10 Random Tidbits 1.15.15

Tidbit 1:  I can’t believe we’re already two weeks into 2015.

Tidbit 2:  This morning one of my daily emails featured an article about fresh baby food delivery services, “Yummy in the Tummy: The District’s Freshest Baby Food Delivery Services.”  This would be awesome for parents who want make their own baby food, but are too busy to make it themselves.  The food is pricy, but it’s farm fresh and delivered directly to your house or office.

Tidbit 3:  Aren’t they precious?  Since the day we brought her home, Charlie has adored his little sister.  He always greets her when we come home, has to know where she is, and loves to give her kisses.





Tidbit 4:  Have you heard of the app Sit or Squat?  I laughed at my mom when I saw it on her phone, but now that we have a baby I don’t think it’s so silly…  Sit or Squat uses your location to find the closest, cleanest public restroom and allows users to view, rate, review, and add bathrooms.  Public restrooms can be absolutely disgusting – there’s toilet paper all over the floor, the sinks are continuously running, there are no paper towels – but desperate times call for desperate measures!

Tidbit 5:  I’ve been watching Ellen most afternoons because it’s Evie’s feeding and nap time.  I laugh throughout almost all episodes!  One day I will be in the audience – preferably one of the 12 Days of Christmas episodes.

Tidbit 6:  The Crock-Pot has become my favorite kitchen gadget lately.  Last week it was Southwestern Bean & Rice Stew and yesterday it was Chunky Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.  I’m all about wicked easy, one pot, hearty dishes during winter.


Tidbit 7:  After a week of debate, I’ve decided to purchase a race pass through our local running store instead of running the R’nR USA Half Marathon.  R’n’R USA will always hold a special place in my heart since it was the weekend we found out that we were expecting, but we’re trying to be a bit more frugal with our money since the baby was born.  Plus, the race pass will allow me to run four local races rather than just one.

Tidbit 8:  Yesterday we were out of coffee.  Thank goodness for an awesome friend who saw my desperate plea on Facebook.  She delivered and saved the day!  Coffee is necessary when your baby is going through a growth spurt and in the early stages of teething – she’s drooling like crazy!


Tidbit 9:  Running out of coffee made me think…  Why are there no coffee delivery businesses?  There’s a pizza shop on nearly every corner.  I’m sure I’m not the only parent who would appreciate it.

Tidbit 10:  Our family is going through a lot of changes.  Fortunately, they’re all positive but it’s still overwhelming.

— Allison


Happy 3rd Birthday Charlie!

Happy Birthday to my first child, Charlie!  We love you more everyday and know that you will be a great big brother in just a few weeks.

Over the past year you done many of your favorite things like taken long naps, given lots of kisses, chased leaves, stolen socks, gone on car rides, eaten chicken, and cuddled.  But you also have…


completed your first 5K race


helped with chores


explored Skyline Drive


kicked dad out of bed


gotten into the holiday spirit


been brave at the vet


kept the community clean


embraced the snow


comforted me when I was sick


attended the Cherry Blossom Festival


not learned to love bath time


gained a pound


celebrated becoming a big brother


listened to Baby Szed


swam for the first time


learned to ask for treats


stayed in a fancy hotel


helped with home renovations


tested Baby Szed’s new gizmos

Happy 3rd Birthday, Charlie!

P.S.  Now you’re legal {in dog years}.

See Charlie’s past birthdays…

Charlie’s 1st Birthday

Charlie’s 2nd Birthday

Question:  How do you celebrate your pet’s birthday?

Question:  What’s your favorite Charlie memory?

— Allison


Tangent Thursday 9.11.14

There must be something in the air today because my kiddos are going a million miles a minute in all different directions {some for the good, some for the bad} and so is my brain.  My photographer {aka Ryan} didn’t take a picture of my baby bump this morning, so I’ll share my week 30/31 bumpdate tomorrow.


This is my first year teaching when my students were born post-9/11.  It’s an event in their history books, not their mental memory.  Never forget and take time to remember.

I’ll never forget being ushered into the auditorium, but not being told why.  The auditorium was silent and all of the teachers had a look of fear on their faces.  I’ll always remember my dad picking me up early from school, stopping for gas on the way home because he said we didn’t know what else could happen, and being glued to the TV for days.  We were incredibly thankful that my brother was out of the hospital and safe at home.


Our master bedroom is no longer baby blue with speckles of apple green.  We still need to repaint the trim and doors, but tan suits the space so.much.better.  I also have developed a new obsession with curtains – they really spruce up a room.


My baby shower invitations have been sent!  Aren’t they adorable?  Ironically, all of the stuffed animals that our generous friends have given us for Baby Szed have been giraffes.  We’re taking it as a sign {Baby Szed is already measuring super long} so we’ve decided to stick with the theme.


I spotted this yellow cruiser at Target over the weekend and I’m in love.  I’ve wanted to buy a bike for a while now, but the prices are ridiculously expensive.  Until I found this beauty.  For $125ish, it’s a steal.  Maybe it will make an appearance at my birthday this year *hint, hint*.


Our gym got this new machine.  I don’t know what it’s called, but it looks like a cross between a snowboard + wakeboard + skateboard.  There was a lady riding it for a while I was on the elliptical and I couldn’t stop watching.  I think I’d be thrown off within a few seconds I tried.


After almost two months without a haircut, Charlie went to the groomer on Sunday.  His hair was the longest it’s ever been and now it’s the shortest it’s ever been.  His eyes remind me of the lemurs in the movie Madagascar“I like to move it, move it!  I like to move it, move it!”


How amazing is this chalk drawing?  Ryan and I went out to dinner over the weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary and saw a bunch of awesome chalk drawings from the festival that took place earlier in the afternoon.  Too bad the rain that night washed everything away.


Baby Szed has me craving chocolate milk.  I can’t remember ever buying chocolate milk {we used to use Hershey’s syrup in 2% cow’s milk when I was a child}, but this version by Silk is deliciously rich.


Ryan found this guy stuck in our fire escape over the weekend.  Maybe if I gave him a kiss we wouldn’t have found water damage in our bathroom/first floor on Monday night?

Question:  Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on 9/11/01?

Question:  Have you tried Silk’s chocolate milk?  Or do you prefer using the classic Hershey’s chocolate syrup?  Or more Ovaltine, please?

— Allison