Tuesday, September 28, 2010

he's really walking

So I know I've been mentioning in posts about Jack starting to walk, but I can officially say that he is now preferring walking over crawling for the most part! It's so cute to see him walking around, I can't stand it! It only took 15-16 months, but he's got walking down! I'm so proud of him!



I went on a mini-vacation with two of my best girlfriends from high school this past weekend so I totally got lost on the blog challenge and I really don't want to get caught up so I'm going to call it a fail and move on!

So Taryn, Julie and I set out for Branson Thursday afternoon! We stayed right on Table Rock Lake (which was nice, but we now know wasn't necessary), we shopped our hearts out, we hit up SDC (Silver Dollar City) and rode some rides, and Taryn and I went ziplining! I have to say ziplining was probably the high light of the trip for me! I had been wanting to do it forever! It was so fun - Taryn might disagree, she was nervous at first but by the end she was a pro!

We ate good food, we laughed, and we caught up! It was nice! Of course I missed Chris and Jack and was definitely ready to get home once Sunday rolled around, but I think it was a much deserved/needed vacation for this mommy!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

a website

There is a huge sale at Baby Legs right now! Spend $50 get 50% off! Can't beat that!
Just wanted to share!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

a recipe

No Bake Cookies
(which is as close to baking as I get!)
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a boil and cook for 1.5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool until hardened.
Servings: 3 dozen

Monday, September 20, 2010

a hobby of mine

It's sad, but I truly don't think I have a hobby anymore - other than being a Mom I guess...I guess I could say shopping (totally lame!), or softball (I started playing again this past summer), or sewing (I have my own machine, but only use it when necessary), or working out (even though I dread it every time), or watching movies (but that makes me sound like a bad mom with tons of free time - so where is my child?), or FB stalking (again, lame!)...

Chris says my hobby is complaining (nice, huh?).

This topic makes me sad...I'm boring!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

a talent of mine

Honesty - this is my talent! Some may say that's not a talent, but to me it is. I find many people in life tell you what you want to hear, while I will always tell you what I HONESTLY think! You can ask the majority of my friends and they will say that they will only ask me my opinion if they want the harsh truth! Ha!

Some may say that what I call honesty - is really just being "mean" or "negative", but I'm not going to lie to someone just to make them feel good. If your pants are too tight - I'll tell you, if your hair looks bad - I'll tell you, relationship advice - don't ask unless you want to know!

I will say, the times I find the most difficult to be honest though is with babies. But NOT all babies are cute - we all know it - so if I happen to come across a baby that isn't so cute, I will NEVER say "Oh she/he is so cute!" instead I've perfected the "Oh, his/her "outfit, head band, etc." is so cute! Ha! But that's what I do!

I think that being honest is a talent!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

whatever tickles my fancy

The new Ipod Nano Touch! LOVE! It has a cute little clip so that you don't have to have an armband to run anymore and it has the "fitness" setting that will play music to the tempo you are running automatically! I need one ASAP!

a piece of art

"Trail of Tears" this is the only piece of art we have in our house (seriously) other than pictures of friends and family. I am in desperate need of a interior designer!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

a song that makes me cry

this is easy - you know the SPCA commercials where they show all of the abused and neglected animals? well the song playing is "Angel" by Sarah McClachlan in the background and not only does the commercial get me everytime, but the song does too!

i think "Angel" is a common funeral song and it never fails to make me shed "A" tear!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


i'm sure you are asking yourself, what the heck is a fanfic? well i won't tell you because i don't have a clue! so what did i do? checked chelse's blog, duh! so i guess it's someone that blogs!? i'm sure there is more to it, but that's what i'm going with. i read quite a few blogs, but mainly it's friends blog's, friends of friends blog's, etc. however, i came across the family pictured above's blog and was immediately hooked on following their journey. i do not know them at all, but their story is amazing to say the least.
short story - their daughter, bella, was born with a genetic skin disorder that causes her skin to blister and peel whenever friction is applied (sometimes even touched). they are now on a journey through a stem cell transplant trial that will in hopes cure her disease, again it's a trial so they are one of the first families to endure the road to a cure! bella's dad, tim, blogs every single night as a recap to the day!
some might question why i would read this, it's so sad, depressing, etc., but really the entire story is inspirational to me. you too should check it out! "Care For Annbella"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

15 month update...continued

It seem like as soon as I wrote Jack's 15 month update he started doing so many more things! The biggest is that he is walking now! I won't go as far as to say he is a pro, but he will take 3 or 4 steps at a time and then re-balance and then take a few more steps! We are SO excited! He was walking out side in Meme and Papa's yard on Sunday and I was amazed!

He also has added a few words to his vocabulary in the past week or so - crack-ooor (cracker), papa, and birrr (bird), he also has some funky two-syllable sound that he makes when he is referring to Charlie (one of our dogs), but I can't really express it in writing just yet! He also loves to whisper words - it's so cute! I think that takes us up to about 15 words! He is definitely going to be a Chatty Cathy like his mama! And he has started gasping when he hears an unfamiliar word - for example when we were at Meme and Papa's the guys were target practicing with their bows and every time he heard the bow string snap he would gasp! It was pretty funny!

Lastly, Jack has also seemed to somewhat get over the little bit of "separation anxiety" or "stranger danger" he was experiencing! That's a major plus!

a non-fictional book

This is actually the last book I read cover to cover (for work)! I was chosen to be a "Meeting Facilitator" for a process improvement project, thus the need for the book! I learned alot and it was a good read, but dry! So if you are looking for an interesting book - don't chose this one! Ha!

Monday, September 13, 2010

a fictional book

Again, not a big reader and I sometimes even find it hard to read to Jack, but I'm working on it!
The last book I starting reading (note: started - then I just watched the movie!) was "The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks. I love all his books/movies and this one did not disappoing!

"The Little Engine That Could" is the book we've read to Jack the most! He does really well and listens to the entire book no problem! I love when Chris reads to him because he says, "All the little boys like Jack and all the little girls like Piper" - Piper is Tonya's youngest daughter and I think Chris would like them to get married!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

happy anniversary!

To Us!

September 13, 2008

whatever tickles my fancy

Chris and I went to Kansas City this weekend for our 2nd anniversary! We had a great time, but I didn't really take any pictures! Dang it!
This is the view from our balcony! We stayed at the Intercontinental on Country Club Plaza!

Our Elephant Towel Animal!

We walked through the plaza on our way to dinner (note to self - don't wear 4 inch heels on a walk ever AGAIN) at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse! The food was AMAZING!

a photo taken of me recently

Most of you know, but I HATE taking pictures, especially since having Jack! So this is the most recent I have - Taryn and I on her birthday August 7th!

a photo of me from 10 years ago

Here is me and Nan from Parent's Night during Fall Football 2000 - so just about 10 years ago! I have ZERO old pictures scanned and even had to take this one with my camera and upload! Ha!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

a photo i took

These are some of my first "action" shots I took after getting my new camera! Nothing fancy, but I was pretty impressed with how good they came out!
Jack's Uncle Derek!

Some guy I didn't know!

My friend from high school, Brent!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

jack's 15 month update

This is a few weeks late, but since Jack was sick we couldn't have his "Kan-Be Healthy" visit with Dr. Mijares until yesterday! So Jack weighed 22 pounds 8 ounces and was only 29.5 inches long! Poor guy, still a shorty!

We had our development evaluation with Ashley (she is married to one of Chris' friends from Columbus, so we know her)! Everything looked good - except the gross motor, which we are all aware of! She gave him lots of little tests to do, one was so simple that Jack was like what the heck are you making me do this?! She gave him an empty water bottle and put 2 little cereal puffs and wanted him to get the puffs out...duh! She promptly turned the bottle over and dumped out the puffs, then she asked him to put them back in the bottle - so he did! She asked him to do it one more time and he looked at her, dumped out the puffs then shoved them in his mouth! It was too funny!

Jack is saying quite a few words, in his eval they look for 3-6 words - here is his list: mama, dada, no, tank cue (thank you), baaaallllll (ball), dog, K (ok), hi, hey, bye, ba-bye, uh-oh, huh-uh (not sure that's a word, but we'll count it). I think that's about it. We are now focused on learning our animals and body parts! I'm excited to see how many he knows by his 18 month appointment!

Jack has also been sprouting teeth like nobody's business! He has 4 on top and 2 (working on 3) on the bottom! All of this in the last 6-8 weeks!

Jack still IS NOT walking! There I said it...gasp! How dare he!? Well that's what I feel like people think when they learn he isn't walking! He is getting close, he is progressing, I'm not worried! Jack has always been one to do things at his own pace on his own time! I'll give it another month or so and I think he'll be running! I have witnessed a couple steps here and there on his own, but I think he just needs a little more confidence!

UPDATE: I picked Jack up yesterday from daycare and Tonya informed me that she had discovered the reason for Jack's bad attitude - his first molar popped through! Poor baby! And he is swollen really bad in the back on both top and bottom!

a photo that makes me sad/mad

This picture is of me at 16 weeks pregnant. It makes me mad/sad because I'm still a huge FAT A$$ and would love to resemble anything close to this picture again - even at 16 weeks pregnant.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

a photo that makes me happy

This picture is sick, but I wanted to be different and not just put a picture of Jack! Ha! These shoes not only make me happy, but make my feet happy! They are THE MOST COMFORTABLE shoes in the world! They are Sperry Angelfish Boat Shoes! Whoop! Whoop!

Monday, September 6, 2010

whatever tickles your fancy

Now that I'm a mom, I must say the thing that makes me happier than anything else in the whole world is seeing my little man explore, learn new things, and light up with joy over the most simple things! His innocence is precious! Love him!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

favorite quote

I'm not going to proclaim this as an all time favorite quote because I'm really not too keen on quotes or have a ton of them memorized, but I saw this awhile back as a FB status of one of my friends and it totally hit home with me...

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

This quote immediately took me back to my younger years when I was the epidomy of a real life "mean girl"! No really, hard to believe, I know, but it's absolutely 100% true and I can totally admit that now. Now as a young adult, wife and mother -I have definitely tried to change and recognize that my actions and words will, can, and do affect other people.

Those of you that have known me through both phases of my life, I hope you all agree! Thanks for sticking with me - even when I was a "mean girl"! :-)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

favorite book

This is going to be a hard one...really! I don't like/enjoy reading at all - never have! Sad, I know, but true none the less. I have been sitting here for several minutes trying to remember even the last book I read and I got nothin'! Seriously! Nothing - no recolletction at all! I can't even remember reading a book in college (did anyone actually read their text books in college?), and not even a clue about college!

So I will default to my favorite types of books from when I was younger (elementary and middle school age) and I would always, always, always gravitate towards books about WWII and the Nazi Prison Camps and how the Jewish people would hide for days, weeks, months, years... In the end the only book I can remember with the title is "The Diary of Anne Frank". I loved it, but it was sad in the end.

If you are curious - I do enjoy reading gossip mags! US Weekly, People, ect.!

Friday, September 3, 2010

favorite tv show

hi, my name is darci and i'm a tvaholic! i mean tv is my "me time" if that even really exists anymore...but my all time favorite show is Criminal Minds! love it! i have a lot of shows i enjoy watching including, but not limited to, CSI (the original), The Mentalist (he is so cute), Drop Dead Diva, Army Wives, and then all REALITY SHOWS! right now i'm addicted to Big Brother, but it's almost over so then it will be Survivor and The Amazing Race! I love all the Bravo shows - Flipping Out, The Rachel Zoe Project, all of the Real Housewives (NJ is the best), Bethany Getting Married, all of them! I'm also watching Project Runway on Lifetime right now too!

see - i'm an addict!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

favorite movie

I hate to admit it, but ever since I graduated college (and left the wild, party days behind) I have become a huge "movie-watcher". Even since we've had Jack we still watch a ton of movies! There are many a weekends where I will seriously watch 5 movies in a day and a half - pathetic I know! Ha!

Point is - there are tons of movies to choose from for a favorite! But I'll be cheesy and go with "A Walk To Remember", I was obsessed with this movie and it still makes me cry every single time I watch it!

Favorite current movie is "The Back-Up Plan" with Jennifer Lopez! It's a chick flick, but also really funny - Chris even laughed a few times and didn't complain to the entire time about how dumb it was! That says something!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

favorite song

A few friends of mine (and theirs) have joined up for a 30 day blog challenge! It's the whole month of September (feel free to join in) and today is Day 1.

Today's topic is Favorite Song, now I've had many faves in the past, but right now I'm diggin' Eminem (again - oh senior year of high school, how the memories start flowing!) in a big way! "Love the Way You Lie" is #1 on my Ipod playlist!

However, Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" is a close second! Chris particuarly likes when I sing it in the car, at the top of my lungs! No really, he appreciates it! He appreciates is so much so that he has threatened to NEVER again ride in the car with me! :-)