Sunday, October 31, 2010

Yep some more stuff you're dying to know...

* Day 23 – a youtube video
I love So You Think You Can dance and this is my favorite routine ever!!!!!!!

* Day 24 – where I live
I live in Pennsylvania, and it isn't where I grew up, but I'm learning to love it...

* Day 25 – your day, in great detail
We're still working on our routine, but right now it goes something like this...

5-7:30am: Wake up, feed Maggie a bottle
8-9:30am: Play, watch the Today show, Mommy eats breakfast
9:30-11am: Nap
11:30am-1pm: Play, Mommy eats lunch, does some work and/or laundry & cleaning
1:30-3pm: Nap- Mommy takes shower
3pm: Bottle
3:30-4:30- Play, Mommy starts dinner
A couple of evenings during the week I tutor for a few hours. On the nights I don't Daddy comes home, we eat dinner and then we hang out with Mags until we put her down around 9pm, watch some TV and then we try to get in bed by 10:30pm.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Upcoming Fun

Oh man so much to look forward to....
First, tomorrow my in-laws are taking me out for a birthday dinner at a hibachi restaurant. Yay for Japanese and sushi!!!!
Then Sunday is Maggie's first Halloween and we are going to a party. I can't wait to post pics of her in her costume!

Then next weekend we have my brother's engagement party in MD. You all know that I love any excuse to head back to my home state. And the following weekend we are probably going to have a Christmas photo shoot with our friend Colleen.

I can't wait to have our photo shoot, because I can't wait to make our Christmas cards for this year. And of course when I think of anything photo related I think Shutterfly. I have used Shutterfly for many years now and I even used them to create my wedding album.

This year I am super excited about the great variety of cards they offer. Actually it's a little bit of a problem, because I have no idea which one to choose. All you have to do is go here or here and you can find a card to fulfill all your needs.

I love a lot of the designs, but I think I am really leaning towards this one.

It is very simple and I like that because then it is more about the picture then the design. I also like the script and the color. I think the best color at Christmas is red, so I would definitely want to incorporate that in our card.

Looks like I have some decisions to make!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

3 months

Wow my little itty bitty girl is 3 months old. I don't know why but I find this so significant but I really do. She's a quarter of a year old. And she has changed so much in this little bit of time. It's hard for me to really appreciate until I take a moment to look back.

1st week

3 month photo shoot

Quite the difference...I can't believe it!
So what have we been up to this month??
  • Almost grown out of our 0-3 month clothes...but 3-6 are still too big (of course)
  • Not a fan of wearing too many clothes b/c we are ALWAYS hot (Mommy might have to move into another bedroom, while you and Daddy sleep with the air conditioning on in the winter....)
  • Still loving the pacifier and just about everything goes straight into the mouth as soon as you get your hands on it
  • Still sleeping pretty well (except I think right now we are going through another growth spurt...)
  • Super smiley and giggly, except for when Mommy wants to take pictures because the flash really startles you
  • Starting to grasp things
  • Almost had a rollover a couple of times this week
  • Really liking sleeping on your side, which worries Mommy
  • Hands are constantly on mouth if nothing else is
  • Loves to sit and listen to Daddy play the guitar
  • Neck strength gets stronger and stronger everyday and tummy time is going really well
I can't believe how much you have grown in such a short time, you are truly amazing. I love you so much!

Oh an get a load of this....proof positive that the apple does not fall far from the tree...

Mommy a little inebriated...Maggie with a little 'tude

Oh and one last my bday is coming up and we decided not to do any gifts this year for birthdays or Christmas, but the hubs informed me last night that Maggie got me a gift for my birthday...He is too much!!!!


First want to give a shout out to Melissa over at Outnumbered 3 to 1, where I recently won her Modern Family Season 1 DVD Giveaway. The DVDs came in the mail yesterday and I already started watching the show. What a hoot!

Next up...
  • Day 21 – a recipe
A recipe??? Would a recipe for disaster do? No seriously folks, I got nothing.
  • Day 22 – a website
Like to give another shout out to the blog that got me started in this whole thing. While I was pregnant I was doing my stalking of all things pregnancy related and happened upon a reference to this blog on a website I frequented. I started reading and became immediately hooked. So who do I have to thank??? Why no other than a Ms. Heir to Blair. Her blog is pure entertainment and quite an insightful look into the life of a great mommy. She keeps it real and doesn't make you feel like an inferior mom (that's a compliment). I'm sure most of you have heard of her, but if not check her out, you won't be sorry!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Tagalong

Tuesday Tag-Along

More to learn, More to love

  • Day 19 – a talent of yours
Well I have some silly ones, like I can clap like a seal. Ok I'm not videotaping this and throwing it on Youtube, so just imagine...I have double jointed knuckles or something and my fingers reach the end of my palm and when I flap my hands they clap, and if I do both hands at the same time I look like (an idiot) a seal. Or so I've been told. I also can move the vein over my knuckles of both of my middle fingers. Weird I know.
Seriously though, I really love to sing. I did a lot of choir in high school and I was one of the lead's in my senior musical. It's something that I have lost touch with and something that I would like to resurrect.
  • Day 20 – a hobby of yours
Well I guess you could say that right now the only hobby I have is blogging. I am trying to get better and better at it as I go along. How am I doing??

Yep she's enthused!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Making Friends

This is what it's all about

Life is meant for weekends like this. Where the house falls to disarray and the laundry piles but you can't care because you're not there to notice. Where you get up at a reasonable hour, slurp down some cereal, gather your bags and point you car in the direction of Anywhere But Here.

Yesterday we spent the majority of the day checking out the construction on my in-laws beach house. Only a couple more weeks and that puppy is going to be finished and then it is ours to enjoy. So many of my childhood memories are wrapped up in summer nights in various beach towns and I can't wait to share those exciting experiences with the Magster. While we were there we ventured out on to the beach for Maggie's first beach exposure. The wind was a'whippin' and she had JUST fallen asleep when we go there, so she isn't the happiest camper in most of the pictures, but when we tell her about her first beach experience in years to come, it will be the recalled as ideal.

Then today we went to the Pumpkin Patch for Maggie's first pumpkin. Again, it was a little bright, so we didn't get too many smiles...

Daddy and Maggie were getting a little sick of Mommy's incessant photo taking

Finally a smile...not an easy task!

Mommy's little pumpkin and HER pumpkin
  • Day 17 – an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)

I adore this statue and you would think living in Philadelphia I would have seen it in person, but no. Someday I will...
  • Day 18 – your wedding/future wedding/past wedding
As for my wedding, I just wrote about that for our 2nd anniversary and you can read about that here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Songs that make you go waaaah and 5Q Friday

Day 16 – a song that makes you cry (or nearly)

Instrumental pieces with lots of violins get me every time. Therefore, Samuel Barber's "Adaggio for Strings" literally makes me weep every single time I hear it. The first time I heard it was at a 9/11 memorial, so it is really wrapped up in some deep emotions for me. Not to sound morbid, but I would actually like it played at my funeral.

Also "John 19:41" from Jesus Christ Superstar...another instrumental fave. Again, lots of the violins...

1. W
ho is the better cook, you or your spouse?
No contest..Brian wins this one. I have zero confidence in the kitchen, but I am working on it. Made some kick butt beef roll-ups on Wednesday, so slowly but surely...

2. How often do you talk to your mom?
I talk to my mom about twice a week. We love sharing our pics of Maggie and talking about all of the cute things she does.

3. Are you adventurous in the kitchen or stick to the recipe?
I try my hardest to stick to the recipe but occasionally I get flustered and miss something. Again working on the confidence.

4. Is your second toe longer than your big toe?

5. Do you dress up for Halloween? (Bonus question: What will you be this year?)
I had to for the past two years of teaching and I always go for the silly word play ones. Two years ago I walked around in wings with a can of Red Bull and said "Red Bull gave me wings" and then last year I taped a bunch of empty nerd boxes on my shirt and I was a nerd. I don't really get into it that much, and I will not be dressing up this year. I wasn't planning on dressing Maggie up, but someone lent her a costume, so I will take pics and post.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Double up!

# Day 14 – a non-fictional book

I would have to day that Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt is one of my all time favorite non-fiction books and the movie was pretty awesome as well.

# Day 15 – your dream house

It's not so much the house, which is beautiful, but it is more so the location. This house is located equidistant from all of our families' houses and that would make our lives so much easier. A girl can dream!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Don't rain on my parade

Bullying...quite the hot topic these days. Why? Not because it is a new phenomenon but because nowadays it has more dire outcomes. What causes a child to think that suicide is the only answer? How do I protect my daughter from the bullies themselves and then instill in her the confidence to rise above it when they inevitably get her? I'm not saying that I think my daughter will necessarily be a target for bullies, but it seems like no one is really immune. On the news yesterday the interviewed a girl who was beaten up because her "friends" decided she was too pretty. So you never know what will set someone off and make them hate someone else...

I don't have a solution and I don't mean to be a downer, but this is a topic that really concerns and upsets me. I was bullied when I was younger and it is something that I would not wish on anyone. Also, today is spirit day for Lesbian and Gay teens to let them know that they are not alone. I hope that everyone is wearing purple in support! Thanks for letting me vent, now some cute baby pics...

Oh you didn't know?? Maggie's in a band!

She's the lead singer and lead guitarist. She rocks!(literally)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

So much love

A couple of posts ago I talked about the outpouring of love my little Maggie has inspired in my family and now I offer some proof...

And as I sit now watching her sleep so peacefully, her little belly slowly rising and falling...I don't need proof because I can totally see firsthand what all the fuss is about. Happy 12 week b-day my beautiful baby!

Tuesday Stuff

Tuesday Tag-Along

  • Day 12 – something you are OCD about
I wouldn't say that I am really OCD about much, but I am pretty adamant about expressing to children how important it is for them to read recreationally. Reading outside of schoolwork has so many benefits and will help kids so much in the long run. If they can find some type of book to read for enjoyment, then they will be set for life. It is so very important!
  • Day 13 – a fictional book
Wow, this really goes hand and hand with what I was just talking about before, and I think I have to give credit where credit is due. The Twilight series has really helped to interest a lot of non readers to start reading for enjoyment. I love the series and I think that it has been very beneficial in this movement.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Making Friends

A Change is gonna come

*Day 11- A recent photo of you

My little girl has caused quite a stir in our family. I never been privy to such a whirlwind of excitement. It all began to slowly build as the months of my pregnancy went by. The day of the actual event the love just erupted (I'm still working on the birth story, who knows why it's taking so long....). It's been two months and I thought the frenzy would have died down a little by now, but the infatuation does not seem to be abating anytime soon....and I am eating it up. We created something that brings so much joy to others. She doesn't have to be glamorous or witty. Just her mere presence is all that is necessary to elicit an outpouring of the gushy, mushy stuff.
Before, I never really considered myself a connoisseur of the sap. In fact a few of my relatives, who shall remain nameless, observed on numerous occasions that I didn't have a very maternal nature (just 'cause I wasn't a fan of their spoiled rotten dog). I don't agree with those notions, but I truly have to say that motherhood has softened my edges. I was a tad on the prickly side and now I see myself with a much gooier center. How can you not dissolve into a puddle when you look into those big blue eyes?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Long and Winding Road

*Day 10 – a photo taken over 10 years ago of you

Ten years ago
Heading down a bumpy road
Twisting, turning, hurtling through
Not paying attention to the signs
No one to steer me
No air bags to cushion the blow
A decade later I am thankful for the ride
That has brought me safely to my true destination

Friday, October 15, 2010

Walk on By

For four years I had contemplated what I would say to her if our paths ever crossed again. I didn't think of it too often, but occasionally the hurt would return, as fresh and just as painful as the day she tried to destroy me.

From the corner of my eye I recognized her immediately as I skirted the closing elevator door. My first reaction was utter shock, but I quickly reigned that in and composed myself. From my furtive glances, I couldn't tell if she really hadn't seem me, didn't remember me or was playing the “if I pretend I can't see you, then you can't see me” game that I was engaged in. The two other passengers of the car were silent, lost in their own lives and the numbers signaling each new floor seem to light up slower and slower with each passing floor until the elevator emitted a crunching noise and lurched to a dead stop. We all braced ourselves and then the young man standing next to me reached for the red telephone in the elevator's control panel.

“Hello, yes we are in an elevator in between the fifth and sixth floors and it seems to have stopped for some reason. When do you think you will be able to get us going? What? Why don't you have a backup technician who can fix the elevator when your main guy is out sick? What are we supposed to do? There are three other people in this elevator with me. Well you better figure it out bub or you'll be sorry.”
He hung up the phone and addressed the group, “The elevator tech is out sick today, they have to find someone from the outside to come in and fix it. He has no idea when that will be.”
I slumped to the ground. She finally looked in my general direction. Our eyes locked. Could she read what was going on in my mind? Did she hear me yelling and cursing at her?

“What did I ever do to make you want to discredit me so thoroughly? We were work friends, at least I thought, and when I made another friend, you resorted to childish actions and tried to have me fired. I couldn't be friends with the two of you? You needed to spread rumors about me and talk about me behind my back to make yourself feel better? You felt it necessary to send my boss a list of reasons proving I was incompetent because I ate lunch with someone else? Do you have any idea how much you hurt me? Do you know how much pride I take in my work and that you hit me exactly where I bruise the easiest? How did you reason all of this to yourself? Did it make sense to you? Because honestly four years later, I am still scratching my head.”

She tore her eyes away first and stared at the floor. Two hours later the elevator was fixed and we all walked away. I saw her glance back at me as she exited the car and all I could do was smile at her. I could tell that this simple gesture took her by surprise and she froze in her tracks, unsure of how to respond. I walked by her and never looked back.

This was a response to the prompt-- "Think of a person you don't like, and describe what you might say if you had to share an elevator ride together. Then describe what happens when the elevator breaks down. For six hours."

Social Parade on Friday/ Day 9

Smart and Trendy Moms

* Day 9 – a photo you took
Man I really wish that I was a better photographer. I think I have a pretty good eye, but sometimes I think I lack that patience to really work at it. Here is a picture that I took that I really like. Of course it doesn't hurt that the subject is my favorite! Let me know what you think.

Five question Friday

What is your favorite Halloween candy?
Candy Corn... And more specifically the pumpkin kind. Yum!!!!

2. Do you fold your socks?
I "ball" my socks up for the most part. Occasionally there are times when I get lazy though and then the socks just get thrown into the drawer.

3. What is something that you wish you had been warned about?
I wish someone would have told me how hard it is to fall asleep after you have a child. For the past two months I have spent the at least the first hour in bed worrying about her.

4. What is the most significant difference between you and your significant other?
Well he's a dude....but seriously I would have to say that he when it comes to certain things, he is the more patient of the two of us.

5. What are three words you would use to describe yourself?


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