Friday, July 31, 2009

Show Me Your ...

I'm playing along again with Kelly Korner's thousands of followers with her Show Me ... Your Wedding Party & Flowers/Ceremony.  It's been fun to look back at these photos.

Before the ceremony with my girls.  I've known all of them since nursery  or elementary school and still talk to them all on a regular basis.  I also went to college with and was in the same sorority with the top two.  I went to grad school, lived with, and traveled to Yellowstone with the one sitting beside me.  Good ol' days!
    Sadly, we now all live in different cities, 
but talk or Facebook on a regular basis and try to see each other whenever possible.  


Here is a photo of our flowers.  Pre-kids, I could tell you what the type of roses were, but I don't remember anymore.  My bouquet was mainly white hydrangea and green berries.  My bridesmaids' bouquets were mainly the roses and berries.  



Here is a photo from our ceremony.  Due to a wedding miscommunication between our wedding coordinator and photographer, she was made to stop shooting.  Ugh.  So frustrated that it happened, but what do you do?  This is the church that we belong to and we absolutely love it.  At least we were all listening to our Pastor as he was giving his sermon.  Our church has some neat history as Charlton Heston was married there!
Praying during ceremony.
I loved these little wreaths that reserved the family rows.  I think that's Uncle Bill either nodding off or deep in prayer.  Probably the former.
The string quartet playing before the wedding and our arrangement that we had at the church.  It was the same roses as the bridesmaids, bells of Ireland, and I'm sure some other flower that I can't remember now!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Daily Musings Thursday

Purge.  

I went through my undergarments drawer and pulled out any bra that no longer fit, was a nursing bra, or was a jog bra that rubbed or chaffed.  I did the same with underwear .  That left me with about one bra that really fit well, and three jog bras that fit well, and a handful of underwear.  I purchased four new bras so I now have a nice variety of bras that fit, and new undies.  I did allow myself to keep one strapless bra, and the red lacy number that I bought in Paris.  Not that either really get worn, but you never know when you may need them. 

Shorts. 

These Nike tempo track shorts are my new favorite.  No riding, no pulling, just sheer running bliss.  I always think they look good on everyone else, so hopefully they are doing the same for my legs.  I was concerned about thigh rubbage, but I wore them on a 9-miler and they were fine.

Ick.

How is it that I always keep getting conditioner in my ear?  This seems to have happened in the last couple of weeks, and I notice it when I'm going to dry my hair.  Yuck.  Have I forgotten how to apply conditioner in the shower?

Monkeys.

When I go into to get Maddy and Libby out of their cribs after naptime, they are usually standing up in the cribs and "talking."  I normally say hello, good morning, good afternoon or whatever appropriate greeting.  I open up the blinds, smooth their messy hair, and let them wake up.  If they take after me, they may need a couple of minutes to wake up after a good nap.  The funniest thing to me is that I can usually say "Two little monkeys jumping in the bed", and as if on cue, Libby starts jumping in the crib and laughing.  Maddy just normally looks like me like I'm silly.  And who said twins don't have different personalities?

So, what's new with you?

In just 17 short days

The Mad Men series premiere! To make your own Mad Men caricature, go here. By the way, I am waaaay more busty on Mad Men than in my real life!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Whattya think?

I wish I could get the images the same size, but can you tell a huge difference in the two sofas shown below? Other than the couple of thousand dollars difference?

Does anyone know a way to keep two black labs from rubbing up against sofas? Beside using strategically placed sofa tables, chairs, electric fencing? Just kidding. I think.



Both are slipcovered, so they could be easily cleaned, and both are approximately the same size. One is from one of those stores that you typically want everything that you see on their shelves, and the other is one of those stores that I don't think I realized they even sell furniture.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Eat, drink, and repeat

We've been taking the girls to free concerts that take place in our city the past few weekends.  It's a great way for us to socialize with our friends, enjoy some music, and a little picnic.  It's also a good time for the girls to get out and socialize and they love that there are new people to watch, grass to touch, oh and snacks to eat.  I think they eat from the time we arrive to the time we leave.


 Oh, I miss my bottle.

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Shoveling in food.



More snacks

New things that they have been doing lately ...

  • While on the picnics, grabbing the container of fruit when their plates are empty as if to tell me to "hurry up, already."
  • Making the "mmm, mmm, mmm" sound when they see the alphabet crackers aka cookies.
  • Maddy slaps the tray of her highchair when she sees me coming with strawberries.  They love them and literally eat fistfuls at a time.
  • Enjoying fresh fruits and veggies.  They love plums, pluots, mangoes, kiwi, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, etc.  I try to find new fruits to buy just to watch them gobble them up.  Oh, my neighbor came around the following day after the Indian giver incident and brought us a boatload of tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers.  Maybe he reads my blog! 
  • Libby has been making a "guh" sound when she sees the doGs.  I think it must be her way of saying "dog" and she's picking up on the G sound.
  • Libby has taken a couple of unassisted steps about three different times.  
  • Maddy hasn't ventured with the walking just yet, but looks so funny when I see her just standing in the middle of the room.
  • They each have five teeth and Maddy is currently cutting two more (one on top, one on the bottom).  Libby is definitely showing all signs of cutting more, but I don't see anything at the surface just yet.
  • Operation Sippy Cup  
Operation Sippy Cup has gone OK. We are one week without any bottles and while they don't drink nearly as much as they used to, we haven't had any major meltdowns.  They probably have gone from drinking over 24 ounces of milk a day to between 7-10 ounces a day.  Our Pediatrician would like to see this more around 20 ounces a day (including yogurt & cheese.)  I'm anxious to get them to drink more milk, but there's only so much forcing you can do to a 13-month-old.

I did buy a different kind of cup that I hadn't seen in stores.  It's called the Tilty Cup.  The first time they used it, you could tell that they were able to drink their milk so much easier. The cup is designed so the child doesn't have to tilt their head back as far and it has no valve, so the fluid flows much easier.  Genius!  My only complaint is that when these cups get dropped, the lid normally comes right off.  Zeus didn't mind, as he got to drink several ounces of milk from the floor, but I wish there was a better way to keep this lid secure.   So, I'm going to start trying the Tilty with water and not in the highchair so it's less likely to get dropped from several feet in the air.  Tilty, any safety latch mechanism you can add?

Summer is flying by and my babies are growing up way too fast.  I swear I look at them some mornings and I just know they have grown overnight.  Sigh.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wedding Dress

I'm playing along with Kelly's Korner, Show Us Your Life and today's theme is posting your wedding dress.

I might as well get a little more use of it, so here goes.

Here we are in the church parlor, trying to get it down. That is me (with the veil) and my BFF and one of my Matron of Honors, Mad About Plaid Girl.

I think my feet are under there!

Leaving the church after our ceremony. You can't tell I was excited, can you?
Posing for a shot after the ceremony.
Dancing with Hubby for our first dance as Mr. and Mrs.

It took me a while to find my dress. I first tried it on at a boutique that is no longer open and broke out in hives. I wasn't sure if that was a good thing, but my friend D., who had gone with me assured me it was. I felt like I tried on every other dress available trying to see if I could find one that I loved as much as my own.

It was designed by Marisa and was pretty simple, with the exception of the crystals and pearls that embellished at the waist. The dress was heavy, and full, and had a long train that I ended up getting dirty before the ceremony. Oh well ... it seemed like a huge deal at the time, but it never mattered. It's now safely stored and I would love if Maddy or Libby decided to wear it one day.

Faces





Thursday, July 23, 2009

What does it mean?

I met my group affectionately known as the "crazy running girls" this morning, 5:45 AM to be exact.  We ran our 4.5 mile route, talked about life, solved world problems, complained about hills and humidity, discussed birthday cakes, and made it back to our cars.

While we were stretching, one of my running buddies looked down at me and said, "You're shirt is on inside out!"

All I could do is laugh since I had run the whole way and never noticed.

Do you think it's because:

A) I run at 5:45 AM and am too sleepy to even notice if I'm wearing a shirt, let alone if it's on the right way.
B) I often get dressed in the dark so as not to disturb sleeping Hubby and sleeping babies.
C) I had forgotten to lay out a shirt the night before, so I had to sneak into the closet to grab one off the shelf to wear.  
D) All of the above.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What to do, what to do.

Wasn't it just last year that I was pimping myself out to the Internet to find a job? Well, guess what? It's that time again

I am still currently employed, but found out that my job will be coming to a close at the end of the year. I appreciate the advance notice, but I just can't ignore this feeling like a huge rock in my stomach every day.

My current job is part-time and from home and is honestly, almost perfect. Unfortunately, my company is facing some serious competition near where we are headquartered, so they have realigned the entire marketing budget/efforts and will be cutting 4 positions, including mine. They employ several people who do what I do, but in different markets across the US.  The good thing and bad thing about my company ... they are small enough to make quick decisions.

And as many of you know, our state unemployment rates seem to do nothing but climb.

I also work in marketing and if any of you are searching in that particular category, you know what kind of jobs you typically find.

*SPORTS MARKETING!!! GREAT PAY!!! FLEXIBLE HOURS!!!*
Um, no. I'd rather not get dropped off in a neighborhood and hawk magazine subscriptions for a living.

*WORK FROM HOME. MAKE $$$$*
Um, no again. I don't want to pay you equal monthly installments of $129.99 to give me a "job." 

*AVON SALES REPRESENTATIVE*
Not that I have anything against Avon, but how did this end up in the marketing category?

So, here I am. Trying to be positive and continue to do a good job for my company for the rest of the year.

I'm faced with ... trying to decide if I'm really ready to go back to the days (if I can find a job) of 40+ hours a week, nice pointy-toed shoes, office coffee and office politics, and hopefully a rewarding job in marketing/pr. After all, my resume now looks more than spotty after 4 layoffs in the last 10 years.  Plus, it means that I have to leave two pint-sized "bosses" with someone else for 8+ hours a day.  I also have to factor in paying for care for those two pint-sized bosses. 

Or, could lightning really strike twice and I could find something that would be part-time, flexible, and give me time with the girls, but also time to turn on my brain in only a way that gainful employment does?  I just don't know if it's possible.  

Or, could I really be a full-time SAHM? Would I really be good at this? Do I have the sanity to do this? Can we afford this? Then if I wanted to go back to work when the girls are in school, and after 4 years of staying at home, would anyone really hire me?

I know that I have a while to think about this, but if I were to go back to work full-time, we would have to line up childcare.  Currently, I use a sitter service when I need it, but it would be way too cost prohibitive to use 40+ hours a week.  The childcare situation here, like so many other areas is highly competitive and we are still on waiting lists from when I was pregnant and still haven't received calls that our spots are open.   I really don't think I want to be back in the full-time arena yet and I also think that I'm not 100% suited for a full-time SAHM position either.

Clearly why my current job is perfect for me and I don't want it to change.  Can I just cross my arms and pout and someone will make it stay the same?


Monday, July 20, 2009

Feeling like Kanye

Ok, so maybe it's a stretch, but when he sings/raps about "Does anyone make real shi* anymore?", I felt like I could have asked "Does anyone give real customer service anymore?" when I was at my former bank today.

Hubby and I married in 2005 and had four bank accounts between us. We actually added another when we bought our house in 2007, but were still doing all of our banking separately. It drove me crazy, but much like the gift that Hubby has that he never balances his checkbook at all, but pretty much knows how much money is in his account at any given time.

We had finally decided to consolidate our accounts, move our direct deposits, and close the other accounts. I deemed myself "banker in charge" of the household and I now have a special drawer for any receipts and bills.

So, we went to close out two of our accounts today and receive a check so we could move this money into our savings account.

So, we wait ... and wait for the personal banking lady to come out and see us. We get a VP who takes us back and asks how she can help us.

We tell her that we need to close our accounts and get a check.

The only thing she really ever asked was, "Are you sure you need to close the account? We hate to close accounts." Never did she ask why we were closing (or we would have told her because of all of your new monthly fees), or even try to give us a sales pitch to get us to stay.

It just irks me, because I've been with this particular bank for over 15 years. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned or trying to live like it was the 1950's, but shouldn't businesses at least act like they care about you? Especially with the given economy?

And if it weren't for my addiction with online banking, I may just resort back to sticking my money under the mattress!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Operation Sippy Cup, Day One

Well, Day One went better than I expected. There was a little bit of fussiness, but no full blown tantrums or flying cups of milk across the kitchen. They didn't drink nearly as much milk as they normally do in a day, but they still ate well, slept well, and acted like normal happy babies. We tried to keep them distracted when it's normally time for the bottle and I made sure that they also ate yogurt and cheese in their meals.

I was so disappointed, because we had decided to go to the pool after their afternoon nap. We all had on our bathing suits, picnic dinner was packed, and we were almost ready to head out when Hubby remembered that it was "ladies night" at the pool. We called and everything was closing down to prepare for the event, so we ended up enjoying a little baby pool time in the back yard. The big benefit to this is that we can also add in the al fresco bath disguised as splashing in the pool. Somehow I think it would be frowned upon if I busted out the Baby Aveeno at the Swim & Tennis Club.

This is really just a boring post so I can keep track of how it's going.

Libby drank a total of 7 ounces throughout the day, and 2 1/2 ounces at bedtime.

Maddy drank a total of 4 ounces throughout the day, and 3 ounces at bedtime.

We only warmed up the night time milk. We used the 2 different Nuby's, but they seemed to like the taller cup. Honestly, don't all of these "cups" just seem like glorified bottles?

Friday, July 17, 2009

So, what are you doing ...

On this EXCITING Friday night?

After the girls were tucked in and Hubby was cleaning up the kitchen, I made the trek to the grocery store to stock up on necessities and some not so necessities.

Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, bread, whole milk, skim milk, eggs, avocados, fig newtons, Gatorade, coffee, olive oil & rosemary triscuits, and our EXCITING Friday night dinner.

Drum roll please ... California Pizza Kitchen BBQ chicken pizza. Yum. It's the kind with the rising crust that is the perfect happy medium between their thin crust pizza and too doughy super thick crust pizzas. It's become our Friday night ritual, because I have been running on Saturday's and it's a great carb loading meal. Plus, it's yummy.

Tomorrow begins Operation Sippy Cup. Poor Hubby will be starting Phase One while I'm out on a long run in the morning, so I hope it goes OK for him. The girls are great eaters and drink their milk of their bottle like little champs. I've tried to transition gently by giving part of the milk in a cup, but when they see the bottle, they throw huge fits that result in crying, screaming, and throwing themselves on whatever flat surface they can find and they won't even try the cup. Our Pediatrician recommended the cold turkey approach, so I'm hoping that it goes well.

I'm a bit nervous that I may come home to milk-stained walls and a frazzled Hubby, but here's hoping to find two happy, full-of-milk-out-of-cup girls and one happy Hubby.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Peas, Spoons, and Life Lessons

I picked up the book Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal several months ago. It is such a sweet book. The illustrations are beautiful as are the lessons. It's currently shelved in the girls' room, because it's what I like to call a big girl" book complete with a dust jacket and big pages that are way to paper-thin to be turned by one-year-old hands. I love to watch them flip the pages of books, but I normally just let them use their board books. We have so many that are now missing corners because they were also used as teethers.

We love to read to the girls and that is a big part of our nap time and nighttime rituals. One day I found out that Amy Krouse Rosenthal had written several other children's books that adults will love to read as well. While I love Goodnight Moon and have since I was a child, sometimes you just need to switch things up a bit.

I recently picked up Little Pea and Spoon to add to our collection. They both have great illustrations and sweet stories.

In Little Pea, Pea isn't looking forward to his candy that Peas have to eat for dinner, but he can't wait for dessert ... which turns out to be spinach!

I love Spoon, because it's perfect if you are ever having a down day. Spoon is a little jealous of the forks, knives, and chopsticks because of the exciting lives they lead. Spoon eventually realizes that he's pretty special after all.

There are several more that I think may need to come home with us. Little Hoot, Little Oink, and Duck Rabbit all look equally entertaining as well.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dear Sweet and Unsuspecting Neighbor,

When you stop by my house between the hours of 9 and 10AM, it is highly likely that I will have two small napping children. You may even notice that the blinds that are usually open are closed on the front bedroom. And I will likely be taking a much needed shower since I haven't had one since Monday. Tuesday was a crazy nap day at the D. household causing one Mama not to bathe even though she had run 4.5 miles that morning and was stiiiinky.

Anyway, so after you ring the doorbell, please don't also knock. Very loudly. And several times. That will commence the two big black dogs to start barking. Loudly. Barking will commence two babies to start crying and screaming. Loudly.

All this while I am trying my best to get shampooed, conditioned, and clean.

When I run downstairs in my towel to try to console two screaming babies and get them back to sleep, and I peek outside my front door to see a bag of fresh veggies on the door knob and decide it's better that I leave them there and not show my lovely towel-clad self to all of my street ... please know that I really appreciate those veggies and think of how sweet you are to bring them and look forward to feeding them to the girls.

When it's decided by the screaming babies that naptime is over and I throw back on my PJ's and decide it's "somewhat" safe to open the door and step on my porch to discover that my veggies are now gone, it really disappoints me that you took them away.

WTF?

P.S. Since I didn't have time to blow dry my hair, you may not recognize me later today because it will be one big mess.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A few new products

I was in need of eye cream and eye shadow the other day and so far, I have really enjoyed both products that I picked up.

I have been wearing Bobbi Brown eye shadows for a few years. I always use very neutral shadows and I love that you can use her shadows as eyeliner, too.

I was going to buy two (a light vanilla color for my lids, and a dark for eyeliner), but they had this new nude palette that came with six shadows, so I went ahead and tried it. It has some great shimmery ones that still look very natural and I feel like they just brighten up your eyes. The colors all seem to mix and match very well and can be worn alone, or if you know what you're doing with all that highlighting business ... you can wear a couple of shades together.

I also picked up the Garnier Ultra Lift-Pro eye cream at Target. I am very religious about washing my face and I always use a daily moisturizer with SPF. I haven't been using an eye cream lately and I feel like I need it. Let's just say that I think the skin around my eyes has been looking a little tired lately. I think I had seen this promoted on Martha one day and so far, I really like the way it feels. There is a cream to use above your eye and a gel for under your eye. They aren't greasy or too thick, but seem to really absorb right into my skin and it feels soft after it's applied. I can't say that I've noticed a miraculous difference in the four days that I've been using them, but they feel good, so I'll keep it up. And for the price, you can't beat it.

Next up, I am almost out of my shampoo and conditioner and think I want to try something new. Hope my hairstylist doesn't read my blog. I like what I bought at her salon, but I'm not sure that it's worth the price. Any new faves or product lines out there? I used to be an Aveda girl, switched to Pureology, lately tried the Daviness line and now I wonder what will be next.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

1 year check up

We go tomorrow for Maddy & Libby's one year (12 month) check up. By the way, do I really have to start telling their ages as thirteen months, sixteen months, etc. or can I just say one year? It just seems confusing to me. I don't tell people that I'm 436 months old. (!)

Anyway, we had taken this picture of my Dad last July after both girls were home from the NICU. My family have always been huge St. Louis Cardinals fans and my sister-in-law sent them these onesies. They were a 0-3 month and they were huge. I think we had taped them in the back to get a better picture.
My Dad wanted to take another photo this summer and even packed up his same STL hat and shirt. It was definitely a big difference this year. Don't you think?
It's easy to get a little anxious about their appointments ... people are always asking about their milestones. "Are they walking yet?" "Are they talking?" "My Pediatrician told me that our daughter should say three words by her 1st birthday." "What do they weigh?"

Needless to say, I can easily get a little overwhelmed by all the other questions, plus all the ones that I'm thinking about ... "Why do they scream like I'm poisoning them when I offer milk in a sippy cup?" "Should I be concerned about their teeth since their top teeth came in the wrong order?"

Part of me doesn't care about the milestones, because after all they are only a range. I do know that they are healthy, happy, determined, and sometimes shy, silly, giggly, daring, curious, great eaters and sleepers, excited when they see Daddy, and to me are the cutest & sweetest girls around. Of course, I can't help but worry a little, because I want to do everything possible for them and I want them to meet or exceed any "test" no matter how big or small. So, here's to hoping for a good report tomorrow and a reality check for me that my little babies are indeed growing up.

** Edited to add ... I have to say that after a combined eight shots, two finger pricks, and minimal poking and prodding, both girls did very well. I have also decided that my scales are about 2 pounds heavy, so I will immediately start changing MY weight whenever I give it out. Ha. Because I freely announce my weight all the time. Anyway ...

Libby checked in at 21 lbs, 5.5 oz and 29 3/4 inches tall. She is in the 50th percentile for weight, and 60th for height.

Maddy almost hit the 19 pound mark, coming in at 18 lbs, 15.5 oz and 28 3/4 inches tall. She's in the top of the 10th percentile for weight and 25th for height.

Both got a great report and scored well on their developmental questionnaire that we filled out. Do other people do these? A list of about 25 question that go over gross motor skills, fine motor skills, problem solving, verbal communication, etc.

They've both continued to grow at a steady rate over the year, which is good. I think I have also been in denial about how close they are to walking when Libby nearly took an unassisted step while standing on the table in the office. Oh, I don't think there are enough baby gates at Babies R Us to help us out when I have two walking.

Our Pediatrician also noted how M&L seem to be mirror-image twins ... something that we had noticed as well. It'll be interesting to see if that continues.

Friday, July 10, 2009

My inner interior designer

I don't claim to be an interior designer or anywhere close to it. I wish I had that knack, but I don't. We still have unhung pictures, rooms that aren't quite "finished", and an office that we kind of scratch our heads and try to figure out how not to keep making it into a storage space. I guess one big reason is that things aren't done are because we have two one-year olds running around and I also think that I'm picky and it takes me forever to make a decision about big ticket items like furniture.

Maddy, Libby, and I went on an outing yesterday (it was to buy frames so I can finish up one project), and I decided to hop into a nearby furniture store to look around. We are in need to more seating in our family room and they had a great overstuffed chair and ottoman for a good deal.

I started doing a little research on some different furniture store websites and I found this one that had this awesome room planner. You can plug in the dimensions of your room, add furniture, add features like windows, doors, etc. I was able to lay down rugs, coffee tables, overstuffed chairs and the best part is ... you can even put little people and dogs in the room! By the time I was finished playing around with what furniture I think we need, adding two dogs, two babies, and two adults ... I had managed to make one crowded room!

Check it out ... it really did help to get a feel for room layout.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

New York City Marathon

Hubby started his official marathon training last night for the ING NYC Marathon. Whoo-hoo! You may remember that he got in last year, but decided to defer since we knew we'd have two tiny babies to contend with. So, this is the year.

I'm excited for him to do such a major accomplishment (his first marathon), but also to do so at such a historic race in a great city.

So, NYC area bloggers, anyone want to show a NC girl around your fair city? I have no travel details yet, but I would love to see if anyone is available to meet up for coffee, lunch, drinks, dinner ...whatever.

The marathon is Nov. 1, so we'll be in town a day or two before and hopefully a day or two after the race. My parents are going to pack up pumpkins (literally) and celebrate Halloween at our house and watch the girls for us.

If you're interested, please leave me a comment or send me an email (it's under my profile) and we can make plans. If you have information about the race, where to stay, where to eat, where to avoid, that would be helpful too and much appreciated.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Where I'm from

We would call this kind of contraption "beer butt chicken" and there would likely be a can of Bud Light holding up the chicken.  And while I love kitchen gadgets more than I really should, I don't think I'm shelling out $30 for this anytime soon.

However, if you want to buy me a present, I would gladly accept any of the following.



Sunday, July 05, 2009

Silly me

We had been waiting to turn around Maddy and Libby's car seats until they were one year old. They had both hit the 20 pound mark already, but I would rather err on the side of safety. Well, one year came and went and we just hadn't gotten around to it. Then after a couple of short trips (15 minutes) and finding them with soaking wet hair because they just weren't getting any A/C finally prompted us to do the big flip.

Hubby went out yesterday to work on them and came back inside looking at the direction manual. He casually mentioned that there were no instructions to turn them around, so we went online. While the car seats that we have are good up to 35 pounds, they are rear facing only. I have no idea how we missed this when we picked them out, but I was ticked that we made that error.

We have been planning to buy one of the Britax models for their next ride, but I guess we'll be doing it a little sooner than expected! Nearly every Mom I have ever met has a Britax, and I did some research today and am leaning toward the Boulevard or Boulevard CS. I'm wondering if any of you have the CS model and if the special "clicking" sound when the straps are tight is really that beneficial. It seems to be the only real difference in the two.

I'm also wishing that there were a few more patterns to choose from. Call me picky, but it's either boring beige or "I'M ALL GIRL" pink. I have a feeling we'll be shouting "I'M ALL GIRL" from the back seat!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

My house

I saw this at The Plan and thought it would be fun ... I actually don't think I've done this meme before.

1. What kind of SOAP is in your bathtub right now? Dove body wash and Philosophy Amazing Grace body wash.

2. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator? No 

3. What would you change about your living room? I have a plan for that!  Read about it here.

4. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty? Dirty, but I just emptied it so I think there's only a plate and knife.

5. What is in your fridge? Mike - whole and skim, chicken enchilada casserole, black eyed peas, blueberries, raspberries, Skinny Dip beer, cheese, Gatorade, granny smith apples, champagne, Stonyfield yogurt, tilapia, and a leftover piece of BBQ Chicken pizza.

6. White or wheat bread? Wheat

7. What is on top of your refrigerator? My Eiffel tower clock and a lasagna recipe.  Don't ask.

8. What color or design is on your shower curtain? No shower curtain ... we have doors.

9. How many plants are in your home? 2, plus some hydrangeas that came out of my yard.

10. Is your bed made right now? Yes.

11. Comet or Soft Scrub? The new eco-friendly scrubbing bubbles.

12. Is your closet organized? Describe "organized."

13. Can you describe your flashlight? One is huge and black, the other is tan and plugs into the wall.

14. Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home? Glass.

15. Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now? No. 

16. If you have a garage, is it cluttered? n/a

17. Curtains or blinds? Wooden blinds on most windows, with valances in two rooms.

18. How many pillows do you sleep with? Two.

19. Do you sleep with any lights on at night? No.

20. How often do you vacuum? I try to vacuum about every other day.  I probably need to vacuum every day, but it rarely happens.

21. Standard toothbrush or electric? Electric.

22. What color is your toothbrush? White.

23. Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch? Yes.

24. What is in your oven right now? Nothing except for something burnt on the bottom that should be cleaned.

25. Is there anything under your bed? An overnight bag of Hubby's and miraculously, I think that is it.

26. Chore you hate doing the most? Scrubbing toilets.

27. What retro items are in your home? Our whole house?  Well, part of it was built in 1939 so we have some neat character - arches, phone cubby, total vintage (50's) bathroom decor in the downstairs bath, some of our furniture is antique.

28. Do you have a separate room that you use as an office? Yes ... it is currently trashed with several strollers, but it's so nice to have.   

29. How many mirrors are in your home? Five.

30. Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home? Not emergency money, but Hubby's Holiday Savings plan.  (Don't come rob us - it's not that much!)

31. What color are your walls? Taupe, rust, light greenish-blue, white, peach-y (previous owners, but it's the laundry room so it's grown on me.)

32. Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home? Two black labs.

33. What does your home smell like right now? Faintly of onions and garlic from 2 casseroles I made earlier today.

34. Favorite candle scent?  One that I bought in Paris, but I don't remember what the scent was anymore.  It was the perfect blend of clean and sweet, without being overpowering.

35. What kind of pickles (if any) are in your refrigerator right now? Dill.  Claussen ... the other brands are crap.

36. What color is your favorite Bible? Maroon.

37. Ever been on your roof? No.

38. Do you own a stereo? Yes.

39. How many TVs do you have? Three.

40. How many house phones? Four

41. Do you have a housekeeper? Yes and it's the best money that I spend every other week.

42. What style do you decorate in? One-year-old twins with a touch of two Labrador retrievers.

43. Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints? I really like both, but mainly have solids in my house.  I'm itching for some good floral chairs.

44. Is there a smoke detector in your home? Yes and carbon monoxide detectors, too.

45. In case of fire, what are the items in your house which you'd grab if you only could make one quick trip? Babies, pictures, dogs (as if I could carry anything else ... can I open the kennel doors and yell "run?")  This scenario makes me realize I need to make an emergency binder to grab with the important documents.