Monday, April 30, 2012


So I did it. I finished the Get in Gear 5K in less than 60 minutes. My finish time was 51:01. Whoo. It was cold, rainy, and I never want to do it again.

5 down 25 to go

Crowd shot

Crossing the finish line

Race finishers

Sunday, April 29, 2012


I forgot to take any pictures during the process but I made a cake from scratch last week for my mom's birthday. I found this orange chocolate chunk cake recipe from Annie's Eats and it was great. I was really proud of how it turned out.

Here's the cake with the birthday girl :)

I made a few changes to the recipe. I used semisweet chocolate chips for the chocolate, didn't add the glaze, and made a different chocolate topping. Oh, and I made it all in one big bundt pan instead of minis.

Happy birthday mom!

4 down 26 to go

Friday, April 27, 2012

I'm on the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge...

My big 5K race is tomorrow.

Here's my playlist.

Tik tok -- Ke$ha
Domino -- Jessie J
Drive By -- Train
Edge of Glory -- Lady Gaga
Fallen Angels -- Black Veil Brides
We are Young -- Fun
Hot N Cold -- Katy Perry
Kids in America -- The Muffs
DJ's Got Us Falling in Love Tonight -- Usher
Medicate -- AFI
Oxford Comma -- Vampire Weekend
Someday -- Nickelback
A Thousand Years -- Christina Perri
Young -- Hollywood Undead
Eye of the Tiger -- Survivor
Alright -- Supergrass
Gonna Fly Now -- Rocky II
So Far Away -- Avenged Sevenfold

Wish me luck! My goal is under 60 minutes! I hate running :)

**UPDATE after the race. I finished with 4.5 songs left on my playlist... didn't make it to the Rocky songs, I was kind of bummed but I'm glad I didn't have to run any longer.**

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day in the life

Tuesday April 24, 2012

just a typical day...

5:31 a.m.

Getting ready... Can't get the hang of these self portraits!

Ahh Coffee

Wake up monster!

Breakfast for monster

Driving face?
Driving to work
Parking ramp
Mayo building 

Bad picture
Typing away

Snack time

To do list for tomorrow
Vote for Monster!

Pretty productive day

Dessert :)
Twins game

Making supper

Rescue me

Good Night!

Check out the other days in the life over at Navigating the Mothership

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Anywhere a cat can go...

Since getting our cat, Sebastian (or Sebass for short), in January 2010; we have found him in some pretty interesting places...

This one is just too cute :)
In the crockpot
In the cereal cupboard

 In the beer case
In the stack of moving boxes

 On top of stack of moving boxes

inbetween the banister posts (left)
 In a box (below)
In the bathtub
 Sleeping on the chair

Amidst all the tools (above)
 In the flooring box (left)

 Random on the table in the kitchen (above)

(right) Sitting on package for my BiL
 In the basinet before monster was born.
What wierd places have you found your furry friends?

Thursday, April 19, 2012


As of Saturday, April 14, 2012... I have met my goal for #4 on the 30b430 list. I have lost 10 pounds!!! YAY. Now lets see how many times I can meet this goal. :)

 this was actually taken on easter, so a week before i met my goal but its a good picture.

3 down, 27 to go

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

#12 preview

My mom's birthday is next Friday and I've decided to make her a cake. Since I've never made a cake from scratch, only from a box, I am going to do just that. And, I'll knock out my #12 on 30b430 also.

My mom always asks for an orange cake with chocolate frosting but since I could never find a box mix of orange cake I will have to do it from scratch. I'm going to try this recipe from Annie's Eats. Her food always seems amazing but I've never made any of her recipes because she does all her baking from scratch and I'm intimidated... but no time like the present and my  mom needs a birthday cake!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Monster is 6 months old

Dear Monster,

It's hard to believe that you are 6 months old today. It feels like just last week we were in the hospital waiting and waiting for you to arrive. Just as in life, you were stubborn before you were born too! Finally at 10:27 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2011, you came into this world. You were such a cute, very alert baby with a full head of hair!! :) You still have all that hair and it gets longer every day. The back doesn't stick up as much as it did and we are learning how to style it. You get many compliments on how beautiful you are. And, you are just a very good looking kid. I would think so, coming from me and your daddy. :)

Big things that have happened in the last six months are many. You like to talk a lot but no real words just yet. I think it will happen soon. You got glasses in the beginning of April, the doctor says you probably won't have to wear them much more than a couple of months. They seem to help you focus on your world more and we think your vision will really take off from now on. You keep them on pretty well so far but when you get tired, you try to take them off so you can rub your eyes. It's pretty cute. You are just beginning to eat solid foods. You've had rice cereal, sweet potatoes, bananas, and peas. You don't seem to like any of them. I think you just need some more time and you'll figure it out sooner or later. We'll keep trying though. You have 4 or 5 bottles every day with 5-6 ounces. You take 2 or 3 naps during the day, usually longer in the late afternoon and short ones in the morning or at grandma's house. You got to bed at 7 p.m. every night and even though you might wake up a few times during the night, you are pretty content to just play in your crib until you fall back asleep. Very rarely do I need to come in and check on you, so thank you for letting me get a good night's sleep. You can roll over from back to front and front to back and you grab your feet many, many times a day. You are very strong. Whenever you are laying on your back you always have your feet off the ground and your head up as well. We call it you doing pilates. You are a pretty happy girl, really only crying when you are tired or super hungry. Sometimes you'll cry if daddy plays with you wrong. ;) At least you know what you like! You like to stand, jump, and look around. You laugh and smile a lot and sing along when music is playing or i sing to you. You love to be held by us and we love to hold you. Cuddling with you is one of my favorite things to do!

You are a pretty small girl, mostly in the bottom of the growth chart. 22 inches tall, 13 pounds. But that's okay. You'll just be a little cutie like mom. ;)  **Update 04/23/2012... You are 25.5 inches tall and 13.5 pounds according to 6-month checkup.**

You are wearing size 2 diapers and probably will be for awhile longer. You wear various sizes in your clothes, anywhere from newborn size leggings to 3-6 month onesies, and 6 month dresses. Most of the 6 month clothes are still too big for you but the 3 month are just a little too small. You hate to keep your socks on so grandma always has to keep putting them back on you. You go to grandma pat and grandpa tom's for daycare most days of the week while mom and dad are working. They love to have you around and you seem to like it there too.

One not so good thing that has happened is with your head size. At your 2-month checkup, the doctor noticed that your head was much smaller than it should be. It turns out that your anterior fontanel and metopic suture (the spots in your skull that allow for growth) had closed early. We were pretty worried that you may have to have surgery to open these back up but it turns out to be a wait and see kind of thing. So we're waiting and seeing if your head will grow and your development will continue to be normal. If not, I don't know what is going to happen but you seem to be doing really well to me!! :) I think you're just going to "have a small hat size" as the doctor would say.

adjusting to being a parent has not been easy and the first 2 months really sucked but I like it now and I wouldn't change it or you for anything. I love you baby, monster. :)

always and forever,

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Remember when I was talking about what a disaster my coats and shoes were? And how they made my whole house a huge mess? Well, I think I've finally taken care of the front door problem.

Started with this hung up mass of coats...

I had just found this new blog, iheartorganizing. Jen over there had been posting about her dressing room where she was using armoires as closets for herself and her husband.
So we got this armoire in order to hide the coats and to take the place of the closet we did not have.

Good idea in theory... not as much in execution.


We had this mess just behind the doors and every time I opened it something would fall out or bulge out and keep the door from closing all the way. I tried to corral some of the littler things (monster's coat and my gloves, etc) in the baskets on top but I couldn't figure out what to do with the pile at the bottom. Until today! I was at Target and found these perfect baskets. They even stack on top of each other, in case we ever want to get more. Such a pretty color, really perks up and gives this space some character. Love it!

There you have it, a solution to my coat/shoe dilemma in my living room. I have an idea for the kitchen but it involves another trip to Ikea because they didn't have what I wanted the last time I was there. Can't wait to go and get this house in shape!

2 down, 28 to go