Handwriting

Yesterday I got to go to a fun Arizona Blogger Meet Up. Check out my instagram, I took a few pictures! I had so much fun and I was super encouraged to start getting into blogging again. I have been hiding on tumblr and ‘blogging’ there.

(Sidenote: I don’t think tumblr is real blogging, it’s fun and can be inappropriate and I think I am the oldest person on tumblr. Also to My Mom: Do not go on tumblr, your other children will kill me for telling you about it. It can be very inappropriate, but don’t worry you have good children otherwise.)

Anyway, I saw some kids on tumblr do handwriting posts, with a picture of a handwritten post about themselves and I thought it would be fun to bring over to the blogging world, especially after taking notes at the blogger meet up yesterday- the first time I have handwritten anything in a little while.

Here is my beautiful handwriting:

Here is my photo typed out:
09.07.14
Handwriting Post

I’m stealing this idea from tumblr so that everyone can see my handwriting and try to dechipher it. (Worst part is no spell check!)

Name: Monica Jamer
Blog: Monzanita’s (monicajamer.com)
monzanita.tumblr.com
Instagram/Twitter: @monzanitas
Facebook.com/monzanitas
Company:TheSafetyCollar.com

-Favorites-
Color: Blue
Music: Rock/Alternative
Drinks: Water, Chocolate Milk Spiked with Coffee
Places: Wilderness of Any Kind!
Vehicle: Jeep TJ
Animals: My Dog and My Chickens

Don’t forget to be awesome!

-Monica monzanita@gmail.com

Here’s another fun fact about my handwriting, in high school I hated my handwriting so I printed the alaphabet in the font ‘Bradley Hand’ and practiced until my handwriting looked like that font. It has evolved a bit since then, but I love my handwriting! What does your handwriting look like? Send me a picture, link or tag me on instagram so that I can see it, no matter how bad it is! (@monzanitas)

Pregnancy Announcements for Facebook

With our first pregnancy I couldn’t wait to tell everyone, so as soon as we got the news we wanted to post it to facebook, so that we could avoid calling everyone individually to tell them (and having hurt feelings because we called one person before another and so on). We called the new grandparents and then took this picture and posted it with the clues to facebook.

It was a cute way to announce it until I got a few people telling me I really did look pregnant. I was 5 weeks along and shouldn’t have looked any more pregnant than before! So we decided to find another way to tell everyone for the second pregnancy.

I searched all of my pins and decided to do something a little bit more unique. With a second child our Jeep will be full, so we went out to our closest wash (aka dry creek) and took this picture. Click on the picture to see it bigger!

The idea was a little more confusing but still super cute! Once I explained it in the comments everyone got it. At least no one’s calling me fat this time!

Other Jeep Related Articles:
4 Jeep Sewing Projects
Camping on the Mogollon Rim
5 Reasons I Love My Husband

Change Jar Guessing Game

I was recently reading an article titled 30 Signs That You Were Raised by Frugal Parents” over at Wisebread.

One of those signs was that your family held a contest to see how much change was in the change jar. We never did that, but it’s never too late to start. I was just gonna text the picture and ask my husband his guess, but I figured I could see if anyone else wanted to play.

There are only pennies and dimes, because that’s what fits through the hole. My guess is $48, but I haven’t counted it yet.

The winner can help me find another cool jar. Or help me clean my house. You know, whichever you want. I’ll find a cool prize before the contest is over because I don’t know what it is yet! The contest will be over next Sunday or whenever my husband sends me his guess, which ever comes last!

Please leave your guesses in the comments. 🙂

The Rock Climbing One Year Old

My husband and I used to both be outdoorsy people. That was a few years ago. We would still like to be, but we spent 3 years of working different schedules and our together time became meals, shopping or tv time because we didn’t have the time to drive to somewhere “outdoorsy” and we don’t have much close, or the weather is too warm.

I was able to go out in a Jeep this past weekend, and we stopped by some cool places in the desert. My son got out and walked around with us. He has just been learning to run and was tripping over everything at first. He’s not used to obstacles in his way (ok, other than his toys that don’t get picked up).

I was amazed that when we got to an area with some large rocks that he started trying to climb right up. He did a great job with it, until he tried using his knees rather than his shoes to get to the top. With holding our hands he made it up to the top of the rocks he was trying to climb and walked around on everything without getting a concussion, so I consider it a success. He must have the bouldering already programmed into his mind from our genes. It was a very exciting thing to see and has me getting ready to enjoy the great outdoors with him more.

Pinned It, Did It: Toddler Activities

My son is a young toddler (15 months) and has been needing some stimulation. It’s still a little hot to play outside all the time so I decided to try some of the activities I pinned.

Paper Tube Car Ramp

Time Spent Preparing:1 minute
Materials Cost: A few cents for Tape, tube was technically trash
Time it Entertained:10 minutes
Clean-Up:Painless

Ten minutes is alot for a toddler to spend on one activity, atleast for mine it is. He loved the car ramp. He played with it the first time for about ten minutes and then was bored and went to something else. I left it out and after his nap he came back to it for a few more minutes until he figured ripping it off the couch would be more fun.

Finger Painting Inside of a Zip Lock Bag

Time Spent Preparing:2 minutes
Materials Cost: A few cents worth of paint, paper and ziplock bag
Time it Entertained: 2 minutes
Clean-Up:Painless

I hate wasting my ziplock bags, I try not to use stuff that just gets thrown away. With that just as a side thought, this activity wasn’t very entertaining for my son. He may just be too young. I won’t be trying this one until he’s a bit older.

Preschool Activities

I recently have posted a couple of preschool activities over at Arizona Mama. With the cute little girl I watch we made some Penny Pictures and our own Memory Match. These are both great activities to do with your little ones, so take a look. I got the greatest compliment from Melissa, another writer for Arizona Mama in a comment saying that she used the penny pictures to entertain her toddler. It’s always good to hear about your ideas being used!

Click here to see the penny pictures.

Click here to see the DIY memory match.

Arizona Summer Fun!

Arizona is weird, most of us don’t go out in the summer. It’s like everyone else’s winter. We do have Monsoon Season, that brings in some crazy lightning shows and humidity and sometimes even rain and flash floods. We love the rain. If you have ever been in a school when it is raining you would see all of the kids go crazy like they have never seen rain before, and head out to go play in it. Outsiders like my husband, are shocked that we would behave so strangely.

My son got to experience his first good monsoon storm today. We cuddled up in Daddy’s blanket and stood in the garage until the tools started getting too wet (because the rain was going sideways). We went out to the “porch” and got soaked for a few minutes to keep watching. We finally decided to watch inside from the windows.

Colton did really good with it, he wasn’t sure if he liked it or not until there was a really loud burst of thunder that made me jump. He started crying for a couple of minutes but was fine afterwards.

If you are in Arizona and don’t do it already, take the time to enjoy these storms, they are a great experience and we don’t get them very often!

He Drives Me Crazy!

The dog has taken over my bed and is snoring again. Not to mention he just had his first tick medicine so who knows if there are any ticks still living on him.

He bugs me to death sometimes but he is still an amazing addition to our family. Most of all he is a best friend to my one year old son.

I was thinking of all the things that drive me crazy and I remembered how my son’s face lit up this morning after he saw Buddy and waved excitedly. Someone that brings that much joy can take up too much of the bed and snore. Just like my son’s daddy that does the same thing, and gives my son the same happiness.