Saturday Stuff #4

Okay, 2 bad weeks in a row? I think I’m due for a good one, right?!! I’m trying to keep it all together while dealing with teething babies (yes, babies…plural), a toddler running a fever for no apparent reason, cleaning up after construction, praying that construction will be finished this weekend, AND trying to keep up not only on my blogging, but also responding to comments and visiting other blogs. And tweeting. Cuz I loves me some Twitter.

Thanks to everybody who stopped by to visit this week! If I didn’t cruise by your blog for a visit, or if I didn’t respond to a comment, know I’m still trying to get through the email and will be by – hopefully this weekend!

In the meantime…I have a HUGE thank you to send out to Liz over at a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog
because a few weeks ago she (finally!….kidding, kinda) awarded me with a Chicago Dog Award! I’ve been hoping to get one for months and I finally did! Here’s what Liz says about recipients of the Chicago Dog: “Witty, smart, sassy & true-to-life! Sprinkle on a little sarcasm, and you’ve got yourself a true Chicago Dog award winner.”

a belle, a bean & a chicago dog
This award is one coveted by many because not only does Liz not give many of them out, but it also comes with NO strings attached! She just gives it to the bloggers that she thinks are awesome! Thank you Liz! You know I think you are awesome, too!
And now…my favorite blog posts of the week! I want to share them with you, and hope you’ll check them out because they are each fantastic in their own way. For your reading pleasure, check these out:

The Flying Chalupa wrote a post called The Little Engine That No Way in Hell about what happens when mom gets sick. It’s hilarious, and hits the nail right on the head.

Julie over at The Peanut Gallery…Exit Here wrote a post titled A Walk Down Memory Lane about the first time they met their adopted daughter, and included pics and a video. It had me blubbering like a baby….good blubbering full of happiness and joy. It’s touching and you need to watch it.

And Lori over at In Pursuit of Martha Points wrote a post titled The House Where Lori Lives, based on The House That Jack Built. It’s about all the crap that we go through to get the house spruced up for an appraisal. It had me laughing,  nodding in agreement, and wanting her kitchen. And I want to do cool stick figures now too.

Oh, I’m at a playdate (AKA guest posting!) over at The Life of Rylie…and Bryce, Too! Please check it out because LeeAnn’s blog is awesome. I write about the last “firsts”…you know what I mean – the last time you experience a first smile, or first steps…and the feelings that go with it.

And there you have it! Please check back on Sunday for the new WOW! for Word Up, YO!

If you haven’t done it recently, can you please vote for my blog on Top Mommy and Top Baby Blogs (the links are in the sidebar on the right…right under my profile!)? And if you vote, let me know and I’ll vote for your blog as well. I’m sitting pretty at about 112 on both of them, and want to see if I can make it into the top 100!

And so it goes…


  1. Heather says:
    I'm sending you a {virtual} glass of wine and if we lived closer I'd stop by with one! I love your blog and how honest and open you are - it takes courage! Some days {ha, who am I kidding? Got twins? Most Days} it's okay NOT to have it all together. Only to you would I admit leaving the boys in their cribs to cry while I take a minute to cry too... or leaving them in the den, destroying the furniture, with a trail of cracker crubs everywhere to have some ME time {aka sitting on my ass checking facebook}. Whether you catch a minute to blog or not enjoy the ride!
  2. Bethany @ Organic Enchilada says:
    Congratulations on the Chicago Dog! Coveted indeed... Good luck on that construction goal Maybe you could offer the workers some motivation. Like offer to flash them if they finish by five o'clock on Saturday or something.
  3. Nina @ Momma Go Round says:
    Happy Weekend! Hopefully it turns out to be a restful one with everyone feeling better and the construction finishing!

    Congrats on the award! Got votes in for ya babe!
  4. I'm so sorry to hear you are fighting the bugs and teething and construction and....and....all the other stuff!!

    Sometimes life just happens and we gotta gear up and Just.Do.It! No apologies needed!!

    Congrats on your award. You deserve it for sure.

    Thanks for the little shout out, also. I would love for others to be inspired to adopt!!
  5. Lula Lola says:
    A couple of these were my favorites this week too! I'll have to check out your others.
    Hope all construction is soon put to rest and your kids all have a mouth full of teeth with no more discomfort! And all fevers are cooled with no more symptoms developing!
    Have a great weekend!
  6. Sluiter Nation says:
    mmmm...chicago dogs. yum :) And I LOVED Lori's post too! It was super awesome! And dude, I can't even imagine having to have TWO babies teething. oh the hugs that are going out to you, momma!
  7. Paul and Kerry says:
    Congrats on your award! totally well deserved!

    sorry about the teething and fever! Motrin?
  8. The Flying Chalupa says:
    Hey Natalie! Thank you SO much for including my lil' ole post in your Saturday round up! Can't wait to check the others out.

    And congrats on the Chicago Dog Award! Well-deserved.
  9. Adrienne says:
    Thanks for the comment love on Shell's BFF yesterday! :) Congrats on your award. I will have to put these posts you've highlighted on my list of 'things to do'. I feel your pain about the construction. We had a flood here last week, and so far I still have concrete flooring. Sigh...
  10. Sharlene T. says:
    Congrats on the award... you're going through tough times, I know, but they will pass and great years are to follow... just hang in there and know that you have your followers to share the tough times...

    Twitter: SolarChief
  11. I'm sending you a virtual cocktail for the week (or two) you've had! Congrats on the award from deserve it, and it's a special one.

    Will check out your guest post, that's a new blog for me!
  12. Mrs.Mayhem says:
    Congrats on the Chicago Dog Award. Very cool!
  13. The Empress says:
    Good luck and OF COURSE I"m going over to vote for you.

    Glad all is well. Congrats on your award from Liz.

    On my way to your guest post now.
  14. Congrats on the chicago dog award! I am going to go vote for you!
  15. Very well deserved award, Natalie! You're all that Liz described for sure :D Have a great weekend.
  16. hey lady! i was gone for a good part of yesterday, between zumba in the morning, getting ready for a wedding and a mini road trip (just up and back, but got home late and Kate never slept on the car ride home - ugh)!

    I hope construction is done FOR GOOD very soon!
  17. Stopping by from Saturday Playdate, wanted to tell you that was a great post. It's my turn next week and now I'm feeling the pressure from having to follow that. Gee, thanks! :)

    Following now!
  18. blueviolet says:
    You deserve the award! Congratulations! You and Liz are equally awesome. :)
  19. Karen Mortensen says:
    Hope you get a good week.
  20. Colleen (Shibley Smiles) says:
    I'm stopping by from LeeAnn's to say Hi. Great Play date post.
  21. Sorry you had another rough week, here's hoping next week is better... God know you deserve it!!

    Congrats on your award and of course I voted! :) As soon as I have caught up here, I'll check out yoru guest post. :)
  22. So sorry about your week. Have you ever tried Hylands teething tablets for the babes? It's homeopathic and works really well. Sending you virtual chocolate martini as we speak.
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