November 29, 2011

Talking to two.

"Bronzie, you're pretty cute."
"No. I handsome."
"Yeah, you're handsome too."
"And daddy handsome and mama booful."
"Thanks, nugget."
"You're welcome. I'm a nugget."
"I'm a nugget!! ... Laugh big again mama!"
"Stop!!! No laugh big, mama. Not booful laugh big."

November 28, 2011

Home for Thanksgiving

After a trip home I feel like I've been trampled on and left out in the rain. Because of lack of sleep. When we go home we stay up way too late, eat way too much, and talk non stop. Now we're back in our tiny apartment and I'm beyond tired, B's looking around for more cousins to play with and Toph's back at school gearing up for finals. We had a great mini vacation and it was really fun to cook with my fam, go thrifting, take tons of pics, nap on the couch (my fave!!) and leave knowing we'll see everyone again in a few weeks for Christmas!! The ultimate things I'm thankful for this year are living in Davis, my healthy boys, and being able to recognize the many blessings we receive daily. Because as they say: you better recognize! Not sure why they say it but they do.

PS: B's little turkey hand from last years Thanksgiving traced on the tablecloth? I die!

November 27, 2011

We're all cheapwads.

Black Friday is the best thrifting day of the year!! Since it always falls on the last Friday of the month (right?) there are some major thrift store deals to snatch up on. Long story short, I got tons  of junk for super cheap. (Birthday money="Please spend something for once, Meredith!!") I didn't get pics of it all but trust me, pure treasures.
In my fam, the motto for Christmas presents goes as follows: It's the price that counts: The cheaper the better!! Funny+inexpensive is supreme king and luckily the two often go hand in hand. It's so fun yelling out how much you didn't spend as someone is opening your gift. It's also really fun when someone opens your gift and bursts into laughter (the "X Marks the Spot" diaper of '05, Gooda??) I tend to go with all freepiled, thrifted or homemade gifts  so as not to besmirch the family motto.
Also: Holy wow. Christmas is literally like tomorrow. THIS WAS THE FASTEST YEAR EVER! In a good way.

November 24, 2011

Halloween on Thanksgiving!

I'm so grateful for the two boys in my life!!! They rock.
Especially around Halloween because I get to pick fun themed costumes and see them come to life:

Going through these pictures was so twilight zone-ish! That first pic seems like a lifetime ago. B was 3 months old and I had about 
35 extra lbs on me still. FUN. I remember drawing that scar on B's little forehead and secretly wanting to keep it on him forever because I love Harry Potter so much. Nerd mom, right here. Being a Ghostbuster rocked because the proton packs (made from trash and medical tubing) made me feel powerful!! Being Vercua was fun because I got to wear a thrifted dress that I've had for a while and act uber snotty. Easy. 
I love freepiling/hot gluing stuff together to make our costumes 5 minutes before the Halloween party. Procrastination is a tradition. 
 Thanks for going back in time with me and: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

November 22, 2011

The BIG two-four date. That wasn't so big.

I got to pick the date night activities since it was my big day so I went out on a major limb and suggested: Thai food+frozen yogurt! 
Wuh wuh wuh. It was delicious but I think we're in a rut. A totes delicious froyo rut. We did mix it up by asking rapid fire questions that I'd prepared ("What's one wish you have for B as he grows up?' "What's the first movie you remember seeing in theaters?" "Who's your favorite Bluth family member?") and we tried to play Guess Who?  The highlight of the evening was when the froyo guy was emptying out a few of the machines so he could add new flavors. Long story short: a giant bucket of frozen yogurt appeared=Mama's idea of heaven!! 
I asked him what he was gonna do with it and he just looked at me weird. 
I wanted to take it home and love it forever. So sue me.

November 21, 2011

Phone tales.

Life according to the droid:

-FALL!!! I love it. So much. 
-The coolest pumpkin ever. I saw it at the library the other day. 
-LITTLE WOMEN!!! Thanks Toph :)


I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING!!! And it's so fun!!


So there I am going through my list and having a great day when all of the sudden I see a box wrapped up on the bed. Duh, I opened it. Inside was a ginorm camera bag.  First thought? "Why would I need a camera bag for my tiny Powershot?" + "And no juicer. Dang." As I'm cleaning up the wrapping paper I see another box wrapped up. INSIDE WAS MY DREAM CAMERA!!!!! Toph has spent the last year hearing me talk about bokeh, the exposure triangle, and buying (and then quickly selling) cameras because they all sucked. (Because I kept buying super cheap ones.) Well the kid went ahead and found a good deal on the camera that will now be accompanying us to the retirement home. And beyond. It was one of the  best birthdays ever! I took over 200 pics in one park trip and I see no end in sight. The last pic was my very first attempt at a self timer pic. As you can see: I have NO IDEA what I'm doing and my background came out great while my subject (me!) is all out of focus. I'm reading every tutorial I can get on eyes on!! I need tips! I need to learn to shoot in manual!  I am so excited to really dig into photography. THANK YOU TOPHER!!!

PS: It's a Canon Rebel EOS T2i and I'm calling her Harper. Harper Reb Tuttle. It's true love.

November 17, 2011

Ambitions and also I just love making lists.

In less than 5 hours I'll officially be 24! 
Here are 24 things I want to do tomorrow to ring in my new age:

1. Take on the B morning shift so Toph can sleep in for once
2. Get breakfast goodies at Trader Joe's
3. Have a picnic
4. Exercise
5. Go to the library
6. Do a random act of kindness
7. Get a mani/pedi with my birthday money!!
8. Read my book
9. Play with B!
10. Doorbell ditch treats to someone
11. Have a living room dance party
12. Go freepiling
13. Mail a letter to someone
14. Read to B
15. Babysit Lukas (it's your turn for a date Jess!)
16. Read my scriptures
17. Write a letter to B in his journal
18. Call my fam (or you could all call me!)
19. Write in my journal
20. Pretend Twilight doesn't exist
21. Put B down for a nap
22. Hang out with Toph!
23. Eat something delish for dinner (Maybe something Thai+delish)
24. Take a break from the interweb .... see ya next week!!

November 14, 2011

Phone tales.

Life according to the droid:

-Despite the colder weather, B still chooses to wear his floatie to the park. And I let him. When he gets frostbite from this freezing cold CA weather he'll learn!!
-Wearing one of my headbands!
-My thrifted gma shoes. One dollar for the purest foot comfort around.
-Trying to be a good mom by sprucing up B's little monkey nugget lunch.

November 13, 2011

Pumpkin muffins galore. For me at least.

 I ate 12 of these. That's like a whole stick of butter from all the frosting!!! I'm not thinking about it anymore. 

It's common knowledge that I can't follow a recipe so here's the one I made up for these muffin top-esque treats.  
I'm calling them: Pumpkinspice Muffins with Spiced Frosting.

I 15 oz can of pumpkin
1/3 cup applesauce 
1 large egg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar (I use Zulka)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

- Mix everything together but the flour until smooth. Fold in the flour until just mixed.
Put in greased muffin tin and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Makes 24-ish.

1/2 stick softened butter
3 cups powdered sugar
2 TB milk
1/2 tsp desired spice (I've used cloves and nutmeg. Both were great!)

- Mix until smooth. Frost muffins when cooled. EAT.

Try not to eat all the muffins in the house.
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I seriously made two batches and Toph got like two.
It is my birthday week though. So whatev.

November 7, 2011

Eating un-fancy foods at lots of places makes them feel fancier.

I've been wanting to go on a progressive date for a while and we finally did. It was the greasy bomb DOT com. 
Appetizers at one place (potato skins!), entree at another, (a new pizza place we've been meaning to try out. Yum.) 
and dessert at not Pinkberry for once. But ... still frozen yogurt. (We know what we like!) I put gummy bears+gummy worms in mine, 
creating complete gummy harmony. (And yet I want more for my birthday week? Yes.)
To make the date not entirely about food, we walked around downtown and stopped in at a comic book store. 
I wasn't the only girl in there ... yeah. I was. How stereotypical can you get??

November 5, 2011

ALMOST getting cozy on the couch.

Toph thinks sticking his bum in front of my self timer is hi-larious. And so do I. HAHAHABAHAHA. In our house boy humor rules. Good thing I grew up with three brothers+ my dad. Good thing. Or else bum shots might make me so mad/sad. I might even cry about them. Dang! I might anyway. Butt probably not.

November 3, 2011

library nuggets.


I don't always get to the library on my own but that's cool because B loves to go and our library has an amazing kids section. It's always fun to small talk with all the grandparents who are on grand kid duty there too. One really nice lady asked me how old I was and was SHOCKED when I said 23. I love that reaction! Next time I'm gonna tell the truth and say 14. I mean ..... B's fave thing about the library: the "'puter headphones." My favorite thing: there are tons of magazines+books for 25 cents a piece daily (the money goes to friends of the library or whatever). Sometimes I even find spare change on the ground and cha-ching: Bathroom reading secured!