Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Things That Make You Go Mmmm...

Some things just have to be shared with friends. 
Especially something as rich, fudgy, and decadent
as Betty Crocker Warm Delights!
 
You are 45 seconds away from pure ecstasy. 
Directions: 
Mix cookie mix and 1 Tablespoon of water. 
Microwave for 45 seconds. 
Hide in the closet to eat alone - it's too good to share! 

I've only had the Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookie Warm Delight. 
It's delicious beyond words -
especially right out of the microwave. 
If you're having a rough day
or just want to spoil yourself a little, give 'em a try. 


Taco Bell Cravings

I'm having crazy Taco Bell cravings.  What started out as 3 soft shell tacos has quickly escalated to 5.  And since I've been to Taco Bell about 5 times in the last week, I decided I needed to find an alternative to make at home.  Although Taco Bell's not outrageously priced - at the rate I visit, it'll be wearing on the budget soon. 

Meat already prepared for at home fajitas or quesadillas may be old news to you - but for me, this is all new.  :) 

I picked up both of these products - cooked them separately - Chicken for Calvin - Steak for me.  Each took about 5 minutes to heat up in the skillet (you can microwave them, too).  Then, I put Calvins between 2 tortillas and added cheese.  Voilla - quesadilla.  For mine, I mixed up a McCormick fajita mix packet - adding only about 1 1/2 tablespoons to my sizzling steak pieces.  I refrigerated the rest of the mix for future use. 
Added cheese to my fajita and I was
a happy pregnant Taco Bell craving woman!  :) 

I had wondered what the quality of the meat would be.  To my surprise, the John Soules Foods Beef Fajitas exceeded my expectations.  Delicious.  The Tyson Chicken - was good - but not quite as good as freshly grilled chicken. 
But, for the price and convenience I'm happy. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Foot Heaven

What's keeping your toes, arches,
and heels comfy this spring? 
Mine are in foot heaven thanks to Malindi Crocs! 
I've always wanted a pair of crocs - not the regular ones that are wide and bulky, but a petite style for my little feet that are comfortable and fashionable at the same time.  I've tried a couple different kinds of Crocs in the last couple years.  I didn't have a lot of faith in the Malindi's, but I ordered them anyway.  They arrived and are a dream come true for my tired, aching, pregnant feet.  I absolutely love them and wear them just about everywhere. 

They're a lot more narrow than normal Crocs which is a huge perk for me.  They don't slide off the back at all.  They fit like a glove!  Also, the Malindi Croc is more true to size than other Crocs.  I've learned that for most Crocs, you should round down when ordering - like if you're a 6 1/2, order a 6.  Not the Malindi's.  I wear a 6 in regular shoes and in this Croc.  I ordered mine at Crocs.Com, but you can get them at lots of online shoe stores like Zappos and Shoebuy.  Also, my cousin Kayla said Dick's in Champaign sells them, too. 

Mom, I'm pretty sure I know you're going to order some - because you fell in love with mine.  :)
Dawn, order them - you will love them more than any of the dozens of flats you already have!  I promise! 
Aubrey, order them because your pregnant feet deserve some relief. 
Bridget, order them because they're cute and stylish and super comfy while you're on your feet all day. 
Amy, order them because you're Super Mom and you deserve to pamper your feet! 
Steph, order them because they'll be perfect for all of your camping excursions this summer!

I should be thankful

I am having severe sinus pressure. 
Okay, severe may be a little strong - but intense. 
I'm pretty sure there's a sinus infection setting in. 
I barely slept last night because of the discomfort. 
Take medicine? 
Good idea! 
But, I'm weird about meds when I'm prego. 
I worry too much. 
I'm a paranoid mommy. 
So, I decide to suck it up and deal with the pain. 
Sinus rinses will start to help sooner or later... I hope. 
To make it all worse,
It's raining
And I'm out of Cap'n Crunch. 
I am trying to remind myself that I should be thankful that this sinus crap didn't settle in during the last couple weeks of school, during finals, or even during graduation.  I should be thankful, right? 

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Kindergarten Walk-Thru

Friday afternoon Calvin and I got to walk through the Kindergarten classrooms.  I know most of the teachers which made it all the easier.  Calvin liked Mrs. J the most after he found out she's related to Uncle Jerry.  Then there was Mrs. H.  He loved her because she's Tricia's aunt.  The whole walk through was fun and exciting.  The smart boards are really cool!  Calvin is looking forward to using them next year! 

My question:  Why are these kids so big and why do they know how to read??? 

I'm seriously wondering if they had 2nd and 3rd graders fill in for the Kindergarteners during the walk-thru.  I can't imagine my sweet baby Calvin growing up so much in the next year.  Wow.  Where have the last 4 1/2 years gone?  Can I pause life right here? 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

That.Kid - And A Quest

I do not want "That Kid."
  You know, the one that never listens. 
The one that thinks it's acceptable to talk back to adults. 
The one that nobody wants around. 

I pride myself on having a phenomenally well behaved son.  Yes, I am bragging.  Calvin is very well behaved.  I am a parent first, friend second.  I set clear expectations and expect clear results.  I instill into him the philosophy that every choice has a consequence - good or bad.  I find myself agreeing 9 times out of 10 with the parents on the t.v. show World's Strictest Parents. 

Some of you are rolling your eyes saying, "He's only four!"  Well, you're right.  He's only 4.  But he's the best behaved 4 year old I've ever met.  I look around at children much older and heck - even adults and wonder how they turned out the way they did.  That fuels my strict parenting.  My ultimate goal isn't to create a good kid - it is to create a good adult. 

This process started shortly after birth.  He's always known what was expected of him.  At age two, Calvin knew how to stand at attention.  This sounds harsher than it really is.  I got tired of trying to discipline or explain things to him while he lost focus.  Standing at attention keeps him focused.  It also makes the whole process a lot quicker.  At age three, we implemented push-ups in time-out.  What's the point of time-out if the child can see the t.v., play with his feet, or whatever else?  I decided to make time-out purposeful with 5 or so push-ups.  Besides, who couldn't use a few push-ups now and then?  By the way, his push-ups are far from military standards - more like his little but is humping the ground - but whatever, it is productive. ;)

My strict parenting style has been criticized by a few people.  But, when I remind these people of how well behaved Calvin is, they can't disagree that my style works.  It works for us.  Every family is different.  Every child is different. 

Let me take a moment to remind you of the dozens of posts on this blog displaying my love for Calvin and all of the fun adventures we go on.  He does not do without love or affection.  He has been the center of my world for the past four years.  I absolutely adore him.  He's an amazing son, role model, and friend. 

I am not the most patient person.  One day God will grant all of my prayers for patience.  ;)  Until then, I'm on a personal quest to become a more patient mother.  I'm looking forward to enjoying a Summer with Calvin.  I'll keep you posted.  Wish me luck! 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

School.Prom.Dirt.Painting.Bag.Popsicles

Lots happening at the O house.  Just haven't had the motivation to blog about it.  Spring semester is almost over!  YAY!  I will be graduated in less than 2 weeks!!!  :)  Getting excited!  2 big projects due this week but I'm not the least bit motivated to get them done.  In normal Christina fashion, I'll likely procrastinate until the last minute.  But, I have no doubts that the sites will be fabulous in the end.  Bring on the A's!  :) 

Tiffany's Prom


My sister. 
Stunningly beautiful. 
Junior Prom, 2010. 

Yard Work



With help from family and his #1 helper, Calvin, Chris has been moving dirt into our backyard.  I have been assured that soon... very soon... we will have a lush green lawn.  :)  For now, Calvin's enjoying all the dirt! 

Peanut's Room

First, the bedding. 
I love it!  Found it online at JCP. 
The embroidered butterflies remind me a lot of my late cousin, Heather. 
So, it's extra special. 
Also, the bed...
You could say it was love at first sight. 
Babi Italia from Babies R Us. 
Thanks again to Mama O for letting us raid her attic
to trade in old items to get 25% off items like this bed!  



What wrong with painting in your underwear???  



Proudly painting his little girl's room. 



My two favorite guys got to work Saturday. 
After putting 7 different paint samples on the wall, we decided on Fairway Mist (green). 
I'm excited to get the room finished. 
More projects including wainscoating (sp?) soon. 
Special thanks to Chris for all of his hard work!!! 


The diaper bag!  :) 
After looking high and low and comparing diaper bags of friends,
I decided on this Bella Tunno. 
She arrived in the mail on Friday. 
Fun. Stylish. Me
Love it!  :-) 

Don't want to leave Mimi out of this post! 
Mom, thanks for all of the gifts you've given Peanut! 
She's sure to know exactly how much you love her! 
Thank-you. 

Well, I am officially 24 weeks prego! 
I've gained a whopping 10lbs. 

I'd been putting off wearing maternity clothes.  Let's face it, they're not exactly figure friendly.  But I guess I needed to face the facts:  My figure isn't the same it was pre-prego!  I'd been using the good ole fashion rubber band trick on my jeans.  Works pretty good in the a.m. but by late afternoon my pants would get a little snug.  This afternoon I finally busted out a pair of maternity capris.  Wow.  Relief.  Comfort.  Felt so good that I was inspired to find more comfy maternity capris and shorts.  And since Effy's selection of affordable maternity clothes is limited, to say the least, I turned to the world wide web from the comfort of my couch.

Ever bought maternity clothes???  They're not cheap!  Okay, maybe it's just me... I'm weird about spending money on certain things like maternity clothes.  After looking at several sites, I ended up at walmart.com.  I'm quickly on my way to being the size of a beached whale - so why do I care what brand the tag says?  Anyway, their maternity shorts and capris are really inexpensive in comparison to other stores.  They'll be here mid-week.  I'll post to let you know if they're worth a darn or if I should have splurged at Motherhood Maternity. 

I think I'm over my friend egg cravings.  For several weeks, Chris made me 2-6 fried eggs each day.  Yes, I know... you are wondering how I got so lucky to end up with a husband that is willing to do so much for me.  All I gotta say is... it's luck.  Really.  I probably don't deserve him.  He's a phenomenal husband and father.  I'm just really lucky he picked me.  :) 

No new really strong cravings.  Loving popsicles (especially Jelly Belly Lemon) and Tropical Sno.  Yummy!