January 31, 2008
January 30, 2008
Kelly and I met about 13 years ago as co-workers for a retail establishment long gone now. Her husband was in the military and I was working my way through college and living with J. I don't really remember how we actually met or what it was that brought us together. But I do remember I liked her from the moment I knew her. She is the kind of person who makes "fun" where ever she is. Whether you are grocery shopping, hanging around the house, getting pedicures, sweating through a kick boxing class, or picking up paczkis. She moved back to Michigan about 8 years ago now and until last year, I hadn't seen her since she moved back home.
Over a year ago, I decided I wanted to fly out to see her. And at first I don't think she believed I would. I think the thought of seeing each other again after four kids and 7 years caused us both to be a little nervous that we wouldn't know what to say or do with each other. Once I departed that plane, however, and we caught site of each other, our anxiety quickly disappeared for it was like we had never been apart and we picked up as if we were in our early 20s once again.
On her second pregnancy now, I have a huge urge to jump a plane to visit her again. I often wish we lived closer for pure selfish reasons. I don't want to have to fly across three time zones to soak up her friendship and fun. Once a year, let alone 7 or 8, is too long to go without a dose of Kelly.
Today, upon seeing that picture of a Polish doughnut I realized just how much I love her. Her friendship is the kind you take to your grave wishing you had more time together and relishing the time you spent in each others company. "Like that one time, you fell out of my mom's car!!! Do you remember??" (Wink, wink! I love ya Kelly! Good luck with baby Lily. Your in the home stretch now. I'll drink a f*@#!*g caaaaazzzzzmo in your honor. Thanks for being my friend!)
(Sleep Nazi resting up after a long night of depriving Mommy of sleep)
January 28, 2008
January 26, 2008
January 25, 2008
This pain and the lack of use of my arms at the moment hasn't deterred me from going to yoga next week however. You know when you do something and it's clear from the start "this is your thing!" That's how I felt about this class. I'm not great at sports and I lack the desire to really get good at any one particular. I don't really like to exercise using the treadmill or such machines. I count the minutes which as we all know, makes time go by at the most painful pace ever. I like going for walks, but I have to have a buddy to walk with, because like the exercise equipment I get bored and tired of doing it. You know, putting one foot in front of the other over and over and over again and again isn't the most entertaining activity no matter how many times you tell yourself "this is for your own good." But this hot yoga thing, is my thing. I love it!! I don't get bored during it. The pace is quick and I lose track of time. My most favorite part? When you walk out of the hot room into the sweet, cool air. The feeling is invigorating! Yup, I found my thing!
January 24, 2008
I'm all about getting little trinkets and special treasures for the kids these days. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of 'stuff' the kids acquire so I vowed not to buy more unnecessary toys just because for every single holiday.Aren't they sweet?!?! I just need to find chains and they'll be set for cuteness.
January 23, 2008
In one word, today was gorgeous!!! Very, very cold but really pretty none the less. After school, we took a drive to the mountain. Well sort of . . . . We drove to Snoqualmie where the train museum is. We explored the big locomotives and toured the little museum area and bookstore.
Cool steamer trunks!
We walked across the street and headed for the Snoqualmie Falls Candy and Cafe. The kids picked out a bit of candy. The cafe reminded me of a soda shop. Wonder Boy observed that everything in Snoqualmie looks old and old fashion.
Then we walked to KoKo Beans coffee shop so I could get a coffee!!
It was a lovely afternoon.
January 21, 2008
I LOVE this Anti-frizz balm for hair by Phyto. You can find it at Sephora. My hair is neither curly nor straight. It's fine yet I have a lot of it. What does that measure up to? Frizz! Use a bit of this wonder in a tube before blow drying. It's a miracle.
(You can find Korres products also at Whole Foods but at a higher price point.)
January 19, 2008
January 18, 2008
Isn't this print beautiful? I happen to love it. And it looks so cute with the little robin egg soaps (that smell delish by the way) I found in Langley. I thought it would be perfect for the master bathroom (when it's done) with the sage colored walls. I found it on Etsy by a NW Washington artist named Jennifer Lommers. The best part is I ordered this Wednesday and I received it in the mail today (Friday). Plus, Ms. Lommers included a $10 gift certificate for my next purchase. Wow!! Talk about service!! Love it!
Speaking of the bathroom . . . . . J finished putting the tile up in the shower and on the floor. He'll grout both soon. I'll take a picture of the finished result when he is done. Next he'll do the walls. After that it's just installation from the toilet and shower stall doors to the mirror and new lighting fixture. We are getting closer!
January 17, 2008
January 16, 2008
I am totally addicted to Starbucks' Turkey Pesto Baguettes and the new skinny mocha. So good!! It's my special treat and I picked one up today after taking Angus to his vet appt. this morning. This sandwich totally hits the spot!! (If you are counting weight watchers points, the sandwich is 6 pts. A lot I know, but of so worth it!) Yum, yum!!
January 15, 2008
(sounding something like "catch a tiger by its toe" - in a sing song voice)
Me: I understand what song you are trying to sing, but those aren't real words.
Miss O: Dey are rweal words.
Me: Nooooo, they are not.
Miss O: Wes dey are . . . . . . dey Spanish!!
January 13, 2008
I love this stuff. It cleans my kitchen sink and rids it of stains and scratches. I think you have to order it online now (which I did) because I haven't been able to find it in stores. I used to buy it at Fred Meyer.
Trader Joe's Shave
This cream shave is wonderful. It creamy and leaves your skin soft. Plus it has a yummy honey, mango scent. Yum!
Little Giraffe blankies
My girls love these!!! Baby Love is not usually found without one or two. After she outgrows her "baby love" title, we just might have to call her Linus!!
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
No kidding . . . .this thing really is magic. It erases everything from marks on the walls and grime on the frig to stains on the counter and dog nose prints on the window. It's great!
January 12, 2008
The Divine Miss O loves putting puzzles together. She got this pretty difficult heart shaped Cinderella puzzle from Santa. It didn't take her long in spite of Baby Love's help.
January 8, 2008
Wonder Boy was recognized for a being a good citizen at school today. We received a letter a couple weeks ago about it and were told to keep it all hush, hush as a surprise. It was fun seeing his face light up when he saw his clan sitting in the back of the gymnasium.
We aren't really sure what it was he did exactly to earn this honor but a few months back he came home with a couple "praise notes" from school and we are guessing this was the reason. They have something called the "counting jar" in class. The kids take turns taking the jar home and putting a number of like items into the jar. Then in class, the kids take turn guessing the number of items. Whoever gets the number or is the closest, gets to take the jar home to start the process over. One day Wonder Boy and a classmate both guessed the same number. The teacher put their names in a cup and drew the name of who would take it home that day. Wonder Boy's name was drawn and his classmate started to cry. Wonder Boy said he would rather his classmate take it home so she would feel better. I know . . . . . awe!!!! Yes, this little red headed devil has his moments. We were very proud!
You can check out his blog to see his little movie.
January 4, 2008
It was at the dentist appointment that I was thinking to myself "after I drop Wonder Boy off at school, I'll have all afternoon to veg". That's when I remembered The Divine Miss O has speech therapy Friday afternoons which put a kink in my vegging out plans. After dropping Wonder Boy off, we ran to the grocery store which gave us just enough time to put the groceries away, let the dog out to pee, and dash off again for speech which is also in Issaquah. This time the drive wasn't so pleasant.
After speech, we have just enough time to get back to Wonder Boy's school for pick up because you have to get there a half hour before school is out just to get a parking spot. Otherwise you have to park up the street and walk. Which isn't bad and would probably help with resolution number five but I like to let the girls fall asleep for a little nappy-poo and I leave them in the car while I grab Wonder Boy when school is out. Those are the plans you scheme when you are mom of more than one.
Then we came home, finally. Where I schlep on my 12th resolution and stared blankly at the TV with cartoons blaring. Alas the dirty dishes are still in the sink which is great for resolution number 2, however, I didn't exactly "play with the kids" unless you consider passing Miss O's Game Boy between her and Wonder Boy while they played CandyLand participating in play.
Later, I was surprised when my thoughtful husband offered for me to take off to the mall with a friend. But before you get too excited, although very thoughtful indeed, my feeling is he made the offer because he'll be gone all day tomorrow at the Seahawk game. Never the less, I took him up on the offer and called a few friends with the short notice offer. I ended up getting a last minute hair appointment instead which was just as nice.
I was in bad need of a hair cut to say the least!! As always, I told my faithful gal (who keeps raising her prices I might add) of 4.5 years that I want lots of layers and thinned out mucho grande! I was sort of shocked to see about 3 or 4 inches fall to the ground. But lemme tell ya, my out-grown/looking-like-straw/always-in-a-pony-tail locks were desperate. So I went with it, however, I fear a little bit that I just got the standard mom cut with lots of layers but still long enough to pull back in . . . . yes, you guess it . . . . . a pony tail.