Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Everything is Awesome

If you've seen The Lego Movie, that song is probably now stuck in your head.

If it wasn't already, it probably is now that I mentioned it! You're welcome!

My husband and I went to see it for our Valentine's Day date, in the afternoon before getting our daughter from daycare. Yes, we went to see a movie targeted towards children for our date, and without our child. We're awesome dorks like that. If you haven't seen the movie, it is worth checking out. We really enjoyed it.

The point of bringing up the movie is so I can share an activity that we did at work last week during our monthly department meeting. This meeting actually comprises of four departments, all of which our Controller oversees. She enjoys incorporating an activity of some sort into our meetings as an opportunity to bond with those from the other three departments with whom we do not regularly work.

For this meeting, we were each given a 2 inch square cut out of a larger picture, and were instructed to draw that image onto a 7 inch square piece of paper. And we weren't allowed to see the original image until the activity was complete. 

As soon as I got my picture piece, I immediately knew it was from The Lego Movie. And the artist in me wasn't happy we were given markers and not colored pencils, as it made the shading I wanted to do a little difficult.

Once we were all done, we each brought our enlarged puzzle pieces up to attach together and complete the picture.

This is what our final product looked like.

And here is the original image we were trying to recreate.

Overall I don't think we did a completely horrible job. The lesson behind the activity was to show how we each have part of the puzzle in the company and we are dependent on each other to accomplish the whole picture

Queue music! "Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you're part of a team!"

Monday, March 3, 2014

Weekend Recap

Friday Evening

A nice thing about my job is they let us flex our schedules during the week. There are guidelines in place to make sure we don't take off too early on any given day without arranging for the time in advance, but we are able to come and go as we would like within certain windows in order to take care of things we need to outside of work that a standard 8-5 workday may not allow.

Earlier in the week, I worked an extra 1.5 hours between Monday & Thursday. So on Friday, I was able to leave work that much earlier. I used that time to head home and get in a nice relaxing shower before picking up the baby from daycare. 

Sure, I could have gone shopping or even used the time to see movie with my husband or something fun, but I decided this would be a better use of my time. I was then able to just relax after getting Abby down for the night and not worry about squeezing a shower in before bed.


On Saturday, I finally cashed in on a present my husband got me for Christmas and had a relaxing morning at the spa.

I'm pretty bad about taking time for myself. I always have been. It's just become even worse since I became a mom. For example, in January, I got my hair cut for the first time in 9 months (and I could have used it a long time before then). And while I mentioned to my husband that one thing I would love for Christmas was a massage, he knew that I wouldn't actually get one unless he paid for it in advance.

So on Saturday, I got a few blissful hours to myself while I relaxed in an aromatherapy whirlpool, received a 60-minute massage, and got a foot therapy scrub and a facial. It was very much needed, though I will be honest about the fact that I found it difficult to turn my brain off and stop worrying/thinking about things and fully enjoy the moment. 


It was another run-of-the-mill kind of Sunday for the most part.

After church, we stopped by Home Depot, as my husband has decided he wants to take the time to spruce up our yard a bit. We are renting our house, however the homeowner doesn't seem to take much pride in the condition of his grass or the overall landscaping (even though we were told he had a landscaping company that would come treat the yard when we signed the lease). The only effort he puts into it is he sends out a guy to cut the grass every few weeks or so.  So my husband has decided to take on the task of fertilizing the grass to help bring it back to life, remove any weeds, and plant new shrubs in the front yard.

This Sunday was our first trip to the store to pick up the lawn food, weed killer, and other essentials to prep the yard. Then next weekend we'll make our way back to select the shrubbery and/or flowers we want to decorate with. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Abby - 8 Months Old

My baby girl turned 8 months old last week. Boy, time sure is flying by!

This month, Abby started cruising and loves her new found ability to walk around while holding onto things. She has even taken to the point where she will actively push her play table while standing, moving it across the room. She then gets upset when she pushes it into something and cannot move it any farther.

She also cut two more teeth, bringing the total up to four. Now that her pearly whites are poking through, we started brushing her teeth and gums. The very first time we did it, she did not care for it one bit. Thankfully she actually began to enjoy it and loves it when I do it (probably because it helps to soothe those poor gums).

Watching her, it appears she is becoming stronger and stronger each day. Looking at her, you wouldn't be able to necessarily tell that she is closing in on 20 pounds, and I honestly believe it is because she has so much muscle. She lifts and pushes around toys that I wouldn't expect her to be able to move so easily at this age. She has also taken to doing little baby pull-ups and loves to grab onto the top edge of her pack 'n play and work on pulling herself up.  Needless to say, we were sure to lower her crib down to the lowest possible setting this past month :)