17 November 2014

The Walk of Shame

I love checking the mail. Some days, checking the mail is the only time I can get out of the house for a few precious minutes and feel the sun on my pasty white skin.

However, if you are like me, some days can be so busy around the house that getting dressed to go outside just isn't working out. It is during days like these that one may experience The Walk of Shame.

The Walk of Shame occurs when the time for getting dressed for the day has come and gone (usually around 4 pm), but that precious mail is just waiting in the mailbox, and I must get it. I must! I could get dressed, but why? I still have work to do around the house, why not stay in my comfy clothes?

To the left is a picture of my latest Walk of Shame attire. Let me give you a rundown of my outfit:

For my top, I'm wearing a red men's knit shirt (that probably used to be owned by my younger brother). Notice how I'm proudly holding up the mail I just retrieved from the mailbox? Just so you know, the only reason I'm holding up the mail and covering my chest is to hide the fact that I didn't even strap in The Girls that day (I had things to do, OK?!). Next, you will see my very fashionable plaid pajama bottoms which show off my ever-so-classy socks-with-Lorin's-sandals combination.

As you take The Walk of Shame, feelings of embarrassment or fear may come over you as you try your best to avoid your neighbors' judging eyes. There have been times when I've walked off my porch in my pajamas, only to quickly run back into the house in horror at the sight of one of my neighbors exiting their house.

In reality, my neighbors probably don't care what I or anyone else on the street is wearing when we go check the mail, and because of that, I'm not going to feel bad at taking The Walk of Shame every now and again.
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03 November 2014

4 Ways to use Halloween Candy to Your Advantage

If you are a parent, you probably understand that Halloween is both a blessing and a curse. Halloween is such a fun time to go to parties, eat treats, and see your child(ren) dress up in adorable costumes. However, one too many pieces of candy can turn these cute children into raging hobbits of fury. I'm telling you, I've been there, and I feel your pain. This is why I am going to share 4 ways to use your child(ren)'s Halloween candy to your advantage.

1. Bribery. Miranda is going through a stage where she is wanting to do away with her daily nap, but the thing is, I'm not ready. In fact, I don't know if I will ever be ready to give up that precious nap. So what do I do? I tell her that if she takes a nap, then she gets a piece of Halloween candy when she wakes up. It works like a charm, and is a win-win situation.

2. Bribery. Miranda is sometimes a picky eater and doesn't appreciate the fine foods I offer to her at dinner. However, if I tell her she gets a piece of candy for finishing her dinner, she starts stuffing her face.

3. Did I mention bribery? 

4. Sneaking candy. In a perfect world, children would understand the time and energy their parent(s) put into making an enjoyable Halloween for their kids. Wouldn't it be awesome if your child said, "Hey Mom, thanks for taking me out trick-or-treating for three hours, have some candy. You deserve it." Instead, you have eagle eyes watching your every move, making sure no parent touches the candy. This is why you have to look for opportunities to sneak some candy here and there. This way, you can enjoy some of the fruits of your labor.

Now that I have shared my secrets with you (which you probably already know and practice anyway), I want to let you know that we had a FANTASTIC Halloween. We kicked off Halloween a week early by attending our church's Halloween party and trunk-or-treat. Then, a couple days later, Lorin's dad flew in to see us. We had so much fun having him here. On Halloween day, Dad Baird and I took Miranda to Garner's Trick-or-Treat Trails. At this event, local businesses set up booths around a one-mile trail at White Deer Park and hand out candy. After that, we ate pizza, drank soda, put Miranda to bed, and watched The Grudge. Yes, Miranda did turn into a raging hobbit of fury that night, but we still love her.

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23 October 2014

Funny Happenings in the Baird Household

-You know there is a problem when you are eating at the dinner table and your sweet 2-year-old girl  rips a big one and says, "Mommy, you hear dat?" ...Yes, in fact, I did hear that.

-Miranda singing the word "yuck" to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as she refuses to eat the dinner I prepared for her.

-Lorin and I just received our absentee ballots in the mail for midterm elections and we decided last minute to run for office. It's never too late to start campaigning, right?

-Lorin and I are super into Dave Ramsey and are SO close to being out of debt right now. Since getting out of debt is something we talk about often, it is pretty common to hear Miranda going around the house saying, "debt freeeeee!" Hey, if that is the only thing she learns from us as parents, I'll be pretty happy.

-Whenever Miranda sees something furry or animal-like, she furrows her eyebrows and says, "Awww! So tute! Yep, that is right. Tute. Since she can't quite pronounce the C/K sound yet, she just replaces it with T. This only becomes a little problematic when she tries to say "kitties"or even worse, "big kitties."

Well, that's all the funnies I have for this week. Hopefully I'll have some more to share soon!

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12 October 2014

Relief

I miss the comfort of catching a cold and having my mom bring me in a mug of hot tea to soothe my sore throat. Having my parents take care of me when I'm sick--I think I miss that the most with being so far away from family.

I caught a nasty cold when my parents came for a couple week visit at our home recently, and I about cried when my mom handed me a steaming mug of honey lemon to help my cough.

These past two weeks have been full of meals I didn't have to cook, dishes I didn't have to wash, and a house I didn't have to clean. My parents took care of us.

Miranda had endless tea parties with Grandma and Grandpa while Lorin and I slept.

It was such a relief from the broken dishwasher, car repairs, bills, and work.

Even though my parents have gone back to their home in Hawaii, I feel a sense of renewal because of their help.

Thank you, Mom and Dad.

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23 September 2014

You Should Look at This

I just wanted you to know that I updated my "About" page! Since it is pretty much an update of how we are doing, I thought I would announce it in a blog post. Enjoy!

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13 September 2014

Our Epic Trip to Utah

August was a exciting month. Lorin, Miranda, and I took a trip to Utah to visit his family. Here are some fun pictures from our trip.

Lorin's sister Erika got married. She had a costume ball for the reception. So much fun!







After the wedding, we went to Lake Powell for a week. We had lots of fun and lots of sunburns.












With everyone at home together, we couldn't pass up taking some family pictures.



Thanks, Mom and Dad Baird for such a wonderful trip!

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30 August 2014

What I've Learned from Cutting Out Facebook

Last November, I wrote a blog post about how I told Lorin to change my Facebook password. Well, I just wanted to give you an update on how things are going with that.

First off, I am still going strong with this and overall,  I have found it to be an really positive change. Here are some of the observations I have made from cutting down on Facebook (the good and the bad).
  • I only feel a need to go on Facebook about once a week and sometimes once every other week-Before, I would waste so much time on Facebook throughout the day. I feel like I have more free time to do the things I really want to do. 
  • Whenever I do go on Facebook, I find that the world has not passed me by-Before making the goal to cut down on Facebook, I was worried I was going to miss out on important events in my friends' lives. I have found that I can still keep up with people by going on Facebook less and trying more to give personal phone calls or visits to see how they are doing. 
  • I sometimes fill my time going to other social media or time wasting Websites. This is something I have to watch out for.
  • I have strengthened relationships by hanging out in person more rather than interacting over Facebook-Since I'm not interacting with friends over Facebook on a regular basis, I find myself wanting to hang out with people in person more often. I now make a better effort to schedule girls nights or play dates so I can hang out with my friends. 
  • I've lost some friends because I don't interact with them on Facebook all the time-Well, I don't want to say lost, as in they are gone forever, but we just don't talk anymore. 
  • I don't compare myself to others as much as I did before-Although I still have issues with comparing myself to other women, it isn't as bad as it was before. There were so many times where I would go on Facebook and come away feeling bad because I wasn't as cool, funny, creative, spiritual, talented ect. as some of my other friends on Facebook. Through personal interaction, I find I have more in common with and can relate to the women I hang out with in person rather than trying to compete with the best sides of people that show up on Facebook. 
Like I said, this has been a really positive choice for me, and I am really happy with how things are going. Just thought I'd give you a little update. 
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