Wednesday, January 28, 2015

She Said 'Yes To The Dress!'

Wow!  What a busy/relaxing/fun weekend we had.  Friday night we went to dinner with my parents and in-laws to the always busy Mexican restaurant in town.  Grady did pretty well at the restaurant.  He tried salsa and chips (I was nervous about chips) and ate like a champ!  We headed home to put him to bed and just lounged around for the rest of the night.  Saturday morning, my mom and I met Shelby, her mom, and sisters in Newton at Sweet Bridal.  We pulled lots of dresses and she tired quite a few one.  I picked out quite a few for her that I liked and it just so happens the one I loved she did as well and she said 'YES TO THE DRESS'.  We all shed a few tears but she looked great!  Mom and I headed home shortly after and I did some laundry and worked on Grady's 1st year Shutterfly album.  Side note: so I read an article recently about how now people tend to not make photo albums because everything is so digital.  This article also stated that yeah, it is great that we are in this digital age but people need to remember to back up their computers and photos because at any point it could crash and you could lose all your photos (especially if you don't make albums).  I had a scare the week of Grady's birthday and my computer completely crashed.  I hadn't backed up correctly as my external drive wasn't set up correctly so I had a 50-50 shot of getting everything back.  As the Apple guy is telling me this I am in tears because I have all of Grady's photos and videos on my computer.  But,I came out on the good side of the 50-50 and they were able to restore my computer!!  And now I back up ALL THE TIME!!  So now that I read that article I decided that I want to still make photo albums as I love looking at them.  I have tons of scrapbook stuff but I don't have the time to do it and Shutterfly is nice in the fact that you can make a photo album with TONS of photos and still have it look like a scrapbook.  So I'm almost done with his 1 year book.  Once that is complete I'm going to start on his year 2 book.  I would also like to do this with Jesse and I and make a dating album, engaged album, and maybe the first 5 years album.  

Saturday night we ran to Wal-Mart and went to my parents house to have dinner and celebrate my dad's birthday.   Grady got a new bat and tee that he loves and played with that for about an hour. We ordered Pizza Hut and Grady ate 3 whole pieces of pizza.  We were all in shock!  After dinner of course he had to take a 'baff' (bath).  He has an obsession with 'baffs' and thinks that every time you take of his shirt it is bath time.  He has really been using he 'peas' (please) and 'shank yous' (thank yous).  He also likes to say 'cuse you' (excuse you) and 'mooove' (move) if you are sitting in a spot where he wants to sit!  
Grady 'shaving'
rubbing sating tags with Bampa
Grady wrecked the fort!
Sunday we woke up and Grady was running a low grade fever.  I gave him some Tylenol and he played the rest of the morning.  He went down for a nap and I dropped him off at my parents while Jesse and I ran to the store.  When we got home I checked his temp and he was at 101 so I gave him so more Tylenol and he decided that he wanted to snuggle.  So he snuggled with me for about an hour and I check his temp again and it was up to 102.5.  I decided to call the on-call Dr. at Blank to see what else I could give him.  He was drinking but was not hungry at all.  The Dr. suggested we give him some Motrin and take him to the Dr. in the morning.  He slept really well that night and the next morning he stayed home with Jesse because he was still running a 101 temp.  I took him to the Dr. and found out that he has ear infection.  He had tubes put in last February and hasn't had an ear infection since right before the surgery.  The Dr. said he had a lot of fluid and actually took the tube out because he was just sitting there.  So time will tell to see if we need to get another set of tubes.  He has been SUPER CRANKY the last few days so I hope his medicine helps QUICKLY!
Hope you all have a great week!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Weightloss Update

I haven't updated on my weight loss for a while so I thought I would give a quick update.  As of yesterday I'm down a full 6 pounds in 3 weeks (which is the healthy 2 pounds a week).  I'm glad that I have made progress but I have a short amount of time to get the weight off.  The bad thing is that I haven't been working out like I should.  The first week I worked out twice and the second (arthritis flare-up) and third week I didn't work out at all.  This is the part that I find most difficult.  I don't want to work out right after work because that is my time to spend with Grady.  By the time Grady is down for bed I'm ready to relax.  It's hard enough for me to get out of bed to get to work in the morning let alone work out.  I really need to find a time to work out and I think that I'm going to try going during my lunch.  I could go work out and then eat my lunch at my desk that way my work out is out of the way and I'll have my nights free to relax and work on things around the house.

I've been losing the weight so far by just counting calories.  I use my fitbit to keep track of exercise and steps and I also use myfitnesspal app and I love it.  It syncs with my fitbit app and it keeps track of my calories.  I'm doing really well with my eating and making healthy choices.  I've noticed already that when I make healthy choices so does Grady because he usually wants to eat what I'm eating.  For breakfast in the morning I have been having a protein shake, lunch usually varies between a salad, tuna, or an egg salad sandwich.  I also do better when I plan ahead.  This week for dinner we had fish on Monday and Wednesday, sirloin steaks on Tuesday, and last night we got salads from Subway.  I'm thankful that my husband is on the same page as me and is eating healthy as well.  It makes dinners easier and helps me keep on track.  So this weekend and next week I'm setting a goal for myself to workout at least 5 days.  I know once I start going then it will become routine, it's just about getting started.
Grady Update:  Grady has been doing really great.  He is a jabber box and likes to 'sing' and run around the house and be crazy.  Shelby (my soon to be sis-in-law) has been trying to get Grady to say 'auntie' or 'shelby' for months and Grady just wouldn't do it.  Last night I finally got him to say it and it came out at 'belby'.  It was too cute!  Grady still loves his bampa and guncle and likes to tease his grandma by giving kisses to everyone and when she asks for one he says 'no'.  He knows that it bothers her so he does it anyway...such a little stinker!  Grady currently LOVES to share my protein shakes in the morning and he also really loves yogurt.  If you let him get in the fridge he picks out yogurt every time and usually eats the whole thing!  He was cranky a few weeks back and come to find out he had two more teeth pop through!  Grady hates getting his mouth or nose wiped and when I ask if I can wipe either he runs, says 'No' and then covers his face when his hands, it's too funny!  He thinks anytime you take off his clothes that it is 'baff' (bath) time and he doesn't like when his daddy gets him dressed.  The other night we were all sitting on the couch and Grady cuddled under a blanket with me before bed, it was heaven!  He can be so sweet and loving and the next minute he is being ornery but I wouldn't change it for the world.  I'm so lucky to have him as my son and I'm so thankful that I get to be his momma!  
Well we are headed to Newton in the morning to look at more wedding dresses for Shelby then I'm sure the rest of the weekend will be spent on the basement.  Dustin came over the other night and sprayed half of the basement ceiling black so we just have to finish the other half then we are ready to start putting up the studs.  I'm excited and can't wait for it to be done!  It's going to look great!  I'm thankful that I have a handy brother and dad that can help us and are willing to help us.  So thanks brother and father!!!  I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

My Dad

Today is my dad's 57th if you see him tell him Happy Birthday!  I've always thought that my dad and I had a special relationship (I'm sure most girls can say this about their dad's) but my dad and I spent so much time together when I was growing up.  For those of you that don't know, I started pitching when I was 9 years old.  I made the All-Star team when I was 9 playing outfield and first base and didn't like not having control of the game.  Once fall hit and the season was over I told my parents that I wanted to pitch.  My dad basically said that it fine but we aren't doing this half-assed, you have to put the work in and want to do it.  So he signed me up for pitching lessons and we would go every week.  I was the youngest there and was horrible.  By horrible I mean the pitching coach put my dad and I off to the side to work on basic stuff while the other girls were pitching away.  I was very discouraged at this but my dad had a great attitude and told me if I worked at it then I would get better.  That entire winter I worked hard (by pitching at least 4-5 times a weeks) and gained speed and accuracy and by the time spring rolled around I was ready.  My dad and I would go to clinics but he would also read and talk to other coaches about different techniques and drills that could help me out.  If I had a bad night my dad would be up most of the night trying to figure out what I did wrong.  Some mornings he would call me (when he was at work) to tell him he figured out what I was doing wrong and how I could fix it.  So needless to say my dad taught me to pitch. He lived and breathed the sport and spent as much time (if not more time) learning the game and what could make me better.  He invested a lot of time (taking off work early or going in early so that he could get home to catch me) and I appreciate that.

With me being a pitcher my dad and I spent a lot of time together as I only took about 2 months off a year pitching.  My dad and I are a lot a like.  We don't sugar coat things, say what we mean and mean what we say, we are both very passionate, competitive, and we always think that we are right.  Having two people that are so much a like we butted heads A LOT!  There were times when I would have to call my older brother because my dad got pissed at me and wouldn't catch me anymore or I would get pissed at him and walk to the house. There were nights where I'm sure our neighbors were wondering what the hell was going on in the backyard because my dad and I were screaming at each other or they were blinded by the lights on the batting cage.  There were times when my dad would be shaking his head when I was on the mound (biggest pet peeve EVER) or yelling at me for something and I would turn and give him an awful look.  There was a time when he pushed me to far and in the middle of the game I turned to him and said 'bite me'.  I could block out anything while pitching except my dad.  He knew how to get under my skin but just enough to piss me off and make me throw harder (I think that's why he did it).

While pitching my dad and I would just talk.  We would talk about nothing and everything and we always (most of the time) had a great time.  As I got older we would experiment with different pitches and think of ways to make a pitch better or put myself in scenarios and what I would do to get out of a tough position on the mound.  But looking back those are memories that I have forever and cherish them greatly.  My dad was my coach, my catcher, and mostly my friend. I hope that every girl has an amazing relationship with their dad like I do and I hope that one day, if I'm so lucky to have a girl, she has a great relationship with her dad.
So dad I hope you have a great day and I appreciate the relationship that we have and all that you do for us.  I love you!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Date Night & Basement Update

Not too much happened towards the end of last week.  Grady just wasn't himself most of the week and didn't nap very well.  Come to find out, he had two more teeth pop through and this weekend he was a completely different kid.  He was happy, silly, and full of energy!  Jesse and I had a date night Friday and went to see American Sniper at Flix Brewhouse.  The movie was AMAZING!  It was so good and you got to see a completely different side of the war and how it really affects the men and women that are fighting for us.  It put things in perspective and made me appreciate our soldiers more and what they do for us.  Flix Brewhouse was a lot of fun as well.  I had never heard of it and Jesse had just found out about it so we decided to try it.  I think we will definitely do it again.  It was fun to sit there and eat your dinner and watch a movie and even drink a beer.  It was a fun experience I just wish it was closer!  While we were at the movie Grady stayed home with my parents.  He played and wrestled and was goofy as ever.
Saturday morning he was up at 6:00 am but I didn't get him out of bed until 7:00 am.  Grady, my dad and mom, and I headed to Menards around 8:00 am to get some stuff so that we could start on the basement.  The first thing that had to be done was to put as much stuff in the crawlspace as we could (it's almost full, we (I) have a lot of shit).  My older brother came over to help move the washer and dryer and to hook up new water lines.  It was nice to get that moved so now we can see the space we are working with and get a better idea of how we want it to look.  We have tons of ideas and I have been pinning like crazy.  We agree on the layout but some last minute things of the design have come up so we are still trying to get through those as well.  We want the basement to be a comfortable place where we can have family/friends over to hangout and we want it to be kid friendly.  Below are some pictures of what we want to do.  Out basement (the finished part) is going to be L-shaped.  Right when you walk downstairs you are going to step into the 'family room' where we will have all of our seating and TV.  The back side of the family room will be storage (stuff we need to get to easily), the laundry room, and bathroom.  We are on a very tight budget so everything will be done by us and my dad/brother (we pay them in food and beer)!  We aren't 100% sure what we want to do with the flooring and ceiling.  Ee aren't going to do a drop ceiling yet so we are going to paint it black and then we are going to 'paint' the concrete until we decide on a permanent flooring solution.  We are also insulating the walls and we will lay a large run so it doesn't feel cold. The wall with be a light gray and the wainscoting will be white.
I love the look of built-ins
we will be doing something like this on the stairs
painting the open ceiling blakc
faux wainscoting
laundry room
Sunday was a pretty low key day. I spent all morning playing with Grady and then my mom and I headed to Buckeye to pick up some blankets I had made for Grady and then met Shelby, her mom and sister's at Pure Bridal in Ames.  She tried on some dresses and found one that we all loved (she is going to Newton next weekend to look at more).  Grady's blanket turned out great and he loves it already.  I had a lady make Grady's 1 year blanket with my favorite clothes that he had throughout his first year.  We watched the Packer's lose (Booooo!) and just relaxed the rest of the night.
watching the Cyclones
Jesse had today off so him and my dad went to Menards again to get the 2x4's for the studs and some other items that we will need in the next few weeks (it's the 11% off sale so we wanted to take advantage).  Next on the list is to move the large shelves we have in the laundry room so that we can stud it in and so that I can paint the floor!  Lots of work ahead but it will all be worth it in the end!  I will keep you updated and take pictures of the basement!  Hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Guncle Dustin's Birthday Dinner

So last Thursday was my older brother, Dustin's, birthday.  We all called/texted to tell him Happy Birthday but didn't say much more than that.  We had all been talking and Shelby wanted to do a surprise dinner.  So we even let Scooter in on the secret (for those of you that know Scooter...he can't keep a secret) and didn't say anything more to Dustin about his birthday.  So Friday came and went and then is was Saturday.  We had a guy come over to cut down the wall in our crawl space to make it easier to get in and out of and so we could store bigger stuff.  Dustin ended up coming over and helping (we had to put a door on afterwards).  It was about 3:00 pm and I was texting back and forth with Shelby of the plan for the night and I needed her help because Dustin was still in town and we were going to dinner at 4:30 pm.  So she finally got him out of there so we could get ready and head to Uncle Buck's (Bass Pro's Restaurant).  We arrived around 4:30 and waited until about 5:00 when they finally got there.  Dustin was very surprised to see us all there waiting for him!!  He won't admit it but he thought we were the biggest a-holes because he didn't think we were going to do anything for him for his birthday!  We got you big brother!!  We had a great night and Grady did an awesome job.  After dinner we walked around a bit and soon realized that Grady leaked completely through his diaper so we had to buy a new pair of pajamas at Bass Pro. Grady had a great time running around Bass Pro in his new PJ's and playing with some 4-wheelers.  Sunday was a lazy day for us as I had an arthritis flare up in my ankle and could barely walk.  Jesse watched the playoff games and Grady played and napped.  It was a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

18 Months Old - Grady Update

Grady turned 18 months old yesterday and I'm still in shock that I have a 1.5 year old.  Seriously...why does time have to go so fast?  Grady is 'talking' a lot now.  I use the word 'talking' loosely because sometimes he is babbling and I have no idea what the hell he is saying.  People look at me to translate but I honestly have NO IDEA!  He LOVES to take a bath.  When we go to my parents he usually heads right upstairs because he wants a 'baff' (bath) or sometimes when I pick him up from daycare he doesn't want to go because he wants to take a 'baff' there too.  A few weeks ago he had a blowout at daycare so he had to have a bath so now he thinks he needs one everyday.  He loves to splash in the bath, lay down on his belly and put him face under water, and loves to play with the bath cup by filling the cup up and then pouring it out.
Since we have been eating healthy I've been having a protein shake in the morning and I use our blender or ninja to mix it together.  So everyday (multiples times a day) Grady runs over to where the mixer is and say 'pish' (push) or 'mom, I pish'.  He loves to push the button that starts up the mixer and it's hard for him to understand that we only do that in the morning!  Grady has been doing really well with saying 'peas' (please) when he wants something and he new things is 'cuse you' (excuse you) for when he wants through or if you are in the way.  It is so adorable!  He is starting to copy a lot of what we say so we have been watching our language around him.  He still loves the 'bacuum' (vacuum) and tries to get it out of the closet at least twice a day.  We got him his own Dyson kids vacuum after Christmas and he loves it.  He will push it around the house and pretend he is bacuuming!  He continues to tell us 'no' all the time and he is very direct when he says it! He means it! He likes to watch the beginning of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse when they sing so he can dance.  He hates getting his diaper changed and getting dressed so mornings are always a real treat!  He gives hugs and kisses (when he wants to) and when he does it, it melts my heart. 
kisses for mommy!
He had the flu about 2 weeks ago and so he wasn't drinking milk at all (it upset his stomach) so he was drinking apple juice (diluted with water) and he loved it!  The last 3 or 4 nights he hasn't taken a night time bottle so last night I didn't even offer it (hopefully we are done with bottles).  He is eating great these days and loves these 90 calorie FiberOne brownie bars.  I get them for myself when I want a quick snack or if I'm out running errands I throw one in my purse.  Well, Grady had to have a bite of mine one day and now loves them!  He loves mandarin oranges, strawberries, corn, green beans, cheese, pasta, and chicken nuggets.  Some nights are harder than others to find what Grady wants to eat but for the most part he has been doing a great job eating. 
His Monster's Inc room is also will follow soon!  He new room is so much warmer and he has been sleeping great!  He doesn't need rocked to sleep anymore so Jesse carries him up the stairs and I hug and love on him for about 2 minutes then lay him down, cover him up, and turn on his sound machine/projector and his Cloud B Turtle.  Grady loves his turtle as it lights up his whole room with stars!  I love that he is sleeping so well as night because he isn't taking very good naps at daycare!  He gets so busy that he doesn't want to stop playing and take a nap! 
Those of you that know me well, know that I love taking pictures and having pictures taken!  I have quite a few pictures throughout the house and Grady had been noticing them lately. When he sees a picture of himself as a baby he goes 'babae' (baby) and we've been teaching him how to say his own name....he's getting the hang of it!  He knows what his uncles look like in pictures but whenever he looks at our wedding picture he is confused...LOL!  He throws fits and has been for a while but his new thing is if he is mad at you or doesn't want to do anything he runs to another room and 'hides' behind something! 

He is changing so quickly and learning so much.  I want him to stay little forever!  Happy 18 months to our crazy, silly, smart, goofy, sweet little boy.  You make us smile everyday and we thank god that we are your parents! We love you to the moon!!