Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

I just looked back at my posts from December of last year to see if I made any resolutions "official" by blogging about them, but no such luck. Honestly, I was probably just trying to keep my head above water with Maddy and Libby that I didn't have time to write them down. I can guess what they were - start running again, be a better wife/mother/friend, healthier eating/exercise habits, etc.

Well, I did start running again in January 2009 and have logged a little over 500 miles this year. When I think about it, that doesn't seem like a lot, but I pretty much ran consistently with the exception of the month of November. Not too shabby. I feel good with my running too. I can't say that I'm any faster, but it doesn't scare me like it used to to go run 5 miles. I also made some great friends along the way.

As far as the others are concerned, I'm sure I could put them back on the list.

I also think a lot about what I want this blog to "be." When I first started, I said "So, I hope that this blog can be a journal of some sorts so I can look back at what my life was like in my mid 30's and hopefully, I will learn something along the way." I guess that is still the true essence, but now loaded with diaper stories, and photos of my daughters.

I really do feel blessed this year. I have two happy and healthy children that I really cannot imagine this world without. They have brought more to my life than I would have ever imagined. I'm lucky to have a wonderful Hubby who loves me, has helped me immensely and in so many ways, and takes a lot of crap from me and ignores a lot of it. He truly is my biggest supporter and cheerleader. I am lucky to have friends that I can count on ~ new and old.

I've seen many friends go through a lot of pain this year and I wish for them happier days ahead. I'm sad that I'm losing my very flexible and very great part-time job. I think I'm still in shock that it's ending (today is my last day), but I guess there is also some excitement about what's to come. I am lucky to be taking on a big role with my local Junior League in the coming years. While there's excitement, I'm also a little nervous, honored, and humbled at the same time.

It wouldn't be the same if I didn't include a photo of the kids for your viewing pleasure. My best (and oldest as in length of years - not in age) friend and her family came to visit us for a few days earlier this week. It was great to catch up, but we did admit that our house felt like Romper Room on more than one occasion. I also think we've both decided that four kids is too many.

It's hard to beat a friend since the 2nd Grade. I won't say how many years that's been!

No idea what was wrong with my children. Everyone else was happy.
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2010 brings you health, happiness, and laughter!

Monday, December 28, 2009

A look back

I know you are always supposed to keep looking ahead, but I can't help it ... I'm a sentimental ol' sap and I love the memories that photographs bring.

I kept seeing this on Facebook, and I couldn't help but to play along.

Of course, there are a lot of memories that this didn't capture, but it gave a good overview.
For the most part in looking back at 2009, I ran a lot (or at least had photos made at the races), watched my babies grow from itty bitty babies into walking & talking toddlers, enjoyed time with the Junior League, and spent some time with Hubby and great friends.
I'll keep looking ahead, but I think it's nice to take a look back every now and then.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The big red box

On Christmas Eve, we attended our church's candlelight service, took a drive to see Christmas lights and then headed home since it was nearing 7:15 and Maddy and Libby's bedtime.

When we got home, the girls were wandering around downstairs and Hubby and I were grabbing a few items that we needed to take upstairs.

Maddy walked back to one of the guest bedrooms and I found her patting a BIG gift wrapped box. Hmmmmm .... I know I didn't put that there, but I was trying to figure out when it arrived.

I told Hubby that Maddy had sold him out and led me to a surprise that I could only assume was for me. He just stood there and laughed. After moving it from the front porch to our mud room, then wrapping it, he showed it to Maddy.

This sucker would have been hard enough to wrap, but also to hide? Nearly impossible! I had to also laugh that he did this while I was out running a couple of short errands and was probably only gone about 30-40 minutes.

Oh, and what was inside? Not a refrigerator, but a new cubby/shelf with hooks to hang in our mudroom so there is a place to hang my purse, their backpacks, diaper bag, dog leashes, etc.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas to you and yours from Susan D., Hubby, Maddy, Libby, Zeus, and Zoe too.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Children's Museum visit

Guess where the cameras were? Yep, right on the kitchen counter. I could have tried taking photos with my BlackBerry, but Maddy and Libby are just too darn fast.

We bought a family membership to our local children's museum as M&L's Christmas gift. Since they still don't really know what's going on with the gift situation, we decided that this would be a good gift to enjoy all year long.

We walked in and headed to the Tot Area for kids under 2. It had a big tunnel, cars to ride, rocking chairs/animals, soft play areas, balls, books, blocks, etc. Lots of mirrors, textures, etc. It took them a few minutes to warm up and then they were off ... hopping in the car, zooming through the tunnel, picking up balls, etc. It was really fun to watch them play and also to notice how differently they play.

Case in point, Maddy walked over to the swinging doors, pushed it open and walked out into the huge hallway like she knew where she was going. I followed along and after a visit to the lobby, we found the Market area with baskets of fruits, veggies, cheeses, breads, shopping carts, cash registers, etc. I think she did more shopping out of the other kids carts instead of from the shelves, but it was all good. At one point, I think she was just happy holding onto to 3 lemons and walking around.

We caught back up with Libby and Daddy, checked out the hospital area, the campground, and the theatre/stage area, had a little snack and called it a day.

All in all, I'm so happy with our gift decision. They had a blast, expended lots of energy, and we all enjoyed it. Next time ... camera will be in the bag. We also heard about a cute New Years Eve Eve concert with a countdown to 12 noon. How fun is that?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thinking about ...


  • Those Hallmark cards that start with the line, "To our wonderful son & daughter" with "daughter" in quotes. It aggravates me every holiday that we receive one. Do they bother anyone else?
  • The Popcorn Factory tin that I noticed at Target yesterday. It contained some kind of savory mix that included jalapeno, cheddar, and another flavor. I didn't want to pause too long or I knew that sucker would end up in my cart and I would eat the whole damn thing. I'm still thinking about it. And Mexican food. And good, warm bread. And Pioneer Woman's crash potatoes. No, I'm not pregnant, just trying to stick to Weight Watchers.
  • Who else but me would run out of tape in the middle of the last present I was wrapping? Luckily, I found some double stick tape and finished it like the pros.
  • Does anyone else keep a copy of Martha's "three perfect bows" how-to guide with your gift wrap supplies? I do, but I can never get my bows as pretty as hers. Maybe it's because my ribbon was 1/2 off at Michaels' or Target, and I'm sure Martha's is not.
  • For obvious reasons, we put our packages on the mantle instead of under the tree this year, but I like it so much that it may become an annual tradition. Plus, it keeps me from trying to figure out how to decorate my mantle.

Monday, December 21, 2009

One day,

I'll have something witty to write about, but until now ... more photos of my children.

This was their first experience with chocolate chip cookies. They actually seemed to take their time and nibble them, just like my Meme would have done. Only, they also drank sippy cups of milk and Meme would have been drinking black coffee.

They are 18 months old today. Where does the time go?
The cookies never left their hot little hands the entire time.
Don't even think about it.
Yummmm.

Sweet.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Now it definitely feels (and looks) a lot like Christmas ...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Santa! I know him!

One of our neighbors had a little gathering last weekend for about 10 families ... and Santa made an appearance. It was great watching all of the other kids (who were about 4-5 years old) when he showed up at the door.

Our two weren't so sure about sitting on his lap by themselves, but they were fine once we hung out on the sofa with the big guy.

We had to laugh how they are totally checking him out. I also laughed at how Libby is holding a measuring cup that she must have "borrowed" from the kitchen and Maddy was wearing the jewels that she "borrowed" as well.

It's so hard for me to believe that Christmas is next week. I definitely feel in the spirit this year, but it just really feels like this month is flying by. I think I now understand what my Mom always said ... that she wanted everything to slow down this time of year so we could truly take time to enjoy it.

Question ...

If you hire a cleaning person on a regular basis, do you give them a holiday "tip" or gift? If so, how much?

What other service providers do you give a holiday tip or gift? Hairstylist, babysitter, teachers, etc?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Baby Dyson

I know most of you know how much we love our Dyson. I am certain I've blogged about her on several occasions.

We received our beloved Animal Dyson as a wedding gift. It was the only one that I knew exactly what it was. Kind of hard to disguise a vacuum cleaner at a wedding reception.

The Animal came with a coupon for a free Baby Dyson. Not a real-deal vacuum, but a toy designed to look just like the real thing. So, I sent off for it in the hopes of having a child someday to enjoy it.

So it arrived and has stayed stored for the past 4 years ... until now. We got it out of the basement yesterday to put it together so we can give to Maddy and Libby as one of their Christmas gifts.


Is it not the cutest thing you've ever seen? It takes batteries, so it actually makes sound, things whirl around, and the package says that it will pick up tiny pieces of debris. Maybe we can try tandem vacuuming!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

My little fashionista

Maddy, who won't leave a bow in her hair, happily found necklaces and a purse to carry around at the Santa party we attended tonight. So maybe she's destined to love accessories?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thankful

That I have two legs that can carry me over a 3 mile run on a random and cold Thursday night.

That I can somehow find a tiny ounce of determination to make me run when I really don't want to go.

That when I show up and the rest of the girls were already stretched and ready, that they patiently waited on me (even when my clumsy self dropped a battery out of my headlamp, and seemed to take forever to get situated and ready).

That the neighborhood has fun and bright Christmas lights Clark Griswold style to make the run more entertaining.

That I can really only smell the scent of Krispy Kreme doughnuts once during the run.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Calling it done.

Since I didn't want to

A. not put up a tree
B. put the tree up in a different room
C. put a gate up around the tree
D. keep the naked chic tree

We opted to go with the 3/4 decorated tree.


Don't look too closely ... just keep your eyes at the top half and don't let them wander too far down. Oops. You did, didn't you?

Can you tell how high Maddy and Libby can reach? Yep, you guessed it. Right about there.


Now if they figure out that they can drag their rocking chair over to the tree and stand on it, then we're all in big trouble.


And, just for you AL, the Pottery Barn wanna be slipcovered sofa ala Jacque Penne. So far, so good. We feel like it needs to be "broken in" a little ... you don't sink right in like I think you will after another month or so. All in all, I've been pleased. I did have to return the slipcover to the chair because the zipper broke when we were putting it on. Those suckers are tight. Let me know if you want to come test it out. Just wish it came in the color of Black Lab.

Monday, December 07, 2009

My helpful Heloise moment

I've been baking today. I know ... it's often scary, but usually I do OK as long as I have recipes.

I made cheese straws and lemon snap cookies, along with a meatloaf for dinner. Actually, only the cheese straws are out of the oven. The dough for the lemon cookies is in the fridge, and the meatloaf will go in the oven to bake. I'll bake the cookies tonight and cross my fingers. Waiting on the cheese straws to cool, but they smell yummy. They don't look store bought, but I guess they really shouldn't.

Anyway, I was trying to scrape the dough off my mixer blade and I never have a small rubber spatula. Guess what came in handy? Those little rubber tipped baby spoons. Perfect. Even if you don't have kids, buy a pack and keep them in your drawer.

So, there you go my friends. Aren't you glad you stopped by for that piece of entertainment today?

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Deep Thoughts: sad, sentimental, and just my crazy mind

I can't help thinking about ...

A friend who lost her Mom yesterday. It just doesn't seem right that someone would have to lose her Mom so soon. We're both in our mid-30's and it just seems too early. From what I know about her, this woman was full of life, a two-time breast cancer survivor, and an all around wonderful person.

Libby, who loved reading her Kitty Cat book so much last night, that after reading it two times, decided she wanted to take it to bed. I guess there are worse things to put in a toddler's crib. I enjoyed peeking in on her this morning to see her sitting there, flipping the pages, and quietly playing with her blankie.

Is it bad that I have placed our Christmas Nativity scene on the same piece of furniture where we keep our wine rack? Something just doesn't feel right about that, but I guess you do drink wine at Communion. Or the representative Grape Juice.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

O' Christmas Tree

Maybe we'll just leave it like this.

A few strands of lights at the top and undecorated.

Kind of nature-chic, don't you think? Please excuse the assorted chairs and ladder ... they aren't part of the decor this year. Or maybe we'll keep them up to deter two toddlers from playing in the tree.

We are lucky that we have a good friend, Ben whose family has a Christmas tree farm in the NC mountains. Ben is OCD about picking out trees, so we let him pick out our tree and he hand delivers it over Thanksgiving weekend. "This was alive at 11am", he always tells us.

This has to be the densest tree that we've ever had, because Hubby started putting up lights on Sunday and you can't even tell that they are on there. So, our plan is to start over and make sure we have more on the outer branches. It just hasn't happened yet this week.

Hopefully tonight and I can post a photo of a lit tree. Now, decorating may be another story. I like to pull out all of the ornaments so I can see what I have and decide what to put where. I know that ain't happening during awake toddler hours.

** Edited at 11:00 PM. We had 4 bad strands of lights. No idea what happened since last year & these are supposed to be the kind that if one light goes out, the rest will stay. So, tomorrow, I'm planning to buy about 5 more strands so we can hopefully finish the lights tomorrow. Whoopee!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Hello, old friend

Well, I said I was going to do it & I did it.

I ran today. A total of 3.63 miles. In 30-something degree weather. At 6AM. I was proud of myself for a) getting out there period, and b) getting out there in the cold, and c) running the entire time. But, I was so slooooow. An average of a 12 minute mile and I started out with the "fast girls." Hmmph.

Oh well. And I even wore a fancy dancy head lamp that Hubby bought me so I could see in the dark. And some tights which are a new thing for me. I actually got capri tights which were fine even though I thought I might be cold. Apparently, if you're 5'3", a lot of running tights are really long.

I also started weight watchers online yesterday and was so hungry that I contemplated licking the leftover ketchup off my plate. Sigh. I think the first day is always the hardest. Hubby actually found a great recipe for honey mustard pork chops that we had for dinner. Unfortunately, the roasted garlic mashed potatoes recipe went awry. We laughed that they were a little like school glue, but I ate 'em anyway.

I just felt like I had to do something ... I was still eating like I'm still nursing two babies and unfortunately, the calories just don't disappear like they used to.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My babies are growing up.

I know I say it every time I look at pictures, or when I've been out of town, but they really are. 17 months? How did it happen? Plus, I see their personalities shining through so much. Maddy, Miss Independent, slightly mischievous, and a little bit daring. Libby, aka Drama, the hugger, and the communicator. They both have some unique dance floor moves, love to read their books, or play with any object that has buttons or keys. Remotes, phones, and laptops are all kept well out of reach. I'm contemplating giving them big calculators for Christmas.

We had a good Thanksgiving at my in-laws ... eating too much and visiting with family. The girls absolutely love their Grandparents ranch style house. It gives them the perfect racetrack to navigate and that's pretty much what they did anytime they weren't sleeping or eating. This sitting down and being held business? Nah ... not anymore.



Hubby took the 17 month chair photos while I was out of town.


Wearing their Black Dog tee shirts.
This was one of my favorite baby shower gifts and I'm so glad they finally fit into them.


Maddy loooved her Grandma's tree in the entry way. It's always seasonally decorated, so she especially liked plucking out all the little pumpkins and carrying them around.


Libby at Thanksgiving dinner. They ate turkey, a little bit of dressing, creamed corn, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce(!), rolls (yum), green beans, chicken & pastry, and the mini marshmallows from the sweet potatoes.


Not sure if they were eating or playing at this point.

One thing I noticed from all of the photos. Where am I? Behind the camera, most likely shoving pecan pie in my face, but the real problem is that there are no family photos. We really need to make the point to get photos of our little family, but it would have been fun to have tried to take a photo of the entire family. With Hubby's family, that might have been hard since there are 10,000 people at the house for holidays, but I still want to get better about more family photos.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

sicky, sicky

I would assume that not feeling 100% on Friday + drinking too much + sleeping too little for two nights + four flights = one sick mama.

I felt bad on Monday morning, but felt even worse yesterday and had a fever for most of the day, so I finally went to the Doctor today.

Luckily, my diagnosis was a sinus infection and not H1N1, so a Z-pack for me and I hope to be on the road to recovery. Of course I didn't mention that I was acting like a 21 year old again over the weekend ... Oh, to be young again.

So, I am very thankful that I have a Hubby who takes care of the girls and takes care of me when I am sick. He made me two grilled cheese sandwiches last night (don't judge), because I hadn't eaten all day and was starving and made sure I had all my supplies for the evening: tissues, Delsym cough syrup, saline nose spray, cough drops, and extra pillows.

I am also very thankful for a Mother-in-Law that told us not to worry about bringing anything for Thanksgiving and really meant it. This year, I've done absolutely nothing. I think we could put Maddy and Libby on the doorstep, ring the bell, and run to a hotel and it would be fine with them.

And on a serious note, I am so thankful for a happy and healthy family, a kind Husband, and wonderful friends near and far. I am so lucky on so many levels and know that I am very blessed. Happy Thanksgiving everyone ... I hope you enjoy the holiday with those special to you.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A little quiet time

Maddy and Libby have been "iffy" with their morning nap for a few weeks. When they are home, some days they take it, others they don't. Today, they both seemed a little sleepy (rubbing eyes, a few yawns), so I decided to give it a try.

We're all battling colds, so I thought it might do them good.

I could hear them chatting over the monitor when I cleaned up the kitchen, but nothing out of the ordinary. After a few more minutes, I could tell that no nap was going to happen, so I might as well go ahead and get them up and dressed.

So, I walked upstairs to find this ...

That would be Maddy standing in her crib, (non-recalled, thank God) with about 1/2 a box of wipes on the floor. It could have been much, much worse. I imagined what 1/2 a bottle of lotion would have looked like.

So, being the cheapskate that I am, I folded up each little wipe and placed them back in the box. Guess I need to make sure that the wipes go into the drawer from now on.

Monday, November 23, 2009

On my mind ...

  1. I'm not 21 anymore and probably shouldn't act like I am. Two early morning bedtimes in a row made for an 8:30PM bedtime for me last night. Pictures to follow.
  2. I'm so glad to have "old" friends that once you see them, it really feels like no time has passed.
  3. Christmas trees ... according to Facebook, it looks like several of my friends are already fully decorated. We're normally the week after Thanksgiving, but we need to decide what size tree to buy this year. I love a big tree with our old glass ornaments. Not sure how that's going to go over with two toddlers. So, we may end up with a tree only decorated on the top half.
  4. I really can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving, and then Christmas, and then New Years. I thought 2008 was fast, but I've now changed my mind.

Friday, November 20, 2009

No idea

What is going on with the colors on my blog ... maybe it's just Firefox, but I somehow doubt that. Oh well ... no time to fix it now.

Instead, it's time to ...

1. Pack lunches for Maddy and Libby.
2. Get them off to Parent's Morning Out
3. Run to Target and to DSW to try to find a pair of shoes.
4. Pack my bag for the weekend.
5. Enjoy a weekend with some of my oldest (not age, but length of time we've known each other) friends.

It's been a long time since we've all been together at the same time and I really think I'm in need for a little refueling that only good friends provide.


Circa 1994 or 1995 from college.
Sequins were popular that year, don't you think?
I can't wait to see some of these girls and obviously, we need some new photos!



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Holding myself accountable

I'm going to run the NC Half Marathon again in March.

There. I said it.

No, I haven't registered yet.
No, I haven't run in about a month.
No, I still haven't bought any winter running tights.

But, I have a training plan to use and at least one friend that I think will train with me.

So, hold me accountable, friends in blog land. If it gets to be oh, Dec. 1 and I haven't mentioned running yet, send me an email, knock on my door, leave me comments.

Kodachrome

I think Kellie may actually shoot with a Canon most days, but I just love saying Kodachrome and signing the song.

I wanted to share a sneak peak of some photos that we had made last month. I think the girls have grown since these were made. Like weeds, I'm telling you.

We met Kellie in 2005 when we were looking for a wedding photographer and it was love at first sight. She's drop dead gorgeous, but so sweet and fun. She also has two adorable kids and a rock star Hubby. If she weren't so nice, I probably wouldn't be her friend. She also does amazing work and I am impressed with every picture that she updates on her blog. And not just pictures of my family either.

Here's a link to our recent shoot. Now the hard part will be picking our favorites. I may be asking for a little photo-shopping around the eyes. Seriously ... I know they are supposed to add character, but do lines and wrinkles really have to add 10 years?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fight for Preemies


November is Prematurity Awareness Month and as many of you know, there are too many premature births that happen every year. Hundreds of thousands of premature births happen every year.

From the day that we found out we were expecting twins, we also unfortunately learned a lot of scary statistics. Personally, we were warned against sharing our news of twins too soon, because often they don't survive the first few weeks of gestation, we also were searching in ultrasounds to make sure that both of our babies had their own individual "sac."

It was hard, because here you are over the moon with excitement, but also having to face reality. There were also many other conversations about premature delivery, NICU stays, birth defects, etc.

I did everything I could to have a healthy pregnancy - I started prenatal vitamins early, I had regular checkups and care during my pregnancy, I ate a healthy diet, exercised, and tried to take care of myself and the babies as best as I could.

Unfortunately, Maddy and Libby were born early ... at 33 weeks and 2 days. We spent a total of 17 days in the NICU (Libby) and 26 days (Maddy). We were very lucky that they were healthy, but just needed to gain weight and learn to eat. As crazy as it sounds for a full-term baby, preemies often don't have the strength to nurse or take a bottle. We met several families whose babies had been in the NICU for several months and who would require extensive care.

I will always be grateful to the March of Dimes and our local Family Support Network ... these organizations provide research and support that we needed. I often think about what would have happened if we didn't have the research and the knowledge that we have now. It's scary and I'm thankful.


Maddy ... all 3 pounds, 2 ounces of her.



Libby, 4 pounds, 9 ounces and on the CPAP in this photo.

Maddy, almost 17 months, checking out the leaves.


Libby, almost 17 months, finding the perfect leaf.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Eating & Crying

Ok, so another eating post, but this one not about me.

Maddy and Libby are now 16 almost 17-months-old and they still eat like football players. I constantly wonder if I'm giving them too much, too little, etc. Our Pediatrician basically said feed them until they aren't interested anymore. There are some days that I feel like I'm literally running out of food. Maddy has learned to sign "more", but she'll often sign it when she has a plate full of food. Hmmmm ...

We went to a friends house on Saturday for an "early Thanksgiving with friends" dinner. It's a great tradition that they started and we've probably been going for the last five years. They moved it to a Saturday which has really helped out with all of the families with young children.

We went on the early side of early, because we knew that we wouldn't be able to stay for any late-night festivities. So, as soon as the turkeys were ready, we made a plate of turkey, potato casserole, and homemade Mac & Cheese for Maddy and Libby. We were really early so the rest of the sides hadn't arrived yet. They ate about two platefuls each, drank some milk, and then were ready to go play. So I thought they were done.


Libby possibly eyeballing more food.

That is until a 2-year-old and 3-year-old were sitting at the same kid size table and Maddy and Libby proceeded to walk over and try to grab the food off these kids plates. Since they don't quite understand "No, it's not polite to steal food from strangers", I tried to keep them occupied (box of raisins, cups of milk, and toys) while Hubby ran to fix another plate for them. They both kept trying to go back to the plates of food while these other girls just sat in horror wondering why two mannerless babies were trying to eat their food.

Luckily, Hubby came back in with more turkey, Mac & Cheese, baked apples, potato casserole, and some kind of apricot fluff stuff. I can't remember if we tried a green veggie or not. They devoured that and all was OK.

My question is ... can children this young be obsessed with food? They are by no means overweight and according to the growth charts, they are either not on the chart (Maddy) or only in about the 25th percentile (Libby) for weight. They just really love their meal and snack times. What I sometimes worry about is that they sometimes seem to get mad when the meal is over even when they have shown us that they are no longer interested by playing with the food, dropping food on the floor, dropping their cup, etc.

I guess my gut tells me not to worry ... they are growing, they're good eaters, and it's all fine. It's just the screaming that can get to me when they have finished their meals and want more. I guess they'll learn that screaming isn't the way to get what you want ... even though it probably makes us run pretty fast right now. Who's teaching who here?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Eating cake

and thinking 'bout running. Or lack thereof.

Something is wrong with that picture.

It has been waaaay to long since my last run and I have no one to blame but myself. Coming up on an entire month. Ugh. I told myself I wasn't going to "fall off the wagon", but here I sit.

Looking up old race times, shoveling cake in my mouth, and feeling a bit blah.

Not that this is an excuse, but I do need to find some cold weather gear for running. Somehow, I don't think my beloved Nike tempo track shorts are going to keep me warm this winter.

Anyone have any favorite winter gear that they'd like to share? Maybe some new winter running tights would inspire me ...

Friday, November 13, 2009

I finally did it.

I got sucked in to the Vampire books. I picked up New Moon at the airport on our way to NYC and finished it on our return trip home. I could have read the entire thing in one sitting, but since I was in NYC, I did want to get out and explore and not sit in a hotel room and read about vampires.

On my trip to Vegas, I picked up New Moon on the way home and have put a big dent into it. I will probably finish it this weekend. Good thing, because I have a date with two of my oldest friends to see the movie on opening weekend.

For those of you who are in the know ... will it matter if I didn't see the Twilight movie, but have read the book? Have you already read the entire series ... are there four total in print? Totally different than the Harry Potter series, but I think they are both a must read for tweens, teens, and adults alike.

So far, I think they are great. The dialogue is easy to read and as a friend from my book club summed it up, Edward was exactly how you wanted all the boys in High School to be. Ok, maybe not be a vampire, but I guess that's beside the point.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I may need to go back to lists

I promise I'm really back, but I just haven't gotten back to blogging.

So, here's my P list for the week ...

1. Packing and unpacking. Did I tell y'all that I got home on Wednesday night, unpacked, did a load of laundry, repacked, and got on another flight the next morning? You also know that I hadn't gone anywhere in about 6 months and it was a crazy feeling to be on opposite sides of the US in the same week.

2. PJ's have been my uniform for the week so far. I did shower yesterday, but it just seemed like too much effort to get dressed until I absolutely had to.

3. Poopin'. No idea what my parents and Hubby fed Maddy and Libby when I was gone, but really? Can they really go this many times in a day? Aside from all that, it's great to be home. It was hard to be away from my girls. I'm convinced that they grew 3 inches and learned about 10 new "tricks" while I was gone. Maddy deliberately signed "more" twice tonight, Libby now makes a "baby tiger" noise that is a sweet growl, they both practically run now, and I'm in love with all the kisses they now "blow."

4. Pretending. Still pretending that I'm in NYC and enjoying the rush of the city. It was such a great experience ... watching the marathon, getting an on-course kiss from Hubby when he ran by, walking in Central Park, losing myself in art museums, sleeping in, window shopping, great late-night dinners, Wicked, "secret" burgers, wonderful city views, seeing Jimmy Fallon, and trying to fit in and not look like a total tourist. I'm sure all I had to do is open my mouth and it was evident that I wasn't from around there. I did have someone guess me from Georgia and I still don't know how I feel about that.

5. And a few photos from New York.
Hubby post-race.


The neon sign for the "secret" burger joint.
Awesome burgers, but not really a secret.



I loved this tree in Central Park.


Near Rockefeller Center.



Hubby and I in front of the skating rink at Rockefeller Center. I love that whoever took this picture didn't tell us that we are blocking the HUGE statue behind us.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

What happens ...

When you take 3 cases of a 24 hourish stomach bug the week of your trip,
combine them with a trip to NYC,
a Hubby running his first full marathon,
and a wife/Mom/blogger/part-time employee who has to leave again for another adventure in the morning?

You get this lackluster, sorry excuse for a blog post, post.

I am literally washing clothes, catching up on a little work, printing itineraries, and heading out again tomorrow.

I will hopefully catch up next week with photos and descriptions of all the big events. Minus the stomach bug(s), I promise.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Trapped

I'm trapped under a sea of slipcovers and will be back next week.

Pretty pool view and throw pillows optional.

Cheerio!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Wanted

Wanted: One magic 8 ball with the ability to predict the future (or at least answer a few questions), calm nerves, list winning lottery numbers, estimate the time of when the next nap will end, and tell me exactly how many itty-bitty boxes of Hot Tamales will equal a mouth full of cavities and a fat ass.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

16 months

I know I say this every month, but seriously ... where does the time go?


Maddy and Libby, 16-months.


Note that Maddy is holding her socks in her hand, because (gasp), we really wouldn't want to put them on our feet or anything silly like that. It looks like they are trying to figure out what in the hell these little orange things are.

When photo shoots go bad.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Loving

I live in NC, so typically we have pretty mild winters. I say "typically" because I don't want to jinx us and we'll have some freak Halloween snow storm. This also means you may need a coat to go from your house to the car, but if you're like me, as soon as the car is warm, you're shedding the coat at the stop light. We are lucky that we don't have to always bundle up in multiple layers and wear heavy coats all winter long.

I found this jacket at Lands End. It's weather resistant, will keep you warm without being super bulky, but the cutest thing they don't even show you on the website. On the inside, they have made big pockets that are bright argyle. It was an unexpected surprise on what is a pretty "basic" jacket. Practical and cute.

I also picked up a pair of these pants in black. I'm debating if I should have bought the camel, but you always need black. I've been wondering about how they fit, so I'll give you my full report later. From trying them on, I liked them. A good fit and a bit of stretch, so that normally equals love in my book.

That is all.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Another P List

I promise, the last one this week.

P is for potatoes. If you have any new potatoes in your house, try this recipe. Oh my gosh, I made these last night and they were delicious. I would have taken photos, but when The Pioneer Woman already has such gorgeous photos, what's the point? The flavors are wonderful together and they had the perfect amount of crispy and soft. So good.

P is for pushin'. I haven't done any running since the Oct. 3 and I've been feeling a bit guilty. The break has been nice, but I'm starting to itch to get back to a regular running routine. I decided to go out this afternoon and push the girls in the stroller. Ugh. Hardest 3.5 miles ever and I always forget all the hills in my neighborhood. And did I mention that I'm pushing 60+ pounds?

P is for pumpkins. We still don't have any. Hopefully we can make it back to the church pumpkin patch later this week or I'm just going to have to pick up a couple. I really want the girls to go and experience it for themselves.

P is for paint. Still need to pick out a blue paint color for our entry. One day. Along with hanging pictures, installing shelves in Maddy and Libby's room, and hanging a new painting in their room. One day.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Today's P List

Purging: 3 trash bags of Hubby's clothes that are now ready to go to my Junior League's thrift store.

Pumpkin Picking: Maddy and Libby weren't so sure, it was almost naptime, and it was freezing. We left pumpkin-less and will hopefully go back later this week.

PF Chang's: Where I'm eating dinner with my running girls to use our 15% coupon cards that we all received for running in the Virginia Beach Half marathon.

Pantless: How Maddy enjoys spending her days. She continually steps on the hem of her pants until she can take them off. Future streaker? Let's hope not.

Pain in the ass: Experiencing my second burst blood vessel in my right eye in the past couple of weeks. I can actually feel them in my eye and that not only worries me and also bugs me.

Photos: Having some family photos made this coming week. We had to reschedule this week because of rain, but hoping to get some good family photos and one for our Christmas cards.

Praying: Many things, and also for a friend back in TN whose son, William (Liam) is having heart surgery on Monday. He's a twin, a preemie, and the Dr's are hopeful that all will go well.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mantra

I have something that I really don't want to do this week. It's nothing awful, but it just scares me a little. But, it's something I need to do. And aren't those the things in life that you're supposed to do? The ones that scare you a little.

So, I keep repeating my little mantra and I'll keep repeating it until Wednesday at 10:30.

Put on your big girl panties, and deal with it.
Put on your big girl panties, and deal with it
Put on your big girl panties, and deal with it.

You get the idea.

Ugh. But why does feigning an illness sound so much easier?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Horns and a halo

I promise this is not a statement about their personalities. It's October ... are you busting out the pumpkins and Halloween decor?



Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Operation Uniform

Since I stood in my bathtub yesterday and snapped a few photos, I've decided to go ahead and open up this project today. So without fanfare and any notice, here goes ...

I see this project taking shape with the universal theme of giving women ways to not wear sweatpants all day long and how to look more pulled together and polished in a few outfits that may become part of your "uniform."

Just like how when you see the kids going to private school in their navy polo and khaki shorts ... they always look nice and they didn't have to think much about what to wear that morning. Hopefully this will be the same way. Women across the world can finally open their closet, grab a few items, and look great! (I have to laugh here, because I don't have that many readers, but bear with me!)

I would also say, when you link to your post, let us know what you would like advice about ... are you trying to perfect an outfit to wear to your a college roomie's wedding, do you need to pick out a power suit to ask your boss for a raise, do you need a go-to outfit other than black pants and a pink sweater? So, grab your camera and start snapping your outfits, then post it to your blog, and link to it here!


I thought you might get sick of the same pose ... so I sat down for a few. And, I may have to dig out a full length mirror. I get too distracted looking at bath tub toys, or whether or not I have soap scum to concentrate on the photo!

I am wearing:
Gap blue jean jacket, circa ???. This has been one of my staples pieces for year. Every Fall I pull it out and wear it through Spring.
White Ann Taylor loft tee
Gap khaki/greenish pants
Target metallic flats
Target big chunky necklace from a few years ago. (See, I listened to you last week!)

I like this outfit. After taking my photo, I realized that these pants are too big. Normally that would make me happy, but they are big in all the wrong places. I need to find good fitting pants that I can put on with anything. I've been looking at these from Lands End. They are the new modern fit and they can be hemmed to any length. I've had good luck with their sweaters, but I've never ordered pants. Anyone who has bought these before?

Any pants that you love and can't live without? I have loved a few in the past, but I've ended up having issues with many of them ... this pair that I'm wearing being one of them.

So post and link away. I'll keep this up for 2 days, so grab your cameras and share!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Runnin'

Maddy and Libby have been doing their fair share of races lately and all for a good cause. My wonderful running buddies volunteered to help me push them at each race. When you have 60+ pounds to push, you'll take all the help you can get and I definitely needed their help.

Luckily, both races coincided with what is normally Maddy and Libby's morning nap time (when they still take it), so they both zonked out for a while and were happy the entire time. And if you are in the market for a jog stroller, go BOB or go home. I won't say pushing them on hilly courses is easy, but this stroller definitely makes it so much manageable.


With Jules and MM before the Miles for Matthew 10k started.
Can you tell it's almost nap time?



With ET after the Women's Only 5K.


Coming in at the finish of the Women's Only 5k to benefit local mammogram scholarships.
You may not be able to see it, but that was up a hill
and just before that was an even bigger hill.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Did you know?

That Target has a line of "Fit Solutions" dresses, tops, and jeans from Merona. Leave it to Target to figure out something this ingenious.

I was in today to pick up diapers (shocking) and came across a cute, black v-neck dress. If you follow the link, I tried on the dress that is on the second row, short sleeved dress. It looked like it would be one of those perfect LBD's that could be dressed up or down. I thought it would be a perfect addition to the "uniform" project.

Well, I wish someone would have warned me about the girdle inside the dress. Let's just say I laughed out loud trying to get the dress on, situated, and pulled into position. But, I have to say that it actually worked. I could barely move my legs more than a foot apart, but I looked sucked in without any lumps and bumps.

I didn't purchase it today, but it's definitely something that I may consider. And for $24.99, what's not to love? I will be posting this week about the uniform project, trying to figure out how the link gadgets work, etc. Stay tuned and get your outfits ready!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Fashion critique

Thanks so much for the comments. It's funny, because I thought about putting on a different colored tee under the sweater, but just opted for the white because I saw it hanging in my closet. I will definitely try out a color the next time. And the v-neck/elongate rule ... I usually remember this one!

I think I'll definitely try to make this a weekly installment and hopefully I can post some current clothes and also some new purchases and tips on how to make a good "uniform."

I am such a creature of habit and typically stick to the classics which can sometimes read a bit boring. I like the idea of trying out some necklaces and incorporating a few new pieces that can be used for multiple outfits. I should probably buy this necklace which truly is one of those items that you go "why didn't I think of this!?" My friends started a company and are selling these through their website. I also love the colors in this one. I think either of these are similar to what everyone was talking about, plus I think they are also sturdy enough to withstand two 15-month-olds.

So, if I made this a weekly installment, would anyone else want to play and show us what you're wearing? Maybe we can all share some good ideas, cute shoes, deals and coupons, our new "faves", etc. Any takers out there to post their fashion adventures for the world to see?

Uniform Attempt: Day One

So, I have to post this photo with a few disclaimers.

Yes, I am standing in our bathtub. It's the only full length mirror in the house and yes, I will admit to standing in the tub in heels and a party dress to make sure that everything was in check.

Yes, Hubby ... you will think I am crazy for standing in the tub and taking photos of myself. But, you married me so you probably already know about all of my "quirks."

Yes, there are mirrors all around the tub. Installed by the previous owners. Not what I would have picked, but it does add a lot of light to our bathroom and Maddy and Libby love laughing at themselves in the mirror when they are in the tub. Plus, they also love placing little hand prints all over the mirrors.

So, luckily, all of the items were in my closet, still fit, and work for my uniform attempt.

I am wearing:

Old Navy white cardigan from last year.
White tank from Target, I believe.
My beloved Joe's Jeans.
Pewter flats from Target.
My usual jewelry - wedding rings, Tiffany bracelet, watch, and pearl stud earrings. No necklace because the girls love to pull on them.

This will definitely be good for working from home, running errands, and I would even do this for dinner with Hubby, or a casual outing with friends. The shoes will likely get kicked off, but that's OK because then Maddy and Libby will have two new toys.

A few self-criticizing notes ... these jeans are a little long to wear with flats, the cardi really doesn't do much to define my waist and I wish it were a tad longer, but all in all, this is definitely better than staying in running clothes all day.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Uniform

I have decided that I no longer like to shop, because I always leave frustrated. I used to love to shop ... I used to work for a major shopping center developer, so I shopped all day long, I mean on my lunch hour.

Anyway ... I looked around for a bit today and left empty-handed. Big drapey sweaters, while cute and bohemian, do nothing when you're 5'3" and have hips. It looks like a big ol' mish mash of yarn that is too short to be a dress and too long to be a sweater.

I really want someone to come and go through my closet and tell me what to keep, what to donate, and to take me shopping for what I need. I really want to be on What's Not to Wear.

I need the following go-to outfits/uniforms:

* Everyday - when I do change out of my workout clothes or PJ's and would like to be comfortable, but still look pulled together.

* For when I have to go to work for an event and want to look a little more professional and polished.

* For when I have Junior League meetings, or Hubby and I actually have a date, or go somewhere. So, maybe this would be cute, still pulled together, but possibly a little more special.

I could live in a good pair of pants or jeans, white tee shirt, with a cardigan or my blue jean jacket if I'm not wearing jeans. Is this too boring if I do this every day? Will someone come and raid my closet and shop with me? And maybe teach me how to incorporate fun shoes or a good piece of jewelry? Or give me recommendations on where you find your "uniforms?"

Please?

I don't want to scare people this fall when I'm still wearing my running shorts and a sweatshirt revealing white pasty legs. Think of this as a public service for my local community.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I got duped

When I bought my trusted box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares over the weekend, I thought the box looked pretty small.

When I got it home and compared it to the box I had at home, I realized just how small it was.


A whole 8 ounces smaller for the same price.

I definitely need to find something else for my breakfast menu.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ball Pit Mayhem

At a recent consignment sale, I spotted a ball pit with OVER 200 BALLS!!! I should have known when that's the way the tag is written up, that you should just step away. But, I caved. What's one more big plastic thing with OVER 200 BALLS!!!?

Today has been cool and rainy, so I thought it would be the perfect day to try this thing out. While Maddy and Libby were down for their nap, I brought it out and pumped up the container portion. Then, I wiped off each and every one of the OVER 200 BALLS!!! with antibacterial wipes.

They have definitely had fun this afternoon playing in the pit, licking almost all of the OVER 200 BALLS!!!, and throwing them out as well. Our family room currently looks like a bomb went off and left, wait for it ..., OVER 200 BALLS!!!
Who, me? I wasn't throwing any.

Checking it out.

Maddy tasting each and every one.

Libby wasn't so sure about "swimming" in the pit.


Libby's fast little hands throwing the balls over the edge.