Friday, October 28, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

It's that time again! It's MilSpouse Friday Fill-In over at Wife of a Sailor . Head on over, link up and learn more about your fellow Milspouses!

1. The best part of October was my little monster's 1st birthday!

2. The worst part of October was hearing the news we would be heading to Fort Drum.

3. For Halloween, we will be laying low and passing out candy. Aydan will be rocking his Halloween PJ's. :)

4. I hope that in November we are able to cherish family time and have a fabulous Thanksgiving before Bryan heads to AIT, again. (Reclass)

5. Wifey has posted MilSpouse Secret Santa. I think I will look into this!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Liebster Blog Award

A few days ago, I received the Liebster Blog Award from one of my favorite friends, Nicole. It was kind of sad just how much it made my day!

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Apparently this is supposed to be passed to 5 fellow up and coming bloggers, but just like Nicole, I'm breaking the chain. 

I am passing this on to a very sophisticated blogger that I casually followed before even becoming a blogger, myself. Her blog is simple with a dash of fun, humor and sarcasm. AKA right up my alley! Oh, and she's getting married next Fall, what's not to love about that?! So, please check out my sweet friend and future bride, Sam at 'Lavender & Honey.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Up All Night

Up All Night Pictures, Images and Photos

"Up All Night" is most definitely one of my favorite new shows. I was late to jump on the bandwagon, but I was hearing several friends rave about how funny it was. My friend, Sam, actually told me that it would probably even more appreciated by someone who had kids, so I finally jumped on!

Seriously, watch this show! Christina Applegate is of course witty and hilarious and I swear, these people were spying on me in my home when they wrote this script. Bryan and I have been watching it together and his first comment was "Oh my gosh, this is us!" He's so right, other than the mansion in Beverly Hills and the Beemer convertible, it is us and I have a feeling it's a lot of other new parents. Do yourself a favor and hit up Hulu right now!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Seriously?! Grrr!

Okay, so for the last week since Aydan's birthday, I've kind of been holding a grudge. To everyone who said they would come to Aydan's party and basically blew him off, you suck. A simple text saying you won't be able to make it, does wonders. Telling someone you will be there and then not showing up and then on top of it not acknowledging that you blew my child off is rude and classless. In fact, going on Facebook and talking about what a great day you had doing everything but attending my child's birthday party or telling me that your plans changed is tacky as hell.

It's also pretty tacky when members of your family don't even acknowledge his special day. Yeah, you suck, too.

As feisty as this post is, I feel a million times better now. :)

P.S. At the end of the day, I truly am just grateful for those who did take the time to come to Aydan's party and all the text messages and well wishes from those who couldn't make it. Aydan was surrounded by all the right people on his special day. ;)

One IS Fun!

A little late, but I must announce that my sweet little boy is now a sweet little one-year-old. His birthday was perfect and his party was a perfect reflection of just how loved he his.

Thursday night, Bryan and I sat in our living room blowing up 74 balloons and snuck them into Aydan's room, when he woke up on Friday (his actual birthday), his face lit up at the sight of 74 colorful balloons glistening in the morning light. It was more than worth all of the hot air and lightheadedness! He also throughly enjoyed romping around in the balloons pretty much all day long. I recommend this to any of my friends, less than $5 gets you one of the greatest birthday surprises and truly reminds you that it really is the little things that mean so much to our kids.
We spent the day just enjoying our little family, we went to dinner at Outback and Aydan was serenaded by the "Aussie" crew who served him a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and Oreo cookie crumbles, no spoon needed, though! Aydan ate that thing by the fistful until I'm pretty sure he experienced his first brain freeze. Bryan's family arrived Friday night and oh my, the craziness began right away!

Saturday morning was a whirlwind, who would have thought that a first birthday party could be so much work?! The park pavilion was decorated and the food was ready literally with seconds to spare, thanks to my mom and my amazing husband for their help, otherwise, I'm pretty sure the party would have been a flop. The best part of his birthday party, was without a doubt seeing just how loved my baby boy is, people took time out of their day to come to a first birthday party in honor of my amazing son and that means the world to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We have amazing friends.

Aydan is one now and I really didn't know what to expect of this milestone, of course I was sad in a way, he will never be a brand new, tiny newborn cradled perfectly in my arms again but it was a lot more than just losing a "baby." It was more about the amazing little boy we are gaining. In his short little year of life he has learned 10+ words including "Mama" and "Daddy" and he has learned to look into our eyes, grab our faces and smother us with the sweetest, big wet kisses I've ever known and I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world, not even a brand new, tiny newborn. He's a little person now, the most amazing little person I've ever known and as Bryan says, we really can't wait to "meet" the person he grows to be. He is an amazingly perfect, sweet, handsome, wild and crazy one-year-old and one IS fun!

I love you, sweet boy. More than the moon and the stars and brighter than the sun will ever shine, to pluto and back.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kudos to the working mom!

Whether you want to admit it or not, being a mother is hard work and it is a job in it's self. Since Aydan was born, I have worked two days a week and been so lucky that I make sufficent income in those two days which allows me to enjoy my time with Aydan and for us to hardly pay anything for childcare. Score!

I was recently asked to help out with our catering department for a week while someone was out of town, of course I said yes. What I did not realize, is that I said yes to working 55 hours the week before a very special first birthday. Oh my! Needless to say, I will survive and I have already gained a tremendous amount of respect for the working mother. Waking up, getting ready while a little one runs around wanting attention getting said little one ready to go to the babysitter's, dropping little one off, stopping to get your Starbucks drink of choice and a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin and finally you arrive at work only to prepare for the latter portion of your day. Leave work, pick up little one, get home, plan/prepare dinner, eat, pass out. OH. MY. GOSH. Oh, and somehow you are supposed to keep up with appointments and playdates in the midst of all of that?! I actually had to reschedule Aydan's physical therapy appointment, which was really upsetting for me, we never miss an appointment. Oh well.

I have so much respect for those "Super, Super Moms," you go, girls!

Aydan loves going to his babysitter, he usually only goes about 6 hours a week, since Bryan is able to watch him the other times but he just loves to play with the big kids, so this week is an extra treat for him.

I also managed to get his birthday presents bought and wrapped this past weekend. I really just need to plan a menu, which is actually proving to be somewhat difficult. I really just need finger foods that don't require reheating. Any good finger food recipes? So far, I've got PB&J Sushi (thank you Pinterest), Monster Fruit Salad, spinach and artichoke dip, chips and of course, cake! I am trying to make it adult friendly as well as kid friendly, we have quite a few of our very sweet adult friends coming, which really just warms my heart.