Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Serious Baby-itis Here In Our House.

I have been diagnosed with a serious mental condition.
(self diagnosed).
I call it Baby-itis. Matt even gets it sometimes too (note: never to the point where we're all set to go).  
I've had it for a good 3 years. (13 years actually).
It gets dramatically worse with each month that passes. If Matt could stop being so amazing for like one second I think it would help. Seeing him with sweet little Avery has made the baby-itis flair. He is usually very timid around babies but he told me that lately he feels very comfortable :) I love love love that. Music to my ears! He is going to be the most amazing dad in the world. I can't wait for all the incredible things he will teach our children. He teaches me at least 5 new things a day. Wow, our future little Lanese's are going to be some pretty lucky kiddos. Just today he taught me that they have changed the Main Street music at Disneyland and also sat me down to tell me it's okay to want a baby so badly. It felt good to have that okay from him. 

We won't be trying for a while yet there are still some super importants to check off the list. 3 to be exact. We just recently got to cross one off the list and I made a huge deal out of the act of crossing it out. Made Matt do it with me lol. As in stand behind me at the computer to watch me delete it from the list. I feel giddy knowing theres something checked of "that" list.

There have been months where it is gone completely but then it comes back with a vengeance.
I have a feeling it's here to stay. Who am I kidding when I say I can wait until I'm 28, haha what a joke. What I do know is that I can wait for these things to get checked off the list.
-No debt
-4 door car
-money in savings (not a ton, but enough that if our car broke down or our baby had to go to the hospital that we wouldn't feel the effects of that)

We are definitely on the right track and that makes me so so happy. I am proud of us that we haven't given in to ignoring the list and that we have indeed waited and that we are indeed still waiting. Even with my insane baby-itis. 

Blogs & Pinterest do not help this disease. But, it makes me happy when I feel prepared.
I'll let you in on a secret. You can think I'm weird, but I think it's cool.
I have been buying children's books every now and then and we have them in storage so our kids will be the first little readers of these books in the rocker with us. 
So on Sunday I purchased another one and decided that I will buy a new one every Sunday. It helped me a lot. It was like baby therapy. I felt happy all day knowing I bought something for our kids even though they are only just big dreams still. 

I wrote in it too and I will write in them every week.
"This book was purchased for you by mommy on January 29th, 2012. You are only still a dream to me but I already can't wait to meet you. Always remember how lucky you are." (The book was Dr. Seuss's "Do You Know How Lucky You Are?") I think it will be cool to look back and they'll know I loved them so much before they even existed. Matt said he's going to buy Disney Blu-Ray's but not write in them lol. I did ask him to HA. He said "Honey, Really?! No." Haha....I told you, this baby-itis is bad... 

I've been learning a lot with Katie having Avery. I thought I learned everything I could have possibly learned between my mom, Haley & Megan but now I'm learning more...it's amazing. I love it. I learned about Reflux the other day and she also taught me all about choosing an OB and pediatrician and when you can do that. I am going to be interviewing OB's (throughout the next year-ish) because we have a brand new hospital in Issaquah and the birthing rooms are absolutely amazing and beautiful and huge. I got new insurance (that's what got checked off the list) that would allow me to go to one of the doctors there. It's 5 minutes from our house. I only go to a family doctor here for my yearly appointments so I'm going to start getting my yearly appointments done from an OB so I can ask them questions and they can be there when we start our journey. I am going to be the super annoying patient with 80 bajillion questions. Oops. Child birth terrifies me. The more I know the better. 

I've decided to not hold this in anymore. It's been pretty bad for a good month now and I'm just going to enjoy it instead of try to hide it from everyone. Well I don't hide it from Matt, Katie or my parents but the rest of the world :) It's nothing to be ashamed of. I'm a married woman who owns her own business, loves her husband crazy a lot and loves babies/children. By the time we have a baby that's actually out of me and born we will have lived together alone for almost 5 years. That's really a long time. I think it's perfect :) And as my mom keeps telling me, "Even if you got pregnant now, your a million times better off than we were when you were born, you guys are doing a great job." So that feels good too. I was born in a ghetto (not as ghetto then) apartment in Milwaukee, Cody too. Our kids won't be born in a house but we really really like our apartment and this extremely family friendly neighborhood we live in :) 

Just have really been enjoying being married and the non-stress that comes along with that. I love my husband more than anything in the whole world, so much that I just want a family with him so more people can be in this world to see how amazing he is :) Our kids are going to love him! They'll probably secretly love him more than me because I'm going to be an annoying mom who doesn't stop hugging them and cries at the first day of kindergarten, 1st grade, middle school, high school...not wanting to leave their dorm...oh boy I feel tears coming on now lol. If they have my personality they're going to be the kids at preschool saying "Mommy GO!" Sad :( I can't believe I did that to my mom...how sad :( And now look, I live 2,000 miles away or is it 3? I think 2. Sad again :( Our kids are going to have a deal with us early on though that we're all moving to Florida when they graduate. Ha. 
(photo below is just a joke everyone..I'm sure our children will not own these so please don't ask lol)
Woo okay, I got it all out. I may regret it for comments I hear later. That's fine though :) I want to remember this time. I want to remember it so that the one day when we have a 6 month old who won't stop screaming and I want to just crawl in a ball and cry or a 2 year old dropping to the ground in a tantrum in the middle of Target...I can remember how bad I wanted that now :) 
I've also gotten over the whole bet thing with my sister-in-law. If we end up losing $50.00 because we have a baby before our first year of marriage, it's not the end of the world. It would actually be the happiest thing in the world because that means we would be blessed enough to not have to wait to get pregnant. It would mean all my fears are not true. It would mean that I am not someone who would have the terrible emotional pain of wanting a child so badly and not being able to conceive one without help from doctors. (Biggest fear in life is that I won't be able to have a baby, that we'll wait to start trying and I'll be someone with fertility problems. I already cry about it and we have never even tried. For all I know I could be a Fertile Mrytle.) Let's hope. 

Have a happy day everyone :) I'm going to go take Cogsy for a walk.

Monday, January 30, 2012


I love making goals...we actually both make lots of them.

Here are our current goals -- Extremely short term first:
*I would like to finish the laundry before I leave for work tomorrow morning (dryer beeped. done)
*Matt has 10 minutes to finish his homework assignment before it's late. (finished before I published this)

Short Term (next few weeks):
*Finish all 80 tutus for our Spring recital. Some of my dance moms helped a ton at our 2 tutu parties...thank goodness! I have about 40 left to make and then have to make 80 bows to go on them and 80 hair bows for the girls. 
*Matt's contract ended with work so he is on the job hunt. His resume is all set to go to send out a bajillion tomorrow morning. Crossing our fingers and I am saying prayers. 
*We're going to the gym tomorrow night and then just decided we want to start going in the mornings before work...I really hope this is something we try. By the time I get home from dance at night, the last thing I want to do is go to the gym. We're paying every month and not going. If we don't start, I'm canceling our plan. 
*Sell something on Etsy. I don't even know why I do these things...Matt said he doesn't want to hear me talking about not selling anything anymore because "my bows are awesome" and it's something I've been enjoying doing. It's really something I do to keep busy and keep my mind off other things. But, to make some money from it would be cool too :) 
*Start walking Cogsy more...he's gotten a little hefty these past couple months, oops. Sorry, buddy...

Short Term (next few months):
*Within the next few months we will be completely, 100% out. of. debt. It's going to be the best feeling ever. In the world. I can't wait. We can't wait. We're sooooo close now.
*February is also our last car payment too, wahoo!!
*Matt wants to continue getting all A's and B's. This is long term too.
*Be super nanny auntie for Avery. 

By the end of the summer:
*Buy another car (preferably a Nissan Rogue) so Matt can have his back and I can have my own. My first car :) 

These are the topics in our household lately.  
Well, there are others, but those topics will stay to us :)

Exciting and productive stuff happening around here.

I feel like my blog has taken a strange turn from being somewhat interesting to very not interesting and kind of lame very suddenly. Interesting to me, but probably not to followers. Sorry...we just really haven't done anything super exciting lately. I had a blast at my tutu party...I completely forgot to take pictures. I had 11 adults, 4 kids and 2 babies here (Matt escaped to his parents house). It was super super fun. 
{tutus are taking over again...these aren't even half of them}

2 of my dance mom/friends and I have started a Book Club. We're reading 
"Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" this month. Read along with us if you'd like :)

We had like 80,000 vacations planned this year and they are still all a go just with maybe a little bit longer of a timeline. We have decided to take things as they come now. Things are always changing. We were hoping Matt would keep this job for a while because he liked it so much. We knew all along it was a contract so that realistically wouldn't happen but for some reason this caught us a bit off guard. Our vacation plans are all tentatively on the calendar. The only one we will for sure no matter what be going on is our trip to Sunriver, we decided while we were there that it will be our first anniversary trip this year (except we will be going a week before our anniversary). Disneyland is also still in the mix, it just may have to get pushed back a bit. Maybe I'll get to see what it's like at Halloween :) 

Baby steps....

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Hair Bows!

Check out these little cuties...

You can find them here

Lots of new mini and sparkly bows coming soon...!

Today we are just relaxing. I'm going to do some browsing at Barnes and Noble and do some crafting. Matt is enjoying his PS3 :) 
Happy Sunday, Everyone.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

{Growing} Long Journal Post

Our business.
It's growing. 
At an insanely fast pace.
It's overwhelming, in a great way.
And, very exciting.
This quarter, I have 173 children enrolled in our program. 
173 children enrolled in a community center dance program. Wow. 
There are also another 20 children enrolled in our program through a preschool in a neighboring town.
That is 193 children. 
That is almost 200. And is amazing to me. 
I feel like it's okay to be so excited about these numbers because I don't advertise except for that our classes are listed in the books. I just teach and love these kids and the numbers keep going up :) I love every second of it. 
Sometimes I wonder how this happened. I remember how growing up it was always a dream and now it is finally here and real and it is the most amazing thing in the world. It is such a gratifying job. I get to make kids smile every single day. 
Beginning next week I will have another 10-15 children join that number when I start at the second preschool. It is just surreal. 
These children are amazing to me. I have some 5 year olds who I met as 3 year olds who will be ready to try out for our team in May...I love watching them grow. I love knowing I have a part in their lives. 
I love walking through Target knowing I'll be greeted by at least one dance family. 
It's home. 

I would also like to announce that my husband is amazing. Oh, what's that...I already told you that? Oh, well I'm telling you again.. He's one month into this quarter of school and still has 100% in his math class. Oh, I'm sorry, I mean a 99.78747% because he missed 1/2 point on his test last night and was royally bummed. In high school my parents were proud of me when I got a C in math...oh wait, I never got C's in math...oops. It's amazing to me that he can have that good of a grade in a math class. I remember being in high school saying to my math teachers, "As long as I know how to count to 8, I'm going to succeed in life and these things just don't sense to me and they're not going to." Ha...I was right. (and a brat, oops again). Don't worry....I graduated high school. 

We're starting birthday parties for Emerald City Dance. I'm super excited about it. More time with kids...um let me think, OK! Being even more involved in these children's lives, OK! :) I love it. I hope one day I have 18 year old kids in my program that I can say to,"I remember when you wore diapers to dance class and couldn't be in the room without a binky!" That will be awesome. Doing birthday parties is huge for us. I feel lucky that our apartment has an amazing basketball gym that we will be using for these parties. We can rent it out anytime we want. I already have 2 parties booked. Super fun for me. :) I love that work doesn't ever feel like work. Well, except when I'm having to email people about money because that makes me sad and is not fun. But other than that...it's always awesome. 

Tomorrow morning, Saturday morning, I will be waking up early to go teach 2 year olds at 10:00 in the morning. And what am I? Excited :) They're just so dang cute! Yes...it's a lot of work getting 10 2 year olds to pay attention but it is just so much fun and super rewarding when they do listen and earn stamps on their hands and they freak out with excitement and give me tons of hugs :) 

I realize that this post may be a bit boring to read for people who don't know us. But, I want to stay true to the reason I'm blogging. It's not for followers or comments. Those are super fun and I'm having a blast "meeting" everyone...but the purpose of this is to be able to look back and remember the details. A journal. These are important things for us right now. I want to remember how exciting it feels to get 173 kids in case, just maybe, one day I own an actual building with 700 kids. I want to remember how proud I am of Matt for his grade in math when one day I'll be so proud of the kids I made with Matt for their grades in math (unless they take after their mom...). 

Tonight we spent the night hanging out with Katie, Chris and baby Avery. Katie and Avery came over and we went on a super long walk with Cogsy. Then it was time for our husbands to be done working and we all went to 5 Guys for dinner, yum. We went to Target to get Avery tummy medicine and then I bought Avery cute clothes and then we went to hang over there until we were all way too tired. We loved it. 

Anyone who actually read this whole thing, you're amazing. 


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Giveaway Results!

Ha, my 3 #1 blog fans were the only ones to enter the giveaway. 
I'm happy they did but feel pretty lame for doing one now lol.

Thank you Kristen from Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Jena from Recently Roached &
Mindee from Heaps of Love for entering. 
Because you were the only ones who entered...guess what?!

Go to my Etsy shop and pick your favorites and let me know which hair bow you would like :)

Go visit their blogs and show them some love. These girls are awesome!!

Pinterest Friday and Our New Button!

Ok, first before we get into Pinterest Friday...check out my button! 
(it's on the side of my blog and others can put it on their page so others can read our blog...for my family who doesn't know what that means) :)
Kristen from Whiskey.Tango.Foxtrot made it for me and I'm in love. She did such an amazing job. It's so us! Well, it's technically Mickey and Minnie hehe. I am so excited to have it!
Kristen does blog design and she's so good at it. The second I have some spare change I'm going to have her re-do ours.

I have been obsessing over these curtains all week. I found them on Etsy. They're pricey, $170.00. I am going on a yellow chevron hunt to make them myself. I love chevron.

This pillow was also found on Etsy. They have California and the Midwest too. Hmmm...

I get my iPhone in February and I can't wait. This is on my birthday wish list. How cool?!

I found this printable at the beginning of the week and it really helped me stay organized this week. I can't wait to fill out next weeks days! I love being organized. 

Peonies are my all time favorite flower. Pretty soon I'll be seeing them in the grocery store and just a few more months until our farmers market opens. I can't wait to fill our apartment with them this year.

I love denim, leggings and boots. Is this just a fall fashion? Probably, huh? Maybe next year :)

I am dying to get some big sweaters like this. I shrunk a few of Matt's sweaters a while ago and have been wearing them as big sweaters with leggings and my furry boots on the weekends to Ikea and running errands. Ha. Kind of works...

Until next Friday... :) 

Little Miss Avery

Just 2 more months until we get to start hanging out with this little cutie patootie 3 days a week!

Yes, I'll be a busy lady. But, Chris & Katie are totally 100% okay with me taking care of Avery while taking care of business. Just acting how I would if we had our own baby. Avery will play next to me while I'm emailing parents or making up dances. Avery is going to learn how to choose recital costumes and find the best deals at Target. We'll go grocery shopping together and take Cogs Wogs for walks.  We'll go visit Mommy at work to go for lunch break walks and Starbucks.  Soon she'll be able to dance along with me too : ) And I am going to whip out all the children's books I buy and then stash away for "one day". Yay!!  

Avery slept through her first Zeek's Trivia Night with Mommy, Daddy, Uncle Matt & Auntie Chelsea ; )
She was super good luck and we placed for the first time since we started going Wednesday nights in September. Serious good luck. Hopefully that sticks so we can win and get some amazing tickets to a Mariners Game. 

I am super excited about watching little Miss Avery. I love her so much already!
She's 1 month old today...(Yay Avery!) and she's an amazing baby.  
I will not be Avery's nanny, just her "Auntie" who she gets to hang out with a lot
I feel so lucky that I get to spend that much time with her!! She's such a little button! 
We love Chris and Katie and I love that we get to be such a big part of Avery's life.

Matt's really excited for her to be around. Who wouldn't be, she's so dang cute! Cogsy is really excited too, he just doesn't know it yet. They're going to be great buddies. 

We're going to watch Avery from the last week of March until I start summer camps in June. Then we'll see how things feel and probably start back up in September. We're not setting that definitely yet, we're just going to take it one day at a time : )

It would be so fun if Katie and I are pregnant at the same time when they have another baby :) 
 We'llllll seeeeee.....

Happy Thursday, Everyone :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cheap Meals by Matt & Chelsea!

So, like I said in my last post, Matt and I are great at eating cheap.

Here are some meals we used to eat when we were broke. 
Disney doesn't pay much and we weren't good with our money. 

We used to be able to eat for $30-$50/week. Here's how! I don't know why you would ever want to do this unless you had to, but in case your reading and things are tight...here you go :) I send this ideas to my little brother lol. 

Cereal! $4.00
You can eat cereal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or, for a snack.
Marshmallow Matey's anyone?...

Breakfast for Dinner $4.00
Eggs & Toast, that's it... just "dunking eggs" and toast.
*dunking eggs, sunny side up/over easy...eggs that toast gets dipped into

Chili Omlettes $1.50 
(because you already have eggs left from breakfast for dinner)
One can of no-bean chili (for Matt) and scrambled eggs mixed together. If you want to spend a little extra you can add shredded cheese....mmmm....we actually still make these from time to time.

GOOLASH (aka "Our Poor Food") $7.00
Goolash. is. amazing!
It was my favorite food growing up...not annnyymorrree... after Matt and I basically lived off of goolash for a good year, it's not so appealing anymore lol. 
One can of tomato paste, 2 cans of tomato sauce, 2 cans of tomato soup, 1 lb ground beef, shell noodles
and....if you're a family recipe ruiner like my husband, you add oregano or italian seasoning and cheese.
This recipe makes enough food for at least 12 people. Or in our case, 2 people for 3 lunches and 3 dinners! Ha, yes, no joke. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly on Toast $5.00 (for pb & j but once you have them they last ya know)
Self Explanetory. I used to eat at least 4x's a day in Florida lol. I was obsessed.

Spaghetti (with no meat sauce) $3.00
Noodles and Sauce lol. Done. 

Ramen $1.00 for 5
Add an egg for extra goodness. Saltine Crackers too.

Soy Sauce Chicken Splurge...$8.00
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts covered in garlic powder and seasoning salt baked in tons of soy sauce for one hour. Every 15 minutes you baste. Eat this with white rice. If you can, broccoli too! Woo! You can use the left over chicken in your Ramen noodles!! Ha. We did, all. the. time.

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese or Off-Brand Macaroni & Cheese $.55 x 2 boxes
Add hot dogs or ketchup. Yes, ketchup...it's a Hampe thing. My dad does it and so naturally I love it too.
Matt thinks that is so sick lol.

I am not kidding when I say this was our food every single week. Every now and then we would throw in something new like grilling out hamburgers with french fries. Or get a treat like fruit! Whoa. I look back now and am amazed. And feel totally spoiled now. :( We really take for granted how we eat so well now. I used to get so so so excited when my nanny family or Matt's parents would have us over for dinner, I was so thankful for that yummy yummy real food :) At the time we didn't really realize how bad it was. It was just normal.
GRAND TOTAL OF ALL FOOD ABOVE = about $37.00 !!! 

We would throw in a pizza here and there too.
Other meals may have included...Corn Dogs at the Magic Kingdom's Casey's Corner...like a lot.
Then when we moved to Washington we discovered Trader Joe's and could buy a whole week's worth of food for under $50.00.

*Orange Chicken w/ Rice $5.00
*Pesto Pizza $5.00
*Tortellini w/ Sauce $4.00
*Teriyaki Chicken w/ Rice $5.00
*Enchiladas $2.00
*Lasagna $7.00
*And we would always always always have a Ramen night. Up until our wedding actually.
Cereal or eggs/toast for breakfast. I would eat lunch at my nanny families house and Matt just didn't eat lunch.
After cereal, milk, eggs and maybe juice...$35/$40.00

WOW! So incredibly un-healthy. I am so so thankful that things are the way they are now. They can only go up from here..and if they don't, well, we know what to do ; )

Hehe, I hope that was at least semi-entertaining for you to read.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mel's Birthday & Other Stuff.

I meant to blog about this on Sunday night...but then, I decided to do my taxes...and then I couldn't stop...until now. It took for-ever. My fault, I failed at being as organized as I would have liked. A lot more organized than 2010 though so that's good! 
(Owning a business makes doing taxes super hard and obnoxious)

On Sunday we celebrated Mel's Birthday! Matt's parents, and Mel & Clint came over to watch the 49ers game and celebrate {Mel's birthday and unfortunately not the 49ers}. 
Matt's parents brought over Round Table for Mel, Papa Johns for us and peanut butter chocolate cake from Cold Stone (yum! I just ate some that I found in the freezer for dinner, yes, for dinner--long day). I love having family over. I wish my family lived closer so we could have them over for dinner sometimes too!! 

Cogsy loves when we have company! He wanted everyone to play with him. Notice: all his toys in a pile behind him. He took them all out of his basket one at a time and would place them in front of people waiting for it to get thrown. Ha, and they say pugs don't play fetch...He's just the cutest little guy!

 I was going to post our weekly menu today as a post and then Matt and I made our menu plan...it's probably the most unhealthy week we've ever had but we are super busy this week.
...for your entertainment---here it is...

Tuesday (Matt has school until 10 and I stay here working) --- Kraft with Hot Dogs! Ha
Wednesday --- Zeek's Pizza with Chris & Katie
Thursday (Matt has school until 10) --- Stuffed Shells that I froze last time I made them
Friday --- Soy Sauce Chicken w/ rice & broccoli 
Saturday --- my dance mom friends are coming over again so Subway party platter, yum!
Sunday --- We're heading to Poulsbo, WA for the day to do some exploring so...eating out probably at McDonalds or something lol. 
Monday --- Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and garlic bread 

My sister-in-law, Megan, says I could write a book on cheap meals. 
Matt and I used to spend just $30-$50/week on food. We ate like crap, but we had to and it worked : ) 
Maybe I will write a blog post about our awesome cheapy recipes though...Yes, I will...right now...you'll see it tomorrow!

Okay, that's it, no more blabbing on about stuff. 
I hope everyone's having a good week!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bows, Bows and More Bows!

I have been making bows like crazy. I'm having so much fun! 
Go here and check them out, there's so many more :)

Love, Chelsea Kay :)

{7 Beautiful Things on a Sunday}

I'm linking up today to show you 7 Beautiful Things on a Sunday.
I found all of these on Pinterest, of course ; )




{this will never happen, all of our nurseries will be Disney, but I love this}

{nothings better than Disney}

{I love wearing plain tanks}


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