Sunday, November 29, 2009


Today we put up the lights...

I contributed wrapping the lights around the bottom of the tree below...
I will be thrust back into the workforce bright and early in the morning...
5am early as I wrestle getting 2 kids and myself out the door in clean clothes without our hair sticking up by 7am...

Expect a lack of pictures 
sporadic postings over the next three weeks
due to the said return to work.

It's a good thing we got the coffee pot on Black Friday.

Friday, November 27, 2009


I am thankful for a job that gave me the opportunity to be a part of AJ's Thanksgiving feast at school this week.

I am thankful for my feisty son and all the smiles he brings to me.

He introduced me to his teacher as Chance...not mom...Chance!
Really kid?!  How do you even know my first name?
It's mom...or momma...or mommy to you Mister.

He chose the Native American name "Leaping Zebra" for his feast.
imagine that...

(Later that night when I asked him what daddy's name was, he said Percy.)
On the turkey in his classroom most kids listed their family as what they were thankful for...
AJ said he was thankful for zebras.

I am thankful for headbands with bling and
a bald daughter to wear them.
I am thankful for great in-laws that gave me the assignment to make pies this year...
and a sister to call about a hundred times to help with the said pies...
and great neighbors to borrow foil from when making pies...
and that no one chipped a tooth on my ever so soft pie crusts...
(I call corn for Christmas.)
I am thankful for a husband that got up to brave Target at 5am 
for my $3 coffeepot, $3 crock pot, & some creamer.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Collateral Damage

Girlfriend is teething.
She isn't a fussy teether.
She just slobbers a lot 
& chews on E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.

Of all the things in the world she could chew on...
oh, I don't know like...maybe her teething toys...

She chooses my power cord.
She gravitates towards it.
She hunts it down.
She simply notices it &
crawls at warp speed from across the room to get to it.
my. power. cord!
really child?!

$85 later, I have a new power cord.

& AJ is just crazy.
There is no other explanation for it.
One thing that absolutely drives. me. insane. is that 
our laundry room does not have an electrical outlet.
really Berkley?!
no outlet?!
a spacious laundry room without an outlet?!

So in order to iron at my house
oh...I don't know in a logical place like the laundry room,
we have to slide the cord under the door & into the hall to plug it in:
This scene this drives me insane like nobody's business everyday of my life, but
apparently this scene had a different affect on AJ.

Today AJ saw the above scenario, & was just too tempted to grab that cord & 
run like a banshee through the house.
Are. you. kidding. me?!
Crazy, I tell ya.  
That boy has fleeting moments of insanity 
or lapses of judgement 
or just pure bouts of impulsivity.

$101.27 later, I have a new power cord & a new iron.
How exciting.
Didn't anyone tell these children that the most expensive...
I mean the happiest time of the year is just around the corner?

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Monday, November 23, 2009

A Little Man In His Room

It Has Begun

The first of 4:
AJ decorated his Christmas tree this afternoon.
He insisted on putting most of the ornaments on the bottom branches...
so he can see them better from his bed as he falls asleep at night.
More power to ya little buddy.
It's your tree.

Stay tuned for trees 2, 3, & 4.

It Runs In The Family

A love for those 23 flavors.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Best Gift Ever!

Bella mittens!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hip Hop Elf Style!

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Disco Elf Fever!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

A Sweater Reincarnated & A Turkey Surprise

Something strange happened after I had Girlfriend.
All my clothes shrank.

It's a sad thing really.
Some of my favorite clothes 
just were not gonna happen ever again.

I was having a hard time letting this one go:
It was cute with jeans...
great with slacks...
fun under a denim jacket...

I tried to wear it one last time, 
but a good friend tells ya when your underwear are showing...
our time together was over...perhaps long overdue.

And yet, there it was...
still in my closet taunting me.

Until I came across this fabulous idea!
And now my beloved sweater lives on!
Cuter than ever upon this bald head.
I am just smitten with that vintage button.
that little girl under the button!

Oh, and by the way...
I do have two children...
AJ is just never around to be photographed.
He is busy with maintaining his friendships one day a week at daycare, 
preschool 2 days a week, and speech language therapy.

The other day I caught him in a free moment 
to share a turkey surprise (cookie with a turkey ring) with me after nap time.
It was great.
We reconnected over really bad grocery store neon frosting, sprinkles,
 and plastic turkey jewelry.
I just can't get enough of these two!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?!


A boom, chicka boom, chicka boom!

(insert a cabbage patch dance here)

Raise the roof...or as AJ would say, "Push the roof!"

just a little excited around here...

you see...

I have been waiting for November 20th for a long time...

I realize that it is only November 19th, but let the festivities begin tonight...

with tortilla soup, Dr. Pepper, kettle corn, movie candy, friends, & Twilight!
Tonight I will be in line at 10:30 
eagerly awaiting my November 20th 12:35am viewing of:
Whoop Whoop!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PaRtY FouL

The Journey

First, you need to understand why there are not any chairs around my kitchen table...

If you were thinking...maybe I was sweeping and mopping...
good guess...
but I have come to really dislike housework...
pretty much avoid it or put it off as long as possible...
so cleaning has nothing to do with it...
good thinking though.

Girlfriend had a rough night last night.
She developed a runny nose yesterday which evolved into a very cranky, just want to be snuggled baby girl.
After going to bed a couple different times, she was finally out for the night...
but she woke up with a very snot crusted head & a major diaper blow out.
(just not her morning)
she ended up in an unplanned emergency bath
giving AJ enough free, unsupervised time to turn our living room into a train depot.
Apparently the exercise ball is not really an exercise ball, but really a funnel for steam.
(glad to know that now)
So here we are back under the chairless table...

I was across the room in the kitchen and said, 
"Hey Girlfriend, come to momma!"

She just stared at me.
"Come on baby girl!  Come to momma!"
She just said, "DaDaDaDaDaDa!"
(Ha!  You're suppose to be saying momma & crawling into my arms now little girl.)
I know what will getcha!
Ha!  Works every time!
(so what if she says is the one with the Banana Little Puffs.)
That's what I'm talking about.
Let's get this party started!