Ivy’s First Zoo Trip

8:08pm. Since we moved to the city, I’ve been working pretty much¬†every¬†Saturday. We have been making the best of the weekends by trying to do family things when I get off. The weather was beautiful this weekend! It reached a high of 73, which made going out perfect. Yesterday, we took the kids to the park, and today we made our way to the zoo!

It was Ivy’s first time visiting the zoo, and JJ’s second. Here are a few highlights from our day.

First Trip
First Trip
First Trip
Riverbanks
First Riverbanks Trip
First Riverbanks Trip
First Riverbanks Trip
First Riberbanks Trip

We managed to make it through the entire park without Ivy getting cranky. I’m just glad that everyone enjoyed the outing. What did you do this weekend?

Back Again (Birthday Edition)

9:45pm. I’m back once again, and hopefully I’m here to stay. I’ve been having a love/hate relationship with the MacBook I purchased back in 2008. From not being able to update the software, to swapping out hard drives. I finally upgraded to an iMac1.

January was such a busy month. Both JJ and Ivy celebrated their birthdays. JJ requested a TMNT2 cake. Specifically, he chose Donnie. I was extremely sick, but I pressed on to get a cake made. This was officially my FIRST “specialty” cake!
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Two days later, we had Ivy’s first birthday. I decided to do a number cake3. Everyone loved this one! I was feeling much better and it definitely showed, lol!
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onecandle
blow
cakeface

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about having two children with their birthdays only two days apart, but now I think it’s great! I don’t have to worry about birthdays for a whole year! Other than that, Ivy is starting to walk. Work is work. Life is life. I’m pretty sure I’ll have plenty more to write about soon.


  1. which I can proudly say that I’m using to write this post []
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles []
  3. with cupcakes []

Goodbye Weekend

7:49pm. Another weekend has come and gone. It’s particularly hard for me, because I worked yesterday. By the time I got home1,I was too tired to do anything else. Not to mention it was raining cats and dogs.

This morning, my baby girl2 had a high fever. All she wanted to do was lay around and look miserable. JJ requested cereal, oatmeal, and pancakes. And guess what?? He had all three, because I’m determined to fatten him up.

My boy will be four on the 26th and he is still so small3. I guess I can’t expect him to be super big, because I’m not big at all. A lot of people thought my parents were starving me when I was a kid. And it really doesn’t help that Ivy is almost as big as him, and she’s not even one yet.

But I’m getting off track…

Tomorrow it will be back to work and reality. I’m still trying to wrap my head around my new office. We’re fully staffed, but we have to work three to four Saturdays a month. It’s such a hassle since we never get off on time. I have to ask my sister to keep the kids or my husband has to rearrange his schedule. It’s not fun.

The weekend, mainly Saturday, used to be my time to spend with the kids. During the week, we’re all on the go. I drop them off at 7:30am and don’t see them until 6pm. Basically, with the way this banking center does schedules, I only have Sunday to spend with my children. And to think that I work for a company that claims to be one of best for working mothers.

I’m not seeing that right now. So who knows? A change may be in my future.


  1. At 2:40pm…mind you! []
  2. Ivy, in case you forgot. []
  3. Like they might think he’s malnourished if I take him to the doctor small []

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5:40pm. It’s cold and raining. I’m sprawled out on a sofa bed in my parents’ living room. Sounds of Ivy and Rescue Pup fill the background. I miss my husband.1

This weekend, we moved into our new apartment in the city.2 He starts work at his new job tomorrow. The kids and I are back down south until next weekend. My job couldn’t transfer me as fast, so the kids and I have to spend a week at my parents’.

I’m truly hoping that this week will fly by. There’s still lots of unpacking to do. I still have to put up the tree and take JJ to see Santa. Most of all, I’m ready to start a new chapter of my life.


  1. This is the longest we’ve been apart since we’ve been together []
  2. Columbia, SC []

Been A Long Time…

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post. So much has been going on with work and the family. I still haven’t managed to find that perfect work/life balance. It seems as if there aren’t enough hours in the day.

My father-in-law passed away on Memorial Day. I’ve been helping J deal with that. I can’t imagine what it feels like to lose both parents. Daddy Blake will be missed. He’s one of the first in J’s family to accept me wholeheartedly as a part of his son’s life. For that, I will always be grateful.

I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get here next. I have a review to do for Influenster, so maybe by the end of the month.