Friday, July 29, 2011

Flashback Friday - New York 2008

Since next weekend I will be boarding a plane to  return to the Big Apple (for an undisclosed amount of time), I thought I would share a little of the last time I was there.  For our honeymoon, Matt and I went to Connecticut and NYC.  My childhood friend Anna was getting married, so we made a vacation of it.  Let's just say visiting the Yale campus will be the closest I ever come to attending an Ivy League College :) Anna though is one of my genius friends. 

See, even their Burgers make you smart.  It was a delicious burger, Mmmm....
The morning after her wedding, we took the train into the city.  The train ride itself was interesting.  With every stop you noticed the working class boarding the train went from blue collared to white collared.   It was about a 2 hour train ride and by the time we arrived at grand central station we were surrounded by suits. 

Since we only had one full day to spend there, we booked a bus tour and it was the best decision we made.  It was the smartest way to see NYC in just a few hours.  We saw all the major sites, such as Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, etc...

Matt's Favorite Moments

1.

He met Rupert.  You know, the guy that owns the deli next to the Ed Sullivan Theater
(Late Show with David Letterman)?
 2.
{All Things John Lennon} Matt is a HUGE Beatles fan so seeing the place where
 John Lennon lived meant a lot to him.


My Favorite Moments

1.
Seeing the Statue of Liberty actually made me emotional.  Who knew visiting something
I had seen on TV my whole life would make me feel all weepy! Ellis Island was beautiful
and seeing the city from the Ferry was awesome.

 2.
Ground Zero.  It's hard to believe this year will be 10 years...

3.
{All Things Food Network}  This is where the chubby girl inside of me comes out.  You know that movie
Serendipity?  Well, this is where it all began.  They are famous for their Frozen Hot Chocolate
and their Gold Sundae that costs $1000.00!  Dylan's is owned by the daughter of Ralph Lauren. 
 It's nice to know she has such a love for candy...and Pop's Burgers :)
4.

All the snooty fa-looty stores we drove by.  I would love to have gone into Tiffany's though :)
 5.
Wall Street...ever heard of it?  Cuz that is ALL I hear on the news these days.  This is where lots
of money is made and lost.  My degree is in Finance, but I still don't understand all that is stocks
and investments.  It always felt like legalized gambling, but I'm not making hedge fund management
salary, so I like to keep the money I have.  Don't worry, it's not like I keep my
money in a hole in my mattress....or do I?
Besides central park, you are surrounded by buildings! 

Well, this time around I will be there for business not pleasure.  I wish I was visiting under happier circumstances, but as they say, it is what it is.  Hopefully, I will have some free time to visit a few things I wasn't able to last time (Museum of Modern Art, go inside some of those buildings we drove by...) The thought of being away from my kiddo and hubs for such a lengthy amount of time just kills me, so I'm doing my best to block out the sad and remembering this too shall pass.  Hey, we've been through an awful lot in our short marriage, this is just another thing to make us stronger :)  Christian, you take this time to think about how awesome I am, ok? :) LOL.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

My First {Major} Quilting Project - Bookshelf Quilt


I'm usually the type of person that would rather make something for someone rather than keeping it all to myself.  I love love love gift giving and I'm not going to lie to you, if you squeeze out a tear, that's like the cherry on top.  Tear = 100% success!  LOL.  So, I decided to make a bookshelf quilt for my good friend and old college roommate Carol.  Her birthday is in December, so that gives me PLENTY of time for this newbie quilter to (hopefully) get this right.  Carol is an avid reader, so I thought a bookshelf quilt would be perfect...granted I couldn't find a step by step pattern online, so I just studied the ones people had completed.   


Since college, I moved back to my hometown, so it's been a few years since Carol and I have hung out on a daily basis.  So, I emailed a few people (i.e. her hubs and BFF) I know that DO spend quality time with her for some assistance :)  Most of the things they said, I knew, but it was nice to know it hadn't changed.  Nothing they mentioned made me say, "Wha!?!?  Carol?!?  You think you know someone..." 




Now, I know there is a chance she's bored and has nothing better to do than to read my blog, so I am just posting a few photos...it's nowhere near done!  It's been fun searching around for fabrics that remind me of Carol.  The sushi fabric I loved so much I bought enough to make like 10 more quilts.  Hmmm, a sushi quilt?  I don't know what else I would want to snuggle up with more! Well, maybe a cupcake quilt:)  Anyways, my sewing machine can do letters, so I've been trying to come up with ceative book titles.  Matt comes up with the best though. 

I'll post the finished product...well, when I'm finished :) 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Weekend Recap - Ollies Restaurant / Train Museum

The weekend was uneventful, but I thought I would tell you about Ollies.  It's a restaurant in West Tulsa...probably the only restaurant in that area now.  That part of town appears to be deserted.  Matt took me here a couple of years ago and I thought it was so cute.  Now that we have Christian, all the trains come in quite handy...it gives him a temporary visual distraction :) When we do go, we go for the Saturday morning breakfast buffet...or what I like to call buffets...troughs :)  Anytime I eat at any buffet, my hopes for the rest of the day are shot.  I mean seriously, when you choose to eat at a buffet, you've already decided you're going to over eat.  Am I right? If you disagree, I call you a liar!  ;) 

The trains continuously go round and round :)



Christian staring in awe at the trains go by

Took a break from train staring to mess with dad
More trains...
Christian watching cars go by...he LOVES cars.  He plays mostly with hotwheels and he makes his own car sound as he
pushes them around the house :)




Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Christian @ the Doctor's Office


Okay, so a little bit of words on this Wordless Wednesday.  I took kiddo in to get his ears checked out.  He's had a history of ear infections (usually both at the same time) and he's been tugging at them recently, so I brought him just in case.  Yes, I am THAT mom that will schedule an appointment for peace of mind.  So while we were there, I told the doctor how he seems so tipsy when he walks...and she noticed that when he walks he is very flat footed, so his ankles roll in.  When this happens, he isn't using the full pads of his feet, just the inside, so that is why he's so wobbly.  She said for these situations, it's a good idea to put shoes on him when he is learning to walk, so he will use the full surface of his feet. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Weekend Recap - Realizations

We had another weekend with Zero plans, so it was nice.  I realized a few things though over the weekend.

1.  My child does not take requests.  Every evening when we're eating dinner or taking a bath, we do the "Heads, shoulders, knees, and toes" song and every time I point at one of those body parts and say, "Christian what's this??"  He just looks at me and laughs.  I had no clue I was SO funny to this child.  Well, the words I don't think I'm teaching him, he likes to say, but only when he wants to say them.  For instance, he said "diaper" the other day twice.  So I yelled to Matt, "He said diaper!!"  When Matt came into the room, I told Christian to say diaper again...what does he do??  Laugh, laugh, laugh.  Then the other night, Christian finished his milk, so Matt scooped him up to put him to bed.  I say to him, "Night night Christian!"  He repeats back, "Night night!"  I said, "Say night night again" What does he do?  Laugh laugh laugh.  So, he's given me the confidence that he IS learning words, he just doesn't care to say them back...and it is very clear he knows the word NO.  He will either throw a mini tantrum or look me dead in the eyes and continue to do the thing I told him not to do. 

2.  They push Christmas on us a little earlier every year.  We went to Hobby Lobby over the weekend and for those that are not blessed with having this mega craft superstore in your area, I pray you have something similar :)  I've told many people that Hobby Lobby is my version of Heaven.  I went there to buy some fabric and as I turn the corner, I see rows and rows of Christmas ornaments!  Now Christmas just happens to be my favorite time of year, but COME ON.  It is REALLY hard to think about such a fun - decorate your house - delicious food - and cold snowy weather kind of holiday when "I'm baking like a toasted cheese-it" (Ham Porter - Sandlot).  It has been on average about 105 degrees here...EVERY DAY.  One day in my car, it said 111. When it's this hot, you just try not to move...but for those that would like to go somewhere else...a time when there was a slight chill in the air, here is a photo to help you....

3.  Christian's generation could very well not know what a telephone looks like.  Yes, they will know what cell phones look like and maybe even the hand held home phones, but I'm talking about the ones we used to see at g-ma's house..rotary phones.  The only reason I'm bringing this up is because Matt and I volunteered in the toddler class at church on Sunday and there was a toy phone there. I really wasn't thinking much of it, but Matt pointed out how these phones will be unrecognizable to Christian's generation. I just felt kind of old.   




4.  I have an extreme fascination with ordinary people with extraordinary abilities.  When I was on maternity leave, I watch all the seasons of Heroes and I loved it.  I was so upset that it was not renewed for another season leaving the show unfinished.  I've always been into X-Men and wondered if I were to have an extraordinary ability what would it be...I still haven't decided.  So, I saw that the Sy-Fy channel was coming out with a a show called "Alphas."  We sat down and watched the pilot and so far so good.  The "abilities" aren't as far fetched and it shows a downside to them as well.  It's a mix of Heroes and CSI...kinda :)

So, what would your superhero ability be?


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Weekend Recap - It's All About Timing

I just finished a bag of Funyons...Mmmm...they were delicious.  OK, so the weekend was relatively uneventful.  We did schedule to look at some houses, but due to upcoming work situations, it may not be the best time to put our house up for sale.  I might have forgotten to mention we've been looking for a couple of months at up sizing our living area.  Currently, we live in a quaint1920's home which we love, but we are just outgrowing it...well Christian is outgrowing it.  So for fun, we decided to see what was out there.  We found one house we absolutely love, but the timing is all wrong right now.  Another thing I might have forgotten to mention is I might be going to New York (85% sure) for work early August for a undisclosed amount of time.  For now, I'm not going to go into detail about it, but needless to say, selling a home while I am absent might not be such a good idea.  I also think we should save more for a better down payment.  I didn't realize how much I would fall in love with a house...when the timing IS right, I want to have that same feeling before we decide to buy. 

So the highlight of the weekend was this:





Luckily, the dogs don't care if it's in a bowl or on the floor, so I just called them in and they took care of it.  

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Belated Independence Day Recap

Yes, I realize it is Friday and we are now entering another weekend, but while I have a brief moment of free time, I thought I would share my LAST weekend activities.  Let's Begin :)

Friday...


One of my closest gals got hitched :)  I will ignore the fact that she chose to have an outdoor wedding in July...I will ignore the sweat that developed on my bum, and I will ignore the couple lbs I gained eating the finger lickin' BBQ AND Mexican cuisine she had catered in.  I ignore all these things because hanging out with Jill and her family is never a dull moment.  We always have a good time when we get together, so I hope everyone else ignored the sweaty butt print left on my chair :)  She married a good man, but more important she is happy and that is all I care about.

Saturday....


We perused the flea market.  We hadn't gone in awhile and I could see my husband was getting the itch.  Matt always hits all the tables with records or "action figures."  Christian just stares at the flea market regulars, and I saw the above poster for the Lilith Fair and it brought me back to my teenage angst years in the 90's listening to Sarah McLachlan ("In the arms of an angel..."),  Tracy Chapman ("Give me one reason to stay here and I'll turn right back around..."), Meredith Brooks ( "I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'mma...a million other things), and Joan Osbourn ("What if God was one of us...just a slob like one of us...").  Ooooh yeah, can you feel the estrogen??  Of course, now when I hear Sarah McLachlan I think of abused animals.  Speaking of flea markets, have you all heard of that show called, "Flea Man"?  Well, the show is about a man that helps people sell their gently used junk, I mean goods at local flea markets.  If you haven't, it's really nothing special...I just think that is an awful name for a TV show.  I get it, ooooh he's the FLEA MAN...it immediately makes me think of FLEAS and it almost sounds like a super hero...but he's not all that super, just man covered in fleas. 


After the flea market...


Christian took a dip in his new pool.  Granted he looks super happy in these photos, but it took awhile before we reached this point.  The last couple of times he flipped out because it was cold...I guess he likes it like a jacuzzi.  So, we let the water set out for awhile and that is when we got the above reaction. 

So while he was out and already wet....


I had Matt run in and grab the soap :)  Hey, the water was clean and warm...I just thought why not knock out bath time early.  I bet any of you would bath outside in a kiddy pool if you could ;)  I live behind a church and we have a chain linked fence, so that's not gonna happen anytime soon. 

By the way...


Our garden is pumpin' out veggies like crazy!  Mmmm grape tomatoes...and the 2 okra I have no clue what to do with...

And finally 4th of July....



My little firecracker, hubs, and I went to what I refer to as "the country" for some good company and yes delicious BBQ.  When I say "the country" its a good thing.  It's refreshing out there.  You got beautiful sunsets, green pastures, gravel roads, no neighbors for miles, and animals!  The Turner's and Bradley's invited us out and lets just say the food was worth the wait. Mmmmm. Christian had other kiddos to play with even though he kept trying to jack everyone's toys...yes, he's that kid..the clepto.

And here are 3 of the 5 Turner's...


Little Miss Avery is now 3 months old and her colic is slowly dissipating.  She had one colicky moment that night and it immediately brought me back to this time last year.  Christian was still so colicky that we opted out of the Bradley 4th of July celebrations.  At one moment, momma Casey teared up and all I could say was, "Girl, I know, but you're doing a great job."  It is a very anxious feeling when you, the mother, are not able to calm your babies cry.  It wears on you emotionally and eventually the only thing you can do is cry yourself.  I have much love for parents working through colic. 

So that was my 4th of July weekend EXTRAVAGANZA!!  Now its Friday again!  Woot woot! Everyone enjoy :)
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