Sunday, October 31, 2010

Catching Up!

Happy Halloween!!!
I hope everyone has a spooktacular day! ;) And I promise a recap of our day won't be as long awaited for as this post. I will also be back with pictures of her at the pumpkin patch and from her 4 month birthday yesterday! I can't believe she is 4 months old. I know I say it every month but it is true! Time just goes way too quick!

I'm going to try and catch you all up with our adventures to this point. There are so many things I haven't posted about. Like our zoo trip! Have I mentioned I L.O.V.E. the zoo? Well I do! I can't wait til next summer when we become zoo members!!!
Now this goes back quite a way but I don't care! I'm posting about it anyway! On September 11th (yes September. I told you it goes back) J and I took B to the zoo for the first time. I LOVED IT! We got some really cute pictures of B! Here they are:
With the statue of Olga. My favorite zoo animal from when I was a kid!
By the lions! The male lion roared while we were right there and B whipped her head so fast to see where the noise came from. It was adorable!
I still say the lion wanted to eat B!

Another fun adventure was on October 3rd, we took B to her first Blackhawks game!!! It was freaking awesome! We had seats in the last row of the 100 level for a pre-season game so we took advatage of the good seats, smaller crowd and early start time to bring her to her first game. She was an angel baby the whole time! She stared at the ice and didn't fuss except for the couple minutes it took for me to change her diaper and get her bottle ready! Of course I think we got some pretty good pictures once again. :)
Right after a goal celebration!!
Her favorite thing to do with daddy! Watching the Hawks win!
Our perfect little family!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Latest on Life with P, B & J

Things have been crazy around here! But mostly in a good way and for a good reason.

Jeff had surgery yesterday! He has been in pain for over a year and a half and he is now on his way to pain free! (We hope.) He had a disc fusion done on the C5 disc. They actually removed his disc and replaced it with stem cell bone and a "cage". The DRs were very happy with how surgery went and are very optimistic on his recovery. Though he will be off work for close to 4 months! He came home today and is of course in pain but already feels better on the side that was bothering him. (It is mostly at the incision and where the moved things around that are causing pain.) Things are looking up!

Over the last 2 months we have done some great things with B and have really enjoyed every second with her. Even the ones while she is crying! Some time I will get some posts done loaded with pictures of the things we have done lately. You can look forward to pictures from the zoo, a Blackhawks game (or 3) and a pumpkin patch with cousin Chance!

And since it has been a long couple of days I'm going to leave you with one picture to tide you over.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day 9

Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.

Well I actually have a couple of these from when I was younger. My family moved when I was starting high school and because of it I went to a new school. (That was actually my parents reason for moving.) Because of a new school at that major time in my life I lost touch with several friends.
Some are no big deal to have lost but others I still miss. One girl in particular was my best friend from 1st grade through 8th grade. Our families even knew each other before that. Another is a girl that I became friends with in 5th grade. We were together all.the.time. Then there is a guy I was friends with from 1st grade on. We were best friends, talked every day and now I have no clue where he is. The first girl I mentioned I have become friends with on facebook and we chat occasionally. It is nice to talk to her. I do miss my other friends though. I actually think of all of them often.


Monday, October 18, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day 8

Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.

Well for this one I'm going to keep it short simply because it isn't worth much of my time to think about it. I'm going to have to say a couple of my ex's each for their own reasons.

1 because he took advantage of my feelings for him, made me love him and then we broke up, then we were together and then we broke up. This started in high school and ended for the last time about a year before I met J. (I was seriously an idiot for going back that last time, well and a couple times before that too.)
1 because he was occasionally verbally abusive and made me feel less than beautiful and sometimes kind of worthless
and 1 because he was just a psycho.
But I have to admit that I let them treat me that way. I was young and stupid. Thankfully I grew up and found a great man.


Friday, October 15, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day 7

Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.

This one is easy-peasy! There are 2 people, though I do have to say that I have never considered not living. These people are obviously Jeff and Brynn. Never in a million years would I do anything to hurt them by leaving.

Jeff is such a strong amazing man. He makes my life better. He makes me happy. He makes me feel special and he makes me feel loved. Without him I would be missing a part of myself. Without him I wouldn't have B. 

Then there is B. She makes my day complete simply by smiling at me. I couldn't ever do something to hurt or disappoint my baby girl.

These 2 people mean more to me than words can say and they make everything worth it. The hard times are bearable, the bad times are ok, the ok times are good, the good times are great and those great times can't be described all because of them.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

30 Year "Checklist"

I was reading my friend Krysten's blog @ and came across this list that one of her friends found in Glamour and I thought I would post it here too. It is a list of Things Every Woman should have by the age of 30. Lets see how I measure up.

By 30 you should have:

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.  Well No and Yes. But I wouldn't change it at all. I don't need to imagine going back to anyone else when my husband is the best guy in the world for me. And as for the guy who reminds me how far I have come let's just say more than 1 guy reminds me of that.

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.  Yep! Love our sofa and chair. And dining room set - even if I did get it at Goodwill - we re-finished it. And my fav would be our bed! The mattress specifically. Tempur pedic! Pure Bliss!

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.  I think check and check - though they may not fit the best at the moment I still have 5 lbs to go 'til Pre-Baby weight.

4. A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.  Yep, Yep and Yep.

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.  I would say so. I loved my childhood and my teenage years but I look forward to my future so much. I'm happy to say that I have very fond memories and can't wait to make new ones!

6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.  I don't know about juicy (well some are but I won't be telling them to B or any future kids for quite some time.) But I have great, fun and amazing stories because I have great, fun and amazing family and friends.

7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.  Thanks to Jeff yes. We are constantly working towards being able to add more to that too.

8. An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.  Nope and I don't want it that way. I don't think Jeff knows my email password but if he wants it I could care less. There is nothing in there I have to hide. (Unless it is Christmas time and I ordered something for him but he could see where I purchase things from on our joint account.) We have a joint account and I would much rather it be that way. 3 accounts was redic! And as for voicemail I am too lazy to password protect.

9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.  Check - though it isn't all that impressive in my eyes.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.  Can we count this as the same person? My BFF is my go to girl for just about anything. Without her there are time I would have been totally lost. And I'm so happy to say my sissy is now falling into both of these categories as well.

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra.  Yes, No and No. If I need any tools we have a whole shop (garage) full .. though I'm not supposed to touch things out there. ;) And a black lace bra just sounds uncomfortable and I'm not a lace girl. I'll stick to my nursing bra for now. haha!

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.  Not yet, Jeff got my camera for me. I don't know what else I would want at this point.

13. The belief that you deserve it. Oh I know I totally deserve my camera! :)

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.  I wash my face when I shower, does that count? I don't exercise right now but plan on starting again and I have 8 million plans.

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better. No, and YES! Not even close on the career. But I will. I do have a very satisfying relationship. I love my hubby and am so blessed he is in my life.

So I have a year and a few months until I am 30 and don't have as many of these as I suppose I "should". But I have so many things that aren't on this list that I think are even more important - at least to me.
I have the love of a wonderful man,
an amazing little girl who I'm so proud to be a mommy to,
the respect of my husband, family, friends and co-workers,
knowledge of what I would like to do with my life,
passion for life and those in my life,
and a happiness and satisfaction that no check list of things someone should have by a certain age will ever give anyone.

How are you doing on this list? Or even better, your own list?

Friday, October 8, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day 5

Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.

There are a million things I want to do with my life!
The most important though is to be happy and to make my family happy. Nothing is as important to me as my family, and nothing will ever stop me from doing all I can to make sure they are happy and well cared for. I love my family more than anything in the whole world and our happiness means everything to me. I will do anything it takes to make sure we are all as happy as can be. How many times can one person say happy in 1 paragraph?!

I would like to volunteer. Right now I don't have time, energy or money to put towards volunteering and that is sad to me. Once we get to a point where I can be a SAHM. I would love to take a day or 2 a week to volunteer. I plan to teach B and any other children we may have that it is important to help others that have less than we do.

xoxo... P

Thursday, October 7, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day 6

Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.

Just thinking about this brings tears to my eyes. I hope to never have to bury a child. I cannot imagine the heartache and the pain that I would feel because of that. I don't know how I would handle it. I think I would become an empty shell of a the person that I am now. I don't think I would know how to function or move on in my life.
I have some very good friends who recently lost their baby girl at 31 weeks gestation. The strength that they are displaying right now amazes and inspires me. Of course they are heartbroken and of course they have bad days. They always will I'm sure. But they have resolved to live their lives as they always have and always would. Seeing them and hearing what they are doing inspires me so much. I'm bringing this up because I don't know that I would be able to continue my life in the way that they are. Just hearing their news I fell apart instantly. I have cried for them and for their loss many times since then. I know they think about their daughter all the time. More than anyone can even comprehend I'm willing to bet. If I were in their shoes I don't think I would be able to show the strength that they are.

And I just told Jeff that I hope I die before he does so I don't have to live without him. Since that is another thing that makes me cry thinking about it I'm not elaborating any more.

What a sad post!

30 Days of Truth - Day 4

Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.

Right now the biggest thing I feel I need to forgive someone for is being a terrible friend. This I am having a hard time with because it was a "best friend" (or 2). They should know what they did and I doubt they do, which is part of what makes it so hard, and what makes me sad for them. Being a friend requires effort on both sides. I am sick of being the only one who made an effort for the last year +. And it isn't like this should be news to these friends because it has been discussed before. But sadly they don't have a clue. I'll admit that I have cut back on the effort that I am putting forth, but who wouldn't after being pretty much ignored for that long?. I mean even returning a phone call I made went unanswered or unreturned on more than one occasion.

I am not by any means saying I am the perfect friend. I know I'm not. I know that in the past I was 100% guilty of the very same thing. But I like to think that I have learned from my mistakes and I feel that these friends haven't.

But the worst part is something heinous that was done to my sister by one of these "friends".  I doubt they read this blog (because of the lack of effort mentioned above) but just in case....yes I now know what you did and I doubt I will actually ever get to the forgiveness stage. Actually at this point I feel like you don't deserve another thought of mine. It floors me that a "good friend" or a "best friend" as you called yourself all these years would do something like that. I don't know how I (or my sister, mom, dad, brother and husband) will ever get over the thing that you did. And if I can't get over it I can't forgive it.

I don't feel a need to elaborate because if they read this and don't know that I am talking about them and the terrible thing they did to her then not only are they the biggest slimeball I have met they are the biggest dumbass too.

The motto is Forgive and Forget right? Not this time. I know that I don't have to forgive anyone of anything. It is my choice and I think I'm better off just forgetting. Forgetting the friendship.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day 3

Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.

I'm honestly having a very hard time coming up with anything to forgive myself for. I know that sounds conceited and like I think I'm perfect. But I'm not and I definitely don't. I just tend to forgive easily. Though I am hardest on myself.
I can think of something that I'm not 100% over though.

Going back to work. I feel terrible for leaving B. I feel like I should be there with her though I know I can't be. I know it is actually best for her because with me working we have extra money coming in to make sure her life is comfortable. I also know it is good for her because she will be used to being around other people and being in other places but it is still difficult for me to leave her.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day 2

Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.

I am proud to say there are a few things I can say on this topic as well as yesterday's. This is a much happier topic.

I love that I am usually a positive person. I tend to see the good in people and situations. I don't see a point to be sad and depressed all the time. Sure I have bad days but overall I love like and I love the people in my life. They wouldn't be in my life if they weren't good people.

I also love that I love with my whole heart. Sure I have been heartbroken a few times because of it (and I don't just mean by guys - and I say guys because lets be honest Jeff is the first man I ever dated - I mean friends too.) Because I have learned how to do that I have more love in my life than I imagined possible. The love I have for my husband and my daughter rocks me to my core and without it I would be a totally different person.

I love that I have the ability to put the little things behind me and move on.

I love that I love life!

Monday, October 4, 2010

30 Days of Truths...

I know some of you have heard of this and I'm excited to do it. It will make me be totally honest with myself. I'm happy to be participating with my lovely ladies on my anniversary board and will be including my answers here as well.
Here is the list of the 30 Truths:
Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 → (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 → Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

So here is todays truth:   Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
After sitting down to think about this I honestly don't know where to start. There are so many things that I want to change about myself but am normally scared to think about and haven't done anything about. YET.
First I would have to say that I hate that I am scared to speak up for myself. If someone says something that I don't agree with or insults me or anything along those lines I just ignore it. It bothers me a great deal but I don't want to deal with confrontation or worrying about hurting someone else's feelings. However, if someone says something about any of my family or good friends I will be among the first to say something to stand up for them. (that part I like.)

That sort of leads into my second thing I hate about myself. I am wayyyy too emotional. I take things too personally and I need to learn how to not do that. There are somethings that upset me that really shouldn't and unfortunately I don't know how to stop letting them get to me.

Another thing I hate about myself is my lack of organizational skills. I really need to work harder at it. When it came to my school work I was Obsessive to say the least about how things were and that they were all where they needed to be. At work I like to have my things organized. Sure my desk gets cluttered and messy but I know where all my files are and things get straightened up and I'm much much much more organized than at home. I know it drive J nuts but I just dump things. The house is clean as in it isn't dirty but it is messy and I need to work on it. I need to take the time to work on it.

I need to add in that I also hate that I am scared (and a little lazy) to start doing what I want. I really want to start my own business with wedding related things, planning, invites, etc. But I am scared to death for about a million reasons. I know I need to get over it and just do it. Especially if I want to be able to spend more time with B

I need to take the time to work on all of these things and I just don't know where to begin. (Which is another thing I hate about myself.)

Sunday, October 3, 2010


LOVED IT! We had such a great vacation. Sadly though J wasn't with us. :( Our trip was to Naples and we went with my mom, sister and Chance. My brother and his girlfriend met us there and we stayed at my Aunt & Uncle's house. It was such a fun time. Not all that relaxing since traveling with 2 babies isn't the easiest thing ever but in all seriousness it really wasn't that bad.

The babies were just amazing on the flights and sissy and I were so happy about that. We arrived in FL in the afternoon and took a group nap in the living room. What a sight we must have been! That evening Jessy, Chance, Brynn and I ran to Target to get diapers and formula for Chance while mom and Aunt Jo went to get Alex and Kasey from the airport.

Our 2nd day there we went to the beach for a bit! It was so great. Both the babies had their moments of crying but for most of the time they both were happy and had fun in the water. Of course B decided she wanted to eat right away so I nursed her on the beach. That was interesting. It was pretty warm out and with her under the nursing cover I was dying of heat! Thankfully she didn't eat long but as we were about to get in the water it started raining so we all hid out under the beach umbrellas for a few minutes. (Yes I do realize that we were going to be getting wet anyway but the babies weren't going to be going under.) That night my cousin Sarah, her hubby and cousin Ryan all came by my aunt & uncles! It was so great to see all of them. We were quite the loud group, Chance refused to fall asleep because he was just fascinated by all the noise and people.
Thanks for her swim suit Amber!!! I super LOVE it!

The next day we tried to go to a movie with everyone but they wouldn't allow us in with the babies. LAME! You had to be over 3 to go in. Makes total sense if you ask me - don't allow in the sleeping babies but it was perfectly acceptable for the screaming (and I mean screaming) toddlers. So we went to lunch instead. That night we went to a concert at the nearby beach and golf club (literally about 4 blocks away) and mere feet from the beach. It was gorgeous out and a relaxing night.

Sunday we kinda did our own things in that Alex and Kasey went to the Everglades and did an air boat tour. While Jessy, Chance, mom, B and I went with Aunt Jo and Uncle David to look at houses. Found the perfect house for my P's to buy! Then we went swimming. It was a pretty chill day. LOVE LOVE LOVED seeing B in the pool. She is going to be a little fish. She has no choice between the pool at my P's house, my love of swimming and the lake at the cottage. :) She was so cute in her little bikini from Auntie Jessy. Today was also Jeff's 31st Birthday! I felt bad we weren't there to celebrate with him but he had a nice weekend anyway.

On Monday we all drove up to FT Meyers to go to the Edison/Ford Estates. It was pretty interesting and such a gorgeous setting. But man was I hot!!! I don't think I would have been half as hot had I not had B in a carrier but it was fun. We then went to a chocolate shop and got some of the most amazing looking chocolates I have ever seen. Later that night we went mini golfing and Aunt Jo and Uncle David babysat! I think everyone involved had fun. I played lefty just to keep things interesting since I'm not a huge mini golf fan and I got 3 hole in ones! Or is it holes in 1? Either way I got them!

Tuesday Alex and Kasey had to head back to Cali, we were all sad to see them go. But..... Alex is moving home for the winter! WAHOOOOOOOOO! It will be so great having my brother around again. Even if it is only for a few months. But I will get to see him everyday at work!  After they left that day we went to an outlet mall and hit up a few stores. Got B some PBJ jammies and a shirt! I'm so in love! She is going to be adorable in them. Picture as soon as she fits in them I promise!!! Well this day ended up not going as planned. Long story short the car keys went MIA. To my Aunt's neighbors car. We spent 3 hours looking for keys/waiting for a tow truck etc. The babies were so good but really they had all they needed... food and clean diapers! We called it an early night after that!

Wednesday we went out to lunch on 5th and then walked around. My mom bought B a Sophie (the giraffe teething toy - no she isn't teething yet) and she loves it! That night we went to Hooters for dinner. Their crab legs really are pretty good. I was impressed! But dinner was a blast! I adore my family. We always know how to have a good time and entertain each other. Uncle David bought B a hooters tank top (she can wear it with her orange diaper and look like a hooters girl) and bought Chance a onesie that says I hit the bottle hard. Pure awesomeness! Oh and it was Chance-a-Roo's 6 month Birthday! Yay Chubby Bubby!!!

Thursday was our day to come home. :( but :) to see Jeff! That morning we went to breakfast and swimming one more time. Plus Jessy gave Chance his first sippy cup. It was so adorable! My dad flew down that day so we met him at the airport and had lunch together. Once again the babies did great on the plane. It was really nice to come home and see Jeff and I was exhausted! But I can't wait to do it all again!

Thanks Mom for bringing us on such a great trip! Thanks Aunt Jo and Uncle David for allowing us to invade your home and making us feel so welcome. It was so great to see everyone! To wrap things up here are a few more of my favorite pictures.