Lunch with Sophia and Georgie The Gingerbread Fairy

Yesterday I spent most of the day @ Sophia's school. I joined the PTO earlier this year and we took food in for a holiday luncheon for the staff. While I was there I decided to eat lunch with Sophia. She was so excited! You should definitely take the time to go visit your little one at lunch if you school allows it.
Remember eating lunches like this? 
I also stayed around to help at the book fair when her class had their shopping time. I wanted to let her do the shopping independently, but I am glad I was there. I don't think she would have picked anything if I wasn't there. She was taking so long doing her shopping!  She got a Barbie book (with stickers, of course!)  and this one: 

It is such a cute story! I have the image linked to Amazon if you are interested. It's just one of the cute stories I think most little girls would love. 

Weekend Recap: Dec 7-9

I wish I could say that I don't remember Friday night because of some crazy drunkenness, but I think it was just the fact that I have pregnancy brain.  No alcohol allowed here. 
Saturday: I forgot to sign Sophia up for the sibling class Saturday morning. I literally signed her up at 7:30 AM and the class started at 9AM, but we got there. She was so excited to take her new baby doll we bought just for the class. 

She learned to swaddle a baby and change a diaper on her baby doll.  Afterwards we made a stop at Taco Bell and then back home.  We loaded up our stuff and went to the Y to go swimming. Afterwards a trip to the grocery.

Sunday: We stayed home all day Sunday. We got a bit of a late start to the day. I didn't cook breakfast until almost 11. Sophia and Ry complained the rest of the day about how it messed them all up.

I linked up @ the following:

Bella And The City

What I'm Reading: Next to Love by Ellen Feldman

This book was different than what I normally read. It followed three friends from the beginning of WWII until the 1960s. It shows the changes they go through by giving a peak into their lives during different periods of the twenty years. It was easy to be interested in finding out how each character changes from young adulthood into women with families.  It was nice to see a book that didn't necessarily end in perfection, but was more realistic. Just pay attention to names and relationships because it does jump between characters. I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it.

Baby Bump Update: Week 32 (11/8/14)

I am posting this several days late, but I still wanted to get it up. 

 Today I am 32 weeks! It feels like a huge milestone, but I don't know why. We haven't reached an agreement on a name yet. I decided the middle name a long time, but we are struggling with finding a first. We have 4 that are contenders. 
I have an app on my phone that compares the baby to vegetables. At first I thought it was the cutest thing. I loved seeing the veggie update and sharing it with Sophia and Ry. But when the weeks began to include asparagus, bok choy, and a large cabbage I started thinking it was a bit ridiculous. 
I have a doctors appointment on 11/11--another chance to hear this little one's heartbeat. 

Five On Friday: 11.7.14

Halloween and pregnancy made me a little sentimental. Ok, more than a little. I had to go looking for Sophia's old Halloween pictures. 

Last night I woke up in the middle of sleeping. I turned on Netflix and felt like I had to watch The Muppet Movie. It was so random. It wasn't even a Netflix recommendation. If you haven't seen it, see it. If you have, don't you love when Kermit sings The Rainbow Connection? It's one of my favorites. 

Swedish Fish and Gummy Bears are two of my favorite candies. For the last few weeks Ry has came in about once a week with 2 bags of one of the other.  Yesterday he brought me two bags of the Christmas Gummy Bears. I am starting to have a stash of them (even some in the truck). I had to tell him that we need to move on to chocolate or some salty crackers. I don't need them, buts its a nice treat and sweet of him. 

Tomorrow I cross into 32 weeks pregnant!!!! This little one coming seems so close and far away at the same time. I have started a list of things we still need or projects I want to finish. It's really an entire other post. Just got to stay calm. 

This is all I need to say: 

Today I linked up at: 

Looking Back at October and Randomness

So, Ry and I got obsessed with Lost on Netflix. This is my second round of Lost addiction and his first. I warned him that you just can't stop. He ended up behind me and when he reached the last season he told me that he couldn't wait for it to be over so he could get back to life.  He finished the last episode last night.  I warned him....and I'm warning you. Even if you have watched it before you will find new things if you watch again. So just don't start. 

I think I could have made 5 of these collages, but that's a bit much. So here is a peak into our October: 

And if you like Strawberry Starburst you have to try the Taco Bell frozen Strawberry Starburst drink.  I'm not always a fan of frozen drinks, but this one surprised me. A little on the sweet side, but taste just like the Starburst.

mmmm. I want one now. 

The Hump Day Blog Hop

Sophia's First Sick Day

Sunday when Sophia was complaining of a belly ache I thought she was trying to find a way to get out of cleaning her room. Then she puked in her bed that night. In the morning I asked her if she still felt bad and needed to stay home to rest. She said no and headed to school. At 11:30 the school called and said she had puked at lunch. She tried to tell the nurse that her tummy felt better but the nurse said she could tell she still wasn't well. I picked her up early. And today was her first full sick day.
I was that kid that took a sick day any way I could get it (sick or not). I'm amazed person that I created enjoys going to school so much. Even though she has not puked since early morning I can tell she still isn't well.  I'm unsure about sending her tomorrow. Of course she is already telling me about using her best bucks she earned to "buy" a pajama day.
About a month ago Sophia woke up in night crying about her ear aching. That morning I took her to the convenient care at 7:30. The doctor said she was ok to go to school but should probably miss the day if it was uncomfortable. I knew it had hurt badly since she was crying. We got the prescription  and some OTC pain reliever. She was 1 hour tardy for school. Yea, she enjoys the weekend and looks forward to breaks to see her granny and aunt, but she loves school. It kind of blows my mind.

Weekend Recap--October 31, 2014

Friday (10.31.14)
It was so cold! Please overlook the chipping paint on the deck (a project for next year) and focus on the snow :) Yea, snow!  Sophia went as a scarecrow nicecrow. That's what she called herself. It was so cold there was hardly any trick-or-treating. We went to a local church and the line was so long to get inside that we left. We stood outside for about 15 minutes and we were only half way there. We drove up to a few houses and then hit up the Dollar General for some bags of candy!
Saturday (11.1.14)
Ry took his mom car shopping. Sophia and I stayed home in our PJs all day. We made some cinnamon salt dough Christmas ornaments. They are still sitting in the kitchen drying. They smell so good.

Sunday (11.2.14)
No pics. A normal day at home with a trip to Lowe's and B-dubs. About 2 hours after Sophia went to bed that night she woke up and had puked in her bed. I felt terrible. All day she kept saying her belly hurt. I thought she was trying to get out of cleaning her room.

Bella And The City

Baby Bump Update (Long)

So this post is long. It's more for myself than anyone else. I had so much happen and so many appointments in October related to the pregnancy. To sum up the fun stuff: Birth Planning Appointment and Child Birth Class! 

3-hour Glucose Screening/ Dr. Appointment ( October 13 @ Dr. Office)
I had to go in for a 3-hour glucose screening after finding out the 1-hour results weren't good. For 3 days leading up to the screening I had to follow probably the best diet ever. It included pudding, cake and cookies.  I went in for the screening armed with probably 5 magazines and the nurses gave me extra pregnancy related ones. I drank the sugary drink. I thought the drink would be the same as the 1 hour, but it was WAY worse. It was like the most intensely sweet fruit punch ever. Since I couldn't eat for 12 hours leading up to it I thought I was going to puke for almost a full hour after the drink. They took blood prior to me drinking it and followed for the next two hours. It was a rainy day and I fell asleep in the waiting room! So embarrassing!
Between the taking the blood, I was able to go in for my doctors appointment. It worked out perfectly so I didn't have to drive over twice. I had good blood pressure and no protein in my urine again! Yah! Back to only normal doctor appointments!

Tiny Details Appointment (October 23 @ Hospital)
- Ry and I went to a birth planning appointment. It lasted a little over an hour. Sophia came with us. It was difficult for her to sit still, but she did her best.There was a lot of questions, info and a tour of the maternity area. It was a good chance for me to find out more about what to expect at the hospital since I am not familiar with it. They said labor and recovery went well for the baby and me that we would only need to stay 24 hours! I can't even imagine! With Sophia I believe we were there for 5 days after her birth and 2 days leading up to it. 

Childbirth Class (October 25 @ Hospital)
-I never went into labor when I had Sophia. I am so scared this time around. I thought it would be good for us to attend a Childbirth Class. We couldn't attend the classes that were split up into multiple classes. We signed up for the weekend express class. It was a one-time, 6 hour class. We got a lot out of it, but Ryan was dozing off by the end. It wasn't interactive at all. It was a lecture style class. 

a mini post about nothing

I am blogging this from my phone while laying in bed with the baby moving around like crazy. It's so hard to believe that I'm 31 weeks pregnant. I keep thinking that as early as this time next month there could be a new person in our home. I have tons of baby bump updates and notes I want to blog but I am going to save them for later.
I barely blogged last month and my goal is to do MUCH better this month.  I would be happy with 20 posts. With only 9 weeks left (possibly even less) I hope to do lots of posts. This is completely unrelated but I'm so excited for the holidays!

Dream Vacation #Blogtober14

I haven't blogged in forever and today's #Blogtober14 prompt is a  good way to get back into it. It's all about the dream vacation.

Going to Greece would be my dream vacation.  The contrast of the blue water and the architecture is breathtaking in photos. I would guess that it is even more so in person. Seeing the Parthenon, spending time in Mykonos and Santorini would be a few of the highlights, but a dream vacation would mean seeing all the islands.

A girl can dream, right?

Helene in Between Blogtober

Baby Bump Update: Weeks 22-25

I didn't realize it has been so long since I posted! We moved in mid-September and we are still half in boxes. I guess I just quit posting when it got close to moving time.

Weeks 22-25
For the most part very uneventful. A slight discomfort in my abdominal every now and then that I am pretty sure is from my stomach being so big that it is trying to take over the world :) Definitely had to go get some new clothes. I found a brand of very stretchy yoga pants that fits just right (at least for now). Somehow I forgot my week 25 doctors appointment and had to reschedule the following week. 
I have been picking up baby stuff more and more during the last few weeks. I'm starting to feel stressed that we aren't as prepared as I wanted to be at this point, but I keep telling myself there is still time. We have some sleepers and onesies. Also some hand-me-down baby items I had kept from Sophia. I went through Sophia's clothes and unfortunately they don't match up well. It wasn't a surprise. She was a summer baby and this one is a winter one. I know I post this every week, but it's going fast!

Weekend Recap 8.25.2014

Friday: After picking Sophia up from school we drove be the new house and walked around the yard (No one lives there, but we haven't closed on the house).  Sophia was walking around the yard and spotted some mushrooms. I told her they weren't the kind to eat. She asked, "If I touch it with my shoe, will my shoe become poisonous?"  Then she asked me if smurfs live in the yard. So cute! Of course I said they do live there and even saw little blue things running around :)

When we got home I checked her backpack. She had behavior note from her teacher. It was all good! The teacher sent them home with all students and said she was giving them room for mistakes since it was the beginning of year. But I hope if we get more they are all like this one:

Saturday: Sophia and I went to an event celebrating the anniversary of a community center being open. Sophia had a lot of fun. Isn't the face painting cute?

Sunday: I spent most of the day packing. Not fun at all.  And I watched the new and last season of The Killing on Netflix while packing. I think the final episodes were the best. Anyone agree?

Weekend Recap

Sunday Social

1. What are you most looking forward to about Fall?
Pumpkins....I mean that in the all encompassing sort of way. Pumpkin spice, pumpkin cookies, pumpkins outside, pumpkin patches, pumpkin pie scented candles.  I also like the changing leaves and being able to wear sweaters (without the coat that will be required soon).

2. What is your favorite sports team?
I'm not a sports person at all. I'm a Hoosier and I like the shade of blue that the Colts use. It's also Ry's favorite football teams. So we have plenty of Colts stuff.  I grew up and lived not too far from Cincinnati most of my life. If I pick up something baseball related its for the Cincinnati Reds. But I'm not rushing to the TV to watch any games.


3. If you could go back to college is there one thing you would change?
Don't be in such a hurry.

4. What was your favorite class you ever took? HS or College
Hmmmm. I don't recall anything standing out. But when I was working on my my master degree I got really into my statistics class. I normally hate math and numbers, but the pace of the course and text just came together perfectly for me. Boring, huh?

5. Reach into your purse what is the first thing you grab?
Receipts. When my purse is a mess the main culprit is normally receipts.

Baby Bump Update: Week 21

Today starts week 21.  According to I'm Expecting app on my phone the baby is approximately 10.5 inches long. It actually compares the baby to the size of a carrot.

Looking Back @ Week 20 ( 8/16-8/22):
Week 20 included the big ultrasound. I was a little disappointed it wasn't 3D and it wasn't on the big screen like the doctor's office, but it was still great to see the little one again. I also have some kinda creepy ultrasound photos from it.  Of course, the frame and writing are pink because it's a girl! 

When I showed the yawning one to Sophia her response was, "It's mouth is open like it's screaming." I hadn't thought of it like that and now it kind of creeps me out. Of course, at the ultrasound it was super cute to see the yawn and hand by the face. 

I have felt ok with the exception of my allergies giving me headaches. Otherwise I felt good. My belly is getting a lot bigger now. 

Summer Collage

Summer is almost over and I just wanted to share a few photos. 

First Day of Kindergarten

Last week Sophia went to her first day of kindergarten! She loves it. I am so thankful that she is having a good experience. After the first day of school she said, "I have the nicest teacher. I had the greatest day and had fun even though we couldn't go outside for recess." It was a rainy day, but she seemed to enjoy inside recess too.  
I walked her into her room that morning. I could tell she was a little nervous, but she did really well.  I had to leave before I started crying. My own nerves mixed in with all the sadness of seeing her become a "big girl" had me in tears.  Tomorrow will be the end of her second week. Hopefully she will keep loving school!

Baby Bump Update: Week 20 (posted late)

Week 20 (8/16-8/22)
This week marks the half way point! Very exciting! I feel like it's time to start getting ready for the baby. Monday (8/18) will be the big ultrasound!

Looking Back on Week 19 ( 8/9-8/15):
This was an exciting week for Sophia. With her starting kindergarten I was very focused on her getting ready for school. Another good and uneventful week for the pregnancy. Week 20 is the ultrasound and I am looking forward to finding out if it is a girl or a boy. The suspense is killing me! 

The Night Before The First Day of Kindergarten

Sophia has went to bed early to help her get a better sleep for the big day tomorrow: The First Day of Kindergarten. Yep. It's that time. I am beyond nervous for her. I am holding it together right now, but I know after  I pull out of the school parking lot I will have a meltdown.

Tonight we went to the Back To School night. We met the teacher and dropped off her supplies. The school she will be attending is so much bigger than the elementary school I attended. Walking her through it felt so overwhelming. I felt scared for her, but I kept reminding her (and myself) that there would always be an adult helping her get through the building. 

Before bed I read her The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. It is just the sweetest story. I started crying half way through it and could barely finish. Sophia kept hugging me and reassuring me it would be ok. If you need a book to read about overcoming fears or firsts than this is an excellent book to read. I do recommend having tissues ready!
Click book to go to a bookstore link.

I am going to go make sure we have everything ready for tomorrow and try to prepare myself for the big day. 

Baby Bump Update: Week 17

I am 17 weeks pregnant now! So close to being half way there!

Looking back at week 16 (7/19-7/25):
I felt ok most of the week. On Tuesday (7/22) I had a doctors appointment. My blood pressure was high and the doctor had me schedule an appointment to come back the next week. I also was told to begin taking low-dose aspirin as there is evidence that it may help prevent preeclampsia. I picked some up at Target after the appointment.

Baby Bump Update: Week 16

Four months pregnant! 

Looking Back @ Week 15 (7/12-7/18)
I think it was the first week I felt like my pre-pregnancy self. There was nothing too eventful or surprising this week.  I did find an amazing sale on diapers and bought a few packages. It was the first baby related purchase. 

Turning 29

I have been feeling pretty nostalgic the last few weeks. I shouldn't be surprised. I turned 29 over the weekend. And I'm pregnant with baby #2. If one baby doesn't make you feel like an adult, two will really seal the deal. Plus, twenty-nine feels a lot older than twenty-eight and WAY older than twenty -seven or six. It's basically thirty.

I know that nostalgia frequently refers to going back to a happier time. I don't think that's the case with what has been going on recently. I go back to a different place---a good time with many perks, but not really better or worse. I think it has more to do with me grasping how long ago certain things happened or maybe how much has happened in that time.  Is 10 years ago really THAT long ago? Or is it because things are so dramatically different?

Right now as I type this post I can look at my bulletin board covered with my daughter's t-ball pictures, ultrasound photos and my birthday cards. These are definitely things in my life that make me happy, but when I hear this song I can't help thinking about being in HS, cruising around with my best friend and singing : 

We had no idea how true some of this song at that time. 

Baby Bump Update: Week 15

It's the start of week 15...I know the growth of the baby starts to really pick up at this point.  So exciting!

Looking Back at Week 14 (7/5-7/11):
Getting out of the first trimester makes a huge difference. It has probably been the best week of the pregnancy so far. I still have an aversion to meats most of the time, but I am doing better than earlier in the pregnancy. I eat lots of cottage cheese, tomatoes and peaches. Two times this week I have felt the slightest little flutters. It's so sweet to think I may be feeling the baby moving. 

Baby Bump Update: Week 14

I am into the 2nd trimester now and a few days into week 14. I'm trying to enjoy the moment, but I am excited to know if it's a boy or a girl. Whenever I go to a store with baby stuff I have to walk through the baby aisle (even the small CVS baby aisle!).  

Looking Back on Week 13 (6/28-7/4):
This week I started to feel like myself again. The fatigue and drowsiness is gone. Luckily there wasn't any stomach acid issues. We were without electricity for a few days because of the storm. Sophia and I stayed busy by going swimming and spending time outside. 
My intention was to do more blogging this week, but being without electric has made it a bit difficult. It's only been a little over 30 hours but I'm ready for it to come back on.

Baby Bump Update : 13 Weeks

As of Saturday I am 13 weeks pregnant. This week will be the end of of the first trimester. I know I have a lot further to go, but I already feel like it is going so fast. I am definitely starting to feel better than I did earlier in pregnancy.

Looking Back On Week 12 (6/21-6/27):

June 23rd: First Ultrasound
 It was my first real doctors appointment with a full exam. Ry and Sophia were going to just wait outside for me, but they took me into a room with ultrasound equipment. I asked the nurse if Ry and Sophia could come back to see. She went about got them. We met one of the doctors. She was very nice and made me feel very comfortable. She did the ultrasound and it was amazing. I couldn't believe how much the baby moved and how much we could see. Every little finger and toe was visible on the screen.  After it was done Sophia and Ry left so that I could have a physical examination.

After the appointment I let Sophia call my mom and tell her she was going to be a big sister. She was so excited. We also took pics of her holding a print that said she was being promoted to big sister and Facebook shared. 

June 24th: Acid Reflux
Tuesday I had acid reflux so bad I ended up getting sick. 

June 25: Acid Reflux and Puke #2
Once again another terrible day with acid reflux. I ended up getting sick again. I consider myself lucky to not be one of those women that  have morning sickness, but it still was very uncomfortable to feel like my stomach was on fire. 

Most of the week my energy level was better. I didn't feel like falling asleep all the time like I had in previous weeks. 

Big News!

I disappeared from the blogging world for awhile, but I was still jumping on here to read my favorite blogs. May and June have been super busy, but I will do a post on that later.  There was one piece of big news shook everything up was finding out that I'm pregnant! I wanted to wait to share until we had a doctors appointment and made sure the baby was healthy. Monday (6/23) we went to the doctor. I only expected to hear the heartbeat on the doppler, but we got to have an ultrasound! I was so excited. It was so beautiful to see the little fingers and toes as it moved around.


I linked up with Fitness Blondie for The Hump Day Blog Hop!

The Hump Day Blog Hop

Sunday Social

1. Who do you call when you need to vent?
I talk to Ryan and if it has to do with Sophia I frequently call my mom.
2. Where do you go when you need alone time?
I get way more alone time right now than I need. I don't know that many people here and I stay-at-home with Sophia. I definitely don't need to go anywhere to be alone. 
3. What is your favorite alone time activity?
When I lived in my last house I loved taking baths. I had a big bath tub so it was nice. Now I usually read or watch a movie that's not a cartoon.
4. What is something we should all stop and read right now?
I read "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" years ago. I didn't love the book, but I do remember thinking at the end that everyone should read it. The writing and plot wasn't something I typically enjoy, but the end will get to ya. 

5. Who do you wish would read your blog that doesn’t already? Family? Celeb?
Hmmmm. Hardly anyone reads my blog, but there are plenty of times I feel more than ok with that. I guess if there was a celeb I would want it to be someone that is a celebrity but one that seems "real". Honestly, I have no idea. I really like Tia and Tamera Mowry now that I see them more on their reality show. One of them would be cool. 

May Goals

Every goal on this list is completely possible, but the last 2 on here have been goals of mine for a long time.  Sophia's birthday is coming up. Her last preschool graduation. I just want to be sure I have that scrapbooking caught up before kindergarten starts. I sort of have a plan, but that's another post.

Kindle Freebie: Inescapable by Nancy Mehl

Several Fridays ago I mentioned that I was only now getting a smart phone. Everyone was right--I do love it. One of my favorite things has been the kindle app. When I am sitting at swim lessons or waiting for Sophia I can just pull out my phone to read. No carrying anything extra. Love it.

BUT those ebooks cost money. I only splurge on books I REALLY want. So, I have been reading the some of the freebies I have found. Here is one of them:
This book was really good. It's the first in the series (like many of the freebies on Kindle). The character is a young, single Mennonite that left her community after becoming pregnant. After making a life for herself things start to unravel and she has to return to the community for safety. She has to face her past that involves the community, her faith and her family. Of course there is a love story too. I'm normally put off by fiction books themed around Amish and Mennonite, but this one has me convinced I might be wrong.

Weekend Recap

This weekend recap is coming a little late, but oh well!

Friday: Kindergarten Immunizations! Sophia got her shots in the morning. She was so scared. I am so glad we got it over with it. The ladies in the office where she got the shots were quietly laughing at Sophia as we left because she kept limping. Afterwards I took her to McDonalds with a playland. Her limping went away, but I could tell her leg was still hurting.

Saturday: Swim lessons in the morning. We got lunch and went back to the gym. They were doing a kids day. They had crafts and games. They also had a Zumba class for kids. I have never really liked group exercise that involves dance. I didn't realize that parents had to participate. It was probably the most embarrassing and longest 45 minutes ever.  Later in the day Ry, Soph and I went for a drive to check out houses for sale.We got home, had dinner and Ry left to go fishing. Sophia wasn't feeling well (I think from the shots). She watched a movie and fell asleep.

Sunday: We were lazy and stayed in all day. :)

30 DoB: Life Lessons

Today's prompt is life lessons. I have learned more than my share. Here's a few :
  • It doesn't matter how much you plan your life. There is always something or someone that will come along and throw a wrench in it. It can be a good thing or a bad thing. But it's bound to happen.
  • When you find yourself in a bad place in life it can tempting to take the easy way out of it. In my experience the easiest way is usually something you will regret later.
  • Everyone gets down at some point. Admit it and ask for help. And don't judge others when they get down. Eventually your turn will come too.
  • Everyone has their moments of happiness and success.  It can be hard when it's not your turn, but life will be twice as happy if you learn to be happy for others and yourself.
  • Don't forget your clothes in the washer. They will get smelly :)

The Glam Series: Summer Favorites

I'm linked at Love Always, Nancy J for The Glam Series
This topic makes me think of a funny story. I'm going to try to keep it short by doing it with bullets.

Take yourself back to 2007/2008-ish. 
John Frieda Beach Blonde Cool Dip Shampoo and Smooth Sailing Conditioner are my favorites. 

  • I notice that it seems to flip back and forth between being sold in CVS, Walmart, and Meijers.
  • I'm a little worried that it will be discontinued. 
  • Mom calls to warn me that they are on clearance at CVS in her hometown. Of course, she bought me a bunch. I run to my CVS and buy all of them on clearance. 
  • Many months pass and my supply is short. I looked on "the black market" (aka e-bay). They are going to $20 per bottle. 
  • I emailed the John Frieda company. I told them how sad I was about it. I told them about the "black market".  I don't know what I expected, but I HAD to let them know.
I wish I would have saved their response, but to sum up the 2 paragraph email: They have a marketing department that took everything into consideration (except my feelings). They didn't take the decision to discontinue lightly (by whose standards?). They recommended other JF products. 
Those products weren't the same. If you are interested, they still sell bottles for an insanely high amount on E-bay and Amazon. 

Sorry I couldn't recommend any current products. I don't really have any I love.  I do prefer any tanning oils/sunscreens in aerosol cans. Keeps my hands from getting all nasty.

Love Always Nancy J

April 11, 2014: Five on Friday

1. Mad Men
 Hello Peggy, Joan, Don, Roger and Pete!
I LOVE Mad Men. I am so excited about the upcoming season starting on Sunday and sad about it's ending. Anyway, there is an app to make yourself a character in the show. I had to do it.
If you aren't familiar with the characters, I'm the purple with the bow. 
I really wanted to give my character cigarettes, but an internal conflict prevented it.

2.  Pictures outside of Sophia

Last weekend Ry needed to do some work at a friend's house. We went out there and walked the dog around. Eventually Sophia realized there were basically giant puddles that she could walk though and get all muddy. Simon wanted no part in any of it! But I got a lot of pics. 
I try not to share a lot of pics of Sophia on here and if I do they aren't usually up close. 

3. Stubborn Simon

He loves riding in the truck, but its hard to tell with his expression! He wouldn't move out of the driver's seat! I kept calling him but he wouldn't budge. 

4. Taxes
I normally don't procrastinate because I just want to get the whole thing over with and done. However, this year I put it off and have to do them today. Grrrrr.

5.  A Little Daily Burn Update

So far I am still enjoying the Daily Burn workouts. It is nice to have them thrown in with walking and trips to the gym. I am actually thinking of adding a page where I can log my workouts and kind of journal. Just a thought right now. I have a history of trying workout programs and not following through long term. Honestly, the fact that I am doing this 6 weeks later says a lot and it's only $10 a month.