Friday, January 23, 2015

I just have to take a minute to say "Congratulations" to my #1, Xavier! He received the Extra Effort and Citizenship Award for his class this year and was presented with it at the Ambridge Area School Board Meeting! This boy works so hard, and this just proves how much hard work and dedication he puts into school.....unlike his mother ever did! (smile) 


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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Oh how excited I am...Andrew and I decided it was time to make a big purchase in the new year. Finally we made the huge decision to just go out and buy a new (to us) car.

Last week our SUV started to make a weird noise...go figure...HAPPY NEW YEAR....from the car! Right? Anyway, that was the last of it...we decided to go and look at cars. We went looking at one
kind of car and came home with something completely different....something we thought we would never be able to purchase, but we did......a NISSAN MAXIMA!

First off....let me say this....when they told us this was FULLY cannot get anything else in it I was still skeptical. Well then they said.... "not only does this sexxxy thang (okay not in those words) have heated has a heated steering wheel too" WHOA WHOA I that old that I didn't know that even existed? Let me tell you....we are so spoiled now....I will never not have a heating steering wheel again. Taking Xavier to the bus stop in that bad bootay is heated, my hands are heated......I am all heated...and I love it!

Andrew and I are seriously such dorks....I keep walking past the window and looking out saying "damn, which hot couple owns that sexxxxy car....oh wait it's US!!!" hahaha.

Does it sound like I am bragging? Well I am....Andrew and I do not purchase big ticket items like this without major talks and decisions....we have 2 kids...but we did need a safe vehicle to transport out kids they were one of the main reasons we did this. Also....we deserve a new toy, Andrew has this new job and we can finally afford to do something fun like this for ourselves......and let me tell you....we are damn proud and it feels damn good!

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

You know Nikki had  a bad week when...
14 hours and counting...14 hours and I will be sending Xavier back to school....!!! I never thought I would be one of "those moms" that counted down to when school started after a holiday. I am now "one of those moms."

I do not know if it was the sickness that was throughout our house for over a week...including the whole Christmas holiday, or the boredom that overcame Xavier and Zayden from having to look at my face day in and day out of the holiday break. Honestly if I had to look at myself that much I would get bored too. Xavier's mouth got to the point that mommy lost it a few times....lost it to the point I felt bad that I lost it...but I had to. If I didn't lose it when I did I would be committed by now. I don't care how awesome of a mommy you are, us mommies can only take so much.  Those are other stories that I may or may not tell....I don't know how much I want to embarrass myself and how much over share I feel like doing. (lol)

Well, lets see....sickness, mental break downs, stress of the holidays, stress of the kids, stress that OUR FUCKING CAR BROKE DOWN, and stress of Andrew's job schedule non-schedule....mommy needed a break! We went down to "black grandmas" last night to watch the Steeler's play......and I brought us some Apple Pie Moon Shine! I never knew how good this stuff tasted......I don't know if it tasted that good...or it was the stress that was on me that made it taste that much better...but this momma had a nice strong drink and it felt damn good.

I never have time to have a strong drink. I may talk about "wine" all the time...but that doesn't mean that I get to actually have it. I want to know if when moms talk about having wine all the time actually are drinking it...and if they are where are their kids? I know if I have one cup of wine I am asleep on the couch.....which would not be good with 2 crazy little boys.....the outcome of me taking a "wine nap" on the couch would just lead me to wake up to a mess that would have me drinking more wine....maybe that is the point? I dunno. LOL.

I do know this...I am not ashamed to say that I needed that nice drink last night. My kids were playing, the men were watching the game, and us ladies enjoyed Moonshine. LOL....I just noticed in the picture we were drinking it out of "red solo cups too." I think I corrupted my in-laws with my white tendency's. hahaha. So much fun!

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Friday, January 2, 2015

New hair, don't care!!! 

I waited all week for it...and it is finally here! I received my first wig in the mail today, and I couldn't be more excited. I feel cute. I am blonde. I like it.

If you follow me, you know that I usually never have the same color for more then a few months. This past summer I played with bold colors...which I loved, and miss. I ran across a group for women that wear wigs on Facebook...I lurked for months, but this past weekend I did it. I plunged into a wig site, fell in love with one and ordered it. I am sitting here typing as a blonde.

Do blondes have more fun? I am not sure yet. I do know they are much bitchier to their kids, or else their kids are much more whiny around blondes. I haven't decided on that yet. Fun though? I guess I will have to give it a few wears to really answer that question. I am going to stick with it.

I have to go to Walmart....which in a way frightens me. I keep thinking I am going to come home to a bunch of messages that I was featured on the crazy Walmart site. DO NOT WEAR WIGS TO WALMART...with my picture on it. Eek. I guess if I just do it...wear it out...own it....I will be okay. It is that first outing that is making me nervous. (This is coming from the girl that had blue hair all bright blue hair)

Nervous. Scared. What if it falls off?

Hopefully I do not have any funny stories later...we shall see. Wish me luck!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Hello 2015! 

  • 41.What do you want the overarching theme for your 2015 to be?
~To grow as a wife and a mother. I was to take this year to keep learning about myself, to keep finding my strengths and weaknesses to become better then I am right now. I want to continue to be the best that I am.

  • 42.What do you want to see, discover, explore?
~I want to discover our forever home. I want to explore all the options of houses that we want...I want us to be able to find exactly what we are looking for as a family. It sounds cheesy but this whole year is dedicated to finding a house for our kids to grow up in, and something that we can say is our own. This is our year! 

  • 43.Who do you want to spend more time with in 2015?
~I want to spend more time with my kids and my parents...which when I say that include my inlaws.

  • 44.What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
~I want to become a better cook. I think I am okay right now, but I want to really try different recipes. I am not setting goals on how many to do a week or a month, but when they come up and I see something I want to try, I want to do it. I also want my mom to teach me knitting. I think it is something that I would like.

  • 45.Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
~Listening. I know I do a lot of talking but I want to listen more. 

  • 46.What do you want your everyday life to be like?
~Stress free, full of sleep, time to read and blog...........HAHAHAHA..........who am I kidding on that, I am a stay at home mom....I don't get to do those things. :) I want it to be full of surprises and lots of fun times with my kiddos and hubby.

  • 47.Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?

~I wish noises wouldn't annoy me as much. Is that lame or what? Like right now I wish my husbands snoring wasn't bothering me to the point I have about several ways I could hide his body in my head. hahaha. 

  • 48.What do you want to achieve career-wise?
~I have the best career a women could ask for..........I am a stay at home mom dammit! I want to achieve greatness....I am a super hero!

  • 49.How do you want to remember the year 2015 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?

~I want it to be the year our kids say "That is the year we moved into our house."

  • 50.What is your number one goal for 2015?

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • Nikki Craddock's Year End Review 2014

  • 1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?

~I do not have one specific event I will tell them about, I will try to tell them a little of everything...from funny 1st grade stories from Xavier to Zayden telling everyone "shut up ugly" all year. 

  • 2.If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be?

~Freeing, Liberating, Fun

  • 3.What new things did you discover about yourself?

~I learned that I do not need to have a lot of people around to be happy. I learned that I don't have to rely on people...the only person I need (besides my husband and kids) are myself. I do not have to worry about others actions, I only have to worry about my own.

  • 4.What single achievement are you most proud of?

~Getting through Andrew's 10 weeks of off of next to nothing humbled me, taught me how to budget better, and learn how to go without....I do not always have to buy what I "want" just what I "need."

  • 5.What was the best news you received?

~Andrew getting the job at Port Authority of Allegheny County! 

  • 6.What was your favorite place that you visited in 2014?

~Xavier's response "JC Penny" (lol....)

  • 7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?

~Speaking my mind and standing up for my beliefs.

  • 8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?

~My husband. I love him, and could not wake up and face the day without having him right beside me.

  • 9.Which new skills did you learn?

~Budgeting and Couponing

  • 10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?

~I am most thankful for my little Craddock Family, my parents, inlaws, inlaw family, and my Sista from another Mista....Erica! <3

  • 11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?

~DRAMA DRAMA........and more DRAMA! 

  • 12.What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?

~That  family can be nothing more then two faced lairs...putting it nicely. 

  • 13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?

~Learning it is mind over do not always have to have everything you "want", going without is sometimes more rewarding.

  • 14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
1. Andrew
2. Xavier
3. Zayden
4. Mommy
5. Daddy

  • 15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?

~Andrew getting laid off, then hired at a company we only could dream that he would get into. It is a true accomplishment on his part! 

  • 16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?

~This year I really learned who was there for me and who was there just to be near me to benefit themselves. I became closer to the people that matter and wrote off the people that didn't. 

  • 17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?

~Sex Tape.

  • 18.What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?

~"You are so tiny" (yes I am vein)

  • 19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?

~I am a stay at home mom...I am lucky to be able to do that...I enjoy everything I do...down to wiping off boogers from my kids faces. 

  • 20.What cool things did you create this year?

~a little stock pile from couponing! I am still so proud of that! 

  • 21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?

~stressed, annoyed, and happy

  • 22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?

~I stood up for my beliefs and didn't back down. 

  • 23.What was your favorite moment spent with your friends?

~Bar Crawl 2014. It is the one day a year my husband and I are kid free and just have a whole fun filled day with our friends. It is something we look forward to every March.

  • 24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?

~2014 was the planning of our big project in 2015...buying our forever home. It is going to be hopefully our big accomplishment of 2015.

  • 25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?

~Worries that everything would not work out for the best. With a lot of hard work....everything came together. I didn't need to worry as much as I did...but I am a mom and that is my job.

  • 26.What experience would you love to do all over again?

~The year! I grew and learned so much about myself. I watched big milestones in my kids life. Who wouldn't want to relive that! 

  • 27.What was the best gift you received?

~My husbands new job. It is not only a job, it is a career...and him receiving that made me be able to "retire" and not have to worry about never not being a stay at home mommy.

  • 28.How did your overall outlook on life evolve?

~I look at life more positive after this year. I learned so much about people and who would be there for me and who wouldn't. I learned who still is immature in their lives and need to grow....without me. 

  • 29.What was the biggest problem you solved?

~How to make a family of 4 live off of one income of $10 a hour for 10 weeks. Seriously....I hope to goodness we are never put in that situation again, even though that situation was something we had to do to get to where we are today.

  • 30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?

~I have about a bazillion living in the house of crazy! One memory I would love to forget but never will.... it up! :)

  • 31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?

My couponing spree in September. I made a stock pile of essentials to get us through our 10 weeks of hell....I didn't have to buy shampoo/Cream Rinse, dish soap, and tooth paste....and still don't. It was honestly the best thing I did for my family. 

  • 32.What one thing would you do differently and why?

~I would not do one thing differently. I have learned so much about myself and others. If one thing would of changed I would of not had the lessons in life that I did...and needed. I think everything worked themselves out and I really learned the things I needed to. 

  • 33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for?

~BUDGETING! I am the queen of frugal...and proud of it. 

  • 34.What activities made you lose track of time?

~My Netflix watching. I can go through a series in days. I sometimes stay up all hours of the night watching a show when I am into it. That and of course... Facebook.

  • 35.What did you think about more than anything else?

~Money, It was over powering. I had to make sure bills were paid and food was on the table. That is a part of the SAHM gig I wish I could avoid...but Andrew had to get through training and I had to make the money go as far as it could and then some. I wish I didn't have to think about it as much as I did. I am happy that part of the year is over.

  • 36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about?

~Others. I was so close to some people that I think I lost myself. When I had to write people out of my book, I learned more about myself. I think I needed that. It was a blessing is disguise. 

  • 37.What new habits did you cultivate?

~Habits? Hmmm...this is a hard one. I don't think I really started anything different...I didn't have time. I will have to think about this. I am sure my family could answer this better then me.

  • 38.What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could?

~To prepare myself for the loss of some relationships...but to understand that they were just not on my level and I needed to find people that were. To take deep breaths and when things happen to just work through them. Also, do not keep thinking about the can over power just breath. 

  • 39.Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?

~The different relationships I had with family members. Those people are gone now...and never welcomed back. They made me so strong and soo much more confident. I actually would thank them if I had the chance. 

  • 40.What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?

~My mom.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

I finally have time to update! I feel horrible not keeping up with my blog. This is my outlet, yet I have no time to is crazy. Being a stay at home mom is no joke, and understand why moms work....being a stay at home mom is too much work! :)

Life has been so crazy around the Craddock's lately. Let me start by saying Andrew is officially out of training and his on his own as a bus driver for Port Authority. Everyone is so proud of him in the family. The only thing that sucks, he will not have his own runs until March. What does that mean? He has to call in everyday after 2 P.M. to see what he will be working the next day! Can you say stressful. So when he gets home, we still don't get to really spend time with him because he is studying is routes for the next day. Stressful, but come March he will have his own schedule and it will all calm down. Hey, we are not complaining, this career is going to do wonders for our family.

The kids are good. We have been hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa more because of Andrew's schedule. We go up to their house that way we get out of the house and something to do until I get a second car....which cannot come soon enough. I think once I have a car and can get out during the day will do us all good....then I can get back into my couponing.

Christmas is coming...YAY! Things are different this year. Andrew will probably be working both Christmas and Christmas Eve. His days off change on Dec 21st and will not know what days he has off until next week....then we will not know his hours for the holiday until the day before. We are just going with the flow and planning accordingly. My parents usually host Christmas Eve but are not doing that this year, that way it is open for us. I think that is much better anyway. It is going to be a low key Christmas. I think that is for the best anyway. Nothing like the kids spending time with just the grandparents.

Well this has been our life....stress and crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way! What have you been up to?

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