Sunday, January 31, 2010

Closed



All sick here.
Feel like hibernating.
And eating cinnamon buns.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

MomO

You're going to like this recipe a lot...



...there's a lot of this:



You can find the recipe on Google Books: here.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Funny thing

Image representing Twitter as depicted in Crun...Image via CrunchBase

Yesterday, I Googled: Twitter widget for blogger. Shortly after I realized less than half of those words existed when I was born.
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

This weekend if...

Time, money and calories weren't a concern.

I would still do the grocery shopping, but I'd do it here:
I'd be there looking for the hormone free, free-range chicken.


Then I'd get lunch:


and a little dessert:


and then one of my all time favorite places for date night:






Friday, January 15, 2010

Brave



We finally went outside. We learned about sap, shadows, tracks and Mrs. Butterworth.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Gadgets

His influence is rubbing off on me. I no longer want a Cricut. I want one of these:



Bad.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Lovely Bones

Not seeing it. I read the book. I hated it. The imagery of the rape/murder were way too graphic to justify any beauty that could be found in the rest of the book, to which I submit there was none.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Victory!

We had a TV free day yesterday! Well, Lucy did. I watched a couple shows after she went to bed. But not before I finished some sewing projects I needed to get done. I felt okay about it. The first thing she asked for when she woke up was to "watch a movie," and throughout the day she asked for Peep, but we just did other things...we played games and read books, she played in my room while I folded laundry and then for a while, she actually played in her room. I really like the suggestion of scheduling more activities. Without a car it's hard for us to get out, which I think exacerbates the issue-at least in the winter. I realize, though, that there are a lot of activities we can do at home that I just don't make enough time for. I should also schedule more playdates. Anyway-Victory for us yesterday. Yeah!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Childhood

"Remember, you are not managing an inconvenience;
You are raising a human being."

-Kittie Franz


I read this on a friend's Facebook page yesterday and boy did it get me thinking. I think about this concept every time I turn on a movie for Lucy so that I can "get something done." I hate that about myself. Our TV had broken for a while and man, it was really a blessing. I learned a lot, our house was a lot cleaner, I was a lot happier. Then my handiest of husbands, took it apart, figured out what was wrong, ordered a new part and fixed the darn thing. I love the TV. I call it baby number 2. I can get addicted to it so easily and it really bothers me. I think my TV issues stem from childhood because TV was such a luxury. We didn't have cable most of the time but when we did we just watched incessantly...when we didn't we watched incessantly. The TV was on before I left for school and as soon as I got home. I usually did my homework on commercial breaks. I knew exactly what was on, on every channel, all the time. TV watching was fairly unrestricted in our house...except for that one show...that when caught watching it may or may not have resulted in the cord being cut in half.

I don't want that for Lucy. I don't want her growing up watching a bunch of junk. Granted, the things I plunk her down in front of are squeaky clean, Little Einsteins, Super Y (when I can get it) Peep and the Big Wide World (my favorite) and Disney movies. She will watch anything anytime. I wake up every morning saying, "Today will be the day we don't watch any movies." And I'm really good, until about 3:00, and I give in and turn on the Incredibles for about the millionth time and listen in as I make dinner, surf blogs, clean the house, cruise facebook, etc. Whatever it is that I need to "do." It's just an excuse. Not that she can't watch anything-she can, but I find that if I try to let her watch just one 10-minute episode of Peep, by the time it's over she's screaming for another one and I give in and put on the 100 minute Peep playlist.

Lucy's mental health and cognitive growth are two of my top priorities and today, I'm going to start acting like it. I keep thinking about how "they" say our brains/personalities are pretty fixed by the age of three and so I only have about 9 and a half more months to make sure she's not just a TV loving drone. Today will be different. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Ugh...

I feel like I have nothing to say lately. I'm thinking about putting up a few Christmas pictures and talking about how great the holidays were, but I'm also thinking that that's totally boring and no one cares. So, whether you care or not, here goes:

Some stuff we did over the Holidays:

1.) Baking Extravaganza
2.) Ward Christmas Party
3.) Ideal Hotdog
4.) Christmas Eve Appetizers (um...Survivor Reward Challenge...actually-I think we might be too good)
5.) Acting out the Nativity. Spiritual? Hmm. Hilarious? Yes.
6.) Christmas morning with Lucy
7.) Christmas day with the O family
8.) New Years Eve with Christopher and Alison
9.) Glo-Golf!
10.) Belated Anniversary Celebration (6 years!)


We were busy little bees and it's been nice to relax and get back into the swing of normal life, but I do miss seeing all the family.

Other random things that have happened since I last posted:
I read Grandma Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech-my favorite contemporary author-and Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow. I read something else too, but I've been too long I can't even remember-isn't that sad! It was something I liked...oh well...it will come to me eventually.

These days Lucy and I have been playing with her new toys and I've been slowly trying to put our house back together.

P.S. After writing this I started going through the pictures and I just can't look at them anymore. Christmas is over.

Okay-maybe I could do one: