Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Right Now: September Edition

Reading: We have finally moved past reading the Big Book of Big Dinosaurs every single night. It's still sneaks it's way back into our bedtime routine a few times a week, but that is much better than pretty much every single night for the past 4 months straight! For the past two weeks, we've had a nice variety to our bedtime stories. As for me personally, I have been able to do a fairly decent job of keeping up on my blog reading for the most part. I'm looking forward to being able to read a real book here soon, once I work my way through a few projects.

Watching: This is Us! Yay for the season premiere being last night!

Listening: I haven't been listening to a whole lot recently, but I did listen to the Jack Johnson station on Amazon Prime Music last week while I was cleaning and the kids were at school. It was so refreshing to turn up the music and listen to whatever I wanted for a change! I should do that more often...

Drinking: Water, but nearly enough.

Eating: Ummmm, I don't really want to tell you that I just ate some M&M's and pretzels. But it was really good. Just not for my waistline. Shoulder shrug and eye roll.

Wearing: Grey shorts and a black Central softball t-shirt from my coaching days.

Loving: Watching my kids play soccer! Tony and I are most definitely not soccer fans, but it has been so much fun watching our kiddos playing tot soccer. They LOVE it!

Anticipating: This weekend Tony and I will be celebrating our 20th (TWENTIETH!) wedding anniversary with our first weekend away, sans kids, since the kids have been born. We've had a few short overnighters, but not a full weekend! We are so excited! We are staying at the Inn at Spanish Head on the Oregon coast, somewhere I have always wanted to stay but never thought I'd actually get the opportunity. We are looking forward to being out late enough to watch the sunset on the beach, sleeping in as long as we want, eating at a restaurant without a million trips to the bathroom, and just doing whatever we want!

Hoping: To get rest of the house painted soon. That is my next project. Although, I do think it's going to be a pain only having 2.5 hours to do it every day while the kids are at preschool. I feel like I'll have just enough time to get it all set up, and only be able to paint for 2 seconds before I have to put it all away and go pick up the kids again. Exaggerating of course, but only a little. I'm hoping it will be a smoother process than I am anticipating.

Following: The most recent controversy about the NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem. I'm keeping my opinion neutral, because I think both sides have very valid points. Unfortunately, I think most people have trouble really listening and trying to understand anyone else's viewpoints but their own.

Wondering: If my period is going to start and put a damper on celebrating our anniversary this weekend. I mean, what's a free weekend to ourselves, to celebrate and focus on just US, without a little hanky panky? I'm already 4 days late, so if I follow the trend from last month when I was 10 days late, we should be just fine. We can only hope.

Trying: To work on my patience. It's been lacking for a very long time, and I think my kids deserve better. More sleep would help.

Worrying: I was going to say nothing, because I'm really not worried about anything at the moment, but that's just not true. I think that being a parent causes one big giant pot of worry. As a mom, how can we not worry endlessly that we are going to screw up our kids?

Planning: I need to start thinking about what we are going to do for the kids' birthday this year. I was hoping to do it at our local fire station, but I called and left a message inquiring if that's something they do and they haven't called me back. I left that message about 6 weeks ago.... I need to try again. I have until December, but it would be nice to know if that's at least a possibility.

Contemplating: When I'm going to start painting this house! I've enjoyed just being able to relax a little bit the last few days, now that the consignment sale is over. I think I'll take the next few mornings to get the kids and I packed for the weekend, and then start working on it next week.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Consignment Sale

I just finished participating in my 6th consignment sale! It's one of my favorite things to do because it's something for ME! It's kind of funny to think of it as something I get to do for myself when it's all about buying and selling kids stuff, but it's something that I enjoy. I love being able to sell so much of the clothes and toys that the kids have grown out of, and then being able to shop with no guilt because I always manage to earn more than I spend.

This year I spent $166, but made $330. I think I spent more this year than I ever have, which is kind of funny because the kids really didn't need much. I always look for great deals on barely worn shoes, Disney movies, and I was on a mission to find snow suits for them both and snow boots for Ayden. Other than that, it was all about just finding fun stuff that I couldn't turn down. Even though I found myself spending more this year, I still managed to come in $164 ahead! Woo hoo!

Here's another stat I think is pretty awesome - I managed to sell 90% of the stuff I took. It's probably weird, but I enjoy the game of trying to figure out what to price things at in order for it to sell. I think I did pretty good!

Not only do I enjoy the shopping and selling aspect of the sale, but I enjoy volunteering at it as well. This time around, I was able to work three shifts. Boy did I get my steps in on those days! I worked one shift during the pre-sale (early shopping for the consigners and volunteers) and got almost 20,000 steps in that day! On Saturday, I worked two back to back shifts and was on my feet for almost an entire 8 hours straight. I got 18,609 steps in that day. It's a lot of work, but I enjoy the adult interaction and having a job to do, even if only for a brief time, outside the home.

 Here are the goodies I came home with this year:

  • I found each of them a pair of black dress shoes
  • A pair of snow boots for Ayden
  • M-Select Merrell Shoes for Rylee. I spent $10 on these, but they are spendy shoes regularly and totally worth it for a pair of barely used waterproof shoes that will be great for going on hikes!
  • I am totally excited about finding them each a pair of cleats! I got a pair of baseball cleats for Ayden that we'll also use for soccer, and a pair of soccer cleats for Rylee! I got them a little big, but they should fit and maybe they will be able to wear them next year too!

  • Several movies: The Good Dinosaur, which we have already watched and the kids LOVE, Planes Fire & Rescue and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (which will both be put up to go in their Christmas stockings), and a set of Christmas TV favorites which includes 8 different TV movies!
  • The two Planes from the Disney Planes movie that still haven't been given yet (see previous post)
  • Two toy horses for Rylee, which I'm also still waiting to surprise her with
  • A scoop tractor for the kids to play outside with and that will be perfect for when we go to a sand park that's not too far from our house
  • A Green Toys airplane to give Ayden for Christmas

  • I did manage to find snow bibs for each of the kids

For clothes, the kids are well stocked in most everything they need right now, so I tend to look at the next sizes. I have storage totes in my closet for saving the clothes that they will grow into. I do look through their current sizes too, just in case I can find a great deal on something fun for them.

My finds this year for Rylee include:
  • 3 hooded sweatshirts
  • a pair of Capri jeans
  • 2 leggings
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 dress
  • 4 shirts
  • a black cardigan sweater
  • 4 pairs of pj's

My finds for Ayden:
  • 2 hooded windbreaker jackets 
  • 2 hooded sweatshirts
  • a flannel shirt
  • 2 "layered" look long sleeve shirts
  • 2 polo shirts
  • 4 long sleeve shirts, 2 with hoods

I can't even tell you how much he is going to LOVE his "new" Spider-Man, Woody and Buzz, and Batman shirts!

Now that I'm done prepping all my stuff for the sale, and this consignment sale is completely in the books, it's on to my next project, which is finish painting my house!

Friday, September 22, 2017


Oy. Today has been quite the day so far. Ayden spent a good 30 minutes (at least) having a meltdown this morning over a stupid "Dusty toy."

A little background... One of his favorite movies is Disney's Planes. My nephews have two toy planes from that movie, Dusty Crophopper (what Ayden calls his Dusty Toy) and Skipper. Every time we go to their house, Ayden seeks out these two planes and they are "his" while we are there. When we stayed at Sis's house for the week when our sister from Montana was visiting, he slept with those silly planes every single night!

The other day when we went to the open house at their preschool, I saw a few of the toy planes from the movie....

Ayden started this morning out by just talking about ''his" Dusty toy and how he needed it. He needed one with a propeller; he told me there was a boy one and a girl one. He told me all about how he wanted one and he was going to get one. In fact, he talked as if it was a for sure thing that he was going to get one. This boggled my mind a little, as ironically, I had just last night bought him a Dusty toy (and another one I don't know the name of) at our semi-annual consignment sale! I couldn't help but wonder how he knew! I was going to surprise him with his new planes as soon as we made it through getting ready for school this morning, but he went from talking about these stupid planes to having a full on meltdown about them. He was not happy with the idea that he was going to have to share the planes at preschool with the other kids. He was convinced he wouldn't be able to have "his" Dusty toy. He cried and cried and cried and had a full on meltdown. I tried talking to him about how everyone had to take turns sharing the toys at school, and he would get his turn. Nothing I said to him worked to alleviate the tantrum. He went on and on and on. So obviously I wasn't able to give him his new planes, because there was NO WAY I was going to reward this meltdown by giving him exactly what it was he was throwing a fit about. I was really looking forward to surprising him with his very own Dusty toy, but now I can't. I also picked up a few little toy horses for Rylee, so they both would get a little surprise, but now the planes and horses are just hiding in a drawer until a more appropriate time that I can give them. Insert a little whining from me.

The culprits 

The innocent horses

I assumed the planes at the school belonged to the school, but that was not the case. When we arrived this morning, I talked to the head teacher about Ayden's rough morning because he was still pretty worked up. Turns out that the planes actually belonged to another kid who had brought them to school the other day and to the open house. She explained that the boy who brought them in was very good about sharing though. That would be all fine and good except for the part about Ayden NOT being a good sharer. The kid likes to claim things as his. Always has. He is getting better about it, but it's definitely a work in progress.

As I was about to leave after dropping off the kids, Ayden got into a tug of war with another kid over a book. Ayden didn't win the tug of war and proceeded to have another meltdown. To be fair, this other kid was hoarding about 20 books and most definitely did not want Ayden to have one. I took Ayden aside to calm him down, and then went back over to see if I could read a book with him to try settling him down again. As soon as this other kid saw Ayden coming back over, he laid on top of ALL the books! lol. Well, the teacher saw that happen and stepped in. She talked to Ayden about using his words, and if that didn't work then he needs to ask a teacher. I really liked how she handled the situation. Ayden settled down enough for me to leave and I wished the teacher luck.

Fortunately, Ayden ended up having a good day at school despite our rough morning. However, he came home still talking about the damn Dusty toy. Insert eye roll.

Ayden came home in a much better mood, but Rylee did not. Oh. My. Gahhhh. It was her turn to have major meltdowns. Her meltdown was over a rock and a nut she had collected and lost on the bike ride we took as soon as we got home from school. She cried for a solid half hour.

Then they both had meltdowns when I got mad about them playing with their dinosaurs instead of picking them up like I had asked a gazillion times. Granted, I should not have lost my temper, but after spending our entire day together with at least one of them crying over something, I was DONE.

Thank the Lord for quiet time. Now I just need to decide when to give them their new planes and horses. I don't feel like I should give them anytime soon, because I really don't want to be that parent that gives in when their child throws a tantrum over something they want. I'm so disappointed. I was really looking forward to seeing their reactions when Ayden gets his new Dusty toy and Rylee gets a few beloved horses.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Microblog Monday: "I Want My Daddy"

"I want my Daddy." I hear this phrase a minimum of 50 times a day, almost every single day, Monday through Friday. It's exhausting. It's a strain on my patience to constantly repeat that Daddy is at work but he'll be home tonight. It makes me feel like chop liver. It makes me feel unloved. 

know that it's not a measurement of their love fore me, or lack there of, but knowing that doesn't stop it from being difficult to hear this over and over and over and over..... every single day.

If you'd like to read more #MicroblogMonday posts from other bloggers this week, click here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday Bullets

You'd think with the kids being in preschool now, I would have time to catch up on things, but that never seems to happen. I didn't realize how fast 2.5 hours would fly by! Seems I barely get started working on something and it's already time to head back and pick the kids up from school. I always have blog posts swirling around in my head, but then never actually sit down and put them together. So, here's a quick summery of what's going on these days...

  • I'm working on the upcoming consignment sale. I've got almost all my items entered into the system and tags printed out. Now I need to work like mad to get everything tagged and on hangers. I have exactly one week to get it done, which sounds like plenty of time, but I am limited to when the kids are either at school or in bed. 

  • We spent Friday night with Tony's parents. They have a ton of family visiting for a family reunion, so met a lot of people I don't know. It was okay, but not my favorite way to pass the time. The kids loved spending time at their grandparents though. Rylee was super happy that she got to ride her horse, Lucy.

  • I had a crazy lunatic mom moment happen on Saturday, driving home. Tony went to the Oregon State football game (they really suck this year. boo!) with his brother and nieces, so it was just me and the kids driving home. MIL had gotten the kids each a balloon on a stick, which we put in the back of the car for the trip home. About an hour into the drive, Rylee said she really had to go poopy. I still keep a potty seat in the back of the car for just these situations. It works so much better than dragging both kids into a gross public gas station bathroom. I took the next exit off the freeway and pulled into a closed auto parts store parking lot, which sits right next to a gas station. I was trying to hurry, so I opened up the back of the car before getting Rylee out of her seat. Wouldn't you know it, but those stupid balloons flew right out of the car and made a mad dash across the parking lot! Like a crazy woman, I chased after them because I had two kids that would scream like banshees if they lost their balloons. I was able to grab one of the balloons, but the other one was moving way too fast over to the gas station parking lot. A semi truck was pulling out to exit and had to slow down as I ran in front of him after this stupid balloon! He wasn't going very fast to begin with and I had plenty of room, but I still felt like an idiot running in front of him. Finally, a guy coming out of the gas station grabbed the balloon for me. Then I made a mad dash back to the car, because it was sitting there unlocked, with the back end open, with the kids inside, along with my purse sitting in the front seat. I stuffed the balloons into the front seat, trying to wedge them onto the floor board, with Rylee telling me she REALLY had to go poopy. But one of those damn things managed to escape again right as I was shutting the door!! Arrrggggg! This time I let the balloon go, because there was no way I would be able to catch up to it a second time. After getting Rylee out and onto the potty seat, I stood there bent over, trying to catch my breath, all while Rylee was screaming and crying about her stupid lost balloon. She cried off and on the entire rest of the drive home and for the entire evening. I officially hate balloons now.

  • Preschool seems to be going pretty good. Ayden adamantly didn't want to go the second morning, but once we arrived, he was off and playing. Every day since then has been relatively easy to get them out of the house in the morning and off to school. They are both full of smiles when I pick them up every day. It's definitely an adjustment though. For all three days last week, once we got home, they both turned into super cranky, emotional little bears. The 2.5 hours of peace while they were gone almost wasn't worth the crankiness in the afternoon! This week seems to be going much better.
Preschool Week 2

  • We struggled off and on all summer with Rylee peeing her pants. I have no idea what the deal is, because she definitely knows better. Well, she is back at it again here recently. Sunday, she peed her pants twice and yesterday she peed on our couch (steam coming out of my ears). And she doesn't seem to care! She just continues on about her business until I discover she is wet. I'm sure it all has to do with starting preschool and the change in our routine, but it's extremely frustrating when she's been completely potty trained for a year and a half already! Sigh.

Whelp, it's time to wake the kiddos up from their naps. If I let them sleep much past 3:00, bedtime becomes a challenge. And we can't let that happen because Tony and I are catching up on the show This is Us before the new season starts. I've already seen the first season, but Tony decided he wanted to watch it too, so I'm watching it again with him.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

First Day of Preschool

Last spring, Rylee told me pretty much every single day that she wanted to go to school. We had been unsure about having them start preschool this year or next, but after visiting the school during their open house, we decided to bite the bullet and signed them both up. The kids have waited patiently all summer for this day to come.

A few weeks ago, I took the kids shopping with me. I had to buy a wedding gift and while we were there, I browsed the shoe department. Ayden was in desperate need of tennis shoes. I found a sales rack that had TMNT shoes, Spiderman, Paw Patrol, etc. Ayden fell in love with a pair of light up Spiderman shoes. Of course, those were the one pair of shoes on the rack that ended up NOT being on sale, but I couldn't put them back. He was so excited about the shoes, I had to buy them anyway (while internally cringing over the price). We brought the shoes home and put them up, saving them for the first day of school,

On Sunday, we took the kids school shopping. This only consisted of letting the kids pick out backpacks and picking up their school supplies, but Ayden and Rylee were super excited and so was their mom and dad. Experiencing their joy and excitement is truly the best thing about being a parent. Once we were done with our shopping, we took them to see Despicable M3. They LOVED it! This was their 4th movie theater experience. Every other movie we have taken them to, they usually down their drinks in 10 seconds and then we spend the rest of the movie with a million trips to the bathroom. Well, they still downed their drinks pretty quickly, but Ayden made it through the ENTIRE movie without a single trip to the bathroom!! He was so totally engrossed in the "Minion" movie, there was no way he was leaving. Rylee had to have two potty breaks, but that is still a vast improvement over the previous trips to the movies!

Yesterday, their school opened for drop ins to meet the teachers and drop off school supplies. The kids checked out all the toys and played for a bit, and we found their names marking where their seats would be when class started. Once we were home and they'd had their naps, we picked out their clothes for school the next day, and I pulled Ayden's Spiderman shoes out of the closet. Oh. My. Gosh. The excitement! He tried them on and was totally stoked about his new light up shoes. He wore them for the entire rest of the day. Of course Rylee really wanted light up shoes then, too! Fortunately, she had a pair in her closet that she'd gotten for Christmas and we just needed to wait for her to grow into them. I pulled them out and tried them on her. Yay! They fit! So they both ran around the house in their new light up shoes. They could barely contain their excitement.

And finally we made it to today! Their first day of school! Ayden gobbled down his breakfast so that he could get dressed and put his new shoes on. Rylee was too excited to eat, so she took for-ev-er to finish her breakfast, but she finally did. She requested that I put "ponytail braids" in her hair. Of course I had to oblige.

Once they were dressed, they got their shoes on, put their backpacks on, and were ready to GO! They put up no fuss at all to the obligatory first day of school photos. Although, it was like pulling teeth to get them both to look at the camera at the same time. They think it's hilarious to look elsewhere. Ayden actually made the discovery that we had a porch light, because he insisted on looking up! lol. I did manage to get a few really cute pictures though.

My favorite picture of the day!

I don't know if they were more excited about their new shoes and backpacks, or about school!

First day of school family selfie.

Dropping them off at school felt very anticlimactic. We signed them in, found the cubbies for their backpacks, and then they were off playing. Tony and I ended up leaving without even saying goodbye, which I later felt really guilty about. They were happy and distracted and we just felt like it would be best not to potentially rock the boat by pointing out to them that we were leaving. I wish I knew how they reacted once they realized we were gone.

I am totally excited about having some time to myself in the mornings. I have a ton of stuff I need to do to get ready for the upcoming consignment sale in just two weeks. Then I plan to finish painting our house and unpacking. Finally. Then, who knows? Maybe I'll actually be able to read a book! Or clean the house uninterrupted! The possibilities are endless! Although, I did discover that those 2.5 hours go by really, really, really fast! haha

When I picked them up from school, Rylee was upset because she thought she was going to be leaving without her "pirate hat" that she'd made. She didn't realize that her teacher had gone to get it for her and started having little meltdown, thinking we were leaving without it. She calmed down once she finally had it in her hands.

After school picture. Ayden called his hat a "captain hat" and Rylee's was a "pirate hat."

I think they both had a great day at school, although it's hard to get a lot of feedback from 3 year olds! Rylee was very emotional and sensitive from the time I picked her up till shortly after their nap (when I distracted them with play-doh). Her favorite part of school today was snack time, and learning a new fishy song. She did tell me that one of the teachers wasn't very nice. She said that the teacher told her she had to get out of the kitchen. Seems like a good rule to me that the kids can't be in the kitchen while the snacks are being prepared, and knowing Rylee, she was trying to be right there so she could get her snack first! I think she was just a little over sensitive to maybe thinking she got in trouble.

Ayden's favorite part of school was playing with the two tractor toys. I didn't get any other feedback from him at all! But he seemed the most happy and content with how the day went, which I was a little surprised about. I think Rylee was just a little overwhelmed with all the excitement and the newness of going to school.

Hopefully we will all settle into the new routine before long. I am a little nervous for the day one of them tells me they don't want to go to school. I know that day will come! I just hope it's not tomorrow already. Ha!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

50 Questions You've Never Been Asked

Risa, from, recently tagged me to participate in her own 50 Questions You've Never Been Asked post. I love these kind of get-to-know-you question and answer posts, so here you go!
01. What’s your favorite candle scent? I stopped burning candles once Ayden and Rylee were born. However, I used to be a candle lady at one time, and sold PartyLite candles (direct sales). My favorite scent was Creme Carmel. Mmmmmm.
02. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister? Kristen Bell. I love her. She seems like a very down to earth person. She's quirky while also being beautiful and funny.

03. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother? Well, sticking with the Kristen Bell theme, I think I'll pick Dax Shepard. He's her husband, in case you didn't know. Wait a minute. That would be weird, because then they'd be siblings too.... I pick him because I watched Parenthood, a show I've seen every episode of.

04. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married? I was one month shy of turning 23.
05. Do you know a hoarder? Tony would tell you that I'm one. Or at least used to be. I've actually gotten rid of a LOT of stuff over the last few years. Moving 4 times in 2 years kind of forces a person to downsize. Actually, I got rid of a ton of stuff in preparation for the babies being born. That was the start of my purging.
06. Can you do the splits? That would be a firm no.
07. How old were you when you first learned how to ride a bike? I have absolutely no idea, but I did learn, so..... maybe I should ask my mom.
08. How many oceans have you swam in? Oh goodness. This is going to take some googling...

I have swam in two oceans, the Pacific and Atlantic. But I've also swam in the Caribbean Sea and the Sea of Cortez.
09. How many countries have you been to? Two, United States and Mexico
10. Is anyone in your family in the army? My dad was in the Army. My grandpa served in the Navy. I have a cousin that has recently enlisted, but I don't know which branch.
11. What would you name your daughter if you had one? Rylee Viola

12. What would you name your son if you had one? Ayden James. I had this named picked out for years.

13. What’s the worst grade you’ve got on a test? Ohhhh, I failed a few here and there.
14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid? I loved watching Saturday morning cartoons at my grandparents house: Looney Tunes and Smurfs were favorites. I also loved Who's the Boss.
15. What did you dress up as for Halloween when you were 8? Specifically when I was 8? Hahahaha! Someone thinks I have a good memory. I have no idea what I was when I was 8 years old, but I do remember dressing up as a witch once or twice.
16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series? I've read all the books in each of those series. I've seen all the movies too!
17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent? I already have an American accent, but I used to pretend I had a British accent!
18. Did your mother go to college? Not until I was in middle school. As a single parent, she went back to school and became a nurse.
19. Are your grandparents still married? They were married until my grandpa passed away several years ago.
20. Have you ever taken karate lessons? No, but I used to pretend to be the Karate Kid. You know, that famous one legged crane kick...

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is? Of course. Is there anyone who doesn't know Kermit the Frog?

22. What was the first amusement park you went to? Enchanted Forest, one of my favorite places as a child AND as an adult!
23. What language beside your native language would you like to be fluent in? Spanish. I took three years of French in high school, but the only thing I can remember is how to count to three and say yes. I actually know more Spanish words than French!
24. Do you spell the color grey or gray? I've always spelled it grey, and I've been so confused why there are two different options!
25. Is your father bald? I don't think so. 
26. Do you know any triplets? I used to work with a triplet, but never met her siblings. I know several triplets online in the infertility community, but haven't met any of them in person.
27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook? I love both of the movies, but REALLY loved the book, The Notebook.
28. Have you ever had Indian food? I'm not sure.
29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant? Anything Mexican, probably Ixtapa. 
30. Have you ever been to Nandos? I don't even know what that is!
31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, Bookers, etc.)? I spend way too much money at Costco.
32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender? I'm not sure what my name would have been if I was a boy, but my mom did almost name me Poppy LaRue. Thank God she didn't!
33. If you have a nickname, what is it? Mommy. When I was in high school and first started coaching (before getting married), they all called my Kass (pronounced Kazz). My maiden name was Kassner.
34. Who’s your favorite person in the world? Tough question. Probably Tony's grandpa. Ayden and Rylee are my favorite little people. Obviously.
35. Would you rather live in the countryside or the city? In the country for sure, but close enough to be able to drive into town.
36. Can you whistle? Yes.
37. Do you sleep with a nightlight? Only in the bathroom, for middle of the night potty trips.
38. Do you eat breakfast every morning? Yes.
39. Do you take any pills or medication daily? No.
40. What medical conditions do you have? Besides infertility? I'm currently very over weight. Sigh.
41. How many times have you been to the hospital? I've only ever stayed overnight in the hospital during the kids' birth, which was 6 days hospital bedrest after my water broke, and then 19 days while they were in the NICU. 
42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo? Of course.
43. Where do you buy your jeans? The last pair I bought was from Costco a few years ago.
44. What’s the last compliment you got? The kids told me that dinner was delicious tonight. I made spaghetti. lol
45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning? Sometimes, but usually no.
46. What flavor of tea do you enjoy? Yuck. I don't like tea. Or coffee. What is wrong with me?
47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? Too many to count. Probably in the neighborhood of 15-20, mostly tennis shoes and flip flops.
48. What religion will you raise your children to practice? Christian - Non denominational.
49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real? I don't remember the moment I found out.
50. Why do you have a blog? When we were venturing into fertility treatments, I read a LOT of blogs. I was obsessed with learning as much as I could from others that were going through the same thing. One day I started writing about my own journey. 


Who I'm tagging to answer these questions next:

Amie at Is It Time Yet?

Jane at Mine to Command

Non Sequitur Chica at Non Sequitur Chica

Stacie at Life As I Know It

Kimberly at No Good Eggs

Amanda at Burnt Toast Life

And of course anyone else that would like to participate! I would love to read your 50 questions/answers. Click here for an easy way to copy and paste the questions. Hope you don't mind that I'm stealing your template Risa :)

Please comment and post the link to your post if you do choose to participate, so I can be sure to read your own answers and learn more about YOU! Even if you don't have a blog yet, what a great way to start one!