We are all packed and ready to go! We had planned on leaving early tomorrow morning but with the impending snow storm due tomorrow, we decided that tonite we will be making the 7hr trek home.
It'll be a crazy busy two weeks but I look forward on spending time with friends and family. I am especially excited to see two friends (Maggie and Meghan) that I haven't seen in well over 12 years. I am a little nervous but sure that once we see each other it'll be like old times and the banter will pick up where it left off.
Since I have two sisters that are not able to make it home, I plan on blogging throughout our vacation in hopes that they feel like they are a part of our holiday celebration.
I hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We saw Santa three days in a row and Ava was in heaven. While most kids are intimidated by the man in the red suit, Ava approached Santa every time like a longtime friend that she hasn't seen in years. It just so happened that on two different holiday excursions, we had the unplanned fortune of seeing Santa.
Last week, we met with the "Momtourage" for our weekly get together and decided to check out the Macy's Christmas display depicting elves at work. At the end of the display we decided to pop in to say "hi" to Santa. Ava immediately sat on his lap and gave him a big hug. She whispered to him "All I want for Christmas is a deer, that's all..nothing else."
The second day, we saw Santa was a planned appointment to get our yearly photos with the "real" Santa. Sid portrays a wonderful Santa and the kids just love him. He takes the time with the kids and makes the extra effort to make the them feel comfortable. Before taking picture, he and the kids sat down on the floor and chatted. There was a lot of high fiving going on and Ava throwing her head back in laughter. She kept saying "Santa, you crack me up!"
On third day, we went to see an entertaining Christmas play about an elf named Albert who loses Rudolph's red nose. Ava was captivated and really enjoyed herself while Ruby was less than impressed and decided that schmoozing with the ladies behind us way better. Afterwards Santa was taking toy requests along with free pics... courtesy of your own camera.
No, I know some of you are wondering if Ava caught on to the fact that all the Santas looked different. She did. And had no problem pointing out the differences to each of them.
"Why does your beard look not for real?"
"Why are you not wearing a hat?"
"Where is your Santa pants?"
"I have black boots like you, why you not wearing your black boots?"
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I'm sitting at the table at preschool helping Loic(my part-time son) put glitter on a pine cone and Miss April is helping Ava decorate a Gingerbread man. Miss April whispers my name and signals me to come over to her table. She's giggling while showing me Ava's completed project.
One last thing: now where in the heck does one display this bad boy?
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
See that little cute blur up there?
She's been going nonstop since turning one. I totally forgot(blocked memory)how busy they are at this age. It's amazing how fast she went from baby to toddler... literally overnight. She decided walking was the way to go and drinking from the bottle was so last month and only a cup will do.
This is such a fun time and quite different from when Ava was this age. Ruby is a lot more adventurous and dives right in. Ava was more careful and thought things through before attempting them.
I love seeing kids learning at this age. Many a times I sit quietly and intently observe her learning and reacting to her surroundings much like Jane Goodall studying primates. I'm thinking a safari like vest would come in handy when I am having these hour awe stuck moments. I could use a couple of easy to get to pockets to carry a little snack, kleenex (someone always has a runny nose), pen, paper, and my trusty monocular.
So... as you can tell, I've busy stalking my kids and have found little..okay..no time to blog. But I promise to keep you posted regularly and to make it up... I promise you a most hilarious blog tomorrow that happened today. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
One last thing: Milk Drunk Love?
Monday, October 27, 2008
One last thing: kick off those Sunday shoes
Friday, October 24, 2008
"Mom! Loic hit me!"
"Let's use our hands for hugs not for hitting our friends. Does Thomas the Train hit his friends? "
"No." replies Loic
"Mom, Thomas doesn't have hands!"
We received information animal cards in the mail from National Geographic that I thought Ava would enjoy. She was excited to find them on the coffee table when she awoke from nap. She quickly grabbed them and began studying the pictures.
"Hey Moms, what are these Polar Bears doing?"
I take a look and read the caption to myself. It is explaining the mating rituals that the Polar Bears do prior to becoming amorous.
"It looks like they are getting ready to make a baby."
"Oh... did you and daddy play pat-a-cake too when you made me?"
"Um um............something like that."
Ava comes down from nap time and I am watching Alicia Keys perform one of her songs on Oprah.
"Look Mom, Hannah Montana!"
I have five sisters, Heather, Caroline, Pia, Laura, and Cathy. Ava adores all her aunts and wishes they all lived closer.
I got off the phone with my sister, Laura, and Ava says,"Mom, I miss Aunt Lola. Is Aunt Lola your sister?"
"Yes. Do you know all my sisters names?"
"Aunt Lola, Aunt Hedder, Aunt Carewine, Aunt Cassy, and Aunt Pia, Pia, PIANO!"
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Shhh! My new baby just fell asleep. She's been up all day since being delivered this morning, weighing in at 2.28 lbs and 8.9 inches long. She's tiny but mighty powerful...and a Q T to boot. The girls are adjusting quite well to their new sister but they are already trying to push her buttons.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Last week while at the Children's Museum, Ava wanted to stop at the face painting station. She picked up the yellow paint and asked me to draw a sun on her left cheek. After I finished the sun I asked what she wanted me to draw on her other cheek.
Do you want raindrops on that side? No
How a rainbow or perhaps a red heart? No
Well what do you want?
I want a beer.
A beer? Do you mean a bear? I can make a teddy bear face.
No mom. A beer....... like daddy. I wanna look like daddy.
Oh, okay...like daddy.
I almost peed my pants trying to contain the laughter every time I stole a glance at my bearded daughter. She thought she was the coolest thing because she sporting a beard like her daddy. She couldn't wait to show him that, NOW, they looked alike.
A couple days ago I overheard her telling Ruby "Ruby, you and me, we look like our mommy not our daddy. We have chocolate milk skin like mommy and Dora(the Explorer). Daddy has blue eyes and we have black eyes. So we look like our mommy, okay?"
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Hey guys, you're in for a real treat! My mom took me to the Children's Museum the other day and I met an awesome new friend there. It's an adventure to go see her but I'm sure you'll agree it's well worth it. Follow me.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
As many of you know, Ruby, is nearing her first birthday in two weeks and for the past month she has been keeping us busy with her milestone mania.
I was re-vamping the dining room and moved all the furniture into the living room so I could begin the task of prepping the room for a repaint. I moved her portable changing table to a different area so I could place the bookcases in it's place......waiting and ready to be decoupaged while the paint was drying.
I finally finished the taping portion part of it and took a break on the Lazy Boy watching the girls play before putting the them to bed so I could begin painting once their heads hit their pillows. They loved the fact that the living room was in disarray and enjoyed playing under the table and chairs.
Ruby's changing table was moved to a nearby dining chair and she got adventurous and stepped upon it and glanced back at me with a "mom help! I can't get back down!" look. I encouraged her to give a try all by herself and she stepped right off.
She had the biggest grin and she was so proud of herself. She walked up and down along the couch shouting " I do dat! I do dat! I do dat!" over and over.
I don't know which surprised me more...her stepping down by herself or the three word sentences spewing from her mouth!
Along with those amazing accomplishments here are a few more things happening with her:
2. signing "more"
3. raising the roof (that's a requirement here in my house party household)
4. tantrums-- this I could do without!
5. eyelash batting--who can say "no" to that
6. She's also been tagged with a new nickname----DESTRUCTO
7. stair climbing....fast!
8. new word- GO
9. head hugging --she places her forehead on yours and gives you a nuzzle.so cute.
10. she enjoys hanging out upside down... in a downward dog yoga pose.
There you have it. She is one of the many reasons I haven't been blogging lately, she keeps me on my toes and by the end of the day I am just too wiped out to even think about blogging.
Things have finally slowed down and your regularly scheduled program has returned!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
So we are walking home after spending the morning at a Fall Frolic themed Super Saturday class offered at our local children education center when I spot a crumpled green back laying on the curb. Rather than selfishly snatch it myself, I let Ava experience her first "big money" find.
I casually stopped and pretended to tie my slip on sneakers in hopes that Ava would avert her eyes downward and spot the dollar. She didn't see it. So then I pretended to drop the bag of artwork I was carrying right next to the dollar and then had her pick up the fallen bag. She still didn't see it. Then I had her observe the tree above and then look below to see if she could find any fallen leaves...tying in what we learned hours ago. She STILL didn't see the dollar.
I gave up.
I literally pointed the dollar out and she excitedly picked it up.
" Oooo, Mom now I can buy "orange pony" at Tar-jay with all my monies!"
"You need to find about 22 more of those dollars to buy that Little Pony doll that crawls."
"Oh" she said with disappointment in her voice.
"Just keep saving your money and soon you'll be able to buy it or maybe Santa will bring it for Christmas."
She later decided to spend her dollar on a large chocolate chip cookie at Panera Bread instead. I guess she's thinking Santa is not going to disappoint and will be bringing her "orange pony" at Christmas.
Now I did contemplate briefly on keeping that dollar for myself because that would've been the first time that I actually found money that wasn't in coin form.
I seem to lose money rather than find it.
When I was in grade school I sold my felt-tip markers to some boy in my class and he gave me,from what I remember,tons of money. I took it home and hid it, so that my mom wouldn't find out but then I couldn't remember where I had stashed it when it came time to spend it. Money lost.
I lost $50 when I stopped to look through a pile of shirts while in American Eagle (Hey,I was still a teen then...nineteen). I was holding the fifty in my hand...shopping around like that. I must of thought that it was safer in my hand than in my pocket because it was weeks ago that $20 mysteriously disappeared while in my own pocket.
One time I lost $300 because for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to take my money pouch along while chaperoning a tween dance at the YMCA. Yeah, I lost the pouch but days later it was found but not with the $300 intact.
There are more lost money stories....many more...... but recounting them is just too painful.
I like to consider myself more of a good luck charm...people seem to find money when I'm around. (let me clarify...they are not finding money at the same time I'm losing it) My sister, Pia, used to always find money....I was always with her at those times. I remember Ian found $20 while we were driving in an alley way and he spotted it in the grass....I was with him. My friend found $50 while out to eat....I was with her.
Oh and let's not forget the many people who find money in their own pockets...again I'm there to witness the finds.
Catch my drift? I have many of those stories and they're just as painful because I've still not found any "miracle" money.
What's the most you've ever found? What's the most you've ever lost?
Friday, October 3, 2008
Ava finally got her first haircut last week! We took her to a place the specializes( you know...equipped with personal TV's) in cutting children's hair. Her hair was getting out of control and something had to be done....quickly. It took all of ten minutes for the hair stylist to cut and style her hair and Ava did terrific.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
After debating with myself all morning on whether to turn the heat on or not...I decided to put on a pair of socks and wrap myself up,burrito style, in a blanket.
Hubby woke up and thought it was rather chilly in the house and I told him it was a breezy 43 degrees out despite the sunny- like appearances outside.
That's when a miracle happened..... the guy with a built-in sweater........ suggested we turn the heat on!
So I did. It sure is o' so nice to feel my toes again.
I was hoping not to have to turn the heat on until November...mid- October at the earliest but I admit......I'm a wimp.
I hate being cold, although I love winter. Strange, I know, but I don't like to have to wear a coat while in my own home.......like I do at my mom's.
When do you turn your heat on? Do you have a month wait out like I was supposed to or do you turn it on when it dips below a certain amount? At what temperature do you average?
I like to average around 76 degrees, but I have been known, much to hubby's chagrin, to put it up as high as 82. Ian likes it no higher than 70.
Just curious to see if you all are as wimpy as me.
Monday, September 29, 2008