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Ok!  So guess what?  I’m feeling listy!  Surprised?  Well, you must not know me well… where am I going with this?  Am I actually having a conversation with myself right here in front of the entire Internet?  Why, yes, I am.  Oh, boy.  Losing it.

  1. So, I’ve been quite nostalgic lately as we approach Jack’s birthday.  Last year about this time we had the same sort of warm spell… although not quite as hot as it’s been lately (88 yesterday, ugg).  When I went in to the hospital to have Jack, a cold front passed through and it rained quite a bit (similar to today) and all of the leaves came out while we were in the hospital.  Today is literally just like the day we brought him home.  A chilly rainy day.  Bright green leaves and wet tree trunks.  Beautiful blooms everywhere.  I love this time of year.  Even with the ridiculous pollen everywhere.
  2. Guess where I got these shoes?!  Ok, I’ll tell you!  Target!  Guess how much I paid for them?!  A whopping $17.99!  Woo to the double Hoo!  I almost bought a very similar pair at Nordstrom… for $50!  Talk about a deal! 
  3. Random Factoid Alert!  Did anyone hear that Tracy Hogg (a.k.a. The Baby Whisperer) died?  Seriously, I heard this somewhere the other day.  I would not have made it through the first three months with Jack without this woman.  Minus that swing napping debacle that she made me feel so guilty about.
  4. I’m doing all I can not to buy anymore Easter candy… right now I have three packs of Lindt chocolate truffle “carrots” and some dark chocolate M&M’s for Jack’s party.  Really, I have no excuse for ANY MORE!  The kid can’t even eat it yet… so it’s not like I can use the excuse that it’s going in his Easter basket.  Ohhhh maybe just one of those Cadbury carmel eggs.
  5. Does anyone out there watch The Hills?  Who am I kidding?!  IF anyone out there actually did, I’m sure they’d never admit to it in public!  Ok, so I’m hooked on this crap.  I’m so sucked in that I can’t wait for the season finale on Monday and if I had friends in the area that actually watched it, I’d have a viewing party.  But, I’ll never know if anyone really watches it… because I refuse to admit to it to anyone I know… besides all of you, of course. 
  6. The kiddo is changing so much everyday.  It’s absolutely nuts.  He’s singing and dancing while he’s playing his baby grand.  Hi-larious.  Waving and pointing like it’s his job.  His newest thing is to point (randomly up in the air) and say, “Sssat”  I’d think he was saying “what’s that,” but we don’t really say that to him, so I have no clue what he’s trying to say.  He babbles constantly.  Occasionally a real word will actually come out.  So, I pretend to converse with him… to make him feel better, but really I think he just gets annoyed because I am making no sense to him, answering questions he’s not even asking.
  7. One last thing.  I got a call from my father-in-law today.  He found my blessed Blueberry Yogurt Burst Cheerio’s today.  At Costco.  I’ve got TWO ginormous boxes coming my way!  I know you all don’t really care… but let me tell you that this phone call literally made my day.  What can I say?  Easy to please! haha!

So that’s about it for now.  We are looking forward to a visit from my baby brother (he’s not really a baby… but he is seven years younger) and his girlfriend.  They’re coming for a week (next week) and hopefully moving down here at the end of the summer.  So we’re pretty fired up to show them around and sell the city to them! 

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You Asked For It

My mom threatened to hurt me if I didn’t post photos of the baby soon asked me nicely to post some new pictures of the turkey boy.  So here you have it…  the little man in action.

Piano Man

E bought Jack this little “baby grand” piano last week and the kid LOVES it.  And the music that comes out of it… literally makes me want to break something.

Focused Piano Decisions

Very focused.  Trying to come up with the perfect piece to play for Mommy.

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Ok, so the lists are totally getting out of control, wouldn’t you say?  I mean, I can only go so long farting out bullet-ed sentence fragments on this stupid blog before I lose the five readers I do have… kidding!  Ok, so I realize that there are probably a few more than that… maybe seven.  No actually, in all seriousness, I was really incredibly surprised by the number of the people that came out of the woodwork, in comments and emails, on the last post.  I can’t even tell you how much I appreciated it.  As silly as it sounds, just knowing that there’s someone else out there that’s gone through or is going through some of what I am, makes me feel a little more normal.  You know?  And it sort of helps me to just take a breath.  If that makes any sense.  Anyway, enough of that serious business.  It’s time for a list!

  1. First and foremost, my people, I know I’ve gone over this about 58 times… back and forth, is he going to crawl on all fours, is he going to skip it… seriously, like you are sitting on the edge of your chair.  Waiting to find out whether or not my kid is crawling on all fours or not.  Well, HE IS!!!  Woo Hoo!  Go Jacker-doodle-doo!  Man, this kid is hi-larious!  He’s like bambi, all wobbly and stuff. 
  2. I put a new section in the sidebar… for those of you who haven’t noticed just yet, called “What I’m Eating”.  I got the idea from Sarah.  She’s been doing this a while.  For whatever reason I find it entertaining to hear what other people eat.  And really, it wasn’t until I read what Whoorl thought about my blessed Cheerio’s that I had to have a try.  You know, with all of this product flashing you’d think that I would be smart enough to try to get paid in the process.  Hmm.
  3. So, with the addition of “What I’m Eating” you may have noticed that I removed “Stuff I Have No Business Wanting”.  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about stuff and have decided to start making some changes in my life.  E and I have started taking this class and it has only made me think about the situation that much more.  It all pretty much boils down to this…  I don’t like that there is always something that I WANT or must have.  In actuality, I have quite a bit.  Yeah, sure it’s ok to need some things.  But really, it just doesn’t seem right to be lusting over so much stuff.  Maybe it’s just my Catholic roots… feeling the guilt during the first Lenton season I haven’t officially recognized.  I don’t know.  And no, I’m not reading The Secret.  Although, my mother-in-law is and highly recommends it.  I guess what it is is that I feel like I’d like to get away from the whole “keeping up with the Jones'” mentality… although, at this point I don’t feel like I’m trying to keep up with anyone.  I just want to stop wanting things that really aren’t necessary and to start focusing on all the great things I do have.  Make sense?
  4. So another one of the changes I have decided to make is to read more.  I read quite a bit as it is… so this should be a bit challenging.  I just read up on some interesting possibilities here.  And think I’m going to start with this while I wait for this to come out in paperback.  But really, both of them are just for fun… so I suppose I should read something I can learn from.  Any suggestions?  And they don’t have to be something to learn from…
  5. Last but not least… Congratulations to my good friend Jessica!  Alyxandra Mary was born on March 20… and she is beautiful.  Congratulations Jessica and Mike!  I’m so glad that baby Alyx is doing well.

Let’s see, not much else to report here.  We had an amazing day today.  Jack and I had a playdate, at which we went on a really long walk through an awesome part of town that we are planning on moving to eventually.  The weather is amazing and we’re looking forward to a beautiful weekend as well.  Hope the weather is great for you all too! 

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The Last Day of Winter

Ok, so I realize that I have somewhat of a negative attitude, but for the most part I try to keep this blog pretty positive.  Because really, no one goes searching out into the internet for crap to put them in a bad mood.  Right?  So just a note here… this is not the most uplifting post in the world.

I had a really bad day yesterday.  I haven’t been sleeping lately.  And I’ve just been feeling down and out of sorts.  I blew up at E first thing yesterday morning, which is always a great way to start the day… and of course it was about something so incredibly stupid.  So I felt like crap all day long and no matter how many times I said I was sorry.  I shouldn’t have freaked out and I couldn’t take that back. 

On top of all of that I just feel like I’m not doing a very good job.  I can’t seem to stay on top of everything and I don’t have any excuses.  I don’t work.  And I have a cleaning lady that comes every other week.  So really, I don’t need to clean at all.  But I do, because it’s got to be sterile in this joint!  Kidding.  I don’t know what it is.  I just can’t seem to relax anymore.  I feel so incredibly uptight and anxious.  About everything.  I guess I keep thinking if everything is perfect (in the house and yard and where ever else in my life) then maybe, I’ll finally relax.  But no.  Then I’m on to worrying about the baby and if he’s eating enough.  And if I’m doing the right things as a mother and a care-giver.  Am I spoiling him?  Am I neglecting him in some way?  It’s all so overwhelming sometimes. 

And then of course I have this feeling lately like I’m absolutely dieing for adult interaction and to just get out of the house.  E works a lot.  He gets home late and I’m tired at that point.  And so is he.  So we don’t get the opportunity to talk like we used to.  And well, quite honestly, I don’t know many people around here.  And I’m not exactly very extroverted anymore.  I know I need to be proactive.  I just keep getting discouraged.  I went to the gym a week or so ago in the morning… instead of the afternoon like I usually do, and I discovered this is when all the moms are there.  Well, this is great.  Maybe I’ll meet a mom in the area or whatever.  I’m chatting with a fellow mom of two and I won’t go into specifics but after a while the conversation took an odd turn and she took an enormous jab at me and I practically walked away crying.  What the heck?  Why are women so fricking mean?  So, you get my drift.  I pretty much spent the day feeling sorry for myself. 

img_2260a.JPGTo frost the cake Jack had ridiculous acid reflux, due to the yogurt I gave him for breakfast and so he couldn’t/wouldn’t sleep all day long.  And I’m sure you can guess what kind of mood he was in by the end of the day. 

So, today is a new day.  I woke up to the little guy patting my cheek with his sweet little hand.  Then he giggled from behind his pacifier.  Why is that so darn cute?  What a way to start the day.  And it’s the first day of spring.  The high today is 72.  And my BFF is coming for Jacker-doodle-doo’s big birthday celebration!  Woo Hoo!  So, hey, things are looking up!

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Big Boy

On All Fours

So, little man is crawling on all fours now… but only when he wants to.

Crawling to Mommy

Silly boy cannot resist the camera.

Sweet Baby Boy

Sweet little slobbery boy.  Don’t you just want to kiss those cheeks?!

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St. Patty’s Day

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Ok, so I told you I’d have a list all MY own… like I don’t have enough junk devoted to me in this blog in the first place.  Like Jack really can’t live without new jeans.  I made a promise (well, that’s not entirely accurate) and I’m going to keep it!

  1. I’m not sure I’ve ever shared this with you all… I have a tendency to find a new blog that I love and then I read through all or most of the archives.  Sometimes reading through all of them is just crazyness, because there are so many… like Dooce (or as E calls it, “the Dooce”).  Anyway, I don’t remember when exactly it was that I stumbled across Whoorl, but over the past several weeks I’ve been clicking through some of her categories and reading up.  She is hi-larious.  I read an old post on Ann Curry and almost died.  I sometimes feel like I live on a different planet than the rest of the world.  I don’t understand how the most annoying person in the world can be on Television EVERY DAY of the WEEK.  Apparently, someone else understands my frustration.
  2. How lucky is the state of Colorado?!  Their second state song is a John Denver song.  How random is this factoid? Maybe we can vote in Grandma’s Featherbed as NC’s?  I’m sure you’re thinking… what the??  But I have to admit that I’ve asked for JD’s greatest hits for every holiday over the past seven years (tiny exaggeration) and still haven’t gotten it!!  I love him.  I think it was his guest appearance on The Muppet Show that did it for me.
  3. So I’m not going to tell you how nice the weather is here… oh, wait.  Yes, I am.  FRIGGIN insanely nice.  I’m loving it.  It was upper 70’s yesterday.  Low humidity.  We had the playgroup out on Heather’s sun porch.  In the shade.  And I wasn’t cold.  I’m always cold in the shade.  And the sun wasn’t so hot that it felt like it was going to burn your hair off.  Ahh.  All the outside playtime made for one crazy napping baby.  One two hour nap and one two and a half hour nap!  Ahh. 
  4. Ok, so I’m still loving wordpress.  A world of a difference from Blogger.  None of that messing around in the template trying to read the html code – or whatever the heck I was doing to magically put junk in my sidebar.  What a pain!  One downfall though.  This stats stuff is driving me nutty.  I’m checking it way to often.  Like a super-dork.  Number 743 on my list of to-do’s:  Get A Life.
  5. LOST!  I love this show!  Who’s watching?  You’re crazy if you aren’t!  And WHAT the HECK was going on with Jack in the end!?
  6. So, I need some ideas, people!  E and I are planning a trip to NYC for my 30th… I’m sure I’ve told you this 478 times… anyway, anyone been to any fabulous restaurants that we must go to as well?  I’ve been doing a little research and have a list going, but I’ve always found that word of mouth is so much better.  Although, I must must must have a cupcake here.  Don’t you think?  Just to say I’ve been there.  And what about a doughnut here.  Ok, so if you’ve been to a place we must try – let me know!

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