Monthly Archives: February 2011

weekday getaway to cloth diaper heaven… and g’s new tricks!

last night, katherine and I decided the time had come to venture to the sustainablebabyish studio in mass. I scurried as fast as I could to my keyboard, typed erin a facebook post… and when she didn’t respond within her usual two seconds, I emailed her… she got back to us and hooray! it was on! katherine and I decided to head out around lunch time – aka nap time… to have a nice ride… this was a complete success… everly and grayson were both passed out until we arrived… there was a hiccup or two… it rained today and my windshield wipers decided to break – LAME… so we had to stop by the vw dealer to get them replaced… luckily it was a quick in and out… holler!

it was an awesome day… being surrounded by that amount of fluff… and not just any fluff… SBISH fluff… was overwhelming for me. I’m glad I limited my amount of spending before I got there because honestly? I was a kid in a candy store. I did, however, end up leaving with a nice surprise… a cutie patootie go go baby diaper bag. I got it for two reasons a) it has GIGANTIC G’s all over it… g for grayson of course! (ha, yes… nerd here.) … and b) it’s green and I’m pretty sure john will prefer wearing it over my fabulous cherry juju be… katherine got to add to her sbish stash… I know she was stoked on that… I can’t wait to see miss everly in her new wool…

oh yes and erin! just as nice and helpful in person… she did a lanolizing demo… ON MY WOOL. all kinds of awesome. they are drying as we speak. can’t wait to use them… I now own every color of wool sbish has other than berry…. and everly has those… I’m ADDICTED. there. I said it. moving on…

here’s g… looking almost unrecognizable to me! he never looks like this… I’m pretty sure he was getting sleepy at this point… poor little guy… it ended up being a long day for him and an even longer night for me! he just got to sleep and it’s 11:00!!! not kosher!

here’s everly being her cute little sociable self… she told erin’s five year old son she wanted to kiss him. she’s kind of adorable. that one.

here’s g-man during one of his ninethousand wardrobe changes… the kid was on a ROLL with spit up today. seriously. he’s lucky he’s cute…

here’s the group at the end of the day. hi erin! can I just say? this pic is total motivation to continue dieting. ::cough, cough:: grayson isn’t pictured… he was already in his car seat…

all in all? awesome day. the car ride was loads of fun chatting with the always enjoyable katherine… and making it through a day trip with a four and a half month old and a toddler? I’m feeling a lot more confident about having more one of these days… just a thought. haha.

in other news… g has taken to rolling over… ALL THE TIME. which has officially put me on serious edge at night time. he rolls on his belly and shoves his face into the mattress… it scares the crap out of me! I hate it. seriously. I keep trying to roll him back over and two seconds later he’s back on his belly. he’s obviously ok… but it scares me. I’m super stoked he’s hitting all his milestones on time though… I can’t complain about that one.

oh and p.s. have a couple of adorable videos I need to post from tonight. he was SO happy to see john. they had a full on conversation where grayson exclaimed, “DADA!” I’m pretty sure I died from pure baby cuteness…

that’s all for now… gotta go check on that rolling baby of mine. see you laterrrrrrrr… oh and p.p.s. check out sustainablebabyish … they’re kind of amazing. nighty night!

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week 14ish: iphone photos…

this has been a really insane week… I’m exhausted… but I will tell you, it ended on a good note. john and I had date night last night… thanks to katherine and jon… holler! but we’ll get into that farther down in the post… sorry we’re late this week!

sunday was awesome. it was our second full day with our family and we got to go to fatz… have you been there? FREAKING DELISH. as you can see, I had to take pics. calabash chicken? um, yes please… cinnamon bread? um, heck yes. it was delightful… dieting while in south caroline? FAIL. but I’m totally ok with that…

monday was full of hanging out with the fam… including tuna (I’m highly allergic to cats, if you didn’t know…) who I call frito… doesn’t he look more like a frito? anyway… this cat is HILARIOUS.

tuesday ap and I went shopping… it was our last full day in south carolina… so we went out to dinner that night… you can tell by her face in this pic we are DEFINITELY related… I am a super goober, just like her. love her… I miss them all so much already.

wednesday I didn’t take any pics… it just ended up being an awful day. between flying home, finding out arrow had died, and getting a gnarly stomach bug… you should be happy… thursday was more of the bug… so, I skipped the pics that day… too….

friday it was back to work… this kitty? highly adorable. made me very sad I was allergic. I wanted to snuggle him… and the flowers were a condolensce for arrow. my boss didn’t want them hanging around so I got to bring them home… I thought that was so nice! our clients loved arrow, too. the bottom pics are from g and I’s trip to target… he was not super stoked about it… as you can see… but, it was worth the fits here and there. target makes me happy inside.

oh and this? I came home on my lunchtime… gooberlicious family of mine (notice the fact john has the same face on in every picture. thanks for playing along love… hahah)…

saturday this week was a bit of a hallelujar we made it! kind of day… I went to work in the morning and came home to g’s fabulous new eye patches thanks to emily bilbrey over at uff da designs on etsy! don’t you love it? I could die from cuteness alone… best part? g totally doesn’t mind them!

saturday night was ALL KINDS of amazing… john and I got to go on a date… what? yeah… thanks to the fabulous katherine and jon who watched g-man for us, we went to a comedy club and saw the always hilarious tommy johnagin… seriously funny… and jessi campbell (female pictured next to tommy and me photo) HILARIOUS… I’d never seen her before… but she was so funny I had to buy her cd. I literally almost peed myself laughing so hard at one of her bits… seriously. bottom photos are of me and katherine. she’s one of my favorites… (but I think you already knew that…)

so that’s it for our week! did you take photos with your camera phone this week? join in on the fun over at amy’s blog (the linky thing HATES me…)… the more the merrier!

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oh, arrow.

today was my first day back to work since going to sc. not only that, but it was my first day back to work sans arrow. while I was away, he got away from his pet sitter… and it was all bad.

let me start by saying arrow kind of felt like my third dog. he stayed with us 10 days out of every month while my boss went on vacation. (yes, he vacations a lot… ) I loved him. he was so smart, moody, hilarious… he was a good dog. elsie and baxter loved having him around… which was part of why I would watch him. he tired elsie out! so, needless to say, I felt super guilty when I got the news… especially since I should have been the one watching him.

mid-vacation I got a text from a co-worker… I was out, arrow escaped. animal control knows. we’re searching for him.

okay. don’t freak out. he’s smart. they’ll find him. he’s gonna be fine.

I didn’t hear much after that, other than facebook posts telling everyone they were looking for him and to let them know if anyone saw him… of course I reposted… it was reposted a lot, by a lot of people. he was loved. that’s for sure.

flying home on wednesday, I was wondering to myself if we’d find him. I was supposed to swing by work on my way home from the airport and pick him up. he was going to spend the rest of the time my boss was away with our family…

the second our plane landed I got a text from the same co-worker, arrow is dead.

to which I replied, WHAT?!

two seconds later, another co-worker texts me… arrow was found dead.

I burst into tears. the twenty-something uber fashionable chickadee sitting next to me asks, omg, are you okay?

yeah, my bosses dog died. I blubbered back.

I cried the whole way to the baggage claim. cried in the bathroom changing g… and once I saw john… I felt a little relief. weird, right? he told me feeling guilty was pointless… arrow was arrow… a natural wanderer… he died doing what he loved… right? love him.

it was awkward at work today. I miss that dog. I miss him harassing me for treats and me having to shush him when he’s half howl half barking at me… and I miss making him leave the treat until drool was pouring out of his mouth. it makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it, but accidents happen… and sorry to say, arrow happened to fall victim to one. he was only four years old.

I’m gonna miss you, arrow. wait, no… strike that… I already do.

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whine, sniff, moan…

the title pretty much says it all. so, I’ll catch you later…

haha, no but seriously, I am a grouchy mofo today. we got home safe and sound from south carolina yesterday to a giddy husband and a clean house… what else can a girl ask for? and then last night happened. it was HELL. my kid, who has been spoiling me… even on vacation… with sleeping through the night decides he needs to be tended to not once, not twice, but four freaking times… but that was not a problem… considering I was already up, puking my guts out.

that’s right friends, the stomach bug from you know where has grabbed hold of this one like no ones business. I had a lovely play-date planned with katherine and everly… but oh no, I decided to puke instead. oh and hey? g didn’t get the memo because the kid was more energetic than he has ever been in his entire life… fact. I would know… considering I’ve know him since HE was the one making me puke… but I digress.

I’m feeling much better as I type this, apart from my grouchiness… I have been able to keep a little mac and cheese down (my nemesis…)… so, that’s good. and now, kiddo is asleep… hopefully on his way to getting back on the lovely schedule I have been yearning for this past week. what’s with going on vacation only to come home even more exhausted? not cool…

anywho, back to wallowing in my sickies… maybe a bath and people magazine are in my future… yeah, I’m thinking so. toodloo for now. see you later… hopefully A LOT less grouchy.

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south carolina shopping and project 31…

south carolina has always been a wee bit about shopping… okay, that may be a tad of an under statement. it’s ALWAYS been about shopping. my aunt is the QUEEN of finding a good deal. I mean seriously…she’s all kinds of amazing when it comes to shopping. especially when it comes to baby clothes… I remember when she first had the twins we’d shop ALL DAY… until heather and I would be begging to go home… I was sure there wasn’t any baby ground we hadn’t covered… but guess what? she can always find more…

there is an outlet mall we affectionately call the yellow mall… basically because it’s yellow… we’re creative… haha… anywho, aunt chris shopped me TO DEATH. and g is going home with a whole 6-9 and 9-12mo wardrobe… pray my bag isn’t over fifty pounds… but if it is? it’s well worth the fee… the kid is gonna rock that wardrobe! hehehe

aunt chris will probably kill me for this one… but I don’t like gymboree all that much… their sale rack is as much as the normal prices at carters… but the outlet was pretty much amazing… and I found a TON of cute outfits there… and we had to giggle at the sales lady a little… she was funny.

I took this photo when I was trying on this jacket… I wasn’t sure what I thought about it so I texted it to john… I ended up getting it in two colors… I hope it looks good!

this kid is ALL KINDS of cute. I know it’s wicked cliche’ of me to say this, but I could stare at that face for dayyyyyssss…

when we were waiting for aunt chris (whom I call aunt piss because when I was little I would scream, I want my aunt piss!… couldn’t pronounce chris… I call her ap for short… haha)… we decided to have a photo shoot!

the wind blew my sunglasses down… but the sun was shining… and it was so stinking relaxing… I can’t even tell you. I had forgotten what 70 degrees felt like!

project 31: day 20 ::day 4::

write about your job. tell us why you love or hate it…

my job is exactly that… a job. since g was born, I’ve had a really hard time going to work. I loved my job before him… but I cry every time I have to leave him. I know, I’m redonk… I’ll tell you… if I had to leave him with a daycare. I’d die. seriously. more power to those of you mamas who do that… I have nothing against daycare… I’m just glad we lucked out and didn’t have to. okay, okay, back to my job. it’s fun at times. I have great co-workers… and I love being around furry friends… but it’s not forever… and I look forward to the day when I can be a sahm and finish my degree. until then, it works… and it’s much better than most of the other bazillion odd jobs I’ve had in my day!…

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cousins are kind of my favorite.

can I just tell you how much I love my adorable cousins? they are growing up… it’s insane. my cousin, sloan has her first boyfriend! it’s baffling! I remember changing her poopy diapers… her mom would realize she’d pooped and she’d giggle and shout, go find sara! funny part? sloan would come find me… I was pretty much the master of poopy diaper disposal at the ripe ole’ age of 12. sloan, now in high school… won’t even look at g’s little tush! haha…

now reaganne on the other hand, is in heaven with little g. she’s been my little shadow… grabbing bottles when I need them, taking photos for me with my camera… matter of fact, as I type this, she’s got g on her lap and she’s talking to him and feeding him so he’ll go to sleep. I’ve already told her I’m going to stuff her in my carry-on… because I’m pretty sure after having her help for the last two days… I simply cannot go back to living without her. reaganne was always the baby that was glued to me… I will never forget the second summer I came to see her, she couldn’t have been more than two years old… she saw me… stood up and took off running… I was shocked that she remembered me… and even more shocked when she attached herself to my leg and hugged so tight I thought she was going to cut off the circulation! she was MY baby… I don’t care if my aunt did carry her for nine months. ::silly face::

garrett, sloan’s twin… (literally)… doesn’t know what to think 0f g. I’m sure he loves him, but he’s a teenage boy. he’s more interested in defcon 5 or whatever game he’s playing. he’s the sweetest boy I know though… so considerate of others. I have to hand it to my aunt and uncle… they’ve raised quite the bunch. garrett as a baby had the most contagious laugh you have ever heard in your life, I guarantee it. I was telling him about it today. it was a straight up belly laugh. and it would go on and on. I’m laughing right now just thinking about it…

I know they’re my cousins… and I’ll be the first to admit how redonkulously partial I am… but they have turned out to be quite the amazing bunch. beautiful, smart, HILARIOUS, fun… outgoing… just fun kids. seeing them and remembering them when they were g’s age just gets me even more excited to watch him grow and see what kind of person he’s going to become. on the other hand though, this¬† visit has also reminded me… how truly fast they grow. I’m going to try and enjoy every minute I can… poopy diapers and crying fits included… what? I did use the word try… heh. going to go back to enjoying these little… I mean uh, all grown up, cutie cousins of mine…. toodloo…

oh and p.s…. here’s a total mama win I would like to share with you…

baby g sleeps on vacation… in his own little porta crib thing. kind of makes me love him even more… haha.

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week 13ish: iphone photos

hello! we’re coming to you from sunny south carolina. I love it here. I would live here if I had the choice. it’s all kinds of fabulous… and don’t get me started on the food. I’m pretty positive I will gain at least five pounds this week. we had a pretty good week this past week. my schedule for work was weird because john was going on a business trip and I was going to south carolina… so, john ended up only sleeping three hours from mon-wed… bless him. I’m telling you right now, that guy’s a keeper.

here’s g on monday afternoon… there is no way! he was going to go to sleep… no naps for me, mama!

apparently, persistance paid off… I came back in the room about three minutes later and found this. love him.

happy valentines day! john brought home roses for me… but what got me was the card he addressed to me, from grayson. so weird I’m a MOM! it made my day… even though daddy was behind it. it’s nice to be reminded you’re loved and appreciated.

had to do some patch therapy later in the day… he’s getting better at tolerating it, thankthelordjesus… but he still didn’t last long. he was asleep in no time. (he’s wearing a bg elemental in the artist series, isn’t it cute?!)

tuesday ended up being my long day at work because I needed friday off so john could go on his business trip… john got bored, so he brought g to see me! it was definitely a highlight in my day!

poor baxter needed his butt squeezed (ewwwwwwwwwwww)… so john brought him with him. poor bax, looks like he’s being tortured…

apparently, his anal glands were redonkulously full… (aren’t you glad I’m sharing this with you…) so they had to hose him off. I’m not gonna lie, we were cracking up… like I said in a previous post… anything poop related cracks me up!

it was cutie-kitty day…. look at that face!

these kittys are brothers and they got neutered on the same day… they wanted to recover together. tell me they aren’t the cutest things you’ve ever seen…

I don’t know what stage g is in… but it sure is a fun one. the kid is happy ALL THE TIME. the only time he grouches about is when he’s hungry or has pooped… I’m pretty sure I gripe during those times, too… hahaha

lots more smiles and errands filled wednesday… overall it was a pretty rad day.

thursday john flew out of state for a business trip… he sent me this pic via text once he got to his hotel. he’s so stinking cute. I love him.

we sent this photo to daddy later in the day… to show him what he’s missing… hehehe ::evil laugh::

this right here, my friends… was HILARIOUS. katherine was so kind to take g and I to jfk on friday night… what did I do? I locked my truck keys in the house. so, she had to four wheel it over into the neighbors driveway to get us out. um, can you say katherine is a rock star? yeah. I think so too.

oh, hi mama… I know it’s 3am and we’ve been traveling all night… but I’m pretty happy to see you.

daddy daycare pic of the week:

g has made it a habit to fall asleep on his playmat midmorning everyday… well, john thought it would be a great idea to make a baby tent. then he sent me this while I was working. I died. I’m pretty sure I’m still laughing right now… he’s hilarious.

pretty rad week. how was yours? you can link up with your photos too… the more, the merrier!

link up over at amy’s blog… (the linky thing pretty much hates me…) toodloo for now! see you next week!

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project 31: my personality and comfort food…

project 31: day 18 ::day 4::

describe your personality

okay, so I’m gonna answer this in two parts. I know, I know… I never answer her questions the way she writes them. I can’t help it! just the way my brain works.

things I like about my personality:

– I’m kind-hearted. I really do wish/hope for the best for others.
– I’m loud. I love that I’m never ashamed to be loud.
– I’m easy-going. guess it’s the california girl in me.
– I’m silly. poop jokes make me laugh for dayyyyyyssss. what? it’s funny!
– I am a good friend. I’m loyal. especially to my favorites.
– I’m dependable.
– I love hard.
– I care about the little things (this can be good and bad.)
– I’m a talker, but I also like to listen.
– I can usually find the positive in almost any situation.

things I don’t like about my personality:

– I gossip. too much.
– I can be judgemental. (I’m really working on this one.)
– I can be sensitive sometimes. take things to heart.
– I am wishy washy about my future. (HATE THIS.) I have no idea what I’m going to do with my life. time passes, whether you do something with it or not… time just keeps passing!
– I am so emotional. I’m really working on not being so emotional. I am kind of over crying when I’m happy/sad/indifferent.
– I get intimidated easily. which is redonk because most of the things/people that intimidate me are really not that intimidating. (I know, I totally just contradicted myself.)

so there you have it. I have to say I’m much more comfortable with who I am as a person these days… but I’m still young… and there’s still work to be done. overall, I’d call myself a sensitive outgoing crazy person. sound about right? hahaha.

project 31: day 19 ::day 5::

Write about your favorite comfort food (we are women- we ALL have comfort food!)

I have lots of comfort foods. when I was pregnant it was macaroni and cheese… because some days it was the only thing I could keep down… and most days it was just the easiest thing to throw up. now though, you couldn’t pay me to eat the stuff. it makes my stomach turn just thinking about it. my go-to comfort food… is peanut-butter toast. I LOVE melted peanut butter on bread. to die. it’s making my mouth water just typing it! thankthelordjesus I’ve already had my lunch. teehee.

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and away we go…

big weekend!

john’s leaving for a business trip this morning. ::sad face:: I’m a little sad to see him go, but on the other hand, he’s gotta do it… so, no sense wallowing in my miss him’s… because he’ll be back before I know it… and that’s that, right?

g and I are flying to south carolina tomorrow night. I’m super stoked about it. my family there has yet to meet g… the crazy part? I was my cousins age when they were born… and now they’re little teenagers and I have my first child! it’s crazy how time flies. we won’t see john before we go, but we’ll be back next wednesday…. it’s just a long weekend trip. katherine rocks, as usual, for being so kind to take us to the airport…

took the dogs to their vacation home last night… my friend shelly, who’s a vet tech watches them. elsie will mope for a week when I bring her home. she LOVES it there. shelly has a backyard that is to die for and elsie takes full advantage of her time there. while I was there, shelly and I got to catch up. I swear she’s caesar in girl form. she’s got this awesome herd of amazingly well behaved pit bulls… and the second my dogs walk through the door they are better behaved then they ever are for me. she kind of blows my mind in that way. best part? I never have to worry about my dogs when I’m away… because I know if anything were to happen she’d take them right to the vet, without thinking about it… and my dogs LOVE it there. who am I kidding? I love it there, too. we had such a good time eating mexican food and chatting. not to mention, her fiance is highly hilarious… it was just a really good night… since g was born, I feel like it’s easy for me to neglect my kidless friends… so, I’m glad I’ve tended to this relationship… because, well… she’s rad.

nothing too too crazy, just a little update on the haps… I have to say though, it is a little weird sitting here typing without baxter on my lap and elsie passed out on the floor… ::big sigh:: but it’s always nice to have a little time away from adult life. responsibilities and such. g doesn’t count. I don’t think of him as “work” like I sometimes do with the dogs… he’s just… my baby! hehe. I’m rambling. I get this way when I’m excited. I love traveling with g. he did so well on the planes last time… and this time we’re flying when he should be asleep… so I’m hoping if I put him in a fresh dipe and feed him when the planes taking off he’ll just sleep the whole flight. it’s only about two hours… my aunt was shocked when I told her I cloth diaper… her reaction was, why? I get that a lot… and I’m starting to see, I have a new answer every time…

this post got away from me. I’ll catch ya’ll (getting my sc accent back, already!) later… toodloo

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project 31: beautiful cousins and things that make sara happy.

project 31: day 16 ::day 2::

Write a letter to your daughter, or a young girl in your life. Tell her what beauty means.

this one is hard for me. I was thinking about it all day yesterday and just could not even begin to sum up what beauty means. I knew who I was going to write to… my beautiful cousins sloan and reaganne… but what does beauty mean? I’m not even sure I know. I know what beauty is defined as… but what does it mean? well, here’s what I came up with…

dear sloanie and rea rea

I was about your age when your mama had you. your mama wanted the both of you (and garrett) so much. she prayed for you everyday… and when she finally got you, she was so beautiful! she was glowing with pride and love… and she was so happy. you were here. beautiful, healthy, babies. and rea rea, you were such a lovely surprise! I spent my summers back then visiting with you… getting to know you… changing your diapers, feeding you, cleaning! (your mama was such a chore enforcer! she was hardcore!)… I was in love. what am I saying? I’m still in love… with the both of you!

to me, beauty radiates. it’s not always instantly visible… but it’s in ones actions and words. you can make yourself an incredibly ugly person just with your words. guard them. use them wisely…. treat people well. treat animals well. treat the earth well. this will only enhance your beauty… because let’s face it… you both are incredibly beautiful girls… and I’m looking forward to watching you grow into beautiful and kind women.

I love you both very much… and I cannot wait to see you this weekend! (g’s super excited too!)

Sara… who smells like strawberries. (reads with a lisp…)

project 31: day 17 ::day 3::

Write about 3 things that make you happy.

1. this guy, right here.

baxter makes me incredibly happy. I feel like this guy is my little furry soulmate. this dog was meant to be my dog. he’s been the best dog I’ve ever had by a long shot… and I’ll tell you, he’s lucky I feel this way… because he’s not a well-behaved dog… AT ALL. ::bows head in shame:: when I got him, I was going through a rough patch… so, instead of focusing on training him, I took advantage of all the cuddles he was willing to give. regardless, I will have this dog until the day he (we don’t say that word about baxter.)… and I’ll love him like crazy until then.

2. driving.

sounds weird, right? I blame my dad. from the time I was about thirteen, he had me driving on back roads. it was a big time bonding time for me and him… we would talk about everything… so now… if I’m bumming or need to think or need to TALK… I jump in the car and drive. it’s relaxing for me. detox, if you will. I know, I’m a weirdo. but on the other hand, I suppose there are worse things. I also really enjoy cars in general… random fact about me: classic car shows kind of make my heart flutter with excitement. I even like the smell of them…

3. converse and the beach

okay okay… so, I am cheating a tad, but it’s a combination of both. I used to go to the beach in northern california with my friends all the time. I miss it. I miss the smell… I miss the sounds of the seagulls (they are CRAZY hardcore about food, fyi…) I miss being able to just get out of bed and decide to go to the beach… but converse… well, they are pretty much the only shoes I wear (have been since forever… I’m a jeans and tshirt kinda girl.)… and they sometimes remind of me of just waking up, throwing on some clothes… and heading to the beach. ah, love. dreams. ::sigh::

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