Tuesday, September 30, 2008
On a personal note - I ran the Race for the Cure for the first time almost exactly 9 years ago to the day - it was October 2, 1999 in Charlotte, NC. It was one of my best days ever. I ran with a couple of friends, then went out to lunch and shopping at an outlet mall. The race was awesome, the friends were a lot of fun and - who doesn't like lunch and shopping?! THEN - I went out that night to see a Live (any other fans?) concert with a very hot guy (and some other people). It was kind of a group thing - but in my mind it was a date ( you know, the whole positive thinking/Law of Attraction thing). That night we (minus the other people) stayed up until 4am talking, laughing... and I think there was hot-tubbing involved. Not the sleazy kind.
Now, here I am - in a different city, the same weekend, 9 years later - and I'm going to spend the night with the same hot guy and our two beautiful children. We may not stay up until 4am or do any hot-tubbing...but it will be one of my best days ever - again.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Brother: Well...I'll at least keep it as long as I still have rest time at school.
Mommy: Ok - good plan.
Brother: Mommy, do they still have rest time at college?
Friday, September 26, 2008
A) Meet a bunch of friends out at a bar and do some shots or
B) Go out to dinner with a bunch of friends and drink some wine or
C) Stay at home with your husband and kids, eat popcorn and watch the presidential debate?
If you answer C - congratulations - you are likely part of the 36 and over demographic group. Party on.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The kids seemed to have just as much fun as we did. They designed and painted their own t-shirts, picked our pumpkins (or as Little Bitty calls them, 'punkmums'), planted flowers, and were spoiled by three grandparents for a few days.
This week has flown by as I try to catch up on work, cleaning, sewing and exercise. Note - this stuff takes place between 8:30 - 4:30... after that it's family time. Family is one thing I try not to get behind on. ;) I am feeling a little blah... not sure if it is my impending birthday (which I really don't think it is... but perhaps 36 just feels this way. I don't know...I've never been 36 before) or if I just need to get my booty in gear and get
Here are a few pictures bound to make anyone smile...
Monday, September 15, 2008
Me (startled): "Yes?! What?!"
Little Bitty (putting her finger to her lips and in a somewhat scolding tone - pointing to her doll): "Shhhh!!! BABY SLEEPING!!!"
*********** And in a separate conversation with my other young love********************
Me (to Brother): Hey- do you want to help me clean up downstairs real quick?
Brother (pausing, looking at me a little suspiciously): What do you think I would say to that?
Brother (continuing about his business): Yep. You're exactly right.
Friday, September 12, 2008
They were so sweet snuggling together in their recliner - until I went to take the picture and Brother gave me this lovely look.
AND - Today is my husband's birthday! Happy Birthday!! We are the same age for exactly 2 weeks a year. AND - I'd like to point out - to anyone who knows him but hasn't seen him for awhile - he looks- today at 35 - better than ever. I know - it's hard to believe he could even get better - but somehow he did. He's strong, fit, healthy and still has his amazing blue eyes. I'm a lucky girl.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Lately, when Little Bitty talks - I am reminded of Owen. Because she doesn't talk - she SCREAMS. She'll start out with a normal volume..."Mommy" - but if I don't get my response out in .08 seconds - or even sometimes if I do - it progresses to "MOMMY MOMMY MOMMY MOMMY!!!!!!!" AND SHE DOESN'T STOP. AND SHE REPEATS WHATEVER IT IS SHE WANTED TO TELL ME AT LEAST SIX TIMES, EVEN THOUGH I'VE ANSWERED AND ACKNOWLEDGED HER AFTER THE FIRST TIME. AND THE VOLUME IS THE SAME WHETHER SHE BE TELLING ME THAT PABLO IS TAKING A NAP - OR THAT THE KITCHEN IS ON FIRE. AND IT IS SHRILL AND SOMEWHAT STARTLING.
Please understand, I'm not complaining. I LOVE my children's voices and laughter more than any other sound in the world. I'm just amazed at the intensity and volume that can be produced by such a Little Bitty girl.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I'm thinking the soccer video post isn't going to happen - I forgot that there were other kids on the team. Their parents might not want me to post pics of their kids.
On an unrelated note - I just watched an interview with Jamie Lee Curtis on the today show. She's promoting her most recent book - Big Words for Little People. I love this. She said that in a previous book aimed at 4 year olds, her editor wouldn't let her use the word "consequence" because it wasn't appropriate for the age group. She was disappointed and so now she's written this book.
I really like the message she's promoting. My husband and I made a conscious decision when we had children that we would not dumb down our vocabulary and use "baby talk" with them. For example, if they say "baba" we still say "bottle". Not that we correct them or don't speak to them in an age-appropriate way... we just try to model correct pronunciation - and we go ahead and use the big words and let them try them out too. Brother's vocabulary is pretty impressive at this point (and he'll ask when he doesn't know a word and then try it out later) - and Little Bitty has big ideas - even if she doesn't have all the words to describe them yet. Plus, her inflection and expressions seem to indicate that she is going to also enjoy language like her Brother.
So - I'm tucking this book away on a list of possible gifts for Little Bitty - our maybe for a less fortunate child who doesn't have linguisticly gifted parents.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Why can't I get this to embed? Ah well. A link will have to do.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monkeys see. Monkeys do.
Our little friend got to try out our super duper water slide pool.