Saturday, December 28, 2013

Jingles and Tags. Tags and Jingles.

Well, I am almost ashamed as I type this post. I typed up part of it DAYS ago, but never seemed to find the time to finish it. :( It should have been posted DAYS ago.

So.... Jingles and Tags. Tags and Jingles. I am very new to this blogging world. I have had a blog for years, but have never really posted regularly. I started it long ago, when I was being bombarded by people telling me I needed to write a blog. I just never went anywhere with it.

Now, that I am a stay at home mom, I found myself needing some sort of an outlet. That is where blogging has come into the picture. I read tons of blogs. Blogs on various topics... Parenting, cooking, baking, life randomness, etc etc

One of the blogs I follow is done by an amazing lady named Karen. Her blog is http://www.bakinginatornado.com/! If you have not checked out her blog yet... What are you waiting for?? It is fabulous! Want to know what else is fabulous? The blogger that is Karen! She has been so beyond helpful with my attempt at blogging! Despite my inexperience, she has welcomed me with open arms, and helped me with everything! She has included me in the blogging communities Secret Subject Swaps. Most recently, she even tagged and jingled me!

This is why I am writing this post! :) By tagging me, she is asking me to answer the same questions she did (Read her blog here: http://www.bakinginatornado.com/2013/12/tagged-and-jingled.html )! By jingling me she has enabled me to show some love to a few of my favorite bloggers! I get to pick five bloggers I like, and tell you two reasons each why I like them! Then I get to tell you four things I like about myself. Yay! I am very honored that she would choose me to include in her tagging and jingling. Have I mentioned she is amazing?? Well, she is. That being said...



Tagged I'm It

1. Q: What do you love the most about Christmas time? A: I love the magic of Christmas. I love the family time. I love celebrating Jesus' birth.

2. Q: Do you celebrate the holiday in style or is Bah-Humbug for you? A: I like to think I celebrate it in style. I love to decorate and give gifts. I love to focus on the meaning of Christmas. I'm definitely no bah humbug.

3. Q: Are you leaving anything out for Santa Claus this year so he remembers to leave your presents? A: No. I have never believed in Santa. Next Christmas, Weewee will be two days shy of 18 months old. I will need to sort out our Christmas routine. Since Santa aka Chad is a real cookie monster, I'm certain cookies will be involved in the routine.

4. Q: What is the one gift you are most looking forward to GIVING? {It can be to your kids, another family member, etc – remember to be discreet if they read your blog!} A: I got Embee the Rebelle girly Nerf dart gun and Chad a manly Nerf gun. As excited as I was for Weewee to see all her toys, I was most excited about giving Chad and Embee a daddy/daughter gift.

5. Q: What is your all-time favorite Christmas movie? A: I'm a sucker for "Home Alone". I could watch it every year. I think I love it so much, because it reminds me of my childhood, and Christmas memories I made then! :)

6. Q: What is your all-time favorite Christmas song? A: Without a doubt "The Little Drummer Boy". I cannot explain why I love it, I just do. I know that the meaning behind it has always struck a chord with me. He did not have much to give to his Savior, so he gave the one gift he had... he played his drum. I don't have much to give, but I always give what I can. 

7. Q: If given the opportunity would you participate in an “Ugly Sweater” party and what sweater would you wear?  Peruse one on the internet or even in your own closet and show us!  A: I would LOVE it!!! I do not own any Christmas sweaters, but I am sure, if I did, I would own and wear this one to the party >>> http://keltiecolleen.buzznet.com/photos/celebritiesinuglychr/?id=68409032  Let's face it... If it is good enough for Matt Damon, it is good enough for me. (In a future post, I will have to explain my obsession with Matt Damon, for those of you that don't already know!)

8. Q: Have you started any Christmas traditions this year that you plan on carrying forward? A: On Christmas Eve, I plan on reading to Weewee the story of Jesus' birth. Definitely something I will always do. This was my first Christmas being a mom, so I am just playing it by ear. I hope to create many wonderful traditions. Not only ones that Weewee can enjoy, but ones she can carry on with her children. You know, in about 50 years when she has kids. Fifty years sounds about right, since she isn't allowed to date until she is 40. 

9. Q: It’s Christmas morning … what does it look like outside where you live? A: Sunny. I live in California, so no snow in sight.

10. Q: You just found yourself standing under the mistletoe … who comes up to give you a kiss first? A: I'm definitely hoping it is Chad!!! Otherwise, I will have some 'splaining to do!!! On a side note... Weewee gives the greatest kisses, even if they are really, really, reallllllllly slobbery!!!

***Now, I am technically supposed to tag others, so they can tag others to answer these questions, and continue the tagging chain. Well, I don't really know anyone to tag. So, I am tagging *YOU*! Yep. If you are reading this, have a blog, and feel so inclined to answer the same questions I did in a blog post... Tag you are it!!! Please leave me a comment on this post with a link to your post!!! I would LOVE to read your answers!!!***


Jingle, Jangle, Jingle

The jingling is the hardest part of this for me. Simply because I only get to pick five bloggers. Do you know how many fabulous bloggers there are in this world?!?! So, I decided to just randomly pick five... Well, four. Obviously I am going to Jingle Karen... The rest I am basically pulling out of a hat... Otherwise, I would never be able to decide who to include!!! 

1. Karen at http://www.bakinginatornado.com/ !!! I could tell you many things I like about her, but two is the limit... 1. She is an extremely kind, helpful, and outgoing person, that is not afraid to reach out to newbies in the blogosphere. :) 2. Three words: Potato Crusted Meatloaf. She has TONS of fabulous recipes (that you should check out on her blog), and I could have used any of them for my number 2, but I HAD to use this one. My first recipe of hers that I made. I give you >>> http://www.bakinginatornado.com/2013/01/take-1-jan-secret-subject-swap.html
You're welcome!

2. Mrs. Hive at http://debiehive.blogspot.com/ ! 1. She is very open and honest. I find this to be very refreshing. 2. She is so a geek. A proud geek. She embraces it and I love her for it!

3. Sarah at http://themomisodes.com/ ! 1. She has this awesome ability to make me laugh and entertain me on Facebook! 2. She helps me to realize being a mom isn't easy, but it sure can be fun.

4. Jennifer at http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/ ! 1. I am on a weight loss journey... well, more of a journey to healthy! :) This lady inspires me and helps to motivate me. 2. She is yet another one with a bajillion amazing recipes, that you need to check out on her blog!!! I will share this one as my reason number two, and you are most welcome! I give you >> http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/2012/08/06/chocolate-peanut-butter-frappe/

5. Brianne at http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/! 1. She posts pics of the lunches she sends to school for her son. Suffice it to say that I am taking notes, for when my W starts school (Which I hope is a day a LONGGGGG time from now, but at the rate she is growing, it will be in about five more blinks of my eyes. :( ). 2. If you have not guessed it by now... I love food. I love trying new recipes. I love people that share new recipes with me, so I can try them. Brianne does this very well. So, I give you>> http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/2013/09/08/sesame-glazed-cauliflower-wings-sundaysupper-tailgate-glutenfree-vegan/


Now for four things I like about myself.... 

This is a very good question.... As they say, we are our own worst critics. If I were asked four things I dislike about myself, I would probably have a mind full of ideas of what to list. So.... four things.... 

1. I like that I am an honest person. Sometimes it gets me in trouble, and that is okay. I like it better than the alternative. 
2. Over the past few years, I have developed the ability to seek out and find silver linings in every situation. I am quite proud of this, and it has made my life much easier. I am able to look beyond the negative and embrace the positive. 
3. I love that I love to read. It has enabled me to go on many journeys in my lifetime! Every new book is a new adventure. :)
4. I love that I am Weewee's Mama. I am pretty sure this answer is lame, and probably should not be accepted as a valid response, but it is the truth. I love that I am Weewee's Mama. She is amazing! I love that not only did I help create her, but I get to enjoy her journey of growth! 


Well, there you have it. Some tagging and some jingling! :) Thanks for taking the time to read this! I know I am behind on making posts... We had Weewee's first Christmas and Weewee turned SIX MONTHS OLD... and not a single post from me yet! I will get on it ASAP, I promise. 





Friday, December 6, 2013

The Apex of My Year December 2013 Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 




My fabulous subject was submitted by http://Bakinginatornado.com!! If you haven't already visited this blog, you definitely should. In fact, you should visit it often. It is one of my favorites!

My subject: What is the best thing that happened to you this year?



How many of you, that know me, already know my answer? Too bad. Keep reading anyways. :)

So much has happened to me this year. Really the past few years have been extremely eventful, and given the life I've lived, that is saying a lot. I'm blessed. Really and truly blessed. Sure, I have had some horrible things happen to me, but we all have horrible things happen. At the end of the day, when I sit back and think back on my life, I can happily report that the good things far outweigh the bad. By far, the best thing that has happened to me this past year, was Weewee. June 27, 2013 at 11:49 pm. By far the greatest moment of my life, not just this year. No matter what has happened in my past, or what happens in my future, I will always have that moment. It can never be taken from me. It will always be my magnificent moment. (I guess this is the part where I make the disclaimer, that yes, I realize it was Chad and I's moment... our moment... but for the purposes of this blog post... it is my moment... I am going to be greedy for a brief moment...) The moment when I was blessed so amazingly, with the most precious little girl. The moment when I felt a love so strong bombard my heart and explode around me. She is so amazing. I'm still so in love, and the love grows stronger and deeper daily. That moment when she was born, she filled my life with purpose and meaning, I hadn't even realised was missing. She completed my life and my world. I hadn't even known I was an incomplete person, until the moment she completed me. I'm certain she will bring even more "best moments" to me, over the years, but for now, her birth is my best moment of 2013. Hands down.

Now that you have read my blog, you should definitely visit the other blogs that participated in this subject swap!!!



http://BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com The Sadder But Wiser Girl
http://crazyasnormal.com Crazy As Normal
http://www.theinsomniacsdream.com/ The Insomniac’s Dream

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blink.

It is December 2013. Anyone else feel like just yesterday was January 1, 2013? I swear I blinked and this year was nearly over. How did that happen? Fastest year of my life, without a doubt. What a year it has been! Can you believe Miss Weewee is FIVE MONTHS OLD?!?! I know I cannot believe it. It seems like just yesterday she was growing strong in my belly. Today she is growing strong out here, in this big world. She amazes me day after day. She is growing and maturing, right before my eyes. It is amazing. I am loving every minute of it. I think I need to quit blinking though! Seriously! She is growing way way way too quickly! 
 
This is Weewee. Five months old cuteness! I am quite the proud Momma!

I hope you all tune in to my blog in a few days! On December 6th my blog post, that is part of the Secret Subject Swap, goes live!!!! I promise it will be GOOD!