My Pampers VoxBox: From #SagtoSwag

Earlier this month I got the notification that every Influenster is excited to get!  I've been chosen for a VoxBox!  And not just any VoxBox, but one that I already knew I would love!

Why?  Because it was for Pampers Cruisers.  And because Pampers Cruisers are our diaper of choice for #BeckettDean.  What's not to love about free samples of a product you already love!

Beckett is almost 7 months old now, when he grew into a size 3 diaper we switched him from the Pampers Swaddlers to the Pampers Cruisers.  At first it was by mistake, we didn't realize that we weren't getting what we'd always gotten.  But Cruisers, though not as soft as the Swaddlers, seemed to fit him better and they had the most cheerful, colorful designs!

We have been fortunate that we've never really had any issues with diaper rash and I believe that's because Pampers does a good job of keeping moisture off of and away from his skin.  On that same note, leaky diapers have not been an issue yet which is just another reason why Pampers Cruisers is and will continue to get our seal of approval.

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Our family visited the local library this past weekend.  They've redesigned the Children's Library since I was last there so I wanted to walk through to see what they'd done with the place.

As we were there I found a book that I couldn't simply walk past.

Because, I swear, my oldest son wrote this book.

Sure, it says that it was written by Leslie Patricelli....but that's obviously the name that Ty authored it under.  He is only ten.  It wouldn't be safe for him to author a book under his real name.

Every page I turned reminded me more and more of this wonderful, crazy, gas-filled boy that I adore.

It's just him.

And I think it'll make the perfect Christmas present for him to give his little brother this year.

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Last night we made our annual trip to the County Fair.  We had the perfect weather for Ty to enjoy the games and rides and for Beckett to enjoy all the new sights and sounds!  His little head was turning every direction as he took it all in!

First we went to see the animals where the goats & pigs were blocked off due to showing.  So we went over to the poultry and rabbits where Beckett was amazed by the feather-covered puppy dogs and the long-eared kitties!  They certainly didn't look like anything he'd seen before!

After the animals, we headed over to grab some eats and let Ty ride the rides.  Ty enjoyed a bag of cotton candy, Daddy got some nachos, and Mama shared her funnel cake with Beckett-Boy.

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After that we were suckered into letting Ty play a game to try to win a huge Gizmo stuffed animal. Twelve dollars later he had a significantly smaller giraffe...(shown in the picture)

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Beckett was enthralled with the lights and sounds of the fair. He was constantly looking one direction and then the next and then the next and then the next.

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Finally Mama had to steal a quick picture with him.

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And then to prove we were all actually there as a family, we made Big Brother stand still long enough for a family picture.

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All in all, we had a great time. We were disappointed with some of the song selections that were being played by Moore's Greater Shows in an environment that was filled with young children. And I am that person, I did shoot them a polite message making them aware of the vocabulary words that were in the music being played.

But it was a good night with good memories and it was a blast watching both boys enjoy themselves.

The Empty Child

We have a Whovian baby today!

The Day I was a Perfect Parent

It's all over the news and Social Media these days.  Imperfect Parents making mistakes.  It makes me thankful that I had that one day that I was completely and totally the perfect parent.

Because of that one day, I can sit in judgment of other imperfect parents.

Because of that one day, I can declare myself as above those mistakes because for one day I was exactly that.

I can't tell you the exact date that I was a perfect parent.  But I know that it must have happened.

Baby Brain has run rampant on me the last few months so I doubt it would have been since Beckett was born, no offense to that Happy Little Boy.  Actually, I know it couldn't have been since Beckett was born because his whole life he's either slept in my arms in bed with me, or in a crib that has (prepare yourselves, this is super scary) a bumper pad.

Maybe it was when Ty was a baby.  He was a pretty easy baby, too, so maybe that day of Perfect Parenting happened then.  Except that we had a quilt under the sheet of his crib to help soften the hard mattress.  That's definitely not acceptable Perfect Parent behavior.  Nor was the night that I put him in the car-seat and put the car-seat in the crib so that I could finally get some sleep.

Oh, and I didn't breast-feed him (or Beckett for that matter).  Being a mother that doesn't breast feed means that you don't care about your baby, their brain development, or their overall well being.  So that means it couldn't have been during his first year when he was taking formula.  I'm sure it must have been after that.

Darn.  I didn't keep him rear-facing until he was two-years-old, as is suggested.  Obviously I wasn't a good parent if I didn't do that.  So maybe after he was two.  Surely my perfect day of parenting happened then.  He did have that phase where he basically just wanted Vienna Sausages and Crackers for supper, so it couldn't have been on a night when I let him indulge because a perfect parent would have provided three square meals a day, perfectly balanced with cute and crafty little snacks in between.

Man.  That really narrows it down.  But I'm sure that happened at some point.

It definitely wouldn't have been on a day when I had him vaccinated because even though science has proven the benefits of a vaccine far outweigh any negative side-effects, Society tells me that I should believe some Blogger Mom who cites unreliable sources from the Internet.  I mean sure, those sources came back and said that their studies were fallible but they wouldn't have published them if they didn't really believe them.  And belief counts for something in the face of actual scientific research and medical evidence, right?

There was also that time that he got the (thankfully near-empty) bottle of Tylenol out of the diaper bag and went all bottoms-up with it.  (Sidenote:  The Poison Control Hotline asks for an uncomfortable amount of information before they actually provide you any assistance...pretty sure I've got a red-flag by my name somewhere.)  It definitely was not that day.  A Perfect Parent would have been watching their kids and interacting with them at all times.

It would have been on a day that I drove perfectly, too.  Not a mile above or below the speed limit.  I came to a full stop at every stop sign and was 100% aware of all things going on around me at all times.  But never distracted.  Which means my cell phone would have been put away, my music would have been at a reasonable level, and Ty would probably have been asleep in the age, weight, and height-approved car-seat.  It certainly wasn't that time that he was throwing the mother of all tantrums and I was swatting blindly in the back of the car trying to connect with any part of him that I could reach.  That was definitely not perfect parent material.

Nor was the time that I showed him I could scream louder than him and was therefore the winner of the fit-throwing contest.

And it would have to have been a day that I wasn't distracted by cell phones or television shows or the Internet.  I must have spent the day snuggled up with him or playing games with him.  Maybe it was the day that I built the giant tent in the living room and we watched movies together.  Except that I had pop-corn and cotton candy and all sorts of sweets set out for him to snack on in lieu of supper.  So nix that.

I'm still better than the parents that I see at Walmart.  I've never-ever had to raise my voice at my child or tell them "Stop running!", "Put that back where you got it", "Quit touching stuff", "Get out of the clothes rack and off of the floor", or "For the last time, I am NOT getting you a toy today!  You've got a birthday in two weeks!"

Actually I'm pretty sure I've said all of those.  So on my day of Perfect Parenting, we obviously didn't go shopping.

I'm starting to wonder if I even spent the day with him at all...maybe he was away at Nana & PaPaws and I spent the perfectly allotted and acceptable amount of time missing him and thinking of him while still getting some much needed "Me Time".  Because "Me Time" is important to moms, too.  So that's probably it.  He was away with his grandparents.  And I didn't forget to call him before bedtime.

See!  There you go!  I was a perfect parent one day!  I didn't do any actual parenting on that day, but it still counts.  I'm sure of it!

And because I was the perfect parent, I can sneer and make ugly comments at other parents when they make mistakes.  Sure, I've made those mistakes before.  Or I could very possibly make the same mistake in the same set of circumstances.  But I'm above that.  I have the Perfect Parent trophy from that one day that I wasn't really a parent at all.

DIY: Trampoline Redo

This week I've used muscles that I don't believe I have ever used before in the history of me.


I hurt in places that I didn't know there were muscles that could hurt.

For instance, when putting deodorant on this morning I discovered that there are very obviously muscles in ones armpits. And mine were screaming at me!

When attempting to tuck a shirt in this morning I realized just how many different places that different muscles are located in your upper arms (LOTS). I abandoned that shirt very quickly in favor of one that didn't have to be tucked in.

And while writing down a phone message earlier, I learned that there are muscles all around your fingers and throughout your hands that are obviously not used in any strenuous capacity throughout a normal day's work.

Speaking of fingers....the finger tips of both pointer fingers and both thumbs are so swollen that my iPhone can't identify my fingerprints for my Touch ID.

What's got me all bent out of shape (quite literally)?

In a nut-shell it would be candidly honest to just say that I got my butt off the couch. But more specifically, I've been putting together a trampoline for The Boy.

On Monday evening, The Husband and I got the trampoline out of the attic where it's been in storage for 3-4 years now (thanks to Destructi-Dog's destructive tendencies....) That evening while The Husband tended to The Baby, I assembled the trampoline and attached as many springs as I could do on my own (about half of them). The Husband then came out to help me with the last few and then we moved the trampoline across the yard and we called it a night.

Yesterday evening, part two commenced after purchasing some pool noodles and some textured Rustoleoum spray paint. Again, The Husband watched The Baby (and cooked supper) while I spray-painted the frame and springs of the trampoline. I let that dry while I had supper and dissected pool noodles into 6" sections. Then I went back out and removed the springs one at a time and slide them into the pool noodle sections before reconnecting them to the frame.

All seventy-two springs.

At the end of the night, the trampoline looked like it was brand new.

And this morning I felt like I was quite old.

But it will be so worth it to be able to see The Boy having fun in his yard again.  It's been too long, it's time to take our yard back.

Baby's First

Look who made the Dallas Comic Con Facebook page!

How completely cool is that?! And how completely cute is this boy!

More to come later, I just had to share!