Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Back on the Blog Waggon!!

Hello faithful readers!! I am now back on the blog waggon after a much needed break. February was such a crazy month for us! January and February are just very busy for me at work and both my hubby and I got sick in February. I was sick for 3 weeks, on antibiotics for 2 of those. I have still enjoyed reading everyone's blogs and keeping up with everyone on Facebook.

I hope to catch up with all of you wonderful readers more this month!! On the horizion I have some giveaways coming and I am looking for a new blog design too!! If you have any suggestions on a great blog designer, please pass it my way and I will be sure to let them know you sent me!! I am also looking for some sponsers for and I am willing to do a trade for sponsors too!!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Guest Blog Post - Working Momma Wednesday

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Yee Haw!! Cowboy Fun!!!

Ethan checking out the western saddle in the horse barn
 Ethan and I took a very fun trip to the National Western Stock Show this past weekend. This is a tradition that my mom started with me and I love that I get to continue it with Ethan. This is his 6th Stock Show and each year it gets more fun to watch him enjoy this time. We did not go to the rodeo this year because he often complains of being bored....typical 6 year-old!
Ethan sitting in a John Deere tractor wheel
 The Stock Show in Denver is set in 3 buildings and you have to be prepared to walk A LOT!! There are a lot of vendors selling all sorts of things from farm equipment, cookware, horse trailers and many other things. Ethan's favorite vendors are the John Deere Tractor dealers. He loves to sit on all the tractors because that is what cowboys do! He also loves the trailer dealers, he often dreams of having a horse (or many) and hauling them around in his trailer! 
Ethan participating in the pedal tractor race
 There are so many activities for the kids at the Stock Show. Ethan had a blast walking around the horse barn, and the other barn that had the sheep, pigs, goats and cows. You get to talk to a lot of the ranchers who raise the animals and learn all about each type of animal. We sat down and watched a little bit of a heifer show, and saw some very young kids showing these big animals. He liked seeing the sheep get sheered and even participated in a pedal tractor race.
Ethan with the Llama
The petting zoo is always a hit with the kids and this one did not disappoint.  There were sheep, goats, potbelly pigs, llamas and alpacas. We were able to feed them, brush them and pet them. There was so much to learn at the Stock Show this year and I love the days when my son has bunches of fun while he is learning!

Ethan fell in love with this sheep

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Cost of Electing a New President

I am not a highly political person but as I was watching Rock Center with Brian Williams on Monday I was highly disturbed. They reported on that show that night that the Super PAC for Mitt Romney will most likely spend about $350 Million dollars on attack advertising before the election is over. This made me so angry and I have not been able to get this figure out of my mind all week. This makes me feel like our country has priorities out of whack! 

People are willing to give millions of dollars to run attack advertising against another candidate but they are hesitant to donate to a non-profit organization. The attack advertising is a whole other reason this has been on my mind all week. We are parents are always telling our children to get along with others and "if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all." These men and women who want to run our country are setting terrible examples for the next generation. I am not saying I want my child to look up to a politician but it would be nice if we could have leaders of this country that we could have our children look to for examples. 

This obscene amount of money that will be spent during this campaign season begs the question, "If all that money were to be put toward the National Debt, could we begin to pay it down and still elect the right person to run our country?" It seems fiscally irresponsible for these Super PACs to be spending all this money when there are Americans who don't have enough money to buy groceries or pay their rent/mortgage. 

I will be on high alert this campaign season to keep these horrible advertisements off of my television and radio. I will be reading about what each candidate can do for my family and my country, I don't want to know about each skeleton in any closet, I don't care about that. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Easing His Fears!!

This past weekend my husband and I took a trip to our local fire station to help ease some anxiety in our little boy. 

A few weeks ago, I was making some toast in our house and burnt it a little and that set off the smoke detectors in our house. This raised my son's level of anxiety to high alert, so much that he would not walk to his room by himself because he had to pass under the smoke detector to get there. This made me feel bad because I don't want him to be afraid of things in our home. This was also annoying because that meant he stopped doing things on his own the he had been doing for quite a while, like getting dressed in the morning and evening and even going potty by himself. 

We decided to make a trip to the fire station in our town. We actually have 4 fire stations but decided to go to the main fire station because it is the "coolest" and pictured above. 

The fire fighters were great! They brought him into the station and talked to him about the importance of smoke detectors and overall fire safety. He actually got to push the test button on the smoke detector and hear the noise (even though he heard it when I burnt toast). They talked about what needs to happen when they go off and what he needs to know when he calls 911.  I guess we need to work on remembering our address!! 

If any of you mamas out there have a child that has anxiety around these type of topics, I highly encourage you to take your kiddo to the fire station and make a fun learning moment out of it.  Ethan's favorite part was that he got to sit up in the fire truck and got a CRFD badge sticker! (yes, I forgot to take the darn camera!!) I love that we  have such great heroes in our community that can be great influences on our children!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 Golden Globes Best Dressed

I have to admit it, I am a huge award show junkie!! I love the fashion the most and I try not to miss a red carpet for an award show. Since the Golden Globes was on Sunday, here are my best dressed looks from that night:

Tina Fey, I love the skirt on this dress and she wears it very well!

Charlize Theron - Legs for days and I love the plunging neckline!

Gerard Butler - This man is so yummy I had to include him!

Helen Miren - She is so classy, this dress is simply stunning.

Lea Michelle - all I can say is "Damn Girl!"

Kate Winslet - My favorite dress of the night1

Leonardo DiCaprio - He is just so handsome!

Mila Kumis - This one is for my hubby! He has a huge crush on her, but she is very stunning.

Octavia Spencer - You go girl!! I love to see a curvy girl looking so beautiful!

Reese Witherspoon - She is so cute! I love the dress!!