Welcome to my world. I *just* vacuumed... Wipe your feet before you come in.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Why Post-it notes are NOT a good gift for a 4 year old

Joe got these in a little pack for back-to-school, he bought it because it had a notebook with a butterfly thing on it (It's a dragonfly, but oh well).

She started off saying that she was going to give them to her friends at school.

I guess she really really loves the television set.

and the china cabinet

and the sideboard

and the light switch? Maybe the wallpaper?

and of course her baby brother.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Calls to Ireland

Since some of you weren't aware of our house guest, I had started to reply in the comments, but got a little long winded. So, I'll make it another post.

Joe is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (A.O.H.) It's an Irish-Catholic men's association. Every year, they sponsor a group of children who live in the Northern area of Ireland to come over on "holiday" during what is known as "The Marching Season". This season starts towards the end of June and runs through the month of July. While I don't think the religious friction between the Catholics and Protestants is as bad as it used to be, the A.O.H. still likes to get the children out of the way of any trouble that might arise.

We had wanted to host one of the kids, but since we both work during the day, we agreed to host one of the chaperons. Deborah is a really nice kid. Kid. She's 21. But to me, that's still a kid.

Aaannnyway.. we opened our home to her, told her that if she wanted to have some friends over to swim, that would be fine as long as she remembered that this is our home and she was to respect it. Me & the kids go down the shore every weekend and Joe works over the weekend. She was basically on her own over the weekends.

Even though we bought her one of those pre-paid Trac-Phones, we had told her that it was ok for her to use the house phone. I was thinking to order a pizza, call the other chaperons and host families to schedule some of the outings that they do on their holiday.

Apparently, towards the end of her visit she got a little homesick, and made 409 minutes worth of phone calls to Ireland. Most were kept under 5 minutes, but one was 75 minutes and the other long call was 69 minutes. My International Long Distance bill was $118.74.

Other than this, Deborah's visit with us was a great one. The kids absolutely adored her, she really liked the kids, she never asked us for anything. She was a gracious guest. The evening before she left for home, we had gone to Joe's parents for dinner & Deborah was invited too. She told us on the way back home, that we were the best family she had ever4 stayed with. Some of the other hosts she felt were a bit controlling. Made plans to drag her all Philadelphia and see the sights. Not that that's a bad thing, but the chaperons and the children already have an itinerary planned before they get here. Deb said that last year, her host family was a really upset that she couldn't go to Penn's Landing for the 4th of July fireworks show with them, but the group already had plans to take the children to a Phillie's game.

Since she's gone back home (7/27), Maggie asks me every Sunday on the way back from the shore if Deborah's going to be at the house to go swimming with her.

Deb brought the kids each a little teddy bear from Ireland, and Maggie has named hers Deborah-Bear.

Friday, August 17, 2007


A few things:

1.) Will's Dr's appointment went fine. There is still a mild dilation of the ureter, but nothing to worry about. He goes back in a year for follow-up.

2.) Got the phone bill today. $118.74 for calls to Ireland. DAYUM!! I told her she could use the phone, but I was thinking, to order a pizza; to check on the other kids; to schedule outings. Not to spend 409 minutes over the course of her month here. Would it be bad manners to drop her an email and ask her to "contribute" to the bill? Heck, we even bought one of those pre-paid phones with a couple hours worth of minutes on it for her to use while she was here. :::SIGH:::

3.) When is DD going to publish #500????

4.) Should I have a chicken quesadilla or pizza for dinner tonight?

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Will's 1st haircut

Oh gawd! The drama! The trauma!




He looks so grown up now!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Oh! Elizabeth, It's the big one, I'm coming to join you honey!

When we first bought our house, we had wall to wall carpet installed. It's a sort of dark teal-ish green, jade-ish color. Think Philadelphia Eagles Jersey color.

Then we were stupid enough to rescue a puppy from the street & make him our own. Benny decided to repay our kindness by peeing all over the living room. After Maggie was born and we caught Benny running around the house with her toys in his mouth, we decided to get rid of him. He wasn't very good with strangers, little kids and loud noises. He barked at the neighbors. I know that that is a dog's job. To bark at people. Usually when they knock on OUR door, but when the guy 5 houses up on the other side of the street decides to take his garbage out, I don't think that is a barkable offense.

There were big, ugly stains from me scrubbing and steam cleaning the same spots over & over. We went out & bought an area rug to cover the stains. I know, right? Brilliant.

Somewhere along the line, my husband has turned into Fred Sanford.
Back in February, a friend of ours bought a new dining room set. Mike gave us his. I hate it. The set we had was just a cheap table & chair set that we paid maybe 500 bucks for around 10 years ago. But this stuff? It looks like it was from the 70's. Oval table with big, clunky legs, captains chairs with spindles, the china cabinet is not too bad looking, but I hate the hardware & trim. I think it's supposed to look like bamboo. There is also a sideboard with the bambooesque trim.

The university where he works was replacing a carpet from one of the conference rooms. It's only 6 months old, but the new director doesn't "like it". Fred, errr I mean, Joe decides that it would look wonderful in our house. He's pulling up our old carpet right now & replacing it with the free stuff. It's not an ugly carpet per se. I just don't think it's suitable for my home.

It's a sort of a sage green color with darker green designs in it that Joe thinks look a bit like a Celtic knot. I just went home on my lunch break and he's got it halfway finished. I must admit, it doesn't look too bad. It's a bit "busy" for my taste, but you really won't see all that much of it once the furniture goes back in. I think the nap of it will be good with the kids. It's a high-end commercial grade berber, so they can still play rough on it without destroying it.

He recently signed up for Freecycle. Either tonight or tomorrow afternoon, we will be picking up a black, tubular Queen size bedframe. Our bed needs to be replaced. It creaks. The veneer is peeling away from the legs. Probably from me stubbing my toes on it.
He keeps telling me that he wants to build us a bed. He's sketched it out for my review & approval. It will be beautiful. Once he builds it.

Just once, I'd like to save up a wad of cash & go buy something brand new.

On a side note, Will has another appointment at A.I. Dupont hospital tomorrow to follow up with his kidney issue. Keep your fingers crossed please.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Checking In

Hi Everybody!

I got a cyber-boot-to-the-head yesterday regarding my lack of posting. Although I regularly comment & email with my very 1st blogger friend, I didn't realize that I was neglecting to update you guys on whats going on in my life.

Basically my life is BOOORRRRRIINNNNNG right now. I get up, shower, get the kids up & ready for daycare, drop them off, go to work, pick them up, make dinner, do dishes, bath time, bedtime, rinse, and repeat. I've been living vicariously through your blogs....such a lot going on! Pending births, recently announced pregnancies, cycles to track and the everyday stories that I so enjoy.

So, my life huh? Could you really be that interested? I'm almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I can squeeze myself into my size 10 jeans, but I'm more comfy in the size 11 stretch jeans. I'm VERY VERY self conscious about how I look. I was always "the thin one" in my family. I'd like to keep it that way. We had a friend over to swim the other night. She is a rather large woman, and when she removed her cover-up, she was wearing a leopard print bikini. After a few minutes Joe sidled up to me and whispered, "See, you could wear a 2 piece." Ummm, no. Some people are more comfortable in their skin than I am. The last time I wore a 2 piece was on our honeymoon 14 years ago. Now, I *would* wear a tankini, if I had the balls to go out & find one. Maybe next year.

I just can't seem to find the time (or energy) to work out. If I decide to go for a walk in the evening, Maggie wants to come along. Not that this is a bad thing, but when I walk, I tend to go fast. Maggie strolls. Even that is too fast. What's slower than stroll?? Meander? She stops at the neighbors to say hello to the ceramic bunny & turtle in the garden. She stops & says hi to the dog 4 doors up. It takes almost a half hour to get to the top of the block.

We are finally getting around to finishing Will's room (yes, he's 1. FINISHING his room). Joe is real good out of the block, but he tends to leave things unfinished. He's a fabulous carpenter, he really is. He just sucks at follow-through. Not one set of bi-fold doors have knobs on them. I went out & bought decorator handles for the closet on the front porch, Maggie's room and Will's room. All are still in the little plastic baggies. I'm sure a few of you are rolling your eyes and thinking, "Why don't you just do it yourself?" Apparently, I am retarded. I tried to install the pull knobs on the kitchen drawers and screwed them up royally. Something about a counter-sink boring drill bit blah blah blah....I was "asked" not to touch his tools (haha sounded dirty didn't it?)

I haven't put curtains in the room since he was still "going to be working in there" and I don't want them to get ruined. I only have a pic of the shelves that Joe built. I'll have to get a few more shots of Will's room since Joe made all the trimwork. Window trim, baseboards, the chair rail & train cabinet are all handmade.

Other than working, housework, and childrearing, I have nothing to talk about.

So here are some recent pics of the kids.