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2011 August » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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Aug 312011
 

I’m going to deviate from my normal Noah ramblings to tell you a story. Why? because it’s too good not to share IMHO!

Starts like this….my BFF getting married 9/10/11 (next week for those that don’t care to calculate). At the end of May I ordered my dress from an brick and mortar bridal store that also had an online business. A cursory check didn’t turn up anything alarming and the price was good. I guess that should have been my first tip. They said it should arrive Mid Aug.

Anyways, fast forward to last week where we’re 2 weeks out from the wedding and I’ve still not heard from the store about my dress. I knew it would be a wee bit tight but not this tight. The end of august passes and phones calls, email, tweets, and Fbook messages have gone unanswered. I start to panic.

I actively debated on telling my bride about this tiny issue in light of the fact that Hurricane Irene was marching up the coast and well, she was in the original path. Thankfully the hurricane turned some and missed them for the most part, so I broke the news to her – but not before I’d found a suitable alternative.

Cute right? It was just my size, the right color and material and was to my door in less than 24 hours. Now that’s service! So…we at least have the worst case scenario covered but I still couldn’t rest. I had two more avenues to try.

I emailed the place that I ordered my wedding gown from years back (MB Brides – ah may zing!) and gave her my sob story. I was pleasantly surprised when she responded the next day. A quick note back inquiring about size, color, who I ordered from originally and she said she’d see what she could do. That was Thursday last week.

Come Monday this week, still no word from the original salon despite my attempts to contact them, I was getting desperate. So, I went to the dress makers site and found an email address I could use. A quick note to them explaining the situation and begging for help resulted in email back Tuesday AM asking for more info about my order. I replied with that and set out to wait on things so more.

About 3:15 Tuesday afternoon I get an email from MB Brides saying they’d talked to the dress maker and for a $60 fee and the dress price they could rush production and have it to me by mid next week. The exact dress I needed, the one my bride wanted. To say they are my heroes is an understatement. They literally saved my day!

This one - but in Red!

Of course I said yes, but only after joking with the lady on the phone that as soon as I said yes, the other salon would find my dress and send me an email about shipping it out.

and guess what?

That’s exactly what happened! I swear I’m not making this up. No sooner had I hung up with MB and called my bride to tell her everything was good to go than I notice an email in my inbox from the original salon saying the dress had shipped from the maker and would be to me by the end of the week. Um…really?

Luckily, I was able to call MB back and cancel the order before they started production on the dress. Those ladies went above and beyond the call of duty to help me out and part of me felt terrible for having to cancel that order but the other half was soooo relieved to not have to spend another $200 for what would have been my third dress.

Now I only have two dresses….

Part of me wonders if my email to the dress maker had anything to do with the ship date. It’s way too much of a coincidence that my email to them and the email from the salon happened within hours of one another. Either way, I’m just happy things are moving in the right direction and that I only have two dresses instead of three.

Aug 302011
 

So Noah’s been in a mood lately. He’s not been sleeping or eating well thanks to his new I teeth and that’s causing all kinds of cranky in our house. At one point during dinner, while he was so calmly and successfully using a spoon eating his yogurt, all hell broke loose. He up ended his plate, knocked all the food to the floor and then launched his yogurt bowl over the counter.

It wasn’t until a few min later (after wiping every surface within 4 feet of him) I looked up to see this:

Upon closer inspection:

Yup, at some point when i wasn’t looking, he took a full spoon of yogurt and flung it at the window. Lovely…

ETA: In my rush to take a picture and write a blog about this, I forgot to wipe the window down. I was setting up breakfast this AM and saw it still there and running down the whole window. Doh…had to break out the scrub brush.

Aug 292011
 

So this weekend was a bit damp and breezy thanks to Hurricane Irene. We were cooped up inside most of Saturday while it rained and blew and Noah was in rare form. I guess he woke up on the wrong side of the bed and just cranked alllllllll day. Topped off by not being able to go outside (and the fact that he could see his swing on the floor of the sun room) we were a bit miserable.

Momma took a quick break around nap time to get a hair cut at a real salon (yes, there is a difference between a $30 Hair Cuttery haircut and a $70 spa/salon cut. The head massage alone was worth the extra coin!) but then we were back to trying to entertain a crank pot child. I tried to get some pics of him but they were all like this:

Sunday was much better. He was still more mischievous than normal but we were anxious to get out and both clean up the yard some and enjoy the beautiful weather that Irene left in her wake.

At one point during the yard work DH mentioned taking a bike ride. Noah immediately ran to the front of the house and in through the open garage doors to find his bike helmet. It was hanging up so he yelled at me and pointed saying “mine..mine…mine”…until I gave it to him. Once I pulled his down and strapped it on him, it pointed to DH’s and said “daddy..”. I pulled DH’s helmet down and Noah ran it out to DH in the back yard. So, with himself and daddy outfitted, he ran back to the garage and pointed to the last helmet and said “mommy”…guess it was my turn. At this point there was no turning back. I ran to change while DH strapped noah into his little trailer. A quick sippy and some cheerios in a snack trap and we were off. He really loves going for rides in that trailer but then again who wouldn’t – toys, snacks, lots of fresh air. Heaven!

After the ride we had a little time before bed so Noah played hide and seek with daddy:

Climbed up on things he wasn’t supposed to:

And congratulating himself for figuring out how to stop, start, and change tracks on his silly song CD.

Overall a good weekend that was thankfully uneventful given the circumstances.

Aug 232011
 

Holy moly…He’s a year and a half old now. And to celebrate the occasion, he cut a new tooth, contracted croup and survived an earthquake. Boy knows how to do it right!!

Stats
26lbs (they weighed him on the big boy scale today!)
? inches tall. I can’t get him to stand still long enough.

Language
He’s got too many words to type out. He’ll mimic everything you ask him too and he’s started to pair up sounds with animals and objects. He’ll ask to color with crayons, for you to sit next to him, and he’s good with answering with an affirmative yes or adamant NO!. He babbles and has full conversations with himself and i swear I hear him singing some times.

Motor Skills:
Running is his preferred mode of transportation, climbing is the next (although that’s not necessarily transportation, just havoc causing). He stacks blocks like a champ now and has mastered most of his toys. You’ll find him dancing when there’s music and spinning circles till he’s dizzy (soo funny). Hand him a wooden spoon and a pot lid and you have hours of entertainment. Loud entertainment but entertainment none the less.

Potty Dealings:
He’s interested in the potty and all that is involved and will sit on the seat but doesn’t quite get what to do when he’s up there. I put him on in the evenings before his bath just to get him used to it.

Sleeping/Eating:
He sleeps pretty well when he’s not cutting a tooth or has croup:) Still 7/7:30 – 6:30-7am. They still give him a 2.5 hr nap at daycare and that seems to work out really well. Eating on the other hand is hit or miss. You can always convince him to eat a waffle or a banana but outside of that we just have to try until something sticks. I know he won’t starve but sometimes I worry.

Anywho…enough blabbing, on to the pics. This shoot was harder than I thought it would be. I really needed someone else to help wrangle him while I got the shot ready. My keys helped some but in the end it was a pretty quick shoot.

Aug 222011
 

So perfect and fun filled that we forgot to take any pictures haha….

Noah’s grandparents came down for a visit to keep him company while his mommy and daddy headed out for a wee little staycation for their anniversary! Mucho thanks to the grandparents! They said Noah was very well behaved and even answered “yes” when I asked if they’d like to take him for a week sometime.

In other news I did Noah’s 18 month photoshoot today and let me tell you, it’s near impossible to do a photo shoot with a toddler with no assistant. I needed someone to wrangle him while I set up the shot…oh well, we got a few that I’ll share soon.

Aug 142011
 

Who ever said you can’t have fun in the rain? Nobody said that? Okay, well they should have so that I could prove them wrong! We headed out yesterday morning to meet up with the cousins and my SIL/BIL for a night of camping – in the rain. This was Noah’s first foray into camping so we wanted something easy and all.

We arrived and the sky was overcast but there was only a 30% chance of showers when I checked before we left. What I didn’t know was that that 30% was upgraded to 60% while we were driving the 3.5 hrs up there. Needless to say, even though we had some nice weather to get our tent up, lunch consumed and even fit a little swimming in, we got really wet. It started to pour around 4:00 and never quit for more than an hour or so at a stretch until the next morning.

You can see we spent some time in the car hanging out until the worst of it was over. Once it slowed down, DH and Uncle rigged up a tarp so we could eat dinner together and hang out. We had a great time even if we weren’t gathered around a fire roasting marshmallows.

Noah did great in the tent in his pack n play and actually slept more soundly than he does at home. The constant sound of the rain on the roof of the tent probably did the trick. Anywho, enough chatter, here are the pics!!!

The highlight of the trip was probably our baby raccoon visitor. I was was over at the car getting something and I noticed something moving out of the corner of my eye. This tiny masked face peaked around the tire of the car and looked right at me. As I rounded the car he set out across the campsite right next to our tent. He moved pretty slowly but never showed any aggression. He hung around long enough for me to call the boys over to see.

Aug 082011
 

I have lots to post about the weekend and perhaps by this coming weekend I’ll have actually authored a post. For now though I’m going to direct you all over to my photography blog. I don’t do reviews alot but this one was really neat. Since I’m such a photo nut this one was close to home.

Check it out

Aug 052011
 

Counting calories and eating a reasonable diet plus trying to get out and exercise more is working…of course I had to break up with my old scale and buy a new one since my old one decided that I was 137lbs no matter what I did….my new one is much nicer, i think i’ll keep him…but there is progress!!

Wanna know how much progress?….

Are you sure?….

Hmm….should i tell you? I might jinx myself….

Nah, I need everyone’s support….

Okay, this is getting annoying…

132.6

Tada…Just this morning I was down to 132.6 which is just about where I was when I fell off the wagon last time.

Now, again, that was due a large part to switching scales again and I’m anxious to see what the Dr’s office says on the 15th. I’ll believe that one over anything. But, it makes me feel good. It’s just a number but a number that is moving in the right direction.

No real tricks here outside of putting a calorie tracker app on my phone, being diligent about using it and adding some exercise into my routine. Most days it’s just a walk or ride around the block with the fam or making sure I take the stairs between meetings (often times my meetings are on the 10th floor when my desk is on the 15th etc..). But I did go out and get that 25 admissions pass to the gym so I’d have a reason to make myself go (i paid for the stupid thing, i might as well use it). So now I’ll do like a 3o min swim followed by a quick run.

Anyways, just thought i’d check in with everyone. Maybe one of these days i’ll have hubsy take a pic of me to share. I’m noticing a slight change but not a ton yet. That’s to come I’m sure!!!

Aug 042011
 

I mentioned in this post my new affection for my crockpot. As much as I love it, I struggle for healthy, tasty foods to do in it. I’m still on a mission but thought I’d share one big success lately:

Crockpot Chicken Chili

Ingredients

2 cups canned black beans
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 packet taco seasoning
24 oz chicken breasts (i used 3 breasts)
1 cup chopped onion
8 oz tomato sauce
15 oz kidney beans

Directions
Drain beans.
Combine beans, onion, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with chilies, and taco seasoning in a slow cooker.
Place whole (thawed) chicken breasts on top and cover. (i left mine frozen so it would take longer to cook)
Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.
Half hour before serving, remove chicken breasts and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir back in.
Top with fresh cilantro, reduced fat cheese, and/or light or fat-free sour cream. Serve with cornbread, low-fat chips, or rice.

This was great the second and third day!!

As soon as I get a chance to type it up I’ll share the awesome chicken corn chowder. It’s not super healthy but it’s oh so yummy!!

Aug 032011
 

These days Noah’s really taken to reading books at night before we head to bed. He’s in the groove and knows that once we finish dinner it’s bath then bed (he even started saying “nigh nigh” to let us know he’s ready for bed – so cute!). As soon as we hit the top of the steps on his way to the bath he start chanting “mamma, mamma”. At first I thought it was really sweet, he was calling for me. That is until he ran into his room and picked up this book:

Now, I wake up to chants of “mama mama” only to find him standing in his crib, pointing to the books rather than calling for me. To say he’s obsessed is a wee bit of an understatement. I know have all three memorized. And he’s particular! We have three Llama Llama books (Red Pajamas, Misses Mama, Mad at Mama) and he’s generally only interested in Red Pajamas (although Misses Mama is second on his list) and will close the book on you if you’re reading the others.

I think it’s incredibly cute and hilarious. Although I do have to admit, it’s getting a teensy weensy bit annoying. We have so many other awesome books that he just won’t sit for! I supposed that this is just a phase (that’s going on two weeks strong) and that I’ll appreciate it when it’s passed. For now, I get to test my memory and try to recite without using the book:)

Aug 012011
 

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m likely never going to find a rhythm around here (at least one that stick around all the time…we have our good weeks and bad weeks here).

There are a few tricks I’ve found that help me keep up with things around the house and I notice that when I don’t do them, things to go hell in a hand basket..

1. menu planning – sitting down every weekend and writing down on the calendar and then making my grocery list is sooo much better. I’m not good trying to think something up at 6:30 when Noah’s screaming at me out of hunger.
2. doing everything you need to get done prior to sitting down – anything that needs done needs done before my butt hits the couch. That includes cleaning up dinner, starting diapers etc. Once my butt hits that couch it’s about 10 min before i’m asleep.
3. doing as much as you can the night before…that includes cutting up the fruit for lunches the next day, assembling and packing the diaper bag for daycare and even putting it in the car if I you can get that far. That way the rush in the AM isn’t so hectic.

I’ve also found a new love for my crockpot. Now I know why my mom lived by one when I was a child. Now I just need to find easy, healthy and tasty recipes to try.

Like I said we have good days and bad ones and that the ones that are good are the ones where I’m fully prepared. Now, I just need to get into the habit of doing all of those things regularly.

What tricks do you use to try to keep up with everything?

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