Friday, August 31, 2007
Daniel is what you might call a "home electronics enthusiast". What that really means is...we have mountains of computers, audio components, miles and miles of cables and wires, and nothing ever works. Sometimes things work for a few weeks, then he cracks them open and completely reconfigures them to be supposedly "better". By "better" he usually means worse. For example, even though I am thrilled to have something resembling a normal TV in the family room, it still crashes every 20 min. Then I have to push a couple of buttons on the remote to make it restart. I'm sure he'll say that he's almost done working out the bugs (I've heard that before). On the boards he visits to commiserate with other insane husbands like himself, and find new ways to break things, they have a term called WAF. Wife acceptance factor. From what I understand this involves making things user friendly enough that your wife doesn't want to kill you in your sleep. He's achieved a very low WAF over the last 12 months.
So, I am unashamedly watching too much TV today. I'm sure the novelty will wear off after a day or two and we'll return to our low intensity TV usage. Otherwise, we'll have to take a lesson from our favorite bear family.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I have been craving caramel popcorn for weeks. I finally got up the mojo to stand in the kitchen and make some yesterday. No sooner did I sit down with my bowl, when B and J showed up and asked for some. I said ok and suddenly the whole bowl disappeared into the kitchen. After a few minutes, I recovered custody of the bowl. Then, the little grouch monster climbed up on my bed and started gorging herself with handfuls of sweet caramel goodness. In her defense, she did jam a few handfuls in my mouth while she was at it. The good news is, she was much less grouchy after she was finished ravaging the popcorn bowl. I did finally get a little bit of popcorn, after everyone else was finished.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Here's a good quote for today:
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. –Elizabeth Stone
Surprisingly my delicate little J did fine going to school this morning. After her unpleasant reaction to meet the teacher, I was concerned. Daniel brought her and said that she put her things in her cubby and went right off to play. He asked her if he could leave and she said yes. I knew it was a better idea for him to take her. She feeds off of my anxiety. So, without further adieu, here are the obligatory photos...
She hates eating breakfast. So, having to do it right after waking up was her least favorite part of the morning. (I hate eating breakfast too, I know how she feels.)
That is a Tinkerbell backpack. I would put up the photo of the back, but then I'd have to photoshop her name off, since it's embroidered on the backpack. Too lazy. What you also can't see in this photo is the piece of masking tape with our phone number on it that I put on the top of her skirt (where the shirt covers), in case she gets scared and needs to call home. That was probably a touch neurotic.
Monday, August 27, 2007
So, today opportunity finally struck. Now last year I rewrote our name sign 3 times writing our name first in all caps, then as a hyphenated word to illustrate the simple pronunciation. Nothing worked. As I pulled through the line today, my sign was difficult to read for some reason. I heard her start to make her usual mispronunciation, so I rolled down the window and explained in my nicest voice that she was misreading the word. I told her I had been meaning to tell her for the last year. She said, "OHHHH, now I SEE! I've got it now." Yay! Let's hope she really does. I know people mispronounce last names all the time, and I don't mind when people mispronounce our last name. No biggie. The problem is when you are adding letters that aren't there, a little kid doesn't even know you are talking to them. Please, oh please let this stick. I spent every afternoon last year feeling aggravated every time I drove through the pick up line. I know, there are bigger problems in the world. But, everyone's got pet peeves right?
As usual B was calm and collected and happily went right into her class this morning, sat down, and started socializing with the little girl next to her. I on the other hand, hovered in the doorway and tried not to cry. I'm fairly satisfied with the class size of 20 students (the school I taught at kept the the class sizes to a max of 18, but 20 is not too bad). The room is much bigger than her Kindergarten room, so it makes the same number of children look like a lot less. I'm going to be thinking about her all day and wondering what she's doing the whole time. She's been gone 2 hours, but it feels like 6. L is napping and J is enjoying playing peacefully in her room (no one is bossing her around). You could quite literally hear a pin drop in this house. I'm finding the sound of the ceiling fans is actually catching my attention. Don't ask me what I'm going to do tomorrow when J is at preschool.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
This Sunday I am grateful for:
1. Surviving this challenging week. And having a mom nearby and a husband with a flexible schedule.
2. Getting to do some cross-generational socializing with the older ladies at church yesterday during Super Craft Saturday.
3. As always, 3 sweet peas and a patient husband. He's been enduring my grouchiness this week quite well.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
So what color(s) should I paint this furniture? Her walls are Behr Brown Tepee (sort of a light brownish tan). Here is her bedding...
As the peas were wiping them down for the move into the house, B said, "Daddy is the best power tool user I've ever seen in my entire life!" I thought that was hilarious.
Now I can look toward finding some master bedroom furniture, for a bargain of course.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Pandora: Leslie blogged about this today and I'm totally digging it. It's like your own personal radio station. You type in some music that you like and it selects other similar music and plays it for you like a radio station that knows what you like. Since my musical tastes border on schizophrenic, it's interesting to see what it chooses for me.
A couple of fun craft blogs that I found while looking for a project for the PIF gift exchange...Creative Little Daisy and Sew, Mama, Sew! I wandered to these blogs from Craftster, which is a fun site. I did end up finding a project for the PIF gift exchange. Hopefully I'll get around to putting it together in the semi-near future (thank goodness for the 365 day rule, I'm sure it won't take me that long to get to it, but it may take a month or so)
B had meet the teacher this morning. Daniel took her, so I do not have a picture of it. We still don't really know who is in her class since only a couple of kids were there at the time that they were. It was an informal thing where you go in anytime between 8-9am. I guess we'll find out for sure on Monday.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
2. B has now become obsessed with playing the card game War. Or as I like to call it..."the longest card game ever invented". I'm sure whoever invented it scrapped that name as too long and decided War was more catchy.
3. Remember when I got that awesome diaper deal at Target? Well, I accidentally bought Pampers Baby Dry, because I don't know the hierarchy of Pampers products since I always buy Huggies. Well, I've been suffering through the Baby Dry usage (yes I am dramatic, but I'm picky about certain things) and have finally gotten to the last bag today. So, I put the rest of those in our room (we have to keep diapers upstairs and downstairs), and opened a bag of Huggies for L's room. "Hallelujah", it was like angels singing when I put a nice soft, flexible, impressively absorbent Huggies diaper on her lovely little rear end, and fastened it with the nice soft tabs. I will not make the mistake of buying Pampers again. Well, I am really cheap...so maybe if they were like $2 a bag...but, I wouldn't use the Baby Dry again.
4. Yesterday I said I had heard good things about CVS brand wipes. Well, they are not as thick as the old school Huggies wipes that we used on baby B six years ago, but they are nice. Much nicer than the Kirkland brand wipes we've been buying at Costco. They smell good too.
5. One of these days I'm probably going to get sued by someone for blogging my disparaging opinions about their products.
Speaking of which...I am SO tired of spending an hour searching my house for library materials every time we need to go to the library. It's like my house eats library books and disks. When, oh when will my house be organized enough to stop eating these things? I'm guessing never, because the kids will never be able to keep the upstairs clean and organized. It is against their basic psychological makeup.
P.S. There have been somewhat new updates on Tinkerbell's blog and Princess Pea's blog, in case you are interested. They don't update very often.
Monday, August 20, 2007
B's first day home from the hospital. You can't tell from this picture, but she was orange like a pumpkin.
B's 4 month portrait (I think this was 4 months, not positive)
B in the tub (approx 4 months old)
I think this was at Six Flags (in Atlanta). B approx 11 months old.
B showing her true personality at the park in Wellington FL. 12 months old.
B at the park in Wellington FL. 12 months old.
B and Daddy at the park, Wellington FL. 12 months old.
B's 1st Birthday. Disney World. Can you say spoiled? This was her 2nd Disney trip. The first one was when she was only 2 or 3 months old.
Vacuuming at Grammy/Grampy's old house in Florida. Approx 1 year old.
B and cousin C sharing a Birthday cake at Grandma A's. 2 candles for B, 3 for C
B's 2 year old portrait. I've fallen off the formal portrait wagon with J and L.
I'm so angry that I forgot to bring with a $4/$20 purchase coupon. I usually always print one of those off when I go to CVS (if they aren't all expired). So, I spent $19 today, but would have only spent $15 if I had remembered that coupon. I also have $8 in new ECB's.
We don't drink very much soda, and I only buy it when I can get it for around 16 cents a can. I'm cheap about soda. When it's cheap, I buy around 5 boxes and they last us at least a couple of months. Also, I've heard good things about the CVS supreme brand wipes. They are supposedly nice and thick like Huggies wipes used to be.
5 Cases of Pepsi Brand soda (I prefer Coke, but there hasn't been a coke sale recently) (5/$11)
8 boxes of CVS supreme wipes ($1.99 sale plus coupon for $5 off CVS brand purchase of $15 - 8 boxes for $10.92)
4 Arm and Hammer Advance White toothpaste (.99 after sale and ECB's)
1 Mentadent toothpaste (.99 after sale and ECB's)
3 Pack of Dial ($1.99)
1 Sea Breeze Astringent (free after ECB's)
2 packs of tropical skittles for the big peas .50 each (not pictured)
I need to use my $25 gift card one of these days too. I'll probably use it next time.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
This Sunday I am grateful for:
1. 3 sweet peas and a husband on the same continent with us.
2. A slightly less horrifying garage.
3. Being able to open both doors to the laundry room without hitting a large air compressor and suitcases.
Friday, August 17, 2007
B: Mama, why can't people go down to the bottom of the ocean?
Me: Well, they can in a submersible vehicle....blah....blah...blah
B: Well, why can't they go to the way deep part in a diving suit?
Me: The pressure is too much and it will crush a person...blah...blah...blah
B: Why can fish go to the bottom of the ocean?
Me: Their bodies are built differently than people...blah...blah...blah
Then J chimed in
J: B and I were looking at fish, they breathe water in their gills and it comes out the back. I saw it on the PSYCHO-pedia!
On a side note, we got the letter about B's teacher for this year. Apparently, her new teacher just had a baby and will be out the first "few" weeks of school. Not happy about this at all! Daniel says I'm overreacting. But, this is my child's education we're talking about here. Now she's got to get used to one teacher, and then get another one a "few" weeks later. Tell me again why I don't homeschool? Why am I even bothering to send her for the first "few" weeks? (sigh). Maybe Wendy will come talk me down from the ledge on this one. If this particular teacher is really awesome, then I suppose it's worth the wait. But, what are the chances of that? I wish we could just have our Kindergarten teacher back (wink, wink)
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I'm too lazy to type this out in my own words. I was the first one to comment on Leslie's post, therefore, I'm in the game now. So, I'm totally ripping off Leslie by quoting her post in it's entirety below...
It's the Pay it Forward Gift Exchange! (PIF) I've seen this little crafty/gifty/goodmailey idea on several blogs already. I actually tried in vain to find the source of the PIF exchange, but ended up looking at blogs in Hungarian and gave up. BUT since I was quick to comment on Kelly's blog, now I need to pay it forward, too! Here's how it works...
I will send a handmade gift to the first three (3) people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. You may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. (So, you must have a blog to participate.)
How fun! Now let's all pay it forward, give each other gifts just for the heckuvit, and comment away!
If you are one of the three, I'll contact you to get your mailing info (if I don't already have it.) If you're not one of the three, hurry and click over to the winners' blogs to see if you can make it!
I went grocery shopping this morning. It was a little busy since we are supposed to have heavy rain for the next 2 days. I'm glad Daniel is not coming home tomorrow during the storms. Not much else going on here. Hopefully, I'll have a better blog topic tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
We watched Bridge to Terabithia (Widescreen Edition) last night. It was ok. I didn't love it. It was a little too sad for small children, in my opinion. L went to bed half way through and the big girls and I finished watching it. We wish Daniel had been home. Family time isn't quite the same without him.
This Sunday I am grateful for:
1. 3 more days until Daniel comes home.
2. The prospect of getting a decent night's sleep when Daniel comes home.
3. The natural compassion that seems to be built into my children. B and J had a little spat this morning. J was crying on her bed. I tried talking to her and cheering her up, but she wasn't being cooperative. L seemed deeply disturbed by this and got her tiny little body all the way up onto J's bed, sat next to her and patted her arm. So sweet.
4. The smell of the roast cooking in the crock pot. Slow cookers were made for Sundays.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
P.S. My only complaint is that it doesn't work on private blogs.