Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Top 10 Thanks

We have moved!  Yep, I finally have internet at my new house and I have soooooooooo much to say and share.

Before we get to all of that... I'd like to share a few things that I am thankful for this year.

I am most thankful...

1.   for an awesome husband who is so much more awesome than I thought that he was... maybe earning him the blog name "super hero" for the next few months.
2. for a great supportive family who has supported me through the ups and downs  (more of the 'downs' than the 'ups') of this move.  Honestly, just "thanks" for putting up with me.
3. for freakin' phenomenol children who have embraced the new home and loved it and are just too wonderful for words.  Honestly, just "thanks" for putting up with me.
4.  for a steady job... seriously folks, I am grateful every-single-day for the opportunity to go to work and earn a paycheck.
5.  for health care...
6.  for a warm and safe place to call home.
7.  for awesome neighbors (the old ones - haven't really met the new ones) who have really been a shoulder to cry on (literally) over the past few days.
8.  that the holiday season is upon us... a season of giving thanks, reflecting, and visiting with friends and family.
9. for health... so many have lost loved ones over the course of the last year.  All of my loved ones are with me... and for that... I am most truly, truly blessed.

And now for the top 10 most recent things that I am thankful for...

1.  A basement that is dry (this time) despite the days of rain (I'll post more about this later... don't you worry).
2.  A dryer.
3.  A working toaster oven.. or just working appliances in general.
4.  That I finally have my deodorant back.
5.  That the leaky dish washer didn't ruin the floors.
6.  Access to my dishes.
7.  Taking a shower.
8.  Internet access.
9.  Internet acccess. (Did I mention that already???)
10.  Crockpot - I have a cherry cake cooking in it... as we speak!

 What is the silliest thing that you are thankful for this year?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"I don't think we're in Kansas anymore"


Recently, on Jeopardy, the final Jeopardy category was "Musicals." 

The answer was: "The six-word title of the song that has the words: 'the house fell on her head and the coroner pronounced her dead'"

Do you know the question????  We did!

Last weekend the girls (Lulu, Fairy Grandmother, and I) went to dinner and a Girl's Night out to see the National Tour of the Wizard of Oz!!!!!

We had a blast!!!

My only regret is that we couldn't take pics inside the theater... even though I saw people doing it. :-(

Here are some pics from dinner!

First we took turns taking pictures of each other.

Then, our waitress took a group shot!!!!!

Check the You Tube video below for some short clips from the Wizard of Oz on Tour -- National Tour!

Check the Wizard of Oz National Tour website to see if they will be visiting a town near you.  If you have a little girl, dress her up as Dorothy.  It never occured to me to do it, but there were plenty of them at the show... don't forget the ruby slippers!!

We had such a good time and it was a welcome break from the day-in-and-day-out routines.  Seriously... going to the theater is such a great way for me to decompress.  I felt so much better after the show... and it was great to go with my two favorite ladies.  It was Chicken Soup for Napmom's Soul.  :-)

What is your favorite way to decompress?????

I plead my case to the jury.

In this post, I “plead my case” to the jury.

Friday night, the house was “clean.” Fairy Grandmother can attest to this.

Friday night, Dear Husband still took it upon himself to clean the whole house for the two “showings” that we had on Saturday.

Saturday, we were ALL out of the house from morning ‘til 9:00 p.m. So, the house was JUST as clean when we woke up Sunday morning as it had been since he last cleaned the already clean house on Friday night.

While I was at the grocery store Sunday morning, Dear Husband called to say that we had someone coming to see the house… and they booked a TWO hour window to come see the house… right during nap time… and they would be here in an hour.

Fine. So, I came home with the groceries and proceeded to put them away and figure out my day… away from the house… during naptime… with a toddler. I was not going to be cooking in my crock pot. I was not going to be packing up for the move. I was not going to get a nap myself… and I am a nap person… and I’m pregnant so give me some leeway here.

Keep in mind, also, that I have practically been a single mom for about 4 weeks now.

As I am grumbling and whining and putting away the groceries, Dear Husband is running through the house and cleaning… CLEANING WHAT????? And, then he proceeded to come into the kitchen and announce to me, “IF we even sell this house, it will be no thanks to y-o-u.”

{{insert picture of my hands wrapped around his neck}}

“Your Honor, the defense rests its case.”

Dear Husband still roams the Earth unharmed because he must have realized the error of his ways and he chose to spend the afternoon with Bro and me and then came h-o-m-e with us to do some work around the house.

He is still the best Dear Husband ever – and I love him to the moon and back again - nobody’s perfect.

Update: I think that we are moving this weekend. Yippee!!!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

I've Been Replaced

Lulu has a very large family. She has my large family, her dad's regular-size family, and my husband's regular-size family.

Each year she compiles a Christmas wish list and I give ideas out to the family members. I have been telling Lulu that she needs to start working on this list.

Imagine my surprise when I got this text message on my cell phone on Sunday morning. Here it is, in its entirety, typos and all...

From: Lulu

ok every body here is my
christ mas list iwant the
ipod chromatic and a
game called mind flex
iwant barbies and barbie
clothes and any thing tink
or aero

Sun, Nov 8, 8:41 am

What have I done to be replaced? Have I mismanaged her "wishes" in the past? Hah! Well, I can mark that task off of my to-do list.

Bro's list is easy... he wants... anything that has to do with a mode of transportation... cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and so on.

What is the must-have item on your Christmas wish list???

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Not A "Mommy of the Year" Moment

Today I cried.

I cried because I am busy.
I am busy because I have 1 husband a 1 set of parents who are working feverishly to turn our newly purchased house into a home for my family.
Thus, that leaves only me at home with the kids and the cooking... all the while making SURE to leave the house spotless 'cause a potential buyer might want to come see it at any moment.

Just yesterday, I had been out of the house for several hours while potential buyers were looking at the house. I finally got back home and put Bro to bed... when my husband called to say to get everyone out of the house... that potential buyers would be here in 15 MINUTES!!!!

Luckily, my mom told me that I could explain to the potential buyers that the baby was sleeping "yada -yada -yada" and ask if they could they open the door slowly/quietly. Turns out that I knew the agent with the potential buyers and this was their SECOND time looking at the house... so all of this went well.

AGAIN this morning - FIRE DRILL - more potential buyers coming to see the house - more scrambling to clothe, feed, play and so on... while keeping the house spotless... try it sometime - it sucks! (Sorry for the language.)

It gets worse...

let me set the scene...

Scrambling to get out of the house... going top the grocery store and then to the park to kill some time... standing in line at the grocery store... listening to Lulu on the phone tell her aunt, "... I'm going to a birthday party today."

F***!!!!! {{in my head}}

"The party -- Lulu -- I am so sorry -- I totally forgot about the party."

And then the realization that... this was a great party... to a place she had NEVER been before... it's new and cool... it started 15 minutes ago... it is somewhere I have never been... we don't have directions... we don't have the permission form... it's a rock climbing party... Lulu is currently dressed like a pop diva... we can't go home... the "potential buyers" might be there... we need to get the form... get directions... get dressed... {{my little mommy heart deflates}}... it just ain't gonna happen today. Worst of all... Lulu took it like a champ... she was so sweet... making me feel even worse... why is she so wonderful?????

So, I grabbed what we were having for lunch (cheese popcorn and Gatorade) and headed out to the car. On the way home, I called another mom to see if Lulu could go over to play.

I put Bro down for a nap.

And I cried.

I can't believe that I was so self-absorbed that I totally forgot about the party. I feel like crap.

I called the birthday girl's mom -- apologized profusely -- heard all of the fun in the background -- cried some more -- and the mom was really cool about it.

Soooo... I'm barely keeping it together today... how 'bout you?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Inaugural Dinner & a Heartfelt Gift

I told you that we bought the new house, right? And that we still own our current house, right? mkay - so now you are ALL up to speed.

How blessed am I? Dear Husband has been putting some finishing touches on the new house and asked if I wanted to pick up the kids from school and come over to the new house and visit and let the kids run and eat some pizza. When I arrived, I found Dear Husband AND Fairy Grandmother AND Luvs2Boat in their work gear and working to fix up the house... what a blessing! There isn't too much to be done... there is a faucet issue in the main bath, a leaky sink in the kitchen, some discolored laminate flooring in the kitchen, heinous light fixtures, gross grey front door, antique thermostat, oh... and a rats nest of electrical cords in the attic. Lovely, eh? And, we are missing a dryer. Oh, and "we" (hee hee hee) need to install a microwave over the stove.

Thanks to the hard work of Fairy Grandmother, Lulu will have the nicest room in the house. I'm not kidding. Her room is getting a fresh coat of paint (we'll call it "Pepto Bismol Pink" paint... if you know what I mean), a new rug, fresh curtains, an updated light fixture, and those little touches that grandma's come up with that make ya feel so special.

Oh, but the momentous part of this whole night was... as we all filed into the kitchen stuffing our faces with pizza... using napkins as plates and allowing Bro to sit in the only seat in the house... I realized... this was our first family meal in our new home... and I don't even have a picture to show you... but it happened... it really did. Pizza -- no drinks.

Later, I packed up the kids and headed on home for a night of homework, baths, and bedtime. When I pulled up in the driveway, I was surprised to see a large package outside the door... addressed to Napmom (No, it didn't really say "Napmom" but I'm not revealing my real name to the whole world -- mkay?)... and in a Target box. I mean, I do my fair share of online shopping but could NOT remember what I ordered from Target... in such a large box... and fairly heavy as well.

Guess what?

You aren't going to believe this?

I have a Fairy Grandmother too -- you know her as Grand Matriarch!!!!!



Sent me.

A housewarming gift.

It is.

My very own slowcooker!!!!!!!
A working slow cooker!!!!!!

You can read all the great reviews for the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 slow cooker here. There are 71 4* and 5* reviews. There are a handful of 1* reviews, but they are mostly from people who didn't get what they ordered. Some people order the white set and get the colors and then vice versa. I don't know what Grand Matriarch ordered for me... but I got the colored set... which is gorgeous and the one I would have preferred if given the choice. Yippee!!!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

How to Host a Halloween Party in the Rain

Problem solved. Our neighbor, the family that also provides the party space along with us, insisted that the party be held outside and that it include a fire pit. Wonderful!!!

How to Host a Halloween Party in the Rain.

Add one large tarp.

Dump in some tables.

String some lights.

Secure the napkins.

Mix in 30 of your closest friends and family neighbors.

Stir in one "Beautiful Nightmare" (she made the costume herself).

Blend in a small pinch of "the world's laziest trick-or-treater" (a.k.a. the world's smartest trick-or-treater).

Top off with beer and fire for the dads.


All photos courtesy of S.L. - a.k.a. the best babysitter a boy could ever ask for