keyboard confessions: volume 6

Keyboard Confessions is not my idea, but I'm going to use it anyway, because I think the best way to compliment someone is by stealing their idea. Or just borrowing it and giving them a shout-out and some credit. You may also find awesome Keyboard Confessions from Kearsie of Sounds Like Tomatoes and from Amber of What The French, Toast.

I like lists and I am very random, so this is right up my alley. Let's begin. This is Keyboard Confessions: Volume 6.

1. I have been a terrible blogger lately - I'm sorry. I'll make it up to you with an extra long keyboard confessions. The list will either a.) make you feel normal, compared to me, or b.) bore you to tears and/or death.

2. I am down to 2 pairs of jeans (well, one pair of regular jeans and one pair of cropped jeans). This makes me cry. The thigh of two pairs have blown out in the past two months. I need some money and a new wardrobe. I'm not even kidding.

3. I have still made no progress in learning how to crochet.

4. I'm scared to turn on the Wii Fit, because when I log in, it'll tell me how long it's been since the last time I worked out. And I like to stay in denial about these things.

5. I have some crushes I'd like to fess up to. Some are normal and some are weird. Vince Vaughn. Jim Morrison. Steven Tyler. Amos Lee. Jack Johnson. Alec Baldwin (but only in his 30Rock character). And Greg Giraldo (RIP, sweet-pea).

6. I can't wait to be old. Like really old. Old enough that it's okay to complain all the time, tell people off, go to bed before the sun goes down, drive like I want to and eat dinner at 3:45.

7. Is it too early to start making my birthday list? Because I already am. I wish my birthday was a national holiday. I feel like it should be.

8. I've got nothing left. I worry I'm running out of things to say. Don't leave me though. Please?


birthday wish-list

This Ruffled dSLR Camera Strap Cover in Blue Serenity by Eclectic Whatnot is definitely at the TOP of my wish-list for my birthday this year.

{Photo from Eclectic Whatnot's Etsy Shop}

I love how simple and lovely it is. The blue is perfect. And I know it would just look oh-so-amazing around my precious neck!

Check out the rest of Eclectic Whatnot's Etsy Shop - it's full of wonderful camera strap covers. I love so many of them, and I know you will, too!


seven months

Today marks Carsten's 7-month birthday. I can't even believe it's been seven months already! I know I say this every time, about time going by so fast, blah, blah, blah... so rather than me just talking about time, I'll update everyone on what Carsten's been up to lately.

At 7 months, Carsten is already trying to talk. He says 'I need', 'hungry', 'mama', 'dada', 'daddy' and 'hi'. I find it really weird that he's talking, but it's true. Time and time again he says those words, and in the correct context. Maybe he's our baby genius. But then again, he's been trying to eat the carpet fibers, so I could be wrong about the whole genius part...

Carsten crawls. He crawls a lot. And sometimes he does donkey kicks and also likes to pause, look up and put one hand on his hip while smiling at us, and then proceeds to crawl from one destination to another. This is insane to me, because Taylor was a bit lazier and didn't crawl until he was 8 months old or so, and Carsten has had this down for 3 weeks. HOWEVER, Carsten still can hardly sit up by himself at all times. We can get him to stay up, tri-pod style, but when he wants to crawl again, he doesn't know he can go from sitting to crawling on his own. He handles the situation a bit differently, by just crying until we put him on all fours or tip him over so he can crawl. I'm just waiting for him to start pulling himself up to a stand. He's shown interest, now let's just see when it happens.

Carsten still adores his brother, but he has a new love of wrestling with his brother. This involves Taylor laying on the floor (either waiting or totally unprepared for Carsten), and then Carsten pounces on Taylor and usually goes straight for a few things: Taylor's glasses, Taylor's eyelids, and Taylor's neck. He also has this crazy war-cry/baby squeal that only seems to come out when he's fighting Taylor. It does serve a purpose, I think. I think he's trying to make his victim go deaf, as well as any spectators. I can't hear much anymore.

While Carsten hasn't really grown up with a dog in the house, it certainly seems like he has. When Carsten is excited or happy or sometimes just because, he shakes his head back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Over and over and over, while smiling his gummy, toothless smile.

This little peach still refuses a bottle. This means that he's pretty much attached to me. I've also decided he'll be a "boob man" and not a butt man. Taylor seems to be more interested the rear, although he does like to say boobs. Boys. Refusing a bottle also means that my boobs are tired. I wish my friends would lactate and show some support! Or at least Trask.

My favorite quirk about Carsten? He LOVES to be in the downward dog pose from yoga. I'm not sure where he picked this up, or why he does it, but he loves it. (Sorry for the bad picture quality, they were taken on different days, using my phone). He'll stay like this for minutes, sometimes doing it over and over. I think he likes to be upside down, but I'm not sure. Sometimes he poops in this position, but other times he just likes to hang out and smile at you as you walk by.

Carsten doesn't sleep through the night much at all anymore, but you know what, he's finally learned it's okay to sleep on his side and on his tummy - so hopefully that will get him sleeping longer stretches at night, because Mama is getting tired of seeing the bags under her eyes...

This has been an amazing 7 months. I feel incredibly blessed to have 2 happy boys that I can stay home with, and that mean the world to me and my husband. Carsten has definitely added a lot of fun and extra smiles and joy to our lives.

Happy 7 months, C. We adore you!

Mama, Dada


Friday is here!!

Friday is finally here! It's been one of THOSE weeks. You know, the kind of week where you find out on Wednesday that it ISN'T Thursday, and then time stands still for a few more days!? Friday is really here, I confirmed it with 2 calendars and a few friends! Now I hope the weekend goes by super slow!

Have an amazing weekend... but maybe not as amazing as this:



school is back in session

..and now what do I do with myself?!

This morning we took Taylor to his second year of preschool (and next year is Kindergarten!! ack!), and he was so beyond ready to go see his friends. I teared up a little while walking out of the building, of course. I just don't know where time is going - I'm so happy for him and all of the fun that his future holds.

And now I'm sitting here, in a quiet house, while Carsten naps, wondering... what the heck will I do with this time? It's too quiet. It feels really weird.


monster cookies. the easiest recipe ever.

Okay, there was enough interest in the monster cookies that I posted about last week that I thought I'd share the recipe. Now I don't want you guys thinking I made the recipe up - a friend shared it with me. It's a recipe I'm going to use over and over, and I think you will, too.

Monster Cookies

1 package chocolate chip cookie mix

1 package peanut butter cookie mix

1-1/2 cups oats

3 eggs

1 cup butter


Mix all the ingredients together. For the packaged cookie mixes, just dump it into the bowl... it's that easy! Bake in the oven at 375 degrees, and bake for 7-8 minutes, sometimes up to 10 if they're bigger cookie dough blobs.

Enjoy and think of me when you take the first bite. (That was creepy, sorry!)

carsten's first painting

Yesterday while Taylor and I were painting and stamping with pears, Carsten sat up at the table in his highchair snacking and watching us intently. He seemed interested in the paints, so I grabbed some paper for him and put some paints on his fingers and let him go at the paper.

I was pretty surprised that the gooey paint fingers didn't go into the mouth immediately - he wanted at the paper instead, which worked perfectly! I tried to paint his whole hand so I could get a hand print, but it was almost impossible to get him to uncurl his fingers!

Looks like I have two boys that like to paint - this thrills me to no end!!


keyboard confessions: volume 5

Keyboard Confessions is not my idea, but I'm going to use it anyway, because I think the best way to compliment someone is by stealing their idea. Or just borrowing it and giving them a shout-out and some credit. You may also find awesome Keyboard Confessions from Kearsie of Sounds Like Tomatoes and from Amber of What The French, Toast.

I like lists and I am very random, so this is right up my alley. Let's begin. This is Keyboard Confessions: Volume 5.

1. In the past 3 nights, I have gotten 15 hours of sleep - tops. Hubs was out of town and Carsten has re-discovered the joy of the boob at night.

2. While the hubs was in Seattle for work, he got me presents. Or nifty gifties. I got two presents. And they were both from Anthropologie. He gets big time points for this. One gift was a beautiful journal/notebook - specifically for me to write my funnies in. (love that he thinks I'm funny!). The other present: a beautiful necklace in two different colors of blue beads, consisting of 1,000 strands each. It's bold and amazing. I can't wait to wear it, when Carsten isn't still on the boob.

3. I have been making some new jewelry - I just need to take some pictures. They are inspired by my friend Marie. I want to be her.

4. I found a hooded light weight sweater at Target, made by Mossimo, and I'm in love. The kind of love where you want to take it home to meet your parents, even though you've only known them (or the hooded sweater) for a day. I had to buy another color - so now I have berry and a fun yellow. I love that it has my three essentials: hood, pouch, comfy + casual. And it's a sweater, so it makes me feel like I'm being dressy. And it's lightweight, so my monster hot flashes won't make me want to rip it off in the middle of an episode.

5. Bought a new hair dryer and all of a sudden I'm having great hair days, despite my 3 inch skank roots. I'm growing out my hair, no easy task, but I'm trying! And soon I'm hoping to make my hair darker - and MAYBE more natural.

6. The desire for a nose piercing is very strong today. We'll see if it happens soon. I sure hope so! Before I chicken out.

7. Going to The Red Light Exchange to try to find some rad t-shirts and comfies soon. I can't wait! I seem to have a knack for finding Trask super terrific shirts, but can't find me any, because my boobies are too big for everything, and why are my shoulders always too wide?! Why do small chested girls get to have all the fun!? Big boobies want a witty t-shirt every now and then!

8. Had a chai tea latte from Insomnia Coffee (right across the street from our apartment, literally), and it brought tears to my eyes. It was delicious. And I'm not just saying that. I really did cry from excitement.

9. And now for a confession, or more like a question. Do they make a specific type of deodorant for your cleavage?! It's needed.