Saturday, April 30, 2011

Oh, hi. It's been awhile.

Hi, friends!  It has been almost a week break from blogging for me.  I would be lying if I said I had thought of it once.  My husband is home, and we have been busy.  Imagine trying to fit a months worth of activities into one week.  That's what we try to do.  Since he is gone so much, we try to do as much fun stuff together as we can while he is home.  This time, we have had a nice take-out, stay-at-home date consisting of a ridiculous amount of sushi.  We have taken Trae out to lunch with some friends.  We went to the pet store a few times, of course, and we have been looking for a new house to live in when our lease is up in this apartment.  Other than that, we have watched lots of Netflix while Trae sleeps... and we may have enjoyed some wine... and beer... and liquor.  Never too much at one time, of course :)  I have come to figure out that being old means that I definitely can't try to be as cool (or so I thought) as I was in college... which is code for no more than two or three drinks for me, or I pay for it the next day.

I have been getting addicted to documentaries on Netflix lately.  I am kind of (a lot of) a nerd, so when you put an unlimited amount of documentaries in front of me, I have to watch.  I may have graduated from college, but really, I love to learn.  I miss school a lot.  Maybe one day when Trae is in school, I will go back and get a few more useless degrees... Let's face it, sociology can't really be used unless you want to go to grad school... And honestly, I would love to.  Before I was pregnant with Trae, I was going back to school for addiction counseling.  Maybe I can finish that up too.

Well, what else do I need to update on?  I took a nap today for the first time in forever.  That sure felt good.  Art got his birthday/Christmas present... finally!  It's a guitar.  He could tell you all about it, but really it's just a shiny new guitar to me.  Moxy had to go to the vet and cost us a butt-load of money.  In the end, we paid a lot of money to get some eye drops and be told that 15 pounds makes him overweight, even though he is down from his previous 17 pound monster weight.  Trae is fantastic and laughs all the time.  I got a great video of it tonight, until he spit up his existence in the middle of my recording.  It's been a good week.  I wish it didn't have to end.

Art has gone to jam with his dad, who also has a shiny new guitar.  Therefore, I am going to spend my night watching Netflix documentaries, cuddled on the couch with my little cat-child, Moo.  Tomorrow is church, and if I get REALLY brave, I might leave Trae in the nursery for the first time, but I doubt I can let go for that long.  Have a wonderful night.  Pictures next time, promise.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, Y'all!

What a wonderful day to remember that Jesus has risen and is alive with love overflowing for each and every one of us!

I know I haven't been super consistent with blogging in the last few days.  I can't promise that this next week will be any better.  Art will actually be home, so I will be spending some quality time with my little family.  I will be back soon, though!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Music and Memories

Do you guys have any specific music that takes you back to a certain time in your life?  Almost all my music is like that.  THis is probably because I have a terrible habit of listening to one album for months at a time.  Here are a few examples:

Mika, Life in Cartoon Motion:  This album takes me back to a really, really different time in my life.  The point where I was living the college life... Lots and lots of partying and everything that goes along with it.  Ever time I listen to these songs, I have vivid memories of dancing on tables.  Haha.  Yeah, I was one of those.

The Killers, Hot Fuss:  When I listen to this album, all I think of is sitting on the back porch at the house I lived in at the time.  It had a fantastic back porch, and some of my greatest memories are sitting back there listening to The Killers, painting, and smoking cloves.

The Postal Service, Give Up:  I went to a small Baptist college in Shawnee Oklahoma for my first two years of college.  I was so, so, so depressed going there.  It just wasn't me.  Don't even get me started on what I think of private, church-affiliated colleges.  I spent a lot of time just driving around aimlessly, listening to this CD.  I loved getting lost on my long drives and always hoped I would end up somewhere other than Shawnee.  So, every time I listen to this album, I think of long, long drives and lots of sadness.

And for a REALLY way back in time pick- Reel Big Fish, Cheer Up:  In high school, I loved punk rock and ska.  The high school me makes me laugh a lot.  I was so care-free.  I still listen to this CD, and it still makes me smile.  Sometimes some really old, cheery music is just refreshing, you know?

Music is powerful...  I'm not sure what I would do without it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guess Who is Taking a Nap IN HIS CRIB?

This little guy is taking a nap in his crib.  You have no idea what a huge deal this is.  Success!

And this is what I am doing... Laying in bed, enjoying the few moments of peace I get in a day.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top Two Tuesday

Top Two Things I Collect:

1. Owls.  I love vintage-looking owls... Or just owl things in general.  Here are a few members of the little owl family that I pulled from around our home.

2. Shoes.  I would take a picture, but they are spread out over three rooms.  Really, I have a ridiculous amount of them.  What is even more ridiculous is that I wear about three pairs.  I need to downsize, but I just can't stand to give them away.  I mean, what if I suddenly decide that wearing stilettos every day is a good idea?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Trae Needs To Sleep!

You know, the past few days I have not been blogging as much.  Why?  Oh, just because all of a sudden, my child decided that he doesn't need to sleep during the day... EVER.  No naps for Trae.  I am tired and our little home is a complete disaster.  Starting tomorrow, Trae and I are going to work on a new nap time routine.  To say that I am dreading it is an understatement.  Until now, Trae has napped in his swing.  Now that he is getting bigger, it is time for him to start sleeping in his crib for naps.  However, he hates his crib.  I anticipate many tears.  I promise my posting will get more consistent again sometime this week!  Until then, if you have any magical napping advice, please send it my way!

Oh, and I need to finish the 30 Day Photo Challenge!
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Umm... Okay, I have no full body shots since having Trae, and I only have like three from when I was pregnant because I so cleverly avoided the camera.  My whole body is my biggest insecurity right now.  Pregnancy was not nice to me.  Actually, let me re-phrase that.  I was not nice to myself during pregnancy.  And let me re-phrase that AGAIN.  I was too nice to myself during pregnancy, which in turn wasn't that nice.  Make sense?  I ate whatever I wanted and kind of stopped working out and became pretty sadly lazy.  Now that Trae isn't in there anymore, I look at myself and think, oops!  Haha.  Hence why I am now not eating much and working out nightly.  It sucks, but I have got to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight or I am never going to feel good about myself again!  So, because this is, in fact, a photo challenge, here is one of the few semi-recent photos I can find of my whole body.  I am 39 weeks pregnant here... and huge!  Oh, by the way, 50 pounds of this are already gone.  Yeah, I did say I gained a lot!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Things I Want...

You know, I am incredibly blessed.  I really don't need anything, but every now and then, I find things that I just kind of want.

1. A Moby carrier.  We have a Bjorn, but I am kind of over it.  Art really likes it, but it is just starting to hurt my shoulders.  I have heard great things about Moby... particularly that it is better for moms while the Bjorn is better for dads.  Actually, I just won one on ebay for cheap, so I guess I will have one soon.  Holla!

2.  A new car seat.  We have a Graco carrier/base combo, which was fantastic...until Trae weighed 14 pounds.  Okay, I am weak, you guys.  It is hard for me to carry that thing up and down the stairs.  Since Trae will be sitting up on his own in the next few months, it wont be so hard to put him in a stroller/shopping cart/etc... I am just ready to be done with this carrier business.

Side note:  Isn't it funny that when you are a mom, things like car seats and baby carriers are exciting to you?

3.  A new pair of jeans.  I got some jeans on sale at Old Navy a few weeks ago, but they are already too big.  I realize that this is a fantastic problem to have, but I need some jeans that don't fall off of me.  However, it is hard for me to justify buying them since I know they will only fit for about two weeks.  I looked at Goodwill today, but nothing besides light wash ugly stuff... I'm not a big fan of light wash jeans.

4.  A coffee pot.  Still haven't found a new one.  Blast.  I need my caffeine!  Who knew they were so easy to break?!

Other than being bratty and wanting things, today Trae and I went to Chipotle and sat outside.  I jut knew that I would only get about two bites of food before he decided he was over it, but he sat there watching the cars drive by while I ate my WHOLE meal!  That is so rare!  I never get to eat a whole meal... AND, he has taken two naps today.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cell Phone Pictures

Guess who still can't remember to bring the actual camera anywhere?  Yep, me.  However, I have my trusty phone, so here are a few pictures from today.

I was looking like a dirty hippie today.  Just no time to take a shower.  Oh well.

But, Trae was looking great.

And we look pretty cute together.

As usual, Moxy is obsessed with Trae

I think it is the fish on this mat that entice him.

In other news, we have new upstairs neighbors and I already want to shoot myself.  I was THRILLED when the old neighbors moved out.  They had one little kid who ran around the apartment all night.  Hey, if any of you are building apartments, don't put wood floors in them!  Anyhow, I was seriously that neighbor who called to complain every night.  I mean, the kid woke my baby up EVERY night.  Do you blame me?  And who moves in today?  Not one, but two little kids.  UGH.  I am pretty annoyed already.  Unless these children actually go to bed at a decent hour, the apartment better prepare for some calls.  I know, I know... I am a grumpy old lady, but you try to put a baby to sleep only to have him woken up thirty minutes later, then have to do it all over again.  Not cool.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Result of Sephora Free Shipping

A few weeks ago, my friend Kimber informed me that Sephora was having a free shipping day.  This was perfect because first, I love make up far too much.  Second, I had a gift card I had been itching to spend, but because I had been staying home with Trae so much, I just hadn't made it to the actual store.  Here's what  bought:
Urban Decay's Ink for Eyes
My first time to use this stuff was this morning, and I am already loving it.  I usually use Urban Decay's Liquid Liner.  I like liquid liner, but I have issues with it looking a little too intense for some occasions.  This stuff is perfect because it is still bold and black, but it can look a lot softer.  Make sense?

Tarte Lip Stain
I'm also loving this lip stain.  I love Tarte cosmetics in general.  I have used their cheek stain for years.  This stuff is great.  I put it on this morning, and I can still see some color.  Also, unlike every other lip stain I have, this one actually makes your lips feel moisturized.  

So, I have seen a few "What's In My Makeup Bag?" posts, and I thought they were fun, so here is the rest of what I use on a daily basis...
6.  Eyeshadow - I have lots to choose from :)
8.  Mascara - Also, I'm a little obsessed with mascaras, and I buy all kinds of brands.  One of my favorites is Maybelline's Falsies Mascara.

It sounds like a lot, but I promise I can put it all on in about five minutes.  Yes, I love makeup.  And, because I also love my little boy, please laugh at this picture with me.  My friend, Laura, took this when she can to visit me last month.  She caught Trae at the perfect moment to give us all a good laugh.
Lookin' crazy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Regarding My Earlier Post:

As I sit here looking at my beautiful sleeping baby, I realize that no matter how tired I get, being a mom is just the most wonderful thing in the world.  I have a happy, healthy child.  I am so blessed.  The end.

Feeling Tired Today

Do you guys ever have days where you feel like a slightly less attentive mother?  I mean, I wouldn't ever consider myself a bad mom.  I am always there to make sure he has what he needs, but there are just some days where I am not as excited to hold a baby all day.  Luckily, those days are few and far between.  Usually I have a blast with him... but today, I'm just tired.  So tired.  It has been a task to move.  I miss the days of laying in bed in the mornings and watching TV.  I miss taking a shower that is longer than 5 minutes.  I miss not having to plan everything ahead of time because now I always have to make sure I have a bottle and diapers and an extra set of clothes for him and me... Speaking of extra clothes, I am tired of having nasty smelling milk spit back at me every day.  Oh well.  I am happy to do it.  The child is adorable.  It's just a lot of work being a mom, you know?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Top Two Drinks

This will be my first time linking up for Top Two Tuesday (even though today is Monday... The rest of today is full of more family time with Art, so this seems like a good short and sweet post for today and possibly tomorrow too).  My friend, Taylor, has a great blog and this whole Top Tuesday think comes from there.  So, let's give this a shot...

Top Two Drinks (Alcoholic or Non)

1.  Diet Vanilla Dr. Pepper.  Oh my goodness.  I get a Route 44 from Sonic almost everyday.  The terrible thing is that I was satisfied with 44 ounces... until I found QuikTrip's 52 ounce cup.  What a curse.  Good thing the closest QT is in Dallas, so I am only able to get the 52 ounce when I travel.

2.  Orange Juice.  I no longer let myself buy orange juice.  Once I get it, I drink it all... no matter what brand.  If I have oj around, I never drink water, hence why I no longer buy it.  Avoid the temptation!  I love pizza and orange juice together.  Weird, I know.

I hope everyone has an excellent day!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Well, I am officially back home for longer than a few hours.  It feels good to sit down and get Trae back on a schedule.  He has been a major grumpy pants after missing so many naps.  I hate for that to happen.

We did get some time to take our monster dog, Moses, to the vet this week.  We found out that he weighs over 80 pounds, and he will probably still do some more growing.  I can't wait for Trae to get big enough to play with him.  They will have fun together.  Since Moses has been staying with my parents for the last month (hallelujah!) to give me a break, it was Trae and Moses' first time meeting.  It was also Trae's first time to meet my parents lab (and my favorite dog in the world), Isaac.  Every time Isaac would hear Trae cry, he would pick up whichever dog toy was closest, run to where Trae was, and drop the toy next to him.  If dogs could babysit, I would pick Isaac.  What a sweet dog.

You guys, I have a piercing addiction.  As I said in one of my lasts posts, while I was in Oklahoma, I got a new one.  I am loving it kind of a lot.  In the past I have had my septum and labret, and I still have helix, tragus, anti-tragus, and of course, the ear lobes.  I have a love/hate relationship with the way I feel about having piercings at this point.  On one hand, I am young and they are fun and temporary.  On the other, I am a mom and I need to look somewhat mature.  I have taken out all facial piercings, just leaving the ones on my ears.  I feel like they are cute... and I am still young, so I think they can stay in a little bit longer.  What do you guys think about piercings on moms?
My helix and anti-tragus piercings.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Trae's Playlist

I mentioned before that I do not plan to raise Trae on the typical children's music.  When I was little, I listened to actual good music, and I want him to be the same way.  Because of this, I have started to make him a playlist that we listen to when we are hanging out at the apartment.  It is nowhere near finished.  Actually, there are jut a few of my favorite songs on there at the moment.  I have well over 6,000 songs to sort through and decide on, but I have a little bit of a start.  Here it is:

Everything Will Be Alright - The Killers
Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll - The Killers
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Let It Be - The Beatles
Magnetic - Sanctus Real
One Love/ People Get Ready - Bob Marley
The Luckiest - Ben Folds
Lullabye - Ben Folds Five

Any good songs you think I should add?  Let me know!

Other than that, here is a special little photo of Trae and his great grandmother.  She has been really sick lately, but today she was like her old self.  I am so glad she got to hold him.  This picture is special to me.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Little Scattered

As I mentioned in my last post, my little boy get his first set of shots.  While he was there, we got his weight and height.  It is always exciting for me to see how much he has grown.  He is now a whopping 24 pounds and in the 80th percentile.  He has come a long way from the 6 pound 12th percentile he started out in.  He is also not almost 24 inches!  He has grown so much.  I swear most of it has happened in the last two weeks.

My husband is home this week.  Weeks like these make me feel like my life is normal.  I wish life was like this every day.  It is so nice being able to have someone around to talk to.  You can always tell when I have  been deprived of human interaction.  I will talk your head off.  As much as I love talking to Trae right now, sometimes I just wish he could talk back.  It's great having someone home to have dinner with.  It's even better to wake up and have your husband home.  This is how it's supposed to be, y'all.  Art's job is just so hard.  I have to constantly remind myself that it is a blessing that he has a job.  Remind, remind, remind...

Well, we have gotten the opportunity to do a little bit of driving long distances with Trae in the last week.  We have been going all over the place taking him to visit great grandparents and aunts and uncles.  Let me tell you, driving anywhere over five miles with a baby is HARD!  There is so much to bring.  Diapers, wipes, bottles, blankets, bouncy seats...  These little ones are hard to please!

So, being my free spirited self, while we were out I got myself a new piercing that I have been wanting for a long time.  I got an anti-tragus piercing.  I will take a picture of mine when it is a little less swollen and nasty, but here is an idea...
It was quite a bit painful, to say the least... But, it's done!

My posting might be a little scattered for the rest of the week, but I will be back into the swing of things next Tuesday when Art goes back to work.  We have many relatives to squeeze into a short week while he is home.  I hope all of you are having a great week too!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Hi, friends!  Well, my little one survived his first shots... More impressively, I survived his first shots.  He did great.  I don't think he even got a fever.  What a tough little guy!  My husband got home from work today, so I have not had any time to blog.  I do have some new followers, which I am so excited about!  I plan to read every one of your blogs very soon.  I might be a little behind on the posting this week, since I actually have my husband home, but I will try, try to update you on life as soon as possible!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Revisiting Goals

I had originally planned to post this tomorrow, but then I remembered Trae is getting his first set of shots tomorrow, and if he is anywhere near as grumpy as he was today, I am going to be pulling my hair out. He has been so weird today. Screaming, screaming, screaming. Definitely not the baby I am used to.

Well, a month ago tomorrow I wrote about my goals for the next six months. Now that there are only five of those months left, I thought I would take another look at them and see how I have done.

Goal 1: Take more pictures.  If you count my iphone as a means of picture taking, then sure, I have.  When it comes to the camera, not so much.  Still slacking there, unfortunately.  I just can't remember to take it anyplace with me, and my phone is just always so conveniently there.

Goal 2: Develop a better schedule.  Check.  I feel like I really have gotten on a nice schedule.  Trae goes to bed at 7:30.  I have some time to myself, then go to bed at 10:30.  The hard part is setting up a schedule for getting up in the morning.  I could lay in bed for hours.  I try to get Trae and I both up and dressed by 10ish, though.

Goal 3: Become a better blogger.  I'm not sure if my content is more interesting, but I sure have been consistent!  Actually, I am to the point that I really don't care if what I write about is interesting.  I am getting back into the swing of writing stuff, and it is a nice outlet.

Goal 4: Lose at least 30 pounds.   Yup.  It's all gone.  Wait, no it isn't... But, 10 pounds of it is!  Holla!  You guys, I have been consistently working out, and as much as I curse every minute of it, I feel a little proud for that accomplishment.

Goal 5: Become an expert couponer.  I am getting there!  Last trip to the grocery store, I saved over $40. I am going again tomorrow, and I am excited to see how much I can save.  It really is a fun little game, and who doesn't like having extra money?

Goal 6: Save money. Yeahhhh, not so much.  I need to work on this one.  I am constantly spending money when I am out.  I don't even spend money on stuff that lasts.  I think that is the most frustrating part of it.  I buy coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper like no one's business.  It really is a waste of money.

Goal 7: Be a better wife.  I think this is an on-going process, and I can definitely say that I didn't master this one in the last month.  I will check the box by "needs improvement."

Goal 8: Go to at least one concert of a band I enjoy.  Nope.  Still holding out for The Killers, but I would settle for Mumford and Sons or Weezer.

Alright, guys, wish me luck tomorrow.  I don't want to see my little baby get stuck :(

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Online Shopping Saturday

Hello to all my new followers! I am so, so glad to have you. Ultimate Blog Party has been a great way to meet other bloggers. What a great idea! If you don't know about it, and you want to meet other bloggers, click on the link below.

Well, it's Saturday, which means two totally different things. One, I should be doing something exciting (which I am not). Two, my dear husband will be home soon.

What I really wanted to do today was go shopping, but Trae is sleeping right now, and I hate waking him up and messing up the schedule I have worked on so hard. Maybe when he wakes up, we will head out to a few places. Until then, I am looking at a few things that I would like. So, here's to online shopping!

Last week, my husband introduced me to this site. The main thing I have been lusting over is their fun shoe collection. Specifically, these little gems:

I love animal print, and I love the color red, so I REALLY want these.

Also, I have been wanting some makeup from Kat Von D's line. I have heard a lot of good things about her eye shadows, but I wouldn't mind having this too:

It's a perfume ring! What a fun idea.

And finally, back to the 30 Day Photo Challenge, because I have been a slacker lately.

Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Okay, you guys, I know it seems like my Trae is my whole life right now, but really, he is! Is there anything more life impacting/changing than having a baby? I really don't think there has been anything in my life. It's like this: one day it was just me and Art, and then, in just one moment, there were three of us. I can't even begin to describe how much having a baby has changed me. I am a little selfish. I freely admit that. Haha. But now, life is about thinking about Trae first. The thing is, it doesnt even bother me. I am constantly thinking about how things will affect him. Will he be safe? What can I do to make him happy? Is he taken care of? He has changed my life completely, and I wouldn't have it any other way. He is just so great.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Party, Party!

Hey, hey Ultimate Blog Partiers! Let me introduce myself and my little blog.

My name is Lindsey.
I have a husband named Art.
And a baby named Trae.
And some animal children too.
My blog has a lot to do with my little boy, Trae, but I also write about whatever crosses my mind. In one year, I got married, moved to a new state, and got pregnant. My life has been hectic, and I am still learning how to be a wife and a mother. Oh, and I forgot this: I like to laugh and have fun. Even though I am a mother, I am still young and plan to live my life to the fullest. Thanks for stopping by! Please come back.

Debt Free!

Hey, world. I am about to pay off ALL of our credit cards! Art and I will be almost debt free. Holla!

Hey, look at me and my kid!