Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The hardest thing is saying goodbye...

We knew this day would come. Knowing it was coming didn't make it any easier to grasp when Saturday came around.  I waited until the last possible minute to say goodbye, but we all knew there was no point in dragging things out. 

It was with a heavy heart that I gave the news to Keith.  I knew he was going to take it as hard as I was.  The children were too little to understand, especially the twins.  Kids see the joy in everything, and perhaps that is a blessing.  Connor somewhat understood what this change meant, but he too, didn't grasp the full concept. 

I will miss you more than words can express.

Goodbye cribs.  Hello toddler beds.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Organizing Your Cleaning Schedule

This week for Organize Me Monday, I am going to work on my cleaning schedule.  Steps I will take include:

  • Create a daily, weekly, and monthly list of what needs to be done.  In addition, add yearly things, such as specific things you do every spring, fall, etc. 
  • Clean one room or do one specific daily item every day.  This will save you from spending your entire weekend cleaning.
  • Use a multi-purpose cleaner, one that you can carry from room to room.  I am going to start making my own cleaner -
    • All Purpose Wipes (these wipes work like Lysol wipes, but are homemade and healthier for your home)
      • Buy some cotton fabric or reuasble dish cloths
      • Tightly fold or roll your reusable cloths and place in an air-tight container (a clean glass spaghetti jar works well).
      • In a separate container, mix your favorite natural cleaning solution. Try these simple recipes: 
        •  1 Cup water, 1 Cup vinegar and 15 drops of Tea Tree Oil or Lemon Oil
        • 2 Cups water, 1 Cup vinegar, ¼ Cup lemon juice and 5 drops Orange essential oil.
      • Pour your mixture over your cloths until soaked.
      • Use cloths as needed. Cover tightly between use.
      • Wash and reuse cloths by placing used cloths in the top rack of a dishwasher (normal cycle).
  • Spend 15-20 minutes every night cleaning up the house.  I try to start this while the kids are still up, so that they can help me and work on their picking up skills.  It doesn't always work out well, and on school nights, I'd rather get them into bed (since they get up so early in the morning). 
  • Do one load of laundry every day or every other day.  I am HORRIBLE at this!  I hate laundry, so I save it for the weekend, then I have a ton of folding to do.  This week, I am going to start doing a load every other day (on the nights I don't go to the gym) to see if it helps the weekend problem.
  • Make your bed every day.  This is something I am pretty good at, but I do skip it on the mornings I am short on time. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My husband

Today over at Mama Kat's, one of the writing prompts is:
Something unique you love about your significant other.

There are lots of things that I love about my husband:
  1. He builds me whatever I want - credenza, book case, clubhouse for the kids....
  2. He doesn't complain when I buy pretty things.
  3. He does the dishes.
  4. He makes dinner.
  5. He gets up at night with the kids.
  6. He does home improvement projects without complaint - example: new kitchen cupboards, because one day I decided I wanted new ones.
  7. He built us a second bathroom!
The list could go on and on.

But one unique thing that I love about him is........

He voluntarily takes all three children grocery shopping, so that I can have some quiet time at home!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Living the dream...

Well the dream I had when I was in grade school.  That was the first time I saw The Lost Boys.  It was on VHS, so I am thinking 1988-1989.  Probably not the most appropriate film for an 11 year old girl to see, but I was at a friend's house.  ;) 

This past weekend, Corey Feldman was only a drive away, hosting various movies that he had been in during the eighties.  I just HAD to go.  We bought tickets to see The Lost Boys.  It was the first vampire movie I ever saw, and one of my favorite movies of all time.  After he signed autographs, he came into the theater showing the movie and talked a little bit. 

To be honest, I always loved Corey Haim more than Corey Feldman, but I still loved Corey F.  He was pretty cute in person and seemed very nice.  I only wish I had saved a Teen Beat magazine - it would have been nice to have him sign a poster that I had had up on my wall when I was younger.  (Now, I'm guessing Keith would get annoyed if I had posters of hot celebrities adorning the walls of our bedroom.)

Me and my sister


Friday, January 14, 2011

Follow Me Friday - Book Lovers Edition

Thought I'd play along today:


  1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. Follow our Featured Bloggers - http://annettesbookspot.blogspot.com//
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post.
  5. Follow, Follow, Follow as many as you can


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Writer's Workshop: Scarred

She raises her arms to the setting sun,
Noticing once again the mark.
She never thought that it would be so bad,
Her constant reminder of the dark.

That time her heart could take no more
That time her head had said enough
To stop the pain, she knew inside
She had to force the knife so rough.

Without due course or circumstance,
This scar would be in vain.
But due to a bleeding heart so raw,
This girl has no more pain.

Mama's Losin' It

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wordless Wedneday

Note: Keira looks bigger than Colin due to the position of the camera phone.  In fact, he is actually an inch taller than she is.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


New furniture makes me happy! 

When we got married, we rented our first house from my parents.  It was a tiny quaint bungalow.  We took the sleeper sofa that had been living in my parents' basement because we didn't want to buy new stuff when we would be moving in a year or two.  I bought a pretty couch cover and called it a day.  When we moved, the couch came with us.  Again, we discussed buying new furniture, but didn't quite know how long we'd be in the house.  So we bought another new pretty couch cover and went on with our lives.  (FYI, we did get a really nice sectional for our family room.) 

Anyway, as the children got bigger, and more thrill-seeking agile, more of my living room furniture had to be removed.  I had a really pretty rocking chair, that I just knew was doomed to either break a kid (by them falling off) or be broken (by them rough-housing on it).  There was another chair that they insisted on climbing on, and again, I knew they'd fall and crack their head on the floor.  So we were left with our couch.  And the couch cover that need to be adjusted daily because the kids were climbing all over it.  One couch, one end table, and a train table.  Not a pretty sight. 

We were very lucky to be given a Christmas gift this year by FIL that allowed us to splurge and get our new furniture.  I wanted a love seat and big chair because there isn't a ton of space in our living room, and this way it's easier to move things around when I want a change.  Plus our heat vents would no longer be blocked by the big bulky couch.  And most importantly, the new furniture makes the living room look SO pretty. 

And that makes me feel happy.


Friday, January 7, 2011

A better week

I'd have to say that yesterday was the best day I've had in a long time.  Mainly because I wore alot of amber and had no anxiety or frustrations come up.  I've also finished two books in 4 days.  They were on my kindle, so I'm not sure of the page count, although I think the second book was about 350 pages. 

Other things that went my way this week:
  • No children were sick enough to travel to the ped three days in a row, trying to avoid hospitalization (that was Colin last week)
  • Our furnace does not have mold in it (last week's discovery)
  • Our furnace did not break down (- twice last week - once being on New Year's Day.)
  • I did not spend the day in the E.R. due to heart palpitations (two weeks ago)
All in all, last week was a pretty crappy and stressful week.  Keith and I had big plans that 2011 would start out great, and yet we still woke up at 12:30 a.m. to the wheel popped off our furnace.  An hour later, Keith had it fixed.  Only to have us wake up in the morning to no working furnace.  Despite me being pretty cold (the kids apparently are immune to the cold because they kept stripping off their pants and telling me they were "hot"), we had a Toy Story movie marathon while my dad and Keith fixed the furnace. Basically I now know way more about furnaces then I ever wanted to know.

We also visited the aquarium last week.  The kids loved looking for Nemo and had a great time:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happiness is...

...getting exactly what you want for Christmas.

Dora House

Handy Manny ATV

Toy Story scooter

My parents, er I mean Santa, left all the grandkids "big" gifts in their garage, so after we opened our gifts inside, we headed out to the garage.  My niece got her Baby Alive doll and heirloom crib (it was her mom's), and my nephew got a Handy Manny ride-on toy.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Organize Me Monday

With the start of a new year, I thought I would add a new feature to my blog.  Every Monday, I am going to be posting an organizing challenge that I will be working on during the week. 

Overall, I'm pretty organized, but there are certain parts of my life that need a little help.

This week's goal is to get our mornings more in order.  For the most part, I have things down pat.  Bags are packed the night before, clothes for the kids are laid out if it's a school day, coats and hats are located on the hooks by the back door.  Yet I still find mornings rushed.

Things I've done today:
  • I found that I was carrying my purse, my work bag (with planner and reading material), as well as my lunch and coffee.  I bought a new bag from Kohls that is big enough for my wallet and misc purse items, my planner, and my Kindle. 
  • My lunch bag is now on the counter, filled with non-refridgerated items, as well as any forks or napkins I might need.  Keith always puts my sandwich in the same spot in the fridge, so I just need to toss that in my bag and go.
  • Instead of finding water bottles that morning and shoving them in my bag, I use a re-usable water bottle that I can keep at work and wash out in the sink as needed.
Things to work on this week:
  • Plan all my outfits for the week and put them in one spot in my closet for easy access.
  • Put out all jewelry and accessories on my dresser.  (Side project: clear off dresser of non-essential items that are just taking up space.)
  • Get up 15 minutes earlier a day. (Would have happened today if not for my bedtime buddy - Keira hung out with me from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.  Then when she finally went back to bed without screaming, she made up some story between Dora and Diego with some loud sound effects.)
  • Find a cure for temper tantrums so that as I am ready to leave - early - I don't have to find Colin naked, which then leads to a 5 minute screaming fit (from him, not me) due to be re-dressed.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ringing in the New Year

As we've done for the past couple of years, we hosted a New Year's Eve party at our house - early enough to have all the kids at home and in bed at their normal time.

Lots of fun was had by all.

The best part of the evening was playing with the dress-up clothes Nana and Bumpa gave them for Christmas.