Herringbone Cowl

Sometimes a knitting project turns into more than just another WIP.  Sometimes you start a project never knowing when or if you’ll finish it and how much life you’ll live in between…creating an emotional attachment you never saw coming. For me that project was the Herringbone Cowl.

Cast on the herringbone cowl finally…hopefully cowls are still cool in whatever year I finish it.

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Thanks to this Instagram post circa Feb 2013, I know exactly when this beast of a project began.  I remember it was right around the time the newborn fog (from Jack) began to lift…and I needed something to make me feel like ME again.  Something that I could concentrate on and lose myself in…to escape the mom life for just a moment and revel in my pre-mom self.

I vividly remember having an hour before I  needed to go to bed that night and literally taking up the ENTIRE HOUR to cast on….because every time my guess as to how much yarn I would need for the long tail cast-on was off…which meant starting over.  I think it took 3 times before I finally got all 220 of those stitches on the circular needle.

In case you were wondering…I'm still working on this cowl. #wip2012

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From then I would work on it whenever I felt the urge to knit.  Often it would go months untouched…but never forgotten.  If you scroll through my instagram feed you’ll notice it makes an appearance from time to time.  It came on trips with me just in case I got a minute (only to be left in the bag untouched more often than not). Sometimes I would get it out only to complete half a round before getting distracted by social media or intense text convos with friends.

The pattern is not a hard one once you get the hang of it…the same stitch over and over, alternating by round…it became addicting.  It was easy to pick up and knit a couple rounds and then put away for a couple months…which is why in the end I think I ended up finishing it.

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As so often happens in the fall and the start of football season…I got the urge to knit and so to the cowl I went.  I knit a round and then decided to measure to see how much further I had to go.  Except I didn’t have any further to go…I had completed the suggested thickness…it was done.  I had an overwhelming rush of pride hit me in that moment.

 

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To me it’s not just another knitting project checked off the list or just another cowl to warm my neck this winter…it’s so much more than that.  It’s a symbol of everything I’ve been through these past four years.  From the scary early days of motherhood to feeling more comfortable and owning my mom-hood (and adding a little girl to our clan)…from our little family of 3 budding in Salt Lake City to our beautiful family of 4 blossoming here in Kansas City.

Of course now I’m faced with an even bigger issue…what to put on the needles next.

 

Friday Hodgepodge

I feel like random lists on Fridays is all I got in me these days.

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1) Lance and Jack are currently headed up to North Dakota for a wedding…which means it’s just me and the girl this weekend.

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Which also means I get to do WHATEVER I WANT after she goes to bed because ONE KID!!  I mean there might be movie watching, knitting, reading….so many possibilities!  Too bad she has been waking up at 4:30am refusing to go back to sleep lately… so sleeping in till 6 is out of the question.  (seriously…when 6am is “sleeping in” what life is this?!)

2) A couple weeks ago I got mastitas.  It was awful.  I had it when Jack was about 3 weeks old so thankfully I knew the signs…but shit…it came on fast.  I went from feeling some pain in my right boob in the morning to shaking uncontrollably and crying from pain a few hours later.  I booked it to the closest urgent care and got drugs.  They hooked me up with the good shit and I spent the next couple days laying in bed with a heating pad on my boobs.  At least the olympics were on so I had something to watch while i floated in and out of consciousness.  It took about 48 hours before I felt normal-ish again…which worked out well for wine tasting with my sisters in my hometown that weekend.

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3)   I won something!! You guys….If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed this very flattering picture I took of myself holding this map with beercaps.

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Well it was for a contest…and I won!  Which means I get ANOTHER map and a sweet set of coasters.  I actually got this map (from Beer Cap Maps) as an anniversary gift “for Lance”…but really it was for “us” to fill with beers we have enjoyed together.  I picked Kansas because we live here now, but I have my eyes set on this giant USA one as my free one.

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Which means I’ll have to start organizing my beer drinking by state…and likely have to take some beertrips in the future to really fill it out.  If you also want to have an excuse to drink beer you should get your own map.

4) I’ve given up on trying to make our house look decent until Allison is stair trained…because I had no choice but to install this monstrosity last weekend:

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Because ain’t nobody got time to guard a baby from going up/down stairs all day.  I’m basically a pro at installing baby gates…this is numero 3 for me and I don’t even need directions anymore.  Thinking of starting a side gig.

5)  FOOTBALL STARTS NEXT WEEK OMG GO BIG RED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Friday Hodgepodge

You guys…I’m running on fumes over here.  Allison decided she was NOT going to sleep from 1-4am last night but instead scream a lot.  Then she was up for good at 5…and brother came wandering out soon after exclaiming “It’s still dark out!”.  Yep buddy…it sure is.

Anyways…5 things on my mind this Friday (besides sleep)…

Reading:  Liane Moriarty’s new book “Truly Madly Guilty”

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I tend to go all-in when I find an author I love…like after reading Gone Girl I immediately read Gillian Flynn’s other two novels.  Same goes for my gal Liane.  My favorites being What Alice Forgot and Three Wishes…but they are all so good!  I’m only about 6 chapters into this one so the story hasn’t fully taken shape yet…but I’m definitely intrigued.

Listening:  I’ve been getting back into podcasts lately.  My favorites right now include This American Life and The Longest Shortest Time.  A recent TAL bit involved Aziz Ansari reading off texts guys send to girls to make first contact (ep #559)…it’s pretty hilarious.  Then Lance and I tried to remember when texting became “the thing”.  I remember the summer after I graduated college getting a couple texts and thinking it was THE WORST.  Like having to respond required typing the numbers several times to get the right letter.  I hated it.  Now I write novels to my friends via text…

Watching:  The Night Of

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I don’t know….I don’t think he did it…but maybe he did?  Anyways…it’s pretty good.  It’s the one show Lance and I watch together right now so it’s our Sunday night thing.  Also Omar is in it.

Oh and obviously I’m watching Bachelor in Paradise.  Drunk Chad reminds me of over-tired Jack…minus all the “dollar dollar bills” and “murdery” talk.  But basically the same thing.  I kinda loved Chad when he ate a raw sweet potato…but after his episode on BIP I’m off the Chad Wagon.  Well except his line to Chris Harrison about drinking mimosa’s in a bathrobe…that was tv gold.  I also love reading these two bloggers’ recaps…almost better than the show itself:  JenF & LC   OH and Wells (from bachelorette) does hilarious drunk-snaps during the episodes and they are pretty good.  He’s like my favorite now.

Digging: The new stories on Instagram.  Of course it comes now that I’m finally following enough people on snap to waste a good 20min watching stories.  So now I just waste time on both.  It suddenly feels more personal…esp when you hear someone’s voice after only knowing them via carefully curated pictures.

Writing: …for KCMB!  I’m pretty excited to be a new contributor for the Kansas City Mom’s blog.  Granted I’m also a little nervous…I hope I don’t suck.  I tricked them into letting me write about beer…so that’s fun.  It goes up next week so stay tuned!

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Summer so far

Every year it happens.  The count down till summer starts early in the dark, cold days of February.  Spring brings a mix of both chilly and pleasant days and the anticipation builds.  Then finally summer officially arrives…only it happens so fast and furious that by the time you finally declare its’ presence it is already half way over.  It’s only a matter of time before the white raven arrives and winter is officially here.

Here’s a little glimpse at what we’ve been up to so far this summer…

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One of the main reasons for moving closer to home is that we now have the ability to make quick weekend trips up to Nebraska to see and spend time with my family.  So back in May we headed up to celebrate my cousin’s high school graduation which involved a live band and Zipline kegs.  We spent Saturday morning at the Farmer’s market in Lincoln and met my BFF and her daughter at the Husker baseball game that afternoon.

(pics: 1| my siblings at the graduation party, 2| a flight of beers from Moran’s liquor store tap room (why don’t all liquor stores have this?!  My new favorite thing!) 3| Husker baseball game selfie 4| Jack in front of Haymarket park)

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My Mom and Aunt visited us over Memorial weekend and we used it as an excuse to explore some places in KC we haven’t gotten to yet.  It was a train filled weekend with a trip to the train garden at the Overland Park Arboretum on Saturday and then Union Station on Sunday.  Jack was a big fan of both!  On Saturday night my Mom, Aunt, and I did a little wine tasting drinking at Stone Pillar Vineyard.   I asked the girl helping us about their Friday night live music events and she assured me it was family friendly and casual…and then gave me 2 free passes so we can check it out before the summer is over!

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Jack started TBall a couple weeks ago and oh man…I wasn’t sure what to expect but given his recent obsession with the Royals and all things baseball I figured he would like it.  And so far he does.  It’s pretty much the best thing ever watching 3-4 year olds “play” any sort of sport.  So much whining and crying and kids doing random things….I love it.  Such a train wreck.  Quality entertainment right there.

(pics: 1| Jack at Tball 2| Doing “funny faces” on Snapchat (@stephavey)  3| Allison sitting in the cart like a big girl for the first time! 4| Jack at the Royal’s game on Father’s Day)

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Of course I’ve had my share of drinks this summer…to make up for the lack of last summer😉  I even made it to Zipline a couple weekends ago with my sisters…even though they don’t drink beer I’m glad they indulged my obsession with local craft beers and came along.

As much as we’ve already done this summer it still feels like we have so much more to do! We’re heading up to North Dakota this coming weekend for a week with Lance’s family. We’ll be celebrating the 4th up there and then the following weekend heading to his family reunion on the farm.  Lance has a ton of cousins and lots of new littles that we haven’t met yet…so it should be a fun time!  (I’ll be sure to share lots of pics on Instagram and  perhaps Snapchat if I’m feeling crazy…so add me if you’re into that sort of thing)

This will also be our first flight as a family of four and Allison’s first flight altogether!  I’m a tad nervous to say the least.  We flew a bunch with Jack when we lived in Salt Lake and every time I was a nervous wreck and packed the entire house in my carry on.  I forget what it’s like to fly with an 8mo old…but her favorite things right now are trying to crawl and eating paper…so ya know…should be great.  Here’s hoping I don’t have a nervous breakdown somewhere over South Dakota…and that Delta has the booze cart fully stocked.

 

#BoyMom Box Swap

Before I had kids I always envisioned myself as a boy mom.  I was never much of a girly girl.  Throughout high school and college I had more male friends than close girl friends.  I liked sports and beer…not celebs and nail polish.  So when Jack ended up being…well Jack…I was pretty stoked.    Of course it didn’t take long to learn what being a boy mom actually meant…pee everywhere.

Even though I’m now the mom of a little girl as well…I wear my #boymom badge proudly.  Well most of the time anyways.  I also find connecting with other boy moms to be invaluable…because let’s face it…some stuff is just boy specific and can only be understood by those who have been there before.

So when fellow boy mom Sarah (who will be upgraded to the #boymom lifetime achievement award this coming fall) posted about hosting a #BoyMom box swap with fellow bloggers Stephanie and Elizabeth..I couldn’t resist!  Jack loves getting stuff in the mail so I knew he would be all about it…and I love putting little gifts together for other people so win-win!

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We were paired with Brittany over at Just Another Day in Paradise and her son Charlie!  I was pretty excited to see I got paired with Brittany because hello…she’s from KC and I’ve been a faithful follower of her blog for some time now.  In addition to Charlie (who is almost 4) she has a little girl (Maddie) and another (surprise gender!) on the way!  Super mom for sure!  She’s pretty busy prepping for that baby #3 right now but hopefully when things calm down we’ll be able to meet up in person and become instant BFFs….er I mean mom friends😉

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Jack had so much fun opening the box and tore right through it before I really knew what was happening (hence the blurry photos).  He kept saying “oh my gosh Mom look!”  Brittany and Charlie spoiled Jack with a new Rubble Paw Patrol toy (he’s obsessed with that show and all things PP…if you’re lucky enough to also have a PP obsessed child do yourself a favor and go read this.) a giant bag of Dum Dum suckers, and a Royals ball.  It wasn’t until about an hour later when Jack was walking around eating a bag of Doritos that I realized those were part of the box as well.  Kids!

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Of course the first thing Jack wanted to do was eat the entire bag of Dum Dums…nice try kiddo.  Then he threw the Royals ball at the cats while I wrestled with Rubble’s packaging…you win again Paw Patrol.

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Jack had a lot of fun making Rubble scoop things up and insisted I take a picture EVERY TIME.

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Needless to say…the box was a huge hit and Jack loved the little gifts Brittany and Charlie picked out for him.  The Royal’s ball has even made the ride to daycare a couple times so far which is only for the “best of the best” of his toys.

They also included a little something for me too which was really sweet!

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I am a sucker for everything in the Target dollar spot but have a particularly hard time resisting ALL THE STATIONARY things.  So obviously the to-do list and binder clips are perfect and give me giant emoji heart-eyes.  Oh and STARBUCKS…no explanation needed.

So thanks again to Brittany and Charlie for putting together such a fun box for us!! (Go check out what we sent them here!!)  And thanks to the hosts for putting this little swap together!

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6 Months with Allison

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I remember counting down till each monthly milestone with Jack, waiting for his personality to come out and his crankiness to subside.  I also remember when I swore off the newborn phase and fell in love with the 6month age.  Things really started to change around then for Jack…he was happier and sleeping better at night (after lots of sleep training) and for me as a Mom I slowly started to get into the groove of motherhood.

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Now that I’m a seasoned mother (Ha!) each milestone with Allison has been anticipated in a different way.  Since I somewhat know what to expect on the development front, my anticipation and excitement is more about how Allison’s personality will shine through and what skills she will master first.  The other notable difference this time around is how FAST the time seems to pass.  I feel like each monthly mark hits before I even get comfortable with her being the previous month’s age.  For once I find myself wishing for time to SLOW DOWN.  30yr old “New Mom Steph” would want to punch me.

Still, the 6month mark was one Lance and I both couldn’t wait to get to.  I think other parents share the same feeling.  It’s a sweet spot in the ever changing, ever challenging, first year of life.  Personalities come out, sleep stretches increase, first teeth, first solids, first laughs, sitting up and holding toys…and the holy grail of it all…they are still IMMOBILE!!  (Well unless you have a roller…neither of my kids seem to fancy rolling around outside of their crib)

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In a nutshell…Allison is just a happy baby.  Sure she has her phases but don’t we all?  She greets us everyday with smiles that melt our hearts.  The daycare ladies comment daily about how cute and sweet she is and how much they love having her there. (I’m sure they say that to all the Moms though right?!)

At 3 months Allison discovered her hands…and by 5 months she decided grabbing things was her jam.  Miss “Grabby Hands” we call her.  Nothing is safe from her grasp and she will do almost anything to reach whatever she has her eye on.  Which usually involves several nose dives into the floor.  But girl don’t care…she wants what she wants.  I can’t argue with that.

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Her sleep has had it’s up and downs.  While she tends to be a good sleeper for the most part, we had our stretches of playing “paci police” every hour throughout the night as well.  Some nights she cries a little before falling asleep…and other nights she falls asleep as I rock her a little longer than I should.  Some days she takes 30min cat naps, and some days she’ll rock a 3hr nap out of nowhere.  We haven’t done any strict sleep training…I think having been through it all has allowed me to chill the F out in the sleep department. But mostly I’m just grateful for any amount of sleep I can get.

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We are holding steady in the breastfeeding department.  Once again I’ll play the “2nd time around” card here…but with Jack I stressed about pumping and struggled to make as much as he wanted to eat.  With Allison I was much more prepared for the whole pumping during work thing and have been able to maintain her needs…it also helps that I work from home so I really have no restrictions on when/where I can pump.

However that doesn’t take away from the extreme commitment that pumping/breastfeeding requires…man.  So yes…I recently bought some formula that says it’s for the “breastfeeding Mom who chooses to introduce formula” or as I see it…FREEDOM!!!  We haven’t given it to her yet but hopefully she takes it.  I cut out one of my daily pump sessions which has been great for me…but my supply has taken a hit for sure.  I’d like to continue breastfeeding her up until her 1st birthday like I did with Jack…but I see no shame in giving her formula here and there if it allows me a few hours away from her and/or the pump.  My hormones have been going crazy lately as well thanks to the recent changes…but that’s for another blog post I suppose.

She now eats solids too.  Once again…not nearly the stress fest that I made it out to be with Jack.  I should probably get my act together and make her some homemade food but whatever…pouches from Target don’t seem to be killing her.  Thanks to daycare she actually eats it consistently too.

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So many feelings about this sweet little girl…I had no idea how much we needed her in our lives.  Having our first child turned our world upside down… and now adding Allison has flipped it right side up.  She “completes us” in the most corny Jerry Maguire way possible.  Jack loves her and is so sweet to her…and Allison adores her big brother like no other.  He can make her laugh like no one else.  There’s a strong relationship budding…I know it will get rocky and frustrating and hard…but right now it’s just perfect.

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So yep 6months…I think you win.  You’ll always be a favorite.

Now if only we could freeze time and stay here a little longer.

Allison’s Nursery

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*photo by Allison Corrin Photography

Allison recently turned 6 months old (what?!) and so I figured it was about time I took some pics of her nursery.  Unlike with Jack, we knew what we were having this time around…and I will admit I loved going with more feminine touches after doing the neutral thing for Jack’s room.  I was really drawn to the light and airy blush/cream/mint/gold nurseries on pinterest and the arrow/tribal trend so that is what I went for.  I purchased this fabric from Spoonflower to make the changing pad cover and just went from there.

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*view from the door coming into the room

 

If you have been following for awhile than you know I have a deep love for the color gray and painted almost all the walls in our first home some shade of gray.  So shocker…I went with gray walls here as well.  The only difference is I went with a much warmer gray color as opposed to the cooler grays from our last home.  The trim unfortunately has all been painted a cream color…ugh…if only there was an “undo” button for that.  So I felt the warmer color was needed to offset the cream trim and brown carpet.

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*Allison approves of the brown carpet…mom not so much.

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All of the furniture is just recycled from Jack’s nursery.  We bought Jack a twin size “big boy bed” and matching dresser so we could keep all the white stuff for the nursery.  I wanted to do the embroidery hoops above the crib again but instead of using fabric as I did for Jack’s room, I wrapped yarn around the inner loop to give it a more “tribal” feel.  I struggled to find the perfect mint color yarn at the time….still hoping to switch it out if I ever come across some.  IMG_9466 (3)

After seeing several pics of the Hemnes dresser with gold knobs I knew I had to do the same and just spray painted over the original knobs.  I also went with a gallery wall above the dresser again and  I LOVE how it turned out.  I started with the coral Kansas state print and then just picked things up here and there as I came across them.  I also did the hospital pic with id band just like I made for Jack in the ikea box frame.  I spray painted Allison’s frame gold to tie in with the other gold accents throughout her room.  I found this little arrow at a local craft event and spray painted it gold and threw on some gold hooks and voila…a little headband holder!

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It felt a little funny buying all these “kansas” things for her room after just moving here but since it would be her birthplace I really wanted to encompass that.  I hope these prints remain a part of her room as she grows and gets to know this city as her home.

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I picked up this cute basic white shelf at Ikea and obviously the brackets needed to be gold…I got a little spray paint happy.  The nail thread arrow is by a local artist and goes with the various other arrows throughout the room.

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I found the glass jar at Ikea and decided it was the perfect spot to keep her knot headbands since they are a little too large for the arrow headband holder above her dresser.  The frame and little wood print were Hobby Lobby finds (the same day I went into labor) and her little baby book is via Lucy Darling Shop.

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*photo by Allison Corrin photography

 

IMG_9282*Allison says “Get Outta here” in her best Cribs voice. 

Sources:

Paint Color: Sherwin Williams ‘Anew Gray’

Paint via Lowes:  HGTV Sherwin Williams (I was super impressed with this paint!  Like I almost always have to do a second coat or fill in patches but nope…the coverage was outstanding.  I used the Ovation line for this project and it was just as good as the Showcase version which I used in Jack’s room)

Dresser, Side Table: Both are Ikea Hemnes

Crib:  Target, Graco Lauren

Rocker:  Buy Buy Baby (forget the brand…sorry!)

Poof:  Land of Nod in Mint

Crib Sheet:  Target

Curtain:  Target

Clock: found at local Kirklands

Kansas state print: Armada Supply Co on Etsy

Kansas City print: by Tammy Smith found locally

Circle Mirrors and various frames found at local Home Goods

Large wall arrow with hooks:  Target

Friday Hodgepodge

Five hodgepodge things from me to you…here we go!

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My child has stellar fashion sense…clearly.

(1) Thought of the week:

I’ve decided 90% of parenting is just trying to convince my kids to do things I love while they fight back like evil little ninjas.

  1. Eat.  Seriously….just f’n eat your food.  No cookies and candy do not count and No you do not NEED a snack every single night before you can go to sleep.  I mean I would kill for your diet of mac-n-cheese and french fries…and your metabolism.  Suck it up now before you get old and every time you look at a piece of pizza you automatically gain 10lbs.
  2. Sleep.  FOR THE LOVE!!  I wish someone would wrap me up in a nice blanket, read me stories and make sure my environment is completely perfect before sending me off to dream land….but no.  I have to sleep next to your dad who falls asleep within seconds of hitting the pillow and immediately starts snoring.  Then once I do fall asleep I have to wake up every couple hours to “touch up” your environment so you can once again sleep for 20mins.
  3. Get Dressed.  Why must getting dressed be such an undertaking?!  Like you could literally put on ANYTHING and no one will care…no one.  I’m not even asking you to put on jeans and a cute shirt…just pick out one of the 5 shirts you will actually wear and your favorite holy sweatpants and LET’S GO!
  4. Alone Time.  Is it really too much to ask for you to sit and play BY YOURSELF for 30mins?!  Heck I’d even take a solid 15!  I wish someone would force me to spend an hour in my bedroom ALL ALONE.  Just think of the possibilities!!!   The books I could read!  The things I could knit!  The episodes of Vanderpump Rules I could watch!!

(2) Link of the week:

Why “Free Time” when you have kids doesn’t actually exist…like ever…not even when they start school.  Cue ugly cry face!

 

(3) Tweet of the week:

Seriously though.  I also find I look much skinnier and less pale in store dressing rooms and then I get home and realize nope…nope I do in fact look like shit.

 

(4) Beer of the week:

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Buffalo Commons Windblown Wheat

The in-laws are visiting this weekend and my Brother in law brought me beer from the little brewery in their hometown.  It’s like he knows me or something.

(5) Song of the week:

Fifth Harmony – Work From Home

“put in work like my timesheet”

OK yes this song is NOT actually about WORKING from home I know…but I still can’t help but sing the chorus over and over when I am…in reality….working from home.  It’s also a current favorite song for running….which I’ve been attempting to do more regularly these days.

Happy Friday all!

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Be Royal

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While today is officially “opening day” of the MLB season last night the Royals kicked off their Championship-defending season with a victory over the Mets!  The weather was beautiful all weekend and while we couldn’t make it to the K for the first game..that didn’t stop us from getting decked out in our Royals gear (like the rest of the town) and enjoying a beer in the backyard.

 

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Now while it may seem like we jumped on the bandwagon after moving here…I will argue that I came to several games back in college…during the Mike Sweeney era and “Juntos Podemos” days with Tony Pena.  Buck nights, powder blue tees, and Trucker Hat giveaways were my jam.  Then I moved and met Lance…who was an avid baseball fan of both the Twins and Yankees.

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I did my best to keep up with the boys in blue but it was hard when they were never on TV where we lived.  That all changed in 2014 as they made their run toward the playoffs and eventually the World Series!  Even Lance got swept up in the excitement and cheered them on that fall.  So you could say it was kinda nuts when we ended up moving here the following summer and wouldn’t you know it…they go and win the World Series!  Coincidence?  I think not.

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In fact one the biggest things we looked forward to about moving to KC is that it is a baseball town AND a football town.  Football may be our first sports love (and what brought us together) but we always talked about how much fun it would be to live in a baseball town and spend summer days tailgating in the parking lot and nights cheering on the team in the stands…cold beer and peanuts in hand.  (In fact as you’ll see below, going to baseball games together has always been a part of our relationship!)

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As Jack has gotten older he has become increasinly more interested in sports.  He learned every team in the NFL this past fall and could tell you who was playing on TV during the different games.  His excitement seems to be just as big for baseball again this year and we’re already working on getting him to know all the MLB teams. #parentinggoals

 

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But of course his #1 team is the Royals.  His daycare had “Royals days” almost weekly last summer/fall when they made their Champinship run and Jack has several of his favorite player’s tees (Hosmer, Gordon, Salvy) all ready to go again for this year.  He’s super excited to be going to a game with Dad and the grandparents this coming Friday night!  I’ll be home with Allison but I can’t wait to hear all about it from him…I know he’s going to love it.

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Linking up with these ladies today…who also get excited for baseball season and torture their kids to take photos together.

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Oh and just because I thought it would be fun…I dug up some photos of different stadiums/games I’ve been to in the past!  What can I say…I’m a sucker for a good ballpark dog and the Kiss Cam.

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Some notes that popped into my head as I put these together…

  • That New York game was during the last season in their old stadium…and it was a game vs who else but The Royals!  ONLY reason I was wearing NY gear is b/c we were cheering on former Nebraska pitcher Joba Chamberlain…and Lance didn’t want me to get beat up.
  • I haven’t actually been to a game at Fenway yet…we just did the tour when we made a quick trip there.  Still need to get back and see a game there!
  • When I lived out east I met up with some girlfriends in Chicago for my first Wrigleyville experience and it was AWESOME…like I’m too old for that scene now but it was SO FUN.  By far one of my favorite baseball memories.
  • There is a pretty notorious story on my part that goes with that Nationals game…Lance still makes fun of me for it.
  • I was pregnant with Jack (~13/14 wks) at that Twins game…and it was by far the best seats we’ve ever had at a major league game.
  • The San Fran game was in the middle of July and SO COLD!!

Blog Stalking

I think it was around this time last year that Lance offhandedly told me he applied for this job in Kansas.  As interviews progressed to a job offer…and conversations switched from “if we move…” to “once we move…” I started to get excited about moving to Kansas City and wanted to learn more about the city we would soon call home.  So naturally I sought out some KC area bloggers!

I think I started following Brittany’s blog well before moving to KC was even on our radar.  I can’t recall exactly how I found her blog but it was one I enjoyed following as she has a little boy about the same age as Jack and she is from the Midwest… so yeah no-brainer.  I remembered that she lived in the KC-burbs and so I started to pay more attention to her posts and commenters… which is how I came across Sarah’s blog (Seeing All Sides) and quickly added it to my feedly-reader to stalk when I had time.

Well turns out moving and having a baby take up a lot of good blog stalking time…so it wasn’t until more recently that I started to stalk follow Sarah on Instagram and regularly read her posts.

Fast forward a few Instagram and blog comments later and last week Sarah tagged me in a blogger award!

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Now given my horrible consistency in blogging normally I wouldn’t even attempt to do it…but since it’s Sarah and I’m quickly becoming her biggest blog/Instagram fan (too creepy?!) I figured what the hell.  Plus I had already answered all the questions as I read through hers…so here goes.

11 questions followed by 11 random things about me:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I actually started blogging as a way to document planning our 2010 wedding.  Wedding blogs were just getting big so I jumped on the bandwagon to keep me busy during our 20mo engagement.  I also knit obsessively at the time and was about to run my first half marathon…so that’s where the title comes from.

2. How has your blog changed through the years?

Oh man…more like how hasn’t it changed?!  I used to post weekly in the beginning with just random planning tidbits here and there.  Then after we got married and bought a house I did more DIY/home posts. Then I got pregnant and documented that as much as I could.  Then Jack was born and blogging got put on the back burner and this space has been sorely neglected.  Overall I think my posts have become more personal since having kids and I’ve looked at it more as a journal than just sharing my day-to-day.

3. What is your favorite post and why?  Provide a link to it!

This post still sticks with me.  I really struggled with becoming a Mom and it took me a long time to admit that to myself.

Now my most popular post by far is Jack’s Nursery.  It has made the rounds on pinterest and I still get multiple clicks daily because of it.  Actually I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason anyone actually looks at my blog.  It’s even in a video on Parents.com.  That and my “real bride” stint on EAD are my blogging claims to fame.

4. What have you learned through blogging?

I think I’ve learned how to put myself out there more.  I still feel weird when someone I know mentions they read my blog or saw a post.  It’s ok for total strangers to read about my life but people I actually know?!  Ack!  I’ve gotten better at this and I think it has played into my real life as well…that or I’ve just gotten old and stopped giving a shit.

5. If you could meet one blogger friend in real-life, who would you choose?

I actually have several of these…is that weird?  Emily & Julia were a couple of my original blog favorites (both also blogged about their weddings on Elizabeth Anne Designs)…and I’ve been following along through marriage, babies, and moves via instagram/blogging  and hope to maybe one day meet them if our paths ever cross.

I’d also love to meet both Jessi and Alex…who just happen to be real life friends (to each other) in Fayetteville, AR.  I know we would totally hit it off  and could spend hours discussing beer, running, babies, crafting and football.  I mean I should probably plan a trip down there ASAP because we’re practically neighbors now anyways.

Oh and OBVIOUSLY I’d love to meet some of the local KC blogger gals I follow duh.

6. What is your favorite social media platform and why?

Instagram hands down.  It’s like blogs but quick and to the point…and I can easily get caught up while nursing/pumping.  Win!  I also love following news/sports/beer/TV related stuff on Twitter.  Lance ONLY uses twitter…so I will actually tweet at him if I want him to read/see an article or something.  #marriagegoals

7. What was the last thing you ordered online?

Oh this is actually something fun…cute paci clips and a dainty bow headband from Loved By Sophia Claire.  Because having a girl has totally blindsided me and made me love pink and girly things. I KNOW!!
8. What is your favorite place in your house and why?

At this point it’s a tie between Allison’s room and the kitchen.  We spend almost all our time in the kitchen because there is a giant TV in there (thanks to the previous owners) and Jack loves all the floor space for his race cars, trains, and floor puzzles.  I love the calm of Allison’s nursery and it’s the only room that I’ve had time to really paint and decorate how I like.  I hope to take/post pics of it here someday…
9. What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Getting out and exploring the city!  Oh and summer beers on the deck/patio/tailgates/by the pool/anywhere.
10. What is the last vacation you took?

Almost two years ago Lance and I took a solo trip to North County, California and LOVED it.

11. If you could choose another job different than what you have now, what would you choose?

I love this question because I think about it more often than I should probably.  Not to say I don’t enjoy my current job…I have a pretty cush situation…but I always tell people that I picked the wrong major and if i could go back I would have chosen some form of engineering or computer science.  BUT if we’re talking about total dream/fun job than I would probably pick being a “Brewery Ambassador”…where I would get paid to go to beer festivals, tap takeovers, talk to people, post on Instagram, work the taproom…and oh yeah drink good beer.

 And now 11 random facts about me:

  1. I’m addicted to slippers…I go through a pair a month because I wear them nonstop.
  2. I ran hurdles in high school and actually made it to state my Jr Year…only to fall in the prelims…twice.
  3. I love milk…and drink it at least once a day.  Lance thinks this is super weird…but I didn’t grow up having pop in the house so this is totally normal to me.
  4. I randomly bust out in song…usually a current pop hit…and sometimes don’t even realize I’m doing it.
  5. playing off #4…I was in choir my Jr/Sr year of high school and thus in the yearly musical.  I never got a significant role…but I still really enjoyed being a part of it.
  6. I’ve lived in 4 states:  Nebraska, Utah, Virginia and now Kansas.
  7. My hair grows like a weed.  I’ve done massive chops now 4 or 5 times…3 of those times I donated it.
  8. In high school I drove a 1980 Mercury Marquis that was originally banana yellow but thanks to several accidents and my mechanic step-dad by the time it was mine it had a blue fender, red driver door, white rear door, and brown hood.  Oh and I got it stuck at a barn party once and from then on had to use a screw driver to start it.  It got voted “best car” and is forever immortalized in my senior yearbook.  #somanystories
  9. I love a good TV-series and basically anything on HBO.  GIRLS is really good this season and I’m counting down the days till Game of Thrones starts.  Past favorites include Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Wire, Leftovers and Big Love.  I’m also slightly embarrassed to admit that I watch The Grinder and love every second of it.
  10. I cuss like a sailor…but have to dial it down around my kids obviously.  If I’m alone in the car then look out…F bombs be flying.
  11. I HATE being late to things…I get really flustered if I’m not on time which has been quite the adjustment since having kids.  Kids don’t give two shits about schedules.

 

Since this post is like a million miles long I don’t have the energy to nominate anyone else so I quit.