Tuesday, November 30, 2010

You would think I never feed him

Charlie does this weird thing where he hides food under his chin as if he is saving it for later. I don't remember when it started, but it is definitely one of his "things". Maybe in his past life he went hungry during the depression? Maybe Ellie steals food from him when I am not looking? Or possibly this is the way his middle child syndrome is manifesting itself?

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dancing around the kitchen

One of our favorite things to do!

YouTube Video

It helps with this:

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  We have had a wonderful day so far.  Just like last year we headed into the city to watch the big parade.  It was awesome. Just like last year, I cried.  Hmm... this year I can't blame it on pregnancy hormones so I guess I'll just chalk it up to magic. We saw all of the floats and balloons. We cheered on Elmo and Sam I Am as they rounded the corner without incident. Frosty, on the other hand, didn't fare so well.  They cut him free from the street light and all was good.  Oh and it snowed.  That pretty much sealed the deal that this is the most perfect day ever.

As soon as we got home Ellie and I got to work on our Thanksgiving feast, while Chris helped out around the kitchen and entertained the boys. I reiterated to her while a woman's place isn't necessarily in the kitchen, it certainly warms your heart to prepare a meal for your family that you know they truly appreciate.

Here are some pictures from our morning.  I'm off to enjoy the family and another mimosa while the turkey finishes up in the oven.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Today I am thankful for Children's Hospital Boston

I can't believe she is going to be five in just a couple of months!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thankful for Jersey Girls

Friday night the kids got some one-on-one time with their dad while I got to go to girl's night out. It was an awesome time. I drank a little and laughed a lot. Okay, maybe I drank a lot and laughed a lot, but who is keeping track?

I have been very fortunate in my almost two years as a Jersey Girl to find such fabulous friends. I've always made friends easily, but the older I get the harder it is.  Luckily, these ladies have grown to love me and my kids. It's hard not having family around, mostly because your family has to come to our rescue and cover your ass when you really need it. These ladies don't have to do it, but they do.

They help in so many ways. One struck up a conversation with me at my first Mom's club event when we had only been living in south Jersey for a few months and I didn't know a soul. One came to my rescue in the middle of the night when I had to take Than to the ER. One picks up Ellie from school when the weather is bad so I don't have to drag the boys out in it.  One will happily take Ellie for the afternoon to get some girly time so I can regain my sanity. They all cooked meals when I came home from the hospital with Than.  They stocked my fridge before I got home from the ER after we realized he had a milk allergy. They share hand-me-downs and Mom advice. They help keep track of my three crazy kids when we are out in public so I can actually participate in adult conversation!

We schedule weekly play dates and check in with each other when our kids are sick.  They invite Hubby, the kids and I to their family functions.  They have made this place feel like home and most importantly they have been my life line.

So, today (almost a week late... I knew I wouldn't be good at the daily thing) I am thankful for my Jersey Girls. Christy, Kelly, Donna, Tracy, & Rachael. Thank you.

Monday, November 8, 2010

I'm thankful... day 1

Ok, so we are about 2 1/2 weeks away from Thanksgiving. I have resisted the urge to put up any Christmas decorations. I am slightly disappointed I can't find a radio station playing Christmas music yet. Yeah for being able to plug my iPhone into the car and play music that way (double yeah for Pandora Kidz Bop Christmas).

Alright, back to Thanksgiving. Since the day isn't all about family and food I figured I'd challenge myself to come up with something I'm thankful for every day until Turkey day.  The challenge won't be to find something I am thankful for because I am certainly blessed, the actual challenge will be getting my butt on here to write it down everyday.

Today, I am thankful for my hubby. He is an extremely hard worker. He wants nothing but the best for our kids. He puts up with my craziness. He is pretty much a saint. I could go on, but if you know him you know what I am talking about, and if you don't know him I don't want to make you puke before dinner. Simply put, he's the best.

Seriously, where would the kids and I be without him?  Certainly not at an uncrowded Target on a week day morning finishing our Christmas shopping.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I Love You

Three little words that mean so much. Today while at Chilli's having lunch, Charlie cuddled up to me and for the first time out of the blue said, "I love you."

I want to remember this day forever.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas Shopping

Today I dragged all three kids out for a two and a half hour session of hard core Christmas shopping. I got about half way through my list. Little girls are just so easy to buy for!  It was a lot of fun and the kids were very cooperative. Of course, Ellie wanted one of everything I bought for someone else. I think I am going to try to go shopping for the kids this weekend or next on my own. I am not going crazy this year. Two or three presents per kid and that's it.  Than will end up with sippy cups or other odds and ends that I really need to buy him because he has to have something to open, right?

Last year we had Christmas morning at my Mom's house with presents from them for the kids. Santa knew we were going to be out of town, so he just left presents under our tree at home for the kids to open when we returned from New England, almost a week and a half later.  It worked out fine, but I am trying to decide how I want to work things this year. I might just have Santa drop their presents off at MiMi's house for Christmas morning.

I have to start thinking about Christmas cards too. I think this year I will have the kids in their Christmas PJ's in front of the Christmas tree. Cute, no?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

5, 4, 3, 2, 1

5 - The number of times I have washed dishes already today. It's not even 3pm.

4 - Art projects completed with Ellie.

3 - Cans of Diet Pepsi consumed. (Bad. I know.)

2 - Simultaneous afternoon napping boys!

1 - Pan of brownies waiting to be eaten, but not until after dinner. I swear. Really.

It's been a good day!