Thursday, July 31, 2008
I can't believe this year is more than half over. Seriously. Soon it will be fall, then freaking Christmas. And lest we forget that there will be a new human being living in my house by then. Ahhhhhhhh! *Running screaming from the house*
We have no plans today (thank Target), although the Kid wants to go to the aquaruim. He told me that before he fell asleep last night. He has been asking for months to go. So we might. There is also a fireman's fair going on the next town over, so we might go to that. I have also been dying to go back to the beach. I have only been once since before he started swim class...and that was in LBI. I really haven't used my $60 badge enough to even pay for itself yet. Ugh. And I bought 2, in case a friend wanted to come. Double ugh.
Well, we'll figure something out, and I hope we just don't stay inside and watch tv all day. We have plenty of time for that when the baby comes and the weather gets cold.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Today was a looooooooong day. I got a lot accomplished, but I am exhausted. The Kid had the Little Gym today and while he was there I went downtown to this awesome little consignment shop. They had a few snap & go strollers that I wanted to look at (I knew b/c we stopped in there real quick before the movie on Monday.) And a friend of mine wanted one too. So I bought 2 for $20 each! Awesome deal considering brand new they are $60.
Then I saw the bedding set that I had wanted SO bad for the Kid's nursery. But, over 5 years when I registered they didn't have this. And after my baby shower when I got my green patchwork set and after I already put the matching border up on his room I saw it on my next trip at BRU. It was there...at the consignment shop...for $20!!! 2 fitted crib sheets, diaper stacker, 2 valences, 5 wall hangings and the comforter. I tried to find it online to show you a picture, but I guess they don't sell it anymore...but it has sailboats, birds, anchors, lighthouses, the sun, sandcastle, starfish and all kinds of beachy themed stuff all set on a light blue striped background. The set would easily be over $200 brand new. I can't believe I found it!! You'll just have to wait for my nursery to be done to get a photo. I know, I know, I am dying for it to be done too!!
Then I picked up the Kid at the Little Gym and I took him over to his pediatrician for his 4 year old well visit. No shots this year (yeah!) But my appointment was at 12 and we didn't get out of there until 1. We were starving. We stopped at Charlie Browns for lunch. That took forever too, we didn't get out of there until almost 2:15. I ate my weight at the salad bar and we headed home.
My day isn't over yet my friends...
I had a total of 5 minutes at home until I had to leave for my OB appointment. Luckily, I left the Kid home with daddy and great-grandma because I sat in the waiting room for 1 hour and 15 minutes before I got called in to the exam room to wait another 20 minutes for the doctor. And of course, my visit is only the 5 minute visit. Measure belly, listen to heart beat, how are you feeling? Baby moving? Etc etc... My practice recently lost one doctor (don't know why) and is only down to 2, and only one was there today. It was a pregnant woman zoo. The Kid would have been bouncing off the walls and then he would have fallen alseep on the way to my next stop, or on the way home and would still be up now. (Oh the humanity!)
When I FINALLY got out of there, I had to head over to the mall, which is only 5 minutes from the office. I had to get the diamonds in my engagement ring and wedding ring checked at Zales. As long as I do it every 6 months, if any are loose or fall out they will replace/fix for free. I am a few weeks late since I am supposed to get them checked every June and December...but that's ok. They are pretty easy going about it. Well, 2 tiny side stones on my engagement ring are loose and the jeweler doesn't come in until Aug 9th. So I have to keep it safe to drop it off after then for him to tighten them up.
This time I made my next OB appointment for 9:30 AM so to beat the back up of the 2:45 PM appointment I had today. So, I will drop off my ring after that one in 2 weeks...and hopefully be able to get it back before I go into labor.
Whew. I am exhausted just reading about my day. Time for bed. I would love a glass of wine right now.
I want to give a shout out to one of my blog friends who just had her beautiful little girl, Lexi. CONGRATS CASS!!!
Monday, July 28, 2008
I am talking about Wall-E. For those of you who haven't seen it, and want to, you may want to stop reading...because I am going to have some spoilers in here. I know they are spoilers because just watching the trailers would never get you to think it was that type of movie. I will also say that the Kid loved it. It wasn't too scary (for a kid) and there was a lot of funny moments and parts of it were action packed. And I have to say, even though it was depressing, I really enjoyed it too. Even brought a tear to my eye.
I am talking about the underlying message of the movie in general...nothing that kids would really 'get'.
warning spoilers coming
So, fast forward 700 years from now and Earth has been vacated of ALL humans 700 years ago. Why? Because the Earth was taken over by some mega-corporate super store (can we say Wal-Mart?) and there was SO much garbage on the whole planet that humans wouldn't have survived it if they stayed there anymore. So this super store made a HUGE space ship and all the humans went on a 5 year cruise so that the super store made robots could clean up the mess. Well, as the years go on the generations (700 YEARS people) of humans are getting more and more lazy and more and more obese. Really sad. They don't even talk to one another in person, just by floating screens in front of them. They don't eat, they drink all their meals through a straw. Hell, these people can't even WALK! They float around on hover chairs just drinking their meals and talking on their screens (which I guess are like their phones.) We are talking massively obese. It seemed to be a movie that is trying to open people's eyes to a real crisis this world, especially this country has right now. Kinda "Happy Feet" like. If you haven't seen that it is all about conservation and saving the earth in a different way. *Side note: That movie FREAKED the Kid out. There was some scary sea lion that was trying to eat the cute little penguins, and he did not like that one bit.*
So the movie goes on and there is a robot (EVE) that gets sent from the spaceship to find out if Earth is able to be lived on yet. She finds a plant and brings it back. The robots on the ship somehow control everything and they don't want the humans back on Earth. They end up saving the day and they all go back and start life on Earth again. It ends up to be a semi-happy ending. But it was still a really really scary concept of what life could be in 700 years. Especially for someone who is pro-creating as we speak.
How do I know that the Earth will be able to be lived on by my great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren? Hell, how do I know if my kids NOW will even be able to collect social security? Or own property? Or be drafted? Wow. I just went off on some political crap that I usually don't do here. All I know is that we are damn lucky to live how we live now and we've got to keep it that way. Take care of the Earth (reduce, reuse, recycle, don't litter, etc) She is the only one we get. And have a voice. Vote.
Damn that movie made me get all deep.
Now I can't wait to go see "Space Chimps". I hope that is a lot more light hearted. :)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
....oh and did I mention the town actually came around and weeded! The playground was weed free! So the Kid got bored fast. Why he can't just climb and go down the slides on his own is a mystery.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
These last 3 weeks have been a blur of busy. The first two were consumed with swim classes that the Kid finally finished and did very well. He swam all by himself!
Last Sunday was his birthday. We had a party at a playplace and he had a blast. I can't believe my baby is 4!
Monday he had camp at the Little Gym for 3 hours.
Tues we went to a friend's house for a playdate and got to see all of our good friends that we haven't seen in weeks.
Wed he had Little Gym camp again in the morning. While he was there I got myself a pedicure. We came home for a little bit and then we drove 1 hour and 20 minutes to a Chuck E Cheese for a friend of mine from college daughter's 5th birthday party (did ya follow that one?) On the way home it was raining SO bad. I was going 45 on the highway with my hazzards on. I was so nervous.
Thurs we went to visit the Kid's girlfriend and their family while they were vacationing in LBI. We had an awesome day. I have some great shots of them on the beach. Hopefully I can get uploaded for 'Beach Wednesday'.
Then yesterday we went out on my mom and step-dad's boat for a few hours. That will be the first and last trip for me on the boat for the summer. It wasn't too bumpy and my step-dad was wonderful in keeping the boat from flying over waves, but my back was killing me when I stood up.
Last night I threw up all my dinner. I know not fun. But of course Hubby was freaking out, since last time I threw up while pregnant was when I was in labor with the Kid. I am happy to say that I was fine right after and I have been fine all morning today. So I think it was just a bad calzone and maybe a combination with the motion we were on the boat. Who knows. All I know is Baby is still cooking and kicking the crap out of me.
So that has been my busy week. There are still a few things not installed onto my computer yet, including my photo software. So I don't know if I can upload pictures just yet. All of my old stuff is sitting in our external hard drive and the Geek Squad totally cleared out the whole computer. It was a pain to try to remember all the passwords for some sites that I usually just save in there.
Hope you have all been doing well and I have been reading all your blogs. We were officially online on Wed...but you see how busy I have been, I just haven't had a second to post. It's amazing how you find stuff to do when you can't go online for a week. I read a ton of good books. Obviously kept busy with the Kid all week. And looking forward to just relaxing and taking it easy today.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I haven't been online for 3 days! That is like an eternity for me. Thank goodness we don't run a business or work online from home.
All is still with the baby. Still inside, only about 9 more weeks to go. My last visit I didn't gain a pound. Very odd, considering I was at my cousin's HS graduation the night before and seriously doing some damage with the chocolate fountain. I am now at visits every 2 weeks.
The Kid finished his swim classes. I am so proud that he made it...and he can SWIM! He was like a little fish. The teacher will let go and he would just go a couple feet, but on his own with his face in the water and kicking toward the other teacher. It was so awesome.
The Kid also had his 4th Birthday yesterday! I can't believe it. Right now he is at the 'gym' type place at camp for 3 hours, so much calmer than the chaos of the pool, and now he's a big boy! We had a birthday party for him with a ton of family and a few little friends of his. He had a blast! And we had it at a play place so I didn't have to clean up anything or worry about the freaking muggy, nasty heat that we have been having. After we went to the boardwalk with a friend of mine from college that brought her daughter (G) to his party. I have some really cute pictures of the Kid dragging G all over the rides...but I don't have my computer! I will try to post some randomly as the weeks go on...when we get our computer back.
I am glad I made that post last week about all my blog friends sites. Hubby informed me the other day that there would be a good chance that all of 'our favorites' on aol may be gone when we get it. So at least I won't have to search for every one's blogs again. That makes me happy.
So, I am still around. Thanks for all your concern about me. We are all fine...just waiting for the damn computer to be better.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
So he will be bringing it to the Geek Squad to fix. And on the side he is going to ask them to put all our data onto the external hard drive that he just bought 2 days ago! I have pictures that I haven't printed yet that is now going on over 2 1/2 years! Over half of the Kids life is in this computer. I am praying that they stay intact.
I will be back by the weekend (hopefully) and back to regular programming, so stay tuned....
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Look of total fear!
Swimming in the big pool.
And that was it. All they did. It was a total of about 10 min, but we have it on video and I can't wait until next week when they actually let go of his hands and let him swim. Some of the other kids in his class did, but I think they are closer to 5 than 4yrs old.
And the kicker....he favorite part of the day? Jumping off the block into the big pool! hahahahaha!! Didn't quite look like fun in the picture, did it?
He is actually excited to go back tomorrow. But he was more excited that I told him that he had a day off today! I think we are going to go to the beach after lunch. :)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I sware that freaking kid is going to make me go into labor!! When I picked him up he was so excited because the got to jump off the blocks into the big pool! Seriously.
And when I asked him in the car if he was happy that mommy made him go to class he said, and I quote "Yes, mommy, I was very very very happy. It was fun!" Sonofabitch. His teacher made him promise that he wouldn't give mommy a hard time tomorrow. She told me that she has seen way worse. I told her that she didn't see him at home. I literally had to force him to get dressed. He was sweating from all the screaming he was doing. Thank goodness no one called the cops. It sounded like I was torturing him in here.
So I am going to do McDs tomorrow before class with him all ready to go (and without daddy) maybe we can avoid the scene. Then we'll all (grandmother's included) go see him swim on Saturday. He is very excited to show us what he has done and I am so proud of him. And I am 95% sure he will still go next week. He even said that next week they are going to start using their arms.
Seriously, the Kid is killing me.
Thanks so much for your support! I needed it.
Basically I am asking if it would even be worth it for one more day (and then the parent day) or cut my losses after I pick him up today. The teachers say that he is fine during the class, even one of the other kids in class said he is doing great...I am guessing he is much closer to 5 yrs old than 4.
I truly believe that the main thing that sucks for him is that he can't touch the bottom yet. And he says they 'let him sink' and he is very upset about it. I did stick around and hid and watched for a bit yesterday and he seemed to be fine in the pool. He has even stuck his face in and kicked at the same time. And when I picked him up yesterday he was SO happy about that.
Am I pushing him too hard? I have never been a quitter. I was on the field hockey team in college and didn't enjoy it at all (loved it in HS), but I wouldn't quit. I just finished the season and didn't join back up the next year. I am hoping that is what I can instill in my kids. That even though things are tough, you make a commitment and you see it through. And when it's done, you are done and never have to do it again.
Sorry for the long-windedness. I am just venting. And the baby hormones and stressing over his birthday party and today just put me over the top. ugh.
Thanks for listening. And I am feeling much better now having gotten this out.
Please be truthful, but kind. :)
Here's what you do:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the 5th sentence
4. Post the next three sentences
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.
The book nearest to me is "Boys Should be Boys - 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons" by Meg Meeker M.D. I haven't even got this far in the book yet.
Page 123, 5th sentence ....
"The very qualities which cause men to be attracted to women can often become the very qualities which men come to hate later in life. And the reverse is true. Some women are attracted to men because they are hard-working and show great commitment to their work. Later on, those same women complain that their husbands are workaholics and never around."
Holy CRAP! That has been my life the last few months. Hubby has been working all day and some really really late nights. And when the he is home, he's not really 'home'. He is upstairs working to get our rooms ready for us to get up there before the baby comes! I totally love that he is willing to work such long hours and overtime and then come home to make our home perfect for us, but at the same time I hate that he isn't here for everything. WAIT! I though this was supposed to be a book about raising my boys, not analyzing ME!! hahahha
Tag 5 people. If you don't do these things, that's ok. You don't have too. I don't have that much a reader base anyway, so I am picking, at random.
1. Modern Matriarch (it'll give you something to do while you are waiting for the baby! heehee)
2. House of Misfits
3. My Little Corner of Life
4. Canadian Thoughts in Texas
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Yesterday he was a little nervous and when I dropped him off he was quiet and when I picked him up he had a puss on his face and hugged me like he'd never see me again. And he was stuck to me like glue for the rest of the afternoon. He told me that they 'let me sink'. What I think happened is they were holding him in the pool and they let him go to see if he could touch the bottom. He couldn't. He went under for a second and he didn't like that too much. He was telling me all yesterday and this morning that he wanted to quit. I told him that we do not quit something after one day and that he has to go again. He wasn't happy about it, but he said ok.
Today I dropped him off and he CRIED! Just like he did for the first few days of nursery school last year. The swim teacher had to peel him off me, just like his nursery school teacher did. And he LOVED going to nursery school after a while. I felt SO bad and I couldn't stop thinking of him the whole 3 hours he was there. But I wouldn't back down. Hubby is a push over. If it were up to him the Kid wouldn't have even went back today. And if he was there to drop the Kid off he never would have left him crying. But you guys (as moms) know that you can not be manipulated by the kids! Head up. Walk away. And the Kid had a great time today.
So I went to pick him up and he finally had a smile on his face. He told me that he had his face in the water and was kicking at the same time! He was very excited about that. And he told his teacher that he'd see her tomorrow.
So far so good! On Saturday we can go and see the progress and then he has another week to go. I'll post some pictures of class then.
Monday, July 7, 2008
AndreAnna is having a contest over on her blog to guess the date and weight of her baby for a kick ass prize....unless you live under a rock and don't like Target or Barnes & Noble...in which case, I don't know you. (just kidding)
Seriously, go on over there and comment away and try to win her fun baby pool! And if you post her contest on YOUR blog...the prize gets bigger! oohhhhh ahhhhhhh!
I just may have to steal the idea and do one for myself in September!! Hopefully that will get a few of my lurker friends that I have in real life that have NEVER commented before (you know who you are) out of hiding and join in on the baby guessing game!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
The washer and dryer we have now in my grandmother's house are somewhere around 15-20 years old!! And when the dryer goes it makes the electric meter outside spin faster than the TWO window air conditioner units and all the fans on, etc. And sometimes it takes 2 cycles to dry heavier stuff, like jeans and my Hubby's lined khaki pants from Cabela's. And the washer drum squeaks so bad I have to shut the door if I am in the kitchen. Our electric bills have been through the roof, but that will all change in up to 20 business days....oh why make me wait so long for my beautiful front loaders?? Because it is the cheapest I have seen them ANYWHERE with the pedestals. We really didn't have much say on the size of them. The space that we have for a washer and dryer is limited due to the cabinets above so the smaller Sport it is.
This is just added to the gorgeous stove and dishwasher that we replaced as soon as we moved in. AND we brought our fridge that we had from our old house, that we bought new only about 4 years ago. That was NOT included in the sale of our house. That made all the stuff in the kitchen the same color, black. I am swimming in nice new appliances around here...oh and a little bit of debt. But it just had to be done. Gotta love interest free for a year!!
I'm doing a little happy dance ...now maybe I will enjoy a little laundry. Well, maybe not. That's pushing it. Maybe it won't be as much of a chore....maybe.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
In no particular order:
Diary of a Modern Matriarch <- the one who inspired me to start my own blog. Has a young daughter and a son on the way. So excited for her! I know her in real life. :)
Cass. Just Curious <- so close to having her 1st child! SO excited for her too!
My Little Corner of Life <- a mom of 1, and is so funny!
Burgh Baby <- mom of 1 & SO funny!! And has been on her local news for blogging!
Anglophile Football Fanatic <- Is all into contests this month for her blogaversary. Mom of 1 boy and cracks me up!
Playgroups are No Place for Children <- has 2 cute kids, and occasionally has blog tips! Also cracks me up!
Swistle <- has 5 kids and still finds humor in everything *update* I miss-counted the kids the first time!
Canadian Thoughts in Texas <- our lives are so far apart, yet SO alike it's scary! Her kid looks like my Kid and we are both pregnant with another BOY! Plus many other uncanny similarities.
A Virgo's Point of View <- another Jersey Girl and mom of 2 kids
Chop. Stir. Mix. <- yummy fun recipes
Running for Two (aka. Baby Steps) <- been a lurker here. If you ever want to feel lazy, er inspired, read her archives. She is a running machine!
The House of Misfits <- has a blog of everyday stuff, kinda like mine
Boobs, Injuries, & Dr. Pepper <- been a lurker here for a while. Read her Crazy Chronicles. She is just an amazing and strong woman. I am hoping she writes a book one day.
Law School Sucks - and So Do Lawyers <- makes me laugh every time she posts. And her Sumo baby is aDORable. Has a hubby in Iraq and doing it ALL on her own. GO Tranny!
CPA Mom <- met with ICM (below) last week! 2 adorable kids.
Ice Cream Mama <- lives 15 min from me!! :) Know in real life and I graduated HS with her younger brother, yet we never knew each other until we stumbled on each other's blog...I forget who found who first...
**UPDATE** I totally forgot to add my friend from college! Mary Ellen's Cooking Creations She cooks much more fancy (I know not really a sentance) than I ever would and drinks and reviews really fancy wines that I would probably never drink, but she does a great site, if you love fancy food and good wine. She'll post about once a week. She is the only non-mommy (yet) that I read.
I do read you guys every.day. I don't always leave comments, but I am there.
Why oh why are we all so fascinated with the lives of other mom's that we have never met? (I have met only 4 mom's in real life on the above list.) There is an undeniable draw to reading about other people doing the same things you do, having the same fights with their kids, trying to get it all right, and even getting some advice along the way from mom's all over the place. I guess that is why I have become a blogging addict. I started because I felt bad that I was reading all these other blogs and reading about their lives and they knew nothing about me. It just seemed so unfair and one sided. And I wanted everyone to know just how cool (yet occasionally bratty) my Kid can be too!! Every mom likes to brag, right?
Then as I have gotten into it, I realized that this is just a daily (or as often as I can write) journal for me to look back on in future years to remind me of the 'good old days' when the kids were small.
Here's to all the tons and tons of other mommy bloggers going through the same thing, yet some thousands of miles away. *cheers*
Fortunately, I could hear the fireworks (again) from my house around 9:30 and halfway through it started pouring over here. They kept the fireworks going, but luckily we were nice and dry at home and not getting soaked on the beach. That would not have been worth it.
They have fireworks once a week all summer, so we will try on another day when the Kid actually takes a NAP! Which I totally tried to get him to nap, but it was nothin' doin'. He has swim class for the next 2 weeks every day. He gets out at 4, so if he is exhausted and passes out in the car on the way home and naps we will try again. Hopefully he won't pass out everyday and then we are stuck with him until 10! hahahaa
Thursday, July 3, 2008
As for the meet up. As we were sitting around ICM's kitchen table it felt like we have known each other for years! Which is crazy since none of us knew each other existed just a few months ago. But I was totally comfortable and we were laughing and sharing birth stories...well, except for the fact that CPM Mom's husband was there too it was like a real mommy playdate! ICM happens to also have grown up in my same hometown and I graduated HS with her brother and my husband used to hang out with one of her other brothers. How's that for a small world? So odds are we will hang out again soon. I hope! ;) CPA Mom came up from the South on a family vacation and stopped by on their way to Great Adventure. It was a wonderful time. I loved meeting you guys and it really was just too quick.
Yesterday and today the Kid and I went to the beach. heehee. Today we went late in the afternoon and brought my MIL and SIL. It was SO windy and cool down there. It was unbelievable. I am a mile from the beach and at my house it wasn't windy at all and it was HOT! So weird.
We were going to try to see the fireworks tonight, but the Kid was so exhausted that he passed out around 8. There was no way fireworks were happening tonight. Hopefully he will make it tomorrow.
Hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July!!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
And here is my step-mom with the Kid on the other beach day last year. This was when her brother, his wife and their son was visiting from Colorado.
And this is the view I had from my chair last week. Reading my new fave James Patterson book "Sail", The Kid playing in the sand and a beautiful beach day.