Friday, July 30, 2010

Figgy Newton

A couple of Sundays ago Brandon and I decided to eat at a restaurant that was about 20 minutes away from church. This is unusual for us since typically most of the restaurants are 5 or 10 minutes tops from church. Mackenzie hadn't had much for breakfast that morning, so after church and bible class she was asking for a "nack" (snack). I gave her a box of raisins and she knew that wouldn't fill her appetite, so instead she cried in the back seat for a couple of minutes. I know it doesn't seem like that long, but 2 or 3 minutes is a long time for a real cry and not just her fake/whiny cry. She was really hungry. Brandon being the great father he is, stopped at a gas station and bought 3 different snack choices for her. We gave her Fig Newtons to eat for the first time and let's just say she LOVED them. She was quiet for the rest of the ride except when she said, "more" with her mouth full of fig newton.

The pictures don't clearly show how messy fig newtons are for a 22 month old, but let me clarify...THEY ARE VERY CRUMBLY!!! Plus they get a little sticky! We had to dust her off and pull out the wipes before we could take her into the restaurant. Needless to say after having 4 fig newtons just before lunch, she didn't really eat anything at the restaurant, but that's okay.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


*The following story is sad, so beware.*

When I was a freshman in college, my parents moved to a new house. After 2 years of me away from home, they felt the need to fill my absense in the house, they bought a dog. ;) Not brother was 12 and had been asking for a dog for probably 9 years! Either way, a dog they bought! This was a big deal because my mom and I aren't really "animal people". Before 2000 my mom and I would pet dogs and cats, but we didn't hold them. Once "Chubbs" was brought home, it was a whole new story.
This is Chubbs. He's part shar pei, chow and pug. The shar pei was more obvious when he was a puppy, but he had to live up to his name, so he out grew his wrinkles! Unfortunately, all of my pictures of him as a puppy are in storage.

Chubbs has made us laugh from the beginning. He LOVES ice cream. My parents would give him a tiny bowl of ice cream. You would hear the bowl scoot across the tile floor until he had licked it all up. He loved people food! Below is a picture after Thanksgiving dinner. Who needs a dishwasher!
For the first few years, Chubbs was put in his kennel in the utility room whenever my parents left the house. On Sundays when I would visit, we would start to gather in the living room before leaving for church, Chubbs would recognize that we were about to leave and go to his kennel waiting for his treat before the door closed. Even years later when my parents didn't close the door, he always laid down in his kennel until everyone was gone.

Chubbs loved animals. This is him looking at the ducks on the other side of the fence. I once got a huge rope burn on my hand from his leash. He ran off to go see another dog and I grabbed the retractable leash not knowing he had so much power to pull the leash out of my hand.

Above is Chubbs and one of his best friends, my brother Ryan. Below is Chubbs giving a ride to my nephew. Mackenzie would never/has never done this! ;)

Sadly, the doctors found a tumor in Chubbs' body and his health deteriorated over the last couple of months until last Thursday night the doctors had to put Chubbs to sleep. :(

He was a part of our family for 10 years and prior to the year 2000, I never understood why people were upset when they lost a family pet. Now I get it. Saturday, I'm going to visit my parents and it's going to be so different to walk in the door and not have Chubbs come running to greet me.

Chubbs you will forever be missed!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chuck E. Cheese

Brandon is in school all day every other Saturday. He goes to school every other Friday too, but Saturday is when Mackenzie and I really miss him. One Saturday after Brandon came home from school he decided we should take Mackenzie to Chuck E. Cheese for the first time.

I think she had fun, but it's really made for older kids, so she couldn't do everything. She had fun on the carousel, but always got off before it had finished. That's how most of the rides were - her attention span was about 5 seconds. See also the picture above - the car is still moving and she wants off.
Unfortunately, the games she "played" only gave 1 to 2 tickets per play, so she wasn't racking up the tickets for prizes really quickly. Brandon took about 2/3 of the tokens and came back with 100 tickets. In the end we had 112 tickets. We traded them in for plastic star shaped glasses and a little frog jumper toy. The lady behind the counter gave us the frog toy even though we were 8 tickets short.

On the way home Mackenzie was really quiet in the car. We think she was recovering from the sensory overload. She's since recovered. ;) I think it will be at least another year before we take her again.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I've lived in Texas all my life and lived with the stereo type that we all walk around with cowboy hats on. Living in Houston, you don't see too much of that unless it's rodeo season. I've known people that where them on a regular basis, but they are usually out in the suburbs and it seems a little more normal.

That brings me to this morning when I was driving behind a subaru hatchback with a man wearing a cowboy hat. Maybe I'm adding another stereotype, but if you are wearing a cowboy hat, shouldn't you be in a truck?! Not only is he not driving a truck, but he's driving a subaru. The people I've met that wear cowboy hats typically own American made vehicles - mainly because they are the ones making the big heavy duty trucks.

To top it all off he was driving to his job/appointment in the galleria area. What are you doing/where are you working in the galleria area that requires you to where a cowboy hat? Since I'm not really a hat person, maybe I don't understand.

I guess it's all about timing and location. Had I seen this out in the suburbs on the weekend, I wouldn't have taken a second look. But on a Tuesday morning at 7:00am in the Houston city limits - it seems strange.

I know there are probably so many things wrong with what I've said and my reasoning is probably far fetched, but that's what I was thinking on my drive in this morning. Aren't you glad I shared? ;)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Oreos - "milk's favorite cookie"

The other day I gave Mackenzie an Oreo cookie after she woke up from her nap. She's had one or two since I made those flower pot desserts, but this time she seemed to really enjoy it.

She liked to break them apart and then scratch off the filling and then lick it off her finger. I might have givern her more than just one. Okay fine, I gave her 3 Oreo cookies! But in my defense, she looked sooo cute when she said "more please" after the first cookie! I couldn't resist. And since this was her afternoon snack, I couldn't give her just cookies, I had to give her something else. But what do you give as a snack after you've had 2 Oreo cookies? Applesauce with "no added sugar?" Would you want that after 2 Oreos? I caved...but the pictures turned out really cute, don't you think?

"Momma, please stop taking pictures of me - it's just a cookie!"

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Winter in July

Mackenzie found her mittens the other day!

She never wanted to wear them when it was cold, but in the middle of July they are perfect!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Gifts from China

A month later, I'm finally posting about the wonderful gifts Brandon brought back from China!

Remember Mackenzie's elephant collection? Now we can add 2 more! One in Jade and one in sandalwood.

While the elephants are very nice, I L-O-V-E my gift!

I requested black pearls with a silver clasp so that they would match the majority of my clothes I wear to work/church. I really really like them and I wear them 2 or 3 times during the work week. For me that's pretty good, because other than my watch, wedding ring and Aggie ring I forget to wear jewelry.

I think Brandon might have been a little hesitant to buy me more jewelry because I don't always wear it. He still gives me a hard time about the amethyst jewelry he bought me before we were married. The necklace and earrings are beautiful, but they are set in gold and other than my wedding ring and Aggie ring I just don't wear much gold. So, unfortunately the amethysts sit in their box they came in waiting for me to take them out and wear them! How sad...

My mom suggested I take them to a jeweler and have them reset in silver or white gold. Has anyone ever done that? Do you take them with a design in mind? Do they have standard designs that could be used so that I don't pay an arm and a leg for custom jewelry? Maybe that will be part of my Christmas gift this year.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Design

So, do you like it?

Is the orange too bright?

Is it hard to read the blog roll?

Since blogger has new designs, I thought I'd change it up a bit. The designs/layouts might not be that new, but I saw them tonight for the first time. I got rid of my tickers. I figure, I know how long I've been married and when Mackenzie's birthday is, so maybe I don't need them.

Tell me what you think and maybe I'll change it up again so that everyone's happy. With a lot more choices I might even change it up more often! Then again, it took me almost 45 minutes just to decide on this one, so maybe not. ;)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Play Kitchens

Brandon and I have been thinking about what we wanted to get Mackenzie for her birthday. Brandon wanted to buy her a tricycle and I wanted to buy her a play kitchen. We've decided to do the kitchen for Christmas because it's a larger gift, but in the mean time, I'm still looking at different play kitchens.

I had no idea there were so many different types of kitchens. She could have a play kitchen that's better than my real kitchen!

We'll start with this corner kitchen. Very cute with places to hang pots and pans. It looks like it even has a washing machine. This kitchen wouldn't work for us very well in the house we have now. We just don't have room for this size kitchen. Next!
This next one is really cute and I love the bright colors. I think I need to see it in person though, to see just how bright the bright colors are! I'm worried we would open the box, put it together and say, "whoa, that's really bright". And then every time Mackenzie played in her kitchen she would have to wear sunglasses. Especially when looking at the microwave! Next!
This one is the same as above, but in pastels. It's just not the same is it? Next!
Oooh, look at those stainless steel appliances! I know it's a fake kitchen, but it looks a little too fake with the painted window. Next!
This one is my favorite and I think I'll probably end up getting this one, but I'm not completely sure. I like the retro feel and it comes in red, but I'd probably still get the pink one. They have one just like this at our local toy store and Mackenzie enjoys playing with it.
But before I make a final decision, lets see the top of the line please! The deluxe kitchen - Deluxe in both size and price! This one, of course is from a store that rhymes with Mottery Barn. ;)
So, that's the play kitchens for now. Looks like I need to make a decision. I wonder if they will have "new models" by the time Christmas rolls around. Do any of you have play kitchens at your house? Would you recommend a particular model?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Random Thoughts

I'm always thinking of blog ideas. Sometimes they really work out and I actually have quite a lot to say about them. Others - not so much. Below are the "others":

1. Remember the World Cup Office Pool I participated in? I came in 2nd place and I only lost by 3 points! Unfortunately, there is no prize for the first loser. The winner won $200 and is supposed to bring breakfast for the office next week.

2. Last week I dropped Mackenzie off at school and 10 minutes later when I reached the freeway, I realized I was still singing along to her CD. Think "Old MacDonald" and "The wheels on the Bus".

3. I've been pricing different decorations and goodie bags for Mackenzie's birthday party and have come to the conclusion that you could spend a fortune on a child's birthday! I'm doing my best not to. I've written down all of the things I've seen with prices and now I need to start eliminating and creating a budget.

4. This weekend Brandon started school again after having 2 weekends off since his trip to China. I was excited for him to go back only because I got to highlight another weekend off the schedule. From here on out, we're down hill and get closer to graduation. Granted, Brandon's homework load isn't any lighter, but March 5, 2011 (his last day) is finally closer than August 29th of last year (his first day)! Woo Hoo!

5. I pulled weeds in our flower bed Thursday evening. How do weeds get sooooo tall? I'm amazed at how big they can get and how quickly. I guess that explains the term, "growing like a weed." Mushrooms are the same way. We haven't had those in our yard for a few years, but mushrooms can really sprout up overnight!

6. We joined the YMCA at the beginning of the month and have only used it 2 times! To be fair, we didn't go last weekend because Mackenzie had an ear infection and 2 eye infections, so she didn't need to be swimming. I'm hoping to go tomorrow. We might go swimming or I might see how Mackenzie does in the childrens' area while I work out.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Flashback: Socks!

Today we journey back in time to last week! ;)

I left one of my dozen pairs of fluffy socks out in the living room and Mackenzie decided she wanted to wear them.
They're like thigh-highs for her! Do they even make thigh-high's any more?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Brought to you by the number 2

Mackenzie had an eye infection last week and the doctor gave us eye drops to put in her eyes 3 times a day for 7 days. When I put them in, I count "one, two" for each eye. Now while keeping her eyes tightly shut and trying to squirm free, she says "two, two, two." I think she's secretly hoping I'll think we already counted to two and we are all done! ;)

Mackenzie turns 2 in 2 months! I can't believe it! I had hoped that we would have sold our house and moved by now and that I could have the party at our new house. But clearly, that has not happened. Now, I need to get going on the party planning!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I used to wear dresses all the time. "Used to" meaning when I was skinny. Before I was pregnant with Mackenzie, I had stopped wearing dresses mainly because I became self-conscious of my pale, white skin and the weight I had gained.

Then I got pregnant. For those who don't know, when you are pregnant, you pretty much will wear what's cool and comfortable. For me, this meant no waistband, ie: dresses. Once I had Mackenzie, I was back to my old clothes without any dresses.

Last year I bought this dress and it became my favorite.
I wore it at least every other week to work and probably would have worn it every week, but I didn't want to look like I didn't have any clothes.

A few months ago, I finally decided that I needed to wear dresses again, no matter my skin tone or weight. I also told myself that if I wasn't going to do anything about my flappy upper arms, then I can't be self conscious about them. Therefore I might as well wear cool, comfortable, sleeveless tops/dresses in the Houston heat and humidity.

So, I started with these two dresses - sleeveless and knee length:

I really like the style of the black and white one and love the colors in the grey/green dress. My shoes that I blogged about last week with my "chubby ankle" are perfect with the grey/green dress.
Since I've bought those dresses, I've pretty much worn one of them every week. Along with a couple of skirts I have, my wardrobe has become much cooler, despite my office being an ice box!

Then, we went to the outlet mall this past Sunday and look at what I found on sale!
The brown dress is a linen fabric and I think I'll be able to dress it up or dress it down.
This one is my absolute favorite. I wore it yesterday and it was soooo nice. I didn't feel I had to suck in and yet it appeared to make me look thinner. ;) I had some brown metallic shoes from several years ago that matched perfectly. My bank account and I love when that happens. ;)

For whatever reason, wearing dresses makes me feel good about myself. I think maybe I feel more feminine or that my outfit is complete. Whatever the reason, I think I'll continue to build my dress collection back up.

Monday, July 12, 2010


A couple of weeks ago I had nursery duty at our church. One of the little girls, who will remain nameless (Tara, if you are reading this - it's your daughter!), made a "jello cake" out of legos. Below is our conversation:

Her: Would you like to try some of my jello cake?

Me: Of course! Can I have the green piece? (Pointing to the green Lego)
Her: No. You get what you get and you don't throw a fit! (She then gave me a yellow Lego)

I absolutely love this phrase! I've heard similar, "you get what you get and you'll like it". I want to use the "don't throw a fit" one with Mackenzie because it's more realistic - I won't always expect her to like what she gets, but I will expect her to not throw a fit. It will be a phrase I will use often...but hopefully not too often. ;)

My dad had funny phrases he used to say when we were growing up. One of his favorites was:
"you smell like a goat!"
I remember hearing it a lot - mainly toward my brother, of course. I NEVER smelled like a goat. What does a goat smell like anyway? Never mind, I think I know. ;)

Another favorite phrase:
"you're cruisin' for a bruisin' "
Looking back at this one, it's probably not the greatest phrase to say to your child (depending on the domestic situation), but for our family it was all in good fun. It was usually said as a joke or as kind of a warning that we were pushing it just a little too far.

I think I'll just stick with the "you get what you get" phrase. I'm sure I'll add more as the years go by, but for now, I'm good. What kind of phrases will you use?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sesame Street for All

Proof that Sesame street is for all ages! This skit below made me and Brandon laugh a lot! Hope you like it!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Happy 8th of July!

Since I forgot to post 4th of July pictures on the 4th, here are my pictures for the 8th. We had two 4th of July outfits this year, which I guess makes up for not having any last year! ;) I found little bitty clips to put in Mackenzie's hair when I fix her pigtails, so she had pigtails both Saturday and Sunday - oooooh. She wouldn't look at the camera on Saturday, so this is the best I got.
I like her little belly sticking out here.

And here she looks like she is telling me what to do. Which is very typical these days.

Sunday we went to church and then out to lunch. After our afternoon naps, I took her swimming at the Y and she had a lot of fun. We had burgers and tator tots for dinner and watched the fireworks on TV. Very low-key and very relaxing! The different pre-shows on TV were very interesting. I loved the differences between the Houston pre-show and D.C. pre-show. Very stereotypical for the South and East Coast: Country music vs. classical music.

Because of the wonderful afternoon nap, I couldn't go to sleep until almost 1 or 1:30! All I know is that fireworks were still going off in our neighborhood after 1 am! Letting this annoy me, just proves I'm getting older! If I was in high school or college, I wouldn't have cared! ;)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Chubby Ankle(s)

You know that Friends episode where Ross writes a Pros/Cons list about Rachel and says she has chubby ankles? I can relate to this episode...sort of.

I have this pair of shoes that I bought for Easter and the top straps wrap around my ankles. On my left ankle I buckle the strap at the first hole and on the right ankle, I buckle at the second hole.
I've looked - the straps are the same length and the holes are in the same place along the strap!
That means only one thing...Ross' list could say the same thing for me, except it would say, "has ONE chubby ankle."

Just wanted to share! ;)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Glued... the TV. About a month ago, I noticed Mackenzie's ability to focus on the TV for more than 5 minutes and thought I would record Sesame Street for her to watch in the evenings or on weekends. SHE LOVES IT! She loves all of it, but especially "Melmo" aka Elmo. He's her favorite! She now sits for an entire episode of Sesame street - about 50 minutes!

One Sunday when Brandon was out of town, I decided to see if she would watch a Disney movie. I think I've always wanted someone to share my love of Disney movies with and I felt this was the start of something special!

In the past, I've played different movies, but she wasn't that into them - but this time I knew she could focus if she liked it. I chose Little Mermaid because what girl doesn't like Little Mermaid?

This is her during the scene where the chef is trying to cook Sebastien.
Not even a twitch while I took pictures of her! She really liked it - yay!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Flower Pots

Ever since I read about this recipe, I've been dying to make it. It's not like I actually had to "make" it or "bake" it. It's more like putting together. Sort of an arts and crafts with food. ;)

I had bunco at my house on Thursday, so these desserts were the perfect treat! I made 4 different kinds - vanilla, chocolate, moo-lenium crunch, and mint chocolate chip - and a total of 12 pots. I wasn't sure how much ice cream each one would have, so we have a LOT of left over ice cream, but I'm not complaining! The pots were the perfect size and have about a one inch thick piece of pound cake, 1/3 pint of ice cream and about 3 oreos crushed. It's not fattening at all! ;)
They are a big hit in our house, even though when I first told Brandon what I wanted to make he said, "and you eat it out of a flower pot?" Apparently, the real thing changed his opinion. I heard him open the freezer drawer Tuesday morning at 3:30 to retrieve a dessert (he still has a bit of jet lag)!

Incidentally, I bought these red, black and white pots with the intention of using them some how for Mackenzie's birthday party in September. Ladybugs here we come!
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