Archive for May, 2011

Embrace The Camera

Monday, May 30th, 2011 by by

Usually, when I link up to this fun little weekly post, it is because we just so happened to have taken pictures the weekend before. I try to save some just to be able to join and hopefully make some new friends. This week, however, I was prepared! Since the hubs has been working so hard these past couple of weeks, the little man and I have had lots of time to hang out together, just the two of us. It’s sort of the silver lining of an otherwise crappy deal.

I’ve mentioned before that Haeden loves to rock out on his guitar and various other instruments. Lately, he has decided to add some lyrics to his music. He doesn’t actually know any full songs at this age, just snippets. He mostly says, “I do. I do. I doooo!” I think it’s from that Colbie Caillat song that he has seen on the VH1 Countdown. And the other is “Ashes. Ashes. We all fall DOWN!” Pretty sure you recognize that one!

Anyway, I decided to try to teach him a new song to sing. It goes like this:
I love my Mommy! Yes I do!
I love my Mommy. It’s truuuueee!

Pretty fantastic, right? He actually got on board and started singing it right away, and it was the cutest thing ever. Of course, as soon as I got out my camera to record him… He stopped. I even tried to bribe him with candy, but he’d just play the guitar and then run into the other room. Little booger.

I switched gears and got him to take some silly pictures with me instead. Forgive the blur. Movement + low light + point-and-shoot are not ideal! Still, fun memories were capture, and that is always the real goal! (more…)


Memorial Day

Monday, May 30th, 2011 by by

Today is for remembering, with gratitude.

When kids get sick…

Monday, May 30th, 2011 by by

The kids have been sick.  Now, for most people, their little colds would be nothing.  For me, it was a moment of complete and utter fear.

At first, I kept saying, “OK, all the kids have it.”  Then the big kids got better.  And Joey… He got worse.  He had clinic, so I wasn’t going to panic.  We arrived at clinic on Friday, and the doctor told me she wanted a Chest x-ray, just in case.  My heart stopped.  I felt I could not breathe.  Isn’t this how it started?  But Dr. W promised to call if anything was wrong.

So I get no phone calls and go about our merry business.  Joey seems to improve, not 100%, but better than he was.  And then…the fever starts.  Now, ever since he was little, the rule has been fever means admission, automatic.  Especially with symptoms.  Especially with coughing and “junky lungs.”  So I called the doctor.  I start packing a hospital bag – it’s the middle of the night.  I’m ready to cry as Joey, fever of 103 and cough and all, RUNS though my house laughing and screaming.

And the doctor tells me the chest x-ray shows a viral pattern… A COLD.  Nothing to panic about, keep him home and monitor, this is all to be expected.  And I celebrated, not him being sick, but the fact that he is considered “healthy ENOUGH” to be home while fighting off a bug, AND that his lungs are looking so healthy other than a cold.  I celebrated the first chance to be “mom” at home when he is truly sick, with a fever.  Granted, it’s a cold.  However, it’s the first time he has had a fever like this since December, and then it was a blood infection.  This time, (more…)

Menu Plan Monday

Monday, May 30th, 2011 by by

Thanks to CVS I was able to put $10 of gas today! But don’t have any other plans for the week… Yvette is already excited to help me cook dinner. Ohhh and tomorrow is her awards ceremony and she’s going to be singing a song with her class. She sang a little bit of it to me, but wants me to be surprised tomorrow!

Monday: Pizza
Tuesday: Spaghetti n Meat balls
Wednesday: Chicken n Broccoli Casserole
Thursday: Left overs
Friday:Beef n veggies Stew

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This picture just ain’t great.

Monday, May 30th, 2011 by by

So it’s at moment’s like earlier this evening, while I was trying to take pictures of my darling Miss Pudding looking out our back doors at the raging storm, that I wished I could find my freaking battery charger to my camera. I’m not quite at the desperate point of just buying a new one yet. And honestly, since we got a smaller family friendly point and shoot camera now too, I’m nowhere near as freaked as I would have been. But, as much as I’ve been enjoying this newer smaller one, it just didn’t do me true tonight. I’m not a snobby camera snob. I use a point and shoot camera, a very nice fancy one albeit, but still – it’s just a regular old point and shoot. I’m no snobby photographer, or hell, even a plain old regular one, just a mom who takes a gazillion pictures of her kids daily and likes to have the nicest pictures I can get.

I took this picture with my camera 2 years ago:

And I took this one tonight with the family camera: (more…)

Smacksy Sunday Links

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 by by
Old-School Bob

Do you read The Selby? It’s another fantastic photos-of-the-inside-of-other-people’s-houses blog.

Loving these vintage-y beach pictures. Capri, anyone?

A number of my friends sent this link to me this week – because they really get me.

Happy Sunday.

Things to Do with Toddlers: The Discovery Walk (and other Daycare News)

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 by by

We have a new activity that the kids really enjoy: the walk around the block. I remember trying this with them last fall, when I had at least two of them walking and holding hands. They weren’t ready. Now that all of them are around 2 and a half (give or take a month), they happily and safely walk around the block (with direction, of course!).
Well, three of them walk. These two monkeys prefer the luxury (and extra room) of the wagon. But this isn’t because I don’t think it’s safe for them to be walking. Maya and Lucas are actually old pros at walking quickly and safely, always listening to direction. It is more of a preference thing. They like the wagon, and the other three like to walk.

We see lots of exciting things on our walks around the block: squirrels, flowers, lawn mowers, whipper snippers, subway station, buses, a mailbox, sprinklers, signs with ABC’s on them, and other daycare groups going for walks. (more…)



Sunday, May 29th, 2011 by by

I have found myself being more negative than I like lately. We have a small (large?) family crisis situation that we are dealing with that is too personal to put out there on the internet, and it’s wearing me down. I have this rule where I will never speak ill of my husband or my children on the internet, even to vent. Once something is out there, it’s out there, and I don’t want to sour anyone’s perceptions of my family because of the way *I* see things. The crisis wouldn’t require me to say anything negative, but it does involve one of my children and would speak about them in a manner that is too personal and sensitive to put into cyberspace. I hope you’ll forgive me for being vague. Perhaps, when we are through to the other side, I may tell his or her story. It may give hope or validation to someone else, but right now, it would merely come off as negative or hopeless. So… through all this rambling, I DO have a point.
It’s time for me to remind myself of all the great things I have, and to focus on that for a while.

I have an amazing husband. He isn’t perfect, no one is, but he is perfect for me. He gets my quirks, he makes me laugh, he handles my explosive emotional outbursts with little anger or frustration. He tries very hard to understand my limitations and not to throw them in my face or make me feel bad for them. He’s a great father to our children. He changes diapers a lot! He plays with the kids constantly, whether it’s giving them piggy back rides or stacking blocks with Charlie. He tries very hard to provide for us, which allows me to be a stay at home mom, and he tries to give us the things we WANT in addition to the things we NEED. I could go on for days, but the point is… I am very lucky. After 8 years together, I am still very much in love.

I have amazing kids. They play well together; they are smart, thoughtful, polite, and oh so well behaved for the most part. We get complimented nearly every time we go out on how well they walk with us, sit still, have table manners, etc. You can see the waitress and manager at a restaurant cringe when we walk in, (more…)

Sunday Scrapbooking

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 by by

I have SEVEN pages I could share this week. But, I don’t think I will share all seven, maybe just four or five. I’ll link the rest of them at the bottom so, if you want to, you can see them also.

Before I share my pages this week I have some sad news (dealing with scrapbooking) to share. I decided that it was time for me to step down from the Shabby Princess Pre-Team. It wasn’t an easy decision at all, I love working with SP and the other ladies on the team. But after a year I felt I was ready to try my hand at applying to other teams again. I actually started missing the energy and pace needed to keep up with multiple designers at once. SP was lovely about all of it, and as I told her, she is hands-down the nicest designer I’ve worked with.

Now… this week’s pages!

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Mommy’s Night Out

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 by by

Over a month ago, my good friend Stephanie and I decided to go out of town for her birthday. Just an overnight trip. As much as I would love a weekend getaway, I don’t think I could leave my “baby” behind for an entire weekend. Not just yet anyway. I feel like I don’t get enough time with him as it is.

And while I still feel a tinge of guilt over my “night off,” I know that I deserve it. I think that, just as it is important for me to spend time alone with my hubby, it is also important for me to spend time with my own friends. You know, like at a bar. With a cute dress and a drink in my hand.

So Steph and I will be high-tailing it out of work and speeding down I-95 to good ‘ol Orlando. The countdown has begun, and the shenanigans will ensue shortly. Hopefully said shenanigans will not include holding any one’s hair back. ha!

(Jo, Me, & Steph on a previous Girl’s Night Out!)
P.S. Is it sad that I am slightly more excited about the fact that I get to sleep in past 7am tomorrow?! Oh, the joy!!