New Blog Name & theme

So our blog name had lots of issues with random search traffic. @dams is not an uncommon last name. And lets just say some of our random search traffic was disappointed with the results when they made it to our blog. I guess thats what happens when we topped the search results for a popular 1980s playmate. 

 

So anyway. We changed the blog URL to mattandstephaniesblog.com. So far all looks to be working like normal. But time will tell if there are issues. 

Also, i finished a new blog theme. Stephanie disliked how “bland” the old one was, although I loved the minimalism and typography. Notice that you can switch the design scheme in the upper right. Pretty cool huh. 

Also note that the recent posts on the right will be the best way to access older posts, as the home page now only shows the newest post, and most recent comments. 

 

We’ll see how it goes. There may be more revisions later. 

Carbon Challenge

 

 

I learned about a new challenge over at Burban Mom’s Blog.  The Carbon Challenge is a way to track your carbon footprint and see how the changes you are making are actually working out.  I like to track things so this is a great challenge for me.  I understand it is probably not for everyone.  I will post my results here at the end of every month.  Feel free to join me in tracking your carbons.

Here is the file that Green with a Gun created:

carbon-account

Share the Road

That is the title of a government campaign here in Arizona and I have heard it in other parts of the country, but it seems some motorist just do not want to share the roads with cyclist or pedestrians.  For the most part I find motorist perfectly willing to share the road and drive way around me (seriously am I that wide?), but there are a few who refuse to share the road and see how close they can drive next to you (I am talking mere inches).  Some people choose to yell or throw things, neither of those have happened to me, but they have happened to Matt plenty of times.   Continue reading “Share the Road”

One Car

We have owned just one car for about a year and a half now.  We are lucky that we have the ability to do this, Matt’s office is close to home and we have great biking weather for about nine months of the year, we also live close to the grocery store, post office, and bank, plus I don’t have to work a full-time job outside the house.   Continue reading “One Car”

Best Summer TV show. Ever.

Seriously. Stephanie and I laughed so hard we were crying.

I dont know why people doing dumb stunts, falling on their faces is so hilarious, but it was to us. There is just something about average people doing impossible stunts, involving water and mud, while I point and laugh. All while saying “I could do that better”, even though I’d fall face first too.

The show is produced by the guys who made fear factor. They said they wanted to do a show like fear factor, but without the grossness, and to appeal to a family audience. I’d let me kids watch this.

Its on ABC, Tuesday Nights.

Nine Months

Matt and I started our adoption journey nine months ago today.  It is hard to believe it has been nine months, the time has gone by fairly quickly.  We have been waiting for about a third of that time, if we end up having to wait the top amount of time are agency is now predicting that would be about another nine months.  It us hard to imagine waiting that long, when we started this journey we fully expected to get our referral this summer and travel before fall, even though we were told by our adoption consultant at the time we started that wait time could and probably would increase.  I chose not to listen to her wisdom until, of course, I saw the evidence for myself that the wait times had indeed increased.  I have prepared myself for the wait to last until fall, which would put us waiting for 6-8 months.  I really wanted to have Tom and Jerry home by Christmas.  Of course, if fall comes and goes without a referral I will have to wait just a little longer.  I know I can and will be patient (for the most part), but at times it can be so difficult.  I cannot wait to meet them, hold them, and just love them!

Adoption Benefits on the Rise

There is a an article on cnn.com today reporting that more U.S. companies are offering assistance with adoption.  I was very happy to see that companies are starting to treat employees who are adopting in a similar way to those having biological children.  Some companies are even offering paid time off after an adoption and consulting services.

“Never once do you feel like you’re in a separate bucket because you’re adopting” rather than having a biological child, said Huval, a senior vice president of card services at Bank of America Corp.

Afternoon at the Ballpark

On Thursday my little brother and I took my dad to a baseball game to celebrate Father’s Day/his Birthday.  We had a lot of fun and thankfully not a lot of sun as the roof was closed and the a/c was on.  We also enjoyed way more calories than a human should consume.  Oh and it was camp day, so we were joined by a few thousand kids.  None of us had ever heard the ballpark that noisy.  Overall it was a great day and wonderful way to celebrate with just the three of us.  Here are some pictures from the game.

 

We even convinced dad to scalp some extra tickets we had, we asked the cop sitting there on his bike what was legal first.  Good thing too, apparently you need a permit, but don’t worry there was a scalper with a permit able to do it for us.

Me and Jason

 

Me and dad

Our View

This last one is what the temperature gauge in the car said when we were stuck on top of the parking garage for about 15 minutes.  It was hot!

 

Mmmmm Cake!

This past Spring we got a ton of beets (I know you are wondering why I bring up beets in a post about cake, hang on I’ll get to it) from our farm share.  I tried several different recipes to use up the beets, turns out we are not really beet people.  I finally found one recipe that we love the beets in, yea that’s right it is a cake recipe.  (I make a cream cheese frosting for the top.)  It is a big hit with Matt and the neighbors!  Well any cake is a big hit with Matt, but that’s beside the point.  It is fun to see the looks on peoples’ faces when I tell them I am going to make a cake out of beets, most are resistant even though Matt goes on and on about how good it is.  (Seriously he is the one that wanted me to post about it.)  It isn’t the healthiest way to eat our beets, but at least we aren’t just composting them!

Want to go green?

So, you have been thinking about going green but are overwhelmed by everything you hear that you should be doing or should not be doing. Well on July 1, ‘Burban Mom is starting her new Step-a-Day Program.  Really it is three small steps a week.  Totally doable right?  If you have been thinking of going green and need a little help getting started this will be a great program for you. 

Recycle your old Crocs

Crocs seem to be everywhere these days.  (except at our house, Matt and I just don’t get it)  What happens to them when they are worn out or outgrown?  Are they just thrown out?  I hope not!  There is now a recycling option for your used Crocs.  Check out Soles United if you have a pair no longer being worn.