It's the little things... [Watching]

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Oh Wednesday, about dang time.

A little different than normal, here are a few of the little things we've been watching as we call it a day.. Linking up with Sadie Sky Boutique and Words About Waverly.
The Mr. and I don't watch that much TV or a certain series religiously, but there have been a few shows on the TV/DVR we've un-winded to recently. Once dinner is over and cleaned up, the Little is bathed and in bed, the washer and dryer are running and the house is picked up, etc., etc., it's nice to just sit back and relax together. Here are a few things we've been watching..

I was surprised I didn't see more conversations on (my daily read) blogs about this documentary. There was quite a bit of reaction/controversy/speculation overall, but I'm realizing how there are many 'cirlces' or 'cliques' even, in the community of blogging and that may affect who is talking about this and who isn't..? Or people weren't that impressed or into it? I don't care know.

I took it for what it was - a documentary of one man's story and perspective on a journey to find out about blogging. I love blogs and have been reading them for years. I, obviously, recently just started blogging myself, so it was fun to hear these women put into words what I often think/feel but can't get out of my jumbled thoughts. The Mr. watched it with me and has always been supportive of the blog idea, so I was glad he was able to hear some of that same stuff and just see a little bit more what it's about or why people do it. Plus him giving time to my hobby/interests is just nice. Either way, I enjoyed the movie and will probably watch it again.

I never think I want to watch a 30 for 30, but a few minutes in, I'm hooked and can't wait for the next one. I'm not sure if it's because we are athletes and fans ourselves or we just appreciate a good story with more info/background, but the Mr. and I really enjoy watching these. They are obviously sports-related, some are uplifting, some are a little saddening/daunting. But no matter what, I find myself either close to tears, feeling inspired or wanting to discuss/debate the situation. There are also 30 for 30 Shorts that are just quick (30 minute) films on a particular person or story. Most of these that we've watched recently I didn't know the story, so it's fun to learn something new as well.

And on a totally different note.. Ok, don't leave just yet - I know it's raunchy, terrible and (I should probably include) vulgar.. We've been watching the series on HBO On Demand, so as you can imagine (HBO) it definitely has it's moments. There are times I turn away or roll my eyes, but overall it's stupid-funny and a mindless watch. Will Ferrell is the executive producer, so it's that kind of humor, which we enjoy. Don't judge.

These evenings together and watching shows we both enjoy are little moments that I love. Whether we just sit together quietly or discuss it, it's time that I appreciate and look forward to after busy days.

Have you seen any of these? What are your favorite shows or what have you been watching?
How do you unwind in the evenings?

Brush brush, brush your teeth..

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

This past weekend, we ran errands, hung out around home and got Tyson a haircut, as you can see. We also picked up a new power toothbrush for the little guy. Nothing special, just a generic, soft brush for kids with a pirate on it. In other words, a little piece of heaven for a 1 1/2 year old..
He's always been interested in our Sonicare toothbrushes and loves to hold on to it when we brush, plus he enjoys brushing his own teeth, so we figured it was a win/win.
As you can see, there is a lot of slobbering and concentration that goes into it. We have yet to find a successful ending to brushing. If only the $4 brush had a timer and would shut off until the next time.. Until he gets his own Sonicare, we'll keep practicing saying, 'bye brush' and trying to avoid a mini-meltdown after each session. :)
I think this is one of those pictures we'll look back on when he's 18 years old and see he looks just the same, but with less spit drips all over his shirt and chin. Hopefully.
Happy brushing!! :)

Easter 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oh what a wonderful weekend and Easter it was.. As I previously mentioned both my sisters were home and at my parents' so we got some quality family time in, as well as fun birthday and Easter celebrations.

Side note - if you bloggers out there happen to stumble upon my little blog and read this, how on earth do you all get an Easter recap together and up by Monday morning..?!?!?! I was happy to make it home in one piece (for the most part), put a worn-out little boy to bed (sans bath, mind you), get the car unloaded and all suitcases/boxes/etc. unpacked, and have the house in a semi-put-together state for the upcoming week; let alone get pictures on the computer, possibly edit, upload and compose a post. TELL ME THE SECRET.

Anyway, here are some pictures and fun little bits from our weekend.

The weather was beautiful. We had an improptu run in the sprinklers.
Of course my Mom's gardens had some beautiful blooms, just in time for Easter!!
Taking a break for snack time with Auntie. Tyson loved his time outside. My parents have a huge garage and good space for him to play, run around and ride his car. Once we'd get inside, he'd be asking to go back out.
Tyson partaking in, what my family affectionately calls, man sh*t. He knew exactly what to do.
After naptime, we decided to do his Easter basket.
As predicted, he went straight for the fruit snacks!! I can't blame him..
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
Opening his basket with Grandma Easter morning - Tyson was spoiled by Grandma and Papa, and aunts and uncle with fun little treats!!
After Easter Sunday Mass, we had a full house and a delicious meal with family and friends. Then of course, headed out for an Easter egg hunt. Tyson did great and was really into it!!
Let me rephrase, he was really into the candy the Mr. filled the eggs with..
To top it all off, we were able to get a few GREAT family pictures.
Then we gave hugs, cried and left. Once we pushed it til naptime, we loaded up and headed back to do Easter with the Mr.'s parents. Tyson was passed out and drooling not even a mile into our trip back home.

Nana put together an awesome Easter basket for Tyson.
Nana and Grandpa also have a great backyard and space for running around/playing, so we headed outside and hunted more eggs.
Then Tyson got in on some egg dying. He did a great job and seemed to enjoy it. There were a few cracked eggs, but I was to blame for half of them. Oops. :)
After a fun, family-packed day, we headed home to unpack and get to bed early. Holidays keep getting more and more fun the older Tyson gets and the more 'involved' he is. We are so blessed to have such wonderful families and the ability to celebrate these special times together.
Hope you had a wonderful and memorable Easter 2014!!

Easter Basket 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I just love this time of year and the feeling I get on Easter morning - birds chirping, nature blooming, sun shining and attending Sunday Mass celebrating our Lord's resurrection. It's also a great excuse to put together a few fun treats for the Little. Here is his basket this year.
With Tyson, we can never go wrong with some new books - perfect to bring to Easter Sunday Mass.
We are currently on a dinosaur-kick, so we had to include a near life-size velociraptor. :)
 With a new season upon us and a fast growing boy, I included a few adorable t-shirts.
Fruit/veggie pouches
Plastic eggs for hunting 
I can't wait for him to see his basket and treats on Easter morning!! I'm pretty sure we'll be opening a pack of fruit snacks and reading his books first thing (while snuggling a dinosaur, of course).We've already practiced egg hunting, so I am looking forward to the official hunt as well.
Linking up with [the good life blog] for her 2nd Annual Easter Basket Blog Hop, and Our Journey. How fun, huh?! Check out all the adorable baskets and get some last minute ideas.
What's in your loved ones' baskets this year?

It's the little things... [Life]

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Wednesday!! We're only half-way through the week and I already have so much to be thankful for - here are a few random little things that are making me feel special, smile and really appreciate life.

As I posted all over Instagram yesterday, some of my birthday fun - surprise delivery from my sister and brother-in-law, sweet message from the Mr. and Little, birthday shoutout from Google, perfectly behaved Tyson at my delicious birthday dinner with the in-laws.
Finally framing a few of our most recent family pictures and cleaning up/re-organizing some bookshelves.
Today my sisters are arriving 'home' for the week/weekend to celebrate my birthday Easter. I'm excited to join the full house soon..!!
Speaking of my sister's wedding pictures, here is one of my handsomely adorable little family. 

As usual, linking up with Sadie Sky Boutique and Words About Waverly.
Hope you are having a great week!!

Turning 30: My birthday

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Today is the day, the one I countdown to each year - April 15, my birthday!!

Also known as tax day, the day Lincoln died and the day the Titanic sank, on a lighter note - the day I was born!!

I think my obsession with this day grew as a child for a few reasons.. There are a two other people, in particular, I share April with for birthdays - my Dad and (his Mom) my grandma. I guess I always thought we shared a special bond because of this and it was always so fun to all celebrate together.

My grandma was a very special lady and always made you feel as if you were the most important person in the world and she'd always tell us how proud of us she was. She'd give us funny, different occasion cards - like an anniversary card for our birthday and write 'happy anniversary on the day of your birth..' or something silly like that. One unforgettable year included her cake for me that accidentally was still frozen come time to cut into it. Years later, we'd laugh til we cried recalling that birthday.
My parents always went out of their way to give us parties and fun days for our birthdays, including delivering balloons to school, personalized banners at home with stickers and crepe paper and whatever dessert/meal we'd request with the special birthday cup/plate (as you'll see the red goblet appear in a few birthday pictures below).
  • We'd always darken the room, light the candles and sing, then get to take a face-first bite out of the side of the birthday cake.
  • I'll never forget the Heathcliff cake my mom made by hand, including orange star-tip icing covering the whole thing to look like the fur of the cartoon character.
  • Or the photography/modeling party where we all got dressed up and my mom hung up a backdrop and we took pictures and 'modeled' and then she made a cake with photo strips on it, perfectly themed.
  • My dad made an outside-city-limits-kinda bonfire for me and my friends and we got to roast marshmallows and run all over the place - that party ended with roasted sweet treats being thrown all over, a few even ending up in people's hair. It was a fun mess, but it wasn't my dad's hair and he wasn't mad; he still enjoys recalling that party. 
I think all these memories and birthdays are so vivid to me because my mom was good about documenting and photographing these special days. And I really appreciate that - thanks Mom!! :) That's also why I like to make holidays and birthdays a big deal for Tyson, because those are such special memories in my life and why not make someone feel like a million bucks?!
Then once I got older, it was of couse an excuse to party all month week long, enjoy fancy drinks and dress up for no reason. Some of that never changes, but now I like to include not having to make dinner and clean-up or do laundry, etc. The Mr. is great at playing along and spoils me to no end. Like the one year he got me a new cell phone, made the number transfer and had the gift box ringing as I was unwrapping it. Or when he got a gigantic black and white print framed, hung and wrapped (on the wall) of one of my favorite Robert Doisneau photographs.

Now that I write it out, it all goes back to my family. They're the ones to blame!! I suppose that's why they continue to put up with me year after year.. They are also the ones that make this day so special and I am so thankful to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

So this year I'm 30. I guess I haven't thought much about it - I've seen a few before me do it and it seems to be ok. :) I'm at a point where I am so content with my life - my family and career are in such a good place. I'm not saying this to brag, but to say I'm ok with it all. I like it. I don't think I'm 'grown up' but I think the way things are looking, I'm not afraid to take the journey.

After what I know will be another beautiful and fabulous April 15th and beginning of the week long celebrations, starting with family and dinner at one of my favorite resturants and a flaming dessert, let the countdown begin again.. 364 days to go.