Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Working Mommy Wednesday



I'm linking up today with Julia for Working Mommy Wednesday. 

I have always been a working mommy.  I work at a place large enough to get FLMA and took 12 weeks off after the birth of Connor and one week before and 11 weeks after the birth of the twins.

I work at a community college.  It started as a part-time job as a secretary while I finished my Masters in History.  I always wanted to work at a college, but I thought that meant I had to teach.  I realized that it doesn't mean that at all.  I finished with my M.A. in 2003, but I'm still here.  Working behind the scenes at a college.  Now I evaluate transcripts, assist with the creation of articulation agreements with four-year schools, and a plethora of other things that fall under "and other duties as assigned" category on the job description. 

One of the things that has happened in the past couple of weeks is that we are almost to the completion of a HUGE project 2 other people and myself took on.  It allows for our students to do unofficial degree completion scenarios on themselves.  The project has fallen mostly to me to finish.  We had a lot of bumps in the road, namely - our consultant did not help us in the way we needed, so we blindly built this system ourselves.  There was a lot of programming, planning, and even guesswork involved.  I am in charge of updating the system - 100+ degrees and certificates needed to be built, then modified to reflect changes in 5 catalogs.  And I am almost done!  At other schools, this can be a full-time position in and of itself.  Here, it was just something added on to my already crammed schedule.  (Lucky for me, it gave my Type A personality a time to shine!)

I don't always like being a working mommy, but it's something that I have to do to provide for my family.  I don't always like my job - mainly because it gets monotonous - and that job at a local four-year private school looks very appealing and would pay a heck of a lot more...........
but I'm happy here.  I love my co-workers, and more so I love the environment I get to work in.  I get to help students with their future.  And what's better than that?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Finally!

I'm playing along today with Leigh and the Happiness Project, because I need some happiness!


This is Connor and his new train set.  I had high hopes for Connor to be potty trained shortly after his 3rd birthday, so that he could start preschool last fall.  Um yeah that SO did not happen.  Fast forward six months, we try again.  Connor is a creature of habit.  Connor loves his diapers.  Connor no like pull-ups.

The first part of training went rather easily.  He learned quickly that if he wasn't wearing a pull-up and he peed, it was messy and cold.  But that second part, and I quote, "I only poop in pull-ups."

Awesomeness.

But mommy got smart.  Mommy used bribery, and mommy is NOT ashamed. ;)

I told Connor that we could go to the Thomas store and he could pick out any train he wanted.  He wanted Cranky the Crane and Harold the Helicopter.  He knew that once he was fully potty trained, he would get to go to the store.  After a couple of weeks, and just shy of his fourth birthday, he is now only using pull-ups at night.  And I'm ok with that.  He fulfilled his part of the bargain, so last Saturday, we packed up the kids and headed to the Thomas store. 

All I heard about on the drive was Cranky the Crane. 
We walk into the store and see the full train table all set up. 
Connor sees the Water Tower. 
"What's this Mommy?" 
I explain.
We walk over to the 3 walls filled with Thomas stuff.
I see the price for Cranky the Crane.
$59.99.
For a crane?
Damn it.
Whatever, I promised.
But then............

He sees the box for the Water Tower set.
"I want this Mommy."
$34.99????
Score!

We leave.
He is SO happy, the price tag is worth it.
Actually being potty trained is worth it.





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Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday to my beautilful babies!


How can we have gone from this...



To this???





Happy second birthday Keira and Colin! 


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Leaving the house is always a big deal

I admit, I am a homebody.  Even more now that I have twins and it takes so much effing effort to get ready to leave the house.  Heck, it takes so much effort to just get 3 kids ready to go outside to play in the sprinkler; leaving the house is a feat in itself!

Last night was the monthly MOTS meeting through my local twins club.  As usual, it was held in a location 3 cities away (we have a large club that spans like 9 cities).  Most months, I do not go.  Sometimes it is because I work late, other times it's just because after working all day, coming home, dealing with the kids, house, dinner, husband, prep for the next day - the effort to actually get ready to leave, drive 45 minutes in rush-hour traffic is too overwhelming.  Drive 45 minutes to have a drink and dinner or wait until the kids go to bed, put on comfy clothes, sit on couch, have a drink and watch True Blood... hmmmmm, decisions, decisions...

  • 5 p.m. - Mommy gets home from work with a horrible headache from the humidity and felt like not going. 
  • Dinner was mac and cheese and hot dogs for the twins, french toast sticks for the boy. 
  • Daddy goes to mow the lawn. 
  • The twins were happy until they saw the french toast sticks. 
  • Screaming for them ensued. 
  • Made french toast sticks. 
  • Boy was happy, although he suddenly remembered that daddy had promised him fruity pebbles cereal if he ate two french toast sticks. 
  • Got him fruity pebbles.
  • The twins were happy until they saw the box of cereal.
  • Screaming for them ensued.
  • Got them bowls of cereal too.
  • Boy eats cereal.
  • Twins eat some cereal, dump rest to tray.
  • Colin has a blue fruity pebble stuck to forehead.
  • Keira tries on new hat bowl on head.
  • Suddenly both twins have sticky hair.
  • Colin thinks it will be fun to drink his milk, then spit it out.
  • Keira joins in.
  • Mommy wonders why it takes Daddy so long to mow the back yard.
  • Children are cleaned up, but left locked in high chairs while mommy cleans food off the floor.
  • Connor thinks it would be fun to scream. 
  • Twins copy brother.
  • Screaming match continues, while Mommy opens back door to make sure Daddy realizes how much chaos fun he is missing.
  • Kids get down, begin running around the living room.
  • Where the hell is Daddy?
  • Box of blocks dumped all over the floor.
  • A game involving throwing things up in the air is developed.
  • Child gets hurt during new game.
  • Kids continue running around living room and kitchen.
  • Child gets hurt running around - apparently the wall jumped out of nowhere.
  • Daddy comes in, but goes upstairs to change or something.
  • Mommy tries to switch the loads of laundry - so daddy has clean workout clothes
  • Child get hurts - doing who knows what this time
  • Mommy decides her headache is not so bad after all.  Besides a 45 minute drive in SILENCE should help.
  • In her attempt to quickly leave before children notice and/or another child gets hurt, Mommy puts on the pair of flip flops closest to the door and skips out.
  • Halfway to the restaurant, she is gripped with the realization that there were two sets of flip flops bu the door - one black pair, one brown pair. 
  • Mommy spends the rest of the ride praying that she is not wearing one black shoe and one brown shoe.  She's not, but she would not have been too shocked if she was.
  • Mommy enjoys a delicious martini made with black cherry vodka and a wonderful time with other mommies who know just what she is going through.
Additional note:  Mommy arrives to work on Wednesday morning, dressed in a skirt and heels for her afternoon meetings.  And a Winnie the Pooh band-aid on her shin.  Awesomeness.





Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Project

What happens when you have this...


And just a little time on your hands???



Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day...




... to the love of my life and the best father in the whole world!

Friday, June 18, 2010

My Summer Bucket List

I've been busy lately and haven't been keeping up with my blog reading like I wish I was.  In the past week, there was a blog in my reader that caught my eye, but I didn't have time to look at it.  But the title stuck with me: "My Summer Bucket List".  So that night, I went home and created my own summer bucket list and put it on the fridge so it would be easy to see.  It is a list of all the things I want to do this summer.  To me, summer runs from June to Labor Day (since we always have a picnic), so these are things I want to get done before then.

 But before I get into my list, make sure you check out Julia's bucket list, since she is the one who inspired me to do this just by her blog title.  Plus she is a working mom like me and her blog is pretty cool too! :)

My Summer Bucket List

  1. Visit the zoo (we have passes - thanks Aunt Diana!) at least 4 times
  2. Spend one of those times letting the kids run loose around the Childrens' Zoo and play area.
  3. Finish last summer's scrapbook. That's right, I said last summer. In the fall, I will focus on this summer's book!
  4. Day out with Thomas event with Connor
  5. Take Connor and Alexis to see Toy Story 3.
  6. The Garage Rehabilitation Project, which includes organizing all areas except for Keith's "work area".  Because all his stuff is covered in sawdust and I don't like getting dirty.
  7. Build playhouse for the kids. Keith already started digging up the area and putting in posts.
  8. Use the gym membership Keith is signing me up for.
  9. Take an impromtu afternoon off work again so that I can hang out with Connor.
  10. Train store with Connor for new train/Cranky as a reward for potty-training.
  11. ___Insert name of town we live in___ Fest.
  12. Wiggles LIVE!
  13. Twins' Room Re-decorating Project
  14. Connor's Room Re-decorating Project
  15. Read 3 books a month.
  16. Meal Plan for real. This is something I have a really hard time with doing. I will do a week, then stop.  Not this time!
  17. Develop plans for an etsy shop.  Did you know I make beaded jewelry? I got away from it for awhile, but I have tons of stuff just sitting in a box in our crawlspace that I'd like to see people actually wearing and many ideas in my head for new pieces.
  18. Finish knitting a scarf I've been working on.
  19. Do at least one new (and FUN) thing each weekend with the kids.
  20. Attempt a picnic with the kids.  With 2 newly turned two year olds, I'm not sure how well that will actually work out...
  21. Catch lightning bugs with Connor.
This list will be a work in progress, so as the summer goes along, I will probably be adding some more things to it.

So what's on your summer bucket list?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tag Hag



My very good mommy friend, Tima, has tagged me!  Wow, my first tag! :)

This is how it goes:

Step 1 - Tima was tagged here

Step 2 - I was tagged here

Step 3 - Now is the fun bit. I'll answer Tima's 5 questions in this post,
and then I get to ask 5 new questions to the people that I tag.

Step 4 - If you get tagged, please answer my 5 questions on your blog in the form of a post.

Then ask 5 questions of your own.

Tag some people. There are no minimums. No maximums. Just tag.

Come back and use the LinkeyTool below to link your blog once you've tagged someone else so I can see what you wrote.

Ok so here goes! These are Tima's questions for me:
 
1. What is on your current reading list?
 
Well, I am addicted to my new Kindle and am currently reading:
 
 
 
I'm also ordering this book tonight to hopefully start reading ASAP:
 
 

2. What are the 5 places on your must-visit-list?


Ireland

Hawaii
Rome
Walt Disney World with my kids
Maine

3. What is your guilty pleasure?

An ice-cold fountain coke from McDonalds. I don't know why, but they are the best cokes ever.  And now, you can get a large for $1, so I find myself visiting the drive-thru way too often.

4. You order a pizza, but are limited to 3 toppings. What are they?

This one's easy: sausage, mushroom, green olives :)

5. Who was your favourite teacher and why?

With 12 years of Catholic school behind me, I would say my favorite teacher was Sister Elyse Marie.  She was an absolutely awesome person.  She taught 7th grade and everyone always wanted her to be their teacher.  She really made you feel special.

Ok, now it's my turn to tag.  But I am going to shake things up a bit by tagging...

EVERYONE! 

That's right, I'm asking everyone and anyone who stops by my blog to join in these questions.  I know people read my blog, but except for a couple of people, I don't know who you are.  And I'd like to get to know you.  So I will post my 5 questions and ask that if you'd like to participate, please answer the questions on your blog, then link up with this nifty linky tool at the bottom of the post.

Here are my five questions for YOU!

  1. What is your favorite book of all time?
  2.  If you could be any character in a movie, who would you be?
  3.  If you went to college, what did you major in? If you haven't gone to college, but plan to someday, what would you like to major in?
  4.  What is one item that you cannot live without?
  5. You are given $1,000.  You have one day where your kids, your house, your work will be taken care of for you.  What do you do?
Thanks everyone! :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Working mom + no babysitter =

FUN!  :)

My mom was supposed to watch Connor yesterday, while the twins were at daycare.  However, my niece, who lives with my mom, has the stomach flu.  Yuck.  Don't want it ever again to grace it's presence at my house.  It's bad enough Keira was at my mom's on Monday, playing with my niece. 

Fingers crossed, prayers said, wishes made that we don't get the flu too.

Anyway, my MIL was able to watch Connor for the morning, but had an appointment in the afternoon.  I wasn't sure what to do.  Tuesday, before I knew about Lexi, I had used up my last personal time of the year (I work at a college - our year runs from July to June), so I nicely asked my boss if I could use vacation time on Wednesday (technically we are supposed to go through the process of requesting it weeks in advance, but being that I had no childcare, I didn't have an other option.)

I left work at noon and headed to MIL's to get Connor.  I had told him we were going to do something fun, a surprise, if he ate a good lunch.  I treated us to McDonalds, because well, what else would I get, but a large coke for myself.  Mmmmm, I love me a fountain coke from McD's!    Connor actually ate about 5 bites of his burger, all the cheese, and some fries.  For Connor, that is an awesome lunch.  (He truly is a picky eater.)

After we cleaned up, we headed to a local zoo.  It's at a park, there are about 8 kinds of animals there, it was filled with no less that 8,000 people, most of whom were white trash. 

The best was this lady (I heard the kids she was with call her "grandma") who had on a hot pink tank top, hot pink satin leopard print pants, and pink clogs.  Her son, was no less than 400 pounds in a too-small wife-beater; he spent most of his time taking pictures of the turkey and the chickens, while his baby's mama chased after the kids.

After the zoo, we headed to a park in our neighborhood that we had been meaning to check out.  Keira's PT told us that it was created for kids with sensory issues, and it was a way cool place for Connor to play.  The twins will LOVE it when we take them (hopefully this weekend!)

It was pretty warm out, so after the park, we headed home to put on Connor's swim trunks (Buzz Lightyear, of course) and spent the rest of the afternoon playing with the sprinkler.  He even got to have his snack outside which he thought was really cool.

Hmmmm..... maybe I should have a "sick" babysitter situation more often.  We had a great time!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kids and Creativity

I am playing along today with Leigh and the Happiness Project.



Here is our sand and water table filled with dirt.  The kids got busy with shovels and buckets a few weeks ago and took some dirt from the backyard and put it in their table since we had yet to fill it with sand. 

I'm thinking the dirt retrivial project happened sometime on Daddy's watch.

Sure they are filthy when they are done playing, but that's the point of summer: Having fun!

Thankfully though, the table is ready for sand now! ;)
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Weekend Re-cap

Saturday night, we went out to eat for my sister's birthday.  She is old now, according to the dental assistant's viewpoint, because she turned 30.  We went to Famous Dave's - which is a restaurant that serves awesome ribs.  There were pictures of pigs all over the place, which prompted Connor to call it the "pig place". 

Five adults, five children under five. 

All the kids were actually pretty good.  Keith and I rarely go out to eat with the kids, mainly because they are so little and we never know how they will act. Surprisingly the twins, who are not yet two, are usually better behaved than their older brother, mainly because he wants to get up and walk around, whereas we keep the twins chained confined in their high chairs. (Plus since the twins LOVE to eat, it gets pretty expensive for us!)

But dinner on Saturday night was a breeze.  The kids ate pretty well - except for Connor, who had 3 cobs of corn and an oreo, but that's a usual dinner for him. 

The main highlight of the evening were the balloon animals.  A woman walked around and asked everyone what they wanted.  Lexi got a unicorn; Connor got a brontosaurus; Keira, a flower, and Colin,  a T-Rex which he promptly began making growling noises and pretending like it was biting your arm.  VERY cute!

The balloon animals did have to go away shortly after returning home because they became less like animals and more like weapons that made loud popping noises. 

On Sunday, the twins and I took a trip to Target to get a couple of things, while Daddy and Connor went to SIL's to do some work.  I must be honest - because I work all week, and Keith and I are usually both home on the weekends, we don't go out a lot as one parent and multiple kids.  If I didn't work, I'd be doing more errands during the week and bringing the kids along.  But we find it's easier just to go alone on the weekends and leave the kids with the other parent.  But Target with the twins was actually fun.  They were really well-behaved, except for the throw the lovey on the floor over and over again game.  Then we stopped at McDonalds for chicken nuggets and fries.  The highlight of the afternoon - the twins love Connor's cup with the built-in straw.  So I bought each of the twins' one.  The boy's selection was quite poor - only had Lightning McQueen to deal with. However, Keira was in HEAVEN when she saw the Dora one.  "DOR-DOR!" she shrieked.  $9 later, I had two new cups.  Man, these kids are expensive!

Keira loved her cup so much, she asked for "wah-wah" all day long, just so she could carry the cup around. So the price was worth the happiness. :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

I'm still a celebrity. And apparently kind of old too.

At the college where I work, I am not known by my job title.  Rather, I am refered to as "the one who had the twins".  Now my cute little twins will be two later this month - so why can't people learn my name?  Whatever.

The reason I bring it up is because yesterday at the dentist (it's a new dentist - only been there once before), the dental assistant and I were chatting while waiting.  She said to me, "So you are the one with the twins, right?" I'm guessing it was a note in my chart, because she also knew about Connor, and that I worked...

Now I didn't know that having twins was that big of a deal anymore.  Celine, Angelina, Jenny from the block - they all have twins, it's kind of the "thing to do" now.  Plus I belong to the local twins' club, and there are more than 250+ members!  So I can't be the only client with twins at this particular dentist office, can I?

Anyway, she asked me if it was harder to have two babies rather than one, and what it was like during the first year.  Turns out, her hubby doesn't want kids, but he told her they could have one someday, when they can afford it.  So she is hoping for twins.  Hmmm.....

But then she said the best part - "But I don't want to wait much longer.  I don't want to be OLD - like 30 - when I have kids."

Um, I'm 32.  Apparently they didn't list my age in her chart

I don't know what was worse - having two cavities for the first time since high school or being told I am old.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Will the twins' real father please stand up?

My husband shaves his head and is covered in tattoos.

The mail carrier is bald and is also covered in tattoos.

Do you see where this is going?

For some reason, our local mail carrier (usually I say mail man, but am trying to be politically correct and stuff), does not wear the typical mail carrier uniform.   Rather, he carries his shirt on his bag, and walks around the neighborhood in a sleeveless shirt. 

On Saturday, we had the front door open.  The mail carrier walks up to the house to deposit the mail.  The twins see the man walk up,  RUN to the door and YELL as loudly as possible - "DADDY! DADDA! DADDY!"

Mortified, I just walk into another room. 

I tried explaining to them that it was not their daddy, as they stand at the door, upset that "Daddy" walked away.  Connor said, "But it sure looked like him."

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Upon telling this story at our Memorial Day picnic, my mother-in-law remarked to me (not once, but at least twice), "Well, he really could be their father, since they both look like you."

Yes,  I guess he could. ;)