Summertime Slacking

First, I must apologize for my absence! But now that summertime is finally here, I’ve been busy enjoying the weather and long days and I have not had a chance to do much blogging. And honestly, I hope you are all doing the same!

My little guy loves the outdoors so it seems like every free moment I have is spent in our yard, at the zoo or at a nearby splash pad.

I promise I’ll be back soon with new and exciting posts. But for a few more weeks my plan is to just take advantage of the lovely weather.

Kids and Weddings

Oh what a turn of events! I was married just a couple short years ago and I did not invite any children to the wedding or reception. Mainly, the reason was cost. I did not want to pay another $20-30 for your 5 year old to attend my reception.

But I also didn’t have many close friends or family members who had kids yet. So the secret second reason for not inviting kids was to keep the head count down. I knew that our relatives who lived further away (some who I had never even met) wouldn’t bother to make the trip if they couldn’t bring their kids. And that was fine with me.

Now I find myself on the other end of the situation. I’m attending a wedding out of state in a few weeks, and my child is not invited. Part of me is devastated. I would love to make it a family trip. But with no babysitting option while we are there, it just isn’t possible.

It’s funny how having a baby can totally change your tune. A couple years ago I had no interest in having kids at my wedding – clogging up the dance floor, crying during the ceremony, etc. Now I think it is the cutest thing when the little flower girl or ring bearer is dancing the night away….even cuter when they are completely passed out in someone’s lap, exhausted from their night of fun. Sigh.

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Hard Baked Eggs?

I know I’m a little late in posting this since I tried it over Easter, but still wanted to share. I had seen a few posts about baking, instead of hard-boiling, eggs. I happen to have a terrible stove top that takes about 2 days to boil water so I was game to give it a try.

hard boiled eggs in oven

hard boiled eggs in the oven

It worked! And it was super simple! This is how I will make hard “boiled” eggs from now on.

I just put them in a muffin pan and put them in the oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Followed immediately with an ice water bath.

We used them to color Easter eggs and then later to make deviled eggs. There was no difference between a boiled egg and the ones I baked. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Appropriate Zoo Behavior?

On a recent trip to the zoo, my family and I spent some time watching the Grizzly Bears. They were very active and close to the glass so there was a bit of a crowd gathered around. There were two male bears and one female. The males were fighting on and off (presumably over the female – she was lounging in the sun nearby).

Each time they started to fight, a few young boys would chant: Fight, Fight, Fight. It struck me as really inappropriate, but not one single parent told their child to stop chanting. Yes, bears fight. It’s in their nature. But do we really want our children encouraging it?

My son isn’t old enough to understand what was happening. He just happily watched all the action. But when he is old enough, I really hope he doesn’t take part in the chant.

Am I wrong? Was this totally normal and fine behavior for the zoo?

8 Things I Learned as a New Mom

1. How to do my make-up in less than a minute.

2. How to quietly listen to everyone’s advice, knowing I have no intention of using it.

3. Breastfeeding makes you even hungrier than when you were pregnant.

4. Breastfeeding is wonderful (after you get through the painful stage).

5. There is no way a parent knows if they have an ugly baby. Luckily mine really was adorable. (See what I mean?)

6. There are way too many door-to-door salesmen in my neighborhood. Must get “no solicitors” sign for next maternity leave.

7. Turns out that changing diapers is no big deal.

8. No matter how many books or blogs I read, nothing could’ve prepare me for this life changing moment.

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