These are the days of miracle and wonder…

This morning, still wandering about the house in my jammies, no coffee in my system yet, I got one of the best calls I’ve gotten in a long time.

No Neck and Sonnet are not only having a baby, they’re having a little BOY!

(I was going to film myself doing the happy dance and insert it here, but then realized that would scare everyone and not worth the risk)

I was a bad blogger and didn’t write about when No Neck called me back in December on a Friday night with the news that Sonnet had peed on the ‘ol stick and it said HE KNOCKED YOU UP (sorry about not filling you in, it was during finals).  And that I was the first one to know because they were afraid to tell my mom due to the fact that the wedding isn’t until the end of February.  Actually, they were more worried about telling Sonnet’s parents  because my mom is pretty darn cool and they knew she wasn’t going to really care just as long as she gets another grandchild.  Sonnet’s the baby and only girl in their family though and her Midwestern parents believe that there is a progression to things, like love, then marriage, and THEN the baby carriage.  I felt beyond honored.  So honored that I only scolded my baby brother for a minute for not listening to me when I told him not to get her pregnant before the wedding because really freakin’ expensive form-fitting wedding gowns don’t look great with a baby bump.  I was just thrilled.

See, when Darth B and Tree Hugger got pregnant, I didn’t have a baby yet, nor was I pregnant and didn’t really “get” it-you know, the whole idea of what a miracle this entire process is and how it impacts everyone’s life around you.  Then Ry-Boo was born, I had J3 and now my baby brother, the brother whose diapers I changed, is having baby.  I am in awe…

Now if only my body would cooperate and get pregnant, Baby T could have a cousin close to his same age.  Alas, that’s a different post for a different day…

 

So ’til next time,

Nicole

What Mommy Wore-Date Night Brights

It’s been a while since I’ve done an outfit post, mainly because the weather here in North Texas is FREEZING (literally, it’s been around 30 degrees during the day for the past week) and I don’t go out in that craziness.  Granted, I’ve lived in Montana and Utah, plus I grew up in Eastern Washington, but my heart–and blood–still reside in Phoenix.  Yep, my blood is thinner than water, so if I venture outside in this I’ll never get warm again!  The only problem is, J2 and I had the opportunity to go out on a date this past Friday night and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to get dressed up.  This was what I put on…

All About the Apparel:

Dress: Tiana B, thrifted from the Hurst Goodwill.  I was done trying on everything and in a bit of a hurry to get out the door (due to my super fussy kid) and saw this on the rack.  Of course, I had to have it as I am in love with all things watercolor-ish at the moment, so I threw it in the cart and brought it home.  LOVE IT.

Belt: Xhilaration from Target, bought on clearance a few months back

Tights: I’ve had these for a couple of years and don’t know the brand, but I bought them at JC Penney

Shoes: Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike, bought at Nordstrom Last Chance Clearance Center in Phoenix back in October, but you can buy them by clicking on the link

Necklace: Forever 21, bought a couple of months ago

(Close up of the necklace {and the new hair color})

 

Of course, my husband was NOT fond of the color combination.  His reaction was, “since when does purple and red match?!?”  But he let me go out with him anyway.  Lucky me 😉

We headed out to a restaurant that J2’s co-workers had been telling him about, La Familia Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth.  La Familia is located down by Montgomery Plaza at 841 Foch Street.  It sits in a little strip mall and looks a little…well, let’s just say its looks are deceiving from the outside.  You walk through the doors, through another set of doors and then into this beautiful room.  Someone from “the family” greets you at the door, shows you to your seat and immediately, you have someone waiting on you.  We ordered the flaming margaritas (they come out with a sugar cube that’s been lit on fire, you make a wish and then blow it out–sooo cool!) and the Queso Ala Parrilla for an appetizer.  When they brought out the queso, they lit it on fire to combine the ingredients further and OH MY HECK it was HEAVEN!  I could live on that stuff!  We each ordered a combination plate so that we could try different things and everything we tried was top-notch.  We will be heading back very soon.

Our next stop on the date night journey was to the movies.  We had wavered back and forth between seeing Black Swan and True Grit, but J2 chose Black Swan.  We should have chosen True GritBlack Swan was not my favorite movie, but I can see why it’s up for so many awards.  It just wasn’t that great to us.

All in all, it was a great night!  Thanks to all those from The Pleated Poppy and Harper’s Happenings for stopping by and sharing date night with me.  See you all soon!

the pleated poppy blog

‘Til Next Time,

Nicole

Back on track and hello 2011!

Hello friends!  I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted (like a month?), but things have been a little crazy.  Like I mentioned before, I had finals, was sick, the holidays…the list goes on and on.  Plus, I was wading my way through all of this:

(Left stack, Top to Bottom-The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, For Sale By Owner by Steve Berges, The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, Eat Right for Your Type by Dr Peter J. D’Adamo, The South Beach Diet by Dr Arthur Agatston and The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris)

(Right Stack, Top to Bottom:  If You’re Clueless about Starting Your Own Business by Seth Godin {and a few others of his, he’s brilliant}, The Boss of You by Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears, The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business by Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio, Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco, The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin, The Crafts Business Answer Book by Barbara Brabec, Mommy Millionaire by Kim Lavine, Patent, Copyright & Trademark by Richard Stim, Preparing Effective Business Plans: An Entrepreneurial Approach by Bruce R. Barringer, Photoshop CS4 Quicksteps by David Bouton and Carole Matthews, Incorporate Your Business by Anthony Mancuso)

 

Every year when the new year rolls around, I am normally trying to figure out what my resolutions are, and then I realize that I didn’t accomplish a darn thing from the resolutions from the year before.  Therefore this year, I’m trying something new.  Chris Brogan, author of Trust Agents (which if you do anything on the web, is a must-read) wrote a post about his three words for 2011.  So I decided to try it as well.  Instead of making resolutions, everything I do or want to do will be guided by these three words.  They are:

Accountability-this is to myself and to those around me.  When I say I’m going to do something, I need to do it by its due date and do it to the best of my ability.  No more excuses on why things aren’t getting done-I need to plan better and just do it!

Confidence-I tend to doubt myself and my abilities a lot.  I struggle with getting things done because I don’t think I can, even though everything is sitting in front of me.  This includes my creative endeavors, my blog and my personal life.

Transformation-For the past couple of years I have let myself get into a rut.  I used to be in pretty darn good shape, I ate well and mentally I felt great.  I’ve let that slip, so this year will be my “butterfly” year.  I’m going to transform myself into the better version of me.

So in summary, I’m going to ACT this year to make it a great one!  And all of those books are a part of the process.  Over the next few months I’ll be reviewing the books I’ve read in hopes someone else can benefit from them too.

With that in mind, I am in the process of moving my blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.  If anyone has any tips on making this easy (and on how to create a site that’s both a blog and a retail site), please let me know.  This is such a huge step but it’s one I’ve been wanting to do for over a year now.  So look for a new site soon!

That’s all for now-Happy New Year everyone!  Make it the best on yet, I plan to!

Nicole