Friday, April 29, 2011

Photoshop - It gets easier right?

So, I've had photoshop for awhile now, but having a family and a full time job...well the time just isn't there to really get my learn on.  If you don't have photoshop, it's not as user friendly as you would hope.   It's so freegin' pricey, but once you start understanding what all you are able to do, it really is worth the money.  I've tried to watch youtube tutorials (b/c it's free) and any other tidbits I might find online.  So, here is my first try at enhancing a photo. 

If you all have any other helpful tips, I would REALLY appreciate it. 




Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's nice to be Regular

After Zumba last night, my SIL and I ran into the instructor downstairs.  She couldn't believe how many new people attended class that night and said,

"I feel bad when so many new people show up at once because regulars, like you, have to accomodate."

Did you get that?  Regulars like ME! :)  How super awesome is that?!

That's it, I just wanted to share.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

All my Tabs are Complete!



At the top - My About me, About us, Hey, what are you? and Cerebral Palsy & My Brother are officially complete.  Go, take a gander...you know, if you have some free time, no pressure :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

It's Official - We Are the Milkshake Runner's

Over the weekend, I officially registered our team of 5 for the Tatur Mud Run August 6, 2011 @ 2pm. 
We are the Milkshake Runner's!!

Here are a few photo's from last year's Mud Run and some things I am taking note of.


It IS inevitable, every inch of my body will be covered in mud.  Don't try to avoid it.


When going down the slip and slide, try your best to be discreet with your lady parts.  Cross those legs or go down head first. 



Close your mouth!  There is no reason mud should be on my teeth teeth.


When in need, use your friends. 



In the end, just have fun.  Don't take yourself too seriously :)  

Easter Weekend Recap - It Rained...A Lot

I don't mind the rain...especially since we REALLY NEED THE RAIN.  I think I heard that about a million times last week, so if we need the rain, bring on the rain.  *insert dramatic sigh here* but it's been raining off and on for a few days now and supposedly all this week. I am already feeling the BLAH set in or as my endearing husband described it to our son last night..."mommy gets a little crazy when she's stuck in the house with no sun..."  Usually when he says I'm being crazy my response is, "Crazy?  I'll show you crazy!"   I say it jokingly of course....or do I?  -LOL - He's right, I become insane! 

Ok, on to the weekend. 

Saturday

I had lunch with Casey and little Miss Avery.  She was dressed to the nines thinking her future boyfriend Christian was going to be there, but Christian's mommy needed to be able to eat her sushi in peace, so he stayed home with dad. 


We tried Simply Sushi for the first time.  It was neither here nor there for me.  If I had a choice, I probably wouldn't go there again.  One of our rolls fell apart when we picked it up and the price of the rolls compared to how "complex" they were didn't coinside.  None of them tasted bad, but I also didn't think it was all that great either.  The best part of the lunch was seeing Casey and Avery. 

Sunday

We stayed in town and went to our church's sister location The Springs.  Ahhhh, sounds refreshing doesn't it?  I really enjoyed it.  Katy (sister in law) and her kiddo's attend The Springs and Rigby was being dedicated this Sunday. 

While they were getting the kid's from class, the pastor told a few stories about their family.  One story that just made me cry is when Katy and Ash (her oldest) were driving in the car one day and went by a football field.  All the sprinklers were on and she turned to him and said, "Remember this moment ok?"  He responded, "Remember what?"  Then she stopped the car and they both spent the next few minutes running around on the huge football field in the sprinklers.  How sweet is that?!  I love that story. 






Church apparently wore Christian out. 
That is what happens when you cry your little face off during Sunday school...so much so, they tapped us on the shoulder during service to come retrieve our child.    This is our fault really.  He's only around us, my parents, and daycare.  If anyone outside that group of people attempts to hold him, he bursts into tears.  This started happening around 9 months and has been going strong ever since. 








We went over to Aunt Sam's for a little Easter Sunday lunch. Mmmm, grilled hamburgers and hotdogs.  You really can't get better than that...oh wait, they had peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream.


See the photo in the middle?  Christian had no clue he was standing on his own.  He was so busy messing with Rigby's head, he didn't notice Matt had taken his hands off of him.  Once he did though, he went tumbling down.  *insert second dramatic sigh here* I guess I shouldn't worry, he'll walk SOME DAY right?  I mean he won't be 5 and still crawling. 
If I were to put a caption for the middle photo, it would say, "Cast out all demons...you're healed!"

Painful milestone:  Christian bit me last night and actually broke skin! He bit me once before about a month ago, but nothing compared to last night.  Once the pain receptors kicked in, my instinct was to fling off whatever was causing me pain across the room it hurt so bad.  Luckily, I screamed, jerked him off my shoulder, and set him on the floor.  Baby teeth are like little razor blades! 

QuestionIs anyone planning on watching the royal wedding?  I kind of want to...you know, to see the dress.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Walk Down {embarrassing} Memory Lane - 4th Grade and the Fart That Escaped Me

The year was 1991.  The top TV shows were Roseanne and Murphy Brown, the #1 song on the Billboard Top 10 was "Baby Baby" by Amy Grant, and Terminator 2 was the biggest money maker.  I was entering the 4th grade at a brand new school in a brand new state.  Your tweens are awkward enough, but when you resemble a living breathing version of Dora the Explorer, popularity is guaranteed out of the question.  It didn't help that I was a HUGE New Kids on the Block fan and I would show my support by wearing many NKOTB t-shirts...you know, like any mega super fan would.   Apparently at this school, in this state, that was frowned upon among the student body...at least from the boys. 

So I'm sitting in class minding my own business, trying not to draw any attention to myself in fear of being teased.  It was clear I had all strikes against me - big hair (and not the cool 90's big hair, the no product uncontrollable kind of big hair), chubby, NKOTB fan, and NEW.  The teacher asks us to grab our book so we can start the lesson.  At this point in the story, you must remember I'm 9 years old.  I was even less quick witted than I am now.   I bent down to my left to grab the book out of my backpack and that's when it happened.   I think I heard the sound before I realized that the sound that echoed the classroom came out of me.  As soon as I realized what had just occured, it was like a deer caught in the headlights.  My eyes widened, my mouth opened and FEAR had taken over my body.  The only thought I had was, "What are the chances no one heard that?"  Quick! Think Cristal Think!  Then came the dreaded outburst from the boy sitting next to me....

BOY: You farted!!

Call the jeweler because this is a gem of a come back...I'm shocked I was even able to speak since I was almost catatonic...and here it is...

Me: No I didn't!

Yup, that is all I could come up with.  I didn't blame someone else or try to convince the class it was really him.  He really had a solid case against me either way...he was literally like a foot away from me...if he bent down to the left to grab his book, well, the area of which this sound (and most likely smell) came out of was right by his face.  Poor kid, I almost feel bad for him now. 

The End

Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekend Recap - Herbal Affair

By the way, did I tell you my kid ate his first crayon? Lucky color - BLUE.  I was wondering why he was being so quiet.  This milestone happened last week.



So, this weekend was the Herbal Affair.  Now before you jump to conclusions, no illegal plants of any kind were sold or distributed!  Granted, it suggests some sort of pot smokin' convention, but it was quite the opposite my friends.  These plants were either 1. Flowers 2. Herbs you would season your food with  3. vegetables or 4. Nice to look at.

Other vendors and the Amish came out and sold delicious goodies.  I love seeing the Amish there...I always think, "Wow, there is no way I could live without electronics, makeup, or a flat iron.  You guys are tough."



My husband's students also had an Art Show @ the Herbal Affair.  It's always nice to see just how pretty these girls are that hang around my husband all day ;)  I never feel old until I experience these moments.  It makes me want to run out and buy a tub of wrinkle cream. 



Some classy photos of my kid @ a local diner.  He somehow got all hopped up on mashed pototoes and napkins.  Oh and the coozy my friend John so graciously gave him...he chewed on that for most of the day.  It doesn't look good when your kid is chewing on something that keeps beer cold.  Thanks John.



Sunday, we went over to Grandma's for lunch.  Christian got to spend time with his cousins Ash, Kavi, and Rigby. 



Goal for this week:  Start planning someone's 1st birthday party!  It kind of snuck up on me and now I only have a couple of weeks.  Mother of the year?  Maybe It's- the- Thought -That- Counts Mother.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Locker Room Incident - Run in with a Naked Woman

Look, I have never been the type that judges others for being self confident, especially about their body.  I wish I had more confidence in my own physique!  If you have a favorite body part and you're proud of it, flaunt it till it hurts I say...I prefer you not look like a floozy while doing so, but whatever makes you get up in the morning.

Wednesdays are my zumba nights, which I must mention that 3 boys have bravely joined the class.  From how they talk, I assume they are in high school.  At first, I thought they were there to be funny, but it's been a good month now and they've been coming consistently.  The class was fun before, but they give some added comic relief.  They always scream "Woooooh!" to get all the ladies pumped up and they always show up to class wearing unconventional work out attire.  For example, last night one of the boys wore a sweater vest...no shirt underneath...wearing it like a tank top AND it was tucked into his shorts, LOL - I'm literally laughing right now thinking about it.  It's pretty impressive when you can sweat through a sweater. 

Okay, back to my run in with the naked lady...

After class, I went downstairs to use the RR before I left.  What is the first image thine eyes must gaze upon as I enter the locker room?  A fully naked woman.  It doesn't matter how many times it happens, I don't think I will EVER get used to seeing a strangers bare bottom...AMONG OTHER THINGS (those "other things" are what initially jar me).  Let me mention a couple things about this unconcealed woman. 

1.  She was talking to her friend this way!  When I say naked, I mean STARK NAKED, no towel, no nothin'. Look, if we're friends, please don't ever think it is okay to have a conversation with me in the nude.  I will politely ask you to stop talking and put something on.   

2. From what my eyes were forced to take in before I made a sharp right turn, she had a...lets just say a mature womans body with rather large perky new parts - 2 to be exact.  Do you smell what I'm cookin' here?   

I make a right turn to avoid walking in between her and her friend, but as I turn the corner to the RR there she was!  I guess when you're in the buff, it's easier to manuveur like a ninja.  We end up bumping shoulders and her parts start swinging.  UGH - she looked at me like I rudely ran into her.  At this point, my face is distorted and I'm super frazzled, so I quickly apologized and ran into a stall. 

I've noticed the women confident enough to be walking around all nekkid are usually the older breed.  When you're younger, regardless of how fit you are, you are insecure about Something on your body and so self involved you think others will notice this so-called imperfection and judge you.  I think the hope is the older we get, the less we care what others think...these mature secure women say, "Peace Out!" to their towels and say, "If you don't like what you see, don't look."  Don't get me wrong, I might have been uncomfortable, but I say Hat's Off! (and shirt, pants, and underwear) to these women.  I hope one day I'm so comfortable in my own skin I can strut my stuff all over the womens locker room....it probably won't happen, but cheers to hopin'.  :)

What's life without awkward moments? Embrace them, they make for better stories. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Milestones & Gardening - Weekend Recap

Who knew changing out a car seat would leave me feeling a whole mess of emotions.  Kiddo is 3 weeks shy of being the BIG 0-1 and I know the rule of thumb is to wait until they are are a year old, but the kid is getting so long his feet are smashed up against the back seat.  Call me a rebel, I made an executive decision...it's time to change out the car seat.  At first, I was pretty excited about it. It was something new and like most things in my life, I like to change things up pretty often (remember how many cell phones I've been through?).  Then, as we were removing the infant car seat, I realized I no longer have a baby.  I have a toddler now.  I remember when we brought him home from the hospital the nurse had to put all these rolled up receiving blankets around his head to keep him in place...now his head reaches the top and his feet are hanging off the end. 

I think I'm ready for the toddler years though...well, I don't have a choice, so I will brace myself for the terrible two's, potty training, tantrums, and all other things that fall under raising him to be a decent human being


Over the weekend, we also finished up our garden.  Anytime we have a gardening question, we call up the the green thumbs of the family - the grandparents. We should really start appreciating all the grandparents of the world people.  We've become so dependent on how easily accessible everything is, we might be missing out on how to do the basics in life - gardening, cooking, home repair...even things like quilting.

 Sorry, back to gardening...they said it was time to plant the tomatoes, peppers, and okra. With Christian's help, we were able to pick out the right plants and seed packets.  Honestly, he loves eating paper.  I have to keep our mail out of reach otherwise I will catch him in a corner having a paper buffet.  At first, he just loved to rip it up...then he realized, "Hey, this stuff doesn't taste half bad."  For like a week, I was digging out wads of paper from his cheek before bedtime. 


Our garlic, rosemary, and thyme have already sprouted!


We even bought cantaloupe seeds.  One year, we accidentally grew cantaloupe by throwing some cantaloupe meat into the garden for fertilizer.  By the end of the summer I noticed this small melon growing under some other plants.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Just Fartin' Around - 3 year anniversary recap

We took the day off and just farted around town. 
We dropped kiddo off at daycare and had some breakfast. 
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We drove to NSU, so I could buy a new NSU shirt, but I had a hard time paying $25 for a basic t-shirt, so I ended up getting a coozy. 
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We stopped by the Korean grocery store to pick up a few household essentials...thats when I noticed the Korean SPAM
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We ate some Korean food for lunch. You know when you taste something delicious and your eyes roll into the back of your head? Ooooooh Yeeeeah
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Then we went to Borders...it was kind of sad to see the store so empty.  They were selling everything right down to the furniture and book shelves.  I bought a book about Photoshop and comedic book by Mike Birbiglia.  HE IS HILARIOUS!
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We perused the mall  afterwards and that is when I found out the candy store was temporarily closed down!  So, I ended up getting a jalepeno soft pretzel - Mmmmm....


Nothing to write a book about, but it was beautiful day, I had good food in my belly, and my hubs to hang out with.  Life is pretty good.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Today marks our 3rd wedding anniversary.  3years doesn't feel like a lot...that's a good thing right? :)  I love you Matt ;)

Monday, April 4, 2011

An Afternoon with Bill Cosby

Yesterday, Matt and I went to see (one day only) Bill Cosby.  I received an email for a presale offer a few weeks ago.  My husband is a huge fan of Bill Cosby, so I knew we had to go.    I mean, the man is 73 years old, the chances of us having another opportunity is unlikely.  The show was sold out within the day. 

 I grew up watching the Cosby Show, but that is as far as it went for me, but   Matt always knows a lot about the people he admires...and like the teacher he is, he schooled me on some factoids. 



1. He took up smoking cigars because of his good friend and mentor and  Groucho Marx.  Yeah, keep in mind Marx died in 1977 @ the age of 86, so a LONG time ago. 
2. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998.
3. He chooses to keep his comedy clean of vulgarity and race.  He once said, "A white person listens to my act and he laughs and he thinks, 'Yeah, that's the way I see it too.' Okay. He's white. I'm Negro. And we both see things the same way. That must mean that we are alike. Right? So I figure this way I'm doing as much for good race relations as the next guy."

The show was HILAROUS!  I was laughing almost the whole time.  He mostly talked about marriage and parenting..things most people can relate to in some way.  I'm very happy we decided to go.   Pre-baby, we spent a lot of our time (and our money) on seeing everyone and everything.  I haven't always been their #1 fan, but I've respected what they have done and accomplished.  We've seen Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, U2, Eric Clapton, Jerry Seinfeld...anything live is so much more entertaining anyways.  

Of course, I was sitting next to Miss Thang.  Before the show began, I had to listen to her tell her (less than interested) boyfriend about her weight loss goals (she was already a pole).  "From now on, I'm going to get up EVERY morning @ 5:30 and go to the gym to work out."  Then she would pet his face like a puppy dog...then spout off another fitness fact she just heard about.  I never heard the boyfriend speak. "I'm going to start eating only egg whites..."   BLAH BLAH BLAH... I don't even recall her laughing much during the show...she must have been thinking about healthy facts and figures. 


  While we were at the show, my kiddo was hanging out with Grandma in the kitchen.   He should since this the woman that will be stuffing his face full of good food.  I pray to God he has a fast metabolism...not like his momma...I honestly don't think I even have one or it's broken.




Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saturday Morning and a Random Thought

It's 5:30am, my son just had his morning bottle and is now snug asleep next to my husband (it's their Saturday morning routine).  Where am I? I'm where I am every Saturday morning...sitting on the couch in our living room in absolute quiet.  You would think it being the Freakin' Weekend I would try to sleep in, but I try to take advantage of any quiet time I might stumble upon...and once I'm awake, there's no going back.  Granted, it probably would have been nice to sleep in a little, but kiddo runs pretty much like clock work.  He wakes up @ 5, I get him from his crib, and he has a bottle in bed next to dad. 

Random thought:

Matt and I think that Paula Deen should ask Britney Spears to be a guest on her cooking show.  Why would I pair these two together?  Their overuse of the word "ya'll."  The episode would be nothing less than entertaining.  "Hey Ya'll!" "Oh that tastes good ya'll"  "Ya'll need to try this"   You can hear how it would go in your head can't you!?  Don't even act like you wouldn't tune in for that.  THAT is good TV right there.


LOL - while searching a picture of P.Dee, I saw this!  It says "Butter Ya'll" THAT is some serious Paula Deen / Butter Lovin'



Ooookay,  I have 2 hours before spin class...I better find something productive to do.  I'll talk to ya'll later.



Friday, April 1, 2011

It's the Freakin' WeekEND! This week in Summary

LITERALLY, as soon as I finished up my last blog, I have been in Go Mode.

Last weekend, my friend Casey went into labor....she was admitted Thursday night and didn't have her until 8pm the following evening. My thinking was since she was admitted Thursday night, she would have the baby sometime Friday morning, so I showed up bright and early @ 7am.  OH, I should probably mention she asked me to be in the delivery room with her and her husband.  Feeling totally honored, I couldn't wait to experience this moment with her...above the neck of course!   Ha!  Well, baby girl just wasn't ready.  Casey had an epidural and 3 bolus doses and the pain kept coming back. To make a long story short, the doctor decided the best course of action after almost 22 hours of labor was a c-section and with a c-section only one person is able to accompany you.  I know most of you are thinking I wasted 12 hours of my life, but honestly I didn't mind.  If I could make her laugh or bring any comfort during those 12 hours, I'm content :)  Besides, I find hospitals oddly comforting...maybe because I've been in and out of them most of my life. 


Don't you love the conehead?  Christian's was awful!  I swear it looked like another smaller head on top of his gigantic melon.  Sheesh!  Good job Casey!  Now the fun begins ;)  As you are currently experiencing the first week, I'm totally lying.  I never cried so much in my life that first week of new found motherhood!  My hormones were so out of whack and sleep deprivation made it 10x's worse.  Just remember my friend, this too shall pass ;) 

Then came the plague...

Let me begin with this photo.  It really explains it all...

Sad huh?  I saw this face almost this whole week.  That Friday my husband took our kiddo into the pediatrician.  He had some serious congestion...you could just hear the phlegm raddling around in his chest, but no ear infections.  The doctor thought it was probably a cold that was turning into a sinus infection.  They prescibed him some antibiotics and we were on our way.  Well, a couple of days went by and he just wasn't getting any better.  In fact, I felt it was getting worse.  For the first time, I think my mommy intuition kicked in. Way to go intuition, you finally decided to start working.  We took him back to the doctor Tuesday and sure enough, he had developed a double ear infection and a sinus infection.  They even did a chest x-ray to make sure he did not have pneumonia.  In the mean time, Matt and I also had sinus congestion.  We all looked so pathetic this week, but poor baby boy had it the worst.  He is FINALLY feeling better.  Like any mother, when your child looks like the above photo, it just breaks your heart.  It was the first time he really has been sick, so I enjoyed all the cuddling he gave me and "mommas"  he said to me. 

It's supposed to be a nice sunny weekend, so I'm going to take advantage of it as much as humanly possible short of sleeping outdoors.  Have a SUPA DUPA weekend Ya'll! (say ya'll like Paula Deen, its more fun). 


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