Tuesday, November 26, 2013

10 Things on Tuesday!

It's Tuessssssday again!!!!
1. I thought my computer was completely donezo and would need to be replaced. It got so bad that this weekend it would go to a website, but couldn't move around the pages. I looked up the cost of a tune up and it runs about $99 at best buy. Then I started looking at ways I could tune it up at home. I found a program and worked for about two hours looking at every single program I had on my computer and deleting a lot. Bam! It is now fixed! And no need to buy a new computer.
2. Kenny woke up to Pixie with her collar stuck in her mouth on Monday morning. I have no clue how in the world she could do that. She hasn't eaten any of her food since Sunday. I am hoping her mouth is just sore and she goes back to normal. She's running around playing with the cat like normal. I am not trying to take her for a vet appointment. I still am paying $180 for her ear infection back in June.
3. I had my second prenatal appointment. Everything is looking great! We weren't able to pick the heartbeat up on the Doppler so we went over and did a sonogram and there was baby bean! And oh was it busy! It was throwing it's arms all around and doing all sorts of rolls and flips and kicking its legs all over the place! So crazy all that's going on in my stomach without me even knowing.
4. It's cold and rainy out today! Ick! It's suppose to continue on until tomorrow! Double ick! And the lights keep flickering!
5. Tomorrow Hailey is going to work with me and we are riding the van. There is only one other person going in tomorrow so we will split the driving and be able to hit the HOV lanes. I also get out three hours early so it will be an exciting short day!
6. Besides for my doctor, Kenny and Hailey, I haven't talked to anyone today. I'm just not really feeling up to being social.
7. I am having a hard time believing that there is less then a month until Christmas and Thanksgiving is on Thursday!
8. I feel like black Friday has gotten out of control this year. Now a lot of places are opening extra early on Thursday or all day Thursday. There is all sorts of preview sales that started Friday and all weekend long. I kept coming across "blue Sunday" ads this past weekend. Some sales start on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's just all over the place and hard to keep track of when you are watching things and deciding when to buy and from where. Of course I want the best price!
9. I went to Kohls today to spend my kohl's cash. I walked out with three ornaments for the blog exchange and a new pair of sheets! I am pretty excited about my purchases!
10. Holiday music started this past Friday, which is a week earlier then any other year! I can't get enough of it! LOVE IT! And Hailey loves it just as much as me! Haha Poor Kenny doesn't stand a chance!

Monday, November 25, 2013

You Are Going To Be A Big Sister!

As most of you know, Hailey is six years old and currently an only child. She had asked for a baby brother or sister from time to time, but this year she really started to get interested in being a big sister. She couldn't wait to come home and tell me how Tyler in her class had had a baby that morning and that he wore a big brother shirt that day! She just thought that was too cool! And then a few weeks later Tyler's baby got to visit the classroom. She started really asking when her baby would be here and when she was going to be a big sister.

This helped seal the deal for me when it came to having another one. Kenny was concerned about the age difference because he was an only child for six years and then his brother was born and "ruined his life" (haha dramatic). He said no one ever asked if he wanted a sibling and he definitely did not. We talked to Hailey multiple times before about how she felt about a sibling and she was so excited to say all the things she would do with it and how she would help me out so much and maybe even change a diaper!

When I found out I was pregnant I could not wait to tell Hailey! Since it was a "secret" and I knew she would be seeing different people in the next coming weekends we decided to wait for about two weeks. The day I had my appointment with negative test at the doctors office, I was kind of lost that afternoon. There is a huge Kohls over by the doctors so even though I was concerned that maybe I would jinx myself while waiting for my blood test results, I decided to go in and pick out a big sister shirt for Hailey.

Needless to say, it was so hard to keep the secret, but we managed to! We decided that we would tell her together and give her the shirt wrapped up in a gift bag. We would let her open it and then tell her. I pictured how excited she would be! I could not wait! So we told her we had something for her and let her open it. She looked at it confusingly and then we asked it what it said. She read it and then she had the blankest look on her face and her cheeks turned red. We asked her if she was excited and she shook her head and said yes. Then came a tear rolling down her cheek. I could tell she was upset which opened the flood gates for my tears. We talked about it and in the end she said she was just concerned about being left out in our family. This really pulled at my heart! We told her how important of a part she would play in our family now! She was going to be a big sister and she was going to have a little brother or sister that was going to look up to her. We talked about all the things they could do together and she really calmed down and became much happier. She asked if she could wear her new shirt to school, and of course I let her!

So it's been a while since she first found out and now she can't wait! She is always asking about the baby and kissing my tummy. She teases me and says she's going to give me a kiss and then kisses my tummy instead and tells me how she gave the baby my kiss. It really is sweet! We also have looked at a lot of stuff online and she has been looking at bedding sets that she thinks might be good for the baby.Let's just say we have very different tastes. She really hope that it will be a girl, and even though I keep telling her that it might be a little brother, she still insists that it's her little sister. It makes me nervous to find out the gender, but I am sure in the end she will love it no matter what it is. She has already asked to go to my appointment with the sonogram so she can see it! She is going to be such a good big sister and such a big help! I can't wait to share this new chapter of our lives with her!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Catching Up on October!

I finally am getting around to uploading some pictures from October.
We didn't get to really go to any big pumpkin patches this year, but we did get to check out one of our local ones with one of my best friends, who happens to be a preschool teacher and was checking it out for a field trip.
It was small, but it was a lot of fun!
There was a hayride.
 And some big sand piles for the kids to play on.
And horse tire swings

And this is what happens when an adult decides to try (*cough, cough* Meagan)

There was a huge barn and upstairs was filled with a hay pit and thing to play and swing on!

And chicken friends to play with!

And different things to pose on and play on

There were some animals to look at and a pretty big pumpkin patch. We decided to skip that part since it was kind of pricey per pound. There also was two small corn mazes to go through. This was the same place we went strawberry picking at back in the spring. I look forward to heading back there in June!

Friday, November 22, 2013

So We Are Having A Baby!

If you saw my wordless Wednesday from this week you will see the announcement I made that we are having a baby! My due date is June 16th so I still have a long way to go, but I am a quarter of the way there! Woot Woot!

It hasn't been any secret that I have had baby fever for some time now! Kenny has been on board since Hailey was about one for having another baby and actually as time has gone on he seemed less interested in having another one. I really wanted to go ahead and have another one, but the timing just didn't seem right. I wanted to plan it perfectly. I wanted to better off financially. I wanted to have the housing situation all figured. Then I wanted to finish school. Then I wanted to work on getting healthier. And the more I planned the further we were getting. I finished school in May and decided that this would be time and we were ready.

I decided to stop taking birth control in August and we thought we would take our chances at trying in September. I figured that since I have issues with my girlie parts and the birth control, that I wouldn't expect anything anytime soon. I figured maybe it would be trying in October or November or even later. No worries!

So imagine my surprise when I woke up the night before I was suppose to get my monthly gift very nauseous. It was the middle of the night and I figured let me just take a test just so I could see it was negative and then I could go back to sleep and not be awake wondering. To my surprise as I sat watching my test, the second pink line showed up!

I had envisioned this moment over and over! How excited I would be and I would be jumping up and down and couldn't wait to tell Kenny. Well let's just say the first thing that crossed my mind was panic! I was excited, but I was also very nervous, anxious, and scared. This is a huge life changing situation and even though I thought I was ready, it was still scary to see that it was real! I woke Kenny up and told him and his response was "congratulations" and then he went back to snoring. I was done sleeping for that night!

My mom has made sure that it was no secret that she did NOT want me to have anymore children. Whenever the topic was brought up she would tell me all the reasons to why I should not have anymore children. The world isn't a friendly place. I can't afford any more. I want you to be able to be a stay at home mom. And of course my health issues. The more I was on board about trying this fall the more the conversation was coming up and the more she was pushing me not to have anymore. When Hailey would mention that she wanted a sibling, my mother would quickly put an end to that by saying "No you don't! Then you would have to share all your toys" or "Grammy only wants and needs you!"

This is something that I have really struggled with. I know I am 26 years old, but who wants to disappoint their parents at any age. I was stuck between trying to please my parents and doing what I thought was right for my family. When I thought of another baby, all I could think about was all the exciting moments that the baby and Hailey could share. I pictured Hailey coming to the hospital to meet the new baby and being completely in love with it. I pictured her helping feeding it and wanting to hold it. I pictured us doing holidays as a family of four and the kids running around playing with each other. The picture I saw was of a complete family. Believe me, there is nothing wrong with what I have now, but I just felt that this was a missing piece to our puzzle.

After seeing the positive test, all I could think about was my Mom and how I was going to tell her. I was so sick with anxiety the whole day, until finally I cracked and called her. She was upset and she voiced her concerns. I had prepared myself that she wasn't going to be excited and offering her congratulations right away. I feel the conversation went well and maybe even better then I expected. And she told me that she felt I should wait to tell people, so except for my two best friends, it was my secret.

I made an appointment the next day to go to the doctors and go over my medicines. I was on furlough so it made things a little more easier with being able to get an appointment. I got one for that Wednesday morning. It would be a confirmation appointment and then an OB consult for medicines. That appointment didn't go like I thought it would have. In fact, I tested negative for pregnancy. That kind of changed the whole meeting with the OB because she wanted to run my blood work and didn't want to discuss anything until after we confirmed my pregnancy. I went and had blood work done and sat around the whole afternoon worried and sick to my stomach that it was going to be negative. In fact, I even stopped and bought another brand of tests on my way home! I took it and of course it was an instant positive. I finally got the phone call a few hours later saying that my blood work came back and that I was indeed pregnant. She wanted me to repeat the labs in two days to make sure they were increasing like they should and the results to that test were also good. So we finally had a confirmed pregnancy! I made my appointment for my first prenatal visit for 3 weeks later on Halloween.

Our next decision was when we would tell Hailey. But I'll save that for my next post!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WW: Coming in June!

Will it be pink or blue for baby #2?!

Coming June 2014!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

10 Things on Tuesday!

It's Tuessssssday again!!!! And what a busy Tuesday it's been!
1. Apparently there is a ton of people (maybe a whole town?) over in Nigeria who have passed away recently and apparently I am related to all of them! They all want to leave me their inheritance! Can you say SCAM SPAM?! I have been getting a ton of it lately!
2. I never fully decorated for Halloween and I haven't done the slightest thing to decorate for Thanksgiving. What is wrong with me?! This is one of my main passions about the holiday season!
3. I spent $90 in the grocery store last night and then realized I forgot tuna fish that was on sale so I ran back in. Five cans of tuna fish, one pineapple, and a sprite later, I made my total out to $100 for the day. Then I couldn't figure out what to have for dinner!
4. I brought my lunch from home today and ended up eating the two hostess cupcakes instead of the meal. That was a healthy choice right there!
5. I am getting nervous about the holidays! I just can't seem to think exactly what I want to get people!
6. I am really excited for the "children's Holiday party" that I throw with my friends! I think the kids will love it once again and also I love how we all work together to make everything. I am doing drinks and dessert this year. I will have to figure out something special to make!
7. I finally uploaded and edited all my pictures! Woot woot! And I went to work on some blog posts and my computer is just not going to let that happen. It's definitely about to take a crap on me. Insert super sad face right here!
8. I did save all the pictures to a jump drive with hopes to do some posts during lunch, but work has been so hectic this week that I haven't been able to get to it! Believe me people, I am one step closer! I promise!
9. Hailey's school is having the children's author Jim Arnosky come to their school this Friday. There was a contest a couple weeks ago that if you wrote a letter to why you wanted to eat lunch with him and his wife, then you could win that chance. They chose two children from each grade. Hailey sat at the table and I helped her spell out exactly what she wanted to say then she drew a bunch of pictures for him. Last night she announced that he picked her letter! She was so excited! I am so proud of her!
10. I made a big announcement this past weekend on Facebook and IG! I will share it on my blog tomorrow! Stay tuned!
And what would you like to share this Tuesday?!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

So What Wednesday!

Today I am linking up with the lovely Shannon over at L.A.I.D for another edition of
So What Wednesday!
Today I am saying "So What" to:
  • I am pretty hungry and my stomach keeps growling, but I don't feel like walking to the lunch room to get my food from the fridge.
  •  I have not done dishes in like two weeks. Ain't nobody got time for that!
  • I have been on a cereal kick currently. That's pretty much all I have been wanting to eat.
  • Cereal of my choice.....either Cocoa Pebbles or frosted mini wheat! Healthy right?!
  • I may have cried when I got home from a bad day at work and went to "cook dinner" aka pour a bowl of cereal and realized I had no clean bowls. Thank you overflowing sink full of dishes!
  • We ate our cereal out of a red Solo Cup and used a plastic spoon. #momoftheyear
  • I decided to make TS Nana's Apple Cake. Let's just say fail! First off the thing was so dry I couldn't stir it. I mean I even broke my wooden spatula trying to stir it! Then I decided to put about a 1/4cup of apple sauce in it, and BAM it became Nana's Apple Soup! It was baked okay, but it was nothing to write home about!
  • At work yesterday I registered 64 people for a webinar. The phone line that was scheduled was only for 20 people so we quickly hit max capacity. I am currently rescheduling 44 very unhappy people for another coming webinar. Opps!
  • I graduated college last May. They decided to send me a bill for my 2012 fall session last week because some how they magically want to claim that my work didn't pay for class and they *just* realized it. Ummm I graduated already and don't they realize they are working with the government so to us that was 2 fiscal years ago?! Currently we are using FY14 money now!
  • I have yet to upload any pictures from October. I promise I will have some cool posts when I finally do!
So these are the things I am saying "So What" to! How about you?


If you know me, you know that I am a huge makeup junkie! It's just something that I have always loved! The funny thing is that I don't need to wear it every day! I can be perfectly happy just walking out of the house with nothing on. I don't tend to go all out anymore, except for when I am doing something fun or going some where nice. I still love it though!

One of my favorite features about myself are my eyes. They are a deep green color and it is easy to make them pop with very little product! I used to mainly just use eyeliner, but I have grown to love a good mascara lately! I think it gives them a little extra!

Many people have heard of the site Influenster. I have found it fun to take surveys on and review products, especially beauty products. I was lucky enough to be selected to receive the free VoxBox Rose! I could not wait for it to arrive!

There was a lot of awesome products, but one I really was excited to see was a brand new thing of Rimmel London mascara. The brand has been around for a long time, but it's never really been one of my go to brands. The one I received was new for November 2013! It's called Scandaleyes Retro Glam! The unique brush is suppose to help "plump and fan out lashes". I am always looking for some bold eyelashes! I had never seen a brush like this one, it was shaped like an hour glass. I was excited to see how it would work out differently then some of the other mascaras I had tried! Also it promised no clumped!


So I am sure you are wondering if it stood up to the hype! Welllllll...........

It did pretty good! The first thing I noticed was that it added length to my lashes! It really did help fan out each individual lash. I did add a couple coats and had one tiny clump, but it was more just excess from the brush. I didn't have any issues with my lashes sticking together which was nice! I pretty much loved it! I checked out the site and was surprised to see how many products Rimmel has! I had no clue they had so much stuff from mascara to eyeshadow crayons, to lips, and more!
I am really excited that Influenster and Rimmel gave me the chance to review this product! I can't wait to check out more from the brand!
Want to find out more about Retro Mania?! Check out Rimmel's site!
*Note: This review is my own thoughts. I was given this product for free in exchange for an honest review. I am not affiliated with the company at all.*