Tuesday, December 9, 2008


1. Where are all of my weekends going? I know that the craziness is coming starting about mid November and yet every Monday, I go, geez, I got nothing done.

2. I am such a freakin klutz, I fell down my friend Emily's stairs for no apparent reason, but didn't get really hurt. However, my shoulders are incredibly sore now, which adds insult to slight injury. Not fun when you type all day.

3. ON a happy note, I found out that Pyrex does not break when it falls down the stairs with you.

4. Is it just me, or are everyone's kids horribly behaved right now? Don't they know Santa is watching?

5. Any ideas for getting my kids (ok, mostly Emma) to pick up their toys? Nothing seems to work. I gathered up an entire laundry basket full of toys that were on the floor of the laundry room and play room and took them away this evening. We'll see if that has any effect.

6. My shopping is 95% done and I just have to wrap, which I used to love to do. I always had nice ribbons and bows and curlies. This year if you get it taped closed you're lucky.

7. The remaining 5% is due to no fault of ours. Ethan wants a particular train table which we ordered last week for a good price. Well, this Monday we get an email that Step 2 didn't manufacture enough of them and our order may not be filled. So 4058 frantic internet searches later, I think I found one at Home Depot. We'll see if the order is filled. Everyone else has them out of stock, so the elves may delay the gift til after Christmas.

8. The change in price from our good deal to our not so good deal leaves me with more money I now have to spend on Emma. It's spiraling out of control.

9. I, like Neurotic Attorney, am not looking forward to the office move. Complete cluster.

10. "Where are you Christmas?" is my theme song for now. I'm waiting for the spirit to come to me. It always does, it just seems like it's taking a while this year.

OMG, I almost forgot my excitement for the week!!

Special #11! I'm going to the Bowl Game!!! Whoo whoo.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I've slacked long enough

Ok, I'm having BLogger issues again. I only have three of the Christmas pics for you so far but here they are, along with my 10 on Tuesday.

1. How come other people can put up like 10 pics and I'm limited to 5?? Weird. Someone help me out.

2. I love the overhead pic but I think it's being overused. Oh well.

3. How is it possibly December already? It kind of makes me sad that it's only 23 days til Christmas.

4. I am having such issues finding Christmas sweaters for the kids. How can that be hard? I have resorted to Ebay now though of course, since every other store in the Tri State area has let me down.

5. My son LOVES Tom and Jerry and now has to watch it every.single.night. after his bath. It's not nearly as hilarious when you're 30 as it is when you're 3.

6. Do you think I can wish the ornaments onto my empty tree?

7. I totally feel like Faith Hill.."Where are you Christmas, why can't I find you?" I'm having trouble catching the spirit this year.

8. My daughter's whining is becoming like nails on a chalk board. I need a cure for the whinies. And the hitting your brother/sister for no good reason. And the failure to pick up toys. And the talking back.

9. I made peanut butter balls last night and they're good! I am a regular Suzie Homemaker.

10. Is it sad that the most exciting part of my Tuesday is that House is on tonight and it's a new episode?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

10, are you shocked I'm here?

1. I'm resolving to be a better blogger soon...I promise. I have a buttload of pics including Halloween and Christmas.

2. It was colder than a welldigger's butt this morning and I am not loving the traipse from the top floor of the parking garage. Soon we will be moving to downtown digs and I will be fat and happy from the short walk from the new parking garage and from the close proximity to all of the yummy downtown food.

3. It is going to suck rotten eggs when our office is moving. Things are already being packed and finding stuff is like finding a needle in a haystack. I had to go on a hunt for paper this afternoon.

4. Emma has to have another eye surgery, not sure if I shared that yet. It stinks but hopefully this will "cure" the whole problem. The first surgery went great and that eye doesn't turn in at all now, so fingers crossed for eye #2.

5. My sorority alumnae group is selling Santa letters and it's so cute seeing what kids want from Santa.

6. Did you know Alumnae is the proper word for all female plural alumna? See, being Greek did pay off.

7. I am seriously considering doing a local craft show with the hairbows I've been making, along with some tutus. It's only $15 for a table and it's close to my house. So far I've made 18 hairbows, I'm going for 50 by the show. It's pretty cheap to do, just really time consuming. I'll try to post some pics of them soon.

8. I think I found a great deal on a train table for Ethan for Christmas. Shout out to Auntie Lala and her BF for picking it up if I win the auction.

9. And a shout out to Neurotic Attorney for setting me up with Sing and Dance Pinkie Pie too, and saving me a trip.

10. I am embarassed to admit it, but I have been listening to Christmas music in the car. I seriously heart Christmas music. However, I do not decorate until after Thanksgiving, so I'm not that bad, right? A late Thanksgiving has me all kerfluffled this year.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


1. Soon I'm going to get the Halloween pics up. Soon. I promise. STOP HARASSING ME. ;)

2. I, like Neurotic Attorney, am sick of the election season. I don't even care anymore. "We're Screwed '08" is my new mantra, cause the mess we've gotten into in the past 8 years ain't gonna be fixed overnight. Especially by the selection I had to choose from today.

3. It made me really really sad not to get to cast my vote for Hillary. I felt a renewed sense of hope in her campaign this year. For a brief moment, I could look at my daughter and say, see, you CAN be president. Then I forgot that's really not true if you have a vagina and an opinion, cause that makes you a bitch and for some reason, that's a bad thing.

4. Look up "bitch is the new black" sometime. It's awesome, it's from about March, and is a skit by Tina Fey on SNL. Heck yeah, bitches get stuff DONE.

5. Who the heck were the random California chicks on my ballot for president? Can you say "random?"

6. Ralph Nader, just give it up. You're only screwing the people closest in ideology to you, just like most third party candidates (please see Gore, Al)

7. I just remembered, in reference to numbers 3 and 4, a friend of mine sent me a pic of a little girl wearing a shirt that says, if you think I'm a bitch, you should meet my mom. Although I'd never put it on Emma, I found it hilarious. Again, bitches get stuff done. "Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold on to" - Delores Claiborne

8. I want to shoot a hole in my TV for all of the toy commercials that are on every 30 seconds, since all I hear all day is "I want THAT!"

9. I have had the Kanawha Valley Crud for almost 2 weeks now. I think it's finally going away but seriously, it's like it gripped my body and wouldn't let go.

10. Toys are so much cooler now, that when my kids see a plain old doll or car or something, they want to know what it does. I wanna be 5 again.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Who am I?

Wow, this is pretty right on for me...

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Bette!


You are a Bette -- "I must be strong"

Bettes are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Stand up for yourself... and me.

  • * Be confident, strong, and direct.

  • * Don't gossip about me or betray my trust.

  • * Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender, vulnerable side.

  • * Give me space to be alone.

  • * Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don't flatter me.

  • * I often speak in an assertive way. Don't automatically assume it's a personal attack.

  • * When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember that's just the way I am.

What I Like About Being a Bette

  • * being independent and self-reliant

  • * being able to take charge and meet challenges head on

  • * being courageous, straightforward, and honest

  • * getting all the enjoyment I can out of life

  • * supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me

  • * upholding just causes

What's Hard About Being a Bette

  • * overwhelming people with my bluntness; scaring them away when I don't intend to

  • * being restless and impatient with others' incompetence

  • * sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it

  • * never forgetting injuries or injustices

  • * putting too much pressure on myself

  • * getting high blood pressure when people don't obey the rules or when things don't go right

Bettes as Children Often

  • * are independent; have an inner strength and a fighting spirit

  • * are sometimes loners

  • * seize control so they won't be controlled

  • * figure out others' weaknesses

  • * attack verbally or physically when provoked

  • * take charge in the family because they perceive themselves as the strongest, or grow up in difficult or abusive surroundings

Bettes as Parents

  • * are often loyal, caring, involved, and devoted

  • * are sometimes overprotective

  • * can be demanding, controlling, and rigid

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

Sunday, October 19, 2008

How to tell if your kids are spoiled

Ok, I'm a bit embarrassed by this ridiculousness, but I knew you blog readers out there would get a kick out of it. While we were at the beach, we visited that money pit known as Build a Bear with Emma, while Ethan went to the slightly less expensive "boy" version called Ride Makerz. Our creation there is named Purple and she is complete with bear purse, bear panties, bear shoes, a shirt and skirt...and a full on Snow White costume. So, of course, we had an issue...Purple has a Halloween costume but Butterscotch, Ethan's saved-from-the-yardsale best bear bud, needed one. That's how you roll when you have two kids, folks. So MawMaw went on a quest at Build a Bear and found a Spiderman costume.

Excuse the kids, they're a bit ragamuffin like in these pics...

Purple, Butterscotch and in the corner, Lovey Bear, the other best bear bud of Ethan's.

And of course one without the mask...

This ranks right up there with the Great Pony Box debacle of '07. And I sink a bit further into "idiot parent" quicksand...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Questions for the kids...

I'm back from Blogger underworld to answer Kim's challenge. By the way, Kim, Ethan was eyeing Sophie's picture with the jumper and declared that she looked like a vanilla (va-illa) muffin. That's high praise from him. Oh, then he asked where Sophie's mommy was in the pictures. For those of you who don't know, Sophie's mom has got it going on and my son has a big ole 3 year old crush.

1. How old are you?
Ethan:3 (pronounced "free")
Emma:3 (ditto, and Ethan added, "Like me?")

2. How old is mommy?
Ethan: tries to eat last night's popcorn trash; "I don't know"
Emma: 3

3. How old is daddy?
Ethan: hm, 38 (he's close, almost 33
Emma: 58

3. How do you bake a cake?
Ethan: Put cake in the oven then eat it
Emma: I don't know, then gave the above answer after hearing Ethan's.

4. What is daddy's name?
Ethan: Michael
Emma: Michael (we've gone over this before

5. When is your birthday?
Ethan: May 15th
Emma: May 15th

6. What is your favorite color?
Ethan: lellow, blue and orange
Emma: pink and purple

7. What is your favorite animal?
Ethan: uh, a doggie
Emma: a piggie, no I think um a pony, um a horse, a horse is my favorite animal; Emma later added a doggie after Ethan answered

8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Ethan: a racecar driver, basketball player, baseball player and a soccer ball player- that's all. (Mommy might have missed one as these were said at warp speed)
Emma: a ballerina and Sleeping Beauty and all of the Disney Princesses; and a mermaid (then she stuck quarters in her mouth, so evidently a piggy bank as well)

I tag Jennifer.

Monday, September 22, 2008


1. Is anyone else confused by Blogger's new way of putting in pictures? All I see is code now. I'm not even sure where I'm putting the text anymore.

2. I am so hearting the new season of House. How sad is it that new TV shows are the highlight of my evenings?

3. I really have to do a Christmas budget list. I remember fondly the times when I finished all my Christmas shopping in like 2 trips.

4. I get why kids are so spoiled. It's so hard not to just buy all the cool stuff that you think they'll love and give it to them for Christmas.

5. Twin Daddy Law Man is out with a client and the boss and I don't trust the kids enough to stay in bed to go downstairs and work out on the elliptical. Good thing, since I hear a kid making another bathroom trip as I type this.

6. How many excuses can kids come up with for not going to sleep? Nightly, I hear how each is keeping the other up, how they're cold or hot, how they need a book, how the cars and trucks outside are keeping them up, and how they have to go to the bathroom.

7. Emma was talking to Neurotic Attorney in Target the other day about trying on a Tony the Tiger head and how it nearly knocked her over, and ended the story with "It was INCREDIBLE!" Cracked us all right up.

8. Allegedly there have been no Pee Pee fountains as of late but I'm not betting on it. Let's just say don't drink the water.

9. I am and always will be a Mountaineer fan. But this is one heck of a depressing year so far.

10. I just love the movie Lean on Me, and I just saw it's on! Gotta go! "Dear Eastside..."

Monday, September 15, 2008

Things I cannot believe I actually hear...

So, kids are in the tub the other night, and since they're way past maximum wrinkle capacity, Michael goes to get Ethan out, only to find that he's standing up peeing. Nice. He calmly explains that he and Emma were making "pee pee water fountains." Great. How do you discipline a kid when you're laughing so hard that you're crying? Cause I so was.

Another instance of 3 year old logic...it's an hour past bedtime and things are still rough and rowdy in Twinkie room. Michael takes his turn to yell at them to go to sleep, and Emma explains (as she and Ethan are wearing pillow cases on their legs) that they're mermaids. I guess mermaids don't sleep.

The bedtime travesties continue in Twinkie land, as sleep seems to be optional to them, and cannot occur without a flashlight, Bunbun, Lovie Bear, Butterscotch the saved from the yardsale bear, the proper blankets, and books. So one night Emma, who believes sleep is wholly unnecessary, actually fell asleep first. This irritated Ethan to no end, so in a bit we hear Emma crying. Ethan's explanation? "Emma was asleep so I poked her in the eye til she woke up."

Sometimes I think life with three year olds is like a Road Runner cartoon.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A bit from the beach

I'm working on publishing some beach pics but I'm learning how to use Picasa to edit some, so bear with me. Here's one where we were trying for the typical "laying in the edge of the surf" pic and were surprised by a bigger wave. More to come...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

10 on Tuesday

Hola, I'm back to the grindstone...I'll be uploading vacation pics soon, basically as soon as I relocate the camera. I swear I've mostly unpacked but I've misplaced the camera as of now.

1. My thoughts of coming home to a clean house were ruined approximately 6 seconds after we walked back in the door.

2. We really should have listened to the locals who said that Hurricane Hanna would be no biggie and stayed rather than driving home and getting there at 1:30 am.

3. I am disappointed in the Eers of course but feel we'll come out of the season no worse than 9-3. I'm predicting 10-2 and Big East champs again, but I'm hoping for 11-1.

4. All I can say is at least we're not the ACC. Pathetic as usual, haven't won a BCS bowl in I believe it's 9 years now. No wonder the Jokies won't play us anymore.

5. My patience today is thin at best. People should just not test me.

6. I'm really hungry and really not wanting my Lean Cuisine but I shouldn't spend the money to go to eat today, although I'm so wanting to right now.

7. I'm so lazy that I don't want the lunch I brought but sheer slothiness is keeping me in my chair. I don't know if slothiness is a word but I totally think it is and I was an English major so there.

8. I turn 30 in 3 days. I'm depressed. I think I'm so far from where I thought I'd be in some ways, but in other ways my life is better. Weird.

9. I still don't really feel like an adult most of the time, even though I have an education, debt, a mortgage, an SUV and 2 kids. I think I feel about 21.

10. I know 3 people who had babies in the week I was on vacation. It must be a boom!

Friday, August 29, 2008

One last pre vacation post...

Here are some pics from last week's trip to the park. Love the skating ones. I didn't even make them hold hands! We're off for vacation tomorrow morning and I cannot wait. I'll try to post some vacay blogs after! Tata all you working stiffs!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Workin' at the Car Wash, yeah...

Blogger is doing some crazy stuff here, cause I can only see my pics when I hit post. So here goes, sorry if this is off...

I haven’t done pics in a while, and I actually have a bunch stored up. So here are some from earlier this summer when we decided to wash my Expedition and Daddy’s Trailblazer. It’s a nice way to pass a Saturday afternoon when it’s hotter than the hinges of you-know-where.

Rockin the sponge...

Ethan hard at work...

What's gonna work? TEAMWORK.

I'm not quite wet enough yet. Why don't cha just spray me again to be sure?

Even though I'm this cute, they still put me to work.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday 10

1. I'm newly fired up again that softball is out of the Olympics just because the Americans win it every year. Hey, you don't see us lobbying to remove badminton or ping pong from the Olympics do you? Get better at it or stop crying

2. Am I the only one who thinks the gymnastics judges are a little too pro-Chinese, or maybe it's just anti-American? Poor Alicia Sacrimone got so hosed on the vault.

3. No more about the Olympics for at least the rest of the post...

4. I really want to let my hair grow out and donate it to Locks of Love but it's starting to wear on me. I think I could cut off about a 7 inch ponytail right now but it has to be 10 inches to donate. Not sure if I'm going to make it or not.

5. If anyone ever stole my MP3 player they would think I was a freak.

6. I cannot wait until football season but I'm so bummed that I have no tickets for any game. I tried for the ECU game but it's sold out already. I didn't have tix last year preseason though and got to go to two different games, so I'm still hopeful.

7. I told the kids last night before bed that if I heard the word why one more time I was taping their mouths shut. Emma considered this threat for a good 5 minutes, giving me a very serious staredown to determine if I was in fact going to carry out the threat, but Ethan wrote it off immediately. I guess i have to work on the threats for the boy child.

8. I really hope the #7 paragraph doesn't get me turned into CPS. I wasn't really going to tape their mouths shut. At least not last night.

9. I'm wearing my favorite summer dress today but I'm afraid that when I sit down it makes me look pregnant. Or that could just be my fat that makes me look that way. I'm going with the dress.

10. Funny conversation overheard last night from the kids in the bath tub:
Emma: (on why she couldn't put her foot down into the water) I have a boo boo on my foot E-THAN!
Ethan: Well I can't help you.

Monday, August 18, 2008

A dialog of our car ride home*

*alternate title: I remember fondly when I wished my children could talk

So, it's exactly 15 miles from my MIL's house to my house. During that time this evening, I answered approximately 4051 questions. Several times each. I thought those of you out there might appreciate a condensed dialog of the trip:

Ethan: Why are we stopping?
Mommy: Because the light is red.
Ethan: Why is it red?
Mommy: Because the other cars have to go.
Mommy: Because I can't turn yet?
Ethan: Why not?
Mommy: Because cars are coming.
Ethan: Why?
-at this point I've chosen to ignore further traffic related questions as I can see where this is leading.
30 seconds later...Emma finished her bag of cashews. Evidently there was some race going on that no one else was aware of.

Emma: I won! I came in first!
Ethan: ME too!
Emma: No you didn't. I won, I am the best. (I have no clue where she got that last part)
Ethan: No, I won.
Emma: No, I won.
-you can imagine the next 5 minutes of this...

Then the highlight of the trip home, a police officer pulled over a car that had attempted a risky pass.

Ethan: What's that policeman doing?
Mommy: He's pulling someone over.
Ethan: WHy?
Mommy: He was driving too fast.
Emma: (tag team time now of course) Why was he driving too fast?
Mommy: I don't know. (now I know better than uttering those three words because in 3 year old world, they are completely unacceptable)
Emma: But why is he driving too fast?
Mommy: Maybe he was in a hurry.
Ethan: Why he in a hurry?
Mommy: I don't know. Maybe he was trying to get home (sometimes you just gotta wing an answer)
Ethan: Why he in a hurry to get home?
Mommy: I have no idea.
-again I choose to ignore further comment on this topic which elicits approximately 200 questions in alternate versions of "why was he in a hurry?"

Ethan: Why are we on this road?
Mommy: We're going home.
Ethan: Why are we going home?
Mommy: Because that's what you do at the end of the day.
Ethan: But why?
*POP* The sound of my head exploding.

Ethan: Why did your head explode?
Emma: Why are we on this road?

So, who wants to take a ride with us?? Sorry, can't give you the rest because I have to answer for the 5th time that yes, this is an Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon even though it looks different than the movie. Sigh. Anyone know how to ban the use of the word "why?"

Friday, August 15, 2008

An Olympic moment...

So, I totally think Emma Bo Bemma will someday be an Olympic gymnast. Forget that she can't walk across the floor without stumbling, and forget that I'm 5'9" and Michael's 6'1". I'm shipping her off to China as we speak to live in one of those state run programs. You know, you don't have to know how to read and write if you can do a double twisting double back in a layout position.

Clearly I'm Olympics obsessed and last night ROCKED. Go USA! However, I really miss this:

Maybe it's because she's a fellow West Virginian. But I think Mary Lou had that "something" that's missing from today's gymnasts. She seemed focused, but like she was having fun at every moment during the biggest competition of her life. She did her thing and showed her excitement in a job well done. America's sweetheart...

(not to mention I had one of those totally awesome leotards- thanks Nana!)

Monday, August 11, 2008

diez de la mañana el martes

Are you impressed by the fancy Spanish title? yeah, I didn't think so. iGoogle baby. Google can do anything...

1. Sorry bout the lack of posting but life has been crazy lately, with Bible School, my parents moving, lots of other commitments and life in general. Things are settling though...

2. Speaking of moving, is there much worse on the planet? And how do two people collect so much JUNK?

3. Do you know that my mother has an entire rack full of my old dance costumes?

4. Like many others, I'm totally obsessed with the Olympics and may have possibly flipped off the French team after the swimming relay.

5. Is it my competitive spirit or some deep seeded patriotism when I want the American team to win EVERYTHING and get really angry when they don't?

6. I'm wondering what sport is most likely to get Ethan and Emma into the Olympics. I have to think it's not that hard to make the American handball team, or maybe some badminton. And those can't cost nearly as much as 15 years of gymnastics or swimming training.

7. Speaking of handball, what a bizarro sport. Has anyone ever actually known a handball player? And how does ping pong get to be an Olympic sport, yet they're dropping baseball and softball after this year?

8. I cannot believe that my husband is already watching NFL football. I can watch 12 hours straight of college football on Saturday but the mere vision of the NFL on my tv makes me groan.

9. I guess I should at least watch a couple minutes of preseason since these guys will be flipping burgers in a week or so when they get cut from the team.

10. Why are there no American judges in diving? Is that how we keep getting 4th, just out of medal contention while the Chinese keep winning??

Pictures coming soon, as soon as I relocate the camera. Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY JACKSON!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Blast from the Past

So, I was searching through some old emails and came upon these pics. These are from my college's homecoming in 2005, at our sorority tea.

My little legacy and her brother (can you see how thrilled they were?)

Two little legacies, Hailey and Emma. Yep, that's Hailey from Desperate Housemommy.
Hailey, Emma and Ethan. Clearly Hailey and Ethan were DONE with the pictures by this point, but Emma was just chillin. Funny enough, Ethan still makes this face when he's upset. Have a great Monday, and I'll try to put some pics up of 4th of July, car washing and horse riding soon.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's Tuesday again!

Here we go:

1. I'm shocked and somewhat appalled that the Court system doesn't give any paid maternity leave. Not that I'm ever going to use it, but really, that's pretty 1946, don't you think?

2. I have a tiny little cut on my thumb and I can't figure out where it came from, yet I keep staring at it. Weird, huh?

3. We have $200 in our change jar (not all of it is change) and I really need to cash it in, at least the part that's rolled. That's good for people who barely use cash anywhere!

4. I'm embarassed that my feet look so narsty today so I actually wore ballet flats instead of sandals.

5. Emma wrote her name all by herself several times lately, and then last night wanted to write my name. I told her each letter and she wrote it out really well! I'm so proud of her, that's pretty good for just turning 3, isn't it?

6. Ethan is actually good at writing too but he's been anti writing since this weekend. When I asked him to write his name on the same piece of construction paper he refused, but then went and got a sticker with his name on it and put it on the paper. Creative I guess, right?

7. We put a new blind on the kids' room, and now it's really dark, so they've taken to sitting in their beds with flashlights "reading" a book. Hey, as long as they're 1. quiet, 2. in their beds and 3. not making a mess, who cares?

8. Why would Angelina name her kid "Knox?" Especially giving the girl a beautiful name like Vivienne. I guess it's better than Apple, Coco, or Pilot Inspektor.

9. I hope hope hope that we have a rain free weekend, for once. I'm so tired of beautiful days during the week and then rain! Argh!

10. Why do businesses feel it's necessary to keep it 47 degrees inside on hot summer days?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

It's Carmavore Time!

So, the local volunteer fire department throws a big carnival (or carmavore in twinkie land) every year, so we hit it up this year. It was pretty nice, complete with about 6 different kiddie rides, a ferris wheel, bumper cars, and some other adult rides that we didn't frequent, along with greasy carnie food. All in all a good time, even if it was about 345 degrees.

Ethan and Chris (Auntie Lala's BF) lookin for someone to bump.

Emma and daddy crashing into Ethan and Chris.
Ethan cheesing from the whale.
Emma driving the rocket ship
Poor little boy waiting for a broken down ride. We never got to ride it, either. It was a kiddie "coaster" that looked like a giant alligator.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

10 more on Tuesday

1. I'm so thrilled to be going to the beach over Labor Day (and the following week!)

2. I've never really "budgeted" down to the penny for vacation before and it sucks. But I'm going so I'm cool with it.

3. I've already started packing lists. I'm a list maker, what can I say? It saved me when my stuff was stuck in NYC on 9-11 and I was stuck in New Jersey, cause I could make a specific claim to the Marriott (and they fulfilled it even though it was considered an "act of war" which is excluded).

4. I have been unmotivated to do ANYTHING as of late.

5. I really REALLY want to lose 10 pounds before the beach. But see #4 for how the exercise is going.

6. I totally screwed up my kids this last long weekend by messing big time with their schedules.

7. The sound of the kids singing on our CD player right now is driving me nuts, cause they really can't sing. But some of the songs are good, and hey, it was 120 Bible Songs for Kids for 5.99.

8. Walmart rocks, even though I may disagree with some of their policies. You know, allegedly they run Mom and Pop stores out, but seriously, I worked in a small grocery store and I didn't even have the opportunity to get health insurance and I made minimum wage at first. You get better than that at Walmart, and hey, no one is making you work there.

9. I find it ironic that a lot of people so opposed to Walmart still shop there. And some of the bad press they get is just wrong (like about the woman who they filed a subrogation claim against for her health insurance benefits- hello, I was a litigator- ALL companies, including the state and federal governments, file subro claims against lawsuit proceeds- they pay out millions in health care and then you get a windfall, while your bills are also paid???)

10. I'm rambling a lot tonight. Guess it's off to bath time.

I have a few pics I'll try to post later, we went to a carnival (or carmavore as the kids call it) a couple weekends ago and I have some shots from that. Since it's becoming romper room in here though, I better sign off before I end up in the ER.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

10 on Tuesday, and some more pics

So, I was gonna put the pics at the bottom but I'd have to retype my whole post, cause I can't seem to move them. Anyone know how to do that on Blogger?? Well, here they are and my 10 on Tuesday follows.

Here are my 10 on Tuesday:

1. What EXACTLY did the person mean who called me Superwoman the other day? Was that sarcasm or what? Hm.

2. I am getting a gray streak in my hair, precisely where my hair would bleach into a blonde streak every summer and people always thought I colored it that way. I think I enjoyed the blonde streak more.

3. My last Zumba class was last night and I'm sad, because I can't find any other ones in the evenings. Why do all workout classes go on during the day?

4. Technically I think a new class is starting where I take mine but the new instructor is obnoxious, since she was one of the ladies in my class. To beat it all, she doesn't even do some of the moves right. I think I'll just spend money on the DVDs instead of dealing with Obnoxious Middle Aged Blonde.

5. I kinda pretty much look like crap today, but I'm ok with that. Gray streak and all.

6. The last time I waxed my eyebrows really took because it's taking them forever to grow back, which is awesome since I resemble Chewbacca on the hairiness factor.

7. Poor Emma has inherited the hairiness. I feel bad for that.

8. People tell me all the time that Emma looks like me and I just don't see it that much other than brown hair and brown eyes. I think she's way cuter than I've ever been.

9. Sometimes I think my son is an 86 year old man trapped in a 3 year old's body.

10. I'm pretty sure I'm in trouble since as I pulled out of the subdivision I saw a head pop into our front window and it was too late to roll down the window and wave.

Monday, June 30, 2008

So, we're not freaks, right?

It appears that parents aren't necessarily happier than those who are childless. While I don't agree that this is necessarily true, this quote interested me:

This means the experience of raising kids is now competing with highs in a
parent's past, like career wins ("I got a raise!") or a carefree social life
("God, this is a great martini!"). Shuttling cranky kids to school or dashing to
work with spit-up on your favorite sweater doesn't skew as romantic.

Hm. Is it that parents nowadays aren't as happy as non-parents, or parents nowadays had a whole different life before kids? Parents of a generation or two ago graduated from high school, got married and had kids. Their life before kids was that they WERE kids. Now most parents don't have kids until they've gone to college, graduate school, and worked a while. Like I said, a whole other life.

I don't think I'm less happy- I'm just a different kind of happy. I've gone from finding my happiness in the greatest pair of shoes or a really fun, loud, crazy time with friends to finding happiness in watching my kids play soccer or watching them learn something new or just listening to their little ideas. Saturday nights have gone from, what are we going to do tonight/where are we going to go/out of town jaunts, to "hey, let's hit the Walmart." Don't get me wrong, I'll still take the shoes, and I'm woman enough to admit that I DO miss the shoes. But I won't trade the Twinkies. Most days.

Here's the article for those interested.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Time flies...

Last year....

This year...
Where are my babies??

Round one of the three year old pics

Here are the "group" shots of the kids 3 year photo session. Some of ya'll have already seen these via email but I figured out that I can snipe them from the Sears site (don't tell) without buying the cd. I'm sure they probably aren't print quality but they're at least blog worthy.

Love this shot. I have a similar one when they were about 7 months old.

Yes, baby girl smiles with her mouth open.
See? Don't they look deceptively sweet here?
The classic "3" picture. I'll have to dig out last year's 2 picture for comparison.
Giggle box with her mouth open again...the lady kept saying, oh, her mouth is open. I was like, yeah, it's been open every set of pictures since she was born. It's ok. Don't they look so...old??

Another 10 for Tuesday- and it's actually Tuesday!

Another of Kim's 10 for Tuesday...

1. It totally cracked me up the other day as I walked past the baby section in Walmart and saw that they're stocking Stay Awake (the Walmart brand of No Dose) in that section. Then my ovaries shriveled a bit at the memories of nighttime feedings x 2.

2. I am constantly amazed by people's parenting. There was a kid at the pool the other day who just walked up to Emma's snack size bag of Cheezits and helped himself. Didn't ask to share or anything, just grabbed them and started noshing. I drew the line when he grabbed her Koolaid Cooler and was about to take a drink. I maybe sort of told him it was rude to steal other people's drinks.

3. The same kid (about 4-5 years old) was left ALONE at the pool while his mom left the entire pool area (as in outside of the gates going who knows where) for over 20 minutes. I'm assuming my MIL and I were supposed to babysit him. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT? It's a freaking pool, and you're going to leave your young child there with strangers to babysit and save him from drowning?

4. I am suffering from major shoe envy right now. I used to always have sassy shoes but my collection is not enlarging like I'd hoped. Sigh, I miss disposible income and the days I didn't weigh purchasing a really great pair of pumps with purchasing pictures of my kids. (those are coming soon to a blog near you, I heart Sears Portrait!)

5. I'm totally in a dinner rut right now. Any ideas for fast, easy go-to meals?

6. The world of parents around here is a small world, as Kim and I found out. We both share the thought that this one kid's mom is nuts, as I've seen her at soccer class, and Kim knows her from elsewhere. Can you say "helicopter mom?"

7. I'm also in a major I don't like my clothes rut. Maybe I should do what my friend Emily did- she's literally selling most of her clothes and starting over. Interesting. I'm going to see how that turns out first.

8. I have been exercising WAYYYY more lately (I also heart Zumba), including breaking out the old dustridden elliptical, and yet I'm not losing any weight. Not a pound. I'm about to just say forget it and eat at McDonald's every evening.

9. Sine die is Thursday, which means the end of the Court term. If I were a big important person I could be laying by the pool for the rest of the summer with not a care in the world. Unfortunately I'm far from a big important person so I'll be schlepping to work, except for my 10 wonderful glorious vacation days that I have to decide when to take.

10. I have like 100 hours of stuff on my DVR that I haven't gotten around to watching. Time just seems to run out on me! But the pause live tv action is ruining my kids- Ethan now has to pause while he goes potty and we had to pause the Nascar race the entire time he took a bath the other night.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I'm officially a soccer mom

I'd love for this blog to have some super great pictures, but unfortunately indoor soccer facility + low lighting + point and shoot camera = pics that are basically black blobs.

Anywho, my kids are officially soccer stars. Well, actually they're taking a soccer class at Quantum Soccer. They love it, and I think it's good for them to have some structure. It really only losely resembles soccer, but it entails running around for an hour (no actual games at ages 3-4) and tires them plumb out, so everyone is happy.

Here they are after their first practice.

The one quasi action shot I could get lightened up. Ethan is number 4 (back to the camera) and that's Emma on his right.

If you're like me, you're always worried that your kid is going to be "that kid" in situations like this. You know, the kid who pushes the others down or is mean, or the kid who doesn't listen to any directions and just runs around aimlessly like a monkey on crack. Well, fortunately that kid was D. [name withheld to protect the heathen...er, innocent] He was eventually asked to leave I assume, as his mom came over with the director and pulled him out. HE didn't return this week, much to most of our relief. Thankfully the only people my kids have pushed so far are each other, and that's embarrassing enough.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

More pictures, I'm so slow

I'm pretty sure I've lost some of the people who checked this blog because I've been so ridiculously slow in posting. So I'm catching up some. These are from their birthday. This is the bounce house that their 3 grandparents went together and got them. My kids are so deprived.

My attempt at an action shot. Yeah, I have a point and shoot Kodak. Not the best.
Going down the slide.
What good is a slide if you don't try to climb up it? However, it's not really easy to do in socks.
Upside down on the slide
My stinker butts. I like this pic. I'm going to attempt to remember how the heck I put the pic at the top of this blog and change it to this one.

Since I downloaded a bunch of pics, I'm going to try to do a couple new blogs tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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