Saturday, December 31, 2011
Well, I did OK on some parts.
1. I did keep running ~ 428 ish miles this year and I ran two half's with a new PR of 2:09, a 5 miler, 5k, and 10k too.
2. Simplify/less stress. Hmmmm, not so sure if I accomplished this one.
3. Something just for me. Does President of the Junior League count? The bikram yoga or photography classes sure didn't happen.
4. Job that I love. Still trying - have a good contract job now, but it will end in Feb. sigh. Maybe I'm not meant to work ... too bad that income thing gets in the way.
5. Better mommy/wife/friend - I think I'm batting about a 50/50 here and it depends on the day.
I think the word busy sums up 2011. I truly don't know what happened to the month of November and I keep trying to remind myself to slow down, breathe, and enjoy, but it doesn't always happen.
Our overall job situation was iffy. And stressful. And frustrating. Hopeful for new beginnings in 2012 on that part.
So, looking ahead to 2012.
1. Run a marathon. Ok, so there it is. In print. On the internet. Here goes nothing.
2. Run a 2:05 half marathon.
Can I just repeat #'s 2-5 for this year?
Possibly add a "figure out what the heck to do with this blog" resolution. Running? Toddlers? I don't talk as much about love or Labradors anymore. The big dogs are still around and still enjoying snacking off low tables, cleaning the floors after dinner, sunbaths, and belly rubs.
Looking forward to continuing to declutter/de-Christmasfy the house. I have 4 trash bags ready to take to the Bargain Box thrift store and hoping to tackle the tree and decorations tomorrow.
So, here's to 2012! Happy New Year! Bring on 2012.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
My parents arrived and we decided that it might be pretty to put it up in our living room, especially since you can see that room from our street.
Mom pulled out the old school colored lights (small and large) and went to town.
Sigh. I really do love this time of year ... just wish that we all had time to slow down and enjoy it - a lesson I am trying to learn.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
I was helping Libby get dressed when Maddy walked in the room, carrying something pink.
"Mommy, what's this?" she asked.
I looked down and said, "Well, that would be a pregnancy test."
"I like it. It's pink."
I told her to take it to Daddy.
Pause for about 10 seconds and in walked Hubby with a strange look on his face.
"Surprise!" I yelled and he may have mumbled something about an immaculate conception, but that's a post for another day.
Yes, I would be the nerd who saved my pregnancy test(s) from when I found out I was pregnant with Maddy and Libby. I promise, honey. Double pinky swear promise.
I will say that Maddy's timing is impressive. This week, four years ago, I took that exact test and was shocked and amazed to look down and see a pink plus sign.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Just turn that knife in my heart, honey.
So, I am thankful for daughters that remind me to give hugs, kisses, and wiggles (eskimo kisses).
I am also thankful for the ability to run. It keeps me sane and healthy.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Some days, I really don't know what I would do without my running buddies. When our night before a run emails are going around and I hear rain in the forecast, am getting home at 10 pm, and have no desire to hear my alarm go off at 5:05 AM, they remind me that I really do want to go.
Sure, I don't love getting up that early, but I love the accomplishment, the camradarie and how great I feel when it's through.
So, here's to a two-a-day on Thursday and another 12 miler on Saturday.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Monday, July 04, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Yes, and on dry clean only pants.
Yes, I had just asked her two minutes earlier if she needed to potty.
We are about a week away from their 3rd birthday. I know everyone says that they'll potty-train when they are ready, but I'm beginning to wonder when that is.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
As I listed to his sermon today, I cried. I thought about hearing him preach for the first time, meeting with him during our pre-marriage counseling sessions, the night of our rehearsal dinner, the beautiful sermon he gave on our wedding day, how we consoled us and prayed with us when Maddy and Libby were in the NICU, and provided us with uplifting messages when we needed them and when we thought we didn't.
Everyone around us was crying and it was almost surreal seeing grown men sob over what so many would see as a promotion and a time of congratulations.
He told us to always remember the mission of our church and that did ring true with me. You have to always go back to the basics and that is true for so many things. Relationships, parenting, houses, exercise, clothes, food, etc.
Yes, our church won't be the same without him, but his twelve years of service have made so many remarkable changes, but I will remember the basics.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Life in a nutshell ...
Busy time as President-Elect for the Junior League: writing a speech, giving a speech, preparing a board retreat, lots of meetings, burning up the phone, traveling to Philly, and trying to make time for some strategic/big picture thinking.
Working part-time ... from home, thank goodness.
The girls are amazing. Growing up. Almost 3. Independent, funny, sweet, communicating, lots of pretend-play, hugs and kisses, tantrums and foot stomping. Typical almost 3 year old behavior.
We had a busy weekend ... pool, yard work, church, coffee, run with friends, burgers on the grill, seasonal summer beers, popsicles in the freezer. Lots of fun and much needed.
Hopefully, I can get back in the swing of this soon. I miss writing, but often find myself with nothing to write about, so I just read more blogs.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Things were going well ... we had a couple of accidents, and things were starting to click,and they had both gone in the potty several times. I bought some MnM's, had an arsenal of stickers, and decided to do a load of laundry.
It was fine until the washing machine stopped working. In the midst of potty training twins? Really?
Turns out that one mardi gras necklace in the drain of your washer will cause your washer not to work, will cost you $129 and will cause you to halt potty training.
So, after catching up on laundry, we've picked it back up over the weekend and the girls have been doing so great. I think they each earned 3-4 MnM's today, had a couple of accidents a piece, but are so excited for one another when they "go."
My babies really are growing up.
Monday, March 21, 2011
I was checking out Lands End Canvas to see what is new for Spring, but I think this definitely fits my rule of "If I wore this style more than a decade ago, just say no." Love the madras, though.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Starbucks grande skim vanilla lattes
Neti Pot sinus relief thingy
Daffodils blooming in my yard
Two two-year-olds that napped from 2-4:30pm
Returned phone calls
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 04, 2011
Today, I looked down to see my flats neatly inserted into a box that contains Maddy and Libby's princess dress up shoes.
This made me smile and wonder what other laughs that Maddy and Libby will provide in the coming years. At least someone thinks that Mommy is a princess.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Ok, parents of potty-trained children, I need your help. I've been afraid to really start this process, but I think it's time to get serious.
Libby (finally) went on the potty last night before her bath and was the proud recipient of lots of applause, hugs, and 2 Elmo stickers. I definitely think I will change stickers to MnM's when we are in serious mode, but right now, I know that I always can find a sticker, even if I'm pulling it off a banana.
So, what else do I need?
I have the children, two potties, two potty seats, big girl panties, and the Patty Potty panties that are super thick. We have 2 hand me down Potty Books and one DVD from a friend, plus the Potty Animals book that seems a little too old for them. It talks more about making sure you shut the toilet seat and I'm just in the going on the potty stage.
Did you have a favorite book or DVD? Pull Ups or No ... what's your opinion? Anything that worked for your family? Moms of multiples, did you train them at the same time or try to get your stronger pottier trained first and hope the second will follow?
I promise that one day I will use this blog for some constructive blogging and not potty training questions. A friend of mine posted today that she misses blogging and I do, too. Just struggling with putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard some days.
Maddy, Libby, and the landfills of North Carolina thank you.
Friday, January 21, 2011
They said the Pledge of Allegiance, actually sat still during circle time (well, most of them), they went on a letter hunt around the room and knew words that started with each of the letters. I was impressed by the teachers and really liked the actual classroom.
They are growing up so much. I just see so many changes and milestones ~ opinions, questions, counting, recognizing colors, reciting ABC's, more questions, sentences, sitting on the potty, helping feed the doggies, lots of "Noooo" and "I do it, I help you", pushing the kitchen stool around to fetch bananas, tomatoes, or what ever else they can find on the counter, more independent play, etc.
I shared this on Facebook, but will have to share it here. Now someone please tell me where my babies have gone.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
At first, they weren't really into them, but as of late, they are slightly obsessed.
These little books are full of pictures and questions that are geared to build your child's vocabulary. Maddy and Libby looove them and are constantly asking to "Read Max." (Max is the main character of the little vignette stories for the one we have.) There are 3 books with pictures on each side, so there are lots of options and you don't get bored reading them over and over.
For example, for the one we have, one picture may show a school room and you ask your child different questions about "where could they hear a story" or "color a picture" and some open-ended like what else can they do at school. The next page will have specific questions about items found in a school classroom, or different activities they do at school.
The one we have is for 2-3 year olds and they go up into the teen years and with different topics. I have been impressed at what questions they could answer on their own, and what they have retained from reading these books.
I just noticed that they have ABC and Counting ones for their age and I think that those may show up for Valentine's Day or Easter.
They are wonderful and may be my new go-to gift for friends. I have seen them locally at Barnes and Noble and also at our local toy store, Toys and Co.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
- I have become slightly obsessed with making smoothies. I'm back on ol' WW, and for 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 a banana, and 1/2 cup ice, it's only 2 points and yummy ... plus, it's dairy and fruit! Yes, I realize that it's 34 degrees outside, but I seriously want one everyday. I feel like I should be adding protein powder, or whey powder, or something to it. Do any of you use protein powder? I know it would make it a little more filling.
- I'm trying a new Cooking Light recipe tonight ... slow cooker meatloaf . It smells really good. I'm just hoping that I didn't screw it up by using cremini mushrooms instead of shiitake.
- Our schools have been closed for 4 days due to the snow that we had on Monday. I think everyone is a little stir crazy and ready for kiddos to get back to a normal schedule. Even Libby has been asking if she was going to get to see one of her classmates today.
- I realize that when I'm driving the huge double-seater shopping cart at the grocery, I look very large and in charge. I promise you that I'm not trying to run you over. Yes, that is directed at you, woman in the soup aisle with the big 1980's eyeglasses.
- My running shoes miss me, or they miss running. I've been working out nearly every day, but have only run 4 miles in the last 2 weeks. I'm hoping to change that soon.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Friday, January 07, 2011
Hmmm, maybe I really was eating half the box for lunch and not admitting it to myself.
I, Susan D. haven't had one yummy goldfish cracker in nearly 5 days. I can count the little achievements, right?
Monday, January 03, 2011
I do want to lose a few pounds and be more healthy (through the cleaner eating, running, exercise, etc.)
Will I stress if I never have a flat stomach again? No. I'll just keep pulling my jeans up over my twin-skin and know that it will be OK.
Hubby has joined a weight loss challenge with some friends, so if one of us is going to be watching what we eat; it's just as easy for both of us.
Plus, I was already paying for my Weight Watchers online membership, I decided to log back into today and use it.
So far, so good. The first day is always hard and it took every smidgen of self control that I had not to eat Maddy and Libby's leftover goldfish. (I didn't.) Hubby and I also did the P90X DVD tonight which was a hard, but good workout.
So, here's to coming clean about my lie-filled resolutions.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
For dinner tonight? Why, they served themselves bananas. Peeled them and ate about 1.5 a piece. The other night? Cherry tomatoes, right out of the bowl. I guess it could be worse. They've also learned to open the refrigerator and have been able to climb enough to reach the higher shelves. Cold macaroni and cheese, grapes, and yogurt have been their choices. Oh and they did grab spoons, too.
It also seems that they wait until I am in the middle of something else - fixing dinner, or grabbing laundry so I'm not paying full attention when they strike. I think outsmarting Mama is their daily job, too.
We have definitely hit the stage of picky eating. Yesterday, I made a pasta salad with sauteed olives, carrots, broccoli, and zucchini, with cheese. Not even one bite and both of them said "No like it." The yogurt at Panera for lunch? "No like it. Mommy eat it."
I know this is a stage and if they eat bananas for dinner, they'll be OK.