So yesterday was Father’s Day and it was fabulous! My big secret gift was that I got Jim’s watch repaired that has been sitting on a shelf for 8 years!! He spent a ton of loot on it when he bought it (10 years ago) and it’s one of those watches you wear your whole life, but it broke 2 years later. I found it, had it fixed, and suprised him! He was so happy and for once I scored big time in the gift department! We also made him lasagna and baked a big chocolate cake. The other big project was a video I created for him, with pictures of our boys. That was a total-tear jerker! Well, I have so much more to write but things are crazy and I need to run! We are prepping for the photo shoot tommorrow and we have a million things to do today! Hair cuts, cleaning, errands, etc. Have a great Monday!
I have to clarify..this is a PRE-Mommy photo! This is my friend Linda and I judging a Venus swimwear competition back in our party years! I found it sorting through old photos and it made me realize how MUCH has changed since then! I was 20 in this picture (almost 7 years ago…yikes) and we were both madly searching for someone to fall in love with. Flash forward and now we are both married and those days seem like another lifetime ago!! Hmmm…I wonder if I could still fit in that dress?!
That is the big question. Bill, a photographer from “You” magazine is coming over to take pictures for an upcoming article. “You” is part of the Green Bay Press-Gazette and it’s a montly magazine. They interviewed me a few weeks ago for a story they are doing about women who decide to leave the work force and become SAHM’s. So Bill will be over next week to hang out with our family, snap photos, and get a feel for what our daily life is life. Ahhh…pressure! That means I have to try and make our house look like it belongs in “Better Homes and Gardens” and our family like we stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting! I mean honestly, wouldn’t you? You don’t want to be in a magazine with clutter in the backround and a messy house right? So I’m basically trying to make everything PERFECT for this photo shoot next week. I don’t know what we should all wear though! There is NOW WAY I am going to wear my usual yoga pants and tank top (which is my true full-time mom attire). At the same time, I don’t want to overdue it and wear something over-the-top and too dressy. The boys are easy (polo shirts and khakis) so we are good there. Well, that is the big dilemma in my day!:)
My last day of work was exactly two weeks ago. Crazy how fast the time has flown already. It’s still hard for me to listen to my old radio station and realize I’m not really a part of it anymore. It will probably take me a while to get over that. I can say honestly, that I have not had one moment where I questioned my choice to leave my job though. Especially with the choice to start Gabriel in preschool this fall. If I had waited even a few more months, I would be missing so many awesome memories that we’ve already made. Monday we are all going to the school to get a tour and make sure it’s the right place for him. We had to fill out the enrollment form today and Jim and I were both getting emotional! Okay, I need to clean while the kids are asleep. I have a few surprises up my sleeve for Father’s Day, check back to find out what I’m talking about!:)
**Shopping Tip of the Day**
All About Savvy is having a 60% sale on everything right now! They carry the most chic diaper bags, baby clothes, and big brother/big sister items! They are pricey but all the celebs rave about their stuff. Check it out at: www.allaboutsavvy.com
Wow. I have been a bad blogger lately! It’s mainly because I’ve been so frustrated trying to figure all of this computer stuff out. If I was a true enterprising mind, I could create a really cool website and maybe even make money at it! I get a new idea every day and I’ve started keeping a journal of all the cute features I could add to a website. Thing is, I SUCK when it comes to computer knowledge so I have nowhere to go with it! I know a few people who said they might be able to help though, so we’ll see what happens.
Aside from that things have been totally chaotic. We have a few big trips coming up this summer and my mom is coming to visit in 2 weeks!! I told Jim I want to start working at Gap Kids (part-time) so we can afford a clothing budget for the boys! Lol. We also made a HUGE decision for our family. We opted to send Gabriel to preschool this year! He is going to be 4 in September and I think he’s ready for it. That being said, it makes me all the more happy that I gave up working right now. It will give us the opportunity to really bond over the summer, knowing we’ll all be together 24/7. Plus I will be able to take him to preschool and not worry about my work schedule. I can say that not a DAY goes by when I’m not thinking about how happy I am to have made the choice to “retire”. I DO miss Taylor Trash (OMG there has been some good gossip and I hate not being able to blab about it)! 🙂 Plus we worry about finances, and if we can actually live on 1 income now. That’s probably the biggest stresser but I know we’ll manage somehow. It just sucks when you finally reach a level where you can afford nice things, not always worry about IF you can pay the bills, and then go back to square one. It’s okay though because I think this will make us see how much money we’ve wasted on useless STUFF and focus on what really matters, ya know? Okay, enough of my babbling for the night! I promise to be better at blogging from now on! Please stick with me too, I am really hoping to get some new features lined up!
**Shopping Tip of the Day**
Naissance on Melrose is offering a FREE super cute maternity tank top with purchases over $150 or more. They also recently added a few new items to the “Sale” category so you can stock up and save! Check them out by clicking on my links section or: www.naissancematernity.com. Missy Rae will probably take care of you, please tell her Brooke Taylor sent you!
Okay, not really (not yet anyway.:)). I must still be in the honeymoon phase of being a stay-at-home mom because we have been having a BLAST! This week has already flown by. Tuesday we went to the troop send off for one of the Green Bay units. It’s crazy to think Jim would be there, going to Iraq right now if he hadn’t been chaptered out because of his Army disability. He was in that unit! It was emotional to see them in their BDU’s , and ready to leave their families.
Yesterday my brother came over from FonDuLac and the boys had a great time hanging out with their uncle. He also helped me add my links!! If you check out the side of my page now, you can click on a few of my favorite sites.:) If you have any you would like me to add, just let me know. I’m always searching for great new sites. Today I have an appointment with Dr. Hotchandani to get a facial. I am able to try their procedures but I don’t know what to do!! I’m only 26 so I don’t think I need Botox, or collagen yet but a small part of me wants to just try it once. For now I’m just getting microdermabrasion and a peel. That’s pretty much it!! I’m just waiting and searching and trying to find someone who can work on a graphic for my site, add some features, and make it creative. I know my boring little SAHM life won’t be enough to keep people interested 24/7! Lol. Hopefully if we can spice this page up it will be more entertaining. We’ll see.
**Shopping Tip of the Day**
Pottery Barn Kids has great clearance items right now!! The “Anywhere Bean Bag Chairs” are on sale for $99 and so is the super cute sailboat sandbox. You can check it out at: www.potterybarnkids.com
It’s now official!! My first day as a full-time mommy. I’m lovin’ it already and today we had a blast. I was actually home for breakfast so I cooked eggs and burned the bacon! Lol. Kerry from “You” magazine also came over to interview me. Turns out they are working on an article about the decision to leave the work force, and be a stay-at-home mom. After I announced I was leaving, one of the editors heard me on the air, and asked if I would be a part of their article. It was pretty cool to have someone come over and interview ME for once! I felt like a real celebrity!:) I think next week they are sending a photographer over to shoot some pics of us for the magazine. It will be in the July issue.
Aside from that, I have nothing to report! I’m still working on getting a web design for my page and spice it up. There are a million ideas I have for this website but my computer talent is VERY limited so we’ll see what happens.
**Shopping Tip for the Day**
Gap Kids has 10% on everything at gap.com tommorrow!! Every first Tuesday of the month they offer a special online deal and you can get 10% off on everything, including the sale prices!! Plus, if you have a Gap card they are offering DOUBLE points for the next few weeks! Looks like I will be doing some online buying tommorrow!:)
I hope you found me!:) I am true to my procrastination-nature right down to the last minute!:) I started another blog last month and all of my info was on my now-erased work e-mail.
If you have e-mail me and I didn’t write back yet, I apologize.
Please bear with me and I get this up and running. I’ve got some cool ideas for this site but I’ll have to find someone who knows how to design a webpage! Check back soon. I’ll work on posting pictures, updating the celebrity gossip, and just my own journal ramblings too!! Thanks again to everyone for all of the amazing support!
If you like my page, please spread the word!! I am going to watch and see how many hits I get in the next week. If no one is looking, I might just call it quits for a while. I enjoy doing it though so please tell your friends and I’ll try to make it as interesting as I can!:)