Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!!

Today is my baby's 4th birthday. I cannot believe how fast the years have flown by. Here is a short video I made from pictures from the past year. Enjoy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wonderful Weekend

This past weekend our family had the opportunity to go to Chicago. We originally made plans to go to Illinois to meet some of my best friends from Babycenter. My husband is such am amazing guy to take time off work and drive us down there.

We didn't have much time (or much money!) but we figured we could find something. We made a quick drive around Navy Pier but ultimately ended up at Lincoln Park Zoo. I had heard some wonderful things about the zoo, but you can never tell how great something is until you experience it for yourself.

We spent about three hours at the zoo and we didn't even see all of the animals. I would recommend the zoo to anyone who is in Chicago and looking for something cheap to do.

The zoo itself is free. You just walk right in. It felt so weird! You do pay for parking. It goes by how long you are there. Up to a half hour is free. A half hour to three hours is $17. I believe it goes up to $24. So it's not that bad, especially considering that the zoo is FREE! I believe you can bring your own sack lunches in to the zoo, so you don't even have to buy the food. We didn't plan this out, so we ended up buying lunch. It cost more than it would at say, McDonalds, but you have to remember that the zoo is free. And really, twenty some dollars for lunch for a family of four isn't bad. All in all, we spent less than $50. Not much more than we would have for all of us to go to the movie theater, and with the zoo, we actually got an experience. You know what I mean? It wasn't just sitting in the dark for nearly 2 hours.

We had a great day in Chicago. We got to check out Navy Pier too. Pretty neat. I'd recommend going there, but only if your kids are older than mine. I can't wait to go back to these places when we don't have to bring the stroller and diaper bag!

Here are some pictures! The last one is a photo of the sunset on our way home. It's not the best picture but it was beautiful nonetheless.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Oh Baby Baby!

I recently got some of the most exciting news ever. My best friend of over a decade is expecting her first child! Words cannot express how excited I am. I think I'm actually more excited for her than I would be if I were to find out I were expecting again. My friend and her boyfriend/future husband are going to be some amazing parents. That kid will be so lucky.

While I'm really excited, I'm also so jealous. I know I shouldn't be since I have two perfect kids, but I am thinking it would be nice to have another. I have always had fertility issues and can never get pregnant when I want to. (Not saying it was easy for my friend either.) I'm sick of having fertility issues. PCOS sucks. I am slowly coming to the realization that we will be a two kid family. I'm coming to terms with it. Even if I don't have any more kids, I'm very thankful to have the ones I do.

And in the mean time I get to spoil other people's kids. :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010


A long time ago, when I heard the word 'shots' I would think of alcohol and fun. Now that I'm a parent, the word 'shot' taken on a whole new meaning. It means I have to restrain one child as he's poked and prodded while trying to make my other child stay calm. My daughter has a needle phobia. I can't blame her. I do too. But she is a screamer. She hates to see her little brother in any pain. She cries when he's poked, which scares him and makes him scream. Him screaming makes her think he's in a lot of pain so she screams even louder.

I have to take them for shots this morning. Wish me luck. I think by tonight I'll be ready for some shots of my own. And not the kind that poke you.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Who I Am

I am Amanda. I’m a wife. I’m a mom. I’m a daughter, a sister, a grand daughter, a cousin, an aunt. I am this and so much more. I recently became a Pure Romance consultant. I am a stay at home mom, even though there’s a lot of times when we don’t really stay at home. I can be your best friend and I can be your worst enemy. I’m sarcastic. I am not easily offended. I’m an advocate for breastfeeding, car seat safety and keeping little boys intact. (Mostly that one. That’s another blog though.) I’m a sinner, yet at the same time, I am god in the eyes of my children. I think that's funny since I am an atheist. I have PCOS. It is a big part of my life, but does not define who I am. I curse. A lot. I am a blogger. Obviously. I will do anything for my kids. I care about a lot of things. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I am completely random. I’m fat. I’m healthy. I’m a bleeding liberal. I love my husband more than anything in this world. I laugh a lot. I have an unhealthy obsession with The Office. I’m an open book for the most part. I have tattoos. I am sleep deprived. I daydream a lot. I don’t really believe in TMI. I am this and so much more. I am Amanda.