Friday, December 28, 2012

7 Takes - Vol. 14 Post Christmas


--- 1 ---

Each Christmas Eve, my MIL's family gets together and usually the day after Christmas my FIL's Family gets together.  Even though they all (with the exception THREE cousins and their families) all live in the same town, this is pretty much the only time they get together as a group. Hannabert was the star attraction and amazed "my" cousins with his adventurous taste: spinach/artichoke dip, cranberry nut salad, and whatever else he ate that they, as adults, will not eat. Plus he was sporting a t-shirt with a fake tie and Santa diapers.

--- 2 ---

I made jalapeno poppers off of Pinterest and was confident that they were going to be a PinterestFail that I took pictures.
Cream Cheese and jalapeno mixture

Cut the triangles of crescent dough in half

Fresh out o the oven for SIL to taste

I am almost disappointed that they turned out well. Which they did. Even with canned peppers rather than fresh.  Thanks for FIL for bringing me surgical gloves to wear while chopping the peppers. That said, no one in Horn's families likes spicy things. They were, however, all gone when I reemerged later in the evening from my virus induced chills.

--- 3 ---

Yep, I got sick on Christmas Eve with an intense, bed shaking, 10 blankets necessary, virus of unknown origins. It remained with me for 2, long, cold days. I didn't make it to Midnight Mass (conveniently held at 10pm).

--- 4 ---

Hannabert is crazy cool. Look at the video.



--- 5 ---

One strange note, all of a sudden, I started reacting to my wedding ring. Across the top of my finger where the ring belongs is a oozing red line. Not cool, although, if it scars, it will be a permanent wedding ring I guess...

--- 6 ---

I was really excited to sleep in our own bed last night (until Hannabert work up around 4am). More exciting was that I got baby/toddler snuggles which I didn't get at all over Christmas (too much to see! too much to do!).

--- 7 ---
As 2013 is peeping around the corner, please remember the special 2013 intentions that Pope Benedict will be praying in your prayers

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Friday, December 21, 2012

7 Takes - Vol. 13 Pre-Christmas Edition


--- 1 ---

I am very thankful that I have in-laws that love Hannabert nearly as much as Horn and I do. Mom in-law is watching him while I attend "Advanced Trial Techniques" CLE. I am pretty sure she dropped everything to spend the day with him.

--- 2 ---

I am even more thankful that they let him play and that Horn and I are ok with messes.  Otherwise I wouldn't have received these pictures of him decorating his hair with green icing.




--- 3 ---

The green icing was from a Rice Krispy House kit. Mom wanted to make cookies and gingerbread houses with Hannabert but wisely, dad suggested the perhaps the gingerbread house was a bit advanced for a 22 mth old. She was so excited about baking with him, I went ahead and picked up the kit.

--- 4 ---

Each year, Ohio requires 1/2 of the attorneys to report.  In even years, M to Z report and in odd years, A to L report. My CLE (20 people) only has 1 other nonreporter in it. All of the attorneys know each other. I am also only 1 of 3 females taking the class. It is suppose to be an advanced class on trial techniques but so far I have found it completely understanable. I completely enjoy the NBI classes. PS I am slightly concerned that the current presenter is suggesting that attorneys bring printers with them to the counsel table during trial...It is apparently less yieldly than bringing copies with you...

--- 5 ---

Horn and I managed to get packed for Christmas and even remembered to bring Hannabert's clothing.  Hannabert actually helped us pack his suitcase. This consisted of him throwing random items into the suitcase as fast as Horn and I could rescue them. It was incredibly cute.

--- 6 ---

I was heartbroken to read that Russia is no longer allowing US adoptions. There are 100s of thousand children waiting for forever families. Please remember pray for this ban to be lifted.

--- 7 ---
As a side note, I am know stalking (not really but she writes on a special interest of mine) my cubicle mate's fiancee.  Not literally but she writes a highly entertaining blog on crazy cookbook recipes.  Please check it out. I KNOW my mom has some of these in her repitoire (or is is repertoire?).

Final Note Please remember to find time to pause and pray that God continues to touch your life and the lives around you. Stop into a church, attend mass, spend time meditating, celebrate the solstice, or just be with loved ones and enjoy their presence. If you aren't near loved ones, stop in and visit at a nursing home or a hospital. Don't wait to show others you care. Merry Christmas. 

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Friday, December 14, 2012

7 Takes - Volume 12




--- 1 ---
First and foremost, my prayers are with the victims of the Newton School shooting. I cannot imagine and I never hope to know the anguish these families are feeling.


--- 2 ---
This makes me even more anxious to see Hannabert and hug Horn when we get home tonight.

--- 3 ---
I am looking forward to the Heart to Heart Sling Share at Corinth Church tomorrow morning.

--- 4 ---
I just learned the position that I didn't get at work might have been a good thing - I don't know if I would want to spend 6 weeks at a time over sees doing training to representatives that will be replacing my current co-workers (and of course, I would hate to leave Horn and Hannabert for that long).

--- 5 ---
I am still interested in pursing new opportunities. Anyone need my combination of law license, research skills, and administrative skills?

--- 6 ---
Best kid.Ever

--- 7 ---

Enjoyed freaking out some students who were collecting canned goods. They threw trash down the storm drain. I told them I appreciated their service and I would refrain from calling their school and reporting their illegal activities.



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Thursday, December 06, 2012

You've Been Mugged | A Mug Swap

I participated in the

You've Been Mugged | A Mug Swap


Per my usual operating techniques, my mug was sent out a bit late (oops).

I sent a much and tea ball purchases from a local cooking shop and loose leaf team from our local tea company

To be honest my husband picked out the tea.

I was paired with Mariah from BraggAboutCreation. She has the sweetest little on and makes fantastic crochet/knitted goodies. Catch her on her facebook page as well!

Hopefully she received the tea and has been able to sit down and enjoy a cup.

Not my picutre: http://www.last.fm/music/Relaxation

Mariah, as busy as she is with Christmas orders and a new little one, sent me this:



She included the tip that the Tazo Calm and Rest make great bath time teas! 

Friday, November 30, 2012

7 Takes, Vol. 11 - 3 weeks in the making


--- 1 ---
ND #1! Horn and I were actually there for the Wake Forest win and huddled around a TV in Powell, TN for the USC win. We now play at "the Ship" in Miami. Horn said he would support me in a trip to watch a BCS Championship Game. Tickets are, however, a bit out of my reach...
ND Football Fans finding out Kansas and  Oregon Lost.
--- 2 ---
Thanksgiving went better than expected. By this I mean, the kids and spouses all got along.

Hannabert is extremely lucky to have such great Aunts/uncles. Aunt/Uncle B & B are pregnant and expecting in May and Aunt/Uncle J&J are in the process of adopting!  They got plenty of good experience with Hannabert.



I can paint!

Helping Uncle B put in ice, piece by piece into the cooler
--- 3 ---
Horn started a new job! The offer couldn't have come at a better time and he loves it so far (we are on Day 5). I am incredibly proud.

He has to wear a suit every day!

--- 4 ---
Hannabert is adjusting to his new schedule (daycare from 630a to 5pm) better than I am dealing with not seeing him as my schedule has me teaching from 8am to 1pm and then working from 230pm to 11pm. Luckily for the next few weeks I can work a "normal" schedule on M/F. In the mornings while Horn is getting ready, I get baby snuggles.

Lying across the bed...



--- 5 ---
With Horn at a new job, I got to get Indian take-out for supper! YEAH! Bummer: I forgot to bring leftovers for the last two days.
--- 6 ---
I am still in the job market. Anyone hiring in Dayton/Cincinnati? Or suggestions on how to improve my marketability?

--- 7 ---
With Horn working normal hours, he and Hannabert will actually be able to eat dinner..at a normal time..together! I guess I shall start learning how to slow cook. I made ginger ale pot roast and they had it as a: soup and over biscuits. Now that I have linked to the recipe, I realize the reason why they had soup on night 1 was because I forgot the gravy. I did add veggies to the slow cooker.
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Friday, November 09, 2012

7 Takes - Vol. 10


--- 1 ---

While I am not a Chicago Bears fan, I think that Charles Tillman is wonderful. He is putting his family first, despite criticism from sports commentators.  Da' Bears!

--- 2 ---
I lost three pounds from my initial doctor's visit to my actual physical today. I also know that my initial visit (which consisted of me providing the office with a list of vitamins/supplements, a weight check, blood pressure check, and a listen to the good old chest) was really expensive but as our employer incorrectly provided us information which has resulted in extreme expensive to us (they admitted the mistake but wouldn't let us change the selection) I did not care as we apparently are extremely healthy (YEAH!) and have only used 900 dollars towards our 2600 deductible.

--- 3 ---
Hannabert insisted that I put him in a cloth diaper on Tuesday. Apparently his preference is to poop in cloth only. Yeah for me. He hasn't been in one since and consequently, has not pooped.

--- 4 ---
I appreciated my Creighton teacher finding humor in Hannabert's behavior during our last appointment. Not only did he keep running out into the office, he also announced in list loud toddler voice, "I Pooped!" Yes he was wearing a cloth diaper but no this wasn't the poop of later that day. He also says, "I Pooped!" when he wants attention or pees.
--- 5 ---
Horn and I are provisional voters. I really hate it when the news predicts winners as soon as the pools close. I wish there was nothing on TV until after ALL pools close. Plus, as someone who case a provisional ballot, my vote hasn't been counted yet. That said, I am glad that I live in a country where I have the right to vote. By the way, recording my DL number was not overly burdensome, even with a toddler and a husband who was sugar crashing after waiting 2.5 hrs to early vote.  As an FYI, the documentation needed to prove residency in Ohio to update your driver's license is much much more burdensom.

--- 6 ---
As an FYI to all Ohio residents, you MUST update your address with the DMV within 10 days of moving. You do NOT NOT NOT have to get a new driver's license. You can even update your address online

When you update your addres in person, the registrar should ask if you want to update your election registration. When you say, "Of course! Voting is a fundamental obligation of a citizen!" they SHOULD provide you with a form that you sign and send into your local Board of Elections. We are provisional voters because the BMV did not give us the form.

--- 7 ---
Please continue to pray for Horn and I as our current company undergoes major restructuring. Specificially, we are hoping to find positions where we only have to work one job each and that we are able to work during the same hours so perhaps we can actually spend time as a family.


Extra Special:  Go IRISH! It was a tough win and we are chalking it up to the fact that we weren't faithful to our cloth diaper ritual. Seriously, there was almost a drive to Horn's parent's house to get forgotten rally diapers. Hey, it is only a superstiton when it doesn' t work...
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Friday, November 02, 2012

7 Takes - Vol. 9


--- 1 ---
Big win! Both the IRISH and the fact that we made it to church this week!
--- 2 ---
Horn and I were able to rearrange our schedule to take Hannabert on our first Trick or Treating. In our area of Ohio, they do "Beggar's Night." It was cold and rainy.
--- 3 ---
Who doesn't like a teddy bear?



--- 4 ---
I have decided to take my first contested divorce. The case was suppose to be an uncontested dissolution but dad wants custody. I like it when both parents want to be involved.


--- 5 ---
Horn and I are going to watch ND vs. Wake Forest Game! We don't have a place to stay yet and we might need to give Hannabert up for the weekend..

--- 6 ---

I have my Creighton Class tomorrow. I really wish we would have done NFP from the beginning of our marriage. Birth Control really only hides symptoms.
--- 7 ---
I am participating in a Mug Swap and perhaps a recipe exchange! Now if I only could find a cookie exchange...
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Friday, October 26, 2012

7 Takes, Vol. 8 - Hannabert style


--- 1 ---
A tent, a toddler, a glow stick, a flashlight, and a blow-up mattress = mini rave

Tired Toddler after a midnight rave part in the tent
--- 2 ---
Don't trust parents that take you on the "moderate" nature trail that is located in The Chimneys picnic ground. I had to ask a stranger for help.
--- 3 ---
I like to take the trail less traveled.



--- 4 ---
Dad made a good call on using one of he last disposables mom brought. My diapers contained colors similar to these


--- 5 ---
Road trips with toddler don't require many dollar store purchases or a dvd player. For me, they require the opportunity to expend some energy at a playground or a travel center. And some "Fear of the Dark" on CD.

Happy, go lucky 

  
--- 6 ---
As usual, Cosby Campground had plenty of spots available. We were at Site B44. I only tried to escape the tent once.
--- 7 ---
GOOOOOO IRISH! Beat the Okies!
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Monday, October 22, 2012

What I Wore Sunday (vol. 1)

Fine Linen and Purple is hosting a new link-up: What I Wore Sunday.  I am hoping that it motivates me to get out to mass.

We actually didn't go to church.  We haven't been good about going to church at all lately which is a source of frustration for me. It is hard to make the 11AM mass and hard to make the 6PM mass. It is a source of contention.

What we did do on Sunday was wake up in a tent in the Great Smoky Mountains.  We spent the weekend camping, a much much much needed break from realty.

We didn't shower, didn't brush our teeth, or do much more than splash water on our faces.  Yes, there were flush toilets and running water.


This is me at the BoJangles in Pigeon Forge when we were filling up with gas before we headed back to Ohio.  I am wearing a Hannabert in a Boba carrier on my back; a wonderful long-sleeved t-shirt from Sam's (I literally own one in each color); a pair of denim capri's from Kohls, and a pair of Keens.

Yes, I am as tired as I look.  Hannabert is cutting his canines which meant he didn't sleep at all which meant I didn't sleep at all.  Not sleeping in a tent is not fun.

Friday, October 19, 2012

7 Takes - Vol. 7


--- 1 ---

Notre Dame was again victorious! Nail biter though...


--- 2 ---

We are taking Hannabert camping in a few hours.  I did have a schedule (out of the door by 10am!) but I figured, who cares what time we leave?  Isn't the point the journey and not the destination?


--- 3 ---

Had a physical today.  I picked a clinic that (correctly) I assumed has a lot of "experienced" patients due to its proximity (I will be honest, it is next door) to a senior citizen compound. I liked the doctor and she said I was her only patient who was nursing but that she nursed her first child until 18 mths or so.  It was nice to hear a doctor say that.


--- 4 ---

I am exhausted. Like fall on the floor exhausted and I never have enough time to do what I want to do...ever. Hannabert has nothing to do with this at all (well, perhaps our night owl child has SOMETHING to do with it...)


--- 5 ---

Part of packing for the camping trip resulted in Horn and I reading a lot of personal accounts of camping with toddlers.  I especially disliked the story that interviewed a doctor about camping with toddlers. A doctor's whose idea of camping was staying at a hotel.  No, really, his suggestion was to camp by going to a hotel and the writer took that comment and acted as if staying at a hotel was one way to camp.  It is not and I stopped reading that article.


--- 6 ---

We still don't know about any new job prospects. Lets keep praying that we find some.


--- 7 ---
This is the reason why I am not in a hurry to leave to go camping.  Let sleeping babies lie (plus, I am confident he is in a growth spurt so waking him results in him clinging like a barnacle around me neck which makes me even less productive than my already glaringly unproductive self.
Dada and mini-me asleep. Notice the nearly identical body positions and notice what a bed hog mini-me is...




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Friday, October 12, 2012

7 Takes - Vol. 6


--- 1 ---

I took the advice of the Catholic Newlywed and spun for a saint for the Year of Faith. St. Hedwig will be my saint for the year.  While she had a happy life, I am a bit concerned as she is the patronage for Victims of Jealousy, Brides, Death Of Children, Difficult Marriages, Widows, none of these which I wish had... 

--- 2 ---

We (Hannabert) won a fantastic bike at the Midwest Outdoor Experience that we attended last week! We let him try a Strider Bike ('cause it was pretty much the only thing he could do as an almost 20mth old).  He liked it (not the helmet) so we entered a lottery to win it and got the call today that we did win!  YEAH!  Christmas present purchased!

--- 3 ---

I am loving Call the Midwife on PBS.org. 

--- 4 ---

We took Hannabert in to be examined for a lip/tongue tie. He had them both and we went a head and had them clipped (well, lasered). I thought that he had them but his ped. kept insisting he didn't. I am glad that we consulted a professional who knew what to look for. I should have followed my instinct but regardless, it is done now and I can already tell a difference.  Now, if anyone has a suggestion on how to get a 20mth old to comply with stretching exercises, I am open.

--- 5 ---

Horn had a promising meeting on Tuesday.  Please keep him in your prayers as we wait for an outcome.

--- 6 ---

I love the fact we purchases a stick vacuum at Aldi's.  Hannabert can now start earning his keep. Our bathroom has never been so clean
 


--- 7 ---
Somehow I found the time to make an awesome (if I saw so myself) backpack for Hannabert so he can be like the "big kids" at daycare.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hannabert's Backpack

UPDATE: This is my prideful post as indicated on Camp Patton in June 2013!

As the kids at daycare headed back to school, Hannabert became upset that they all had backpack hanging on the hooks by the door.

As he is a little guy, I quickly scoured the world-wide web for backpack patterns.  I found a great one from indietutes and decided it would be the one I would make.  I new I wanted to use robots for the fabric and with my schedule, I never seemed to be able to get to the fabric store.  I solved my issue with a purchase form Spoonflower.

Spoonflower had tons of robot prints so after looking, I decided on Rocket 'n Robots for the front, Robot Chevron for the flap, and Rocketstripe Navy for the back. The front and back fabric was designed by leanne and the chevron is by robyriker. Based on a facebook inquiry, I went with the linen-cotton canvas.  

It did fade alot with the pre-wash but I like that it added to the vintage look.


 

I printed the PDF of the pattern at work but didn't check it so unfortunately, it printed on both sides so I had to recopy the back piece onto a blank piece of paper at home (well, not blank but a recipe for something that I probably won't make).

The instructions were pretty good.  Rather than use interfacing, I decided to line the backpack with fabric left over my the sew swap shrug that I made.  I liked the way it made the bag a bit stiffer.

After cutting the pieces out, I sewed them right side to right side.
 


The robot print was a bit larger than I was expecting it to be so I picked the center robot to be featured on the front of the pack with careful pattern placement (first time I have ever done that).


Putting the pack together was pretty easy (even with my fake pattern piece).


I did change one part of the instructions by sewing the straps a bit differently.  I sewed the straps by wrapping them around the back piece from the right side to the wrong side to reinforce them.

The hardest part for me was to do the side pieces (measurement is key and I would recommend NOT sewing it into a loop until the majority of it is sewn to the front or face this:
I spent a ton of time trying to get the loop just right; hen I got it connected to the front, the back needed adjustment (and then the fold was too thick for my needle to go through it). Eventually it all got put together.




I have to say it is super cute.


Catching Hannabert to try it on him and then get him to sit still for a photo op was about as easy as trying to get the side loop to work.
standing on cast iron pots


Action shot

Paparazzi step back! 

Captured by Dad for a photo op

It is absolutely the perfect size bag for someone of his size.  I hope he gets that it is a place for him to use for his treasures.

I would definitely make this again.