My King's First Birthday

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Before anything else, I wanted to share some images from our trip to 'Children's Park' last week and how our day went.  As I wasn't hoping, it rained.  We took the high chair anyways because it wasn't raining when we left but it wasn't exactly clear either.  By the time we got there it was already cloudy so we just took the king and the bags to look for a spot to set up the high chair.  I never really took a good look at the park before.  It does have its nice spots.

My One-Year-Mom Anniversary

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As of yesterday, October 10 2013 at 1:52pm, I have been a mommy for one year.  I have cried out of happiness, frustration, and anger.  I have laughed out of happiness, bewilderment, and anger (you know, when you're so angry you just laugh - or does that only happen to me?)  It hasn't been all from my king either.  It has been with this whole being a stay-at-home-mom thing.  Truth is, it doesn't get the respect it deserves and after a while, it hits a tipping point.  But, honestly, my son makes everything worthwhile.  I'm still scared, but I am loving every moment even if it doesn't go like I thought it would.

My First Official App!

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I FINISHED!!!

After days and days and days of figuring out how to work the programs to create the app I wanted, I finally got the hang of it.  I realized there was quite a bit of information I wanted to put in, so I left the app alone.  Then, I used an app to make apps and made a SECOND app...which I liked a bit but it wasn't up to date so I left that, too.  Correction: I didn't leave these apps, I put them on PAUSE.  I wanted to make one I could make easily and that could be at least slightly useful.  I just wanted to see what was the whole process of making and publishing an app.  I was watching Project Runway (Go Justin! Go Braden!) when the idea for my app hit me.

My King Deserves a Crown

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The park I wanted to take my king to on his first birthday is closed (it's a national park and...you know...government shutdown?) so we've decided to go to 'Children's Park'.  I've only been to it once some years ago for a Christmas activity.  It has a pond and a fountain, some gazebos, and playground areas.  Basically I just want a place where I can set up his highchair and take some photos.  I also want to be able to play with him.  Maybe swing with him.  I don't know if they have swings, but I hope so.

NaNoWriMo 2013

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So NaNoWriMo is coming up.  As you may have read before this is not the first time I'm going to attempt to tackle it.  Still the same plan so there's not much of me trying to come up with an idea.  I want to incorporate a town I used to live in, which actually was always my original idea since I don't know when.  I was having problems before with the names for my characters.  I just couldn't come up with ANY name.  That's too easy and that's not...me.  hehehe

Belated Freakout

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In a little over a week (eight days to be exact), my king will turn one.  ONE.  I've heard that it is one of the most anticipated milestones a parent has.  I have no idea why.  I feel that it came too fast.  I've heard of parents that get sort of anxious as their due date gets closer.  A lot of ifs ands or buts that creep into their heads.  They start doubting themselves before the baby is born.  Some still have some anxiousness left over once the baby is here, but then it goes away and they look forward to that first birthday.  My baby came and it felt so natural for me.  As if it was something I had been doing forever.  I never felt nervous, or anxious, or worried.  I knew I could take care of my baby.  And yet as I am writing this, I can't help but feel..."OH MY GOD. HE'S TURNING ONE.  WHAT THE HELL DID I GET MYSELF INTO?"

Pending Birthday

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My king's birthday is coming up soon (less than two weeks - oh no!).  It lands on a Thursday so we'll have the birthday party the following Sunday.  I want to do something for Thursday, but he's still so young that I'm not quite sure what he'd enjoy.  There aren't that many places for babies either.   I do know I want to make him a smash cake.  I don't want to use too much sugar (or any sugar if possible) so I've been searching for a recipe I feel comfortable with. I also want a crown.  OF COURSE.


The Stay-At-Home-Mom

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I have worked since I was 16 years old.  One of those summer jobs where they set you up some place to help out the regular employees.  Chuck E. Cheese's (oh CEC, so early in my life).  My dad's workplace.  Different positions: clerical assistant, waitress, store associate, machine operator, cashier, nail technician, embarkation officer, summer camp teacher assistant, operations manager, translator, tutor, and at one point I was a business owner.  Some jobs I liked, some I loved, some were just me needing to work.  I enjoyed working though.  That's why when I decided to become a stay-at-home-mom, it was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. 

The Blog Post Backup Plan - Sharing Memes

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I want to stick to my schedule but sometimes (like today) I just can't blog-blog, if you know what I mean.  For days like this, I have a plan.  I don't want to miss the day's post so I have some memes I've come across (a couple I created as mash-ups from others) that I've enjoyed.  I hope you enjoy them!




Exactly.  That's why I do it.  LOL

1st Birthday Invitations - Crayon Boxes

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When I turned 5 years old, I was given a stuffed dog.  He was yellow with floppy blue ears and colored paws.  I still own him.  LM has a similar dog (more on how he came to own it on another day).  His is the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy.


Because of how this stuffed dog came to be in our lives, we decided to use it as a theme for LM's 1st birthday.  It's not actually something you can go and buy at your party supply place, but I thought crayon box invitations would be a good start. 

Knockoffs from Gemma Redux

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After looking at all the inspiration over and over, I finally settled on these earrings from Gemma Redux.  The originals are gorgeous earrings.  I just don't have $343 just lying around.

First thing I noticed was that they're metal.  I really want to learn how to work with metal and thought it was a good challenge.  Of course I used an aluminum sheet instead, but it didn't quite work out as well as I thought it would so I opted for aluminum wire.  Originally, I also wanted to use something that I could replicate in resin but, as much as I tried, time wasn't on my side again.  Still, I'm not upset at the outcome. 

First Birthday & Another Challenge

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I've been working on my baby's first birthday which is coming soon and looking for inspiration for the Knockoff Challenge from The CSI Project.

The birthday isn't going exactly as I wanted and hopefully that will change.  It's hard when you spend such a long time expecting something and then that's ripped away from you when you're almost there, but I've learned that when you're in the circumstances I'm in you've got to adapt (which does not mean completely give in/up).

Anyways, I've printed up and put together a couple of the invitations and have gotten positive responses from those who've received them.  They're clever invites and sort of go with the theme we've chosen.  I'm also working on a mini scrap-guestbook to have it as a keepsake. 

As for the Knockoff Challenge, I'm looking through different jewelry pieces (of course).  I don't want anything too simple.  I want a challenge.  I mean, if it's too simple then there really is no "challenge" involved, don't you think?

Hardware Store

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I don't quite remember how I came across it (possibly following a link from a search engine or Pinterest), but there's this site called The CSI Project.  They hold weekly challenges with a theme they announce beforehand.  You submit a project from your blog to the challenge via a link and a guest judge will choose a winner at the end of the week.

A Pick Me Up

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I came across this a while ago when I felt kind of like I wasn't keeping up or not doing well enough as a mom.  It made me feel somewhat better.  Lately, I've been thinking about some things that I feel I've missed out on and it's probably ridiculous, but I can't help the way I feel.  I thought I'd search for it hoping to feel better.  I originally saw this on Facebook and I don't know its author, but I wanted to share it.   Hopefully, it will make another mommy feel good.

When You REALLY Want Something

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Today, Jordana Brewster (or as I call her Mia) announced the birth of her son, Julian.  Mia says that she and her husband, Andrew Form, are thinking about having kids.  She also says she's ready to have them.  What about Julian?  The couple had their first son via surrogate.  I think that's freaking awesome.

Drugged Man Deserves Brownie Points

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I have to admit: I love videos that go viral.  If they don't, it's a good chance I'd miss them.  I mean I found out about the Harlem Shake parody like two or three weeks after it was made.  I'm not really on YouTube all that much so when I come across one of these videos, I enjoy them because I know it's something that will make me smile (or annoy me like that one video about some reality show on pastors). 

A Feel Good Moment

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I normally don't sleep that great (we cosleep) but I've been sleeping worse since Tuesday.  I keep waking up during the night because of the same nightmare.  It's different scenarios but basically the same thing.  I keep waking up with my heart pounding in my chest and a knot in my throat.  I want to just let out a big loud cry but I just hug LM and kiss him.  Hopefully, it'll be over soon.  But, I read an article today that I prefer writing about.  Something good.

A Heated Rant

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Today’s post is supposed to be about this year’s NaNoWriMo.  That post isn’t happening today, either.  Yesterday, was supposed to be a pleasant day because we were going out to buy some things for LM’s first birthday.  But, like most of the times, BD got on my nerves p!$$ed me the f#¢k off.  I am really trying to watch my mouth, but because it dealt with something that is very dear to me (my FIRST son’s FIRST birthday), it just made me want to physically hurt BD.

I WILL Blog Regularly

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Well, here I go again…giving this blog thing a try.  This time I may stick to it. 
I've been a mommy for almost 11 months now (WOO-HOO!) and a stay-at-home mommy for about 5 months, I think.  It's not as easy as I thought it would be.  I mean, sure I'm at home, but at first it was this whole stay-at-home-mom vs housewife thing.  Baby Daddy for some reason thought it was the same thing.  It's not.  He just couldn't understand why chores weren't fully done and he definitely couldn't understand why I argued that he had to help out (something that started when I was on maternity leave).  Now mind you, he walks to and from work most of the time and I know it's tiring, but it's not going to kill a person to wash their own dishes or pick up after themselves.  I never agreed to be a housewife and I won't ever agree to it.  I have ONE child (without counting my four-legged ones, of course) and that's how it seems it's going to be for a long time. 

Monsters University

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Monsters University was awesome!! 
The animation was beautiful!  I mean, there was a scene where Mike and Sully are talking by a pond and it seemed as if I could actually feel Sully's fur.  Visually, it is beautiful.  Story wise, too.  I don't want to give anything away, but I kind of related to Mike.

Happy Fourth of July!!!!!

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Happy Fourth of July!!!!!
BD is on vacation as of today.  I THINK I may have some time off to write and catch up on the things I want to do, but I'm not very optimistic about that.  Anyways, we've made plans for these days off.  Originally, we were supposed to go to a get-together with some old friends from college but the date was changed so we've decided to just go out on different outings with LM (of course, because I would never leave him behind).  We were thinking of starting tomorrow, but we've called my MIL and decided to start today.

Camp NaNoWriMo

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Big question: DID I ACTUALLY WRITE YESTERDAY? 
Answer:  YES.
WOO-HOO!!!  Okay.  So I had prepared a calendar for camp.  Everyday there's a certain word count goal I should achieve to complete my 50,000 words by the end of July.  I didn't divvy up the words equally, though.  I set my goals so that I'd be writing more in the beginning of July (Except for July 4th) and I wouldn't have to play catch-up towards the end.  Of course it's the 3rd of July and I have the feeling I'll be playing catch-up anyways since yesterday was actually the first day I started writing and I only got in 625.  BUT, in my defense, although LM did give me about half an hour of writing time while he napped, my back is still hurting. 

Been a long time...again...

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In case you don't know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month which takes place in November of every year.  The idea is that you write every day for a word count goal of 50000 in a month.  I had heard about it before and thought it'd be something fun to do, but with work, and public transportation, and other stuff there was just no time.  Last year, I thought "Hey! I won't be working in November so I can do it this year!"  Of course, I was pregnant and didn't think how time-consuming a newborn baby was.  (My king is an October baby).

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