Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The big 100!

This is my one hundredth post! And it only took me 2 years to get here! Granted I had about a 6 month hiatus when we were without internet, but still. I'm glad I've found lots of fun blogs to read and hopefully somebody out there takes away a little something when they read mine! Considering sometimes they don't even make sense. But alas, if nothing else I've got something great to help me look back and remember!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Better Late then Never

My Sweet Baby Hadley Jean was 11 months on Saturday! I cannot hardly believe that in less than one month I won't have a baby anymore!! She's getting so big, and the little lady is already walking. Not full blown quite yet, but it won't be long. She averages around 10-12 steps before she starts to take off at a run and then falls, but she just giggles and gets right back up! Can't wait for her birthday party!!!

Such a little cheeser!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Making the old new again

My girlies have a lot of toys. Not an obscene amount, but we're not hurting for them. Sometimes they'll sit for so long untouched, that I decided to start rotating them. The big toys anyways that otherwise just seem to be getting in the way.

For Christmas last year Gabe got Gracen a ten to play with and before it was even set up she was in love. But she also wanted me or Gabe to constantly get in it with her and crawl through the tube it came with (which btw- we don't fit). So she sort of lost interest. Once we bought the bunkbeds, there was no room in there for all the beds and the tent, so we put it on a short hiatus to the basment.

Today I decided to get it out again because as much as we love and try to be outside, it's hard for Hadley since she's not completely walking yet. She has to have on pants and shoes so that she doesn't scrape up her knees and little toes. Well the poor bambino gets hot pretty quick, so after a long walk and about an hour outside she's donezo.

So I tried to make inside just as exciting, and when I brought the tent up from the basement, you would've thought I was Santa Claus that's how crazy both girls went. And it has been non-stop climbing/running/diving/crawling all over the thing. It was difficult to get them to go nap, I had to promise Gracen it would still be here when she woke up. Ah to be 2 again.

Gracen loves that Hadley's getting big enough to play more with her


hehe one day Hadley will be big enough to fend for herself, and Gracen won't know what hit her!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Stella & Dot

Last night I ventured out to a Stella & Dot jewelry party. If you've never heard of it, it's basically like AVON or Mary Kay but jewelry. Independent women sell the stuff and make a comission, and then the host of the party gets a certain percentage of jewelry free depending on the total sales of the party. Now I have never been to one of these parties, but any excuse for some yummy appetizers, wine (lots and lots of wine) and a night out with only other adults? Yes please!

They have some really beautiful jewelry, and lots of it was vintage looking which I love, the only problem was the price tag. I mean there wasn't hardly anything below the $40 price point. Which is unfortunate because with that much wine in me, it took every fiber of my being not to buy just about everything. I understand they have to mark it up so high so the host and the sales lady can get something out of it, but it still made me feel a little awkward and guilty that I didn't purchase anything. Thank goodness for wine. Did I mention there was wine there?

Up until my attendance at this party I had thought about selling it. It's in my fashion field, it would look good on my resume (so that I'm not doing nothing for years) and I wouldn't have to send my kids to daycare. My only hesitation is that I only know so many people which probably only half I could con into having a party, so I'm not sure how long I would actually be able to make money at it. I really just want to make a couple extra bucks a month for things like pre-school (for those of you non-parents reading... pre-school is EXPENSIVE), or for gymnastics lessons or things like that. Thoughts? Can I con all of you into throwing a party? Let me know becuase that might swing my decision into actually doing this!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Movie Review Monday

Since this household is a cable-free household, our weekends usually consist of a couple of movies. Let's review shall we?

Currently Gracen's favorite pick is "The Secret of Nimh". Please don't ask me why, becuase in my opinion it's a little scary. But she's fascinated by it. People, this movie is older than ME. It's from 1982. We now have wonderful animation tricks and 3D and way better story lines, and this is her favorite? We've watched it 4 times (not all the way through each time) in the past 2 days. Lord help me if I hear her ask to watch the "mouse" again.

Saturday night was the hubs choice and he picked "The Green Zone". I'm not really a fan of war movies, but he sits through most of my girly ones so every once in a while I'll let him through in a pick of his own. I didn't mind this too much, but I wouldn't watch it again. It was extremely slow, and Matt Damon wasn't even super bad-assy (yea I know I made that word up) like in the Bourne movies. It does however make you think twice about the war in Iraq and the Bush administration and it just sort of pissed me off. I won't give any spoilers away but just know what you're getting into if you choose to watch it for yourself.

Sunday was my turn to pick and I really wanted "The Last Song" but they didn't have it at RedBox (most likely bc it just came out but whatev) so I went with "It's Complicated". Loved it! It might have to do with the fact that I love Alec Baldwin as well as Meryl Streep, but seriously it was just so funny. It gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "Home Sweet Home". If you've seen it you should know what I'm talking about, if you haven't, finding out why is reason enough to rent it tonight. The kids acting was not the best and they were all no-names at least to me, but John Krasinski (sp?) was awesome, even only for the few minutes he was in it. It also shone a new light on Steve Martin's acting abilities. He wasn't his typical over the top goofy hand waving character. I highly recommend this flick. But considering I'm a little behind the times and this has probably been out a while most have you have probably already seen it.

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 20, 2010

I'm getting... OLD

I have never been one to shy away from my birthday just becuase I'm past the infamous 21st birthday and its "downhill from there". I love my birthday and look forward to it every year. That's not what this post is about.

My mind tells me I'm 25 I'm still young! My body on the other hand is apparently an 85 year old fragile lady. This past week due to the nice weather I've been outside as much as possible playing with the girlies. We've gone on walks in the am and the pm. All the while I'm thinking "score! time to finally get rid of the last extra lbs!" But I am no longer the athletic person I used to be despite chasing after 2 kids for the past 2.5 years. My knees hurt, my back is killing me and I got massive blisters on my heels.

I've come to 2 conclusions: 1) This is the real reason people don't like getting older or 2) I have GOT to start working out more and work through the pain hoping it's just a welcome back to the excercising world.

I'm hoping for reason #2. So once again I am begging you fall to last a couple months so I can maintain my walks outside!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Us at "America's Fair"

If you read in the previous post, the IA state fair is HUGE. We didn't get there until 5 pm becuase we had Steph's shower in the AM and we waited until after naps, for everyone's benefit. There were so many things to do and see, we didn't have near enough time to get it all done. Guess we'll have to go back next year! :)

Gracen loved alll the rides. only problem is it was expensive!

I am so proud of Hadley and how well she did in the heat and in the stroller

About half way through the carousel ride Gracen either got dizzy or was just done so I held her the rest of the ride

She did this ride 3 or 4 times, she did not want to get off!

Loved the bumper boats, not apprehensive at all pretty sure she would've jumped in the water if no one was watching!

We saw all kinds of animals, and couldn't resist this pic

After only 4 hours (it only seemed like 1!) it was time to head home

A little history about the IA state fair-- and why we had to make an appearance

The internationally-acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and

industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. It is the true heartbeat of the Midwest, unequaled and unduplicated.

The Iowa State Fair, the inspiration for the original novel “State Fair” by Iowan Phil Stong, three motion pictures and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, is without a doubt the country’s most famous state fair. National media frequently rank the Fair as one of the top events in the country. In 2004, USA Weekend named the event the #2 choice for summer fun in America, topping New York City’s Times Square, Cedar Point Amusement Park Resort in Ohio and Disneyland in California.

Midwest Living magazine named the Fair one of the “Top 30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience.” The Fair is also included in the New York Times best-selling travel book “1000 Places to See Before You Die” and the subsequent travel book, “1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before you Die.”

Iowa’s fair is also known as “America’s classic state fair”

because the event features all of the traditional activities

associated with state fairs in a park-like 400-acre setting (the Fair’s home since 1886). The grounds and the adjoining 160 acres of Campgrounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the buildings pre-date World War I; many are priceless examples of American exposition-style architecture.

Throughout its history, the Fair has been a unique institution, serving to educate, inform and entertain people from all walks of life. It is an outstanding agricultural showplace, boasting one of the world’s largest livestock shows. Also home to the largest arts show in the state, the Fair showcases visual and performing arts with a variety of special exhibits and activities.

Each year hundreds of manufacturers and industrial representatives clamor to rent coveted exhibit space. In addition to its tremendous growth in agriculture and

industry, the Fair is also an entertainment mecca for Iowa and the Midwest.

Several ground stages feature more than $400,000 worth of spectacular entertainment free with gate admission. Internationally-acclaimed performers and dynamic track events thrill thousands of fans in the Grandstand (Iowa’s original outdoor concert venue). More than 600 exhibitors and concessionaires feature quality merchandise and tasty foods – more than 30 of them served “on-a-stick.” Hundreds of displays, exhibitions, demonstrations, unique attractions and all kinds of competition – for fun, for ribbons and for the pride of being chosen best – make Iowa’s Fair one of the biggest and best.

In 1881, historian James Wilson noted that, “One of the most valuable effects of the State Fair is the fraternizing, humanizing consequences of bringing our people together...No one meets and mingles with 20,000 Iowa men, women and children on the Fairgrounds - the only place they can be brought together - without growth of sympathy.” Certainly this is even more relevant today, when the pace of modern life tends to isolate individuals even more from their neighbors.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Family Shower

I decided to break the weekend in to a couple different posts becuase it would be a mile long if I only did one. This weekend was so jam packed. With all the weddings this was our "vacation".

Saturday morning was Stephanie's family couples shower in IA. (Side note-the ol' hubby doesn't understand/doesn't like this trend of "couples" showers hehe). We were up early preparing, and got all the goodies set up for our 10:30 am start time. Complete with a run to Target and Starbucks before hand, we're just that good.

I think the bride and groom to be had a good time, and they definitely left with some good loot. Can't wait for the wedding in October! Less than 2 months!!

the yummy food. luckily we had just about the perfect amount!

the wonderful hostesses

the guest of honor

me and my sibs

the bride and groom to be!

Daddy got to spend the morning entertaining the girlies!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

See you at the zoo!

We had quite the busy weekend! Last Thursday we headed North to Des Moines after dinner. It was a rough ride to say the least. Daddy had just gotten home from work and the girls just wanted to play... not sit in the car. And of course there was so much construction/traffic, it took us 5 hours to get there. Not fun!

But we did start Friday off on a good note, we headed to the zoo! The girls had a blast, especially Gracen. She loved all the animals, and did not like having to sit in the stroller (I would've gladly traded her spots! hehe). Her fav was feeding one of the birds and the petting zoo. I of course loved the giraffes!

Unfortunately for us mother nature was not on our side. It started off extremely hot when we got there and then sort of clouded up and cooled down to about 78. We were like score! A perfect day for the zoo! Scratch that, it started pouring on us. So we stamped our hands and left for lunch and decided to come back after it stopped raining. When we got back, we were there for all of 20 or 30 minutes and it started to pour again. Not our day. Someone needs to tell the weatherman there to start looking for a job. He said it was supposed to be clear all day and start raining at 4. Only it was opposite, by 4 it was perfectly clear and not a raindrop in sight!

Oh well, at least the girls had some fun!

There were all kinds of beautiful flowers in the rain forest section

Helping Daddy feed the birds

LOVED the petting zoo!

Hadley was such a trooper with all the rain!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Trying to beat the heat

Seriously what's with this weather? It's 102 outside today. I can't even breath when I walk outside to get the mail. It's virtually impossible to go anywhere. And forget takin my sweet girls outside to play. Even in the baby pool in the backyard, the water gets hot pretty quick. It's also not a good idea to take a baby out in this heat. Hadley girl gets over heated really easily, and nobody wants that.

About a week ago we ordered the girls a swingset. And I am so excited! We can go pick it up anytime now, but Daddy-O has to fix the truck in order to go get it and we've been out of town so much I'm getting so antsy about it! Bad news is, nobody wants to play in 102 degree heat on a hot swingset. So Mother Nature I am kindly asking you to kick it into high gear and give us a wee taste of fall this year. I feel as if you skipped over spring and we went from 30 degrees to 90. I'd like a couple months of 65-70 weather please! Is that so much to ask?   :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Another Thibault Wedding

This past weekend was Gabe's brother Blake's wedding in Salina. We headed West Friday morning to get there just in time for lunch and naps. We headed to the rehearsal, and Gracen was not interested at all in waiting patiently in line for her turn to walk down the aisle (she was the flower girl again) all she wanted to do was play with the other eleventy billion kids. So I was a little worried how she would do on Saturday considering Travis' wedding was a disaster. Dinner went smoothly (and by smooth I mean we had no major melt downs from our 2 year old or 10 month old) Mom and Dad even got to eat! I headed back to the hotel with the worn out girlies to go to bed while Daddy got to hang out with some of his fam and friends he hadn't seen in a while.

Saturday started off smooth sailing, had an easy breakfast at the hotel, and Daddy was off to pics around 9:30 (he was the best man). Gracen was due for pics at 11, so that left us plenty of time to get pretty and head over to the Cathedral. Unfortunately, when we arrived they were running really behind, so we sat around till noon (still no pics of Gracen were taken).

*Slight side note- now the unfortunate part of weddings is the time frame. My kids usually eat around 11:45 and are down for naps by 12:30, usually sleeping till 3:30. Now throw in a wedding at 2, with pictures before... the schedule unfortunately goes out the window.

Back to the weekend. Since pics were so delayed, I took the girls back to the hotel, where Hadley got a much needed nap, and Gracen and I ate lunch. By 1:30 when it was time to head back to the Church, Hadley was still sleeping and hadn't eaten yet. Ah such a dilemma! So Gracen got to go back with Aunt Hannah and Aunt Christina while I stayed with Hadley until she woke up and got to eat. We rushed to the Church, but unfortunately I missed my sweet Gracen walking down the aisle. I was so nervous for her, especially without me there! But luckily she got to walk right behind Daddy, so he was there just about the whole time helping her out.

And she did great! Well great in my opinion :) Apparently she did awesome until halfway down she ran out of petals to throw and tried to go back and get more. Haha. I'm sad I missed it! But third times the charm right? That means we'll be in perfect condition for Aunt Nanie's wedding in Oct.!

After the wedding we had to take pics since they were so behind beforehand, but it didn't take long. After that it was back to the hotel for me with the girlies so Gracen could finally nap. She was out before I even started to the car. We stayed and ate at the hotel, becuase I knew once we got to the reception all she would want to do is run around with the other kids. She had a blast eating cupcakes (frosting anyways) and dancing her little heart out. By 9 they were both dunzo and it was back to the hotel!

Are you exhausted yet??? It was quite a weekend, and we're definitely glad to be home. Congratulations to Blake & Susie, it was a beautiful wedding and a blast!

This was her "Cheese" face, it was impossible to get her to pose for any photos.

She was so excited to see Daddy since he had to leave early for pics

My sweet baby Hadley girl! She's gettin so big!!

Her partner in crime and cousin Addie

Sharin a banana with her cousin Camden

Family pic! (and Addie's head)

This lady conked out. She partied hard!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

We're in trouble

This week Gracen learned how to open doors. This is not a good thing. Well it is, I suppose she's learning and growing, but it's going to cause me a lot of extra work. As a general rule we keep our bedroom door, the spare bedroom and the bathroom door closed. Now I have to constantly make sure she's not getting in them, or the closets. Oh the closets. And now when she gets sent to her room for throwing a fit she just opens the door and comes right back out. And at nap time, if she doesn't feel like goin to sleep, she just comes right back out. Oh Lord, we're in trouble.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A sight for sore eyes

I.am.so.excited! I finally got more contacts this past weekend. I thought I'd try and save some monies and just wear my glasses until I could afford lasik (when you've got 2 kiddos my priority is not a 2-4K surgery!) but with this eleventybillion degree heat, they kept slipping on my face (yuck.) and my 10 month old highly enjoys ripping them off my face. Yay! Not. So I went for the cheaper version. I had previously been wearing the night and day ones that I could sleep in, a godsend! But alas they are uber expensive. So back to pokin my eyeballs every morning and takin em out at night. But hooray I can see without glasses!