April 28, 2013

Spoiled Pup

I had two suggestions on my 30 before 30 list to see the bats in Austin. I had no clue what that entailed, but looked it up and found that about a million bats live under a bridge in downtown Austin and take off each night in essentially one large line that goes on for about an hour. Two weeks ago Miles and I went on a kayaking tour along Lady Bird Lake to watch the bats. Roscoe got to come along too, because of course we bring our dog on date night - he's only the most spoiled pup there is! He was a bit apprehensive about getting in the kayak with Miles, but eventually relaxed and even fell asleep on the way back. It was about 2.5 miles there and back and I have new found respect for crew teams as my arms got a legit workout that day. Roscoe wasn't at all phased by the bats and managed to stay in the kayak the whole time without tipping him and Miles over. I could not get over how hilarious it was to see him on the water (the short video below makes me smile each time I watch it) and he definitely got a lot of compliments along the way.



In keeping up with spoiling him rotten, this past week Roscoe got to attend his first minor league baseball game. The city my brother and sister-in-law moved to hosts an annual Bark in the Park. Miles was in the field so unable to attend, but Finn had fun running around with his cousins, stealing Aunt Jenny's funnel cake, and playing with all the other 'huppies' in attendance. Roscoe was just happy to be with his people - all he ever wants in life.


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April 23, 2013

Mr. Williams

My friend Lauren lives in a neighborhood two miles away from us. Not long after we moved to Texas, when I would drive to Lauren's house, I would notice this sweet old man who would sit at the edge of his driveway and wave at the cars going by. He's hard to miss - as long as the weather is nice, he can always be counted on to be outside waving.

 

After waving a few times, I decided that I should stop and say hi. Now I make it a point to stop and visit every time I see him. Sometimes I plan my run route along his street if I think he will be outside. Mr. W.J Williams is a WWII Veteran and lives with his niece who he calls "the baby" though if I had to guess I'd say she's in her late sixties or early seventies He calls me Sugar and refers to himself as Grandpa when he sees Finn. He and his wife Evelynn were married for 60 years, never having any children of their own. He loves to sit and talk and keeps a notebook with notes about the people who stop to visit with him. My friend Lauren is listed in the book as "Lauren - ponytail" other entries detail the kind of car a person drives or if they have a dog. He likes to write these things down to help him remember people.

This past weekend Mr. Williams turned 96, though he said "would you believe Sugar, that I'm going to be 22 this weekend?" "You don't look a day over 21," I said.

I brought him a little treat (he loves pies and cakes) and when I showed up and wished him a happy birthday he said, with the biggest grin on his face, "I think everyone should get to be 96!"

I think so too, Mr. Williams.


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April 18, 2013

Favorite Things Party

Little by little I'm knocking out my 30 things to do before I'm 30. Tonight I threw a "Favorite Things" Party. I heard about this about a year ago and knew I'd want to do it at some point. I asked my friends to bring three of their favorite things (all the same item) that did not exceed $10.


We sat around and ate lots of food that I failed to take enough pictures of, but below are some links to the recipes.

 
Angel Food Cake Kabobs  
 Pumpkin Pie Dip
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Sweet Chicken Wrapped Bacon

And then we shared our favorite things. Each person drew three names and those are the people who they gave their favorite thing to. We had lots of great gifts - chapstick, a book, Mrs. Meyers cleaning products and soaps, cute notecards, post-it's, Cupcake vodka, body scrubs,  and Clinic eye makeup.


My favorite thing was the book. I had thought about giving The Art of Racing in the Rain because everyone who came is a dog lover (and seriously if you own a dog and have not read this book you need to), but I ended up going with Carry On, Warrior. I haven't read it yet, but it's written by the woman who writes the blog Momastery which is a blog I enjoy reading. Her "Don't Carpe Diem" article (which I wrote about here) got popular about a year back and I've been reading her blog ever since.

I made little goody bags for my friends which just included a few smaller favorites of mine - Oreos (God bless Nabisco), a cute little bin and tissue pack from my favorite place in the world - Target, some fun twine, and a bottle of nail polish.


 It was a pretty fun evening and we've decided that we need to have a Favorite Things Party each season.

 Me and Jenny -- Baby Maddie -- the two pregnant gals who both received vodka, go figure.

On a totally unrelated note, but now a new favorite thing of mine, is this Breast Cancer Awareness video I want to share. Being on my Facbook sabbatical means I'm not privy to the occasional awesome video that gets shared a million times over, or in this case nearly six million. Fortunately my sister-in-law shared this with me. If you haven't seen it yet, you're welcome:



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April 14, 2013

A Bucket and Some Water

That's all you need to entertain three little boys aged three and under for a good hour or so. Finn and his cousins enjoyed the 90 degree weather today. Fortunately it will cool down again (well, cool down after it hits 95 tomorrow), but at least we know these little boys can hang in the heat as long as they have some water to play with.




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April 8, 2013

Urgent Care - Check.

Remember when I said I was surprised Finn hadn't gone to the ER yet? Well, he's one step closer. Today was our first visit to urgent care. And while I'd like to say Finn was just being a boy, really it was my fault. I turned my curling iron on (which doesn't even happen much to begin with - go figure) and did not push it back on the counter far enough. A curious little hand got a hold of it and now we have some blistered fingers.

It breaks my heart to see Finn in pain, and to know that it could have been prevented makes it even worse. I won't even go into detail about the Mama guilt. That could be saved for a post of its own, but oh is that guilt hard. Losing Cale impacts my Mama guilt - I know that, but regardless, it's still just hard.

Right after he grabbed it, I ran his hand under cool water, but wished I had for a bit longer. I tried putting some aloe on it from an aloe plant we have, but he obviously didn't want me touching it. I put him in the bath and he was content, happy even, to just hold his hand under the water:

 See those white little blisters forming? So sad


Can't hurt that much if you just want to drink the water, right?

But after the bath his blisters got a little worse and unless his hand was in a cool washcloth, I could tell he was in pain. So I brought him to urgent care where they basically told me to keep it in a cool washcloth and try not to let the blisters pop. I'm glad I went just in case, but seriously Google gave me the same advice.

This was my attempt at bandaging it. He looks like a little WWI Vet. And no, that did not stay on long so tomorrow ought to be fun.

Finn will be ok, and in general was in a very pleasant mood tonight. He even brushed his teeth with his hurt hand. But I worry about the blisters popping or him being in more pain. Hopefully it heals fast though. Has anyone else had experience with burns? Any recommendations? Any stories to help me feel like I'm not the worst mother in the universe???
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April 1, 2013

March Pinterest Projects

Pretend like I posted this yesterday when it was still March. Only it was Easter and as much as I love Pinterest, well, Jesus wins.

Anyway, here are the few things I've managed to document this month:

Container Vegetable Garden:
I really had several pins that helps me figure out what I wanted to plant and when. I'm a little worried that the size of the containers, but we'll see how it goes. I'd love a great big garden some day in a raised bed, but being in a rented house (that we might want to move from after our year contract is up),  means it's just easiest to do something that's portable. We have red and yellow bell peppers, squash, zucchini (the one thing planted in the ground), cilantro, rosemary, and two kinds of basil. The herbs are already delicious and the veggies have continued to grow well.



Hem Jeans with Original Edging:
This was one of those things I've been putting off doing and then kicked myself when I finally took the TEN MINUTES to do it.


 Shower Cleaner:
 This was kinda a flop for me. See the difference in the before and after? Yeah, neither do I. Several showers and scrubs later and I still don't really notice a difference.


Recap:
January
February

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