Monday, January 26, 2009


I still have more stuff I want to do, but tonight....I don't want to. Anyway, you can read it now. :) Maybe tomorrow night will be a better night.....we'll see.

Working on it

Hey Peeps....I'm playing around with a new look when I should be cleaning for my client. So I'm going to go clean now, and I'll be back later to get this font thing sorted out. And Yes, I know I need to blog again for realsies with pictures and everything, but......well, excuses excuses. Ok, see you soon.....I hope!

Friday, January 9, 2009


Dear Peaches,

Why do you hate me? All I want is to feed you to my son, and I get the feeling that you do not want me to do that. Is it because I had never really tried you myself and still said I didn't like you? Well, I did try you today, and you know're not that bad! And yet still, you fight me. You mock me with the fuzzy softness. But you're as tough as an apple, holding on to your skin and that pit for dear life. Even after being blanched, you still won't let go of that peel. When I try a new tactic, a potato peeler, you use your slippery-ness to make me look silly, slipping out of my hands and bouncing all around the sink. And trying to dice you with that pit you love so much, now that's a science. Well, I got the better of you! I steamed you well, and pureed the crap out of you! I have to say it was one of my best purees yet. AND Declan LOVED you! So you may try to make my life hard, and discourage me from making my own baby food, but I will not fold! I will only try harder! So just stop fighting me. Cause you will lose. You already have.

Becky, a now stronger person for defeating the peaches

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Christmas 2008

As you can see, Declan had a very fun first Christmas! I did not so much. The Sunday before, I started having some random back pain, I don't know what from but it was not good. By Monday morning, I could barely walk. I definitely could not hold Declan. :( My wonderful parents came over and spent the WHOLE day with me, taking care of D so I could rest and heal. Throughout the week it got better and worse, Boxing Day being THE worst. But, now I'm way better! Having Trevor home for two 4-day weekends in a row really helped.

Christmas Eve was spent at Gary and Nina's, with Danica and fam. Every year as Ethan gets older, it's more fun to watch him enjoy unwrapping his gifts, and then playing with them. Of course, it wouldn't be Christmas without Crackers. Ethan wanted to pull all of them, this years were hard to pull though and he needed a bit of help! Good times!
The best we could get of all 3 with the presents
Dec getting a set of keys....and my weird face
Ethan and Bella opening a gift together
First of many new clothes
Ethan getting help with the Cracker
Us in our Cracker crowns!

Christmas morning, Declan and I got up like a normal morning about 7-ish, we had breakfast, played a little bit, and then I put him back down for his morning nap around 9.....and then went back to bed myself! We all slept until about 11 and then it was lunch time for D. He didn't even get to his presents until almost 12! Trevor and I didn't really plan how the morning would go, I was expecting us all to get up in the morning and open presents after breakfast. Guess I should have told Trevor that! :) Oh well, it's not like Declan was feeling the anticipation or even knew what was going on with the presents! Perhaps I should enjoy the "sleeping in" while I can! :) It was still so fun to help Declan unwrap his gifts from us, even though he was with us when we got them and will just put them in his mouth instead of actually playing with them. :) We got him some bathtime toys since he has graduated to the big bath tub, "Little People's Noah's Ark" and the extra animals that go with them (with the intent that he could chew on them for now and play with them later!), an interactive (and NOISY!) little game, and your classic Rock-a-Stack. Yeah for toys! We knew that he would get plenty of clothes from Grandparents...we were right! :)
Trevor's wrapping job...
My wrapping job....Trevor's the perfectionist, can you tell? :)
Our Christmas baby on Christmas morning
A blurry Declan with our tree
Opening his first gift, and apparently so excited to unwrap it!
Remember how I was saying he could pull himself up with help? Well when we weren't watching that morning, he pulled himself up all on his own! All of a sudden we look over and there he is, standing and staring at us, as though he was thinking: "Did you see that? Were you even watching?! Whatever."
Dec and Daddy on Christmas, afternoon

That afternoon we went to my parents for the big family get together. EVERYONE was there! My brothers and their families, all 3 of my Grandparents, 2 of my aunts...that's alotta people! My back was pretty bad that day, so I didn't get to hold Declan or open his presents....I did not like that. Not because I'm selfish and wanted to open his presents and pretend they were mine (oh, no, definitely not that....) but because I was across the room and couldn't pay attention to what was from who...or whom....or whatever! It's hard to thank people when you don't know what (or if) they gave you! Oh well....THANKS everyone who gave Declan stuff! :) I got a SEWING MACHINE!! I've been wanting one for years! Yeah!! Now all I have to do is learn to sew.....

What another treat it was to watch Gemma and Hope receive their gifts! Grandma is a SPOILER!! She got them a play-kitchen set to play with at her house, and each of them a mini couch/bed. Gemma got "Dora" and Hope got "Backyardigans". (Not to mention tons of clothes and toys for all 3 grandkids.) They LOVED them and as soon as they were given and until the kitchen was revealed, the girls only wanted to lay on their (or eachothers) beds! I kept waiting to see a "Cars" one for D...... ;) Unfortunately, I did not get any pictures of this. :( Rest assured, it was adorable!
Santa Baby ready to pass out gifts!
We tried (unsuccessfully) to get a good picture with the babies and the Great-Grandparents:
Declan loves GG Sugar!
Devil Daddy showing Declan his knew Bongo Drums
I don't know why Trevor is making that face, but it's funny. That book must be Awesome!
Dec opening presents with Grandma
Dec and all his loot!

This year we gave portraits of the grandkids as gifts:

Gill side...

Allan side....

And Declan....

We had a fun New Years too. For the whole year leading up to New Years I think it's a lame holiday, and totally anti-climactic. But then in the last couple minutes I get all excited inside! Not that I show that to anyone.....gotta keep my bored game face! :) Anyway........our friends Colin and Sandra came over and we had pizza and ice cream and played board games. Totally my kind of night! Thank you, friends, for coming over to us so we could keep Declan's routine and bedtime the same.....glad we could help by moving closer to you! :)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas as well and a safe New Years. I didn't get to sending out Christmas cards this year and I'm bummed about that, but I plan on sending "post Christmas" cards and then writing a Year-end letter and posting it here. Yeah, that's the plan. :)
And here's some more pictures, just for fun!
Watching the Simpsons. Colin and Sandra must be so proud! :)

What a face!

SOOOOOO adorable!

"Let's watch a movie!"

Declan practicing his ski jump pose in his sleep.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Remember this blog? When I wrote it, I made a claim that you would be seeing a new me. I believe I said soon. Well the current "new me" is about 5 pounds heavier. Crap. So, as most of the world is doing, I resolve to lose weight this year. I will leave it at that for now, as to not lock me into specifics. I do have goals and such, but I have this crazy notion that if I post them, I won't stick to them. So what I will do for you is post a picture and do the strangest thing a women would do and tell you my current weight. Gasp!! :)

Me, Jan. 1st, 2009. 169lbs

Yeah, I know, I look so happy! It's your typical "Before" weight loss picture!

What's spurs this on you ask? A combination of things. Who doesn't always have the thought in their mind that they need to lose weight? And I was at Old Navy yesterday and though I did not try on any pants, the ones I was wearing were a size 14, and there was some serious muffin top going on! (There's nothing like looking in a full length mirror trying on new clothes and not liking how they look because they showed the rolls!) And I've been wearing Grace's "transition" clothes (too long now) and she's gonna need them in a few months!'s the new year, a new start, perfect time to start documenting! :) Before I was pregnant I was hovering around the 150 mark. Already that was yuck. Then I gained about 40 pounds during pregnancy, which isn't bad, but a little more than I wanted. After having D, I had lost about 25 pounds, but then I have started gaining again. Eww. So now we're here.

Wanna hear something funny? I have the opposite problem of an anorexic girl. I think I'm smaller than I really am! In my head of course, I have a mirror and I'm not blind! :) So I'm always taking too small sizes to the fitting rooms and getting annoyed with my self when they don't fit. Ha! Silly me!

Ok, so I don't have a plan yet, but I do need to get one together. Since the move and the leaving of the salon (which I still haven't blogged about.....We moved to Irvine, and I am no longer at the salon....there, that's all you get...for now!) I've had more free time on my, well I will now that Christmas is over. The times I have been best at losing weight was when I had a SPECIFIC workout regimen (and when I've been a bridesmaid.....but now all my friends are married. I need some new single friends! :) So a schedule I will make. I said I wouldn't post goals, but here is what I would like to achieve: Weight: 140, pant and dress size: 8 (or smaller in some stores!), shirt size: Medium. That's reasonable yeah? Not too waif-ish? I don't know if my body at 140lbs would work a size 8....guess I'll need to tone and what not, too. And my nursing boobs will be hard to deal with, but that's only for about 5 more months if I'm lucky. I also took pictures of my post baby belly.....NOT pretty! I will not post, but if I am able to make a drastic change there, perhaps a before and after might be suitable.

Alright, so wish me luck. I know this is supposed to be a blog about motherhood, but hey, being a mom can do heinous crimes to your weight. And thus, this will definitely be an adventure!