Friday, June 27, 2008


Is my new favorite word

So we set up a skype account, downloaded the program onto our macbook and presto chango suddenly we can talk to grandma and grandpa online. Auntie Laura is still working out the video kinks on their end but they could see and hear us and we could see them. Owen loved talking to everyone and was very entertaining if nothing else to us.

He chatted them up - pretending to cry "walked around the table" - laptop camera are good at following movement - played with cookie monster and read a book before saying goodnight to everyone.

Next mission

-buy two copies of the same book and send one to grandma to read and one for Owen to read -

I have no idea why i didn't think of this idea sooner. Seriously it was great. Mikes parents are headed out to buy a camera and microphone too to talk to Owen. I am sure they are just as excited as my parents.

BEST PART OF ALL IT IS FREE!!!! i love free :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Night without the baby

Crazy idea I know but for only the fourth time since Owen was born we had an evening to ourselves without a child in tow. It was Mike's 30th birthday and he had no idea that i had set up a sitter and night out.

we went to a restaurant, had beverages, wings talk of sports, a real man's night considering the only thing on at the sports bar was the NBA draft. It must be love if I am willing to sit through that,

Of course getting out of the house was a difficult task as it is. 15 minutes prior to the babysitters arrival, Owen poured Apple Juice all over himself and then rolled around in dog fur. SO GROSS. So off to the bath - i put on one of mike's tshirts over my oufit since i was already dresses and ready to go and gave my son a bath. So if nothing else the sitter had a clean baby to deal with.

I highly reccomend a date night to all new parent and sometime before the 1st birthday

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Where does the time go

I can't believe i haven't had a chance to blog lately.

New happenings in our life

My extended family is nuts (oh wait that is not new)

Mike is going to be 30 tomorrow!!

The bark collar works!

Apparently we have the best behaved dog at the new kennel

Owen covered himself in pizza tonight

Love my church not in love with its sound board at the moment (VBS rocks!!)

Owen loves a little girl who is 3 - She is our sitters daughter and he went nuts today when he saw her, he is going for older women already

I think girls should get to go to VBS two years longer than boys - the boys can't seem to handle it after 3rd grade.

Disabling a monitor driver is not a good idea - how do i fix it when i can't see anything??

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Dog

I love my dog really I do, but she is on my last nerve today. She barks at the neighbors dogs and makes Owen cry. I think Owen cries because he thinks something is wrong. Because one big dog bark very harshly at two little dogs is pretty terrifying to a one year old.

Owen and I had a great day visiting friends and going on a play date - He fell asleep on the way home and I got him into the crib without waking him. BUT the minute I let the dog outside she starts barking at the people in the next yard and wakes Owen who is now screaming at the top of his lungs because he is way over tired.

So the dog is currently hiding downstairs because I yelled at her and Owen is throwing a temper tantrum on the floor because he is overtired. I can't win.

Maybe I should invest in a shock collar - I know if sounds cruel but i can't take the barking and she doesn't listen to my yelling. I tried lowering my voice to a man octave and it working but Mike almost busted a gut when he heard me do it.

Just noticed the time and I haven't started dinner yet - ugh. leftovers it is - oh well i guess Mike will survive.

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Today was awesome - We had a picnic in the park, went hiking in the state park, took Owen to the playground and then grilled out on our deck. It was a perfect family day. I hope everyone can enjoy a day like this once in awhile. It was a beautiful day and I got to spend it with the people that I love the most.

Hope fathers day turns out as nice.

Friday, June 13, 2008

how to make a hostess cringe

It is really easy just tell the hostess there will be 8 total and you need 3 highchairs and 4 kids menus

I think I scared the hostess away because the manager came and helped us find a table and highchairs that would work for our large group -
So we had 4 adults, a 3 yr old, twin 18 month olds, and a 13 month old - Oh the fun we had

All children we actually very well behaved and I only had food thrown at me twice ( not by Owen). The 3 yr old ate lots of pickles and the waitress was a little confused when we asked for more.

We always have a good time out with friends - I wonder how well this will go with a few more kids in tow??

We must be sleep deprieved

Because we slept through two tornado sirens last night - that is not good

there are trees everywhere - Our neighbor slept through it too there tree is split down the middle - which is really weird look and if you have ever been in a storm with downed trees you know that they don't usually split down the middle.

It is one thing for us to sleep through it but Owen did too. I think he would have even slept in but i had to wake him to drive mike to the train station at 5:45.


So we went to McD's yesterday to grab dinner on our way to volleyball. I got a happymeal for me/owen to share but I also had a banana and some cheese for him and I wanted a knife and fork to cut it up. So I ask the nice drive through man for some silverware -

he gives me a blank look

May i have a fork and knife to cut up the babies food

the nice drive through man says NO and closes the window

(on cue from the back is Owen "ut oh"

we already had all of our food and this point and i was tempted to drive away and forget about it but I was a little shocked that he told me no - so I sat in the drive through staring at the people trying to get someone to come back to the window - as they all tried to appear busy and ignore me

Finally a blond haired teenager spots me from across the resurant and comes over and opens the window
"Hey I speak English what do you need?"

"I just need a fork and a knife"

At which point the kid grabs me the silverware as he makes fun of the drive through guy for not knowing what i needed.

So in the end I got my silverware and Mike and I had a good laugh.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bad Mommy

We met a friend for lunch today and we got there a little early - so we headed next door to stride rite to get Owen's feet measured. She measured him at a size 3.5 or 4 - So i guess the 3's he was wearing were a little tight and the size 2 sandals he has been wearing should be put away for the next child.

So fast forward till after lunch - We went into Victoria Secret because I so need some new bras after changing sizes post pg and post nursing so I knew what I wanted but couldn't find it - ugh - I got one bra but then Owen had a MELT DOWN. Oh my he has never melted like that before - I figured he was tired but we got in the car to go home and forget about it - He screamed the whole time.

So I figured it out when we got home that he wanted his shoes off. The minute his shoes were off he was happy as a clam. He is now giggling and laughing and crawling around on the floor - go figure.

Not much going on here today

We have plans for later but there hasn't been much going on here in the last day. Owen AKA 'the flirt' has a blast when we go to visit the chiropractor. He loves the secretaries there. Well I take that back he loves any pretty girl he sees. We went to the grocery store yesterday and he was flirting with the bag girl.

The flooding around here is getting pretty bad - Luckily we will be the last house under water but our neighbors to the east are pretty well under water at this point. The park by the station is under several feet of water - it wasn't that bad the other night when we went there to swing. We drove past this morning on our way to the train station and it was definitely flooded.

Owen's new favorite trick is to crawl into the dog's area which is behind a big recliner in our house. So we have been working on ways to teach him t stay out - He doesn't like the word 'no' but it kinda amuses me when he starts crying when it is said.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

a little sleep needed

Oh my goodness. I can't believe i slept so much today - Of course we were up before 6 again this morning but barely. Owen and I drove Mike to the train just in time for him to make his normal train - of course we were the ones running today :)

I was so exhausted for no particular reason - I am going to blame the lawn mowing yesterday since our yard was a meadow. I put Owen down for his nap around 8:30 and went to crawl back into my own bed. I turned on the Today show just for good measure but woke back up at 10 only a few minutes before i heard my son in his crib saying UT oh.

I suggest every teacher take a nice long nap after a long school year. I feel much better today but really need to get the house in better shape. After all I am home all day. Why do I feel guilty when I am chasing around a 1yr old who apparently must have jets attached to his bottom. He is still no where near walking but he can definitely crawl and fast.

I was trying to teach him the correct way to crawl down the stairs this morning. I was on the stairs and he was at the top and i was trying to tell him to turn around and come feet first on his tummy. He decided he didn't like that idea and launched himself headfirst at me - needless to say the baby gates will remained locked at all times and we will wait a little longer before that lesson.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


My husband is a commuter - he takes the train into the city and back everyday. He has 'train friends' and normally i am pretty amused with the happenings going on in the train community. That's really after all what it is a community. The same people travel on the train approximately at the same time everyday for an extended period of time, meaning over an hour.

There are times that I have to drive Mike to the train in the morning like this morning since his car broke yesterday. It always amuses me the people that run to the train everyday. I am not talking about the occasional person who is running late for some unknown reason. I am talking about the people that run late everyday and run to the train everyday - sometimes making it and sometimes not. The y come screeching into the parking lot almost taking out anything in their path, get out of their vehicles already running.

I used to drive past the station as the last express morning train left and for three weeks the same guy missed his train everyday - now because of the time in the morning there wasn't another train for over an hour.

It seems to me that the train leaves at the same time everyday and since we are at the beginning of the line it really doesn't change - in fact they give the commuter a good 10 minutes to get on the train before it leaves. So maybe I should sneak into all those peoples houses and set their alarms 10 minutes early so that they can actually make the train on time

Or if you are Mike maybe I should just not let him hit the snooze button - because I am pretty sure he is one of those people :)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Ut - OH

A new word has entered Owen's vocabulary. Ut oh can be heard throughout our house all day today - of course by the end of the day he started using it appropriately

throwing food to the dog utt oh

throwing things through the bady gate and down the stairway - utt oh

passing by a car accident - utt oh

Daddys car breaks down - utt oh

Seeing a car pulled over by a Police Officer - utt oh

Calling Grandma - utt oh

milk all gone - utt oh

First Day OFF

WOOHOO - of course i didn't get to sleep in - Owen doesn't know what summer is so normal wake up time applies. We are sitting here enjoying a nice leisurely morning.

We had a great weekend.Even though our yard has turned into a meadow instead of a yard. I was planning on mowing the Tuesday and it was already long at that point. Here is what happened - Mike broke his wrist awhile back and can't help with much of anything because they decided not to cast it because it took him so long to get x-rayed. so he has it in a splint and can't do anything to jar it. SO Monday nights we play softball and I managed to throw out my back. SO this week neither of us were in shape to mow. Then it turned into torrential downpour for the rest of the weekend. My neighbor is probably freaking out because he was mowed his lawn twice in the time that mine has not been mowed.

Lessons learned this weekend

don't put on lip gloss before eating - especially one that has flavor

shots of Bourbon hit me like a lead ball on - especially when followed by normal drinking

the grass is always greener 10 years later

You can never again be one of the boys after you marry one of the boys

leaving the headlights on in the car makes the battery die

trying set set up sister with guy from college great idea because her new boyfirend doesn't really exist until we have met him

Friday, June 6, 2008

Tears the last day -

Being a teacher it always amazes me the students crying the last day of school. They act like they will never see their friends again. Now all the students live within a 5 mile radius and there is no reason they shouldn't keep in contact over the summer. But as the buses are trying to pull away today here we are prying kids apart and trying to get them to head toward their bus before they miss it. The girls are crying hysterically and hugging the life out of each other. Didn't they just spend 9 months trying to get out of school and now that we want them to go home they want to stay here - weird

On the Owen front - We somehow managed to break the baby gate - I kid you not. We were stuck upstairs with the gate permanently locked. Well of course Mike is tall enough to step over the gate but I am not. SO I had to take apart the gate and buy a new one - Meantime Owen tried his very best to try and crawl headfirst down the stairwell. I think I would lose my mind if we did not have a gate installed.

i went and got the new gate this morning - started drilling holes int he wall and put up the gate - only to realize i drilled the holes in the wrong - Okay not really the wrong place but in the wrong place because of our baseboards. So there are a few extra holes in our wall - maybe Mike won't notice

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Flirt

My son is a year old and flirts better than any other male I have ever met. So here is the deal - Mr. Crabby was crying hysterically this afternoon so no apparent reason - most likely teething - of course isn't everything blamed on teething at this age? So We had to go pick up my car from the shop and the minute we get there and he see the pretty lady at the desk he starts acting like a perfect angel and flirting with her. He is batting his eyes and cooing. Of course is he very cute in my humble opinion. The point is playing with mommy is not cool enough for him, he needs to be around people that he can flirt with. So my solution for the next time he is crabby is to go shopping so he can flirt with everyone in the stores - I wonder at what age this stops being cute?

Last Day of School

Yeah! The last day of school is tomorrow and I will return to the world of blogging
Of course that is if I am not addicted to the facebook game pac rat. Mike has me completely addited at this point.

I am looking forward to summer and the zoo. we are planning on spending lots of time at the zoo this summer.

So here is the question of the day - Why do kids wear shorts that barely cover their rear and think it looks cute? - cause it doesn't. Seriously you are at school, save it for the summer