Friday, August 29, 2014

EB's Bridal Shower...

...Last weekend was my SIL's pre-wedding weekend. On Friday night, we celebrated her Bachelorette Party or as I like to call it, her Pre-Wedding Birthday. We went to dinner at Bar Louie's (yummy and great happy hour specials!) then we went to Florida-Georgia Line and Jason Aldean concert. It was great!!! I haven't been to a concert since before AR was born (three years ago) and it was a lot of fun other than it was hotter than Haities. We cut out early and headed to Main Street for dancing...I danced, I had fun, but I felt old...maybe because when we were leaving, all the young crowd was coming and I got really excited about "Jessie's Girl" when it came on. Or it could have possibly been because I pulled out some dance moves from Hitch...Q-tips anyone???

Saturday we had a day to rest and then Sunday we had the Bridal Shower. All the aunts did the food and the bridesmaids did the rest. Here's little Miss Ham who insisted on wearing her boots that she gets to wear in the wedding.

She was so excited to see her great grandma!

AR with the Bride-To-Be!

She was so excited to see her Great Grandma

This was the welcome table which I think turned out really cute.

Mommy and AR

Laughing at her groom's answers to questions about the two of them

"Look, EB, we both wear boots!"

An entire box full of coupons for her to use at Bed, Bath & Beyond, each one decorated!

I was taking pictures of the gift opening and every five minutes, "What you doing, Mommy?"

In between throwing away wrapping paper of course

Thank goodness for these booster seats as entertainment.

She was a busy, busy little girl!

And a happy one too!

EB with all her bridesmaids!

Now that the pre-wedding festivities are over, we have the countdown to the wedding!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Library Photo Contest...

...Our local library offered a Summer Photography Contest. There was four categories: Local Landmark, Nature, Library, and 2014 Summer Reading Theme: Fizz, Boom, Read! I entered every category except Local Landmark. Time got away from me and I just didn't get around to taking a picture.

I found on last Thursday that I won second place in the Library category!!! I won $25 and my photo is in the running for the People's Choice Award. You can go and vote here from now until September 12! I'm sure you'll be able to figure out which one is mine. :-)

Here are my entries:

Summer Reading Theme: Fizz, Boom, Read!
This was an entire family experience to get this pic!

Library-2nd Prize Winner! Woot, woot-go me!!!

I figured everyone would do flowers and such for nature so why not corn???

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Driveway!!!

...Little by little, we're getting things fixed around our house. Our driveway had settled and there was about three inches that one slab was lower than the others. Luckily, Matt's friends are very talented and work for trades so we were able to get our driveway done for pretty cheap.

The project started last Saturday when I was at work. I called my mom and told her to take some before pics. I forgot that I'd set the camera on manual for pics I'd taken the night before so yeah, no real good before pics...sorry!

Breaking up the concrete.

When I got home, all the sidewalk/driveway was gone so took these pics.

Sunday morning AR woke up asking, "Where's my sidewalk?"

AR was pretty excited that she got to ride in the machine in the driveway.

Daddy showing her how it works

On Tuesday, the boys came over and started pouring the concrete. AR was the supervisor.

It was so hectic and crazy because you have to move really fast!

Site boss AR! The guy out the window is Matt's friend, Dusty. O...M...G! AR LOVES HIM!!! She talks about him all the time, recognizes his truck, and when he's here, she'll dote over him the entire time.

Checking it out from both windows

Sorry for all the inside shots but we were kind of trapped inside!

Putting in the crack and look at the guy in the background in the orange shirt. Concreters must have the tightest abs!

Don't believe me? Look at this, balancing on a fence to do the finishing touches!

Of course, we had to put our handprints in and we included a penny that had the year in it.

So woot, woot new driveway-woohoo!!! Only bad thing is that we left one slab that wasn't broken only to have it snap under the weight of the concrete truck SO next year's tax money will go toward that last slab. Now on to the next project!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AR's First Day of Preschool!!!

...Let me tell you a little something about my child. She is and OMG we were going rounds on her first day of preschool!

First off, she's going to 2 year-old preschool one day a week this school year. I really wanted more socialize, classroom setting for her and my MIL needed some more time to work so this kind of worked out. The class is only 9-2:30pm so my MIL will drop-off/pick-up and get more time to work so it's a win-win. When we went to orientation last week, we found out that AR is the only 2 yo registered for Wednesdays so she's actually in a class of 3 yos. We'll see how that works out but I think it should be fine. Oh and ever heard of a nap mat? Yeah, I hadn't and couldn't find one anywhere...all Targets in my area would sold out. But yeah, that's a story for another day.

So let's get back to AR's first day! Of course she woke up at 5:45am but the boys were outside working on our new driveway so she was excited to see them. We did our usual ritual...banana, milk and Super Why. We read a few books then I told her we needed to eat a good breakfast so I gave her a few choices and of course she picked cereal until she saw me making her lunch. FYI-not a good idea to have a 2 yo help make her lunch when she hasn't eaten breakfast. Case and point, she only had half a PBJ for lunch because she ate the rest for breakfast.

Okay, lunch/breakfast meltdown over and now we're in the backyard with the dogs. Come inside and another meltdown because her shoes are wet and I am pulling her hair while trying to put it in a ponytail. Over that and move on to the last step before we leave...first day of school pictures. O...M...G! I almost lost it and she did. See check it out:

And now I'm making her wear her backpack (which she's been wearing all week and loving!) dare I!!! #meanmommy But let me clarify that she's not upset about going to school, no she's downright pissed that I'm taking her picture.

"Mommy get in!" Okay, Mommy get in. Daddy probably going to yell at me about stepping on new concrete and AR is still going to cry.

Okay, maybe a change in scenery would work...more tears than Divine Intervention and my child SMILES!!! Turns out to be a pretty amazing picture too. Thank you Lord and thank you AR because Mommy was about to join you in the tears.

Once the good pic was taken, we get into Mommy's car and tears begin again. I typically don't do this but for the sake of trying to save the day, I let her watch Frozen on the ten minute drive there. Once we arrived, she still refused to wear her backpack but walked into the classroom no problem. She started playing with toys and yelling at me, "Mommy look!" Before I left, I showed her the bathroom and had her go so that she was familiar with it. When we came out, she looked at her teacher and said, "I did it Susan!" Here she is with her teacher.

So yeah, that was our fun morning before AR's first day of preschool. When I picked her up, they said she had a great day which made Mommy very happy! No accidents!!! She did worksheets on tracing with the older kids, loved being outside, ate all of her lunch (and was super excited about her shaped sandwiches-score one for Mommy!), and went down for nap with only a small whimper. I was there when she woke up and she looked at me and said, "Mommy! I nap with my monkey!" Apparently she was really excited about her monkey that I'd packed in her nap bag. So overall, day 1 of preschool=success!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ozeri Electric Wine Opener...

...When I'm ready for a glass of wine, I'm ready. I don't want to waste time trying to get it open, I'm just ready to pour, drink, and relax. Woohoo for the Ozeri Electric Wine Opener to solve that problem! All you do is hit one button and presto-wine time!

  • As seen in restaurants, the Ozeri Prestige makes opening wine bottles easy and entertaining
  • New improved 2nd generation battery opens up to 80 wine bottles on a single charge
  • Opens a bottle of wine in just seconds with push button ease
  • Ultra-light cordless design features an ergonomic rubberized soft grip that fits in the palm of your hand
  • Includes an elegant recharging base, a new aerating pourer and compact foil cutter

    *I received this for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Paradise Review...

    ...I am not a fan of coconut. Hate coconut snocones, pina coladas, shaved coconut (gag me!), yep, no coconut here. That is until I found Paradise. It's a coconut oil that you can use for cooking, smoothies, hair, skin...the options are endless! I've really been using it on my ashy skin and I can tell a total difference. Best part, no smell, no icky afterwards. You have to try it out!

    Paradise is a 100% natural coconut oil that can be used for hair, skin, eating, cooking and smoothies!

    Our coconuts are hand-picked by local farmers in Fiji! We put an incredible amount of care to ensure that EVERY single coconut we use remains in its natural state and is derived in its most nutritious form.

    --Pure and Unrefined
    --Cold Pressed
    --Gluten Free
    --Low Carb

    It has no gross tastes or smells and, no side effects.

    *USDA Certified Organic*

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

    Chocolate Fix® Brain Fitness Review...

    ...Back in the day, you know, before I had AR, I used to love playing Sudoku but these days I just haven't had the time. Luckily, I found Chocolate Fix® Brain Fitness which mixes Sudoku and mmm...chocolate together! I love that it continues to challenge me and I don't get bored easily much like other board games. If you like chocolate and Sudoku then you'll love this game.

    Chocolate Fix® Brain Fitness (Ages 8 to adult, single player, MSRP: $19.99)
    Sudoku-Style Logic Game

     ThinkFun® Brain Fitness games help keep your mind young and sharp – all through play. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, Chocolate Fix is an addictively fun way to test out your logical deduction skills.

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.