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

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas

From our house to yours......

May your days be merry and bright.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Will is a BIG Phillies Fan

He LOVES watching the games with me. He knows all the players!

Let's go PHILLIES!!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Like bringing a knife to a gun fight.

My husband thought it would be funny to give the kids water pistols so that they could squirt Mommy. Yeah, 'cause I can't HEAR him outside telling them how to fill the guns, showing Will how to pull the trigger, and telling them to wait at the front of his truck for me to come around the side of the trailer so that they could "GET ME"!!!
The Ambush.

Return Fire.


So like my kids. Bringing a water-pistol to a HOSE fight.

I Win.

Friday, June 19, 2009

They know me so well.....

Tomorrow is my 44th birthday. Yay me.

The ladies that I work with know me too well. So far, I've received 3 bottles of my favorite wine, an apple crumb pie, and a bunch of gerbera daisies.

I love these people.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

What Happens In Vegas.....

Joe is jetting his way to "Sin-City" right now. His friend, Bob, has stage 3 liver cancer. He's done the chemo thing and he's scheduled for surgery on June 12th. Las Vegas with his buddies is on his "bucket-list".

Joe's not a gambler, so he has trips to the Hoover Dam (I've asked him to bring the kids a DAM rock & some Dam water), The Grand Canyon & maybe (if he can find the balls) Skydiving. Him & one of the other guys might drive to L.A. to see the Phils play the Dodgers. Personally, I think thats a silly idea. He can see the Phillies play here and get PAID for it while working in the dugout.

I hope they have a great time and that Bob can break the bank and LIVE to spend it all on his wife & son.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Have a Light Heart

I'm a long-time stalk...ummmmm reader of Chookooloonks. Every Thursday she posts a gorgeous picture of something that reminds her of Love and invites her readers to do the same. I've always wanted to participate, but really? Who wants to see a picture of my kids every week?

The little rip in a lace panel on my kitchen curtain is transformed into a Heart of Light.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Hello Old Friend

First beach pics of the year. I KNOW!! You guys are so excited, right?

Joe was working at the trailer. The toilet broke while we were opening up this year. Some little teensy-weensy metal thingy in the foot-flush pedal rusted out & when we turned on the water, it snapped. For 3 weeks, we had no running water in the bathroom at the trailer.

I am not cut out to be a pioneer woman. I really did not enjoy flushing with a bucket of water.

While he was busy with that, I took the kids to the beach.

Please enjoy the pics of my adorable children.

My children are a little bit INSANE! The water was 52 degrees on Saturday. They did not care. Mag's feet were so red & she said her toes felt "sharp". Must not have been too bad as she stayed in the surf, jumping waves and harassing the seagulls.
Being the bad mother that I am, I did NOT pack a change of clothes for Will. We were only supposed to stay for Saturday, but the weather was so nice, that we decided to stay until Sunday. They really didn't care that they were wet & full of sand.
They both cried when it was time to go back to the trailer for lunch & naps.
Nothing like a day at the beach to induce a 3 hour nap.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter Finery

I don't know why the neighbors insist on letting their cats run loose.
Can't they see that it distracts my children when I'm trying to take their picture??

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Friday, March 20, 2009


Did you all hear that?

This morning on the way to school, I was telling Maggie, "In a minute or two, if you listen realllly hard, you'll hear it... SSPPROOOING!! Then it will be Spring."

When I dropped her off at school, she told me that she didn't hear it, but she could FEEEELLL it. She said that she felt "springy". The air felt warmer, the sky looked bluer, and the birds are singing!

Happy Spring everybody!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Army Day

March Fourth.

March Forth.....Get it??

It's also my friend Trish's birthday. Happy Birthday Trish!

It was also my due-date for our lost babe.

I had forgotten about the significance of the day until I went to write the date on a folder here at work. I was in a pretty good mood until that hit me. I guess I will always feel this way about today. A little sad, but then I get glad again because now there's William.
Chocolate Donut loving Will.
How can I look at that face and want anything else??

Thursday, February 26, 2009

My little pervert

When the kids were born, we opened 529 plans for them.

If Maggie wants to go to college, we should have her education paid for by the year 2022.

With Will, we joke about not saving for college, but his first bail payment.

Yesterday, I went to pick him up at daycare & Miss Amanda pulls me aside & says, "Oh. wait til you hear what William said to me today." Miss Amanda is maybe 24 years old, stands at around 5'4" and weighs maybe maybe 98 lbs. She's really cute & always in a good mood.

Amanda was straightening up the puzzles and was slightly bent at the waist since the shelves are at "kid-height". William comes up behind her, pokes her in the rear-end and says, "you have a cute butt." She laughed, thinking maybe she heard him wrong and asked him "What did you say?" He laughs back at her & says "You have a cute butt."

She thought it was funny, but I guess I have to stop grabbing his adorable little butt cheeks after bath time and telling him that he has a cute butt.

Friday, February 13, 2009


I'm so sick. I started feeling a little squinky yesterday afternoon. FREEZING cold, lightheaded, coughing, did I mention COLD? Seriously, I could NOT get warm. I spent most of yesterday afternoon, huddled in my "work-sweater" bitching about how cold I was.

So last night I ordered hot wings for Joe & chicken fingers for the kids. After I cut the kids meat, I took a shot of Nyquil and went to bed. I went upstairs at 8:00, put on a thermal t-shirt, sweatpants, fuzzy socks, 6 layers of blankets, turned on Survivor, watched the 1st 15 minutes of it, turned the t.v. off, and slept until 5:45 this morning. You know what? I don't feel better today. I keep getting this weird electric-crampy-shooting-stabby pain in my temples. Maybe it's a tumor. (It's NOT a tumor!!) my joints ache, even my skin hurts. Is this the flu? I've never had the flu. I'm not puking, no diarrhea, my glands don't feel swollen, but every time I eat something, the back of my jaws gets that strange, "I just bit something sour" feeling. I'm eating blueberry Jello right now, doesn't get much more "not-sour" than that.

We were supposed to go to the Scottish-Irish Music Festival and Fair tonight at Valley Forge Convention Center tonight (Fish & Chips!!!) but I don't think I'm going to make it. Joe may still take Maggie, but I think Will & I are going to be homebodies.

I feel so crappy that I just might bug out of work early today.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Little Miss Manners

So tell me, O wise Internets. What is your take on this issue?

I am the chief cook & bottle washer in the house. I get home from work around 5:15. I start making dinner pretty much as soon as I walk in. Usually one or both kids are "helping" me in the kitchen. Will's job is making sure that everyone has at the very least 6 spoons and 4 forks at your place setting. Maggie is busy licking(haha, gross; I know!) & then putting ice cubes in Joe's glass for his soda. While I am plating the dinner, and Maggie is setting the plates at the table, Will announces that it is time to,"EAT, EAT DINNA!!!" At this proclamation, the 3 non-cooking people seat themselves. I am usually still in the kitchen, turning off burners/oven, getting drinks for the kids, grabbing napkins, putting away the extra 30 pieces of silverware etc.etc...

By the time that I sit down at the table, they are already digging into/halfway through their dinner. Isn't it proper etiquette to wait until everyone is seated before eating? Don't even get me started on the whole saying Grace before meals thing. I pretty much give thanks while I'm serving so that the little barbarians don't have to wait another 45 seconds to bow their heads and give thanks.

I really don't like to serve dinner "family-style" and just put everything out in bowls & serving platters to just "help yourselves" as:

#1 the table isn't really big enough for that (I could put the leaf in, but I don't want to)
#2 that's just more dishes for me to have to wash (by hand, mind you) later that evening.
#3 I have found that if I leave the whole roast/meatloaf/chicken/meatballs whatever
on the table, Joe takes it as a personal challenge to see if he can eat the entire thing.

There have been many a night when I finally sit at the table to start my (now only slightly warm) meal when everyone else is just finishing. I still try make them wait to leave the table until everyone is finished, but usually, I just let them be excused to go play or whatever.

So, Interwebs, am I just being overly sensitive and feeling more like Alice, than Mommy or do I have a legitimate gripe here? Any and all suggestions /validations will be appreciated.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Resolutions Schmesolutions

I don't "do" resolutions. Every year I tell myself that I am simply going to try to be a better person. A more attentive wife, a more patient mother, a harder, more productive worker. I will try to be more fiscally responsible.

This would be easy to do if I didn't have a husband, kids, a job and like to buy stuff.

Joe has been working double shifts since Friday. I spent the ENTIRE weekend by.myself. with.the.kids. Dear God, I need a hug.