Just another manic Monday…

I know it’s not Monday, but this is how my Monday went this week.

Ever have just one of those days?

We started off great. Breakfast happened with minimal whining. Awesome. We cleaned. He didn’t break anything. Went down for a nap easily. We ran some errands.

All was well in Whoville.

And then the afternoon hit.

First I changed a diaper, didn’t wrap it up properly and dropped poop on my floor. Great. Just what I wanted to clean up.

Then the little terror destroyed everything we had cleaned up in the morning.

Next he found my wallet and hid some very important cards from me for a few hours.

And he tried to jump off the couch, causing me to dive to save him, laying on the bump – not very comfortable.

Oh, and he wanted dinner an hour earlier than I anticipated, so hot dogs for everyone instead!

Finally it was bath time which meant bedtime would be soon, because I was one tired mama.

Bath time went semi-smoothly. Mostly he threw toys out of the tub and hit me with them (while they were full of water). He squatted to grab another toy, chucked it at me. And it was a funny toy. One I hadn’t seen before. In the half second it took me to process that, wonder where the toy came from, I realized it wasn’t a toy. It was poop.

Yep I had a feces throwing monkey in the bath tub, not my sweet adorable son.

Stupid me was suddenly surprised, yelled OH SHIT (no pun intended at the moment) and scooped said monkey out of the tub to prevent any more throwing of the feces, or further contamination of this now clean little person.

Of course my yelling and scooping scared him so he sat in the corner crying while I scooped poop out of the tub.

Finally I get the poop out, take him to put on jammies and find out…he wasn’t done. Now there’s poop all over his lower half and the towel I had wrapped him in.

At this point I’d prefer to give up…but eventually get him cleaned up, dry and calm.

All without any wine to assist me, might I add.

So if you think you had a shitty day….remember this story. (yes yes I went for the cheese factor there).



See me on Uplifting Anchor!

Hey guys! Super excited to share this one with you!

My amazing friend Lindsay is absolutely awesome! She has a wonderful blog called Uplifting Anchor that I highly recommend you check out.

Here is a guest blog I wrote for her that she published today!

You can see Uplifting Anchor on Facebook as well.

Harry Potter Brought to Life in an Epic Way

Every so often I come across an idea, project, event where I think, Wow. This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

One of those things is happening this weekend.

My wonderful friend Ida has created an incredible idea and it’s called the “Epic Harry Potter Party.”

This weekend (9/3 – 4 hahaha get it!?) she will be hosting around 100 people at her home in West Virginia. Her house will be almost completely decked out in true Harry Potter fashion to have a weekend long movie marathon.

Being nearly across the country and 5 months pregnant I’m unable to attend but Ida has been amazing at making sure my husband, L and myself are all included. I actually cried when I received my acceptance letter to Hogwarts. It’s literally everything I hoped it would be. Included in our letters, along with our supply list was a Sorting Questionnaire to sort everyone into their respective houses.

After everyone was sorted, Ida sent sorting packages out to everyone with a sticker of each person’s house crest (I got Gryffindor!!!) and the cutest Howler I’ve ever seen.

Sorting Packages

Sorting Packages


At the party itself, those in attendance will compete for the House Cup. Ida is in Ravenclaw, in case you were wondering (I was!).

I wanted to write this great blog post about all the amazing things Ida’s doing and tell you all about it. But after chatting with her a bit I can’t describe it any better than she has. She has put so much energy and pure love into this project that I want you to hear it from her! So here’s a little Q&A Ida and I did last week about the Epic Harry Potter Party.

Kayla: Where did the idea come from?

Ida: Last year during a rather stressful semester back to school for the first time in eight years, I decided to sit down and have a movie marathon with some friends during Easter break. I guess the idea sparked from there. I kept thinking how awesome it would be to host a Harry Potter marathon party with my just as obsessed HP friends and one day on my way home it came to me. I kept thinking about numbers that were significant to the brand, Harry Potter’s Birthday, Start of Term for Hogwarts, Page 394, etc. Just when I was getting frustrated 9 3/4 popped in my head, so I looked at the calendar and low and behold September 3rd and 4th was not only a weekend, but a holiday weekend.

Kayla: What sparked your love of Harry Potter?

Ida: Unlike most I did not take to Harry Potter immediately, in fact, I tried to avoid the obsession all together. When I did finally pick up the first book I could barely get past the first chapter and decided it wasn’t for me. Then, when the Sorcerer’s Stone came out in theaters I went to see it with a group of friends. I fell in love with the movie and made up my mind to give the books another try. Once I was able to move past that first chapter and really dive in, I became completely enamored in the world of Harry Potter. One of my friends and I were creating fan fiction before we even knew what it was, casting spells, brewing potions, and truly believing we’d receive our letter if we just believed.

Kayla: Do you identify with any particular character?

Ida: When I was younger I identified with Hermione, I loved to read, studied hard, and my grades reflected that. I now identify with Luna Lovegoood with her creativity and uniqueness in addition to her intelligence.

Kayla: What was your favorite project to work on and why?

Ida: I’ve really loved the entire process, but making the invitations was probably the best. Everyone deserves an acceptance letter, even if it’s multiple years late and/or early. This is probably why I sent one to myself. I only wish I could have hired a couple owls instead of using the muggle postal service.

Kayla: What highlights will you be showcasing at the party?

Ida: I’ve included so many details, but some have been left out due to time and money constraints. For some reason a triple decker bus is nearly impossible to find. Just for a small idea included will be the Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, Hogwarts Express, Quidditch Pitch, The Great Hall, The Room of Requirement, Hogwarts Portraits, and much, much more.

Kayla: Can you share with us the charity aspect of the party?

Ida: The interest grew so quickly around the party that I decided after watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (for the gazillionth time) that I had to include a clothing fundraiser to FREE HOUSELVES EVERYWHERE! My inner Hermione took over and everyone loved the idea. I started searching for a local charity that could benefit and that’s when I found the Shenandoah Women’s Center (www.swinc.org). I messaged them directly to make sure they could handle such a large donation and explained our plans. I was so lucky to find another HP fan on the other side of the email, she loved the idea and even said “[it] may be the best idea for donations [they’ve] ever gotten!” In addition to the clothing donations, we are also taking donations and selling tickets (all proceeds go to the charity) for the wood burning my mom did of the Hogwarts Crest. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together and I’m really hoping they can benefit greatly from it.


Ida said she’ll give me a tour of the place via Skype prior to all the festivities this weekend, and I can’t wait to see it! If you want to check out more, the hashtag is #epicpotterparty (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). and you can see more on my blog post party in the next couple weeks!

As a little sneak peak, check out their home-brewed Butterbeer and handmade wands!


Last Night Was a Good Night

There are some things that seem so distant, so unreachable, that you can never fully picture them.

You can’t visualize what something will be like because it seems so impossible.

But luckily for me, I had one of those magical, unreachable moments happen last night.

Every night when my husband is home, we put our sweet little guy to bed together.

Tonight I put him in jammies, we brushed his teeth and took him into his room. W read to him while I tried to snuggle him in his bed. Just like we do each night, but we swap, one reads while one stays.

But tonight L seemed like he wanted us both, so W laid down next to the bed so neither one of us had to leave him.

L wiggled and scooted around like he always does. But then…our Itty-Bitty started kicking. The strongest kicks I’ve felt with this pregnancy, high by my rib cage. I didn’t move for a moment, enjoying the happy baby.

I finally thought to get my husband’s attention, and he rested his hand there, and behold! A kick!  W hadn’t felt kicks like this yet. He’d been deployed almost my entire first pregnancy, coming home just days before the c-section. He’d felt movement then but not kicks like this.

This is never a position I thought I’d be in. Having my husband home is a novelty in itself it seems like. But cuddling with our sweet angel of a boy while he drifts off to sleep, while our second little miracle bounces around happily.

Thank goodness for these two little miracles we never thought we’d have.

Birthday Recap: World of Color

For my birthday, my husband was super awesome and planned a whole evening for me! We also got a baby sitter, which we NEVER do.

So he surprised me and took  me to Disney!

I will say, we had a shaky start at the beginning. We left our house an hour before our reservation time, only to hit insane traffic. So we called Disney Dining and explained the situation. They said the restaurant will wait 15 minutes and then it’s at the restaurant discretion if they seat us when we get there or we lose our spot.

20 minutes later we knew 15 minutes wasn’t enough so we called back in a slight panic. We asked them to tell the restaurant we were parking, so we’d be there as quickly as the shuttle and security gates allowed.

Disney Dining pulled through, contacted the restaurant and we still had our spot available.

We headed into California Adventure for a 3 course meal at Carthay Circle Restaurant. I’d never been here before. I’d seen the building but I had no idea what it was or that there was an entire restaurant, bar and lounge inside.


What we found was a fun atmosphere, old school movie and Hollywood themed (which makes total sense).

Particularly awesome? Besides the ambiance, food and great company was the World of Color Package that came with it! We got to pick what show we wanted to go to, 9 or 10:15 that night. After dinner they handed us a special voucher for reserved seating for the World of Color show!

Check out more info on World of Color here! The Diamond Days Celebration ends September 5th, so check it out while you can, it’s definitely worth it.

Our special seating (we were standing) was really cool! We were close enough to get sprayed by the water and feel the heat of the pyrotechnics but we didn’t get soaked. Our seats were near the Little Mermaid ride and we had a great view of all of Paradise Pier and the show. Even if you don’t do a special dining and reserved seat experience, it’s still worth going! We did hear a Cast member say the other side of the bay tended to be less crowded.

Wondering what exactly the World of Color is? It’s a special night time show done over the water at Paradise Pier. Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse are the “hosts” of the event, and it is truly charming!

It was a great birthday AND our little guy did great for the baby sitter to boot!