Saturday, May 31, 2008
- I just paid 4.03.99 for gas, for the "cheap" stuff. I am totaly bitter. Still.
- Aubrey has had diarrhea the last few days. A bug she picked up last weekend. Waiting for the other members of our family to fall...
- Still sleepy from last weekend, haven't recovered.
- Work has been CRAZY but really good. Monday morning we are in our new office space downtown. The company has doubled in size since I started 3 mos ago.
- My house? A complete and total disaster and I don't know how that happened... well, yes I do. Doug was home with the girls Tuesday and home with Aubrey on Friday.
- Cooking? Not so much.
- Diet? Not so much
- Blessings? Abundant.
- The last few blog posts... done on a "take control evening" where I did laundry, cleaned, organized, and did 5 posts scheduled out for a few days. Sorry :)
- I need to prune a few plants but the information I found for one of them says NOT to... dude the thing is HUGE...
Friday, May 30, 2008
Aubrey rocks that bike! She is a pro and cruises around the driveway and around my car and so far hasn't hit here sister, her parents, or the dog.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
The girls had a great time and are very brave in the water (read: reckless). Hanging out with them is a very physical. This was proven and give public display at my niece's graduation party. There was a dance floor and a trampoline. Aubrey (with her cousins Anna and Caleb) were on the trampoline the majority of 4 hours, breaks only for dancing, and eating cake. Insane. And Molly Moo was shaking her groove thing ALL night on the dance floor - SO FREAKING CUTE! Both my girls were up past 9:30 and were a joy the entire time. Oh, did I mention that prior to the party they were at the pool for 3.5 hours?
Then, when we got home last night, some strage dog decided to camp out on our front porch and bark all night. By 5am Doug had had it and loaded the dog up in the car and went searching for the farm the dog's tag said he was from (after attempting to call the number on the tag all night). He found the dog's home. Not before the dog dog big holes in my front garden.
Oh wait, did I mention the GREAT trip to the grocery store? Yeah, I took both girls. And we got the 'car' cart - both girls got to sit in the car and each had a steering wheel. Until Molly climbed out in aisle one after the produce section. And then I tried to get her to sit in the front cart seat and she threw a COMPLETE tantrum, kicking, screaming, flailing. I tucker her under my arm and kept shopping. As she continued her tantrum, Aubrey started yelling from the car, "mommy I'm trying to talk to you". Over. and Over. and Over. I am calmly walking through the store putting items in my basket as the above continues through the store to the milk aisle. People are LAUGHING out loud as I have Molly in my arm, flailing, and I am saying in a very conversational tone, "Molly, take a deep breath, use your big girl words and tell me what you want", putting items in my cart, while Aubrey is trying to tell me something - well actually just telling me she is trying to talk to me...loudly After I get the eggs in, Molly says, "car please". I put her next to her sister and get them some "fruit" snacks and we go check out.
No lesss than 5 mother's came by while I was in line to let me know I was not alone and that they thought the girls were adorable. Yeah, at that moment adorable was NOT the word I had in mind. It was pretty hilarious!
But after a morning nap where the girls slept for a few hours, we headed back to the pool and then Aunt Debi invited us over for dinner. The girls fell asleep in the car at 6:15.
But it was fun, the weather was FANTASTIC! And tomorrow my niece graduates! So exciting.
Friday, May 23, 2008
This song? Can't get it out of my head. I felt the need to share it because I love it and find it to be the perfect summer song and one the kids will love to sing and dance with me. And I love it so much I fought with YouTube to FINALLY embed a video IN my blog. This was no easy feat. I had to copy the "embed" link spend 20 minutes trying to figure out why the hell it wouldn't paste into the edit window. Paste it into Notepad, then copy and try and spend 5 more minutes, than I hit the Edit HTML tab in blogger and it pasted fine. But then there was a red X so then I did it 3 or 4 more times and hit preview and it was there. That is how much I love this song and needed to share it. Yes, I am a dork. No, you don't need to tell me.
What is your favorite summer song?
It is such a neat time of year. Graduation. We have a number of graduation events going on this weekend and family in town as our niece, Sarah is graduating. She is going to Michigan!
LA's son is graduating, going to Maryland (GO TERPS), and Doug and I had the privilege of going to his Eagle Ceremony last night. I am so glad we were 1) invited 2) found a babysitter and 3) went. It started with everyone standing, the Pledge of Allegiance (who knew I would still know all the words), the Lord's Prayer, and then 50 scouts, of ALL ages saying the Boy Scott pledge. There were speeches, slide shows, candles, TEARS, thank yous, state delegates, and cake. Chris (the Eagle Scout), made what could have been a very long and boring ceremony :) very interesting, funny, and we all learned what a fantastic sense of humor he has about himself and just how great a man he is and will grow to become.
And tonight we start with the first of 5 parties this weekend. I was walking through the weekends schedule with Aubrey and she said, "Mommy, that is TOO many parties". Yup. But it will be fun (read: exhausting).
Also, new post up at Dueling Banjos
And please don't forget the reason for the 3 day weekend! Remember what it takes to be free and those that sacrifice for us all.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Exhibit 1B: Aubrey joins her sister in the splashing and now it is funny.
Exhibit 1C: All 3 cousins are splashing and soaking themselves, making a muddy mess in the yard.
Exibit 1D: Molly turns and smiles and seems to say, "Oh Yeah, I did this, it was all me"
Pregnant Aunt Erica, we are sorry we got muddy hands and footprints all over your house.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I find those shows interesting and I like the shows so I will keep watching next year but I am not freaking out like I did when 1) I was yonger and 2) it was Friends. Maybe my age? Maybe the internet where I can actually find out if the person that got shot has renewed their contract or not? Maybe a combination? Regardless, season finales don't have the draw for me they used to.
Just found the need to write that.
I got this CD for the girls last week and they LOVE it. "The birdie song and the garden song" are their favorites and they keep asking for us to play it. I also found out that BNL has a new kids album out, so we downloaded that and I am not quite sure how much we will be using it RIGHT NOW but it will be interesting to see if they like it.
I love that bands we used to listen to - like Barenaked Ladies or They Might Be Giants - have kids albums! Is this a fairly new trend?
Friday, May 16, 2008
A rainy day here
The weekend is upon us
Would sleep but got kids
Puddle Jumping Calls
In the rain we have a ball
So raindrops can fall
Birthday parties here
2 or more is what I hear
But will there be beer?
This week has put me on edge
NOTE: Becky's Fajita recipe is up.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
My hubby has a birthday this week. Birthdays are a very big deal around here!
Happy Birthday. I love you. I appreciate everything you do around this house and for me and for our girls. You are a great husband, a loving father and you keep us all laughing and enjoying each day together.
Also? You are a great fisherman, the best in your family.
I love how organized you are and how you take the time to deal with all the customer service ins and outs (and totally think you should start a blog on that kinda thing). I love that you want us to have the best of everything and provide us with all they we could need or ever want. I love how easily you laugh at yourself and me and that you still pants me in the kitchen (although teaching Molly that is NOT cool).
I love how much you love birthdays and hanging out with us and keeping in touch with your friends. I love how you found your passion for swimming and head in whole heart. Just like you jump into everything! I like how you know the right gadgets and get the right gadget for every job.
I love you. And this week, we honor you and your birthday!
Thanks Betty :)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
"Mommy whose the flower gulr I am for"
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, headache gone, I hit the gym at lunch and actually RAN for a little bit. Turns out the shortness of breath was part of the iron issue.
I am a much happier girl!
So... 1 out of 5 women is anemic. If you have frontal heacaches, exhaustion, irratiblity, shortness of breath... talk to your doctor!
I am now motivated to get back to working out, to general be a happier woman, and to not go to bed at 8pm.
So this week, post a favorite recipe and let her know! She posted one for an Amaretto Cheesecake.
I am posting the recipe I always post!
Hot Crab Dip
1 lb lump crab meat
16 oz softened cream cheese
8 oz sourcream
1 TBL Worcestershire Sauce
1 TBL Old Bay (or more... shake in whatyou like!)
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Mix all ingredients except crab and cheese
Fold in Crab
Top With Cheddar
Bake 350 for 30 minutes, no cover
Serve with crackers, bread, pita chips, or carrotts and celery.
Spicy Basil Tomato Soup
Hot Crab Dip - right above this list
Lydia's Fried Rice
Anne's Brushetta Chicken Bake
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Mommy: No, that is your camera. It is a real camera.
Aubrey: Then I can take this to Ms. Lori-Anne's, cause it is not a toy, right?
That sneaky girl... she tricked me! But I did say no, she can't take her THINGS to Ms. Lori-Anne's.
Butterfly made from hands and feet prints!
Hand Print Hearts
Hand Print Flowers
Friday, May 9, 2008
- every time I turn to cuddle my new baby She is running away laughing
- every time I turn to see my boyfriend A man, a husband, a father is standing there making someone in my house laugh
- every time I look at my life I can't see the girl I was because the mother and wife I am is everything.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Not because I have a full time job.
Not because I have a house or a dog or a husband or family or friends or am lazy or can't keep up...
Nope, apparently my exhaustion, headaches, irritability... yup all of that... cause I am anemic.
Sometimes, regardless of the answer, it is nice to know that how you feel is not because of some innate inadequacy you see against all those around you - the lack of energy the feeling of not being able to keep up - there is something physically wrong, YAY. And best of all it can be fixed, easily.
But of course, the root cause of the anemia, that is another issue and unfortunately one not easily fixed but at least maybe I can start to have more energy while trying to fix that other issue.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
And he is right. For some reason a very simple hamburger and a small fry makes me happy and silly. I don't know why.
Is there something in your life like that - that makes you happy for no reason? Besides music?
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
and that is how I know they were involved in active play
bruises all over and smiles so big
I love that they got to play and dig
At school they get dirty
But are never in a hurry
So much fun is had
how can that be bad?
Some other mothers amaze me
Or maybe it's me that's crazy
but happy and running and safe as can be
I love that they come home dirty and bruised and smiling at me.
Monday, May 5, 2008
And this evening as Molly was being carried up to bed after being, well, Molly... I turned to Aubrey and said, "Aubrey Girl, what are we going to do about that Molly". She replied, "Well, maybe she can go live with someone else".
And then Aubrey went outside and I jumped into the hammock and Aubrey wanted to play hide and seek. So I counted, and Aubrey hid and then I said, "are you behind the tree" and she giggled and jumped out and said, "Let's do it again". So without leaving the hammock, I was able to play hide and seek :) YAY ME.
And I really think it is un-American if you don't have a Corona on Cinco de Mayo... don't you?
This Beginning Reading website has some great free worksheets!! We have been enjoying them. Any tips on your side for that kinda thing?
And one more thing... I just ordered this CD that I read about here. Go to the website and listen to the songs!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
We also planted tomatoes and an herb garden. I am excited to see how this comes out! Cherry Tomatoes, Big Boy Tomatoes, Rosemary, Cilantro, Thyme, and Basil.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
And in a related note... my niece has her prom tonight. 1) When did they start happening so early in May and 2) Am I old enough to have a niece going to prom? I don't think so!