Wednesday, November 18, 2009
and she was not eating at the time.
Sunday, Sophie was looking for E and trying to describe her to an adult ... it went something like this:
Adult - who are you looking for?
Sophie - My baby Eliza. Um, she's kind of like a heavy brick.
and one more thing I want to remember about this week ...
Maddie had her first big girl play-date (that means no big sisters around) with Lauren today. I lost count of how many times they would stop what they were doing, giggle, and say, "we're best friends". Pretty cute stuff.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Some thoughts on my beloved Oak Ridge Boys (or ORB, as they like to be called).
This was NOT a get out of your seat and boogie concert. Totally okay with that, I am an accomplished chair-boogier. And, I chair-boogied quite a bit. Love that my husband accepts this about me. It's possible that I look ridiculous.
The ORB is getting old. They are aging well, except for the bass singer who doesn't want to admit it. Hair doesn't get darker after 40, dude. Also, lose the perm. No offense. Great voice.
Experiencing "Elvira" in concert is very very close to congregational singing.
There was one woman who stood up after every song. We called her "ovation lady". She was impressive.
I was the youngest person at the ORB concert, tonight. The very cool thing was, I bet the crowd was at least 25% veterans. It was kinda like Branson.
Loved it so much.
p.s. I have a cheek-ache from all the smiling.
p.p.s. I have a crush on Joe Bonsall. Jeff knows and is surprisingly cool about it.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
- Craighead Forest Rotary Park. And the fact that for the first time ever, I did not have to hold a baby or keep a toddler from running toward the lake. My youngest played just as hard as the big kids! Go Miss Eliza Pants!
- I get to see the Oak Ridge Boys in two days. Sing it with me now, "El-vi-ra! a oom boppa mow mow..."
- I am slowly making my way through the Christmas shopping list. This is good because I usually do not begin until after Thanksgiving. That's much harder on the old budget, you know.
- Talked to an old classmate today!!!!!!! I love her.
- The kids were really good during puppets tonight at church. Love little kid enthusiasm.
- FRIED CHICKEN for supper tonight, folks.
- Friends who are full of encouragement.
- A wonderful quick weight-loss plan for my upcoming reunion : starving myself! just kidding
- be-yoo-ti-ful weather!!!!!!
- Halloween is over, dudes!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Evidently, that's what you call it when you clean out a pumpkin.
Highlight for the girls - sticking their fingers through the nose hole picking Pumpkin Boogies...
Which led me to ...
start singing "Pumpkin Boogies!" (to the tune of Jungle Boogie, obvs.) ...
Which quickly deteriorated into ...
Pumpkin Bootie as my girls marched off to their bath.
Pumpkin nose picking, songs about booties ....
having all girls sure is precious, I tell ya. :)
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I "over-cheese" when I'm cooking.
I have become re-obsessed with Hayseed Dixie. Especially the bluegrass version of Walk This Way.
Secretly, I'm glad our GNO discussion last night did not revolve around our kids' bowel movements. Like last time.
I suffer from Judgy Mom Syndrome when I am out late getting groceries and see tons of little kids running around. One of these days I am going to blurt out, "PUT THOSE KIDS TO BED!" or something equally harsh and judgmental.
I .... do not enjoy fall festivals, anymore. What do you call a halloween-scrooge, I wonder?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I've lost count how many people have asked me why I did not go.
Seriously? Like I would boycott something as wonderful as that?
I always forget when it is. And it's more fun to go with a group. But the main reason was that I've never done it before, and the first time I go I want to go with my Mom.
People find it shocking that we don't "think pink" every waking minute. For a long time, I pretended like I never thought about the fact my mom has cancer. When we got so much bad news all the time, it was so much less complicated to say, "she's okay!" and change the subject.
This would actually be the first year that the race would seem like the celebration it's supposed to be, and not a huge reminder of what we're facing.
Yeah, so we weren't in Little Rock this weekend.
But, every day she gets up and goes to work, stays out late at my sisters' ballgames, teaches Sunday school ... all after a round of chemo, I promise you she's racing.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Sophie picked hers up and a little piece fell out in her hand.
She says (sincerely), "Ooooooooh, a little hamburger baby! Look, Mommy, my taco had a little baby."
Maddie, with a mouth full of taco, says, "So .... what? It just popped out?"
Sophie turns and says, "Mads, you need to learn that babies don't pop out. This sweet baby was born."
And then she ate it.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Food sticks to it like glue.
Tonight we were eating chili, looked up ...
and she had a frito stuck to her lip.
Right above her lip, actually. Like a little frito mustache.
She... was oblivious.
Stinking broken camera. :(
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I'd put the kids to bed, grabbed my grocery list, and now there I was.
Lookin' at the toothpaste.
And then ...
my pupils dilated
my body went numb
and I found myself on the Christmas aisle.
Didn't seem to matter that what they had out was hideous and tacky. (no offense Wal-mart Christmas decoration designers)
It just sucks me in. Can't explain it.
I was this close to buying a Disney princess commemorative ornament.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
- Our Sunday School Class. It was announced that we would be doing service projects during class time this past Sunday, and instead of everyone using that as an excuse to sleep in an extra hour, we were filled to overflowing. And BUSY! It was very encouraging. :)
- Bath time after the girls go to bed. Current favorite thing: black rasberry vanilla bubble bath.
- Last night Sophie got teary when she thought she might not get to have her t-ball game (rain). I am thankful for her commitment to things.
- Inflatable swimming pools
- How Jeff proudly wears his "#4's Dad" shirt to all of S's games.
- Speaking of Jeff, I'm thankful that we are such good friends.
- Spray sun-screen.
- Maddie's hair is so easy to comb the tangles out of!
- Eliza put herself in time-out, today.
- Play-dough. (I love the smell of it, too!)
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
We got her progress report, and I pored over it like it was a real report card - all 5's, I was so proud of her.
Okay, it was almost all 5's.
The first thing I noticed about her report was that it was COVERED in writing. Front and back.
It doesn't take front and back to say, "good job!"
She got almost all 5's. One little problem. According to the report, she's not flexible at all. And her teeny little hips rotate in, not out. Evidently very important stuff in ballerina-ville.
I was so sad for her! Nobody wants to be told that their child can't do something!
But, what can you do? So, I built a bridge and got over it.
Okay, so I built a bridge and am now standing at one side looking at all the mature people on the other side.
It's a start.
Fortunately, Sophie informed me the week of her recital that she didn't want to do ballet anymore. She wants to do tap.
The shoes "make more sound."
I wonder how flexible your hips have to be ...
Thursday, May 28, 2009
- shared expenses. It's ridiculous how much b-days cost. (Birthdays? More like broke-days. heh heh)
- shared duties. Sometimes it's not how much you are spending, but how much you have to do that's overwhelming. (check out these awesome party gifts Barrett made!)
- Someone to reign you in. For example, in the beginning stages of the party we were going to take all the girls to get mani-pedis and then meet up with the boys out at the park. Yes, we were seriously planning a "2 location party" for a bunch of 4 and5 year olds. D-U-M-B.
- Someone to reign your child in. Anybody else have a child who changes their mind about their party every other day leading up to it? Now you have an excuse to stick to a plan.
- And of course, the memories. Sharing an event with someone helps you remember it.
Of course, I did forget my camera and the candles (so they just kind of blew on the cake) but, really, that was to be expected.
Daddies grilled, kids played, mommies chatted. Super fun.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
- Mads insisted on calling Eliza - "Diego" for a few days. I guess that's better than when they play house, because then they always make her be the "Mom".
- Wednesday morning we were almost completely without food, so for breakfast I spread jelly on buns. The girls ate two a piece. Sophie called them "jelly burgers". I called them "gross", but whatever.
- I, unfortunately, have gotten sucked into the whole "Twilight" thing this week. Yes, I know it's soooooo 2008 to be into Twilight. I've always been a late bloomer.
- Sophie can tie her shoes. Up next: washing her own hair! (just kidding)
- I no longer think I look like Suri Cruise. Tonight we decided I look like "Boof". You get a special prize if you know who that is!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Sophie wore this goofy grin the entire time... even when I was cheering for her nice and loud, which usually makes her incredibly embarrassed. (already embarrassed by me at age almost 5. Man, the teen years are going to be awesome.)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
- Our anniversary weekend. We hung out and did home improvements while the girls went to Nana and Papa's. I laughed until I cried at least 15 times a day. Some handiwork: (All furniture built by Jeff, bedding and fabric by Danna. we're slightly Amish.)
- The girls' music program this year was it's typical cuteness. Even better, didn't have to sew any costumes!
- Speaking of sewing, I am thankful that I have finished all Easter orders! Everyone I sewed for was absolutely fantastic. Such pleasures to work with! Now to work on my own children's dresses ...
- I am thankful for Dave Ramsey and FPU. We are turning a corner in responsibility.
- Fridays, because that's when my People magazine is delivered.
- My children are finally all healthy. I feel like I have only gone to church every other Sunday for the past two months.
- I am soooooo pumped about Sophie's upcoming birthday party!
- My eyebrows have been tamed. Man, they can get bushy.
- My new haircut! I have suspicions that I look like Suri Cruise, but really, don't care. It takes me less than 2 min. in the morning. 5 if I actually want to fix it. (which.... I don't.)
- Our baby chickies. They have given us a lot of joy.
On a sad note, we couldn't find them last night. They were at the back door, chirping to come in (they are like dogs, I tell ya), and I didn't put them in the garage right away. When I went back to get them, they were gone. Jeff and I were both out there in our pajamas with flashlights searching and calling them. No luck. I am a little devastated. surprisingly so.
One last photo. Eliza, starring in The Great Jello Massacre. I do not know how she always gets food on her forehead.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
It's something special for just us ladies.
I got my boobies squished.
My mother is going to love that I just said that.
Yep, I got my first mammogram today.
When I walked in they handed me a list of things for me to check yes or no on.
- Has anyone in your family had cancer? yes
- Was it BREAST cancer? yes
- WAS IT YOUR MOTHER?!?!?! ack! yes! I get it, I'm high risk! Stop shouting at me stupid questionaire!
So, there I was, high-risk patient, 32 years old, getting my first mammogram.
It wasn't bad at all.
But I did celebrate when it was over.
Cheetos were involved.
Monday, March 9, 2009
The lovely group shot:
Some things I'd like to point out:
- This was after the banquet. I'd already eaten my lipstick off.
- Mads is covered in Wal-mart stickers. She wears them like some kind of redneck badge of honor.
- I'd let them pick out whatever they wanted to wear, so Sophie is wearing a way-to-short sundress with a pair of Maddie's pants on underneath and some sandals that were 2 sizes too small. Maddie of course chose purple shoes to complete her outfit.
- None of this seemed to matter, because all the people standing around could say was, "Man, are you sure that baby is yours?"
Friday, March 6, 2009
- fix a nutritious breakfast to start our day off right! / allow my older two to binge on nutrigrain bars while I try to sleep in until at least 6:45.
- settle any and all disputes calmly and impartially / get sucked into a debate on who is more "Belle" than the other
- feel great that I am within single digits of my goal weight / wallow in guilt and misery for eating half a box of donuts yesterday in celebration
- spend 15 minutes unloading and loading the dishwasher / spend 15 minutes convincing my children that last years bathing suit is not appropriate wear for playgroup up at church
- sweep the floor 1 time / check facebook 100 times
- do at least one load of laundry / accumulate at least two loads of dirty clothes
- grill out in this nice weather / give in to my children's wishes and fix chili on the warmest day of the year so far
- love every second of being a stay at home mom / wish Jeff got off at noon every day
Friday, February 27, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I love the first night of anything, because I am an unapologetic people-watcher.
There are always certain people I like to look for. It's kind of like a check list.
- The lady in bike shorts with panty-hose underneath. Check!
- The elderly lady who is always going the opposite direction than the rest of the group during stretches. Check!
- The ones who show up in full make up and bling-y jewelry. Check!
- And the ones who come to work out in street clothes. (and by street clothes, I mean jeans and khakis. Not hooker ensembles.) Check! Check! Check!
It's good to know some things never change.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Oh, and before I forget, guess what movie I watched today!!!!!
I'll give you a hint:
"I want a C..O,O...L! R..I..D..E..R!"
It was awesome.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
- Caffeine free Mountain Dew. It's not as good as regular, so I think it's weaning me off my dependency.
- These two girls:
- And, this one...
- That my parents finally have a generator out at the farm!
- Jeff's new work schedule - off an hour early! Woo woo! An extra hour of togetherness... I hope we can survive it. :)
- Ladies class and Beth Moore. (even though I have a friend who thinks Beth shouts at her. which I think is pretty funny)
- There are no holes in our roof from the ice storm. (It's been raining for two days)
- Little Debbies.
- Finally bought the fabric for the girls' Easter dresses.
- I'm convinced that my friends are the cutest, funniest, sweetest ladies in all of Jonesburr.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Today I am out in the f-ree-zing cold pumping some gas.
First, I thought I was going to pass out from the pain in my fingers (no gloves).
Then, I realized that I was getting sleepy... "oh, no!" I thought.
They say when you get sleepy, you are freezing to death and are near the end.
I turned and mouthed my goodbyes to the 3 oblivious little girls in the van, tears streaming down my cheeks, so much I want to say ...
And then the pump clicked and I was finished.
I slide back in the seat, keenly aware that I had just cheated death.
And, I may have exaggerated the tears part.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
- Electricity, e-lec-tricty... (anybody else been singing the School House Rock song all week?)
- One Mrs. Jenny Box and her mad cupcake skilz
- Heat... and light... and cable... and internet. Pioneer woman, I am not. :)
- All the quality time I've gotten to spend with my parents and sister this week. Now, if only we can get my brother up here ...
- M & M's. Can I get a woowoo?
- Yummy smelling candles. We may not have had all those things on #3, but our house smelled good!
- My hubs grilled steak tonight. I ate so much I might vomit. In a good way.
- Laundry that is semi-caught up. (that's as close as it ever gets.)
- No holes in our roof!
- The girls are back in school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Since this is like my on-line journal, I need to write down how I have felt this week.
In one word - emotional.
After an hour or so of off and on black-outs, we lost power for good around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 27.
We have water and we have a gas fireplace, so my mom and sister came to stay with us. My dad stayed back at the farm, to watch the pipes and to keep the fire in their furnace going (because if it goes out...something bad happens, I don't know.)
Being cold and in the dark for a couple of days does weird things to a person. When our power finally came back on... I cried a little. I only admit that because there were witnesses.
So, we've had our power back on today, and I don't take it for granted. Tonight my dad came over, ate supper, watched a movie, and then headed back out to the farm with no water and very little heat to spend the night by himself in complete darkness. The whole idea of this makes me want to cry some more.
Sorry if this is a downer, but these are my thoughts right now.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Well, one sick girl and one tired,cranky girl.
I decide to take Sophie (the sick one) to urgent care. The cranky one starts coming down with all kinds of symptoms, so I agree to take her, too. She had been coughing the last two nights (see:tired,cranky).
It is literally standing room only at the Urgent Care.
Two and a half hours later ... we are finally called back.
Scenes from a waiting room...
- Maddie is coloring. She asks me, "what does this crayon say?" "Fuschia", I say. "POO-SHA? I'm coloring POO-SHA?!?!?!?!"
- Maddie, to the elderly lady sitting next to us, "Why are you sticking your tongue out at me? I'm Maddie Claire."
- After about an hour and a half plus two potty breaks, Maddie announces, "Mommy! I just pee-peed on my leg!" Mommy is horrified. Then she says, "Just kidding." Now, Mommy is even more horrified - she realizes Maddie has inherited her daddy's sense of humor.
All of this with a shaking, whimpering, feverish 4 year old in my lap.