Monday, May 25, 2015

California, Mother's Day, and Other Ramblings

It's been over a month since I last updated my blog.  I've been having too much fun doing other things rather than updating this blog.

Our family vacation to Santa Monica/Venice Beach was a blast and I'm looking forward to going back in the warmer months sometime soon.  Carleigh loved going on the rides on the pier.  I loved the views.  Amelia loved crawling around in the sand.  It was just so pretty.  Since I'm a huge fan of Grand Theft Auto V, it looked exactly the same as the game.  I am highly impressed with the video game designers who put games like that together.  It was fun navigating around both beaches without a map.  We even went to check out the Venice Canals, which were just like the game as well.  Such a great time.  We walked from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach on Saturday.  The weather wasn't that great.  Honestly, it wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't for the wind.  The winds were so strong, it was blowing sand everywhere.  It was in my face, hair, mouth, shoes, clothes, etc.  You know it, there was sand there.  The sun eventually came out a few hours before sunset, but it was just too chilly to get into the water or lay out on the beach enjoying the sun.  I was able to get some great pictures.  My Fitbit loved me that day too.  I walked over 25,000 steps.  My feet were sore, but it was so worth it.  I'd love to go back there for my birthday this year, but think we will have to wait until next August.  Two family vacations in one year would be fun, but we are still trying to pay off all of our debts.  Priority number one.

Mother's Day was a calm and relaxing day.  I didn't do much of anything, which is exactly what I wanted.  Heath made me some chocolate lush.  It's a delicious, light desert that only requires a little bit of baking time for the crust.  Everything else is chocolate pudding and Cool Whip.  It was so good, he made another batch this weekend for Memorial Day.

It's been fairly calm and quiet around our house otherwise.  I spent four hours at the DMV on Saturday getting the Lincoln switched over to my name.  Ordered personalized plates and everything.  Now I have to wait 60 days for my plates to arrive.  The new title was ordered as well.  I wonder which one will arrive first.  Once I get the plates, I'm going to get the windows tinted and the car will be complete.  Of course, I want to get it detailed on the side and get all the dirt, dust, smoke smell, etc out of the car.

Amelia started pulling herself up on the couch and throwing everything on the floor over the past week.  This afternoon, she was even daring enough to climb the stairs to get to Heath.  I'll be purchasing a baby gate this coming weekend.  She doesn't seem interested in going up the stairs unless someone is already up there.  That's a plus for now.  Either way, she will lose her stair privileges by Saturday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

First Birthday

This blog is a few weeks late.

Amelia celebrated her first birthday on March 20.  It's hard to imagine her being one year old already.  Time flies.  She's so big now too.  I mean, like, bigger than your average one year old.  At her one year checkup (on her birthday!), she was 26 1/2 inches tall and weighed 22 lbs.  She's wearing 18 month clothes currently.  Most of her 12 month clothes are too tight on her.  It's insane!  We're even giving her some of Carleigh's old pajamas in the 2T/3T size and they fit her well.  They are the pajama gowns, so that explains it.  It's good for length.  Most of Carleigh's 2T/3T sized clothing was going to be donated, but now I'm sending it all over to Amelia's closet.  That will save me a few dollars here and there.  I bought Amelia a 2T swimsuit for our trip to Santa Monica in a few weeks, too.  The 18 month swimsuits looked way too small for her.  We got a tall girl on our hands.

When it comes to walking/standing independently, we're still working on that.  Amelia has no real interest in walking yet, which is fine with me.  She's a very fast crawler and loves getting into everything.  She can stand up on her own while holding onto something.  She loves her music table and the couch as props.  She's also not too interested in pulling herself up on objects yet either.  With food, she's good with the pincer grasp, but doesn't put the food in her mouth.  She finds it fun to pick up food and then fling it on the floor.  That means I spend more time sweeping/vacuuming the kitchen floor.  It's fine with me.  At least she's experimenting.

Carleigh returned back to school this Monday after being off for Spring break.  Her break was only a week long.  She's in school this week and next week before her five week track break starts.  Our only plans so far is to visit Santa Monica for a weekend.  Otherwise, we will be hanging out at home or at the park before it gets too hot.  Thankfully we have splash pads at the two parks Carleigh likes the most.

Not much else has been happening in our house.  We did paint our half bathroom downstairs.  It's a really pretty light blue color called Crashing Waves.  I'm going for a beach theme in that room and it fits perfectly.  Here's a picture before the room was finished.

All I need to do now is get the shelves and decorations I want and it will be complete.  While at Home Depot getting the paint for this bathroom, I picked out some colors for our master bathroom.  Not sure when we will paint that room, but at least I've got some ideal colors ready.

My mom mailed the title out to the Lincoln last week as well.  So now I have the oh-so-fun joy of going to the DMV in the upcoming week(s) to transfer everything over to my name and getting the car licensed in Nevada.  This is what the car looks like, it's obviously the blue car on the left.  The white car is our Jaguar XJ.  I took this picture after Heath washed both cars and waxed the Lincoln on Sunday afternoon.

It's not the best picture.  I'm looking forward to getting limo tint on that bad boy.  The weather is going to be heating up soon and I need the car to stay a little cool.  Also, I'm tired of people being able to see all of my business in my car.  In my S-Type, the girls had complete privacy in the backseat.  The windows were blacked out.  So I'm looking forward to returning them to that "luxury".

Monday, March 16, 2015

My Return

It's been a little over a month since my dad passed away.  I took a break from the blog because of everything going on in my personal life.  This blog may seem a bit jumbled.  I'm just trying to squeeze in everything that has happened this past month.

When I found out of my dad's passing, we loaded up our Jaguar XJ and began our road trip to Wisconsin.  We were going to fly, but last minute plane tickets for three people and an infant was astronomical.  The air suspension in the Jaguar started acting up once we were in Kansas in 20 degree weather.  Our desert car just can't handle the cold.  We had to stop our trip early in Iowa because the suspension to the car was completely jacked up.  It was awful and I didn't think we'd make it to my dad's funeral in time.  We were three hours from my hometown.  My best friend loaded up her SUV with her two kid's and drove out to Iowa to pick the four of us up.  At this point, we had been up since 5am the previous day.  We were all exhausted.

We didn't get much time to stay in town because we had to get back to Iowa and drop the car off at a dealership on Saturday afternoon.  My dad's funeral was on Friday.  My dad's Lincoln LS was at the dealership getting routine work done, so we went to pay for the work and take it to Iowa.  We got back to Iowa Saturday afternoon and had the Jaguar dropped off to look at.  We didn't find anything out until Monday because the dealership was closed on Sunday.  When we found out the dealership (Ford) was too afraid to work on the Jaguar, we loaded up the Lincoln and started our trip back to Las Vegas.  We just didn't have the time to sit around in Iowa to look for another place to work on the car.  We were already behind schedule because we had planned to drive back to Las Vegas on Sunday morning had there been no suspension issues.

Honestly, the dealership just didn't know what exactly was wrong with the car and didn't want to guess which parts to order if they weren't going to be the right ones.  If that makes sense.  So Heath ordered the suspension kit to put standard suspension in the Jaguar instead of air suspension.  The dealership said they got the parts today, so once the car is done, Heath will fly out to Iowa in a couple of weeks to pick it up and drive it back to Las Vegas.

At this point, flying back last minute would have been cheaper.  Living in the desert, you get spoiled by your well-behaved cars that can handle regular temperatures and not cold, frigid air.  While Heath's Jaguar was sitting in Iowa, he's been driving my old Jaguar everywhere and I've been using my dad's Lincoln.

We planned on purchasing the Lincoln from my mom and selling my Jaguar once we got the other one back from Iowa.  However, my mom told me this morning that she was just going to give me the Lincoln since my sister wanted my dad's pickup truck.  It was really weird as I've never had a car given to me.  My mom said she wanted my sister & I to have something to hold onto the memory of our dad.  No one ever drove that Lincoln much anyway.  My dad was a truck driver and wasn't home most of the time to use it and my mom was afraid to drive it in the winter because it's RWD.  So whenever I was back visiting my parent's, my dad always let me take the LS.  He always said it was "my car" anyway.  He said it got driven a lot whenever I was in town, which was never really that often.  It's a 2004 Lincoln LS Sport with 51,000 miles on it.  So yeah, rarely driven.  Now it can retire in the desert climate and be driven every day.

Life is still hectic.  It's hard losing a parent.  Especially as suddenly as I lost my dad.  It was totally unexpected and not something I was ready to deal with.  I'll probably use this blog to vent and get things off my chest whenever I need to.  It is my blog after all.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tough Times

This blog has not been abandoned.  My dad passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on February 10.  Life has been stressful and hectic.  I'll update this blog when I feel up to it and ready.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stuffed Animal Donations

A couple of days ago, a woman made a post in a local group I am a member of on Facebook looking for gently used stuffed animals.  Carleigh has a ton of stuffed animals that she rarely plays with and figured it would be a good time to go through all of them over the weekend.  It's for a good cause after all.  As I mentioned in my previous post, my house is unorganized.  This woman making that post saved my day and gave me the motivation to clean up one area of the house.

On Saturday afternoon, I took all of the stuffed animals from Carleigh's room and put them on the floor in Amelia's room.  There was more space in Amelia's room for all of the stuffed animals.  Carleigh came upstairs with me after that and I had her pick the ones she wanted to keep.  She decided to keep all of her Dr. Seuss stuffed animals, which I don't blame her.  Those are her favorite stuffed animals and they go along with the books she has.  I explained to her that other kid's would love to have even one stuffed animal as they might not have any at all.  So she picked a bunch to give to other kids.  I think it's really important to let your kid's go through their own toys for donating.  That way you can explain to them why you're doing it and it teaches them about giving too.  It's a good lesson for our young ones.

The woman who made the post on Facebook stopped by sometime on Sunday afternoon to pick them up.  She said I could leave them outside the front door and she would pick them up without hassling us.  I liked doing it that way since we didn't have to make sure we were home.

I'm looking forward to more organization and donations in the upcoming weeks.  This whole house needs it.

Friday, January 23, 2015


It's been over four months since I updated this blog.  I admit that I've abandoned it because I didn't know what topics to blog about.  Motherhood and gaming has kind of gotten in the way too.  My motherly duties and household responsibilities wear me out during the day.  When night rolls around, I'm ready to unwind and play some GTA Online with my friend's.

I'm starting the new year off with a makeover to my blog.  I'm trying to make it look more "professional", even though I'm not using this blog for anything but my ramblings and thoughts.  Below, you will find the topics I plan to blog about in the upcoming days and weeks.  These are topics that will actually keep me motivated and interested in blogging.

Upcoming Topics:
  • Motherhood
  • Wine
  • Gaming
  • Cooking/baking
  • Home organization
  • Fitness
  • Photography
Those topics alone should keep me focused on this blog.  I'm sure there will be many other topics that will start popping into my head as the weeks go by.

Fitness is in there just because I recently got a gym membership to get out of my house a couple of nights a week.  Being stuck in your house with two kid's all week is exhausting.  I need time to myself.  It made sense to get out of the house and work on my fitness at the same time.

Photography will be pictures I take around my neighborhood/city.  I'm not a photographer by any means, but it's always fun to take pictures and share them with the rest of the world.

Since my house is so unorganized/cluttered in certain areas (the pantry... OMG!), I'll be using blog posts to show my before/after pictures of how far I came.  Maybe it will motivate others who are feeling overwhelmed.  Don't even get me started on organizing all of Carleigh's toys.  It's time to go through all of that stuff and see what can be sold/donated.  She has too much!

I hope to have another blog post up by this weekend.  Probably Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Our New Family Car

Since Amelia is taking her morning nap, I figured I would at least attempt to update my blog this morning.  I've got a slice of homemade cinnamon swirl banana bread and a cup of pumpkin spice coffee.

We didn't plan on buying another car so soon, but since I had one hell of a time trying to get a hold of the school district regarding transportation for Carleigh... here we are.  Honestly, I spent an entire morning trying to speak to someone, but was met with automated phone recordings and got no where.  Since the school district waited until the last minute to send out school information, this whole transportation dilemma wasn't a surprise to me.  I do not understand how these schools can be such slackers, wait, yes I do.  They take our tax dollars and then beg for more because they don't "have any money".  If only schools were ran like businesses...

Anyway, Heath has been looking at Jaguar XJ's for awhile and really wanted one.  He found the perfect one, but we weren't sure if we wanted to spend the amount of money the dealership was asking.  Heath continued to search for other XJ's, but we went right back to the one at the dealership.  Heath made an offer and they somewhat agreed on the price discussed.  So Heath went to the bank, got a cashier's check for the amount discussed, and we went over to the dealership on Friday afternoon.  Heath test drove it and told the dealership we wanted it.  We had two different people come in to tell us that we were basically stealing the car from them.  They made zero money on the deal.  They bought the car from an Audi dealership for a lot more than what we paid to take it off the lot.  The sales manager had to call the owner of the dealership to get approval for us to even buy it at the price that we did.  Who was going to say no to someone coming in with a check?  Seriously... lol  We are now happy owner's of two (yes, TWO!) Jaguar's.

We bought a 2006 Jaguar XJ8 Vanden Plas.  Here's some picture of our new sexy beast.  And yes, this thing is a beast.  It came with the 5% tint all around.  Huge plus!  It's a long wheel base, so it's about a foot longer than my S-Type.  There is so much leg room.  I thought my car was large, but no, this new car is the actual boat.

The car has mink floor mats.  That's right, PETA.  Our Jaguar has MINK(!!) floor mats.  No one is allowed to put their dirty ass shoes in our car.  I took this car out to do my errands on Saturday.  Since I had to go to Sam's Club and Albertson's, I wanted to see just how much room this car had after I put all of the bulky stuff in it.  I might just "steal" this car to go get my groceries and Sam's Club runs done all of the time now.

On Sunday, we took the new car for a cruise through Red Rock Canyon.  It was the most comfortable ride through the mountains we have ever taken.  Amelia slept through most of it and Carleigh was enjoying the views.  We will definitely be going back up there in the cooler months to take a hike on some of the easier trails in the area.

These are just a few of the pictures taken during our scenic drive.

Now that we have our second car, I can give Carleigh a ride to/from school every day without worrying how the school district will screw it up.  I really hope things get better and the school can redeem themselves.  I am not very impressed with their track record so far.  But thanks to their inability to answer phone calls, we have a lovely new car parked in our garage.