Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
I love Christmas. My family is over, we eat amazing food, and all give and recieve presents. I hope that however you celebrate, you enjoy this day of our saviors birth. And if you dont celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating in which ever religion you do.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The love between a sibling is one that is just amazing. As I've grown up, I've watched the bond between my brother and I grow and evolve. When I was just a baby, I was that tolerated little sister. I would follow my big brother around, get locked out of his room, and retaliate by singing barney as loud as I could in front of his door. Even at the youngest age, I still remember just wanting to be by my big brother and his friends, just sitting and hanging out. Or "playing" at that age.
Then a few years later, the relationship changed again. Instead of that little girl, I was now a kid. My brother and I were much more playful and teasing. We would try to beat each other to wake up on Christmas morning, just so that we could go and jump and tickle the other one awake. I usually won. No more would he hold me upside down by my "stinky" feet, but instead sit and talk with me. Nothing super important, but just being able to talk to my big brother was enough.
Again, I grew up. Instead of playing outside with me, Nana (his nickname, pronounced NaeNae, his real name is Nathan) was taking me to my first concert, even though he detested the music. I was going to sporting games with him, because even though sports bore me, the best parts weren't the game, but the being together. We started the tradition of actually waking up early on Thanksgiving (we both hate waking up early) and going to the parade down in Detroit. Our relationship was growing more and more into a friendship, instead of simply the little sister and big brother.
Over the last year, Nana (I will call him that until I die) has been there for me more than ever. Through the worst times and the best. He took me to my first club, let me drink (responsibly! Sorry mom. Don't get mad at him!) and escape to his house when all I wanted to do was crawl into a hole. He was there visiting me at the hospital, holding my hand telling me I would get better. I saw his fierce protection of me when he wanted to kill the asshole who hurt me and the asshole who told me I just needed to grow up.
Now, you may be wondering why I am talking about my brother when this post is about me becoming an aunt. Well, my big brother became a daddy on December 6th, 2011, to Ella Nicole McClain. This is where I come in.
My mom called me at an ungodly hour in the morning (9am!!) to tell me that Tammy's (my soon to be sister in law) water had broke. She was going up to the hospital to be with Nana and Tammy. She would keep me posted, and let me go back to sleep. Now when I woke up around 11, I was a jumble of emotions. I was excited, because my niece was going to be born, but very disappointed because I wouldn't be able to be there. When I called my mom again, she mentioned that she thought I should race down there (ok, maybe I just thought I should race down there. I'm pretty sure she even made it clear that I should drive carefully) and be there to meet Ella. And that is exactly what I did.
When I got to the hospital, it was perfect timing. I was walking in the room the same time my mom and Tammy's mom Linda were. When I walked up to the little bassinet, I immediately knew. My life was never going to be the same.
Now everyone thinks that their baby is perfect. But Ella, wow. She really was. Her little body and perfect coloring. The cutest little nose I have ever seen. Even her soft head of red hair was perfect. Just looking at her in there, I knew that this little person already meant so much to me. I suddenly could see all the dress ups and make believes, the barbie games, and movie dates I would be taking this little girl on. I could see her telling me about her first crush, how horrible her teacher was and her friends at school. I knew that I wanted to be everything I could to my little niece. I wanted to be her knight in shining armor, there to save the day whenever she is blue.
When I held her in my arms, it was like nothing I had ever experienced. I had held babies before, but this. This is was something so much different. Again, the wave of emotions went through me. I didn't know I could love someone so much that I barely even knew. That I wouldn't be able to know until she grew up a bit. But I did. Again, all I wanted was to protect her with every inch of my life. I wanted to hold her and kiss on her and love on her. I wanted to do everything (except change her diaper, I'm not a fan of doing that. That is her mom and dad's job) I could. I knew that my life of simply being a teenager had changed into being an aunt. It had changed into being an aunt in under a minute, and I didn't even care.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I am constantly getting sick. I am the type of person who is sick more times in the winter than not. This probably has to do with the fact that I am constantly touching stuff and not cleaning my hands. I never have hand sanitizer on me, which doesn't help. That is why I really like Prefense. One application of Prefense protects through ten hand washings!
Prefense website, these are the advantages and benifits from using Prefense.
- Sanitizes skin and nails on contact
- Proactively and persistently offers protection from germs for up to 24 hours without reapplication.
- Silica complex, AMOSILQ, adheres to skin for 24 hours offering proactive antibacterial barrier wet or dry.
- Forms a protective antibacterial barrier on the skin
- Once dry, anti-bacterial activity remains effective through 10 hand washings or 24 hours.
- Long lasting protection against germs and bacteria
- Stops skin to skin transfer of germs
- Regular application provides continual antimicrobial protection
- Easy, rapid, foam application
- Colorless product is invisible on application and will not stain skin or clothing
- Water based product is non-flammable
Like most products, you can either buy it online or in stores. They have a store locator on their website. They have a lot of cities you can chose from to search for a store in your area.
Want to buy Prefense? You can go to their online store and pick from five different sizes and prices.
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I was sent the Juniper and her Christmas Tree shirt.
The material is really nice. The shirt is super soft which makes it nice to wear. They use shirts from American Apparel as the base. The only problem I have with the shirt is that the picture is very stiff. It is very vinyl-y feeling. It makes the front of the shirt stiff, but it eventually softens up a little bit through out the day. Because of whatever the print is made of, it wrinkles really easy, as you can see in the picture below. But honestly, as a college student, I don't really care if my clothes are wrinkled or not, which drives my mom crazy.
Golden Eel also has a lot of other nice products. They have a lot of women's shirts that are super cute. I really like the Single and Loving It shirt though!
I'm the Boss onezie would be perfect for my niece, because honestly, she already is the boss, and she is only a day old.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
It's a Wonderful Movie
This one is pretty nifty. It is separated by days, and then by time, and then by channel. This is a great way to actually plan and schedule out your day around the movies. Wait, you don't do that? Oh, must only be me.
Again, this one schedules out everything by day, but in slideshow form. This one is better if you just want to watch a movie, but are too lazy to flip channels on your tv.
This one of course, is just for the ABC Family schedule. It is an all day programming schedule, but it still works.
ABC Family Scheduler
A nifty (that's my word today!) little download that tells you what is on!
Thanks to the websites for putting up the awesome schedulers!