Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My AMAZING Christmas gift ... (the video actually works now!)

In case you're looking for a Monday Minute, I wanted to let you guys know ... there won't be one this week.

In my mind, it's still Christmas.  I'm with my family. My husband and I are spending time with loved ones: family and friends alike.  Sorry if you guys are mad, but I needed the break and we've been enjoying our time together.  Look here next week though, cause I'll be back in full force.

NOW on to the reason I posted today...one of my husband's gifts to me this year was awesome and I wanted to share and brag a little.  Actually, both of his gifts were pretty kick ass. He got me the Wii Fit for our new Wii.  LOVE the thing.  So flippin fun.  He's a creative little sucker too.  We have a monetary limit on our gifts because quite frankly it's all we can afford.  The Wii Fit is much more than that, but leave it to him ... he got the Amazon discount and got a new one for $50.  Dang that's talent.

But in addition to that, Evan always likes doing something sweet and superbly romantic as well.  And I'm such a SWEET wife that I let him do that every time. ; ) 

Behold his gift to me.  

I LOVED this gift.  As you guys know, I'm not a bare belly fan.  As much as some might disagree with me, I don't find the pregnant belly very beautiful.  Maybe that's because mine WASN'T beautiful.  It was just big ... my belly got HUMONGOUS as you can see.   But, we took these pictures for us to remember how quickly our girl was cookin in my belly and cause I constantly searched you tube to see "what will my  belly look like in _____ weeks?"

And, oh yeah, you can get jealous cause I know my husband is amazing.  It took him hours to put it all together.  I will always treasure it.

My favorite part?  The music selection.  Carrie Underwood's "American Girl" was a song that we started listening to when we got pregnant.  Evan always said he wanted a girl first and would play this song on repeat.  Once we found out we were indeed having a girl, that was on nearly nonstop until Liliana was born!

Ok, time to get dressed and go have a million more people tell us Liliana is "gorgeous."  Brilliant people in my opinion.

Merry Christmas or as my niece says "Miss"!
apparently that's how you combine the two words if you're a two year old. haha.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy 7 Month Birthday Liliana!


You are SEVEN months old today.  I can't believe it.  It's amazing the strides you've made in the last month, and to be completely honest, out of every month so far, this has BY FAR been my favorite with you.

 One of my favorite pictures this month, heck, one of my favorite EVER.

This month has allowed for LOTS of time just between us two and for lots of time with the family.  Daddy was out of town for nearly a week this month and it was just us two.  I must admit that at first I was TERRIFIED.  What if you didn't sleep well?  What if Mommy got completely exhausted?  But, you were AMAZING.  You slept your typical 11 hours straight, you went down for naps without a single tear, and we played so much together.  On the time that Daddy wasn't traveling for residency interviews, we were able to get a lot of family time in.  We had over TWENTY hours on a roadtrip and you were amazing throughout the entire thing.  You added 20 minutes to each trip for a feeding and THAT IS IT.  Yeah, that's really special Liliana.

 You are SO cute with bows in your hair.

You've really started developing preferences for things this month.  For instance, you'll eat ANYTHING that's put in front of you, but gnawing on cell phones would probably be your biggest passion right about now.  You get pretty upset when I take them away from you.  It's kind of funny to see how quickly you stop your crying when I put the cell phone back in front of you, but sorry to say, I don't give in.  It's hard not to give in when you want something, but we've both agreed that you can't always get what you want or you're going to soon start becoming a difficult baby instead of the world's easiest baby ever.

 Daddy took this shot.  You are simply a STUNNING baby.  We can't go ANYWHERE without a million people swooning all over you.

You know the phrase "growing like a weed?"  Well, you put that phrase to shame.  Your 6 month outfits are funny looking on you: the pants are so tight that they show every glorious roll on your legs and the shirts are middrifts and expose your cute belly button.  Recently, thanks to a few generous Lacefield family members, you got a HUGE amount of new 9 month clothing items.  Thank goodness they decided to buy you some clothes because you would have been out!  You're wearing mainly size 2 shoes, however, in certain brands you're requiring a size 3.  You wear size 3 diapers.  As for food, you're getting 6 oz. of formula every 4 hours and get one helping of rice cereal and veggies each day.  In a couple weeks here, we'll introduce you to fruit, but your pediatrician didn't want us doing that too early because he feared you wouldn't eat your veggies if we introduced the deliciousness that are fruits first.  I can't wait to give you apples!  Seeing you adore squash, sweet potatoes, and peas has me convinced you'll love your fruits too.

 You play with these blocks ALL the time.  They're your favorite.

As for your developmental milestones, you always kick them in the butt and never have us worrying.  You started sitting on your own before your 6 month birthday.  You grab items ANYWHERE that they are.  You'll roll around on the floor (which has me thinking we'll need a full time pack and play in the livingroom full time) until you get whatever it is you want to get your hands on.  You do push ups on your belly and scoot forward or backwards.  You're getting ready to crawl and frustrate yourself when you're not able to hold yourself up on all fours for long.  You've started walking backwards AND forwards in your walker.  We have to keep turning you around every couple minutes because you just get moving and grooving in that thing.

 Look at the cellulite on those legs! ; )

The two things that I would remember from this month though are: (1) growling and (2) laughing.  You GROWL.  Yeah, all the darn time.  It's so funny.  People get a kick out of it.  Also, you laugh at just about anybody and it's so contagious.  This upcoming month will be so special because we get to share a Christmas with you.  That alone will make it the best Christmas I've ever had.  I am so fortunate to be your Mommy.  Thank you for being the perfect baby.  I love you.  I love you more than I ever thought possible.

 Merry Christmas a few days early Liliana, and Happy 7 Months!



Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday Minute 12/20/2010

Well, as I warned you guys about last week, I wasn't doing the Monday Minute this week.  This last week has been SO ridiculously busy.  We were out of town the entire time, driving approximately 20 hours, and feel pretty darn exhausted.  Let's just say I'm grateful the hilarious Powdered Toast Man is hosting and thrilled to have slept in until nearly 10 in our own bed.  Thank goodness we have the worlds best baby and she realized she should sleep in late too.  Glorious.

To link up this week, click HERE and answer his questions.  Next week though, the questions will resume here on Is There a Doctor in the House.


(1)  If you could invent a new animal, what two animals would you combine to create a new one? And what would be it's name?

(2) What is your least favorite sexual position?

(3) If you could ask Abraham Lincoln one question, what would it be?

(4) Would you rather be allergic to bacon or not be able to bathe for 6 months?

(5) Which would you rather have as a pet: penguin or giraffe? and why?


(1) This is actually a HORRIBLE answer because the name combo sucks and the result isn't this crazy combination either.  HOWEVER, I would want a Tea Cup Beagle.  Before you say "lame" behold...

 A teacup pig. Cute little things.  However, they stink.  But imagine...

This adorable beagle puppy could STAY this cute and tiny.  

Yes, I choose the teacup beagle as my animal.  And, if I could breed them, I would.
(2) Geesh, this one is a bit personal for this lady.  But, since I normally host this thing, it would be pretty messed up if I didn't answer huh?  The honest answer is super complicated positions.  When it starts getting more difficult than enjoyable that position makes its way to the "least favorites" category for me.

(3) Wow, this would be an amazing opportunity huh?  I think I would ask him if he's content with the progress we've made or if he's still surprised by the amounts of racism that still exist.  I would ask him if this is what he envisioned in the future, or if we're doing a crappy job.  I would probably not say crappy in front of him though...maybe I would say dismal.  Yes, are we doing a formidable job fulfilling your dream Mr. Lincoln, or have the results actually been quite dismal?  There ya have it, my fancy Lincoln question.

(4) I can't go ONE DAY without taking a shower or bath.  I know they say to wash your hair every other day because it's healthier, but I wash it every single day.  It feels so gross if I don't!  Therefore, this one's an easy one...FOR SURE, I would just be allergic to bacon. 

(5) Penguin!  For starters, they're cuter.  SECOND, does anybody have a roof that could fit them?  That would be a really tall house.  I just think the penguin would be more manageable.  Am I overanalyzing this?

Behold Liliana's new pets: Larry, Mo, and Curly.

See you guys next week!  Go link up with Powdered Toast Man!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Monday Minute 12/13/10

Hey there!  Hope you guys are having a wonderful week and are getting all geared up for Christmas.  A few housekeeping matters before you get your questions this week:

The wonderful Powdered Toast Man will be hosting next week because I'll be out of town for a few days next week and his helping me out is awesome.  Second, as usual: if you ever want to host, email me and let me know.  Also, remember that you can answer the questions in the comments if you don't want to devote a blog post or don't have time.  My hubby leaves a comment every week because his blog is closed while he interviews for residency spots, so trust me, you won't be alone!

ALRIGHT...for the Monday Minute!  Grab the button and link up!


(1) Who is your favorite actor?
(2) Do you collect anything?
(3) What's the biggest turn off in someone of the opposite sex?
(4) If you HAD to change your first name, what would you change it to and why?
(5) What virtue is better: forgiveness or justice?


(1) Not only is my favorite actor HOT, but he's also an amazing actor.  Also, he's totally taken and faithful, which I love.  His movies are fantastic: the Bourne series AND Good Will Hunting?  He obviously chooses the good ones.  Last, did I mention he was hot? ; )

 Ladies and Gentleman: Mr. Matt Damon

(2) I don't collect anything anymore, yet when I was a kid, I collected:


Weird right?  I had at least 70 of them and also wanted them when I was around one of those quarter machines.  Now, they have the coolest ones at kids toy stores and I can't help but play for a little while...they're HUGE and filled with glitter.  Do you know which ones I'm talking about?  

Looking back on it, I'm surprised my Mom let me collect them.  That seems like a collection that can break a ton of stuff. 

(3) A smoker.  Yuck.  I hate the smell.  I could NEVER date a guy that smokes.  Fortunately, my husband NEVER has even tried a cigarette or anything of that nature in his life.  Pretty lungs equals a pretty man in my opinion.

(4) This one was tough.  However, I think I'd change it to Gabriella.  We were in between Liliana and Gabriella for our daughter's name and ultimately chose Liliana because that name felt right for her.  However, I think I kinda look like a Gabriella.  My middle name is Isabel, which I adore, but that's a really common name right now, so I'd rather not have that.  I do like my name though, I think my parents did a pretty darn good job.

(5) Tough question right!  Someone asked my husband this during an interview and I told him I would have been stumped on my explanation.  My answer is EASY: justice.  But, that's the lawyer in me.  I was taught for 3 years that justice is such an important thing to value.  However, I can't really explain why I think that's more important than forgiveness, other than to say that I think forgiveness is often shallow.  I am not very good at forgiving people.  It's a big flaw of mine.  Therefore, justice is more concrete, which is easier for me to handle.  Told you...tough answer to explain huh?  P.S. My husband said forgiveness.  He's wrong though. JK!

Well that's it!  Link up now ok?  Do as I say!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Keeping OFF the Baby Weight

As you guys know, I chronicled my journey through losing the baby weight, and while it wasn't easy in the slightest, it wasn't the worst thing I've experienced either.  It mainly took a lot of determination and hard work.  However, as you guys have probably already gathered from reading my posts and getting to know me, I never say no to a challenge, and...I never fail at them either.

Personally, for ME, the biggest challenge wasn't losing the baby weight, but making myself KEEP it off.  I saw losing the original baby weight as a job.  Every single day after work, I would go and work out for at least an hour.  And yes, this meant Liliana was at daycare longer, but personally, for me, losing the weight was very important.  I felt better as a woman, mom, and especially as a wife.  I wanted my husband to think I was a hot Momma, and he tells me I am ALL the time, so it makes every single mile on that treadmill more than worth it.  This is going to sound sexist, but I think it's important to keep trying to look good for our spouses.  We need to keep each other interested right? 

Plus, I had that gorgeous goal dress to get in to...that I did get in to, thank you very much!

When we got back from New York, I was kinda burned out.  I had been working out 5 - 6 times a week, at least an hour each time.  I  had been eating less, purposefully, for the first time in my life.  Before getting pregnant, I had always kept my weight right around where I wanted it.  I've been a size 4 since I can remember!  But, after making my goal weight, my body needed a break.  And, within a week, something hit me:

Keeping off the weight POST baby is much harder than it was PRE baby.

I had to rearrange the way I THOUGHT about food.  When I was pregnant, I ate when I was hungry.  At first, this made the weight come on really slowly, but once I was well in to my pregnancy, I was hungry all the damn time. 

I mean, look at this belly!  It needed LOTS of food to keep it that big!
THIS mind set of "I need to eat constantly"...THIS is the reason women have a tough time losing the baby weight. 

You have to TRAIN yourself NOT to let this happen. 

Go back to thinking, "Do I NEED this?"

For me, this transition took AT LEAST a month.  I would find myself having snacks for no apparent reason, or drinking a soda simply because I had gotten addicted while studying for my bar exam.  I still eat whatever I want. I eat ice cream, pizza, etc.  And, I'm not just saying that.  I eat unhealthy. I always have.  I HATE veggies.  I just don't eat more than I need to.  I don't go back for seconds.  Really, do we ever NEED seconds?

Personally, I don't really believe in eating all the low-cal stuff.   Because in general, to me, it tastes like shit.  I just eat ONE cookie for dessert.  In my opinion, it's better than TWO of the diet ones.  But, that might be just me.

Now, I eat when I'm hungry.  I NEVER deprive myself of something when I'm truly hungry.  I still work out about 4 times a week, about 45 minutes each time.  I would love to do more, but by the time those 45 minutes are up, I'm ITCHING to go and pick up my baby girl.  So, I let myself do that.  As long as I keep that weight where it's supposed to be, then I'm ok and I give myself the flexibility and happiness to do what I want otherwise.

I have proudly kept off the baby weight and according to my husband, my body has never looked better.  One thing though, in case some of you were wondering...my linea negra?  It's still there, in FULL force.  I have LOTS and LOTS of that Hispanic blood in me, what can I say?  I mean, it's a give and take.  I get the linea negra, but I have a pretty superb ass. ; )

Another thing I want some women to know, other than the "retraining" yourself thing, is that the statement that your body will never go back to being the same does definitely hold some truth to it.  While I am in all my prepregnancy clothes (because I always said I would never let myself buy another wardrobe because then I was accepting defeat), my body does look a little different.  My curves are more accentuated, my boobs are bigger YET saggier, and like I said, that linea negra can be seen from a mile away.

I've tried my best to EMBRACE these changes.  As long as I keep truckin, keep working out, and keep telling myself to eat only what's necessary, I'm happy with my postbaby body. 

* Addendum to this post:  After reading this post, I make it sound EASY to lose the baby weight and that sounds INCREDIBLY insensitive to women that are having a tough time.  It is NOT easy to lose it.  I worked out like a MAD woman when I was at the gym.  I pushed myself A LOT.  The point of this post is only to help people that already HAVE lost it to KEEP IT OFF!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

You Can Thank Me Later ...

Since I've started my blog I've always promised that I'd give some of my favorite recipes, and to date, I've only shared four I think.  I know, lame.

But finally I just told myself "they HAVE to know about these."  There are these cookies that have slowly but surely become my "go to."

It all started a couple months ago when I saw a blog post entitled "Smores Chocolate Chip Cookies."

Hmm...I was intrigued.

And then I saw the ingredients: four of em.  That's it.  Four stinkin ingredients?

I was further intrigued.  So I made 'em.  And I ate 'em.  Lots of 'em.  And Evan?  He ate even more of them.

We rejoiced, unbuttoned our pants from all we ate, and I knew I would have to share this recipe with you guys.

So, without further ado:

Let's make us some Smores Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Step 1:  Pre-heat your oven to 350.  

Step 2: In the mean time, pull out the following four ingredients:
(1) 1 standard sized roll of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie dough.
(2) 1 king size bar of Hershey's Milk Chocolate
(3) 1 box of Graham Crackers (you'll need about 2 sheets of them)
(4) 1 bag of mini marshmallows (you'll need about 24 - 36 total)

Step 3:  Take a muffin pan and spray it with Pam really well.  

Step 4: cut the roll of cookie dough in to 12 slices and press each slice (with your hands) in to the muffin pan like so:

Step 5: Take a piece of chocolate and break it in to two.  Put them in to the pan and kinda squeeze them in to the dough.

Step 6: Take either two or three marshmallows and throw them in each muffin spot.  (note: I prefer two, my husband prefers 3, so take your pick)

Step 7: Break up the Graham crackers and drizzle some on top of each.

Step 8: Bake in the oven for 11 to 13 minutes.  Cool, and then TRY to enjoy!

Step 9: Yell at your dog for trying to eat the cookies!

Step 10: after dog is quarantined from the kitchen, for real enjoy.  And, if you want to, share, but I don't think it'll be very successful.

Can you say YUMMMMMY?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Monday Minute 12/6/10

Hi blog readers!  Hope everyone is getting in to the Christmas spirit and all done decorating their houses.  I LOVE the lights on everyone's homes.  They have a neighborhood here that times a light show to the Transsiberian Orchestra.  You can bet we'll be seeing that!   ANYWAY, on to the point of this post eh?

I got EVEN MORE suggestions for questions this week: you guys are awesome.  But, if you guys ever want to host or have some more suggestions, just email  me.


(1) Who would play you in a movie?
(2) Are you a good speller?
(3) Have you/ do you smoke cigarettes?
(4) Have you ever won a trophy?
(5) Have you ever written (or started to write) a book?


(1) I don't know the answer to my own freakin question.  However, I'll tell you who people say are my dopplegangers.  One of them is a total and complete honor, but it's also complete bull crap because I'm not even a tenth of that pretty. My husband says I look kinda like: Mandy Moore.

Sorry honey, but you're crazy.  Mandy is flippin hot.

The other...well, my kiddos told me I look like...Idina Menzel (she was on Glee, in Wicked, and in Rent).

The truth of the matter, no offense to Idina, is that I think my eighth grade students are totally CRAZY.  I don't look anything like her!

So, in my opinion...I don't look like anybody, so can I play myself by chance?  I'll take acting lessons, I promise!

(2) In general, yes I am.  In fact, it drives me BONKERS when people misuse or misspell certain words.  For instance, to and too.  Use them correctly PLEASE.  Also, and this one gets me more than ANY OTHER one...your and you're.  This one shouldn't be difficult, but people mess it up all the time.  This sounds cruel, but when people mess these up, I automatically think they could use some elementary grammar lessons.

(3) Honest answer: NEVER even tried one.  I HATE the smell of cigarettes.  It's a horrible habit.

(4) In middle school I won quite a few for basketball and volleyball...not braggin, but you are reading the blog of your MVP people!  That's right, I competed with a whopping 14 other people. haha.

(5) No I haven't.  I wrote so damn much in law school that a blog is all the writing I could handle.  My husband, however, has started quite a few.  He has, what I consider (completely unbiased by the way) the best first 10 paragraphs I have ever seen. ; )

That's it for now!  
Now LINK UP and go read others answers.  
 Have a fabulous week!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Since Evan and I became a "Mr. and Mrs." I've been big about sending Christmas cards.  I don't know why, but I LOVE sending them out.  I always write a letter updating people on our lives (as if they care right?) and we take a cutie picture.  Wanna see our pictures past?

Our first Christmas card:
 Our first Christmas card was your typical card...a new married couple with their cute puppy and a very sparse tree in the background.  We have since accumulated another 100 ornaments AT LEAST. 

Our second Christmas card:
 In our second year we got another dog: Maggie.  Unfortunately, we gave Maggie away after a year.  I'm so glad we took this picture for memories sake.  We took this picture at one of our favorite neighborhoods in the city.  Still though ... just the two of us!

Our third Christmas card:
Last year, we took the picture in the courtroom at our law school since I would be graduating a few short months later.  And Evan, the soon to be doctor, has his stethoscope on my pregnant belly!  I was about 15 weeks in this picture.  This was my favorite Christmas card of the three.

This year, I've already been roaming around the Shutterfly website for ideas.  I just ordered A BUNCH of stuff from them yesterday and plan on having them do our Christmas cards too.  The only problem?  I can't decide which photo card I want! I'm being ultra picky because this year because we have this amazing darling to add to the picture:

While perusing through the website, I found THESE.  Aren't they the cutest darn thing you've ever seen?  I might have to order some of these or make myself a Liliana calendar!

Back to the original point of this post: I LOVE Christmas card time!  I'm in between the following three...

Which is your favorite?  I can't choose!!  Just remember...this DARLING ANGEL will be in every single picture! ; )

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Monday Minute 11/29/10

Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving break! I know we did. It was great to see family and friends, and really special to come home and decorate the house for our first Holiday with our beautiful Liliana. She LOVED it when we walked outside and she saw the lights in front of the house. Anyway, here is our weekly Monday Minute!

I always put this, but since we have new people participating all the time, I want them to know what's going on: if you guys ever have any suggestions of questions or want to host your own Monday Minute one week, just email me!! To play along, just grab the button below AND link up at the linky at the bottom of this post! Then, encourage your readers to follow suit. Also, if you don't want to do your own post but want others to know your answers, feel free to do so in the comments!

(1) What's your favorite fast food establishment?
 (2) What's your favorite sport to watch on TV?  
(3) Do you like mushrooms and onions?  
(4) If you had to get a tattoo tomorrow, what would you get done?
(5) What are your thoughts on the female proposing marriage to the male?


(1) I LOVE me some Taco Cabana! Unfortunately, those aren't around much...mainly in Texas. If you're ever driving and you see one though, stop in. Aside from that, I LOVE Jack in the Box. They have delicious tacos for 99 cents. And, the commercials are pretty damn hilarious. HERE, take a look.

(2) This is a rather difficult question for me to answer. I am a die hard fan of two teams:

 The Texas Aggies (who played a fabulous game on Thanksgiving by the way) 


The San Antonio Spurs (who played a fabulous game today by the way).

So the big dilemma...do I like College Football or the NBA better?  And ultimately, I must side with College Football.  I'll watch just about ANY college football game as long as it's a decent game.  I just love college football season and get giddy for it to start every year.  I could watch football all day Saturday every week and be beyond content.  I hate how other girls claim to be huge college football fans, but it's just a fashion show or social hour.  I sit down, comment (or rather scream) at the refs, and get right out ugly if necessary.  Also, I could be a commentator.  Seriously, I always say something just to have them say the same thing a few minutes later...I think they have a mic in our house.  Can't wait for the bowl games! ; )

(3) NO!  I think all recipes could do without both, especially mushrooms.  The texture is so slimy...eww.

(4) Believe it or not, this one was easy for me to answer, because I've considered it before.  Never really seriously I must admit...I mean people, I fainted when I got my second hole in my ear remember?   Anyway, this is what I'd get if I was forced to get one tomorrow:

I love music and it's shaped like a heart which would signify the love I have for the most important people in my life.  I dunno, I think it's pretty, somewhat unique, and could be made really small (the #1 criteria I'd be looking for).  What?  I HATE HATE HATE and DESPISE needles. I think the farther away I stay from them, the better.

(5) I'm fine with it!  As long as both people want to get married, I don't see how it matters who asks the other person.  In fact, if memory serves me correctly my godsister proposed to her husband, and they are amongst the most sound and put together marriage I've ever seen.  Evan and I strive to be just like them in so many ways.

Now link up and join in on the Monday Minute fun! 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Monday Minute 11/22/10

Wow, I feel like it's been forever since I hosted the Monday Minute last.  I hope you guys enjoyed having some fun questions last week over at Powdered Toast Man.  He'll be hosting one for me in December while I'm out of town, so I can't wait to see what silly stuff he offers us then.  But, for this week, we're back to my questions! : )

As always, link up below and encourage your readers to do the same!


(1) What's your all time favorite book?
(2) What are your pets names?
(3) What kind of undies do you prefer (thong, briefs, boxer briefs...choose depending on your sex)?
(4) If you could go back in life, what would you now chose to do for a living?
(5) Do you hit snooze in the morning?


(1)  This one's easy for me ... The Last Lecture.  I don't know if you guys have read this book, but I highly recommend it.  Evan and I read it out loud to each other every evening before bed.  He had to read the last chapter because I was bawling.  It's a book that a Dad (Randy Pausch) wrote to his children because he had terminal cancer and wanted to pass along the lessons he wouldn't be able to teach in person.  The lessons aren't just for children.  They were so insightful, meaningful, and inspirational. In fact, now that I'm a Mom, I think I'll read it again. Watch this video.  It's what made me buy the book.

(2) We have one doggie and her name is Linda Mujer (Pretty Woman in Spanish).  Normally, we call her Linda.  When she's in trouble, it's the whole name.  She's the cutest little beagle mix you've ever seen.  At the law firm I worked for last year, one of the partners called the clerks his legal beagles.  So, since then, her nicknamed has been Regal Legal Beagle.  I think just calling her Linda would be shorter.  Seriously though, she's freaking adorable...

 Linda when she was a puppy.  She was 3.5 pounds of adorableness.

Linda today: still adorable, but now she's a whopping 14 pounds (yeah, a tiny beagle, I know).

(3) None of your bees wax. But, if you most know, I wear slacks often and I HATE visible panty line, so think about it... And, for you gross minds out there, no it's not going commando.

(4) This one's really tough for me.  The answer is ... I don't know.  There are so many things out there that I wish I had thought of.  One is having gotten my doctorate in Political Science instead of Juris.  The other thought is going in to Architecture.  That one is completely uneducated though.  However, the poli sci thing?  That would have been great.  That being said, no regrets is the way I live my life now, so I'm very happy where I'm at.

(5) NO.  I HATE snooze hitters.  Really, I do.  This was one thing I made very clear to Evan when we got married.  If he hit snooze, this would just have me stay up, thus leaving me with less time to sleep.  We let the alarm ring once, and only once.  Darn you snooze hitters of the world!!!!

Have a FABULOUS Turkey Day guys!  Link up and go check out others answers, especially to the favorite book...I can't wait to hear of some new reads I have to buy!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stuck in ISS

Today I was SO excited for school.  As you guys know, I'm the interventionist at my school.  And I do all subjects.  Yep, apparently I'm supposed to be a pro at each subject.  And I'm sure that sounds like a breeze to you, but let me give you a tiny little quiz to show you what I had to quickly review this week so I wouldn't sound like a complete and total idiot in front of the kids while I was TEACHING them the material ...

(1) What parts of an atom are located inside and outside of a nucleus?
(2) What is the mass of a particular element from looking at the periodic table?
(3) What are the stamp act and intolerable acts?
(4) What is the equation to find the slope of a line?

If you knew the answer to all of these, then more power to you and I guess I'm dumb.  However, if you're normal and not a total geek like me, you know what I'm talking about.  I know these aren't technically difficult, but I've forgotten everything I've learned from school!  But today, not today...TODAY I knew my stuff ... I was giddy about my lesson for today. Today was ... wait for it ...


Yesterday afternoon I spent an hour thinking about the lesson plan I would give for Constitution Day.  I don't think you understand, the opportunity to teach the constitution is like crack for a law school graduate.  I made this fun flash card game and I found great reading material full of informational and interesting little tid bits.  I was ready.  I was stoked.


"the substitute for ISS cancelled just now.  We have nobody in there.  Would you please go in there?  All day."  So, that's what I've done.  I've sat in a room with all the trouble makers and have had to say "be quiet" "stay seated" "you may not speak to an adult like that" etc etc...all day long.  It has been frustrating to say the least.  And, it was my constitution day!  (I say like an over dramatic baby)

But, my ultimate goal, why I wanted to teach is because this is all supposed to be a team effort.  This is where the team needed me today and obviously, I was incredibly needed.  Somebody has to be in this room constantly.  They aren't even allowed to get a drink of water by themselves.  We all get in a single file line and walk down to do it twice a day.  It's very structured.  However, for some of these kids, it's their 3rd time in here, so I wonder "does this work?"  "Is this really punishment to them?  Or do they actually kind of like the peace and quiet?" I don't know the answer to these questions, but I do know that even though I'm glad they trusted me enough to handle this responsibility today, I needed something positive to happen ...

Bank of America SAVED THE DAY!  Do you know what I ordered today, and completely for FREE? 

Behold our free Holiday gift to ourselves.  With our credit card we get points for every dollar we spend.  Normally we have to use them for something boring that has broken around the house, but this year we were fortunate and nothing happened.  So, we built up enough points to buy a RED WII!  And ain't it a beauty people?  I know you're thinking, "the Wii has been out forever.  You are a loser."

But, as I've repeatedly told you guys, we are cheap.  Very cheap.  The only other gaming system we own is a Game Cube that I bought used for Evan three years ago for $30.  This is a very special treat for us and we can't wait to play together.  Yippee!

Don't you just love the irony in this post?  I start off being mad at children for not acting more like adults, and I'm an adult that can't wait to play with a kids toy.  Shh....don't tell them.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Monday Minute 11/15/10

This week's Monday Minute is actually not hosted by yours truly, but is over at Powdered Toast Man.  He wrote me an email expressing interest in hosting and I thought "sure why not?"  And let me tell you something...it's a good thing I said yes.  I have been disgustingly sick this weekend.  Evan, his Mom, and I all got a stomach bug this weekend and it was horrbile.  I have to admit, I think I got the worst of it.  I threw up 14 times yesterday, and in between those throw ups was about 3 to 4 other runs to the toilet, if you catch my drift.  I must honestly say, it is the most sick I've ever felt in my life.  Not even child birth was as painful.  I am doing a little bit better and haven't thrown up in over 24 hours, but I am still extremely weak and even tomato soup had me running to the bathroom again.  Let's just hope that I'm feeling much better before work tomorrow morning!

ANYWAY, you guys didn't need to read all that, sorry.  I just had to cry like a baby for a second.  On to the Monday Minute questions!!  If you want to link up, just go HERE and do so!  His questions are hilarious, and go through some of his old archives...some of his answers will have you rolling on the floor.

(1) Would you rather be stuck on a bumpy roller coaster while having to pee extremely bad OR be stuck on a crowded elevator with really bad gas with co-workers?
- I had to think about this one long and hard, but I've decided I'd rather be stuck in the elevator.  That way, I could look around and act like "who the hell is farting" and nobody would know it's me!  But if I peed myself on a roller coaster, everybody would know it was me since I'd have a pee stain all over my pants.

2) What is the one thing you miss most from your childhood?
- waking up with no real responsibility or money, I suppose.  But that's kinda a boring adult answer huh?  So if I'm going to go all fun on you, I'd say playing sports!  I was really in to basketball and volleyball and I miss playing.  I know I could join a team now, but who would watch Liliana and even worse, then I wouldn't see her on those days.  It's just too complicated.

3) If aliens exist, what do you think they look like? (describe)
- Good golly, I really don't even know where to start!  I don't think they're as funny looking as the movies make them out to be.  In fact, I think we'd be awfully disappointed when we find out.  I would say more like this...

 than this...
ewww...creepy huh?

4) Would you rather discuss your body weight or your salary with people that you know?
- I'm a pretty open book here.  Both are on the internet.  You can see what people make in schools.  No surprise here, it's basically nothing.  As for my weight, I chronicled my baby weight loss on this blog!  I'm fortunately down to my pre-baby weight and hope to stay there.

5) If you were stuck in a predicament like in the movie Alive, could you revert to cannibalism? If so, how would you feel about eating your deceased friends and family?
- this depends on whether Evan or Liliana were still alive.  If they were, I'd be willing to revert to cannibalism just to see them again.  Otherwise, this would be difficult, chewy, and rather bloody.  Fortunately, I like my meat medium rare so this wouldn't be too far off.  

6) People that are born blind, what do they dream about? Sounds?
- I guess they dream about what they imagine things to look like?  I don't know!  We know so little about dreams already, so this just complicates the matter even more!  GRR, these questions got me all worked up and my stomach was already in agonizing pain anyway, darn you Powdered Toast Man (but thanks for hosting.) ; )

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Place Where I Try To Make Myself Pretty, and Where I Poo

It's been a long while until I've done some more house tours.  And, believe it or not, this week on Kelly's Korner is Show us your bathroom!  I'm going to be quite honest with you, our bathrooms ain't that darn interesting.  But, after all, lots goes on in a bathroom.  In our master, I get ready in the morning , we shower, we take baths, and as the title says...we do our business.  You don't understand, I have a VERY shy bladder and even more shy intestines, so the bathroom is my safe haven! haha...way too much information, huh people? As for the guest bath, the main thing that happens there is that Liliana gets her bath every evening!  When you have the cutest baby ever in a bath everyday, it becomes the best bath you've ever seen.

I've got some before, during, and after photos for you!


 Our master bathroom.  Evan insisted on separate sinks and separate closets in our house.  I insisted on a toilet that had a separate door (remember the shy bladder and intestine thing?).  It was pretty typical and boring, but I had plans...

Guest bathroom.  That LONG counter top has always been somewhat of a mystery to me, but I enjoy the  storage under the vanity area for Liliana's stuff!


Our master bathroom was decorated in green and purple, so I wanted to paint around our jacuzzi tub in a light purple.  I was a little concerned that the husband would be vehemently opposed to it, but fortunately, he gave me the go and when my best friend came in to town to help us move, I took advantage of the extra hands and we got busy painting!

 Two girls saying "DANG we made this look good!"

All done and happy with our finished product!


So here they are...the bathrooms today!

Master Bathroom

 One of my favorite things to do is light those candles and sit in our jacuzzi tub with bubbles all around us! 
So romantic and sweet.

Our sinks (and my private toilet in the distance)!  
As you can probably tell, I LOVE candles. ; )

Guest Bathroom

 My favorite part about our guest bath is my little goodies basket for guests.  I have body spray, lotion, bubble bath, and shower gel in that basket.  People love it!  
When my husband asked me why I have that there once, I took the bottles out and he looked shocked when there was only about half left!  Always treat your guests with little luxuries. 

Well, that's about it!  Hope you enjoyed seeing the bathrooms, and if you weren't interested, sorry you've read all the way to down here! : )  Have a fabulous weekend!  We'll be home enjoying a weekend with company: Grammy has come to town to enjoy quality time with her grandbaby.