Monday, December 31, 2007
Little bit of excitement/drama here last night. Buddy disappeared for over 2 1/2 hours. KJ was hysterical and Chris was in the woods searching for him w/ a flashlight for 2 hours and half the neighborhood was out looking for him (Makenzie & Peyton Keith made their dad drive around in their pick-up looking for Buddy).
Shortly before 7 PM a couple of boys were in the cul-de-sac lighting off fireworks. The dog was on my lap watching TV and was shaking like a leaf. I opened the door and yelled down to Cory & Cole and told them to go to their own street (I'm such a bitch, aren't I??). Buddy ran out the door and ran right to the boys. That was the last we saw of him until almost 10 PM. We called and called for the dog, drove around the neighborhood, etc. Buddy didn't have his collar on so I called several neighbors in case they saw him. Chris & KJ drove up the hill into the new sub-division and found the dog 1.6 miles from our house. Chris said he was just sitting in the middle of the road. I think he went into the woods behind our neighbors house, got disoriented and couldn't find his way back home.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
We had a great Christmas. PA was FREEZING! My parent's house was like an artic expedition. KJ was able to sled for a little while Sunday so she's happy. She made a snowman she named "Rosie." Rosie was more of a snow puddle than an actual snowman. She also played in the snow at Aunt Lynn's house Friday night and Thursday night KJ & T rode a cardboard box down Lisa's backyard hill for hours. It was SO funny!
NYC was fun on Friday. Gorgeous day to walk around the city. We parked right across from the theater where they film David Letterman and just walked and walked for hours. We hit American Girl (duh!). It was MOBBED and KJ and I waited in a line that wrapped around the corner. I told her she had 5 minutes in the store and if she wanted anything, she better grab it. She bought an outfit for her Emily doll. We also went to FAO (line again to get in but it moved really quick). We saw the tree and had a family picture taken by NBC studios. We did this a couple of years ago so it should be interesting to see how we've grown/changed. We strolled thru Central Park and purused the theater district and Times Square (MTV was setting up for New Year's Eve).
Unpacked the car today and tried to find homes for our new Christmas presents. I'm also trying to catch up on my laundry. Not sure what our New Year's plans our yet; we always seem to throw something together at the last minute.
Uncle George & Aunt Debbie if you're reading this: thank you SO much for the extremely generous gift cards you sent the girls! They arrived late the Friday before we left for PA. The girls can't wait to go shopping! Also, Uncle Geo, I heard you didn't care for my musical selections. What's up w/ that???!!!
Heather & Alison if you're reading this: it was great seeing you both again and I hope you had fun in Chicago! Al, find me on Facebook!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Christmas morning was fun. The girls got lots of wonderful gifts. We packed up Wednesday morning and drove to NY. We went to the Palisades Center to see Alvin & the Chipmunks and today we spent the day w/ Chris's brother Drew and his son Travis. Drew looks wonderful...very healthy. It was awesome to spend some time w/ Travis. We never get to see him.
If the weather cooperates we may go into the city Friday. It's freezing here. My feet feel like icicles. We took a little trip down memory lane today ... showed the girls where Chris & I had our first kiss, drove them past our high school, took them past Grammie & Pop's old house, etc.
Pictures to come soon!
Friday, December 21, 2007
We rec'd LCM's package in yesterday's mail. I luv, luv, luv the Brighton bracelet she sent me and T screamed like a wacko when she realized she wasn't holding just any sunglasses, she was holding VERSACE sunglasses. Yes, my dear wonderful friend has spoiled T-bone once again. First it was the beanie babies in the mid-90's, then it was Vera Bradley bags, now it's designer sunglasses. Even though we're not family, Lisa is like the "cool" aunt to my kids. She has a friend w/ connections and a couple times of year they open to the public and sell their high end sunglasses (maybe it's for charity???). When we saw Lisa in Cincy for the Hoover game, she was wearing Chanel sunglasses and T & ME bugged the crap out of her. "When's the next sale? If I send you money, will you buy me a pair of glasses, etc." KJ also LOVES the authentic Hannah Montanna concert t-shirt Abbie Grace sent her. Very cool.
I forgot to mention in my previous post that the cheesecake we rec'd from one of Chris's vendor's is from Junior's in Brooklyn, NY. Trust me folks, that makes all the difference in the world.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Chris got new tires on his car so the girls and I met him for Johnny Rockets to keep him company. It was super windy out and the sky was a beautiful stormy, deep pink/purple/orange. We even saw a rainbow on our way to meet him. Crazy weather here; Jerry Tracy of NBC13 said Saturday will be a record high of 68. Nuts I tell ya'! Nuts!
I fell in the parking lot of Johnny Rockets and now my whole body is sore! My leg slid out from under me and I did a total split. It wasn't pretty.
KJ is at Lauren's and Katie & Kerry are at my house for the night. Somehow I lost in the bargain . . .gave up one child but gained twins.
Spoke to my sister-in-law for a little bit tonight. My neice had to have one of her baby teeth pulled yesterday (she fell and hit the bathtub and the tooth really needed to come out). Steve stayed home from work w/ her today because she's getting a little sick and running a fever (nothing to do w/ the tooth thing). I can not wait to see the kids at Christmas. We didn't make it to PA over the summer so we haven't seen the kids since last Christmas.
Got lots of Christmas cards the last couple of days: the Levs, the Bartons, my cousins in NJ, a couple of people Chris works with and we even got a cheesecake in the mail! No need for a fork, I'll just stick it on my hips, thankyouverymuch!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
My morning started off HORRIBLE. Buddy was being So, So, So bad he wouldn't get out from under our bed so I could leave for work. In a fit of fury, I threw the mattress of the frame and grabbed the furry little turd by his neck. I was so aggravated w/ him I practically threw him down the steps. He was so stupid this morning. He wouldn't not get on his bed. He spent the entire morning outside. I thought for sure the dog catcher or the wild coyotes roaming the neighborhood would get him. Then, I couldn't find the lid to my travel mug for my morning cup of tea. I don't ask for much. Just one freaking cup of tea a day. In another it of rage, I just threw all of the tupperware on the floor until I found the right lid. All that tupperware is still sitting there and it's now almost 4 PM. Then, as if that wasn't enough, the god-damn, freaking garage door would not open. I tried that damn thing 10 times. I even went outside, did the garage code and got nothing. I finally call Chris hysterical but he was on a conference call and really couldn't help me. Well, if nothing else false, push the freaking button rapidly until it works. FINALLY, the door opened. Chris called me on my way to work (I was almost 15 minutes late by the way) and asked what he could do to help. I started crying and told him to buy me an economy size bottle of valium and book me for a week at the funny farm.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
T's mouth is still hurting a little and she's not used to the retainer. She's not complaining or anything, but she asked for cup of soup for dinner.
Sent KJ to her bathroom to take a bath (she's been using my shower a lot lately but has been leaving her clothes and dirty towels on my floor so I've put an end to that). Anyway, for some stupid reason I opened the cabinet under her sink and couldn't believe the stuff that came pouring out. I was almost killed by lip gloss, beads and bobby pins. Seriously, I almost lost an eye (which would have been a shame right before the holidays and all). So, at 8:15 PM T hauled the vaccuum up there and I just starting going at it. I made her take EVERYTHING out from under her sink and just starting going crazy w/ the vaccuum. She had Barbies under there w/ one arm missing, Happy Meal toys and enough body lotion and bubble bath to open up her own Bath Junkie store. I think I sucked up enough hair beads to do half of Bo Derek's head in the movie "10." One thing lead to another and we capped off the evening by cleaning her room and the rest of the bathroom. Let's see how long it will stay this way.
Last day of playschool tomorrow until '08. I can't believe it. Our class is really, really sweet this year (I say that every year, don't I? Well, there was that one year I cried a lot. And drank a lot. In the parking lot. And on the playground.). Tracy Lev, I know you know what I'm talking about girlfriend!!!
P.S. If anyone sees my husband before Saturday, tell him to get his ass to the mall!!!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Nice day at playschool today. The babies were good. After work I ran my car thru the car wash and vaccuumed it out. I also ran to the movie theater to buy some movie passes for a Dirty Santa party for T and I bought the girls' dance teacher a gift card to Zoey's (and picked up some marinated slaw for myself!).
Rec'd some wonderful Christmas cards in today's mail. Very creative. The Anton's (our neighbor's in Cincy) sent a really cool card that was a collage on the front. Natalie is a year older than T, I can't remember how old Jack is and Shelby is a year older than KJ. Our friend's the Drivas's also sent a card (didn't know they had another baby!). Their oldest boy, Noah, looks just like Jimmie did when he was a boy. We also rec'd our annual "Crawford Crier" from our neighbor's in MD. We look forward to it every year! My friend Lizz also sent an absolutely gorgeous card of her two little ones, Nicholas & Isabella. The front of the card is a close-up of the kids.
So, tomorrow's T's big day. I'm not sure if she'll be able to sleep tonight. Getting these braces off is all she's talked about for the last several weeks.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
We didn't make it to church this morning. The alarm went off. Chris looked at me, I looked at him, we kind of made weird grunting noises at each other and both rolled over.
I have a feeling I'm getting lacrosse equipment for Christmas. My husband hasn't even STARTED shopping for me yet. At this point everything's been picked over and I'll be lucky to get a sweater w/ one sleeve longer than the other and socks that don't match.
Only 2 days of playschool left for '07. I can't believe it.
T gets her braces off Tuesday...YAY!!! I'll definately have to take some "before" and "after" pics. Funny thing though, she really doesn't know how to smile w/ her mouth open. She just can't do it. She gives a little smirk, a little "knowing" smile. Kind of like Mona Lisa. I don't think I have one picture EVER of T-bone smiling w/ her teeth showing.
Nothing to watch tonight, no Desperate Housewives. Boo hoo. I read somewhere that Lost is coming back January 31 or something like that. I mean, really, why bother? I luv, luv, luv that show but it hasn't been on in so long, I don't even remember what happened.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Afterward we had our faculty lunch at Up the Creek and had so much fun. We need to do that more often! We exchanged Christmas presents. Shawn had my name and gave me a gift card to Barnes & Noble (which will definately be put to good use!) and she made me some beautiful note cards. I work with some very talented ladies. We just laughed and got stupidier as lunch went on. I wasn't even drinking.
Then, I came home to a mailbox FULL of Christmas cards! Yay! I especially love cards w/ photos! My favorite! Our friend Brian from high school sent a card today w/ his beautiful kids, rec'd a card from Andy & Laura out in Breckenridge w/ their 2 cute kids, our neighbors sent a card w/ Evvy & India's pic (KJ's gonna luv it!). Oh, and I also got a card today from my friend Barbara in NJ w/ pics of her 3 kids. I also got Heather's card (no pic!). Rec'd Lynn & Ted's card today, too (no pic!). I finished up my cards last night so now they're in the hands of the US Postal Service. Still need to wrap a few things and get them out in the mail.
KJ is carolling after school today w/ her scout troop at a nursing home and I'm sure T-bone's going to want me to drive her somewhere tonight. I hope she doesn't want to go anywhere near the mall, it was crazy at lunchtime today.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Anyway, it was so nice to see all of my little friends from last year (we're on opposite days so I don't get to see them anymore). Joseph saw me in the parking lot and started screaming my name and my little PH (Sophia) couldn't stop hugging me and kissing me. She is, other than my own 2 beautiful girls, one of the prettiest little girls I have ever seen. She is such a character and I'm so happy her mom is pregnant and expecting a baby girl in April. PH is talking so well. I got to see Henry again and his little cousin Caroline was in my class today. She's such a good little girl. I also got to meet Zachary, the younger brother of Brooke, who was one of my very first students 4 years ago! It's hard to believe I've been at the playschool that long.
It was also nice to see Tracy today (again, she's Tuesday/Thursday; I'm Monday/Wednesday). We'll all see each other tomorrow for the Santa Pancake breakfast. After that, we'll all go out to lunch and exchange gifts.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Babies were very good at playschool today. Meredith fell asleep in her high chair during lunch (I swear, the kid does more sleeping at playschool than she does playing). She so sweet and snuggly, though. I moved her from the high chair and sat w/ her in my arms in the rocking chair. She like my own personal little Cabbage Patch doll. She's got the chubbiest cheeks and the curliest hair. Grace looked super sweet today in her little Christmas outfit. The pants were more like a pantaloon w/ lace & ribbons.
Not much else going on. Tomorrow I'll sub for Teresa and Friday is our pancake w/ Santa breakfast. T came home from school today tired and is upstairs taking a nap. I talked KJ into taking one, too. She's been so cranky and contrary lately. Very argumentative. Honestly, I don't know where she gets it from!!!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Aaaahhhh....I just had some spa services today at Ross Bridge. I plan to put on my thick and fluffy Victoria's Secret robe, some quiet soothing music, my fountain and possibly put some Crest White strips in my mouth and just relax. I had a massage, a pedicure and a microdermabrasion facial. My face feels so smooth. I haven't had a facial in 2 1/2 years (no wonder I was breaking out like a teenager) and I haven't had the microdermabrasion done since KJ was a baby to try and get rid of my pregnancy spots. P.S. Chris, if you're reading this, you know you can always get me a spa package for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Ground Hogs Day, the Ides of March, the Summer Solstice, Flag Day, my birthday, our anniversary, Spring Equinox, Yom Kippour, etc.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
• A cobra once bit Chuck Norris's leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.
• Chuck Norris can charge a cell phone by rubbing it against his beard.
• When an episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side.
• Chuck Norris was the first person to tame a dinosaur.
• Chuck Norris once visited The Virgin Islands. Afterward, they were renamed The Islands.
• Every piece of furniture in Chuck Norris's house is a Total Gym.
After refreshments in the fellowship hall, we stayed for 5 PM mass. I know!!! 2 weeks in a row for me and the church is still standing!!! I'm on a roll baby!!! Anyway, we sat w/ friends and afterwards we all went out for Mexican. I love the Iguana Grill on Lorna Road. It's beautifully decorated and the mango margaritas hit the spot!
So because we attended church last night and her little class didn't have Sunday school today we all got to sleep in. I was very wound up last night and read for a long, long time in the guest room. I woke up this morning thinking it was around 8 or 9 AM. No. It was 11!!!! I couldn't believe Chris & T let me sleep that long (KJ spent the night w/ the Evvster). I love our new guest room. It's like my own private little 5 star hotel room. I have the whole bed to myself, it's very quiet and the sun doesn't come in that side of the house too early. I love the sheets and comforter set, too.
I'm almost done w/ my Christmas shopping. I have nothing bought for my parents or my mother-in-law. The girls are totally done. I think I'll have some last minute "little" gifts that always seem to pop-up (i.e., dance teachers, Sunday school teachers, grab-bag gift here, dirty santa gift there, etc.). I need to wrap some things (although I took total advantage of stores that offered complimentary gift wrapping). I still need to finish Christmas cards and I have 2 packages I need to ship out. Overall, I'm in pretty good shape!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Nice & quiet in the house right now. T is babysitting for the 2 little girls down the street and Chris & KJ are at a lacrosse clinic. KJ makes her reconciliation at 3:30 PM today so Chris has to have her home early enough to shower and get dressed. She should have fun today. Several of her friends are in her class: Joe L., Evvy (aka Evster), Maggie (aka Magster).
She was super duper cranky after school yesterday. She didn't want to get a haircut, she didn't want tacos for dinner, she was really whiny and got upset because I didn't have time to meander down the Christmas aisle at Bruno's (it's just candy and junky toys but to an 8 year old little girl I'm sure it's heaven). She got in the car and told me all I do is rush, rush, rush and I never have time for anything. Nothing like a little mommy-guilt to kick-off the weekend.
ME was here for a couple of nights while her parents went out of town. Barely knew she was here at all. She's practically part of the family and knows where every thing is. I think she even made her own breakfast this morning.
17 more days until Christmas . . . I started writing out my Christmas cards last night. I'm up to the S's. I love rec'ving Christmas cards in the mail and I especially like the ones with family photos in them. I love seeing how everyone has changed and grown up. Our old neighbors from MD (now live in KS), always do an AWESOME family newsletter and that is one of the highlights of our Christmas season. My girlfriend LCM usually does a creative card, too. Our old neighbors from OH went to Belize last year and their card was all 5 of them covered in the mud. At first, I thought it was a weird picture to send out for Christmas but when I really looked at it, they all had incredible smiles on their faces and looked like they were having so much fun. I put all of the Christmas pictures we rec'v in a little album on the coffee table so we can look at the photos all year round.
Friday, December 7, 2007
I will get off my soapbox now.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Looks like someone watches a little too much "America's Next Top Model!"
Very nice day here today. A crisp chill to the air but lots of sunshine.
Chris's brother Drew had his surgery today; sounds like everything went well and Drew is in recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts.
KJ's class play is tonight. Chris did an awesome job decorating the t-shirt she will be wearing. Thank God the kids have one creative parent. If it was up to me, she'd be wearing a paper bag. But, you know me, I'd accessorize it very, very well! Ha! Ha!