Friday, December 6, 2013

Facebook Games

There has been this game going around on facebook where someone lists a certain number of things about themselves that you probably wouldn't know and when someone likes their status they go to that person and tell them what number of things they have to list about themselves. Well most of you don't know this about me but I'm a compulsive 'liker'. I'll just go through my facebook newsfeed and I like tons of stuff. I'm just nice like that. I want to spread the love. Well... that means that I have liked at least three of those game statuses I'm talking about. I figured I'd just put it on my blog for the world to see instead of just facebook. More fun this way, right? I got the number 10 first so that's how many fun facts I'll put here.

1. A large part of my childhood was spent over seas. I would love to be able to move Lucas over seas for awhile. It's such an amazing experience.

2. I played the Oboe for a short period of time in middle school. My family and my friend Nikki can attest to the fact that I was TERRIBLE at it. I'm actually not even sure how I passed that class because I never actually learned how to read music.

3. I was a huge tom boy growing up.

4. The first time my husband and I went on a date I didn't know it was a date. Talk about taking the pressure off.

5. For the longest time I wanted to be a scientist who studied and worked with volcanoes. Then I wanted to be a scientist who studied and worked with the ocean. I still love both extremes and like learning about them.

6.The first (and only) time I moved out of my parents house I moved right into living with my husband.

7. When Chris lived in Athens we lost a cat in his couch. For two weeks. A cat. In his couch. He was orange and ninja like so we named him Chuck Norris. (A little side note: The cat scratched/bit Chris and his hand got really swollen and red and it was super hot to the touch. He probably has super powers now, like Spiderman. )

8. Growing up we had a pet dog, cat, snake, and bird.  Not all at the same time.

9. My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing.

10. My favorite song is Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Go Shawty! It's Your Birthday!

It's my birthday!! And what a wonderful day it was. It was a pretty regular day, Lucas had a dentist appointment

 and then we went to the chick fil a drive through, oh and Starbucks! This photo cracks me up.It was his first hot chocolate from Starbucks. He thought he was such a big guy drinking from a coffee cup like mommy. Precious.  
So Luke man and I went home for nap time and when we got up my parents brought over the gifts Lucas got me. His sweet soul got me purple socks because "Mommy likes socks and purple is her favorite color!" And for some reason I can't figure out a Santa hat. He was really excited about the Santa hat. He also picked out my birthday cake... He picked out a Captain America cake that he had them put the caption "Happy Birthday Batman!" on. I also can't figure that piece out. I love the three year old mind. 

After the gift exchange we all went to dinner... when I picked a birthday place I thought 'Where can I eat that I will like but also where Lucas won't go nuckin futs?' HIBACHI! He loves the fire and show they put on so it was a great idea, if I do say so myself. 
All in all it was a pretty great birthday! I'm promising myself I will get fit this year. My plan is to start at a gym but eventually I'd like to get into Crossfit. I know they say Crossfit and can for any level of fit but it scares me. I'm suuuuper out of shape and I think Crossfit would kill me dead the first time if I tried it right now. I'm also declaring 27 the year I become a yes mom. I'm going to try to tell Lucas yes a whole lot more than no. When he asks to go outside and run instead of saying no, for whatever reason, I'm going to try to say yes. I also hope to accomplish some of my dreams during 27! I really would like to become better at sewing and maybe have that growth turn into something more. 
I have a feeling 27 is going to be great! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

HAPPY ONE YEAR OF BEING CANCER FREE MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you know what tomorrow is? The day a year ago that my mom ate her last dinner as a person who had cancer. Oh what's that you say? It's my birthday as well? Yeah that too. 

I remember that night really clearly because Chris was out of town. Hurricane Sandy had hit and spurred her mass of destruction and took my husband away the morning of the day my mom found out she had cancer. I remember when my mom called me to tell me all I could think was God I wish Chris was home. 

Chris was gone for two weeks and my moms surgery was scheduled for the 8th. We went to dinner on my birthday with Chris's parents and one of  my besties Crystal and much to my excitement Chris surprised me by hauling butt home and walked into the restaurant mid meal. The poor people sitting around us ya'll. I burst into tears and just cried and cried. You never know how much you need someone until you need them,ya know? Even if that is emotionally. He knew how much I did not want to go through my moms surgery alone. 

And on that note. My mom. Ya'll. Ugh. I don't know what I would have done if my mom had a more serious form of cancer. It still makes me sick to think about. She has been my biggest fan and closest friend since I can remember. She was always there to make things better when I was a kid. From the small stuff, like scratches and boo boos, to the big stuff like heartbreaks. And she was here for more recent things like some of my darkest days after Lucas was born and I was struggling with PPD. Life would never ever be the same without her. I literally am crying as I write this post thinking about it. Love my mom so so much. I thank God every day that she is still here. 

Luckily I have amazing in-laws that were able to watch Lucas the day of the surgery so Chris and I could be at the hospital that day. Mom made it through surgery like a champ. The only little hiccup in the day was mom had a hard time coming out of anesthesia.
It's been a tough year for her. She's had a long haul getting adjusted to her thyroid supplement medicine and in the middle of all of that adjusting  she went off and scared us all and had a stroke/herbrainjustfreakedoutandshutdownforaminute. BUT alas! She's here! and well! and that makes me happy!

I'm also glad to be able to tell you that mom is completely cancer free today! I'm not so happy to tell you that she still smokes! But we are working on that piece. 

Ya'll hug your moms. Because you never know when they're going to go to the doctor and get told' hey you know that thing we accidentally saw on the ultra sound we were doing of your neck for a totally different reason? Yeah? That's cancer. You're welcome.' 


Monday, November 4, 2013

Death By Chocolate. And Peanut Butter

Did ya'll know I bake? I'm pretty sure I've talked about it here before. I can bake the pants off of you. But cook? Meh. I'm getting better with time but I would say more often times than not I fail in the cooking department. I'm not sure why but baking has always come naturally to me, and as weird as this sounds, it is so relaxing for me. I really love to bake. But I don't have to tell ya'll that.. that is perfectly evident by my ever expanding belt line.

On to less depressing things! Let me tell you about this cake I made. Oh lord ya'll. Let me start from the beginning. Today while I was at work I got an email from one of my fav. bloggers The Pioneer Woman saying she posted a new recipe. I've been following Ree's website since before she got 'food network show' big... back yander when she was just a blogger. She's hilarious, and you should read her stuff. I digress.

Anyway while I was waiting for Lucas at car pickup today I gave said email a little lookeroo and thought to myself oh that sounds delish. I'm going to make that. 

So I did. Let me introduce to you Sir peanut butter cake with chocolate icing

It was as good as it looks and sounds.... in fact it was better. So much better. The peanut butter flavor was just right


I have to be perfectly honest here. Next time I make this I won't use as much coco powder for the icing. Her recipe calls for 4 heaping tablespoons of it and I just felt like it was too much... I'll actually reduce that and the powdered sugar.... I know I know. I'm talking crazy here. Don't stone me! 
Also one other little note, her recipe calls for a specialty size cake pan for sheet cakes, I don't have that so I didn't use one, clearly and the recipe took about 35 mins to cook instead of her suggested 20. Anyway I hope you making this beautiful cake. Because it will make your life better. I promise. 

You're welcome. :)

Now if I could figure out to turn baking into a profitable business I'd be in there. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Conversations Heard Around My House

This isn't a real real post. Mainly just a silly post that makes me laugh. Here is the first conversation I keep thinking about. This happened last week, and I had good intentions of recreating the conversation by making the same sandwich I was making when it happened... but let's be honest. This is me we are talking about. So I've decided ya'll can just visualize the sandwich instead of getting a real picture.

1. I was making Lucas's lunch one night in preparation for the next day. Chris walked into the kitchen and the following conversation ensued : Me: Look at this cute little sandwich! I made it into the shape of a cowboy hat! Ah! Lucas is going to LOVE this tomorrow!
Chris: Yeah that is cute.
Me: ::sigh:: I'm such a good mom. 
Chris: yeaaaahh... or a woman who just came into a crap load of cookie cutters.

hahaha. See I use the cookie cutter to cut Lucas's sandwiches into shapes. And recently Chris's mom gave me a huuuuge bin of cookie cutters(100 count. what what!) so I've been sandwich happy every since. I was making shape sandwiches before but they were all fall themed because that is all I had. Now I get to branch out and make COWBOY HATS! If that's not living then I don't know what is folks. 

Ok this next one isn't so much of a conversation as a scenario that happened. 

I baked lemon squares for the first time last night. I was working on the crust for them right as Lucas was getting out of the tub. He got really excited when he saw it and asked if I was making a cake. So I told him kind of.

Today Lucas saw the lemon squares after a while and got so excited and asked for one. I said sure, gave him a little square and he went into the living room to eat it. He took a bite, I turned around and asked him if he liked it and he said "ugh. No. It tastes too rusty." and gave it to Chris to eat. 

Go re read that. I'll wait. ...... You back? That's right. He said it tasted too rusty. I still don't know what he meant. My best guess is the lemon flavor? 


Sunday, October 13, 2013

When did this happen?

I have never really been very crafty. At all. Actually let me rephase that. I've never really been very GOOD at being crafty. At all. I'm that mom whose party you go to and you're like what the heck kind of party is this? My friend Erica is extremely crafty. You know some of us got it and some of us don't. That woman has got it. You know that kit kat and m&m cake you've seen floating around on pintrest? Home girl made one for her son's birthday.  Me? I have great ideas and then when I try them out they fail miserably.. I helped Lucas make a hand print  ornament last year for Christmas and no joke ya'll it looked like I let Lucas form the thing himself. So bad. Anyway somewhere between Lucas's birth and today I've gotten crafty. I'm still not sure how or when this happened. The other day I decided I wanted to make a fall/ Halloween wreath and so I did. And guess what. It didn't turn out half bad!

I thought about selling them, but I'm not sure that anyone would buy them. I'm not sure it turned out THAT good... What do you think? In order to make profit I'd have to sale one for about $45... yeah probably not doable huh? That's ok. I love it hanging on my door! Next I'm going to try a burlap one! And then an ornament one! THAT POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!!

I know, I should calm down. So I'm Lucas's room mom this year(what) and no one volunteered or responded about helping out with the Halloween party so the other room mom and I are planning it together and I went craft crazy ya'll. I found so many cute crafts online and I emailed the other room mom with a long ole email detailing three crafts and which I thought would be best. And after I sent the email into the universe I thought to myself "When did I become that mom? That mom that is all crafty? maybe even annoyingly so?"

I'm not sure when it happened but I'm pretty happy about it. It's fun being crafty with your kid. And Lucas likes it too, for many reasons, one being  he gets cute sandwiches in lunch now, like this
Yep. I'm that mom now. :) 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I have a blog? I have a blog!

Hey Ya'll!! Did you miss me? I missed you! :)

OK enough with the sentimental.

Ya'll heard about that lil ole thing happening in the USofA right now called 'government shutdown'? or ' furlough'? or 'this whole thing sucks a big one and is screwing over hundreds of thousands of people.'? OK, maybe the news didn't call it that last one.. I might have made that one up.Well here is a little known fact, my husband is employed by the government and so said shutdown is really hitting us hard. And it gets a little more stressful everyday it drags on. I've been reading lots of articles to stay informed and can I just tell you how much it pisses me off when an author writes "The government shut down isn't that big of a deal. It won't even really affect you."

I'm sorry. What? Did you just say our sole source of income being taken away isn't really that big of a deal? Because let me tell you it is a big friggin deal. And it's not just a big deal to us. There are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of families this is effecting. Now I know you're probably rolling your eyes thinking oh stop being dramatic, Heather, you'll get back pay. And you are right we will but what the heck are we supposed to do in the mean time? Thankfully we have family we can turn to and borrow money from, but for how long can we do this? And how much? Every day that this drags on it's another day of money we won't see come paycheck time. It's so stressful not knowing. I honestly can barely handle the amount of irresponsibility congress is showing by letting the shut down go on for so long. And while all of these articles are saying the shut down won't really effect the economy I can tell you from personal experience it already is. See tonight when I wanted to bake banana nut bread and didn't have nuts I couldn't go buy them. Yes they cost like two dollars but that's two dollars we won't have come payday. When Lucas asks us to go buy donuts, or to go to the zoo, we have to say no. We have to save and scrimp every single penny we can. And ya'll it sucks. Because at three Lucas won't understand "I'm sorry baby. We can't go to the zoo because the congress workers are fighting like toddlers and so they decided to not pay government workers and your daddy? He's a government worker. " And it also sucks being this stressed every single day. Day in and day out.  So don't tell me it's not a big deal. Because it is. And it sucks. It really sucks. And I'm pissed. Really pissed.

Anyway. Happy Tuesday ya'll. Or as I like to call it "exactly one week to the day that we stopped getting paid."