Sunday, April 29, 2012

Beware

This is how Landyn treats boys. Fellas beware. She's known for biting your head off.
I like it.  You will not.

She's got some sharp teeth.   All two of them.

Taste of Marietta

...and it tasted great.  I was impressed that my husband and I only spent $12!  Being frugal I had to share.  This is some of what we ordered:
Not pictured: 4 cookies, snow cone, and mango iced tea
The winner?  The Irish spring roll...pictured bottom left.  It won last year.  We now know why.

You will be seeing us at other "Taste of...." events!

My dates.  

ATL Food Truck PARK.

Finally a park for adults.  A picnic without having to pack.  Entertainment without swings or slides.  Fun without the sun.  That, my friends, is the Atlanta Food Truck Park!  Lan and I ventured out by ourselves, to the grand opening of my new favorite park AND restaurant(s).  We enjoyed a variety of food and entertainment...even getting free T-shirts and The Five-Year Engagement paraphernalia.  Score!

As THE TRIP gets closer, so does my need to do make sure Lan is ready...and her parents.  Which is a huge reason we are taking advantage of these weekend trips!

Baby by myself at a crowded event...CHECK!
Baby sleeps in noisy and hot area...CHECK!
Baby drinking water...CHECK!
Baby eating snacks...CHECK!
Baby rides in stroller for extend periods...CHECK!
Baby soothed easily...CHECK!
That's my baby!


My Dinner.
Landyn's Dinner.
We both ate at the picnic tables.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dogwoods

They were blooming and the crowd was booming!  We attended the Dogwood Festival, last weekend.  In preparation for all the European fests we will be enjoying, Cody and I decided to get Lan used to crowds and longer stroller rides by going to local ATL events. She is one fun and energetic travel buddy!  I believe her favorite past time is people watching.  We are blessed that she enjoys the outdoors as much as we do.  Now that we have conquered one HUGE event, it is time for MORE!
Around Piedmont Park

People Watching!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Skid marks...even dolls move away!

Entertainment must come in the form of poop stories, these days.  My poor daughter is always "painting a new picture" on any canvas she can find.  This time we were visiting my sister-in-law and kids.  Lan obviously started painting when her aunt picked her up.  The masterpiece is show below.   
The masterpiece

Cleaning the brush.
Lan  did not like the dolls...but they didn't like her either.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Coordination

Landyn's hand to mouth coordination is fantastic!  That means I have been digging things out from behind her two, little teeth.
Things I have had to take out of her mouth, TODAY:
plastic bag
hair
leaf/grass
wires
throw up chunk
rolly polly

If I didn't have a watchful eye...my daughter would have some interesting intestines.  She also enjoys eating number 2 baby food- minus pears.

Fun times for this momster!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hidden

Lan's favorite toy is any type of ball!  She likes to hide her toys.  Favorite spot?  My shoes!
Hiding spot


Monday, April 16, 2012

Boogies

Any suggestions on how to get those crusty nostril friends?  I've tried water, the nose pinch, q-tip, and even the finger pick.
They just linger.

Nap time

She plays hard.  
First time to fall asleep playing

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Stranger Danger?

My daughter gives some killer looks! Well, today Cody and I were the ones left with "The Looks" on our faces.  While walking around our neighborhood we came upon a father teaching his daughters how to ride a bike.  We exchanged pleasantries, like good neighbors, and continued walking home.  A few minutes later, when we were about to go inside, the father of the girls came running into our garage with something in his hand...saying, "this is for the pretty, little lady".  Immediately, I assumed he wanted to give ME something.  I was wrong.  He was holding a dollar neatly folded between his thumb and first finger.  Landyn grabbed it and he walked off!

Cody and I exchanged confused looks, mumbled some thank yous, and walked inside.  We have NO idea why he wanted to give our daughter a dollar!? We couldn't turn it down.  Maybe it's a cultural thing...as we are the minority in our neighborhood (which I absolutely LOVE).

We don't know whether we should pay it forward or keep L's first stranger given dollar.  Ideas?  

The Pretty Lady.  I'd give that face a dollar, too!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dinner?

What's that NOISE?
Nothing...Just mom cooking Schnitzel. 
It stinks.  Are you really going to eat that burnt stuff?
Let me order...
Dinner is served.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cocky

I'm a good wife.  I send Cody The Husband to work with cupcakes.  Ok, it happened once.  Little did I know that his coworkers would love the cupcakes and ask for MORE!?  I am a Baker by surname, but I am no Baker.  Thanks to Pinterest, I found an easy and fun recipe that combines oreos and cake batter.  The first batch I ever made was stellar and tasted heavenly!

I got cocky.  I thought I would beef up my baker skills and use a hand mixer...I've seen them used on the cooking channels.  Bad idea number 1.  Obviously, we do not own a single mixing bowl, so I settled for a square Rubbermaid storage container.  Bad idea number 2.  Without a spoon, apron, or directions, I proceeded.  Bad idea 3.  EVERYTHING was on the counter, close to all of Landyn's feeding supplies.  Bad idea 4.  I should have know to take the road already traveled when it came to baking.

What my cockiness got me:
Mega cleanup


Start of cleanup and things get WORSE

Once clean bottles sprinkled with STICKY goo.
LASTLY:
The peace before the storm.  Note that the brand is Baker's Choice.  Well, it was not my choice!  Liars 

Good news:  the cupcakes look and taste GREAT! My husband's coworkers will be excited.  They are a nice bunch and I'm super excited that they enjoy my baking masterpieces!  One day, I will introduce them to my actual talent of cooking.      

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New ZOO!

We found a new and FREE place to see common household animals!  It's called Petsmart!  Not sure it you pronounce it pet's mart or pet smart?  This place is crawling with four legs, two legs, even no legs.  It's better than Wal-Mart's aquarium!  FOR FREE you get to watch dogs being pampered.  Some were being shaved for their new summer hairdo, while others were receiving a mani...or was it a pedi?  Next to the salon was a cathouse.  It was boring.  The cats were just laying around.  No meows or claws.  On the other side of the salon was the exotic fish tanks.  We were drawn to the colorful, more giant of fish.  I have no idea what kind of fish were were checking out, but they were not gold.

Landyn's favorite spot was the bird sanctuary!  She kept spreading her own wings and flapping like the birds she was watching.  Since our visit, she has been playing bird.  It reminds me of the scene from The Notebook where Allie makes Noah act like a bird.  So Lan and I reenact the scene.  When she starts flapping I take the role of Noah and casually say, "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."  Fun times!

ALL The BIRDs!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Not green beans

It looked like a green bean.  It's what she had for lunch.  Leaning over to pick it up
I realized she had thrown up all over my arm. 
It wasn't throw up.  It was poop.  Down my arm, her back, even in her diaper.
Bath was taken.  I picked up more poop.  Bath was taken II.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Travel to the ATL

I hate parking in parking decks.  Well, that is where you have to park in downtown Atlanta.  At least that's what WE did when I was riding as a passenger.  Today, I ventured out with Landyn to the city, by myself.  Being only 40 minutes away, I figured I should start taking advantage of all ATL has to offer.  OK, I also had an errand to run and thought it would be fun to walk around Peachtree Street.  I was amazed at all the parking so close to my destination!  I swooped my car into the closest unparallel parking spot.  Why? I  never learned how to parallel park.  Thanks hometown for easy parking!

Parked, and ready to grab Lan out of her car seat, I realized that I had parked on the wrong side to safely get out my baby, her bag, bottle, etc... With cars zooming past, I decided to crawl over the seat to the back, get everything and everyone out of the car on the safe, sidewalk side.  Unlatched and packed, I did what looked like the electric slide out of the backdoor.  Closing the door, the whiff hit me. POOP.  Door back open and everything tossed into the floorboard.  Laying Landyn down on the seat, and carrying on a nice conversation with a restaurant owner, I cleaned the poo, packed back up, and headed to destination.  No stroller, just a babe on my hip and my new momma's backpack on my back.  That lasted a good 30 mins. Then it was back to the car for feeding time!

Turning the corner, I see a police officer standing at the back of my car, which  I might add was the only one parked in the area.  I rush over and asked if I had done something wrong or worse... what had been done to my car?!  The nice police lady ended up being a meter cop.  There wasn't a meter anywhere near my car and I had parked there because it was FREE!  Hmmmph.  Turns out that there are new meters that I had never seen before...the one that was suppose to eat my money was almost a half-court away.  I used the best Southern accent I could muster, and let police lady know, "I'ma from Alabama and we are not use to this kidda parkin'".   She laughed and said to go on!

It was FREE parking, after all!

Remember the nice restaurant owner?  I got so carried away in our conversation that upon situating Landyn back into the car, I realized I had left her poopy diaper on the top of my car.  I was nice enough to carry the diaper a half-court away to the trash can right next to the odd parking meter.

We had to go because our free parking was up...next time we hit the ATL, I hope to stay for more than 30 mins.  I'll also suck it up and park in a deck.
She thought the whole ordeal was funny

Monday, April 2, 2012

Rain or Shine.

When it's raining outside I like to wear rain boots.  I don't wear them for fashion.  Mine are ugly.  However, I LOVE Landyn's rain boots.  She does wear them for fashion. She has them on today.

When my parents were visiting this past week, I decided that Lan would have to wear her rain boots.  Her GranGran had bought them, so it was a must.  Simple enough.  Except she always pulls the velcro boots off.  They end up in her mouth more than on her feet.  They are right size but she always seemed uncomfortable.  WHY?!  After wearing her rain boots for the past month, I finally solved the mystery.  I had been shoving her feet into the boot without checking the toe for debris.  And debris there was...

Who knew that shoe companies put balled up brown paper in the toe of infant shoes?  Well, they do and I know, now.  Momster moment in front of my own mom!  Luckily, we both laughed it off while taking the paper out of the toe area.  The best news:  They shoes stay on, and Landyn loves to wear the boots more than eat them!  I also learned a valuable lesson.  Always check out reasons why something isn't working in an environment free from all human beings.

*These boots were made for walking... and she is getting closer everyday to accomplishing the use of her shoes!