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Pancreatic Cancer Walk/Run

9 Feb

Today, Liam and I participated in a 1k fun run for Pancreatic Cancer Research. My aunt died last year of this horrible disease. We raised $350 thanks to our awesome friends and family!


He wore his “Auntie loves me” shirt in honor of his Great Aunt Nancy.


Ready to go!



It was actually way too short, considering he doesn’t walk yet, so next year we’ll do the 5k and he can ride in the stroller.


He got his own purple ribbon! That was his favorite part, I think.



We went to brunch after with his honorary Auntie Angie and her family and Liam watched the kids playing on the fountain. It was a great day for a great cause!

Holiday Cards 2012

28 Dec

I copied a picture I found on pinterest (never was able to track down the original source) and I think it came out pretty cute.


I love having all of the cards we received hanging up on the coat closet doors so I see them right when I walk in the front door. It’s like being greeted by all of my friends and family each time I come home!


I hope you had an amazing holiday season. Stay tuned for a New Year’s resolution post because I know you haven’t had enough if those lately…

Heart Broken

19 Dec

I’m so heart broken over the events of last Friday. As a parent, I’m devastated for the families and as a teacher, I’m so proud of the heroes. I’ve never feared school shootings, even though several have occurred since I’ve been a teacher and while I was a student because I knew that I’d just do what I had to do to protect my students. However, now I can’t imagine sending Liam to school. If something were to happen to him, I don’t know how I’d go on…

Life is so fragile. I’ve been reminded of this a lot lately. Two weeks ago, one of my colleagues fell while hiking and has severe brain injuries. She is now awake and talking a bit, but she has a long road of recovery ahead. She also has a one and a half year old.

The day after that accident, my mom, stepdad, and brother were all in a bad car accident. Everyone is ok, thankfully, but when I pulled up to pick them up and saw the car, my heart sank. I could have lost my whole family that day.

This Weekend: Holiday Extravaganza

28 Nov

Our plans for this weekend include: a visit to Santa, getting our tree, putting lights up outside, decorating, holiday card photoshoot, my first holiday party of the season, and finishing our gift shopping. If I had extra money to spend, I’d wear this outfit:

holiday party


Liam will be wearing this for his picture with Santa:

I chose this sweater for him because I wanted something that would make him and his eyes pop out of the picture – I figured If I dressed him in red, he’d blend with Santa’s suit. I can’t wait to see how he acts!!

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

From the cave man and woman and their little dinosaur.


I want I want I want

16 Sep

Christmas is about three months away (that seems crazy close) and I have been making a list in my head of all the things I want. This is what I do to escape from the stresses of daily life: I think about things I want, look at them on the Internet, and sometimes I get them, but sometimes I don’t and that’s ok. It’s not about actually having these things, but daydreaming about them is the fun part.

So here are the things I’m wanting:

1. A king sized bed. We have a queen that my husband has had since college and it’s time to upgrade. I’d like to get one without a headboard and just make an upholstered one ourselves. Oh and new bed = new bedding.

2. New kitchen floors. I’ve wanted this for 4 years. It’s time. We have already decided to ask for my father in law’s help with this for a Christmas gift. We’ll buy tile and grout and do it ourselves with his help (hopefully).

3. Repaint the kitchen. I want to paint the yellow walls the same gray that’s in our entryway and hallway and paint a huge part of the open wall with chalkboard paint and frame it with moulding.

4. New vacuum. We are currently using one that I won on The Ellen Show almost seven years ago and it’s on it’s last leg. I’d really like one that specializes in pet hair since we have tons of it all over our house.

5. Backyard makeover. My husband has been talking about putting new sod in the backyard because our grass is really patchy back there and I’m hoping we can get that done before Liam’s first birthday at the end of March. I also want to paint the patio because it’s currently painted white which is just dumb. I think I’d like to paint it the color of dirt 😉

6. Snow trip for New Years. We didn’t go to the snow at all last year and it made me sad, so I want to plan a trip now before we forget and all the rentals are booked.

7. To lose 15-20 lbs. That would put me well under my pre-pregnancy weight and help me feel a lot better about myself. I’m still breast feeding, so that will help, but I need to be more active. My excuse lately has been the heat, but it’s supposed to finally cool down next week, so no more excuses.

8. Three day weekends every weekend. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Why don’t we all just make that happen?

What are you wanting these days?

The Infirmary

13 Jun

*This post is a week old, so references to days aren’t current*

My husband is on crutches, I have a cold, but luckily the baby is doing great! My husband injured his foot/ankle on Saturday night playing basketball with his friends. The next day, I came down with a nasty cold. We’re a mess! I’ve learned a few things through this ordeal, though…

1. My husband does (or did) so much around the house. He cooks every dinner, does most of the laundry and grocery shopping, does the dishes, keeps the house clean and yard manicured all while working full time… and what do I do? I breastfeed and keep our two month old happy. With Mr. TTT on crutches, it has been really hard for either of us to get a good meal and the house is kind of a mess. He can’t help out with the house like he used to, he can’t really help much with the baby because he can’t hold him while standing or walking.

2. HMOs kind of suck. It took him three days to get into a specialist and it’s taking even longer to get the MRI approved that the specialist requested. My husband used to  have Kaiser and loved it, so he’s a little bitter that I convinced him to switch to my HMO when we got pregnant.

3. I used to be a big baby when I got sick. Ok, maybe I still am, but now I have to take care of Liam when I’m sick, so I don’t have the luxury of taking a few days off or lying in bed all the time anymore. I realized this week that I’m much tougher than I thought I was.

4. I’m so glad baby TTT is breastfed. I have not limited my contact with him at all since I’ve been sick – I’ve given him just as many kisses and stuck my fingers in his mouth to unlatch countless times – and he hasn’t shown any signs of catching my cold. Thank goodness because all we need is a sick baby to really push us over the edge.

5. I could never work with my husband. He was off for three days in a row, plus the weekend, and driving me crazy! I know the feeling was mutual, so while I feel badly that he had to take the bus to work today (he can’t drive since he injured his right foot), we were both glad to be back to a more normal routine and out of each other’s hair.

Mr. TTT at Target on his scooter; Baby TTT is happy and healthy!

How do you cope with sick or injured family members?

This room has too many uses

7 Jun

When we made the guestroom the nursery, we made the office a combo guestroom. However, my mom needed the full size bed for my stepsister who moved in with them, so we’ve decided to add yet another function to the room: playroom. We put the futon back and still have the desk in there so now we need to work on getting it organized and add some kid-friendly stuff.

I tweeted Land of Nod about how much I loved their stuff and they contacted me saying they’d love to make an inspiration board for our space! You can view the whole thing here, but let me show you a few of my favorites.

Source: via The Land of Nod: on Pinterest

Can you tell I’m a teacher? Haha.

I can’t wait to get started on the room!

Two Getaways

1 Jun

Lat week, our friend’s mom offered us her rental house in Palm Springs for a couple of days because she couldn’t use it the whole time she had paid for. It was amazing and just happened to fall on our anniversary!

Liam took his first swim and I put on a bathing suit at 8 weeks postpartum so I could join in on the fun. That’s love.

The sunglasses and hat I bought him were a little big… but the rash guard was almost too small to fit over his huge head!

I never appreciated my husband’s cooking skills as much as I should have, but man, he’s good. Thank goodness, too, because I think I’ve been able to cook one meal since Liam was born! For our anniversary dinner, we had lamb with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Oh, and red wine… yummm.

We came home on Friday (after a second trip to the outlets – the sales were too good), did some laundry, and left again on Saturday morning for Fresno. After getting settled at the hotel, we headed to my aunt’s house and this is what happened right when we walked in the door.

Who doesn’t love a new baby??

That night we went to my other aunt’s house for my cousin’s birthday party and we were overwhelmed with how many people were there. My mom is one of six kids and everyone (now) has a spouse and all but one of those couples has kids. There are 13 cousins and Liam, so it’s crazy when everyone gets together!

The next day we celebrated my uncle’s marriage (he got married in another country a couple years ago and this was the first time we all met his wife).

My mom has the whole pacifier jiggle down.

Liam’s second cousin being so gentle. He is obsessed and calls him baby Lamb. I die!

Liam’s new great aunt! She loves babies, so I handed him off to her a few times during our visit.

Four generations! My grandpa, my mom, me, and Liam. So cool.

We really lucked out and Liam slept the entire way home from Fresno. I have a feeling we won’t be so lucky on road trips once he’s a little older, but I’m thankful we were able to get out of town because we needed a little vacation!

Two months with Liam!

1 Jun

Check out Liam’s second month update on Hellobee!

One month