Archive for August, 2010

Cloth Diaper Carnival VIII is September 7!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by by

This next carnival is all about Cloth Diaper Awareness. I want everyone to post a blog entry about how they think we can promote or educate others about cloth diapers. No idea is too crazy! Remember, I am the one trying to get cloth on The Ellen Show!

TV, local outreach, classes, etc. You can write about things you have done or grand ideas that seem crazy but just might work! If some ideas are good enough or feasible maybe we can make it happen somehow!

Everyone will post their entry on or before September 7!

I will also post my entry along with a McLinky so everyone can add their posts.  The McLinky will be open for 2 days.  I will include the codes.  Everyone who participates needs to add the code to their website so that readers can (more…)


6 A.M.

Monday, August 30th, 2010 by by

Although I am not a fan of getting up early, there is just something about the beginning of the school year that gets me all excited. I’m all gung ho about it for a month or so, then I slow down. Then comes Halloween and I’m all wound up again!! Then comes Nooooooovemmmmberrrrrrrrrrrrrr…….and I slow down again. Not my favorite month, if you couldn’t tell.

The beginning of the school year is filled with excitement! The kids are excited to meet new friends and learn new things, and I’m excited to get back into a routine. Our summer has been wonderful, filled with lots of activities, day trips, relaxing/lazy days, and just plain having fun. I’m going to be sad to see it gone. I’m not ready for the fall yet. I’m usually very excited at this point, but not this year. Maybe that will change once the kids are in school. We’ll see.

For now, I’m going to enjoy all the new things happening in my life and my children’s lives. I’m a Mom of a highschooler now!! And my son is going to be starting preschool! Completely unbelievable. :) I feel like I’m experiencing two very important phases of my children’s lives at the same time. My son is beginning his journey, and my daughter is beginning the end of hers. (more…)

Isn’t it Funny?

Monday, August 30th, 2010 by by

I ran into a quote last week that really struck a chord with me…

“Isn’t it funny how day by day, nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?”

I’m not sure who said it, but it is so, so true. I find myself weekly, even daily, looking at my children and feeling like it has always been like this. In my mind, I know they started as tiny little babies, but in my day to day mindset nothing has changed…ever. Danny has always been silent, has made no progress. Eric has always been this amazing, imaginative, talkative kid. With Danny especially, I get this mired feeling sometimes, because if nothing has changed, nothing ever will.

So I took a look back…

A year ago, Eric wasn’t even talking in full sentences. He was trying – “What we buy?” – but the grammar just wasn’t there. He was just barely starting to use the potty, and consequently, was peeing all over my house. He was so…young.

A year ago, Danny barely understood a word we said. He had just learned to take off his headpieces, never mind rip them to pieces, take the harness off, or (gasp!) put them back on. He was just taking his first (more…)

I miss my boys

Monday, August 30th, 2010 by by

It’s the weirdest thing. There are some days when I just need time alone. I love my boys more than anything, but need that time to myself to unwind, recoup….whatever. I have a wonderful weekend coming up in a couple of weeks where I get to do this, and it is much needed. I will miss them like crazy, but I know that I will come back refreshed and a better mother.

So why has it been killing me to be away from them this weekend? I had an event I helped plan yesterday that has kept me busy. I came home from it exhausted but feeling great. Within an hour of being home, that all changed, and I got very ill. Like, the couldn’t leave the bed except for the nausea kind of ill. It killed me yesterday hearing the boys playing and getting ready for bed and knowing I couldn’t be a part of it. Then today, they left and went to church and to my mom’s for the usual Sunday afternoon, and I sit here so sad that I am not with them. Jay took them swimming to keep them more away from the house, which I totally understand, and I am extremely upset because I want them here. I know it’s all been for the best to hopefully prevent them from getting this lovely bug I have, but man, it has been so hard.

Parenting is weird. I am forced to let Jay take care of everything and rest, and it’s killing me, yet all I have wanted for the past weeks is to have the time where he has to take care of everything and I can rest.


Pancake Love

Monday, August 30th, 2010 by by

Both of my boys are pancake lovers. That’s almost too weak a word for it; the boys would both live on pancakes if I let them. Any time we go out for breakfast, Eric wants a “pancake restaurant,” and he asks for it half of the time if we go out to eat at any other time of day. Danny, well, I’ve seen him pick up a whole plate-sized pancake and attempt to shove the whole thing in his mouth.

Needless to say, we could go through a lot of them at breakfast time. I would buy one of those boxes of Eggo mini pancakes and go through it in a week. (And no, I don’t only feed them pancakes, even at breakfast… They’ll at least eat bananas with them, and Eric some sausage, but the pancakes, man… That’s what it’s all about.) That stuff gets expensive, though, when you go through it as quickly as I do. So why not make my own and freeze them?

If I’m going to (more…)

The Word for the Day Is…

Monday, August 30th, 2010 by by

“So Mom? After this can we sit at my table and have lunch, you and me?”

“Sure. That sounds good.”

“Yay! It’ll be a (more…)


Monday, August 30th, 2010 by by

I have no idea when this happened but in a blink of an eye, this baby:

First photo.  Three days old.
Turned into THIS kid:

Age 11 and 11/12ths.

Twelve years ago (more…)


The Mommy Belly Diaries: End Week One

Monday, August 30th, 2010 by by

Start Weight: 163

Monday: Went to the gym. Treadmills are full and I’m feeling lazy. Sit on my behind on a bike and realize I’m in a row of wizened old men. Wonder what that says about me.
Want to quit at 10 minutes.
A girl walks past in a sports bra and shorts- really want to stare but feel very awkward. BUT IT’S AN ALMOST NAKED PERSON! I obviously don’t get out much.
Want to quit at 15 minutes.
The news runs a story about a cop that got shot. That distracts me for a little bit.
Want to quit at 17 minutes.
Look at the fat people around me. Wonder if the skinny people (more…)

Trip to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Monday, August 30th, 2010 by by

Yesterday Noah, Dan, Emily, Dave and I went to the Ex. It was an absolutely beautiful day for it!

Noah enjoyed the petting zoo. He is mostly over the anxieties he incurred from his “bad turkey experience” in Paris. He pet a pig and a goat, but rightfully kept himself at a safe distance from the animals for the most part.

We thought that since he was so into the rides at Centre Island, he would be into the rides at the CNE. No, not this day. We tried to take him on the rides in the kiddie area, but even though he initially seemed to want to go, he ultimately did not. He was intrigued by the Ferris wheel (he has seen it in his “Go Dog Go” book). Emily and I lined up to take him on it. (more…)

Back To School.

Sunday, August 29th, 2010 by by

I love back to school.

I do not have a child in school. I am not in school.

So really, back to school does not affect my life in any way shape or form, but I stalk the back to school aisles. I buy binders and note paper and glory in the notebook selection.

Back to school gives me a chance to indulge my paper fetish – and get more organized. It’s better than New Years!

In light of back to school organizing, here is my hyper organized indulgence:

Now- there are women who use binders and planner things and like, really use them. I am not one of those people. I have this one, and it’s really helpful for me – as you will see – but I don’t use it everyday. Sometimes weeks go by before I need to open it. I just like having the protection. I don’t know if that’s the right word, but okay… (more…)