Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Much to my dismay, it is very difficult to get this little guy to smile when I have a camera on him. It is soooooo frustrating. I swear, he does smile!
Actually, we are experiencing some technical difficulties at my house. Thus, picture #2 was grabbed from a flip video recorder. Not too bad, huh?
Also, I put together a little slideshow below, because I just couldn't help myself. Friends and family might like the short
Happy Birthday dear Bro!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Shipwrecked on an Island.
You are shipwrecked on a tropical island and have no idea when you will be rescued. The island is uninhabited but there is a stream of fresh water. If you could have one person and five items (but no boat) with you, who and what would you choose? Why? What choices would your friends and family make? Are they similar to yours?
Here is what we came up with.
Person: Dear husband, of course. He knows exactly why I would bring him. He would get the coconuts, build the shelter, fish, make the fire, and so much more. I also think that this is rather funny because I would NOT want to be stranded on a deserted island with MYSELF, but DH hardly has any choice but to choose me. I got the better end of this deal for sure. tee hee hee!
Laptop. This island has wireless.
Good shoes. Shoes that will protect my feet.
Blanket. Sleep is important to me and I will need a blanket.
Dear Husband's answers
Person: Me – ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Endless supply of toilet paper. Seriously, we are stranded on a desert island and he wants toilet paper?
Gun with endless ammunition.
Endless supply of rum.
Suntan lotion. Did he mean sunblock?
Person: Daddy – of course – always Daddy!
Phone (with service).
Fishing pole. (She watches enough Survivor to know that she will need this.)
What about you? Who and what would you bring?
Monday, January 19, 2009
How much do I wish that I had been in D.C. yesterday? Instead, the family went shopping to buy some b-day gifts for our baby boy! Lulu got to use some of her gift cards too! So, it was fun for all of us. DH wants to know when Bro can have a go-kart. Gulp!
Anyways, here is a youtube video of U2's Inauguration performance. It's worth it to watch it just for the opening and the pan of the crowd. Very cool!
Disclosure: In my effort to remain non-partisan, I am asking my co-workers who may be reading this blog to either stop reading this post at this time or to disregard the rest of this post.
So now I have another question. Is it appropriate for a public school to promote a certain political candidate? First, I need to disclose to my readers that I am an Obama supporter/fan and I am very excited to see him become President. Having said that, I have an issue with how Lulu's school has been handling the upcoming inauguration. Just the other day, Lulu was singing a rather hip/cool song about Barack Obama. It has a very cool and catchy tune. I asked her where she heard the song and she said that they play it on the loud speaker at school, after the morning announcements, every morning. Then she added, "Apparently, we are a Barack Obama loving school mom."
I like Obama. I want the man to be President. However, for some reason, I am very uncomfortable with a public school endorsing (for lack of a better word) this person for President. What about the rights/beliefs of those who are not Obama fans? Is this appropriate? What am I missing here? Why do I feel so icky about this, even though I support Obama in my home?
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Local, National, and Global Problem Solving
Come up with a list of 10 local, national, or global problems. Then, select one item from your list and come up with three different ways to help your community (or the larger society) deal with that problem.
We took turns and came up with these problems:
1. Trash in the community pond. (DH)
2. Bad behavior in school. (Lulu)
3. Polluted Chesapeake Bay. (Mom)
4. Too many home foreclosures. (DH)
5. Some animals are becoming extinct due to overhunting. (Lulu)
6. Hunger in poor countries. (Mom)
7. Gas prices getting too high which is making things expensive. (Lulu)
8. Global warming. (Mom)
9. Deforestation and destruction of the rain forest. (DH)
10. People are losing their jobs because businesses can’t pay them. (Lulu)
We used a voting system to narrow the list down to one problem to solve. The list was wittled down to polluted Chesapeake Bay and trash in community pond. Trash in the community pond finally won. Our solutions ideas were:
(Lulu) Tell people not to litter. Make a sign and put out a recycle or trash bin next to the pond.
(DH) Put trash cans around the community which gives people a place to throw trash. Even if a walker wants to pick up the trash, there isn’t a place to dispose of it unless you carry it back home with you.
(Mom) Go get the trash out of the pond ourselves.
What about you? What 10 problems would your family come up with? How would you solve one of them.
Coming soon: If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one person and 5 items, who and what would you bring?
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I hoped that wearing the glove was a short, passing phase. Turns out that it is not. She says that wearing the glove is cool. She wears only one glove. She wears the glove to sleep, eat, and to school. She has been wearing it for a week or two now. It has not been washed. Blah + Yuck = Bluck!
I think that tonight I may try to wrestle it away from her so that it can get a bath.
Speaking of trends, Lulu is starting a clothing line. She is learning French and has learned that joli is the French word for pretty and has decided to make joli the name of her clothing line. She has had her clothing line name embroidered on a few shirts (as seen in the picture above). Currently, she is in the design phase of creating some t-shirts for friends and family. I am sure that I will be advertising her online shop within the next few weeks. Lucky me!
She thinks that she wants the cute and swirly letter j to be her logo. However, we are a bit confused on which spelling of joli to use for the clothing line. I do not know anything about the French language, but I see that there are two accepted French spellings for pretty: joli and/or jolie. Does anyone know what the difference is between the two? What is the French word for pink? I think that might be a better name.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Then she tagged me to come up with a list of 10 things that I like that start with the letter S. So… here goes… in no particular order:
1. Sweater sets: I am always cold, unless I am pregnant and I am a sucker for sweater sets. My husband joked with me about this recently because I have been trying to make myself look presentable for work. He joked that I am trying to impress someone at the office. Then he said, "no if you were trying to impress someone at the office YOU would start wearing more sweater sets." I am such a dork.
2. Sleeping: I love to sleep. I don’t have a problem waking up in the morning, but I really, really, like getting into bed and covering up with the blankets, and putting my head on my pillow… it’s so wonderful! Naps? Even better!
3. Strawberries: Love strawberries. Love strawberry shortcake. Love strawberry jam and strawberry lip gloss.
4. Squidoo: Yes, I squidoo. I’ve even made some money for myself and for charity off of a few of my lenses. The page that gets the most hits is my page on Eric Violette (the guy from the free credit report.com commercial). Eric’s page gets several hundred hits a week.
5. Spring: Winter is tough and summer in the Eastern US is h-u-m-i-d! Spring is perfect, absolutely, positively perfect.
6. Sunsets: Everyone loves a good sunset. Usually, I am inside cooking dinner when the sun goes down, but it is always nice to enjoy a sunset. This sunset picture was taken while we were out on the boat with my parents.
7. Spaghetti: Spaghetti has been my favorite dinner since I was a kid. I’ve often said that if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be spaghetti. I like it fresh or cold or leftover or in a sandwich. Delicious!
8. Sugar cookies: I could eat them by the boxful. I’d prefer them over chocolate chip any day (but they aren’t better than oatmeal raisin). I am a lover of ALL baked goods.
9. Star Wars Lego for the Wii: DH and I spent the better part of our late night hours playing Star Wars Lego over the Christmas break. Shhhh… please don’t tell anyone. We had a great time. Two people can play at the same time and it takes a bit of teamwork. I am sure that a therapist could tell a lot about our marriage just by the way that we work together (or not) at this game.
10. State House: I work for our State legislature at the State capital. Our State House is the oldest State House in the country that is still in legislative use. I like the State House because it is old and historic, it is a symbol of our State (I am a proud Marylander), and it is the symbol of our legislative process (which I am blessed to be part of). This picture is a pewter State House ornament which I got from the Governor's Christmas Party
So, I’ve come to the end of my list. Leave me a comment if you want to play along too and I will send you a letter.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
We have enjoyed playing the Wii for years now and love your Wii Fit Balance Board. However, I have a few complaints/questions that I just CANNOT hold in anymore.
Why do you weigh in all of the players before every time they use your machine? A few weeks ago you told my (healthy and slim) tween daughter that she was fat and on the verge of being an overweight adult. Just today, you told her that she had gained weight and asked her to justify that with a response that she can choose from your list of responses, which (by the way) did NOT include an appropriate justification for her weight gain. Did you NOT remember that you asked her for her age? Did you NOT remember that she is a freakin' tween for crying out loud? Do you know that my daughter is supposed to gain weight and that social services will come HAUL ME AWAY if she doesn't. Come on!
Solutions to this problem:
1. Allow an option on your setting menu that allows users (parents) to toggle off the weigh-in process.
2. Don't weigh-in users who are under the age of 18.
3. Add an "I am a kid and I am supposed to gain weight" option to your weight gain justification list.
Is the Wii Fit Board Fun? Yes. Am I the only person with this complaint? No.
Use some common sense people!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I am NOT kidding and it was freaking hilarious!
Note: I asked her if I could blog this story and she said that it was fine with her. Too cute!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Moving on... (my personal favorite - not)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
So, we need full-time care for Bro. Our current dear nanny goes to school on Tues/Thur and cannot take over the other 2 days. Thus, we have turned to day care. Bro will officially start day care on his birthday, but we kinda needed some temporary care recently and they said that he could go for the afternoon. Whew!
Dear husband said that it was hard to drop Bro off at the center. Luckily, Bro didn't cry and was very distracted by the toys and new friends.
As luck would have it, we know one of the managers of the center (well, Dear Husband knows her from college). Apparently, she can tell some crazy stories of his late night antics. I wonder what she thought when she saw him parading in as a new father.
Either way, this college buddy is also the soon-to-be sister-in-law of my co-worker. She checked on Bro during the day and texted my co-worker to say that he was doing great! So thoughtful!
When I picked Bro up at the end of the day, I worked my way through the Fort Knox-like security and dutifully took of my shoes, as instructed, before entering the infant room.
... but not before I stopped to watch him from the other side of this two-way mirror.
The lights were dimmed because some babies were sleeping, but Bro was awake.
He didn't want to leave and hardly let me hold him - a good sign, right?.
We collected all of our goods including this nice "gift" bag (but it's PINK for crying out loud) and a full report of his day, which was reported to be as wonderful as I had hoped.
I am very excited for him to start at the center on a more regular basis. Our nanny has been a blessing and I would highly recommend her to anyone, but who am I to stand in the way of her education and we do need care for him Monday-Friday. My wish for her, if she is not a stay-at-home mom someday, is that she will have caretakers for her children who have been as wonderful and caring as she has been. I will miss her and I hope that she can continue to babysit for us as Dear Husband and I try to plan some date nights (what's that?) in the upcoming year.
Friday, January 9, 2009
It's easy enough to make. I won't have to buy a special shaped pan or color a bunch of icing and apparently the snowman is made out of rice krispy treats. Can I buy those sugar cubes at the grocery store? How am I going to make the hat?
What do you think? Buy the cake or make it? Do you buy or make at your house? Do you have a tradition that you stopped once you added more children to the mix? Please share.
Did I mention that we didn't even get Bro a Christmas stocking this year? Pathetic or what?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I was curious about what had happened to the houses with the “wraps” on them. Are they tents? Are they being renovated? Neither. I was matter-of-factly informed, by Lulu, that these houses were foreclosures and that the Pollys had taken up residence in other homes “until they can afford to buy their houses back.”
Eeeeee gads! Hard economic times have hit the world of Polly Pockets too. It seems that nobody is safe from a crushing housing market.
Where does she get this stuff? Can you tell that she lives in a world of real estate agents?
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
"Me too" - Bro decided that he's going to be a Drummer Boy next year.
Are you lacking 100+ willing participants for a personal Nativity play each year? Not to worry. Even a small group can pull off a great production, like D-Dawg's family did here.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Here is my dilemma. His nanny is a vegetarian. We are all meat eaters. I don't really know what to make for a vegetarian. Because each gathering will be so small, it won't really be worth it to make two whole meals (one with meat and one without). I was thinking of making baked spaghetti or grabbing a spiral ham from Sam's club for the meat eaters, but then what about a meat-free option. I don't want to be in the kitchen for the whole party either. I should be able to make most of the food ahead of time and enjoy our small birthday gathering each day.
Do you have any suggestions for a vegetarian entree? I don't want to make one large meat entree and then a small meat-free helping for one person because I think that would be awkward. We really, really, really adore Bro's nanny and want her to feel like we have included her in his day - not that we threw something together for her to eat as an afterthought.
Help! Thoughts? Suggestions for a meat free option for the nanny that doesn't seem out of place?
There were plenty of gifts for everyone. Bro loved his new LIVE Elmo (from Fairy Grandmother),
Last but SO NOT LEAST, we had loads of baked goods for dessert. The dessert menu included: homemade cookies (from Fairy Grandmother AND my wonderful "Bakerella" aunt), strawberry shortcake, pumpkin pie, chocolate covered pretzels, and baklava.
Monday, January 5, 2009
(apple cider in hand, I'm sure)
What did we have for Christmas morning breakfast? The cookies that Santa didn't eat of course!