Friday, December 9, 2011

In limbo, in location and in style

Well folks, for the past 3 weeks round about fantastic four and I have been staying at my parents' house in Oklahoma City waiting for my husband to sign out of the army and join us here so we can find an apartment AND.....TODAY IS THE DAY!!! After 7 years and 11 months he is signing out to begin his terminal leave from the army TODAY and then jumping in his car and heading to Oklahoma City! It's so exciting to be starting over from scratch. He has an interview Monday morning and I have a pretty good feeling about it. I miss his so much and I can't wait for him to join us here.

I was hoping we could just buy a house straight away, but I think we'll be getting a short lease on an apartment until we can secure him a job and get better sense of what our new income is going to look like, as well as pay off some bills and what not to get our credit score up. Buying a home is such a huge investment and after moving every 12 months for the last several years we want to get the best deal possible on a home because at this point we plan on being there forever. lol.

In the moving process I cleaned out my closet and I realized that I have virtually nothing in my wardrobe that isn't ill-fitting, worn out, or just plain not my style. It's quite sad. Right now moving and Christmas are a higher priority than buying things for myself, but I am itching to get some new digs and there is quite a bit out there that I like at the moment at and

I'm totally in love with the print and shape of this dress from Heartbreaker. The print is just so fun and retro and the high neckline and a-line shape of the skirt make it super practical for a mom of many like myself.

I actually really do love full circle skirts, but Oklahoma is a pretty windy place and circle skirts tend to catch the wind like nobodies business. There's nothing like having a Marilyn-moment when your hands are already occupied by pushing a stroller or trying to hold on to little ones' hands. However, I have been a bit obsessed with this green Bettie Page skirt at ModCloth.

What I am really on the look out for, however, is a cozy jacket. Once upon a time, my husband and I were out with a whole entire weekend without the kids and were out walking around Bricktown waiting for our dinner reservation and it got quite a bit chillier than we were expecting. The only place around with clothing or jackets of any sort was a Bass Pro store, so we darted in there and I picked up a red fleece jacket. I love that it's warmer than my typical cardigans, but wish it wasn't, what can I say? It's a bright red fleece jacket! I wish I could find something that was just as warm and comfy, but more stylish. I'm afraid a structured jacket is just not going to have the comfy factor, but that a cardigan won't be as warm. If you all know of anything that you think would fit the bill without breaking the bank, let me know!  

Monday, November 7, 2011

Times they are a-changin'

There's so much going on right now and it's all really overwhelming. Lots of life changes. Hickory was diagnosed failure to thrive and even had to be hospitalized for a few days. It was kind of scary, but it's only been a couple weeks and he is already like a new person. SOOOOO much happier. I was sad about breastfeeding coming to such an abrupt end, especially with him being my last baby, but we felt like it was the best decision for our circumstances. (Just an aside, the hospital staff, from the nurses and peds, to the nutritionist, and everyone in between was completely supportive of me continuing to nurse if that was what I wanted and were bending over backward to help me, but there were other issues that I won't go into that led us to start formula feeing and the lactation consultant was very understanding.) His next weight check is tomorrow morning and hopefully I'll get some information on getting him into physical therapy as well.

We're also moving back to Oklahoma City next weekend. Almost a full month earlier that I expected to be going. My husband will still have to stay here, but the kids and I are going back next weekend and staying at my mom's house while I scout out apartments and such. Any move is stressful, but this isn't just a move. It's leaving the only way of life we've really known as adults. And on top of that, I'm stressed about the baby! Some other things are happening too and it's just so much to try and process all at once. Everything is headed in a positive direction to be sure, but it's a lot of major life changes all at once. Lots of chapters ending and new ones beginning.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

outfit today 9/15

outfit today 9/15

outfit today 9/15

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

school days

My two oldest kids started school last week. This is a huge transition for all of us. Last year we home schooled, and while I still think home schooling is great in the general sense I knew that with a new baby it was all going to be too much on just my shoulder. It takes a village, does it not? My six year old, Canon, started first grade and my five year old, Ephraim, is doing kindergarten over again because they assume that just because he is 5 that that is where he needs to be. The first couple days were really rough for Canon. He gets overwhelmed and embarrassed very easily, and the big change from being at home with his mom and brothers all day, to being in the structured environment of school with other kids and other adults was a lot for him. He tends to just shut down when he feels that way, which can come across as being defiant and stubborn. He's like my husband in that way- internalizing when stressed. You can see the nervousness on his face before we left the house the first day.

Ephraim had a much more positive start to school and was quite excited to go off.

It's an adjustment here at home, too. I'm just not sure how to entertain a 3 year old all day. Though yesterday I didn't have to because Doyle AND Hickory took a nap at the same time and it was glorious. lol. I got so much stuff done while they were sleeping. Speaking of which, I need to finish up some chores while Hickory naps and Doyle is distracted by Toy Story.

The Glamorous Housewife
, who also recently had a baby, posted a blog yesterday about How to Be a Glamorous Mama and what that means to her and it inspired me to step it up a notch today. I just need to find a way to snap a picture of my outfit and such to post. So, be looking for that hopefully tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

school, kids, self

Let's have a proper update, shall we?

Well, we aren't homeschooling this year. Not sure if I said that here or not. I had all our curriculum and what not picked out, but when it came right down to it, it's just going to be too much for me to homeschool Canon and Ephraim and making sure they are also getting the social interaction as well as routine and structure they need, and be working on potty training with Doyle AND be taking care of Hickory and still be able to keep up with all the household duties. I will always be the first to admit that I am *not* Super Mom and I need help. It takes a village after all. Tonight is their open house, tomorrow is Canon's first day of 1st grade and kindergarten orientation with Ephraim, and then Ephraim's first day is Friday. Just because of his age they are making him due kindergarten despite the fact that he's already done it at home. He's probably more ready for first grade than Canon is, actually.

Saturday, we're all being blown away in a hurricaine. John says we should be doing some sort of hurricaine preparations, but I have no idea what that entails. I'm an Oklahoma girl. Handling tornados, I know. Hurricaines, not so much.

I've totally fallen off the wagon with Couch to 5k. I liked it at first but once I got to week 4, I had some issues. A.)my knees really started hurting and B.)I started getting really bored with it. It was fun when it was like, run 2 min, walk 2 min, but once the run times started increasing and the walk times decreasing it got boring. I guess I liked doing the intervals more than just run run runing. *shrug* It's also pretty boring on the treadmill, but that's probably just something I need to power through for now.

Hickory is wonderful. He sleeps 8 hours straight at night, then takes two 3 hour naps during the day. He has a rather serious countenance just like Canon did as a baby. He does smile and coo, but he's no where near the social, smiley guy that Ephraim and Doyle were.

It'll be interesting to see how Doyle does during the day without Canon and Ephraim to play with. I'm going to have to start going to playdates again. Ulch. I always feel like I have nothing in common with the other moms other than mom stuff, which is fine, but sometimes I want to talk about anything OTHER than kid related things. Know what I mean? I'll probably sign us up for MOPS again.

I've been getting back into sewing, which is awesome, because I still don't fit into my old clothes (most of which aren't nursing friendly anyway.) I finished some awesome 1930's-esque trousers over the weekend, and have everything cut for a high-waisted pencil skirt, just need to start on it. I'm itching to get back on the path of vintage-inspired style. I STILL haven't gotten my hair cut and it's driving me nuts, especially now that it's in that post-partum shedding stage. The stuff is everywhere!

Only 3 months, 2 weeks and 3 days until we move back to Oklahoma City!!!! (But who's counting, right? lol.)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

decisions decisions


The littlest guy has been part of our family for almost 6 weeks now. He's spending more time awake and has started cooing as well as eeking out the occasional smile, which is great after weeks of him just crying at me during his few waking moments.

What is not great is my hair. It's officially a hot mess that can only be worn in some sort of pony tail, braid, or bun. It's just too long too be practical for me, not to mention the ends are ridiculously damaged. It needs cut and how! No clue what I want to do with it though. I had been planning on getting a middy plus, but I've really been into more 60's hairstyles lately so I'm wondering if maybe I should just go with a bob of some sort. I don't want it too short because I've spent soooo long growing it out, but what's the point in having long hair if it's always pulled into a pony tail?

I'm thinking something in the Laura Petrie style could be cute. What do you think? 60's flip or 40's middy?



Ava Gardner.

The photo of Ava Gardner is actually pretty true to what my hair looks like when I cold set it on sponge rollers as far as tightness of curl and frizz factor goes. However now my hair is too long (and thick and heavy) to take a cold set very well, hence all the pony tails and updo's.

Do a gal a solid and help me decide. Flip or middy?