Sunday, January 23, 2011

Our Weekend

Am I the only one who feels like the weekends always go by too fast? It seems like you wait all week for Friday to get here, and then once it does, it's already Monday again. We had another good weekend here. Not too busy, but not too boring. In my opinion, those are the best kind. :)

Friday night, the kids and I went out to dinner with my parents to our usual Friday night place, Monterrey. Aiden always does really well there, and he likes the food too. Sometimes when I ask him what he wants to eat, he'll tell me he wants Monterrey. Haha!

When we got home, Jenny and I used her Easy Bake Oven for the first time. Uncle Billy got it for her for Christmas, but I didn't have the right kind of light bulb for it, so we couldn't use it right away. She liked using it, and it was easy for her to do. She was very impressed with the way the cake turned out. :)

My little Daisy Scout is selling Girl Scout Cookies this year! Her goal was to sell 75 boxes to get her Girl Scout Cookie patch. Saturday we went door to door to a few houses in my parent's neighborhood and we sold to a few more family and friends. She liked selling door to door more than I thought she would, and was a little upset when it was time to stop.

Saturday night, the kids and I baked some brownies in the real oven. Jenny added all the ingredients by herself and she mixed it all up too. She is really getting good at baking! The brownies turned out really well. Jenny went to her mom's house today so I sent some of them with her, and I also gave some to my parents. I don't have enough self control to have an entire pan of brownies sitting in my kitchen. Since I am the only adult here who likes sweets, I would end up eating way to many! Haha.

Today we didn't do a whole lot. The kids and I spent the morning cleaning the house and doing laundry. I prepared a few things for tomorrow's Girl Scout meeting, and got ready for the upcoming week. My mom kept Aiden for a few hours for us tonight while Jaime and I went out to dinner at Applebee's and then went to see a movie. We saw, "No Strings Attached" with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. I liked it, and so did Jaime. It was a little cheesy at times, but was also pretty funny and had a good ending. If you're looking for a good movie, I'd recommend that one.

I think that's it from this weekend. I hope you all had a great weekend too! =)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Phone Dump

I am pretty obsessed with taking pictures with my phone. It is much easier than having to carry a camera around with me everywhere I go, and since my phone has an 8 (or maybe it's 9) mega pixel camera, which is good for a phone, it takes fairly decent pictures.

Yesterday I downloaded a few photo/camera apps that I have been playing around with a little. They are pretty neat and they have a lot of cool photo effects and ways of editing photos. If you have a Droid, and use any cool photo apps, let me know. Right now I am using FxCamera and Camera360.

None of the pictures below are taken with any apps, they are just random pictures taken over the last week or so. I tried to use ones that I don't think I've already posted here. Once I get a few good pics taken with the photo apps, I will post those too.

This picture was taken two weeks ago. This was before she and I went to the Girl Scout Cookie Rally. Jenny is a Daisy Girl Scout, and from what I can tell, she loves being in Girl Scouts!

Another picture of Jenny, this time before going to Awana. She goes to Awana on Wednesday nights. I absolutely love Awana. I think it is a great, fun way to teach children about the Bible. Jenny has learned so much from it already, and she really enjoys going.

Using the new table that Aiden and Jenny got for Christmas, they played tea party. I'm sure it was Jenny's idea to play, but seeing as how Aiden is only two, he doesn't know yet that "tea parties are for girls". Haha!

Jenny got a new pair of iCarly sunglasses last week. She says they make her look like a Movie Star. :)

This is what Aiden (and Jaime) spend a lot of time doing together. Aiden loves his train set he got for Christmas from Santa Claus. He has played with it everyday since Christmas, and never gets bored with it. He gets so excited when Jaime comes home from work and almost immediately starts saying, "let's build my train". Haha.

This is Aiden after he got his hair cut. The lady who cut it said he did an awesome job for only being two. Aiden always does great when he gets his hair cut: he sits still, he doesn't cry, he's patient, etc. Although, he has also been getting hair cuts since he was 5 months old, and has had at least 10 hair cuts in his lifetime. I guess you could say that he's used to it. Haha!

Earlier this week, at my mom's, Aiden fell asleep like this after dinner. He didn't get a nap that day, and after he had a full tummy, he was very sleepy.

The last two pictures are from our trip to IHOP to get hot chocolate. Aiden and Jenny both love IHOP's hot chocolate.

Last night since Jaime wasn't home, I took the kids to eat dinner a Chickfila. After we ate, they played on the playground. I think we will start going to Chickfila more often to play in their playground. When we first got there, two ladies were inside the play area disinfecting the playground, shoe cubbies, bench, and really just the whole room. It was so nice to see someone cleaning and disinfecting an area that is probably very full of germs. Also, they provide sanitary wipes for you to use after you leave the play area. I love the idea of trying to make it as clean and sanitized as possible. I'm not saying that other places don't do that, but it was the first time that I've ever actually seen them cleaning it.

I hope you are all having a good week. TGIF! I hear that a lot of places got snow today. Thank God that we didn't! The snow/ice last week was enough to last me at least until next winter (or maybe until the one after that). Have a great weekend, stay warm!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Snow Days

We have really had some crazy weather this week! Sunday night it started snowing, and within about 30 minutes everything was covered! It was the first time I have ever seen it snow so quickly and cover everything like that. Even the streets and parking lots were covered in a couple inches of snow!

Since Aiden hasn't ever experienced snow like that before (and neither have I) we bundled him up and took him outside to see the snow. Yes, it was 10:00 at night. Yes, he should have been in bed. Yes, I know many of you think I'm crazy - and you're probably right. :) However, he enjoyed it and that's what counts!

The next morning though, things got worse. We got some freezing rain and sleet for a little while in the morning which created a layer of ice on top of the snow and also froze onto the streets. School had already been cancelled that day, so it didn't seem like too big of a deal at the time.

Aiden had been asking me all day if he could go outside and play in the snow. So, after hearing him ask approximately 45632 times (I overexagerate,  I know) we headed outside to play. I talked Jaime into building a snowman with him since he loved the Frosty the Snowman movie so much. We didn't have shovels, so we used dust pans instead. Also, I couldn't find buttons to use for the eyes and I didn't have carrots for the nose - so we had to improvise. We used Oreo mini's for the eyes, a stick for the nose, and Hershey Kisses for the mouth. I don't think it turned out too bad, and Aiden loved him!

Honestly, I really think Aiden thought he was going to come to life. He kept asking me where Frosty's hat was. Haha! He just kept standing in front of him saying, "Happy Birthday, Frosty!".

Now here we are on snow day #5. School has been closed all week, and the roads have been a disaster. A lot of people have been out of work most of the week, and those that have ventured out to work have been dealing with some horrible traffic problems. A lot of roads have been closed completely, while others have only had a few lanes open. There have also been a lot of people who have gotten stuck in the ice and have had to abandon their cars. Today the city of Atlanta asked that people move their abandoned cars from the streets so that the DOT could put down the gravel and salt mixture on the streets that they hadn't done yet.

I have only been out of the house once since Sunday night. To say that I am looking forward to getting out of the house again would be an understatement! I have watched so much TV in the past couple of days that I have no desire to watch TV at this point. I have caught up on every show on my DVR, read all the unread blog posts in my Google Reader, finished the first Harry Potter book, finished all the laundry, and cleaned the house from top to bottom. Who knew being so productive could be so boring?

They are saying the temperatures here will get up into the low 40's tomorrow - which is higher than they've been all week. Hopefully the rest of this ice will melt and I will finally be able to get out of the house. I can't wait for Spring! I'm ready to be able to go to the park with Aiden again and to be able to enjoy being outside. So, next September when I'm complaining about the heat and humidity and saying that I can't wait for cooler temperatures....someone PLEASE remind me that I can't stand winter and the cold!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 Reading List

I have finally put together a list of books I plan to read in 2011. I set a goal of 12 books in 2011, but I have already finished the first one and we're only on the 4th day of the year. Haha. I'm sure I won't finish all of them so quickly, but my January book was really good!

The books listed below are all books that I have heard about from other people, and are books that I heard good things about. I have a bad habit of buying a book, and never reading it. So, I will probably go to the library or borrow most of these books.

I also have a list of extra books for 2011. These are books that I would also like to read, and if I finish my 12 main books early, I can read some of the extras. I'm sure that as the year goes on, and I hear about more books, my extras list will probably change and get bigger. I am really looking forward to this year of reading!

January - Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

February - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

March - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling

April - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  by J.K. Rowling

May - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

June - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

July - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

August - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

September - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

October - Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

November - Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

December - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Extra Books - Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin, and Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp.

There are a lot more I'd like to read, and if I have time I will. For now though, this is my list. I'm trying not to set a goal too high so that I don't stress over not reaching it or being behind on it. I am also trying to watch less TV and spend less time on the computer - reading helps me with that. I don't have a lot of time to do any of those things with a busy toddler running around the house, but I try to make time. I can usually squeeze in a few chapters of a book during nap time (if I don't nap too), and then more reading before I go to bed.

Jenny really loves reading, and I hope that Aiden will love it too when he's older. I try reading to him now, but he's usually too busy to be read to. Jenny would let me read to her all day though. She is my little book worm, and Aiden is my busy body. Haha!

Here's to happy reading in 2011!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year: 1.1.11

Well, we're here. We made it to 2011. I know I said I wasn't going to set any New Year Resolutions this year, but I've changed my mind. There are a few areas that I feel like I struggle in and I could put more effort into. One thing I am going to say is that I am going to try really hard for a more stress-free year. Obviously, as the mother of a two year old, my life will NEVER be completely stress-free. However, I do think that stress takes away from the important things in life, and I don't want to miss a moment of Aiden and Jenny's lives. So, here goes...

1. Read the Bible more and grow in my relationship with Christ - I don't think a Christian can ever reach a point where they are done reading the Bible or where they are as close to God as they are ever gonna get. It doesn't work that way. God is always trying to show me and teach me new things. I hope that in 2011 He will use me to do great things!

2. The Love Dare - I have seen a few blogs with couples doing The Love Dare this year as part of their New Years resolutions. The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconfitional love. Jaime has agreed to do this with me, and I think we are both going to learn a lot about each other through this experience, and a lot about where God wants us to be. Don't get me wrong, our relationship is very strong and we aren't having any problems. I think there is always room for improvement, and I think our relationship is worth working on and improving on. :)

3. Read more books -  Last year I read 7 books, and I am very disappointed in that number. This year I want to try to read at least 12 - one book a month. I hope I can do more, but if not, I'll be happy with 12. Right now I am reading "Look Again" by Lisa Scottoline. I have 30+ books on my "to-read" list. There are so many good books out there! I will be posting my 2011 reading list soon.

4. Spend more quality time with Aiden and Jenny - This is something that I try to do daily. Sometimes I get too caught up in the housework or the laundry, and I don't always cherish the moments I have with Aiden and Jenny the way I should. I do think I have been good about playing with them, doing fun stuff, and creating lots of memories for them. But, once again, I think there is always room for improvement in these areas. Jenny is already 5 and in kindergarten, and Aiden will be in school before I know it! I don't ever want to look back on these days and have regrets.

5. Make more time for me - Lastly, I hope that in 2011 I can find time to do more for myself. I tend to put the needs of other people ahead of my own needs, and sometimes that is a good thing. Other times, it's not so good. I hope I can set aside at least 15 minutes a day, where I can get a little break. A break from the housework, the laundry, the diaper changes, the sippy cups, the runny noses, the homework, giving rides to work, etc. Just a few minutes every day where I can sit and do nothing.

Well, those are my goals. Of course there are a few other things I wouldn't mind doing this year too, but these are my main ones. What are your goals or resolutions for 2011? Are the easy like mine, or more difficult? I hope that you all will accomplish your goals this year, and I hope 2011 treats you all well! Happy New Year!

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