Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A {Less} Words Wednesday

What can I say, the kid LOVES fruit.  This nectarine was originally for me...we see how far I got with it.  After your child has slobbered over a half eaten piece of fruit, you don't want it as much....

Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekend Recap - Where's the Remote? Shampoo? Contacts?

This weekend was all about what's new with Christian.  Let's just  begin with all things missing, shall we?  If you don't watch him with eagle eyes, you're bound to "find" something missing by the end of the day.  I swear ever since he turned into a WALKING baby clepto, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!  Some items I find, some still remain missing.  Last weekend when I went out to dinner with my girls, I found one of my dirty socks in my purse.  I have also found my socks in the wash cloth drawer, a shampoo bottle under the coffee table, and {the newest} our TV remote from our bedroom on the toilet.  He's a baby ninja!  He's so quiet when he conducts these missions.  I call it, "Operation: Drive Momma Bananas"  The one item I still have not found are my brand new contacts.  I had them on the kitchen counter and Poof! Gone.  My dear husband even went through the trash to make sure he didn't throw them away....we came to the conclusion it had to be the kid.  I'm sure he's got a pile of stolen goods somewhere in his bedroom. 

On Friday, we went to a burrito place called Baja Jacks.  It's like a Qdoba or Chipotle, but they have this one burrito I LOVE - the cherizo and egg burrito, Mmmmm...anyways, so I ordered Christian a kids bean burrito, but what does he eat instead?  The mango salsa that was on the salsa buffet.  I'm sort of happy that he would rather eat veggies and fruit, but I was just afraid all that acid would cause problems later, eeeek!  He eventually got to the bits of burrito I cut up for him, but not until all the mango salsa was devoured. 

Saturday, we went to the fair grounds for some flea market action.  I thought I would snap a photo of the Tulsa Driller.  You guys remember the Friends episode(s) when Chandler's job reassigned him to Tulsa?  Well, they would always show this statue in those episodes.  {I digress} This is where the Saturday flea market is held.  I like this one BECAUSE it is indoors - let me remind you how hot it has been...

A bit excessive don't you think?
{good grief, my car is dusty!}

While we were there, I saw this --------->
The reason for this photo isI have 2 co-workers that spent a good part of Thursday arguing on whether it was "Welcome Back Kotter" or "Welcome back Carter"  Just in case there was any doubt....
 We also went and visited Great Grandma...he played so hard he literally fell over and passed out.  Ever since he became mobile, he refuses any assistance.  He wants to do everything ON HIS OWN and if you try to pick him up he will force his way out of your arms so he can get back to walking.  It's been an adjustment for all of us.  I remember the times when I could sit him anywhere and he couldn't crawl away.  Now, I am sprinting after him yelling, "Nooooooo!"   Everyday he looks more like a little boy and less like the baby I brought home :(  

After a visit with Great G-ma, we went to Miss Darcie for his second haircut.  It ran into his first nap of the day, so he managed to get in a quick one before his appointment. 

He has a pretty set schedule, so I really hate when we have to deviate from it.  He wakes up around 7am and he always has a nap around 10am and 2pm.  He rarely fusses about it...I think he prefers it as much as we do.  If he doesn't fall asleep right away he just has his alone time - plays with his stuffed animals or his fish TV. 

**Over the weekend, we battled teething X's 10!  He has 4 molars coming in, so his mouth looks like a bloody mess.  He will be playing and then just scream for a couple of minutes and then go back to playing.  All the teething has caused severe congestion.  When his nose wasn't running, he would be so stuffy he couldn't breath.  I felt so bad for him.  He slept with us Saturday night.  Luckily, I think we are in the home stretch for this teething moment. 

I did make some time to quilt and make one gaudy pin cushion thingy :)

Not too shabby if I do say so myself :)

I'm pretty excited, I should have my top quilt don this week...then I will need to recruit assistance on how I sandwich it together.  All that work, I want to make sure I slap it together right :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

An Evening With Steve Martin

:: Photos from Tulsa World ::

I bought tickets to see Steve Martin and his Banjo 6 weeks ago for my husbands birthday.  One thing about my husband is that he loves music....well, "good" music.   Like I have said before, when it comes to music, he practices the art of Snobbery.  Don't ask him about any artist that fits in the category of "pop princess" unless you want to get served with some music knowledge. {FYI, I did see Britney Spears in concert and hit me baby one more time, I totally loved it}   Now, I think the best way to experience music is to hear it live {if possible}.  I have never truly listened to blue grass music before, so I was excited about hearing it up close and personal...and who better than a Grammy Winner?  Yes, Steve Martin won for best blue grass album.  I know right?  Well, bluegrass has a new fan.  I was so impressed with his band, The Steep Canyon Rangers - the way they played and sang as a group was far beyond anything I had ever heard before.  I also noticed how differently the banjo and guitar are from one another - not just how they sound, but how they are played.  When all you hear on the radio anymore is candy and/or other food items in reference to sex...or really sex in reference to anything and all done on a sound board, you can forget what talented musicians sound like.  I'm pretty sure I heard a song the other day with the words, "Imma disrobe you, then imma probe you..." That doesn't sound hot AT ALL.  Just because it rhymes, doesn't mean it should be a I right people?

Anyways, my first bluegrass experience was pleasant to say the least.  I always think you should be open to new things...whether it be music, traveling, hobbies, etc.  Never walk into a situation with a closed mind, otherwise you might miss out on learning something new about yourself.  A few years ago, I never would have considered seeing this show, but life is too short to limit your experiences :) 

Have a good weekend friends!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekend Recap - I get by with a little help from my friends...

I always get excited when it's time to meet up with my girls.  It rarely happens anymore due to...well, all that is marriage and motherhood.  {I digress}Remember when the weekends meant absolutely nothing?  You knew you would be doing Something, but nothing was set in stone. One of my favorite times in my life was right after college, working, living on my own and having no one to answer to....ahhhh 20's, I'm glad you're gone, but every once and awhile, I like to think back fondly of our time together. 

We went to Zio's to have a night full of carbohydrates, mixed drinks, and chit chat. 

Oh! Let me introduce you to my girls: Jill and Casey

I met Jill at work about 6 years ago.  I came in as a contractor and she had already been there for a couple of months. She was the one that had to train me, so during our training sessions we would chat, but it wasn't until one day after lunch I knew this was the beginning of an awesome friendship.  So, we're sitting in my itty bitty cubicle chatting away and then she let out one of those silent stinky burps - Mexican for lunch CLEARLY.  It was so strong I couldn't even fake that I didn't smell it, so I just started laughing!  So she started laughing....and soon, we both had tears in our eyes...I said, "Oh my goodness, I swear I thought I was going to pass out." She just kept saying, "I'm sorry!"  Now, here we are :) 

I met Casey in college about 10 years ago.  She was my R.A.  We hit it off right away, but we did our own thing over the years.  It really wasn't until after college we became close.  We decided to room with each other... and that time I mentioned above being one of the best times in my life?  Well, that was with Miss Casey.  Now, we had our fights like most roommates do, but I like to think the fights just made our friendship stronger...besides, we had more good times anyways.  My favorite time with Casey was when we decorated our Christmas tree.  We decked it out in hot pink, feather boas, jewels, and all things girly.  We sat around and watched girly movies, cooked, drank wine, critiqued the guys we were dating - always good times. 

Jill got Casey and I cupcakes from Kupcakz for our birthdays!  I don't know how they make their icing, but it is A-MA-ZING.  My favorite is the Sooner Than Later (not seen above, they sold out) - it's a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.  They are all delicious though. 

This is what happens when we get together...not alcohol induced, purely friend induced.   We might be married with kids now, but we still know how to be dumb with each other.  LOL - what can I say?  That's why I love these's ALWAYS a judgment free zone =)

After almost 3 hours at the restaurant catching up, we decided to get a cup of coffee before we called it a night.  Well, we started feeling the eyes of the wait staff burning a hole into us...they could have had another group of people in and out by the time we left.  Hey, I tipped well for our extended stay.   We went down the street to Starbucks, so our conversation soon turned PG and/or coded words. 

 Yes, right in the middle of Starbucks - who cares? :)  You can tell we're all looking a bit tired.  That's what kids do to you...tired by 9:30.  We all have a kid under the age of 2.

Everytime we're together we try to do a group photo...but these kind of photos should really be taken with a smaller pocket size camera.  My Canon DSLR is just too big, but now we've made it our thing.  We know it'll turn out bad, but we always have to try. 

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE hanging out with my husband and kiddo, but it's healthy for me to have girls night out.  It's my time to regroup and remember that I'm Cristal not just mommy and wife.  They make me be silly and we all need a little of that every once and awhile, right? :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekend Recap - Who needs a drink? {my hand is raised}

So, after this long {stressful} week, I took a quick detour to the liquor store on my way home Friday.  I thought it was time to try a new local wine. *disclaimer* I only have a glass of wine AFTER the kiddo has gone to bed!  Ok, so I went in and perused the local wine aisle and I found one I had tried a few years ago at the fair.  I liked it so much I bought a bottle, but as I was getting it out of the car I dropped it {like the spaz that I am} and it shattered all over my driveway.  I'm pretty sure I screamed, "Nooooo!" as it fell in slow motion. 

It's sad when the liquor store guy disregards your ID and says, "It's ok, I remember you..." 
I said, "Uh, that's not good if you remember my face."
He then says to offset my apparent shock, "No, I just remember faces really well."  He followed that up with how he USED to have a photographic memory, which I thought was funny how he LOST his photographic memory, Ha!  I digress.  They had a white and red wine, both sweet, but since I haven't bought a red wine in awhile, I thought I would take a gander....not to heavy, not too sweet, just right...for me :)

We just spent time with family.  We had breakfast at Ollies with Matt's dad, uncle and grandma which is always fun for me.  Matt has some awesome grandparents.  They are so funny!  We also went to buy Christian some new shoes.  I felt like I was cramming his feet into his size 4 chucks, so it was time to move on up to a size 5.  The kid has some big feet for a 15 month old.   It looks like he's walking on boats.

We just caught up on some sleep and got everything ready for Matt's first day back to school.  He ironed like a thousand pair of slacks and shirts, so he will iron my clothes as well.  I never iron unless it's noticeably wrinkled and even then I try to throw it in the dryer first.  Then when I put on my freshly ironed clothes, he always says, "pretty nice huh?  I ironed them."  I say "Thank you!"  and we both move on :) 

Matt and my parents surprised me with a belated birthday dinner at P.F. Chang's Sunday evening, which was so thoughtful.  My dad said to me, "It was your mom's idea..."  I think it's a mom thing, I never voice all that is going on in my life, but she can always see it in my face.  After dinner, we walked around to let all the food settle.  Christian loves hanging out with the G-parents...

He looks so much like my mom! LOL.  My dad has those transition glasses, so it looks like one lens is transitioning, but the other not so much.

Surprisingly, there was living vegetation!  With all this 110+ degree weather a lot of plants and flowers have been dying off.  Seriously, if you drive by a whole bunch of trees and you block out the fact that it feels like hell outside, you would think it's the fall by the color or the leaves... but it is Utica Square...I'm sure they are watering around the clock. 

Well, after a full day of fun visiting family, eating dinner, screaming in a restaurant, running away from his parents (he's not just walking anymore, he's trying to run), rough housing with grandpa, this kid was tapped out.  I know it's probably the angle I took this photo, but he looks so much older than 15 months.  Sheesh!

One thing I realized this week about myself is that I AM A STRESS EATER!  Now, you would think I would know this about myself by now, but clearly I have never truly been this stressed.  I'm pretty sure Friday I consumed 3 bagels...among other things!  So, to offset my crazy appetite, I bought a ridiculous amount of fruit.  At least if I'm going to munch all day, I better be munchin' on some healthy foods. 


Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Little Walking Tornado

He does this everyday, multiple times a day!  I know it's partially our fault...we haven't put those safety lock thingies on there YET.  Well, I guess we have some shopping to do today.  It never makes me mad when he does this because 8 times out of 10 he will try to help me pick them back up :)  I love this kid.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dirty 30 Recap

So, yesterday was my 30th birthday.  I've been excited about turning 30, so my time wasn't spent curled up in a corner wondering where my 20's went. 

For those that are wondering, I am back from New York, but I'm unable to go into much detail on recent events, so lets just skip along shall we?  I worked a 12 hour shift at work on my dirty 30, so I didn't REALLY celebrate.  That's what weekends are for right? 

Well, my AMAZING husband  decorated (with the help of my SIL Katy) the house, put party hats on everyone, cooked me dinner, had a beautiful cake waiting for me, and had the house clean.  I mean seriously, he is the cheese to my macaroni....which is funny since he's lactose intolerant :)  For my birthday, Matt bought me an array of quilting supplies (i.e. HUGE cutting mat, new rotary cutter aka pizza cutter, thread, thimble, fabric pencils, etc).  Oh how I love that husband of mine :)

Cakes by Billie - you know she's  done a good job when you immediately wanted sushi.

My friend Helra sent these to me yesterday.  It was such a nice surprise :)

My wonderful nephews drew me some art work. It's in
brown because their momma said I was turning
Dirty 30. 

My SIL picked me up my favorite bar of soap at Whole Foods
Spearmint, LOVE IT.

Playing a little diddy with his daddy

Even though I only spent just a couple of hours with my men before I had to go to bed, it was all worth it.  They are the best gift a girl could ask for.  With them, I feel I can get through anything.  30's looking pretty good.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Happy 30th Birthday Me! 
{A time of reflection...bare with me}

So, when I was in my early 20's, I said to myself, "I hope when I'm 30 I have it together.  I hope by then I am comfortable in my own skin, I care less what people think about me, and I'm just at a place where I am happy with how my life has gone and where I see it going..."  I said all these things because back then, I Was uncomfortable in my own skin, I focused  too much on the opinions of others, and I was unsure about where my life was headed.  SO, have the above wishes for myself come true??  Yes and No. 

Someone once told me the older you get, the more comfortable you are in your own become less and less critical of your physical imperfections, you start to become more accepting of who your are, and you know your limit. I thought to myself, "How insecure am I?  I can't be THAT unsure of myself.  Is she saying I'm uncomfortable in my own skin???" Clearly all the self questioning was a sign in itself.   Now, I'm not saying at 30 I have it all figured out.  In fact, on some topics, I feel just as confused as ever.   You would think by now I would know how to pick out cute clothes that go together, but my hands down favorite default outfit is jeans, tank top/t shirt, black zip up hoodie, and my chucks.  I'm wearing this outfit today actually.  Somewhere down the road that is my life, I became severely fashion stunted. 

So here are a few things I have learned in my 30 years about myself and in general:

1.  Know when enough is enough.  In recent events in my professional life, I reached my breaking point.  I made a hard decision to not let fear be the deciding factor in my happiness.  At some point, you have to stand up for yourself and do what is right for you and your family.  Life is too short to make decisions ruled by fear.  My husband and son are now and forever will be my #1 priority.  When you make life altering decisions, I realized that your faith tends to jump in to prevent sudden panic attacks.    :)

2.  Drama is for your Momma, not me.  At this point in my life, I will avoid drama at all costs.  Girlfriends sometimes = DRAMA.  Friends that are overly dramatic...always have to make a big deal of everything and can't step back and rationalize the situation on their own I have stepped back from. I always wondered about friends that always seem mad at me about something I {supposedly} did ....why are you friends with me then??  I have never thought of myself as an outright cold calculating person, so if I have hurt your feelings then yes, please tell me...but if you took something I did or did not do and made made it personal, please step back realize the kind of friend I REALLY am and calm yourself :)  I love my friends and right now in my life, I have an amazing set of friends.  It's hard to find good friends, so do your best to keep them.

3.  This stumpy body is all mine and that is that.  I was blessed with my dad's body frame...short and stocky. I always say I have man legs.  In fact, I think some men would be jealous of my calves.  I, on the other hand, have always despised them, but unless I have outrageous calf reduction surgery (yes, they have that, I saw it on Oprah) I am stuck with them, so I better learn to love them somehow.  Besides, even if I were to be a skinny Minny, those suckers wouldn't go away.  Have you seen Kelly Osbourne's legs?  Even with weight loss, she's still got those calves!  So love your body just the way God intended it to be. Know there is a difference between loving yourself and letting yourself go ;)  I do believe in trying to be a healthy person. You can't always eat like a college student and why would you want to?  The older I get, the more I have noticed my body will crave {dare I say} healthy foods...fruits, vegetables...less fried.  I try to be cautious of what I am putting into my body...except when it's my birthday, so stop judging me for those that have seen me eat pizza and BBQ chips today. 

4.  Things will happen when they happen.  I am very much the type that takes the ball and runs with it...even if there is nowhere to go.  Let me give you an example...I am so dead set on moving into a bigger house that I momentarily convinced myself that it might be tight financially, but we'll get through it.  I knew I was going to have conflicts with work and daycare, but nothing was going to budge mind was made up!  After the house I really wanted sold, I took it as a sign.  I had to remind myself not to force these things.  We will move when we move.  All I cared about was moving before kiddo started school...well that's another 4 years away!  We have plenty of time and I am just thankful we have a house right now. 

5.  Giving is so much more fun than receiving.  Don't get me wrong, getting a gift is always a nice surprise, but you should never forget to think of others from time to time.  If you make everything about you, you lose out on getting to make someone else smile.  You don't necessarily have to buy a gift...send a card, a text, etc.  Sometimes being nice to someone is the highlight of their day...but do it with a selfless heart.  If you are being nice to receive something in return, then it becomes a useless action. 

6.  The past is the past, there is nothing you can do to change it.  I am a person that always asks, "what if" and that my friends is the worst thing you can do to yourself.  If you are constantly living in the past, you truly can not move on with your future.  The facts are, you are where you are because of the decisions you made.  Whether you think they were mistakes or not, you can't change them, so you have to learn from it, accept it, and then move on with your life. 

Alright readers, that is all I really can think of.  I know I've learned more than that, but I'm pretty tired, so I'm shutting down.  OH!  I learned how important sleep is :)  Seriously, I believe youth is wasted on the young.  We had all the time in the world to sleep when we were young and all we wanted to do was stay awake...I guess we thought we would miss something...what we thought we were going to miss, I don't know.  See, young people aren't the brightest, lol.  There is nothing going on at 3am.  Don't be offended young people, we were all young once too.  ;)  I don't think I'm old though...I think I get better with age.  So watch out when I'm 65! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

{Less} Words Wednesday - Random Photo's, Random Question

{Oh The Randomness}
Random Question of the Day: If you woke up tomorrow morning and found out you won the lottery, what would be the first 5 things you would do with your new found fortune? Hey, sometimes it's fun to fantasize about rolling around in money, LOL.  Juuust kidding...unless that's your thing :)  A good question for the middle of your work week.

{Bath time} See the picture in the top left corner?  Yes, he's doing exactly what you think he's doing.  He's been obsessed with his  moobs (man boobs) for a couple of weeks now. 

{Kiddo's FAVORITE toy - Hotwheels!}  He plays with hotwheels 90% of the time.  The other 10% he plays with some other form of car toy.  I think he's going to be a motor head.  He even makes the sound a car makes when he pushes them around.

{Costello} trying to keep cool in this 111 degree weather.  Both Costello and Yoko lay right in front of the couch so they can catch the AC breeze on their dog butts.  He looks a little peeved huh?  That's normal, he has a HUGE under bite, so he always looks hacked off.

{Husbands Art Work} 1. Yeah, I don't know what the first one is - geometric? 2. Him and his Dad 3. Yes, that would be Me 4. "Centurion Gothic" 5. The Beatles - Sargent Pepper 6. His Dad circa late 1950's

Monday, August 1, 2011

Weekend Recap

I spent the majority of the weekend working on my quilt and some good 'ol fashion family time, so all in all it was stress free...if you don't count the times I spent thinking about my {business} trip next weekend.  I know when people read I'm going to NYC, they assume it'll be an exciting experience, but the fact is I'm going under THE MOST uncomfortable circumstances.  When I think about the chance to see New York again, my immediate thought is, "I wish I would be seeing it with my husband..."  I mean who better to take to the Museum of Modern Art than an art teacher???  I totally love it when he gets all educational about art.
I digress...back to the weekend recap!


We went to Target later that evening to grab a few things and we see this ad in the pajama section..

Now, I know they are marketing this towards the soon to be all knowing, grown up college students, but really?   I don't think of myself as a prude, but if you're sitting next to me, have the decency to put on a shirt chick. Now I know when you're roommates, you will see each other occasionally in your skivvies, but I have never just plopped down next to my roommate or even best girlfriends in my brassiere to watch a movie, lol.  AND if I'm sitting on the couch in my good 'ol pj's (which consists of some stretchies and a baggy t-shirt) and you came and sat down next to me with your boobicles an inch away from my popcorn, I would politely say to you, "Um, I don't know where you think you are, but this ( I would then point to your exposed area) is a no."  I might also make fun of you the rest of the evening...hey, I'm just being honest :)


Early in the AM, Matt took kiddo to the flea market while I did the (once a month) grocery shopping.  Well, after an hour of hauling around a cart stuffed to the brim of groceries, which I'm pretty sure I pulled a back muscle, I decided I deserved a chocolate candy bar.  When I watch the Food Network, they occasionally talk about adding cayenne pepper to chocolate and my first reaction is always, "EWW," but I will try any food once Especially candy related.
Not bad! It was still sweet and the spice was subtle at first.  You really didn't get the full heat until you swallowed.  I don't think it's something I could have all the time because I'm pretty sure it gave me a small case of heart burn that evening. Ha! 


Since I have never been away for more than a couple of days, I was in search for luggage.  Naturally, I asked my parentals first.  My mom every few years visits family in Korea, so surely they had luggage.  I called my dad up and sure enough they did.  ReliefOne less thing to worry about.  So, I go to my parents to pick up the luggage and to my surprise I recognized it.  It was the SAME luggage they had when we moved here from 1983!  I was in shock that they STILL had it.  As much as I would have loved to show up with "vintage" American Tourister suitcases, unfortunately the keys were nowhere to be found.  So, I had to suck it up and go shopping now.

Luckily, my mom did have a carry on bag of this decade, but I ended up buying a bigger one as well.  I tried squeezing Matt and Christian in it, but it it didn't work. I'm hoping this will be enough.  I hate to admit this about myself, but I'm a high maintenance gal in regards to hair and makeup, so I probably should do a dry run sometime before I leave. 

So, there you have it.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Question:   What is the one thing you would want to do or see in New York?
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