September 16, 2011

a whole lotta this & that

I've got lots and lots of things rambling around in my head, so I decided to just go ahead and throw it all in to one post.

::  If I was just posting a recipe today (have you noticed that trend?  I've started trying to post a recipe every Friday) it would have been this one.  Chocolate Avocado Muffins.  Sounds a bit strange, yes, but they taste pretty dang good.  Chris said he preferred them over the banana oatmeal bites.


::  My house looks nice.  It is put together, the furniture coordinates, it is designed well (I know, tooting my own horn, whatever, it's true.  My house IS put together).  But nothing in it really makes me smile.  Well except the hubby and the baby of course.  But my house looks very 'model home'.  Not comfy, cozy and personal like I would like.  I really need to work on that.

::  Well actually there is one room in my home that makes me almost smile.  Ryann's room.  It still isn't 'finished' (by her second birthday maybe...) but I put a lot of love into that room.  Lately I've seen it on pinterest a couple times.  But when I follow the link it goes to someone else's blog, and generally I'm not credited at all.  It isn't like I think it is the best room in the world and I want all the credit or anything, but I'm a little (A LOT) bummed when I don't get a little pat on the back for my hard work.  I know I could remedy the situation a little bit by watermarking my photos, but I just haven't wanted do that.  So do me a favor, if you ever share anything from my blog, or anyone else's, give the originator credit.  It is the right thing to do.

:: I got a new phone cover this week.  It makes me smile :).


::  Have I talked about what Ryann is going to be for Halloween yet?  I honestly can't remember, and don't feel like browsing the archives to find out.   Nonetheless, Ryann is going to be a penguin.  How did we end up with that?  She requested it, of course.  Originally the plan was for her to be Jessie from Toy Story, Chris was going to be Woody and I was going to be Little Bo Peep.  Randomly one day I asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween.  "Pain-gun."  Wait what?  I waited a little bit, "Ryann, what do you want to be for Halloween?"  "Pain-gun."  I've asked her multiple times across various weeks and I always get the same answer.  It is a little tougher for me to pull together a cute penguin costume, but when a one year old specifically requests a costume, I suppose I better get on it!  Now I just have to figure out what Chris and I will be...

::  I've been getting comments or e-mails here and there, asking to be a part of the 'day in the life' series.  Currently I'm scheduled through the first of the year.  In December I'll ask for volunteers again.  It is easier for me to just do it all at once, so if you've tried to contact me about the 'day in the life' series and I haven't responded (I'm of course incredibly sorry), be on the lookout in December!

::  I NEED TO GET MY CRAFT ON.  Seriously.  I'm having craft withdrawls, but I can't narrow down something I want to do/have the supplies for.  Someone kick me in the creative butt please?

::  All you mommies out there, do you have any suggestions for music for toddlers?  Preferably that I can purchase on iTunes?  We need some appropriate jams to listen to around this place.

::  I am TERRIBLE at responding to comments all you lovelies leave me.  I feel horrible about it.  Just know that I do read EVERY SINGLE ONE.  One way to help me respond to those comments?  Make sure your e-mail is available through blogger.  Also, if you have questions about stuff, feel free to ask them over on the facebook page!  I would love to have a little more sense of community over there.  Suppose it would help if I posted more than just links to posts over there too :).

::  I made chili in the slow cooker yesterday, based on this recipe.  MMMMMMMM.  It was good.  And I had it again for lunch today.  So good!

::  Finally, some pictures that I haven't shared but wanted to.  First up, Ryann playing in my parent's pool a few weeks ago.  She was having so much fun filling up the bucket in the hose, and I caught a picture just as she was dumping it on herself.


::  Have I mentioned that my dad is a pretty cool dude?  He is a rock star business man, he rides a Harley, is a pretty good piano player, has a drum set... his most recent addition to his one man band?  Some guitars.  Ryann likes to play too :).  For the record, this is his travel guitar.


::  When we went to Omaha a couple of weeks ago, one of the first things we did was set up the pack 'n play.  Chris tossed the mattress aside while he was setting up the base, and Ryann immediately laid down on it like that was exactly what she was supposed to do.  That little blurb doesn't really do it justice, but it was pretty adorable.



Mrs. MidAtlantic said...

I'm taking Laura to see the Laurie Berkner Band tomorrow. I hear they don't suck. I can give a better report after this weekend!

Marie said...

Love randoms.

I just made a yarn wreath for fall. Saw a bunch on pinterest. it was so easy and turned out really cute. Best part with a couple of jo ann's coupons I got all the supplies for less than $5. A good nap time or evening project.

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

wasn't there a penguin toy in the second toy story? (I know for sure there was in at least one of them, I think his name was Weezy, his batteries ran out...) You could still be Woody and Bo-Peep :-)

Anonymous said...

Do you have the Pandora app? You can also just go to their website.. But they have stations called Disney Radio, Toddler Radio, Children's Folk Songs.. I love all 3. So does my almost 3 year old. (I'm a follower of your blog but for some reason it won't let me comment on anything.) Jennifer @

Lisa said...

I love Elizabeth Mitchell for children's music! My favorite, or I guess it's my favorite song since it seems to always be stuck in my head and that I find myself singing a lot is "Who's My Pretty Baby"! I do like Laurie Berkner Band too!

Joy said...

The penguin in Toy Story is Squeaky(I think), or you two could dress up like characters from Madagascar or zoo keepers.

CoreysGal said...

Love your this and that posts! Random blog posts might be my fave kind of posts all around.

So, I would have never said this to you before since I figured you just didn't care but since you bring it up, I gotta tell really irks me when I leave you a comment (with a question, particularly) and you never respond! I even see that you are doing it to the people who have commented on this blog. Have you just decided to own that it is something that you are not going to bother with? It would only take you a few minutes right before you do a new blog to respond to the comments from the previous blog! I have been following you since the around when Ryann was born and I love your blog and I have only commented a handful of times since then. In some of them I asked you questions and I would check back to see if you responded and nada. :( I just wanted to let you know that your nonresponse is noticed and hopefully you try to get better about it! I hope you don't mind my honesty...not trying to be snarky, just wanted to let you know. :)

Love, one of your faithful followers!

stephanie said...

I have the Pandora app on my iPhone and the girl I used to nanny for (2 1/2 year old) LOVED the station I made "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Radio" she also loved "Dora Radio," however she would get upset at the Dora one when it played songs other than Dora or Diego and my skips ran out. Mickey was a huge hit though. Also, you get a lot of variety (instead of listening to the same exact songs in the same order all the time) and it's all free which is always a bonus! Hope that helps!

Ashley said...

CoreysGal - I appreciate your honesty, and I do hope to get better at responding to questions. I'll never be one to get on and personally respond to every comment that is left, but I know people like to have their questions answered. I try to answer some questions in following blog posts, partly so that if other people had the same or similar question they get the answer as well.

Thanks for being a loyal follower!

~*Jess*~ said...

I just downloaded a bunch of kids music for free from Amazon. Just click on deals, then top free albums and choose Children's genre. There were several cute albums. Even Sesame Street.

Heidi Jo said...

Here's my list of music I want to buy for Adelaide:

Frances England- fascinating creatures
Justin Roberts- great big sun
Johnny cash children's album
Lisa loeb- catch the moon
Johnny bregar- stomp yer feet
Recess monkey- field trip
Billy Kelly- thank you for joining the happy club
Caspar babypants
Wee sing silly songs