Saturday, December 26, 2009
My first resolution is to try to take a picture of the monkey every day. I saw the idea from another blog and then read about a 365 day resolution (where you do something everything day for the year) in one of my parenting magazines. I think that would be an amazing way to chronicle the life of my almost-3-year-old!
My second resolution is of course to eat better and working out, hopefully leading to lost weight. I have definitely been a lot better about the working out part but for the last couple of weeks I have slacked off (as I'm sure the rest of the world!). But the part I really need to focus on is the eating better.
And finally, my third resolution is to try to be a better wifey and mother. Just trying to stay not as stressed and let the little things go! I have a lot of things to look forward to in the upcoming year so I don't want to ruin it by being a bitch!
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah (sp?) and if you don't celebrate either a happy holidays! :) And have a safe New Year. In the next couple of days I will be posting pics of the monkey's Christmas! And if you want to check out other resolutions check out http://www.spriteskeeper.com
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Also, Vodka mom over at http://waitressbringmeanother.blogspot.com is having a giveaway for a $30 gift card. So go check her out and all the good stuff she does!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
"No time to be distracted by a penis I have to much to do."
She was seeing her sister's baby daddy's by accident but I feel that is my life. Unfortunately the one I see way to regularly is my little boy's! And there is too much stuff I need to be doing instead of changing diapers. I can't wait for him to be completely potty-trained. We were hoping by the end of this year and that is not going to happen.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I am so sick of Lady Gaga. She annoys me and they are giving away tickets to a show that is coming close to Wichita. And so they play all her songs and they play commercials with her songs in them. Go away. To go with that though…I am sad to say that I do like ridiculously stupid music. I love that Tick Tock song by Ke$ha. I can’t quit singing it. I also loved a song that I heard one time awhile ago, Who’s Got Your Money by Tina Parol. Yeah, never heard another song from her. I don’t know what it is but I am sucker for crappy music.
I do also like good music though. I am waiting to see if I get a ticket to the Elton John/Billy Joel concert that is coming here in March. That would be super amazing. My brother waited in line for 3 hours to get tickets and he had a terrible time. He was the 9th person in line at the place he was buying them from and when he went to get them the ticket printer jammed. And because of the line they wouldn’t reprint the tickets right then. It seemed pretty scandalous but I am waiting to hear from him if he ended up getting the tickets or not. Hopefully so. If not, I guess I will just buy a music video DVD and watch it the night of the concert to make myself feel better!
I am a walking potty-training parent fail. I went to the monkeys daycare the other day and the teacher asked me if he was going to the bathroom at home. I told her no and she started laughing. She said that Leo had told her that he didn’t go at home and she didn’t believe him. She said he goes great at school. I think peer pressure is working at school but not at home. I even tried to bribe him with a present to go numero dos on the pot but he said no thank you. Even when the present (a Christmas present) was wafted under his little nose.
I also read a blog about a parent that has cut her children off from television. I think that is amazing. But I could never do it. Firstly because I love watching TV so I would set a terrible example. Also, because whatever cartoon is on, be Dora, Diego, Handy Manny, Mickey…the list goes on…it keeps the monkey out of my hair if I am trying to get ready for work, get dinner ready, clean up…again the list goes on. I feel bad but I don’t think a little TV is too bad. If it was on all day every day then I would start to get worried. Or if he stopped wanting to play outside in negative 20 million degree weather. I had to tell him that he couldn’t play golf outside because it was too cold. He then told me it wasn’t cold outside because it was sunny. He cracks me up sometimes with his intuitiveness (even if he is a little off-base sometimes!)
I am ready for Christmas! I am ready for the seeing of family. For the eating of ridiculous amounts of good food. For the presents (the giving and receiving!). Only 10 days away! Woot woot!
I hope this was random enough for you! Too see other random check out Keely at www.theunmom.com
Monday, December 14, 2009
First Layer-Crust (for a 9X13 cake pan)
In a small to medium size pan, on medium-low heat melt 1-1/2 sticks of butter (or margarine) and 3 tablspoons of sugar stirring constantly.
Add: 1 1/3 cups flour and
1/3 cups chopped nuts (optional)
Press into the cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees until crust is light brown, approximately 20-25 minutes. Let cool 30 minutes before adding the next layer.
Second Layer-Cream Cheese:
In a medium mixing bowl, using an electric mixer blend 8 oz. cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar. Cream together. Add half of a large (16 oz) carton of Cool Whip.
Third Layer-Pudding Mix:
In a medium mixing bowl (with mixer or by hand) blend the following:
2 small packages or 1 large package of chocolate* instant pudding mix and
3 cups of milk
* You can substitue any flavor of pudding that you choose. Banana is also a very delicious flavor!
Fourth Layer-Cool Whip:
Add the rest of the cool whip and spread over the top.
Refrigerate for about 3 hours before serving. Serve cold.
This takes awhile to make but while you are waiting for it to cool check out other delicious desserts over at www.spriteskeeper.com
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I am having lunch with my "Little Sister" from Big Brothers Big Sisters. She's a really nice girl but the things she says about her family is interesting. I'll give you a few tidbits:
"We were trying to help my aunt and uncle look for a house to move here and my dad saw a hose he liked and we accidentally took it home with us."
"My mom was going to be a bumblebee with me for Halloween but she decided to be a butterfly because the dress was shorter."
And now we all know why she needs a big sister.
Why is it that when you skip your exercises for 2 days it kills you for the next two when you start back up. Were those 2 days that detrimental (sp?) to Jillian's evil plan that she makes it worse to skip days? I don't know that I will be skipping any more.
The monkey has hit a bi-polar high lately. One minute he is hugging and kissing you and the next minute he is screaming like a lunatic. And even telling him that Santa is not going to come and visit doesn't work. The only thing that seems to work is the dreaded call to Grandpa. Unfortunately he is on a weeklong hunting trip and can't help up. Damn him and his much needed vacation!
On the note of bi-polar...I have spoken to many parents and before I have even said anything about it they have made mention of their children being bi-polar. I scolded my hubby when he first made mention of it but hearing other parents say it makes me feel a little bit better. Also, this is in no way being disrespectful of anyone with the illness. I just find it rather helpful to describe because of the extreme highs and lows.
The monkey has also moved into the next room and the teacher said he was sad because he didn't have pull-ups like the bigger kids. Couldn't she just have shown him the kids in underwear so he would want to progress to that? And in the new room they have show and tell. Really, what's my 2-year-old going to bring and be able to explain about "something green?" I don't know what we are going to do for tomorrow but my husband conveniently forgot "something red" last week. Hmmmm...
I don't understand how in less than 12 hours I can have 30 unread posts. You people blog way to much! And having 4 days off in a row I can see how you do it. I have blogged 3 of the 4. Most working weeks I'm lucky to get off 2. So well done!
That's about all I have time for right now. There is much more swimming in my head but that's all you get. I'm keeping some for myself! To see more head over to Keely's the queen of random at http://www.theunmom.com
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
This week over at the Spin Cycle is our wish lists. Now I should not be shallow in any way and say that all I want for Christmas is my family to all be together and that we have a safe and happy holidays. But I'm not going that route. I'll go with a few things that I wish Santa would slap underneath my tree. Some real and some wishful thinking...
- I wish for about 20...oh what the hell, this is a wish list...40 pounds to be taken from myself. I don't care where it goes as long as it gets off of me.
- I wish that when we spend Christmas Eve at my in-laws that they would let Santa come on Christmas morning and not have stockings filled on Christmas Eve. Last time I read Twas The Night Before Christmas Santa came when the kiddos were sleeping Christmas Eve.
- I wish for lots and lots of money. And if Santa doesn't pay in cash then I can just leave my bills and he can go ahead and pay them for me.
- I wish that Leo would be able to use the toilet without fighting me, stop fighting me over dumb things and also just still be a 2-year-old without the crazy terrible twos.
- Now on to some real things...I would like the new Mario Brothers Wii game.
- The new Harry Potter and Johnny Depp movies.
- Giftcards to spend an evening out with the hubby
- And finally I will say that I would like to have enough time to spend during the holidays with my family and that everyone makes it to all their places safely.
Please Santa. I have been a good girl this year so if you could even throw in a few of my items I would appreciate it! And please know that these delicious, fresh-baked cookies and this ice cold glass of milk is definitely there as a bribe to maybe throw in a few extras that you know I would like!
To see other Christmas lists from other good boys and girls check out http://www.spriteskeeper.com. I hope everyone gets what they ask for!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
- I am thankful for my family. They are more help for my mental well-being than anyone else. My mom is my best friend so without her I would be a mess! My hubby keeps me sane by all his funny comments and just laughter is a constant. I am thankful for my monkey because he makes everything worthwhile!
- I am thankful for our DVD players! The portable one of course because it makes trips to the doctor so much more bearable.
- I am thankful for our roof over our head and the food inside. I know there are so many people out there now that are not able to afford such luxuries so even if I complain about wanting a bigger house or more bathrooms I am thankful I am able to provide for my family.
- I am thankful for cheese dip and pumpkin pie. NOt together but they do sound delicious right about now!
- I'm thankful for modern medicine because without it the monkey could be really sick, but instead we are able to keep a breathing machine in our house for his little flare-ups.
Those are just a few things I am thankful for. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I work at a bank inside a grocery store and they have started playing their Christmas music. It's not terribly bad because at least they are mixing it in with their other music. I don't know how I'm going to be able to handle Christmas music all day starting after Thanksgiving.
I am ready for Thanksgiving. The food, the family, the football. Ahhh yes...the 3 F's. And they are all words that can be repeated! The thing I am not looking forward to...the day after Thanksgiving. Cranky people from here until Christmas.
Also, Black Friday...you are stupid. Just wanted to throw that out there. I used to work at the mall (which I loved except for the holidays) and we didn't open until 7 on Black Friday. My sister-in-law works there now and they open at 5. OMG!
I am rocking out to some Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I am on day 6 and I have done it every day. I really appreciate all the support from my friends irl and in the bloggy universe! I hope to see results! And if I don't see results at least maintain currently through the holidays!
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Monday, November 23, 2009
I have done this for 4 days. Every day I have done the workout. I'm pretty proud of myself. It is only a 22 minute workout which I appreciate because I don't always have the time to waste doing that. I have more important things like blogging to do! And I have gotten a lot of motivation from the people around me. I have of course talked about it on facebook and it give me pride to just put it out there and have people positively respond! I hope that I will continue for the next 26 days. My main goal is to go back to Christmas and feel good about myself and how I look. So I will keep you posted on my journey!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I went to the grand opening of our new library in Derby. It’s really nice and the monkey became a card-carrying member of the NRA. Oh wait…I mean the library. My dad would have been prouder if it was to the NRA! The library is so much bigger than the old one. You could barely walk through the aisles if there was someone else in it. And they have a few conference rooms and they have a pretty large area for kiddies. Except with the whole swine flu business I’d rather have my kid play with the puzzles we have at home than the ones that all the other kids played with. I’m just saying.
As much as I love my brother I think it is funny how different we are. He and his fiancée just moved into their new house and they just bought stuff for it. A LOT of stuff. Really nice stuff. And when we moved into our house 5 years ago we didn’t buy hardly anything. Just a few things we were missing. And we incorporated all the stuff we had together. I’m glad they are able to do that (and maybe just a hint jealous!) But after thinking about it we didn’t need all of that stuff. We still don’t need it. I have too much crap as it is and we’ve spent too much money on that stuff. But I’m still a little jealous about it! :)
Last week I was on vacation and I didn’t cook a single day. I felt extremely lazy. And we spent too much money on food. That is why I make grocery lists and stick to it. But it was delicious and we didn’t have hardly any dishes. In my fantasy world this is what would happen every day. I would also have a trainer so I wouldn’t become a beached whale. I also didn’t go to either one of my spin classes so yeah, the beached whale thing. Could have happened.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
With vacation happening I really haven't missed work. At all. I miss my work friends but even they haven't been there because of sick kids. So even if I would have been there they wouldn't have been so it would have been pointless.
Bedtime has been a struggle for the little monkey lately. He doesn't want to go to sleep. I'm not for sure why but it is driving me nuts. When he goes to bed at 8:30 then that gives me a good hour to an hour and a half before I want to go to bed. When he doesn't go to bed until almost 10 i have no time to myself.
I have been obsessed with books lately. I just finished The Lovely Bones (again) and can't wait for the movie to come out. The hubby and I went to 2 bookstores on Wednesday and I picked some out in my mind that I want to get if I get a few gift certificates for Christmas...Jen Lancaster I'm looking at you! And I saw on her blog her release date for her new book is May 2010 I think! I'm so excited!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
1. I sing in the car. A lot. I don't really like to sing in front of other people because I get embarassed really easily but in my car nothing can stop me. I will sing country, hip-hop, hardcore rap, metal, classic rock you name it.
2. I worked at Sam Goody for over 4 years and that is where I got a lot of my knowledge for the aforementioned songs I sing!
3. I hate car trips. Most people love them because they get to enjoy the scenery and all that other nonsense. Not me, put me on a plane anyday and get me to my destination quicker.
4. I am a car sleeper. I'm sure it is because I hate car rides but I can sleep pretty much in any position in any seat and sleep almost the entire way. When I say the entire way I am talking about the 3 hour trips that we make west and northeast. Yeah, we travel a lot huh?!!?
5. I want another baby but I want to make sure that we will be able to take care financially of both kids. I know that "they" say that you never have enough money to have babies, but "they" aren't the ones that could get evicted or not be able to feed the kids or pay the babysitter. I know they are probably right but still...I want to be comfortable with the decisions I make because I will be the one affected by them.
6. My kid has way to many toys and I want to throw them away almost daily. He is pretty good about picking them up but they clutter the house and they annoy me. I'm sure I had as many toys as he did but I feel he is quite spoiled. (Another post for many other days!)
7. I could probably eat 1 meal a day and be fine. Obviously not health wise but I am just not that hungry. I only make food because I know the boys won't eat unless I make something. And yes I have been told this by the hubby. Lame.
8. I wish that I could be a better friend. I just don't have the energy to be the bestest friend in the world. I'm wrapped up in my own messes to deal with than trying to have to deal with everyone else's.
9. Which is why my co-workers become my good friends. Because we have all day every day to learn about each other. And we can talk daily. Without interrupting my other planned activities. Now if only they won't stop working there and then we can continue to be friends!
10. Finally...I will probably work at the bank I currently work for until I retire (or get fired) because I hate job hunting. It is too stressful and I don't want to mess with that nonsense!
I am supposed to tag other people to do this but I just want to hear from everyone...what are some facts about you that you want to share. Get it off your chest!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
* I will say that he told the same story hours apart to both me and the hubby.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Me: Leo, it's time for bed. I already pulled back the covers. Get in!
Leo: Mom, can I get a book to look at?
Me: Just one.
Yep...I have a reader and I love it. He can even "read" parts of Go Dog Go and Toes, Ears, Nose. I'm not hyping him up or anything but one time when I was reading it to him he started reading along. They must read them a lot at school so he has memorized it by the pictures. I'm ok with it! I'm also a huge reader and he probably has around 50-75 books already and I keep buying him more. They aren't very expensive and he loves them! It makes me happy that I have made a positive influence on him! Books are the gateway to anything and I want him to have as much of an imagination as I had.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I'm pretty stoked because the Jayhawks are playing right now and kicking some ass vs. Fort Hays State. You read that right...Fort Hays State. They don't even matter but I don't care because as of right now my football team sucks so I am now officially ready for basketball!
In my last post I talked about a boy who wanted to potty train standing up. Yeah, still working on that. ANy advice?
I am still wanting to lose some weight but it was brought to my attention that when you give birth your hips can widen. I guess that is why the jeans I bought pre-baby but 20 pounds+ still fit. I'm kind of annoyed by that because honestly...if I lose 20 pounds after baby I kind of want to be able to tell. Because the last time I lost 20 pounds I was drinking almost daily and working 50 hours a week and going to school full-time. I actually did it the right way this time and I look worse than I did then. That is not right!
To go with that last random thougth I was thinking about getting the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I'm kinda afraid though seeing as I've read other blogs about how they have been killed doing it. I hope not for real because I haven't seen many posts from them since...
My hubby has been watching a lot of ghost story shows to get in the Halloween spirit and it is freaking me out. He keeps talking about how he "sees stuff" when he's watching them. In our house. Not cool dude. I get nightmares from reading R. L. Stine's GOosebumps series. So not cool.
I am done with Halloween and have been pretty proud of myself because I haven't really eaten that much of Leo's candy. He actually got almost all chocolate which is nice because I'm not much of a chocolate person. It makes it real helpful for the whole trying to lose weight thing.
On the other hand of being done with Halloween I am not ready for Christmas. I know I said this before but seriously...the Halloween stuff is marked down 50% and right across the aisle Christmas stuff at 100% markup. Awesome. Merry freaking Christmas.
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Monday, November 2, 2009
The other side of my confession is this. My life would be so empty in a way I could never know if I did not have a child. I also would say that my life has changed exponentially for the better since I have had a child. I don't only think of myself when it comes to things. I know how much having a child has brightened my life and the lives of my family members. I took Leo to my grandparents house on Halloween and their faces just lit up when they saw my little Batman! I wake up in the mornings with a smile on my face because my little man is smiling in my face asking to watch cartoons in the rigging room (the living room) or that he wants his monkey (to play Play-Doh with) and me just using my knowledge to try to teach him things. Like how to be a gentleman by saying please and thank you and making sure that he is nice to the little girls in his class and that when they give him hugs not to push him away. I am also trying to figure out the best way to potty train a little boy. Who wants to stand up. Yeah, still trying on that one. So as much as I sometimes think that my life would be better without the little pitter patter of tiny feet on our wood floors I know that it would be so much worse. It's like the grass is always greener...you know when you hop over that fence it is definitely not going to be. So I think my pennance should be 2 Old McDonalds and 3 Dr. Seuss books! Do you agree?
And if you want to see other parental confessions (hopefully some more light-hearted than mine...) head over to Sprites Keeper at http://www.spriteskeeper.com/
Edited to add: Another reason I wish I didn't have a child...today my bank branch got robbed. Luckily for me I was not there (I've dodged the bulled twice now...). But the man that got robbed lost his wife to breast cancer a few years ago and if the robber would have shot him (he showed the teller a gun and called it "id") his two little girls would have no parents. I would never want to leave my child without a parent because I would feel terrible. I guess technically I woudln't feel anything seeing that I would be dead, but you know.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
- The Redskins have been killing me lately. How do you call yourself a "professional" football team when you have 3 turnovers in the first half. All of them resulting in scores. Annoyed. Also, the whole smiling, slapping asses, etc. Yeah, you're losing. And you've only won 2 games all year. Probably not the best time to be jacking around on the sidelines. Just FYI.
- Work has been pretty good but I'm pretty sure that even though we work together 5-6 days per week that does not give you the right to touch me. I'm not a big touchy-feely person but we are in a work environment so either way not the right place to throw that down. So please don't try to give me hugs, poke my side, rub my back etc.
- I went to the tag office today to get my tag renewed because I waited to long to do it online. I don't know what all the complaining is about. I was in and out in under 20 minutes. And the lady that helped me was very friendly. It made the whole experience a lot better! But really...$96 for a 2001 Ford Escort...I'm not even sure my car is worth that much.
- The little heathen is getting prepared for Halloween. He has learned the phrase trick or treat and knows that this is the time for candy. So this morning when I gave him his options for breakfast he looked at me and said..."Ummmm gum?" and when I told him no he said..."Ummmm candy?" with the most cutest smile I've witnessed since yesterday. You wish buddy boy! I would say you would get enough in the upcoming days but we're really not hitting up to many houses so sorry! No candy for you!
- We have way too many toys in our house. It is ridiculous the amount of toys we have. So when I tell people that he doesn't need more toys and they give me the look like I'm a mean mom I guess I need to show them pictures.
I guess this is all the time I have for today. I have to get to work which I do not want to go but who does?! To see other randomness check out keely at http://www.theunmom.com
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
First up: Chicken and Noodles
3(ish) chicken breast (with or without skins and bones)
a couple chicken bouillion cubes
1 package of frozen egg noodles
2 cans cream of chicken soup (I use Campbells)
Cook chicken (I like to put them in the crockpot so they are cooked when I get home). To season it toss the bouillion cubes in there. Cook the egg noodles ( to make them even tastier use the broth from the cooked chicken). Drain noodles, add cream of chicken soup and chicken. I like a thicker soup so I drain most of the water out from the noodles and the cream of chicken soup makes it thick.
2nd recipe: Roast
Step 1: Buy roast, carrots and potatoes
Step 2: Put all in crockpot with Onion Soup mix (the powder form) with about 3/4 cup of water
Step 3: Let it sit all day and smell its gloriousness when you come home from work.
Step 4: Enjoy!
See other delicious fall recipes at http://www.spriteskeeper.com
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Speaking of my kid…I am excited to say that he has officially pooped in the potty. I never thought I would be this excited about potty training but look at me! I also never expected anyone else to care about his potty training as much as I did. But when he went to school and told his teacher about it she was extremely excited and started to tell all the other kids about. I thought streamers and confetti were going to pop out of the ceiling for a parade and party. I’m ok with that though!
Also, he got a “surprise” for doing his business in the potty. He chose a bucket that had 61 pieces of jungle animals and flora and fauna for said animals to play on. It was a great buy for only $10 (gotta love Target!) but on the package it said 5+ because of choking hazards. I’m not sure but Leo is not really at the stage that he is putting things in his mouth that I am concerned that he is going to choke on. Either my kid is a genius or this company is taking great lengths to keep all kids that are not 5 from choking. Now, as much as I would like to go with the first option I don’t think my kid is the only under 5 that is capable of playing with these toys without having a problem. Oh well. They still got my money!
I’m just gonna say this without much else, but Lady Gaga is really weird. I watched her on SNL and she was wearing that weird costume and she could barely sit at the piano with it on. Don’t you think she would have rehearsed that? Yeah, just really weird.
I am going on a date with the hubby this weekend. Nothing spectacular but we are going to watch the fights at the local B-Dub. I got a parenting magazine and it had a little survey that asked if it was important to still have date nights after baby. 90% of people said yes. As much as I agree with this, I think it is hard to have a set “date night.” Maybe we are just lazy people that didn’t really go out much before baby but we don’t really go out that much. It is also expensive. You have to pay to go out plus pay for a babysitter (if you don’t coerce a family member into doing it!). On that note, I have a cousin that is watching Leo this weekend for a few hours while me and the hubby will both be at work. He’s not that difficult to watch, especially on a Saturday morning, but how much do I need to pay her? I don’t really have people watch Leo that I have to pay so I don’t even really know what the going rate is. Anyone? Anyone?
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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Being a super hero ain't easy. But I'll let you in on how I spend my free time...
And hang out with my friends. (Avert your eyes so they won't know your true identity).
But the safety of the city is worth it.
To see other people's photo essays visit Jen over at the Sprite's Keeper: http://www.spriteskeeper.com/my_weblog/2009/10/negotiations.html
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
***Note to all readers: No children were harmed in the writing of this blog***
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I also love fall because of Halloween and Thanksgiving. I really like Halloween but I don't really dress up. We have the past few years at work, but nothing too crazy. ANd now that Leo is able to make decisions I have been letting him tell me what he wants to be for Halloween. The things he has told me so far have been: an elephant, Spiderman, a cricket, a white person (apparently he saw a "white person" on a cartoon. We are not a racist family all decked out in our KKK stuff but my boss did tell me to let him know he could never be white, you know since he's a halfie! :), Spiderman, a pumpkin pie and Batman. He has talked about Batman because a friend of our families told him a story about how his mom made him a Batman costume when he was a little boy. So now Leo has really been into the idea of being Batman like Mike was. So we went to a few costume stores today and he saw a Batman costume. And it fit. And it was only $20. So Leo will be Batman for Halloween. And he looks adorable in it! Awesome!
Friday, October 2, 2009
We watch childrens tv in the morning when Leo and myself are trying to get ready for work and then again for a little bit in the evenings when I am getting dinner together. I have decided that I like Disney much better than Nickelodeon. The main reason is because Disney does not over-run their programming with commercials for products. Adult products, kids products, toys and food. I really don't want my 2-year-old to become a gimmie gimmie kid. And just when we were watching Nick while he was sick he saw a commercial and was like I want that. And he's not like that unless we are in a store and he sees something exceptionally cool. So I will give most of my tv watching time to Disney. And that's all I have to say about that.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I hate that a person that has no bearing on the outcome of the game feels that it is their place to make other fans uncomfortable and be as rude as possible because they are not going for the same team that you are. And I'm not even talking about the rude, obnoxious fans for the other team that are jeering and cussing and just being rude. We went to a Redskins/Cowboys game in Dallas a few years ago and being the Redskins fan that I am I was cheering for the Redskins. I was not even being obnoxious yet the Cowboys fan a few rows behind me started heckling me. Telling me I was white trash and that my engagement ring was cubic zarconia (sic). I was just cheering for my team and this douche bag had to go and ruin my good time by personally attacking me. I have been to a Chiefs game that I didn't really care who they were playing but I saw numerous people get into fights because they were cheering for the "wrong" team. I really don't know how this weekend will turn out. I am planning on wearing a black t-shirt (Raiders colors are Black/Silver) and I'm sure I will get yelled at but honestly people, it's a game.
And just to be fair, this does not only happen at football games. I went to a baseball game (Royals vs. Cardinals) and the hubby was wearing a Royals shirt at Busch stadium and he got heckled. I just think it is ridiculous. And I think it is even more ridiculous when these people personally attack you. They don't know you. What if it was their mother and you were doing that to her, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't enjoy that. Let's just take some advice from Rodney King and let's all just get along. I hope my weekend is uneventful and if you want to check out other people's hates go to http://www.spriteskeeper.com
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I am going to get Leo a new game before this weekend with granmda and grandpa. It is a game that the giraffe talks and tells you to find the other animals by different clues. There are 5 levels, so they go from color to sounds to other stuff. I think he will really enjoy it because he loves animals and he has been really good lately about comprehending what we are talking to him about and having fuller conversations with us. It is so weird to see him like a grown-up kid.
Also a huge story on the front...Leo has been doing pretty well with the potty training. We even got him some spiderman underpants. He puts them on over his diaper but we are teaching him that he can't go to the bathroom in his diaper when he is wearing his underpants so he has been letting us know if he needs to go (after we ask him about 15 times if he needs to go.)
I am pretty excited to go to Kansas City this weekend. Even if all we do is hang out in the hotel watching football it will be nice because I won't have to be cooking or cleaning or caring for a 2 year old. I'm pretty stoked actually. And as for going to the Chiefs vs. Raiders game, after watching last nights Raiders game I have a pretty good feeling that the Raiders will be able to overcome the crappy Chiefs and mark a victory making my husband a happy man!
And this is definitely not the year of the celebrity. Everyone keeps dying. I'm not really for sure what it is but I think it may be global warming. Yeah, I'm gonna go with that.
To see other random thoughts check out Keely over at http://www.theunmom.com/2009/09/i-didnt-use-sniper-rifle-on-mouse-but.html
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I have always loved to color. But now being a mom, I actually get to do it again without feeling ridiculous. And I'm not talking grand pictures, I'm talking about the 5-in-1 Dora coloring book that I got to color Dora and Boots and I loved it! It was a little different being directed what color to paint what, but I managed! I may sneak in a little coloring time later tonight after Leo's in bed and I can have the coloring book all to myself! Ahhh...the joys of being a mom!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
D) All of the Above
My answer last night was D. I heard a crying and coughing kid in the next room so I went to go get him to give him either a breathing treatment or cough medicine or both and I arrived to see him still sleeping (or at least trying to) when I went in there. It was the most pathetic thing I have ever witnessed. It broke my heart. I went and got the breathing treatment machine and brought him into our room and got a movie for him to watch. He was hysterical and if anyone has asthma out there, they know that crying only intensifies the coughing. So I finally got him relaxed watching the Incredibles and then I turned the machine on and he flipped out. He's usually ok with the machine but last night he was not having any of it. So I waited for him to go to sleep to try to run it while he was sleeping. Apparently this machine was made by people who don't care about noise because it is so freaking loud. So of course it woke him up and he started freaking out again. Plan B...derailed. So I just got kicked and slept on the rest of the night. Oh well...who needs sleep.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
So I don't have any huge plans for this weekend but I am off Friday and I am meeting my bestie that used to work with me for lunch. I haven't seen her since she got back from her honeymoon in June and that is just ridiculous. I am excited to see her! I am also going to take Leo to the zoo. He loves being outside and going to the zoo and with the stupid awesome weather we have been having a zoo day is in order!
I originally thought that we should go to see the in-laws this weekend if they don't hit up the ICT (why I am writing ridiculous things I don't know...Probably because I am up at 3:15 hopped up on allergy medicine, but don't judge me monkey!) but the hubby didn't agree. He doesn't really like going home because it makes him sad when he leaves (don't tell him I told you this...) so I guess we will be hanging around the Derb. My dad wants to take Leo back to the lake so I think I will tag along. It will be nice because that means I can hang out at the lake while my dad and Leo play like 2 children. Leo loves him so much..it is really cute! Dad took him to the lake a few weekends ago and then my dad went back last weekend by himself. When I told Leo that grandpa was at the lake he asked me why Leo wasn't at the lake...cue the awwwws. It made my dad so happy! Other than the zoo and the lake I don't think much else will be hap-a-lapping. (Again, I'm sorry) So it should be a pretty good weekend all in all.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Back to books though...I recently read 2 books in a trilogy by Kay Hooper. They are part of the Blood series...books about psychics in the FBI. I have written about them before so I won't go into it again, but check them out! Great books!
I also got hooked on the Harry Potter books. I started reading them in high school when they first came out. One of my Christmas presents a few years back were the books in hardback (ok, more like 7 or 8 years ago, but who's counting?). I'm a nerd. I was pretty excited about that! Also, since probably book 4 I have either been at the opening of the book store (before they had the midnight opening) or at the stores for their midnight sales and got the books! I will say, I did not participate in any of the shenanigans that were going on though. Those were for the small children I had to push out of the way to get my hands on a copy! And I won't deny having my husband wake up in the middle of the night and see me, clutching my Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and my book light sobbing because of the end of the book. Don't judge me!
And finally, I am a chick lit fanatic! I love all things chick lit! I like the light, fluffy reading material that I can finish in 24 hours. I also like the good (ususally) story lines that then lead to a good roll in the hay in the books. Because honestly...that doesn't happen in real life. As much as I wished it did real life does not usually have the sugary-sweet ending that most of these books do. But it is nice to transport myself in a world that usually has a happy ending!
If you want to see what other people are reading or like to read check them out over at http://www.spriteskeeper.com/my_weblog/2009/08/spin-cycle-book-em-dano.html
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I think living in the 1920s would have been fabulous because they had electricity but it was a more relaxed time period (I think!). They also had fabulous clothes and just the way people behaved (you know, I'm just basing this off of what I have read about in books and seen in movies...real educated!). I also think the 60s would have been great. Free love, peace, awesome music. Yeah...also the 60s had a time where there were actually politicians that believed in what they were saying. Just seeing how people reacted to Martin Luther King, RFK and JFK...their speeches, their deaths...just amazing how you could see them and felt like there was something to believe in. I wish we had that now. No one screams to me, hey listen to me...I'm saying something important. Yeah, not so much. Anyways...I was going to do a murder-mystery dinner thing for my birthday, which sadly passed 2 months ago but I think I am really going to do it soon and I will probably get a story based out of one of those 2 eras so I can dress up and pretend for the night that I am living there! I'm a nerd...whatever!
Friday, July 31, 2009
So as I was laying in bed trying to figure out what to write about in conjunction with this weeks spin from Jen over at Sprites Keeper when I heard a knocking sound and my dog growling. So my heart started to race a little bit. And the sound just kept happening. Then I heard the wind rustling the trees. And then my mind started to wander. It went to the place where I rolled over in bed and saw an intruder standing in my living room. I scrambled to get out of bed and push my dresser and bed against the door happy that I had my cell phone so I could call 911. The intruder goes into the kitchen and grabs a knife and is trying to open the door with the knife. Why? Who knows! But then reality sets in and I realize my imagination is a funny thing. I go let my dog out and what a shock...there are people hammering on my neighbors shed. Maybe I should be a fiction writer! Except the only material I would get would be about 5 pages. Not much more.It's funny how your mind can turn a mole hill into a mountain.
Working at a bank, we are supposed to "practice" what we would do in case of a robbery. I don't think the bank would appreciate me wetting my pants once a month just to practice what I would do. We all have scenarios in our mind what we would do in case of a fire, or in case our kids or family members are in serious trouble but my mind always takes me to a place where they are always rescued but the scenarios are outrageous. Nothing like, oh Leo fell off his bike and broke his arm. They were when he was a baby and the house was on fire and I had to run through the burning hallway and then jump out of the window with him hoping he would safely make it from a 7ish foot drop. I guess maybe our minds are helping us because if we can survive that we can survive the little things.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Me: He's touching me
Brock: I'm not touching her, I just have my finger right by her face.
Me: Mom, tell him to quit...he's touching me...wah wah wah.
And then the most ridiculous thing happened that shut us the heck up. My mom slammed on the breaks and dropped the F-bomb. Now, my mother is a woman of peace. She does not cuss, and is usually the pretty calm one. When this happened we just shut right up because the ish was about to hit the fan. I don't really remember what happened after that. If we got in trouble when we got home or if we just quietly skirted to our rooms to make sure that D-Day wouldn't happen that day.
But this is where it gets funny...my brother and I are very close now. Not close where we talk to each other daily or anything like that but the big stuff that matters we actually talk about. Have normal conversations. I watch his kid and he can watch mine. I'm going to be in his wedding next summer as a bridesmaid (obviously for his fiancee and not him) but still. He has respect enough in me that he wants me in it. And he of course was in my wedding. Funny how a few (10-15) years ago we hated each others guts but when something goes down he will be one of the first I call or email. It's nice to have him and his family close by so if I want to see him I can. Or if I have something to give him I can swing by. It's just nice that we don't have to have our mom screaming at us to get along. Maybe we should be thanking her for not pushing us together but letting us come together. Whatever way...he is definitely my friend!
If you want to hear other people talk about their friends head over to Sprite's Keeper www.spriteskeeper.com/my_weblog/2009/07/spin-cycle-friendship-friendship-just-the-perfect-blendship.html
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
On a side note...I did see my boss today and her cute, sweet baby boy. I held him and cuddled him. Then I smelled my hand (not on purpose...I'm not that creepy!) and the first thought that popped in my head was, oh my gosh, my son is going to be just like a pet, smell the new baby smell on me and think, where the hell has she been holding other kids. That is so not cool! Ok, yeah, now you can really call me a dork!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The thing that kills me though is that he is the perfect angel 70% of the time and the other 30% is what drives me bonkers and makes me want to drop-kick the little runt! He tells me when he is getting in trouble...I be nice...only to not be nice in the upcoming 5 minutes. I know he is just trying to get out of trouble for the time being, but that cute little, innocent face just stares at me and I can't keep him in trouble for too long. Also, as a 2-year-old there is only so much discipline or bargaining you can do. I can tell him he won't get to go to storytime if he misbehaves, but if he is misbehaving the only thing I want to do is get him out of the house because he almost always behaves in public. I know that is not the right way to look at things but if he's out of the house he will behave and he won't be grating on my last nerve.
What do you people think? Are 2-year-olds honestly responsible for their behavior? Do you think you can reason with them? If so, does anyone have any extra room for a little munchkin for the rest of the summer? :)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Yep, you heard it here! I was at music theater and during intermission I was getting on my phone to check out Olive Gardens menu since I would be dining there later that evening when I saw I had 4 text messages. All from said boss. She told me I jinxed her because the night before I asked her how she was doing and she responded saying G2 was doing as he was supposed to. Little did we know fate would intervene and Nolan Gillen was born yesterday. My second half of Kiss Me Kate was ruined because my head was running over possible schedule scenarios trying to replace her in our schedule. I did still end up going to the Olive Garden to eat dinner with some girls I graduated college with and my life is going infinitely better than theirs (knock on wood.) One of them, her dad just died last week and the other one told us she got a divorce (or that her husband divorced her). You could tell the pain was still there. Those stories are a different post in themselves though. So, I left dinner refreshed yet pained by my friends pain. I ran home, got my son and skedaddled up to the hospital to meet the little bundle of joy. He has a head full of dark hair (funny because his brother probably din't have that much hair until he was almost 2! And he is blonde!) She is dark headed and her husband is blonde so they now have one of each! Anywho...then after the hospital we stopped by the grocery store to pick up Band-Aids and Benadryl because my 2-year old is covered in mosquito bites. I actually made him wear a coat in 97 degree heat because he wouldn't quit scratching them. Poor little thing. And then my husband made me completely paranoid because on the bottle of Benadryl it says not to give to 2-5 year olds without talking to your dr. and I told him my mom said it was ok but then I had to google it because I'm crazy like that. Then I stayed up until almost 11 trying to find the best possible scenarios for the week!
Then this morning I woke up and said mosquito bites were no better and I had a text already telling me that someone was calling in. Fabulosity! Happy monday! I hope everyone elses weekend was great! And I also hope everyone has a great week!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
We see the 50 thousand fireworks tents lined up and down the streets and he sees the blue ones and the red ones and the green ones and they all have FIREWORKS inside of them. He is crazy about them. And at night when we are sitting in doing something very classy (like watching tv) and he hears the fireworks he lowers his voice to a whisper and says in awe "fireworks!" And then finally on Monday I told him that if he was good that mommy and daddy would take him to the big tents to get some fireworks for him and he just looked at me with the biggest smile on his face and said "What!!!!!" Too cute.
I guess my hope is that he is not terrified once we get down to the nitty gritty of the fireworks. The loud pops, the screeching, annoying ones. I hope he love, love loves them as much as he is excited to see everything related to them. So I hope everyone elses 4th of July is just as fabulous as I hope ours will be! ANd if you want to see other peoples spins about kids check them out at Sprites Keeper www.spriteskeeper.com/my_weblog/2009/07/spin-cycle-playing-devils-advokid.html