Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Midweek Randoms

I finally took Reid's 21-month crib picture last night... so be looking for that along with a Reid update in the near future.

For now, here's a look at the past week.

We had Wii night last Thursday.

Saturday, we got to watch Kayla's girls. =) We had a great time and Reid enjoyed having buddies to play with.

Saturday evening we went with some friends to Wichita.

Sunday, we went to church. It was apparently exhausting because Reid fell asleep on the car ride home. PS - this was supposed to be his Easter outfit this past spring. It just now kinda fits and the shirt is really a bit too big still. I'm thinking it must have been mis-marked.

In other news:

I barely watched TV during the summer because there was just so much going on but recently I've caught up on some things. I watched the final season of Glades which I'm sad is over and caught up on The Mindy Project which I absolutely loved and found hysterical! Then, a couple nights ago, I began watching Call the Midwife - which I've also enjoyed. It's something a little different.

I am SUPER pumped for the fall TV lineup to start.

I changed my toenails from purple to orange. It just feels more natural. =) ha!

We are about to enter a busy photography season. Whoa Nelly.

I've been forcing myself to cook with vegetables more. Gold star for me.

I forgot how fabulous toasted Pop-Tarts are. Mmmmm.

I got some pictures of Peety last night... I'm excited about that.

I believe I have a pinched nerve or something. I've been having trouble for a while but earlier this week, I was having some tightness/tingling around my shoulder blade. I went to the chiropractor and that usually fixes me right up, but not this time. It's going to take a second round.

I'm currently ear-deep in planning the fall conference I'm in charge of. Ay yi yi. Remind me to just say no next time. ;)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Catching Up

A jumble of late, out-of-order photos and ramblings:

Dac and Reid at a very hot snake dance a few weeks ago. Reid was representing OSU Orange Friday since I couldn't that day... and Dac... well he just clearly wasn't feeling any kind of school spirit. =)
 Lots of random shots of my boy.

 Val and I the night of Bedlam of the Badges.
More to come tomorrow.... I think. =)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Midweek Randoms

**Just realized I wrote this last week and never did post it. I'll just add the pictures I never posted to this week's.**

Quick update:

Reid's been sick with hand, food, and mouth disease this week. That stuff is nasty and it's been a rough few days.

Last weekend, Dac and I took Reid downtown for the annual 'snake dance'. It was hot but sort of fun I guess.

Val and I went to the Bedlam of Badges flag football game. It was fun! Police won and proceeds went to a foundation that helps our local families with cancer expenses. It was a great way to help out and a way to support our local police and fire.

XM is offering a two-week free trial right now which means I've been jammin' to some old tunes via 90s on 9 and Pop2K. =)

In Bulldog spirit, I'm sporting purple toe nails. I much prefer orange but with school starting, I thought, why not?

Summer shows are drawing to an end... which means fall shows are just around the corner!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Midweek Randoms

First things first, I'm a realist.

Things are busy and my heart is just, generally speaking, heavy lately. SO I'm just going to share a few snapshots and choose to believe that I can ultimately will things to get better. =)

The other day, Reid pulled himself up a big chair so he could eat his snack. It was cute and made him way too big.

He was pretty proud of himself.

I need to see Into the Storm. It's got to be done.
Last weekend, I did get to have breakfast and lunch with friends. That was good!

He's been loving to read and will even sit on my lap for a story...
At least for a while...
Annnnnd, that's all for today folks! 

Friday, August 8, 2014


If you've been around a while... and I'm pretty sure all eight of you have been ;)... it probably wouldn't surprise you know hear that I'm somewhat passionate about empowering other women. That might sound like I'm some feminist, man-hating hippie but that couldn't be further from the truth. What I mean is that I think somewhere along the way we women have put ourselves against each other. We're competitive, judgmental, insecure, and harder on each other and subsequently ourselves. I love to see a community of women raise each other up - no matter what place they're each at in life - and just show grace and love to one another. Ya feel me? I know so many people agree. I am constantly seeing more movement in that direction.

It also seems, that at the same time we've been putting ourselves against one another, we've also managed to put ourselves against the men in our lives. I notice this a lot in regards to Dads.

As society has changed over the years, so have our roles as parents. In a lot of ways, though, our attitudes and perceptions have not changed. (Again, I think we're moving more and more in the right direction though!)

I sometimes feel like I'm doing all the work. I do house work, care for Reid, co-own and operate a photography business, and work a full time job out of the home. Thing is - Dac does those things too. It may look different for each of us (and it definitely does... whoa nelly) but we're both swamped... just trying to do our best and keep our heads above water each day. It's tough and I'm grateful to have a partner as we scramble to figure it all out.

So - hats off to dads! =)

I love this Cheerios commercial. It might just be my fav! Seriously awesome.

I also love this blog post I read today.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Midweek Randoms

This post is just going to be total randomness. I'm behind and don't really have the time to completely catch up. =)

Work has been nuts.  couldn't possibly go into everything here but it's been like absolutely, ridiculously nuts. It's a tad outta control. For both Dac and I. I can't see the end of the tunnel. Helllllllllllllp!

Reid is a pretty good little straw-drinker. Mostly. At the very least, it's entertaining. 

He got a big boy buzz cut. I'd been holding off because I knew he would even older with it cut short but the poor guy was so hot and sweaty - constantly pulling at it. We knew he was miserable so we bit the bullet and Dac buzzed it. He's so much more comfy now... and I have to say... while he does look older, he still looks adorable to me.

He's also way in to blocks right now.
I spent two days home with Reid last week due to him having a crazy rash all over his body. It was a horrible time to take off (refer to the nutty work comment above) but it seems there's never really a good time. Even though I still had quite a bit of work to do from home, it was nice to spend a little more time with him.

One afternoon, I thought we'd try something fun so I let him "paint" with whipped cream. He immediately started putting fistfuls of it in his mouth and quickly had that sugar-coma glaze come over his eyes. Fail. =)
I really really don't like salad but I'm trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my life again (I'd kind of fallen off that bandwagon). In other news, I tried yoga for the first time... just a youtube video in my living room. I didn't hate it but I kind of failed at it. I'm sooooooo not flexible. I also carry around a ton of stress, tension, stiffness, and pain so I think it's exactly what I need. I'm going to give it a real fair shot. Also, I got a nice reminder of how helpful chiropractic care is for me. =)
Speaking of reminders, I've been reminded (on multiple occasions the past couple weeks) how important just checking in with someone can be. Even if it's just a "hey, how are you today?" or "Hope you have a great day, I'm thinking about you." I've been the giver of that check in and the receiver. In both types of scenarios, it made my day better. I think we all just get so wrapped up in what's going on in our own lives (and it makes sense, everyone's so busy) that we forget to reach out like that sometimes.
 Brushing teeth...

 Oh this kid. =) Love him.
I feel like I could use a pedicure. And probably a manicure. If I'd just make time, I could do it.

Allergies. Over them.

I went weeks and weeks with barely any TV but the time home with Reid last week helped me catch up. I really do like TV. Sad but true.

I like rain. I love the sound of it. Dac's been running a sprinkler out back in the evenings... sort of sounds like rain on the windows. =) (Hey, I told you this would be random).

It's election season and while I'll occasionally get excited about that (used to a lot more than I do now), it mostly just annoys me and wears me out.

I think that's it for now. Hope life treats you all very well this week! =)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Midweek Randoms

So last weekend, we went out to eat with my parents. That was great.

The next night, Val and I joined Terese and one of her friends for Bingo! Even though we lost, it was fun! It was nice to have a stress-free evening away.

 I feel like this is me... =)
 I've been able to spend more quality time with my boy this week, which has been awesome!
 I promise I do clothe the child on occasion. ;)
 This lasted about 1 minute. He is so in to books right now though. It's sweet.
 My attempt to get in more pictures...
 See... clothes!! =) Here he is reading one of his favorite books, The Little Blue Truck.

 He's also been way into blocks.
I was gathering up some laundry the other night so I put Reid in his crib for a minute. I walked right back by his room and found this. I asked Dac "what the heck are you doing?" to which he replied "reading books". Like Duh! haha. Then I just had to laugh and take a picture. I'm glad that he gets on Reid's level. They have so much fun together.
We got home last night and found this water table on our porch with a note that read "Have fun Reid!". I dang near teared up. A water table has been on my list of things I'd like to have for Reid but it was just a luxury so we didn't spend the money on it. It was such a blessing! After supper Dac filled it up and away Reid went! =) He had such a great time with it.
Again, I don't know who is responsible, but if you're reading this. Thank you for making our day! We prayed for you last night that you would be blessed in return. =) We also have our eyes out for opportunities to pay it forward!