Monday, October 18, 2010

Getting Back into Things

Hi All. I'm sorry I've been bad about blogging recently. Things have been busy here with travel and I just applied for and got! a new job. So, I'll probably continue to blog less than when I wasn't working, but I hope to keep it up as much as I can. I'm also going to give up on the 365 days of getting out with baby. Not because I'm not getting out with him, but because he'll be with the nanny half the time and well, I'd just rather write about whatever I feel like. If we do something really cool, I'll be sure to write about it.

I would tell you about what's coming soon because I have a lot of ideas in my head that I would like to write about, but I'm afraid I'd do that and then never get to some of you'll just have to "stay tuned."

Wander on over to The Shopping Mama sometimes too, to see my posts there.

Thanks for sticking around.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day 14: Hanging at Daddy's Work

We spent most of yesterday hanging out at a family day at Daddy's work. This of course meant skipping afternoon nap time. Thank goodness for our Ergo Carrier. I was able to put the little guy in there around nap time and he got a quick 20 minute nap. It wasn't great, but it was better than nothing. Plus I was able to carry him around most of the day which kept him happy and out of trouble and my hands free. I didn't take any photos, so here's what he looks like in the Ergo from my The Shopping Mama Ergo post.
Cost: $0
Age: Almost 8 months

Day 13 No really, my house doesn't normally look like this.

If you remember, and of course you do because my life is endlessly fascinating, on day 12 one of our activities was a trip to the grocery store. As much as I looove grocery shopping (feel the irony) this was not a joy ride trip. We were on a serious mission to get some last minute ingredients because I was going to make a good dinner for once, gosh darn it. We got what we needed, minus a few items I of course forgot (like butter) but could improvise around, and headed home.

It was beautiful out so I decided a little swim would be nice before fixing dinner and it was wonderful, until everything started to go downhill. Swimming and diaper changes and all that fun stuff took longer than expected, as it always does. (Which really should make it expected, but somehow I’m always surprised.)

As a result, dinner preparation was rushed and peppered with the hungry protests of the current King of the World who is accustomed to 100% attention at meal times. Fortunately, because it was a Rachel Ray recipe, things actually came together well and in a timely manner. I started thinking, “Hey, I can do this. I could be the next Martha Stewart.” At which point the casserole overflowed onto the cookie sheet I’d placed beneath it (I did see this one coming) and the smell of blue cheese filled the house.

Blue Cheese Assortment (2 pound)I should mention here that neither my husband nor I are especially fond of blue cheese, but the recipe called for it and I thought it would add a minor note to the flavor palate. Umm, the entire casserole tasted and smelled of blue cheese. It was a blue cheese lover’s paradise. We had to throw it out. Rather, because the pan was still hot, we intended to throw it out in the morning. This is how my house came to be filled with dirty dishes and a half-eaten casserole when the doorbell rang.

So here I was in beaten up jeans and an old tank top, with a kitchen full of dirty dishes and half eaten food and the little guy’s toys scattered as far as the eye could see, welcoming the dishwasher delivery guys into my home. Thank goodness I’d run the dishwasher that morning and didn’t have to pull out a bunch of dirty dishes.

The moral of the story is, this is why I don’t cook dinner very often.

Cost: $6 for that stinking (literally) blue cheese.
Age: Almost 8 months 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 12: Making up for Day 11

Shirley Temple - America's Sweetheart Collection, Vol. 3 (Dimples / The Little Colonel / The Littlest Rebel)We made up for Tuesday's near failure by getting out of the house 3 whole times on Wednesday. To the mall, to the grocery store and swimming.

The mall was good exercise, but made me wonder why I didn't spend more time shopping in my pre-baby days. Ann Taylor Loft has some really cute stuff right now.

I did find something to take my mind off the cute clothes I wasn't buying, a buck naked child. Not mine, he can't get out of his clothes, yet. This was a random child in the middle of the mall wearing only a pair of white shoes with what looked like her mom, dad and grandpa. When she saw us, the child's mother said, "See, there's a baby who isn't crying." The child wasn't crying as we walked by, so clearly we had just missed some major drama.

I can only imagine how the poor family ended up at that point.....Mom, Dad and Grandpa bring adorable little girl dressed in Shirley Temple style dress to the mall to get a giant lollipop. The four of them are holding and hands, skipping and (because I'm the one making things up) singing "We're off to See the Wizard." They skip down the main road and past the fountain in the center of the mall. Little girl is starting to realizing how hot she is and how scratchy the collar of her dress is and how wonderful the fountain sounds. Her skips are getting shorter and slower and her singing softer. Suddenly, she twists away from her family and is running back down the road to the fountain, dress flying over her head and diaper landing in a nearby planter. Naked (except for her shoes) she runs through the fountain, rejoicing in the coolness and the freedom. Embarrassed, her family pulls her away, dries her off and moves several stores away from the fountain to avoid the curious stares. The little girl breaks into sobs and only finds the will to stop crying and agree to clothe herself when she beholds the angelic, non-crying face of my little boy. Which is of course why her mom thought the phrase "See, there's a baby who isn't crying," would do anyone any good. They all went off together holding hands again and singing "The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music." I'm pretty sure that's what happened anyway.

Cost: $0
Age: 7.5 months

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 11: Almost Not Getting Out of the House

Today my inertia grabbed a hold of me and I fell into my normal routine of not leaving the house. I didn't go on a morning walk because I was tired and we had plans to head out to story time. Then I bailed on story time because Jack skipped his afternoon nap and I was afraid that he would melt down at the library. (He's been on a afternoon nap strike this week.) By the time the clock read 3 pm I found myself singing the itsy bitsy spider over and over (off key) and thoroughly tired of entertaining an infant. The best part of getting out of the house is it's relatively effortless entertainment for at least an hour. 

I salvaged the evening with some time with a bunt pan and wooden spoon and a swim in the pool. So in the end, I did get out of the house, barely. 

Time to start planning more activities... 

Cost: $0
Age: 7.5 months


Day 7, 8, 9 and 10 of getting out of the house with Baby

Okay, okay, I promise I've been doing stuff, just not writing about it. Partially because I've been busy doing things and partially because baby's activities haven't been all that exciting. I had a girls night out, which was very exciting but baby didn't get to come. One of the best parts of the weekend was walking to Starbucks in the morning completely alone, just me and my thoughts. It's been a long time since I've gone anywhere alone.

Day 7: We went swimming in the backyard pool. I love having a pool. Sometimes I worry about safety with a pool, but we have a gate and are in the process of teaching our guy to float on his back. We'll probably hire a professional to teach him to swim soon because neither of us remember learning how to swim any more than we remember learning to walk. The pool is a great way to relax, burn some energy (for the kid) and get a little bit of exercise. We then completely negated any exercise by walking to the local burger joint and having a burger and fries. We were hungry and I'm not very good at planning meals. It's on my self improvement to-do list.

Cost: $7 for a burger and fries
Age: 7.5 months

i modonnari Santa Barbara (image: The Independent)
Day 8: This was going to be our big event for the weekend. A local school had an Italian Street Painting festival and I was excited to go because my home town Santa Barbara, CA has one of the best street painting festivals in the world (and likely the best in the Western Hemisphere) called i modannari. I knew the one here wouldn't be a nice as Santa Barbara's festival, but I thought it would still be fun. Yeah, there were probably 20-30 people there, total, and most of the art was done by students not necessarily destined to be professional artists. So, it was a bit of a waste, but we got to try our the new Maclaren Techno Stroller and it worked great.

Cost: $0
Age: 7.5 months

Day 9: Mom was recovering from girls night out this day, so we went swimming again.

Cost $0
Age: 7.5 months

Day 10: The weather was beautiful so we took a long morning walk in our neighborhood. It's always nice to get some exercise, get out of the house and not have to actively entertain the little guy for an hour or so.

Cost $0
Age: 7.5

Friday, September 17, 2010

Day 6 The Target Trap

Is there anyone who can go to Target without spending way too much money? The only way I seem to get out safely is if I just don't get anything. Once I put something in my cart it seems to attract friends like a magnet. This is the number one reason I try to avoid the dollar section in the front of the store. A 99 cent item will turn into $100 if I let my guard down.

Knowing this, I was hesitant to go to Target yesterday for our day out. I still haven't found a job here (there may be a bit of reluctance to leave the kiddo on my part that isn't helping) and money is a little tighter than normal. Not "tighten your belts kids it's another week of canned beans tight," but not "buy whatever you feel like whenever you want either." This is a bit of a transition from pre-baby days when we were both working full time. Plus being home all day means plenty of time to shop on line and find things I "need."

However, little guy has been playing with the wheels on the stroller and I figured he needed some toys with moving parts (that had not rolled over who knows what). Target is one of our few options around here (I don't do The Walmart if I can avoid it) and we had a $15 gift card from when I blogged about the Energizer Charger. Technically it was for more batteries, but I need something to run those batteries down, right?

V Tech - Learn and Discover Driver
So we are now proud owners of a vtech Learn & Discover Driver. Ours looks a little different, but you get the idea. It's a big steering wheel with lights and buttons and it plays ALL kinds of noises. This morning while I was washing the dishes I'm pretty sure I heard Twinkle Twinkle as barked by a dog. I swore I would never get anything like this, but Jack loves it and that's all that matters, right?

And of course I ended up buying some clothes for Jack and some finger foods, but we needed those things so they don't really count. Really, he's growing out of all his clothes. Stay tuned for what I've been doing around the house (it's classy).

Cost: $0.99 for the toy ($15.99 - $15).
Age: 7 months 
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