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Internet = Sparkly Unicorns

Posted 31 May 2012 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category Abigail, marriage, motherhood, other people are awesome, paparazzi, RAD, The Hubs

(Sparkly Unicorns = Magic. Therefore, the Internet = Magic.)

Many moons ago, when I was newly with child (and let’s face it, before that even), I was on a website called The Bump. I met many wonderful ladies there – many of whom I’ve since met in person and have become internet friends with.

One of those ladies I referred to as “Bacon.” It became apparent that we lived in a fairly close proximity to each other, but we never met in person. Until Yo Gabba Gabba. Finally we’d broken the ice. We became Facebook friends (which is pretty serious, as far as I’m concerned) and had windows into each others FB lives.

When Bacon…I mean Melissa was looking to build her photography portfolio, I quickly volunteered myself and the whole family, because DUH.

I should revise the formula in the beginning. Melissa = Sparkly Unicorns = Magic.




Why not? Resolutions. 2012.

Posted 03 Jan 2012 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category I am awesome, marriage, motherhood

Hi! I’m back again! How’s your mom? Great.

I haven’t done new year’s resolutions in a few years, so I figure I’ll give them a shot. I’m going to try to keep it simple, but I think we all know this will fall apart by mid-February. It’s the thought that counts though, AMIRIGHT?


  1. Keep it clean.
    This is in reference to two things. First, my house. Since I haven’t really blogged in like, a fafillion years, I need to update you with the following information. Last night I washed a pan that I used on Christmas Eve. Go ahead and read that again. Yes, it had been sitting on my kitchen counter with dried up brussel sprout remnants on it for over 9 days. Shit gets dirty in our house and it just stays that way, due to no one having time and all of us being slobs. BUT ENOUGH OF THAT. I’m going to make sure that every night, the dirty dishes are in the dishwasher, and all of Abby’s toys are back in her room and clothes are put away…okay. I’m already tired just typing that. But for serious though – this needs to happen. My brain starts to fall apart in the disarray.

    Also, must stop using swears in front of Abbers, or letting her watch non-kid friendly stuff. We had been letting her watch Family Guy (we’re up for a parenting award, I’m aware) and unfortunately she started watching the Christmas episode. After the episode was nearly over (the plot was Stewie wanted to kill Santa – TOTALLY kid friendly) we turned it off after realizing it was not even close to appropriate for her. But not before she started saying “Kill Santa!” Right. No more swears. Or Family Guy. Keep it clean.

  2. Purge, purge, purge.
    After Christmas, it became even MORE glaringly obvious that we have too much stuff in our house. Mostly, ABBY has too much stuff in our house. Yes, I have a lot of clothes and shoes but OMG. THE TOYS. They’re everywhere. We haven’t really shifted the baby toys out of the rotation yet, and thus crap is overflowing and all over the place, which contributes to my clean-house issues. We have to get rid of some of this stuff, whether it’s just storing it out of the way, or donating it, IT HAS TO GO. My friend Mae said something about stuffed animals the other day and I totally agree. Although I don’t know if I could get rid of any of Abby’s because I love them so much, but there’s SO MANY.
  3. Lay off the drugs.
    (I know, this is starting to sound like a re-hab checklist, but whatever. They’re my resolutions.)
    I mentioned back in the fall that I had started medication to make the crazies go away. They’ve been helping, for sure. But they’re also kind of numbing me out. (Remember how I don’t blog anymore? Yeah, I’m passing the blame that-a-way.) I know I’m not better yet, I still have some spectacular panic attacks, but I’m getting there. And I hope to be off these suckers sometime this summer. That would be kick ass. Turns out feeling your feelings is pretty awesome. I miss those days.
  4. Make it pretty.
    I’ve mentioned making over our bedroom and attic on this blog a few times. Know how far along I am with those? NOWHERE. I have a brain full of ideas and nothing to show for them. I would love to just DO IT. Turn our bedroom into a serene snooze-room and the attic into a shared office and guest room. And I plan on doing it this year. I know that I don’t have to do everything all at once. Baby steps. I’m cool with that. But I have to START. All I need to do is get some fresh paint on the walls and the rest will fall into place. Now, just to get the paint up on the walls…And finally…the obvious…ever present resolution…
  5. BLOG MORE. (and take more photos)
    I say this every time I blog lately. I truly DO want to blog more. However, see #3. I don’t know why, but I just don’t have it in me. When Abby’s finally in bed and the hubs and I have that hour or so before WE go to bed, I can’t imagine being productive. I just sit. Or I hop on the interwebs and Pinterest screws my night over. (It’s happened to you too, I know it.) Not to mention we’ve actually been going to bed around Abby’s bedtime lately. Pretty soon we’ll be in bed so we can catch the Wheel before it’s over at 7.

    So in addition to (Christ on a cracker, what the hell do I think I’m doing?) making sure everything’s picked up before I go to bed, I want to dump all my photos onto the computer, and craft a post or two a week. It doesn’t seem that hard, even though lately I know it is. But I am really going to try. And I think I might try a little blog makeover this year. Could be fun, right?

Wow. Okay. That’s a lot. But really it isn’t. And in the long run, these will help me feel more productive and like a real human being again. That would be awesome.

Are you attempting resolutions this year?

Fresh ink.

Posted 24 May 2011 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category I am awesome, marriage, The Hubs

Technically, re-inked. I had this touched up last week to be darker. That Tiffany blue just wasn’t holding up. Honestly, I love it even more now. (I still wear my rings, just not while it’s healing…)


My therapist made me do it.

I bought something online.

But it was necessary.

I visited my therapist this week and unloaded on her. She agreed that the culmination of the past month’s events would be enough to send anyone over the edge, no less someone who’s very familiar with PPD/A.

Sometimes it just takes hearing it from someone else’s mouth to make it all the more easy to deal with.

I can’t control a lot of things, like when Abby gets sick, or when scary stuff happens at work. I CAN try to control other things, like how much sleep I get, or stopping myself from feeling overwhelmed.

So, we devised a plan which I later shared with the hubs about how we as a family can help me, the mama, not go off the deep end. One plan is how we handle our sleep situations when Abby’s sick (like alternating having someone sleep on the couch (and that person gets the uninterrupted sleep) every other night). Another is assigning chores and days to complete them for the house. I left her office feeling optimistic; still on-edge, but optimistic. Once I finally got enough cojones to talk to the hubs (like I said before, I have communication issues) and we discussed things, I feel better.

Immediately, I knew what I had to do.

I had to buy this:

The bamboo dry erase board by CB2. I had the remnants of the gift card left after making our combined birthday purchase of this duvet. So, after docking the $35 I had left on there, this only cost me about $35 (with shipping).

I know, I broke my month long online shopping hiatus. But I really feel like this will be SO VERY HELPFUL in our kitchen so we’re both reminded of our daily chores. If we know I’m only going to do laundry on certain days of the week, I know it should all be downstairs near the washing machine or it’s not going to get done. And if the hubs sees that it’s Sunday night and he should take care of the recycling & garbage, then I wont’ have to be a nag. Hopefully, it’ll turn our house into a well oiled machine, instead of being on OSHA’s watch list with a manic, chocolate & wine inhaling micro-manager at the helm.

Not to mention this so much prettier than those ugly white dry erase boards. Am I right? Can I get a witness?

In any case, I will not buy anything else this month. And if I don’t, I’m still $165 richer than I was last month.


And I think this weekend we’re going to finally replace the point & shoot camera I lost on the way to Mexico earlier this year. (Hence the lack of cute Abbers videos lately.) Get ready to be bombarded by the cute.

La La Love You

Posted 15 Feb 2011 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category marriage, other people are awesome, The Hubs

While most of my day yesterday was spent chasing after a nearly 16 month old with a kleenex and drool rag, the hubs and I did have reservations at a great restaurant called Spill the Wine. I had a delicious viognier hybrid of sorts while the hubs had a wine pairing for all 4 courses of his meal. It was an awesome night. The in-laws kept Abby overnight, which essentially resulted in me sleeping until 2:30am and then tossing and turning for the next 3.5 hours until my alarm went off. *sigh*

But dinner was good. As are the gorgeous roses the hubs surprised me with.

Yes, I am wearing a blanket & the hubs has a sweatshirt on his shoulders. We are classy. (photo from mexico)

Love you lots, my dear. Nine years of Valentine’s days. I couldn’t ask for anything more.