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Friday, April 29, 2011

On a Positive Note

Isn't it strange how we as humans can feel so differently all as a result of our attitudes and our outlook on life? One day everything is going great. The next day we may just feel blah for no apparent reason, or for what we feel is very good reason. We may even go in spurts. When something good happens, everything seems to be going smoothly. Then when it rains, it pours. Well, something I stumbled upon a while ago is Positively Positive, a Facebook page that I just love. It's daily posts are inspiring and often help put things in perspective. It's funny too how they can sometime just fit with my day. It may be something I just needed to read in a certain moment or give thought to. I know sometimes people tend to think the "think positive people" can just be annoying at times. None of us are always positive that is for sure, but those that reach for it more often than not, are onto something good. Positively Positive has got everything from quotes to stories of inspiration. Check it out if it sounds like something you might like. Here are a few posts lately that I have enjoyed.....

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live." Flora Whittemore

When you're in a hole, stop digging. - Michael Josephson

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. - Maya Angelou

Try not to take things personally, what people often say is a reflection of them and not you. -Unknown

With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. - Dr. Wayne Dyer

Just be yourself; you are wonderful. - from a Fortune Cookie

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. - Mark Twain

A huge lesson for me was that if I was gonna be successful, I had to be successful as myself - I couldn't be successful doing what other people were doing. I had to do what I believed in and what felt real to me and felt true to me, because the worst thing to be is successful as someone else. - Jay-Z

If you can change your mind, you can change your life. - William James

When it seems that everything you do is wrong and everyone is against you--it is the most opportune time to wear your "I-don't-give-a-damn" tutu and glide gleefully on the dance floor of "this is me and my life". - Dodinsky's Garden of Thoughts

Hope you liked some of these, and maybe check out Positively Positive! Have a great weekend everyone!:)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lil Fun for Tuesday

So in thinking of something I could share on my blog today, I thought why not do something fun like have a sale?! Some of you may already know this, but in case you didn't, I also sell Mary Kay skin care and cosmetics. It's something I decided to start doing a couple of years ago, and it's a nice little part-time gig on the side of being a stay at home mom. I truthfully realized at age 30 that I should really start taking better care of my skin. These products are packed with good vitamins and many have SPF as well. Anyways, I love using Mary Kay which makes it really fun to also sell it. Well, I am about to place my next order and thought I'd give my "Daily Cup of T" readers (that's fun to say) an offer if you need anything yourselves. So today through this Friday the 29th, I am offering $10 off for every $50 spent, plus free shipping. If you order online, don't worry, your sale price will be reflected before your transaction is processed. So if you'd like to check out my website, please go to Also, if you happen to have an iPhone, Mary Kay has a free app where you can always check out our latest catalog right on your phone. Isn't technology so cool?:)

Happy shopping if you take advantage, either for yourself or for upcoming Mother's Day! Have a great afternoon everyone!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Birthdays to Bunnies

Well, we had a wonderful Easter weekend and I hope you all did too! We were fortunate enough to spend it with some great friends of ours. Being that we live away from all of our family, this is especially nice to have friends who have become our family away from family. It feels more like our home away from home in a sense, and it is really great to celebrate such occasions with others. Saturday we had an Easter egg hunt at our friends' home and a delicious tri-tip dinner. Sunday was church, brunch out with the same great friends, and more egg hunting back at home. It was a wonderful couple of days. I find it still hard to believe that at this time last year Blake was not even walking yet. Now we are either watching her run or chasing her down. Yes, from last weekend's birthday celebration to this weekend's Easter celebration, we have been really enjoying the month of April. How is it almost May already though? Our calendar is filling up with some fun May events too, so I guess we'll just happily hop right along!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter Weekend!

Hope everyone has a happy and enjoyable Easter weekend! I am trying to kick a bad cold that has me down for the count right now. I'm hoping to be back to normal ASAP so I can enjoy times with friends, church, and egg hunts! Again, hope you all have a good one! Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Love for Google

Don't you just love Google? What would we do without it? I know it's not going to solve any major world problems or anything, but it sure can help with some of the little problems in my world. Just thought I'd share two recent solutions I found by using Google that maybe you all could use too.

1. Oops! I accidentally deleted a voicemail I wanted to keep on my iPhone. What to do? What to do? Accept that it is gone or go to Google. I googled "retrieving deleted voicemail from iPhone" . Boom. It takes me right to and my problem is fixed. I realize you all know how Google works, it just still fascinates me how you can Google just about anything. Anygoogle, here's what to do. Simply go to your list of voicemail messages. Scroll down to the bottom of your saved messages, and there it will say deleted messages. If you're like me, you save them all so scroll all the way down. At the very bottom of the list it will say deleted messages. Tap on that. A list of your last deleted messages will appear. Then tap on what you want and hit the "undelete" gray button at the bottom. Now it will be back on your saved message list. Leave it to Apple to also have a simple solution that you don't even realize how easy it is until it's right in front of your face and always has been.

2. In another moment of "shoot, what do I do about that?", I turned to Google. Get ready this is important stuff. Haha! No, not even close, but again you may find it useful. I was baking chocolate chip cookies and then realized I was out of vanilla extract. I'm half way through the whole process, and thinking maybe I'll just leave it out. I can already hear Chad chuckling because I am known to just omit ingredients I either forgot to buy or ran out of. Anyways, Google to the rescue! It took me to several sites that informed me you can substitute maple syrup. If your recipe calls for 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, just put in 1 tablespoon maple syrup. I've done it a couple times since and they taste exactly the same!

Well, this was a random post. I don't know, maybe you smarties already knew this. However, now we can all rest easy accidentally deleting our messages while eating maple syrup in our cookies. :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Birthday Fun

Well, the past couple days have just been zooming by. We celebrated Blake's 2nd birthday on Sunday. Her actual birthday was yesterday on Monday, so she had a 2-day celebration. Felt about right, 2 days to celebrate 2 years. We probably won't keep that up.....the day to year ratio thing, but it worked this year just great. We had her birthday party at Boingo's, a nearby bounce house. It was just perfect for us. We were lucky to be joined by some great friends. There was bouncing and pizza and sugary sweets. The kids all had a blast, and it was easy for us hosting too. All we really had to do was show up, and their staff took care of set-up and clean-up. Awesome. We did bring the Olivia cake and Olivia party favors (Blake's favorite cartoon pig), but the rest was pretty hands off. We were able to just enjoy the party with Blake and our guests. A moment that I will never forget is when I stepped away from our guests for a moment, and I crawled into this little tunnel that Blake was playing in. She seemed just so thrilled I was getting in there with her. She started just giggling and clapping. When I went to crawl out, I heard her say "gain, gain, mommy", which is "again, mommy". So back in I went. More smiles and giggles, and then she leaned in and gave me a big smooch. Complete with "mmuuahhh" and said "love you mommy". Melt my heart. Seriously every time I picture it, it just melts my heart. I would have thrown the entire party just to have that little moment in time.

So another year is already in the memory books. Sad in a way. She is at such a cute age. I kind of just want to freeze time for a bit. However, I can't wait to get to have longer conversations with her about anything and everything. I'm excited to see her personality develop more and get to know this slightly older version of my daughter. Baby Blake is now Toddler Blake. Tears well up in my eyes just thinking about that. We can't go back from here, and overall that is okay. I truly feel when we make the most of the moment, it is easier to move on to the next ones. Sure some moments are frustrating with little ones, but we roll with them the best we can. It's moments like in the little tunnel that I will tuck away forever, and the good news is that we have many more special moments waiting for us up ahead.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Turning 2 is Great!

Wow! Our baby is 2 years old! Man, time flies! We sure had a lot of fun both yesterday for her party and today for her actual birthday. I think we are all wiped out from bounce houses, hanging out with friends, opening and playing with gifts, and a little sugar overload. She is napping for her first of hopefully many naps as a 2 year old, and mommy is going to take a little snooze myself. I will post more pics from all the fun sometime soon. It is safe to say Blake is having a great birthday! :)

Friday, April 15, 2011


Where did this week go? Don't get me wrong I always welcome the weekend, but sometimes I really dislike it when I look back and my to-do list is still longer than my done list. Ugh. It's just a nagging feeling. I recently heard somewhere that the average American really only has a half hour of free time each day. By the time you do all your household chores, go to work wherever that is, watch after your kids if they are at home, or get them to and from where they need to be elsewhere, exercise (if you're disciplined enough to get that in), grocery shop, prepare meals and clean-up, and so on, only a half hour. I think this could be true. Do you? Everyone always thinks they have it harder than someone else. Stay-at-home moms usually are thought to be watching TV and eating bon-bons. That is unless you are a stay-at-home mom yourself, then you either just chuckled or felt annoyed by it again because you know you've heard others imply that....and you know that it is no where close to the truth. Of course, it does have it's benefits, but it's not just easy breezy all day every day. Anyways, the discussion I heard was about not saying "yes" to everything and choosing how to spend your 30 minutes of free time wisely. Veg and watch TV? Read a book? I guess today I am blogging, but my typing speed is picking up so I don't have to take a half hour to do this. Hmmm. Just food for thought I guess. I need to manage my time better than I do because I never feel like I have a half hour to do whatever I want. There is always that nagging to do list on my brain. I don't understand when people are bored. I can't fit in all the things I'd like to do in a day. Maybe I should map out my days more strictly on exactly what I am going to do when. I have thought this before though...and then life happens. I don't have the answer. Just thought it was curious to hear we are all so busy, we truly only have a half hour of free time. Wonder when I should schedule that? Wouldn't everyone's be right before they crash for the day anyways? Not my most productive moment. Guess I'll take the weekend to gear up for how I'll spend next week.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Busy Day

Well, today is one of those days I have a lot to do and can't seem to really get anything done. Blake and I had a rough night so I am very tired today. So the blog gets put on the back burner. I could try to whip up something clever, but eventually this will happen....

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That was a little help from Blake. She typed it and would like to keep typing....

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I think that was "Hello, I am going to keep my mom's attention now because she didn't blog during my nap." "Bye"

Tomorrow I should be a little more with it. Off to chase after Blake now.......

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hot Stuff

I've been asked by quite a few people if we have heard anything on the results of the Redbook Hot Husband Contest that I entered Chad in last summer. With absolute honesty, I can say no. All I was told was that the winner will be announced in the June issue that will hit stands May 17th. Curiosity did get the best of me last week though and I emailed our contact there. I thought it couldn't hurt to ask, right? Just wondering again when you said we'd be notified of the results....hehe. Well, I did hear back from the copy editor who said she was sworn to secrecy and we just have to wait until May 17th to find out. I thanked her, and told her I was a little embarrassed to ask. She then assured me no need to be embarrassed and that many other wives were emailing them too. Sooo...we'll see. I have a feeling we would already know by now if Chad won. Maybe not though.

Anyways, I thought I'd give a little scoop on my entry for him. First of all, this pic was the only serious expression I could find of him. It was taken when Chad was in New York standing in front of ground zero. So that is why the serious face. It's not like I had him pose specifically for this contest. Haha! Also, what I thought I would include on here is what I sent in to Redbook last summer. Well, actually this is an email I sent to Chad where I copied and pasted what I sent in. He was gone last summer when I entered him. Redbook had a cute little write-up attached to his pic, but I just wanted people to know Redbook wrote that. It is a mix of my entry and a half hour phone interview I did with one of the copy editors. I just found it funny when some of my friends thought I wrote his description on their website. I would never say "Move over, Tom Cruise......" Haha! Again, it's cute, but cheesy. I did mention that Chad was previously an instructor at TOPGUN because he was and I'm proud of his accomplishments. Redbook told me they wanted to highlight that. The copy editor said it caught their eye because it is not something everyone gets to do, it's unique, and so many people are familiar with the movie about it. Makes total sense to me. I get it. As you will see though, my entry speaks more of Chad as an all-around great guy. I feel very lucky to be his wife, and no matter what he does, or whether he wins this little fun contest or not, I know that I am blessed.

Okay, so here is what I sent to Chad....

Just so you know, I just entered you in Redbook magazine's Hottest Husband of 2011 Contest. !!!! Fun !!!! If they don't pick you, it is for one reason alone.....a previous winner was also a U.S. Navy pilot. Go figure. Lol. I still entered you anyways, and here is what I wrote about you:

My husband is like no other man I have ever met. He is hot for countless reasons. He is strong, steady, and sexy. He is a man with high moral values and beliefs that he does not waver from. He has such masculine sides to him and yet he has softer sides too. Chad flies F-18 jets for the Navy, he was an instructor at TOPGUN, he loves to work out, and to work on his Trans Am. At the same time, the man loves to clean! He buys flowers for me with the sweetest cards attached when he is away at sea duty. Every morning he is home, he makes me a fruit yogurt smoothie. Chad is also a wonderful father to our 18 month old daughter Blake, and our Alaskan Malamute Sierra. I read this book "Bringing Up Girls" by James Dobson. It impressed me so much that Chad wanted to read it too. He was flying jets by day, and reading how to be a great parent at night from his rack (bunk bed on the aircraft carrier). Chad is a man of integrity. He always does things the right way. He doesn't look for the easy way out of anything, and I really admire him for that. I know I am making him sound perfect, which no one person is. However, he knows his flaws and he accepts mine. Throughout the years of our marriage, we have become better in our communication with one another. He makes me feel like the luckiest woman alive, and it is hot to have such an amazing partner in life. My husband is without a doubt the Hottest Husband of 2011 and every year to follow!:)

I love you Chad!

Hopefully at some point we'll hear something about the results. When I googled "Redbook Hot Husband Contestants" I did see the competition was tough. There are 24 other guys and their wives pulling for those votes. One guy is a high school teacher...there is a whole school of votes for him right there. Haha! Another woman went to every mom and parent website posting to please vote for her husband. Why didn't I think of that? Ha! No, I don't feel we went overboard, but we spread the word. We're not taking this real serious by any means, but it was fun. We were in the local paper and news here, and the Fresno paper, and on CBS's The Talk. Through Facebook and email we got quite a few votes too. Thanks to all of you who voted and sent us such nice emails about it. I was surprised by how so many people were really excited about it for us. It was our "15 minutes" of fame I guess... and it was fun! :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Blog Smog

I'll admit it. I am in a bit of a blog smog. As someone new to blogging I am not sure what direction to take. Do I just write about what I've been up to? Inform you of something new and cool? Vent or get all deep thoughts on you? Make a little joke? I am not really a good joke teller. Hmmmm.....I am finding it is always hardest to get going on this again each Monday. I think I will find my niche with my blog, but until I do, here is what I got right now.

This weekend we got out and about with our girl Blake. Her schedule keeps getting busier and busier these days it seems. On Saturday we went to a local coffee shop, Rebekah's Espresso, for a children's story time. There was coffee (for us adults) and fabulous cupcakes (for all). Blake loved it! She half listened and half explored the place. There were puppets too and that really got her attention. We'll definitely go again. Who doesn't like coffee, cupcakes, and something for the kiddos? On Sunday, Blake did her first real Easter egg hunt. This time last year she wasn't even walking yet. Well, that was then, and this is now. She ran from egg to egg with a mission declaring each color she came upon. Pink egg! Green egg! Yeow egg! Makes me want to have random Easter egg hunts in our backyard year round! Maybe we'll do something similar, but save the eggs for Easter. Yep, feeling an idea for a new game stirring around in my head. Some sort of scavenger hunt maybe.

Us adults just enjoyed the kid time, but squeezed in the things we love too. Chad grilled his famous ribeyes. De-lish! His dad's recipe that Chad just perfects more and more each time. Another night I made my old stand-by Mexican Lasagna. It's one of Chad's favorites though and with The Pepper Plant hot sauce on it, it goes up a notch. His dad got us hooked on this hot sauce. I don't even like hot sauces and I LOVE this stuff. I think we were missing his dad a lot this weekend as well, because both of those meals reminded us of him. If you can find The Pepper Plant hot sauce near you, get it! I like the chunky garlic one the best. Never would have guessed that...ever! Now I'm craving it again. Guess I'll have to figure out tonight's dinner around that addicting hot sauce. ;)

We rented some movies too. Lil Fockers, The Tourist, and Black Swan. Lil Fockers was funny, although not really about the lil ones. The Tourist was probably okay, but I fell asleep to it..... both times I attempted to watch it. Black Swan was weird and artsy-fartsy, but good for a weird artsy-fartsy movie. Good acting, great dancing, but not for for everyone. Mom, you would not like it.

Well, I guess that is my weekend review. You may be thinking "Why do I care what you did?" and that is just fine. Again, I am in a blog smog. I'll try to get a bit more creative with this or inform you all of something really cool. I'm just still working on what that will be though. For now, get the The Pepper Plant hot sauce and go for an egg hunt with a toddler. It does make for a great weekend. Although after writing about coffee, eggs, and garlic hot sauce, I feel like I need to go brush my teeth! Bada-bing! Yeah, I'll stay away from the jokes. :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pink car, pink car!

Well, I guess ask and you shall receive! Blake kept talking about that red car from the grocery store cart, and her daddy went out and got her a car of her very own. She is in love with this new set of wheels. Now the words "pink car, pink car" are said around here many times a day. After playing outside with it, the pink car has moved indoors. She wanted to drive it to the bath tub the first night it was here. She then kept an eye on it from the tub as it was parked right outside the door. After her bath, she then sat it in while I blow dried her hair. In LOVE with pink car, yes, she is. We tried to give Mr. Potato Head a ride in it. Blake promptly removed him though and said "No, sorry Tato Head". I guess she won't be loaning it out to anyone in the near future. She did say we could get in, and then found it hilarious that we were too big for it. Yep, this is Blake's ride for sure!:)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rainy Day

Well, I know I said I would try to blog every day this week, so that is what I am doing. However, today is pretty much just a rainy, gloomy, and sad day. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Navy jet pilots who were killed in yesterday's crash that occurred here. It is a very sad and tragic occurrence that hits close to home with all those in our community. Plus, everything on the news is gloomy, and it is literally just gloomy and raining outside. So just a short blurb on the blog today. Blake is napping, and I'm just going to go read a book under a blanket......

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Terrible 2's?

We are coming up on Blake's 2nd birthday here in a couple of weeks. Where has the time gone? I must say she is just getting better and better with age. Her vocabulary is rapidly increasing and she is just a lot of fun to be around. Now this morning she did NOT want to be changed out of her pajamas, but with some coaxing we got the job done. I know everyone warns about the terrible 2's, but if the pajama fight is all we have so far, then things are looking good! Here are some of my favorite Blake-ism's lately..... Also, a cute video of her laugh that her mom and dad can't get enough of.

1. She doesn't get what the word "fun" means yet. Now she is a lot fun and likes to go do fun things. However, when we ask her "Blake, you ready to go have some fun?", her response is "no". Then we try again "Are you sure you don't want to go have fun?" She then says "No way". Love it!

2. She also loves saying "kiss it?" if something is "hurt". This came about after she took a tumble and we kissed her knee or hand. Not really sure how it started, but I think she cries wolf for some extra kisses. The other day she was rubbing her elbow and saying it hurt. After asking if she wanted me to kiss it, she said "okay, kiss it" and then held out her opposite elbow to be kissed. I guess the hurt jumped elbows;)

3. She is in love with this character on Nick, Jr. called Dino Dan. I don't think he comes anywhere close to her love for Olivia. Although, we will hear on the monitor saying "Dino Dan, Diiinooo, Daaan" from her crib. Adorable!

4. She loves orange juice, but calls it "goose". Throughout the day she'll ask for goose as though she has a great idea. "Mommy, gooose?" Her face lights up. We limit the juice, but if we didn't I think she would just drink juice all day long.

5. Ahhh, this list could go on all day long. Can we just bottle her up at this age for a little longer? She is sweeter than her "goose"!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What's for Dinner?

Remember when I mentioned how I learn so much from reading other people's blogs? Well, today I thought I'd share something that I think is just so cool. A friend I met last year (but then who had to move away, boo-hoo) runs a business called Kate's Thoughts for Food. It's genius! I really feel like everyone should know about this, especially us moms trying to get dinner on the table each night! I'm going to list her website so you can check it out yourself too.

Is what it is, is a custom made meal plan for your family. You can include your preferences such as what ingredients you like to use, dislike, if you have allergies, even if your looking for low-fat, gluten-free, etc. She then emails you the recipes for whatever package you choose. You can get a single meal plan, a week plan, or even a month's worth of dinner recipes. Now you may be thinking you could just look those up yourself, right? Well, she takes the work out of it for you. She also puts together a grocery list for you to go with your meals. They are categorized and everything. You find yourself in the produce section, check the items off your list, and your moving on to the meat counter, the spices, dairy products, etc. You get where I'm going with this. She gets you organized and you don't have to figure out your week's worth of dinners because she has already done it for you. Again, genius!

On her website she also has a blog, where today she discusses baby food. I follow her on Facebook and Twitter. I just can't say enough good things about her and "Kate's Thoughts for Food". It reminds me I need to get some more recipes from her myself. I have reused what I bought from her before because so many of them were real winners that I now make all the time. Oh, almost forgot to mention how affordable she is! Only $5.00 for a week plan! Check it out!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Weekend Mix

I'm back after a really nice weekend off. I decided not to blog on the weekends. It's a challenge enough to stick to it on the weekdays! I did four out of five days last week, so this week I'm shooting the big five. Even though everyday sometimes feels the same when you are a stay-at-home mom, Monday is still Monday. I'm just getting going and not sure what to blog about soooo... I guess I'll fill you in on my weekend. Our family tends to really like low key weekends where we stick around home. Occasionally we'll get out and about, but it's not like every weekend is jammed packed. During my younger years this would have translated to boooring, but now it spells out r-e-l-a-x-i-n-g. However, this weekend provided a good mix of it all. Friday afternoon we met up with some friends at the park so all our kiddos could run around. Saturday, I had a hair appointment, which I was in desperate need of. I love chatting it up with my hairdresser at Panache Salon. She's younger than me, is not married, and doesn't have kids. None of this particularly matters, but I find it refreshing to talk with someone at a different stage in her life than me. We look nothing alike, but she reminds me a little of my younger self. Plus, it's always relaxing to get some time to flip through some magazines and hear about other stuff going on around town outside of my usual circle.

A major highlight was getting a Saturday night out for some girl time! Our Navy wives group had a get together and our host had a surprise planned for us all. We were picked up by a bus and taken to an unknown destination. We arrived to a local gym where they teach pole dancing classes! Let me tell you, it was a lot of fun! First we had a dinner and some laughs, and then an instructor showed us a thing or two. Now initially, I think we maybe were a little skeptical or just unsure of how we would do. It's not like any of us have experience with this sort of thing! It was a blast though. Complete with super high heels to wear and feather boas. I must say it was classy too, nothing real crazy, and a bit of an upper arm workout! I felt really lucky to be spending some fun girl time with women from all over the U.S. with the common bond that our husbands are all serving our country. The pic I posted was a group shot that I'll always look back on and treasure. Such a fun night!

Swinging on around to Sunday, we had another unplanned event. While out running errands, we discovered a new little tourist attraction off Hwy 99. Our family went to Bravo Farms. I had driven past it before and heard it mentioned briefly once. Yesterday we were out that way and stopped by. I give it two thumbs up! It's such a cute little restaurant, gift shop, ice cream parlor, and petting zoo. Blake got to see several turkeys, a couple of donkeys, goats, rabbits, and a parrot in a parrot tree! It was just a quaint little place with some random things mixed together. This pic is of their tree house that I thought was just the cutest thing ever! We didn't go up in because it was packed with kids. However, next time I'm going show Blake of course...because I did see some moms in there!

Well, that's our weekend summary. If anyone reading this lives around here, you should check out Bravo Farms. Their gift shop sells a ton a lot of great items. It's a cheese shop overall, but they had everything from other gourmet food items, to toys for the kids, to all sorts of random stuff. I found their website too if you'd like more info. It's Not sure how to add the link on here though. Here's to hoping my week will provide for some more fun surprises and good unplanned events! Hope your week is a good one too!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Mom, Can I Have the Keys?

Well, yesterday we had to run to the grocery store for only a few items for last night's dinner. We were going to a store we don't always go to because it was just for a few items. At this particular store, something that Blake loves to do there is ride in their special grocery cart car. I must say it does look like fun! I made the random comment before we went that maybe we'd go to the store later and she could ride in the car. Well, the cart with the car attached is maybe five feet long. Could that be right? I don't know. Maybe next time I'll measure it. The picture I posted will give you an idea. Although this pic was taken last summer so B is smaller. The cart is obviously the same. :) Anyways, the thing is hard to turn and steer. So when we did make it to the store, I changed my mind. I was kind of thinking Blake wouldn't know the difference or remember my comment, so I put her in her stroller and in we went. Boy, was I wrong!

The second we were in the door she started screaming and crying for the "red car, red car". I was thinking maybe I could reason with her. Dumb. I thought we already have the stroller, yada, yada. I simply got down to her and said "Blake, I know you want to ride in the red car, but....". She stopped me there. Her face was bright red. Tears all welled up in her little blue eyes. Bottom lip out like she was faking it. Hearing my words, she nodded her head yes, opened her eyes real wide, took a deep breath, and said "okay!". How do I turn that down? I did say it was something we were going to do. We need to get this errand run. Ahhh. Back towards the carts we go! I didn't want to go back out to the truck to put the stroller away. So Blake went into the red car. The stroller folded up and went into the cart. Blake was then laughing and saying "beep, beep" all through the store. She occasionally would turn around and say "mommy, mommy!" and wave at me. Melt my heart. Now she loves this, but it's not like I can mosey around. We hit the aisles probably way over that thing's speed limit. Got our groceries and were helped out by a bagger. Blake cried the whole way home though. I think she thought the car was going home with the groceries. After dinner, again a little whimper came out. "Car? Mommy, car?" It looks like soon we may getting her a little buggy car of her own to play in. I know there is a new Buy Buy Baby opening soon in Fresno. I think they have a pretty good toy section. I'm sure Walmart has them too. It sure is earlier than I expected to be taking her car shopping. We'll have to go check out the selection. Maybe I'll just have Blake take us there! ;)