Chronicles of a Selfish Mommy

Archive for January 2011

We’re neutral people, afraid of color or making a choice we cannot live with….FOREVER….. I kid, I know we can change paint color, but it is just so time-consuming to do so….

Well, we finally committed to colors, rather nice neutral colors that still have some ZING, OOMPH, POW!  We just want to brighten & bold  it up a tiny bit.  We chose the satin/eggshell finish to pizzazz it up some more, but also to be able to clean it.  You know, kids and all….We’re going from drab to fab!

Our Foyer, Dining, and kitchen bar areas will be Behr’s Copper Mountain.  We’ll paint the coffered ceilings as well as the dining ceiling in Behr’s Kenya.  I am hoping this color will bring a richness & welcoming feeling.  It’s a reddish-brown color.  It is a touch more “formal”.

Copper Mountain

Also in Kenya, will be the living room, art niches, halls, breakfast, and kitchen areas.  It’s a nice sandy color with an sorta yellow/cream undertone.  I think this lighter & brighter color are needed because those spaces do not get much natural light.  With the darker wood floors coming in, I felt we needed a color that prevented a cave or college dorm feel….. 


Finally, we are going with a sage or olive-green in the office.  The color we tested was Behr’s Eco Green, but I am not loving it.  It looks kinda like baby poop or spit up and I don’t want to re-live those days…

Eco Green


For good measure here is snap of the colors together against the current wall color.  I think they are relatively complementary.  Nothing too bold or “out there’ for us, we don’t like to stray far from our neutral zone.  I think the colors we chose just add a lil something, snazzy factor!


Literally, by the cost and that we actually did it!  We committed to hardwood floors for the majority of our home.  Approximately, 1500 sq ft of the 2700 sq ft.  We are placing them in all rooms except beds and baths.  I am nervous.  I am excited.  I am anxious.  I am stoked! 

We went with Virgina Mill Works 3/8″ x 4-3/4″  Handscraped Tobacco Road Teak which is really Acacia wood.  We went with it for a variety of reasons:

1. It is high on the toughness scale (Janka), like 2200, thus making it harder to scratch and dent

2. It is handscraped which means it is slightly distressed and not super shiny.  This will allow our kids to beat it up and it still look the same.

3. It has high color & striation variation.  Basically, it is multi-tone browns from light to dark.  I wanted to be able to have it blend with all furniture & cabinetry colors.

4. It is not super formal, but not everyday either.  I don’t think this is something you see a lot of.

5. I hope that it will bring some lightness & will open up the rooms a bit.  We don’t get a ton of sunlight and I was afraid the darker wood would make it almost too “cozy”.

courtesy of Lumber Liquidators

We had a budget that got totally blown due to some things you don’t really think about; namely, glue, t-molding, and quarter round. 

Fingers crossed we LOVE it!  I never can really tell until it is all down.  I am concerned that it might not blend as seamlessly as I would like with existing cabinets & furniture.   I am also concerned that it might appear too “country” or “rustic cabin”.  Worst case, I see lots of rugs in our future….

This means we have less than 2 weeks (this is when it arrives) to get our wall colors picked out, painters lined  up, and painting completed because it needs to be first in the mini-renovation.

Here is another shot.  This is not our home, but these pictures give a really good idea of what it looks like installed.  Thanks to the folks willing to post on Lumber Liquidators!

Decided that you wanted a new house, but loved your area, so decided to fix up your current place?

Started the bidding process with independent contractors & been stunned out of your mind to find out what things really cost?

Freaked out and decided to call the whole thing off?  Just to start it up again immediately.

Been stressed and confused beyond belief about paint color?

If you have, then tell me how you got through it.  I simply cannot make a committment to a paint color or curtains. How are we ever going to figure out the floor! Visualizing color and what looks good is not something I do well.  Funny, I can commit my whole life to a person(s), but not to something as simple as updating our home.

Entire interior painting, new floors, new curtains… we come!

2010 was good to the Selfish Family.  As a family, we had fun adventures on the lakes of Austin & Travis. We made a trip to 2 different zoos (Cameron Park & Capital of Texas), to Sea World, to Sweet Berry Farms, as well as the Texas Renaissance Festival.  We also visited Tucson over Thanksgiving.

Selfish Mommy committed to running a race a month (which I almost did, darn Jan & Aug) & began a running regime to train for the Austin Half Marathon on 2/20/2011.  In 2010, I logged more than 300 miles of running & posted some major 5k PR (less than 9 min miles)!  I was fortunate to have some really great adventures including a free hand canvas painting class, pole dancing class, a static aerial class, and a ceramic painting adventure. Finally, the biggest event for me was a promotion & job change in May!

Jeff logged lots of flight hours taking several business trips to California & one to China.  He rode 109 mi in just over 6 hrs to complete the El Tour de Tucson & established a group of road & mountain biking friends.  He also got himself a sweet ride, a 2011 Black on Black leather GMC Yukon Denali.

Connor started his Pre-K program at St Elizabeth’s and had a SUPER year of firsts, successfully attained his yellow, orange, & advanced orange belts in Karate, completed 2 more gymnastic classes, played indoor as well as outdoor soccer, learned to ride his bike without training wheels, ran 3 Kid’s K, rode on the boat tube by himself, and turned FIVE in November with an awesome Big Rig themed indoor inflatable wonderland !  Connor is a strong kid finishing the year weighing about 47 lbs & is about 47 inches tall with a size 13 shoe.

We completed our first year as a family of 4 by celebrating Brooke’s FIRST birthday with a ducky themed bash in February.  2010 has brought lots of milestones for B.  She started talking & running, she took gymnastics classes, she loves the water, she plays pretend with her babies, is super independent, loves putting on & taking off her own clothes & shoes, and is just generally very lovey & happy.  She ended the year weighing about 26 lbs & is about 33 inches tall.

Although 2010 was good to us, we are looking forward to 2011!  I don’t have any real resolutions, but things & habits I want to do &/or become better about.  There are some milestones I am also very excited about!

We plan to upgrade our home by having the entire house painted & (hopefully) hardwood floors installed.  I am almost done picking out all the colors.  We have people scheduled to give us estimates on both for this week!  I also purchased new curtains & we plan to put up our old ones as well.  I want to have cabinetry/shelving/organization either purchased or custom-built for several places including: office, kids’ bathroom, master bathroom, and breakfast area since it’s our drop off-center when we walk into the house.

We have and will continue to clean house.  I already got rid of all of our old pots & pans, everyday silverware as well as glass/barware.  I figured we’re adults and should have adult things, not stuff from college on the cheap.  The replacement of things is the issue….

I am working on being a better parent.  Trying my best to be more in the moment & there with my kids.  I do a lot for them and give them fun things to participate in or do, we go to fun places, but I am really bad about just being & playing.  I am thinking maybe a bike to ride as a family around the neighborhood, maybe some skates too.  We love our board & card games, so family movie & game nights are in order!

I am working on putting down the work.  When 5pm rolls around, I need to learn to be done until the next day.  End of story.

I want to maintain the training routine I am in. 

I want to expand Renee’s Rack Pack to our own race.  If we cannot get the race this year, then I at least want all the planning to take place.

I’d like to blog at least once a week, more if  can.  Ultimately, I’d like to expand my audience.  I really enjoy getting some of this out into the ether….

Connor starts kindergarten & this will completely change our lives.  We are anxious and excited at the same time.  We will also start on our religious classes to get ready for 1st Communion. 

This will be a big year for Brooke.  We already have plans for potty training & quite possibly by end of the year transitioning to a big girl bed.  We will also have the pacifiers phased out by the end of the year.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, we will also find time for a vacation!

Here we come 2011, the Selfish Family is coming in HOT!

We had a fantastic holiday!  The weather here was mostly temperate with some cold ones thrown in for good measure.

Selfish Daddy & I took the last 2 weeks of December off; although, that meant we had the kiddos full-time for 2 weeks straight – gah!

As you already know, we headed into the break with our White Elephant Party.  We followed that up with a week of preparing for Christmas.  Basically, we did a lot of last-minute shopping & just generally getting into “vacation” mode.  We also visited Santa.

Christmas Eve brought cold, wet, & dreary weather.  We threw out our Reindeer food in preparation for Santa.  We made cookies.  We also went to the Children’s Mass (4pm) at our Church.  We followed that up with dinner at Fish Daddy’s.  We headed home & into bed  & the Selfish parents transformed into Elves.  We wrapped, we constructed, we laid out presents… 

Selfish Mommy & Kids all ready for Xmas Mass

Christmas day, our son arose before dawn.  We had less than 5 hrs sleep.  I had to wake up his sister, she wasn’t very happy.  The morning consisted of opening gifts, lots of playing, and I made sausage, apple, cranberry stuffing and cranberry chutney.  We then headed over to the Selfish Grandparents for the family celebration.  We are lucky enough to have lots of family in the immediate vicinity.  I have my parents, 2 of his sisters (with their families), my brother, and my grandparents. We opened more presents, ate lots of food, had some drinks, and generally had a good time.  My uncle took lots of great family pics, too!  It is so nice that my grandparents get to see 2 of their 5 great children often.

Selfish Family

Batey Family

Connor hit the jackpot with a new bike & helmet, a V-Tech Pocket (portable gaming system), a V-Tech VSmile, lots of games to go with them, as well as a computer keyboard with associated games for learning on a real computer.

Connor Tricking out sans training wheels

Brooke scored with a Little Tikes Kitchen, tons of kitchen accessories (food, dishes, appliances), a dr kit, a Cabbage Patch, and lots of dress up things.

Brooke Playing in her Kitchen

Selfish Mommy was the one who really made out like a bandit, though.  I totally won the present lotto with a waffle iron, a wine rabbit, the new Garmin 410 running watch, a Dell Inspiron 15R,  a Coach Poppy Signature wristlet, 3 Calphalon cookie sheets, and a Calphalon One 2.5 qt sauce pan.  Fine, some of it I bought myself….whatevs

Selfish Daddy won the XMas loser’s bracket with nada.  He claims he prefers it this way, so I like to think he got exactly what he wanted.  I am sure he will buy himself something nice…..he always does.

We had a post-Christmas trip to visit my grandmother, my Mom’s mom.  It was a lovely visit and definitely a requirement as she is not doing well.  I am glad my kids got to see her & just hang out.  Out of the 9 great grandchildren, Brooke is the only girl & quite possibly the last one she will get to meet. Upon our return, we promptly packed up Christmas inside & out.

We had a nice, low-key New Year’s celebrating not only the New Yr, but also a 40th Birthday with good friends. 


101 in 1001 – Ongoing

6. Workout 3x per week
7. Keep weight below 130lbs
8. Use Teeth Whitening Trays
10. Volunteer 1x per quarter (3/11)
11. Prepare 1 new recipe a month (15/33)
18. Professional Family Photo once per yr (2/3)
19. Date night every other month (12/18)
32. Keep my sites updated (Facebook, Wordpress, and personal)
33. Family Vacations once per yr (1/3)
34. Monthly Pedicures and Manicures
37. Donate Blood once per quarter (3/11)
38. Spring and Fall Cleanings (3/6)
39. Donate items from those cleanings to Goodwill (3/6)
40. Use all my gift cards
43. Use cloth bags for shopping every chance I get
44. Read one book every other month (31/20)
46. Decorate Home for the Holidays/Seasons
51. Clean out fridge twice a year (3/6)
52. Clean out pantry twice a year (3/6)
53. Take photos at important events
54. Learn and keep tabs on personal and home finances
55. Monthly work performance plan updates (5/33)
56. Update resume yearly or with every job change (2/3)
64. Say a one positive thing for every one negative
92. Give Jeff and kids kisses EVERY day
94. Adhere to my anti-aging cream ritual
99. Wear something OTHER than jeans once a week (144/143)

No Longer Interested:
2. Attend said Church 2x per month (2/66)
47. Event Planner courses or readings
83. Spend at least once a every OTHER week on boat during warm weather (May-Sept)

101 in 1001 – One Time Event

High Motivation:
12. Landscape Front Yard
13. Landscape Back Yard
16. Remove Spider Veins
17. Update Driver’s License restrictions
26. PGMP Certification
30. Green Belt Certification
31. Repair Acura Leather
35. Participate in an Adventure Race
36. Start kids' College Fund
41. Update my phone and address excel spreadsheet
45. Appraise and insure Rings and earrings
48. Clean out jewelry box
61. Travel outside the US
62. Update MP3 player songs
66. Buy a safe
68. Sift thru mementos to either keep, sale, or donate
71. Try Snowboarding
77. Write will
81. Own a Louis Vuitton Purse
86. Actually catch some air wakeboarding
87. Bunny Hop Switch on wakeboard
88. Give Microdermabrasion a try
90. Beat 5k PR - 28:15 Completed: 7/03/10 28:09
91. Beat 5 Miler PR - 47:13
95. Get back to VEGAS!
98. Come up w/new Morning Shift Plan

Low Motivation:
9. Start Side Business (House Flipping, Event Planner, Book, Vending, Duplex/Apt)
15. Take a Spanish Language Course
27. Resize and Wear Aggie Ring
28. Attend an Aggie Bonfire
29. Attend an Austin Midnight Yell Practice
65. Organize my body & mind by buying & using a treadmill
72. Be an extra in a movie or TV show
80. Wii & Wii Fit
84. Play in Poker tourney that doesn’t include friends nor family
85. Poker moratorium for 3 mths
96. Get someone else to start a list
101. Visit Holly’s place when baby comes

101 in 1001 – Completed

1. Register for a Church Completed: 6/06/08
3. Laser hair removal Completed: 2/24/10
4. Baby #2 Completed: 2/09/09
5. Run a 10k Completed: 4/26/08
14. Take a Creative Arts Class (writing, painting, photography) Completed: 2/12/10 at Painting with a Twist
20. Register Connor for a sport when he’s able Completed: 8/12/09
21. Promotion or Job Change to do so Completed: 5/14/10
23. Find and hire a housekeeper completed: 2/8/08
24. Potty & Bed train Connor
25. Wean Connor from pacifier complete 6/1/09
42. Buy and use a PDA Completed: 6/16/08
49. Crown Molding in dining, living, and master bedroom Completed: 4/2010
50. Built in shoe storage in master closet Completed: Dec 09 as Jeff built them for me!
57. Visit a historical site Completed: 9/5/08
58. Visit a museum Completed: 9/6/08
59. Visit a zoo completed:12/24/07
60. Ride a train Completed: 10/11/09 Riding Thomas the Train & 12/20/09 riding the North Pole Flyer
63. New MP3 headphones Complete: July 09
67. Obtain concealed handgun license completed: 1/27/08
69. New pots and pans completed: 2/28/08
70. Frame Family photo completed: 11/08
73. Pay off one of our vehicles Completed: January '09
74. See a Play Completed: Disney Live 12/19/08, Dora Live 7/22/09, Wicked 8/25/09
75. Vote in the next presidential and local elections completed 10/08
76. Become CPR and First Aid Certified Completed: 4/12/08
78. Ride the Zilker Zephyr Completed: 5/28/08
79. Go on a cruise Completed: 9/14 thru 9/19
89. Get a Facial Completed: 6/4/10
93. Have 2nd Baby’s room finished BEFORE she is born Completed: 2/3/09
97. Get a massage Completed: 6/4/10
100. Visit my brother’s new condo Completed: 3/22/08

Supplemental List

102. Watch 1 Netflix Movie a week (53/143)
103. a canopy tour Completed: 11/14/09 for Amanda's 30th
104. Join the Capital City A&M Club Completed: 4/13/08
105. Attend 2 A&M Club events a year (0/6)
106. Have Jeff hang curtains
107. New bedding for Master Bedroom completed: 1/11/09
108. Kitchen Organization System
109. Be a mentor to someone
110. Do a family year end blog every yr end (1/3)
111. APICS Classes
112. Migrate Connor to new room Completed: 8/21/08
113. Update Workout to a Guest room Completed: 1/14/09
114. Office Furniture: desks, chairs, bookcases Complete: 8/09
115. Visit a Chiropractor
116. Get Moles checked out Completed: 4/29/08
117. ITIL Certification
118. Attend a circus, rodeo, or fair Completed: 8/24/08 circus
119. Create photo books once a year for great-grandparents and grandparents (2/3)
120. Update and organize personal cookbook
121. Fall &/or Holiday Festivals (0/2)
122. Renaissance Faire

The Bucket List

Things I want to do before I die
1. Ride the tallest Roller Coaster, Kingda Ka, in Jackson, NJ at Six Flags Great Adventure
2. Visit Redwood National Park to view the oldest and tallest trees in the world
3. Camp Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to see the tallest geyser eruptions
4. Florida Everglades
5. Smithsonsian Museum in Washington, DC
6. Grand Canyon
7. Pyramids of Giza - Egypt
8. Paris, France and all it's relevant sites
9. Great Wall of China
10. Taj Mahal, India
11. Petra, Jordan
12. Greece & Italy and all their relevant sites
13. Chicchen Itza, Mexico Completed: 9/16/09
14. Statue of Liberty, Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, Niegra Falls, Empire State Bldg
15. Britain/England and all it's relevant sites

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