Monday, November 3, 2014

Zoo Boo

This past week, I took advantage of our last warm day on the radar and took Chase to the Zoo.  My Mom had my brother's kids so we met there for the day and just had the best time!
 I don't mean to be all "my life is roses" but it was just one of those days where I was just feeling so thankful for everything/everyone in my life!  I took a day OFF WORK and hardly even glanced at my phone (emails) while we were out and about! 

Chase would look at the animals and say "Stay!" just like he was talking to our dog at home.  It was cute!  By the time we got to the dolphin show, it was 2:30 in the afternoon and Chase hadn't had a nap all day.  He was dancing & singing with the music and the next thing I knew he was sound asleep.  Dead weight in my overloaded arms and we were at the top of the bleachers...perfect timing, kid! :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Closet: October Review

As much as I was not looking forward to the temperature dropping, I sure have enjoyed fall fashion!

These dresses are everywhere and such a simple way to look put together when you're in a hurry!
I loved the lace detail on the striped tee | enjoyed pulling out  my black booties again 
booties & sequin pocket took this simple outfit up a notch
plaid scarf & booties | red sweater with pleated maxi skirt > :)
I loved all of the neutrals with my brown suede booties
black is still just that color that I feel confident in!
What is your favorite look from October?  Any fashion trends you are enjoying this Fall?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bad Bathtub Manners

This little guy of mine finds bathtub time as an invitation to gross his mother out poop.  
There, I said it, he has bad bathtub manners! :)
I may have screamed the 1st time it happened.  I feel bad because obviously the warm water is relaxing to his body and well, ya know.  BUT I do not want my little bathtub pooper to think this is ok!  I only have so many pairs of latex gloves on hand and hello, those were for my sunless tanner application :) 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

When having a bad day doesn't mean you have a bad life...

Do you ever have THOSE days?  The ones where you feel like your whole world is crashing down on you because a few things have gone wrong and those few things are overwhelming!

Well, I do.  I have them and sometimes I allow the negativity to bury me.  Sometimes I even overwhelm others with those little things that have me down.

Last week I was having one of those days!  I was at work and so work seemed to be the issue and I was feeling unmotivated and uninspired with my job.  I made a choice to allow myself to feel unhappy.  In that instance, I felt like I should just move on and find a different job that made me feel more fulfilled.  Um, and where did I get it in my head that I deserved a job that made me feel happy and fulfilled 100% of the time?  I do think that is a nice luxury if one is blessed with a job like that -- I have been for the last 6 years!

So I really put things in perspective and decided to make light of the bad day I was having.  One particular client (and a set of circumstances that went along with said client) is what was making me feel overwhelmed.  The way this client does business is actually humorous to me (or the fact that they are still in business)!  I looked up some office humor and spent a good hour out of my precious evening reading & laughing at situations I could have submitted from some of the situations we face in our office everyday!

CLIENT: Hi, I got this email. What does it mean?
I look up his file and find the email, which spells out the situation very clearly.
ME: I’m looking at what we sent you. Where’s the confusion?
CLIENT: Oh, I didn’t read it; I’m just wondering what it is for.
ME: Why don’t you take a moment to read it?
A few moments go by.
CLIENT: Okay! Thanks for your help! Bye!
CLIENT:  I don’t see the updated information on the website
ME: Did you refresh the page?
CLIENT: I don’t see why that should be necessary.
ME: Well, it is if you want to see the updated information. Just hit the refresh button, or press the F5 key.
CLIENT: In all my years of using computers, I’ve never heard of that requirement before. Please update the information like I requested and let me know when it is done.

I realized a couple of things -- PERSPECTIVE:
#1 - It is good for me to take a step back from whatever situation I'm facing and think through it from the client's angle as well
#2 - Try to find the humor in the small everyday annoyances life/work brings makes things less stressful!

Today is a good day to have a good day!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 update on my baby boy

The update is that I no longer have a baby boy.
He grew up and it all happened before I realized it and before I could stop it! 
What's a Momma to do?
> Chase says or tries to say everything he hears now! It's hilarious and scary all at the same time. 
> he says "no" to everything right now. 
Chase, do you love Momma?  No.
Chase, are you Momma's boy? No.
Chase, we're you a good boy today? No.
We'll at least the last one is true - lol
> he is starting to play by himself better
> he Ioves music. I think there is a song playing in his head all the time. He dances to music and sings a lot!
He really likes Deep and Wide, Jesus Loves the Little Ones Like Me, You Are My Sunshine, The Wheels on the Bus and This Little Light of Mine.
> chase loves pizza
> At nap and bed time, he is starting to want to be laid down with his bottle so he can put himself to sleep
> Chase is very loving. He gives big hugs where he squeezes your neck hard and loves to get kisses...even Eskimo kisses. He thinks those are especially funny!
> Chase was introduced to the song What Does The Fox Say? (Thanks Daddy!) and is obsessed with it now. Whenever our phones or tablets are out, he comes up and says "pop, pop, pop, pop, pop". I can only handle hearing that song so much before I get angry (with myself for having it memorized!).
> he wants bottles still... and I kind of feel like it's the only thing still "baby" about this stage... And I'm a pushover so I allow it.
> Chase likes playing peek-a-boo.  He will say Chaser! and then cover his head with a blanket so we will "find" him!
> his giggles and cuddles are the best part of each day! 
> he still shy with people he doesn't knownd gets very upset if they try to hold him or even get too close to him
> going to the doctor is loads of fun at this stage. Well, really when the nurse tries to touch him or gives him shots. He does ok with the doctor.
> he is a guy's guy! Maybe cause he is best buds with his Daddy but Chase is definitely more comfortable with guys. 
> Chase loves to go through the kitchen cabinets and play with whatever he can grab before he has to run from Momma :) 
> This month we started the time out chair.  I've kind of mocked the idea in the past, with the thought of, just spank your kid already! But apparently (and yes I knew this) certain kinds of discipline are effective for some children AND at certain ages.  Our child happens to be very stubborn. I love that he's strong willed because I feel like he will be a leader throughout life if I can just direct all of that stubbornness and instill discipline while he is young. But what do I know? He is only 16 months old and this is my first child, so really, it's all trial and error at this stage!
> I love our little family time. Chase gets to relax in Momma and Daddy's bed on Saturday and Sunday mornings and it is so cute to see how he just eats it up!
> Chase has started wanting  a kiss on his owie to make it all better.  I've always thought this was the cutest thing with other children and now that it is MY kisses for MY baby, it is just as special to make everything in his world ok with just a kiss! 

>>> I love being a Mommy even more with every day. Even the hard days or fussy times, he's all mine and he and I know what he needs to relax at night or when he needs cuddled during the day.  We know that wrestling with Daddy each evening always makes Chase happy. Going outside for some fresh air or to watch puppy dog are little things Chase always enjoys! It's crazy to me how hectic our evenings are - getting ready for Chase to go to Grandma's house the next day and me getting my stuff ready for work the next day... yet it is OUR chaos and it is all of those little responsibilities that remind me that I'm needed by my family & what I'm doing IS important!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dallas Style

Last week had me on a 3 day trip to Dallas, TX for work.  I was able to meet some of my clients and attend one of their conferences.

I had to get up at 2:30 AM in order to get to the airport by 4:00 AM.  Did I mention I am NOT a morning person?  I considered just staying up all night rather than getting a few hours of sleep, but I didn't last.  It also helped that adrenaline kept me going throughout the day since we had session after session, social hour and a 3 hour dinner to make it through.  I crashed hard that first night in Dallas.
 How nice it was to realize I ended up with a huge balcony that overlooked the pool.  The weather was refreshingly warm in Dallas and I enjoyed the sunshine and warmth through the balcony door. 

 A lot of the conferences I get to attend end up feeling very "trade show-ish" but this was refreshingly different.  It was a very engaging time with the client and a very enjoyable trip.  

By the time I got home Friday evening, I couldn't wait to hug my guys {just to verify, that would be Chase & Nathan - ha}.  I'm blessed with a rewarding job, but I'm always so thankful to get back home to my family.

P.S.  Hotel Zaza in Dallas is GORG.  It has southern charm with spacious rooms.  If you like to people watch, sit down by the valet and watch the constant stream of incredible cars and even some celebs that come through :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Closet | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

handbag, thrift via clothes mentor | boots, walmart | denim skirt, old navy
top, target | vest, consignment via Refinery 
I'm totally embracing layers already.  After our abnormally cool summer, I didn't think I'd be ready for Fall.  Apparently the vest and boot advertising has won me over already! :)  I'm enjoying the cool mornings and warm afternoons.  Now, if only Indiana actually stayed like this all year long!  #wishfulthinking