Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bailey's Moving and Storage ipad 2 Contest

Just wanted to let everyone know that Bailey's Moving and Storage is holding a HUGE contest to win a free ipad 2!  Bailey's Moving and Storage is a moving company that started in Provo, Utah, in 1952 and has thrived since then.  Most notably, Bailey's is the official moving company for the Utah Jazz and Brigham Young University football team.  OH.  And my husband works for them!  Small detail :)


Anyways, back to the contest.
I know the print is a little small, so I've added my list of need-to-knows down below!  PS:  Click HERE to go to Bailey's Facebook Page.


Here are some of the key details:

  • ANYONE can enter.  Anyone.  Employees.  Grandmas.  Anyone.  
  • You can submit AS MANY ENTRIES as is humanly possible for you.  Enter by doing the following:
    • Find a moving related article and send in a link along with a sentence describing the content of the link (1 entry)
    • Take a creative picture with a Bailey's truck--preferably one with you in it.  Make it fun! (2 entries)
    • Write a blog entry about a moving related topic--you must have at least 4 paragraphs and cite any sources you use--no plagiarism.  (10 entries)
  • There is no limit to the amount of entries that you can have---so if you have the time to write 100 entries, DO IT.  
  • Submit your entries to contests@baileysallied.com
  • Contest runs June 1st-July 1st.  It starts TO-MORROW!
I'm going to be writing a lot of articles on the blog to try and win this sucker...it's only for a month and then we'll be back to the regular updates on the Kirby family.  


Alright kids, go win yourself an ipad :)  



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A visit to the doctor starts it all....

On Friday we took Hayden to the doctor for his 15 month check up and shots.  We skipped over his 12 month appointment because we had a 60 day lapse in insurance (from the new job).  Because of this, I didn't get to share Hayden's stats with you all like I normally do.  Sad, but, oh well.  So here's baby Hayden today:


Waiting for dinner--he's such a happy boy!

As my camera was focusing, Hayden had his finger up his nose!  By the time the camera was ready, his finger was down by his mouth.  DANG!  That would have been a funny picture!


This is my funny-faced 15 month old!  I love this boy.
Favorites:
  • Fruit: Oranges (if I let him, he'd probably eat 2 or 3 cuties in one sitting!)
  • Vegetable:  Peas
  • Main Dish:  It's a toss up between Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches and Potato Stew.  He just LOVES both.
  • Snack:  Graham Crackers and Greek Yogurt
  • Thing to do:  Spin in a circle, climb on the couch, read "touch and feel" books


Eating his mandarin oranges.  He just loves these things!

Fears:
  • Bandaids  (I was afraid of Bandaids for a long time as a kid!)
  • Flubber
  • Play doh
  • Rooms filled with lots of people (It takes him a while to warm up.)
Stats:
  • HEIGHT:  29.5 inches  (5-10 %ile)
  • WEIGHT:  21.9 pounds  (10 %ile)
  • HEAD CIR:  46 cm  (10-25%ile)
We gave Hayden a bath tonight after his dinner, thinking that it would calm him down.  Nope...it just made him hyper!

Basically, my baby is TINY.  I am shocked! Paul and I are both tall, so to have a baby that is small is just strange!  We're hoping Hayden hits a growth spurt in high school (like Paul did) and gets to be as tall as his daddy!



Also at his doctor appointment, Hayden had the pleasure of getting 5 shots!  Poor boy.  I helped hold him down while the nurse administered vaccines.  I really don't envy her job!  Hayden kicked her once or twice and she exclaimed to me, "WOW!  I didn't realize how strong he is!".  Ha ha, poor nurse lady :(

Daddy helped towel off Hayden.

Friday and Saturday I kept Hayden on a steady stream of Tylenol and Advil.  Even with that, he was still cranky and feverish.  Saturday was probably the worst--I felt so bad for Mr. Hayden, but I knew that the vaccines he got would help to keep him healthy.  What are ya gonna do?

A naked baby bum after his bath!  TOO CUTE.  

On top of his shots, Hayden is also teething.  He now has EIGHT teeth and is quite the eater.  His teeth, the blessing that they are, still bug him.  Yesterday was the worst day we've had in a long time!  Nothing made him happy--I tried giving him his favorite foods, giving him new foods (like popsicles), Advil, Tylenol, his teething necklace, playing, reading books, flubber....nothing worked.  Plus I found out that Hayden is deathly afraid of flubber!  Awesome.  By the time Paul got home, I was so mentally and emotionally exausted that I just laid on the couch and cried for a while!  I couldn't get Hayden to be or feel happy, and I just felt like a failure!  I felt like he hated me---it was just a really bad day!
One of Hayden's favorite things to do is to be naked and crawl around on our bed.  Not sure why...

My patient husband got Hayden to bed for me (yeah, I hadn't gotten Hayden to nap at all that day), picked up the house a little, and gave me a foot massage.  Totally helped!  AAAAAnd, Paul told me he had the next day off, so today I got to have a Mommy's Day Off.  Is was soooo appreciated.  I went I got my hair done (something I've put off for WAY too long), and did a little shopping--all of which I did sans child.  Paul watched Hayden all day!  I couldn't believe how much good a little pampering and "me time" did for me.  I highly reccommend it--every one was happier and Hayden was perfect for his daddy.  

My new do.  I added lots of highlights, LOTS of layering, and left the length.  It was styled by the stylist at  Ulta.  I never like how other people do my hair!

The back of my hair.  Hayden and I went on a walk--that's why it's in a ponytail.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

I Have a Monkey on my Hands!

Hayden learned a new trick yesterday (and I managed to get it on film today). We were both in the living room when I realized that he had climbed up onto the couch!  He was completely hyper and so proud of himself for climbing up all by himself.



video




Hope you enjoyed!

Friday, May 4, 2012

This is ME: School Nerd.

Hayden is asleep and I'm really in the mood to blog.  I decided to add a post to my This is ME series.  It's not from the This is ME blog, which you can visit HERE, but I thought of something I'd like to add. So here's the story.  


I was on Pinterest today and came across something for Hayden (for a few years down the road).  It's a pack of activities to keep your kindergartner's skills sharp over the summer.  The nerdy part is that I had something similar when I was that age, and I LOVED it.  My mom had a box full of flashcards and coloring sheets that I begged for her to let me into!  I wanted structure and work.  I wanted to do homework again.  I was SUCH a nerd!  

Fast-forward a few years and I was basically doing the same thing.  I remember we went to a Mariner's game as a family.  Now if you know me, you'll know that I HATE to watch sports, for the most part.  I am definitely an athlete--I love to play.  But I can't stand the boredom of watching a game.  So there I was...sitting in the then King Dome watching a game with no end in sight (seriously, how long are baseball games?  Are NINE innings and COUNTLESS hours really necessary?).  Luckily, being the nerd that I was, I brought some homework with me to work on.  

Proof that I love playing sports!  I was 7 here.


More proof that I am a lover of PLAYING sports...I think I was 14 here.


The Kingdome at night.

Here's the bad part:  it was summer.  I didn't have any homework.  I made it up.  People that were sitting in our section were looking at me like I was psychotic.  Was it my fault my parents dragged me to something I didn't want to go to?  No.  So I made the situation better by...doing homework....?

Nerd alert!

Seriously though, this shows you how much I HATE watching sports.  

Other than the fact that I love doing homework, I am a nerd because of the other slightly weird things that I like to do.  Today I volunteered to edit a British Literature paper on Jonathan Swift.  I VOLUNTEERED.  And I loved every minute of it.  

I also love to be SUPER organized (doesn't mean that I always am!).  I love places like The Container Store, The Great Indoors, and Ikea for all of their organization possibilities.  I have a secret basket obsession.  I use different baskets to keep my candles, socks, camera equipment, extra blankets, etc in.

I would LOVE to have this in my kitchen.  I would so eat more fruit!  (PS:  I currently store my fruit in TWO places:  one, in a decorative trifle bowl on my table...just oranges, and two, all extra fruit goes in a basket--duh--which is either on a counter or on top of the fridge.)

Don't you LOVE this?!?  It's apparently a rack meant for books from Ikea.  I got this picture from a blog.  The lady put it in her kitchen and slapped some chalkboard paint on it (because everything is better with chalkboard paint!).  I love the labels that she made to go with the bottles, too.

Makeup drawer organization.  My stuff is literally just thrown into the drawer :(
  

OH.  And then there's the obsession with school supplies.  Almost forgot about that one.  I LOVE school supplies.  It takes me hours to pick out the perfect binder that will keep my papers organized for a whole year.  After all, is there anything worse than a binder that breaks or isn't big enough to hold all of your stuff?  Maybe paper dividers that rip....

Mmmmmm...freshly sharpened pencil....

Anyways, trust me.  I'm a nerd.  And I can't stop!