Coffee Talk

Coffee = love.

Coffee = love.

Just a random collection of thoughts I would probably share with you over a cup of coffee…

…this was my Nana’s mug and when I use it for coffee I feel like I’m having a cup of coffee with her (even though she was a tea drinker)

…I found a new coffee creamer I’m really loving. Silk Almond Milk creamer. Of all things. A year ago I would have scoffed at the idea of even trying almond milk, and now I can’t get enough of it.

…I can’t put Almond Milk in my cereal though. Whole milk all the way. Some habits are harder to break than others and this feels like one of those habits.

…I am loving my new job. I don’t talk much about what I do, because it’s not very interesting, but I enjoy it and I’m loving the hell out of this new company I’m with. I feel at home here. And it’s a nice feeling.

…I have a window in my office and I love it. I’ve never had a window before and I feel so important. It’s also nice to have a view of the outside world while I’m suck inside all day every day.

…life has been a little hard for me lately. I’ve struggled with some big life happenings and I’m having a hard time. I feel really knocked down and I’m struggling to get back up. I know I’ll get back up and I’ll dust myself off… but it’s proving harder than I thought to actually do that.

…I’m loving this summer. It hasn’t been too hot (though I could take a few less rainy days) and most days are absolutely gorgeous so we’re spending lots of time outside playing, going to the pool, taking walks, and going to the park. All great ways to spend my evening and time with my favorite girl is always a surefire way to make me happy.

…looking for a new place to live has proved to be harder than I imagined. There is a lot to consider and it feels overwhelming. I almost don’t even want to put in the energy to pick a new place to live even though that is something I really (really!) need to do.

…even though I really want to move I’m really sad about actually leaving my home. I love our home and we have so many wonderful memories there. It’s going to be extremely bittersweet.

…I am NOT looking forward to packing. I’ve been purging the heck out of my house and yet I still feel like we have so.much.stuff. I’ve been slowly packing little things here and there so I won’t be completely overwhelmed with packing all at once but still… not looking forward to it.

…I really want a piece of chocolate right now. (fit people can indulge in sweet cravings every once in a while!)

…I really need to get my hair cut and colored… but I’m not actually in the mood to sit through that.

…I’ve been working at my new job since the end of May… and I haven’t repeated an outfit once (seriously). I worked in a far more casual environment for the last several years (think jeans + t-shirts all day every day!) and it is actually nice to wear “nice clothes” to work even though I didn’t think it would be. I feel a little more adult lately.

…I recently drove by the Middle School I attended and noticed the sign out front said it was celebrating it’s 20th year. TWENTY. That’s bananas. And it makes me feel super old.

…I graduated college 10 years ago this year. Next year will be my 15th year out of high school. That also makes me feel old. That’s maddness. Because it feels like yesterday I was finally turning 16…18…21… and now? I’m creeping in to my mid-30s and that doesn’t seem as old as it used to (when I was like 16..18…21…).

…and now I’m done because that’s all I’ve got. Plus I need a cup of coffee. And a snack.

 

 

Hi there.

Hi there. Happy New Year and Happy Monday! Things have been a little quiet around here lately but I’ve been enjoying some time at home with my sweet family. We’ve also been a tad on the sick side at our house so we’ve spent plenty of time being the Kings and Queens of Lazy Town while enjoying some quality time with our couches and pajamas. We had a busy holiday season and definitely needed some time to recuperate. For the most part we’re all on the mend and life is back in full swing today so I’ll be back to cranking out those posts in no time. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoyed your holiday season and rang in this New Year in a safe and wonderful way.

I wish I could leave you with a small snapshot…but all my pictures still live on my camera so all you get is words today. Sorry! Check back later this week for some recaps of our holiday celebrations and my goals for the coming year.

Happy Monday folks! Make it a great one.

Monday Musings.

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you’re all ready for Christmas this week… or having a wonderful Hanukkah. Whatever applies, go with it. We’ve been having a pretty busy month so I just wanted to pop in with some random musings about what we’ve been up to lately on this lovely Monday morning.

Since we open our presents as a family on Christmas morning we don’t typically buy Hanukkah presents but this year I couldn’t resist this Hanukkah set and she really loves it. If you’re in the market for something like this I highly recommend the KidKraft Wooden Chanukah Set. It’s a sturdy, wooden toy and it comes with everything you see there plus a bag to store it all in. I haven’t decided if we’ll leave this out all year or not but my feeling right now is probably not so that when next Hanukkah comes around we actually have all the pieces to the toy but we’ll see.

Sydney's new Hanukkah toy

Sydney’s new Hanukkah toy

Friday night we had some family time with the in-laws. We celebrated “Family Hanukkah” and we all had a wonderful time. Sydney was more than spoiled by her wonderful Aunts and she loved all the attention (& gifts!) she got. She got the coolest symphony toy – there are 13 instruments that you add to the symphony and depending on which instruments you add your music will sound different. Sydney is loving that toy – she really loves music. She also got a play kitchen for Grammies house (since she has one at home) and she was so excited about that she played with that instead of really eating dinner (although, like a good little girl, she ate her Latkes). After Sydney was asleep we played Cards Against Humanity and it was riot! That game is seriously so funny and so much fun to play.

Friday night.

Friday night.

Sunday I woke up a little under the weather and wanted some good chicken soup for dinner so I threw this crockpot meal together that I had recently saved to Pinterest… and fail. It called for a whole onion – which I should have really known would have been too much onion. And then it called for chicken broth, which I thought I had, except I had chicken stock and that’s not the same thing at all… apparently. So it just didn’t turn out right and it was a huge disappointment especially after smelling it cooking all day. Because it smelled pretty good, but it tasted terribly.

Pinterest Fail.

Pinterest Fail.

At least I got to spend the day cuddling with this little girl. I think she’s feeling a tad under the weather as well because she did a lot of laying on the couch with me this weekend which is pretty unusual, but I’m not complaining because her snuggles make me feel so much better.

Me and my girl

Me and my girl

I hope you all had a good weekend! Happy Monday friends.

Not so Wordless Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is enjoying their weeks. I’m on to my second week at my new job and I’m loving it. I’m sure the days will come that aren’t so lovable, because every job has those days, but for now I feel incredibly valued and challenged. It feels oh so right and I’m so happy I was able to score such a great opportunity.

It does leave me with a little less to blog about because I’m getting home later so all I really want to be doing is playing (& cuddling!) with Sydney and enjoying family time.

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I was hoping to have a very fun post about this tree lighting we went to but it rained so we didn’t go because standing in the rain sounded like exactly zero fun. We did spend a little bit of time at MyGym celebrating our friends twin girl’s birthday!

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Sydney is definitely a shy girl and didn’t really participate in the group activities, but she seemed to enjoy playing none the less. I’m hoping she comes out of her shell more as she gets a little older and spends more time with other kids her age. We’ll see, there’s nothing wrong with being shy – I know I can be!

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And that’s basically what’s been going on around here. I know, super exciting. I hope you all have a super rest of the week! Until next time.

Thirty-two things.

I’m continuing my birthday week theme with thirty-two random things about me.

(some of these pictures only mildly go with these facts but I didn’t want to just go on-and-on-and-on without including some pictures because long blogs without pictures are boring!)

One. I’m a born and raised in Northern Virginia. I love this state because it has so much wonderful history, sites, scenery, and culture to offer that there’s always something to do if you’re looking for something to do.

Two. I never thought I would live my whole life in Virginia, but now I don’t think I would want to live anywhere else.

Three. I enjoy living in “way out here” but lately it’s just been hard living so far away from our family and we’re ready to get back. That’s what all the purging has been about… we’re gearing up to move.

Four. I have one brother and two sisters(in law).

Old friends turned sisters.

Old friends turned sisters.

Five. My husbands sister is married to one of my oldest friends. When they first got together I wasn’t quite excited about the arrangement, but I eventually got over that (& over being a bitch) and love having one of my best friends actually be my sister. It’s awesome.

Six. A few months ago my family discovered that my cousin had a child when he was much younger (the mom told him that it wasn’t his baby & never bothered him about the little boy). He found us this year and he’s 2 years younger than me and I’m kind of sad that we didn’t actually grow up together because he’s actually the closest (in age) cousin I have and I think that would have been really cool to have him growing up.

Seven. My oldest cousin on my dads side is 17 years older than I am & most of my cousins were teenagers when I was born. I’m closer in age to my 2nd cousins then I am to my 1st cousins on my dads side. I’m closer in age to the cousins on my mom’s side but my cousin Tracey is still 5 years older than me.

My baby & my oldest cousin.

My baby & my oldest cousin.

Eight. I ran track in high school (as a sprinter) and was a terrible distance runner but lately I’ve been running (for fun!) and have managed to get my run up to 3 miles. I want to run a 5k this spring & now my goal is to bring my time down a bit.

Nine. I never was a good distance runner because I was a long time smoker. I’ve tried several times to give it up and the only time I was actually successful with longevity was when I was pregnant. Until seven months ago when I gave it up and I really believe I have quit smoking for the last time. And I feel great about it.

Ten. I used to hate wine. It just wasn’t something I enjoyed. I would rather enjoy some fruity concoction any day of the week. Until I got a little bit older and I have found a new love for wine. White. Red. Fruity. Sweet. Dry. I love a good glass of wine.

Wine visits.

Wine visits.

Eleven. When I was little I wanted to be a teacher. I graduated college with a BA in English and had every intention of going back and getting my Master’s in Education… but I haven’t. At least not yet.

Twelve. I love so very much being a mother. Don’t get me wrong, it is so very hard, but oh my it is the best and most rewarding hard I have ever experienced.

I'm a mom.

I’m a mom.

Thirteen. When I was pregnant all I could ever think about was eating Oreos. They were my favorite (& daily) afternoon snack. Now? Sydney seems to have my same love for Oreos. All types of them (currently she’s obsessed with the fall Caramel Apple flavor and she has no reason not to love it because it’s delicious)

Baby bump & Oreos.

Baby bump & Oreos.

Fourteen. I enjoy crafting and making things but I never really make the time to do that.

Fifteen. I tried to teach myself to knit… it was a huge failure. I’m not ready to give up, but I haven’t picked up my knitting needles since my last (& first!) attempt so I’m not sure how successful I’ll end up being at that.

Sixteen. A couple years ago I asked for a sewing machine for my birthday because I was going to sew stuff… and I’ve been as successful at that as I was with knitting. I know how to sew so it’s not something I need to learn it’s more about making the time (& space) to actually get some sewing projects done.

Sixteen. My husband & I graduated from the same high school – 1 year apart – but we were quite the opposite of friends back then. Most of our mutual friends that knew us then were really surprised when we got together in our twenties.

Seventeen. I feel like I’m going to be purging my house forever. I also feel really ashamed at how much crap we have in our house that we really and truly do not need.

Eighteen. I’ve always really enjoyed working out and being fit but earlier this year I found Beachbody and fell in love with their exercises. From T25 to 21 Day Fix to PiYo I have found something for any mood I’m in. I feel so much better about myself and I am in so much better shape than I’ve ever been.

Nineteen. I didn’t really enjoy being pregnant – from the beginning I was constantly sick; I had awful heartburn; I became anemic so I never felt like I had any energy; and I just felt H-U-G-E by the end of the whole thing. But? I miss it. I never thought I would actually miss being pregnant but I really do.

I miss napping with my baby.

I miss napping with my baby.

Twenty. Sometimes I feel like an old lady. One night I slept in a ball or with my leg bent somehow and I woke up and basically couldn’t walk because SLEEPING hurt my knee. I hurt myself sleeping. It was really baffling and it made me feel very much like an old lady.

Twenty-one. I wish Friends was still on TV. It really was a great show and I have seen every episode probably a dozen or more times but they never get old and there’s always a Friends reference for any occasion.

Twenty-two. I’ve always wanted to write a book and I have an idea that I think is really good (because why would I think otherwise) but I think I’m finally going to buckle down and write the book I have always wanted to.

Twenty-three. I love reading but sometimes I’m way too tired to actually get any reading done at the end of the night. Sometimes I can fly through a book and sometimes it can take me forever to read me a book. It all depends on how I’m feeling.

Twenty-four. I love taking naps. Naps are basically the best thing ever. Sometimes I try to actually get stuff done when Sydney is napping… but most of the time I just nap right along with her. But not actually with her because then she wouldn’t nap and we would both be cranky and that is never a good thing.

I love this guy.

I love this guy.

Twenty-five. I was married at 25.

Twenty-six. I really hate winter and snow and being cold. I also don’t enjoy the super hot summers we have. I used to love spring for the newness of it all but I the last few years fall has really become my favorite season of all.

Twenty-eight. We bought our first home in 2010 which was the year we turned twenty-eight.

Twenty-nine. Growing up my mom was always 29 so I always had a hard time really remembering how old she was.

Mom & I.

Mom & I.

Thirty. I used to celebrate my birthday for an entire month. And then I had a November baby and well… now I’m celebrating birthday week.

My 29th Birthday

My 29th Birthday

Thirty-one. I hate it when my birthday falls on Thanksgiving day. I was born the Saturday after Thanksgiving and every couple years my birthday happens to be Thanksgiving. My birthday gets overlooked a lot because of it’s general closeness to Thanksgiving but it really gets overlooked when it falls on an actual holiday.

Thirty-two. I can’t even believe I came up with 32 random facts. It felt much harder than I think it should have.

 

Hi there.

It’s been a few days since I managed to squeeze out a post and I’m not really sure why. Right before Sydney’s birthday I met the unfortunate fate of being part of a “reduction in force” so I’ve been home for a little over a week at this point. I’m hoping to be back in the world of the employed soon, but until then basically all my computer time has been spent focusing on getting a new job.

This isn’t a great thing, being laid off, but I’m trying to look at it in the positive light that I get to spend lots of extra time with Sydney. I’m also trying not to nap every day (for 2 hours!) with her and get stuff done around the house. I’m only mildly successful with that because naps are my jam.

I have made some progress in my efforts to purge this house so I’ll be showing off that and I’ve been trying to get better in the kitchen so I’ll have some recipes to share. And there are some other randoms that I’ve been meaning to share so I’m going to try to get some serious blogging time in here today during nap time but for now this update will have to do. I hope everyone is doing well!

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Because whats a post without a picture and she just makes this picture adorable 🙂

Oh Hey Friday. Halloween Edition.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I am so ready for tonight. We’re taking Sydney TOTing for the first time and I think she’s going to be super excited about 2 things. The candy (because duh, who wouldn’t) and the pumpkins (because she’s obsessed). So in honor of Halloween I’m dishing out five random Halloween facts you probably know but maybe you don’t.

One.

This is the cutest ladybug ever. Obviously.

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(and please ignore the random patched part of our wall… Buddy chewed our wall. Seriously. It’s also been there for much longer than I’d care to actually admit. Shamefully.)

Two.

Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday. After Christmas of course.

Which makes total sense. That costume? $20 (but thanks to Cartwheel and my RedCard it was only $12). She will wear it once. But I also had to buy a black shirt and pants to go with it because Halloween is a cold weather holiday around here and I want her to be warm. Plus all the candy we buy? Yeah. Halloween is an expensive day. Worth it, but expensive. Just like Christmas.

Three.

“Souling” is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes

Four.

Irish legend has it that one day the devil himself came to take the soul of a thieving man named Jack. But Jack managed to trick the devil, making him promise to never take his soul. After eventually living a long life, Jack tried to enter the Pearly Gates, but could not, for he had lived a life of evil. He then attempted to enter Hell, but the devil kept his word, being no big fan of Jack anyway. When Jack complained of having no way to see, the devil laughed at him and threw him a glowing ember, which he fashioned into a lantern using a turnip in his pocket. He became Jack Of The Lantern, doomed to aimlessly walk the Earth with nowhere to go. While the legends may sound incredible, they were based on a real phenomenon. Swamp gasses that interact with decaying matter will sometimes give off a strange light that seems to vanish when you get closer. Before we had a scientific explanation, people believed these were trapped souls who could enter neither heaven nor hell and would lead you astray. Some legends say the Irish would use turnips or beets to create jack-o’-lanterns—for multiple purposes. The lanterns were sometimes used as a means of honoring those souls trapped in purgatory, but their mocking faces were also used to scare away evil spirits.

Five.

A 1951 Peanuts comic strip can be credited with the popular spread of trick or treating as we know it nationwide. So dress up as Snoopy if you want to be historically accurate.

I, for one, love the movie It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and so there was no way I wasn’t including this tiny tid-bit.

I probably spent way too much time researching five random Halloween facts… all the sources for these facts are below because the only one I can take credit for is Number One. She looks too much like me to deny her 😉 If you’re bored visit those sites… some of these things I legitimately didn’t know and some of them I’ve heard in similar versions.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Halloween!

(source for two and three. source for four. source for five.)