Saturday, October 22, 2011

Has it really been this long?

I'm kinda - no scratch that - I'm pretty bummed that I have not posted anything in such a long time. The past year of being a working mom has had so many amazing adventures that, not only would have made great blog posts, but would have been great to preserve for my little guy to read someday.  As you can imagine, if I have't had time to blog, what do you think the little man's baby book looks like? Yeah, that's right - just a bunch of empty pages.

Creating the blog was a great way to at least have an online depository of stories and milestones. But going back to work and somehow finding that work-life-blog balance has been somewhat of a challenge. And I know there are TONS of great moms out there that somehow pull it off. I need to obtain their secret sauce and poor it all over my Cheerios in the morning.

Well, with that said, the little man turned 3 last week! 3 - I can't even believe it has been 3 years and at the same time it feels like its been forever.  3 is an interesting time because now he definitely has his opinions and proclaimed to me that he would like a Spiderman birthday party. Which sounded like a great bunch of fun to me. Who doesn't like a great superhero birthday? And so close to Halloween meant that I would get at least two uses out of the costume investment.

This year, just like last year (even though I always say I'm not going to do such a big party again) we had about 30 kiddos running around our Marvel City, complete with Spiderman bounce house.

I did not bake the cake - or even the cupcakes this year. I had the awesome people at Great Dane Bakery  hook me up with a fantastic Spiderman themed cake. Which I awe a big thank you to Tiny Oranges for posting on her Facebook page and helping me find a great bakery!

Anyway - enough of the rambling - you would think I hadn't posted in months - here are some pictures from the party:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Handing in my SAHM badge

My "Stay-at-Home Mom" status has been officially revoked.  I'm excited and nervous about my new role of "Working Mom".  I have to tell you. If I thought it was hard finding time to do things before without a massive degree in intense scheduling, this requires a Ph.D.

My day is now scheduled down to the minute. And everyday is like groundhog day.

I'm still not 100% sure about this new adventure I have taken on. But,  it's only been a week. So I'll give it some more time. The working part is easy. Leaving the kiddo all day, every day and trying not think about the little things that I might be missing out on is the hard part. I mean, I just talked to him the other day on the phone as the little man and the hubs waited for me to make it home through the long line of brake lights on the freeway, and he seemed so grown up! He was actually telling me what he wanted for dinner that night. Macaroni & cheese. I felt like I had missed 2 years, and it had only been two days.

I know its good for him to gain the experience he is getting from school and all the other kiddos (along with all the illness and bad habits) but it's really hard not to miss him all day and feel like I've abandoned him.

Let's see how this week goes.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A SippyCup Holiday Gift Guide - Part 1: For the Kiddos

With the holidays just around the corner (seriously - like 37 more days until xmas!) I thought I would pull together a few things from the OpenSky shop that the kiddo is nutty over and that I thought would make great gifts:

Melissa & Doug - Sushi Slicing Play Set 
First up, the Melissa & Doug Sushi Slicing Play Set. The kiddos LOVES pretending to serve me food and this fun play set set is so cool and totally high quality. Of course you would expect nothing more from Melissa & Doug.

Includes 24-piece wooden toys per set.
Packed in a beautiful storage box and contains sliceable sushi rolls, shrimp, tuna, easy-use chopsticks, a cleaver and other toys.
Recommended for kids aged 3-6


Alex Toys - In My Kitchen Set
Second, a kitchen set. I don't know what it is, but the kid is nutty over kitchens. I have to practically drag him out of school if he spys the couple of kitchens set up in the atrium, and on our trips to IKEA - his favorite thing to do is hang out in the mock bedrooms and play with the kitchen set. Future celebrity chef maybe? 

This set won the Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine Best Toy of the Year Award and The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval
The dials on the stove really turn
The oven door opens and closes
Cooking sets encourage imagination and social development

List Price: $65
Save: $17 (26%)

Alex Toys: Jungle Croquet
We have this old croquet set from 1940. The kiddo loves to play with the balls and the mallets, but I get a little nervous about the weight of the balls and our glass windows, so this set is just perfect for him!

6 wacky wickets made of wood
Includes 4 mallets, 4 balls and 6 stakes
Play indoors or outside

List Price: $55
Save: $15 (27%

Alex Toys: Wooden Parking Garage
The other thing the kiddos absolutely LOVES is cars. This cool. modern garage from Alex Toys is perfect. 

Comprised of 3 colorful levels that are easy to put together on top of a large road play area.
The elevator takes cars to all three floors while the rooftop functions as a heliport.
Sturdy construction assembles easily.
Included are 4 hand-painted wooden cars, a helicopter, toll booth, attendant and gas station.

List Price: $90
Save: $26 (29%)
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Melissa & Doug - Cutting Fruit
Features a wooden knife and seven pieces of sliceable fruit
Food pieces can be sliced into seventeen pieces.
"CRUNCH" sound plays when sliced.


Alex Toys: Jumping Jr. First Trampoline
One thing the little man loves to do is bounce. Until we got him this trampoline, he would jump on his bed, his friends beds and anyone who would bounce him up and down was in for a very tiring arm workout. A trampoline is a MUST for the toddler set!

Great exercise for infants
No slip grip
Padded bumper
No slip feet
Easy to assemble

List Price: $100
Save: $29 (29%)

That's it for now. And as always, don't forget, OpenSky has a 365 Day return policy. Where else are you going to get that?

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