Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Doug's entire immediate family, 90% of his extended family are all converging in Maine for the race and the annual Lobster Fest at the house.
This year, because of new jobs, daycare closings, extra vacations planned, we are not there. We are very sad. Seriously sad. We are setting up some times to do a video conference with everyone but it isn't the same.
We will not do this again next year, next year we will figure out how to be there!
We miss you and we will be there in 2 weeks!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
What is it?
Hubby picked up some Fun Dips last weekend and I was reminded of going to the pool as a kid and spending my quarter at the snack bar on Fun Dips or my nickle on Fireballs! But I always had to put my fireball in water until most of the red was gone.
Also, I love Everyday Food, Oprah, Baltimore, and Maryland Life magazines - oh and Parenting.
I will randomly pick 3 responses and send some Old Bay packets if you comment with your thoughts!
I emailed Amy, Jef, and Carrissa to send Old Bay! Sorry it took so long!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
What if she loves it?
What if she hates it?
What if she is the problem child?
What if I haven't given her the tools to do well in a class room setting?
How did she get so big?
How did we get to preparing for kindergargen?
How did time fly by without a warning?
How do I let her go?
**Update: Aubrey was fine. She was great. She had fun, she was polite and she told the teachers her full name, age and birthdate - I didn't even know she knew her birthdate. They played outside and about 7 kids were asking to play with her and she got a bit overwhelmed but she dealt with it and had a blast.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
And putting that together reminded me of these Crispy Green Beans I made last month, which were to DIE for!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
While we were there, my mother saw a clearance rack for mylar balloons. The rest is history... BIG history.
And as I drove to work, on the road that I live on, I was talking to my husband and saw a cow. In the road. I hung up with hubby, stopped the car, put it in park and got out to take a picture of the cow... in the road.
Exhibit 2: The cow has begun running towards me, and I start running but still try to get a picture. (So I don't know if this is an exhibit of the cow so much as my stupidity)
Exhibit 3: Safely in my car the cow in the mirror, very close.
Exhibit 4: The cow is now chasing my car as if it is his Mother.
Saturday we were gone all day having fun. Sunday morning we continued the clean house routine. Doug called me "a machine". We tossed every single toy, in the entire house in the middle of the office - toys from the basement, attic, rooms, etc.
And our stuff "organized". It is all sitting in the dining room now. We are trying to figure out what to do with the "good" stuff - yard sale or just give it away or what. Some of it we will keep and rotate.
And there only the toys that are in this room are out. And the girls are actually playing more with their toys because they know where everything is and maybe are not as overwhelmed with how much there was!
I think this came from us doing the 40 day challenge and realizing we don't need 1/4 of what we have!
Ahhhhh.... which lasted until Tuesday and now the house has toys all over it again. But as soon as I hit post, I will straighten up because I know where everything goes :)
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
My daughters like to pick out their own clothes in the morning. They have VERY strong opinions on this subject. Seriously, strong opinions. So strong that on most mornings I no longer bother to fight about it and my girls go to school with diagonal striped skirts with shirts with stars in a completely different color pallet.
I don't have the energy to deal with the clothing issue now that BOTH girls are fighting me on this.
So... do I fight this, do I put my foot down or do I let them control this piece of their lives?
They feel pretty and isn't that more important than my perception of what is appropriate or am I feeding into a cycle that will continue to let them choose battles with me... and win?
There isn't a lot we give into in terms of behavior and politeness, my kids are very polite. They are respectful, they are loving and fun.
Oh, also, Molly doesn't let us brush her hair, any thoughts on that?
I have started throwing out catalogs as they come in instead of looking at them. I received the Book I wanted from Ali, and sent her one in return. We are thinking about using the old futon in the basement for the big bed in Aubrey's room instead of buying something new. We have also started finding other ways to re-use things in the house. It is pretty cool.
Some friends and I with our oldest kids all the same age are going to send postcards to the kids from the kids as a geography type lesson and as an exciting I got something in the mail with my name in it treat. I was going to buy some postcards - but instead have done some research and will use a photo I took in Maine a few years ago to print out and mail! I am looking for a good photo of Baltimore and have none, so I will work on that :) But still excited that I had to stop and think about making something using things in the house vs just running out and buying stuff.
Stopping and thinking is the best part of this challenge!
PLUS, my sister is having a little girl in November so I will get a TON of clothes and blankets and coats and pink stuff out of my house very soon!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Here are some pictures while we played and waited patiently.
Needs cropping, but this is a keeper!
Seriously, we fed the giraffes, it was super cool. Got right up close, the tongue comes out, grabs the "browse" and the girls were not scared/anxious at all! It was cool.
Then we pet the goats.
Some things to note, we were at the Zoo from 9am - Noon. We did not bring a stroller. We were the only idiots at the zoo that day that didn't have a stroller. This resulted in a 4.5 hour nap from Molly... so who's the idiot? Well... still us.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
So... I totally think that her and her and I should go to the "reunion", sans husbands and children, stay in OC or Rehobeth, and NOT go to any of the events but instead shop and relax.
Don't you agree?
My laptop bag BROKE as I was walking to the car last night after work. I need a new one... but due to this ridiculously hard challenge I dug up my old, ugly, REI backpack and am using that. I say BLAH to you.
Also? I am going to Melting Pot tonight and could totally leave now and shop at the Mall but I can't shop. Why is it so hard to stop doing something when you "challenge" yourself but it is equally hard when you try to START doing something... ie start excercising, stop shopping. Both hard.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Then she said, "What happened to your face? It has yucky polk a dots".
Daddy said, "Aubrey, those are freckles".
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
1) Eating out is not part of this, but I am going to refrain from Starbucks
2) Gas is not part of this
3) Normal scheduled monthly payments, not part of this (like Netflix, subscribtions, etc)
4) Services (like haircuts) are not part of this
5) Clothes/Shoes/Kitchen gadgets/electronics/toys/books/off the rack magazines ARE part of this
Make your own rules :) Since a couple people are going to join me, I will add the list of participants here.
My status: I really want the new Nora Roberts Book 2 of the 7 Trilogy. I read the first one over vacation (borrowed from my dad). This means I either have to 1) get a library card and go to the library OR 2) get my dad to buy it and steal it from him :)
I did hit the gym yesterday morning and this morning so I am feeling pretty good!
Monday, July 7, 2008
This will be quite the challenge for us! We are consumers/spenders/gadget freaks. But I think we can do it. I just have to throw away all the coupons I get in the mail and ignore the SALE signs, the review sites I read, etc.
On top of that no spending challenge, I am challenging myself to excercise at least 20 days for 30 minutes or more in those 40 days.
So we shall see how that goes, I will keep you posted.
Just a note, I am totally behind on email, blogs, etc. Hoping to catch up with everyone soon!
And a question for moms... What type of hair ties or barrettes do you find work best in your children's hair? We have run out of small rubber bands and need something that we know will work! I count this as a grocery item BTW!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
We took 700 pictures. I promise not to post them all but here are a few I love.