Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 - Year of the Baby (and more!)

I figured right now would be a good time to do something no one else on the internet is doing - a year in review post ;)  I had a nice time doing one last year and enjoyed going back and reading it recently so here goes another one!

Obviously, there was one overriding theme throughout our year that was a bit consuming...we had a baby!  I found out I was pregnant right at the beginning of the year, two days before this post actually and gave birth to Miss Rio Rae on October 1st who we're just enamored with.  She's such a good natured little lady and we're lucky to have her in our lives.  I wrote a big ol' roundup post about all things pregnancy related (maternity outfits, nursery, preparing...) on here so I'll refrain from doing it again. 

I know we're only three months into this whole parenthood thing but reflecting upon it so far I can say this - things have come much more naturally than I ever imagined and really, things have been much easier than I thought they would!  People put the fear of God out there regarding pregnancy, birth and having a newborn so we totally planned for worst case scenario for everything.  Maybe that was the key, prepare for the worst and everything will be just fine!  ;)  So far I've learned that planning ahead helps tremendously but at the same time, you have to flexible and to be ok if things don't go according to plan.  I've also learned that as frustrated or tired as you may be, those smiles and laughs make it all worth it.  Oh, and pacifier clips are priceless.

My animal children still hold an incredibly special place in my heart and I took some time to spotlight each of them:  Vera, Pimmy, Sammie and Mondo.  They're all pretty spectacular with their new human sister :)

Creatively I had a pretty successful year as well.  At least in my opinion I did ;)  I only set up at three shows this year but they were three three-day outdoor shows in the Oklahoma summer while pregnant so I'd say that's pretty impressive!  Those shows were Blue Dome, Vintage Market Days and Woody Fest.  I debuted my pillow coverings at two of those shows and quickly became addicted to making them.  Speaking of sewing, I accomplished my one and only 2012 goal - learn to sew from a pattern.  I made several maternity shirts, a maternity dress, lots of baby clothes (including a jacket that I'm working on right now that I LOVE) and made my first quilt for Rio!  I never thought I'd love sewing as much as I do but man, I'm addicted!

Also in the creative realm, I had some wonderful press coverage this year!  Most notably, there was a wonderful article in Tulsa People earlier this year that made me blush followed by another feature there in December for Alliday.  I did a few TV tutorials on behalf of Make Tulsa (a group that I LOVE) and most recently did several live spots promoting Alliday.  My maternity leave was filled with diapers, spit-up, breastfeeding and Alliday planning! 

I started my fifth year of teaching English as a Second Language and can't wait to get back to it next month!  I also joined two boards this year - OKTESOL as the Newsletter Editor and StreetCats.  I couldn't be more honored and excited to be a part of these two organizations that I care about deeply.  In addition to this, I continued to work in my parents' office and produced my third annual Alliday Show!  Busy, busy, busy!

The mister and I celebrated our fourth year of marriage which I celebrated by highlighting different aspects of our wedding.  When I asked him what stood out to him from this year, he pointed to Rio of course.  When I pressed a little more for something other than the obvious, he noted the Thunder going to the playoffs which made me laugh!  It was notable though and reminded me of all of the games we watched together while I had a big belly and an O'douls in my hand ;)  Aside from the crazy trip of welcoming a baby into this world together, we also took a few road trips this year with the Dallas and Bartlesville trips being the most memorable.  We're already planning some camping trips next year with a baby in tow!

I can only imagine what 2013 will bring.  Life with a baby will certainly make things unexpected and exciting.  I feel like I've grown more than I ever imagined I could this year and grew in ways I never expected. So thanks, 2012, for being the year our family expanded, for being the year that taught us we can do it, for being the year of growth.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

One of Those Outfits: Blue Christmas

A few weeks back, my parents hosted a big ol' Christmas party at their house to celebrate being done with construction on their backyard lair (this has finally found its new home) so our crew got dudded up to celebrate with them! 

We did have the rug rat in tow but I brought along some frozen milk for the evening so I could have a few drinks and so I could dress in something that wasn't necessarily breastfeeding friendly!  It's amazing how I look at clothes completely differently now because of that.  
 
I didn't want to (or have time to) go out and buy anything so I sifted through my closet and put this together.  For some reason, I love the color blue during the Christmas season.  Our tree and house is blue themed with lights and I always tend to gravitate towards blue and green with holiday decorations.  I think of sparkling snow at night, a Christmas vision we don't see often in Oklahoma!  Anywho...I wore blue for the holiday party ;)  I bought this dress for $1 at an estate sale, the coat at Goodwill a few years back for a few dollars, the belt at another estate sale, the necklace at the Flea Market for a coin and the boots were gifted.  It was perfect for a post pregnancy fancy outfit and made me feel good :)

I even found time that day to curl my hair and make a rat's nest on top of my head!  ;)

We wanted to have a family photo shot together at the party but that little lady was quite popular so it was hard to get the three of us together without (a little) someone eating, sleeping or crying.  I did manage to snap a shot of the mister and Rio looking mighty cute before we left the house though!  Precious, am I right?  It was her first time to wear one of those fluffy dresses.  ;)

We had a great time getting to see family and friends that we don't see very often and I know that they loved meeting Rio.  It's funny, now when we arrive somewhere, she's the first one mentioned/noticed/greeted.  I get it though, she's pretty special and we're old news ;)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Feliz Navidad!

Merry Christmas from the Biff household!  We've had a pretty laid back holiday this year with false weather reports of a white Christmas causing us to postpone travels.  It's been a blessing in disguise though because we've had a wonderful time celebrating Rio's first Christmas at home as a family :)  Oh, and with ALL of the fuzzy kids too; Pimmy is home!
 
Happy Holidays from us, cranky Santa and all :)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Heavy

Life has finally given me a chance to breathe again.  The show is done (!) and boy was it a wonderful blur.  Rio was a dream through the whole thing and I couldn't be more thankful for that.  I stayed away from the news purposefully during last weekend after hearing about the CT tragedy so I could focus on 'work' but it was constantly in the back of my mind.  Heavy, heavy stuff.  Hard to fathom and impossible to understand.

We've sadness in our house as well.  Pimmy, our fireball of an alpha cat, was diagnosed with renal failure yesterday.  I'm sure you've picked up on my love for our pets by now so I'm sure you can imagine how difficult this is for me.  For us.  I knew something wasn't right but never imagined that this was the problem.  She's spending a few days at our vet right now to try and get her balanced out and to find out what caused this as it all just came out of nowhere.  I'm optimistic but realistic.  I hate not having her at home and hate knowing that she's not well.  My first babies. 

With everything, life goes on.  I think that's so important in so many instances.  Keeps you healthy, keeps you growing, keeps you healing as hard as it may be.  Trying my best.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

12/12/12

I thought I'd take a minute to reflect on yesterday since it seemed to be such a monumental day, at least according to Facebook posts ;)  I must say, when I heard it referred to as National Soundcheck Day, I had a good chuckle.  Anywho.  I thought I'd slow down my hustle and bustle for a minute this morning while the little lady is still sleeping and document the day.  Perhaps not the most interesting post but one more so for me :)

It was another news day for me, with two interviews lined up.  I got up a bit earlier than normal, got gussied, packed up the kid for grandma's and headed west while the sun rose for my first segment
 From there, I picked up some fast grub, got gas and headed to my next live segment, just an hour after the first one.  Of course I forgot my hairbrush that day so this wild mane was a bit untamed.  Sorry, Tulsa ;)
After that segment, I ran to return the goods I spotlighted on the shows to the stores that lent them to me; Made and Gleeful Peacock Mercantile.  I *may* have stopped into an estate sale after that.  Maybe.  A quick run into CVS for some randoms and back to my parents' house it was to stuff my face and grab Rio!  

After a short stop at my folks, Rio and I were on our way home where she did a little pigging out on her own and passed out for three hours.  When this kid sleeps, she sleeps!  I took full advantage of that nap to stuff 80 artists bags in our living room floor which was a huge thing to mark off of my list!

About an hour before she awoke, our doorbell rang immediately followed by banging on the door which, of course, set the beast into protect mode.  Ringing doorbell, banging, barking dog, sleeping baby.  I was flustered but the kid never peeped.  There is major construction going on down our street and apparently they hit a water main so it was a worker informing us we'd be without water for 24 hours.  Awesome. 

The mister was home shortly after that and Rio was back in awake-mode.  While he hung out with her, I was able to get some internet work done and ate a bit of dinner.  Then it was back to mom time.

A little while after that, I made a run to my parents' house for a short stop.  Why?  Remember, no water for 24 hours.  Some things require water.  Back home we had some family fun time in the nursery and then it was time to set up my workshop in bed while I fed Rio, watched some recorded shows and got the little lady to sleep where she slept 8.5 hours straight.  She's a rockstar.  I did a little more internet work and floor plan work and was out like a light myself.
So thanks 12/12/12, you were fun, surprising and memorable.  Too bad you didn't get our water turned back on.  Maybe 12/13/12 will be more helpful with that.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Join Us, Won't Ya?

It's hard to believe I've been slinging this show for three years now.  I had no idea how things would go that first year and was amazed by the reception.  Tulsa, its artists and the community have embraced this show like I could have never imagined and now we're three years in.  Unreal.  I absolutely love it :)

As informal as it sounds on a blog, I'm personally inviting each and every one of you to the show THIS SATURDAY.  Rio and I have been working our tails off just for YOU. 

Some of the fun highlights are that the show is FREE, first 50 in the door get stuffed-to-the-gills swag bags, raffle prize for donating toys to the Salvation Army and handmade creations from 80 artists! 
Make sure you say hi if you see me flitting by!  :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

One of Those Outfits: Lights, Camera, Action!

Oh, hey!  Long time no outfit documentation ;)  As I'm sure you know I'm super-mega busy right now with last minute Alliday Show organization and life with a (fabulous) newborn!  During a time like this, most sane people probably wouldn't take on more but I'm far from sane so I agreed to do a live TV spot on one of our local morning news shows on behalf of make:Tulsa

I got up at 4:30, fed (the amazingly good sleeper) Rio, quickly got gussied up and was was live by 6:40 showing an easy way to make wooden spools into Christmas ornaments!  This was my first live taping with them and it was pretty fun!  I enjoy doing TV spots for some weird reason :)  I did a small segment for them this summer when I was 7 months pregnant (another thing sane people don't do - they don't go on TV when they are heavily pregnant! ;) teaching how to make magnets out of maps.  I'll be back there next week talking about Alliday, in addition to several other news shows! 

I decided to have a little fun with my outfit and dress like my ornaments :)  Everything with the exception of my tights and necklace came from estate sales.  Pretty sure this outfit cost about $4.  My dad brought the necklace back for me from South Africa and the tights came from Target, I believe.  These shoes are my go-to dress up shoes for vintage dresses. 

I filmed a second version of this which will air next Tuesday on Good Day Tulsa and will share it when I have the link!  Until then, I hope you've got Alliday on your calendar!!!
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