Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Show me the $$$!

So, I've been a stay at home mom since Bella was born.. that's 18 months. I can't say I haven't loved every second of it, because I absolutely have! However, As she's getting older and more mobile, and more stubborn, and testing more limits.. and my patience, I find myself craving time away. It is kind of funny, because I hate to leave her, but I really enjoy my time away. Even if it's just to the grocery store. I enjoy not having to constantly chase her, or to have a conversation that isn't interrupted. So - I'm going to get a job. I went into The Children's Place in the mall, and they were out of applications, but I spoke with the manager once before that, and when I was just there, spoke with the scheduling manager about my schedule requirements, and they were both VERY understanding. It basically boils down to - I can only work when Kevin is off. The minute I have to start paying for daycare, then it becomes pointless for me to work. I'll only be working maybe 15 hours a week, and probably not much more than minimum wage. (which, is what, 7.50 or something now?)

I'm also babysitting once a week for my friend Erin. She has two kids who are 3yrs and 6mo. It doesn't bring in a lot, but it brings in enough to pay for lunch out or whatever.

AND I just started working as an assistant to Rebekah, of R. Gonzalez Photography. I'm doing the scheduling and generally helping her out with whatever she needs. It's easy to do because she is a great friend, laid back, and most of it is done through emails, so I can just hop on whenever I have some quiet time. Right now, it's naptime that I'm using to answer emails. So, if you need some photos taken, email me at michele.rgphotos@gmail.com and I'll set you up an appointment.

So, I seem to have a lot going on, but at the same time, it's not a lot. I am enjoying it all so far. Hopefully I will get up to TCP in the next couple days and get an application filled out (they were out of them when I went last time). We'll see how things go.

Hope you all are having a great week!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

What's Your Mommy Type? | momlogic.com

What's Your Mommy Type? | momlogic.com

This is an interesting article I found. Which Mommy Type are you?

I think I'm not just one type, I fall into a couple of categories. I think I'm Sugar and spice, I know I can also be Instigator mom.. and I'll probably be Ass-Kisser mom, although I'm not sure about super expensive gifts..

It's hard to categorize yourself, because 1)we see ourselves different than others do, and 2) other people see us differently based on how we present ourselves to them. So, to some I could be bitchy mom, and others sugar and spice. I believe deep down, we are all a compilation of ALL these types, or most of them. It's just a matter of which one we keep "on top".

Saturday, July 24, 2010

My bows, worthy enough to sell?

Here are some bows I've made..  what would you pay for them?

FYI: all ribbon is heat sealed on the end, the ribbon is stitched together to stay in place. They are on 2 prong alligator clips, which is wrapped in ribbon as well to match the bow. There is NOT any non-slip material on these specific bows, but I could easily add it if someone requested it. I usually make them in sets of two, since Bella almost always has her hair in pig tails.  so, here are alll the pics. Tell me what you think!

Patriotic Bow
Yellow Flower
Pink/Chocolate and White
Turquoise with green dots and White (made for a specific outfit)
Lilac and White
Fall Colors (Pumpkin Orange, Grape, Green and White)
Small Pink and White
Couldn't decide which one to wear.. ;) 

Friday, July 23, 2010

First Cookout!

Well, We had our first gathering at the house! It was a great turnout, and we all had a lot of fun! There was sooo much food! The guests included family, some of my friends, and some of Kevin's co-workers and friends. It was a good mix! All the kids had so much fun running around. It was also great to put faces with some of the people Kevin works with, since I only ever hear names.  Bella had a grand time running all over the place, and there were so many people there, that I actually was able to get a bit of a break, because I knew with so many people there, someone would always have an "eye" on her. =)

She got extremely and wonderfully dirty, and she loved every second of it! We had a wardrobe change about halfway through, though. She also got a special treat of enjoying a HUGE chocolate chip cookie (from Costco!) It's not something I normally give her, and she really enjoyed it..

Again, it was so wonderful to see everyone, and have everyone there, friends and family. We hope to be able to do this again sometime!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I won.. again!

Let me first tell you that the website I enter these contests on is amazing! Fabulous Friday Freebies posts new giv eaways EVERY WEEK! I love all the things she posts, and I really enjoy finding wonderful new places to shop online!

This time I won a personalized custom canvas painting from Art By Kristi (She is currently on vacation for the month of July, but be sure to check back for her awesome stuff in August!). I emailed her and told her I chose the daisy theme, I also sent a link to the bedset I had bought Bella, and asked if she would be able to match the colors. What she made was amazing, and absolutely perfect! Not only did she match the colors, but she put the same detailing onto the flowers that is on the actual bedding! This was something I totally did not expect!

When I got my package, this is what was inside:

The wrapping obviously was not necessary but was such a wonderful, thoughtful, and personal touch! I will also say, that even though she was on vacation, she waited to ship this until after the 4th, so it would not sit on my front porch while we were gone! She could very easily have just shipped it anyhow!

This is the final product:

Absolutely perfect! Thank you to Fabulous Friday Freebies, and Kristi, from Art by Kristi for such a wonderful prize! 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bella's 18month Checkup!

Oh my.. Bella is a year and a half. 18 months old. It is amazing o me how much she has grown. To think that I have a little person, running around, talking, climbing.. it just amazes me to no end. I always knew I'd love being a mommy, but I never truly understood the feelings I would have just watching her. I find myself often stopping what I'm doing to just watch her as she happily plays with her blocks, or "reads" her books. She just amazes me so much with how much she already knows and understands.

Her checkup was yesterday. She was a doll, as usual! Laid still for measuring and weighing, and sat still for the doctor to examine her. Here are her stats:

Weight: 25lbs 4oz (75%)
Height: 33.5" (90%)

She can identify and say the following body parts:
Head, hair, ears, eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, cheek, chin, belly/bellybutton, hand, fingers, elbow, bum, knees, foot, toes. We are working on shoulders, back, chest, and neck.

She can also identify the following animals and knows the sound to the ones with a * next to it.
Cat*, doggy*, horse*, cow*, sheep*, goat, pig, frog, bird

We are working on colors, and while she repeats them back, I do not think she really understands the connection. She knows her name (Bewwa) and identifies herself in pictures or the mirror. She loves to play peek a boo, and will cover her eyes and ask "where's Bella?" which sounds like "ah bewwa?". It's not perfect sounding, but the correct intonation is there for a question. Super cute. She loves swimming, and we put her in the pool with just floaties on her arms (And close supervision, of course!) She learned very quickly how to kick her legs and move her arms to get around the pool. I'm glad she doesn't have her mama's fear of deep water.

The doctor said her gross motor skills are right on course, and her vocabulary/speech is closer to that of a 2 year old. I'm excited about that! (at least, until she's older and using that skill to talk back!) He did say we need to cut back her milk intake a bit, as she's drinking a LOT. Reminded me she needs to be brushing twice a day.. something I will admit I often forget to do. So now, I've put her toothbrush and toothpaste with mine, and we will do it together. I didn't think she could have too much milk, but he said to try and keep her at no more than 24oz a day. Seriously, she'll drink 4 full sippys a day - and they are 9-10oz sippys!

Bella loves to be outside. And when we go out, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get her back in without a fight. And BOY does she have a temper on her! Short patience and a hot temper. What a combo. The patience is from daddy, the temper from her mama. We will have to help her work on it as she gets older. For now I try to stay calm and let her have her fit, so long as she's not hurting herself or anyone around her.

She has all her teeth now, except the last four "2 year molars". But they are coming, she is drooling a lot and always chewing on her fingers, or anything else semi-soft and rubbery. I also think they have been waking her at night. Poor thing. Hopefully they don't get dragged out too long, and she can get through it quickly. =)

Bella @ 18 months July 4th, 2010

Last year's Photo....

Bella @ 6months, July 6 2009

Well, that's all that has been going on with my little munchkin! She loves her Little Gym class, and it has really helped her develop and get stronger. She's learning to jump and climb and run, and that is great for her muscles. =)

Holy crap, I'm actually updating!

Yes folks, it's true, you aren't imagining things. I'm actually posting a blog. Bella keeps me super busy when she's awake, and when she's asleep, well, I'm busy doing all the things I can't do while she's awake.. like laundry, and cleaning house. Trust me, I'd much rather blog all day, but I'm pretty sure after a while it may become an issue in my marriage. Kevin really prefers to have clean underwear. I know, weird, huh? Ah well.. what can I do?

I don't even remember what or when I posted last.. and yes, I could go back and look, but, it still won't really change what I post about here. We just got back from a nice week-long trip up to PA. We had a wonderful time and Bella loved seeing her Pap-Pap and Grandma, along with all her aunts and uncles and cousins! I'm really grateful for having such a large, wonderful family for Bella, even though trying to see everyone can be very difficult.

One thing I'll never understand is why we are always told to go here and there to see everyone. Most of the family lives in the same area, and all growing up, whenever we visited, people always came to where the visitors were. I guess it's just different the way my family has always been, and the way his is. It's not a big deal, but it is rather difficult when trying to work around a schedule for Bella. I *try* to keep her close to her schedule. Sure, she does okay, but there is always that breaking point, and when we push back her nap or skip it, we are pushing our luck on how far she'll go before she just completely melts down. It's just easier and less stressful for EVERYONE if she gets a good nap every day and isn't kept up super late at night. Ah well.. I'm glad she re-adjusted quickly once we got home, though. She is definitely one who does better on a routine/schedule. Personally, I think most kids do, you just have to teach them what the schedule is!

Anyhow, We spent the week helping Kevin's brother move into their GORGEOUS new house!  I have to say, I am a bit envious of her wonderful decorating skills. I'm just not that creative, and she does everything super cheap, too. Friday we went up to the camp for our annual picnic. I love going up there. It is so peaceful and quiet and even though it's a long drive, it is a pretty one. We cook outside on the fire every day, and Friday night we all slept outside in the tent. Okay, so for a lot of you it's not *really* camping because there is a bathroom, shower, running water, etc. But, it's about as close as you will get me to camping. Especially with a baby! Bella really enjoyed being able to run around and chase after her cousins and playing soccer with them. They are all sooo good with her, and she really loves older kids in general!

Once we got back I have been sooo busy! Cleaning the house, painting, catching up with laundry.. it just seems like I've been run, run, running around nonstop this past week. This week is no different; we have a big cookout this weekend here at the house and I've got to get it all cleaned up and stuff for the cookout. I know it's not really a big deal, and no one else is going to care, but *I* care!  So, like a crazy chicken with it's head cut off, I'm running in circles. Seems to be par for the course, for me, though.

Bella had her 18 month checkup yesterday! She is growing sooo much, it just amazes me! I'll post all that in another blog, eventually. I've got to get off of here and flip the laundry and stuff before Miss Bella wakes up. =)