Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How he makes my heart melt

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love. ~Robert Fulghum

Today's prompt - June 26-- What does your significant other do that makes your heart melt? 

I met my husband in June 2000. He had an orange mohawk and a few tattoos. My parents were thrilled. 

We didn't start dating for another year. At no point during our first few months of dating, could I have imagined that this is how my life would be now.  

Every time I see Keith reading to Keira, playing soccer with Connor in the backyard, building elaborate train tracks for Colin, my heart melts. 

Once, when we were dating, he said that all he wanted was a family of his own.  As you can see, he got his wish:

For the record, I take no responsibility for the disaster that is our garage.

Birthday Bash

Yesterday, the twins turned four. I'm still wrapping my head around the fact that four years have passed since I was handed those teeny tiny babies. And as you will see from the pics below, they aren't babies any longer!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Babies

There are two things in life
for which we are never truly prepared: 

~Josh Billings

Double the blessings

Double the love

Double the sweetness

Double the cuteness

Double the fun

Double the trouble

Double the smiles

Double the giggles

Happy Birthday to my little twinkles.

When I was pregnant with you two,
after telling a little old lady I was having twins,
she said:
"God bless you.
Oh wait, he did."

Keira and Colin, 
you have brought joy to my heart 
and gray hairs to my head.
I love you both more than anything in this world.

Friday, June 22, 2012

When I Grow Up...

June 22nd - When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little, I wanted to be a cheerleader when I grow up.

It's true, it's in my baby book.

However, if you know me at all, I'm not really the peppy cheer-leading type.

I was a pom in high school though.
You did have to be a little peppy, but I perfected the art of a fake smile.
Plus I got to dance which I LOVED!

For a long time (even now)

I thought I should be a librarian.

Then I could sit and read all day.
In high school, I wanted to be a teacher for the deaf.

I even went to college for it.

Somewhere along the way, I realized that wasn't the right route for me.

Instead I received my B.S and M.A in History.
I taught college a little, but again, not the right fit.

I did find my calling in higher education, just not teaching.

Rather, I'm "behind the scenes" as I like to call it.

Helping students realize their dreams 

and working at a community college in Student Development.




Thursday, June 21, 2012


I missed yesterday's blog challenge. It was to post a picture of yourself as a young child.

I'm on the right with the striped shirt. The year is 1983.

We went with my grandparents to Springfield.

Funny story:

My dad was driving down the road and 
my mom said they couldn't find the turn off for Lincoln's tomb. 
I said we just passed the sign.

I was five so no one believed me.

30 minutes later, after we had to turn around
and head back the way we just came,
they admitted I was right. ;)


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Review: How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

This book is utterly delightful!!!

I will be honest. This is not the kind of book I normally read. There were no vampires in it. In fact, there was nothing paranormal at all in this book! (There was some mystery, but it appears to be set across the series as an underlying tone, so I'm "forced" to read books 4 and 5 to see how that concludes. ;) )

In continuing with my honesty, I probably would have never even picked up this book had it not been given to me at the RT Convention this past April. But that will teach me to judge a book by it's cover.  The author, Sabrina Jeffries, was part of two workshops I attended at the convention.  In fact, both workshops talked about romance books (regular romance, not PNR).  Jeffries writes Regency novels, which of course, the historian in me finds great fun in reading. ;)

In How to Woo a Reluctant Lady, we find Lady Minerva Sharpe trying to find a way around her grandmother's ultimatum - marry or lose her inheritance. She comes up with a plan to trick her grandmother into thinking she is going to marry a scoundrel, Giles Masters, a barrister with quite the reputation.  Minerva writes Gothic novels, and uses Giles as the inspiration for a spy in the series. 

As the pair team up to persuade her grandmother to let her out of the ultimatum as well as work to unravel the mystery of her parents' death years before, Giles and Minerva find that things aren't always as they seem. Giles really is not the rogue he makes himself out to be, and Minerva learns that even after you've convinced yourself you will not fall in love with someone, you really can.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Staying Healthy

The challenge for today, June 16, is "Fitness guru or couch potato? Talk about your fitness habits."

Can I say I'm both?

To be honest, I'd rather be sitting on the couch, reading. Or laying in bed, reading. Or lounging by my imaginary pool, reading.

But my husband is not like that. In fact, he does crazy things like the Warrior Dash. And the Chicago Triathlon.  In 90-degree heat.  See, crazy. ;)

Through him, I stay healthy. We have a gym membership. He cooks healthy meals that involve a LOT of chicken, rice and vegetables.  And because he gets the lunches ready in the morning, I find things like carrots and honeydew and snap peas in there. As I type this, I'm eating a "trail mix" he made for us: craisins, unsalted sunflower seeds, and a Kashi granola bar crumbled up. YUM!

Recently I've become addicted to Tazo's green tea with spearmint.  I usually make a pitcher each day and drink it throughout the day. My one vice is a MCD's large coke, and I usually have one a weekend.  Well, my other vice is movie popcorn, but if you don't go to the movies, you can't eat that. But for the most part, I consider myself a pretty healthy eater.

I also run and do strength training, though I have a really hard time being consistent. When you work full-time, it's hard to schedule time for yourself. And I hate going to the gym in the evenings after work. For awhile I was able to in the mornings, but now if I wanted to, I'd have to be out the door at 4:50 a.m., so I can make it back in time for Keith to leave for work  Lately, I've been trying to run before dinner. Which means I have about 30 minutes to get home, change, run and get back home so we can eat.  It's ok, but not ideal.

My bad fitness habit: SLEEP. It's really hard to get more than 6.5-7 hours of sleep a night. The kids don't usually fall asleep during the week until 8 p.m. or so, which leaves me only a short time to get things done around the house. The alarm goes off weekday mornings at 5 a.m. (And Keith sets his alarm for 5:30 on the weekends! Crazy, I tell you!)

What are some of your fitness habits?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

15 Tips to Get Through Life

Today's challenge is to list 15 tips for you, 
my readers, to get through life.

Here goes!

  1. Pray
  2. Let go. 99% of the things you are worrying about today will not matter in a year or two.
  3. LAUGH. Then laugh some more.
  4. Put your children first. They are a blessing and deserve the world.
  5. Don't drive like an idiot. (Advice I wish I could have imparted to the asshat who drove off the road to get around the other 10 cars waiting to turn because she was too impatient to wait.)
  6. Smile when you answer the phone. The person on the other end will notice.
  7. Treat others as you would treat your parents. With respect.
  8. Find time for yourself. Schedule it in your planner and keep the appointment.
  9. Exercise. (Take a walk around the block if that's all you have time for.)
  10. Go outside your comfort zone, even just a little. (Recently I ate a cricket (not live) and touched a cockroach.)
  11. Use sunblock.
  12. Put down the phone. Walk away from the computer. (On weekends, I don't check my email or facebook. I go off the radar and am only available if you call or stop by.)
  13. Ask people how they are doing, then listen intently to the answer.
  14. Laugh again.
  15. Make a list of everything you want to do before you die. (I made mine when I was 17 way before bucket lists were the in-thing to do.  I still have it and update it every so often.)

We should all do what, 
in the long run,
 gives us joy, 
even if it is only picking grapes 
or sorting the laundry.
~E.B. White 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Best Day Ever!

I've fallen behind already!

Yesterday's prompt was: June 11-- Best day of your life.

On day 2 of my twins' lives, my little twinkles were separated. 

Colin has what the nurses called "lazy boy syndrome" and was not eating.

 I had to drive away from the hospital without my baby.

If you've never had to leave a baby in the NICU, 
you can never understand the pain I had in my heart. 

On day 14, he came home:

It was the best day ever.

Except for the part where he peed on me
and it got me in the eye.

Going Green with the Grizls

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Blog Challenge #10 - Art

Today's blog challenge is:
Cost aside, famous art piece you would have in your home.

I'd have to go with this one:

Yes, it's one of Van Gogh's most popular pieces.

But that's not why I like it.

I've always loved the moon and stars.

In fact, I have a crescent moon and star tattooed on my calf.

This piece has always spoke to me,

and it would go great in my living room. ;)

Going Green with the Grizls

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Cooking Disaster

The challenge prompt for June 9 is:
  Your worst cooking disaster.
Well this is a disappointing once, since I've never had a cooking disaster.

That's because I don't cook.

I can cook, I'm just not allowed to.
I used to, before we had kids.
I made a great beef stroganoff.

Keith prefers to cook, mainly because he gets home from work about
30-60 minutes before I do each night. I've tried cooking on the weekends,
but he always tells me,
"It's ok, you can go play with the kids."


I see his plan now.

I hang out with the kids during the witching hour
while he gets to enjoy the quiet in the kitchen.

Well, now that I'm on to him,
guess I will need to start cooking again.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Guilty Pleasures

Today's challenge for June 8 is:
 Not including blogging, what's your favorite guilty pleasure?


Large cokes from McDonald's

 You will notice that through no fault of my own, 
this list is very similar to the one on this website:

Weird, huh? ;)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Blog Challenge Days 1-7

Going Green with the Grizls

I'm late in this because, well, I just found out about it today! But it seems fun, and I've been in a bit of a blogging rut, so why not?!

June 1-- Why are you doing this challenge?

I am doing this blog challenge, because 1 - like I said above, I've been in a blogging rut and haven't been posting as often as I'd like, and 2 - because it sounds fun!

June 2-- Post a picture of you smiling.

This is me and Keira Princess Rose ;)

June 3-- 15 interesting things about yourself.
  1. I didn't find out I was pg with twins until the 20 week ultrasound.
  2. I danced in the 1996 New Year's Day Parade in London, England.
  3. I collect purses and silver rings.
  4. I can knit, cross-stitch, and crochet, yet I never have time to do so.
  5. I named my cat, Mina, after Mina Harker from Bram Stoker's Dracula
  6. I've been obsessed with reading since before I was in kindergarten.
  7. I have three tattoos.
  8. Some of my closest friends are people that I've never met in real life.
  9. I recently ate a cricket at the zoo. (On purpose. It was in a dip.)
  10. I seriously thought that I might die after eating the cricket because it's the grossest thing I've ever done.
  11. I want to be a published author.
  12. I work in the higher education field.
  13. I used to write poetry like a fiend.
  14. I will give up housework if it means I can read.
  15. I'd like to go back to school for another Masters degree, but there is no time! 
June 4-- Meaning behind your blog name.

After the twins were born, I had a hard time scrapbooking and keeping track of things that were happening in my children's lives. Blogging allowed me to do this more easily. When I started the blog, I wanted it to reflect what life was really like for a working mom who had 3 kids in less than 2 years.  Life was (and still is) chaotic, but it's important to embrace the chaos rather than fight it if you want to make it out alive.

June 5-- Short term goals for this month and why those goals.

Short term goals include organize the office and post 5 pieces of jewelry on etsy.

June 6-- Nicknames you have & why you have them.

I don't have any normal nicknames. Just odd ones with odd stories to go with:
My dad started calling me "Swa" when I was little. It actually makes no sense - Sarah means "Princess" in Hebrew, and so somehow he came up with calling me Swahili Princess, and over time that was shortened to Swa.  (See, makes no sense. But when you think about how my dad nicknamed Colin "Bud" because he calls Keira "Rose" -her middle name-, you can see how odd my father is. Get it? He calls the twins "Rose Bud".)

Sometimes my sister calls me "Frank". And that's an even odder story! ;)

June 7-- Picture of something that makes you happy.

These three little stinkers make me SO happy!