Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quiz time!

Lately, Audrey and I have these ridiculous conversations that pretty much consist of me asking a bajillion and one questions as Audrey responds in the most adorable way possible. I just go around pointing at all kinds of things and listening to her version of the word. She catches on to so much. I've realized that I make this clicking noise when I'm calling to Dia (our dog), and lately Audrey has started making that sound, too! One day, I was like, "My God, she picked that up from me!" Who knew?!

Anyway, as you can see in this video, Audrey has been loving corn on the cob lately. She likes it better on the cob than when I cut it off. It's hilarous. She just chows the heck down.

PLEASE ignore how annoying my voice is in this video. Someone please tell me I don't sound like that in real life. Good thing my daughter is adorable; that makes up for it.

P.S. I'm not drinking a beer in this video. It's an Peach IZZE!

P.P.S. How much of a CREEP does that Elmo balloon look like in the background?!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Give and Get is Here!

Give and Get is Here!: "Enjoy 30% off from August 26-29 at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy and we'll donate 5% of what you spend to a non-profit."

So, as a Gap employee, I got to pick an organization (out of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, WWF, Feeding America, (RED), Teach for America, or Big Brother Big Sister) that 5% of my Friends and Families proceeds will go towards. I've picked The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so if you'd like me to email you a coupon, let me know! It's good multiple times in all of our stores, and one time online (INCLUDING at Piperlime and Athleta).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Guess what today is?

Just a normal day for you, BUT, exactly 2 years ago today I found out I was pregnant with Audrey. How nutso! It's crazy to think about how different things were before all of that. I THOUGHT I was getting ready to go to Temple to be a normal kid, but, life had different plans. Isn't that always the way things go?

Look at that. She was a cutie, even then. Oh, and in case you know nothing about child development in utero, THIS was not the ultrasounds taken the first day I found out. This was a few months down the road haha. In the beginning she looked like a little blob with a slight distinction betweeen her head and her body.

Ugh, just thinking about the nausea and tuna fish sandwich cravings makes me...well it makes me want to barf every day all over again! And to think my DUMBASS doctors--yes, I'll say it, those doctors suck pretty bad--INSISTED that I had a stomach virus for almost a month. WHAT MORONS?! Even after I said, "No really, there is a chance I could be pregnant I guess" they were like "Noooo, you're not pregnant. You have gastroenteritis."

But instead, THIS happened. Yes, besides the fact that I made wonderful friends at Temple (such as the two touching my belly above), I also grew in the stomach region. And grew. And grew. And then I had a baby.

It has all made me revisit this bad boy:

HAHAH. Jeeze, would you look at that goof! it's been a while since I saw all that. (AKA when it was printed). Why was my hair that short? At least it's nice and shiny. I remember I felt like I needed something different and Temple's water was rough on my hair (knot CENTRAL), and my mom encouraged me because she thought my bangs made me look even younger than I already was haha. I still don't see the Ellen Page resemblance, but I remember there were one or two comments on how I looked like "Juno" haha. Maybe it was the flannel?

As far as the writing goes, I feel like it has changed so much. Plus, that was written for a class and edited a good amount to make it work in the "alternative weekly" newspaper setting. It's just so weird to read about that day. I'll never forget it.

It does make me think about my mom and how happy she'd be with Audrey here in the house every day. I guarantee I wouldn't have gotten to see my daughter allllll summer because she'd hog her up. I guarantee I'd sleep better because she'd do that thing she used to do where she'd yell down "Jennnn, turn off the tv. Go to bed." or "Jen, what are you eating? Go to bed." I can also guarantee that my mom would spoil the you-know-what out of Audrey, no matter how hard I'd try to stop it.

I wish Audrey would have gotten to spend more time with her. They would have gotten along juuuuust fine :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Accessories, Water Parks, Belly Buttons and More

So here are some recent aspects of our life that you should probably be aware of:

1. I'm in love with this dress. It's Stella McCartney for BabyGap, and it's adorable! Crocheted tops on babies are amazing, especially because you know that if the same top was on a grown woman, it would be totally inappropriate, especially if no bra was involved haha.
Oh, and then when cute dresses are combined with THIS FACE:
the cuteness level blows a gasket! This is her cheesy smile, and lately, it pops up alllll the time. Thank GOD. It's adorable. I hope that's how her school pictures end up for the first few years.

2. Lately Audrey wears anything semi-similar to a necklace around her neck. It either goes directly around her neck or else in this Miss-America-sash style such as this:
Oh and this? It's a strap from one of her chairs. BUT, the way she has it styled makes it such a glamorous necklace!

3. For Audrey's birthday, we got her this amaaaazing inflatable WATERPARK. It's amazing in theory, but absolutely horrible when it comes to actually blowing it up. It took FOREVER. I'm talking HOURS UPON HOURS, and it wasn't even completely inflated. But, it was still pretty sweet. The alligator is a pool with a little spray fountain; the elephant is like a sprinkler; and water comes out of the neck of the giraffe like a tunnel. Yeah, I know you're jealous. Plus, she has a sandbox that our neighbors got her for her birthday, so she's all set!

EXCEPT, the only part she really liked was the pool because I had put some warm water in it. Everything else was getting cold hose water so she'd do her best to dodge those. At one point she walked RIGHT through the stream coming out of the elephant's nose and got soooo upset. Oh, and don't even get her started on the sand in the sandbox. She's too much of a clean freak right now to deal with that pesky sand that sticks to everything. She constantly tried to wipe it off of her.

4. The accessorizing has already begun! Beyond necklaces, Audrey is obsessed with bracelets. It started one morning while I was picking out a bangle and Audrey insisted that she needed one was well. Ok, well actually she needed two or three. Since they're my bracelets, they're entirely too big, but that doesn't bother her at all. She knows to hold her arms up so that they don't fall off.

The day that these particular pictures were taken, she kept the bracelets on for like an hour straight. It totally cracks me up.

5. Sometimes I would just love to know what exactly is going through Audrye's head. CLARIFICATION: not sometimes, ALL the time. For example, what makes her decide to take allllll of the dog's toys out of the basket so that she can sit in it? What makes her walk up to an eight-month-old, look at it like, "hmm, what happens when I do this?" and chuck a toy at the baby's head? What makes her get insanely excited when she sees a Swiffer? Lord only knows.

6. Audrey absolutely loves her belly button lately. Every know and then as she's walking around she'll just pull her shirt up and fondle her belly button as if she's been thinking, "Oh, shoot, is my belly button still attached?" I'm sure she's relieved to find it time and time again.
And as most things these days go, it allllll ends up with a cheesy smile!

7. And last but CERTAINLY not least, we have TEDDY.
Teddy is definitely one of the vital members of our household. Since my brother's girlfriend gave him to Audrey on her first birthday they've been just about inseperable. She clings to him and tackles him on the floor for full snuggling space. In fact, when I put her down in her bed, I literally put her right on top of him and that's how they sleep together. As long as he's involved, she's good to go when it comes to the bedtime routine.
In this particular picture, she had woken up insanely early for some reason so for the first time in forever, I put her in bed with me. NOT COOL. Apparently I was like the kiss of death to sleep with and Audrey seems to be quite the same. She flails her body all over the place and head butts me and kicks me and gives me LITERALLY enough of the mattress so that I'm teetering on my side at the edge of the bed while my bedstand is digging into my skull. Yeah, it's not quite as cute and cuddly as it used to be. But even then, she could be violent!
However, I've got to say when she finally does lay down and snuggle right into my little nutch (I don't think that's a real word), it's honestly the best thing that could ever happen. EVER.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Hershey Park-ing it

Soooo, not this past Sunday, the Sunday before that, but the Sunday before THAT (ok, yeah, I know, I'm tottttally behind), Spence, Audrey and I hit up Hershey Park with some friends. It was rather fun. I was kind of nervous because I'm not a huge amusement park person, and I didn't know how it would go with a 16-month-old. BUT, all was well, and we were indeed "Hershey Park Happy." Besides the fact that we were BROKE since it's so expensive. We got our tickets at our local grocery store for $41.95, but they're usually close to $53! HOW INSANE? And the food is so expensive as well as pretty much everything else there. But luckily my godmother Maureen and her family are Hershey Park pros and were able to give us some good, money-saving (and fun-enhancing) advice.

The first ride we attempted to go on was the Ladybugs, but that was rather unsuccessful. I was pretty surprised how much it whipped us around. Not cool, especially for a kids ride. Thank GOD they didn't let the little 4-month-old looking baby who's psycho mom was trying to take her on the ride on. I don't know what people are thinking these days. Anyway, she did not like it. She started crying, ,and every time we passed Spencer, she'd go "DADAAAAA" in the most pathetic tone I've ever heard.

Though Audrey wasn't a huuuge ride fan, it was overall a good day. Plus, she LOVED the wave pool. So did I! I could have sat in that lovely warm, shallow water forever and watched Audrey splash around in a big old life vest. So cute. She loved dipping her hand in the water and wiping it on me. I'm not sure why, but apparently that's a really fun time.

The one ride that we went on that she DID like were the Tiny Timbers. She went on in with myself and Kaci, Maureen's daughter.

Since the Shays have season passes to Hershey Park, they stopped out for just a little to hang out and pick up Audrey, giving Spencer and I some 20-year-old time. That worked out nicely because then Audrey didn't get too worn out staying later and we got to ride some more rollercoasters and whatnot.