Thursday, February 20, 2014

Big Boy Room

The time has come. The time to retire the baby bed and upgrade to a new one.

I am waiting a few more weeks for my cousin to take the crib/toddler bed before we put the new bed in the room. This is hard because I am one of those people that once I am ready to do something I want to do it NOW!

I didn't really want to pick a "theme" because I already did that a little with his nursery. That being said, I saw a really sweet pillow at Pottery Barn Kids that I loved the colors on, so I got that and went from there.

Logan loves tools, and it was on sale, so I decided to start here.
I got a pillow case from this line but went looking around for solid sheets and comforters that interchanged with the colors on this pillow. I still have to think about window coverings and I am considering simple roman shades because drapes seem bulky. His room is already 3 full walls of shelving!!

Speaking of, once we put the twin bed in the room, I won't even have room for a dresser. I ordered 12 multi-colored bins to put on some of this shelving to house his clothes and I am actually looking forward to this. There is so much shelving in this room that I have no idea what to do with it all. At least this will get a few shelves taken care of!

The only thing I am thinking hard about is whether or not to get a safety rail to put on either side of the bed. I am so scared he is going to fall out. Thoughts?

In about a month we will be done with the transformation in his room! I just need to get the rug and the shades and get it all put together. Pictures will follow!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentines Day for Toddlers

First of all, as I start the hunt for a more education-related daycare, I realize Toddler is not the word for Logan anymore. He is Preschool Aged.

I'm sorry - what? PRESCHOOL? Meaning he is getting prepared for school?

This guy?

I perhaps need to take a moment to gather myself.

Back to my original purpose here.

Valentines Day.

Surely I am not the only parent who dreads going to the school and hauling off a giant bag of CANDY that my child has been given. I don't understand it, really. My Valentine gift to the kids was playdoh, bubbles, and goldfish! Why all the chocolate and crap?

Don't get me wrong, I am not one of those "my kid only eats organic" parents. He has his fair share of nuggets, mac-n-cheese, and corn dogs. I seem to have drawn the line with Candy. I hated giving it to him as a potty training tactic. My husband and I don't eat candy.

Maybe it was getting in the car this morning and seeing the large plastic sack of candy (which I threw away in the parking garage at work. Not ashamed). I kept the little paper valentines so Logan can look at them and we can talk about his friends. To me that is the important part.

Ok - Rant Over. I need coffee.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Healthy Meals

Weight Watchers kills me.

I'm hungry, y'all.

I like to eat. I generally eat like a man.

Now I get 26 points a day and I am rather depressed. A glass of wine is 5.

Lee and I are in this together, at least Monday-Saturday, so I am scouring Cooking Light and other healthy sites for recipes. This week I was most excited to try this one:

I am changed it up a bit with a jar of my favorite Vodka Sauce and it was yummy! - Though - I will admit, good ole thick marinara is best...

The rest of the week gets a little interesting. I have Pilates on Tues/Thurs so we are eating quick meals like salads or I put a chicken in the oven right before I leave and it is ready when I get home to serve it.

Lunch is the real challenge. I tend to go out for lunch every day, either with my group or with vendors as a treat. I am going to have to look for the "guilt free" areas on the menu. How boring is that....

I am just glad I started now, a good 4-5 months before it's hot enough for a swim suit again. I am frustrated and trying not to cheat. I am thinking of trying smoothies for lunch a few times a week and maybe even Snap Kitchens juice cleanse to try and get some weight loss started. I can tell a HUGE difference in how my body is reacting to a diet from when I did this a few years ago. I have hit the age where weight clings to you and dropping it is near impossible.

Wish me luck because the lack of wine is not putting me in a very good mood at all!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Olympic Style

Lee and I are always obsessed about the Olympics. We sit around all evening and weekends and watch the games, no matter what is on.

Same goes for the opening ceremony. Though I spent the first half up and down off the couch trying to get Logan to stay in bed and ignoring the demands he yelled under his door, I really really really enjoyed the ceremony.

I may even have an inkling to go to the ballet now.

The part I always look the most forward to is the Parade of Nations.

This year - I was underwhelmed. I mean - nothing really impressed me!

Let's start with the best and work our way down...

I thought France had the most classic, preppy look:

Then Bermuda kept tradition strong, although I am sure they had cold knees.

In the middle I have USA. I am on the fence on these sweaters. With a little work, they may be re-used for the Ugly Christmas Sweater parties, or given to various elementary school teachers to add to their seasonal sweater collection:

Also - are those sweatpants?

Next to last - Germany:

I think it's the pants that pushed me over the edge. The white ones you can see on others work better than the granny flower red ones.

Most tacky I feel goes to Russia:

Furry fringe? No.

Finally - Wow - Lithuania:

Just say no to chartreuse. Always.

One question that bothered me the whole time - what is up with the ice queen looking chick walking them in?

Did you enjoy the ceremony?

all images i found on Yahoo.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Crazy Days

Work is kicking my ass right now. I think the lightbulb finally went off today on WHY.

LAST January, our Sr. Designer quit. I was basically insta-promoted and took on her accounts along with my own since all accounts were a little slow. This also meant I was now *gulp* managing people.

Fast forward a year. ALL those accounts got crazy busy at the same time, because my luck sucks. So now I have to manage people (*gulp* again) while also managing multiple accounts that are all very busy. I also spent the majority of May thru last week on the biggest project of my career, while still managing all the other things.

Today I realized... all the problems I have been running into (mistakes on projects mainly) aren't because I am doing poorly at my job.

I am doing poorly at managing.

Managing time or your own workload is one thing. Managing time, your work load, 2 other peoples workload, and - oh yeah - home life - is a whole new ballgame.

So, almost like my boss has ESP, she calls me today and says "I am signing you up for Managing Training."

So maybe things will get better from here.

Next week I hope to share the finalized photos of the large, fancy, beautiful, exhausting project I worked on for over 6 months.

Tonight, I will chill. We will watch opening games:

while drinking wine and trying to relax off this crazy, hard week.

I'll try to at least manage that.