Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear Amazon, I was very upset with you for the past month, because you didn't tell me that it would take a month to get Caden's new car seat when I purchased it. After talking to a rep on the phone, and then emailing customer service to tell them that I needed it for our road trip, you got it to me within 3 days! I am  once again a happy and loyal customer. Dear Husband, I have finally come to terms with the idea that you watch cartoons (specifically, The Avengers) as a way to relax.. I guess. Dear Baby Boy, I cannot believe that you are going to be ONE next week. You are still my baby boy though, don't you forget it!

Monday, October 14, 2013


I wouldn't say that I have road rage, but I would say that I really despise ignorant drivers. Please, read on to see to if any of the below apply to you.

To the drivers getting on to the freeway: For the most part, you all have California license plates, so you can't use the excuse that the on-ramps in San Diego are crazy short and come from all over the place, because your used to it. That being said, you don't have the right to just drive straight and expect other people to take care of you coming into the next lane without anyone getting hurt. If I'm already on the freeway, chances are that I've been driving a constant speed for sometime. You, the one getting on the freeway, is the one responsible for looking left (or right, these crazy CA freeways) and either speeding up to get in front of me or slowing down to get behind me. Your job. Not mine.

While I'm on the subject of switching lanes, to the drivers who don't use your blinkers: Is is really that hard? Auto manufacturers really put a lot of thought into blinkers... They put them right next to the steering wheel, and made it so that the direction you flip it is the same direction that you turn. Amazing, right?

To the drivers who ride my ass even though I have a "baby on board" sticker on my trunk: Can you read? If it weren't for the precious cargo in my backseat (oh yeah, can you read?) I would love nothing more than for you to have to explain how you rear-ended my car, you asshole.

To the drivers who think their car is so awesome that they need to park in two spaces: Oh, is that a new dent in your car? Wait, how did you get that if you made sure that no other car could park next to you?


I'm not the most perfect driver. I've been pulled over a couple times for speeding or driving too close behind someone on the freeway, I've ran into a couple things, and I've even drifted my car around a turn. But, at least I'm not one of the ignorant people who ended up on my list : )

This post was inspired by all the dumb drivers in California, as well as my husband, who received not one, but two, California speeding tickets in the past six months. And the same husband who made my day by parking next to the bright-yellow-camaro-who-took-up-two-spaces-at-the-end-of-the-parking-lot and forced me to get out of the car inches away from the driver still sitting in his car.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


A few weekends ago, we made a day trip to Julian, California. Chris and I had been wanting to go since a family member told us about it at Christmas, but one thing after another (including the AC going out in our car and costing a measly $4,000 to fix) made us delay the trip. I have to say, it was well worth the wait (kind of like the pictures I'm about to show you).

I got my boys to try on some cowboy gear in one of the shops. Aren't they handsome?

We couldn't leave without some apple butter and pumpkin butter. Even Caden is a fan!

We decided on barbeque for lunch. We both had a 'burnt ends brisquit' sandwich and it was amazing.

Although Julian is a huge tourist location, it has maintained the small town feel. The people who live and work there are so friendly! Not just the "How are you doing?" with a smile friendly, but genuine conversation with you friendly. If we are still in Cali next year, we are planning on taking Caden to the pumpkin festival. If your ever in San Diego, Julian is well worth the trip!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Happies and Crappies

1. Caden having a yeast diaper rash. I'm pretty sure that it started as a reaction to the acid in kiwi, and then turned into this mean yeast infection. Luckily, we caught it early and nystatin + coconut oil + baking soda bath = healing!
2. Weekend duty. No fun.
3. My brother was in an accident. He has a fractured skull, and his jaw and upper palette are in pieces. After 4 days in the ICU, the swelling in his face has gone down enough for surgery. Prayers would be greatly appreciated!!

1. Middle of the night snuggles with my baby boy. I hate that he is in pain, but I am appreciating the fact that he wants his Momma to hold him and make him feel better. Caden slept in bed with me up until he was six months olf, and then all of the sudden he decided that he didn't want to cuddle anymore and went straight to his crib. So when I have to stay up holding him in the middle of the night for 45 minutes (or bring him into bed with me) I cherish those moments instead of counting miss sleep.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Goals

I'm so excited October is here! I know Fall starts in September, but for me, it never feels like Fall until October. Which means it is time for decorations, Caden's birthday, and the start of the holiday season! Since I find it really easy to get overloaded this time of year, I've decided to make a goal for each month through the end of the year.

1. Plan Caden's birthday party. We are heading back home for his party, so it is pretty impossible for me to wait until the last minute to start planning. Also, I want to do a practice smash cake so I can make sure the recipe actually tastes good!
2. Decorate for fall/ halloween. Last year, I decorated for fall instead of Halloween because my pregnancy hormones wouldn't let me bring home a new baby to a 'spooky house!'
3. Make/find halloween costumes. We wanted to dress Caden up like baby Bane, but we don't let him use his binky unless he is going to sleep, so we have to think of something else.
4. Finish class before we go to Arizona. Every time we go back home, I am on the last weekend of a class (I take one class a month) and I make a mad dash to get everything done ahead of time. That's still the case this month, but I'm taking a lab so I'm hopefully going to be able to work ahead.
5. Baby proof the house completely. Caden loves everything that he is not supposed to have, so baby proofing is really important. Right now, all the sharp objects that used to be in the kitchen drawers are now just sitting on the counter because I haven't figured out how to reorganize!

What are your goals for October?