Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Happy Halloween"

E & I would like to wish you all a Happy Halloween... If you don't celebrate Halloween I hope you had/have fun at Fall Festivals... We will be going to Fall Festival this afternoon at our church, then home for some dinner then ToT... Heres a glimpse of my (our family) pumpkin & E's, enjoy!

She loved painting her pumpkin (I helped her paint her name on it)
My (our family) pumpkin. I am super proud of how well it turned out. I didn't notice until I started to carve it that it [the pumpkin] is lopsided... lol

The duo...

The glow! Looks soo cute!

Happy Halloween...

For the record:

Thanksgiving: 25 days
Christmas: 55 days

Its gunna fly!


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Saturday, October 30, 2010


**ATTENTION MOMS of Toddlers:

I need HELP! 

E is 2 1/2, she will be 3 on April 4 and she still uses a pacifier to go to bed and take naps (she also has a pink elephant (squirt) I bought her when I found out she was a girl and a blankie that she can't sleep without). 

But lately, when E gets upset/throws a tantrum she screams for her baba, I of course, say no. She  then asks for a nap (so she can get it). Its good logic and I love that my toddler figured out that is the way to get her baba but, I AM NOT COOL WITH THAT. 

Basically... It was hard enough to break her of the baba all the time to just naps/bedtime. 

My question is: HOW DO I BREAK HER OF THE BABA ALL THE TIME? How did you do it? 

ANY & ALL SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOMED, PLEASE! Feel free to email me if you would like.

I don't know why the baba is so hard she gave up her bottle with no problems at 6 months old. It was like she didn't even miss it. After her well-baby check-up her ped told me to start the sippie-cup so the afternoon I ditched the bottle and E did well. I don't want to be battling the baba when she is 3...4... and so on. I want to tackle this, head-on, NOW.

THANKS in advance!


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Wordless Wednesday"


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Little Minds"

Remember last week, or something, how I was going on and on about my new job? Well, I started said new job yesterday.

Simply put, I love it.

It is only part-time but combined with the dental office I will be getting roughly 40 hours a week. PERFECT.

The getting off "latish" is going to take some getting used to. I get off at 5:30- 4 days a week and 6:00- 1 day a week. E and I usually sit down to eat dinner between 5:30 & 6; so last night was a little out whack, to say the least. This job is a great opportunity for me, not just now, but it will tack 'years' on to my experience when I start to teach in 2012, so instead of starting with zero years, I will start with two because I don't plan on going anywhere.

 Not only did I start my new job, but I shadowed in a Kindergarten class too. I am so excited about the profession I have chosen, I am excited to get more hours in, I am totally in my element in the classroom.

If I seem MIA here the next week or so its because I am getting into the groove of my new schedule... THX for sticking by me!!


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Monday, October 25, 2010

"Just Another Tradition"

When I was a kid I was always taken to the church's pumpkin patch. I ALWAYS spent it with my dads family, as my mom is not a fan of Halloween. We ALWAYS ventured to the PP about a week before halloween to pick out our pumpkins for carving (drawing or painting when we were littler) and on Halloween we went to the 'Fall Festival' at church in the early evening and then Trick or Treating once dusk hit. Halloween is a 'holiday' I remember with very fond memories.
My family is BIG on tradition and so am I. So, naturally, when I found out I was pregnant I spent many days just day dreaming about the traditions my family had in place and how I would carry out; I wondered if I would alter them in any way and I thought about possible new traditions I would want to introduce.
E was born in April of 2008, we just missed Easter that year (by 1 week!) and she was 3 months & slept through most of the 4th of July. So when October hit I was giddy with excitement; her 1st Halloween! She was 6 months old. By then she was Sitting on her own and crawling around like a maniac. She wasn't sleeping all the time anymore and she could kind of understand what was going on.

I was on my own for roughly 10 days as my parents were out of town for a conference for my stepdads work, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from carrying on a tradition with my daughter. I was after all a single mom, I did want to include nana & papa but that was not an option. So off to the Pumpkin Patch we went...

E amongst the Pumpkins... Oct 2008... 6 Months Old

E at home posing with the chosen two... Oct 2008... 6 Mons Old
(if you are wondering the little one got colored and the large one was carved)


A tradition is not a tradition if it is not up held year after year, so last year we ventured out, a little closer to Halloween than I would have liked because in FL it stayed close to 100* the entire mon of October (it was bad! Pumpkins were rotting!) we didn't want ours to melt... 

Even in the horrible HEAT we ventured out, to a different patch than in 2008, I was not as pleased. But We got some cute shots and a few pumpkins! Gotta support the YOUTH GROUPS at the churchs people!!!
OCT 2009... 18 Mons Old

E sitting pretty w.our large family carved pumpkin & her freshly colored on (with marker... look closely) baby pumpkin. The only paint I had at the time was water colors & puffy paint, neither of which would do, she was fine coloring it.
OCT 2009... 18 Mons Old


To keep tradition what it is and get in the fall sprit, we ventured back to the patch of 2008, as I was very pleased with that one. As it turns out E's best friend Mallory & her mommy go to that one as well! So we joined Mal, Ashley (her mom) & Hayley, Saturday for a morning of chasing toddlers around pumpkins and trying to snap cute pictures. 
My adorable daughter, posing like a pro! You would never know it but that is her THIRD outfit... yes we did wardrobe changes! This is one of my favs so fall-y & festive-y.
OCT 2010... 2 years old

My diva, back in her original outfit, posing with the chosen 3 (thanks to Hayls, E got the tiny one too). This is a must picture! We have taken one like this since 2008. I love it. (Later on saturday E painted her pumpkin & Sunday the large one was carved, the baby one is on display in our home).
OCT 2010... 2 years old


On Halloween E will adorn her costume, made by yours truly and we will go down to the church for the 'fall festival' and then once it gets dark I will take her trick or treating (either in our neighborhood or in my grans with her cousins like I used to do), Just like year. Although this will be her first 'fall festival', last year due to construction, FF was canceled. We are more than happy to welcome it back.

I can't wait till Thanksgiving (31days)!
Christmas! (61days)!

Those traditions are just as fun!

**What are some of your family traditions? Did you carry them on with your children or do you plan too?


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Friday, October 22, 2010

"Five Question Friday"

1. Who is the better cook, you or your spouse?
Well, right now, I don't have a spouse... but I am pretty good in the Kitchen. My parents love to come over for dinner, and we love having them, they make requests (they have their fav meals). Its easier to cook for 3 ppl over 1. I really enjoy cooking & baking. I try to bake 1-2 a week and I cook dinner almost every night.

2. How often do you talk to your mom?
Every day, numerous times a day. She watches E while I am at work or shadowing and I only live about 10mins (3.4mi) away from her and my stepdad.

3. Are you adventurous in the kitchen or stick to the recipe?
I like to stick to a recipe, I am also pretty good at coming up w.stuff on my own too, but once I've made the dish once I don't need to look at the recipe again. I usually make a few modifications, but the recipe helps me with proportions. I usually make substitutions if I don't like what the recipe suggests, if I think a different ingredient would go better or to make it healthier.

4. Is your second toe longer than your big toe?
Sadly. It was always a problem when I was in pointe shoes.

5. Do you dress up for Halloween? (Bonus question: What will you be this year?)
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I haven't since 2008, I was a Marine Pilot, one of my exs gave me a flight-suit, when we were dating in 2005-06, so I made it a little 'sexier' and went with it. That was when E was too little for Halloween she was nearly 7mons, so she just wore pumpkin jammies and fell asleep at the halloween birthday party we attended (WE MISS YOU NELSON FAMILY!!!). As for this year, I might wear something that compliments E's costume, but hers is a secret so I guess mine is too ;).

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Wordless Wednesday"

*Such a sweet girl, Feel asleep while in her room 'reading'


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

'Little Geniuses"

As part of my graduate program I need 100 hours of observation done in birth - 3rd grade classroom settings.

100 hours may seem like a lot but in reality it's not. Esp. when I have such a wide variety [8 years] of age groups to observe.

Last week I did 1 hour of pre-K observation. Being a mother of a toddler who will enter pre-k in August 2011 I observed at the 'school' I want E to go to.

Kill two birds with one stone.

It's a Montessori school. Upon arriving on campus I was immediately blown away. I hadn't even stepped foot inside of a classroom. The school was a lot larger than appears from the road and it is beautiful. The staff was so warm and welcoming. The headmistress knew who I was the minute I walked into the office. Talk about a warm welcome!

She [the headmistress] lead me to their Pre-K 3/4... which consisted of ages 3 & 4s (one 2 1/2 year old was in there because of her skill set). This is the youngest class at the academy, the class e would be placed in if she is to attend come August.

Before she handed me off to Mrs. Z, I was given a quick overview of the schools beliefs, I knew of the Montessori theory from the class I am in, but it was nice to hear this schools theories and beliefs.

This class had about 18-20 students and every student was doing their own thing, but everything was under control, including the noise level; according to Mrs. Z it was a little loud, it was quiet to me!

Things I observed blew me away. These 3 & 4 year olds were doing activities that normally are done in a Kindergarten classroom. (ie: taking letter tiles and spelling 3 & 4 letter words on a mat, matching map cuts outs to their spot on the different maps, etc. Matching babyfood jars filled with water, sand/land & air to pictures of the same thing)

There was a reading corner and children would go over there but I figured that they were just looking at the pictures, as most 3/4 year olds do. But no, I was wrong. I heard a 3 1/2 year old girl read an entire book to Mrs. Z, cover-to-cover, making only ONE mistake!! I was shocked beyond belief, Mrs. Z told me that ALL her students go to Kindergarten reading above grade level. WOW.

No child ever had idle hands.

I asked Mrs. Z how she knew every child was being challenged enough... she told me "If they [the child] chooses an activity that doesn't challenge them enough for their age they are re-directed, mostly they pick well enough, they are like us, they don't like being bored"

These children amazed me, and so did Mrs, Z. She spoke to them in spanish and they spoke back but she spoke to them in English as well. Normally I am against pre-schoolers speaking/learning spanish but she did it very tastefully.

I couldn't get enough of the setting, I was just drinking it all in. I was thinking how wonderful this was and what an advantage these kids have on kids who go to a normal pre-school. I know this post doesn't do this school justice, but trust me it was beyond amazing.

These children didn't even speak like they were 3/4 years old. I would love for E to attend this school, but it is VERY VERY pricey. I am working 2 jobs alone to pay my bills so I can't afford it. Maybe with help from my parents I can afford it or a scholarship, which I will be applying for very soon.

All-in-all it was a great experience and the headmistress told me I am welcome back anytime, just to give her a call. I will be taking her up on her offer. I can do up to 10 hrs in one classroom and they go up to 8th grade so I can get some K, 1, 2 & 3 hours done there too! After seeing how their preschoolers are, I would LOVE to see how their elementary aged kids are.


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Monday, October 18, 2010

"Single-Mom Dating"

I've been a singlemom since I was 13 weeks pregnant, thats when my HUSBAND walked out on me & our growing child.

We were legally divorced shortly after E, our daughter, was born. We'd been separated for close to or well over a year. Not necessary in FL, but because of C.S. issues we had to wait.  I was in NO RUSH to date again, I was 22 years old with a whole lotta baggage, that I hadn't even dealt with.

I did have a great friend of many years, whom I talked to, but never saw, from the time B walked out on me. I was married (on paper) and pregnant. He saw that as weird and preferred not to see me/ hang out. I respected that and we just chatted, via phone/txt/IM.

Not too long after I filed the divorce paper work, M decided to come take a look at my SUV, as I was having some minor issues. We set plans to hang-out, for-real, soon after. It took 2 months, thanks to my county being congested and the courts being down a justice and backlogged, to get a date for the divorce hearing.

So M and I remained friends, who wanted more, as best as we could, around my infant daughters schedule. I didn't want her seeing random men, but being an infant she slept, alot. This helped move things along. Needless to say a few weeks after my divorce was final, we were an item.

I began to slowly let him come around more while E was awake. One rule: No PDA in front of her. Before I knew it, we were together EVERY WEEKEND and most weekdays. If we went out, E came with us, as my parents, the only people I trust with my daughter, had a busy social life and a strict "No weekends" policy.

He never courted me, it just happened naturally. Around Dec, 2008, M was teaching her that he was "daddy", at first I freaked out, no way jose! But I realized HE did it; I didn't ask. I would never ask that. But he wanted to take that on. It happened, naturally.

FF 2+ years and we're not together, sadly, anymore. Dating crosses my mind, but its been almost 4 years since i've "played the field".

My infant is now a busy-body, TODDLER & Nana & Papa are more willing to babysit. I finally live on my own and as much as I want to be taken out, child-free. I am more than cool with a night in, after E is in bed; 8:00PM.

I am confident in my role as a single mom. E has very strong males in her life, my stepdad, playing the biggest role. Im not worried about her not having a dad. She will be fine, she is surrounded by love.

When my relationship with M ended, I said "never again", meaning E will not meet "the guy", until I feel things are serious enough and after "The Guy" and I have talked about it. "He" has to be OK with the fact that I have a child, but I'm not expecting him to play some role he is not comfortable with.

I am not looking to date, again, to find E a daddy. I'm looking to date, again, for myself.

I want to be courted, I want "him" to know me as a person first, then me as a mom. I want it to be about "him" & I, before we take the steps for "him" to even MEET my child.

I do know singlemoms who date to find daddy. I've been a SM for 2+years, I don't have to co-parent, as her GD is not in the picture. I would never date to find E a dad. I don't have a problem parenting alone, but after she goes to bed I would love company and occasionally I would like to go out with "someone".

I've learned that if you don't expect much, you're not disappointed when nothing happens/ forms.

If "he" isn't okay with seeing each other around my daughter schedule and a weird dating schedule -or- not OK with me having a child, than "hes" not for me.

I made a mistake and got married, to the wrong person, but out of that mistake came something beautiful- My daughter. I wouldn't trade her for anything so I obviously wont introduce her to just "anyone".


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Friday, October 15, 2010

"The Blue House"

Everyone as been asking about, "the new house" or as E calls it the "Blue house". We love it so much & over the last, almost 2 months, we've been getting settled in.

(There will be NO pictures of the total front of my house for privacy reasons; If you're a IRL friend, please keep the location of my home to yourself. Thank you.)

Welcome. This is as you can see my Front Door, all decked out for Fall. We changed out the coach light as it was dated & we wanted a motion-light and we changed/added the doorbell.
I have Halloween decorations on my front window, not pictured.

Next we move onto the Entry way or Foyer of my home. There really is no difference from when I moved-in & the after just hung a picture & the AC vent is smaller, as my AC was replaced the day after I moved-in. I am contemplating a small rug by the door.

 In the dining room I added an area-rug to warm the room up a little & to give the DR definition. We also added the glass-top/rod-iron table & Wine butler, holds glasses uptop (I have 10 up there) & 8 bottles of wine below.

If you come to stay with me this is where you will be sleeping. This is a combo, Guest room & home office, located in the hallway off my dining room. I am in grad school and need somewhere to work. I Chose 2 greens & brown for the color scheme in this room. I might add some paint. (Since these were taken I have added a few decor items)

This is the 2nd bath. It is in the hallway between the guest room & E's room. In here we changed out the lights as they were very dated (not pictured, sorry, I tried). We also went with a duck theme, picked out by E as this is her bathroom. The shower curtain hooks are ducks (not pictured) and there is a cute duck artwork on the wall, also not pictured.

This is E's BIG GIRL room, it is larger than the guest so E got it. As you can see we painted a wall & added vinyl wall decals for a mural look. She also has a small table that she uses for tea-parties and for arts & crafts, mainly coloring right now. Her bookshelf in the corner rotates 360* and is quickly filling up with cute decor (in upper compartments) & books for now and as she gets older. She also has a memory board (not pictured) that is full of snapshots and Tickets from events we have gone too. *This is not her real furniture, we ordered her furniture and they told us 6weeks so until it arrives this is on loan.  I like what we ordered better and when it arrives E's name will adorn her wall above the headboard and hang on her footboard.

To me the kitchen was perfect. Large & OPEN to the nook & living room, black appliances & granite counters. But we did add knobs on the cabinets as you can see in the before shots there were none. 

This is where we eat all our meals, in the nook. I love the bay window & that it over looks my gorgeous backyard. I sit at the table with the blinds open and clip coupons or pay bills while E is outback playing. Perfect.

This is where we spend a lot of time, the living room. Playing reading books or watching TV. As you can see in the before shot a closet. E has a bunch of her toys in there and we have a basket of books, that she brings from her room next to the couch.

The only thing different in the laundry room, that leads to my garage and is off my foyer, is the addition of my BEAUTIFUL washer & dryer. I love to do laundry now.

This is the Master bedroom, it is located right off the living room, as I have a 'split' floor plan, thankfully. This room is the most neglected as no one sees it, but me. When people come over they pop their heads in there to take a peek, buts its very UNFINISHED. I have a bookcase coming (had to be ordered b/c of how dark my furniture is) & I would like to add a chair of some sorts in the corner next to my dresser as well as getting some more things hung on my walls. Like I said though since I am the only one who sees it I have been focusing more time on the rest of my house.

Nothing is changed except a floor to ceiling shower caddy, I had lack of shelving to place shampoo, etc on. As well as the addition of the curtain, my shower is across from my toilet in the toilet room.

This is also part of the master bath. We changed the light fixtures above the dual sinks, In the shower/potty room & in my closet (none pictured, sorry) as they were all dated. They were replaced by newer sleeker, energy efficient models. 
This is what you see when you exit the shower or walk in from the Master bedroom. My closet is also located in my bathroom (not pictured). 
I did stick with purple and tans/brown family for my room & bathroom. I wanted to two to mesh.

This is one of my favorite aspects of my house. I have a HUGE back yard with alot of trees (first two pictures) and a nice sized side-yard (last pic), as well as an EXTRA screened-in porch (which eventually will be closed in & made into a storage room) (Third picture). There is enough room in the back alone to add-on to my house or add a pool in the future. If that decision is made E's swing set can be moved to the side yard. We have a great privacy fence, just needs to be cleaned. 

Finally, my screened-in porch off the living room & Master bedroom faces both the back yard on one side and the Pond on the other, we added the fan/light. I have asked Santa for outdoor furniture... so I can move those chairs to my front porch or to the grilling area, right off the porch. 
The pond with fountain can also be seen from the Master bedroom window. 


Things are slowly but surely coming together. We got lucky that the previous owner remodeled & put ceiling fans (minus the outdoor one) in all the rooms before she put it on the market, It made for easy move in, there weren't too many projects to tackle.  I also have a 2-Car garage (not pictured, for privacy).
I am enjoying, FINALLY after nearly 3 years, living on my own again. E & I have a morning routine & evening routine on my work days and on my days off we just kind of go with the flow. E is such a good kid and I am impressed at how quickly she adjusted, after ALL the moving we have done in the past year. This is it for A LONG TIME, thank goodness.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my home! Now the question is: WHEN ARE YOU (coughRachaelcough) coming to Visit me?


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Tick-Off Tuesday on Wednesday..."

Thanks to Hailey for showing me the ways of "TOT"; although neither of us have done one in a while... That could be good or bad? Hmm...


Dear SunTrust Customer Service... I sat on HOLD longer than I spoke to someone. I also got hung-up/disconnected 3times. WTF?!

Once I spoke to "Tracy" she was helpful, after she chuckled, that was R.U.D.E. Thank you Tracy, not. 

Dear Target... If you wouldn't have been stupid & screwed up I wouldn't have had to deal w/STCS. THAT IS ALL.


I am off to TARGET to see if they can fix their BIG $108 MISTAKE!! If Not then I will have to call ST yet again. Dear God please let Target fix this. I have enjoyed banking w.ST for the last 9ish years & I have only had to deal w.CS 1x before this & they were great. If I can't handle their CS that to me is reason to find a new bank... :( -- Matty! I hope you're not one of the rude snarky CS ppl; If you are I will cry.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Oh Toddler of Mine"

As many of you are  aware, I did "30 Days of Me". If you are curious just click back a few posts or look for the "30 Days of Me" label (I can't link 30 days, sry!).

During that 30 days a lot happened and I am not one to blog twice a day, I just don't have time for all that.

**Warning LONG POST ahead... Read At Your Own Risk**

I am in school full-time, shadowing, research and writing papers and group work, I feel like I am never done with my school work. I am also working PT 3 days in the mornings/early afternoons, at a local dental office doing scheduling and roaming helping out all over the office and I am in the process of being hired by the one of the counties near me. Soon I will be working in one of the public schools as an extended day teacher, I hope when I graduate with my Masters this PT position as an E.D Teacher leads to a FT teaching position.

I am so busy some days by the time E's bedtime arrives, 8:00/8:15p, I contemplate going to bed too! Although, I never do.

We have gotten settled into our new home & love it. There are TONS of children in the neighborhood. We have met a few of our neighbors & everyone is so nice and welcoming. My mom has been so helpful with decorating. I still have a long way to go but we've only been in the house for 1.5 mons now.

I am not a fan of artificial plants, I would rather spend my money on art work and the like, but "plants" add a lot or warmth to a home and my mom is all about them and she has been bringing stuff over when she babysits E while I'm at work. She can see a color scheme ONE TIME and match stuff to it PERFECTLY & if she is out and about and sees something that matches my house she snatches it up. My mom is just too cute.

Later this week I am totally going to post pictures of the house, empty and now with furniture.

Since moving in the house E has colored on the walls with BLUE crayon & she came to get me to show me her "art work", thanks to the wonderful Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, It came right off. She has CUT HER HAIR (!!!!), now before you go and judge me, I have ALL, or so I thought, scissors put away where she can't reach.

When we moved I put a children's medical kit under the 2nd bath/E's/guest bathroom sink in the back and forgot about it. One saturday while I was cleaning I heard E in the bathroom & asked her to stop playing in there. She left, a few minutes later... back in there door closed. We don't close doors in this house unless we are sleeping, she knows that. I start to walk towards the bathroom and she RUNS out, medical scissors in hand, I FREAK OUT and grab them saying "E let me see your hands, did you cut yourself?" She says "No mama me cut me hair" runs back to the bathroom picks up her HAIR & HANDS IT TO ME! I was a mess crying and immediately called my mom.

She has locked me out of the house, a few times, but she knows how to let me back in, thank goodness. She learned that if she runs really fast on the hardwood in socks she can slide, in doing that she slid right into a wall (she was fine). She will fuss non-stop for 30/45 minutes for no reason at all, have complete meltdowns in the driveway, in front of our NEW neighbors b/c its time to go inside for the evening. While I was in the bathroom one evening she picked up a can of my diet coke and decided she wanted it & chugged it... yah bedtime was NOT fun that night.

She is also a little recorder. She has said her fair share of cuss words but I tell her those are "bad words" in an effort to keep her from saying them again, or heaven forbid in public. Don't judge me, you know your kid has said those words, too.

Having a toddler is an adventure. One I love being on.

Aside from the craziness, she is such a great kid. She has amazing manners. Says "please" "thank you" "yes mam" "no mam". She shares really well, most of the time and loves her friends and family. She is a good listener and helps clean-up around the house, too (mainly her messes). I am so blessed.

I love it when she looks and me, out of no where & tells me she loves me or gives me a hug or a smooch. Esp. when I get home from work and she is running at me screaming "Mama!" and I am tackled with hugs.

Motherhood doesn't come with a manual but I know I am on the right path, when we are out & about random people tell me my child is well behaved. That is such a compliment.  I smile widely and say "Thank You" & so does E.

Our lives are changing so fast & I can't even comprehend it. It feels like just yesterday I was looking at hundreds (literally we looked at over 100 houses in 3.5 months, it was exhausting) of houses & trying to move into the next phase of my life & BAM! Here I am. 

I may not be where I want to be in my personal/love life, but I know I'll get there. That's not a priority in my life, for the FIRST TIME IN 6 YEARS, its not a priority. It feels so good to say/ admit that. 

I am looking at pre-schools for E, I can't believe its that time, already. I found one I am in love with, while I was doing shadowing for school, but its SOOOO expensive. I am going to apply for a scholarship for her and see if we get it, if not we will look elsewhere, sadly.  I am LOVING school and wish I would have taking this path 6 years ago when I graduated HS, but either way I am so glad I am doing it now, I am still young and I will have my Masters & that boost over those with only have a bachelors. 
I have tossed around the idea of continuing on after my Masters, while I am teaching. Its just and idea and I will have to see where my life is at that point.

All-in-all life is good. I have great friends who I know are there for me & they know (I hope) I am there for them, and I have newer friendships that are maturing and I know without a doubt they will be life-long.

God has been good to me. I am working on my relationship with him as well & I am slowly but surely working on getting more involved in the church and I feel that is one of the reasons my life is so positive.

I have also stopped focusing on the negatives in my life, they are there, I know this is a "sunny" post but thats how I look at life now. I no longer focus on the bad, I only focus on what I CAN FIX/CHANGE the rest I don't bother with. I am 24 years old, I have a lot of life left to live. Why waste it, stressing over things I can't control or things I just can't change right now.

I am living to set a positive example for my daughter.


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Friday, October 8, 2010

"30 Days of Me- Day 30"

30 Days Of Me!

Day 30: Your favorite song

I dont have a favorite song. I go through phases & I have a fav. playlist on my iPod & thats ALL I will listen too. On Sundays on my way to church I HAVE to listen to the countdown. Its like a must, its also how I know about new[er] music. But mostly I listen to my iPod. Right now I have a bunch of 90's country on my fav playlist & thats how I like it. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"30 Days of Me- Day 29"

30 Days Of Me!

Day 29: In this past month, what have you learned 

I have learned who I am, aside from a mother to my daughter. I think somewhere in the last 2ish years I lost a little piece of myself. 
This 'challenge' got me thinking about more then just the topic for the day.
I am happy with who I am and who I am becoming. 
I am happy with the path I have chosen for E & I and I am going to continue down it. 

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little better.


Keep up in between posts, I Tweet , A lot.

-Kandid Kelli

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"30 Days of Me- Day 28"

30 Days Of Me!

Day 28: A picture of you from last year and now, how have you changed since then? 

This was taken on Halloween 2009. 

This was taken Monday the 27th. Greenbay's MNF debut... I have changed alot in a yr.

  • Lets start with the obvious: 
  • My hair is longer
  • I am thinner
  • I no longer have a little one year old. I have a BIG two year old.
  • I am a year older.

  • The less obvious:
  • I have moved 3 times in the last year (to PA, back from PA & into my house)
  • I am living on my own again. Thank God!
  • I work PT 3 mornings/early afternoons a week... soon to be 2 PT jobs, the second is 5 mid-late afternoons a week. 
  • No longer just a SAHM.
  • I am in grad school, I was not last year. 
  • I am in limbo, relationship wise. I was engaged & now I am not. 
  • I am learning that to be happy, not everyone in my life will be happy, but I have to make myself (which includes E, Im happy so is she) happy first.
  • Ive [kinda] turned into a gym junkie... I love going and strive for 5 days a week. Sometimes I only get 4 in but thats better than before.
I think that is about it. I am sure there are more but those are the biggies. Over all I am learning to be happy as me, then I will attack my relationship status. Him & I are working on our friendship, he was my bestfriend for 4 yrs prior to be my fiancee.


Keep up in between posts, I Tweet , A lot.

-Kandid Kelli

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"30 Days of Me- Day 27"

30 Days Of Me!

Day 27: Why are you doing this 30 day challenge 

I am doing the challenge to "get to know me" again. I, the person, who is more than a mommy & more then someone's girlfriend/fiancee, have been lost lately. 

I was/am going through a rough time right now. 

This has been very helpful, I have slowly been finding myself. 

Kind of like a weird therapy. 

This has made me realize only I can live MY life & I have to live it for me (& E).


Keep up in between posts, I Tweet , A lot.

-Kandid Kelli

Monday, October 4, 2010

"30 Days of Me- Day 26"

30 Days Of Me!

Day 26: What do you think about your friends

Im not sure what this means?
 But I like them, If I didn't THEY WOULDN'T BE MY FRIEND.

Everyone of my friends is unique & that is what I love about each and every one of them.
They are always there for me & I know NO MATTER WHAT happens in life they will always be there. I have the bestfriends ever. 

I may not have a whole lot of them, but I wouldn't trade the ones I have for anything. 


Keep up in between posts, I Tweet , A lot.

-Kandid Kelli

Friday, October 1, 2010

"30 Days of Me- Day 25"

30 Days Of Me!

Day 25: What I would find in your bag

This is my current bag. I *LOVE* it. I got it 45% off at Kohls. I have been eyeing this bag forever and when it went on sale you better believe it was MINE! (its a deep purple... this pic sucks)

Here's a quick looksie inside... from the top.

Hands free for my iPhone
Checkbook & receipts/business cards
Small Cosmetic bag with a few make-up staples
Old school iPod shuffle
Mascara, Lipstick & lipgloss
Gum double pack
Lint roller, tide to-go mini, travel deodorant, travel mirror & travel hairspray
Wallet (purple one) & giftcard holder (gold/brown one)
a few pens
2 pairs of sunglasses
random loose change
Toys, bows, barrette, pacifier (All for E)
Usually my iPhone and camera are in there too but my phone is charging and I used my camera to take the pictures. Haha.


Keep up in between posts, I Tweet , A lot.

-Kandid Kelli