Sunday, November 28, 2010

(Mis)Adventures in Potty Training

So, I thought Ruby was going to be EASY to potty train.  She showed interest in it the summer before she turned 2.  She would be dry during the night, and pee on the potty in the morning... that went on for about a week.  Then it stopped.  I wasn't going to force it since she was still  young, but the potty has been out since then. 

In the Spring, the daycare & I jumped on board the process and Ruby did really well... We were sure she'd be trained by the end of Summer, if not sooner.  Well, that hasn't been the case.  It seems like we're really stuck at this point.  She still isn't dry throughout the night, which isn't a huge deal for me, and she goes pee in the potty perfectly, even when we're out... the problem is she has MAJOR issues with #2.  It's frustrating because I can see that she's physically uncomfortable.  She tries so hard to hold in her bowel movements that she'll start to go in her panties, panic, we put her on the toilet and then... nothing. Repeat this several times throughout the day, and then she'll probably have a bowel movement in her sleep.  The only time she is comfortable going #2 is when she's unconscious!?

Memphis had some issues with this as well.  Why are my kids so afraid of/to poop?  But he was a bit more consistent, and his ''fear'' didn't last very long. He was fully trained (day & night) before his 3rd birthday.

We've given rewards, praise, promised her anything she wants, and she's still not responding to it.  Every now and then, she'll just run and poop in the potty and I think to myself ''finally, this is it.''  But the next day, it's back to square one.  To be honest, she seems to be pretty grossed out by the whole thing.  Anybody else go through this?  I know it'll happen, probably sooner than I'm thinking at this point, it's just really frustrating right now because I know she can do it.  And I'm sooooo sick of dirty bums!  Haha!  I've been changing diapers for more than 5 years now... I need a break!  ;)
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

A new... fetish?

I'm totally loving getting my nails done (my own nails now too... no more tips!), and painting them a different shade each time. I'm getting braver & braver.  I went for a funky pink shade today.  OPI's "Nice Color, Eh?"
I'm even browsing the OPI website looking for a new hues to try out next time!  I'm sooooo addicted! 
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Saturday, Snow and Santa

It's the weekend (yay!) and I'm happy to report that I think I'm finally starting to feel more normal.  I did wake up around 3am with some pain, so I took some Tylenol, grabbed the heating pad and went back to sleep.  I'm feeling okay this morning, though.  It makes me nervous when my back starts to hurt... :S

It's definitely beginning to feel a lot more like the holidays.  The Santa Claus Parade is happening tonight in town and we've been "blessed" with a fresh blanket of snow!  Not my favorite thing, but perfect to get us in the mood for Christmas!  I'm hoping the kids will tough it out until 7pm when the parade starts.  I'll get them all bundled up and make them hot chocolate for their thermos' and hopefully meet up with my parents and my sister & her family.

Not sure what we'll do today to pass the time.  Maybe pull out some of the Christmas decorations and get started on that?  I won't go overboard because we're having a birthday party for Ruby next weekend, and we'll have to put up birthday decorations as well.  Our place isn't huge and we wouldn't want it too look tacky, now would we?  ;)

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

My kidney hates me

For reals.

As many of you know by now, I had a less than stellar weekend (I know it's Thursday and almost 'next weekend' already, but I'm just finding time to jot this all down now).  It actually started off pretty good, aside from a 'sore back' I had been dealing with since earlier in the week.  My sister came over Saturday morning, we headed over to the craft fair, I picked up a few things and then we headed the North Pole (ie. Bryson, QC) to see Santa.  We went to my sister's for lunch and an afternoon visit, and the plan was to head over to my parents place for supper and a sleepover (me, the kids & my niece).
Ruby & Santa (she asked for a Barbie)

Memphis & Santa (he asked for Wolf Mountain)

My sister, Piper & Santa... this was as close as she was getting!
 All afternoon, though, the pain in my back just kept getting worse and worse... I took some aspirin that my sister had and that seemed to help, so I figured I could probably get away with it for another day or two before having to go to the clinic.  

Boy, was I wrong.  I had to wake up my mother at 1am and ask her to take me to the hospital.  The pain was just unbearable and unrelenting.  There wasn't much of a wait and from the symptoms I was describing, the doctor was pretty sure I had a kidney stone.  The lab wasn't open, obviously, since it was the middle of the night.  So he gave me some heavy duty painkillers and said to come back in the morning around 8am.  My mom drove me all the way home and tucked me in for the night.

The painkillers helped me sleep but were hard on my stomach.  Another trip to the ER. After giving a urine sample, getting bloodwork done and having an x-ray I was sent home around noon with a prescription for a kidney infection and some Tylenol 3. 

They might as well have prescribed band-aids and popsicles for all the good it did.  The pain worsened, I was fevered and couldn't stop vomiting (sorry, TMI).  The kids had gone to my mother-in-law's the day before so I could rest... which was a good thing, because JC had to bring me back to the hospital Monday morning around 6am.  They put me in a room right away and gave me a shot of Gravol.  I tried to explain that it was the intense pain that was making me sick to my stomach, but "the doctor wasn't there yet" so they couldn't give me any pain meds until he saw me.  After about an hour & a half, the same doc I had seen the day before came in and started me on IV meds.  Judging from the latest urine sample I gave, I was not responding to the antibiotics since I had actually gotten worse since starting them.  It took them a while, but after I had the CT scan done it was obvious that I did have a kidney stone. A 4mm one that was 'unobstructive'... apparently this was a good thing.  How can something so small be so painful, it was comparable to childbirth... if not worse. I kid you not.  Oh, and also a kidney infection. 2 for 1. Luck me...

They admitted me that afternoon, took good care of me, tried to keep on top of the pain (although the morphine I was getting wasn't quite cutting it - it would take the pain away for a few hours, but wear off before I could get another dose), got me on the right kind of antibiotics to treat the infection and eventually I was well enough to come home on Tuesday afternoon.

My sexy hospital bracelet

My new best friends
 I missed my bed and my kids so much.   I hadn't showered in days... it wasn't pretty.
I'm still not 100%.  The stone has not passed yet, although the pain has subsided.  I'm hoping it has moved down or has broken up and come out unnoticed.  I have had great help from family and aside from a little tenderness and being extremely exhausted, I think I'll survive.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Check out this article in our local paper!

Memphis was quoted in an article featured in our local newspaper "The Equity" this week!

Once a week, for 4 weeks, the older kids at daycare visited with the elderly at the day center down the street and took a pottery class.  They made "pinch pots", and Memphis just loved it!  He's not pictured, but he was the only kid quoted which made him feel pretty special.

I think it was a great idea to have the kids mingle with an older generation and come together to make something new.  I will proudly display this in his baby book!  :)
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Another week has come & gone. It was one of those 'weird' weeks where the days seem to last forever, but I always thought I was a day behind, so the week actually went by pretty quickly.  I'm rambling, but I think you know what I mean, right?

Was up early this morning (again! can't seem to sleep in anymore), and decided to go over the budget and pay bills. Blech. Not the most fun start to my day, but as least I've gotten that pesky task out of the way.

I plan on heading over to the local Christmas Craft Fair tomorrow morning.  Would love to get a few new ornaments or trinkets for the tree.  Will bring the kids with me in case they see anything they like.  Afterward, I'll be bringing them to see Santa.  Unfortunately, they're on the naughty list right now (long story!), so I told them this is a good opportunity to explain to him how they've been behaving MUCH better lately at home & daycare, and Memphis would like to ask him for all the stuff he "forgot" to mention on his letter.  Oh boy!  This could be a very long list!  ;)

No other plans... perhaps put up a few decorations?  I can't put too many up before Ruby's birthday party, since our place isn't huge and it would look horrible to have the birthday decorations & Christmas decorations all mixed up together!  But maybe I can get a wreath up or something.  We're going to have Ruby's party on December 5th.  So just over to weeks to wait until we can put up the tree.

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope your day goes by quickly!
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010


The kids being silly, waiting for the doctor
The kids had their yearly checkups yesterday afternoon, and all is well.  Memphis has finally hit the 40lb mark so we'll be converting his car seat to a booster soon (he's tall, so the 5pt harness is starting to be uncomfortable for him).  He's 3'7" and Ruby is almost 3'2" (she's 33.5 lbs - catching up to 'big' brother!).

Nothing overly exciting to report.  I had a few concerns and the doctor put my mind at ease.  Memphis was so sick last month off & on, but since he's been fine for a couple of weeks the doc figures it was a virus that he had a hard time shaking and that he has a sensitive stomach.  I'm still going to keep an eye on him and if he starts throwing up again anytime soon, I will go for a second opinion!  Ruby's been complaining of sore legs here & there... usually at night.  She'll be fine and all of sudden drop to the floor and start crying that her legs are hurting.  Scary, but a warm bath and some massaging from me make her feel alot better.  We think it's basically 'growing pains.'  And unfortunately there's not much we can about that, other than what I've been doing (warm baths, Tylenol, massage).

We also got our flu shots at the same time.  I went first knowing if I could put on a good show, Ruby wouldn't have any problems letting the doctor near her with the needle.  I was right.  She chose to get it her right arm "just like Mommy."  She let out a little "ow" followed by a nasty look, but that's it.  Memphis chose to get it in his leg. He looked at the doctor and in a very sweet voice just said "Please don't do this to me"... but it was over before he knew it!

Oh - and for anyone with kids... The wait can seem to last forever at these visits, so Memphis brought along his Leapster and it kept both kids occupied most of the time.  A real lifesaver... I love this thing!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day Twelve

Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on

This is an easy one.  I never get compliments on my cooking... because I don't cook.  When I do, it's always very basic. Meat, potatoes (rice) & veggies or a quick pasta dish.  I'm pretty good at scrambled eggs and grilled cheese sandwiches, though!

Maybe it's because I've never had to really try.  When I lived at home, my mom was a stay-at-home mother and meals were always ready for us when we got home from school.  Then I moved in with JC, and he's a fantastic cook!  He loves to do it, and we've sort of always just traded off - he cooks, I clean. And it works well. 

It's not that I don't want to try... I do find myself flipping though cookbooks every now & then.  I visit the Kraft website often enough.  I love looking up easy slow-cooker recipes... but I always give up before I even start. 

I'm so not domestic!
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Monday, November 15, 2010


Today was NOT a great day!  Although, it could have been worse, it was not a very good start to the week.

Since when is there a no parking / handicap only parking space in front of the Shawville Post Office?  I've been parking in that spot forever, as many others do, and never noticed the sign!?  It MUST be new.  As luck would have it, a police officer was called to the Post Office for some reason and I found him standing near my car as I exited... Eek. 

Officer: "Ms., do you know why I'm standing here?"
Me: "No sir..."
Officer: "Look at the sign"
Me: "Oh my God, I'm so sorry... has that always been here?!"
Officer: "This is a $200 fine..."
Me: "... okay."
Officer: "I don't have time to deal with this right now."
Me: "Oh, thank you... so sorry!"
Officer: "You better get your windshield fixed"
Me: "Of course!"

Great! I have a piece of crap 1995 Chrysler Intrepid.  It runs well, and is in decent shape. It's cheap. But it has a cracked windshield... and has for the past 2 years.  I just couldn't bring myself to pay for a windshield knowing that as soon as I did the car would probably die the next day.  However, this is a small town.  The cop knows my car now, and if I don't get it fixed, I'm sure he'll track me down sooner or later.  I have an appointment for tomorrow... Goodbye $260 I could have spent on something else.  At least I didn't have to pay a $200 fine PLUS the new windshield, right?  I'll never park THERE again, that's for sure.

Here's a little song I had stuck in my head all day!  Enjoy!
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30 Days of Truth - Days Nine, Ten & Eleven

Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted 
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on

Day 09 - I think we all have people in our lives that are only in it for a short time.  They leave us for all sorts of reasons, and sometimes we just drift apart.  I really miss the handful of really good friends I made while I was in Montreal.  I have kept in touch by email and Facebook with a few of them, but it doesn't cut it.

Day 10 - I don't have any negative or toxic people in my life right now.  Sure, there are few who annoy me but I wouldn't necessarily 'wish' them out of my life.

Day 11 - I guess the thing I get the most compliments on are my photographs.  I wish I could say that I'm an amateur photographer, but I'm not even at that level yet.  I have invested in a good camera, I have great subjects (my kids!) and I have lucked out on a few really amazing shots!  I hope to someday (soon) invest in a digital photography course and learn the basics.  I'd love to do it as more of a hobby, maybe even one that could net me a few extra bucks...
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Weekend Recap

So, here we are.  The weekend is over. Again. How does it always go so fast?
I'd like to say I'm exhausted because it was such a busy weekend, but for once, it wasn't.  I think the time change is STILL screwing with me, what's with that?

Friday was birthday.  I turned 31, and I'm still not sure how I feel about that.  It just seems like the years are flying by way too quickly, especially since having my kids.  I had nothing major planned, which was fine.  JC came home from work and made me a yummy dinner, the kids behaved like angels and I just relaxed most of the evening.  Because of the wedding expenses, Memphis' birthday that just passed, Ruby's upcoming birthday and Christmas right around the corner, I didn't expect any gifts.  I did, however, order this for myself from American Eagle:

           Cute, right?

Saturday morning, my mother-in-law took the kids for an "overnighter."  It never happens that both kids are gone at the same time, for such a long time.  I wasn't sure what I would do with my 'free time' once JC went to work.  Just after the kids got picked up, my sister dropped off her daughter so I could watch her while she got her nails done.  She's a hoot... 


We made plans to meet up at her place after JC left for work.  We made a quick trip to Renfrew, where I spent a gift certificate I got from my mom for my birthday and then we headed back to her place.  We watched Piranha.  It was horribly, grotesquely, hilariously awesome!  Not for the faint of heart, but a great movie if you're into "that sort of thing." 

Prehistoric Piranha

After the movie, I came home and debated between doing the dishes, laundry or just parking my butt in front of the couch for the night.  There wasn't a whole lot on, so I actually caught up on the last few episodes of Weeds online, finale is this week, then went upstairs to watch Valentine's Day at 9pm.  Weeds was (is!) awesome, I wasn't sure what to expect of V Day, but it was okay. Pretty predictable, but cute.  

And then finally, today, Sunday.  The kids were away, but JC and I still had a hard time sleeping in.  I was almost about to tackle the laundry when my sister called and invited me along on a shopping trip with her & my mom.  We hit the big toy sale again at Lansdowne.  It was the last day, so not much left, but I did pick up a few more stocking stuffers.  Then we headed over to Toys R Us and I got a few more Christmas gifts for the kids.  I am officially about 90% DONE!  Woohoo!  Yay me! 

By the time I got home it was after lunch and the kids were about to arrive back.  I finally got my laundry started, dishes done and threw a lasagna in the oven for supper.  It's almost 7pm now, the kids have been bathed, most of the laundry has been folded (not put away - yet!), and I've found a few spare minutes to jot this all down.  Pretty soon, they will be asleep (I hope!) and I'll be curled up on the couch with the ladies from Wysteria Lane, and a cool blood splatter analyst named Dexter

Sweet dreams!  Hope everyone has a fantastic week back at work...
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Polished Me

"Actually, I wear the nail polish to hide how grubby my nails are. "  Caroline Corr

This quote is so true.  I've been a nail biter as long as I can remember, and I can't stop.  Before the wedding, I got my nails done so they would look nice in the pictures... and I've been keeping it  up.  I admit that it makes me feel better to have nice looking nails.  I still don't have enough will power to stop biting, but as long as I get polish on them, I'm fine.  

I'm hooked on the OPI products.

Wore this color for the wedding!  Loved it! (Eiffel For This Color)

...and I'm wearing this color right now.  My new fave! (You Don't Know Jacques!)

Thinking I might try this one next !(Royal Rajah Ruby)

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I recently challenged myself to make a list of  
100 Things That Make Me Happy
This is #98 on my 101 List... which I can mark as done!  Yay me!  
Hope you enjoy the list, and make one of your own! 

My family
Coming across a good sale
New shoes
Having an empty ‘inbox’ when I leave work at the end of the day
Finding change in my pocket
A sunny & warm 7-day forecast
A clean house
A kiss from my hubby
A cuddle from my kids
Watching my kids play together
Listening to the rain
Winning a couple bucks on my lottery ticket
My grandma’s fruitcake
Receiving a compliment
A new haircut
A big bowl of popcorn
Seeing a good movie
Going out for breakfast
Witnessing a random act of kindness
A nice, hot bath
A good book
Paying the full balance of a bill
Freshly laundered sheets on the bed
Finding the ‘’perfect’’ present for someone
Funny birthday cards
The smell of freshly cut grass
Taking pictures
Shopping at thrift stores
Bringing home crafts the kids made at daycare
Sleeping in
McDonald’s Hamburger Happy Meals
George Harrison
Talking about baby names
Being able to tell my sister anything
My wedding band
The months of October, November & December
Harmless gossip
Playing ‘Scrabble’
Winning at ‘Scrabble’
Getting comments on my blog
Working close to home
Organizing birthday parties for the kids
Pay day
The look on my niece’s face when she’s excited to see me
That I married a guy who is NOT into sports
That I married a guy who DOESN’T hunt
Getting a new tattoo
Scratching items off my ‘’101 List of Things to do in 1001 Days’’ list
Painting my toenails
Completing a puzzle with Memphis
That I experienced living in Montreal for a few years
Christmas morning
Catching funny things my kids say or do on video
Family dinners at my parents’ place
That my name isn’t overly common
That I grew up in the country
Shopping by myself
Getting flowers
The colors orange, green & purple
A home-cooked meal
Free samples
Disney movies
Memories of my Grandma Mary
Pumpkin pie
Ruby’s big blue eyes
Memphis’ dimples
Being barefoot
When someone else does the dishes
Getting good news
Raising money for a good cause
Scholastic Book orders
My red converse sneakers
Fitting into anything I wore before I got pregnant
Re-organizing a room
Re-decorating a room
Bringing my kids to the library
Looking at old pictures/ through old photo albums
Being bilingual
Completing a page in my scrapbook
Staying in my pj’s all day
Stat holidays
Singing along to the radio 
A hot cup of tea in the morning before anyone else wakes up
Rainbows (they’re like hugs in the sky!)
Dinner invitations
Funny youtube videos
When people follow my advice
Completing a chore I’ve been avoiding or procrastinating about
Making a new friend
People watching
Looking in the mirror, and feeling pretty
Wearing  dresses
Apple crisp
When a stranger holds the door for me
Inside jokes
When it’s time to go home from work
Not having to put any makeup on
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Friday, November 12, 2010


Me, November 12, 1979

and for fun, a pic of Ruby as a newborn...
 slight resemblance?

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Days Seven & Eight

Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for  
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit

Okay, so this is easy. My family, especially my kids, have made my life worth living for.  Not that my life before them was meaningless, because it wasn't (nobody's is).  But everything is just a bit sweeter now that they're here.  Going to the beach, Christmas morning, the local fair... all these things are FUN again.  Watching them grow, seeing them try to figure it all out is a hoot! I hope to be around to see my grandchildren, and great-grandchildren too!

And I'm lucky to say that I can't think of anyone who treated me badly.  In this day in age, to have escape high school without being bullied is a miracle!  I tend to keep to myself, keep my nose out of things, I try to be respectful and courteous to everyone around me, so maybe that has helped!?  For whatever reason, I am happy to not have any ennemies!  Who needs 'em!?
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day Six

Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do

Obviously, I think there's something that all mothers fear, I can't even put it into words and won't even 'go there' with this entry.  I don't want this to be a depressing post, so to keep the mood light here's is my list of things I hope I never have to do in my life:
1. Wear a cast
2. Return a bowl of soup at a restaurant because I found a fly and/or hair in it
3. Call 911 because my kids got a limb or their head stuck in something
4. Eat a bug (I'd be the first voted off Survivor for sure!)
5. Attend a Metallica concert (cannot stand them!)
6. Lose my wallet
7. Be nominated for "What Not to Wear"
8. Get arrested

The list could go on & on.  If I keep on the straight and narrow, keep my eyes peeled and remain consistently cautious, I think I'll be okay!  ;)
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Top 2 Tuesday * tHaNkFuL*

Taylor over at The Undomestic Momma is hosting her Top 2 Tuesday, and this week it's your top two things to be thankful for.  Not easy to narrow it down to just 2, but obviously I'm thankful...

1. To have the opportunity to be a mom to the funniest, quirkiest, most beautiful little kids I could have asked for.  They drive me crazy, for sure, but I cannot imagine my life without them.  It's so hard to picture what my life even was before they were born.  They definitely complete me - as tacky as that sounds... "Mommy" is my proudest title!  The fact that I was able to start my family when I wanted to and that the whole process was easy and practically perfect isn't lost on me.  I know alot of women & families struggle to get pregnant or face complications I can't even imagine.  I wanted them, I had them, I love them.

2. Without a doubt, I am also so thankful that we are all healthy.  I can deal with fevers, coughs and the occasional flu.  As long as we're all okay, nothing else matters. 

I think we should all sit & take a minute and reflect on what is truly important to all of us. 
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Scary Mommy

Love this new post by Scary Mommy.
Anyone blogging about their kids should really check it(her) out!
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30 Days of Truth - Day Five

Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life

(p.s. I skipped Day 04 - Something you have to forgive someone for.  I thought about it all day yesterday and couldn't come up with anything, which I think is a good thing!)

I have a bucket list, for sure.  I'm sure everyone does.  But right now, the thing I hope to do in my life is buy a house. A nice house, I don't care how big it is... just somewhere that my kids will feel good.  A nice, cozy HOME!  I'm going on 31... I don't want a 'starter home,' I want a place where we will continue to build memories and be settled there for a really long time.  It's hard, though.  Financially, we don't make a ton of money, so we're trying to get rid of the little debt that we  have while saving for a down payment.  It's not going to happen tomorrow, probably not even next year... but soon.  We don't want to just settle for the first thing that comes along, so hopefully by 2012, we'll have some money in the bank and we'll be able to start the search for our dream house!  Wish us luck!
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Wishlist

Santa, could you help me out with a couple of these?

* A new watch - loving this Miss Sixty one!
* And how about a cute pair of these leggings?
* This cute necklace from Etsy
Earring holder, also from Etsy
* If you're in Old Navy, how about one of these jackets  
* I'm not greedy, but I am behind the times... how 'bout an iPod Shuffle?

Thanks, Santa!  If I can think of anything else, I'll let you know!

Most importantly, please try to bring the kids everything they've asked for... they deserve it!  The smile I'll see on their faces Christmas morning is worth more than anything on my silly wishlist!
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Saturday, November 6, 2010


As a reward for his good behavior at daycare this week, as promised, Memphis and I went to see the matinee showing of Megamind today.  We both really, really enjoyed it!  It was hilarious (although Memphis had a good time, I think I giggled a bit more than he did), and the soundtrack really rocked!  Bad to the Bone, Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Welcome to the Jungle and Micheal Jackson's BAD were all featured!  Will Ferrell voices the main character and he did an excellent job!  One of his character's quirks is mispronouncing some words by putting the emphasis on the wrong syllable... for example, the city the drama enfolds in is called "Metro City"... which he called "Metrocity" (rhyming with atrocity).... ha!  You'll have to see it!
And better still, Memphis is a pretty cheap date!  He was happy with a bag of Skittles, a handful of Timbits and a few sips of my drink!  We have a great time together, I love having these little "date days" with my boy!
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#14 - Blog More

Going to officially mark this task from my 101 List as done!
Seeing as I've posted at least 11 new posts since I completed my list, I think I am well on my way to being a regular blogger.   Regardless of how many followers I have (or will have), I enjoy looking back on older posts... so this is something I am very much enjoying doing for myself.  :)
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Friday, November 5, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day Three

Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for

This post will be short & sweet.

I don't regret anything I've ever done.  I try to be a good person, do the right things, be there for my friends & family, I never break the law, I've never intentionally hurt anyone, so I can honestly say that I have nothing to forgive myself for.  Every choice I've made has lead me here, and although my life is simple... it's sweet.
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Today, I was an early bird...

... and I definitely got the worm!

My sister and I hit the Samko & Miko Toy Warehouse Sale in Ottawa this morning.  It's opening day, and we got there around 7:30am (which meant I had to drag my butt outta bed at 5:00am!!).  There were already a few others waiting.  We got out, waited in line for a bit and entered the big doors!  It was awesome!  Rows & rows of toys, books, games, art & crafts... and all at discount prices!  I was in heaven.

We each grabbed a couple of big red plastic bags that are provided, and started down the aisles.  In less than a hour we had our hands (and car!) full of goodies for the kids.  Best of all, we were in & out within an hour.  I had been warned by others who have gone in previous years that I could spend hours in line waiting to pay - yikes!  I'm happy we decided to go as early as we did on opening day, it was an enjoyable shopping experience, and I'm proud to say that I've completed at least 75% of my holiday shopping.  Not an easy feat to do in an hour!

The kids are going to loooooove what Santa is bringing this year! 

I still have a few stocking stuffers to pick up, and maybe 1 more 'big' present for each kid... but I still have some time to get that done!  ;)
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

I dream of Etsy

I really, really need to go to bed... but I can't stop "Etsying"
Check out a few things I've just added to my 'favorites'... in case anyone wants to get me something for my birthday... which is coming up soon. 


Oooh, so pretty.... mama likes!
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Day 02 - Something you love about yourself

My 30 days of Truth - Day 2

I love that I am a mom.  I always knew I wanted to be a mommy, and to be blessed with 2 beautiful, healthy and hilarious children is more than I could ever have hoped for.  Do I think I'm a perfect mom? Of course not, I don't think anyone is. But I try.  And I try for them.

I also love that I am loyal.  I've been with Jean-Claude for 14 years... things haven't always been easy, but we stuck it out together, and I love that I did because I love the family that we've created.  I am loyal to my friends. I have a handful of really, really, really good friends and I would do anything for them.  I will keep their secrets, celebrate with them and be there no matter what... although I do wish I was closer to them because circumstances don't always allow me to be where I want to be... but I love them.
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Cutest hairpins ever!

Not that I even have the slightest idea how to wear 'hairpins', I just couldn't pass these up.  So cute! 
Found these on Sumikoshop ... free shipping too!  
Can't wait to get them a figure out a way to make them look good in my hair!  :)

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 Days Of Truth - Day One

Something you hate about yourself

Hate is such a harsh word.  But I'll give it a try.  There are lots of little, superficial things that I don't like about myself.  My skin is awful, I need to lose a few pounds, my feet got bigger after I had my kids (how does that even happen!?).... but HATE? 

I guess my lack of self-confidence would be the one thing I would really love to change.  I know I could probably accomplish a lot more than I do, especially when it comes to my 'career'.  I wish I had the nerve to quit my job, go back to school and get a degree... in what?  Not sure, but I could probably do it.  I do feel like I'm settling right now and it's frustrating. 

And in my personal life, I'm shy.  Like, really, really shy.  Which makes it harder to make new friends.  I have a handful of friends & family that are my life and I wouldn't trade them for anything, but I do wish I could loosen up a bit more, get out and meet new people. 

I doubt myself too often, and I hate that.

Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 → (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 → Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Follow-up... this morning's post. 

As I suspected would happen, by the time Memphis woke up around 11:00 he was pretty much back to normal.  Perhaps a little quieter than usual, but his appetite is fine, he looks good and isn't complaining of anything aches or pains.  So what gives!?

I'm counting the days until his checkup so I can talk to our family doctor and get some answers.  Will keep you posted!
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Anyone heard of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome?  I've been up all night with Memphis again... poor kid has some sort of stomach bug that keeps sneaking up on him.  It's been 3 or 4 times now since the beginning of October.  So, seeing as I've been up for a awhile, I've been 'googling' and came across this:
It sounds very similar to what we're experiencing with Memphis.  He's completely fine, then all of a sudden he's throwing up.  It lasts for a few hours, then he's completely back to normal. 
It happened the Monday after the wedding, and then again the morning after the Wiggles concert.  I'm wondering if it has something to do with his nerves and being too excited?  Then it was Halloween, and last night he did have some candy for bed (not much, but still...).
What do you think?  Any other mommas go through this? 
Depending on how he's feeling today, I might bring him to the clinic, otherwise I think I'll wait until we go for his checkup with our family doc on November 16th. 
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween Weekend!

Saturday night I brought the kids to a Halloween party hosted by a friend & co-worker.  The kids had a blast!  The house was fabulously decorated, there were lots of yummy treats and games for the kids.. the kids didn't want to leave!  The only bad part was having to clean off the car... it SNOWED!  Nooooooo!  It's too soon...

Sunday, my mom came over and we brought the kids trick or treating around the neighborhood.  Ruby was dressed up as a chicken, and Memphis was a spooky fire-breathing dragon!  I found the costumes on Ebay for a great deal, and I love the Old Navy brand costumes because they are so warm.... and considering what a chilly night it was, the costumes worked out perfectly!

 Here's a cute video of them:


We were out for about an hour, hit more than a dozen houses for sure... the kids could have lasted longer, but I was cold and exhausted!  Already looking forward to next year's festivities!

Hope everyone had a very Happy Halloween!
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