Euphoria Definition Pronunciation: \yü-ˈfȯr-ē-ə\ Function: noun Date: circa 1751
a feeling of well-being or elation















Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm Logging Off For The Weekend

My family (Wade & I) tend to spend too much time with electronics. Computer, Xbox, TV, blah blah blah. I sometimes spend the first hour (or on a bad day, two hours) of work updated the blog, what I like to call " blog stalking ", checking emails, Instant Messaging and so on.... So this weekend (minus alittle Dexter, Lost and any other movies at night) I'm not logging onto my computer, texting or spending time loafed in front of the boob tube watching the food network while watching Miss Lucy play. Its kind of starting to feel like a waste of time - actually, I know its a waste of time. There's so much more to do!!

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But don't worry, I'll be back on Monday - or maybe even later today, who knows! Friday's tend to be boring around here.

Happy Friday! God Bless all of you!

Friday Fives....

A friend of mine, Jenny, always has great topics on her blog, such as a Daily Oh La La where she showcases an "Oh La La" dress, flower or cake for a wedding. I'm in love with the idea...so I've made my own - Friday Fives. I'll be listing five of my favorite things on Fridays whether it be about babies (because at this point in my life, this is my expertise) or my favorite music, etc. Stay tuned every Friday for a list of my fantastic fives!

Here's my list of 5 things EVERY new mom needs whether she's having her first or her fifth.

1. Tender Care™ Hydrogel Pads ($9.99): If you've decided to breast feed (breast is best!) I HIGHLY recommend these breast pads. I never had a "leak" with these suckers and they almost feel like those gel inserts for bras if they do happen to leak. These will be your best friends. Soothing on their own, or use with Tender Care Lanolin for extra comfort and relief. Truly genius!

2. Fisher Price - Soothe & Play Bouncer $24.00 (Target): I've mentioned this amazing baby chair in a previous post on my blog and I can't express to you how this saved our lives. Our daughter Lucy, is one of those children that just didn't like to sleep unless she had some motion going on. After a month of sleepless days and nights, I rushed out to Target to try and find something that would help her sleep. TADA! This was it and 8 months later, we are STILL using it...her feet hang off of the end of it and touch the floor, but she still LOVES it. At $24.00, this would we an excellent shower gift for a mom to be.

3. Sienna Backpack Diaper Bag - $44.99 (Babies R Us): A backpack baby bag....need I say more? I have a friend that swears by this bag. One, its a backpack - Two, its unisex (black) so you or your baby daddy will feel totally comfortable sportin' it. Third, you can fit enough baby stuff it in to last you a weekend!!!

4. Fisher Price Rainforest Open Top Cradle Swing - $155 (Babies R Us): ATTENTION ATTENTION: YOU MUST, I REPEAT MUST, HAVE A GOOD SWING. THIS IS CRUCIAL. The fisher price rainforest open top cradle swing is probably the best swing I've ever seen. It rocks either front to back or side to side - and trust me when I say, every baby is different, and our baby is one that didn't like the swing that rocked front to back. Not only does this swing give you an option for rocking positions - IT PLUGS IN. This is also a MUST. The price of batteries is outrageous and lets be honest, after all the diapers, formula, etc....that is the LAST thing you want to be rushing out to buy.

5. Kiddopotamus Swaddle Blanket $10.99 (Babies R Us): The SwaddleMe Adjustable Infant Wrap helps soothe fussy babies and helps them sleep safely through the night. Soft wings hug your new bundle of joy! The SwaddleMe stays securely in place around your baby with self-fasteners and adjusts easily for a custom fit as your baby grows. The leg pouch pops open for easy diaper changes. This gives new meaning to burrito!

Stay tuned for next weeks 'Friday Fives'!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

1921

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Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Foundling Hospital, playroom." Tots at the Washington Asylum for Foundlings, 1715 15th Street N.W., with their benefactor Lt. George Pickett 3rd. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

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Great Sale!!!

It's Wednesday, I know. I'm usually wordless on Wednesday's however, I can't not post this Sale

at Urban Outfitters.



I thought this mug was hilarious!!! At $1.99, I must get one for a couple people at the office for Christmas.


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And for $9.99, I'm totally getting this casual dress, too! I think it would look good by itself or with some dark jeans and heels. CUTE!

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Happy Hump Day!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Blooms

I am absolutely in love with these blooms!! I'm sure Wade would disagree with me, but I must have a couple pins to dress up a cute white tee or a blazer for work. (note to self: must start looking for a cute hip blazer for fall)

Adorable!

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Click here for more!

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Beautiful Getaway!

I stumbled upon this charming little Bed & Breakfast in Llano, Texas. Its quaint look gives me the sense of relaxation and romance. I want to be there, like now.
I have never spent any time in Texas except for a drive through, and I'm thinking that if Wade and I ever get "hitched", this is a possibility of where I would like to spend our honeymoon. Its affordable at $179 a night and the ambiance is breathtaking.

Click Here Walden Plantation.




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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Work Smerk

Today I'm daydreaming of being here:

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Off the coast of Greece, swimming in the ocean, enjoying my perfect little family.
But instead, I'm here...in a stark, cold, poorly lit office building that some what resembles this:

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Since when did I decide I wanted to be working in a boring office building that smells like new cubicles, coffee and bad breath? Oy. I'm thinking I need a change of something...anything.
I, some days, feel like I'm part of the movie 'Ground Hogs Day' - doing the same thing, over and over and over......you get my point. I don't know how much longer I can do this without being checked into an insane asylum.

Happy Wednesday aka Hump Day. Enjoy whatever, where ever you are and be grateful we all have jobs.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

#4

I'm not a football fan at all, but when it comes to the Vikings and being a born and raised Minnesotan - I can't help but join in on the 'haps' of my home states football program.



Favre. #4. Really??? Just retire already!!!



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Maybe the Vikes will see a Superbowl this year??? Maybe. If his arm doesn't fall off.

Our Angel, Lucy - 9 Months

So, my little pee wee just turned 9 months yesterday. 9 months. wow. I can not believe we have actually lasted this long. And to think in 3 months we will be celebrating her 1st birthday. Where has this time gone??

Our little Lucy is a joy. Everything about her is perfect - minus the little sleeping habits she has developed over the course of 9 months. But for the most part, she sleeps through the night - naps on the other hand are give or take. Some days daddy says she sleeps for 2 hrs, other days, its 20 minutes here, 10 minutes there. Its just our luck we (who love to sleep) would have a daughter who doesn't like to sleep.
Lucy Patricia is full of energy and is always exploring about our apartment. One of her favorite things to do is chase our little cats around. I love the fact that she doesn't get upset when she gets an inch close to them and they scatter away....she just sits up, and tries again.
Her favorite foods are sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas and these little crackers called Mum Mums (I call them communion b/c they are just like the bread we get for communion at church - dissolve once it hits your tongue).
Our little angel has developed a hellva personality. She loves to read, however, hates for us to read to her. She's very independent.
Some of her favorite words are: MumMum (we're not sure if this is mom or food, but I like to think of it as Mom) Dada (Dad), and Ba (Ball).
One of her favorite things to do besides chasing the kitties around, is helping mom clean the kitchen at night (which consists of her playing with Tupperware and exploring the cubbards while Mom cleans and puts dishes away) This is probably my favorite part of the day.

I love this little girl with all my heart. This morning she fell asleep in mommy and daddy's bed after she had her morning bottle - and I just sat there and watched her and daddy sleep for a good 20 minutes. I thought to myself, "what the hell did I do before her?" and "I can not believe this perfect little being - 10 fingers, 10 toes - came from the two of us"
I'm beyond blessed with a happy, healthy little girl. I thank God everyday for bringing her into our lives. Happy 9th Month Birthday my precious baby Lucy!!!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Monday Monday

I meant to post this post earlier this morning, but my brain has been in a fog.

We had an excellent time up in Payson this weekend if you take out the part where our dear daughter, Lucy, didn't want to sleep from 12:00 a.m. til about 2 a.m. (In parent years, thats a LONG time)
After a night of drinking, playing scrabble and a delish dinner of smoked brisket - we were tired. Being woke up by a screaming crying baby at midnight, less 2 hours after I fell sleep, was not my idea of a good time.

Boy have times changed.

After many foul words and looks being exchanged between me and my other half (eeek, I know) about who's going to get up with Lucy and who gets to catch up on sleep, I want to dedicate this photo/blog to Wader.

I wish we could be here, even just for one night, cuddled up, cool 75 degree weather - just the two of us.

Even though times are tough (even after 9 months) just keep in mind how far we have come and how much we both admire one another. No one ever said this whole parenting thing was going to be easy - we just have to stick together.
I love you,

Me

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

This Morning, I'd Like To Be Here

I have no idea where this cute little coffee shop is, but I want to be there.
Heading off to Payson, AZ for the weekend and I couldn't be more happy to get out of the blazing heat of Phoenix. 80 degree weather, here we come.

Have a wonderful, relaxed and enjoyable weekend.

Love.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Walmart

Some of my friends think I'm completely crazy for buying CLOTHES at ...of all places.....WALMART.
In the snooty, snobby city of Scottdale, Arizona in which I live - there is a neighborhood Walmart that I swear to you - is like the Walmart Heaven. It's a super Walmart, but it's clean. So clean I could probably eat off the floors. (yuck, I would never, but I am trying to explain to you how glorious this Walmart really is!)

I was shopping around Walmart last night getting the basics, because lets be honest, in this economy and one income in which my family lives on, I will not shop at over-priced Target for toilet paper, paper towels and tampons. Sorry!

Since I'm a chick on a budget, I always check out their clothing selection and I have to say, Walmart is coming up in the world. I stumbled upon this FABULOUS dress last night that I am still thinking about today. (Which is my new buying technique, if I'm still thinking about the item/items the next day, it is meant to be) I will be stopping in there on me and Lucy's morning trip to Starbucks this Saturday.

Norma Kamali - Women's Cap-Sleeve Jersey Wrap Dress - $20.00 (and will probably be on sale within the week for $10 - I heart Walmart)

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Foggy

Its been a week since I've written or posted anything - but I have a logical excuse. Lucy's Baptism.
Picture this: Family in town (i.e. Older sister, younger sister, Mom and a surprise for me...my niece, Sophie - who is 3) A 958 square foot apartment, Wade, Lucy, Me and the family all snuggled into one small teeny tiny apartment - in Arizona - in the summer.
Yep, that's why I haven't written in over a week.
It was a GREAT time if you take out the fact that every single one of my out of town visitors got a special gift from us called the flu. (eeek!)
This is was no ordinary flu....no aches, no pains, no fever. Just the uncomfortable and annoying amounts throwing up, stomach pains and well, need I say it? #2. - AND LOTS OF IT.
This virus, good riddens, only lasted for 12 hours. By Monday, everyone was feeling better - we indulged in some In and Out burger (a tradition for anyone who comes to see me) - and then Monday at 2 p.m. they had to leave.
Thankfully, no one was sick for the actual Baptism - and my wonderful Mom kept reminding all of us, that that is why they came down in the first place - The Baptism.

The Baptism was a beautiful ceremony. Private, with all our friends and family. The ceremony only lasted a good 45 minutes. Lucy was a doll. Not a peep from her (as always) - I might quite possibly have the most chill, relaxed, easy-going baby in the whole world. She was just precious and I am so proud to call her my daughter.

Here's a couple pictures from the weekend, enjoy and God Bless my little angel, Lucy Patricia!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Shorpy

I may be one of the last to find out about this website but I just think it's so cool to look through these old photos.

Here's one taken in Phoenix, Arizona - March 1942 - Titled "Washday at the FSA Camelback Farms" 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration

So cool.

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Beer

This post is dedicated to my better half, Wade. He's a beer fanatic. I stumbled upon this old vintage beer albumon Flickr.

My favorite one is the old Heineken can. I wonder if I can find one for a Christmas present on ebay? Hmmm...I'll do some research and get back to you guys!

Enjoy!

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Dude.

This one is dedicated to the girl in my office that uses the word "dude" in just about every sentence. In the workplace, this can be quite irritating and I'm kind a wondering how she got the job in the first place. Keep in mind, she's 28 year old.

Wow.

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