Monday, May 30, 2011

sidewalk chalk and bubbles

it was so nice this weekend! actually kind of hot, but that's ok. better than cold and/or rainy.

we took advantage of the nice weather and had a little outdoor fun.

the only issue with going outside...cicadas.

if you don't know what they are, you are NOT missing out. and i'm pretty sure anyone and everyone that has had to deal with them will agree. there are so many and they are so loud. and ugly. SO ugly.

luckily, we weren't attacked by any while we played with our chalk and bubbles.

doing the bubbles has been a work in progress. addison usually tries to put the bubble blower thing on her mouth, which can't taste very good. but she's been learning, and probably not enjoying that taste, and she started blowing bubbles like a big girl!

i love my timing sometimes...

i'm so glad addison loves playing outside! it's so nice sometimes to just relax and let her do her thing.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

a new first...

my mom has a jeep.

she loves it.

it was actually my first car.

she bought it when i was 15 because i wanted a jeep.

and i drove it once i turned 16.

for about 2 months.

i don't know why exactly i stopped driving it, but my mom and i switched cars for some reason and i just continued to drive my mom's car.

i always had this theory that the jeep was out to kill me. the tire fell off once when i was driving, which was definitely an interesting and scary experience. and i had at least 1 flat tire while driving it for the short 2 months (there may have been another flat tire, but i can't remember).

so, my mom now drives the jeep.

she got another car after i had addison because she wanted something that she could drive addison around in.

but, addison is 2 and a half now. and she's big enough to ride in the jeep.

which, of course, i was kind of hesitant about.

yesterday, i put a carseat in it and we went for a drive.

and, duh, i took pictures.

addison loved it SO much.

she threw a huge fit when the ride was over. that made my mom extra happy.

i guess there will be lots more jeep rides in the future...

Friday, May 27, 2011

is that minnie mouse??

addison got this adorable minnie mouse dress for her birthday. it was a little big then, but it fits her perfectly now.

she wasn't really into the whole smiling for the camera thing. so that's the best i could do.

and since mommy was taking pictures, addison wanted to take pictures too...

this was also the first day addison wore big girl undies. she had one accident, which was right after these pictures were taken. but that was the only accident we've had, and that was 2 days ago! so today will be her 3rd day, and hopefully she'll continue to do great! she isn't sleeping in undies just because i'm not sure if she's ready for that. but during the day she's been wonderful!

Thursday, May 26, 2011


being a member at the zoo rocks.

addison and i get in free, and we can bring a guest. fo free.

now that they're charging for parking, it's even better! we don't have to pay to park and neither does our guest.

so last week, we headed out to the zoo. and my friend jenna met us there.

let me just say, addison loves jenna. she'll ask about jenna at least once a day. and when we're with jenna, addison wants nothing to do with me.

so addison had a blast showing jenna around the zoo. it was packed though. there were a couple of schools that were there on a field trip, and then just lots more people. and it was hot.

but we made it through! i didn't take many pictures though.

jenna took these while we were walking to see the elephants and giraffes. addison was being really silly.

when we got to the elephants, they were so close!!

and as you can see, addison does love jenna. she demanded jenna carry her/hold her hand most of the day. when we left, we went to get sonic and addison wanted to sit in jenna's lap and eat.

i'm glad addison loves all of my friends and they love her too!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

wee bit wednesdays

it's wednesday again! and you know what that means...

{one} what’s the worst date you’ve ever been on?
i've never been on any horrible dates, luckily.

{two} if you could be any other person for one day, who would it be?
hmmm. this is a hard one. maybe someone famous, just to know what it's like!

{three} what is your favorite kind of cheese?
i really love cheese. i eat SO much. i think mozzarella and feta are my favorites.

{four} do you remember your 1st grade teacher?
of course! her name was mrs. jones. i don't remember much about the class though.

{five} who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
i'd have to say my mom. i can call and rant with her :)

{six} were you ever in a school talent show?
nope. i don't know what i would have done in a talent show. and i probably would have been really nervous.

{seven} who is your favorite fictional character?
i really can't think of one off the top of my head.

{eight} can you open your eyes underwater?
i can, but i don't like to. i used to all the time when i was younger, but it hurts now. i do it sometimes, but not often.

{nine} do you look at the keyboard when you type?
nope. the only time i look is when i put my fingers on the keys, if that.

{ten} when was the last time you took a nap?
yesterday, actually. i seriously never nap. i always want to, but i have so much i feel like i need to get done that i never end up taking one. and i usually wake up in a bad mood because i want to sleep more. ha! but i was really tired yesterday, so i took a little nap.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

i survived. and didn't pass out.

i don't remember if i blogged about giving blood before. if i did, sorry for the repeat story.

i don't even know the last time i gave blood. it was within the last year, but that's all i remember about the when.

my dad gives blood pretty much as often as he can. i used to go with him when i was younger. of course i wouldn't give blood, but i'd just sit and watch and talk to him.

once i got old enough, and got up the courage {i really hate needles. and just the thought of giving blood makes me queasy}, i would go to actually give. but the first couple times i went, my iron level was too low to give.

i'd be lying if i said i wasn't relieved that i couldn't give. but, alas, i went a couple times later and my iron level was high enough.

and i gave blood. and i survived.

if you know my dad, you know that he's goofy and likes to pick on me. i guess that comes with being an only child {which i'm not anymore, but i still get picked on.} i've learned his ways, and i pick on him just as much as he does me now. so when we give blood together, he always makes funny faces like it's hurting him or something. which makes me laugh, but i'm still a little uneasy about it.

the last time i went, i wouldn't say it went that great.

i wasn't very smart about it and hadn't had much of a dinner the night before. i had lunch right before we went, but that didn't really help.

i got really light headed and they had to put my legs up in the air. haha. i just wanted them to take the needle out and be done, but no. they kept going. i got through it but i laid there for a while after. i seriously felt like i was going to pass out. which has never happened to me before, but i was sure that was the day. when i finally got up, i wasn't feeling great but i didn't pass out. i ended up just lounging around at home the rest of the day.

today my dad and i went to give blood, and it wasn't as eventful as last time {which i consider to be a good thing}.

we got breakfast before we went, which definitely helped.

i was done by the time it was my dad's turn, so that was good. i did felt great during the whole thing, but right at the end when they were finishing up i started to get light headed. i asked to lay down, and i felt much better. i sat up again after a few minutes. and then i got really light headed and laid down a second time. i just waited until my dad was done, and i felt fine.

now i know that i'll probably get light headed no matter what, but that's ok. i survived. and i know i'm doing something good. even though i will always be nervous every time i go, i still want to continue to go. you never know when something may happen and you or someone you know will need blood.

oh, and i get to wear this cool thing on my arm. and make weird looking faces while taking pictures. awesome. the bandage even matches my chicago bulls shirt. score!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

forced friends

sometimes, when friends have kids, those kids become friends. it may be a little forced, but hey, who doesn't want their friends kids to be friends? {get that?}

addison has a new friend, whether she likes it or not. but don't worry, she likes it. she's actually getting really interested in him. she likes "baby g". i'm excited about her teaching him stuff. good and bad, of course. you're welcome mary.

oh, and i hate having to use flash. but there was no light. and i had to capture the moment.

and she climbed in his carseat. just like she does every time mary brings him over.

new friends are always so exciting!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

wee bit wednesdays

{one} do you watch the history channel? if so, what’s your favorite program?
not much. the only show i watch on there is pawn stars.

{two} what is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
rain makes me really tired, so i usually just lounge around. maybe watch a movie.

{three} what does your dream house look like?
i don't really know! i see lots of houses i like, but i don't know exactly what my dream house looks like,

{four} what state were you born in?

{five} do you have a change jar? if so, what do you use it for when it gets full?
nope. i used to throw my change in a little container, but i stopped for some reason. i would probably just buy myself something. it'd most likely be pennies, so it wouldn't amount to much.

{six} what’s the first website you look at when you get on the computer?
blogger or facebook.

{seven} what is your favorite breakfast?
well, i'm not really a breakfast person. i like cereal for a quick breakfast. if i'm going out for breakfast, i love waffle house. some people think it's nasty, but i think it's delicious.

{eight} what’s the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken?
hmm. i'm not sure what my most memorable trip is. i went to london when i was younger and that was pretty awesome.

{nine} do you prefer your coffee black or with cream/milk/sugar?
i don't really ever drink coffee, but when i do i load it with creamer.

{ten} have you ever done a professional photo shoot?
i did the glamor shots when i was younger, but that's it.

Monday, May 16, 2011

b's {blog} boutique

now that the semester is over, i can start designing blogs again! so, my waitlist at b's {blog} boutique is now open for the summer.

if you'd like to get on the waitlist, just email me at

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

wee bit wednesdays

i'm finally done with school! yay! well, at least for now. summer classes start in june, and i'm taking the GMAT. so i have to study for that until class starts. but i'm just glad to be done for a little while!! and i spent part of my first day free at the pool. i need to get rid of the ghost look i've got going on.

now on to wee bit wednesdays!

{one} what profession have you always admired?
teachers. i've always wanted to be a math teacher, but i don't think i have the patience.

{two} what would the title of your memoir/biography be if it was written today?
ha i have no clue. i'm no good at coming up with creative names for things.

{three} how far do you commute to work?
well, i don't work. but my commute for school is about 30 minutes each way. not sure how far exactly.

{four} are your earlobes attached or detached?

{five} do you eat the unpopped kernels of popcorn at the bottom of the bag?
nope. especially not with braces!

{six} what is the strangest gift you’ve ever received?
well my dad got me a toothbrush for christmas one year. i couldn't come up with anything for him to get me, so i figured he'd just give me money. i was wrong. but it's a nice electric toothbrush and i use it now. so thanks dad!

{seven} what is one tv show that you wish hadn’t been cancelled?
hmmm. i don't really know. it'd be pretty awesome if saved by the bell was still on!!

{eight} what is something that you are saving money for right now?
nothing right now.

{nine} what hobby would you like to take up?
knitting. i learned how to, and enjoyed it. i need to start again.

{ten} how many times a year do you get really dressed up?
probably none. at least not really dressed up. i try to not look homeless when i leave the house, but it happens sometimes :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


it's here.


actually, it was here almost 2 weeks ago.

i got it the day it came out.

but, i didn't start using it until last monday. it was hard to hold back, but i had so much to do for school that i knew i didn't need an additional distraction.

it's beautiful.

i'm in love.


so worth the wait.

i even got the pink bumper for it. there's no way i was going to cover up any of that white!!