Wednesday, October 31, 2007
This morning in the car on the way to LA's. Aubrey asked me this:
"Now can I pick my nose that I have these shoes on"
She was wearing her "fall" shoes and not her Crocs.
Monday, October 29, 2007
I am going to do my "Normal" blog posts and attempt to write one silly poem every day.
Why, Why, Why, you ask?
Well, because I am always making silly rhymes and songs for my girls and thought I should try to write some of them down.
Odds that I actually do this EVERY SINGLE DAY?!?! Low... but hey I am trying. You should try it too. You should, you know you want to - and I don't mean the poem thing, I mean the blog a day thing. Yeah, you should totally do it... DO IT I SAY!
And there are rules. No one is allowed to comment on the absurdidty of the "poems". Only POSITIVE reinforcement is allowed.
I like pink.
It's a great color
don't cha think?
I made a change
It might feel strange
I like pink
So this morning we wake up to FROST on the cars. FROST. Wasn't it 80 degrees last week???
Then I hit the gym before work and the hair dryer CAUGHT ON FIRE and sparked my robe. I have a small burn mark on my arm. Seriously?!?!
I should have just stayed in bed.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Driving home from work on Friday, we had fajitas planned for dinner but it was totally miserable. Gray, Raining, Chilly. I made a detour to Wegmans and picked up Buttermilk, Heavy Cream, and Strawberries. That could only mean...
Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes (IHop Recipe), homemade whipped cream, bacon, and strawberries for dinner. It was PERFECT!
Molly got her first "shot" of whipped cream in the mouth and didn't love it :) The shot that is, not the whipped cream itself. Aubrey was a little birdie asking for more.
Our plans changed regarding Boo at the Zoo due to a number of events including rain.
But Ali, my blogging beam buddy, did come over with her family.
Pretty SmilesShe is the cutest thing! And so happy!!!
"Oh, Daddy, you are silly" I swear that is what Regan's face says!
And all of that fun was followed by nap time and then we headed to Target. Doug picked out a great shower curtain and stuff for the downstairs bath. Today the goal is to prime it... we shall see how that pans out.
And tonight, Erica and Arley are coming for dinner!
**Updated Sunday at 7:45 pm**
I primed the downstairs bath! Nana B, Aunt Erica, and Arley came for dinner and it was GOOD!
Friday, October 26, 2007
- Lydia has the chicken pox.
- Evan has pneumonia
- Regan has pink eye
- We just finished the stomach bug so I hope that was our "thing" and we are done
And that is about half of the families going, I haven't talked to the others but I really hope they are all healthy and the trip isn't cursed.
Oh, and did I mention the rain...
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I just talked to LA and apparently this is what Aubrey said when it was her turn to present:
"G-Taw gave me this Goat. G-Taw goes to work where the Game is for the Goat. G-Taw goes to get the Goat for the Game. G-Taw is going to the game with the goat he gave me. I have a pink seahorse....
where she was interupted by LA and redirected to G-Taw or Goat
And apparently she said this all in one breath...
I am already making a list of questions about what to bring :) Like do I need the double stroller or the Sit and Stand stroller or just the backpacks to carry both kids? Do I need to bring 2 car seats or just one and move Aubrey to the booster at the point? How will I manage Molly's milk allergy while in a hotel for 6 days? Do I try to hit a grocery store and keep a cooler? Do places have soy milk available? Do I pack snacks or buy them there? It goes on and on - but are all positive very excited to go type questions :)
I guess I have a few months to put the plan in place.
The reason for the trip is to celebrate Doug's Parents 50th wedding anniversary. Completely Amazing!
Did I mention I am excited?!?!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
So this video shows a couple of things.
- One - a very cute Molly dancing
- Two - a very cute Molly with a short attention span
Why talk about it when pictures are so fun...
Not so far from the truth...
That's my dad! What? Like Father...
We were BOOGYING!
OK, seriously. My husband likes to "bid" in the Silent Auctions. His gift is picking out the items he thinks NO ONE ELSE will bid on. Three years in a row he has won this way... So I have now am the proud owner of not one but TWO identical Lenox Glass Christmas platters. And when you receive one for Christmas, please know that he didn't even bid the minimum as he says, "it is for a good cause".
Erica and Her Doug
We had an opportunity on the 14th of October to visit our friends at their farm. They have 2 horses and a pony and chickens. Sanna is Aubrey's age and they are "best friends". They had lots of fun feeding the chickens and hanging out and riding Speedy.
Lena and I took a 2 hour horse ride and the guys did Fun Dad stuff - I don't even want to know everything they did with the 4 kids and a mattress in the front yard.
We had a great dinner and a great time with great people! We hope we are invited back soon :)
Aubrey's only other "real" experience with touching that many different animals was at the State Fair. So as we left our friends house Aubrey asked, "Can I please play at Sanna's Fair again tomorrow?" Very cute.
I sat there and watched and in my head I yelled - STOP! You are my baby. Stay on the floor, there are toys there. There are books there. There are blankets there. There is music there. There will be time enough to reach up and grow - but right now STOP. Play, read your books and sing and dance.
All your life there will be time to reach for more to learn more but right now...
There are not enough days, hours, minutes to watch you and capture all that you are right now. But I love every piece and selfishly want to keep these treasured times as they are right now. I know I will love each step and each word as you grow into them but this time right now I just want to STOP and enjoy you.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
First one titled "Happy No Matter What". Apparently in the midst of pukies Molly could find time to laugh with her daddy and make mommy feel better:
Second one titled "Cute Elephant". Aubrey, prior to the sickies, being silly with daddy.
Doug says we are even as I was up every 2 hours with Aubrey last night :) But one other thing my hubby did - he kept up with the pukie laundry so that was well underway when I got home! YAY DOUG!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Molly started throwing up at 2am on Saturday (late Friday night)... Aubrey started at 3pm on Sunday.
He gets Super Daddy Status for the rest of the month.
And I picked a perfect weekend not to be here :)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Yesterday morning, a woman at worked walked up to me and asked how I was doing. I made a "Eh" sound. She smiled at me and asked how my "beautiful girls" were and if they were healthy. She mentioned how she thinks my husband is so handsome, she mentioned how skinny she thinks I have gotten. She thanked me for something I had said to her a few weeks before.
What she really did was remind me of the blessings in my life. My beautiful, healthy children, my loving supporive husband, a good job, and on and on.
I don't know if she knows what a boost she gave or what a kick in the butt it was to be reminded.
So consider me reminded :)
- "Mama, can I have a pink burdy from the pink burdy store" Lena brought a Flying Feather Friend for F day show and tell...
- "I got POOOOOP in my BUUUUUTTTTT" repeat, repeat... my hand is over my face TRYING NOT TO LAUGH as I explain that we don't talk about that at the dinner table
- Mama - Molly has once again said my name after months of dodging it. But when asked to say it again she said, "dada" and LAUGHED and ran away
So I am leaving Doug with the kids this weekend and I still have posts to write from last weekend so to say I am behind is an understatement - and you should see my house! I can't write good posts while I am gone as all my pictures are on our server at home.
So I shall see you later!
Oh, and to all my commenters... you guys are dorks :) And I am NOT going to have another kid just so that DEAM becomes DREAM... but I might change it to "made" or "dame" or "mead" "amed" so HA
Note added 9:08 am:
Crab Quiche Recipe - easy and soooo yummy!
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1/2 c mayo
- 1/2 c milk
- 2 TBLS flour
- Fold In
- 1 cup Crab (I use the whole container)
- 2 c Shredded Swiss
- 1/2 cup chopped green onion
- POUR into pie shell
Bake in 350 degree oven for 38 minutes or until set. This can be frozen after it is cooked and remember to defrost before you reheat.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I am heading to get Aubrey and go to swim lessons... (dun dun dun dun)...
- Will the woman or the nanny ask her child to behave
- Will the girls sit with their bottoms on the bench and when asked, FLOAT
- Will Aubrey jump off the side without holding on to a finger
Tune in later for the minute by minute recap.
In other news...
Both girls went to bed at 6:15 last night. Not planned, but both had serious melt downs and CRASHED. I cleaned up, did some laundry and then read a book. SHOCKING, it was weird.
Plus a little girl at daycare was sick Monday with pukies and went home today with the pukies so you heard it here first what will be heading our way...
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
1) Recently painted toenails
2) Cleaned out purse
3) Eyebrows in order
4) Compromise reached with hubby
5) -2.5 lbs on the scale
6) The promise of an upcoming shopping spree
Ahhhh, I love being a girl, when I am not hating it.
I am also getting excited about our child free weekend coming up! The thought of sleep and going for a run whenever I want...
Monday, October 15, 2007
I have been tagged by Jen The Game of Tag about your MAN:
1. Who is your man? Douglas
2. How long have you been together? Since Jan 2001
3. How long did you date? 16 months before engagement, then 11 months until wedding
4. How old is your man? 35
5. Who eats more? He eats WAY more than I do and I am very bitter about this.
6. Who said "I love you" first? He did - by way of a picture of the earth and the sun and how far gone he was - while we were in the middle of a fight at work.
7. Who is taller? Doug
8. Who sings better? Me
9. Who is smarter? Depends on what we're talking about. We have very different strengths.
10. Whose temper is worse? We both have bad tempers.
11. Who does the laundry? Me
12. Who takes out the garbage? Doug
13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Looking at the bed - Me
14. Who pays the bills? Doug
15. Who is better with the computer? Doug
16. Who mows the lawn? Doug.
17. Who cooks dinner? Depends - I do the meal planning, grocery lists and most of the shopping.
Doug does all of the grilling and breakfasts and makes pizza from scratch... "normal" family meals I do.
18. Who drives when you are together? Him
19. Who pays when you go out? Split
20. Who is more stubborn? Me
21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Doug
22. Whose parents do you see the most? His - they live closer
23. Who kissed who first? He kissed me
24. Who asked who out? He asked me out.
25. Who proposed? He did. The day we got our puppy we became a family.
27. Who has more friends? Doug
28. Who has more siblings? Doug
29. Who wears the pants in the family? Doug
I tag Jessica, Lydia, and Kelly and any other blog friends that got the feeling!
We have been quite busy and I have posts to write! The following titles are coming soon to this blog - along with photos if blogger and my computer can come to terms, blogger is NOT being a good listener.
- My Man - I have been tagged
- 3 Margaritas
- Sanna's Fair
- Molly Dancing
Plus other picture updates as needed.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Sign up for this credit card, open up a new checking account here, get this store's credit card with a hefty annual fee, buy 200 worth of junk, pay 75 a year for 3 years.
Seriously, I don't know about you the but the offers are pouring in and I don't have the time or energy to fight these people - except with my delete key.
Friday, October 12, 2007
I have tried to stop this habit, but as I am driving it is hard to come up with threats that I can immediately carry out.
Earlier this week, as I caught Aubrey doing the aforementioned act, I said, "Aubrey if I see you do "that" again I will take one of your gibitz". I have no idea where this inspiration came from, it just came out of my mouth without thought.
IT WORKED, the rest of the ride home there was none of "that".
Tonight as we were getting ready to leave LA's. Aubrey was using her purple jacket as a "purple ghost" costume. So in the car when she put the coat over her face I pretended she was a ghost and then I pretended I couldn't find her and I was looking everywhere and calling for her. Molly was laughing and Aubrey was strangely quite.
When we turned on to our road, Aubrey took the coat off her face and said to me, "Mamma, I was not a ghost, I was covering my face so you couldn't SEE me picking my nose".
I said sternly, "Aubrey, what did I say about that"
Aubrey said, "If you see me pick my nose you take my gibitz... but you couldn't see me" AND SHE GIGGLED...
Thursday, October 11, 2007
My daughter sits and listens and does exactly what Ms. Megan says. There is one child that does not listen and the life guard has had to pluck her out of the deep water at EVERY SINGLE CLASS. Her mother sits and chats with her nanny during the class. Ms. Megan is CONSTANTLY telling this child to "sit down, stop splashing, stop jumping, please listen..." The other 2 kids are twins and are in the middle so to speak.
Yesterday's class was ridiculous. That one child was OUT OF CONTROL and her mother and her nanny sitting 5 feet away did NOTHING, paid ZERO attention. Aubrey kept looking at me and I used hand motions to tell her to turn and face front - and she did.
I even started reinforcing what a good listener Aubrey was - trying to help Ms. Megan out but to no avail, these woman ignored everything going on.
So here is my mom question - Am I crazy? Should this woman have seen what a distraction and horrible listener her kid was and intervened OR is it up to the teacher to deal with it? Should I just ignore the situation and next time do private lessons? Or do I just expect too much from the world around me?
Update: I wanted to make sure I made everyone aware that AFTER the swim lesson and for the rest of the night Aubrey did not listen to me ONCE. She was a "3yo I do it myself monster"
after her lesson. But she was PERFECT in that half hour...
My Molly had a slight fever last night and was extra cuddly. This morning it was 100.6 - nothing drastic but just high enough she can't go to school. She is acting fine, a little more cuddly still and some yucky diapers. Hubby has some major work he has to get done today so I am at home.
I am enjoying this time with my Moose. She doesn't usualy give kisses spontaneously- except when she isn't feeling 100%. So last night and today she is initiating HUGE sloppy kisses - and how can I turn that down???
Update: Molly is sick. She is a "Mommy needs to hold me, fall apart easily, giving kisses, no not daddy, give me mommy" baby
So in a few days when I am sick, you know why...
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I appreciate the time you take to say hello to me here and see what our family has been doing.
I wanted to clarify a couple of points and then had some random thoughts.
1) Why is there toilet paper on the picture of me in the family room with the wedding dress? That is because my husband had a cold and you could find those in every room as we didn't have that many boxes of kleenex.
2) Aubrey's fascination does stem from our trips to Maine and she LOVES "smoke snacks". So in her estimation nothing is better than New Jersey and we should always be in New Jersey to see the "smokes snacks".
3) I believe that my work hinders the uploading of photos but I will be testing that theory later today.
4) Pushing Daisies really is a good show. It is interesting, beautifully done and different.
5) I want one of these shirts: http://www.sunshinesdesigns.biz/index.html
6) Were you aware how close to Christmas we are?!?!
7) I just found out I have 60 hours of vacation left for the year and am BEYOND thrilled about that. Taking off Christmas and a couple days over Thanksgiving! WOO HOO.
8) I ran 3 miles in under 40 minutes yesterday - hit my personal goal in that area
9) Now I am just doing filler (OK that started at like 6 when 10 seemed like such a great number)
10) There is no way we would ever have pet hens and roosters or possums. I just can't do it.
Happy Hump Day Everyone!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
So last Monday, she and Arley and her hubby (TOD), headed up to the country for dinner and romper room. We had a wonderful time and played outside and I got to see a side of Arley I have only heard about from my dad. There were giggles and squeals and general fun.
Last night the girls and I made the trip down to my sisters. We headed through Baltimore City where Aubrey saw "smoke snacks" and insisted we were in New Jersey. Aubrey also kept me entertained with stories of her friend Chachy (as in Joane and ... or that is what it sounds like). This friend is from New York City and lives in a shot tower. This friend also told Aubrey to tell me that I was driving the wrong way and needed to turn to get to Nanny's (She was right we were passing the road we would normally turn on to get to Nanny's) and that if I continued straight a big bear would be in our way.
We got to my sister's and she had made a wonderful dinner. After dinner we went to the basement and had a VERY fun time playing with all the toys. Arley took the big blue ball and used the baby swing to leverage himself up on the big blue ball to do "bouncy bouncy". It was awesome! The kids played in the catepillar tunnel and with some other toys but the big blue ball proved to be the most fun. After a wonderful dessert, we (the 3 adults), used the big blue ball to play catch, but you had to bounce the ball off of a child's head first. There was much rough housing and falling and even more giggling and big belly laughs from all involved!
It is all fun and games until my children spit up on the nice rug... and we headed home.
We did make one stop at Nanny's house to give hugs and kisses. She had surgery on her foot last week and is doing GREAT!
My parents have their internet connection back so I will be expecting some comments or acknowledgement or blog readings.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Aubrey also got to pet a sheep and see a working bee hive, a blacksmith, and how apple cider is made. Molly hung out in the stroller.
We aslo enjoyed a puppet show about "pollinization". A couple of hot dogs and we were out of there.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
But it was a fantastic experience, the table controls the pace and the food was amazing. As was the wine (a Sonoma Pinot Noir), as was the company.
The couple we went to dinner with were a riot. We talked a lot about family, farming, food, the state of food and health - and the revolution that parents our age are taking regarding healthy food and less packaging. We talked about making our own soap and granola and how Moms have no TIME...
We hit the Havana Club after dinner - after a trip to Barnes and Noble and Power Plant Live.
Power Plant Live is apparantly not for the 30-something crowd or for anyone before 9pm. It was empty. But we all got carded and that was a nice :)
This house is hurting this morning and the coffee is ready so BYE.
Note: Doug made pancakes for breakfast and wants white bread for dinner. I believe this is a side effect of "unlimited" meat for dinner.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Aubrey said, "It's foggy, mamma".
And I said, "Yes, the clouds have come to give you a morning kiss."
To which Aubrey replied, "Clouds don't have a mouth"
I believe she was secretly rolling her eyes and saying DUH.
She did great at her check up, even through her flu shot. And the doc says she is perfect, to which I was secretly rolling my eyes and saying DUH!
Tonight she was a "tad" wound up and I grabbed my phone to capture this:
Note 1: Aubrey is naked because she was having trouble deciding on which dress to put on
Note 2: The video isn't long, but stay to the end because she has the cutest smile at the end
Note 3: She is saying "I'm Getting Hungry" over and over and over - which is what she does all day everyday lately. The child is eating us out of house and home
Note 4: I didn't make it to the rally because I am a dork and wouldn't go by myself.
This is from Momocrats:
So let's break this down. Here's what this veto means (with thanks to MomsRising and the John Edwards camp for getting the word out quickly.)
This morning the president vetoed a bill to provide funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). As a result, 6.6 million children could lose health care coverage beginning November 16 and millions more who need health care coverage won't get it at all. With his veto, the president ignored bi-partisan support in congress and the overwhelming support of the American people.
RALLY FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE TOMORROW: Tomorrow evening, October 4th, MomsRising members are invited to join local rallies around the nation to protest the president's veto and to call for Congress to overturn it by the required 2/3 majority vote. In the Senate, there are enough votes to overturn the veto, but in the House, which votes first, we need about 20 more votes. These rallies are part of a national, multi-organizational effort lead by MoveOn.org.
*Click here to find the rally near you: http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=97&rc=mom_attend
Again from Momocrats:
Here are a few reasons the SCHIP program is so important (and great facts for your rally signs!):
- 12% of American Children don't have any insurance coverage at all
- The U.S. Ranks 37th in the world for infant mortality
- One-in-five U.S. jobs does not provide health insurance, a pension, or wages high enough to support a family
- For a family of 4, one year of health insurance costs an average of 11,000
- Over 1/2 of all bankruptcy filings in 2001 were a result of medical expenses
John Edwards released the following statement following President Bush's veto of legislation that would provide health coverage for 4 million uninsured children:
"Today, we have witnessed a President that has turned his back on health care for children. Not surprisingly, in George Bush's administration, corporate cronies and insurance industry allies always come first, while children's health care comes last. In an America where nearly 9 million children don't have health coverage, Congress must do what is right and fight for these children and override Bush's cruel veto.
"Even more shocking is that Republican Presidential candidates, including Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney are all lining up with President Bush and against health care for our children. Instead of threatening the health care of children, it's time for Bush, and Republicans like McCain, Giuliani, and Romney to start picking on someone their own size."
So this is where I am going to try to be tonight: : http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=97&rc=mom_attend
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
No comments related to what a dork I am... I already know.
I hope he enjoyed it, we sure did!
We love those kitties! We did send them to live with a friend when I was pregnant with Molly. We could not give them all the attention and time they deserved. I believe the last year and half has been wonderful for them and I know they have had wonderful care and love.
Dude was very personable. He wanted to be with people all the time. He had the most beautiful coat and was generally a wonderful kitten!
One of my favorite memories of him is how he would sit on the coffee table and Max would stand in front of him and Dude would lick his face.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Cinderella holding Cinderella
Monday, October 1, 2007
Saturday night Doug and I met up with friends to celebreate Jess's 30th birthday. We had a fantastic time! I have never been asked to get out of the stadium, but it happened twice Saturday night. The 10 of us were enjoying chatting and the game was over so they politely asked us to move it.
Thank you for the introduction to Chex Mix Chocolate Turtle. That was yummy - as were the beers!
The game was really good - except there were more Yankee fans than O's fans and you had to remember to NOT cheer with the crowd. And I could have done with out the neverending 4th inning.
I was reminded - repeatedly - that we had not seen Jess and Ethan for 2 years. How does that happen?!?!
The following posts are forthcoming when I can overcome these difficulties:
- My Littel Ballerina
- O's Game (aka 30th Birthday Party)
- Book Time
- Another Set of Birthday Pics