Monday, April 8, 2013

Keeping the Balls in the Air

I'm still here, just busy.  Trying to keep all the balls up in the air, and so the blog gets dropped.  I'm trying (and starting), to get semi-caught up again, so I will hopefully be able to get back on track with blogging again.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Vacation Plans

So, this week is Spring Break here in Kansas, and that means that it's time to start thinking about Summer vacation plans.

The past couple of summers, we haven't taken a big vacation.  Last year, we spent a bunch of time out of town for my sick grandfather and his funeral, and I used up the majority of my vacation then.  However, I did accumulate enough for us to take a quick trip to Chicago and take Ethan to see a Notre Dame football game.  Ideally, I would love to go back and be able to stay closer to the campus, to participate in pregame rally's and things like that.  

This year, Jerrod and I are thinking about taking Ethan to Boston.  We would (of course) go to a game at Fenway Park.  But, Jerrod was thinking that since we would be up there, and there are so many things to do within a close area, why not rent a car there and go to Vermont and to Maine as well, while we are there.

So, here's a generalized plan.
  1. Fly into Boston
  2. Go to a Red Sox game that evening (Day 1)
  3. Drive to Cape Cod the next day
  4. Spend the day in Cape Cod (Day 2)
  5. Spend the next day in Boston (Day 3)
  6. Drive to Montpelier, VT and spend the day there (Day 4)
  7. Drive to Lincoln, NH and spend the day there (Day 5)
  8. Drive to Portland, ME and spend the day there (Day 6)
  9. Fly out of Portland, ME or drive back to Boston and fly out from there (Day 7)
Honestly, the max drive time a day is like 3 to 3 1/2 hours, so really not bad.  It seems like a lot of driving, but it's a gorgeous area, so I've heard.  I believe that we are looking at going the end of July / beginning of August.  We would be able to see 4 states, and all sorts of different things within the state.  

Have you been to any of these places?  Any attractions that we should do?  I would love to go South from Boston and hit Philadelphia and New York, but Jerrod would rather go North.  Someday, we'll get there.  Someday.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Baseball Uniforms

So, Ethan received his baseball uniform last Monday.  On Wednesday, we were able to let him try it on.

Here is how it looks!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Last night, I was cuddling with my little man on the couch, watching the weigh-ins to The Biggest Loser (no spoilers, but YAY, my favorite is in the finale!!!), and I had my arm wrapped around him, and it was sitting on the side of his hip / butt area.

All of a sudden, the kid moved my hand up to his stomach and says "mom, I'm going to fart."  Then, about a 30-45 seconds later, he moves my hand back to where it was, and says "okay mom, I'm all done now."

Needless to say, my hand did not stay there for very long.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Bailey Bell

It was raining on Saturday when we took Bailey to the pet store. On the way home, she was getting warm, and since it was only drizzling I decided to let her stick her head out the window. Here is a video of what she decided to do.


You can see her in the rear view window snapping and trying to bite at the rain.  Of course, by the time I got my phone out to video it, she was more interested in trying to eat my phone, plus, the rain had died down a little bit more.

Either way, I still thought it was pretty amusing.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Such A Sweetie ... Or Is He?!?

My six year old can be such a sweetie....  Or did he just have ulterior motives?  I'll let you decide.

Background:  I'm running late this morning, trying to put on my shoes and get out the door.  My shoe, a ballet flat, slips on our wood floors as I was sliding my foot in.  I start to fall, and almost catch myself with the wall (under our wall mounted television).  I knock over a picture frame, breaking the back stabilizer off of it, and my leg, right above my knee, slams into the (thankfully rounded) corner of our glass coffee table.

I fall.  Hard.  Jerrod is in the bedroom and asking if I'm okay.  Ethan comes in the living room repeatedly asking if I'm okay.  Right now, if I open my mouth, the words that would be flying out would not be good words.  So, I keep my mouth shut and continue to lay on the floor, trying to breathe through the pain.

I finally get up, and make my way into the bedroom.  I pull my jeans down to survey the damage.  Great, a bruise is already forming.  This is going to be fantastic.

Cue Ethan.

Ethan: "Mama, are you going to be okay to go to work today?"
Me: "Yes baby, I'll be fine.  Why?"
Ethan: "Well, daddy and I can stay home today and take care of you if you can't go in."
Me:  "I'll be okay baby, but thank you."

So, after that conversation I go to move Jerrod's car.  I came back inside to give Jerrod back his keys and tell everyone bye.

Cue Ethan, again.

Ethan:  "Mama, if you go to work, and you decide that you can't do it, you call daddy, and daddy and I will come pick you up."
Me:  "Thank you baby, but I'm sure I'll be okay."

Now, is he just a really sweet six year old, or was he just trying to get out of school for the day.  I'll let you decide...

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ethan's Bedroom

So, we promised Ethan at Christmas time that we would update his bedroom.  Paint, decor, the whole nine yards.  Originally, we were going to switch his current bedroom with our current office / playroom, since his (current) bedroom is a little bit bigger, and he seems to play in it more.  Plus, the office desk is massive and doesn't really fit in the current office.

However, Jerrod and I had a change of plans regarding that.  Mainly because, we didn't want to move the desk.  So, we'll probably end up rearranging the office / playroom to create more room, but let's get back to the point.

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest
On Saturday, Ethan stayed the night at my parents house.  Jerrod and I decided to use that time to paint his bedroom.  I was browsing Pinterest, of course, and found this pin...  I suggested the Khaki color, thinking that Jerrod wouldn't really go for it (for a guy, he is very opinionated about decor that he likes and doesn't like).  Anyways, he really liked the khaki and red stripe.  So, off to Lowe's we went.

We found a khaki color that we liked, plus a red and blue.  We decided to go with a Baseball theme, and since Ethan's favorite team is the Red Sox, it seemed like a no brainer.

We got home and started painting.  Umm, has anyone tried painting red on a white wall?!?  It's awful!  You would think that for such a dark, bold color, it would be a lot easier.  When we realized that it was going to take at least five coats of the red to get a good cover, and hopefully that wouldn't be splotchy, we changed our mind.  We ended up painting his whole room khaki, and decided to use the red and blue as accents throughout.

Here is what his room looks like after the painting:

I'm undecided on if I want to keep his current bedding, or just go with Red Sox colors, versus a fully themed bedding.  I still would like to paint the trim in his room (oh, who am I kidding, the whole house) white, but that's not super high up on my priority list.  This second picture seems a little dark, but it was getting to be late afternoon by the time we got everything put back together.  I would like to get his television hung on the wall, and clean up his dresser / bookcase area, but I think that the following touches will bring the whole room together.

So, I've browsed Pinterest a bunch, and have bookmarked a bunch of ideas.  I wanted to post them here, and hopefully get some feedback as to what we're looking at.

Baseball Table:

Baseball Lamps:

I also had a brilliant idea to create a headboard for Ethan's bed.  I found some on Pinterest that used wooden baseball bats, but I don't really have a source for cheap baseball bats, especially wooden ones.  So, I did some more searching and found a Baseball Scoreboard that I absolutely love.  I think it's the perfect finishing touch with his room.  Here are the ones that I like:

I designed a couple of Subway style designs to get printed for Ethan's bedroom.  Here is what I came up with.

Here is other Baseball Art and Decorations that I thought would work in Ethan's room as well:

So, what do you think?  Am I trying to do too much, or will it all come together in the end?  Do you do "themed" rooms in your house?