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UBP14 Apr 06

Well, I’m late to the party. Again. And I’m totally unprepared for visitors. Again. But that hasn’t stopped me yet!

My name is Erin and I’m a SAHM to two girls, ages 5 and 2.5. We’re Disney fanatics and I’m always dreaming of travel. We live not far from the mouse house and are getting in all the visits we can before the weather hits boiling. Spring and fall are definitely our busiest times of the year.

Oh, I’m sorry, I don’t have any drinks or snacks out. Please, help yourself to the fridge and if you finish something, please make a note on the whiteboard so I can replenish.

When I’m not taking care of the girls or trying to keep the house vaguely clean, I love to read and play PC games. World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic are my faves right now. Sometimes I’m on Steam, too, but that’s pretty rare. If I have any free time after reading and games, I also crochet and blog. 😉

Probably the most important thing to note about me blog-wise is that I mostly blog from my iPhone, and since I’m still learning, I don’t often include pictures or links. If anyone has tips on how to do this easily, please share! One day, I’d like to skip that particular disclaimer and surprise people with the information that it was all done on a mobile device! 😀

So, I have a question for all you visitors:
What’s your favorite part of the UBP?

Mine is watching all the Twitter accounts come alive with new conversation and seeing the renewed interest in blogging from those of us who have been too distracted to do it (myself included).

Well, I was going to link to some of my recent posts, but somehow I broke that. I’ll work on a separate post over the next few days to make up for it!

Happy UBP14 everyone!

Wordless Wednesday Flashback Mar 28

The Welcome Shower for our newest addition 🙂

First 5QF of 2012 – And It’s LATE! Feb 13

1. How often do you shave your legs in the winter?
Ummm… Do what? I live in jeans year round. I only shave for trips to the pool or beach. And occasionally to work out if it’s just too hot for long pants.

2. Valentine’s Day cards for your spouse: funny or romantic?
Whichever one doesn’t make me shake my head or gag. I HATE buying cards for any holiday.

3. What are you most looking forward to about spring?
Spring is here already. We’ve only had maybe a half dozen cold days. I’m bummed because I LOVE sweaters and jeans and I haven’t been able to wear them.

4. What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself?
Either a pedicure or uninterrupted time with a book. My mind is so much clearer after a few hours of reading.

5. Does your tax return go into savings or do you spend it instantly?
These days it goes into savings, but it hasn’t been that long since I needed it to dig myself out of a financial hole. Hopefully those days are behind me for good.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday Feb 01

I’ve not been hiding, but I HAVE been extremely busy…

Hopefully I’m back and there will be more posts to come in the next few weeks!

Toddler Talk Thursday: Favorite Book Oct 13

Toddler Talk Thursday logo

Link up with Family and Life in Las Vegas, Crazy About My Baybah, and My Life As A Sippy Cup Mom to talk all things toddler! If you choose to tweet your post, use hashtag #letstalktoddler.

It’s been awhile since I participated in Toddler Talk Thursday, but when I saw this topic, I just had to post about my daughter’s most recent favorite book. I think it’s kind of an odd choice for a 2.5 year old, but she LOVES it and has almost memorized the entire book so she can “read” it to anyone who will listen.

And what IS this book?
Teddy Bear Counting*Amazon Affiliate Link

My daughter picked it up off the shelf at the library because the cover bears look like gummy bears and is heartbroken every time it has to go back to the library. One of these days, I’ll remember to add it to my, rather frequent, Amazon orders so we can have it forever and ever.

My suggestion for next week is: How did you tell your child(ren) they were going to get a little sibling? This time next week, I’ll have a newborn in addition to my toddler. 🙂

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5QF to Inspire Thought Sep 29

1. Do you apologize to your kids if you’re wrong?
Yes, and this has actually been a previous 5QF question. 😉 If I’m wrong, I apologize, and I hope my kids grow up to do the same.

2. Do you have a class ring, letterman’s jacket, or similar obscenely priced high school “must have”?
A class ring, and even though it’s hidden away in a jewelry box, I’m still glad I bought it. Maybe because I did actually buy it, with my own money earned working in a local grocery store.

3. If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose?
I’m pretty happy with my current age of 29. If I wasn’t so intent on having a bitchin’ 30th birthday party, I’d probably just claim I was 29 forever.

4. What is your favorite (unused) baby name?
Ummm… Probably Tyler for a boy and Brianna for a girl? They’re the only 2 I can think of that haven’t been used recently by myself or other friends and family.

5. If you could make your child like something what would it be?
Reading. Reading has brought me so much pleasure over the years I hope I can find a way to teach my kids to enjoy it, even if they don’t actually DO it that often.

The Friday Usual Aug 05

1. Do you have siblings and are you close with them?
I have one younger brother. We’re not super close, but I see him usually once a week and we use Blackberry Messenger to keep in touch a couple times a week.

2. Would you rather be slightly UNDER weight or slightly OVER weight?
Over. I know it’s not “healthy” but most people at their ideal weight look emaciated, they need to put on a few pounds.

3. What’s your favorite State Fair food to splurge on?
As mentioned in a previous 5QF, I have only been to a “real” fair once that I can recall, and my fave food was cotton candy. If there was funnel cake or churros or soft pretzels, I’m sure I begged for those too. Funnel cake is the bigger one now.

4. What are your thoughts on your kid(s) going to school in a few weeks?
In general I’m excited that my daughter will be going to preschool again in 3 weeks. I’m not all that thrilled that she’s going Thursday/Friday, but hey, whatever, I’ll adjust. I LOVED her Monday/Wednesday schedule last year, but that was a fluke. The start of school is also a reminder that I’m in my 3rd trimester and there will be a second baby girl in the house before I know it. Scary thought.

5. Pool or Ocean?
Ocean view is better, but I’m much more comfortable playing around with my daughter in the pool and so is she. At the beach, she will only leave the blanket and her sand castles if she is firmly seated on someone’s hip. Unfortunately, now that she’s 30 pounds, it is difficult to accommodate this request.

5QF Jul 21

I’m using 5 Question Friday with Mama M as my 5 minutes of relaxing time before I go back to frantically packing up the odds and ends lying around the house before our new carpet installation tomorrow morning. Yes, that sentence is indicative of my current state of mind.

On to the show…

1. If your husband had the BIG V and you got pregnant what would your first reaction be? For the dudes, what would your first reaction be if your wife told you she was pregnant after the Big V?
Oh, Lord, isn’t that why we had this done? Isn’t that just our luck? And then I’d start wishing and dreaming for another girl. And learn to chart. 😉

2. Best memory about this summer so far.
Our weekend at Disney last month. I’m still SO PROUD of my daughter. 😀

3. How often do you change your sheets? Your kids sheets?
Our sheets gets changed roughly every other week. My daughter’s sheets get changed at least twice per week because occasionally she can still pee through her diaper.

4. Having just gone through TSA, would you rather have a full-body scan or a pat-down?
Scan. You can look, but don’t touch!

5. Since it is fair time…what’s your favorite fair (county or state) memory?
This might sound odd, but I don’t live near a fair. The Central Florida Fair would be a 45 minute drive if it were going on, and after going to the Ohio State Fair when I was real young, none of the other “fairs” put on at the schools really rate. I do, however, love fresh made cotton candy. So, that’s my memory, fresh made cotton candy.

Yep, It’s Friday! Jun 24

Go see Mama M to link up with the fun!

1. What is your current favorite tv show?
Bones is the only show I watch with any regularity. I’m also a big fan of Dancing with the Stars and Glee, although I am REALLY behind on Glee…

2. What’s the worst haircut you ever got?
I don’t know that I’ve ever had a terrible cut. I have super fine, super straight hair and am so afraid of hating a style that I keep my hair pretty simple. As in, boring. 😉

3. What was something that you did as a child that you thought you were so cool for doing?
Air guitar. *rolls eyes*

4. Do you have any GREAT frugal family fun tips?
Ummm… My daughter and I love story time at the library, and over the summer they often have extra activities. I also know that the city where we live has a local musician perform in the field across from city hall once a month. And a nearby city has nightly activities on the lake.

5. Would you drive across country if you had the money to fly?
If we had the time, yes. I’m not a fan of flying, and only do it when I have to be somewhere and back in a short amount of time. We’ve already done the drive from FL to NY, and recently discussed a road trip to the Grand Canyon, although it will still be a couple years before we can actually do it.

Toddler Talk Thursday – Traveling with Toddlers Jun 23

Crazy About My Baybah

Do you have any family vacations planned? Are you worried, excited?

Do you have any tips to share?

We just got back from a 3 night stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and, as I already said in a previous post, I am SO PROUD of my daughter and will be posting more detailed information about our trip in the near future. I’m not sure why I was surprised that we had such a good time and she handled the change so well, this is not her first time to Disney OR away from home. At 10 weeks, she did her first overnights. At 6 months old, she spent 3 nights at the beach with us. At 14, 18, and 21 months she did weekends away from us while my husband and I remembered how to be adults. At 22 months she was an absolute angel on our road trip from Florida to upstate New York to have Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. In April she did a weekend away from us. She is no stranger to travel, whether short or long trips.

I’ve always been a planner, so for all of these occasions I was far more excited than worried. I make a ridiculous number of lists of things to pack and activities to do and ALWAYS overpack. I make a VERY short list of requirements for the trip. For example, our stay at Disney HAD to include a visit to Camp Minnie Mickey at Animal Kingdom, the Disney Jr show at Hollywood Studios, Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom, Journey into Imagination with Figment and Living with the Land at EPCOT. Anything else seen or accomplished was a bonus, and I did have a second list of supposedly acceptable attractions for toddlers (It’s Tough To Be A Bug at Animal Kingdom? NOT acceptable in my opinion. Too bad that was learned the hard way…)

My advice to anyone traveling with a toddler is to take as many familiar items as you can. This past weekend I packed both her blankies, her Beauty and the Beast pillow, Minnie Mouse, and all of her bedtime stories (although we usually only read 3 a night and there are 6 in rotation). Since most of our hotel time would be for sleep, she didn’t NEED much else, although several other toys were brought along, just in case. I also took a couple sippy cups, milk and fruit because I knew she’d eat/drink those if nothing else. I wish I’d brought crackers, but was trying to bring only healthy snacks because junk food is available EVERYWHERE in the parks, even if most of it is overpriced. 😉

My suggestion for next week’s topic is your favorite backyard summertime activity with your toddler. I need more help than usual coming up with outside activities since it is SO FREAKING HOT out! 98 today with a heat index of 103. 🙁

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