Thursday, July 24, 2014

One night with the Backstreet Boys.

Growing up I was a complete and total boy band addict. I loved them ALL. If you walked into my bedroom you would have seen my walls covered with Backstreet Boys, Nsync, LFO, Otown, Youngsotwn....the list could go on. And i'm pretty sure my mom still blames me for all the tiny holes in the walls in my old room from using push pins to hang said posters. I can still vividly remember my very first concert ever. Being with two of my closest friends watching 98 Degrees live. The seats were terrible but when you are 13 you really don't care. All you care about is being there and the experience of the whole thing. And that first concert sent me down a long road of many more concerts. Many of which were boy bands.

The one band I never got the chance to see was Backstreet Boys. The few times I remember them being in town, there was always something else going on or I didn't get tickets in time. (Remember, this is before things like Craigslist were big so you had a harder time trying to find tickets.) So last year, they magically had a concert close by and my husband found a deal on Groupon for some tickets. We figured it would be a chance to have a date night away from the munchkins for a few hours, and help me accomplish a long awaited goal of mine. We had it all set up so that my mother in law would come to our place and watch the kids while we went to the show. Knowing that Ben would probably still want breastmilk, I pumped a bunch into a bottle and figured that we would be okay. He was still in a stage where he spent most of the time sleeping so I was hopeful that everything would go smoothly. Let me tell you, when i'm wrong...I'm reallllly wrong.

Ben decided that this specific day he no longer wanted anything to do with a nap, and absolutely positively refused to take a bottle. Being a breastfed baby, he knows what he likes and he does NOT like bottles. We had been gone for about 2 1/2 hours and he had spent most of the time crying and refusing to sleep. My MIL desperately tried to calm him down but it just wasn't happening. So right before BSB were even about to come on we received the text saying "I think you need to come home." As a mom, your children always come first. But I can't lie. I was very disappointed. We had been wanting a date night and this one had really been cut short. So we left immediately and headed home. Luckily as soon as Ben saw me he completely cheered up. And as soon as he was fed, he fell asleep immediately. So my BSB dreams got put on hold.

Fast forward to a year later and I got a magical phone call from my sister saying, "What are you doing May 25th? Because I won front row tickets for Backstreet and you need to go with me." Now this definitely made up for my last experience. I worked it out with my amazing husband who agreed to take care of the kids for the evening while I went with my sister...bless his heart.

When we got to the amphitheater the line was ridiculously long, but we honestly didn't care because we knew how awesome it was going to be once we got inside. I really wish that I had taken more photos (and brought my dslr for that matter) but i'm so happy and grateful for the photos that I did take. My sister and I had such an awesome time that night and our mom's night out was a success. While I do love being a mom, it's nice every once in a while to get a break and just enjoy being around other adults. And spending some quality time with your sister and enjoying live music is a wonderful thing.

(Brian from BSB has a son who opens their shows for them. He came out and sang two different songs and has some good vocals, just like his daddy.)

(Avril Lavigne was the other opening act, and she did all of her hit songs and then some. We also had one crazy guy near us who was mildly obsessed with her and kept professing his love for her. It was quite entertaining.)

(Me and my sister, and Avril singing)

(Some of my favorite boys)

(Just to give you an idea of exactly how close front row was for us. So amazing!)

(Brian and AJ)

(One of my favorite pictures of the night)

(And obviously, my FAVORITE picture from the night. I love me some Nick Carter)

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

A 1 year old birthday, a preschool graduation, and one tired mom.

I had always hoped that I would be the type of mom that would document every single thing that my kids do, say, learn, etc... so that when they grew up I would have mounds of memories for them to look through and reminisce on. And then I actually had children and I quickly learned that it wouldn't be so easy. Having two kids has definitely kept me on my feet and has taught me to multitask even better than I already knew how to. I am going to make it more of a priority to take the time to write down things that have happened, because I have been realizing just how important it really is. 

Since the last time I posted anything there has been a ton of things going on...

Our little man officially turned 1! It was quite possibly the quickest year of my life, and also one of the best. We celebrated by having an "Uno" themed bash at a local park. The one down side of having it at an outdoor location is the weather is always up in the air, and it was quite windy on the day of his party. Luckily it didn't rain so it wasn't a complete disaster. Lots of our friends and family came to help us celebrate the big day, and Ben had a fun time crawling around with the other little ones. 

Even though things could have gone a bit smoother, I think we all enjoyed the day and being with each other. It's hard to get all of our family and friends together, so it's nice when mostly everyone is able to make it out for an event like a birthday. Ben felt the love around him, and was totally spoiled as usual. 

(We nicknamed this photo "baby races.")

(Still cannot believe that this little meatball is one whole year old.)

Summertime is always busy for us, and this year has been no exception. At the beginning of June we celebrated my little nephew's 2nd birthday with an awesome cars themed party that my bestie planned. She did an amazing job with everything, and everyone had a great time!

Shortly after that, our little princess had her preschool graduation! She will still be attending the same school in the fall (and is currently in their summer program) and she absolutely loves it. She gets so excited whenever she knows she gets to go, and always has so much to tell me when we pick her up afterwards. When we originally enrolled her I was a bit worried about how she would do, but it was actually a pretty easy transition for her. My sister is one of the teachers in the older class (the one Amelia will be in this fall) and she made sure to make her feel right at home. She loves all of the teachers and it makes me so happy to see how much of a passion she has for learning. She totally takes after me! =)

Even though the younger class comes back for a second year, the school never wants anyone to feel left out so they always let them have their own graduation ceremony. Completely adorable! The kids walk out and sing a few songs, and then they get called up individually to receive their diploma and a lollipop. As a child, I was always a bit shy when it came to being on stage and I always wonder how Amelia will do because she can be the same way. She did wonderful for the whole ceremony, and sang and danced with the rest of her class!

We are already halfway through summer and I have absolutely no clue how July is almost over.  In a few short weeks I will be turning 27 (yikes) and might possibly have a breakdown. Wasn't I just turning 18? 

Other than that I've been working on some major moves that I am hoping to accomplish by the end of the year, and I am going to make sure that I document that along the way. One of those has to do with being an adult and making some wiser financial decisions for our family, but more on that a bit later...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

When you haven't blogged in a year... (Warning - picture heavy)

Well...where exactly do you start after not blogging about anything for almost a year? Maybe a bit of a recap of what has happened since we last left off.

To start off, the last time I was here I was approximately 30 weeks pregnant and anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby boy. Needless to say that has definitely changed as our precious little bundle of joy will be turning ONE this coming May. Where has the past year gone? I fully plan on writing about the birth of our son but I will save that for another day.

(My precious little man)

Life seems to be going at a ridiculously fast pace since our little guy was born. Life has been filled with lots of new experiences, learning many new things, and trying to enjoy every second of life that we possibly can. Lately I have been realizing that I need to be better about taking things one day at a time, and to try to appreciate each moment for what it is. I'm hoping that this year will be filled with many more new adventures and lots of learning opportunities. For now, here are a few photos of other things that we have been up to this past year....

My goal is to be writing more frequently as it is a good way to document what goes on in our crazy lives. Cheers to being more productive! =)

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

30 week baby bump

One day it seems like this pregnancy couldn't be going any slower, and then at other moments it seems like it is just flying by! As of today we are almost to 32 weeks but I completely forgot about posting the 30 week update. Whoops! This pregnancy brain sure is getting the best of me, and I'm pretty sure it won't get much better once little man is here.

How far along? 31 weeks (in this photo 30 weeks.)
Total weight gain: 16 pounds so far. I'm curious to see how much I actually end up weighing at the end.
Maternity clothes? None. I live in leggings though, and some people say that those are for pregnant people. I just find them to be the comfiest and easiest to move around in.
Stretch marks? None yet...and I'm hoping it stays that way. 
Sleep: ehhh...hit or miss. Some nights I feel like I slept well and for a good amount of time. And then there are those nights where I wake up every 30 minutes.
Best moment this week: Working on things for the baby shower and getting closer to the day!

Miss Anything? Being able to fit into normal clothes and sleeping on my stomach. Soon enough though.

Movement: Little man is quite the active little thing. 
Food cravings: Nothing too out of the ordinary lately. I just feel like I am eating everything and anything.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Riding in the car when anyone else is driving.
Gender: Baby boy =)

Labor Signs: Slightly. I have definitely been feeling little man sitting super low and a lot of "lower area" pressure. And I have been having some contractions but nothing to the point that actually classifies as labor.
Symptoms: Same old stuff. Tired, anxious, and just ready for him to be here already.
Belly Button in or out? Out.
Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy and tired.
Looking forward to: Finishing the preparations for the baby shower since that will get us one step closer to him being here. I go to the doctor again soon and we are going to finalize some things like the actual delivery day which I'm excited for!

(My goofy little girl)

(I think she loves him already.)

Friday, March 1, 2013

My 16 year old self

Day 4: List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.

(Marie, Liz, myself, and Atheena)

Oh to be 16 again... I often think back to what I would have done differently at that age if I had been given the chance. When you are 16, you already feel like you know everything and are basically an adult. Boy did I have a lot to learn. Looking back on it now, and knowing that one day my daughter will be a 16 year old young woman (eek!), I have thought about things I wish I had known then.

1. Take as many pictures as you possibly can. You live in a time when technology is extremely convenient, and you really have no excuse for not owning a digital camera. Considering you already have a job and make your own money, go out and buy one. Even if it's not the greatest camera. JUST GET ONE. You will look back and realize that you did not take NEARLY as many pictures as you should have and it will make you cry...literally.

2. Don't focus as much on guys, but concentrate more on building relationships with girls that will be your life long friends. Life is too short to focus on the little high school relationships. One saying that you will hear later on is "High school is not where you meet your soul mate. It's where you meet your bridesmaids." Keep the good friends close to you because they will never let you down.

3. You will get your first job right after you turn 16. While it is fun to be able to go and buy all the things you want, save at least a portion of your paycheck. You will be graduating high school in a couple of years and it would be nice to have some money saved so you can have more options like moving out. New clothes are nice. But freedom is much nicer.

(Our arrival in LA. Liz, Marie, and myself.)

4. It's okay to make dumb decisions every once in awhile. Some of those decisions that people would tell you are absolutely ridiculous, will end up giving you some of the best memories of your life. Take chances, meet new people, take road trips with your best girlfriends and live on the edge a bit. You will be grateful that you did. Forever.

5. Make sure to tell people how much you care about them and appreciate them. Sometimes you may forget to say thank you or to tell someone how you really feel, so try to remember to do it when you can. You really never know how long you will have someone in your life.

(Oh to be cutting class again and taking photos...)

6. As much as you will hate to admit it later on, your mom will be right about certain things. You won't believe her and you will think she is full of baloney, but just give it a couple of years. As annoying as it can be at times, she really does have your best interests in mind.

7. Try to find something that you are passionate about. Sports and school clubs might not be your thing, but there is SO much out there in the world that you have yet to discover. And don't be afraid to try new things. The worst thing that might happen is you will discover it's something you didn't really enjoy. But hey, at least you tried.

8. Don't let other people's words get to you. High school can be a harsh time and sometimes things that people say will truly hurt your feelings. As much as this sucks, it will pass. Try to ignore other people as much as possible and always know that you are better than that. Unfortunately this is something you will find will still continue after high school. Some people never grow up.

9. Take care of your health and your body. While having a good metabolism is a wonderful thing, it doesn't mean that you should stuff your body with junk food. Every once in a while is okay but that metabolism won't last forever. And it's better to start the good eating habits while you are younger. 

10. Enjoy every second that you can because life will pass you by in an instant. One day you will be faced with loads of responsibility, as well as a husband and a family. These things will be wonderful but you should enjoy the time you are given before that. And most of all...

Sometimes you gotta stop and remember,
that you're not gonna be young forever.
Think smart, have fun, stay true
and don't ever grow up.
~The Ataris

(Technically I'm 17 here but hey, you get the idea.)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

28 week bump

Now that we are in the final trimester of this pregnancy, I feel like I am getting bigger by the second. The funny thing is, I haven't actually gained that much weight yet I feel like I look ginormous. As of today we are officially 29 weeks in, but this last bump picture was taken a week ago. As of now we still don't have a set date yet for the c-section but I have a doctor appointment this Wednesday so I am going to ask about it then. I will be really surprised if I actually make it that far. Little man is sitting very, very low and I constantly feel like he is trying to make his escape. I've had a few moments where I felt like I might be experiencing contractions but after relaxing for a bit the feeling goes away. Let's just hope he stays in as long as he needs to!

How far along? 29 weeks (in this photo 28 weeks.)
Total weight gain: 13 pounds. My doctor said I should gain somewhere between 25 and 35, so we will see where I actually end up.
Maternity clothes? Nope. Still normal clothes. Leggings are my favorite thing in the world.
Stretch marks? None! At least not that I have seen anyways.
Sleep: A bit uncomfortable. Sometimes I like to sleep on my stomach and that isn't really an option at this point.
Best moment this week: Spending time together as a family of three while the husband had a few days off. Not too much longer now that little man will be here and we will be getting used to being a family of 4!

Miss Anything? Still having a lack of energy/motivation to get things done. And honestly, a margarita sounds absolutely amazing. One day... (for the record, I hardly drink. But every once in a while a good margarita or pina colada sounds wonderful.)

Movement: Little man is constantly on the move. It's funny to watch my stomach move and see Amelia's reaction to him. 
Food cravings: This week it has been burritos. Not sure why though.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Riding in the car when anyone else is driving is still a bit of a problem, but luckily it's getting better.
Gender: Baby boy =)

Labor Signs: Nope. I am curious as to if they will happen early though.
Symptoms: Just the normal stuff. Tired a lot, super hungry.
Belly Button in or out? Out.
Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy with a few moments of grumpiness. 
Looking forward to: The next 10 weeks to go by so we can meet the little guy. I have a feeling that it is going to fly by. The husband is trying to get as much work in as possible while he can, we have our baby shower date set for the beginning of April, and I'm trying to make a to do list of EVERYTHING I need to get done before his arrival. 

28 weeks

 And since my little bug loves being in front of the camera...

Friday, February 22, 2013

About your daddy and me.

Day 3: Describe your relationship with your spouse.

(Your daddy and I on our 5 year wedding anniversary)

Dear Kids,

This is the story about how I met your father ;)

I always find it hard to put into words exactly how to describe our relationship. At this moment, we have now been married for a little over 5 years and 3 months and it has been one heck of an amazing journey. To make a long story short, your daddy came into my life when I was going through a bit of a trying time. I had made a few different mistakes and was dealing with the consequences of them, and was quite unsure of where I saw my future heading. I hadn't been making the best decisions for myself (thank you stubbornness) and had reached a point where I wasn't truly thinking about how my actions were affecting others around me. Then I met your father and within a matter of months my whole life was completely different. We dated for a short period of time, got engaged, and shortly after got married and have never looked back. Should we have dated for a longer period of time before getting married? Probably. Do I regret it now? Not at all. I have learned so much about my husband, life, and mostly myself over the past 5 years. Things have not always been easy and I think that's the way things need to be in life. Because it's realistic. Nothing ever goes completely smoothly...and even if it did, what fun would that be? Life is about growing and learning, and with marriage you learn to do those things together. We have had so many wonderful times and hearty laughs throughout the years, and I know that at the end of the day I can always count on him. And seeing how much he loves Amelia (and Ben soon enough) absolutely melts my heart. Not every man is fit to be a good dad for whatever reason, but your dad is one of a kind. Our dads were not as active in our lives when we were kids as we would have liked, and I think that is part of the reason why your dad wants to be so involved with you. So he doesn't ever miss a thing. And I am right there with him. Your dad truly is a great man and my best friend, and we are all very lucky to have him in our lives. 

Mommy =)

(Our wedding day. November 3, 2007)

(One of the many concerts we used to go to before babies came along)

(The proudest dad in the whole world with Amelia)

(When our princess turned 1)

(Trip to Chicago - June 2012)

(Trip to the zoo)

Now we just need baby Ben to be here to add to the thousands of photos we have ;)