Tuesday, September 30, 2008
So if you do happen to have a "few" thousand just sitting around not doing anything, you may want to check these out.
Princess Coach Bed- that's a bargain price of $4760
Or how about this one? It's ONLY $47,000. What a steal! (Can you sense my sarcasm?)
This one is cute and only $14,339
And I love this one for little boys. I can't leave them out with all the princessy stuff.
Don't forget the armoire! Doesn't everyone have $49,000 for a dresser sitting around?
Wow! Maybe if I won a multi-million dollar jackpot I could afford one of these but I still don't think I would buy one. The armoire and second Coach bed are both more than dh makes in a year!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
We had made plans to go to a friend's house near Dade City today to play with their boys and swim. This couple is so nice. Dh and I both worked with Frank for a few years and we've kept in touch. They have 3 kids too and we swear our kids are clones. They act alike, they fight alike, they're just as dramatic, etc.
Them- ds5.25yrs straight thick hair
Us- ds6yrs straight thick hair
Them- ds3yrs(month younger than Ian) curly sandy hair
Us- ds3yrs curly sandy hair
Them- dd3mo comb over hair
Us- dd6mo comb over hair
Anyway, we get along really well and always have a nice time so it was great to hang out with them for a while. They have a beautiful house on 7 acres with a natural fishing pond and pool. I can dream of a home like theirs- minus the pond. They are just too far out in the boonies for my liking though. The grocery store is 20 miles away. There is no pizza delivery. No restaurants. Nothing but orange groves and horses, cows and camels. Yes, I said camels. Dh said somebody over there owns them. Why they have them, I don't know.
So that was the bulk of our day. I'm thinking of going to MOSI tomorrow since it will be the last time we can get in free as a family but we'll probably end up working around the house. It's still a complete disaster but it's all going this week. I'm ready to have my house back!
Friday, September 26, 2008
I did talk to one mom who was wheeling a huge travel stroller everyone included ON the equipment (wheelchair accessible playground). I mentioned she should try BW and her reaction wasn't what I expected. She was all like I'm a 3rd time mom and I've tried this and that and she(baby) wants me to hold her and blah, blah, blah. So I just mentioned I had a wrap with me if she wanted to try it when the baby woke up and then dropped it. I don't get her excuses though. Her baby wants to be held. Hello?! What do you think you're doing? Your baby is up against your chest if you are doing a front carry. There's no where better! Ugh. I'm guessing she started out with a pouch that was too big or a ring sling she didn't like/know how to use or even an uncomfortable Bjorn and now she's just turned off of BW. Wish I could have helped her.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
My books are here although I seem to have no time to start them. I'll do that tomorrow. And dh's Crocs along with mine came in but mine are going back. :( I got the Adara and they are too wide for even my wide feet. Darn. That's why I don't like shopping online. It beats paying full retail though even if it takes a bit longer.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
She seemed to like it. She ate half a very small jar of sweet potatoes. I had to keep holding her hand(s) down though. I'd put food in her mouth and her fingers would quickly follow. She loves those fingers!
Before: I'm hungry Mama!!
I'll eat your finger if I can't have mine.
What is this?? It doesn't taste like my mama milk!
Maybe it will be better with fingers.
Here are a few pics.
Studying her "book". Okay, she was really wanting to pull it to her mouth but it doesn't reach.
She loves her brother(s).
Can't quite reach it. She wants that toy to chew on. Now.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Are they here yet? Are they here yet?
Wanna see what I'm getting?
Gypsy Mama Crinkle Gauze (hand dyed) wrap in Rainbow Sherbert
Olives & Applesauce (O&A) 16" in Disco Dots. This is a SSC (Soft Structured Carrier) so it's a bit different from my Mei Tais. I can see how babywearing can get addictive! LOL
I sold my Kozy and the fabric so I could fund both of these. I'm antsy to get them and try them out!
Friday, September 19, 2008
BTW, Logan stuck to the Sweet Tomatoes birthday dinner and ate a good size salad tonight along with macaroni & cheese, quattro formaggio focaccia (aka pizza sticks), and a small plates of desserts (spoon of mousse, pudding, blueberry muffin). I stepped outside my box tonight and had their Irish Potato Leek soup (needed salt and then was delish) and Asian Ginger Broth in which you added your veggies seperately (tasted like beef broth) along with my salad and dessert (Choc. Lava Cake- yum!).
Thursday, September 18, 2008
So what did Logan get? He got $100 from dh's boss/friend, the 3rd season of Scooby Doo (bc that's what Ian picked out), a Wall-E game for his Lmax, and 2 video games I got on clearance earlier this year. He plans to go buy a new Lego video game tomorrow night after dinner. He also got strawberry shortcake ice cream cake. Yum!
I didn't get many shots of him today. He was being silly and wouldn't look at the camera.
Cheeeeeese smile after opening his gifts- still sweaty from tumbling class.
Well it's true! I met up with a Craigslister today to sell some of my baby clothes. When she got out of the car, she immediately says,"did you go to ____school?" I said Yes. Turns out we went to elementary school together! I recognized her maiden name. She totally remembered me and where I lived and my glasses (oh how I loathed those). Kinda scary how much she remembered. LOL
She said she still lives in ____ neighborhood. No way! Guess where I happen to live? So we live on opposite sides of the neighborhood! She has 3 kids (GGB) too and her oldest goes to Logan's school although they are years apart. Her middle dd is a year older than Ian and her youngest a month older than Bella.
So today is Logan's BIRTHDAY!! My baby boy is 6 years old. Officially he won't be 6 until later tonight but I was in labor lying in the hospital bed bored but comfy at this time. We have tumbling tonight but we plan to celebrate tomorrow with his choice of place for dinner. When asked where he'd like to go I've gotten Olive Garden and Sweet Tomatoes. Why ST? From his lips, "I want a salad." Woohoo!! Maybe I am doing something right!
Dh and Ian are going to get him a little cake tonight though for after tumbling. As for a party, maybe next weekend. It's too darn hot to do anything outside and I don't have enough room for family inside much less adding all our friends in. I was thinking of having an Un-Birthday party for him when it cools off a bit. No gifts, but just a fun party so all his friends could come. We'd still do cake too! Think I'd get flak for that?
Anyway, Logan was born at 5:58pm I believe. My memory is shot. He was 8lbs 15oz and is still my big boy. He towers over some of the 1st/2nd graders and even some of the 5th graders at school. He's the sweetest boy and is loved by everyone. I'm very blessed!
Just a "few" pictures. ;)
Just born! He was just a wee bit bruised.
1st birthday- Sesame Street theme. He devoured that cake!!
2nd birthday- Farm theme
Yes, that's my fat self back there. And that's a tiny Trey next to Logan if you didn't know. They were always best buds.
3rd birthday- at Pump It Up, Wiggles Theme
There's Trey again!
4th Birthday- Cars theme
5th birthday- spent the week at Disney
6th birthday- no theme yet....pics to come
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Apparently the hold up was the applications for free/reduced lunches. What? Yea, I said that too. Those who qualify for lunches can actually score lower on the test and get in since "they" think those kids may not have parental involvement, access to computers, etc. The lunch program was behind on applications. I asked his teacher this morning about the application since we did turn one in and what other students were doing if they hadn't been approved yet. They've been eating those plain cheese sandwiches and white milk for the past month. I feel horrible for those kids! She said many times, they don't even eat it. It's not the kids' fault the county is behind in it's job!
Monday, September 15, 2008
All of the papers and elements are courtesy of Digitalfreebies.com's artists: Lauren Grier, Amanda Rockwell, and Maria LaFrance.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I know you're out there...lurking...I can see you! Click on that button and write me a note!
Ian is (and has been for a while) officially potty trained- day and night! We have had a couple of accidents here and there and I know they are just accidents. We put him to bed Friday night after Disney with his clothes on since he was so exhausted and he couldn't get them off fast enough when he woke up. It's okay, I'm thrilled I only have one child in diapers!
No news on Logan to report. I still haven't heard anything on his testing. Guess I need to get this lady's name and make a phone call.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Breastfeeding is not sexual people.
Get over it!
Like my new fashion accessory? There were several snakes, a bearded dragon, tarantula, alligator and a frog. The kids all had a blast. Ian wouldn't go near any of them though. There were only a few things that Logan wouldn't touch like the spider for one! I haven't held a boa like that since I was a kid. I want to say it was at Busch Gardens years ago. This one was named Carlos I think and weighed about 35lbs.
Could we please vote in a president that gives a rats ass about healthcare for our kids?? Preferably someone who's "been there" and knows the struggles and cares.
Friday, September 12, 2008
We decided to hit Epcot today. We got to do quite a bit! Spaceship Earth, Nemo, Soarin' (twice), Mexico's boat ride, new shows/stuff inside Innoventions (free velcro frogs!) and Test Track! Since Ian is now tall enough, he was able to do both Soarin' and TT. He never smiles on rides but he says he loves them when they are done and wants to go again. This was only my second time on Soarin' and I loved it even more. We were in the 2nd row and it was better than the 3rd row. Maybe one day I'll make it up front. It really does feel like you're flying!
New stuff- Velcro is now a sponsor of an exhibit at the Innoventions building. They put on a little show and some kids get to participate in building a velcro skyscraper and the second half of the show, a couple of dads get to participate in a baby diapering/feeding race. Guess who was picked? Yep- dh!! LOL I was cracking up! I'll post the video in a sec.
Right outside the show is a velcro frog station. Jen, I'm sure your boys will love this. They are just plain green frogs and you get to dress them up with crowns, glasses, ties, clothes, etc. We even got Mickey ears for Ian's frog. All FREE! Still not as good as the free robots we were getting but it's all good.
There's also a new recycling/Waste Mgmt exhibit and storm exhibit. The WM exhibit wasn't working at the time. The storm one is a preparedness quiz and puzzle thingy. We didn't really go thru it.
What else....spotted a Daddy Babywearer today! When I came off of Soarin' he was standing nearby wearing an Ergo. I had never seen one in person so I went over to talk to him. Little ole shy me stopped a complete stranger (a man at that) to ask him about his carrier. I really liked the look of it. (Did I mention I sold one of mine to try a new one? More of that in another post)
Can I just say what a pleasant, wonderful baby girl I have? She fussed maybe once or twice today. She was up way past her bedtime and didn't make a peep despite being super tired until we got home and I set her in her crib. Then she let me know she was ready for bed! LOL I think I have the only baby in the world who won't sleep in the car too. She doesn't cry at all, she just sucks her fingers and sometimes talks back there. Ian however was asleep before we even hit the parking lot! Ok enough jabbering...here's that video. I'm lucky I got it. My battery was THIS close to being dead.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I was working at that time. I always had my radio on and was listening to the MJ Morning Show when they broke in that a plane had hit the tower. I told my boss and we ran out to his van which had a tv in it. We were just in time to see the second plane hit. Astonished, stunned, I don't think there's a word to describe what we were feeling at that moment. We knew it just wasn't coincidence even though we hoped it was. We hoped it was just an accident. Just a small plane that hit.
We came back in and although we still needed to work, our ears were glued to the radio. When I heard the first tower had fallen, I told my boss and he didn't believe me. There's no way a skyscraper could just fall. Then the second tower fell. I get chills just thinking about that day.
Oh my. I just turned on MSNBC and they are replaying the news footage from that day. The phone calls from eye witnesses, the actual pictures of the towers burning. It's still so unreal that such an event could occur, that people could be filled with such hatred to kill thousands of innocent people, and not just Americans. There were people from 90 different countries killed in the attacks.
I was glued as were millions of others to the tv for days and weeks to come. Everyone was praying for a miracle, that the rescuers would find someone, anyone alive in the rubble. There are still so many that were never recovered and so many unanswered questions. I hope everyone takes a moment today to reflect, say a prayer and/or moment of silence, and hug your loved ones. My thoughts are with all Americans today and to everyone worldwide who has lost a loved one in the attacks.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I went out to Joann's this morning to get some fabric. I really wanted to make a wrap to carry Bella. I knew what I should have gotten but I was blinded by the gorgeous-ness (is that a word?) of this brocade/sari fabric and got it instead. I know it can be used for a carrier, but it's just too slippery for me. If anyone's interested, LMK!! It's up for sale now! It's turquoise/mint green with a print/pattern on both sides (no wrong side). I have 5 yards- $40ppd.
This doesn't show the true color of the fabric. It's much prettier in person but no matter what lighting/setting I used, I couldn't get it to come out right.
This is closest to the colors.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
After the aquarium, we were all hungry so went to Mimi's Cafe where I got to taste my first fried pickles appetizer. If it ain't fried, it ain't the south! They were okay the first few bites but they were way too salty after that. I need to guzzle down some water tonight and tomorrow! I did have some yummy pot roast with gravy, mashed potatoes and veggies. Mmmm. It's been so long since I had pot roast- probably not since my mom last made it. I may have to make some up in the crock pot one night for the boys and I.
After lunch, it was time to go get Logan at school. We were early (I'm always there at least 30min early so I can park up front) so dh took a nap and Ian watched part of a dvd. Came home, ate dinner and off to tumbling class.
Logan is doing so well in class! He's taking direction really well. No more tears either! He can do a handstand and hold himself up with someone spotting him of course and holding his legs. I can see how his arm muscles have gotten stronger. When we first started, he had jelly arms. I just paid for October's classes tonight so you'll get to hear how he's doing for at least one more month!
Here are a few pics from today!
Who you staring at?!
(It doesn't look like it but this fish was HUGE! He could have swallowed Ian whole)
Look! It's Crush!
Bella in our Mei Tai Baby.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
What did we do today? Well we had planned on hitting Disney again but my phone fiasco took too long this morning so we ended up going to Babies R Us because dh wanted a "girly" swing for Bella. We can't seem to locate the most important part of our old swing- the motor! We also picked up some fall/cold weather clothes for her on sale. Oh and we saw Heather there!
After shopping, we headed back home for a bit. I was waiting on my mom to call as we were meeting her and her friend Katie for dinner at Olive Garden. Yum! Love their salad and breadsticks! The boys were very well behaved as was Bella. One of the hostesses kept going on about how cute she was and how she looked just like a baby doll. LOL She is cute! She got to wear her first size 6 month outfit today too given to her by our friend Jen in Washington. Finally! It's a little skirt and onesie outfit. Adorable! Oh and the reason for the title- we ordered some Pumpkin Cheesecake to go. It wasn't that good. WAY too much ginger in it so it was too spicy. I'd love to try making it for the holidays though. I can make it better! ;)
On a whim this morning, I asked dh to move my USB cable from my monitor to my tower since the monitor's USB tends to be slow and it worked! Yippee! Woohoo!! Hooray!!! Now I just have to restore all my content and hope that works! LOL At least I have a phone again.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
I cropped in for you. See how they glow? They are dragonflies if you hadn't guessed!
This is what I saw when I opened the front door. I live on the corner so this is across the street looking to the right from my front door.
ETA: That's someone's trashcan mangled there too. While I was outside getting the mail today, a neighbor I don't know came by and stopped to look. He said he'd been outside until 2am and never heard/saw anything. I checked the Sheriff's log tonight and I didn't see any mention there. It probably wasn't reported. I'm guessing it was a drunk driver!
Friday, September 05, 2008
I surfed my websites for a while and then decided to tackle the pile of newspapers- a week's worth- I had sitting in my living room. I'm also listening/semi-watching the Plant/Armwood high school game on ESPN U. Armwood is my alma mater so I'm rooting for them! They are both nationally ranked teams and state champs. The game was sold out at $20/ticket and I heard on the news earlier people were actually scalping tix for $50! For a high school football game! Crazy!
That's it. That was my fun filled Friday night! Aren't you jealous? ;)
Thursday, September 04, 2008
I did get 2 of my final 3 Ebay auctions ready to ship tomorrow. Only one left and she hasn't paid yet.
I need to get more auctions up. I have an awesome Baby Gap corduroy/"fur" lined coat I need to sell still and a lot of plus size maternity clothes. I have a bunch of M&M dispensers like some of these, although mine are older versions. Some are NIB minus the M&Ms though. ;) Don't ask me why we collected these. Most were given to us by the Mars reps who came into our office but we did buy a couple. So much to do still....
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Longest chess game in history
Happy girl! I think she was diggin' the Cosmic Rays music sung by "Sunny Eclipse"
Getting ready for Big Thunder Mt RR!
Logan got to "drive" the Ferry Boat. He also got a pilot's certificate. I'm not so sure he's ready for a car though. Not only did he keep looking away, he wasn't understanding how to turn the wheel!
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
After taking Logan to school, I came home and fed Bella and then started fiddling with Ebay stuff I had to get out. Then we left to meet our friends at Mimi's Cafe for a surprise baby shower for our friend Heather who is due in just a few weeks with her second baby boy. Wanna know what I had? Of course you do! It was the triple berry french toast stuffed with cream cheese with cheesy scrambled eggs and bacon and a tall glass of oj. Doesn't that sound yummy?! So yummy and so fattening that it was both breakfast, lunch and snack for today! I was so busy I didn't eat again until dinner.
So after eating, we stopped by the post office to drop off a package. Bella wasn't happy, she was tired and ready to go home. I was going to do the self serve kiosk but quickly realized someone had jammed the box drop off and I wasn't about to stand in a line 20 deep so I said forget it and went home. Fed Bella again, put her down for a nap, put Ian down for a nap, started typing in Ebay addresses, weighing packages, printing labels and all of a sudden it was time to get Logan. Phew.
After school, I had to go by the Dollar Store to get gallon size baggies for the contents of my packages and drop off the box from this morning since I went home and printed/paid for my label from my PC. Luckily for me, it was a one stop trip because I spotted the mailman in the parking lot and dropped it off with him. Yea!!!! We also stopped in the Lizard/snake store for a quick peek around. I knew the boys would like it.
Got home, fed Bella again, got Logan dressed for tumbling, did dishes, cooked and ate dinner, topped off Bella, dropped Ian off with Daddy at work and headed for tumbling class. By the time we got home it was time to feed Bella again, put her to bed, throw in a load of laundry, and go to the grocery store. Are you as out of breathe as I am?? Came home, showered, made Logan's lunch and with dh's help, got a bunch of Ebay stuff ready for pickup tomorrow. I still need to dry my hair and get to bed. I hope tomorrow is a bit lighter on the schedule! ;)
Monday, September 01, 2008
We got there just before 11am I guess and we were able to park practically up front. It was so nice! We were able to walk up to the TTC to catch the monorail instead of having to drag everything on the tram. Our first stop in the park was to get a Dole Whip and Rootbeer Float (yum!) and then we got on Pirates of the Carribean. Ian said it was too scary (whatever- he's been on it a hundred times) so we sat out. I fed Bella and dh and Logan went on. Of course, not 2 minutes after they left, Ian wanted to go on. He just had to wait though. I tried calling dh but couldn't get through. We all rode after they got back.
Even though the park was slow, we got FastPasses for Thunder Mt Railroad so we could get right on. We also got a Child Swap pass and discovered that Ian is officially tall enough to ride the *big* coaster now! Woohoo! So after dh and Logan got off the first ride, I took both boys on. Ian said he loved it. That's my boy! I'm so glad they love coasters! We did a few more things before packing it up to go to Downtown Disney to the Lego store. As if we didn't spend enough money already! yes, we got even more Legos!
Now we're home, everyone is fed and all kids are in bed. I'm exhausted and sunburned. I have a million Ebay auctions I have to get in the mail in the next 3 days and no supplies to do so plus I have plans tomorrow morning with some friends, tumbling classes....phew!
You'll get pics tomorrow. I'm too tired tonight!