Friday, February 25, 2011

Did I leave the gym without wearing pants???

Where oh where did my gym pants go?  
Oh where oh where could they be? 

I've been missing a pair of gym pants for over a week.  I've looked in the clothes hamper, behind the recliner in our room, behind the pillows on the couch, under the bed, in Chris's closet, in my closet, at the bottom of Bella's diaper bag, in the bathroom, and even in the car - although I have no idea why they'd be there.  I can't find them.  Got me wondering...

did I wear them to the gym, take them off, 
and leave without wearing any pants? 

Let's face it, I have some pretty crazy moments... now I'm actually questioning my sanity... did I leave the gym w/o my pants?  ;) 

On the flip side, I found two pairs of shoes that I bought Bella 
when she was first born.  Now, they fit!   

Lose a pair of pants - gain two pairs of shoes! 

Monday, January 17, 2011

... Finally a post

I'll admit that I haven't had the motivation to blog lately.  I don't know if this will be a come back or just a one-time post.  Who knows.  Over the past few months I've had dozens of post ideas, but just never typed them out.  Because it will take forever to catch you up on all of the details, here are a few highlights:  
  • Bella is 5 months old.  She's her own little person with her own big personality.  
  • Everyone has opinions about what is right and wrong when it comes to babies... my opinion... do whatever you have to do to keep the baby happy, keep your own sanity, and to get some sleep!  :)  
  • Calvin is in kindergarten and doing fabulous!  We're so proud of the progress he's already making.  Who knew you learned how to read in Kindergarten?!?  
  • The bond between Calvin and Bella is nothing short of amazing.  She absolutely adores him.  I think the highlight of her day is when he gets home from school!  
  • I'm going to try making my own baby food.  We'll see how that goes...  
  • Chris is good.  He's on a 30 day workout challenge using the EA Sports Personal Trainer for the Wii.  Don't knock it til you try it... it's a good workout!  
  • I am a stay at home mom.  I love it.  But, I'm not one of those stay at home moms that thinks I'm better than everyone else because I don't send my kids to daycare.  Blah blah blah... I could further explain but it's not important enough.  I admit that if the right part time job comes along, I'll take it.  
  • Staying home with Bella all day can sometimes be exhausting.  I explained it to Chris like this:  If you had your boss or co-worker yell at you most of the day, you'd call it a bad day.  Then, when you got home and the boss called to yell some more, you'd be annoyed.  If your boss called you in the middle of the night to yell at you some more... you'd be annoyed and exhausted.  I think he got it then.  I love Bella to pieces, but I have to get a break.  I think some full-time working moms think staying home is a breeze.  I don't take my time home with the kids for granted.  I think it's a blessing full of hard work. 
  • Last week I joined the gym to get some alone time.  Hopefully I get my old body and sanity back!  Haha!  
I've come across several good baby products, that I want to share with you.
  • I love the products from the Manhattan Toy Company like:  Sweet Pea and Baby Stella.  They are soft plush and machine washable
  • Bella has a  JJ Cole Bundle Me Lite.  We love it.  It's not bulky like some winter infant seat thingies.  It's like a fleece blanket in the car seat.  I've seen the regular JJ Cole Bundle Me and it is very nice, too.    
  • On of my favorites: Aden and Anais receiving blankets.  I'll be the first to admit they are a little pricey, but for us, they are well worth the money.  They get a really tight swaddle.  They're made from cotton muslin - I'm no fabric expert - I just know they breathe more than some others, reducing the risk of SIDS.  Bella's five months and we still use them all of the time - just not for swaddling.  There's one in the car seat, one on the floor with her now, one in her swing, etc... and well, she likes to suck on them.  They're fairly large, so I wouldn't recommend letting a baby have one in bed without being swaddled.  Since Bella is so attached to hers, I ordered an Aden and Anais security blanket.  I'm hopeful that she will like it as much as the swaddling cloths.  
  • The third parent:  Fisher Price Cradle n Swing.  I'm not sure how we would have survived without this.  It swings front to back and side to side.  It's plush and comfy and perfect for the late nights when the baby won't go back to sleep.  ;)   She'll outgrow it soon and we'll be sad to pack it up.  
  • She has this Taggie blanket and this Taggie book - Love them!  
  • True newborn shoes from Children's Cottage.  They are Baby Deer brand and can be customized with your baby's name - like we had done for Bella.  They are itty bitty - perfect for newborns.
  • Do you love Carters brand baby clothes?  Not sure if you already know, but in the past few months they got their own website.  Even better is that an online Oshkosh site is linked from there - to use one shopping cart for two stores.  Sign up for their emails - I'm always getting discounts emailed to me. 
  • Tutus from The Pampered Princess Boutique.   Bella has two! 
  • Custom piggy banks from:  Dizigns Etsy shop
  • Crocheted flower hair clips from:  Mommys Love Bugs 
  • I love these headbands from Little Diva Boutique
  • Hats from Boston Avenue Babies, Three Kittens Knitting, and Cite Fuzz
  • Burp cloths from The Posh Tots.   
  • If you live locally, I highly recommend Over The Moon in downtown Effingham.  
If you have a favorite baby item, please leave the link in a comment.  I'm always up for suggestions. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sweet Bella Sue

One month ago today we were blessed with our precious little girl, Bella Sue O.  She is perfect in every way imaginable.  I'm not sure we could love her anymore or that any other baby has gotten as many kisses as she has.  As if Mommy and Daddy's love wasn't enough for her, she is blessed with an outstanding big brother.  Calvin absolutely adores her.

She was born August 8, 2010 at 2:33 a.m. via c-section.  I got to the operating room at 2:08 a.m., she was born at 2:33, and I was being wheeled out at 2:58.  Amazing how quickly it went!  Chris was an amazing coach/confidence booster.  I also had wonderful labor and delivery nurses.  One stands out the most - she was my support during the spinal. 

Bella Sue O.  6lbs 8oz ~ 19 1/2 inches ~ Perfect. 

I'm not sure when I'll be back on here to blog.  Being a mommy to a newborn is a lot of work - and when she's not keeping me busy, I try to get in some zzz's.  Thank-you to our friends and family that have helped, sent well wishes, prayers, and gifts.  :) 

Day One - August 8, 2010

3 Days Old - August 11, 2010

5 Days Old - August 13, 2010

6 Days Old - August 14, 2010
Tommy Ordner Memorial Golf Outing

14 Days Old - August 22, 2010

16 Days Old - August 24, 2010

29 Days Old - September 6, 2010

1 Month Old - September 8, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Where Do I Begin?

So much has been going on lately.  I have no idea where to even start this blog post.  I've been a crappy blogger lately.  Not only have I not posted in a long time - but I've been horrible about reading other blogs.  Sorry.  For those of you still following me... bless your hearts for sticking around.  :) 

The Great Fall

I had a stupid moment on June 24th.  So stupid.  The guys were re-roofing our house.  They looked so hot and thirsty.  So... being the nice lady that I am... I got ice cold water bottles out.  The quickest way for me to get them up on the roof was for me to stand on a wooden chair on our deck and hand them to my brother Levi. 
Great idea, right? 
The chair came out from under me.  I hit my lower abdomen twice because the first time wasn't good enough.  I landed pretty hard on my stomach.  The neighbor seriously ran at olympic speed to get to me while the guys rushed to get off the roof.  I laid there for a couple minutes... to catch my breath, get it all together, and put on a good face for Chris because I knew he was going to be really worried. 

When I got inside it was 4:58... doctor's office was closed.  At Dr. Haller's request, I went to the hospital and was admitted and sent to the OB floor to be monitored for awhile.  Peanut was doing great - strong, regular heartbeat.  The doctor had no concerns about her.  I was having sizable contractions every 3 minutes.  After a few hours of that, they put me on Procardia.  It helped - the contractions slowed down to every 4-6 minutes.  :)  Luckily, I got sent home.  The next day, word got back to the doctor's office that I was still having contractions so Niki called for me to come in for another non-stress test.  Still contractions.  Now, bed rest.  Ugh. 

It's been almost a month of "bed rest."  Last week I was given permission to do a little more than just lay on the couch.  I'll admit, I've probably been doing far more than I should - but it's hard to just lay around all the time.  Dr. Haller has me on bed rest til Monday.  Then, medicine for another week.  Then, finally... nothing... let nature do its thing. 

Calvin's T-Ball

Calvin has just 2 more t-ball games this season.  Seems like he just started.  He's pretty good - but then again, I'm pretty biased.  I'm just so proud of the effort he puts forth out on the field.  :) 

Tommy's Golf Outing

August 14th is the 2010 Tommy Ordner Golf Outing at Cardinal Golf Course.  Spots are filling up fast, so if you want to be a part of the coolest golf outing of the season, get your team together and call Cardinal Golf Course immediately!  :)

 Getting Ready For Peanut

Peanut will be here soon.  Last week I had some really bad contractions one night.  So bad that I thought it was possible my water might break!  But all I could think about was that her pillow with her name embroidered on it wasn't finished.  Silly, right?!?  That's me.  Since I couldn't sleep, I stayed up late hand stitching a sweet little pillow for her. 

We have her name picked out.  But, we're keeping it a secret.  I hand painted the letters of her name to hang on her bedroom wall.  They are very cute and can't wait to show them off when I can finally put them up after her arrival.  Also, I ordered newborn shoes with her name embroidered on them.  Very cute - absolutely love them. 

A couple weeks ago, a beautiful cradle arrived from Mom and Grandma Bobbi.  It's gorgeous.  Thank-you so much for this awesome gift! 

Everything is ready for her.  Our bags are packed - including a gift bag for Calvin.  Just waiting on one more thing to arrive to put in his bag - but if it's not here in time, it will be ok.  Chris and I wanted to have a special present just for Calvin when the baby is born. 

I think she'll be here sooner than later.  I'm already starting to progress - I'll spare you those details.  But, even with the medicine, I'm still having contractions - especially in the evenings.  So, we're ready - for whenever she wants to come.  :) 

Kindergarten, Here We Come

In about a month, Calvin will be heading off to Kindergarten... no matter how ready or not I am.  I still can't believe my baby boy is old enough for Kindergarten.  Crazy.  Just crazy.  I already took him school supply shopping and ordered new school shoes.  But where or where can I get a cool cammo backpack?!?  Help, please! 

The New Ride

Last night on our way to go test drive a car, I sold my car to  Amber.  Couldn't have been more perfect timing!  She needed a dependable car - and we needed to sell it.  And just in time because that car we were on our way to test drive... well, we bought it!  :)  We are the proud new owners of a Chrysler Aspen.  I absolutely love it!  :)  It will definitely be able to pull the boat... and yes... it even has a Hemi!  :)  Perfect new ride for our growing family!

As we waited to drive the car, a couple CCX trucks drove by.  I knew right then... that was my Dad, checking up on us.  After we drove it, another CCX truck went by.  Then, as we were getting on the interstate, a whole sleuth of CCX trucks passed us.  Dad, I got your point.  You liked the car.  You approve.  :)  Thanks for still looking out for me.  I miss you every single day.  But, knowing you were right there with us as we bought the Aspen makes me feel very secure of our decision.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Trip, shopping, and the car

I've been mia from the blogger scene lately.  Sorry.  Just haven't had the motivation to blog. 

I'm doing good.  Over 30 weeks prego, now.  Actually have a check-up today.  Peanut gave her Daddy an early Father's Day gift - Pix for Kicks!  He loved it!  We got to watch her move around in her own little world.  I'll post pictures soon - or you can see them now at  We have a DVD video of her and that has become our favorite movie. 

Our trip to Michigan was good.  Shopped too much (is there such a thing?), Detroit Zoo, Mackinac Island, dinners with friends, swimming, 4 trips to Bass Pro Shop, Pizza Papalis, a Latin mass, and some car trouble.  Overall, we had a good time.  But 10 days is a long time and it feels sooo good to be back home! 

Tomorrow is cut & color day!  I'm sooo looking forward to it! 

My mom has been smoke-free for over 2 weeks now.  I am sooo proud of her.  Really.  I never thought she'd quit.  She's smoked for over 30 years.  That's a long time.  But, she proved me wrong and she did it.  Now, I gotta pay up with a Michael Kors handbag!  No complaints from me - it's worth it! 

My car is still for sale.  Price reduced:  $3199 for a 2000 Buick Century.  Call us at 217.813.0107 or 217.343.7115 for more details or to make an offer. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Car For Sale

Ladies and Gents, I am finally selling my car!!!  It's been a good car - reliable and I've always felt safe in it unlike many of those compact cars out there.  Gas mileage has been amazing - going to Florida we got over 400 miles per tank!  Interstate I've gotten low to mid 30's per gallon.  Around town, more like mid 20's.   
On one hand, I'm eager to get rid of it and move on to a newer family vehicle.  On the other hand, I'm a little sad.  Endings are always sad.  This was the last thing I every bought with my Dad.  He helped me buy it when I was just a single mother trying to make ends meet.  I'll never forget his generosity. 

Chris has maintained the car to his automotive expertise.  He never even allowed me to take it to a quickie oil change place since I bought it in 2006.   Oh, I forgot to put in the ad that the tires are less than a year old.  That's a pretty big perk! 

Get in touch with me if you're interested in it.  
$3500.00 o.b.o
Help a fellow blogger out and tell your local friends
about this great deal!  

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. 
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.