Year: 2012

Tis the Season …

The holiday season is upon us and I am most excited about it. I've been preparing for several months now and it is almost here. Having children has breathed new life into the holidays for me. Although my 8 year old son is officially a non-believer and that hurt my heart he still enjoys Christmas. Last year I convinced him to still believe after some dumb kid told him Santa was a fraud; this year no such luck. Yes I want him to believe that a big fat white man in a red suit smokes a pipe, rides on reindeer's and comes down a chimney we don’t have to deliver his gifts I spend my hard earned money on. SO! All isn't lost though this year is my baby girls first Christmas so I have at least 5 more years to pretend Santa is real. Since this is Nori’s first Christmas my holiday cheer started early. By cheer I mean spending, shopping, researching for this and that and so on and so forth. I get a kick out of people’s reactions when they open my gifts. I pride myself on getting something I KNOW they will love. Even if they didn't even know they would. Here are a few things I did this year to maintain my holiday cheer.

Mi’s Workout Plan Vol: I

I recently got a Physical as I was long past due. Good news, I checked out pretty healthy however I was told (and already knew) I need to exercise. I am what they call "Skinny Fat". This was not news to me as I've always held down my inner fat girl. I had already decided it was time to shed this "belly fat" so this was right on time. Before we get too deep let's start with some basic facts:
  • Age: 30+3
  • Children: 2
  • Weight: 130 lbs
  • Height: 5'5
Now based on those facts alone one would think I was the picture of health. For the most part I am however the good lord blessed me with excellent genetics. Those genetics alone kept me "Thin in the waist and cute in the Face" until about age 29. Then pre-30 set in and let me tell you a change had come.
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DIY Costume: Owl

Hey Cuties,

This year I was really excited about Halloween a little more than usual. I now have "Costume Power" again. My son has been selecting his own costume for years now. I can't pick out little cute costumes that I love for him. That aint cool! Now that I have a little one I get "Costume Power" for at least the next 3 years. EXCITED!!!!

With all this power I started browsing the web early for thee cutest little girl costume ever. Now don't get me wrong, I found some super cute costumes but they came with a really cute price. I am not going to pay $50+ for a costume for my 9 month old that probably won't want the crap on her anyway. That didn't stop me from browsing though, now I was browsing for costume ideas. Do it yourself (DIY) ideas I found some really good stuff. Some were better suited for a baby that was walking. We aren't there yet. I continued to look and found a sushi costume (Nori is a type of seaweed, would have been cute right.) and then I saw an owl. I was hooked from then on. I began searching for DIY owl costumes and there were plenty out there. I had no idea. I then decided I would combine all the things I liked about the costumes and make it my own. That is just what I did.

Nasir’s First Race: Marine Corps Healthy Kids Fun Run

After training for at least a month today (Oct. 27th) was Nasir's BIG DAY. It was time for the Marine Corps Healthy Kids Fun Run. My son has wanted to do a race of his own since his Dad did the Warrior Dash, Spartan Race and Tough Mudder this year. Dad heard his cry and signed him up for a 1 mile race. Lucky for our son his dad is a former distance runner (HS & College) and he used to Coach Track. By all accounts he was learning from the "best". The race was a one mile event just for fun and every kid got a t-shirt, medal, and a snack bag at the end.
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On the car ride he read a Sonic the Hedgehog book

Fall is Here: Montpelier Farms

Even though the temperature outside reads 80 degrees it is still fall. In years past the family would go to Cox Farm in Virginia for a little fall fun. This year I made huge plans to go to this really nice Farm in VA with my girlfriend, her children, my children and my nieces. It was going to be a good time. Unfortunately we weren't able to do that because my son has had a lapse in behavior judgment. Second grade is so stressful... Since I'd invited my nieces we had to do something. So I opted to go to a local farm; I'd heard about here in MD.  The farm was just okay; it is very small and doesn't have a lot going on. The other farm we are familiar with was huge with a lot going on. Since my son had gotten in trouble in school it was just what the doctor ordered. He should thank his cousins honestly. Either way I wanted the kids to have a good time and I believe they did. This was Nori's first time going to a farm of any kind so it had to be special.

Mi’s Trip to the Gun Range

With an infant at home my Babe and I have been doing "Day Dates". We've done several activities outside of my box and today was no different. Today's adventure took us to the Gun Range compliments of Groupon. We headed down to our local Gun Range (Maryland Small Arms, Upper Marlboro, MD) for a little bit of fun. We arrived and first you pick out your gun, we went with a Glock 17 9mm hand gun. The lady behind the counter gave me a tutorial on how to put the bullets in the clip, put the clip in the gun, how to cock the gun back, and how to pull the trigger. They make all of this look real easy in the movies, not so much in real life.

Embrace the Camera: 9/13/12

This week I decided to finally Embrace the Camera. I have a ton of pictures of my children but I don't have many with me included. I'm going to try and do this every week, which  is probably more than my poor time management schedule can handle but we shall see. My first "Embrace the Camera" is from an evening stroll/ride I took with the family this week. We are getting a sneak peak of fall and wanted to get out and take advantage. Maybe I will finally start working on dropping this gut; maybe not I still have time...

Summer Wrap Up 2012

Hey Cuties, I've fallen all the way off the wagon; I guess becoming a Mom of two really took a lot out of me. I don't mind, I enjoyed adjusting to having two kids. Everything my daughter does is new and exciting and I wanted to give her all of my attention. REAL LIFE IS HAPPENING! Let me catch you up on all the things we've been doing.  Here is a season in review...

A Nest for Nori Michelle

gray baby nursery

I've been meaning to write this blog since I was pregnant and decorating the nursery for my baby girl. Well life happened and my baby girl is now 6 months and I'm just getting to write this blog. There are several little things I still need to add but here goes. Inspiration for the room: I wanted bold colors because I'm not a fan of pastels.  My Babe didn't want a "pink princess palace" (my favorite color is hot pink). We both wanted a modern nursery that could easily be a toddler's room as well. I didn't want something all matchy-matchy and I wanted to utilize different prints and bring them all together. With those things in mind I set out to create the ideal world for our little girl.  I finally decided I wanted the colors to be grey white and yellow with splashes of hot pink.

Lemon Plum?

Have you ever heard of a lemon plum or better yet had one? ME EITHER; until today that is. The same reaction you had while reading this is the exact reaction I had when I saw them in the store.  I couldn't wait to get home and go to “the Google” as I simply needed to know more about this fruit I was strolling around the produce section of my local Safeway when I saw a sign that said LEMON PLUMS. I say out loud “Umm excuse me”. I point them out to my mother who is from the South and as far as I’m concerned knows all things country. Well she hadn't heard or seen such a thing either. HOW COULD THIS BE POSSIBLE!
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