Monday, March 31, 2008

Johnny Depp Monday

I didn't think I would like this movie, but I LOVED it!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

What a Great Night!

Last night we were going to go out to dinner like we normally do on Fridays, but no one but Vivi was up for it. We decided to spend a quiet evening at home. Matt went and picked up a pizza and the girls and I played "Monster" on the bed. We sat around on the living room floor eating pizza and watching High School Musical 2 on the Disney Channel (for the millionth time). After the movie was over we played a couple of games of Disney DVD Bingo which Vivi won 4 out of 5. She was so cute! Every time a character popped up on the screen, she would tell us whether or not they were nice or bad and then she would look at her board and announce whether she had it or or not. After the 5th game, the girls went into my room and laid on the bed watching cartoons and Matt and I bought a movie on Pay-Per-View. We watched "Into The Wild" and it was wonderful!!!

Tonight, we hope to go out to dinner. A friend of mine told me about this family restaurant that serves huge pots of homemade soups to your table when you first walk in. We LOVE soup. Then I am hoping we can play another game and watch Toy Story. That was Emerson's favorite movie when she was Vivi's age and Vivi hasn't seen it yet. But whatever we do, we always have fun together.

Friday, March 28, 2008

She Can Start College in Diapers, Right, What’s The Big Deal?

Boy, do I hate potty training!!!!! Not that I’m a big fan of changing diapers either, but I really hate potty training. As hard as I try, I just can’t get the hang of it and Vivi isn’t helping at all.

Now, it’s been about 6 years since we potty trained Emerson and I really don’t recall it being this difficult. Emerson took to the potty like a duck to water. We started at age 2 and were pretty casual about it until she got close to 3 and then we doubled our efforts. By her third birthday, it was all about the panties.

Vivi is another breed of cat! It seems that she has no problem going on the potty at other people's houses, it’s just our house that she has the exception with. Both daycare (when she was going) and my mother-in-law tell me how she stayed dry all day and went on the potty each time she had to go and was so good about it. At home, I have to actually show Vivi that there is a potty for her. It goes a little something like this;

Mommy: Vivi, do you have to go on the potty?

Vivi: Where the potty???

Mommy: It’s in the bathroom where it’s always been.

Vivi (walking into the bathroom): I no seeeeee iiiiittt!!!!!!

Mommy (going into the bathroom after her pointing out the little potty): It’s right here!! Let's try to go on the potty, Please??

Vivi: Not yet!

10 minutes later.

Vivi: Mommy, you change me, Vivi got poopoos.

Big girls panties are no motivation either, she just wears them over her diaper.

When we are out she tells us that she has to go to the bathroom. After we take her in there, she informs us that she doesn’t need to use the facilities; she just wanted to see the bathroom.

I am about at my wits end. I once met a child who refuse to use the potty and then couldn’t get into Kindergarten!!! Now I'm scare to death! What if Vivi never goes on the potty???? How big do they make diapers???

I guess we would never have to worry about her staying out too late on a date. In my experience, if a girl craps her pants, the date is usually over.

I have one more card up my sleeve; we are going to Disney World in April. And as a friend told me, THERE ARE NO DIAPERS AT DISNEY!! I really hope it works, for her sake. No one wants a smelly homecoming queen.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

For The Love of All That is Holy... NOT THE FACE!!!!!

Matt must have got my not so subtle hint. When I got home last night both girls were at the sink washing dishes. Not necessarily what I had in mind, but who am I to argue. When they were done they went to take the dog for a walk. Not being dog owners, (we are babysitting this dog) sometime we forget to grab the baggie for the poopie. Last night was no exception so Matt gave Emerson the leash while he ran inside to get the baggie. Normally this is not a problem because Indiana (the dog) is very good but he's also very strong.

Just as Matt was walking inside, Indiana spotted another dog and took off!! He pulled Emerson right off her feet and dragged her a little across the sidewalk until she finally let go. When she stood up, her face was all bloody!!! I cleaned her up and assessed the damage. She had a gash on her chin and that's where the blood was coming from and she had what looked like road rash on her upper cheekbone and her eyelid. I applied pressure to her chin and gave her a bag of frozen blueberries in a flannel pillowcase to apply to her cheek. Alas, the chin would not stop bleeding so we took to the immediate care center.

My poor baby needed to get 2 stitches in her chin and she didn't even cry once!!!! They bandaged up her chin and cheek and sent us on our way. She looks like she went a couple of rounds with Mike Tyson, but she'll be fine. She just loves the attention that she gets from everyone.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Not Quite June Cleaver

This week Matt took off of work because Emerson is out on spring break and Vivi got kicked out of daycare a couple of weeks ago. (Because of too many kids, not because of her behavior) We are also babysitting my boss's dog this week, so this was excellent timing.

Now in my vast, overactive imagination I had fantasies that my house would be clean and there would be a different project done each day. Matt also had these fantasies, over the weekend he brought up painting and cleaning and fixing up the joint.

This is what happened last night in reality..

I got home a little early because we had our monthly meeting at Sylvan. I had mentioned this meeting and the time a couple times to Matt. You would think that the children would be dressed and ready to go. No. Vivi was dressed but Emerson was still in her pajamas with Popsicle all down the front. (Which I think she wore when they walked the dog, but I didn't ask)

I walked into the bedroom and there was chocolate and Popsicle all over the bed!!!!

Where were the string of pearls and high heels that Matt was suppose to be wearing???

Where was the ice cold martini that should have been waiting for me??

NOTHING!!!!! Matt is no kind of "housewife"!!! I even asked him about dinner and he told me that he hadn't thought about it yet.

In his defense, staying home is not for the weak hearted. Those kids can gang up on you and everything can get pretty overwhelming. Sometimes the day just slips away.

We'll see how he does tonight, I'll keep you posted

Monday, March 24, 2008

Johnny Depp Monday

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter!!


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Big Night on TV

Last night was a huge night on TV for me.

First I got to watch my new favorite show, The Real Housewives of New York City.

I love this show because it goes to show that money can't buy class.

Then the season premiere of The Riches was on.

You gotta love con artist travelers who stole identities and are trying to sustain the American Dream!! Those are some skills that they don't teach in school. (Thank Goodness)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My New Bag to Lug My Stuff Around

Now that I am trying my hardest to eat better, I have to carry around a ton of stuff. All kinds of smoothies and water and snacks. So, I bought a bag from my friend Casi. She is incredibly talented!!! She has a website and can make all kinds of custom bags for you out of your favorite t-shirt if you want. Here is the one that I bought this last weekend.

Isn't it adorable?!!

Her website is

Check it out, all of her bags are really cute and original!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Johnny Depp Monday

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I am a reader. In fact I devour books. I have read 3 (wonderful) 500 page books in the last 2 week. I end up staying up way too late to finish a chapter only to start a new one and push bedtime back even more. My favorite time of the week is when Emerson goes to Sylvan for 2 hours on Saturday. I get my Caribou, put on my Zune, and read in the waiting room.

I buy my books, I don’t know why, but I don’t like the library. I read books over and over, so I am able to justify the expense. I also buy a lot of my books at the used book store and they are usually only a couple of bucks.

Every once in a while, an author that I like writes a new one, or I read a review in a magazine about a book and I have to have it.

That’s what happened a couple of weeks ago, I read a review about a book and I ran out and bought it, IN HARDCOVER no less.

The book is called “Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher” by Lenore Hart.


Now I have read “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” And the summer of 2006, we took a trip to Hannibal, MO. We toured the cave, walked the streets of the town, and went to Mark Twain’s house, Becky’s House and Huck’s House. We learned a lot on that trip and that made this book even more special to me. I could picture in my mind the town and the river just as I had seen it.

Here are a few pictures of our trip. (I can’t believe how much the girls have grown!!)

he first one is Mark Twain's house. He is actually Tom Sawyer. The second one is Huck Finn's house, he was loosely based on a kid named Tom Blankenship.

This is Becky Thatcher's house, her real name was Laura Hawkins.

This one is self-explanatory. (Man, my hair is long!!)

This is the infamous cave that Tom and Becky got lost in.

The next book I am starting is called Tunnels and it's suppose to be Harry Potter-esque.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Healthier Me

I really got to start eating better. We eat like our parents are away for the weekend. So, I have decided to do a 30 day challenge that some other bloggers are doing. It’s the green smoothie challenge.

I know what you’re thinking, I was too... GROSS!!! But I’m here to tell you, they are so good!!!!

This one has red and green grapes, pineapple, melon, and baby spinach. I started yesterday and I can’t believe how much energy I had all day. I was able to clean my kitchen AND make dinner. Usually, I can’t muster enough energy after a long day to do one, let alone both.

I will keep everyone updated on how it’s going.

BTW, this sports bottle is actually the top of my new smoothie maker. You just fill it up, put it on and press the button. So easy!!!
Update on the Finger: It's broken, so digging around in it with a needle probably wasn't the best solution.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Johnny Depp Monday

I Love this Movie!!!

Friday, March 7, 2008


I went to the doctor last night after I picked up Emerson from my dad’s house. They took and x-ray of my finger and decided that it might not be broken. The Radiologist has to look at the x-rays today. In the meantime, they brought me an ibuprofen AND THEN SOME REALLY BIG NEEDLES!!!!!!!! The doctor and the nurse, in their infinite wisdom, decided that they are going to poke at my finger to release some pressure. My reaction to this was “THE HELL YOU ARE!!” But I was out voted. They coaxed Emerson out of the room with stickers and as soon as she closed the door, BAM! In went the needle and out came quite a few choice words. Not to mention the tears.

Now here’s where it gets bad, so if you have a queasy stomach, stop reading now.

Apparently, what is suppose to happen is that as soon as the needle goes in, a great geyser of blood is suppose to come out and I am suppose to thank the doctor for relieving the pain. That didn’t happen, so she dug around a bit. The Nurse held my other arm so I didn’t slug the doctor. When nothing appeared, the doctor suggested that we use a bigger needle. That’s when I got up to leave. They sat me back down with promises that they won’t jab me anymore. But they told me that if the nail turns black I have to come back. I mutter under my breathe something about hell freezing over.

They wrapped my finger up in a way so that if there is any blood, it might squeeze out. My pinkie looks like a trailer hitch.

And then, and this is my favorite part, the doctor told me that because she was digging around my finger, my blood will probably become infected. So, she prescribed some antibiotics.

I called today to see if my x-ray has been read and to see if I could get something a little better for the pain. The 2 ibuprofen every 4 hours is not cutting it. I was up all night long with the throbbing.

At least the bandage is Cubbie Blue.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

OOHHHH, That's Smarts!!!!

Last night at bowling I got my pinky finger crushed in between two balls. And this is what it looks like this morning. The consensus is that I either broke the tip of my finger or that it is a huge blood blister. Either case, I have to go to the doctor tonight. I really should quit bowling, it seems to be hazardous to my health.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


If it’s not bad enough that Emerson wants to spend all of her time on the computer playing with her Webkinz, she now has her father completely addicted!!

It all started when Emerson and Vivi both got their first Webkin from my father for Christmas. Emerson didn’t know that there was a whole internet world that went with these things until she went back to school after winter break. Then we were in trouble!!!! She has set up house for these things and goes on every night to play games to earn more money to go shopping for stuff for the houses. It’s a vicious cycle!! Vivi has no interest in playing the games, she just wants to sit in the same chair with Emmy and watch her play. She just likes to play with the stuffed animals.

A couple of times we have had to drag Emerson away from the computer to get her to go to bed or take a bath. On those occasions, Matt slipped into the computer chair and he has helped Emerson get a few more points. Now he’s addicted!!! He asked me last night if I thought it would be ok if he set Vivi up with an account and he could “adopt” her Webkin and that way he could play with that one instead of Emerson’s.

He now has Rufus the dog and all I hear is “Daddy!!! It’s my turn to play!!”

Honest to Blog, I am going to lose my mind!!! These are way worse than those Tamogochis!!!!!

Family Fun Day

This past weekend we went to the Aquarium. We had loads of fun but I gotta say, it was really hot in there!!! Here are some pictures. Some of them are pretty dark because you can't use the flash. After that we went to dinner where Emerson wanted to go because this week was her choice.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Johnny Depp Monday