Showing posts with label miscellaneous. Show all posts
Showing posts with label miscellaneous. Show all posts
Friday, April 29, 2011

Funny Friday {04.29.2011}

Funny Friday {04.29.2011}
Friday, April 29, 2011
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Saw these cartoons in a few baby emails and thought they were SO appropriate!



Friday, April 1, 2011

A few of my favorite things...

A few of my favorite things...
Friday, April 1, 2011
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I saw this on a couple different blogs I follow and decided to do it, too. I'm sure after this baby is born several of these will definitely change as priorities change, but for right now it is what it is.

Favorite time of day: When I get home from work, put on my pajamas and can relax in bed. I'm not a fan of the couch right now because I can't spread out and put my feet up comfortably. Our bed is just so much more comfortable and with more room for the pups.

Favorite season: Hands down summer for the warm weather and being able to be out and about. Being able to wear less clothing and flip flops.


Favorite month: December for Christmas and because I always seem to have some time off of work and get to spend time with family.


Favorite holiday: Christmas. I'm excited to have our own tree again this year and have a house to decorate!


Favorite subject in school: It was always english and social studies.

Favorite color: I don't really have just one, but I tend to favor pink.

Favorite song: "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis is our first dance song. It's a classic that will stay with me forever. Both me and my Husband love all Elvis. It's always fun too, when they play it at other weddings and every time that happens Wayne takes me out on the dance floor. Such a great reminder of where we have come from.


Favorite movie: I love a lot of movies and different genres. A few of my favorites are: Shawshank Redemption, Sweet Home Alabama, The Last Song, Life as We Know It, The Hangover, Stepbrothers, The Notebook. Just to name a few. I could go on and on.

Favorite celebrity: Right now it would be:

Male: Mark Whalberg: I've always loved him in everything he has been in and now that he is behind the scenes more I also like the shows he is creating and producing as well. He is such a great family man also and just seems very respectable and not to mention HOTT.


Female: Mila Kunis: I've always loved her from her first days on That 70's Show and I LOVE that she is branching out into more movies and bigger roles. I also like that her and MaCaulay Culkin split. I was not a fan of them together and think she is too good for him. So excited to see where her career leads.


Favorite kind of music: I really love everything except for country. It just depends on what mood I'm in at the time.

Favorite channel: CW Twin Cities right now. Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries and Nikita are all on that channel.

Favorite TV show: Since I watch way too much tv I have a lot of must watch shows. See above as well as Brothers & Sisters, Bachelor/ette, Bachelor Pad, Parenthood, One Born Every Minute, Real World & Challenges, Jersey Shore.

Favorite thing to do: curl up in bed with our pups and watch tv/movies.

Favorite place in the world: my's just so darn comfy

Favorite hobby: blogging, scrapbooking, reading, watching tv and movies

Favorite kind of animal: dog...hence the reason why I have 4

Favorite place to live: I lived in LaCrosse, WI for just under a year, but other than that I have only lived in Minnesota, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. I'm a true mid-western girl. It is where we both are from and all our family lives here as well, so that is tough to beat.

Favorite place to vacation: Florida is the only place I have been where it is warm and I can get a tan, so until I go anywhere else, it will be that.

Favorite restaurant: Big Bowl


Favorite food: Pizza. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be that.

Favorite dessert: Chocolate molten lava cake with vanilla ice cream


Favorite snack: Chips, I know they are bad for me, but I love to munch on them. I try and at least pace myself.

Favorite thing to cook: Not much of a cooker/baker, but I'm hoping that will change in the next few months when we move into our new home. A couple things I do like to make are BBQ Chicken Quesidilla's, spaghetti or brownies.

Favorite drink: water or lemonade (bonus if it's strawberry or raspberry)

Favorite chore: vacuuming

Favorite makeup: Bare Escentuals....if you haven't tried it you must!

Favorite hair products: Not a huge hair product user as I have very fine hair and it tends to make it greasy and heavy, but I like the Aussie Shampoos:

I use Chi Iron Guard when I straighten my hair:


and Got2B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion (I couldn't find a very good picture of it).

Favorite lotion: I like the smell of Bath & Body Works Sweat Pea.
Favorite perfume: Juicy Couture


Favorite blogger: There is no way I could choose just one!

Favorite thing to blog about: Anything and everything as you can see!

Favorite books: "Girly" books and I tend to like "teen" books as well. Anything by Nicholas Sparks, Emily Giffin or Jennifer Weiner. I also love the Hunger Games series and Twilight series.

Favorite thing to wear: Other than being able to stay in PJ's all day, it would be flip flops in the summer.

Favorite kind of day: One where I can sleep in, stay in my PJ's all day, watch a movie or several or tv shows while cuddling on the couch (preferably my bed) with my pups, eat something really good for dinner, a long, hot shower, then bed!

Favorite memory: My wedding day

Favorite Sports Team: Twins & Vikings

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Stupid reality TV like Jersey Shore

Monday, March 28, 2011

Being a Mom

Being a Mom
Monday, March 28, 2011
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Being A Mom

We are sitting at lunch one day when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family."

"We're taking a survey," she says half-joking. "Do you think I should have a baby?"

"It will change your life," I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral.

"I know," she says, "no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations."

But that is not what I meant at all. I look at my Daughter, trying to decide what to tell her. I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes.

I want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will forever be vulnerable.

I consider warning her that she will never again read a newspaper without asking, "What if that had been MY child?" That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the primitive level of a bear protecting her cub. That an urgent call of "Mom!" will cause her to drop a souffle or her best crystal without a moments hesitation.

I feel that I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood. She might arrange for child care, but one day she will be going into an important business meeting and she will think of her baby's sweet smell. She will have to use every ounce of discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure her baby is all right.

I want my daughter to know that every day decisions will no longer be routine. That a five year old boy's desire to go to the men's room rather than the women's at McDonald's will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that a child molester may be lurking in that restroom.

However decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother.

Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about herself.

That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give herself up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years, not to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish theirs. I want her to know that a cesarean scar or shiny stretch marks will become badges of honor. My daughter's relationship with her husband will change, but not in the way she thinks.

I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his child. I think she should know that she will fall in love with him again for reasons she would now find very unromantic.

I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with women throughout history who have tried to stop war, prejudice and drunk driving.

I want to describe to my daughter the exhilaration of seeing your child learn to ride a bike. I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog or cat for the first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so real it actually hurts.

My daughter's quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes. "You'll never regret it," I finally say.

Then I reached across the table, squeezed my daughter's hand and offered a silent prayer for her, and for me, and for all the mere mortal women who stumble their way into this most wonderful of callings.

Please share this with a Mom that you know or friends who may someday be Moms. May you always have in your arms the one who is in your heart.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

100 Things About Me

100 Things About Me
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
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1. My name is Leah Antyna.
2. My initials are LAD.
3. My initials use to be LAS.
4. I am married to my best friend.
5. I do not have any human babies yet.
6. I do have 4 fur-babies.
7. I am very blessed for the people in my life.
8. I believe in Karma.
9. I have 3 younger siblings.
10. I have a few best friends who are all amazing.
11. I have sensitive skin.
12. My eyes are hazel.
13. I love watching televison and probably watch too much.
14. I usually don't wear nail polish, unless it is clear.
15. I only have two Grandma's left living.
16. I don't like or hate school.
17. I always got good grades.
18. I'll be 28 in April.
19. My homepage is Google.
20. I was almost adopted.
21. My Mom gave birth to me when she was a junior in high school.
22. My Grandma raised me in my early years, while my Mom finished school.
23. I have been scrapbooking for years, but do not have a lot to show for it.
24. I've been working since I was 16 and I am grateful for that.
25. I love my husband's family and glad they are now my family.
26. I think of blogging as a journal and scrapbook.
27. Sometimes I get car-sick if I am riding in the back seat.
28. I'm a MN sports fan.
29.Me and my Husband each have our own DVR's.
30. I do not have any tattoos, but want one.
31. I know what I want, but do not know where I want it.
32. I'm a people person, but I also like my personal time.
33. I have a 4th sibling who died from SIDS when I was in the 6th grade..she was 3 months old. She would be turning 16 on 12.17.2010, which also happens to be my Mom's birthday as well.
34. My parents didn't get married until I was 6. I was the flower girl.
35. My parents are high school sweethearts.
36. I would love to learn how to cook better and cook more.
37. I would like to travel more.
38. I pretend that planes are shooting stars.
39. I am so not a morning person. I am a night owl.
40. My favorite color is green.
41. I like a lot of different movies and couldn't pick just one that is my favorite.
42. I am a good trouble shooter with computers.
43. Def Leppard is my favorite band and I have seen them in concert like 6 times..
44. I love my Mom and she is one of my best friends. I tell her everything.
45. I do not play an instruments.
46. I LOVE the holiday season.
47. I take way to many pictures of everything.
48. I like to play train dominoes or monopoly, otherwise board games aren't my thing.
49. I didn't play any sports until I was in high school. Then I played soccer through the city.
50. I'm fascinated with how a baby develops inside the human body.
51. I like most music except for country.
52. I love to read.
53. I hate bugs, snakes, rodents, etc.
54. I'm scared of big bodies of water.
55. I have a fear of drowning or getting burned alive.
56. I like looking at and being at the ocean, but I don't really like being in it.
57. I love the blogging world and find other people's stories fascinating.
58. I wish I had a green thumb.
59. I used to only drink beer, now I am a wine gal.
60. I love celebrations/parties/gatherings.
61. I have a lot of freckles for having dark hair.
62. I'm somewhat spoiled when it comes to my Husband.
63. I got Lasik in January 2010 as a Christmas gift from Husband.
64. Before that I wore glasses since 6th grade and got contacts in 8th grade.
65. I like to find good deals on clothes.
66. My flower girl, Briana, is the daughter of one of my best friends, who was 3 at the time of my wedding, screamed all the way down the aisle. It was actually hilarious. She just turned 8 on Tuesday 11/30.
67. Ignorance is one of my pet peeves.
68. I have seasonal allergies.
69. My Husband is THE funniest guy you will ever meet and if you know him you will agree with me.
70. I love Caribou Coffee, but not normal coffee.
71. I know hitting snooze makes me more tired and I still do it.
72. I can be quite the procrastinator.
73. Doing dishes is my least favorite chore.
74. I am thankful my Husband helps with chores.
75. I love giving gifts.
76. I love sleeping and naps.
77. I've been a bridesmaid three times in my life so far and it's all been within the last year or so.
78. At some point in my life I want a Boxer. I want to name it Killebrew and call it Killa.
79. I do not own a home, but hope to someday soon.
80. I have an obsession with sunglasses.
81. I broke both my wrists in 3rd grade.
82. I have never skinny dipped.
83. It doesn't take much to make me happy. I am usually easily entertained.
84. I think DVRs are the best things ever invented.
85. I want to use coupons more.
86. I use gmail for my email.
87. I love helping people.
88. I want to be more green.
89. I love my job and my boss.
90. I can't go anywhere without chapstick.
91. I stay up too late sometimes, although I am getting better.
92. I can tell when I'm getting irritable.
93. I live by the motto "everything happens for a reason."
94. One of my favorite things to eat is plain noodles with butter and Parmesan cheese.
95. I like dogs that look mean, but really are just big teddy bears.
96. I am a good listener.
97. I don't believe in outside dogs.
98. If I could I would have a million dogs and just rescue them all.
99. The best place on earth for me is on my couch with my Husband and our dogs.
100. I really want to be a Mom.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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I saw this on another blog and had to steal it. Feel free to do the same.

A. AREA CODE: I was born in the 320, but grew up in the 612 before it became 952, and currently am in the 763.

B. BED SIZE: King! We couldn’t live with anything less. Our 4 dogs take up a lot of room.

C. CHORE YOU HATE: Washing dishes. I’m always the dryer.

D. DOG'S NAME(S): Puckett, Bella, Tony and Moo Moo

E. ESSENTIAL "START THE DAY!" ITEM: Caramel Cooler from Caribou

F. FAVORITE COLOR: I don’t really have a favorite color. I like them all.

G. GOLD OR SILVER: I’ve always been a silver type of gal.

H. HEIGHT: 5' 7"

I. INSTRUMENTS YOU PLAY: None. I wanted to play the clarinet in middle school, but I did choir instead. It was cheaper.

J. Job: Photographer, Paralegal, Wife and hopefully someday soon a Mother.

K. KIDS: We are trying. See earlier posts: Rollercoaster of Emotion Part 1 and 2.

L. LIVING ARRANGEMENTS: We are currently living with Wayne’s Grandma in Buffalo. She is in the process of loosing/saving her house. We should know by the end of 2010 if things work out for her. Wayne and I hope to start looking at a home of our home at the beginning of 2011 and be into something by summer 2011.

N. NICKNAME: Babygirl.

M. MOM'S NAME: Karla
O. OVERNIGHT HOSPITAL STAY: No. Hopefully having a baby will be the only time I’m in the hospital over-night.

P. PET PEEVE: hypocrite and chewing with mouth open.

Q. QUOTE FROM A MOVIE: "She's so ugly, she could trick or treat over the telephone." - Larry The Cable Guy in Health Inspector


S. SIBLINGS: 1 brother – Ross, 19 years old, 2 sisters – Amie, 13 years old and Kate, 11 years old; 1 brother in law – Andy, 24 years old

T. TIME YOU WAKE UP: Usually around 7:00am - ish

U. UNDERWEAR: All different kinds.

V. VEGGIE YOU DISLIKE: I’m a picky eater, so other than the popular ones, I don’t like many.

W. WAYS/REASONS YOU ARE LATE: I am so not a morning person. I’m not good sometimes at predicting how long it will take me to get ready to go somewhere.

X. XRAYS YOU'VE HAD: 3rd grade I broke my right wrist and fractured the left at the same time.

Y. YUMMY FOOD YOU MAKE: Rueben dip is a favorite of the family and Better than Anything Cake is a good one, too.

Z. ZOO ANIMALS YOU LIKE: I haven’t been to the zoo in forever, but I like the gorillas, polar bears, and dolphins.


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