Saturday, December 31, 2011

So Long, 2011.

I set a few goals at the beginning of the year. Let's revisit them, shall we?
Be A LOT better at sending out cards for birthdays and anniversaries.
I was once again really good at this through the first third of the year and then neglected the specials occasions for the latter third. Sorry guys. At least I saved a tree or two?

Get organized in the photo department, start and finish my wedding scrapbook, replace the picture frame models with our pictures.
While I wouldn't say I'm any more organized, I did start my wedding scrapbook! I got a whole one page done.. And, I am proud to say that the gazillions of picture frames we got for our wedding are filled with pictures of people we actually know. (Thanks, Grandma Jackie)

Blog more often.

Keep the house clean.
Uh.. er.. pass?

Get really good at couponing.
Definitely not going to be on the show "Extreme Couponing".. like ever.  Unfortunately they don't make coupons for a lot of the stuff that goes into our shopping cart. But as soon as they come out with coupons that read buy one organic apple get one free, I'll be all over it!

Breatfeed at least until June (if not longer).
Check. We made it through the biting stage, the time I feared most. I feel very comfortable with our breastfeeding relationship and feel I don't need to set any future goals regarding nursing.

Go on a few dates with my husband.
Well, Tyler and I never went out on a date and I didn't leave Mason alone with anyone this past year, but we were able to spend some good quality time together after he went to bed, watching movies and such. Maybe we'll get to the theater sometime in 2012, but if we don't, no big deal. We love spending time as a family.. that's why we made one!

And, on another note..

Happy 23rd Birthday to my sister, Lindy!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas With The Brennans.

Here is my first Christmas photo explosion. There are more to come, don't you worry.









Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday.

Someday SOON I will do a real post again!
Or at least one with multiple pictures :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Spiders I Like.

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.

Down came the rain,

and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Three Things Times Two.

1. We bought a house on Friday.

2. We've been working on that house (along with lots of help from family THANK YOU) since we closed pretty much non-stop.

3. My computer battery died, so I have to share with my husband.

So, as a result of these things..

1. I'm tired.

2. I have no pictures to share.

3. You may not hear from me much in the next couple weeks.

Over and out.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

He Wasn't Ready.

He spent so much time preparing.

Getting acclimated to the cold temperature.

Trying on the gear.

Getting hands on.

 Then the day finally came. It snowed!

And all he could do was stand there.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Last year our babe looked like this:

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This year he looked like this:


Last year we had hot dogs, mac 'n cheese, applesauce, carrot sticks, and crescent rolls.

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This year we had a traditional meal, chili and Italian beef, crab legs and lots of pie. Oh and let's not forget about the banana egg bake.*


Last year we were stuck at home recovering, snuggling a new baby, keeping warm.

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This year we went to three different family Thanksgiving celebrations.


Last year my sister came over to eat with us.

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This year we saw grandmas and grandpas, aunts and cousins.


Although this year was a lot more eventful and it was great seeing everyone, it would be hard to declare which year was better. It is pretty difficult to top the year with a new baby.

*Do not make banana egg bake. It is gross.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Gratitude Challenge.

Linking up with Let's Take the Metro for the Gratitude Challenge.
In no particular order, 100 things I am thankful for.

The fact that the baby blues are very short term.
Air conditioning.

The geographical closeness of our family.
Vinegar. Chemical free cleaning. And it makes my hair soft.
My husband and his sacrifices.
Video Camera.
The ability to stay home.
Glass storage containers. Soon to be plastic free in the kitchen!
Graham Crackers.
Our pets, and their ability to distract Mason.
The library.
Our fan. Couldn't sleep without it.
Our Ergo and Boba.

Coffee. I'm not one that needs coffee in the morning to get through the day, I actually just love the taste of it.
Being born in the United States.
The beauty of our planet.
Water. Clean, drinkable, fresh water.
Cloth diapers. Especially after reading this.
A bank account with money in it.
Contacts. I'd hate to have to wear my glasses every day. And, I'm too much of a weenie to do Lasik.
My sister. She's like a built in best friend.
Whole Foods. Now, if only it wasn't so far away.
Free blog hosting.
RVs and the friendly people that own them.
Health insurance.
Mistakes. Without them, we would miss out on a lot of learning.
Amber teething necklaces.
Winter coats.
My sewing machine.
Small towns.
My husband's family and how easy they are to get along with.
Having a place to live.
Snow. It makes winter bearable.
My husband's free summers.
Jim Flowers (our favorite meteorologist).
My dad's knowledge. He's a wise man, and he's only 45.
Exercise balls. That's how we get Mason to sleep.
The ocean.
Community. Both blogging and "real life".
The ability to travel places, near and far.
Video monitors.
Farmers. They work so hard to grow our food, textiles, Christmas trees and other things.
Washing machine. Without it, cloth diapers wouldn't be as much fun.
Glass and trees. I don't think I could live in the dessert.
My ability to cook.
Nursing pads. Saved me from many possible embarrassing moments.
Shoes. My legs and back hurt if I walk around barefoot for too long. Thanks for that, mom.
Texting. It is helping me avoid brain cancer.
Parenthood, the TV show.
Parenthood, the experience.
The mail. Please don't close, USPS.

King Size Beds.
Thumbs. How hard would everything be without them?
Strawberries. Yum.
The arts. Theater, music, visual arts.
Stop signs.
God. Jesus. The works.
Spiders. As much as I am tired of them, they get rid of bugs I hate even more.
The capacity to learn.
The ability to teach.
Foxes. They are just so cute.
Board games. Lots and lots of board games.
Daffodils. They are my favorite.
Eyebrows. Because we look weird without them.
Lush gardens. Like I will have next year.
Tax credits.
Mud. Would childhood have been as fun without it?
Macaroni Salad. Double yum.
Little House on the Prairie. Favorite show ever.

Fingernails and toenails.
The sun.
Weeping willows.

Wordless Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Favorites: In the Hospital.

Now that Mason is a year old, I thought I would think back and make a list of our favorite things from the first year. I'll do a few posts starting from birth and going to his first birthday. 

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We were at the hospital a total of 5 days from November 7th to the 11th, experiencing things from hall walking to the operating room, lots of welcome visitors to middle of the night wakings from the nurses, and extreme fatigue to midnight snacks. Here are some of the faves from my hospital stay.

I needn't explain this one, I'm sure. But, I figured I would share the camera we have. It is a Canon Rebel XSi and I am a fan. I can use the manual mode to get the shots just as I want them, and when my husband is behind the camera, he can switch it to automatic and it still takes great pictures. I wasn't at a very good angle to take pictures of Mason being born or afterwards, so Tyler was in charge of that. He got some good pictures to document those moments.

Non-slip socks.
Yeah, mine were dorky and an ugly tan, but who was I to care? A room full of people just spent a good half hour staring at my body naked from the chest down, like wearing a dorky pair of socks was going to phase me. I was scared to walk around after surgery (it hurt!). The last thing I wanted to do was slip and fall. Besides, they kept my little toes nice and snug. The hospital gave me my pair (free with abdomen slicing?), but there are cuter ones out there, like these:

Water, with a straw.
This one may seem kind of simple, and dumb, but I'm serious. Between those painful contractions, I had little time to re-hydrate. I'd say/yell, "Lindy, water!", she'd bring it over to me, I'd suck in as much as I could before the next contraction started up again.  It was just so convenient to always have that water sitting right next to me. I loved it. See, simple. I used the styrofoam cups they kept bringing me, but I think it would be smarter (and by smarter, I mean greener) to bring your own. Perhaps one that wasn't made of the most dangerous plastic?

Lots and lots of fluffy pillows. When I was learning the ins and outs of breastfeeding, I relied heavily on propping Mason up on heaps and mounds of pillows. Sometimes when he would eat in the middle of the night, I would make Tyler give me his pillow because the 17 I already had weren't enough and I needed just one more. My poor husband, I'm sure that didn't make his fold down, lumpy couch bed any more comfortable. Good thing I was the only new mom in the hospital, or they could have experienced a severe pillow shortage.

That's really all I can think of, hmm, the mixture of lack of sleep and pain killers must have zapped my memory.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Miscellany Monday.

Thanks for stories/thoughts/suggestions on what to do with Mason's healthcare provider situation.  We have a while to think things over and decide what we want to do, but it helps to hear what you think!

I was looking back on my posts from the first months having Mason around and I'd have to say that I've not only grown as a blogger but as a person. Being a mom has changed me in ways I never thought would. Crazy how much influence such a little person has on your life.

This weekend we experienced some freezing rain. 'Tis the season. Fa la la la la.

Mason doesn't talk much, but he does some pretty cute things, like call for our cat. He's caught on that we click our tongues when we call Kinnick, and has started doing it, too, whenever he sees him or is searching for him. I didn't even notice he was doing it at first, I just thought he was making random noises, Tyler was the one that realized what he was trying to do. Such a smart little boy.

I let my diapers soak up some sun yesterday after washing them. They froze a little, but the stains came out and so did some stink. However, I really really need to strip all my diapers. I've been putting it off for a while now, and they are getting a little too stinky. I've never done it, any suggestions?

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