Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa 2008

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Weekend Gist

The White House was pretty neat, but I was a bit disappointed in the decorations. I was expecting to be knocked over, but nope. It was still quite beautiful.

We took the keys this weekend for the new rental. We've decided that we are going to paint a bit and have the carpets cleaned. Yes, these people lucked out when they rented to us. I cannot stand the massive amount of wall marks. Who knew I would turn into my mother? :) Other than that, we're going to just hang out and wait.

Jess, we will have all mail forwarded, but we should get the card. Technically, we don't leave Mtn until the 5th.

Syd and Nathan were both sick this weekend. Yuck. Syd had some yucky stomach bug. I was trapped at the house with the two of them alone sans chicken soup. I waited until I thought the puking had passed and ran quickly to the Rite Aid. So much for that. Syd ended up vomiting on the floor of Rite Aid and, before I knew it, I was scrubbing the floor of Rite Aid. What a shining moment! Poor Sydney.

We did lots more packing this weekend and wrapping! I'm almost ready. ALMOST!

Well, I'm off to make lots of calls to the utility companies. Have a great day!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cannot Sleep

It is 3:30am and I can't sleep. It could be the snoring or the kicking munchkin in my bed or the excitement of seeing the inside of the White House today, but I just cannot stay asleep.

We signed a lease today for a temporary house. Whew! That is a relief. It is nice to know that we will actually have somewhere to go. I forgot what a pain it is to rent. The first check was a whopping amount (security deposit of one month, prorated December, pet deposit and first month's rent). I'm supposed to get the keys and garage openers tomorrow. It was such a challenge to find someone that would allow us to rent for six months. We, of course, had to pay a premium for that "luxury." Reminder to self-means to an end.

My Mrs. Prindables snack apples arrived yesterday. I'm so glad. Sydney will have fun passing them to her teachers. We ordered the full size apples last year and they looked really good, but they were about the size of a giant grapefruit. These are actually normal size.

Well, I'm going to take advantage of this sleepless night and putz around on Shutterfly...a thing I never get to do.

Sleep well!

Friday, December 19, 2008

She's Makin' A List..

That's right. I've got a running list of to-dos right now, as I'm sure all of you do. I find it fun in some ways. It prevents me from wandering around aimlessly right? Yep.

Well, I'm sitting on the edge of my seat to see if the last minute gifts I ordered arrive in time for Christmas. I was too cheap to expedite the shipping and I'm wondering if I'm going to regret it. In my defense, their estimate of delivery said I had time. We'll see. At this rate, I'm thinking better late than never.

I chucked the idea of Christmas cards this year. Just not enough time. I've instead opted for New Year cards. :) See, I'm doing my own thing this year. I generally do. So, thank you for all the lovely cards I've received. I am enjoying them and will send one out soon. I haven't forgotten you. :)

Then, there is the b-day invite. Yes, we've hemmed and hawed over that one long enough. I finally just decided that we would have Nate's b-day party at our house, wherever that may be, and keep it very low key. We didn't have many options. He's too young for Chuck E Cheese and, to be perfectly honest, I hate that place. I'm avoiding it like the plague. I know it won't be long before Sydney is begging me to have a party there. Although, she's now asking to have her next party at the Fun Bounce center. I think I can get on board with that. What a great idea! Take a room full of kids, throw them in a moon bounce, have them bounce until their tongues are going to fall out, let them eat and send them home. By the time they get home, if they can wait that long, they are ready for a nap. See! Perfect!

Well, I'm dying for a mocha or a latte, but there's no way to get one today. I guess I'll have to settle for a cup of coffee or a coke. I really should drink water instead. It is better for me.

Have a great day! Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Here Comes Santa Claus! Here Comes Santa Claus!

One week to go! Feel the pressure yet? I know I do. I headed home after work yesterday and had to stop at Tarjay for some Santa wrapping paper. Yes, I know. Sydney picks up on every detail so, I figure we had to get dedicated Santa paper. So much for getting rid of all of the paper this year.

I then raced to the mall to get my new pants altered. Mom gave them to me on my b-day, which was THREE weeks ago. My how time flies. Since they are really nice pants, I didn't want to risk messing them up. Yay! I'm excited.

I picked the kids up last night and was told to take Nathan to the doctor. The new teacher suspected a problem. I'll spare you the yucky details, but let's just say, he's fine and there is nothing wrong. Thank goodness! He does have another tooth coming in. From now on, he is "Chops."

We didn't get home until nearly 8pm. Sydney ate her KFC (I'm such a good mom! NOT!) and Nathan had a bit of pasta, cheese and two bites of a soft taco. The kids went to bed shortly after Nate's bath and I ate my really cold and soggy nachos. Mmmm. Before I knew it 10pm rolled around and I jumped into bed.

Well, Marc is sick today. Sorry. :(

Tonight, I've got another apt with our realtor to find a place to live. I'm starting to get a little stressed now. Turns out the lovely house I wanted will only take a year lease, which wasn't the plan. So, we're back to the drawing board. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Almost A Year!

So, Nathan will be turning a year old in less than a month. I cannot believe it. I had to jot down a few things before I'm feeble:

1. Nathan has five teeth and one on the way.

2. Nathan is now fully walking and tries to run every now and then. As long as there is nothing in his way, he's fine.

3. I heard him say "bye" yesterday for the first time and he tried to say okay today, but it sounded like "oh ka."

4. He loves to play hide and seek, especially with my curtains.

5. He grunts loudly when he wants to get down from the table.

6. He loves to snuggle and has the sweetest chubby cheeks.

7. He cannot stand it when his daddy leaves the room.

8. He still loves to headbutt as a sign of affection.

9. He knows when he's about to do something you won't like (i.e. go for an outlet). He gets grins, takes a step or two and turns around to make sure you are watching.

10. He likes to growl like a bear.

11. He ADORES his sister, even when she's obviously hurting him.

12. He's got a fierce temper. Wanna see? Just take something away he wants.

13. He loves to take a bath.

14. He HATES putting on his coat.

15. He's stolen the hearts of all the girls and teachers at school.

My little squishy boy. I love you so much!

Happy Happy Day!

Wow! It is one week before Christmas Eve. How are things coming along on your end?

Marc and I sat down last night and wrapped gifts while watching NCIS. It was such a nice evening. We put a pretty good dent in the wrapping. We are very slow wrappers. So, I decided to use up all of the wrapping paper I had. To not use it would be very wasteful. I wondered what I was thinking when I bought some of this paper. I found a few rolls at the bottom of the tub that are just...well..ugly. I'm sure I thought it was okay at the time and I am sure it was on sale. Most likely it was the paper left after Christmas has come and gone. That was typically when I would buy my paper. I'm sure I had grand plans of dolling it up with ribbons and bows, but five years passed and I wouldn't have time for such things. :)

Sydney had a ball last night looking at all of my potions and elixirs (translation: crap under the sink). I started packing all of my unnecessary items last night and was amazed it took TWO boxes to hold all of that junk. I couldn't help but remember the days when I used to sit at my makeup table and do hair, nails, makeup and kissy faces. Stop laughing! You know you did it too. Now, I don't have time for that stuff. I have other priorities like reading stories, tickling and snuggling. Yes, I look worse, but I feel better. Funny how that works, isn't it?

Well, I'm off to get busy. Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nothing to Report

I'm really starting to get overwhelmed with the stuff going on. I will probably be fairly absent over the next few weeks.

I do have to mention:

We pulled out our nativity scene a bit ago. My grandmother bought it for me several years ago and that is why I love it. Sydney started pulling out each figure and asked me to identify each one. I would and then, she would repeat the names after me. The conversation ended like this:

Who is this, mommy?

Baby Jesus.

Baby Cheeses?

Yes, that's it. Baby Cheeses. *Laugh*

We went to a party this past weekend. The hostess was telling me that her son believes a nice couple down the street is Mary and Joseph coming to visit for Christmas, mainly because of their attire and the fact that they do a lot of walking in the winter. She said she didn't have the heart to explain it because he gets so excited whenever they pass by their house. During the same conversation, of course, I had to share my "Baby Cheeses" story (while eating, don't kill me, cheesecake). Sydney was within earshot and heard me talking about it.

Baby Cheeses?

Yes, Baby Cheeses lives nearby and... he made this cheesecake.


Yep. In fact, his mom and dad helped him. They live close by too. Neat huh?

*Affirmative Nod*

I know it. Don't say it. Just take it for what it is and NOTHING more. I'm just a very sarcastic person.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Whirlwind Weekend

This weekend has gone by in a blink. I cannot decide yet if it was productive.

Friday night-ate pork chops, tucked the kids in, watched part of a movie and got up a few times bc Nate did.

Saturday-got up with Syd, did the shower and dance, hit McD's for a quick breakfast, made a return at Bestbuy, dropped off a towel donation at the vet's office, hit Tarjay with Syd, stopped by Costco, ran to Safeway, had lunch at home, tried to get the kids to nap, started packing, hit Rack Room shoes and Nordstrom, got dressed, went to a holiday party for work with the fam, came home tucked in the beds, finished the movie from the night before, picked a few movies for the BB list, doened some Pepto (stomach was killing meY and hit the hay.

Today-got up, had breakfastN continued packing, shower and dance, hit the mall with the kids dolled up to find a three hour wait for Santa (not today), tried to go to the tailor and finish shopping, but Syd had a meltdown so we left, ate cheesy brats at home for lunch, Marc tried to get the kids to take a nap while I continued packing, I left to look at some rental properties, put away some clothes, fed Nate, ordered pizza, gave Nate a bath, rocked Nate while he had his night bottle and...here I am. Whew!

We will hopefully get the laundry finished, some more packing done and school bags loaded before bed. Keep your fingers crossed.


Friday, December 12, 2008


How cute is it that Shenan and Ashley showed up today, completely unexpected, to take me to lunch?! It was a thank you for decorating last weekend. What a sweet way to thank me! It was so much fun. I hated going back to work. :( Bummer. I'd rather play with them for the rest of the day!

Oh and how could I forget to mention the fudge? My sister made peanut butter fudge for me! My mom also sent a cute Santa Baby t-shirt and socks for me and little surprises for the kids. We are so easy to dress! :)

Happy Friday indeed!

Happy Friday!

Wow! This week just blew right by me. I suspect the weekend will do the same.

It appears as though it will be a somewhat busy day at work today, which is great. I'll take it! Tomorrow is the firm get together and we may take the babes to see Santa. Otherwise, it will be grocery shopping, Christmas shopping, Costco lugging and packing! :) The best part, we'll do it together. Marc doesn't have to work this weekend and I am so glad about it! Hmmm...it might be time to throw in the Bull Run lights. That was a lot of fun last year. I have no doubt we'll come up with something.

Looks like there will be no snow here today. Boo! I guess it is actually for the best, but I am anxious to see some pretty white trees and I don't want it when we are trying to move. That would not be fun.

Every morning this week I've listened to the traffic report while brushing my teeth and I've heard the same advertisement for Rolex. Around the holidays, I am used to hearing such commercials but this one really stands out. I almost find it distasteful of Rolex to advertise like that in this market. Am I just being a hater? I suppose I am. I just keep hearing about pay cuts, job loss, foreclosures, loss of retirement funds, etc. Random thought, I guess.

Well, I'm off. I hope you guys have a stupendous weekend! That's right! STUPENDOUS! I love that word. I need to use it more often. :)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

All I Know Is I Am On My Way!

Where am I goin'?

I don't know

Where am I headin'?

I ain't certain

All I know Is I am on my way
That's right! We're moving. We put our house up again just a few short weeks before Thanksgiving and within two weeks, we got an offer. We were floored. We've waited all this time to tell anyone because we just assumed it would fall out, but the inspections and appraisals have been completed and all went well. So, now, we're thinking we are actually going to move.
Given that we were caught off guard a bit and surprised by a clean appraisal, we haven't had the opportunity to look at new homes. Also, given the condition of the market, it takes forever to close a loan and we've less than a month to find and close on a new home. So, we're going to take the slow poke fashion and rent for a bit until we can find our next home. I hadn't even looked at those! I'm doing that tonight.
Our closing date is January 5th and it is bittersweet. Right now, mostly bitter for me. I'm sad about leaving this house. This was our first purchase together, where we had our babies and where my puppy and birds died. :( I'm not looking forward to a rental, no matter how brief of a stay. There is just something wonderful about having your own home.
On the upside, since the market has completely bottomed out, we are hoping to get into a single family home! Since the prices have plummeted, we think we can actually get one. Of course, that cuts both ways!
So, I'm painting my wagon, wondering where our next home will be and trying to smile through the change I hate! :) Yes, I hate change, even when it is good.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Marc and I have big news. What could it be? I thought it would be fun to let you guess before I told you. So, what do you think?

Cars, Buses and Trains!

Well, I've been out of the serious commuting scene for a little over nine years. This morning I had the pleasure of commuting to DC from Sterling. Woo hoo! What a trip!

I hit the park and ride at 7:30am this morning to find that the main parking lot was full. Huh? Guess that is late for commuters. So, I parked at off site parking and walked three blocks where I caught the bus. Since I only had a Smartrip card, but no $ on it, I had to pay cash. One wet dollar bill wouldn't go into the machine and the line behind me seethed. Oops. Sorry.

Once on the bus, I was somewhat relieved. That was the hardest part of the trip. I got the metro station, played around with the fare machine for a while and took the first train to Metro Center, but not before having to evacuate a train because the doors would not close. Oh the memories. I hopped onto a redline train and made it to Union Station. I thought it would be much bigger since Amtrak runs there, but it was quite small. I exited the station and proceeded to walk three to four blocks to my destination where I went through security, waited in line and visited two windows before I completed my objective. It was a lot easier than I expected it to be, even if it was very time consuming. The round trip of the above took FOUR hours! WOW! I've decided that my days of commuting to DC should continue to be few and far between. I will visit for fun anytime though.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Charlie Brown Christmas!

All day yesterday I looked forward to going home for a new reason: watching tv with the family. Generally, Marc and I watch tv in the evening or rent a movie, but for the most part, Sydney doesn't watch a lot of tv. In fact, during the week, the tv is rarely on in the afternoon. Sometimes on the weekend she'll watch a cartoon here and there. We've never really encouraged sitting in front of the tv, but during the week there just isn't a lot of time for tv watching. When the weather is good, Sydney goes to the playground with Dad and I cook dinner. Now that the weather is yucky and cold, she just goofs around until dinner (puzzles, coloring or beating on her brother). Then, it is bath, stories and bed.

Last night was practically the same as any other night except Sydney got to stay up late AND watch 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.' It was so much fun. We popped popcorn and snuggled in front of the fireplace. We (Sydney and I) tried to stay awake for the second Charlie Brown special, but we couldn't do it. So, we headed to bed and Marc was left to snuggle with Madison. :)

Tonight is Family Story Night at the library. I'm going to take Sydney. I hope she'll enjoy it. Next time, it will be Daddy's turn. Boo! I live for this stuff. :) Daddy is the best at playing rough and goofing around. Mommy is the best at stories, "cooking class," and crafts (OH THE HORROR!). We're equally good at hugs, kisses and snuggling. Boy! These kids sure are lucky to have us and we are so very lucky to have them.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Wonderful Weekend!

Thankfully I was able to decompress at work on Friday and when I picked the kids up on Friday, all was well! :)

I left work on Friday feeling pretty excited for two reasons: 1) we had the potential for a new client (big one!); and 2) I was up to something sneaky! :) Being sneaky, in a good way, is always very exciting.

Earlier in the week, I'd gotten an email from my sister. She was very overwhelmed with work and life in general. She's worked SO MUCH lately, weekends included, that she is just worn out. She mentioned in her email that she wasn't sure when they would get to decorate for Christmas and THAT is when I knew I had to step in. She and Shenan were scheduled to be out of town this past weekend for a side job and I called Mom to recruit her for the job and to make sure she had a key. Friday night, Sydney and I headed to the 'Burg for a short 22 hrs to play Santa's elves.

I met Mom and Tom at Longhorn for dinner. It was nearly 8pm and I was a bit nervous about Sydney, especially given the morning's event. She was wonderful. The food was way late being delivered and she was an absolute doll. It was a nice dinner and then we headed over to scope out Ashley's house. When we confirmed that no one was home, we headed inside. I needed Tom to help me bring the tree out of the attic. He brought the tree and a few big tubs down and we were ready for Saturday morning. We locked up and headed home for sleep as it was 9:45pm. Sydney certainly made up for herself this past weekend. She was extremely excited at the thought of decorating for Christmas. :)

The next morning, we got up, showered and headed over to get started. Not before we stopped at Starbucks! We got the tree up and had it positioned right where we wanted it and opened the tubs to look for ornaments, but there weren't any. The boxes had Christmas stuff, but evidently not all of it. I had to venture into the attic to see what else I could find. First, the attic is unfinished and I had to balance on the beams to get to the storage area. If you know me, you know that I am NOT graceful and I was just waiting to fall through the floor of their garage onto a Harley. That would not be a good surprise. I also do not think I ever want to go into that attic again. :) Scary! Next time I may not be so lucky.

After a few moments, I located a few giant tubs with more Christmas stuff and then I wondered how in the world I would get them down. Ashley and Shenan are STRONG STRONG and how they managed to get these enormous tubs up there is beyond me. I think one of the tubs weighed almost 200lbs. I'm not joking. So, Mom grabbed a garbage bag and I filled it up and passed it down. So it went for a very long time. :) Pretty soon, the house was decked and it was nearly 3pm. We were all hungry and we headed out for food and glue. Yep, something got broken and I had to fix it. I won't say what or by whom. :) She'll never know. Thankfully, it was something very small. Okay, I give. Sydney pulled the bear off an ornament. She didn't mean to do it. She is just rough with things. Thankfully that was the only casualty.

We hit Michael's after lunch and got stuff to make a wreath and a sign. We headed back to the house and worked furiously because I needed to get home. We cleaned everything up and put all of the empty boxes back into the attic. When we walked out my car was covered in wet snow. Uh-oh! The radio confirmed that it was just wet. So, I dropped Mom off and headed home. Sydney was passed out in the back seat. She was so tired from decorating that she didn't even budge when Mom kissed her goodbye. It was so sweet.

Yesterday, we had a fairly lazy day. We hung around the house until about noon and then headed out for a bit. The kids got haircuts, Nathan's first, and we walked around the mall for a bit. We did some chores and I spent the afternoon cooking or assembling. No serious cooking involved, unfortunately. It was complete bliss. This was one of the best weekends.

Just after 8pm, the phone rang. It was Ashley calling to say how excited and happy she was about her decorations. She sounded as if she was going to cry. I just loved it! I'm sooo happy she liked it. I went to bed last night feeling so good. This year will probably be one of the leanest Christmases we've had in years and so far, it feels more like Christmas than years past. This year, I'm actually happy about the holiday and a lot less stressed. There is nothing cooler than decorating a tree with your kid or surprising family with unexpected Christmas cheer. :) So, despite the fact my husband has called me Grinch at least three times this weekend, I know it isn't true. I'm just cautious, honey! :)

Happy Monday!

Friday, December 5, 2008

I'm THAT Mom!

We had quite a show at school this morning and when it was all over, Sydney and I were both in tears.

So, we pulled up to the school and I got Nathan out, unbuckled Sydney and told her I would be over to open the door for her. I walked around the car, holding Nathan close (it was 32 degrees and very windy) and Sydney refused to get out of the car. She protested because she wanted to put on her gloves. So, I waited while she struggled to put her gloves on. Then, she decided she had to put her hat on, but to do that, she took off her gloves. She pulled on the hat and then proceeded to put her gloves back on, but she struggled again. This time, she dropped them and refused help. I was about to lose my mind because I was cold, Nathan was cold and the clock was ticking. I tried again to help her, but she just got mad. Then her hat started sliding off and that made her mad. Finally, I just picked her up and took her out of the car. All of this while holding her brother, who is no lightweight. She then proceeded to throw the biggest temper tantrum on the sidewalk. She sat down and refused to get up. Meanwhile, parents are passing me by and I just want to melt into the floor. One parent was nice enough to hold the door so I could pick her up, one-handed, and carry the two of them in.

We couldn't just end it there. She literally screamed so loudly the teachers came into the hall to see, I'm sure, if she'd been hurt. Nathan's teacher took him from my arms and I tried desperately to explain to Sydney why I had to get her inside. She just cried and gave me the look. She then decided to lay down on the floor. Not knowing what to do, I just picked her up and passed her to her teacher. I apologized. I hate leaving like that.

I went into Nathan's room to drop off his stuff. I passed right by him and the tears just started to roll. I just tried to escape the school without being seen, but fat chance.

I got to work today, which was no small feat with the accidents on Rt 7 and me getting lost in Reston. I'm still not sure how I ended up where I did. I'm just glad I wasn't late after all of that. All had pretty much settled after an hour of work. Then, I got an email from the Principal.

Thankfully, it was to tell me that Sydney was doing much better and that she was having fun in Stretch-n-Grow. She also attached a picture of Nathan in a Santa hat (see above). "I thought you could use the extra smile today." She said. How nice. The only problem, she wasn't even there when this whole thing happened. So, now it is confirmed. Today, I am THAT mom with THAT kid and we were the talk. Sigh.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy Holidays!

So, I, like many, have had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I've been drinking hot chocolate, which helps A LOT! :) So, we started decorating last night. Sydney was so excited, which really got me excited. Kids can be so cute. She would have stayed up all night, but we sent her to bed at 9pm.

We've decorated the mantle, hung wreaths and gussied up a baby tree. Marc plans to put lights up outside, I believe. Did I seriously just type "gussied"? Yes, I did. Oh wow! Hmm. Anyway, we may purchase a live tree this year, but we'll see. I should know for sure in a day or so.

My new knife case arrived last night. Thank you, Rachel! I was just putting the knives in the case and the blade of one just barely touched my thumb and it started to bleed. These knives are so sharp. I couldn't believe it. I adore these knives, but I can see I am going to have to be VERY respectful and cautious.

I almost always drink the cold Starbucks Fraps. I buy them at Costco and allow myself one per day. Well, it is finally cold enough that I had to pull out the coffee maker. That is one perk of colder weather, I guess. It certainly isn't as convenient, but it does taste good. Especially now that I put cinnamon over the coffee grounds before it brews. My mother-in-law taught me that and I think it is so yummy. You should try it. I bet nutmeg would be good also.

Tonight, I think we'll put together the gingerbread train. :) Sydney will like that!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What's Up With...

That silly commercial with the falling shoes? It is actually a car commercial, but I just cannot get over it. First, why would I want the sky to rain shoes (unless it was J. Choo or the like). I know. I am not girly enough to appreciate that thought. Second, if it were to happen, how could I make sure they match or that they are even in my size before I toss them into the trunk? Huh? How could I? Finally, if you wanted to promote the size of a trunk, I wouldn't go with shoes. They are not that big, unless you are *Person*. Please! Enough with the dumb commercials. There is imagination and complete stupidity. This is complete stupidity. Marketing annoyance or stupidity is great only if I remember your product and I don't. So, it didn't work.

I also caught an annoying commercial last night for some asthma medicine last night where the woman is a silhouette only and you cannot see her face clearly. That is irritating. It made me breathless trying to figure out who in the world it was. Was that the idea?

What commercials annoy you?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

That's Not A Knife!


I only asked for one for my birthday and I wound up with SIX awesome kick butt knives from GLOBAL. They are wonderful! I KNOW they will improve my cooking skills. :) Ha ha! I sound like *PERSON* trying to improve his golf game by buying better clubs. Nonetheless, I am totally excited!
Yes, I was completely spoiled for my birthday this year, as always. From knives to clothes to money and lots of b-day wishes, it was grand! Thank you! Thank you!
Well, I did it again. I ditzed out this morning. I ran out of the house this morning wearing my Turbie Twist. Seriously. I wonder how I even make it through the day sometimes. When I realized that my hair was still so wet, I had no choice, but to attempt to dry my hair with the vents in my car. Surprisingly, it worked rather well. Of course, "style dry" isn't an option on the dash so, I had to go with the "windblown 80's reject" setting. Hey! My hair was nearly dry and I won't get sick. I actually think that is a myth anyway. Traffic was horrific this morning and I'm sure I provided some entertainment to my fellow commuters. You know, whatever I can do. :)
I got an email this morning about our firm in-house holiday party/happy hour. We'll have it here in the office and it will be just employees. I like getting dressed up for our holiday party each year, but I'm looking forward to the quiet low-key gathering. It is more my style anyway. Large crowds really make me anxious and cross. I don't know what it is, but I have to have my personal space or I will go nuts. This concerns me about the inauguration. If we do actually manage to get tickets, I wonder if I will be hyperventilating the whole time. :)
Oh! Oh! I am on the list to see the White House decorations this year. That is way exciting, isn't it? :) Shenan's Uncle Betty has the hookup. Uncle Betty? Yeah, I know. Strange. I'm so looking forward to it. It will be magical. :) Don't laugh at me! It is very cool.
Well, I have to check in with everyone since I've been off the blog for a bit.
Have a great day!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Whew! The Sun Came Up!

Last night stunk. Nate slept very little and when you are in the moment, it always feels like it will never end.

Nathan is now happily destroying the basement with all of his toys and you would never know he slept so little. That is certainly not true for me. I'm still in my pjs, haven't brushed my hair and I cannot stop yawning. Good thing for all interested parties that I brushed my teeth. :)

Grandma got Syd ready this morning. She's all dolled up in an early Christmas present. She looks so grown up and she is staring at herself in the basement mirror. She is quite impressed with herself. :)

Now, Syd says it is time to play with the Wiggle stickers. It is a plan! :)

Hope you are having a sunshiny day!

Whew! The Sun Came Up!

Last night stunk. Nate slept very little and when you are in the moment, it always feels like it will never end.

Nathan is now happily destroying the basement with all of his toys and you would never know he slept so little. That is certainly not true for me. I'm still in my pjs, haven't brushed my hair and I cannot stop yawning. Good thing for all interested parties that I brushed my teeth. :)

Grandma got Syd ready this morning. She's all dolled up in an early Christmas present. She looks so grown up and she is staring at herself in the basement mirror. She is quit impressed with herself. :)

Now, Syd says it is time to play with the Wiggle stickers. It is a plan! :)

Hope you are having a sunshiny day!

Worst Mother Ever!

I'm the perfect mother when my kids are happy and well. I cringe and crumble at a cry that lasts more than a minute and am impatient when I'm woken from my sleep. Tonight was no exception.

Not even three hours ago I was gushing about how fortunate I am, how good my kids were today and how I need to remember my fortune. All of that sorta went out of the window tonight when Nathan woke up with gas pains. I couldn't will the patience with that. He screamed for 45 minutes before my mom took him. Now, I think he may be asleep,but not because of me.

I hate that I get frustrated so easily and that sense escapes my body at the drop of a hat. My kids will not grow up to look to me for comfort, but will look for it with their father or almost anyone else. I fear that they will think I don't love them, but that is certainly not the case.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thankful Indeed

Moments just like this one make me appreciate all I have in this world. I'm fortunate enough to have many things, but nothing means more to me than my family.

Tonight, I am snuggled in bed with my pup listening to the blissful quiet of mom and Tom's house. I miss my husband who went home because he had to work today, but he shall return tomorrow with big hugs. I'm thinking about the great day I had with my mom and the babes. They were so good today. I had a great dinner with mom and Tom at one of my favorite restaurants. I could eat homemade pie, but I'm so full from dinner that it wouldn't be safe. :)

I'm reminded, yet again, that I am blessed with so much and tonight, I'm humbled and appreciative because I do not deserve this life anymore than a neighbor. I had to take a moment to capture this moment so that when I am acting bratty or entitled, as we all do at times, I can be reminded of this wonderful day and this feeling of content.

Nighty night!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wish I Could Be There!

Today is Sydney's first trip to the dentist. It is also Rachael D's b-day so, happy birthday to you!

It sounds silly, I know, but I really wish I could be there for Sydney's first visit to the dentist. Instead, I'm at work. Some might think it is no big deal, but it is a missed first and I'm sentimental. I wonder how she'll behave. Will she be scared or think it is no big deal?

Speaking of teeth, sorta, Nathan has ANOTHER tooth coming in. This is number five, I believe. He is just a tooth factory. :) Poor little guy. I know this one is bothering him a bit.

So, turkey day is right around the corner. Are you ready? My mom's got it covered so, I just have to show up. :) That is the best. It is always sooo good. I'm looking forward to turkey sandwiches. I cannot wait!

Well, we've got lots going on right now and I'll have to fill you in later, but for now, I've got to run. I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hot Chocolate Time!

So, is it freaking cold where you are? I cannot believe how chilly it is, even if it is November. It makes me want to sell our house and move to the Caribbean. I'm sure it wouldn't be expensive at all. For now, I'll have to settle for a cup of hot chocolate.

Work has been busy today, which is fantastic! BRING IT ON!!! The day is so much better when I can feel like I have a reason to be here. Otherwise, I just sit and think about being with my kids all day. It makes me sad.

Rach-I did manage to get a bit ahead this week. Thank goodness! I threw a towel in the hamper this morning and realized that I'd better get on top of it next or I'm going to be in trouble.

Allie-No, I just used the chx and rice recipe from the soup can. What is Jess' recipe? Oh and Kim CANNOT sing and she doesn't even know, despite repeated attempts by the voice coach and the producer. Very arrogant. OH! Did you hear her spell cat the other night as K-A-T? Are you kidding me? She didn't even flinch and no one called her on it.

Speaking of food. I tried to preplan our meals for a month. I went shopping once for the entire thing, which was quite expensive and found it very useful. The biggest problem I have with cooking at home is that I never know what to cook and the second is that I am always craving something. The latter problem should actually be the first problem simply because I can talk myself out of a preplanned dinner because I want something specific, which usually requires purchasing new ingredients or going out. BAD! The whole idea is to save money and then I let my stomach be my guide. Oh, and like Jess G., I love to read cookbooks, but I actually get so excited to try a recipe that I will focus on it until I've tried it. Again, out to buy more ingredients.

Let's talk about lunches. What do you eat? I'm stuck with frozen lunches half of the time because of that whole cravings thing. At least that way, I can pick something close. For the most part, I dislike sandwiches, except after Thanksgiving. :) I could eat leftover turkey sandwiches for two weeks! I love it! MMMM!

Jess-I'm working on my tag, but I'm having a hard time coming up with 7 strange things about me. Perhaps I should ask those closest to me. :)


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

7 Strange Things About Me

Okay, so, I got tagged by Jess G.

1. I always like to sit with my left side protected.

2. One of my favorite holiday traditions is to snuggle on the couch and watch QVC. I've never called in though. I have ordered stuff online.

3. I want to take a knife skills class. No, I don't want to be a secret ninja fighter. :) I'm talking about cooking.

4. I'd like to stay in a haunted house sometime, if I weren't such a chicken.

5. I still abbreviate chicken as chx, even though I haven't waited tables in years.

6. I typically read only non-fiction and get very excited about it.

7. I have a ridiculously sensitive nose, but it is fading with age. One day, I was called to the kitchen to identify a smell. :) The fridge had been cleaned, but it still smelled. I guessed a piece of rotting citrus. We looked around, nothing. We pulled out the drawers and there it was! We found a tangerine or clementine that was half rotten. It had fallen back there somehow. :) My strongest memories are often associated with smells, which is true for many.

Tuesday, Nov 18th and Randomness!

First, Happy Birthday, Jane!

I feel like Nathan was just born and here I am in the middle of November. Where does the time go? Really? I want to know.

Marc has been working late the last few nights and I've been in charge of the kiddos alone. Tonight, Sydney was so exhausted she was in a terrible mood. Thank goodness I had prepped dinner last night. Whew! In fact, I'm covered for the next two nights. Last night, I made a chicken and rice casserole, cooked kielbasa and put a roast in the crock pot. Yay! I love it when I have the opportunity to do things like that.

So, can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?! I cannot. It will be yummy. :) So, what are you having? Anything non-traditional?

I know I'm supposed to take all of my antibiotics. I do, but...I really want to stop taking them because they are making my stomach yucky! It really is nutty how those things work, isn't it?

Have you seen The Real Housewives of Atlanta? Well, I'm a bit of a Bravo nut, no matter how bad the program is and I got sucked into this one. It is like a blue flame. I just don't want to look away. Anyway, there is a woman on there (Kim) and tonight, I saw her smoking (yuck, but okay) and drinking (whatever)...IN HER CAR?! What the crap?! She was parked, but who would think this was a good idea at all let alone on national tv? Good grief. I'm especially sensitive on this subject.

Well, I think I have sufficiently babbled long enough. I think it is time to hit the hay!

Stay warm, ya'll. It is BITTER out there. Brrrr!


Friday, November 14, 2008


So, I just love the taste of phlegm first thing in the morning, don't you? Well, actually all day. I spoke too soon the other day when I thought I was getting better. I took two steps back the other morning and finally gave in yesterday and went to the doctor when I was seeing the colors of Fall in my tissues. YUCK and OUCH! Thank you sinus infection! Sadly, the antibiotics my doctor prescribed is doing a number on my stomach and it makes me feel like I'm going to puke at any given moment. I'm not sure which is worse, nausea or a ripping pain in my head. Hmm...but how thankful am I that I can go to the doctor and get the medicine I am complaining about!? VERY THANKFUL!

It is another foggy, wet day here. It appears that it might be another quiet and dull day. I'm only happy about this because I am under the weather a bit. Honestly, I am just plain worried about it. I want us to be booming with business, but for now...I wait. I'll spare you my woes of worry for me and all of America right now. It is ugly out there. You know, I know and enough said.

Sydney is supposed to have a playdate tomorrow with a little buddy that used to attend her school. I'm sure she'll be thrilled to visit her. Sydney is such a little social butterfly and very concerned about her family and friends. :) She rubbed my back this morning and told me, "You'll feel better soon, Mommy." How cute! I just want to squish her when she is that sweet. Of course, not five minutes later she was yelling at me. "I want blah blah blah. NOW!" she says. Hmph! That crap doesn't fly with mommy, chick! I certainly can appreciate the urgency in wanting what you want when you want it. We are a very impatient society, aren't we?

I'm really in need of a movie day. Seriously! I want to take an entire day, dress in my pjs, make grilled cheese and watch movies or old re-runs all day, in between naps. Doesn't that sound so nice? Throw some hot chocolate and warm chocolate chip cookies in there and I'm in heaven. Mmmm. I wish Syd would sit still long enough to snuggle and watch A movie. With the Madagascar movie out, we thought we might take her to see it, but two seconds later we came to our senses. It would probably be a huge waste of money and we'd have to leave. It is almost Frosty the Snowman time! She LOVES that movie. We must have watched two hundred times last winter. I'm not kidding.

So, I keep hearing about Christmas shopping this and Christmas shopping that and I just haven't gotten on board yet. I suppose I need to move on that. I guess I just don't feel like Christmas this year, even more so than normal. I feel guilty! There are people out there that don't have jobs and don't know where their next meal will come from, like every year, but it is even more in my face now. I just don't feel like it is wise to spend money right now and I feel helpless. A long time ago, I read an email forward that told a story about an old woman who made a huge Thanksgiving dinner (Christmas too!) and she would go out and bring homeless people back to eat it. A client of ours buys warm clothing and hands it out down town. I think that is just wonderful, both. Not exactly safe, unfortunately, but very sweet. I've often thought about working in a food kitchen on a holiday, but I think my family would have a fit. I think it would be great to raise my children in that environment so that they can see how fortunate they are and how nice it is to help others. I'd actually like to do something on a regular basis, but what?

When I think about where I am in my life and where I am going, I get really upset. Not because I think I'm in a bad place, but because I feel like I should be doing more. I want to feel like I have a purpose other than taking up space. I want to inspire and be inspired by others. I want my children to be kind, wise and compassionate people. I want to give without giving up my limited time with them. How do I get there? What can I do? I love law and still hope to go to law school one day, but until then...? Here's another question...I have this desire to reach out, show my emotion and create, but I'm ridiculously shy! Isn't that something? Go figure. Perhaps this is too heavy for a Friday. :)

Well, before I go on to discuss my religion curiosity, I think I'll leave. :)

I wish you all health, wealth and happiness!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rainy Thursday

I'm having trouble looking away from my office window this morning. It is pouring rain outside and it is so grey out. It is lulling me into a far away place.

Got an email alert this morning that a woman was abducted from the bank across the street the other day at 1:30pm! That is a VERY busy shopping center. On top of that, a cab driver was shot and killed outside the new parking deck I have to park in now. NOT COOL! Our Landlord is taking the steps necessary to prevent people from walking to and from the parking deck. They feel that it is dangerous now that it gets dark so early and now THIS. They've started running a shuttle all day until 9pm. I was still walking in the mornings before I heard this, but now, I think I'll catch the bus. It just isn't worth it.

Well, I think I'll finish my coffee and find something to do. My boss is out of town until Monday and it is extremely quiet today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Feelin' Better All Around

I'm coughing so much less today. It is wonderful. Of course, that leaves nothing to break up the peaceful silence in my office. Hmm...maybe I'll just start yelling at random intervals to wake everyone up.

A friend of mine received an invitation to a Housewarming Party. Nice, right? Well, it turns out this person added a "I'm registered at..." on the invite. Tacky? I think so. The point of such an event, at least as I see it, is for people to see your new house and congratulate you. Typically, I bring a little something, but I do it because I want to and not because I feel it is a requirement. I also find it even more distasteful in this economy. There are people losing their homes left and right because of lost jobs, etc. and you want a gift because you were able to buy one. Not cool, at least I don't think so.

So, those Sydney-isms I've told you about are fading. :( I'm sure they will be replaced with something new. She no longer says, "va-ella," but now says, "vanilla." She no longer sings, "If you're happy in your nose..," she sings "If you're happy and you know it." I know who should receive the blame for stealing my "va-ella." Marc! Nathan, thankfully, still tries to butt heads with me to tell me he loves me and shakes his head furiously each time he hears the word "no." He's too sweet.

Well, I am off to stalk everyone else since I don't have anything interesting to say. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Getting Over Sickness and Grumpiness

I've been a bit grumpy today. Okay, a lot grumpy. See my last post.

Good thing my plans were cancelled last weekend because I ended up feeling so terrible on Saturday that I spend as much time as possible on my couch. The gook finally started to break up on Sunday afternoon and I'm on the mend. I'm still pretty congested, but I've greatly improved.

Not much otherwise is going on here. I'm trying to see through my cruddy new contacts. They are Acuvue Advance and I HATE them! How can something that is supposed to be better for your eyes annoy the crap out of them incessantly? Makes no sense.

Well, I think I'll take my foul mood elsewhere for today. :) I hope you have a great day.


If you have a missed call on your cell phone, or any other phone for that matter, do you call the number back and harrass the person on the other end?! Seriously! Perhaps someone dialed the wrong number and realized it when the wrong voicemail picked up. If someone isn't ringing your phone off the hook, don't call back and say, "Hi! Someone called me from this number." Then, proceed to get irate because you think I am playing games with you. By the way, you didn't identify yourself! Chances are, dummy, if someone really wanted to talk to you, they would leave a message! OR, call me crazy, but they just might call you back. Maybe you'll answer this time, MR. JERKPANTS!!! By the way, no one here called you!

I think I am going to call your number right now and hang up. Just for spite!


Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday Funk!

I'm happy it is Friday, as always. I'm bummed that my weekend plans to visit my dad got squashed because of our germs. We've rescheduled for the 22nd so, that is good.

Marc is working the entire weekend so, it is me and the babes. I know they are excited. NOT! They totally have more fun with their daddy.

Well, I hope you have a good weekend! Perhaps I'll attempt to finish altering my skirt. That would be a fun goal.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Seriously! This time, I'm not talking about my kids. I'm just talking about the germs they carry and all the other little snotty kids at their school. This is PRECISELY why I hate this time of year. I had a cold a month ago. NOW, we have ANOTHER! It really is quite ridiculous.

I went to bed last night at 8pm. I'm trying to stay rested so this crap will go away. I slept until 6am. I'm thankful I got to sleep that long, especially uninterrupted. I do, however, have things that need to be done after the kids go to bed and if I'm tucked in, how will it get done? I'm talking about my chores. Marc does LOTS around our house.

I have to journal a few funny things Syd has said over the last week or so.

First, the other morning we were getting dressed to head to the polls and Syd asked why we were up so early. I told her, "We are going to the voting booths." She instantly started twirling around and squealing, "Yay!" I was a bit surprised that she had such a reaction. After all, she is only three. I do that, but she doesn't even know about voting yet. It wasn't long before she ran around screaming, "We're going to the FLOATING boots! Yay! We'll float and float and.." You get the picture. Pretty silly, huh? :)

Then, she asks me for some "rotten balls." What? She then pulls a bag of cotton balls out of the cabinet. Oh.

She does a very good job of pronouncing things, but she still says, "va-ella" instead of "vanilla." I just let that one slide because it is so cute. She'll be corrected soon enough.

She's great at letter recognition, provided the letter is capitalized. If not, she struggles with the lower case version. Every night when we read stories, it has become routine for mommy to "point to the letters" so that she can guess what they are. She gets pretty excited about guessing her letters. In fact, if I am too tired and try not to do it, she reminds me. :) I'll indulge her as much as she wants.

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and Sydney is learning about Pilgrims and Native Americans. I always love this time of year. I've got to pick up some fun books on our next library trip. The library is sooooo great. I've been so thankful for our local library the last several months. They have saved me from reading the same stories over and over again at night. We bring home a big shopping bag of books every two weeks and there is always enough for two stories a night. Occasionally, we'll repeat a few. I've heard that libraries have really picked up. That is wonderful news!

Well, I'm off. Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Democracy Lives!

No matter who you were rooting for yesterday, you could feel democracy in the air. We knew that the country was divided and last night, once again, the results proved it. It is my sincere hope that Barack Obama will bridge the gap between the parties and turn this country around.

If you haven't heard, which I'm sure you have, we are receiving major props and praise from all across the globe for our decision. No matter how you feel, how wonderful is it that America elected its first African American President? I'm so proud. I'm also proud of John McCain for giving, what I hear was, a gracious speech last night. Truly, nothing can be accomplished without working together.

I'm exhilarated by the election results and, like many of my countrymen, ready to get back on the horse and start anew!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

History in the Making!

How exciting it was to stand in line to vote this morning! I'm always excited to put my two cents in on election day, but today was about as exciting as it can get. Marc and I started our hour wait at 6:40am (Got up at 5:15am!). I've voted at this center several times and I have never seen such a diverse crowd. It was inspiring.

So, like a child on Christmas Eve, I'll most likely be watching the tv tonight waiting to see who will be our next President. No matter the direction, it will be a historic event and we will have been a part of it. HOW COOL IS THAT!?

If you haven't voted yet today, get out the door! Lines are long and your vote does count! :)

Crossing my fingers and toes!

Hugs to you!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

One Step! Holy Cow!

It seems like just last week, and it very well could have been, that I told you that Nathan started standing unassisted. Now, today, he's taken his first few steps. I cannot believe it! Nathan is 9 mos old and he's just physically whizzing around. I was waiting all day yesterday for him to take a step. He was so close, but nothing. Today, while I was at a baby shower, he did it. DANG IT!!! I did get to see him do it again though. I'm just so bummed I missed the first one. :(

Yay, Nathan. Slow down a bit!

Nutty! Nutty!

So, I've been MIA for a few days. Well, sadly, the dinner didn't go well. Well, at least that is how I felt. It felt like I was on a four hour job interview and I was grilled about law school nearly the entire time. It was extremely uncomfortable. I know they mean well and that they want to see me live up to my potential, but it can really be suffocating at times. I've got a lot going on and really, it isn't as much of an "if" as it is a "when." So, PLEASE!

After that, I kicked into high gear to finish Syd's costume. That stinkin' sewing machine gave me the hardest time. Wednesday afternoon, I had spent so much time trying to finish and it just wasn't moving as quickly as I wanted. Of course, not having the luxury of spending all of my time working on this costume, I headed to Costco with the kids to pick up some necessities. I slipped down an aisle to go to another part of the store and there, as if sent to me, was a cute little Singer sewing machine. It was quite reasonable and I contemplated it for a few minutes and then continued on my way. I was on the other side of the warehouse when Sydney asked me if I was going to get the sewing machine. Seriously. I let my three year old talk me into buying it. What does that tell you? You guessed it! It didn't take a lot of persuading. I've seriously been asking for a new one for at least four years. So, whatever. I hit the house and moved at rocket speed (for me) and finished the costume in the nick of time. Sydney wore it to school on Friday. What a relief! :) I was excited. Isn't it always fun when something turns out like it should? Of course, I have a lot to learn. I haven't packed it away like I did my old one. I've ripped apart a skirt that was too big to alter. We'll see how it goes. Since it took me almost two hours to undo the skirt, I have a whole new appreciation for seamstresses. I still don't want to pay them $700-800 a year anymore though! Yes, nearly everything I buy has to be altered. This particular skirt needs to be taken in at least two inches in the waist and over a quarter inch per hip. Worst case, I wreck the skirt. I couldn't wear it anyway.

Halloween was very fun. Sydney had a friend over, Trinity. She and her mom went walking around our neighborhood with us. Thankfully, it was a very mild evening and we really enjoyed ourselves. Sydney and Trinity had such a good time. It is so nice to watch your kids interact with other kids. Nathan was a little panda bear. He was soooo cute. He was smiling ear to ear the entire time.

I hope everyone else had a great weekend. It was a challenging week with a nice ending. Whew!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I've Got Jitters!

Nearly EVERYTHING makes me anxious or nervous. So, why should this be any different? I've got a work dinner tonight. Certainly not my first meal with a client, but IPES! This time...co-counsel.

The purpose of the meeting/dinner is to celebrate the successful settlement of a yucky issue and to establish a rapport with the attorneys from a local firm. I've learned that referrals are pertinent to the business and building relationships to accomplish that is a priority. So, it is a great idea.

Personally, I am terrified. I'm just me. I'm not an attorney. So, right there, I'm an odd ball. Next, there will only be four of us total, which means the likelihood I'll have to open my mouth is great. CRAP! In these settings, I try to blend in with the tablecloth. Now what! Talk about politics? I hope not. Other current events? Maybe, but I doubt they'd be interested in my daughter's Halloween costume or the piece I heard on NPR the other morning about college drinking.

Add another layer of anxiety by going to Morton's. I love Morton's, by the way. It certainly isn't a restaurant I frequent. I'm always anxious by going in to those places. I know they know I don't belong right away. I might trip down their stairs. I might spill my water or food. What if I get something stuck in my teeth?! Who will tell me? BREATHE.

I know. I am being silly. I appreciate the opportunity to go and I know my boss would not ask me to go if he thought I would embarrass him. I just cannot help it. I've got to get it together. I have to go skim the paper and catch up!

Have a good day and I'll let you know what I screwed up tomorrow. Ha. Ha.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Project Runway-Like Task!

Okay, now I've been working slowly, very slowly, on Sydney's Halloween costume. Now, with four days left to go, I'm almost in Project Runway mode. I've got to get on the stick and sew, sew, sew! The sewing machine I'm using, which is quite old and abused, has now decided to stop back stitching all together. It needs maintenance for sure, but I don't have the time. This could be a disaster, folks. :) I just keep thinking..at least she'll have a dress and wings!

After this, I'm taking that thing apart! I know I'd use it more often if this machine weren't so persnickety! With the economy as it is, I've held off purchasing a new one, but maybe I should. What do you think? Refurbish the old one or pitch it for a new one? I'd like to start doing my own alterations to save us a ton of money. It almost seems like it would be a huge savings for me to just invest in my own, but maybe I just making excuses to buy a new one.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


I'm excited to report that I caught Nathan standing, unassisted, TWICE today. My little man is just growing growing. He is also just about ready for his first haircut. Wow!

My sister and I made a killer dinner this weekend for the family. The menu:

Coq Au Vin
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sauteed Mixed Veggies
Homemade Rolls (Yay!)
Raspberry Ripple Cake

We cooked ALL day, but I think it was worth the effort.

Today, I'm just hangin' out with my babies while Marc works.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

One More Day

I'm pretty happy that today is Thursday. It has been an odd week.

Nathan's at the doctor's office with Dad right now. He's had really bad diapers and a rash for a few days. We're not sure what is going on, but we feel just terrible for him.

Sydney is up to her antics, which is becoming par for the course these days. I think her theme song this week is, "No! I don't want to!" or "I didn't make the mess!" Good grief. I'd reached my boiling point with her last night when she almost caused me to fall head first into the tub when I was trying to get Nathan out of the tub. She wasn't trying to hurt me or him and was just excited about getting in the tub. I yelled at her. I feel badly about it and I did apologize. I hate it when that happens.

I was so exhausted from yesterday's annoyances that I ended up going to bed at 8pm. Thankfully I did because Nathan woke me up at 3am. He's gotten into that pattern again and I'm wondering if we'll ever get to sleep through the night again. Poor little guy has his stomach issues and teething all at once. He's still smiling through it, mostly.

So, I'm really looking forward to the weekend. We're spending it with family. That is always good.

Well, I'm off to find something to do. As if that is hard! :)

Have a good day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lookin' For Ideas

What do you like to eat when you are feeling blah? Snacky things. Preferably things with a shelf life.

Any input would be great! Thanks!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sleep, My Love

I climbed into your bed last night despite fear that I would wake you. More and more I worry less about things like that. I just wanted to watch you sleep for a while and listen to you breathe.

I was surprised at how brightly your nightlight shone on your face. I wondered how you could sleep at all. You were soundly sleeping though and didn't know I was there. I snuggled as closely as I could without disturbing you. It is hard to believe that you have grown so quickly, both of you. I wondered to myself how my first baby had sprouted into a tiny little lady in just three years. You aren't nearly as feisty while you sleep. :) Instead, you are a still and quiet doll. My Sydney paused for just a few short hours. I wondered about your dreams. I kissed your tiny head and hand.

I couldn't help but think about how lucky I am. Earlier in the evening, Nathan was snuggled on my shoulder while I rocked him. His tiny little hand grasping my pendant, any attempt to remove it from a half-asleep Nathan would result in major protest. No doubt it is his way of keeping me close when he closes his eyes. So lucky am I, with two sweet babes and a loving husband.

I never knew life could be so sweet.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday! Woo Hoo!

I'm sitting in my office freezing! I'm drinking hot coffee for the first time in a while and it isn't helping. I just have this chill that won't go away. Nutty.

So, this weekend sounds like it will be pretty, but cold. I can almost hear ice cracking when I think about the upcoming season and I don't like it. Time to roll out the blankets and snuggle. That I do like. I plan on working on Syd's costume, shopping a bit for b-day gifts, visiting another pumpkin patch (we'll come home with one this time) and celebrating my 6th wedding anniversary. Hard to believe! WOW!

Life really is just so fleeting and short. A dear friend's wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, they believe they have caught it early and all of the reports have been great thus far; however, it really made me stop and think, as so many things do. First, I immediately thought about how worried this woman and her family must be. Second, I was reminded that in this economy, as scary as things appear or could get, it could very easily be worse! Third, I just want to run and hug my hubby and kids. I'm so thankful for my family and friends and NOTHING is more important. Lastly, I thought about this woman and my thoughts of her. I think this particular woman is extremely fascinating and I've always wanted to spend more time with her, like so many other people and she probably doesn't even know that I think this. So, I should change that right? So far, I've just sent her a few pop-in emails. I know she'll be facing radiation soon and I'd like to do something nice for her, but I'm just not sure what. Any ideas?

Well, I hope you have a great weekend! I've got lots of pics to post. I know, I know. Marc took over 1,000 photos off the camera last week. There were photos of Jess and Rachael and you all know how long ago that was (June/July). Rachael, by the way, you are ALWAYS welcome and we would love to schedule another attempt as soon as everyone is well. :)

Allie-I cannot believe it! I'm almost afraid to say it, but I've used Ivory soap for four days straight and my face is clearing up!!! I cannot believe it. Could it be a fluke? I don't know, but we'll soon see.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Where Did the Time Go?!

Holy cow! I cannot believe it is Thursday already (one week since my last post). Well, the end of last week was rough as I was sick.

The weekend consisted of me cooking, cooking, visiting the pumpkin patch with Allie and having some buds over from Alaska! Yes, Alaska! BTW-everyone wants to know what they think of Sara Palin. The answer, they like her. I won't hold it against them. :) Seriously, Peter and Julia we enjoyed having you and hope to visit you in Alaska at some point.

Monday, I spent a lovely day with my babes. Marc worked until 2pm and I hung out at home with the kids. Sydney and I cooked dinner together and then we all hit the park after Marc got home. We've had absolutely amazing weather the past few days and I'm just taking in as much as possible because I know the chill is just around the bend. ICK!

We've been busy busy at work this week, which is great. I love to be a busy girl there. It has also limited my time for surfin' the net so, I apologize for not getting to all my regular pages lately. I am thinking of you all. Ruh-I'm so glad you had a great surprise! I was thinking of you all weekend! Rach-I'm sorry you weren't feeling well and couldn't make it up, but I hope you are better now. Allie-Thanks again for coming out. I had such a good time with you and, again, your muffins were a hit!

Nathan had his 9 month check up last night, which went very well. Little man has ANOTHER tooth coming in, which makes three. He's going to be walking very very soon. We anticipate him taking his first steps before Christmas gets here. Sydney and I also got our flu shots while we were at the doctor's office. I'm so glad they offer that service. What a time saver!

I hope you have a great day! Take care! I'm off to get some things done. :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday Already!

Holy crap! I cannot believe it is Thursday already. This week has totally slipped right on by and I'm, surprise, behind! :)

I've been working on the dreaded grocery list this morning. I really despise the grocery store, except Wegman's! I love Wegman's, but only if I can go while the kids are calm or without them. They have the neatest stuff! I rarely go because it is more expensive and it is out of my normal circle of travel.

So, how 'bout them banks?! What a mess, yeah? Thankfully, we don't have enough money to worry about them. :) We have decided, however, to take this opportunity to switch banks. We've been shoppin' shoppin' and we've finally selected a bank. Isn't it great? I love new things. I'm going to enjoy the new bank (free checking, interest savings and checking, mail in deposits, free atms...). There is always a bit of annoyance in the beginning though. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

MK closure! I decided, after three years, to shut the doors on the MK business. I got into the business because I used so much of it and it just made sense for me. Now, since my face has gone ape on me, I've not used much of it and it has become more of a nuisance than anything. So, I said forget it. I do have a few products left in my inventory so, if anyone would like the remaining items, speak up. I'll give them to you at cost, plus shipping. I think I've got combo oily 3-1 wash and lotion, even essence, age fighting eye cream and a blush or two.

Well, I'm off. I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Facebook Fun

I joined Facebook a short while ago at a friend's request. I have found so many people that I know and am having such a good time with it. I don't have the opportunity to blog there, but I at least get to check in with everyone briefly everyday to see where they are and what they are doing. If you haven't signed up, you should check it out. :)

What a chilly morning! This morning had a very rough start and I was agitated even more by the chilly temperature. I start wishing for hibernation about this time each year. :) Lucky for me, my hubby got me out of my "mood" this morning and I'm off. See, HE is really a positive force in my life. LOVE YOU, BABE!

Well, I'm off for now. Thanks for the suggestions about the crazy spice.

Take care,

Monday, October 6, 2008

Cardamom Pods? Are They Really the Bee's Knees?

Seriously?! Recently, I've seen cardamom listed in several recipes. SO, I decided to add it to my grocery list to give it a try. That was until I got to the store and saw that one tiny little bottle was $13! I passed right on by. Again today, I saw it listed in another recipe. Is it worth it? Have you tried it? Should I suck it up and buy it? I love to try new things, but $13 for that?! What if I don't like it?


Wow! We had a whirlwind weekend. How about you?

Friday night, we ran a few errands and then had a nice dinner at home. Saturday, we spent the morning cleaning, made banana bread and then hit a b-day party. Syd's buddy, Gabriella, turned 4. After we got home, we tucked this kids into bed and watched 'Made of Honor.' Cute movie! Sunday, we got up bright and early, even though Nate kept us up all night. We drove downtown and participated in the 2008 Walk for Animals hosted by the DC Humane Society. It was a blast. The weather was perfect and the kids were fantastic. We grabbed lunch at Olley's Trolley and then, headed to Sean's third b-day party. After that, we headed home, gave the kids a bath, tucked them into bed and started packing for school. Whew! :) Great weekend!

SO, kids say the silliest things. We all know this yet, it still surprises us. This morning we were driving to school and Sydney breaks the silence with, "Mom, we don't drink from the potty. Right?" Now, you can imagine my expression. I then slowly respond, "Uh..right." Another few moments pass. "We only go potty in the potty right?" Syd asks. I give the same response. Then I follow up, "Why? Who told you about drinking from the potty?" I was holding my breath hoping that she'd heard someone telling their dog not to drink from the potty or something similar. Instead, I got no response, just silence. I didn't press. What in the world? YUCKO!

I will leave you with that! :) Have a great day! Oh...yay! I just realized I get my produce list today! YAY! YAY! Oh yes! I forgot to mention that the SKINS won again this weekend! I'm thrilled. I'm peeved I missed the game because I had the wrong time in mind, but I wouldn't have made it anyway. :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Nathan's New Tooth!

Yes, Nathan cut another tooth this week. The little tike is progressing right along and I fear that walking is not far away. He's still containable. What are we going to do when he's all over the house? I remember how excited we were that Sydney started walking, until we realized what that meant. Ha ha.

Yes, my little boy is moving right along and his personality is cracking me up. To show his affection for something, he head butts. Seriously, when one would traditionally hug, Nathan head butts. This week we caught him doing this to a toy on the exer-saucer. It was hysterical. Last night and the night before, he was determined to give mommy a migraine. :) What a way to get one though! :) He's so silly.

I made no progress on the costume last night. I was much too busy watching the debate last night. Boy! What a show! That is all I will say. BTW-Next Presidential debate is next Tuesday night.

The weekend is gearing up and it will be a busy one. We've got two b-day parties and the Humane Society walk. I like to be busy, but I think we may have too much, as usual. :) It is a lovely habit of mine. I've been fighting a cold with all my might and I just want it to go away. I'm sure it will be a nice weekend, despite the business.

I hope you all have a great weekend. Also, if you haven't heard of Fancast.com, you should check it out. I just watched a condensed episode of The Daily Show for the first part of my lunch. Now THAT is cool! :) They have a lot of recent episodes of other shows. Generally, I've watched back episodes directly from the station site, but I heard about this and decided to give it a try.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

At Least She Can Fly!

Update on the Halloween costume! Don't I lead an exciting life? :) I managed to cut the pieces for the wings last night. I was so nervous b/c there were multiple folds and lots of pins involved. Whew! Took me an hour, but at least it is done. I still haven't figured out the other pieces yet. Ha ha. Only 28 days to go.

Well, enough of that fun stuff. So, we've been talking for a while now about the concerning state of the economy and the increase in gas prices and grocery goods. It is getting real people, seriously. It has been feared for a while, but now, it is knocking on the door. I am SOOOO GLAD we decided against the new car purchase. SOOOOO glad. Yes, my little Civic is eight years old, but thankfully, she's been good to me. Hang in there girly. Let's add Christmas in there, which is just a short 12 weeks away. Eye-eye-eye!

We have a funny little lady in our office that, for years, has been so over the top. I SWEAR she'd count paperclips and rubberbands before she'd let you get another box. It has been sometimes funny, sometimes irritating and sometimes very infuriating. We'll that is how I'm going to get in my house. :) We might even go the Sheryl Crow way and ration two squares per bathroom visit. I still don't see how that is possible. I'm just saying that Mama's going to start cracking down a bit harder on our already tight budget. Any suggestions?

Hey! Have you checked the pressure of your tires recently? If not, it can save you up to 3% in gas! :) Sure, for me, that is $54.60 a year, but that is a dinner or two out right? What if you drive a larger vehicle? It could be twice as much! Think about it. :) More importantly, if we all do it, we save the country a ton of gas. Now THAT is something to smile about.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Reinforcements Required?

Last night I decided to pull out my costume sewing project and get to work. I'm scared! It took me an hour and a half to cut out the pattern, which consists of 12 or 13 different pieces and 4 or 5 different fabrics. I think I've really gotten myself into it.

After cutting all the pieces, which probably took me so long because I was chasing Sydney back to bed every then minutes, I decided to read the directions. Step 1-cutting the fabric..ALREADY LOST! I'm going to look at it again tonight. I'm hoping my eyes were just tired last night. Thank goodness it is only the 1st!

Yay! It is produce delivery day! I'm so excited. I'm such a geek.

It is going to be quite a weekend. We have two birthday parties and a Humane Society walk. Hmm..wonder when we will get our chores done. Oops.

Hope you guys have a great day!

Monday, September 29, 2008



What a Monday morning! WOW! It is so thrilling to drive to work with our HUGE win replaying over and over! Whenever I think about the enormous bailout, I get worried and upset. I curb my emotion by singing the fight song and thinking about that AWESOME Kathy Griffin show on Friday. I MEAN AWESOME! Folks, at one point we were about twenty feet from her. WOW! You have got to go see her!

Sydney and I took a trip to the fabric store this weekend and bought the materials for her costume. I think is is going to be a bit more complicated that I had originally thought. I walked outta there with five or six different types of fabric, ribbons, hooks and a few other random pieces. I'm going to admit that I am a little nervous. I think I may have to call in reinforcements, the Grandmas!

The trip to the fabric store was fabulous. Sydney was as patient as a three year old could be and I was taking FOREVER trying to decide on fabrics. We were in the store for no less than an hour and she didn't complain once. What a trooper! Then, she and I hit the local Thai restaurant for carryout. We ordered our food and played games while we waited. She told me over and over again that she loved me and gave me lots of hugs and kisses. I JUST ADORE THAT! What mommy doesn't?

When we got home, Sydney was excited to try her dumplings. It took her a few minutes to notice that Marc and I were using chopsticks. She immediately wanted to try using them too. I initially thought it was a bad idea and then decided, what is the harm? I figured I'd keep a close watch to make sure she didn't poke her eye out. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! It was so fun and I so wish I'd had a camera. She was giggling with delight the entire time. It was so sweet. She was actually pretty good at using them. I was amazed. She, of course, had some difficulty, but she was so excited that she didn't get frustrated once. I think that is going to be a new thing in our house. :)

We did a ton of cleaning up this weekend and boy was it necessary! I spent a lot of yesterday morning weeding through clothes and organizing drawers. Thanks, Rachael! It really is a dreaded task. We packed up three garbage bags full of donations. Boy, our kids are growing like weeds!

After the afternoon naps, I took the babes to the grocery store (Marc was working). Syd was a bit hyper because we'd been essentially trapped indoors by the rain all weekend so, I was a bit nervous about her behavior. I decided to let her get into one of those dreaded car carts. I really hate those things. They are nearly impossible to maneuver, but Sydney was as happy as a pig covered in dirt. So, I suppose it was worth it because I made it through the entire store with little fuss from either babe. That is a nice grocery store trip!

We were headed home from the store when Syd informed me that I had been a good girl. Interesting huh? Then, she told me that because I'd been a good girl, I could go to her birthday party in June. Isn't that nice of her? :) How funny is it to be told by your kid that you are being good?

Our Sunday evening ended with our huge Skins win over DALLAS! That's right baby! It was such an awesome game and soooo close! We finished the evening by dancing around the room to Shania Twain and packing lunch. :) What a fun night!

I was excited to get my produce email this morning! I so look forward to Mondays because of that email. I just think it is so exciting to find out what veggies you are going to eat in a given week. It is a surprise! This week:

Delicata Squash(L)-NEW FOR ME! I have NO IDEA what this is! Any tips?
Sweet Potatoes(L)
Grape Tomatoes(L)
Romaine Lettuce
Golden Pineapple
Gala Apples
Valencia Oranges

What a sweet week!

Take care and have a great day!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Yay! Yay! Kathy Griffin!

I'm so excited today, even more so than any other Friday. I'm looking forward to seeing Kathy Griffin tonight. I was unable to catch her show last year and am happy I thought far enough ahead to get the tickets in May! It is a sold out show!
As if that isn't cool enough, I just found out that I will be getting a massage today courtesy of one of our Of Counsel Atty! His wife generally comes in on Fridays to meet with the Firm's massage therapist, but she couldn't make it today and I get to go in her place. Since we have the BEST massage therapist there is, I am super lucky. Seriously, she really is the best!
I've started thinking about Christmas this week. WOW! I cannot believe it is right around the corner. It is such a stressful time. It is hard to look forward to it. So, I'm going to try to be as prepared as possible so that the stress will be low. I purchased the first gift today. Now, only about forty left. Cha-ching.
So, it looks like I'm going to miss the debates tonight. BUMMER! Seriously! Guess I'll have to watch it on youtube.
I hope you have a great Friday!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

How Does That Happen?

Have you ever been doing something and, from out of nowhere, a memory pops into your head? Well, that happened to me this morning on my way to work and I just wonder what made me remember it.

True story, but it contains my opinions only. I've also changed names.

When I was a senior in high school, I had a part-time job at a restaurant. We'll call it Moe's. WAIT! I wasn't a senior anymore. I had graduated already and was sharing an apartment with a complete nut, another story entirely.

One morning, very early, I had gotten up to attend the mandatory staff meeting at Moe's. We always dreaded them because they usually started around 9am, which back then, was ridiculously early for me. Nonetheless, I was a good employee and showed up as required.

Just a few minutes later, the Managers began their spiel. Not all the employees were there. Particularly a couple that had been dating and one of the other Managers. The missing Manager, Peter, had been going through a really rough time as he had just divorced his wife and moved out of his home of many years into an apartment. He was a doll and joked with me often that he had named his daughter after me, even though she was born before we met. The couple consisted of a server, Beth, and the Manager's brother and bartender, Jack.

About thirty minutes into the meeting, the couple showed up and sat down. They were acting strangely and Beth, in particular, was very fidgety. The meeting continued for a bit longer and then, we all split up. Those that had to work that morning, such as myself, went on to finish the opening duties and the others, left. While working on my duties, the phone rang and I happened to answer it. It was Beth. She was HYSTERICAL. "It's Peter! He's dead. I need to talk to Don (another Manager)!" I started to ask what had happened, but thought I'd better just get Don. So, I ran down the steps to the Manager's office and yelled to Don.

I was pacing the floor until Don hung up the phone. Don explained that Jack had found Peter when he returned home from the meeting. Jack and Peter shared an apartment and Beth, as Jack's girlfriend, had been staying there quite a bit also.

As you can imagine, the cops were all over the place. They were all over the apartment, the restaurant and other areas following up leads. We were told that we could possibly be questioned and if so, we were to cooperate and offer any information requested. I was never questioned.

I attended the funeral for Peter a few days later. It was awful. Of course, funerals aren't generally happy occasions. When I saw his two daughters, I just cried my eyes out. I was thinking of little Jessie and how she was going to grow up without her daddy. I know how much Peter loved his kids and it just made my heart hurt.

After the funeral, rumors flew around for weeks. I heard rumors that: he'd had an affair and the husband caught up with him, his wife was still the beneficiary on his policies and had him killed and that he was killed by some man he'd quarrelled with a few weeks prior at a local bar. I didn't believe any of it. To this day, I believe Jack and Beth were involved. As far as I know, it is still unsolved.

So, I wonder why in the world this popped into my head today.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ooo Rah!

Okay, I totally don't know where that came from. :) My great uncle, Buck, is a former drill sergeant in the Marines and I almost went in, but other than that, no connection.

This morning has been awesome so far. First, my morning walk with Madison was great. It was ridiculously cold though. Yep! Here it comes. I hate cold weather. I seriously am considering a ski mask for morning walks. I wonder if a neighbor would call the cops on me. My eyes run when it is cold outside and then, it freezes to my face. Not fun! Brrr..I'm shivering just thinking about it.

I've been driving a new route to work the last week or so and I LOVE IT! The traffic is comparable to the old route, but I so love the scenery. The majority of the drive is nestled in the trees, which is good for two reasons. First, it blocks the sun that is glaring right in my eyes on my way to work (I drive East) and second, it is so much more peaceful than the toll road. I just love it! It reminds me of my bud, Sandy, too. Her mom used to live off of that road and it takes me back to the days of bridal and baby showers. :)

Today, I have to write a few things about my girl, Syd.

This morning she told me that her favorite colors are pink, orange and purple. She told me that macaroni is her favorite food (big shocker there!). The only time she really gets it is if we go out for dinner or grandma makes it. Finally, her favorite thing to do at school is mold playdough, but she doesn't get do that in her new class. The new class is focused more on learning to write and really learning the letters, rather than just repeating them. My baby is spunky and stubborn, but she is also compassionate and finds beauty in all things. She is a gem and I adore her.

We're all ready for this afternoon! I know it is early early in the am and already I'm thinking about being home with the kids. Can you blame me? Syd and I have a date this afternoon. We're going to clean our veggies together. Sydney loves to help wash vegetables and cook. Although, her cooking is, of course, limited to breaking beans, tearing lettuce and washing. Last weekend, I introduced her to the Pampered Chef chopper. She had a ball. What kid wouldn't? She gets to whack the chopper, make lots of noise and cut stuff up. Now, I have to hold the chopper down while she whacks the top, but we make a good team.

Alright, I'd better get going. I hope you all have a fantabulous day!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Spot Here! Spot There! Look! Spots Everywhere!

No, I'm not talking about chicken pox or the like. Thankfully! I'm talking about pimples. What the crap!

I'm thirty years old and the last three months have been nutty with my skin. This morning I woke up with not one, but FIVE new pimples. I feel like I'm in high school again. Maybe I need a facial or something. I don't know. My chemistry has completely changed since I had Nathan. Bleah! I don't like it!

Yesterday was the first official day of Fall. Rachael, I know you are looking forward to it. You and your teas and mulled spice. :) Me, I dread it. I dislike the fading daylight and chilly temps. I do, however, enjoy pumpkins and Fall decor. Perhaps I'll get on that this weekend. PERHAPS! I'm kinda busy you know. :) Cleaning up puke!

Nathan, poor baby, has had acid reflux since he was born. Sydney had it also, but grew out of it after she'd had solid foods for a while. My Nathan, a very healthy eater, is still dealing with it. We've recently tried switching his formula. I hope Mom is right! :)

Today is Tuesday and it is my brother's b-day! Happy Birthday, Wes! :) In fact, we've got lots of b-days this month...

Jim (Brother) 11th
Grandpa Stick 13th
Hannah Banana 21st
Sam (Nephew) 22nd
Wes (Brother) 23th
Grandpa Don 24th

WOW! That is quite a lot, don't you think? Happy Birthday all!

October is an even busier month!

I'm thrilled! I got the list for my second produce delivery and I see acorn squash on the list. I've never cooked it. Have no idea what to do with it, but I'm looking forward to trying it.

I'm still trying to get past the organic bugs. Seriously, I cleaned the corn last night and buggies again. ICK! ICK! ICK! You would not have known I was raised on a farm given the way I was scrunching up my face last night. I contemplated pitching it, but then I realized I was being idiotic. After all, what do people on a farm do? WASH IT! So, I'm still getting used to it. I've learned that I should probably clean the produce the day it is delivered. I'm used to just pitching my produce into the drawer. I think it will just take a little prep. That will keep bugs outta my fridge and save me some time when I am cooking. Hey! You can take the girl out of the the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl...at least I don't think so. Ew! :)

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Loverly Quick Morning

I just looked up and realized that it is almost noon. Good grief! We've been up since 7:30am this morning and aside from walking the dog, having breakfast and cooking a bit, we haven't gotten much accomplished. I cannot believe how long it takes to do anything sometimes. It has been fun though.

Sydney and I took our soup scraps outside to the compost bin this morning. I decided to take a partial loaf of stale bread too. We crumbled it up outside the fence and are hoping the birds will eat them up. Syd and I had a lot of fun doing it. It isn't something we've take the time to really do before.

Today's soup, kale soup. I got my first produce delivery this week, which I may have mentioned, and we were so excited. I've got a lot to get used to when it comes to organic food though. I've noticed a few bugs in the fruit, which I'm attributing to the organic label. Also, the fruit and veggies are, of course, not perfect. I can actually appreciate that because the fruit seems to be sweeter. This week, we got a baby pineapple, white grapes, peaches and plums (fruit wise). I made a little fruit salad this morning for breakfast. Yummy! We had eggs and sausage too. I couldn't help myself. :)

Well, I'm off to check on the soup and play with Syd. Later! :) Marc is mowing the grass. At least it is beautiful outside. :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Weekend Weekend!

I'm so looking forward to this weekend. I love going and doing, but this weekend, we'll be at home. Yay! We've go so much to catch up on, mostly chores. I've also got to get back to planning my meals. I've tried winging it and it just isn't working out. So, back to the grind again.

So, in case you didn't know, this month is National Sewing Month. Yay! Well, I guess. I only know that because I was research fabric costs online and discovered that. I've been looking at sewing machines, nothing fancy really, I just need one with a blind hem stitch. So, pretty basic is good. It is just about time for me to start Syd's costume. I'm hoping it will go well. We'll see.

We put a pair of Syd's jeans on yesterday morning, from last year, and we just about died laughing. They are now low capris or super highwaters. :) She is so tall, but so thin. It is somewhat problematic. She really needs the 3t length at least, but a 2t waist. Thank goodness for adjustable pants. Why aren't all of them this way? Another thing on our list is to buy shoes for little miss this weekend. She has quickly jumped up at a size 8.5! My baby is growing too quickly for me, both of them actually.

Have a great, productive weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Whole New World!

Seriously, some of you might roll your eyes at this, but...I don't care.

I've been trying so hard to be more "green" this year and I've talked about it quite a bit here. I've been slowly making changes over the last several months and I have never been prouder of our family. Now, we are not model examples, but we are really trying and getting better every day. We are still VERY wasteful and we have a LONG way to go. I just needed to add that because I want to emphasize that we are very normal and average people. So, if you haven't started changing yet, you can do it too!

This morning I was hanging out in the waiting room at the doctor's office reviewing the latest fundraiser put out by Syd's school (wrapping paper). I flipped through the catalog, bending the edge of any page I thought might be a purchase possibility. The nurse called, checked my weight and left me in the "second waiting room." It was then I realized that I could potentially purchase an enormous amount of decorative paper to be ripped off of a gift in two seconds and then, you guessed it, tossed into the trash. WHAT A WASTE! I so love wrapping paper and pretty bows. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about this, but reusable fabric bags crossed my mind, as well as newspaper. I use a lot of gift bags, which our family hands back and forth until they are falling apart. That is okay right? I guess I've decided that I am doing away with wrapping paper this year. Tissue paper? Mmmm...now you are pushing it.

Now, while I was on the hunt for bags, I came across biobags. Now, if you already know about them, stop reading. I'm a newbie. These biodegradable bags come in all the same sizes as standard trash bags (dog poo size, compost size, wastebasket size, kitchen trash size and lawn size). Who wouldn't want to have bags that decompose? Doesn't it just make sense? I, of course, just purchased regular trash bags...hmm...wonder if we've opened those yet. If so, I fully intend on trying these bags out the next go 'round. I could especially use the compost bags. They could easily line my garbage bowl. I do most of the little cooking I do on the weekend, as well as clean out the fridge. I generally cover my bowl with plastic until the end of the weekend when we dump into the compost. Now maybe I could tie up. Hmm...do I really NEED the bags or would they be more waste? Garbage bags-definitely, compost bags-maybe not and poo bags-as long as Madison is going.

I find reading about this stuff fascinating and what a thrill to put the plan into action! I've also cut waaaay back on dry cleaning. Not only is it less expensive for us, but it is better for the environment. I've been washing the majority of the items on gentle and hanging to dry. Now, I cannot iron worth a hill of beans, so that is a major pain in my butt. I'm trying to learn. I guess it will just take a little practice. Okay, it is me, A LOT of practice.

Maybe next week I'll start a carpool! That, unfortunately, right now, is a logistical nightmare. Maybe I could take the bus once or twice a week. Hmm..we'll see.

Have a great day!