Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!




Breaky travels a lot. That means that sometimes he misses holidays or milestones. We've been apart for an anniversary, a number of Thanksgivings, a birthday, was gone four days before our wedding and two weeks before BabyCPK was born. Needless to say, I'm used to it by now. 

This is our first Valentine's Day apart however. 

Breaky is at the WePlay! @DotA2 Valentine Madness tournament. The whole theme is "Valentine's Day" so obviously, it is happening over the Valentine's Day holiday. They even had the panel and host in onesie pajamas and the casters in cupid/angel get-ups.


I mean, check out this stage! They really went all out on this theme, huh? 






Gives a new meaning of "he's my angel"

Obviously, having him gone is great for his career, but it makes me sad. It also means I am handling our bundle of joy on our own for 2.5 weeks. I am exhausted. BUT we are SO incredibly proud of him, and we know it is not easy for him either. He works so hard and it can't be easy being away from us.

Breaky and I have been together since 2012. We clicked immediately. We met originally online on OKCupid and chatted for months. We finally decided to meet up and were chatting about where to go. I mentioned that where he chose to go to dinner and the movie was super close to my apartment. He mentioned it was close to his too! He lived in (apartment complex). NO WAY, SO DID I! Turns out, after much discussion about where our apartments were, we realized we were right across the lawn from each other.


We had that date, and 6.5 years later are married, got a dog and have a child.



When we were dating, and when we got married, I did not think I could love anyone more than I loved Breaky. I still love him just as much, if not more, but since we had BabyCPK, I have to say that my love for her is so deep, mostly because she is the creation of our love.



So, BreakyCPK, I still love you as much, if not more, than I did the first time we said "I love you




Thursday, January 31, 2019

What a weird $%^&*() week

What a weird $%^&*() week


We knew the weather was going to be bad this week. I even took my work laptop home with me just in case. It's Michigan.

So the weekend went very well. We did a bunch of organizing, baby proofing and cleaning. Sunday night, I started to get some heartburn and feel a little weird. Weird turned into gross and well..... either I had the stomach flu or food poisoning.

Because the U.S. maternity laws suck, I really can't take full days off, so I bundled myself in a blanket and slowly but surely worked as much as I could, while quarantining myself from the rest of my family. Except for Dogcpk, who obviously knew I wasn't feeling well, because she was a lot more cuddly with me than usual. I had to avoid everyone else because I really didn't want to get anyone else sick in case it was the stomach bug. Breaky was (at the time) leaving for California for work. How horrendous would it be if he was feeling the way I did and had to cancel or delay his trip. And getting BabyCPK sick? Putting her through this? Still makes me all anxious and icky inside.

Well, after whatever-I-had started running a different course than it does when I have had the stomach bug in the past, Breaky and I started to think about what I could have eaten that would have caused this.

Then it hit me.


I did not look at the expiration date on the mayo I used on a sandwich I had this weekend.


It was from 2017.

Needless to say, we figured out why I was sick.



So that was Monday.



And with all that, Breaky's flights kept getting delayed, cancelled, delayed then cancelled, and making everyone anxious. Or as Breaky said "tilted". Side note: we are no longer allowed to let Breaky play any game while "tilted".

So Tuesday, I decided to work from home, just in case. I didn't want to get sick at work, or get others sick at work. So while I worked, Breaky was going back and forth with the airport and the studio regarding his flights, delays and cancellations. And an interesting message. As it stood, he was going to go to California for a few days for an event, then hop on a plane to go to Sweden. He then got a message that another studio wants him for a possible event in another international country. Literally right after the one in Sweden. So he would be gone from Wednesday (1/30/2019) until 2/17/2019. That's right ladies, he will miss Valentines day. He's missed anniversaries, Thanksgivings, his own birthday, and plenty of family gatherings. I believe this is the first missed Valentines day. We talked about it, and of course I support any work he gets, within reason. We will be fine.



At 2:00 pm, my work cancelled for Wednesday due to cold weather. We're talking like, wind chill of -30s. So, makes sense. So no work on Wednesday, which is good, because that means we can take Breaky to the airport (maybe). By dinner time, I was feeling well enough for some real food that Breaky braved the roads for. By the time dinner was done, I had been able to keep everything down, so I knew I was on the road to recovery.


At night, Breaky and I put BabyCPK down and played some games downstairs. That's when he got the call that the new flight would be 7:00am at the local airport. Well, we'll see.


BabyCPK still thinks that teething sucks and the misery is best shared with the people who love her the most. So, up at 10 pm, and 1:00 am. Whooo. It was my turn to get her to bed, because, hello, Breaky is traveling. So what does he do? Wakes me up at 3:15 am to let me know his flight is delayed.

Me: "Well, darn, I'm sorry babe"
Breaky: "Well, there is a flight at like 5:45 am they said I could take."
Me: "So your flight is technically delayed early? We need to leave, like now"

So, we bundled up everyone (minus dogcpk) and head/slide to the airport. I drove, as I learned how to drive in icy, Michigan winters. Mr. Breaky California did not. Roads were really bad and it was really cold. It seemed, though, that someone upstairs was looking out for us, because Breaky's flight actually happened. Spoiler alert, he even made it to California.

(NOT TAKEN THIS WEEKEND! taken a few years ago)

BabyCPK, of course, didn't know that a snow day meant that we could sleep in, so a 7:00 am wake up. Little sleep for still-recovering-from-food-poisoning MommaCPK. Of frickin course.

NOT TAKEN THIS WEEKEND! 
Don't have your kids outside in this wind chill!


So Breaky is in California, I have been cooped up in the house basically since Friday afternoon.


And work/school is cancelled for Thursday (today) too.



I need to get out of this house. Stupid negative degree wind chill.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year

2018 was a whirlwind for both me and my family.

I could write a novel about all the firsts, all the highs, all the lows, lots going on.

So instead, I'm making a bunch of top 5 for 2018. 

Top 5 Products

1. Caramel Cantina Cami
Not going to lie, I definitely lived in these for at least the first three months after BabyCPK was born. Still where them now, just for lounging around the house.
2. Aquaphor Baby
Now, I will try not to make every single thing on this list about baby stuff, but OMG does this stuff work like no other when it comes to diaper rash or dry, irritated skin of the baby.
3. Tula Baby Carrier
This was a huge help, especially in the beginning when BabyCPK was a newborn and we needed to get stuff done around the house, or if we were going out and didn't want to deal with the stroller.
4. Zattcas Womens V Neck Maxi Dress
As I struggled with (and let's be honest, still struggle with) getting my body back after a kid, this dress helped so much when I needed to wear something nicer, but cool and comfortable.
5. Cast Iron Skillet
If you do not have one, get one. Hands down one of the most used item in our kitchen.

Top 5 Photos

Guess who makes an appearance in each one?
Now these are my personal favorite photos. I did my #Top9 thing on my Instagram (@duchesscpk). I encourage you to check it out.









Top 5 Personal Favorite Blog Posts
Meaning the posts I enjoyed writing the most, or meant the most to me
1. Player 3 has Entered The Game
2. Butter Boys
3. Twitch and Makeup
4. When He's Here but not "Here"
5. Geek Parents

Top Moment in 2018
Because let's be honest, what else would there be. The birth of our daughter was a life-changing experience that I wouldn't give up for the world.





Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the CPKFamily


We had a small, family Christmas on Saturday with just the 4 of us (Breaky, BabyCPK, DogCPK and me). We had our traditional steak and cheese sauce and exchanged gifts. We also watched Olaf's Frozen Adventure, since Die Hard, which was our go-to for our tradition, isn't exactly baby appropriate. We were going to watch it when the kid went to bed, but we got the itch to play video games, of course, which meant that Breaky and I played Borderlands 2 together for our Christmas.


Below are some pictures from our little family Christmas. Since we are spending actual Christmas with my family across the state and I will probably not be super active on social media, so here is our Happy Christmas greeting.