Brain Dump

It’s been a while since I’ve done a good brain dump, to clear out all the thoughts that have been on my heart and mind to write about.  So, here it goes in no particular order.

  • We’ve begun  to get the ball rolling for Sienna’s nursery.  We haven’t done a lot since Mason is still occupying the room.  We’re not ready to make the transition for Mason to move in with Parker just yet, but we’ve begun ordering some things anyway.  We found a great deal on a rug on that we went ahead and snatched up.  I think it’s pretty cute. 
  • We also decided on “COLLECTION B” for baby Sienna’s quilt (from the choices in previous post.  I just thought “COLLECTION” A lacked the pizazz that I really wanted for her room, and was just playing it too safe.
  • We paid off our Lexus SUV this week! Sounds like something silly to be excited about, but I am really proud of us that we no longer have a car payments at all (we bought our honda accord outright).  We got the car when Parker was around 10 months old.  Look how cute he was then.  We bought the Lexus with a six year warranty, so now we have a little more security while we ride out the remainder of the car’s life.  I still really love this SUV, and it’s comfortable, and practical, with a little style and best of all… it’s PAID OFF! Woohoo!
  • It’s officially “summer break” and Parker is out of school. We’ve been staying busy with the two play groups that we frequent.  It’s been fun meeting new faces in a playgroup that Sarah started, and getting to know them and their cute little kiddos.  The boys have been having a blast too,  and have enjoyed the social time. Here’s us at the Spray ground at Riverside park this week.  I’m on the left in the white sun dress, looking like a giant per usual, sporting my chonky babe Mason on the hip and baby bump in the middle.  My boys are also on the far left in the bottom photos. I love all the cute babies!

  • Last Friday night I joined a few friends and had an awesome girls night.  No it wasn’t the typical “Let’s out and have dinner” kind of girl’s night (although I love those!).  It was a “Let’s drink a little too much and dance” kind of girls night.  Of course, with me being preggers, I couldn’t get my drink on (and who doesn’t love a volunteer DD?), but I definitely love to dance, and dancing is what I did.  Even with a little belly bump and it being the first year out of my twenties, I decided to give it a whirl.  I wanted to support my friend who recently decided to call off her wedding, and this happened to be the night that she was supposed to get married.  She had never been to a club before, so it was a fun experience for her.  The six of us had a blast, and none of us held back.  There was a stage at Opera night club in the center, and every one of us got up there in our high heels and wedges, and tore up the stage.  It was a great time with some great gals, no drama, nothing crazy, just some hot Mamas having fun and dancing the night away. 
  • I took Mason in for his 15 month Dr’s appointment today.  He is a beast! He’s 29lbs (only two pounds less than his older brother who is two and a half) which puts him in the 95th percentile.  I asked if I should be concerned with his growing stature, and she said absolutely not.  He’s also 95th for height too, so he’s proportional.  I feed him 3x a day with 2 snacks, he just LOVES to eat!  He’s not very picky, but can be weird about things you wouldn’t think, like hot dogs, and needs food before his milk (otherwise the sippy cup is thrown) and doesn’t love the consistency of rice.  Otherwise, he loves green beans and most veggies.  He also loves exercise and playtime and he’s not a fan of just being an observer in the stroller.  So, I think he’s in great health and gets plenty of nutritious foods and activity.  I’m thinking over the next six months he’ll start to lean out, but will also be big in stature like my side of the family.
  • I’ve started to hit the gym again.  Wohoo!  Since Mason is officially down to one nap, it’s easier to take both boys to the gym and have them enjoy play time without feeling overly tired.  Mason still isn’t in love with being left, but he’s been warming up to it! There are only a few tears when I drop him off, and he’s fine by the time I take Parker to the potty and leave for my work out.  Baby steps of progress!    It’s been somewhat of a challenge just getting used to Mason’s personality since he is so different from Parker.  He’s so sensitive to being left that it breaks my heart.  I’ve enjoyed doing 30 mins of cardio and some weight training.  Taking advantage of my energy in the second trimester before I get too big!
  • There was something else that really broke my heart this week.  I found out some horrible news Monday night.  There was a friend of mine that I worked with when I used to wait tables at Perkins named Arvin. He brought so much happiness to the workplace.  He was a cook behind the lines, but not only that, he was a source of happiness and laughter throughout our shift always bringing smiles to our face, and just a kind good-hearted person.  He was full of so much positivity and being around him just put you in a good mood.  I ran into him again on facebook a few years ago and we started following each other’s posts and status updates. I found out that he had a young son, and within the last year or so, had a daughter.  Recently, he was preparing for his upcoming nuptials to his fiance Paula and even had a Pinterest board that showed off some of his ideas for the wedding.  He was so excited about getting the napkins in that had their names on it.  One of his lasts FB posts was of him joking around about how broke he would be after the wedding, but that they would be having a blast enjoying their big day.  Their wedding with their kids and family alongside, was set for early August.  Sadly, that won’t be happening, because tragically, Arvin died June 4th from a car wreck.  As the news article states in the local paper, his body was recovered the next morning after his family had reported him missing (when he never came home from work).  He was in his vehicle which had veered into a nearby creek after over correcting (possibly to miss an animal in the road).  He was not the type to drink heavily, so they aren’t suspecting alcohol to be a factor in his death.  He landed in the creek, and wasn’t able to get out.   I’m someone who hasn’t encountered a lot of death in my life.  My dear Nanny (my Mom’s Mother) died of breast cancer in her 50s, but other than that, I’ve never had anyone close to me die.  This is somewhat of a new feeling.  It is just so tragic and my heart breaks for his family.  He was such a sweet person, and gave the best “bear hugs”.  He will be sorely missed!  It just reminds me to hug my boys and husband every day and tell them I love them, because you just never know what life will bring!
  • I’m so excited to be visiting my friend Catie who lives in Chicago in July.  I’ve been to many cities, but I’ve never been to Chicago, so I’m really looking forward to exploring the city with her.  I went to Interior Design school with Catie, and she was my partner in crime the whole way through until we graduated.  She was also in our wedding, and she’s a sweet and dear friend of mine that I don’t get to see enough of.  We’ll be staying at the Palmer House, which I’ve heard great things about, and we plan to visit all the local attractions including doing the architectural tour.  I’m so excited!
  • I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with the hubby celebrating Father’s Day.  He’s had a rough last week or so since his Crohn’s has been flaring up and giving him trouble again, but he’s always strong and pulls through.  He’s been traveling a lot and sacrificing a lot for the family, and I’m excited to celebrate him, and all the wonderful things he does for us each and every day.  I made him this mixbook for Father’s day (I gave it to him early) and he loved it! Father’s Day Mixbook

2 thoughts on “Brain Dump

  1. This was such a great post! It was great to read and catch up with you and your life. I am so sorry to hear about your old friend. That is devastating. Keeping his family in my prayers. Love Siennas rug! So adorable! Hope y’all have a great weekend!


  2. Can’t wait to see the pics of the new nursery!

    I’ve been to Chicago and it was really fun! Went for NeoCon, so I didn’t do a whole lot, but it was nice.


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