Oh, Hey Friday {9.19.14}

I know I just did a random sort of post yesterday and that’s typically what I use Fridays for…but I’m going to do it again.  You’re welcome.


We have a full weekend ahead of us, and luckily I get to start it a little bit early!  My company does an annual Week of Service to our community, and this year they opted to close our offices so we could all participate during the day…and I’m done at 2!  I love when we get out early.


The vet told us our cats were overweight, so we’ve put them on a diet…and they’re not happy.  These spoiled girls are used to eating whenever they want, and now they only get food in the morning…oh, these girls.  Wonder where they get it, huh?



We got our new couches from Ikea put together this week, and I love the way they look! We went with the Ektorp in brown, and I grabbed some throw pillows from Homegoods.  The living room is far from done, but it looks so much better already.



I have another consignment sale to go to tonight and I’m pretty excited – hoping to score some cute things for Abbie!


This silly girl.  I love her so.


Have a great weekend!



Thursday Thoughts

Because there’s way too much in my brain right now, and I just need to get it out….

  • I’m still getting used to this new commute, and it isn’t easy.  Why haven’t we invented teleportation or flying cars yet?  Seriously, the Jetsons and every other futuristic TV show of my youth lied to me.
  • I really can’t stand bad drivers.  Or slow drivers.  Or basically anyone in my way.  What is your problem, people?
  • Abbie’s favorite thing to do on the ride home is listen to Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins music.  Needless to say, I know the words to almost all of them and can tell you what episode the Sofia ones are in.  Hey Disney, could you get me some new songs for my iTunes?  I’m tired of the same ones.

My Disney Junior Playlist...Abbie's Favorite.

  • That said, I can’t download iOS 8 because there isn’t enough space on my phone.  When I upgrade next (which won’t be until NEXT November when my contract runs out), I’ll definitely need minimum 64 GB of storage.  This 32 is just not cutting it anymore.
  • Now I have to delete photos and videos from my phone.  Any maybe some songs.  Why I didn’t just get a bigger storage phone when I got this one is beyond me.
  • Yesterday I was really lazy and didn’t even hit 8,000 steps.  It’s the first time all month I haven’t hit 12,000.  I figure I’m just making up for move day, when I got over 23,000.
  • I really could use some more coffee.
  • I’m itching for a new computer.  My computer’s about 3 1/2 years old and starting to be super slow, but it isn’t in the budget to replace it right now.  Why the things I want have to be so expensive, I’ll never know.
  • There are still zero pictures on the wall in our house.  Mostly because I can’t decide which photos I want and where I want to put them.
  • It would be great if naptime at work was a thing.  Seriously.  No time to sleep lately.
  • This little girl just cracks me up.  She’s been way more cuddly lately, especially at night.  Since our commutes are longer now, we adjusted her bedtime by about 15 minutes so we get a little bit more time with just us and her.  She’s been cuddling up with me or Chris most evenings now.
  • I finally bought my first pair of boots (well, other than Uggs).  I have enormous calves and it’s really hard to find ones that fit, and I finally did!  Thankfully, they were on sale, and I’m hoping my upcoming Stitch Fix box has some skinny jeans in it.  Fingers crossed!

Brown Boots

  • Also, I’m going to get my Stitch Fix boxes more often going forward.  I don’t have time to shop, and I don’t mind the little bit of markup they do for the convenience of having it arrive at my door.
  • So so so many people I know are pregnant right now – both in blogland and real life.  It’s giving me a bit of baby fever, but Chris and I do want to wait a little while still before trying.  Can someone lend me a baby to snuggle and give back?
  • We’re officially in the midst of consignment sale season, plus I’ve seen a lot of great kids’ sales lately.  I’ve started stocking Abbie up – I don’t know that she’s quite ready for size 3T in weight yet, but our tall girl probably is in height.  Definitely comes from Chris, not me!
  • We have our family photos scheduled for November 1, and I’m trying to figure out what colors we’ll wear.  I saw a few examples of people wearing navy, brown and green, so I’m thinking that, but not sure.  Definitely hoping to wear my new boots though!
  • Also, I have no idea if Abbie will behave for pictures.  Girlfriend does NOT like to hold still.
  • In about 3 months, I’ll have  a 2 year old.  Seriously?

What’s on your mind today?

Tear Duct Surgery

You know how when you wake up in the morning, you sometimes have gunk in the corner of your eye? Imagine having that off and on your whole life.  Annoying, but that’s what was happening to Abbie – all because of a clogged tear duct.

Abbie Tear Duct Surgery

The morning of her surgery. See how red her left eye is?

Abbie’s had a clogged tear duct on and off since birth.  She nearly always had discharge coming out of her left eye.  It would get better, then worse, then better again – and it always came back.  If you look back, you can see in some pictures that her left eye is irritated or red – all a result of the clog.  I asked the pediatrician about it multiple times in Abbie’s first year, and each time they told me to wait it out.  Wait it out, they said…because for most kids it clears up on its own in the first year.

Abbie wasn’t most kids, and it persisted.  Last month, I finally took her to a pediatric ophthalmologist, and he confirmed what I’ve known for a while – Abbie would need surgery to clear her tear duct.

A little scared. My poor girl.

A little scared. My poor girl.

When you find out your child needs surgery – well, it isn’t fun.  Thankfully, the procedure is super simple, and the only part I was really nervous about was the anesthesia.  The procedure itself only takes about 10 minutes.  After Abbie was out, the doctor inserted a probe down through her tear duct to clear the blockage, then flushed and irrigated it… and that was it.  As a precaution, he prescribed antibiotic eyedrops to put in for the 5 days following her procedure.  If you want to read more about it, you can do so here.

Abbie Tear Duct Surgery

Ready to go.

Abbie Tear Duct Surgery

See how I think she thought it was a ride?

Abbie Tear Duct Surgery

Such a brave girl heading back.

I was with Abbie until the moment they wheeled her back.  I think she thought it was fun to ride in the bed and she barely noticed me walking away.  I sat down in the waiting room at 9:04.  By 9:15, I was talking to the doctor, and by 9:20, I was by Abbie’s side.  Such a quick procedure!

Her eye has been clear ever since.  I’m so thankful that she handled everything so well – she was a little scared beforehand and disoriented afterward, but a trip to the playground helped with that.

Abbie Playground

Abbie Playground

Abbie Playground

Have your kids ever needed surgery?





Getting Settled

Well, nearly two weeks in, and I finally feel like we’re getting settled into our new home.  Last week was a doozy – getting used to new commutes in the DC area is no joke – but I think we’re getting back into a routine.  Most things are unpacked, I’m starting to decorate, and we’ve assembled some new furniture!  That said, we did spend some time this past weekend exploring our new hometown.

We now live in Manassas, VA in Prince William county, which is about 30 miles west of Washington, DC.  We’re only about 30 minutes away from where we were living before.

One thing that’s great about our new area?  Well, it sounds silly…but shopping.  We’re off a major road, and there are tons of stores – everything from big box stores like Best Buy and Lowe’s to smaller, independent stores – there’s an amazing used bookstore minutes from our house that we’ve already spent a good amount of time in.  The area is a lot like where I grew up – a good mix of more expensive and less expensive stores.  For example – dollar stores.  I love dollar stores.  I never found one where we used to live in Herndon, but I found 2 or 3 in Manassas in the first few days we lived there!  This past weekend we spent some time exploring.

First we went to our new Weight Watchers meeting (this move did a number on us – I was up 2 pounds!) before heading to the Manassas Farmer’s Market.  It’s held every Thursday and Saturday, and there was so much amazing produce…. too bad Abbie was in a mood and only wanted to play with the newspaper boxes.  Weird kid.  I only picked up some local honeycrisp apples and some bell peppers, but I know I’ll be buying more in the future.

Abbie Newspaper boxes

Manassas Farmer's Market

The market is really close to the local VRE station, and this cute LOVE sign – it made me wish I’d brought my camera instead of just my phone.

Manassas Love

Chris and Abbie

Sunday we took a trip to Ikea to outfit our living room (more on what we chose later), followed by a quick trip to the mall to let Abbie get some energy out.  She’s now discovered riding toys, and I have a feeling I’ll be needing lots of quarters in my purse from now on.  (Excuse her hair being down…Chris wanted it down and I gave in.)Abbie Ride

Abbie Ride

How was your weekend?  Anything fun happening this week?



Oh Hey Friday {9.12.14}

Happy Friday!  I have to say, I haven’t done one of these posts in a few weeks and I’ve missed it!  So much going on lately, and I find it’s a great way to wrap up what’s on my mind.  Shall we?


Some of you may have seen this photo on my instagram on Wednesday.  Abbie had to have surgery to clear a clogged tear duct she’s had a problem with since birth.  The procedure was fast and went really well, and Abbie was such a trooper – I’m really proud of the way she handled it all.


Just before they wheeled her back. A little upset, but she did great!

Just before they wheeled her back. A little upset, but she did great!


I’m still on a bit of a high from the Hokie win over Ohio State on Saturday.  I STILL can’t believe we won.  Seriously – our unranked Hokies beat #8 Ohio State.  I’m so incredibly proud of my school and team – it was the best I’ve seen us play in years.  Beamerball is back!  We’re now ranked 17th…and I’m pretty excited about the rest of the season.  Go Hokies!

Our QB, Michael Brewer


Chris and I have both been horrible about tracking our food and getting in exercise lately.  The move and this adjustment to a whole new routine has thrown us for a loop, and we’re both ready to get back on track.  We’ll be hitting up our new Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow morning, then exploring the farmer’s market in our new town!  We’re pretty excited about the farmer’s market – yes, even Chris.


Speaking of adjustments, it’s been quite and adjustment getting used to a whole new commute.  If you know anything about DC, you know the traffic in this area is some of the worst in the country.  We both work in Virginia, but we’ve now moved farther away from both our jobs, and let’s just say traffic is not fun.  Thankfully, Abbie’s been pretty good on the drives and hasn’t been too upset about the increased time in the car (then again, she may just like listening to Disney Junior soundtracks in my car).

Playing in a laundry basket...because, why not?

Playing in a laundry basket…because, why not?


Well, today I don’t have a five – how about that?  Now go out and have a great weekend!