Friday, November 30, 2007

Testing Emailing a Blog Post

Huh, this would be cool if it worked.

We Did It!

We did , we did it, we did it YAY
Lo hicimos
We did it, We did it,YAY

We joined NaBlaPo
for the entire month
Yeah we did it, we did it, we did it YAY

We posted on our blogs
And we made funny notes
Yeah we did it, we did it, we did it YAY

We made it all 30 days
And we all are tired
Yeah we did it, we did it, we did it YAY

Ahhhhhhhh, it feels good.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pressure, Waffles, and Girl Stuff

I will be really glad when NaBloPoMo is over, the pressure of wondering if I posted or not, being creative every day... I am tired. Oh, wait tomorrow is the last day... that was easy.

I have to have a minor procedure done on Friday Dec 7. No big deal, very girl related but it is annoying as I now can not run in the 5K I was signed up for - my first in 5 years. Outpatient thing at GBMC, they put me under "twilight sleep". Blah. If you want the girly details I will be happy to share... just email me :) If you need my email address let me know that to.

Apparently once you indent you can never go back. I am tired of fighting Blogger. I may have to try Google Documents or whatever that is...

Also, anyone tried the Mobile Blogging. I did but it posted to some random other blog so haven't quite gotten that down yet.
Most of the content above was written after the below but due to the formatting issue was cut and paste above.

LA informed me last night that Aubrey told HER that Chotty and Kalli are sisters and that Kalli is the younger sister and doesn't listen. Hmmmmmm.

Doug made waffles for breakfast this morning. Molly goes crazy for them. Aubrey didn't want the syrup that was on the table so I had Doug get the new bottle out and opened it. I didn't want to fight about which sugary substance she put in her mouth with her wonderful waffles. There were already discussions regarding her shirt, her pants, and I knew there would be discussions about shoes, socks, coat... so why fight about opening the maple syrup before the old one was done???

And as a side note, Aubrey did choose her shirt and pants and does not
match. I got new winter hats from LL Bean and had her open the package so she was VERY excited and wore her hat and was soexcited I was able to get her coat on her and zipped before she realized it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Let's Say Thanks

I believe XEROX did this last year, well they are doing it again this year... GO HERE, spend 15 seconds! Say thank you to our troops.

Also, check out Operation Christmas Tree

We participated in Operation Christmas Child. The girls picked out toys and toothbrushes for 2 little girls and we filled 2 shoe boxes! We also pick 2 or 3 "angels" off of a tree at hubby's work for a children in our area that need a little something from Santa.

What can you do this holiday season to make a difference in your community?

Thanks Sonia for spreading sunshine :)

Count Your Blessings

Advent Season is days away. As I was putting up our Christmas decorations I realized we have a lot of advent calendars! We have one that LA made for us that is a board with 25 ornaments hanging on it and there is a small tree that goes with it. I have this in my bay window in the kitchen. We have the paper ones we got last year, and we have a beautiful one that my Nana made, it is like a hanging quilt with beautiful ornaments around the edge that you bring to the middle (hard to explain, but beautiful).

I recieved in the mail yesterday, from my Nana, a piece of paper. It is an Advent Calendar where for each day of the Advent season you count your blessings and add what you are thankful/grateful for.

What a GREAT IDEA! We will defintely be doing that with Aubrey this season and I thought I would do it here in some way... either sidebar or start each post in December with it. Haven't thought it all the way through.

**I also saw this super cute craft that Aubrey and I MIGHT have to try. It is a button tree.

**I did stop the Silly Songs because I was all tapped out. What I have posted is changed on a daily basis - the words, the names, etc. So I would just be repeating myself and I do that a lot anyway.

**I had not been to the gym in 2 weeks, went this morning and felt great, a little sore but great. I missed you, gym. I will be back on Friday morning!

Another new little thing I will be starting is Aubrey Land. Aubrey has an EXTREMELY active imagination. And she has not ONE, not TWO, but THREE imaginary friends. They have names, families, stories, etc. They are interesting and funny and creative. I couldn't stand it if I forgot about it as she grows. So here is an introduction to the characters... and again I haven't decided if this will be a sidebar thing or just random post thing:
  • Chotty - her first imaginary friend and the name went through many permutations before settling here. She is about 6 years old, according to Aubrey. Has lived in New York City and the shot tower in Baltimore, her mommy ran away because she was not a good listener (I dealt with this swifly), and she can sometimes be a bear or a pink puppy. When she is in her girl form and bear form she can drive and Aubrey set me straight that she can't drive when she is a puppy because that is just silly. Chotty recently moved away and Aubrey will need to use her vacation time to go visit her (seriously, this is what she said). But Chotty came back and had turkey with us for the holiday.
  • Kalli - this is the 2nd friend and she usually plays the bad witch or mean girl part. She steals toys and is not nice. She is not in every story like Chotty. But she does have a part in many storylines
  • Winslow - this is a monster that lives under Aubrey's bed. He is not nice. He steals toys and stuffed animals from lots of little "gurls and boys" beds. And he kills mice and he will kill you to if you look at him. He has started to come out more and more and I am hoping to turn him into a fuzzy pink monster who isn't stealing so much as helping to clean up at night.

So I will keep the stories coming so I have historical data to refer back to.

**Molly's temper is flaring again and she has some new teeth coming in and this is leading to biting... so any tips or tricks in that arena are appreciated. I will be ordering/looking for the book "Teeth are not for biting".

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Purse Part 2

It was suggested that I post a picture of this monstrosity that is my purse. So this morning as I was about to clean it out I took a picture when emptied, when cleaned, when filled and zipped up.

And to clarify - the monstrosity is what was IN IT not the purse itself. The purse itself I have an unnatural attachment to. If I had to choose between dropping a child or this purse I would have to think abuot that and the fact that children heal REALLY fast where as the leather, not so much.

The purse was a gift from my mother and my husband for my birthday. The purse is amazing. The purse is an all season purse, all event purse, always there purse. This purse can carry my laptop if I need to, it has been a diaper bag, lunch bag, a beach bag, a brief case and has been everywhere with me this year and for many many many many many more years to come. I love my purse.

When I am in "compose" mode this lines up perfectly and when I hit preview it does not... the intent was 3 pictures on the left, content on the right. I trust you to give me credit for trying.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Contents of Busy Moms Purse

I am pretty sure that the contents of my purse say a lot about me and as I searched for change today I realized it has gotten out of control and I need an intervention.
  • 2 Small bags of peanutes
  • Neutrgena Lip Stuff
  • a beaded necklace that Molly was wearing
  • Loose M&M's everywhere
  • The Wizard of Oz DVD
  • 2 yellow envelopes - one with christmas receipts and one with coupons
  • my wallet - open and most of the contents dumped
  • a brush
  • motrin
  • nail polish
  • nail polish remover pads
  • a Venus Gillette Razor (huh?!?)
  • Crayones
  • 5 pens
  • Tide To Go Pen
  • eyeglass cleaner cloth thing
  • hand cream
  • hand sanitizer
  • matches
  • a pad of paper (small/cute)
  • paystub
  • old broken watch
  • old lipstick
  • tons of loose change
  • lansinoh wipes sample
  • One size 4 diaper (molly is in size 5)
  • sunglasses
  • my old wallet
  • ipod
  • ipod arm holder
  • earbuds
  • 5 lists from last week
  • 2 prescriptions I need to get filled for updated vitamins for the girls
  • a recipe for crab dip
  • Molly's 15 month stats the nurse wrote down for me
  • a knitting pattern
  • a childs winter hat (probably mine - the child, I mean)
  • business cards loose
  • business cards in the business card case

So, what's in your wallet/purse that is weird?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Xmas Preparedness Pictorial View

This was the best of about 40 that Doug took of the 3 of us...
Finding the perfect spot to start searching for the perfect tree!
I think they found it! Aubrey gave it a hug and a kiss.
Aubrey is helping Daddy chop it down
And now to the house decorations...

Craigafeller Center is complete!
The mantle
The outside... lights, blow up glbe, Christmas Light Up Frog... we got it all.

So the house is done, including the lights. The tree is up - it is not decorated yet but will be in the next week. It is a PERFECT tree, it is beautiful!! Did I mention perfect? Doug even got the lights up - and while on the roof, cleaned the gutters. So a very busy day. But a very fun day!

Doug and I were whining that we had JUST gotten the house in semi-decent shape and now it is totally out of whack again to make way for the train table, the tree, etc. Kinda funny!

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Aubrey and Molly 2007 - CLASSIC!

Aubrey and Molly 2006

What a difference a year makes... in so many ways!

House Decorating

Today this family will begin to decorate the house for Christmas. Aubrey asked, "Is it Christmas immediately". And I said, "no, honey".

We have swim lessons but around that we will be going to the Christmas Tree Farm that is 3 houses down (literally), we will be emptying the attic, moving furniture, setting up the train table and playing Christmas Carols.

This is one of my favorite family days of the year.

Here is our tree hunting from last year. I will post new pics later this weekend!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Turkey Day Pics

OK, couldn't narrow down the pictures... enjoy :)

Having fun on the swings!
Claire is very concerned because Aubrey took her pants off.... again.

Yeah, peel those potatos, chop that celery, mince those onions.
There is a big turkey in this picture, you decide where...

Pop-pop mashing the potatos! He was busy in the kitchen all day.Mads!
Seriously cute stuff! These girls played so well together all day!

Two peas in a pod!

We have a tradition that we watch Wizard of Oz on Thanksgiving - this was Aubrey's first year to be part of that!

Doug talking to JW about XBOX Media Center

My Back Hurts

We had a wonderful day! All food was ready at 4:00 and everyone helped out.

So the morning after I am thankful for:
My family and friends all pitching in and helping with every aspect of the day.
My husband for doing the finishing touches of cleaning the kitchen
Seeing Aubrey and Claire play so well together.
Molly being a complete joy.

Pictures and other information to come later this weekend. I am putting my feet up and vegging before the house stirs.

NaBloPoMo Day 1875:
I have no more songs. I am tapped out. There is no singing.

You are my daughters
I love you so
But if you don't listen
I just don't know.
I may have to jump
I may have to scream
My word is law
...Or used to be

But now you disobey
At every turn
And you don't listen
Oh does it burn
I may have to jump
I may have to scream
We all need to learn
...My word is law

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Q4

Happy Thanksgiving!
What are you thankful for today?

I am thankful for:
  • my beautiful healthy family
  • the ability to host thanksgiving
  • my friends - blogging, beams, and otherwise
I also need to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERICA! My sister is 29 today.

The poor dear is being forced to spend a week in Miami... be sad for her.

NaBloPoMo Day 715:

Itsy Bitsy Spider... you know the words.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Turkey Day Q3

Who in your family is most likely to need to unbutton their pants by the end of dinner?

One year in Doug's family - I was not there thankfully - they all stepped on the scale BEFORE dinner and then AFTER dinner. I believe Doug did gain the most in that one hour.

Running to catch my fresh turkey, will update later with my NaBloPoMo stuff.

I caught my turkey! YAY :)

NaBloPoMo promised silly song:

Aubrey and Molly

We're having fun

We are driving in the car

Oh, I see the sun.

Aubrey and Molly

Sisters all the way

Please stop biting

And show her the way

Aubrey and Molly

Your mama loves you

We're gonna read books

And we're gonna color blue

Aubrey and Molly... and you see how I just keep going here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tits and Beer, That's Why We're Here

I was told that my blog has become too feminine. So I thought I would try to post something for the guys reading out there.

We will be serving Samual Smith's Nut Brown Ale along with a couple of other beers for Thanksgiving.

I like football. I am a Ravens fan. They are not having a great season...

Have you seen this girl dancing?

Dear Friends and Family,

Dear Friends and Family,

I am very excited to have you coming to my house for Thanksgiving. I wanted to write you a letter and give you fair warning before you come.

While it sometimes appears I am organized and on top of stuff. I am not. My priority is always playing with girls above keeping on top of the vacuuming. I am hoping this prepares them really well for public school and germs. This doesn't mean I am not going to clean my house - I am. I took 2 days of vacation to get to that. As we "speak" (so to speak) I am washing all the linens in my house and finished vacuuming the upstairs and cleaning the bathroom downstairs. We are not a house of "stuff" lying around, it is not chaotic or disorganized that way at all.

Really I am warning you about me. And maybe this letter is really just for my poor darling husband.

See, when big stuff is coming up, especially stuff that I think impacts who I am as a person and how I will be perceived, I get stressed out. I. GET. STRESSED. OUT. I am not fun to be around. AT. ALL.

I worry about silly stuff (like how do I do seating for this?!?) I blow things up bigger than they need to be (like what do I do about the current phase Aubrey is going through). And I become distant to those I need the most (I am sorry honey!).

I think I have the food stuff under control. I think I have all the supplies I need. And I am pretty sure the house will be in "company" order. I have some great lists, some great recipes, and I have a little bit of time.

But when you come on Thursday:

  • Expect Children
  • Expect that maybe I haven't had my shower yet
  • Expect noise, expect laughter, expect tears and tantrums
  • Expect that my darling Aubrey will not behave
  • Expect to see Molly's exceptional temper
  • Expect to see pure joy in my children as they are surrounded by those they love
  • Expect me to NEED that glass of wine and cry at least once
  • Expect maybe I forgot the rolls (they are in the fridge 2nd shelf in a bag) and feel free to remind me (this is a family trait)
  • Expect a meal with friends and family - new and old - to give thanks

And maybe that is all I need to remember. That this isn't about me or how clean my kitchen floor is. This is about giving thanks for the blessings we have and how lucky we are to share the day with people we love.


Menu courtesy of Anne

Turkey Day Q2

What will we see on your table this year that is unique or different from the traditional dinner? Or is there something on your table that is there every year that no one (or very few eats) but is there due to tradition?
I am on "vacation" today. The kids will be going to LA's and Doug is at work. I am HOPING to get through some basic chores today (change sheets, vacuum, dust) along with finishing up my list for tomorrow and printing out my Xmas card envelopes.
I will also be doing some work for a few hours - but fun stuff - testing a new product.
NaBloPoMo Silly Song #20:
sung to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Aubrey the cutie nose Daughter
Had some very shiny hair
And if you ever saw it
You would want to touch it so
All of the other Daughters
Want to play princess and pretend
They would want my Dear Aubrey
to lead them in a parade to the end
Then one rainy Thanksgiving Eve
Turkies came to say
Aubrey with your hair so bright
Can you help mommy cook tonight
Then how the daughters laughed
As they ate their turkey gone
Aubrey the Fair Hair Princess
You will always belong!
I am having SIGNIFICANT ISSUES with spacing on this thing and can't figure it out... in COMPOSE mode it is right and then it is smushed together when I publish. UGH

Monday, November 19, 2007

Google Error and Turkey Day Question 1

I know, right, it isn't 5am, why is there a new post? And hey, how come there wasn't a new post when I checked this morning?

Calm down, no seriously, stop yelling and calm down. I didn't forget about you - not one bit. I had a busy morning, I thought about you today, all day, a lot. I wished I could stop in and say hello, I tried to stop by your blogs, I did.

But I am here now, I am ready to listen and respond and share. If ONLY I wasn't getting an unexpected error from Google telling me to check back in 30 seconds, every 30 seconds.

Innnnnn and Ouuuuuuut, Ahhh, that is better. Take a deep breath, count to 10.

So the Monday before Thanksgiving. That means 35 days til Christmas. So how many online shopping days does that leave? Scared yet? I am...

I want to celebrate Thanksgiving like it is the only holiday this month - which is hard to do with the Christmas music, decorations, etc at all the stores. But in the spirit of Thanks and Giving let's have a question a day until Saturday.

Monday's Thankgiving Question:
What food or foods mean "thanksgiving" to you?

For my husband it is stuffing. Not just any stuffing, his mom's stuffing. It has to be her way or the highway, there has to be LOTS of it and really it has to be made by her to not get questioned. Even when I follow the directions I have from her EXACTLY he stands over my shoulder and questions it. But we are getting better. And she really does make really good stuffing... fresh pork sausage, onions, celery, lots of broth...

For me it is the white bread, with margarine and salt, and turkey with a side of Ruffles Chips. Nothing better!

NaBloPoMo silly song:
You ain't got no Alibi
You're Cute
Hey Hey
you cute

You can reach the sky
Reach Up
Hey Hey
Reach Up

You can wave bye bye
You wavin'
Hey Hey
You wavin'

You make my heart sigh
You're loved
Hey Hey
You're loved

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Christmas Pictures

Another successful trip to Picture People!

You will see this picture in the mail soon :)
I did the Picture People Christmas Postcards (they lowered their prices this year!)
Later this week I will be posting a quite TYPICAL Santa picture!

The Xmas Pictures are Coming!

We are headed to Picture People in a few hours, I will update with how many pounds I lose trying to get the kids corralled and smiling...

NaBloPoMo... Becky put me to shame and I will have to think of something better over the next few days... but in the meantime:

Here is a song that AUBREY made up last night at the dinner table (we were at a restaurant):
You are my best friend
I will eat you
boddy boo boo
sa diddy do boo
I love you, my best friend
sa diddy dooo boooo
ba diddy ba doo
I love you so much
you like my noodles
sa diddy ba dobby doodles


Saturday, November 17, 2007

It Communicates!

Molly just did the following (I have witnesses):

Me: Molly, How are you doing?
Molly: Good

Doug: No, what.
I explain

Two Minutes Later:
Doug: Molly, How are you doing?
Molly: Good -->with a shit eating grin
Doug: Are you Molly? (he says incredulously)
Molly: Laughs

Music News

These are the headlines I saw this morning as I brought up IE:
  • Katharine McPhee Engaged to man 19 years older than her
  • Kelly Pickler NOT smarter than a 5th grader... doesn't know Hungary is a country
  • Britney Read Light Video in Evidence

Really, these are the top stories of our Saturday? Well maybe my fault... maybe eonline shouldn't be my home page.

**EOnline is NOT my home page... that was a joke... Google Reader is my home page, duh.

Today is Parent Observation day at Aubrey's dance class, I am VERY excited and nervous about this. How will my child react to an audience... look here for updates later.

Looking for Monogrammed Notes: - you can get 50 lettersheets or note cards for 10 bucks with envelopes... that is a really good price. I have been looking...

And now to the silly song of the day:

A trip can be a quick ride in the car

A trip can be a long ride in the car

A vacation is where we stay at a different house to sleep

So please stop asking and don't make a peep

This is a trip -more like an errand, not a vacation

No we can not go on a vacation right now

I would love to, my dear but it can't be done

This is just a car trip and we are bound to have fun

if you stop asking me if we can take a "cation"

Look at the bright lights...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Christmas Gift Ideas

I thought I would make a list of some of my favorite Christmas Gift Ideas. There are a few I am leaving out that are REALLY good cause well, people that read this are getting them... so you can leave a comment or email me for the goodies.

  • Awesome Arches - got this for the girls
  • Great Blocks - I got these for Molly and a little one at daycare, there is a Large, Medium, and Small set.
  • Great blog about toys - and dress up for boys and girls!
  • Membership to the zoo, aquarium, or children's museum - most of these memberships come with reciprical admission to places in other states so when you go on vacation you can get free admission there!
  • Keep a couple bottles of wine, wine bags, small "beauty" sets with lotions/creams, and maybe 10/15 dollar gift cards to iTunes around for unexpected parties/gift exchanges
  • Did any of your credit cards or debit cards collect points this year that you can redeem for cash, gift certificates or other gifts?
  • Magazines! Maryland Life, Baltimore Magazine, Everyday Food, I think are all great gift ideas.
  • Wine of the Month/Beer of the Month/Fruit of the Month clubs!
  • Golf Balls
  • Nice Wine Opener
  • Popcorn, Popcorn Bowl with Family's Last Name, Wine, Popcorn Popper, Movie or Boardgame
  • Gift Certificates to favorite restaurants and promise of babysitting for your favorite couple with kids!
  • Monogrammed Towels
  • New Release Books
  • Makings for a "themed" martini/mixed drink... glasses, liquor, mixers, recipe book
  • Custom Designed cute shirt
  • Jewelry always works... like this and it's matching necklace or this ring or this one
  • Or an iPod Shuffle :)

What are some of your favorite gifts, given or received??

NaBLo Nonsense


  • So I saw a link to NaBloShoeMo, huh, that sounds like something better than what I signed up for...
  • I am tired and don't feel good
  • I love Google Reader
  • I started leaving comments on some blogs I have been reading for a while... it was a big step for me, putting myself out there :)
  • XBox Media Center is Doug's favorite thing - even more favorite than me.
  • The kids are stirring, the kids are stirring
  • Molly was playing as I was leaving LA's and I waved good bye and blew her a kiss... and she waved bye, said bye and blew me a kiss. LA looked at me, looked at Molly, and we both said, "well that is new"... and LA said, 'STINKER'. Yup.

Potty Training Song sung to tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:

I used to sing this to Aubrey when we were sitting and waiting, and sometimes still sing it when she heads in...

Tinkle, Tinkle

On the potty

With my big girl

it's never spotty

Tinkle Tinkle

On the potty

When we are big

we use the big potty

Tinkle Tinkle

On the Potty

I love Aubrey

and that's not spotty

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Thanksgiving What Not

I wanted to share some of the "fun stuff" I will be trying to do for Thanksgiving and some neat sites on dinner prep and FAQ's for turkey dinner.

Recipes and Food Shopping

I am a Good Mommy!

Yesterday was an exceptionally good 'mommy' day. The kids ate lots of breakfast and were smiling all morning, they had fun at school, we had a very healthy dinner - including vegetables that everyone ate. We read lots of books and made "water soup" together. We stayed up a little past bed times and just had a nice evening.

New Song for Fighting Molly:
This is your carseat
You must sit down
Straight as a board
ain't what will work

You need to sit down!
Please don't scream
You must have a buckle
It is the LAW


I didn't make this one up
This is not my rule
But in order to get to school

We can't go out on the town
Sit down.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Morning Cuteness

This morning the girls were VERY cute and I couldn't resist grabbing the camera. Molly cheesed it up as soon as she saw the camera - brand new behavior and I love it!
Everyone say, Ahhhhhhh
"What now woman" he says disdainfully

Last night we had a Parade with our animals and people...

NaBloPoMo Day 14

I thought I had a ton of silly songs to share but it is getting harder to put them down each day.

So today I am "cheating" and here is a song I sing the girls... that you should recognize

A Bushel and a Peck

I love you a bushel and peck
A bushel and peck
And a hug around the neck
A hug around the neck
And a barrel and a heap
A barrel and a heap
And I'm talking in my sleepA
bout you, about you

Cause I love you a bushel and a peck
You bet your pretty neck, I doD
oodle, oodle, oodle,Doodle, oodle, oodle,Doodle, oodle, oodle oo

I love you a bushel and peck
A bushel and peck
Though you make my heart a wreck
Make my heart a wreck
And you make my life a mess
Make my life a mess, yes
A mess of happiness
About you, about you
Cause I love you a bushel . . . .

I love you a bushel and peck
A bushel and peck
And it beats me all to heck
Beats me all to heck
And I'll never tend the farm
Never tend the farm
When I wanna keep my arm About you, about you

Cause I love you a bushel . . . .

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Shhhh... the natives are resting

I am happy to report it is 6:23 and all is quiet on the Eastern Front.

I am also happy to report that 2 months ago we took 20 bins of "stuff" out of the attic. Last night we finished loading my car with everything that is going to Good Will and we put 15 EMPTY bins back in the attic. We are lightening our load, so to speak. And I almost have my dining room back for Thanksgiving.

Things are wonky with the job, I yelled at my hubby, and Thanksgiving is close and I haven't ordered the turkey... crazy right?!?!?

Song... melody stolen...
Good Morning Starshine
Let's start the day
Wipe the fog from your eyes
And let's get up and play.

Good Morning Aubrey
Let's start the day
The potty and our clothes
So what do you say

Good Morning Molly
My angle girl
It's time to say Hello
To this bright new world

Good Morning Daughters
Mommy's here
She is saying she loves you
And that she holds you dear

Monday, November 12, 2007

Monday the 12th Or No Sleep for the Weary

I forgot to give Aubrey cough meds before bed... it wasn't pretty starting at 3am.

I found this awesome site about blogging! It has tons of great information and I can't wait to begin using some of it!

While I sing songs and silly songs all day to my kids and around the house I need to make sure it is VERY clear... I never said I was GOOD at singing. I am not saying I am tone deaf but I probably wouldn't get to the finals in American Idol.

You know in the American Idol opening shows of the season where they show the really bad and the really good and not really the "in the middle"... that is probably where I fall.

It is 5:30 am. I might try to go crawl back under the covers for 30 minutes since it is cold and rainy.

Oh, song per my NaBloPoMo promise.
Good Night my {Instert Molly or Aubrey}
Oh it's time to go
It's time for sleepies
Oh don't you know.

Good night my darling
Oh the moon has come
It's time for sleepies
the dreams have begun

Good Night my angel
Oh the time has past
For s'cuses and stories
But time for sleeping fast

Good Night I love you
more than you know
Good Night {Instert Molly or Aubrey}
It's time for me to go

Sunday, November 11, 2007

"I'm Running Out of Energies"

*Thank You Update*
A few weeks at the gym, I was in line with 2 other women to get a smoothie and John, the First Impression Attendant, was touting a new smoothie recipe called the Jarhead. So I asked him about it.

John - Oh, my recipe, in honor of me it is the special this week
Me - Cool, joined the Marines?
John - Yup, and heading to Iraq next week.
Audible Gasps from other 2 women
Me - BIG SMILE and I said Thank you!
John - Wow, you are welcome
Me - Stay safe and we will see you soon. Bye. - Parting Nasty Look to the women behind me.

As a Navy Brat and a liberal democrat there is never a question of thanking those who CHOOSE to serve. Regardless of who our President is, or what we think of current policies, there are people who work for us, for our nation and those people deserve more than a thank you. Today that is all I have to offer but do it without reservation.

This is what Aubrey said to me at 6:30 this morning as daddy was cooking pancakes, I was unloading the dishwasher and she was running everywhere.

Seriously, this waking up at 6am has GOT to stop...

... Especially after being up allllll night listening to children COUGH and ALMOST getting out of bed about 20 times to hold them, and at that minute, with one leg over the edge they would stop and there would be peace for 3 minutes.

On top of that we are in the midst of a battle of wills.

  • Aubrey wants to wear skirts and dresses
  • Mommy and Daddy request that her highness please put something on her legs and in this are ultimately flexible. Pants, Leggings, Stockings - ALL ACCEPTABLE. Color matching NOT required
  • Aubrey has chosen to spend time by herself in her room rather than wear anything on her legs.
  • "Princesses don't wear pants on their legs"
  • She is happy as a clam in her room playing by herself PANTLESS...

This battle has been going on for 2 straight days. AND I WILL WIN.

And while I know this is totally stupid... it is an ongoing saga and I am sorry but in winter time we can not fight every morning for hours over this... so I carry on. I will wary through this and I will win - not only the battles but the WAR.


No biting, No scratching
No grabbing, No pinching
No climbing, No standing
NO jumping, I am not a PLAYGROUND

No pulling, No elbowing
No flipping, No dragging
No standing, No jumping
No riding, Max is not a PLAYGROUND

So Standing, So Jumping
So Flipping, So Flying
So Swinging, So Riding
Go ahead, Daddy is a PLAYGROUND

This is most like an opera...

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Craig Crafts Candid Camera

Saying I am not good at crafts is like saying 3 years old kinda like to be independent.

But a few weeks ago I saw this... and thought, well Aubrey and I can do that. And we did, and it was fun.

But then Aubrey saw all the supplies I have been hiding for YEARS. And today she asked to make a kitty cat. YES this is a kitty cat. I am not proud - but we had fun.

Aubrey had swim class and dance class Saturday morning and when we got home, we had a family level melt down. Low grade fevers, green runny noses, major coughing that turned into "gagging"... and not by one child, or even two children, but by husband and both children.

The picture I have been trying to get for YEARS... this is how we often see Max.


And don't let the smiles fool you... these are not fun children.

Jungle Book

My new fireplace area... rug and chaise courtesy of Sam's Club....

YAY! No more plastic jail.

Early Saturday Morning

I was awarded my first button today :) Below is the how it was awarded, and if you click on the button you can see this is a funny lady in Iowa.

"Here is the button I awarded everybody who, while reading my blog, is somehow
capable of turning oxygen into carbon dioxide. Way to go, you are a superior
human being in pretty much every way. If the code doesn't work because I've been
copying and pasting until my clicker is worn out (and that's not as dirty as it
sounds) please let me know."


Rock a Bye Molly
In Mommy's Arms
Oh, how I love you
With all your charms

You are my darling
Sent from above
Sent here for me
to give All of my love

Rock A Bye Molly
In Mommy's Arms
I need to find wo-ords
That-at aren't charms

Singing and rocking
is what I do
Oh how I love You
Molly Moo Moo

**I do NOT like "gaining one hour" anymore. Both of my children were again awake at 6:15... Yuck.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Random Assortment of Pictures

Nanny B and Molly
Arley Kisses!
Arley and Molly are SOOOO sweet together
Regal Max
One Singing Aubrey says La La La

No you say, that isn't right,

Why is Mommy Quoting Sandra Boyton

This late at night?

I dumped out all the toy bins and started organizing EVERYTHING last Sunday Morning.

Doug finished going through receipts from 1996 - not exagerrating, and filled up the bin!

It's so clean it looks EMPTY!

NaBloPoMo Friday

So while I have posted multiple times today, I have not done my promised "silly song" I sing to the girls...

Last night to Aubrey while she was fighting bedtime...

Aubrey, Aubrey you're so fine
You look like a child of mine
But something happened
And you're not happy

Yelling and Fighting is not the way
Not the way to end our day
But my words don't help
And you're not happy

Aubrey it's like you were hit
with a great big whining stick
But how does it stop
Can I make you happy?

and then there was lots of ticking, hugging, kissing - while Aubrey yelled, "NO MORE KISSES MOMMY" and forgot to be angry and we read some nice stories.

Doug and I are trying MORE AND MORE to be less frustrated and more focused on distracting and defusing the situations that Molly and Aubrey get into. It has lead to a much nicer week!

AND we have started to explaining to Aubrey that we do get frustrated and why, and what we expect and how she can help resolve situations more quickly... I think it is an interesting approach... and yes she is only 3 but... I will keep you posted.

**Catwalk Update**
I had my photos taken during my lunch break... I will let you know if they send them to me :) I had fun!

**Template Change*
I went back to the original 'cause the pink and NARROWNESS was driving me crazy.


Please take a minute to sign this petition.

This is about Nancy Nord, this is about our children, this is about toys and childhood and safety.

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How can this toy slipping through the cracks be explained away? Why do these toy companies working in tandem with the CPSC take a retroactive approach? Why does the CPSC get up to 30 days to sort out problems with toy manufacturers while childrens' safety continues to be at risk? Part of the reason why is that the CPSC only has one toy inspector inspecting toys for the entire country. And its acting director, Nancy Nord has not only accepted perks and kick-backs from toy companies (like industry-financed travel), but refuses to let Congress empower her agency. Why wouldn't she want more help, especially now?!

I encourage you to write to your congressperson telling them Nord must go and then learn how the candidates you support for president will address this crisis. I

Sappy Squared

OK, while I was all "I am proud and excited for me"... it is so very very cool to have the OUTPOURING of support from all my friends and family!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS!! Totallying sitting at work, early, crying at my desk.

So I feel like introductions should be done...

College Roommates = Lydia and Jessica
Sister = Erica
Beam Buddies = MyReofSun aka Ali, Jenny, Kelly, Anne
Husband = rollingthunder
Honorary Beam Buddy and New Favorite Funny Person :) = Becky

Thank you everyone!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

...And I do my little dance on the catwalk

Ealier this week, I sent 2 pictures to the trainers I work with at the gym.

Nine Months Pregnant with Aubrey

April 2007
** 10 days before I joined the program at the gym, and the catalyst for joining that program

Today I received this letter from them:

Hello Emily,

After viewing your pictures I had a brainstorm and wanted to pass it by you. I was wondering if you would be willing to be part of our new marketing campaign for 2008. Mary Lee and Werner are two of our members that are going to be used for this campaign. They are both older, have participated in the 8-week program and have received tremendous results. We were going to use Mary Lee’s picture on LSC side of the gym exclusively. Werner’s picture was going to be posted on the Main MAC and the LSC.

What I was thinking is that, if you are willing, we could use your before and after pictures in the Kid’s Club and also the Main MAC. You are young and are losing pregnancy weight. You are an inspiration to all the women who are your equal. Most young mothers workout on the MAIN MAC side of the club. They also are involved with the Kid’s Club and Swim Lessons. You would be the ideal role model for these mothers!

Please let me know if you would be willing to have your picture taken for in-house marketing. I could meet with you and go over a testimonial so you could say pretty much anything you wanted and have it put up with your pictures. Of course, nothing would be printed without your approval.

If this interests you, please let me know. We are planning on printing the posters next week and would love for you to be our next model!

I do hope you will consider this! I was truly amazed by your pictures. I have only recently met you and I couldn’t believe that I was looking at the same person! Emily, for all you say – you should be 100% proud of yourself! You’re a new woman!

So, I am going in tomorrow at noon to get my pictures taken. Yay for me!