Monday, May 31, 2010

I've hit a new point of boring with this post ...

So, I don't blog for a week and now I'm blogging about floors.

Does anyone have the Shark?

For a while now, I've noticed that our hardwood floors never really look clean. Even after they are cleaned by someone other than me who probably really knows what they are doing. I've tried different cleaning products - Murphy's Oil, vinegar & water, plain water, etc and it's always the same result.

This thing just looks like a miracle and I'm wondering if it's as good as it looks. Between two dogs, two adults, and two toddlers, it's an understatement to say that are floors always need a good cleaning.

Has anyone tried it? Do you love it?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

This blog halted on account of ...

coughing
a sinus infection
a Z pack
a pedicure in "make love not..." pink
photos that make me smile
end of school year picnic
lots of lots of chick-fil-a nuggets
slides down the "big kid" slide
blooming hydrangeas
slow-melt mini popsicles
ants in my kitchen
3 years worth of tree trimmings and weed pullings
a "new" beautiful yard
flowerpots
gently used Lilly
a guacamole craving
bathing suit try-ons and
a search for a cover up.

I'll be back soon, I promise.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lost lost

I watched the very first episode and didn't "get it." I remember there was a plane crash and a polar bear.

So, I've never watched it since.

I think everyone else that I know on the planet (or at least on Facebook) is currently watching.

I'm watching House Hunters International.

La-ooser, I'll admit it.

Maybe I'll catch up via DVD's or on demand TV. Should I? Have I really missed out for the last 5 year!?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Peculiar

Darn you, Seventh Generation cleaning products.
I caved, spent the extra money on you, and thought I was doing something good for the earth, good for my family, but I can't take your smell. It is reminiscent of a preventative flea shampoo that we used to bathe our dogs in when I was growing up. Yuck.

I miss my good ol' Clorox Anywhere spray.

Does anyone have a "friendly" disinfectant/cleaner spray that they use? This is for things like high chairs that need to be clean and free of germy germs. Or one that you make yourself?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Random Thursday ramblings

So maybe this should be a weekly post ...

On my mind this week:
  • It breaks my heart when Maddy tells me "no more" and "all gone" when I am giving her a dose of medicine. I'm calling the Doctor to see if this stuff can be flavored. I even gag just catching a whiff of it.
  • I got called a "life saver" today at work. Not a bad way to wrap up my day. I love solving a problem that I really thought I wouldn't have a clue how to solve. Go, me!
  • I have been floored by the generosity of some friends recently.
  • No one told me that Amish Friendship bread is really sugary-cinnamony cake in disguise. If someone asks you if you want a starter, say yes.
  • If I don't get started in party planning, Maddy and Libby aren't going to have a 2nd birthday party. Well, that isn't entirely true, but I was so far ahead of the game last year.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pondering

Someone told me today that I remind them of one of the Real Housewives, or maybe it was Desperate housewives. I don't know.

But, they didn't tell me which one. Then I was afraid to ask.

I'm going to rule out Orange County, because I think they're all blonde.

I'm going to rule out Atlanta, because I'm not black, nor do I wear a blonde wig.

So that narrows it down to NYC, New Jersey, or the Desperate ones




Who could it be? I don't see it, but I know there's a few that I would love to look like, and a couple that I secretly pray I don't look like.
Today, I looked like a Real Mom of Twins. This was because I looked down on my shirt to see Maddy's antibiotic stained on my shirt, as well as on my jeans, and on my watch. How do you think she liked her medicine? Yep, that much. My hair was frizzy from getting out in the rain without an umbrella, because there's no good way to push a double stroller and hold and umbrella. I also had some reddish stain on my chin that I still have no idea what it was. Ink? Strawberries? Who knows!?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Long day

I knew it was going to be a long day when I was woken up from a dead sleep at 11PM, around 3AM, and again around 5AM.

First time was Libby who lost her paci's. I need to figure out if we're really giving our paci's away next month. Gulp. I said this was going to happen at age 2. Now guess who's becoming a big ol wimp?

Second time was Maddy. She had a fever when she woke up from her nap on Sunday afternoon and she was warm again. A quick temperature check confirmed 102 in the ear, so Motrin and some rocking with Dad was in order.

Third time was Maddy again who had lost her paci's. Common theme around here.

So now it's 8:20 AM and everyone in the house is snoozing except for me.

Needless to say, I'm taking my first "sick" day at work and I've only been there a month. I'm keeping both girls home from school even though Libby wasn't showing any symptoms. So far. I'm wondering what her forehead is going to feel like when she finally wakes up.

Wish us luck!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Favorite childhood books

Kelly's Korner is doing a post about your favorite childhood books. I have always been a huge reader and my Mom took me to the library every week to check out books. I was also that geeky kid who was on a team for "Battle of the Books" and I correctly answered the question for our team to win the competition. The question was "What was the main character's name in Sounder?" and the answer was "He was never named and always referred to as "the boy." I will always remember reading as one of my favorite past times. It still is, but my time is a little more limited these days.



So, here are a few of my childhood favorites ...


Good Night Moon


The Country Bunny and the Golden Slippers


Amelia Bedelia


Anything by Richard Scarry


Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


Where the Wild Things Are


Anything by Judy Blume


Ramona Quimby, Age 8.


The Velveteen Rabbit


Harry the Dirty Dog

No Roses for Harry

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Bridge to Terabithia

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Where the Red Fern Grows

I could go on and on, and on.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Random Thursday Ramblings

Maybe that's what I should rename by blog, since it's all pretty random, isn't it?

* A little update on Mom ... some of her blood work levels were off last week so they didn't give her a chemo treatment, but she did have a treatment yesterday. 4 down, 8 to go! She is also on a blood pressure medicine that lowers her sodium levels. Even though low sodium sounds good, it's not when it comes to chemo. So her Dr. is trying to manage this so she can still take her meds, but also receive chemo. Mom said that she is starting to lose her hair and when it was windy on Tuesday, she said it was actually blowing away in the wind. A sweet friend gave me scarves that her Mom had used and I mailed them off to my Mom yesterday. It was great to be able to recycle these, and my Mom hopes that she can do the same.

* We almost had a pink eye episode yesterday. One of Libby's teachers noticed that her eye looked a little red and swollen. It looked better after her nap, but I called the nurse anyway. She didn't think it was pink eye based on what I told her, but just to keep an eye on it and flush her eye with warm water in case she had gotten dirt lodged in her eye. With as much pollen as we've had lately, I wouldn't be surprised if if it was just a reaction to all that's blooming.

* To run or not to run. A girl from my running group sent an email about a Friday morning 5:30 run. Ugh. I ran today at 6AM and am trying to decide if I want to do a long run tomorrow and get it out of the way before the weekend.

Pros: It's going to be in the 90's over the weekend and I would have it over with before it's hot.
Cons: I would have to get up at the crack of dawn to leave my house by 5:15.
Decisions, decisions.

* I haven't technically started training for the 3-Day. I actually start a half marathon training program on Monday, so I need to ask my Coach how to include some walking and transition to all walking before the 3-Day. I know one thing I'll need are at least 2 pairs of shoes to do the walk in that I can break in before the event. I've heard different theories about how to do this, but most have said that they trained in one pair, but had 1-2 other pairs that they wore that weekend. I love Brooks for my running shoes, but used to wear New Balance for walking. Look at these awesome Lace Up For the Cure shoes and clothing that they carry! They even have personalized ones so you can let everyone know who you're walking for.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

That's my girl ...

It was "strawberry day" at our local Farmer's Market on Saturday, so we came home with over a gallon of fresh berries. As much as we love to eat them, I knew I had a few too many so I decided to make some strawberry bread instead of freezing them.


The recipe made two loaves so I took one to Maddy and Libby's school for the teachers and other students to enjoy at snack time. Well, I ended up with half the loaf leftover at the end of the day, so I put it on the counter with the other loaf.


When I came home from work, the girls had just woken up from their nap. Maddy was still a little sleepy and grumpy, so I was giving her a little snuggle time and Libby was standing in the kitchen.


I looked over and saw a sight that I never expected to see.


Libby had pulled the loaf of bread off the counter, unwrapped it, and proceeded to chow down. I promise that we do feed her!


I had to laugh and I also had to take a photo. I'm used to our dog's doing this, but I wasn't quite ready for my children. Oh, and no idea why her shirt was off. Lately, they have been in a routine of removing clothing whenever possible. It makes for fun mornings!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

I found this quote about Motherhood and it really hit home.

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” - Rajneesh.

So true. I really had no idea how I would react to being a mother. While I always knew I wanted children, I wasn't one of those women who was baby-crazy for years prior to getting pregnant. When the time was right and it happened, I was thrilled, but I still had 33 weeks and 2 days of apprehension about what kind of mother I would be.


I do remember getting to hold Maddy the night she was born and something changed in me. I don't know how to explain it, but I felt something shift. Her small, warm body just fit on my chest and I think I could have stayed like that forever. Almost equally as hard as leaving both of my babies in the NICU when I was discharged from the hospital, I couldn't hold Libby the first night she was born as she was hooked up to a CPap machine.

Some days, I still wonder what kind of mother I am. I strive to be good, kind, caring, funny, compassionate, honest, and loving. Some days, I think I'm doing well to achieve one of those qualities each day, and some days I feel like I'm just getting by with the basics in a day. But, when bedtime rolls around, and I say goodnight to two sweet little girls, I know that there is no better job in this world than being a Mother.

So, Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mom's out there. Today, I'm thinking about my Mom in particular. I have wonderful memories of racing down the grocery store aisles with my Mom pushing the cart and me riding, weekly trips to our library and being allowed to check out as many books as I could take, Mom's grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade applesauce, and chocolate chip cookies, Christmas mornings, and seeing my Mom the night Maddy and Libby were born.

I'm also thinking about three special friends who have had to deal with the loss of a child, the loss of a Mom, and the hope of becoming a Mom. A, J, and K, you are in my thoughts today!



Mother's Day 2010
Maddy was ready to pose.

Keeping it real with Libby. Not interested in photos. At all.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Lemon-Aid

One of my friends, Allison has a son who has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Instead of sitting back and watching, she and her family have set out to help find a cure for this disease. This is just one of the events and fundraising efforts that they have held in the past two years. Other events have included a 10K race and a series of birthday parties all held to raise funds for Duchenne. They raised over $50,000 through special events last year and have no plan of stopping.

One such event that is being held is called Lemon-Aid. It's a special fundraiser that you can read more about here. If you are in the area, or know anyone in the area, please encourage them to participate. You can also participate by linking your own Lemon-Aid stand to fundraise.

Like so many others, I was touched by their story and I wanted to share the impact that Allison is making on so many lives and one in particular, her son.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Teaching bad habits

Hubby snapped a few photos this morning and said it needed to go on the blog. Maybe he did that so I would stop posting photos of my feet and writing about pants.

This was Maddy and Libby at breakfast this morning. You will notice that they were both checking their phones for any important text messages, emails, or funny Facebook statuses that may have come through overnight.

They love these phones and while we have at least 3 toy phones, these are still the ones they want. I think it's the same with "real" keys ... the toy keys just aren't the same. Probably because the toy keys don't cause Mom's car alarm to go off early in the morning. We finally relinquished these phones, took out the batteries, and most days they leave our Blackberry's alone.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

White jeans

I bought my first pair of white jeans earlier this year and I'm a little obsessed with them. I want to pair them with every bright top I own, and I'm on the hunt for turquoise blue to wear with them. I know this probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but this is my first pair of white jeans and probably my second pair of white pants that I've ever owned. I think my other white pants were maternity. I'm almost 40, um scratch that ... I'm over 35.

A little background ...

My parents were friends with a couple and the wife always wore white pants that were about a size too tight. Growing up, I can remember my Mom talking about this woman and her tight, white pants. I guess subliminally, it did a number on me to steer clear of this purchase.

I have made it through most of the day and they are surprisingly still clean. Today involved getting children in and out of car seats, getting a big stroller out of the back of my car, holding children who may or may not be dirty, petting black dogs, and general work/household related activities.

I am probably testing the proverbial waters by wearing them to celebrate Cinco de mayo tonight. Salsa! Guacamole! Black beans! Oh, the many things that Oxiclean may end up removing later. Not to mention that y'all already know that I don't dry my jeans and it should also be known that I also wash them in cold.

Let's say a little prayer that I don't come home looking like a 3rd grader after a good day on the playground.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Check me out

I was asked to be one of the featured runners over at 500 in 2010, so please stop by and pay them a visit. My feature is up today.

If you want to join the virtual "race", it's not too late. We are all running or walking towards completing at least 500 miles this year.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Documenting

No, this isn't like my documentation posts of 2008!

I'm wondering what others do to document the lives of their children and family. I read a lot of blogs, so of course that is one way that I do help document. But, this blog isn't all about Maddy and Libby so while it will serve as a way for me to remember the daily happenings, it will also include a mix of running, the dogs, and whatever nonsense was on my mind that particular day.

I do have a baby book for each of my daughters and a slew of photos, but most are still on the computer, besides a few small photo albums. I keep a notebook on my nightstand that I try to write in every few days, or every few weeks with updates, funny stories, or new developments. I also started a blog just for them, but I realized that it's been over a year since I've updated it.

I'm not a scrapbooker, so I don't really think I'll get started on a new hobby.

I am considering doing photo books for each year of their life so I can include photos and some text to capture the highlights. I just don't want to look back in 5 years and realize that I can't remember when they crawled, or when they cut their 1st tooth, or that I can't find my favorite photos of them when they were two months old. As any Mom knows, it's hard enough to remember the happenings of one child, but when you throw two into the mix, it's easy to get the specifics confused.

Any good recommendations on websites for photo books, or any other neat services out there that you are using? Any other neat ways that you document?

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Full circle

It's amazing how life takes you full circle.

My parents have owned by Grandmother's house since she passed away over ten years ago. It sat empty for a while, then they decided to rent it. It has housed several wonderful families and a couple of not so wonderful families.



My parents decided that it is time to sell and they officially listed it earlier this week. They have worked tirelessly on painting, sanding, and updating. They refinished the very cool metal kitchen cabinets, stripped the old lady textured wallpaper in the dining room, and have really done a great job on the house.

It is still amazing to me to see the photos of my Meme's tiny kitchen and remember that she hosted family Thanksgiving dinners for 20+ people in that kitchen. Even more amazing is that she had no dishwasher. I also remember hand washing a lot of pieces of china in that tiny kitchen with my Mom, Aunt, and cousins.

She had a baby grand piano for a while, so I would go to her house every afternoon so I could practice. I remember having one of my birthday parties at her house, going next door to see her neighbor's beautiful garden, riding my bike up and down her street, and sitting on her sofa reading my Mom's high school annuals, and looking at my Grandmother's scrapbooks. She often hosted her bridge club on Sunday afternoons, and she liked to sit in the front room and keep an eye on the happenings of the neighborhood. She always kept her cosmetics in the bathroom, so I would often leave smelling like Mary Kay or wearing bright red lipstick.

My Mom and her two sisters grew up in this house so I know it's hard on my Mom as well. I think my Mom and I just hope that Meme's not looking down on us throwing a fit that her house has a for sale sign in it!