I went to a women’s group on Thursday night and it was so refreshing. We were just ourselves. Hopefully I can make some local friends from this group. I don’t think any are army wives, which might be a blessing. There seems to be so much drama in Army Wife circles. I don’t wanna drama; I want friendship. I can’t wait to see what next wee brings.
I knew that Ollie’s room wasn’t going to get the same treatment Ian’s did. Not because we any less excited, but the budget was much tighter. To my surprise though it worked out even better then I could have imagined. Mostly because of the generosity of others and using what we already had. To be honest I think I like it even better then Ian’s nursery. How did all work out you wonder, well I am about do a show and tell.
The color theme kinda fell into our lap that what we have and what we were given was all in the same blue and yellow family. That wasn’t planned but boy I like it.
All pictures where taken with my iPhone.
My Mother in Law, made this cross stitch when pregnant with Casey older brother. It hung in Shane, Casey, and Lauren’s nursery’s is what she told me when she gave it to me for Ian’s nursery.
This monkey lamp (that is so low wattage we use it as a night light), was given to me by a friend before she moved. I had a bigger
Monkey lamp for years that my mom “accidentally” broke when helping Casey and I move a few years ago (she always hated me monkey lamp). So I was so excited when this lamp worked perfectly for Ollie’s room, it would have to stay hidden safely in the closet anymore.
The sheet was a gift from family at my shower, the moment I opened it I fell in love with the colors. Which match the bed skirt I already had from Ian’s nursery.
Ollie’s letters where a gift at my shower from a great friend. The colors magically are also yellow and blue.
Another amazing friend gifted us her sons old crib. Which our colors work perfectly with. The blanket is an Aden and Anais dream blanket(?), that I was given at Mom 2.0 in 2010.
Please ignore the toddler in the crib, he thinks he has a new room. Poor guy he has a big surprise coming.
I am very thankful to my mom for our changing table/dresser. We were out thrifting and found this for $20, she snatched it up. Now I know I need to get new pulls and knobs but his clothes have a home an for that I am thankful.
Lastly instead of a rocker, we have a futon that a friend gave us years ago. With Ian we had our love seat in his room and Casey loved it. So when we moved this time we placed the futon in ollie’s room. It is nice to be able to lay with him and snuggle before bed. The yellow mattress cover was also already on there.
The quilt was made by my Mama’s aunt for me when I was little, it is the care bears with the alphabet.
So all my worries that Ollie wouldn’t have a room filled with love. Boy was I wrong, it seems all the love of our friends and family’s past and present gestures have given him the perfect room.
Friday was Casey’s birthday, and we had a small gathering of friends over for a dinner of Tacos. It was a night of love and laughter. I was am extremely proud of the turn out, our friends all came out. The ones that I remembered to invite, I forgot like 5 people. I was so happy to do this for Casey since we haven’t done much for his birthday since Ian has been born. Ian partied so hard that he passed out.
Yesterday I awoke to a headache so bad that I wanted to spend the day in bed, which Ian and Casey were not fond of. Finally after a long day my loving husband got me a ziploc baggy of ice, some Tylenol and a touch of caffeine. I was feeling some relief, add in some sleep and I awoke headache free.
I hope the headache was just a fluke, I really hope it isn’t a early sign of a looming illness. This weekend has flown by in a blur, I am ready for a weekend again.
Otherwise known as the completed second year of parenting. I really can’t complain about being sleep deprived with Ian, he is a good boy and mostly is a good sleeper. I am still amazed that this tiny baby boy.
On the morning of his Second birthday, we woke knowing it was going to be a jam pack day followed closely by a jam packed weekend, full of Birthday Shenanigans. It all started with a sushi lunch with his Aunt Kari and Uncle Ryan. Followed by his Two Year well child check up. Where he is 26.5 lbs, 36 inches tall, and if don’t watch out his head is going to fall off the charts. Poor guy has a small head. Lucky for him he is all done with shots until he is four, we did the standard vac. schedule. From there he had his first hair cut, poor guy he just doesn’t have much hair.
After all was said and done on his actual birthday it was time to prep for the party. Were Ian was so happy to have all the people he cares about most in the same room, this year he didn’t get overwhelmed by the people. Instead he was a ball of energy loving everyone all the time.
When it was all said and done, it was a great few days. I can’t believe he is two.
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What does Jamie off of Mythbusters have in common with a peacock? Well on Halloween they were mother and son. We headed over to Abby’s house and got dressed and ready to hit up her subdivision right around sunset. While waiting for sunset, Ian helped GiGi and Uncle John (Abby’s Parents) finish putting the final touches on their decorations.
We ventured through out the neighborhood, and Ian enjoyed himself. It was a long night for me but all in all it was perfect.
It has almost been a month since I wrote a post. Wow, I can’t remember why I stepped away for a bit. This break has been well received, I have relaxed and enjoyed my family and friends. Sadly I said good bye to one of my friends as him and his awesome girlfriend movie to Cali. It isn’t good bye for good, I know this but some how it is hitting me hard that he is moving so far away. We haven’t been friends for very long in the scheme of things around 5 years total, but the day we became friends it was one of those friendships I am so grateful to have.
There are lots of reasons why he is such a great friend, to many to list at this moment. He is the kind of friend who I needed to drive to go tell good bye and to be safe and enjoy every moment of this life changing adventure. He is also extremely patient so is his girlfriend, neither one got mad when Ian decided Autumn’s phone need to go in the toilet, or when washing his hand after this adventure he managed to break a glass.
I am sad that Ian won’t get to grow up with His Uncle Nintendo and Autumn (Aut-doom if you ask Ian, he thought she as leaving him at one point during our visit and he got very upset) in his day to day life but he will know and love them. Guys I hope you love Cali and it brings you many happiness es.
This post went on a random tangent, I promise to fill you in on more of recent adventures in the coming days. I will now leave you with some pictures of Nintendo and Autumn.
I don’t know if you can see the smile on Ian’s face when he was talking to Autumn, but it is there.
On Friday one of my best friends Abby finally became legal to drink and she had been a good girl and had not really drank before. So it was going to be a fun night for all (Thanks Gabe, for being an awesome Boyfriend and being the dd for us girls). We started the night with sushi, good friends and a few gifts.
After dinner we headed to a bar, where we lost two friends who had to work in the morning. Being the most experienced drinker in the group (what am I saying about myself, am I saying I am old or a partier)I did most of the ordering. Since she is my friend and I am not cruel like some of my college friends (not naming names), I ordered stuff I knew that was good.
As I look at the picture on the right, I am shot taking champ(Okay to be honest it was Abby’s 21st and Brandi had just turned 21 the Friday before).
Seems Brandi didn’t like the shot or really anything that she tried. She didn’t even finish her margarita, Abby stepped up and finished it for her.
It isn’t a birthday with out one plain liquor shot, I chose Patron. I was pleasantly surprised by Abby’s ability to take what was handed to her with no complaints. Her favorites of the night were Jager Shots and her pineapple spritzer drink (which I didn’t like). She handled the whole night like a champ and woke up the next day with only a little hangover. She never once had to use the bucket I left for her in our back bedroom.
Abby deserved this night out, she has been there for me this past year when I was at my lowest. She stood beside me while I wallowed in self pity and then helped pick up the pieces when it was time to put on my big girl panties. I am so grateful to have a friend who loves me and my family that much. Happy Birthday Girl.
I know I left you all hanging with the picture of just a diamond ring. Sadly it wasn’t a surprise from Casey (I would rather have a a new Dslr camera instead). Our friend L and the tables turned on her by her now fiancée K, she was planning a surprise birthday party for him. Well it became an engagement/birthday party, Casey and I were taken by surprise by the engagement but other friends were in on it.
After pretty much taking over a restaurant and terrorizing the other patrons. We headed out for drinks.
It ended up being Karaoke night at the place we ended up after dinner. What does one do to celebrate their friends engagement and at the same time embarrass themselves? Well they sing “Straight Up” (Paula Abdul) with Lou.
I wasn’t done embarrassing myself, I then decided I needed to sing some Reba. If your gonna sing Reba well it might as well be “Fancy”. After throughly embarrassing myself, I decided to call it a night. But all in all it was a great night, I am so happy for L and K. I wish them the best of luck in all that life brings for them.
Yes in the second picture the happy couple are taking celebratory shots from our amazingly patient server at dinner.
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