Friday, March 14, 2008


It’s time for an update. The snow pictures are no longer current, since the snow has melted and temperatures have been close to 70ยบ this week. So here’s just a sampling of the things that have been happening here since our big snow day last week.

We got in a quick (really quick) visit with some cousins from Atlanta that we haven’t seen in years. We stopped in to see them on our way home from Disney World when Miss M was two years old. We were actually invited to do the same thing next year when we take all the kids to Disney. I’m guessing they remember how many kids that is. Thanks, Mary Kay and Brian!

Miss M had her last basketball game of the season over the weekend. According to Coach Dad, she is quite a little ball player. He raved about her after every game. All the girls on the team learned a lot this season and they had a great year overall. We had a team celebration at CiCi’s Pizza after the game. However, we were surprised with a baby shower when we got there. The girls and their parents brought presents, a cake, decorations and balloons. I was overwhelmed by their generosity. And what a surprise!

C.B. celebrated his FIFTH birthday on Tuesday. He woke up early and started talking excitedly about being five. He’s not usually so chipper in the morning. We invited some of his preschool friends and cousins to play at McDonald’s and have lunch with us. He had so much fun that he actually admitted to needing a rest time on the way home. He was in a great mood all day, even graciously answering birthday phone calls from Aunts and Grandmas. Our big five-year-old went to bed with no problem that night.

I am leaving this afternoon with seven other moms for the Hearts at Home Conference in Normal, IL. Each year I come back refreshed, renewed and rededicated to being a better mom. If I ever needed that kind of help, it’s right now. I have been snapping at my kids like never before. I am blaming my conduct on the pregnancy, but I’m guessing that a day and a half away from home at a convention geared toward motherhood will still be beneficial.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Yet Another Snow Day

The snow is fun, but we're all ready for warmer weather!!

Monday, March 03, 2008

What’s in a Meme?

Thanks to Lisa at Midwestern Mommy for tagging me with a meme. This is my first one, so please bear with me.

5 Random / Weird facts about me

5.) I have never broken a bone in my whole life (knock on wood!) I’ve had a few stitches here and there, but I have managed to keep my bones intact for 35 years!

4.) It irritates me when my kids mix Play-Doh colors together, which they insist on doing whenever the Play-Doh comes out.

3.) I love disco music and wish they would play it on the radio more often. I do take advantage of the streaming music sites on the internet in order to get my disco fix.

2.) Even though most sugary, kids’ candy disgusts me as an adult, I still enjoy a Skittles or a Starburst whenever the kids offer to share with me.

1.) I can’t stand how prevalent violence has become in our society (I am very conservative about the movies and video games my kids are allowed to see/play, and I often discourage my boys even from wrestling), yet one of my favorite movies is Fight Club.

5 Places I want to see or see again

5.) The West Coast (for the first time). I have heard from many people how beautiful the various parts of California are. It sounds like you could spend lots of time out there and never quite get to see it all. They have the ocean, the mountains, wine country, the Redwood Forest, just to name a few.

4.) Colorado (again). I am in awe of the mountains. They are so big and so beautiful and so far removed from my usual surroundings here in the Midwest. Not to mention we have some awesome relatives there that we are long overdue to visit.

3.) Washington D.C. (for the first time). Our kids, as well as their parents, could really learn a lot from a trip to our nation’s capital.

2.) Disney World in Orlando (again). I did not get to go to Disney World as a child. I was married and had a baby before I was able to make the trip. Although I enjoyed it, I wasn’t able to experience it through a child’s eyes. I can’t wait to take my kids there so I can watch them experience it.

1.) Hawaii (again). My husband and I went to Maui for our 10th anniversary, which was really our honeymoon since we couldn’t afford one when we got married. It truly was a paradise. We have been dreaming of going back ever since.

And now I tag Kim, No Minivan, Andrea (but only if you have time!), Susan, and Kristie. Have fun, ladies!

The rules are: Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.

Share five random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog.

Share the five top places on your “want to see or want to see again” list.

Tag a minimum of five random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.

Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment in their blog.