Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sammy's Favorites

I wanted to share some of Sammy's current favorite things. Also know as I have nothing specific to talk about ;-)

1. Melissa and Doug Deluxe Latches Board

3. I'll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words

4. The warm weather.. ohh how the boy loves to be outside
5. Boats.. he is very into boats lately. Ones that he can play with in his pool. I think he wants to head over to the lake and drive Pop Pops boat with him :-)

Tech Talk Thursday - Edition 3

Today I want to talk a little bit about RSS Readers also called blog readers. I am not sure how many of you guys use them but they are wonderful.

I use Google Reader for reading all of my blogs. Here is a really good definition of what an RSS reader is:
"software that organizes and displays RSS feeds for ease of reading. A reader may be stand-alone software, a web site like, or a browser plug-in. Some email programs have a built-in RSS reader." Defined by University of Toledo. There is software programs that will do it for you but there are several web based versions:
Google Reader

The benifit to these websites is that when someone posts a new post you can just read it in your reader and comment instead of having to check each persons blog to see if they wrote anything new.

There are a couple of ways to subsribe to blogs. Some have a nice button on their blog (check out my side bar). You can click on that and select the reader you use. The other easy way to subsribe to a blog is to click on the orange square in the right side of the address bar. Select the RSS option. It will then give you the feed url you can add into your RSS reader. So in google reader you click add subsription and then you would paste the URL in.

I am sure some of you are using a feed reader.. which one do you use. Do you like it?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I'm glad I worked early

On Monday's and Tuesday's I go to work at 7, so I leave way before Sammy wakes up. Usually I am not real fond of this because I miss the little guy while I am in the office.

However, yesterday morning I was very thankful I was gone before Sammy got up. Let me preface this story by saying we have been very lucky that Sammy hasn't "explored" his diaper and usually only goes poop in the morning after he wakes up.

Well yesterday Tim was getting ready for work. Packing his lunch and cleaning up the kitchen. Sammy woke up a little early and Tim was finishing things up before going to get him out of his crib.

When Tim entered the room he was greeted with a pleasant smell. Next he saw something he never wanted to see. There was a half naked boy jumping in his crib. On the floor was his shorts and dirty diaper!!

*Warning Gross Content*
Thankfully the diaper landed just the right way and the carpet was spared! Tim cleaned Sammy up and went to clean up the diaper only to realize that the dog had eaten it!! **GAG** Tipsy is usually a really great dog but apparently has things for diapers!

So now that I grossed everyone out.. I hope you come back tomorrow.. I promise I wont write about diapers, poop, or things my dog ate ;-)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

300th post

Wow.. I can't believe that I am writing my 300th post on my blog. I basically started this blog to keep family and close friends updated on my pregnancy and Sammy. I am amazed into how much the blog has changed over this time.

Don't worry I am not going to write a whole post with 300 things you need to know about me or anything like that :-)

I do however want to talk about your cleaning schedule.. huh.. me talk about cleaning..??? I know its crazy! Tim and I have been going through the house spring cleaning and emptying the closets and getting a pile together for goodwill.

I have been loving having the de-cluttered and super clean house.. which brings me to my blog post.. how in the world do you keep it that way? I am not unrealistic. I realize that it wont always be perfect.. but how do you keep it looking decent. Anyone?

Monday, April 27, 2009

My Baby is 2!!

I still can't get over that fact! The party turned out wonderfully. Sammy was a little overwhelmed with all of the people and attention but nothing that couldn't be handled with a few snuggles from Tim or I through out the party.

The weather was AMAZING it was in the 90's! We are so thankful that so many family members and friends were able to make it out to the party.

One tip to myself for next time is to get someone to take pictures for me. I kept forgetting to get pictures through out the party. I missed some of the special things so I am hoping that someone else got pictures to share with me :-)

*Warning* Lots of pictures follow ;-)

There were also balloons down at the mailbox Decorations:

This is Tipsy's bed but I figured she would let me borrow it for the day ;-)
Dogs every where!

We luckily didn't have to buy very many decorations since our son is obsessed with puppies!
Opening a present from us the morning of the party:

Some of the food:

Check out the breadstick bones :-)

Digging things up in the sandbox
Bradley playing the feed the dog game

Aunt Nicia hanging out and playing gameboy :)

Opening presents

Very excited for his present!

Tim's parents got him a Ukulele. That is what Tim learned to play "guitar" on.
Sammy and his John Deere dump truck from Giggi and Pop Pop

I didn't manage to get any pictures of him eating cake but I think my parents got some of those! He is still messy but not as bad as last year. I am hoping to do some 2 year photos later this week :-)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ready... Go

As Sammy would say, "Ready, Go!" We are getting all prepped for Sammy's birthday party tomorrow. We are getting the party favors finished up. Making the banner for some of the decorations. Getting the games all ready for his friends.

I am hoping we make it through the party with out any big melt downs.. but I realize he is 2 so I will be prepared.

What was your favorite birthday party memory? Mine would have to be the big coed party I had in 6th grade. I had so much fun hanging out with all of my friends :-)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tech Talk Thursday - Edition 2

Do any of you still chat on an instant messenger? Like AIM, Yahoo, MSN, jabber, facebook. For work we all have an AIM screen name so we can ask simple questions to each other about the various things we are working on. I also have various other screen names that I stay logged into to talk to friends and family.

My issue has always been finding a peice of software that uses all of the different chat types and all of the features I look for. Well I have finally found my answer and it is not something that you even have to install.

Enter Meebo! Meebo allows you to connect to every chat client that I know of and then some. There are 2 different ways to use meebo. First is just to sign into the specific chat client with your username and password.

The other (the way I use it) is to create a meebo account. You can then set up all of your different chat accounts. You can set them to sign in automatically when you sign into meebo or manually when you want to use that account. This last feature is really helpful for me. When I am at work I can just sign in for my work account and not have some friend from elementary school IMing me on facebook ;-)

Some other really cool features are spellcheck. Since I can't spell to save my life this is really awesome feature. It will also log (save) your chats so you can read something again later. There are also chat rooms you can create for a group of friends to discuss an up coming party.

Since its all web-based there is no need to have the client installed on various computers. I almost always have meebo opened on one of my Firefox tabs. When someone sends me a message it plays a sound (or not you can specify) and it scrolls the text across the meebo tab.

Is there something you guys want me to cover in an upcoming Tech Talk Thursday? Leave it in the comments or shoot me an email byetesofmemory at gmail dot com.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What I Learned This Week

So I was up late last night reading World without End (so good).. to late.. Only on my first cup of coffee this morning so I am giving you a list format this week ;-):

1. Apparently the 80's are not dead. The buffet we went to on Friday proved that to me. The clothes, the hair(more about the hair in #2) and the massive amounts of aqua net that was in use!
2. I saw a very unique hairstyle on Friday. Now don't get me wrong The Mullet was a prominent member of the 80's. However, it is 2009 and it no longer needs to exist! This mullet was extra 80licious because it was dyed 2 different colors. The "business" was bleach blond while the "party" was deep auburn! I had never seen anything like it in my life. So I thanks to the owner of that beauty. I will store that away for a rainy day :-)
3. I learned that Spring cleaning is so rewarding I love it!
4. I like to purge things and reduce the amount of clutter in my house. All in time for Sammy's birthday party this Saturday :-)

Check out Musing of a Housewife for more What I Learned This Week.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Buffet

No not Jimmy Buffet.. but the kind where you can eat all you want. When I was 9 my Dad traveled a lot for work. My Mom also worked full-time. When he was gone my Mom would sometimes take Clare and I to Denny's (or maybe it was Shoney's). Regardless it was on the kids eat free night so it was a cheap meal and a lot of times my best friend and her Mom would join us.

One of the trips has a distinct memory for me. I was notorious for putting to much food on my plate. When you are 9 and things look good you tend to pile them on there real good. I had been warned on all previous trips to not put to much food on my plate I could always go back for seconds. On this occasion I had been warned and did pretty good with my dinner. I then went to get some dessert. I saw that big bowl of chocolate pudding and whipped cream. I grabbed a plate and piled it high. It was like a chocolate mountain! I then covered it in whipped cream.

I walked back over to the table an knew I was in trouble. My Mom looked at my plate and said, "We will sit here until you finish what is on your plate." Me being 9 said, "okay good" :-)! I got probably about a quarter of the way through and realized there was no way I was going to finish it. However, I didn't want to put down the "challenge" so I kept eating.

Maybe about half of the way through I knew I was going to get sick if I kept eating. I looked at my Mom and told her I could not finish my pudding. She then proceeded to explain (probably for the 100th time) why you don't put that much food on your plate. We left the restaurant me with a stomach ache and my Mom with the inflation of finally teaching me the lesson about buffets.

This weekend Tim and I went to a buffet. Which is a very hard thing to do while you are watching what you eat! That lesson my Mom taught me 17 years ago in the front of my mind while getting my food. I did great picking out what I could eat and the quantities.

Just in case I might have forgotten what my Mom had taught me there was a bowl of chocolate pudding on the dessert island to bring the reminder fresh into my mind!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tot School- Week 2

Tot School
Sammy is 23 months old

This week we didn't get in as much Tot school but we still had some great learning experiences. Sammy had fun building up towers:

And knocking them down:

He also had fun putting the pom poms into a bottle then shaking the bottle upside down to make them fall out.
We played with sidewalk chalk. Sammy had fun watching me write his name.

The weather was really great late in the week so we spent time outside: Putting rocks into the dump truck and dumping them out.

Sammy trying to do the bubbles. Which he started saying this week!
I have to hold the want most of the time so he keeps it at the right direction but he is getting there!

Some gross motor skills - Sammy's favorite ;-)

On Saturday we decided to go watch some airplanes take off. We live about 2 miles from a regional airport. They let you walk right up to the fence and watch the planes.

One of the workers at the airport told us this was Kenny Chesney's plane.. but most likely not since he was suppose to be in Connecticut. Oh this photo was not zoomed in this is how close you actually are to the parked planes.

Watching the plane take off on the run-way.

Sammy had a blast at the airport. However, after he couldn't see his favorite red plane anymore he asked where it went. I said it went bye bye and he started crying.. it was too sweet.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Some of my Favorite Things

So I thought I would share some of my favorite things.. because whats better than list form for Fridays?

1. Peeps - One of my favorite Easter treats!

2. Skinny Cow Ice Cream - My new addiction while trying to lose weight this really satisfies my sweet tooth!

3. Wii Fit - So much fun and burning calories while you do it :-)
4. Paperback Swap - I have saved so much money using this site!!

5. Lattes - Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte YUM!!
What are some of your current favorite things?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tech Talk Thursday

So I have been trying to decide what techie stuff I should talk about on the blog. I think I’ll start by addressing one of the most important pieces of software that should always be running on your computer: Your anti-virus software.

I know it’s not a very exciting topic, but it’s SUPER important! There are many anti-virus programs out there. Some come free with your computer; some come from your internet provider (DSL, Cable, etc.).

When installed correctly, anti-virus software is always running on your computer. This usually causes your computer to run a little slower. This can be very frustrating. This brings me to a great anti-virus program that I use. It's called
AVG Free and is free for personal use. It protects your computer from viruses and spyware just as well as the big names like Norton (Symantec) and McAfee.

However, there are two wonderful things that make this product better. The first is that it’s free, both to download and to keep up to date. Most other antivirus companies require a yearly subscription to keep their software up to date against the latest threats, which can cost anywhere from $50-$90 a year. The second is that it doesn't bog your computer down like those other two can.

So, if your computer is running slow, or you don't have an anti-virus program installed on your computer, go and install AVG Free. One additional piece of advice is to make sure you only have one anti-virus program installed on your computer at a time. You can tell this by going to Start -> Control Panel (or Start -> Settings -> Control Panel if you’re using the classic start menu)->Add remove programs. Then look for Norton, Symantec, or McAfee on your computer. If you do, uninstall those before installing AVG Free.

So was that helpful at all? Too technical?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

He Can Hear Me!

Well today's pediatrician's appointment went well! Sammy's ears have cleared with this second round of antibiotics.

We have an appointment setup with the ENT on May 7th. We will see what his thoughts are about his ears, hearing, etc. So until then we will just be playing the game to try and keep Sammy healthy :-P

Sammy is in pretty good spirits and he will be done with his antibiotics tomorrow yay!

Here is a picture that my sister took on Easter and I promptly stole from her blog ;-)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Egg Dying

On Friday Tim and I dyed Easter Eggs. We ran out of glass bowls for the different colors so Tim got inventive and pulled down these:

I think those wine glasses make the best egg dyers. there was enough fluid in them to completely submerge the eggs.

Sammy helped finish decorating them with some stickers:

He was funny and only picked out the car stickers to put on the eggs. All of the other stickers on the sheet were not used. I am sure he will play with them another day but we found it pretty amusing.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Festivities

On Saturday we went to Tim's parent's church for an Easter egg hunt in on of the fields they have there. They had spread out 10,000 eggs for kids to come find. Sammy had a blast finding the eggs and putting them in his basket. He found a ton of eggs even with all of those kids running around near him.

Finding an egg

Tim and Daddy at the end of the egg hunt

Sammy and me after the egg hunt

Sammy found the trail of eggs the Easter bunny left to the basket :-)

The loot ;-) He loved all of his little toys and candy!

The Easter bunny even hid eggs out in the yard for Sammy to find

Sunday after church we went over to my parents house for Easter dinner and a birthday celebration :-). Clare got some pictures of the boys playing with bubbles that I hope she will share with me :-)