Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Old Fashioned


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

Not as high as Aaron, but good enough for me dang it!

I am wondering if wearing red nail polish would add a point for me, or if that would take one away....hmmmmm......

Now I want to see Aaron do the wife test for me and see how is scoring of me compares!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

What I want to know

is who gave this child permission to grow up?

Malia got her hair cut yetserday, and while I love it and it looks adorable, it makes her look older! We also found out on Tuesday that she now needs glasses, and while she picked out some great frames-they too make her look older! I'm slightly afraid of the combination when the glasses arrive in a couple of days....

It's a good thing I have a baby to cushion this one growing up. What in the world will I do when my youngest baby is the one who is 10 and looking older and bugged with us for not letting them go to the school choir concert instead of being home with the fam....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ok, ok, just ONE more time!

And only because you were asking for it Dawn and Lisa! : )

Really, how could I NOT share these??

Proven ways to remove Sharpie

Just in case you were wondering.

1-Pink Eraser. Really. Thank goodness.

2-Germ-X/Purel; Be warned, this may also remove paint, so this works best on, oh, say, the fridge, linoleum floor, etc. Although it also works pretty on fake wood furniture (think Sauder).

3-Dry Erase Marker; I know, who'd have thought? Again with the whole paint/furniture finish thing, so best for other hard surfaces. Color the dry erase marker right on top of the sharpie and wipe it off. Default to Germ-X/Purel if it's stubborn.

If all else fails, try a combination of all three. Good Luck.

Unless it's fabric, then you're just out of luck.

Or the bathroom door, in which case I'm gonna have to just suck it up and paint- since this is how we learned that Germ-X also removes paint. Go figure.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A little bit more to love

(since apparently I have an issue with keeping her blog updated despite dozens of pictures)

What a nice Monday surprise!

If you aren't familiar with Old Town Imports, you should be! Especially if you live around here! If you're not local and have no idea who I'm referring to, check out the Old Town Imports website.

Their things are gorgeous!

My mom has a number of their pieces, and it seems that no matter what they are used for the just really make everything look amazing. She emailed me about their warehouse store and their new blog not too long ago. I check out the blog when I can, and keep hoping to find a free day (sans kiddos) to make it back to their store again. Well, the blog checking has paid off!

I won this:

Yay! Do you not just love that?!

The way today has turned out to REALLY be a Monday made it even sweeter. Merry Christmas to me. : )

Friday, December 12, 2008

I love...

darn cute chubby little fingers.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Happy Birthday!

To my best friend, my love, my favorite person.

Aaron turns 29 again today for the 8th time. (that would be 36 for those not big on math)

What does one say about the person who means more to them than anything? I don't even know. Is that bad? I think it would be more appropriate to say that there are no words to express my thoughts on my wonderful husband, my gratitude for the endless sacrifices he makes for me and for the kids, the joy he brings me just by being there.

Maybe it is sufficient to say that my favorite thing to do is just to be with him. Whether it's working in the yard, the months (years?) we spent finishing the basement, having him watch movies in the room with me while I go through my randomly occurring need to paint, or our favorite default date night. So to my love, thanks for not complaining that the office has more fabric in it than anything else, for letting me have so many babies, for never oinking at me, for giving the best foot massages EVER, for supporting me in my crazy endeavors, for staying up late while I read-just because I'm still awake, for enjoying the fact that I eat twice as much as you do, for buying me unconventional gifts, for letting me paint our room yellow, for always pushing me a little bit further when I'm ready to quit, for laughing so hard at swordfish that it makes me giggle just thinking about it, for being fun, exciting, passionate about everything you do, and for dancing in a Mr Incredibles suit. Good times.

Here's to a Freschetta and Redbox.

As the family calendar, I was reminding the kids that today was Aaron's birthday as they got ready for the day. Since we've been trying really hard to get them to be more responsible as far as keeping their rooms clean, this was then followed by me asking, "What do you think dad would appreciate the most for his bday?"

In the generic kid voice extolling the feelings of "I know the answer but don't want to do it" I hear a chorus of:

"A clean house"

"And what else?"

3 of the 5 answered "Obedient children" in the same enthusiastic droll. Lincoln's mouth was full so he didn't answer, but the most intriguing was Jacob's answer that could be heard above the other three mumbling "obedient children."

Jacob's thought?

"A Gun!! I'll get dad a gun! "

Ok then son.

Sorry babe, the Cx4 Storm just wasn't in the budget this year. Maybe for Valentines Day.

I Love you!! Happy Birthday!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Yes, Mymby! It's here!

What is Mymby? My new little baby. (No, I'm not pregnant again. Although I did get asked this week. great.)

Remember that project I mentioned I'd been working on? Well, I'm a little slower than I had hoped, but I'm not putting it off any longer! After dabbling in custom orders for the past couple of years, I decided I'd start putting a little more together and getting it out there. So here it is! Those of you who live close also know how talented Rheanna is, she has joined me to graced us with a few of her projects as well!

And now the good part.

Everyone loves a giveaway! So what better way to start something new than with a giveaway?

Check out the Mymby homepage HERE to get in on it. Nothing like bribery to help spread the word, right? : ) Check out "The Mymby Goods" listed on the left hand side to peruse the various offerings currently available, or use your imagination for you own project! And yes, capes for boys are coming soon too!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Check please!

Big fat reality check that is.
Do you ever have those moments where everything comes screaming at you in super speed? Kind of like in a movie and it's a big picture that zooms right in tight on someone's face?

I don't like those moments.

Well, I do when they turn out well.

I got an unsettling call from our pediatrician a couple of weeks ago. We had taken Jacob in to have some huge lymph nodes checked out. His throat was pretty darn awful looking, so we did a strep test, but since that was negative, he wanted to do a blood test just to rule out a few other things. He wondered about EBV, and joked about the possibility of TB since we're known for wild vacations to Honduras and we have an exotic South American maid. (ha ha) He then mentioned that it could come from a cat scratch as well, and since Jacob-despite his allergies-has a fondness for picking up the neighbor's cat on the way to and from school, we thought we'd check TB just to be safe. Being the great dr that he is, he did one of his rare in-office blood draws so that we could avoid the whole lab at the hospital. (it's a small office, just him, so he doesn't do a ton of extras there in his office on a regular basis)

It was a little surprising then when my phone rang the very next day and I was greeted with, "Well, the good news is that it looks like we can pretty safely rule out leukemia." Pardon?? "Yep, thankfully his CBC came back perfect, so that's great!" Well I should say so. Thankfully it was a gentle little smack in the face. I can't imagine what it would have been had he been sharing the opposite news. It also made me glad that he hadn't mentioned that before the blood draw.

Today we found ourselves back in his office again, this time for Charlotte's 4 month check up. We still hadn't heard back on the EBV screen, so I asked him about it while we were there. He went and gathered everything and proceeded to go over all of the labs with me. Everything looks absolutely perfect, all of the screens came back negative. Yay! But as I was reveling in the good news, I had a bit more news of the sobering type. I could actually see the relief on the dr's face as he turned to me and said, "you know, I'm really very very glad that his cbc came back so good. I was really quite positive that it wasn't going to. I was preparing for the very worst, I was quite certain that's what we were facing."


Yes, it was unnerving to find a number of lumps in the side of my 5yr old's neck, especially just weeks after my brother-in-law underwent surgery for very invasive cancer that was discovered through a lump in his neck. I suppose the possibility of the worst always crosses your mind, but like every other parent, I instantly began hoping for, and thinking only of, the very best. I realize that, sadly, not everyone gets the news that we did. I ache for those parents who are faced with the other side of what test results bring. I can't imagine how that must feel, and pray I never will know that.

So tonight I find myself extremely grateful for this and other recent events that are a very specific reminder that prayers are answered. It may not always be exactly when or how we might think they should be, sometimes we luck out and it goes that way, but even when it doesn't happen in our time frame or how we might have wanted it, it still happens. Don't ever doubt that.