Friday, November 30, 2007

The Big 3-0 on the 30th!

Well, today is my birthday and so far, it has been pretty interesting.

Just after the alarm went off this morning, Sydney came barrelling into our room to announce, "I peed in the bed, Dad!" I was pretty confused about this because, although Syd wears underwear all day, we haven't attempted any nighttime training yet. Marc checked it out and sure enough, she had managed to pee around her diaper. Funny, but frustrating when you've got to get to work. Sydney, of course, made up for it when she climbed into the bed and sang 'Happy Birthday' to me and Madison, our dog.

Unfortunately, there were a few more hiccups this morning that added to the rocky start. I won't bore you. Let's just say I was ready to get back into bed and try again tomorrow. Thankfully, for the most part, I am back on track.

I got a call from my mommy on the way to work! :) She had lots of energy and positivity to spread my way, which really helped me get back into the birthday spirit. Shortly thereafter, my dad called, another good conversation. I've gotten a few b-day emails and cards. My sister just cld. :) I miss her so much. My boss got me a new DB purse!!! I'm so spoiled. I love it! Next on my list, I'm going to order new pots and pans from QVC. My grandparents and mother in law gave me money for my b-day! :) YAY!

I hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Wow! I cannot believe it is Thursday already. Seems like it was only just yesterday I was watching 'Desperate Housewives' on tv and wishing I had just one more day off. You know you can never get enough! :)

So, I had very light traffic again this morning and I stopped into Starbucks. They were a little busier today and they had a backup barista taking orders from line at the pastry case rather than at the bar. This helps them move faster, but I don't like it as much because I have to yell what I want across the store. I cannot help but be embarrassed about such silly things. Goofy right?

Anyway, as I was leaving, I passed by the same man I've been passing for the last SEVEN years. Actually, I'm thinking it might be six because I don't thing the Starbucks here opened the first year. In any event, I left the store wondering what the man's name is and what he does. After so many years of passing and exchanging hellos, you would think that one of us would have made an introduction by now. Of course, not me, I'm terribly shy. :) Instead I just play a guessing game in my head about what he does that allows him to hang out at the Starbucks every morning. I've often thought he is an aged and wise professor at GMU or GWU and how interesting it would be to find out his thoughts on social issues. He looks like he could teach sociology.

On other days, I guess that he is independently wealthy and likes to people watch. So, he gets up, showers and heads to the Starbucks to watch who comes in and out. Then, I wonder if he is a journalist. The list goes on and on. I've decided that I'll probably never know more than I do. He will always be the older gentleman who sits by the door at Starbucks reading the morning paper. One day he, or I, won't be there anymore.

Well, on to my list! Today I am thankful for:

1. my family and friends.
2. my decaf tall vanilla mocha and blueberry coffee cake. Thanks Dad and Jenn for the giftcard!
3. my reliable car that got me to work. My boss' VERY expensive car went to the shop again this week.
4. my cushy job at a desk. Seriously, it is bitter outside today and I'm warm. I bet those construction workers are feeling it.
5. not running any hosiery this week! Yay! I made it one whole week. Oh no, it is still early. Hope I didn't jinx it.
6. making it through one year without Mr. Colby. We had to put him to sleep one year ago Sunday and it was the hardest thing I have yet to do. I miss him so much.
7. my brother, Wes, who takes time out to come hang out with us every week. I love you! I know you're reading today.
8. a sense of humor. I've really needed it this week. What a difference it makes!
9. Lt. Col. Tom, who is currently serving in Iraq. He is a million miles from his wife and three children. I know it isn't easy. I'm thankful for his, and his family's, sacrifice.
10. Subway. I had a great sub from there yesterday.
11. giving people that work in my building. We collected a ton of food for the FBA canned food drive! Yay!
12. my Sydney's sweet voice. She is ready to sing 'Happy Birthday' to mommy tomorrow. She has been practicing. I cannot think of a better gift. Well, maybe in a few years she and Nathan will sing to me.
13. the leftovers in my fridge. Tonight, there is no cooking.
14. my new shirts! Of course, I love them. My mom picked up a few maternity tops for me and I've been enjoying them all week. Today's is my favorite, pink cashmere. It is so soft. Thank you, mommy.
15. tomorrow's paycheck.
16. my skin. It is so sensitive, but clear. I'm very fortunate.
17. my Hickory Farms delivery. It finally came! I've been waiting for weeks. I cannot wait to enjoy it. NOW, it feels like Christmas time.
18. my memories of staying at Granny and Don's when I was a kid. I am convinced there is no better garden for a child's imagination than the wide-open field of a farm. I used to ride my three-wheeler up and down the gravel road while singing "Cool Rider" at the top of my lungs. I know I was a dork. I still am. Now, I just sing Celine Dion at the top of my lungs while ironing clothes. Sydney thinks it is quite funny.
19. Oysters. Seriously, I wish I had some right now!
20. my shoes. I LOVE THEM! I have had them for probably nine years and they are still in great shape. They are so comfortable. I worried at the time that I was spending too much ($70). I'd say I got my money's worth! Yay Nine West!
21. Rascal Flatts. I'm listening to them right now. "At last I can see, that life has been patiently waiting for me....I'm not alone."
22. my sister. I miss you so much right now I can barely stand it. I know you have no idea.
23. patience. I'm happy to have the patience to sit and wait for things to work themselves out. Well, I try.
24. the birds outside my office window. They are often putting on shows and serenading me.
25. one more day on this earth. It is one more day to attempt to get it right.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Please Listen to the Words that are Coming Out of My Mouth!

I am having quite a chuckle this morning at someone in my life. This person, although very sweet and kind, is...dare I say it, DENSE!

Now, we all have our days. I know I do, often. However, this individual is really an exception as every day is a "day". One of my least favorite parts of my job is telling people when they are not meeting the mark. It really and truly sucks, especially when the person is so sweet. I had such a conversation with this individual on Monday. It was a "last chance" conversation. I always feel like such an ogre. During the conversation, I clearly outlined the issues and explained the steps necessary to correct each item. I left the meeting feeling terrible, but satisfied that we were both on the same page.

Today, I find out that one of the steps I asked her to take to correct just one of the many issues had not been taken. When I asked why it hadn't been done, I got blank stare and, after a very pregnant pause, a lame excuse. So, I had to resort to "interpretive dance". This is what my Rachel calls it. :) I use props and everything. Really, it is just a slow recap of what we have discussed. In this case, I used my chair, a notebook and some of my dramatic energy. Typically, it really breaks the ice and we both end up laughing. Today was no exception. This is a very rare event and I pull it out only when I have exhausted all other means of communication. Seriously, it has been SIX months of this nonsense. It has, in the past, worked wonders in the worst of subjects, but I question the effectiveness this time. We'll see. Sigh.

Keeping my fingers crossed for a miracle! I really really hate being a bad guy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Devastating Loss

By now you have all heard that Sean Taylor passed away last night from his gunshot injury. You can read the story here. I'm in shock. What an incredible loss to his friends, team, supporters and above all, his family. Taylor leaves behind a daughter that will never know her father. My heart goes out to her and his surviving family and friends.

They are investigating as if it was a burglary. For the record, I don't believe it was a burglary.

The capability for humans to be so violent never ceases to amaze me. I'm not so naive to think that we should all hold hands and sing songs, but...I just don't understand. I know I never will.

Monday, November 26, 2007

I swallowed a turkey, really!

I hope everyone had a great holiday! We sure did. I have officially concluded that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and, although I didn't get to see everyone I wanted to this year, it was absolutely wonderful!

My mom spent days preparing for the big feast and it showed! Not only was the food awesome, but there was enough to feed a small country left when we were finished. Of course, we were happy to help with the leftovers. I have eaten a turkey sandwich every day since. I would be happy to eat them for another week, but alas, I'm nearly out of turkey. You should see my waistline! Ha ha! Thanks, Mom! It was soooo good.

We also had the chance to visit with my dad and his side of the family on Friday. Of course, another good meal. This time, ham. Yum! We had our Christmas exchange while we were there and it was so much fun. Sydney is going to be a blast this holiday. She is really into opening gifts. She helped my grandfather open a package and she was disappointed to find a shirt. She looked at me and said, "I don't want this." I had to crack up.

We spent the rest of the holiday vegging, eating, napping and just doing as little as possible. It was absolutely wonderful! :) How lucky are we? We did manage to make it to the grocery store yesterday to pick up a few things for the week and to pick up a pile of groceries for the food drive. I'm excited to say that our building filled our huge tub with canned goods and then some! I will be delivering lots of food to the FBA meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

I didn't cook once over this long weekend. I missed it. I have a new appetizer recipe to try this week for my Christmas dinner. I'm looking forward to making it. Too funny and totally lame! :)

Well, I'm looking forward to reading all the blogs I missed while I was out of town.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Guess What Time It Is!

Don't anyone fall over in the floor, but it is 3:03am! My hips were driving me absolutely crazy and I thought I should get out of the bed for a while to stretch them out. In addition to the hip issue, I've been worried about some gift certificates I ordered. Silly huh? Pregnant women worry about some goofy stuff in the middle of the night! :) Well, truthfully, I am not sure the pregnancy has much to do with the worry. The hips, yes.

I'm celebrating Christmas with my dad's side of the family this weekend so I was wrapping presents tonight. I realized tonight that a short stack of gift certificates I had ordered, and I feel fairly certain we received them, were missing. So, I've been worried about them for the last several hours. I finally decided to come log in and see if I had actually received them. After all, it is equally as silly to worry when I can check on it and make myself feel better. Turns out they were mailed to us at home. We've been organizing like mad people here so I just know one of us has thrown them out. THANKFULLY they can be resent! Also, I'm happy I realized while it was still November! These gift cards will be distributed closer to the actual holiday. What a relief! I was so concerned that we would lose the money. I'm certainly not willing to toss a couple hundred bucks in the garbage and smile about it. Ha! Ha!

So, now that Christmas is saved and my hips have had a rest, I suppose I can go back to bed. That alarm clock is going to go off sooner than I want. :)

Happy Day! :) BTW-If this doesn't make is 3am. I have a hard time making sense during daylight hours! :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Oxi Clean Spray to the Rescue!!

If you haven't tried it yet, run out and get some! Oxi Clean Spray was recommended to me by a friend and I had it tucked it my purse for nearly a month when I finally got to try it. :) I know, how amazing is that?! I have a messy two-year-old.

While we were out on Friday morning having breakfast, Sydney managed to cover her new zipup with strawberry syrup. Ipes! We hadn't even gotten to school yet. These things bother Marc a lot less, but I just cannot stand to send Syd to school in spotted clothes. It has to be pretty faint. This, of course, makes no sense because she gets the dirtiest at school. I guess I fear that someone will think we are not taking care of her. Silly, I know.

Anyway, this stuff wiped out nearly all of the syrup! STRAWBERRY SYRUP!! How cool is that?

I think I am going to put them in my Christmas work baggies. We are always making messes here! :) Some here are messier than others! What a helpful thing to have!

Wow! What a way to start the day!

I came in this chilly Monday morning to numerous comments on my Thankful Thursday post! :) Yay! I was so happy to read the responses this morning. I've often heard that you get what you put out in this life. This morning, I feel as though it is true. Thanks. :)

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I have been under the radar since Thursday evening. I left work early on Thursday for a doctor's apt, which went very well. We are both healthy and on track.

I took the day off on Friday to visit my mom, but she was overwhelmed with chores. In order to give her a chance to get caught up, I opted to stay home. Since we are unable to carry our days over into the next year (FYI-STUPID POLICY), I decided to take the day to myself. I woke up early and went to breakfast with Marc and Sydney. We dropped Syd off at school and Marc dropped me off at home. I thought about all the things I could do and then decided that I would go back to bed for a few hours. After my morning nap, I got up and went to the mall. I hadn't had my haircut in months. I always hate cutting into my evening time with family. I've been able to get away with it since my hair is so long.

I went to visit Stephanie (stylist) and because I hadn't seen her in months, I had no idea she was pregnant! :) 20 wks, in fact, and she is having a girl! Wow! She is doing so very well and I am happy to hear it.

After that, I decided it was time for lunch. I had been thinking about queso the entire time Steph was cutting my hair. I went to the bookstore, picked up a few magazines and headed to Chevy's in the mall. Wasn't I surprised to learn that Chevy's was gone!? I know I must have stood there dumbfounded for a few minutes. I was probably looking around as if they had just moved the restaurant. After standing there, looking stupid for a few minutes, I left and made my way to Los Toltecos instead. :) The queso was definitely not as good as Chevy's, but the guac made up for it. I enjoyed lunch, alone, and read my two new magazines (Gourmet and the Paula Deen Christmas Edition). By the way, blah on the Gourmet and THUMBS UP for the P.D. Edition! I'm using some of the recipes for my Christmas dinner. We tested the sausage ball recipe last night and it got great reviews from both of my guinea pigs (Marc and Syd).

The rest of the afternoon was just as relaxing and productive! I went to Babiesrus and picked up some items we needed. I picked up our artwork from Michael's, made a grocery list and watched Judge Judy. :) It was the perfect day off!

The weekend was pretty busy and Marc worked both days. There were lots of chores completed and we even managed to have some fun! :) We went to Red Robin on Saturday for lunch. The A1 Peppercorn is back!!! YUM!

I'm sad to say that the Redskins lost to Dallas, but we did put up a good fight. Oh well. We watched 'Chuck and Larry' after Syd went to bed. Actually, I watched it. Marc fell asleep. :) It was pretty cute.

What a nice, quiet and happy weekend! :) I hope you had one too.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thankful Thursday

I've been wanting to do this for a while actually, but I never seemed to remember to do it. I'm a bit of a space cadet and my mind wanders. I hope to continue the trend, but we'll see what happens.

I've been struggling lately with a ton of negativity in my life, actually just negative people. There are a few individuals in particular that really have been the greatest sources of negativity. I have been listening to their complaints over every event in their lives, some big and some small, for months now and I'm just tired. I've tried hard to be supportive and uplifting to no avail. Now, I find myself slipping slowly into their habits. I REFUSE to let this happen. I've tried to remind them, and myself, that there are people with REAL problems and while it is okay to get frustrated sometimes, it is not okay to mope or constantly whine over the little things. I know, I know, it is hard for you to understand exactly what I mean when I have given very little detail. When I tell you little things, I mean it (i.e. getting totally ramped up over deciding what to cook for dinner).

So, in an effort to rid myself of the funky slime that has managed to ooze onto me, I'm going to start Thankful Thursday! I can always use reminders of how fortunate and lucky I am. It is a great way to keep myself in check.

Today I am thankful for:

1. my family (incl. my puppy)
2. my friends
3. the rain
4. my job
5. hot chocolate (what a morning yum!)
6. my senses
7. the lotion on my desk (winter weather isn't here yet, but winter skin sure is)
8. my homemade lasagna lunch
9. the ability to go to the doctor today for a check up without worry (some are unable)
10. my very reliable Honda
11. having the day off tomorrow (not sure what I'm doing yet, but I'm glad I have it)
12. warm clothes
13. almost being finished with my Christmas shopping
14. being able to go Christmas shopping
15. pay day
16. being able to pay my bills
17. an extremely wealthy client who has shown me that the grass isn't always greener just because you have greenbacks
18. the recycling bins in our office (I'm so glad we finally got everyone on board!)
19. those who are positive in my life that have helped me work toward being a more positive individual! I know it is a tough job changing me! :)
20. eager salespeople that bring me candy and food to win our business (they know their way to my heart)
21. The Kane Show (Hot 99.5)! I love these guys.
22. Clients that keep me on my toes! That is why I have to end this. :)

Have a great day! What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wednesday Wednesday

It is foggy this morning and surprisingly warm. I stopped to get gas this morning and was amazed that I didn't even need a jacket. It was so comfortable that I got lost in the morning fog and forgot that I was supposed to be on my way to work. :)

I fell asleep on the couch last night after the first ten minutes of NCIS. When I woke up it was 8:45pm. I decided to just scrap the rest of the show and The Unit for the second week in a row. I climbed into bed and slept until around 1:30am when my nightly fun began. It is getting a bit more difficult to get comfortable and, of course, the five or six trips to the bathroom doesn't help. :) Now, I understand why I am constantly falling asleep the second I sit down at night. :)

I got a new book from Amazon yesterday. The title escapes me at this moment, but it is about the history of the Salem witch trials. I've always found the subject fascinating and am looking forward to reading it. I have several other books on the way, thanks to Charlie and Tim, and I've already forgotten what they are! :) It will be a surprise! :)

Rachel has been in depositions for the last few days and she is finally free! :) I think today we'll have a celebratory sushi lunch. I discovered that the Japanese restaurant we go to carries fried oysters and squid!!! MMMMM! So, I can pretty much make a meal on that alone. Fried oysters always reminds me of my dad and his family. I love love love them!

Have a great day and I'll check in later!

Monday, November 12, 2007


Wow! I just noticed that my last post was Wednesday of last week. Funny, it doesn't seem like it has been that long. Guess I didn't have much to say. :)

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. We did, but it was busy. Saturday we did chores and ran errands. I started my cooking marathon, which continued to Sunday. I made chili, beef stroganoff, spaghetti sauce (used also for lasagna) and beef stew (Jess-I totally thought of you the entire time I was making the stew! I still remember you making that for us when Syd was born. It makes me miss you that much more!). Our freezers are packed! I knew I'd probably better stock up for those cold evenings coming up. It is so much easier to have stuff made for weeknights. Obviously, this will give us a few weeknights free a week for a bit.

We put up our Christmas tree late last week. Sydney had a great time decorating it and doesn't understand that we are finished. :) She has asked for additional ornaments every day. :) Marc will be working a lot next month and we decided that we should just put it up and enjoy it since we will be home this year. I hate to admit it, because Christmas is probably my least favorite holiday, but I have really enjoyed looking at it. I think Sydney's excitement over it could be the big factor. Perhaps she and Nathan can change my attitude about Christmas.

Well, I hope everyone has a great day! Looks like it might be a busy day at work today despite the government holiday. I'm happy to be busy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hugs Banned In Illinois Schools?

I just got back from a yummy lunch at Fudd's with my sweetheart. When I returned, I was shocked to find this story on the MSN homepage.

Evidently, an Illinois school has a no PDA policy. As a result, a 13-year-old girl was given two days detention for hugging her two friends goodbye. According to MSN, the school's policy states: “Displays of affection should not occur on the school campus at any time. It is in poor taste, reflects poor judgment, and brings discredit to the school and to the persons involved.” How far does it go?

I certainly can understand that administrators do not want hormonal teenagers making out in the hall. That used to happen in my school and it was disgusting. I understand that, but a hug goodbye? What's next? I just posted the other day that I used to be a very huggy person. I remember being very excited to see my friends after an extended break. I would hug them. I remember hugging some of my teachers in celebration and, occasionally, sadness. Are we really helping students or hurting them? I fear the latter.

I agree that boundaries need to be set for sloppy and disgusting displays of public affection, but I think this IL school has gone too far. I wonder if there are policies like this here in VA and if so, how are they enforced? Maybe some of my teacher friends can chime in. Maybe there is another side to the story I just don't see.

So, in protest, (((HUGS))) to all of you! :) Actually, I'd probably do it anyway! :)

Halloween Photos!

Here are the photos from Halloween 2007 (Syd's first "trick or treat")!

Stunning doctor costume, eh? Yep, I made it! Go Jess! Go Jess! :)
Oh-I have to admit that I had some help with the shirt from my mom! :)

Here's Syd giving her dad a shot in the butt with her fake syringe! Ha ha ha!

Dr. Sydney is on the floor!

Dr. Sydney and Daddy

Let's get the candy, Mom!

First house! Hope they don't mind that we are stopping for a photo!

Hmmm..where should we go now?

Wow! It is dark. We tried to get in a few last photos
(Uncle Wes at the top and Daddy at the bottom).

Now, it is time to go home and check the loot! :)

I posted a few fall and belly photos below also! :)

Happy Wednesday!

Pumpkin Patch and Belly! :)

Finally, here are some photos! The first shots were taken the weekend we went to Williamsburg to visit Rachael, Brien and Lily. The girls had a lovely time!

Here are the most recent photos of the belly. We took these around Oct 18th. So, I was 28 wks at the time. I am 31 wks tomorrow and am, of course, even bigger! You'll probably see those after Nathan is born. :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Clogged Sink and Chicken "Bobs"

Last night was quite a festivity! :) We had to have a plumber visit because our kitchen sink was clogged. Marc tried to blame me, but as it turns out, I wasn't the primary issue! The plumber was at our house for almost two hours last night shoving 100 ft of coiled wire in and out of the pipes. FINALLY! The wire emerged with a rubber band and two giant hairballs (one brown and one blond). We have no idea! I don't use this area to wash hair. There was also a little rice and broccoli. That is what we thought originally caused the problem. Did you know that you cannot use your garbage disposal for food grinding!?

I'm serious! I've had a garbage disposal nearly all my life and I know about the std coffee grinds, grease, etc., but they are even more picky now. After having the conversation with the plumber last night, I'm convinced the disposal is just for the bits of food that come off your dishes when you wash them. OK? Isn't that annoying. I don't know about you, but I HATE putting food in the garbage. Mainly, it smells and has the potential to attract unwanted bugs and pests. I thought it was better to run it down the disposal. It cuts down on landfill waste right? Yes, but did you know that can be very hard on water treatment plants. In fact, running the disposal actually requires increased use in electricity and extra water. Not really something I thought about. I've done some reading this week. Can you tell?

So, $310 later, I've learned my lesson. While the major problem wasn't me, I wasn't helping. Additionally, my belief that I was being more "green" was inaccurate. I'm thinking I might have to look into a counter compost holder, but I'm hesitant. After all, smells KILL me. Who wants their kitchen to smell of rotting food? I also don't have a serious garden so, what am I supposed to do with compost. So far, it appears to be an expensive and time consuming process. Hmm.

After our plumbing fiasco last night, I decided that we should pick up dinner. So, I picked up chicken and lamb kabobs from Sorrento's. It was sooooooo wonderful. Sydney talked about eating her chicken "bobs" all the way to Sorrento's and back. I'm so glad she liked them as much as I did! :)

Have a great clog-free day!

Monday, November 5, 2007

How Do You Explain It?

How do you explain to a two-year-old that Mommy is crying because she is HAPPY, not sad?

I'm a very emotional person on a normal day. I've always been this way and I just cannot help it. I have, over time, managed to tone it down so that people, aside from family, don't think I'm a nut. :) Before that, I would have no problem hugging and loving on my friends. It wouldn't have been unusual for me to have met you once or twice and give you a hug the next time I saw you. I realized that some people are understandably uncomfortable with that and so, I, for the most part, stopped doing it. In fact, I think I've gone almost to the opposite extreme. Take my friend, Jess, as an example.

I started going to Jess for haircuts about four years ago. Now, I'm lost without her since she's in Kansas, but I further digress. It was always such a joy to get my haircut, but I think I was just more excited to see Jess. After a few visits, we realized that we lived right down the street from each other and got together maybe once or twice before we got pregnant. I think that was when we started talking more...commiserating. After the girls were born, we got together a bit more. Despite having known Jess for such a span of time, I still held back. I guess I fear that I might scare someone away. :) Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about SWF here or anything. Many people are just not "over-the-top" with their feelings as I can be. Perhaps they hide it like me. :)

Anyway, talk about going around the bush and through the woods, I cannot hold it in at home. I am one emotionally-charged chick, good or bad. This has, of course, been exacerbated by pregnancy hormones. Sunday afternoon, we were about to leave the house when I came down the stairs and found Sydney on Marc's lap in our office listening to music. Marc was singing to her. They saw me watching them and gave me big smiles. I was so overwhelmed with emotion I started to cry. Love is such a powerful, powerful feeling. So there I am crying, hugging the two of them and thanking whatever great being that brought these two wonderful people into my life. I know I don't deserve them or the other precious life in my belly. Sydney was instantly concerned and kept asking me what was wrong. I had to attempt to explain that sometimes we cry when we are happy. She looked at me like I had a unicorn horn, gave me a hug and said, "It's okay, Mommy. It's okay." Poor girl. :) What else could I say?

I hope you all had a great weekend! I have more to tell you, but I'll have to return later.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Friday! Friday!

In some ways it seems like this week just would not end and in other ways, it just slipped by me. Either way, I am happy that Friday is here and that the weekend is right around the corner.

Halloween went very very well. Sydney had a ball. She was truly cracking up all the neighbors by offering them shots for Halloween with her plastic syringe. So silly. She loved her doctor costume and had to sleep in it that night. :) She gave me the biggest and longest UNPROMPTED hug for making her costume. She was soooo sweet, "Thank you for making my costume, Mommy. Thank you for the chocolate." This week was Syd's first exposure to candy.

I am happy to report that the first two days in underpants at school have gone very very well. Accident free! :) I know it is inevitable, but she is just so proud of herself. My sister, Ashley, is coming over tomorrow and Sydney is very excited to show her underwear to her aunt. I'm sure Ashley will be thrilled. :) Ha ha!

My sister and I are going to spend the evening together tomorrow. It is our first "sisters night" in about...hmmm...a really really long time. We are stopping by a Southern Living party first and then we are off to see SAW IV. I literally cannot remember the last movie I saw in the theatre. I know the earliest it could be was January. I'm very excited!

I hope you guys have a great weekend!