Saturday, March 31, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Anyway, took the little guys to see Diego in DC today. Loads of fun and got to see some old friends from Texas. The boys obliged me and held up their Baby Jaguar masks, but then promptly handed them back and went about the business of watching the show. We hit up McD's after and then took the Metro back home, where the boys promptly fell asleep. Then, we had to hang out at the mall for an hour or so, so we grabbed some snacks then headed up to the new ice rink. There was someone skating, so the little boys got to see what ice skating was all about. Funny thing - they said that it looked like skateboarding, but that you couldn't plop on the board on your belly. Not sure they got the whole cold ice part or the skates part, but they did see the nice lady leaving marks on the ground - and they weren't so pleased with that.
On the way home (Tom left work early as he's already worked a full week this week) my smart ass hubby was making fun of my wanting to take pictures of all the pretty lilies in the median. He was waving his hands thinking I was actually going to take a picture driving 45 mph two lanes away from the flowers. So, I took that picture, and these are the pretty lilies!
Then tonight after dinner Max asked me to come down and dance with the three of them. I bounced, spun, and wiggled until I had no dance left in me. Oh how dancing has changed since the 1980's...well, maybe not. Max was doing his best break dancing imitation, and a pretty fine job of it I might add! Then I headed off to Starbucks (second time today - we hit SB up this morning while we were killing time so we didn't get on the Metro in the middle of the rush) to plan the MOMS Club activities for the next two months. Met a very nice lady with a four year old and an infant who was there to help me get this thing planned out. Might have a playdate there - she seemed really nice and her kiddos are also both boys.
So, all in all a pretty decent day. Not sure where the sassy came from, but my off center kind of day was a good one!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I hopped online to see if the show came on BEFORE or AFTER my Max was born. A big WHEW here...it didn't start until October 2000, so Max was NOT named after Miss Jessica Alba! He he he...that would be a bit embarrassing. Talk about a major faux pas!
On a celebratory note, Sam is officially out of Pull Ups! Yea! Woo Hoo! Yee Haw! We are DONE DONE DONE with diapers! He actually has been out of them for a while, but still wanted to wear them at night and since we subscribe to the lazy parent potty training school of thought, we let him. But, this past weekend he went three nights without a diaper and no accidents. And, he's been Pull Up free since and still no accidents! Yea!
happy dance happy dance happy dance
This is for you Sam...
Monday, March 26, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I'm still searching for the longer one where the little man hands the teacher the bug jar and it says "It's the thought that counts." If you see it online anywhere do let me know so I can grab it.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
So, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, this post is green. Yeah, that's it for this year - take it or leave it...two days late and all. I do have a "Welcome" sign hanging on the front door that is all shamrocks, and my signature on my e-mail was a St. Patrick's Day so I guess I didn't completely blow it. And Max did make a Shamrock hat at school that he wore home on Friday. But, no green cookies, no green clothes and no pinching (not a bad thing to leave out, but still.).
So, watch out next holiday, whatever you are! I think that Easter is up next, so I'm all OVER that one!
I'm going to leave you with a few Shamrock pictures...yes, they really all are "shamrocks..."
Sunday, March 18, 2007
The past few days Callie was having some difficulty, and stopped eating over the past .two days. Because he was diabetic (this is the cat that got out the week that we moved and went missing for five days) and I had a bad feeling, I took him to the Cat ER this afternoon. They told me that his insides were filled with infected fluid (sorry to be gross here). There was a lot they could do, but none of it would make him more comfortable, and none of it had a positive outcome. So, I had to make the tough decision to put him down. While my heart is broken, I know that he has been very uncomfortable the past few days and this certainly would help him out. Also, we really have considered the past few weeks "Bonus Weeks" as we didn't think that we'd actually find him after he escaped when we moved - cats aren't often found when they wander off - especially inside cats who have no idea where they live, or are diabetic and are without their insulin. So, we were glad to have these past two months with him, and certainly the past 13 years.
Callie - we'll miss you...
Saturday, March 17, 2007
"Come on guys, time to go to Target."
"But we're going to the Target with the cool cart escalator."
Pitter patter of little feet.
"Hurry up MOMMY! Let's go!"
So, the cart escalator not only move my good from floor to floor (and allows stores like T and W to move into locations otherwise space prohibited) but it also moves my children. Can't beat that...
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Woman's brush with death
Wed Mar 14, 8:56 AM ET
A Hong Kong woman somehow swallowed her toothbrush but still managed to dial 999 and call for an ambulance, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The 42-year-old woman's brush with disaster happened on Tuesday morning when she slipped, jamming the offending 15-cm implement down her throat, the South China Morning Post said.
The woman was still able to call 999 without choking and request an ambulance, the paper reported.
"Paramedics obtained another 15cm-long toothbrush at her home, which she said was similar to the one she swallowed, and took it with them to the hospital," the newspaper said.
The instrument was eventually extracted with endoscopic surgery.
"The woman is now recovering and her condition is listed as stable," a hospital spokeswoman was quoted as saying.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
We've snuck out a few times when one of our folks was in town, but we even did that with a bit of trepidation. We never knew who or what was next to fall victim to our "Date Night Curse." But, like I said, it's broken now, so we are all about he dates (yeah, and our babysitter is going to be out of commission for a few weeks as she's getting her tonsils out - NOT OUR FAULT - PRE-EXISTING CONDITION).
So this past Saturday we went to see Reno 911: Miami. If you haven't seen the TV show, it is HILARIOUS. Now, it is a bit raunchy and has some perverse humor at times, but we've seen tons of episodes and every one is funnier than the next. I'm going to try and get the trailer posted here, so don't let your kids look over your shoulder when it plays They have everyone covered up and I don't think there are any terribly bad words, but still...it's Reno 911.
So, if you are looking for a really funny movie to see, certainly check this one out. It's not going to win any awards, but it is really, really entertaining. Not sure what's on tap for our next date night, but our sitter already has us on a rotation with a few other families, something that will force us to continue doing the whole date night thing, which we really do enjoy. Hanging out with Tom is always fun, and I can't wait to see more movies, eat at more good restaurants, etc.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Think it will work? ...sigh....
Monday, March 12, 2007
Like I said, it wasn't that bad. The biggest problem for me is that my back muscle - the ones that hold you up - are both pulled and hurt (slept too long on Sunday AM). So when she had me perform weird yoga poses and hold still for the 15-20 seconds that was required, I was a hurtin' dog. But, the scan itself and he compression wasn't bad at all. Hopefully it all looked good and we're set for the surgery. (The tech let me peek because I was curious, and it looked really cool but just like every other mammogram that I've ever seen - boob shaped and covered with veiny things!)
Tomorrow I'm off to my doctor to get all the blood work done. Then I really will be good to go. April 12 here I come!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Here's how it all came down. We were sitting at the table and Max was talking about cleaning and chores and I told him that we could start a chore chart. He got all excited and started spitting out chores (silly little man - he'll regret that when he's 12). So, we wrote down some reasonable chores that they could help with and that they would be responsible for on a regular basis. Some of the stuff they do already, but we thought we'd toss a few bones in so they didn't feel so overwhelmed. Already they are responsible for picking up their toys before bed each night, brushing their teeth everyday, and helping out when we ask. But, Max was running with stuff like trash, laundry, sock patrol, etc., so we ran with it!
The deal is that if they complete all of their chores for the week they get $1 . We will get them some sort of piggy back or something that they can put their money into. most likely will be mason jars, but here's why. We told them that some of the money goes to savings, some to charity, and the rest they can spend or save for something bigger. Since it's only $1, it might take them two weeks, but they will be able to buy a new Hot Wheels or something. it will teach them the basics of working and saving and as they get a bit older, the whole thing about money. So each week we'll give them the coins and they can split up their $1 into the different banks.
The weird part here is that we expect them to do these chores anyway, and so far they haven't objected. They have responded positively in the past to charts - all three really dug the potty chart and getting stars when they went in the potty - so I guess we have a good shot here. Honestly I wouldn't mind a little assistance with some of this stuff. The chores that we have on their charts will vary weekly, and like I said, we threw in getting dressed and brushing their teeth, which they do already. Max also ran with the idea of helping out with bigger chores, so we'll do that on a weekly basis. He and his brothers will help with cleaning bathrooms, doing the laundry, and vacuuming the one carpeted room as we see fit on the weekends. The rest of the chores are wiping off the kitchen table and Swiffering the floor, picking up socks and clothes that were left around the house and also putting away the day's laundry, and putting away the DVD's and games that were pulled out, plus emptying the little trash cans around the house. All these things, if done daily, take less than 5 minutes. Then they still clean their toys up each night, and then do their bedtime routine (teeth brushing, hassling their Dad, listening to stories after they finish hassling their Dad, etc.
I'm very excited about the prospect of them helping out, but also of the little guys earning money that they can spend as they like. I'll keep you posted on how it goes and whether they get the whole earning money thing!
Thursday, March 08, 2007
I did say that the boys' being sick is only part of the reason that I haven't hit the gym in the past few days. The other part is that I majorly busted it on the stairs - came down on my be-hind instead of on my feet. I have this big ass bruise on my butt to prove it. Today my ankle no longer hurts (it did hurt enough that I thought there might be a chipped bone, but it is also just bruised), but my back is bothering me a bit. I landed right on the edge of the stair right on my patootie, so the muscle there is very unhappy and is probably pulling on my back muscles and pissing them off. So, gotta take it easy for a day or two more. But, I'll hit the gym this weekend regardless - need that boost!
I'm off to get a mammogram on Monday. Tom was asking exactly how it worked and since I'm not sure we'll be looking it up tonight. Hopefully it won't be too painful. There's nothing wrong, and yes, I'm only 34, but the surgeon wants the baseline done before surgery so that the doctors have stuff to compare it to after the surgery and when I'm the appropriate age for getting one of these. I'm excited about seeing it though - anytime I can get a glimpse into how I work and how I'm put together, I really dig that. So, Monday a mammogram it is.
Tomorrow night we get to have dinner with Dr. Dean Auntie Ray. Yes, she's got lots of titles but she's still Auntie Ray to us. She's in town for a meeting so we're grabbing her and running off to dinner. It will be nice to see her again. Hopefully Sam will feel better and will be up far a little dinner get together. Otherwise we'll have to revisit the whole dinner thing and drag her over here.
Well, those are all the little thing for now. Maybe tomorrow will be a more active day for me. Not sure how many more of these dragging around the house days I can handle...I might just drive myself nuts!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
I got to see Anna yesterday. I haven't seen her since I was pregnant with Max - so it was 6.5 years ago. She was in DC for a swing dance convention with her Mom, so we took them to dinner. It was great seeing her and I'm glad she got to meet the boys before they headed off to college. Hopefully it won't be six more years before we see each other again!
IT SNOWED AGAIN TODAY! I really think that we moved to just the right place here. It snows, but not too much, and it's great the rest of the year too. I saw pictures from around the country where they have lots of snow and I'm so glad that we don't get that much snow. It basically snowed all day, but we probably only have a few inches. As long as it doesn't ice over tomorrow we're good to go. This weekend it should get back up to the 50's, which is the average for this time of year.
Speaking of time, it's already time to flip the clocks forward one hour. The feds moved up the big clock switch to this weekend (and moved the Fall Back part until a week or so after Halloween). Hopefully we'll recover quickly from losing the hour - I value my sleep...
Speaking of which, I'm outta here for now. I hope that you are enjoying your weather as much as I'm enjoying mine! As Max asked when he got in the car at the bus stop "Are you really excited Mom?" Yes, Max, I am.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Hmmm...my calendar died yesterday at some point, so I can't exactly say what I did this past week. OH - went to MOMS Night Out at this cool new little coffee and dessert place. Not as cool as Saradora's in Round Rock, but neat.
At some point I met with a plastic surgeon about a breast reduction and tummy tuck, and WE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND GET IT DONE! YEA!!! I am so excited about this - no more backache or headaches from these guys. While they are friendly and have been with me for all of these years, they too need to be retired. I figure that a 40FF is plenty to go around, but around someone else, not me. The tummy tuck is the result of carrying twins and wanting once again to be able to wear clothes that fit me properly, not hang on me like I'm a grunge lady. we scheduled it for April 12, and I'm so ready to get this done, even though it means a long recovery. I've heard that it will be SOOOOO worth it.
Well, lets see. This past weekend I headed off to Savannah, GA for the first annual IRW Convention. It was called BKNC for short, so I'll call it that here. The best part (aside from the relaxing time, hanging out with new friends that I've only "met" online, and getting lots of cool scrapping stuff and business ideas, was that I WON AN AWARD! I am the 2006 Star Leader! Out of all the instructors in the company I AM THE STAR LEADER! Yea!!! I am so NOT a toot my own horn person, but this one was completely unexpected and I am so very proud, so I'll do it just this once.
We were at the awards banquet and they had given away the Inspiration Award for 2006, which we all submitted names for and the Instructor of the Year Award, which went to one of the Founders Key's who has grown her business 325% in the past year (GO CINDY!), and then they started talking about this leadership award. Beth (who manages the instructors) was talking about this person who is always there to lend a hand, who isn't the most vocal person of the bunch, who has been building her team, etc. I was grabbing my camera after getting a quick sip of beer - I had been taking pics of all the folks going up on stage with my AWESOME zoom lens I got for Xmas - and Beth continued on. In the midst of building her team she was moving half way across the country, and after seeing her here we knew that this was the right person for this award. I was getting all excited for this person - you just had to after all the nice things they were saying about her, but I had no idea who it was. Then Beth said something like" And after having a really rough year" and I realized that she was talking about me. I had a really rough year. I got a big grin on my face and then she said Suzie Phipps, come on up here. I was a big grinny gus for the next few minutes. Couldn't believe it - after all this time of sneaking around and just doing what I normally do behind the scenes - building my team, customer base, , and supporting other instructors as they need, I was busted! But, I am so very proud. I got this great looking trophy thing and this cool apron with my name and 2006 Star Leader on it. Guess the cat's out of the closet now. Can't sneak around so much any more...
Funny thing though - it wasn't over. Beth asked if I wanted to say anything, and I said "I have no idea what to say, I'm actually speechless." She said, that's O.K. stay up here for a minute - we're going to introduce you as the first of the 2007 Founder's Keys!!!! That's a team of 10 or so ladies that they take and bring out to Arizona in June for leadership training. These ladies go back and train others, help other instructors, and learn and then share how to build their own businesses. WILD! I am so freaking excited!!!! So, enough horn tooting for now. As I told Ray earlier tonight, I'm going to crawl back into my hole now and hide again!
That's pretty much what I did this past week. I have a new (computer based) calendar, our chest freezer still isn't fixed, and I think that Terminix hates me. But, more on all this tomorrow. Have a nice evening - signing off from my hidey hole! ;)