Thursday, August 30, 2007
1. College football started today!
2. Iowa Hawkeyes play on Saturday!
3. It's not so hot and fall is coming!
4. Tate took 4 crawling "steps" today!
5. Tate just learned how to pick food up and put it in his mouth...for some reason, he couldn't do that before and it's like all of a sudden today it clicked!
6. Tate pulled himself up today...I think it was a fluke because he hasn't done it since, but oh well, I am still excited about it!
7. I got my eyebrows waxed for the first time in about 11 months! This is good for me considering I used to do it quite frequently.
8. I hooked 2 friends up and they completely hit it off and are both really excited! :) (I am such a match maker! ha.)
9. We're going to visit family and friends this weekend in Muscatine!
10. I got my hair cut the other day and I LOVE it!
So that's my top ten...can you tell I am excited?! :)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Okay, here’s a hair tip for all of you girls with curly or wavy hair:
After washing your hair, dry it with a t-shirt by squeezing the moisture out of it. Then scrunch it up with the t-shirt. Put your gel or curling product in it and scrunch it in really well. Use a diffuser on your blow dryer and flip your head over and start drying it. Don’t touch your hair with your hands after you’ve put your product in it, this will break down your product and make your curls/waves frizzy. The more wet your hair is when you start to dry it, the curlier it will be when it’s dry. This technique can make even slightly wavy hair curly!And for all of you girls/boys who don't have curly hair and could care less about the above tip:
Homemade Pretreating Stain Remover
1/2 cup ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
2 Tbs liquid soap
2 qts water
Mix all ingredients in spray bottle. Spray the liquid onto the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Launder as usual.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Today I woke up feeling a bit under the weather. Nothing too bad, but not feeling quite right. So we didn't do a whole lot today. I really have been working a lot with getting Tate to eat food. He doesn't eat food regularly, just his rice cereal and occasionally something from what we are eating at dinner and of course his bottles. So for breakfast today, we had eggs...and he gagged on every bite. So I gave him rice cereal. Then for lunch, we had a ham and cheese sandwich...he did pretty well with this and ate almost a quarter of a sandwich. Then for dinner, we had some raviolis and some more ham and cheese sandwich. All in all, he took to the extra food pretty well. He's such a good boy!
We moved the jumparoo into the basement the other day because he's more mobile now and it was really in the way and took a lot of his floor space up. We also feel like it's better for him to move around so he can learn to crawl and to walk instead of putting him in the jumparoo all of the time. He really loves the jumparoo though, so he gets excited when we go down in the basement and I can check my email and blog on the computer and he can sit and play in his jumparoo. Today while I was on the computer and he was in it, I happened to look over and see him leaning back in the seat and just lounging with a big smile on his face. It was pretty cute...he looked so happy and relaxed.
Tate took a 3 hour nap this morning and then another 2 hour nap this afternoon. This was good because it gave me a chance to rest and try to feel better. It didn't really work and I found myself still feeling icky this evening, but I will say, I haven't slept that much in one day in a LONG time and it was nice!
This evening Tate played in his room for a while and then he took a bath. He read his book in the bathtub, we blew some bubbles and splashed a lot. Then, he headed to bed. Hopefully I feel better tomorrow and Tate and I can get out of the house for a bit.
Tate has had a tough time getting these last 3 teeth cut! He still doesn't have them yet and he is in so much pain! We have gone through so much Orajel and Tylenol...poor baby! We are praying that they come through very soon!
Daddy started his new job last week and has been training all week. Tate and I have enjoyed our time together during the days and have really enjoyed our time as a family all evening when Daddy gets home. He used to work later hours and this is a nice change of pace for a while. :)
We went to the mall the other day to look at Halloween costumes and are leaning towards the turtle costume for Tate, but we have plenty of time to shop around. It was fun to see all that was out there though!
On Friday night, we went out to eat at the Machine Shed and it was YUMMY! We discovered that Tate loves coleslaw! I think that is kind of a funny thing for a 10 month old to love. We got him a side of mashed potatoes and he gobbled it down and loved every minute of it. He also liked eating the bread and some of Daddy's noodles. He always puts on a show when we go out and likes to flirt with everyone.
Saturday we had a bit of a lazy morning and then got out and about for the afternoon and evening. It was AMAZING weather and much needed. We have been getting sick of the sticky, hot conditions lately. That night, after I got Tate in bed, I headed over to my friend's house and we gave each other haircuts and chatted until the wee hours.
We all got up this morning and headed out for Cedar Rapids to spend some time with Brandon (Tate's birth father) and Aunt Sara and Tyler. It was such a beautiful day and a nice drive. When we got to Cedar Rapids, we ordered Red Robin and ate brought it back to Sara and Travis's house and ate lunch and just hung out and played with Tate. We got to give Brandon his birthday present a bit early (his birthday is the same day as Sean's!- Sept. 10) and were able to just enjoy our time with him! It's always very special and still emotional for us to be blessed with the presence of Brandon in our and Tate's life. The feelings of gratitude for him have only grown this last year and we cherish all the times we get to spend with him! We headed home around 3:45 and stopped in Newton to eat and to feed Tate. Once we got home, I headed over to Chris and Brenda's to do Brenda's hair. After that, we sat and chatted for about 2 hours!
My boys are in bed, it's 1 a.m. and that's where I should be too! This week hasn't filled up with plans yet aside from a couple of small things, but I am sure we'll find plenty to do! I will be better about blogging this week...I promise!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
I am so proud of Sean and all of his hard work! He will be done with this portion of his schooling in less than 2 years...only 4 semesters! I know that time will fly by! It's been tough on him because I know that he would love to have more time to be home without having homework!
This weekend was jam packed and I look forward to a pretty low key week. I have a couple of peoples' hair to do and if the weather holds up (looks like rain this week) I plan to take Tate for a walk around Grey's Lake sometime this week and on Thursday we may try to go to the Valley Junction Farmer's Market. I didn't want summer to end, but I am starting to look forward to the fall...football, sweatshirts, blankets, the smell of chili cooking and the feel of the breeze through the open windows! I love fall!!!!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
We have been making plans for his big 1st Birthday Bash these last few days which has been fun. Although, for some reason I am not super excited for him to turn one! He is still supposed to be my little baby! :( I am sure I will get over it.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
I still love going away for the weekends, but now it just feels really good to get home after those trips. I used to never want to come home, I wished those weekend trips would never end. I think I feel this way now because Tate makes sure that I am never "bored"! :) Since Tate came into our lives, we seem to always have something to do, even if it's just watching him play and learn. I think that we will be entertained by Tate for the rest of our lives. I love it! I love just being a family and not "doing" anything. This is new for me, so I still have my moments when I wish we were "doing" something, but those moments are much fewer than they once were and I am starting to like it!