November 30, 2008
This year I wanted them to spell out JOY with their bodies... ha! They did the O and the Y but the J was impossible... They are just too little and my expectations are too high! :) One day I will learn.
After about 500 shots and some serious editing, this year's cards are now complete. They weren't what I was going for, but they are still super cute! They have been ordered and I will mail them out as soon as I get them! That sound you hear... is me breathing a sigh of RELIEF! :)
Once it was dark and the lights came on, we took the kids out to see them and they were sooo excited! Anthony ran up to Jason and said "Tank you daddy! Me loves lights! Its bootiful!"
After dinner the kids got bathed and the tree went up (along with all the other decorations!) Anthony loved hanging everything and Madison loved taking everything off! In the end the tree looks great even though all the ornaments are clumped together...
This was the first year I hung our stockings on the mantle and it looks so AWESOME! (I never had stocking holders and my stockings were crappy. Last year I splurged and got some from PB Kids and I heart them!!!)
All in all it was a great family day...
November 28, 2008
November 27, 2008
Fast Forward to tonight at bedtime. My very tired three year old was fighting going to bed (he never does this...) Finally, I tucked him in and left his room. All was quiet.... As I surfed the internetz I hear a pathetic little whine / cry and the dreaded words "I sick mommy"... Upstairs I went dreading what I was going to walk in on....
As I crossed the threshold I was waiting for the smell(you all know that smell) but nothing (woo hoo) But no we were not in the clear, not yet.... He made a gagging sound and said "I sicks mom" He gagged some more and asked in his oh so quiet, sweet, little voice "Mommy, I sick. I can sleep on the couches and watch TV now" and hidden behind this sick face was a grin... Yes! A F.R.E.A.K.I.N.G. grin! He totally was trying to fake me out! My three year old was faking sick so he could stay up and watch TV! What is up with that?!?!?
I hope everyone has a Fab day with their family and loved ones!
A: No thank you.
A: No I no like it.
A: something unintelligible...
It's crazy. He wanders, chatters, shouts, cries, even laughs.... It used to freak me out (Especially the laughter) but now I'm used to it. I just walk him back to bed, retuck him in, and giggle!
1 winter coat for M
1 winter hat for M
1 set of mittens for M
2 fleece jackets for M
1 pair of jeans for A
1 pair of fleece pants for M
For a grand total of: $66.83 ($56.55 pre tax and shipping)
I also earned a $25 gymbuck....
I know my purchases look completely one sided, but Anthony has way more than Madison at the moment and I bought his winter coat a few weeks ago.... The winter coats are only $14 if your kiddos are in need of one!
November 26, 2008
Last night, I was in the kitchen, Anthony was coloring and Madison was upstairs playing.... All was quiet. All was well. The next thing I new, I heard Madison toss a BIG toy down the stairs. I heard it hit every step as it bounced and tumbled down. I ran in the foyer and it wasn't a toy that fell! It was my baby.... If you could have heard the way it sounded as she tumbled down... :( She screamed for a while, but she finally calmed down. There are no serious injuries (THANK GOD), but she does have a bunch of bruises, red marks, and some swelling on her sweet little face. :( There is a new rule in our house: Two choices sneakers or bare feet. No more socks only!!! (Just in time for our Christmas cards!!!)
November 25, 2008
2. The BEST Italian food is served at Mercato! They have a champagne cocktail that is To. Die. For. They home make their pasta, and there is NO word to describe their Tiramisu!
3. I visited the holy grail (Williams - Sanoma)WAY too many times, but LOVED every second!!
4. King Street Shopping is AWESOME!
5. The homes are STUNNING! I would love to live in one...
6. It was MUCH colder than anticipated, but no rain and it was nice on Monday!
7. I feel really old when in bars next to college girls....
8. All of the previous mentioned college girls weighed less than 90 pounds and really needed to eat a cupcake... or ten!
9. I learned I can still drink and not suffer a major hangover...
10. Children do NOT allow you to ease in to being home. I hit the ground running this morning!!!
We had a great time. The trip was relaxing and a whole lot of fun! It was just the break I needed to gear up for the busy soon to be here holidays... (I will post pics when I get them off my camera!)
We got in super LATE last night. I was EXHAUSTED!!! All the walking wore me out this weekend It was so nice to snuggle in with the kids this morning... There is nothing like breathing in your babies when you haven't seen them in a while. Bliss.
I had to giggle because Jason had to deal with the sickies this weekend. It seems like he is always working overnights when the kids get sick, so it was so his turn. Anthony barfed a few times, had some poo issues, and just felt yucky. Poor guy.... He still wasn't himself today, but at least there were no abnormal body fluids exiting today.... I snuggled up in bed with him during nap today and we slept most of the afternoon away... It was so nice!
November 20, 2008
I am memorizing this quote about strong willed children "These children have a strong sense of independence. In many ways this is very positive because individuals who are independent are typically assertive, confident, determined, and persistent" (Parenting the Strong-Willed Child). When he is big he will be great, he's just so damn trying sometimes!!!! I feel like I live in a perpetual test....
I am listening to Madison grunt, moan, and whine to Murray because she is trying to get him to eat his dog food and he's not hungry...
I see my son standing at the bottom of the steps, throwing a soccer ball up and catching it as it bounces down. I should stop this, things may get broken, but quite frankly I DON"T CARE because he is occupied and out of my hair!
I am freaking out because I have so much to do, yet I sit here on the internetz instead of tackling my ever increasing "To DO" list!
Now said strong-willed child is hugging his sister singing Barney's "I Love You" song.... how can I be annoyed now?!?!
Off to do something productive *gasp*
A: "Mom... Mom... Mommy.... Where ard you?"
S: *stumbling blindly to his room* "Ant, its TOO early. The sun isn't shining yet."
A: "I go to Mommy's bed?"
A: "Come on, Mommy."
into bed we go.....
S: "Go to sleep, the sun isn't shining... No talking or singing k?"
beginning to fall asleep...
A: "Mad bigger now?"
S: *with eyes still closed getting slightly annoyed* "Yes, Madison is bigger, now go to sleep!"
rolling over and trying to sleep....
A: "Mad going ride the roller coaster? We ride the mamawhale (monorail) and the Ferris wheel and the train too! Mommy? Come on mom, Mad ride Bob the Builder scoop too!"
S: "Not today, its too cold. We only ride the rides in the summer. We have music today..."
5 minutes later
A: "Let's go Mommy, its summer now. We ride the roller coaster now..."
Finally, I gave up!
We had season passes to Dutch Wonderland (I heart that place) and the kids LOVED it. I can't wait until next year to get them again... Apparently, Anthony is like me and wants it to be summer again... kindred spirits :)
I. Hate. The. Cold.
November 19, 2008
Madison dumped her WHOLE bowl of Mac & Cheese on the floor at lunch (on purpose too)! Just now, Anthony drank out of the wrong sippy. Tasted milk and spit the WHOLE mouthful...you guessed it... ON THE FLOOR! (he DETESTS he he he Milk) I just giggle... (its that or cry and I am so not in the crying mood today!) One day I will miss these messes :)
It's too cold. I hate the gloom. I need to be outside in the fresh air and sunshine!!!!! God help me, its not even December yet!
Detest. I like this word. I think it clearly illustrates the what the speaker is expressing. Detest. Detest. I don't think it is used quite enough.... I think I have a new found appreciation for the word detest... hmmm I may have to add this to my daily vocab. Like, Jason, I detest the way you brush your teeth in the shower. Or, Anthony, I detest the way you pee on the floor when you try to pee like an elephant.... Murray, I detest your barking at nap time.... Detest. My word of the day!
So what do you detest?
PS I am still kinda sick (in case you were wondering)
I want to preface by saying...
1. I have been and still am sick, so I have slacked majorly in the exercise department this week
2. My lovely AF is due to arrive ANY second!!!!
so... I am up 0.6 pounds... :(
Oh well, there is always next week. (Though, it may be a bad week since I am going out of town Friday and will be eating like crap!) Though really 0.6 ponds is nothing so I am not going to be upset! :)
November 17, 2008
A: Momma, where daddy go?
M: He's at work, but he'll be home after our bath.
A: Green truck green truck where a you?
M: He didn't take the green truck today babe...
A:No green truck today?
M: Nope, not today.
A: After tubby, I go look for daddy with my anoculairs?
M:Sure you can use your binoculars....
We finish our bath, get dressed, and Anthony rushes down the stairs and watches out the front door. Every time he sees car lights, he starts screaming "Daddy coming!!!" Then he is so disappointed when its not him.... He will be here soon though!
November 16, 2008
My head hurts, my eyes are puffy, my nose it stuffed, and I just plain look and feel like crap!! I am taking a hot bath, guzzling NyQuil, and going nighty night EARLY! Hopefully, I will be feeling better in the morning!
The couch is calling me....
November 15, 2008
November 14, 2008
I heart being domesticated. It doesn't suit everyone, but I LOVE it... I had romanticized what staying at home would be like. I envisioned a June Cleaver, Martha Stewart type life filled with crafting, baking, and creating... It is so not, but when I have those few and far between Mini Martha Moments (MMM) I like to savor them and enjoy them to their fullest!
November 13, 2008
November 12, 2008
I feel guilty that I didn't play enough today.
I feel guilty because I yelled.
I feel guilty because Madison does not get near as much one on one as Anthony once did.
I feel guilty that Anthony no longer has my undivided attention.
I feel guilty because I was on the phone instead of on the floor with them.
I feel guilty because I didn't read "Goodnight Moon" the twelfth time even though Anthony begged me too.
I feel guilty because they didn't eat enough veggies.
I feel guilty because i did not fully appreciate every single moment.
When I feel this guilt, I just want to run upstairs grab both of my babies, hold them tight and live in the moment.... Each night I vow that I will be better. Then, the day begins and it is more of the same. I strive to be perfect, but perfection is not possible. I know I do my best, but I often feel that it is not enough...
Guilt. This is what has surprised me most since becoming a mother.
November 11, 2008
"Come on Bobby... Let's play basketball"
"Bobby? Bobby? Where are you?"
"Nice shot Bobby!"
You get the point. The funny part is... The child's name is NOT Bobby! I think he reminds Anthony of a character in Little Bill. The boy is about the right age and their looks are similar.... The poor kid was renamed today. When I corrected Anthony he called him the right name for a minute, but then it was back to "BOBBY!" :)
November 10, 2008
Tonight I walk into the playroom and the princess poster is halfway off the wall because the sticky stuff lost its stick. Frames wouldn't have done that... Just sayin'....
November 9, 2008
Shame on me, but the TV is babysitting my little monsters at the moment! We have had a lot of TV today :( I don't like that... But sometimes it is necessary because mommy may need a mental health day (which I do!) The beasts have been going strong all day. Its like they are bouncing off the walls. Tonight, while I was trying to have a simple phone conversation, they trashed my house, got in the tub, then emptied a bottle of shampoo all over themselves. They were rubbing it in like "wotion, mommy see?!?" (I should have known better. They are NEVER quiet when I am on the phone!) This is why I have had it! We have washed away the shampoo, picked up their messes, and I parked the boogers on the couch with Thomas. They are screaming now... the silence only lasted a mere 6 minutes (Some babysitter Thomas is...) I am tired and will be going to bed right after these guy... Thank God for open gym tomorrow! They will get to burn off some of this energy! Only 30 minutes until bedtime! WOOHOO!!!
November 8, 2008
November 6, 2008
2. Counting to 3 and the threat of losing a story really works wonders!
3. I filled up my gas for $44.60. I only paid $2.05 / gallon!! I have been paying $60 +!
4. I got TONS of Christmas shopping done!
5. I did 7 miles on my elliptical (burn baby burn!)
6. I baked chocolate chip cookies and have since consumed all the calories I burned :(
7. I read "Elmo Goes Potty" 13 times and Madison still cried for more!
8. I have loaded, unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher 3 times today!
9. I am going to have a drink, watch Entourage, go to sleep, and do it all over again tomorrow!
November 5, 2008
"That is what is great about this country. We can disagree, but still respect each others opinions"
"I hope whoever is elected will live up to their supporters expectations"
I couldn't agree with these friends more. It just happens that we disagree on this one thing.
I am thrilled that Obama has won! He has inspired me and millions of others, he makes me feel like this country is going to become even better, and he makes me feel like I do have a voice. I hope he lives up to my expectations and I hope that he is a great president!
Okay, no more political views from me... I am just had to express my thoughts quickly on this and I hope that I haven't offended any friends along the way... :)
November 4, 2008
November 3, 2008
Note to self: Madison has to have on pants or a onesie at ALL times until I am prepared for full on potty training...
Want to go upstairs? You must have a ticket. Want to take a bath? You better have a ticket... We need tickets for EVERYTHING! This morning Madison needed a ticket to wake up... Receipts must be well hidden in our house or they will be taken to be used to access somewhere or something in the house... I cannot even leave the grocery store without handing my "ticket" over as soon as I get it...
So, what strange item does your child covet?
November 2, 2008
Last Seen: On our front porch last night. (our front porch lights were on too...)
Reward: Two small children will love you forever and will shower you with hugs and kisses!
Seriously, last night teenagers wrecked havoc in our neighborhood. My neighbors mail box is smashed and some peeps cars were broken into... and I thought this was a nice neighborhood... :(Thankfully we only have 2 missing pumpkins!) One question... Where are their parents?!?! ;)
November 1, 2008
I can remember a time when I would just be getting into a great bar, slinging back shots, and dancing the night away.... It seems so long ago. I cannot even imagine it now... I remember before we decided to have Anthony (and then Madison) how the scene was starting to get old, I was bored, and ready for "more"... We both were. So we moved into the next phase: parenthood.
Flash forward almost 4 years...
Saturday night: me wandering the aisles at Martins taking my sweet time, guaranteeing that Jason has gotten the kids to bed. Stocking up on cupcake mixes because the kids LOVE them... Coming home to silence, unpacking groceries, enjoying every precious moment of silence... Then the grand finale: making homemade blueberry muffins so my family can enjoy them in the morning... Bliss to me boring for some, but I wouldn't change it for the world...
Disclaimer: Jason isn't a jerk always just yesterday... (I don't want you to get the wrong idea. He is usually an AWESOME person to parent with..; yesterday he sucked though...)