Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bueller? Bueller?

My former teammate and dear friend Stefenie (Miller) Wright is an amazing graphic designer.  Multiple times I have seen pricey prints on esty that I would love to have but just can't spend the money.  With in days Stef can come up with a customized version, complete with the perfect colors, fonts and size to fit my decor for less money and less time.  LOVE HER.  Check out the latest one she did for Sloane's new room...
 To see more of her amazing work (she did the family trees for me too) check her out at

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sloane's Straight Jacket

If John and I had a dollar every time we did one of the following we'd be RICH
1. Found Sloane un-snapping her onesie
2. Found Sloane naked
3. Found Sloane naked in her bed after nap time
4. Found Sloane naked in her bed in the morning

So... you get the point.  Sloane likes to be naked and as cute as I think her little tushy is John and I are sick of constantly changing her soaked clothes and or sheets.  Short of duct taping her diaper on (which we have seriously considered) we've tried everything.

It took her about ten minutes to figure out how to take off a backwards diaper off and maybe a couple weeks how to un-snap her onesies.  We've even done a diaper, then a pull up diaper over then a onesie and she manages to still stretch them so far they leak. 

Her best trick so far might be running to the bathroom and yelling "poop".  I fell for it a few times but it turns out it's just a fun game for her to sit naked on the toilet and flush it. 

I think I may have nailed it this time though.  If she can get out of this I'm driving to the nearest talented and gifted center for 20 month-olds and enrolling her ASAP!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bad Luck of the Partially Irish

If you know Sloane you know she's no dummy.  She's never one to be tricked into playing with toy cell phones, car keys, or television remotes.  She has to have the real thing.  And yes, she knows the difference.  John and I have gotten in to a terrible habit of giving her our phones, keys, remotes, etc to play with and until today have only run into problems like she'll accidentally calling your boss or DVR something on the home shopping network.

Today was a different story. I was putting her in her car seat in the parking lot of the YMCA this morning.  She had the car keys in her hand and it was causing some difficulty buckling her in so I took them from her, threw them in the front seat of the car, buckled her in, closed the door, grabbed the drivers door handle and ......IT'S LOCKED!!!!!!!!!!  Every single door- LOCKED!!!! 

All I could think of was that OnStar commercial where the crying mother calls and says, "I've locked my baby in the car."  Did I really just do this?  I had nothing on me- no wallet, no phone, no ID, no idea what the number to OnStar was even if we did have OnStar and of course Sloane was sobbing.

Thankfully a nice women leaving the Y (with two kids) called her husband at work to get the number to OnStar then let me use her phone to call.  Thankfully we had a free 6 month subscription to OnStar with our new car, thankfully they were able to unlock my doors in a matter of minutes and thankfully the lady was prepared (unlike me) with milk and snacks for her kids so they didn't mind waiting either.  I told her she was going to have very good luck today for her kindness.  

To top it off- Midas pooped in the house while we were gone.

Lessons learned today
1. Find Sloane a new pair of keys to play with
2. Keep OnStar subscription
3. Don't leave phone in the car...just in case...
4. When Midas whines to go out and you think he just wants attention let him out anyway. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Up to Speed

Sloane's Christmas Card 2010
William (Sloane's friend) dogging a kis
For me updating our blog is like picking up the phone to call an old friend.  It seems the longer I wait to do it the harder it becomes.  So, to catch everyone up on what we've been up to the past FOUR months (where did the winter go?!) I put together a few pictures and promise, again, to post more often!

We also have some great news to share...we bought a house last month and move in late April!  It's smack dab on the corner of Kingman and 42nd in Des Moines.  We absolutely love the neighborhood and can't wait to finally unpack everything one last time!

While it's already a great house there are a few easy, cosmetic changes I'd like to make so I'll be sure to post pictures once we have the before AND the afters.   :)   

Taken during one of our many practice photo shoots

Found her dad's headphones

sticky, sticky!