for our Christmas cards . . .

Family Portraits

(We're the 5th-10th pictures on this post!)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

I'm pretty sure this a required photo op once you have kids.  The pumpkin patch.

First, you should know that it was pretty chilly.  Also, we took Phillip's truck instead of my car.  My car, where I leave Henry's jacket/gloves/hat at all times.  Mama Fail.

So H is wrapped up in Phillip's down vest.  Yes, he looks a little silly, but he was VERY warm.  And I only felt a little bit guilty.

Doesn't it look like I'm holding a blanket with feet? 

H was totally enthralled with the pumpkins.  We took this one home.

And, seriously, do these two know how to pose for a picture, or what?  My boys are awesome.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


First, I'd like to point out that in the spirit of Halloween, I'm wearing my pumpkin shirt from last year, minus the Jack O'Lantern face.


Second, I dare you to tell me this isn't the cutest elephant you've ever seen in your life.



Seriously, awesome, right?  The highlight of Halloween for me was the expression on H's face when I snapped that hat onto his head.  You know, the expression that says, "Mama, you have got to be kidding me.  What the hell are you making me wear?" 

I'm pretty sure it's the same expression I gave my mom every time she dressed my sisters + me alike for Christmas.  Yeah, we were that family.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mom of the Year Award

This morning, as I'm sitting at the light, getting ready to cross the highway to go to work, I happen to look back in my rearview mirror.  Guess what I saw?

Yep.  Forgot to drop H off to daycare.  I have NO IDEA what I was thinking.  To be fair, I KNOW I wouldn't have left him in the car.  I knew he was WITH me, but I guess I was just driving on autopilot and didn't realize we'd passed daycare 5 miles ago.

Mom of the Year, right here.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's your world . . .

Does anyone else still read the Sunday comics?

The Peanuts strip really caught my eye this past week.  It's a reprint, obviously, originally printed in 1963.  But, wow, what an awesome message.  I love it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Totally Random Wednesday

1. I've become a runner.  No, seriously.  I'm not even sure what happened, but I blame the girl at work who has basically lost half a PERSON since she started running, and of course Cathy Zielske.

2. See that little widget on the side -->  That's Daily Mile.  And since I started running two months ago, I've tracked over 60 miles.  Because if I've learned anything about myself in the past year, I NEED ACCOUNTABILITY.

3. I'm running a 5K in a week and a half.  Not sure what I was thinking, but I've told several people I'm going to do it, so I'll basically look like a huge wuss if I back down now.

4. I'm an aunt!  Sort of.  My cousin had twins last week.  I'm totally considering myself Aunt Cara.  (They are both doing fairly well, by the way.  One should be home today, and the other one might be able to come home Friday.)  I'm pretty much in love with both of them already.

5. Speaking of babies, H is 8 months old today.  EIGHT MONTHS OLD.  I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I just had him a month ago, right?  RIGHT?

6. H is crawling.  Army crawling.  He has decided that since he can very quickly get wherever he wants to go this way, there is simply no need to learn to ACTUALLY crawl.  Stinker.

7. He's also eating "real" food.  Bananas are the big favorite right now.  Green beans are not.

8. I have officially lost all the baby weight.  And I still look 4 months pregnant.  Moms, is that little pouch EVER going to go away?  (Feel free to lie and give me hope!)

9. I have BIG NEWS.  But I can't share.  Yet.

10. No, I am not pregnant.  Even though that girl at the office thought maybe I was because I was hot and pale.  Don't worry, I checked.

11. I'm signed up again for LOAD with Lain Ehmann. You can check it out HERE.  I did this back in February when I was home with Henry, and loved it.  Super excited to do it again, though I must have been high when I signed up because WHEN DID I THINK I WOULD HAVE TIME TO SCRAPBOOK EVERY DAY?

12. So here's the plan (you know how much I like a plan):  I'm bring a Coordinates Collections kit and a few photos, along with scissors and adhesive, to work every day.  And I'm going to scrap during my lunch break.  Genius, right?  I know.

13. Other fun stuff coming up in October?  Our four-year anniversary.  That's kind of a big deal.  Yay us!

14. My husband applied for a life-changing job.  As in, it's totally his dream job.  The deadline isn't until the end of next week, so it will be a while before we hear if he got an interview, but our fingers + toes are crossed.

15. This is the first summer in I don't know how long that I actually managed to get a tan.  But only on my arms.  Because the only time I truly spend outside is when I'm running.  Therefore, I have a perfect outline of a racer back running tank on my back.  Beautiful.

16. I find I Tweet much more than I blog lately.  Quick + easy.

17. I ordered a treadmill this morning - ya'll, it's going to get cold eventually.  And once the time changes, it's going to be dark by the time I get home.

18. I also got a new credit card to pay for said treadmill.  Decided that since I have super credit, one new credit card wouldn't make that much of a difference.  It's interest-free for seven months, so I'm planning on paying payments on the treadmill.  To be fair, it really is an investment.

19. And here's the problem with credit in this country.  WAY TOO EASY.  Within seconds, I was approved for a new credit card with a limit of roughly 15% of what I make in a year.  Seriously?  And we wonder why there is so much credit card debt?  I'll never use that much, but that's because I'm tight.  Some people would have that spent in two months. 

20. I am PRAYING that the treadmill actually fits in our bedroom.  Because I told P it would, and I'm not actually completely totally sure.  His requirement was that he did not have to move much furniture.  I'm thinking "much" might be in the eye of the beholder. 

21. We're trying to get H into a good bedtime schedule, which quite honestly leaves me feeling as if I can't even breathe on my own at night.  The good news is he's generally sleeping better at night.

22. The bad news is we are dealing with tears for about an hour every night.  Totally blows.

23. I promise to be back later this week.  Honestly.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Henry's Favorite Things

Plastic bowls
Heating registers
Coffee tables
Electrical outlets
Laundry (clean or dirty)
Anything that has sharp edges
Anything that seems relatively dangerous/inappropriate
Notice that there aren't any toys on this list??

Thursday, September 2, 2010

First Family Vacation

First, thank you to Ali Edwards for introducing me to  I was "gently reminded" to write down my observations over our 4 day vacation to Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks, NC.

Here's a few highlights:

While driving through NC, we decided that the official state dessert must be fudge. Seriously, there are signs for fudge everywhere. Also, crabs are ridiculously cheap there.

H liked playing with his sand toys (on the sheet, not the sand. He eats EVERYTHING.) Did NOT like having his little toes dipped in the water. A little worried that this trip would be a total bust if he hated the beach.

After a pretty rough night of not sleeping, we decided to try "Stack 'Em High" for breakfast. Seriously, isn't that an awesome name for a pancake place? It looked like a little family-owned shop that had been there for 30 years, which is what I love. Tried to get H to eat his oatmeal here, but he was way too interested in everything around him.

Decided to try the pool since we know H likes that. Success! Had a lot of fun letting him "swim." Headed to the beach to try again while he was in a good mood. Woo to the hoo, he loved it! Not surprising, since it normally takes a few tries for him to really warm up to something. (Not people though, he's definitely a people person like his Daddy).

Henry + Mama, indoor pool


Mama + Henry

Henry getting his feet wet


Out to the beach again. Phillip tried some boogie boarding while H and I played on the blanket. Even I got in the water up to my waist. Awesome. The water was so clear, and so warm. Nothing like the DE beaches. I think I could actually become a beach person if we keep going places like this. Back in the pool to rinse off, then time for another nap. P went fishing while H rested. No luck tonight!

Tried to go to a pizzeria for dinner, but someone (not that I'm pointing fingers, HENRY!) was pretty tired and cranky. Decided to get takeout and eat in the hotel. Kind of fun to just chill out and eat in bed. Only one day left!

Since H was still in a good mood, we headed down to the beach for a few pics down there as well. Hopefully they turned out good. Hopefully I don't look like a fat mom. If so, I'll just do what I always do: crop the heck out of the picture.

Time for a nap! I love that we are all taking a nap together during vacation. And good grief, we need it. H wears us out sometimes.

LOVE that our hotel door was right over the dune. And wow, was that dune difficult to climp up while holding H. Jeesh. Thank goodness I've been running, or I never would have made it.

We ate dinner at a place I picked, PigMan's Barbecue. SO GOOD. I totally kicked ass with the food choices for this trip. And with absolutely no research! I just knew I wanted to try some NC barbecue. And NC, you did not disappoint! Perfectly sweet and vinegar-y. Best pulled pork sandwich I've ever had.

Decided to head out to the beach one last time. Phillip wanted to do some fishing (and actually caught a fish!!), and H and + I just sat on the boogie board and watch the waves come in. Perfect ending to the vacation.

Family photo in front of the Kill Devil Hills dunes

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Internet Friends

So, last night my husband and I were talking, and I said something along the lines of, "Well, so-and-so does this."
"Who?" he asks.
"You know, so-and-so.  I've told you about her before."
"Wait, is that one of your INTERNET FRIENDS?"
Oh. My. God. Ya'll, he totally used air quotes.  And the tone he used, well he might as well have been saying IMAGINARY FRIENDS. 
He then proceeded to tease me (all in good fun, because that's the kind of relationship we have). 
"Does she even exist?  Have you ever seen a picture?  Maybe she's actually a serial killer!"
He was totally relentless.  And while we laughed about it (because at 9:30 at night, using only my blackberry, I actually COULDN'T find a picture of this chick), it led me to wonder.
Are internet friends really friends?  I guess what I mean is, do you clarify between types of friends?  When I say, my friend showed me this, should I have to specify that it was (gasp!) an internet friend?
(Also, who else thinks that the air quotes were totally unnecessary?  Yeah, me too.)

P.S. How completely biased are these responses going to be, considering no one I know in *air quotes here* REAL LIFE *end air quotes* reads this blog?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Father's Day 2010

So much fun.  We (and I use that term VERY loosely) made Phillip his favorite dinner of fried chicken, which I haven't made in at least a year.  After dinner I snapped a few quick shots of Daddy + Baby.

All completely unretouched, so please bear that in mind!


Love the expression on H's face here.  Just so excited.


Neat picture.  I'm thinking about darkening it as a silhouette-type print for H's room.


So serious!!


Pure joy.  I know you can't see his face really well, but H is absolutely SQUEALING with delight right now.  Daddy is pretty happy too.

And when they're both happy, so is Mama :)

cara and henry dmv picnic


Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Hot 17: What I Love Right Now

1.  Netflix.  Awesome.  TV pretty much sucks in the summer, but you can forget about pay-per-view when you have a 5-month old.  There is no way I'm paying $4.99 for a movie when I know I'm going to miss half of it.  So Phillip + I signed up for Netflix, and it's pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.  Love it.
2.  Flip-flops.  Specifically, these.  Or last year's version of these, anyway.  I know, I know.  The Crocs thing again.  I take comfort in the fact that these are not ugly, and they are super comfy.
3.  Diet root beer.  OH. MY. GOODNESS.  I would not be able to handle dieting with diet root beer.
4.  WeightWatchers online.  Very helpful.  I've lost a total of 15 pounds since I started.  Still have a little ways to go, but our planned beach vacation in August is looking MUCH less like a nightmare.
5.  Fresh peas.  We picked our first peas from the garden on Tuesday, and I will continue to eat fresh peas everyday until I can't stand it anymore.  I cannot WAIT for my tomatoes to ripen.  YUM.
6.  Bathtime.  For Henry.  The boy is in love with his bath.  He'll splash, then look up at me with an expression that clearly says, "What the hell was that?  And how do I do it again?  It was AWESOME!"
7.  Our new truck.  Phillip has needed a new vehicle for a LONG time.  His poor Chevy was about two trips away from keeling over at the side of the road.  So two weeks ago I forced (no, really!) Phillip into shopping for a truck.  We were looking for a used one, but with the 0% financing GM was offering, it actually worked out better to buy brand new.
8.  Our credit.  See number 7.  Since we had such good credit scores (815 each, thank you very much), it actually worked out better to take a low-interest loan from another bank and get cash-back from GM instead of the 0% financing.  Suh-weet.
9.  Fridays.  Just in general.  You'll notice that "work" or "my job" will not be on this list.
10. My cleaning lady.  My little sister has decided to clean houses for the summer to earn extra money.  For $30, I come home every Thursday to a sparkling house.  It really sunk in last Saturday, on my way home from Wal-Mart, that I would NOT have to clean the house.  Hoo-rah.
11. Pandora.  Seriously, what has taken me so long to get hooked up with this?  Plays through my BlackBerry.  Love it.  Especially since I drive from one state to another every day, and radio stations tend to be pretty spotty in my area around the state lines.
12. Pants that fit.  Hallelujah!  I only have about 3 pairs of dress pants that still don't fit, but they are getting there.  Jeans?  That's another story.  The pair I wore before getting pregnant BUTTONS but doesn't FIT.  Ya know?  I figure I should be able to wear those by the end of July.
13. The one pair of jean that does fit.  Because that pair fits FABULOUSLY.  My behind looks ah-mazing.  Everybody says so.  (OK, it's just Phillip, but still.  He counts!)
14. 4:40.  This is the time I pick up Henry from daycare.  And he LOVES to see me.  Pretty much makes my whole day.
15. Anniversaries.  Phillip + I celebrated our 10 year "dating" anniversary this past Saturday.  We had a night out at a friend's house to play in a Texas Hold 'Em tournament.  Lots of fun, and we lost all of our money.  But still!  10 years!  How cool is that?
16. Breastfeeding.  Good for Henry, good for weight loss, good excuse for when I want to leave somewhere.  "Oh, we need to leave; I have to breastfeed."
17. Lists.  No, seriously.  I have lists all over the house and my office.  Because apparently, the forgetfulness that I associated with pregnancy is actually just, well, ME.  And it's here to stay.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Just call me "Conqueress of the Raging River"

This weekend was an adventure.
Sunday, Phillip and I had to drive 2 hours to a friend's wedding in northern Maryland.  Oh, the drama on that trip.
First, it's the first time I've spent the night away from Henry.  Which is pretty traumatic all by itself.
Second, I forgot my bc meds at home.  Since we don't exactly want another little Henry running around QUITE so soon, we had to turn around.  (Only 5 minutes out though, so no big deal!)
Third, we had to make a stop at my office because I'd left a pump part there.  And I definitely needed that.
Here's where the story gets REAL interesting.
I set off the alarm at my office.  Oh. My. God.  I totally had a panic attack.  Of course, I entered the code wrong.  Thought I must have hit the wrong button.  In a panic, I call my old boss, whose cell phone I actually have stored in my phone, and who happened to retire two days ago.  Thank goodness she kept the emergency number in her purse, and thank goodness we're old family friends and she doesn't think I'm a total lunatic now. 
Because, people, I was FREAKING OUT.  Completely.  I call the company, and they tell me they will cancel the alarm, no problem.  Whew.
I call back, and the call center tells me that they don't have remote access, they can only cancel the alarm so that the police don't come.  They transfer me to the "engineering" department, where I have to LEAVE A MESSAGE.  Yeah.  A message.
Since I now know the police aren't coming, I just grab my part and leave.  My husband officially thinks I'm crazy, but we have just wasted 30 minutes, and I refuse to be late to this wedding.
My heart is pounding, my pulse is racing, and I have broken out in a sweat.  Not so cute.  Also, it's 1:00, we haven't eaten (planned to eat on the way), and we may have just lost our window of time to stop for lunch.
Good news:  15 minutes down the road, the alarm company calls me back to tell me that as long as the police call is canceled, the alarm will stop ringing in 15 minutes.  Oh, thank goodness.
Fast forward just a bit.  We decide that we have to stop at Mickey D's and get some lunch.  Because neither of us are very pleasant on an empty stomach.
We pull off the highway just before the Bay Bridge and order.  I then decide that we need to switch places, because Phillip is not driving nearly as fast as I would like him too.  Also, I am better in traffic than he is.  We pay, then decide we can just switch places in the drive-through.  We play a quick game of Chinese fire drill, hop back in the opposite seats, grab our meals and hit the road.  Our stop took a total of 3 minutes before we were back on the highway.  (Thank you, Kent Island McDonald's!)
We are driving and eating, constantly talking about how neither of us can believe that I set off the alarm.  Then we almost get hit by a Jeep.
Question:  if someone starts to veer into your lane, and you realize they don't see you, what do you do?  Do you honk?  Yes?  So do I.  Apparently, Phillip thinks this is wrong, and honking serves no purpose.  I should have just slammed on my brakes.  Um, I did.  And I also thought it would be a good idea to let the guy know I was still here.  We constantly have issues with each other's driving.  I think it's a general "being married" thing.  Never any serious fights, and we can always laugh about it in a few minutes. 
Phillip:  You almost got us killed!
Cara:  No, the Jeep almost got us killed.  I saved us.  You're welcome, by the way.
Later in the trip, just after getting of I-270. 
Phillip:  I think you missed the road.
Me:  I didn't miss it.  It's not there.  I would have seen it.
Phillip:  You must have missed it.
Me:  Maybe YOU missed it.  I'm trying to drive. 
Me:  Here it is.  Stupid signs.
We travel down a very scary road for a few miles, then discover, in front of us, what's that?
A creek.  Through the road.  Yeah, seriously.
(I always thought I lived in the middle of nowhere, but I realize I was wrong.  Oh, so, wrong.)
There is no way I'm going to drive my Camry, a COMPANY CAR,  through a creek.  No way.
We turn around (not easy, by the way).  Then we happen to see an SUV go through the creek, no problem.
We both look at each other, both wanting to say it, but neither of us quite having the guts.
Then I go for it.
Me:  Phillip, I am going through that creek.
Phillip:  OK.  You should be fine, I guess.
So I do it.  I GO THROUGH THE CREEK.  YES!  AWESOME!  I feel like I have just run a marathon.  I am INVINCIBLE!!!
Phillip, with a look of admiration, and a little fear:  I cannot believe you just drove through that creek.
Me:  What?!?  You told me you thought it was fine!  Why would you say that?
Phillip:  I do not know.  But that was kind of awesome.
Me:  Damn right it was!  Also, when we tell this story later, I'd appreciate it if you described the creek as 'a gently flowing stream.'
Finally, we pull up to the wedding (15 minutes before it starts).  Success!  And thus ends another crazy adventure.
The real kicker?  Here's what I realized this morning, at exactly 7:50 AM.  The alarm code, which I KNEW I had entered correctly, was, well, not so correct.  You see, my extension at work and our alarm code are VERY VERY SIMILAR, but they are NOT THE SAME.
Duh, Cara.
I will never tell anyone at work that part of the story.
But I am totally telling EVERYONE about the creek.
I mean stream.  River.  Waterfall.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Seriously, how cute is this kid?

Henry was pretty cooperative and let me snap a few pictures yesterday, on his four-month birthday.

Four months!  I know!  We went to the doctor in the morning, he is doing great, thank you very much.  Weighs 15 pound, 12 ounces.  25 1/2 inches long.  So incredible to realize he is close to weighing TWICE what he weighed at birth.

He's totally developing a little personality too.  My new favorite trick?  He loves to talk on the phone.  I'll put the conversation on speakerphone and he is just entranced.  This morning we talked to Phillip/Daddy for a while (he's away on a business trip) and Henry just kept grabbing for the phone, trying to figure out why he could HEAR Daddy but couldn't SEE him.

The first two are my favorites.  The cheeks just kill me.  I'll have to find one of my baby pics and post it, because good grief, the kiddo has his Mama's fat cheeks.

(I used PW's Action Sets for PSE on all the photos.  They are amazing.)


On another note, I am actually working on my Week in the Life album!  I have all the daily title pages printed and in the album, plus all the small pics printed.  Working on getting those adhered to cardstock and formatting my journaling.  Hoping to be done before the end of the week. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Week in the Life - Monday

I’m doing Ali Edward’s Week in the Life project this week (love this project).  It’s my third time recording a week, and each time my life has been SO different.  In October 2008, it was just me + Phillip.  In October 2009, I was pregnant.  And now we have Henry.  So cool to see how things have changed.


I didn’t have a chance to upload any pictures last night.  (Although since I only took 12 all day, I don’t suppose it would have taken very long.)  But here’s a few highlights from my stream of consciousness journaling during the day:



Henry in a great mood today; so smiley and happy in the mornings.  I really enjoy getting up at the same time as Phillip now.  It’s nice to have a few minutes to chat.  I can also see why he likes to get up and slowly get ready, as opposed to my previous “wake up out the door” mentality.  Much more relaxing.  Discovering that I really like being a morning person; it’s just always been overshadowed by my love of sleep.


Snack – sugar free jello chocolate pudding.  This has carried over from pregnancy as one of the snacks I absolutely love.  And only 1 weight watchers point!


Reflecting on how different this project is than the last time I did it.  Really seeing the importance of doing this yearly.  Will I remember 5 years from now that my favorite part of the day is early morning, after H has eaten, when we just sit in the rocker and he smiles and giggles as Daddy tickles him?  I hope so.  But in case I don’t, I want that memory written down.


Realizing I made some stupid errors on some credit work last week.  Apparently, it is possible to forget everything you’ve ever learned about a subject.  Because I have definitely forgotten how to fill out loan paperwork.


Visited with P in the shop for a little while. He tried to get H excited about spark plugs and oil filters, but H was more interested in seeing how long he could make his strand of drool.


Very quick shower tonight, H very fussy.  Typical for bedtime.  It’s his way of letting us know he’s tired.  Got up twice once we put him down.  Very hungry tonight.  I’ve noticed that he doesn’t really want to eat until he’s REALLY hungry.



Are you participating this week?  I’d love to follow along!


Monday, April 5, 2010


Oh, boy.

I'm neglecting my blog a little bit, huh?

For very good reason, though, I assure you.


Yeah, I know.  Totally adorable, right?  He's growing like a weed.  I had always heard that expression, and thought it was, well, WEIRD, until I experienced it.  He's now 13 pounds, 5 ounces, and 24 inches long.  TWO FEET LONG!  Crazy.

He can now roll over from his tummy to his back, can hold his head up really well, and likes to have us sit him up so he can look around the room. 

Sleeping is still a challenge.  Last night he slept from 9:30 to 4:30, but the night before he got up almost every hour.  I'm not sure how productive I'm going to be at work next week when we have bad nights.

Yep, I go back to work next week.  Expect lots of sad tweets.  I'm still holding out hope that we'll win the lottery and I can stay at home, but I think we all know how likely that is to happen.

(Not likely at all.  In case you were wondering.)

But enough about Henry.  Let's talk about me.

  • Had my hair cut (for the first time in 5 months) and colored (for the first time in over a year).  Decided that I would like to start spelling it "coloured" like I'm British.
  • Had a cavity filled without any anti-anxiety meds. 
  • Discovered the joy of the Chik-Fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Wrap.  Yum.
  • Had to buy a larger size of jeans (may be related to the chicken wrap.  Possibly.)
    • Note:  it's really depressing to have to buy larger clothes AFTER you give birth.  I'm planning on continuing to wear maternity pants to work, but I really did need a pair of jeans.  I am not pleased to say that at 11 weeks post-partum, I am nowhere near pre-pregnancy size.  And I realize that people are going to tell me that it takes time, your body will bounce back, yadda yadda yadda.  I DON'T CARE.  I would like to be thin, say YESTERDAY.  Not such a big deal at home, since I live in sweatpants, but only owning one pair of non-maternity pants to wear into the outside world is causing me to have to plan laundry days VERY carefully.
  • I'm sorry, I forgot what I was doing.  Right, all about me.
  • Everytime I see a baby on TV, I well up with tears.
  • I mowed the lawn for the first time this year.  Forgot how much that sucked.  We have an acre of yard, and a push mower.  Yeah.  I've decided that we're either buying a new mower or hiring a lawn service.
  • The dogwood tree out front is in full bloom, and I love it.
  • I've taken more pictures since Henry was born than I have in my entire life.
    • Possibly an exaggeration, but not by much.
  • Let's end with a pic of Mama and Baby, shall we?  Notice how I cropped out the entire lower half of my body.  Nobody needs to see that.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Nursery projects

Well, I did it!   Completed the picture wall over Henry's changing table.  He seems fascinated by it.  I'm pretty tickled too.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Still decorating

Yep, still working on Henry's nursery. Yes, that Henry. The one who is two months old today. Hoping to be finished with this wall of photos sometime this week.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Happy One Month Birthday Henry!

He's such a cutie.  I made this layout for him (today, 3 days late!) to remember his personality right now.

24-Henry Monthly 1

Kit + template from Jessica Sprague.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello, Henry.

8 pounds, 13.5 ounces, 22 inches long. Born January 21st at 2:13 am. 

We are all settling in and learning how to function without sleep.