Archive | May, 2012

365 Days Later

30 May

One year ago, this happened:


Today, this happened:




What a lovely difference a year makes.


Memorial Weekend

29 May

Friday Night: Parker’s 1st wedding reception! Eric’s cousin got married earlier this month in the Dominican, but had a reception back home for family & friends.



Saturday: Race party! We’re lucky enough to live within walking distance to the Indy 500 so every year we host a party the night before the race. Parker of course had to dress in theme. The day was filled with BBQ’s, people watching, good drinks and country music!






Sunday: Indy 500! I went back and forth on whether I was going to go, but since they predicted it to be the hottest race ever I decided to stay behind and hang out with Parker and let Eric go to the race with his friends. Instead, Parker and I spent the day hanging in the shade & swinging in the hammock at Eric’s parents. Would you believe he hung out completely content (with one mini catnap) on this thing for 2 hours!? Yea, I think we need one at our house!




Monday: Baseball! Eric’s team had their second round sectional game and 10 run ruled them in order to make it to the sectional championship game. They 10 run ruled this team as well to win sectionals! So excited for Eric and his team. I’m sad I missed taking a pic of him getting the cooler of water dumped on him, but there’s always regionals…and semi-state and state, right!? 🙂






Today we vegged out and recovered from the busy weekend. I cleaned the house while Parker practiced his Calvin Klein underwear model look.


Hope everyone had a happy Memorial Day and we thank those that have given their lives and those that continue to fight for our freedom!

This Week According to Instagram….

27 May

Overall a pretty good, busy week – lots of outside play time, whole fist sucking and prepping for the Indy 500! We’re especially excited now that dad is done teaching for the summer!


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5! 6! 7! 8!

21 May

I cheered all four years of high school. I cheered all four years of college. I was a cheerleading summer camp instructor every summer throughout college. For the past three years I was an assistant cheer coach at a high school right now down the street from us. So I guess you could say I have a thing for cheerleading. Most people that meet me find this surprising because while I may be stereotypically blonde, I am not a loud, overly energetic person that you would assume the type of person who has had cheerleading in their life for the past 14 years would be. No one ever meets me and goes, “she totally was cheerleader.” In fact, while I’m perfectly fine performing in groups, I do not like the be the lone soul in front of a big group of people. But get me around my cheer friends and you can bet your glittery pom pons we’ll stunt and break out an 8 count dance or two. Friends wedding, 2 and a half years ago this happened:


My senior year of college my sorority (yes, i also was a sorority girl – gasp!) had an informal called “When I Grow Up.” As the name implies, you dress up as what you hope your career or life will epitomize post college. Of course everyone dresses up to the extreme and some people just make up something to be funny, like my roommate who dressed as Monica Lewinsky because she idolizes Bill Clinton. Yes, I can’t believe I just typed that either. My costume was a way too enthusiastic “cheer mom.” I wore my child’s medals and a bow as big as my head, the back of my shirt said something about how much better my kid is than yours and I carried a doll that sang these ridiculously high squealed chants that I still have memorized. Flash forward 4 and a half years later and here I am posing with the trophy our high school squad just won at a cheer competition. Cheer coach and not cheer mom, but still I can’t believe I did it. I actually became who I jokingly dressed up as. Fake pregnant definitely looks better on me than real pregnant, but I won’t dawdle on that. And by the way, this was taken 3 days before P was born! Maybe all the chanting got him excited! 20120521-083447.jpg

So now that Parker is here I joke to Eric all the time about how I’m going to put him in dance classes so he can become a male cheerleader. Eric does not think it is very funny, in fact even if we have a daughter some day, we will be fighting about this. So I express how anti-cheerleader Eric is to say the other day I dressed Parker without thinking but immediately realized afterwards that his outfit reminded me of something. Reminded me of a certain uniform if you will. Caddy at golf club? No. Manager at a beach resort? No. Cheerleading camp instructor? Oh yes!

I mean, I seriously almost changed him because I couldn’t take it. I couldn’t look at this outfit as anything other than him standing on stage getting the campers riled up over a rendition of “Boom Chicka Boom.” But instead of changing him, I took this as an opportunity to embarrass Eric because that’s what all good wives do. While I was really hoping to find the camp outfit that we wore that matches his (except the polo is sleeveless) I couldn’t find it anywhere….but I did find the uniform we would have to wear on the last day of every camp as we hand out awards, etc. I’m not sure if I’m more surprised that I found it or that it actually still fit. Either way a mini photo shoot was warranted.



But overall I think it’s safe to say he did not enjoy his 15 minutes of cheerleading. So Eric this round goes to you!


Sorry Parker! Love you!


Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming

19 May












Yesterday was finally the perfect weather I had been waiting for! I’ve been so excited for Parker to experience his first “pool.” A drink bucket we received for a wedding present worked perfectly. I tried to teach him to splash and play with his toys but he was only interested in eating his soapy hands. Oh well! But he must have wore himself out because as soon as we came in I put him in some clothes and put him on the play mat so I could go change and by the time I got back this is what I saw!


I’d call it a success!


16 May











Earlier this month I decided to give Parker this stuffed bulldog/blanket thing to see if it would help him fall asleep faster when I put him down for a nap. Surprisingly, it worked! He seems to sleep a little longer too with something to hold on to. I was hesitant at first because there are times he likes to pull it by or over his face partially and that worried me, but I only give it to him during the day when I’m awake and have the video monitor right by me as I work. At night I’m still a stickler for nothing in the crib but him being swaddled. We (ok, I) affectionately named him Burgie after the town my husband teaches/coaches in since their school mascot is the Bulldogs. Parker of course doesn’t ask for him, but always seems happy when I hand him over so I think a bond is forming. Only time will tell, but it sure is cute to watch! What napping tactics have you tried?

Mother’s Day Bliss

13 May


“Realize that your son will love you more intensely than anyone or anything else in the world”



“Read all the advice books and baby guides you want, but trust your instincts. They’re good.”


“His tears will break your heart. So will his smiles.”



“Don’t forget that as a baby, he will always be looking for your face. It will be this way forever.”


Thank you E & P for giving me a wonderful first Mother’s Day. We did a whole lot of nothing but spend time together at home, which was just what I wanted. This whole mom thing, it’s alright I tell you.

(quotes from “Mother to Son: Shared Wisdom from the Heart”)