Friday, February 29, 2008

I need to whine

I try not to whine too much.. I have been pregnant before... I know what to expect....but it has been a day. I can't believe it is Friday, it feels more like a Monday. I feel all out of sorts. Here's why:

1. I couldn't sleep last night. I tossed and turned (that is getting harder to do)

2 .I have heartburn ALL the time (how do you get heartburn after eating yogurt?)

3. I am really tired and grouchy today (maybe because of #1?)

5. It hurts to bend over, and I am always picking things up!

6. I think I have cleaned up spilled milk three different times today (you have to bend over to do that too)

8. Kaci took a blue/purple marker and drew all over her eyes and the bridge of her nose, and came running in my room screaming. I thought she was seriously hurt and was bruising already.. she was crying because she knew she was in trouble.

9. Shanna told a whopper of all lies which included sneaking money to school and buying something we told her that she couldn't and then being late coming out of the school, making me think she had been kidnapped... this is a new level of misbehavior for us.

10.My hormones are all over the place and I feel like I could cry for the rest of the day.

There's my pity party. I am sure I'll be better soon. Maybe I'll lock myself in my room and eat some more chocolate cake and wash it down with some antacid.

Mommy, Daddy, why was your door locked?

Last night, Kaci was most upset that she tried to come into our room after we put her to bed, and our door was LOCKED! Why would parents do that? wink wink.. what were you thinking? We had dished up some chocolate cake and ice cream with caramel sauce and were watching Lost!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A morning to myself...almost

I woke up this morning early and I couldn't go back to sleep. I tried for a while, and then gave up and got out of bed. It is so nice and quiet. I can hear the birds outside, everything is peaceful and I'm all alone!! Well, almost. My little companion is very excited that I listened to her kicks and got up. Now she's kicking a little harder hoping for some breakfast. Oh, sweet baby... this is going to become a routine, isn't it?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Snuggling... sorta

Can ya tell who was a little ornery today?? Do you think the last thing Shanna said was "be quiet, or I'll put you in a headlock"? All I can say is I laughed out loud when I went to check on them tonight!

A Dog-Gone Good Day

Cocoa went to visit a new boarding place today. It is a cage-free doggie "resort" where the dogs can choose to play inside or out all day long with each other. (They put them in their "rooms" at night and when they eat.)

We weren't sure how he'd do, since he doesn't really ever socialize with other dogs, but let's just say he loved it. I have never seen him so worn out. He slowly walked to us when we came back to get him. (Normally it would be a sprint, followed by him jumping all over us!) When he got home, he really didn't care that there was dinner in his bowl, he just had to lay down and sleep for a while.

You can tell by the picture that he is the new kid on the block and is completely worn out! I think he will do just fine without us when we leave next week!


I am so excited. Today's the day... No, not THAT day, there is still 3 months left before THAT day comes. No, it's not my birthday, but it kind of feels like it.

Do you give up?

My new STROLLER comes today!!! Well, not really mine. But I am so excited anyways!

Ever since last summer, I have been really REALLY wanting a new small stroller. We went to Disneyland, and I hunched over a little tiny umbrella stroller all week.(which by the way got it's bag stolen with my new hat in it....) I kept thinking about buying one, and then deciding against it since Kaci was almost too big for one. I kept telling myself that if we decided to have another baby, the icing on the cake would be my new dream stroller!

We're going on vacation next week, so I am hoping that Kaci will be as excited as I am about it and test drive it for her baby sister, making our trip a little less stressful by riding in it instead of us chasing her around, or waiting for her cute little legs to catch up.

I know what you're thinking... I'm weird... or I get excited over odd things. You're right about both, but happy day to me!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Can Mommy Hear Me?

When we were in the car today, Kaci was getting sleepy. I was trying to get her to stay awake. I asked her to tell me a story. She said "I don't have enough air to." That was alone was cute.

But later when it was just her and Tyler in the car, she asked him "Can Mommy Hear Me?"

Tyler told her "no"

She asked "Can Mommy see me?"

Tyler told her "no."

Kaci says "GOOD" (In a very enthusiastic voice by the way) Then very loudly, she started to pretend to snore and sleep!!!

Can you believe a 3 year old, double checking to make sure her mom wasn't watching so that she could disobey her???? I am in so much trouble.

Curly Sue

When you have curls and a "curly" personality, should your mom keep trying to tame it, or just let the curls be free?

Monday, February 25, 2008

You Got It Toyota

Tyler has been saying "You got it Toyota" to Kaci. She got really interested in what a Toyota was. This weekend, he pointed out several to her. Yesterday, he said "You Got it Toyota," and she said "Daddy, I am not a car... I am a woman!"

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Beautiful Girls

Here are two beautiful girls, having a fun weekend together

Friday, February 22, 2008

Coolest Parents EVER

First the disclaimer, I have to admit that I wasn't cool enough to know this concert was coming to town. My friend, Sherry is definately cooler than me because she told me about it and when the tickets were going on sale.

But... Shanna (and Kaci too, of course) are going to go to their first heart-throb concert in April! Ever heard of Drake Bell? If you have, you either have a little girl between the age of 6-16 or you are just incredibly cool.

I can't wait to see Shanna's face when we tell her and see how she screams at the concert! It is going to be a blast! Did your parents buy you concert tickets when you were 3 or 7? I will be reminding them about this when they don't want to be seen at the mall with me when they are 16!

Friday Checklist

I haven't been very good about getting things done this week. I was late for my doctor's appointment, only worked out once, and haven't done very much laundry or cleaning. So, today I am going to make my list public and see if that'll motivate me to get more done.

1. First is the workout

2. Then the shower (I am proud to say I have done this everyday though!)

3. L-A-U-N-D-R-Y (It is such a bad word I have to spell it)

4. Playtime with my Kaci. We haven't been outside all week. She was up in the night with a fever, but I am hoping it is because she is cutting molars and she'll feel well enough for some fresh air

5. Fun with both girls - Shanna is out of school at 1:15 every Friday, so maybe I will do some crafts with both of my girls

6. Taxi time - I must get gas BEFORE I head into town though

7. Dance performance 7:00. Oh yeah, I better think of something for dinner in between #6 and #7. See, this list might be really good for me today!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Today's Project

I am so excited about this baby sling that I made today. I have been obsessing over them and got up the courage to make my own, and it actually turned out pretty good! Here's a picture of Shanna wearing it with a baby doll, demonstrating how she'll "wear" her sister while she vacuums for me! (Just kidding, but it does fit her pretty well!)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I am so spoiled. Yesterday morning, I woke up and Tyler handed me the sleep mask and told me to go back to sleep. You don't have to ask me twice if I'd like to sleep more or get up in the morning! Then, a while later he came in with the paper, and then I smelled his famous omelets cooking. Yum! It was a great long weekend!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Chocolate Debate

Kaci: Mom, Can I have a chocolate?

Me: No, you just ate a chocolate doughnut and hot cocoa

Kaci: But that's only a little chocolate. I need a whole lot.

Me: No, you have had enough chocolate for now. Maybe later

Kaci: That wasn't supposed to feed me. I need a whole chocolate

Me: I said no!

Kaci: But I NEED it...

I hear you sister. I really do. But the answer is still no.


We are forgiven for our Valentines date. As you can see, Kaci loved every minute of our chocolate fondue dessert last night! (Shanna loved it too, but she chose to eat it instead of bathe in it!)

Friday, February 15, 2008


We were so busted last night. In an attempt to have a date on Valentines Day, we fed the girls a gourmet kids dinner (corn dogs, sushi, applesauce and strawberries dipped in whipped cream) and put them to bed.

After we thought it was safe, we got out the makings for a romantic fondue dinner. We were halfway through dinner when a little voice was heard saying "what are you doing?" Followed with things like "I'm hungry, That's no fair, and I'm lonely" We invited little miss bed head to sit with us and dip a few pieces of bread and shrimp and then sent her back to bed. The big question is, will she tell her sister of her late night date with Mom and Dad? Then we'd really be busted!

Just to note, we were too full for our dessert fondue, so we'll treat them to that tonight!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

My Valentines Day started sweet (literally when sweet girl #1 put a candy in my mouth while I was still sleeping!)

I have a smile on my face when I think of everyone who I love, and also everyone who loves me. Of course I am thinking of my ultimate sweetheart and soul mate today, but I also think it is a wonderful day to just share a smile with that random person at the grocery store, or a nice pat on the head to the dog.

I hope you find happiness and beauty in today! xoxo

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Demonstration backfires

I realize that kids are closer to the ground than we are, and sometimes the world looks different if you get on your knees for a few minutes to see what life is like for them. But, I am so tired of bending over to pick things up off the floor! It is starting to get uncomfortable for me and I would like to train them now to help out and pick things up! So, today I gave Shanna a ball to put under her shirt and asked her to pick up a toy that she had left on the floor.


She thought it was fun.

And the bed head award goes to....

Kaci... every time she sleeps! This is her waking up from her nap yesterday

I hate the night shift

Kaci did what kids typically do when their sick: start to act like they are feeling better during the day, and then WHAM they are sick again at night. So, besides the obvious problem that she wasn't feeling well, had her fever back and took over an hour to get back to sleep (and by then I was wide awake and had a hard time going back to sleep myself) I no longer have the mommy instinct of hearing your baby cry at night! The night shift is about to come back into my job description and I don't know if I can do it again! For at least a year (maybe two if you want me to be really honest) I don't wake up when Kaci cries in the night. Either Tyler hears her (which he didn't last night) or Shanna will bring her into our room. (Which did happen last night)

I am seriously doubting my mommy skills the third time around. I am wondering what child labor laws would say about an 8 year old getting up in the night to give a baby a bottle? Maybe just until school starts in the fall?

Monday, February 11, 2008

Here we go again..

Great. Just when I thought everyone was well and happy after almost a month of passing germs around, out of the blue at bedtime, Kaci started coughing. Normally a cold with a cough comes on over a couple of days, but hers just started out of nowhere. Within an hour, she had a fever and a full blown bug. She was up every hour or so crying, poor girl. She is sleeping right now, but I have a feeling it will be a rough day for her. Will it ever stop?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Recipe Exchange

I have been exchanging recipes with Tyler's mom and sisters once a month. It has been great to have new ones to try. If anyone wants to join us, just let me know! This month, I shared recipes for slow-cooked lemon chicken, slow-cooked cabbage rolls and 3 cheese Manicotti. I do have to admit that food is tasting really good to me right now (and that I probably am eating more than I should!)

Sunshine Does You Good

It's no secret that I love sunshine. My favorite song when I was little was "You Are My Sunshine", Tyler's nickname for me has always been "Sunshine" I call the girls my "Sunshine Girls", if I am at a store and I see something sunshine, I usually buy it... you get the idea.

Yesterday we all had a good dose of sunshine with a picnic at the park and then some fresh air and exercise. It boosted everyone's mood. We laughed and ran and played together. It was a great time. It's amazing that sometimes the best days in life are the most simple ones.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Did Mama Say There'd Be Days Like This?

Today was one of those days. Our computer has been messing up when we switch users. I thought it had been fixed, so when Tyler was in the shower, I switched it to my user to check my e-mail and I royally messed him up for the rest of the day on an already stressful day. Sorry babe.

Then I was at Shanna's school helping switch out their books. When I got to their classroom, Shanna was at her teacher's desk. I came up behind her to give her a hug and saw that she was crying. She was having a hard time understanding a math test, and I guess she started crying when she saw me at the door. I thought she was crying because she was frustrated, but she said she was worried I would be upset that she was asking her teacher for help! I stood behind her while her teacher explained how to do the math problem, and then since it was lunch time asked her teacher if I could borrow her for lunch. She came home and had sandwiches with us, and Tyler helped sort out the math confusion.

After I took her back, I breathed a sigh of relief that maybe the drama was over. I told Kaci that she could have quiet time instead of a nap and I started on some cleaning. I went into her room after a while to find her on her bed with a pen and paper. I said "make sure you don't get pen on your new bedspread." She looked at me with guilty eyes and I asked her if she got pen on her bed. She said that she accidentally did, but when I picked her up, I could tell that it was NOT an accidental slip, that she had drawn on their new quilt. I put her in time out and then spent the next half hour scrubbing pen on a white quilt square. Then, I remembered the marker stain on the floor of their playroom and thought I might as well tackle it as well....... Then the song "Mama said there'd be days like this" started running through my head. While I was sitting on the floor scrubbing at the stain I started wondering if my mom really did tell me there'd be days like this. I think she forgot. Or maybe I didn't listen.

The drama did start to dwindle down after all of that and I am counting the minutes until I can peek into the girls' room and see them sleeping like angels. Maybe when my girls are grown I won't tell them about the pen stains and drama, I'll just tell them the song called "Mama said there'd be nights like this" where you stand over your sleeping beauties and just be thankful for them.

Sleeping Beauties

I have always loved night time... the house is finally quiet, my mommy hat comes off... but since we have moved the girls into a queen bed to share, the final treat of the day is to see how sweet they are as they sleep. This one is the winner so far. They are wearing identical pants, so it is a little hard to tell which leg belongs to who, but their legs are crossed and their arms are intertwined. I think it is so sweet how they snuggle!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

What goes through their heads?

Here is Kaci, I can't remember what she was supposed to be doing, she probably doesn't either. We could have a game show called "What is she really doing?" Somewhere she found a stocking hat, a hair brush, some tape to apply to a pencil so that it would look like a paint brush, a Barbie brush and of course some sunglasses and put this outfit together.'s Shanna. She thought that if she hid her sister on her back, she could sneak her to school with her and I'd never notice. I'll admit, it was tempting, but I nixed that idea before her ride came.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Imagining a sweet snuggler

Here's a picture of the baby blanket I made. I had to wrap it up in my arms and imagine a little princess sleeping in it. I showed it to Kaci and she wanted to try it out. I wrapped it around her, and she said "It's cozy. The baby will like it."

What's right anymore?

I am not sure what is right in this world anymore. We won't talk too much about a certain game on Sunday, because it still hurts. But, I am having a hard time knowing what was real and what was a cruel joke that night. It started with the game, then SNOW, (in case you are not familiar with this area, it doesn't usually snow here) then during the game, the satellite tv went out, luckily it came back on for the last two minutes.... then the power was out most of the night! What a crazy day. This is the most it has snowed since we moved here! We got over 2". Here's Kaci, playing with the white sandy stuff. I tried telling her buckets and shovels were for sand, and you were supposed to touch the snow. She looked at me like I was crazy and said "but it's cold!"

So I know many of you were looking for my response to the ugly events which took place on Sunday, but I was banned from posting that night and yesterday I was just too depressed. So there ya go. Tommy, I still think you are the greatest.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Go Patriots!

Shanna and Kaci disappeared for a while this morning... That's always a bad sign when your kids are missing or quiet.....This is actual paint on their faces. Notice that Shanna's "P" is backwards? (Mirrors can be so confusing) I made them wash their faces, but don't worry. Their war stripes are still there.. .and probably will be for another day or two!

Snuggling Sisters

It is a fun treat to look into the girls' room every night and see them snuggling. Aren't they sweet?? They don't even flinch when we take the picture!

Life is more funny when someone makes fun of it

I would never laugh about my mornings, but I had a good laugh when reading the comics today. I showed it to Shanna and she didn't find it quite as funny as I did:

Friday, February 01, 2008

Cute Girl

Kaci's Morning

"Sleeping Daddy, can you make me more Cocoa?"

"I really love my dog, and he loves me"

Today, I WILL Catch Up

I have an obsessive personality. I either want to do it all, perfectly, or I want to ignore it. I have been working on a baby quilt for the new baby, which I am really excited about. But here's what happens when I start a project: Nothing.

So, for the whole week, no laundry has gotten done, the vacuum has sat collecting dust in the coat closet (literally because I need to dust too) No one has gotten clean sheets... and I have only started the quilt. I haven't wanted to do much on it, because I want a huge chunk of time to just sit down and sew and not have to get up to a dirty house. I have to admit the truth that's it's not going to happen. So, today I am going to start over. I am going to be organized and clean up. Then, I am going to allow myself a couple of hours to sew. Ask me tomorrow if I got caught up today. I hope I can get it all done, because I hate being wrong!

Happy Friday!

Everything's Right In The World

I never thought I'd see the day... Tyler emerges from the dark side.... he took Kaci to buy..... Patriots jerseys!!! Rightness prevails! I am so proud! GO PATRIOTS!!!