December 31, 2013

I've got the answers....part 1

Happy New Year's Eve! A while back ago I did a "ask me anything" post...and then never answered. In my defense, Thanksgiving was right around the corner, and then I got the stomach flu, and then it was Christmas and yadda yadda yadda here we are, the last day of December and I'm FINALLY going to answer....so let's do this!

Melinda asked: "what are your favorite books to read?" Which, is an excellent question...and I am ashamed to answer it. Because I LOVE to read. Before I got pregnant I read all the time...on my lunch break at work, before bed, on the weekends....but lately (as in, the last two years) I haven't had a spare moment to read. Shameful. But, I did love the Hunger Games series, as well as the Divergent series. And The Help is one of my absolute favorites. If you are looking for a good book recommendation my real life bff Erin has never lead me astray. She has great taste in books and always has the best recommendations....so, Erin, please list some of your current favs in the comment section!

Kristin wants to know my favorite part of being a mama AND my weirdest habit. Oh geeze....I love everything about being a mama. Probably the best is when I'm watching Hudson play with his toys and he suddenly looks up at me, gives me the biggest smile, and then runs as fast as he can to give me a huge hug....and then he goes back to playing. It is absolutely the best feeling in the world. And also having him fall asleep on my shoulder. I cherish those little moments. And now for my weirdest habit....hmmmm.....I'm addicted to teenage drama shows (Pretty Little Liars anyone? High School Musical?), I also always have to cross my pointer finger and middle finger on my right hand whenever I clap, and have this weird thing about always picking at my husband. I'm like a mama monkey, constantly picking at something on him. It's weird.

Sarah wants to know all about me and my husband....how we met and how he proposed. I could do an entire blog post on this, but I'll keep it short and sweet. I had recently moved to Michigan (from California) for graduate school and met my husband at a halloween party. Well, we call it a halloween party, but it was totally a bar....but it was halloween. I was dressed up as a cowgirl and he was a hockey player. I thought he was cute and LOVED that he was so tall. Anyway, we danced all night and when it was time to leave I gave him my number and didn't really think twice about it, but he called me the next day. And I'm ashamed to admit, I ignored his calls for a week or so. I wish I could go back in time and slap my stupid self. I finally got my senses back a month later and texted him to meet me and some friends for dinner...and he did. And the rest is history. We were engaged almost two years later....he proposed with a scrapbook he made of pictures of the two of us....and the ring on the last page. After I said yes, and cried, we headed back to my apartment to call our families. In the car I called my mom but she didn't answer....because she (along with my husband's family) was waiting back at my apartment to surprise me. It was the best day ever. 

A bunch of you (Colleen, Katie, Tracy, Whitney, Whitney and Liz) want to know my daily schedule....I promise you I will do an entire schedule post in January....I'm always curious to read about other mom's schedules too....but it's long! So stay tuned.

Colleen also wants to know my favorite book.....I'm trying to think of books that I was sad when the were over: To Kill a Mocking bird, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, The Da Vinci Code, The Help, and The Harry Potter series.

Erin wants to know when I'm moving back to California......uggg....probably never. It may seem crazy, but we sort of like it in Michigan. Except in January and February. Those months I will happily move to California. Perhaps we need to summer in Michigan and winter in California? My mom still owns her house in CA so it's a possibility.....

"B" wants to know a lot of things....first, how many kids do we want and how far apart. Well, hmmm, I'm not sure. My husband always has said we either have 0 kids or 5. And then we had Hudson and he quickly changed his tune and started talking about how great it is to just have one child. Ha. But I was an only child and didn't really enjoy it, so I want to have a big family. Plus I LOVE being a mom and want to do it again! Those first few weeks with Hudson I would sometimes cry about how fast it was going....and often the only thing that would get me through those nights was telling myself I can do it again. I can have a newborn again. Crazy hormones, right? Anyway, we haven't decided on an exact number, but for sure one more....possibly two. Once we have baby #2 I think we'll know if our family feels complete or not. If it doesn't, than hello baby #3! And I think spaced 2-3 years apart is best for our family. 

"B" also wants to know the hardest part about being a working mom. I have no perfect answer for this. It's all hard. I feel guilty for leaving my child four days a week (I work from home one day a week). When Hudson was really little it was so much harder to leave my baby with someone else, but now that he is older he gets excited to play with his friends. I watch him on the video camera (total lifesaver!) and he is always having fun. A few times I've picked him up and he hasn't wanted to leave....which made me feel good, in a weird way! Another thing that's hard about being a working mom is that there just never is enough time in the day to get everything done. By the time I get home from work, make dinner, eat dinner, clean up, and get Hudson to bed I am exhausted. But I think that can be said about stay at home moms too. And just to be honest, I'm a little jealous of my stay at home mom friends. I think it's super hard to be a stay at home mom....just like it's super hard to be a working mom. The grass is always greener on the other side, right? But I can't help but feel jealous. I want to spend every day with my son. I want to bake cookies with him and take him to music class. I want to be in a play group and go on trips to the zoo and the park. I want to be there for everything. So yeah, it's hard.

Okay, so I wrote a novel. I hope maybe you all got to know me a little better! I'll be back soon with part 2!


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December 30, 2013

Our Christmas!

Despite a few colds and a little ear infection, we had a wonderful Christmas! I think it was the best one yet....and I totally said that last year too. Watching your child enjoy Christmas and have a blast opening their presents is just about the best thing ever. I can't wait for next year!

We started out the morning just us and let Hudson run wild with all of his presents! He had a blast! Several months ago we found this used kitchen and decided to fix it up for Hudson. In true procrastinator fashion I waited until the last minute to start working on it....but I love how cute it turned out! Details about the kitchen (and all the food!) coming soon. 

 Later all the grandparents and aunt Erin came over for more gifts and yummy food. Hudson got some books, clothes, a sled, his own Pottery Barn chair, a truck, a wagon, a doggie guitar, movies....and so much more. We need to refinish our basement just to have room for all this stuff! 

The biggest hit of the day was ALL THE BOXES. He could have stacked them and sat on them all day long.

Afterwards we had some yummy food and enjoyed celebrating with each other. I put my camera down and decided just to enjoy the day without worrying about capturing every moment.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families!

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December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

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I'm taking a few days off to enjoy the holidays with those that I love most! Thank you all for being such a blessing in our lives this year. I wish I could send you all a Christmas card! Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

p.s...procrastinators unite! Who still has to wrap ALL THE PRESENTS? Yep, that's me. And I'm not quite sure I'm even done with my shopping....yikes!

(p.p.s. last chance to enter the Starbucks giveaway here!)

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Love, Jon, Julie, and Hudson

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December 20, 2013

5 on Friday

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Happy Friday! Can you believe it's almost Christmas??? Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies of The Good LifeCarolina CharmA. Liz Adventures, and Hello Happiness for everybody's favorite link up, 5 on Friday! You should join in on the fun!
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{one} We went to see Santa. And it turned out pretty much how we expected. We love Santa. 

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This is the best shot we got. I kinda like the crying one better!

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{two} Snow gear and a toddler are exhausting. So. Many. Layers. And Hudson could barely move. But, since it was finally above 25 degrees we let him romp around as best he could in the snow for a while the other day. He LOVED it.

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{three} I caught a nasty stomach bug and was sick for three days. Want to know a what's a good idea for the holidays? Get sick, loose 5 pounds, get better, then eat 5 pounds of Christmas cookies. I call that winning.

{four} Nothing says Merry Christmas like fire safety equipment! Since I was sick I didn't get around to sharing my Christmas list. Want to know what's number one on my list? This emergency second story fire escape ladder. My husband and family think I'm crazy for asking for this...but I say I'd be crazy not to! We need two of these bad boys for two of our second story bedrooms that are too high to jump from in case our house catches on fire. These are the kind of things that keep me up at night. Let's add two new fire extinguishers to my list too.

{five} Also on my list are these antlers. Because they are amazing.

Happy Friday! P.S. do you love Starbucks? Then don't forget to enter the Starbucks giveaway!


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December 19, 2013

Secret Santa...blogger style!

This year Hudson and I participated in a blogger holiday gift swap for kids and it was SO fun! Erinn from Strawberry Swing and Other Things helped organize us and pair us up with secret Santas. The task: shop for another blogger's little one and send a $20 limit sweet surprise in the mail. Hudson absolutely LOVED getting an early Christmas present in the mail...and it was fun for me too!

Our secret Santas were Michelle and her cutie pie son HDawg from Ten June!

Want to see what we got?

 photo IMG_4705.jpgThe absolute most cutest farm puzzle by Hape and Touch and Feel Puppy book!

 photo IMG_4643copy.jpgHudson LOVES dogs so so much....so he was crazy about this book! His favorite page is the puppy that looks like his very own real life puppy, Wrigley. Melt. My. Heart.

 photo IMG_4591.jpgHudson also loves his puzzle....and loves handing me all the pieces and watching me put them back in place....he'll get it one day I'm sure!

 photo IMG_4653copy.jpgThank you so much Michelle and HDawg! It was so fun opening up our surprise gift. You totally nailed it! And I think that our boys would for sure be bffs.

 photo IMG_4586.jpgParticipating in this gift swap was SO much fun....I'm already totally on board for next year too....what say you ladies?

 photo IMG_4579.jpgHudson and I played secret Santa for miss Harper and Jess from Little Baby Garvin! I hope Harper enjoyed her box of goodies! I had a blast shopping for a little girl!

Hop on over to the other blogs to see all the secret Santa fun!

Natasha at Schue Love
Michelle at Ten June
Natalie at Nat Your Average Girl
Jessica at Little Baby Garvin
Veronika at Veronika's Blushing
Erin at Hello Erin
Emily at Dear Owen
Colleen at Meet the Sullivans
Natasha at Hello Happiness
And as if today couldn't get any sweeter....read on for a chance to win a $15 Starbucks card! Let me introduce you to another fabulous blogger....Emily from They Call Me Mama!

Hey, it's me Emily over at They Call Me Mama. I am so happy to be a part of sponsoring The Girl in the Red Shoes this month. I recently started reading Julie's blog and can't get enough!

 I am a 20-something, almost 30, small town girl who met a city boy and fell in love. Mark and I have been happily married for almost 6 years. God blessed us with a twin pregnancy and the Lord has baby Ryder on his lap. We are so blessed to have Wyatt here on Earth with us! Only 21 months later our family expanded to a family of 4 when we welcomed our princess Sloane into the world.

To sum me up in a few words: I am a Christian, wife to best husband, SAHM mama & 2 pups, lover of Diet Coke, Mcdonalds, cleaner, wanna be baker, decorator, obsessive organizer, and business owner...Oh ya, and I am in love with my Chiropractor. ;) 

Emily is kindly offering up a $15 to Starbucks....enter below and be sure to hop on over to Emily's blog and say hello!



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