Thursday, December 5, 2013

Quartley Update - or - Wow I Suck at Blogging Now That I Have A Toddler

Hello...
Wow, alright so I'm not going to lie, I've opened up blogger.com a couple of times to write an update and just walked away from it. I don't know what to say, I don't know what you want to hear.

Lets start with my little blessing: It's Christmastime after all.

Tiny Boy
see also: whistle britches, killer, little man, T-Rex, T-pain, Stinky, what-have-you 



Tru has become a full fledged toddler, he gives Mr. Mayhem a run for his money. He's 16-months old and some change and constantly, and I freaking mean constantly going. He makes the energizer bunny look like a sloth. He is absolutely into everything, very curious, still pretty serious, but gets easily tickled now. To be honest a lot of the reason this blog has fallen to the way-side is because I have NO time to sit down and write a book! :: that plus I hates blogging on my phone. I couldn't tell you how tall he is, how much he weighs, how many words he says or really even how many times he generally poops in a days time because I just can't keep up with it anymore.
I will say that he's in this very aggressive, rough and tumble stage .... I really don't know what to do with this. Everyone's all like "Whip his ass" and I'm all "Wahhh!? He doesn't know he's being rough." Luckily he hasn't hurt anyone but me and James (not seriously)  I keep saying things like "be easy, gentle, gentle" and show examples (especially to poor Hank, our dog). Hank deserves unlimited amounts of treats for the flack he catches.

I'll insert a bunch of cute as hell collage style pictures later. 

My sexy mister

James is doing great, he's still in love with his job, hunting and me so it's all well and good.
He's been deer hunting once and duck hunting several times. I told him last night. "Love me like you love duck season" and he said "Oh I love you much more than duck season" haha... I don't know if I buy it!
James and Tru's bond has really strengthened, there are certain things that Tru will only do with James... like eat dinner, or read books. It really melts my heart. He absolutely wants nothing to do with me when daddy is eating.  And he brings "brown bear, brown bear" to James at least six times a night. :))

Moi

I'm not winning any awards for mother of the year anytime soon nor am I even competing, ah the judges, the santimommies would laugh at my entry!
I cook, I clean, I child-rear to the best of my ability, I love on my family, husband, friends and puppy dog as much as possible. I've decided to not put a tree up this year, I don't want to fight the fight. I don't want to spend the money for a table top tree, so no tree but my fabulous golden centerpiece tree that I bought several years ago. (It's still fabulous) I am pretty much done with Christmas shopping, I need to go all over it all again sometime soon, I'm keeping it all very simple. 

I'd say that cliche" I'm too blessed to be stressed" but that would  be a lie.

Since this blog has no sort of privacy features I'll keep my woes to a minimum, I really only have one, but it's a big one.
My dad is sick, like sick, sick. It makes me very sad to say the least. Please keep him in your prayers or put him in there. This whole event has made my walk with God stronger, but I still need all the help I can get.

If you'd like more information or perhaps his Caring Bridge information feel free to contact me.

Now to insert all those fun collages I promised you: ;)



And what kind of gourmet chef would I be if I didn't show off my food! 

Oh yes, that happened. 


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

eMeals


So no ones paying me or giving me anything for this post, I just want to share my week one of being a subscriber to eMeals.com.
James and I have been juicing our dinners for about three months, and we've enjoyed it, the health benefits and the cool kitchen concept. We'll continue to juice a time or two a week. I wanted a change, and I wanted some guidance. I know it's easy to pull out the dusty recipe books and search high and low through them, but that has never been successful for me.
As I've said before the "what's for dinner" drama saga drives me battttttyyyyyy and I needed some HELP! So I googled "meal plans" and viola!  eMeals.com
Here's some interfaces:


The meal plans on the website
The App


The Apps shopping list
The results:


crock pot chicken
Yummy Ham!

Jambalaya (in the process)


























Plus I made lemony chicken sandwiches to take to a party and received lots of compliments!

Anyways, that's my culinary awesomeness for the moment.
Headed to the grocery store with my app in hand!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Feet to the Street

Hello friends!
Now that we watch a lot of Yo Gabba Gabba I imagine I'm saying this to you like DJ Lance in an orange fluff hat.

I have good news and bad news.

Bad News goes first:

I missed the Color Vibe here in Fayetteville on 8/3. wah.

It was for a family wedding and well worth missing in my humble opinion. Being there to witness my cousin Matt and his lovely bride Rachel trumps getting pelted in the face with colored cornstarch any day.


 But the real bad news is, is that I kinda stopped training for the 5K... like a lot. 
Yeah I'm still running week four, and dying.

But here's the good news!
There's a treadmill in my house now and no excuses!
I even walked a mile the other day with a 24 lb baby on me!


Here's some upcoming events to keep my motivation up!



Walk to End Alzheimer's 

We have a huge team every year called "The A Team"
... I like to think the "A" stands for April, but no, it's for Alzheimer's and my sweet coworker Nat is the captain of the team, she does an excellent job!



NWA Run for a Child I'll be there with my friend Makenzie and our babes, either running the 1mile, or the 5K, I'm going to let her decide, either way I got to get back to training.


Lastly I'm seriously considering signing up for this:


Zombie Run 5K!!!
I've just got to talk some fun loving friends into doing this too... we'd all have to find child care for the event though.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

All About April

Hiya Friends!

I've been avoiding writing about T turning a yaer, and his 11-month recap like the plague.
I feel like if I write about it on here, then that's it... that's the final step of him going from a baby to a toddler... so I'm holding out.

I wanted to write a little about what's going on with me...

I've been a mother for a year now, and I'm enjoying it so very much. I have encountered a few (dozen) mothering/new parent hurdles though. One that really comes to the forefront of my mind these past few days/weeks is losing my identity as April, and solely being mom. I realize this is going to sound like I'm complaining, but I'm mostly just trying to get my feelings out there, and not expect a solution but "time will change all these things and I'll look back and miss this."
...but in the mean time...
I really do feel like I'm losing me, I feel like I'm losing my identity as wife and friend too.
I guess what I'm trying to say is "momma needs some me time before she goes crazy."
We eat, sleep, work, play, you name it, together. I get a decent shower like one time a week because James will take him outside and walk around with him, or play in his room with him.
I feel like this is something that we should have already overcome with him but it's still going on.
And as far as the bathroom goes... forget about being in there alone, or for an extended period of time.
I KNOW all you moms are laughing at me because this is most likely your life too. heh.
I just know that if I don't get some me time I'm not going to be able to be the best mom I can be, and that's a perfectly valid and understandable feeling to have.
I realize I need to make some expectation adjustments and go with the flow better too.

My semi-hiatus on social network...
I quit my facebook a few weeks ago, I'd been petering out on it for a little while and found that I was always looking at it when I had any extra time and always saying/thinking "this is so dumb, there's nothing new on here or it's the same people complaining etc" So one day I thought "eff it", and I deleted the app off my phone. Well my darling BROTHER kept tagging me in places like "April's at Hooters in Las Vegas with Morgan and two others" and I'd asked him to quit that because it was doing nothing but annoying me and making me secretly envious that I wasn't out with doing something somewhere... and he wouldn't quit it... so I deactivated it for awhile, and I am happy about it.
*I'm trying to put that old FB energy into utilizing my fitness pal.

Trying to be frugal but failing...
I did the whole "wash your face with oil" and "no-poo shampoo" thing for like 5-6 weeks awhile ago. It wasn't bad and I think it really helped clear up my face. I'm almost always sporting a few zits and as of a few weeks now I'm pretty sure I've just had one! (plus some much needed sunshine may have helped)
The reason I went back... It's kind of a semi-hassle to be completely honest. There was one day I didn't get all of the baking soda out (or didn't put enough in?) and my hair felt like skank for four or five days. Plus I had all of this shampoo and facial cleanser just sitting there, already paid for and everything... so I'm trying to use up what I already have, then I'll use up my baking soda/vinegar castor oil etc., and go from there.

Mini-escapes
Alright let me just admit, my life is awesome. I have my health, love, happiness, sunshine, rainbows and unicorn farts OK lets just admit it. 

Moving on...
I watch Glee... I actually think I may be caught up to the fourth season now. I thought I'd hate it, and so I just Netflix-ed S1 D1 awhile ago to see what I thought about it... well multiple discs later, I really like it. I like that I can have it on while T is sleeping and watch it while hes laying with me, or have it on in the background while getting dinner ready, playing with T, doing laundry etc and not feel like I'm missing much because I couldn't care less about their drama or sexually confused issues they have. I just like the music :) I like that they sing songs I know and I can sing them around the house and dance with T, and that makes me happy.
We've also been known to watch Dexter and Trueblood late-er at night, but are several weeks behind.

Dinner...
James and I watched "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" a few months ago and got inspired to try our hand at juicing. We juice for dinner 5-6x a week or try to make one meal every day a juice meal. We've seriously been doing this all summer long and I personally have enjoyed it.
Here's whats up:
We eat "normally" for breakfast and lunch and at home we juice with our juicer and be done with it.
I personally don't think I've lost any weight, but I know I haven't gained any and I feel pretty good too! 
Here's another reason why I like it: Dinner is done, it's not a "what's for dinner" drama saga every single day for me. It's "Do we have cucumber, celery, apple, kale, spinach, lemon, ginger, beets, cabbage? Alright lets do this!" every night, and I like that! Also I really like that we have a "cool kitchen" and I mean that in the temperature sense... I don't have the stove top burning nor the oven or microwave, nothing putting out heat!! I love this SO much!
Yet another reason I love it:
my grocery trips are FAST!!!!! and efficient! I go in to the produce section, get what I need, run by the dairy section to get some almond milk, maybe swing in and get a couple things for T and
BOOM: ~ 50-60$ and I'm out the DOOR!
Alright enough of that, I feel like I'm trying to sell you on this, but I'm not... just totting out my happiness of the simplicity, and health of dinner lately.

Whelp, this was pretty long winded...
Hoping to soon update about our family vacation and T's birthday party while its all still semi-relevant.

Truman is one!

My *sniff* BABY *sniff* is *sniff* ONE?!?

How? When? Why!?

Alright enough of that shit. 

I'm happy our little man is one. This stage is hella fun, and we're enjoying him so much!!

I have so much catch up to do on our family blog... kinda sad! I just don't get on here much. :(


Here's some pics of T the morning of his bday :)


Here's some pics from our family photo, and smash cake session


Here's pics from his bday party

and his store bday party :)

I have to say my favorite thing of his bday was on the day of his party I took him to the bathroom at the community bldg, and put him on the diaper changing station to change his clothes and other business. When I stood him up to take him off he wrapped his arms around me pat me on the back and gave me a kiss. It was like he was saying "thank you for doing this, and having so many other kids here for me to play with, this was so much fun". It really made me feel good. He's an angel.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

364 days

So... T-Rex will be one year old tomorrow. I knew it was coming, and the date has been staring me in the face, but sheesh I mean wow, it's here! 
I'm currently laying down with my little baby for his last nap of the day and thinking about how much has changed since July 25, 2012. How big he's gotten and how much I've changed. --- how much better he's made me. 
He's made me better, and stronger in every way. I'm a happier, more whole, stronger minded and more understanding all thanks to him, all thanks to being his mother. My love grows deeper for T and James, for my family every day. I'm a lucky, lucky lady.
 
I'll bombard with all kinds of pics later. 



Monday, July 15, 2013

The Fourth of July

So... this post is a little over due!
but hey, happy fourth people! :)
We had a big and busy fourth holiday!
Here's a photo story ;) (because i'm a lazy blogger)

Q and his mammoth catfish!
multiple photo shoots that later he'll be mad at me for and some family funess at my brothers place.

we also got to play with the gorgeous LynnLee

And Samson & Kingston! :D

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

11 months


Oh... This is very bittersweet. 
... Our T-Rex is eleven months old. 
He's right at 24 lbs and I think around 29" tall. 
... And still six teeth!

Here's a 10 month recap:
T has started cruising and crawling everywhere, and getting into everything! He's saying, momma, dada, hi and bye. He waves, points, and signs potty. He's understanding a lot of words and has become quite the ham! He's laughing, dancing and babbling a lot more and really enjoys pretend things like talking on the phone or playing with the remote. He's also a really good sharer!  Lastly, he loves peek-a-boo, and suspense/being scared... So funny!
How all that being said, it's not complete sunshine and rainbows, our ECing had absolutely taken a turn for the worse, since he's so mobile now he hops off the potty and pees/poos in the floor. He wants to see it all and touch it. It's very frustrating for me. But I'm not giving up!! Also he had several Velcro baby days in his 10-month time where I'd just throw him in the ergo to get anything done! Separation anxiety is still present, but better because he can move around more. 

















Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Twenty one.


So I got a brilliant idea the other day to put numbers (say 3-102) in random.org and whatever number pops up I write a letter to myself at that age. Well the next day I was skimming my bloglovin feed and saw where ladies were linking up and writing to their 21 year-old selves. So I decided I'd start there today. 

So, twenty one, twentyone, 2-1, twenty freaking one. 

I can remember not-so patiently waiting to be this age, it seemed like it would be an eternity before I could legally drink, and go to bars. I can also remember that this is the year that Ashley got married, and that I started dating someone who was albeit fun, but bad. This was also my senior year in college, and then beginning of new era for me.  SO if I was going to write a letter to my 21 year old self here's how it'd go. 

Dear 21 year old April,

It's taken me a week or more to write this... and I've changed my mind a lot about what I would say. At first I wanted to scold you, because looking back you had it so much better than you realize, but what would that solve? So here goes, point style:
• Travel, travel, travel
You should be out on the road with your buddies, going to concerts, camping, midnight adventures, you name it. Go and go now!
• give it a rest
Choose the people in your life, a d treat kindly. You'll be a happier person because of it. No room for negativity. 
• Tamara
Hug her extra hard, and take her up on more of her requests to go to dinner or do anything. She loves you, and you're going to miss her. Also, learn just how serious her condition is and ask more about it. 
• boys/dating
I don't want to tell you to do anything differently, but just know that people come in and out of your life to teach you lessons. Hold on tight, because you'll soon meet your future husband. 
• school 
Homework is not the devil, enjoy college. 
• spare time
Pick up a sustainable hobby like jogging, walking or something. It's empowering and helps your self esteem!
• habits
Don't smoke, not even socially, or while drinking. It's very unbecoming and you need to rise above it. As far as drinking goes: good news, as it turns out you don't have to drink to have a good time! 
• trust more
Trust yourself, your friends and family. They love you so much, and you're a lot more intuitive than you give yourself credit. 
 



Ok I think that's it <3 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Reading Rainbow


Just take a look, it's in a book, the reading rainbowwww!
 
Ah I loved that song back in the day when I only had PBS, ABC, and occasionally FOX for television. 
Guess what, that's my life again nowwww, but add CBS, NBC and CW. --- No complaints though, it's free! 
"Where are you going with this, April?" Good question ol buddy! 
I started reading. I've never been an avid reader, or even the occasional recreational reader. I was seriously lucky to read one book a year, and even luckier if I finished it. 
Reading to me was like running, in school we HAD to read books for homeWORK as we had to RUN for offseason basketball and I resented the shit out of it! Damn the man! 
But all of that has changed, the fam and I run for fun and I read for fun. Hell, I even eat my vegetables by choice and gladly. Way to finally grow up, dip wad.

It all started when I found Beyond the Sling- a parenting book that I downloaded on my iPad, and went from there. Since having Tru I've read two trilogies and I have in the works two more. 
Ill confess I did read the Fifty Shades of Gray series and I see that it's erotic, but really it mostly just enforced the reality that I am in fact, very claustrophobic.  Before the Fifty, I read The Hunger Games and I must say I adored it so much. Currently I'm reading (and this is probably so 2004) Wicked, and I really like it! This is going to make me sound SO dumb, but Wicked has a lot of "big" words in it, words that I've heard, but definitely don't use in my daily vocab, like "ominous" so I really enjoy highlighting the words and "looking them up" via the iPad dictionary! 
Here's my "bookshelf", what's on yours? 


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend

Wow, what a fun weekend!! 
We spent the weekend at James' uncle Dons cabin with his family. 
It was seriously too much fun! 
James and I even got to have some child-free time and go out on a couple hour booze cruise with his cousins. Yay Beer!

OK here's some pics, seriously blogging from my iPad sucks. 

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Even Though the water was too cold for the babies, they had their own pool party!