Wednesday, August 3

the baby is o n e

i remember so clearly, this exact time last year. arriving at the hospital, ready to snuggle our second born baby! tyler had just gotten in from japan a couple days before and was high on the time change, getting another child and american food. it'd been 5 years since i'd given birth so i was like the annoying "first time" mom asking all the questions i had forgotten the answers to. we had the best nurses though. thee. best. 

once things started rolling (iv, contractions, epidural, dilating.. ), i was so nervous it wasn't going to go as smoothly as last time. i was so wrong. 

the perfect delivery. 9lbs, 20" and the best scream you've ever heard.

perfection. straight from heaven. 

and now she's ONE. dreydan has been saying to me all morning, "mom i can't believe she's one already!" i'm like RIGHT! he gets it. and if there is anyone that loves that little girl more than tyler and i, it's him. he is in love with her and loves everything she does.

and she loves him right back.

about little miss:

|| she's got tantrums like no other. dreydan never had tantrums like this so we just stare at her when they're happening and aren't quite sure what to do with our hands. and then it's over and she's like la la la nothing is wrong.

|| she loves being told how pretty she is. put a bow on her and tell her it's so pretty and she walks around like she is the queen of the world. put a bracelet on her and tell her she's so pretty, oh man. her little gummy smile is beaming. one time i put a bow in her hair and told her she was sooo pretty. she then walked into drey's room and stood there until he told her how pretty her bow was. omg the monster we've created!

|| she loves baby dolls. she will cradle them and carry them around and love on them.. 

|| she also loves eating. she has a few no's and that's banana's, mashed potatoes (how is she my child?), and eggs. so far that's all we've discovered that she won't eat. get it girl!

|| her brother is her best friend. she loves playing with him, watching cartoons with him, having him read to her.. anything. if he's not in the backseat with her in the car and she's alone, she's pissed. she needs her brother!

|| she hates sleeping alone. another monster we've created.. but i blame this on tyler. he would always nap with her and it's slowly progressed into she won't sleep unless someone is with her. i hate it, but at the same time, i love it. 

|| and she's as fiesty as they come. try taking something that she's holding.. just do it. see what happens.

we love you so much, eisley!

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Friday, July 29

road trips with nebraska

so this year for the week of the 4th and some, we decided it would be fun to road trip to nebraska to visit my sis and her family. we live in utah so the drive from slc to omaha is about 13ish hours. not too bad. we left on a friday after ty got home from work and drove straight through the night, arriving saturday morning.

it was so fun to hang out for a little over a week with my sis. she's lived in alabama for a while so it's kinda nice that she's getting closer to utah. not to mention, our boys are head over heels for each other! they didn't stop playing or talking the entire time.

and i'm not sure if you know this, but nebraska is home to arbor day farms! haha okay no, you didn't know that. aaaaand that's about all nebraksa is known for! oh and UNL and i guess the corn fields. you're welcome. oh and do you think it's humid there? cause it is. like a mother! shoot.

so we visited arbor day farms, i drove by many many many cornfields, visited a catholic shrine, shopped at an aldi's, went to a safari - so fun!, parked it with the babies a few times, splash pad, and went to iowa (cause omaha is literally on the border) for some lewis and clark history sites. booom. 

where my teen mom fans at? while in iowa, council bluffs to be exact, i took it upon myself to track down farrah's parents house.. it's harder than you think but i was a stalker in a previous life so it was like slicing buttah.. and then made my sister drive me to it. guys. they lived in a neighborhood on the national historic registry! so next time you hear her talk about her "redneck town in iowa" remember me telling you that that shit was anything but redneck. that town is uuuhhmazing. wherever she is now, they can have her. council bluffs and their historic, upscale neighborhoods are too classy for her.

on the way home to utah, we stopped and visited the UNL football stadium. drey begged me for 3 days to see it. and then we stopped in wyoming and toured an old prison. woot! one of my favorite things about road trips is not only the destination, but the stuff along the way. i love love love our country and the history it holds just waiting for us to learn. one day we'll make it to DC, huh honey! political history mmm droooling! can't wait.

anyone ever been to nebraska? live or lived there?
do you love road trips or prefer to fly?
raise your hand if you're jealous of my teen mom moment?

follow me on snapchat for my errday happenings @eemilyosbornee
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Saturday, July 23

gertrude the lucky flamingo.

oh my have these last couple of months been busy! i know i say that every time i come back to blog and it's so annoying because every blogger who comes back from a hiatus says that and how annoying it is... and they also address how annoying it is all bloggers do it and guys lemme tell ya.. it's annoying. 

so as most of you know (maybe.. i don't really know what ya'll know anymore, but if you follow me on insta theeen) my mom is deep into her 3rd deployment. yea third. she's a freakin' badass and that's all there is to it. 

but she has a secret. and that secret comes in the form of plastic. and she's a real beauty. at least she used to be.. she's lost an eye, her pink fluthers are fading, and she has lost both of her legs. i mean, she's been to w a r all 3 times with my mom. but she's the good luck charm that every soldier needs. 

she's earned her stripes. and who says drawn on stripes and ones presented to you "officially" have any different meaning? pffft! buncha hokey if you ask gertrude. 

now all she needs to do is get my mama and her pink bum home safely! which she will caaaause she's no slacker. her good luck magic isn't handed to her on a silver platter. and neither is our freedom. thank a soldier!

anyone have any loved ones deployed right now? or ever?
did they have good luck charms?
do you have good luck charms?

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Monday, May 2

how to customize & center post footer details

hola! happy may! okay so it's been awhile since i've done a design tutorial post, huh? i recently stopped helping with custom blog work because it was getting really overwhelming. some people were really fun to work with, others not so much. and when they'd argue with me about prices (to which i'd say well i can send you the link to a tutorial and you can do it if you want.. they wouldn't) or sometimes it felt like they were breathing down my neck.. gah! i guess that's not my calling. to those of you who allowed me to help create your online space special, thank you! and to the sweet girl who i had to hand off to someone else because my life was like dlf;adgha;fihal;skjriehgn!!! i'm really sorry. i hope you got everything you wanted!

so here we are. and here i am only because i've been helping my sister redo her blog and while in the middle of it i was fixing the post footer stuff and i thought, this is something that people might want to know. at least i hope it is haha. sometimes my mind gets excited over simple things and i want to share with the world and the world is like NO. okay lets get started.

your post footer details << not even sure that's the legit name for them, are like your comments, 'posted by', date & time, labels, etc.. and in blogger templates they are always defaulted to the left. and the font is small and boring. and when i was helping with blogs, i'd always ask my clients if they wanted that fixed and most said yes. i had like 2 say no. so i guess it's not boring to some ha.

how to fix this is really easy. especially because i'm not going to make you go into your template html and fiddle with it there, we'll just integrate everything into your css. woot woot! 

head to your blogger dashboard >> template >> customize

once you're in your blogger template designer go to advanced >> add css

once you've got your css open, copy and paste the code below into it. then press enter.

you'll notice that once you press enter, things change. the comment section is automatically moved to center, there is a center separation line "border", and the font is changed. 

now.. to change the font, you need to replace the font-family: 'Satisfy', cursive; with your font. (to find your css code for this, go to google fonts >> find a font >> copy the css code and replace. easy! if you need more information about this go to this post)

yea so the highlighted section is where you want to put your own font. the rest of the stuff is also game to customize as you please! play with it and see what you can come up with. you can change the font, the size, the border at the bottom, padding, the color from the color wheel here.. tip: if you want to change the border type, use either solid, dotted, dashed or none

as always, hit apply to blog and you're done!

if you have any questions, email me and i will be more than happy to help you out!

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Thursday, April 21

why are we mom jerks to each other?

why are moms always trying to make other moms feel bad about how they are as people?
how often do we see articles and posts circulating around facebook and blogs and pinterest written by moms who have a thing or two to say? too often. pretty much you come across a new one every week. but they circulate so fast because moms can relate! i see a lot of "needed THIS today!!" or "she said exactly what i was thinking!!" shares with popular blog posts about moms basically judging other moms in defense of their post that was, also, a judgement on mothers.
like you've got a lady that's over here telling you to put your iphone down because basically your kid and the whole world is judging you about how bad you suck. and then here comes a super mom saying if you want to be on an iphone it's fine because you're probably working, right?! clearly she's the mom on the iphone "working"... haha i kid i kid. i work on my iphone, too. it's called snapchat.

and then you have a mom writing a post about how, in a nutshell, she's lazy and hates cleaning. but twists it into you can't have a clean house and happy kids because that's just impossible. like, impossible. how do you make memories when you're vacuuming?! the answer is simple, you don't. but here comes another super mom defending all the clean freaks out there with her own post about how just because her house is spotless doesn't mean her kids aren't unhappy. she's only happy knowing that her toilet is clean, what's so bad about that? and btw, sometimes she lets her kids go crazy. like letting them sit on the couch. or letting them help make cookies and not cleaning up drizzle until after the cookies are in the oven instead of following them around with a rag. memories.

and then posts about formula vs breastfeeding. or vaginal birthing vs cesarean. or public schooling vs home school. or organic vs non-organic. or helicopter parenting. or raising your kid vegan. or stay at home parenting vs working parents. cloth diapers vs disposable diapers. co-sleeping vs not co-sleeping. or god forbid the dreaded vaccination vs anti-vaccination. 

moms (dads i'm not forgetting you, your time is coming) are always going to assume that whatever is best for their child, is best for yours too. they will always throw in their 2 cents, whether it's to your face while at the grocery store or online behind their computers. sometimes with honest and good intentions. but most times they're just being assholes because obviously they think your parenting is less than acceptable. and not just your parenting, but who you are as a person. like tattoo moms (holler). how are we going to teach our children morals when we have none? or moms with piercings (holler!). is that the kind of example we want to set for our sweet, beautiful, innocent babies? we have no respect for our bodies, so they won't either. or moms that occasionally let their kids have cake for breakfast (hollerrr) cause you're not in the mood to argue about why they freakin' can't have cake for breakfast. like, wow. you should be educated about diabetes because that's so unhealthy.

|| side note: i hate when someone tells you to "educate yourself" and "do some research". you know what trashy and classless phrase comes to mind when i hear that? ... fuck you... which wouldn't go well with the internet know-it-alls but that's what i'm thinking. end side note ||

you know those articles. i know you've at least come across one or two of them. and i know you've related and/or shared them somewhere on social media. 

but you know what? we don't need this. none of us need this. the one thing we all have in common is we are all MOTHERS. we are mom, mama, mum, mommy. we all started off with a baby that we had absolutely no clue what to do with. but eventually we all found our own special way to care for it. we're a team! we shouldn't criticize because of our sub-categories, we should be praising them.

my friends know i'm not the nicest person.. i'm a bit of an asshole sometimes. or all the time i don't know. so what i'm saying is, is i can be better at what i'm preaching. and if i can do it, so can you.
i have a hard time going into a spotless house and saying something positive tho.. i usually spat out what do you do with your life besides clean? is this why your kids hate you? because that's not nice and i doubt all of their kids hate them. 

so. moral of this post.. be nice to each other. please shut up with all the "dear mom on the iphone" bullshit. it's degrading and mean and you're being an asshole. be on your iphone, don't be on your iphone. vax, don't vax. let your kid eat off the floor or don't. it's nobody else's business and you damn well don't need clarification from a stranger.

disclaimer: i know i sound like one, but i am not a therapist. this advice is free. actually it's not advice, it's just ramble because i'm not a hypocrite.

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Monday, April 11