Saturday, November 20, 2010

And the winner is....

Congratulations to STACEY!!!! You are the winner of the  giveaway !!!!

Can't wait to hear how you like the stroller organizer!  I am thinking this will make the jugglin act a little bit simpler!  Enjoy my dear! You are so deserving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's Snowing!

The first snow of the season fell overnight last night! I took this picture as I was driving to work this morning (don't worry, I pulled over!).  It isn't much- but it does mean winter is on the way...
For the first time in a long time, I am actually looking forward to a snowy winter.  I think having Ali to enjoy it with makes a big difference!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Monday!

Don't forget about my giveaway!  Post it on your blog, get extra entries!  You have until Thursday!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Avery Coy is 6 months old!

It is hard to believe that my sweet baby girl is a 1/2 year old already!  Time is flyyyyinnnnn!  Avery went for her 6 month check-up yesterday- sister is healthy, happy, and HUGE!

Weight:  20.6 lbs
Height: 27.5 inches
The girl is runnin in the 97th percentile for weight and height... which thankfully I'm used to from the precedent that Ali set for her- I guess we just make big babies around my house!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Giveaway Time! Woot Woot Woot!

Alright peeps, here's the deal:  You have 10 days from today's date (November 19th at midnight,) to submit your name for my giveaway. 
You have a choice of three totally random options that I found from the family of stores (seriously, this place has everything! madness I tell ya)

Choice #1:

This fabulous bucket o crafts!  Check it out and see all the fun stuff packed in this puppy ... I think it's a must have for activities for my toddler, as I am totally not crafty and love to have options at my fingertips.

Choice #2:

This uber,super duper cute bag!  I love, love, love it!  It is kinda teacher bag-ish... hey, I'm a teacher, what can I say? but it is still so cute, and versatile!  I'm so into polka dots right now, and can totally NOT pull them off on an outfit, so "wearing" them on a bag is the perfect solution!

Choice #3:
This super awesome, strap- on stroller organizer (hee hee, I said strap-on)  What I love about it is that you can strap it to an umbrella stroller- genius!  I totally want and need this sucker! 

So, how do you get yourself a  into the drawing for this fabulous giveaway??? Well, my dear reader, you simply need to leave a comment, telling me which choice is the object of your desire, and why!  And give me your email address to contact you!
You can have an additional entry if you post about my giveaway on your blog (leave me a link in the comment), and you can triple your chances if someone from your blog comes to visit, and mentions your name in their comment! 

Your chances are good, as about 3 people read this blog :)
All entries must be received by 11:59 Pacific Time Nov. 19, 2010.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Get ready for it!

CSN has once again contacted me to do another giveaway! I feel so cool!  Be watching with baited breath for a cool kids' toy to be given away to one lucky reader very soon!

... in the meantime, check out some of the awesome kitchen bar stools that I have found on one of CSN's awesome sites! We have been looking at bar stools to replace the crappy ones we have had for 5 years.. it's hard to say no to free shipping!  (seriously, they have about a million products, on a million different websites, and at super good prices)

The problem with communication

I suck at speaking my feelings... and probably writing them to. Which is kinda funny, considering I am an English teacher.
Anyway, every time I try to tell someone how I feel (most the time I'm talking about my husband) I can never articulate what I feel in my heart or think in my mind.  It frustrates me, because I feel like I never really get my point across; like my feelings are trapped in my own mind and heart and I'm the only one who really knows how I feel.

You see, I feel things deep.  I feel pride, pain, sadness, happiness, real deep.  Things affect me, and stay with me, and I think about them a lot. Even things that are not directly related to my life, either. I think I have a soft heart, and I let a lot of things in, and dwell on them. Sometimes this is a good thing, and sometimes it hurts me. a lot.

I feel like this when I try to tell my husband things- when I try to communicate with him my needs or feelings.  Take this morning, for example.  KK was saying he wanted to take our bird dog, Matty, out to hunt this weekend on Saturday.  Poor Matty is so neglected since teh girls have come around, and he has not gotten to hunt the birdies this entire season.  So KK decided he was going to take Matty out to hunt Saturday morning. Good, great, grand. 

Another problem I have is that I have short-term memory loss. Not really, but I forget stuff all the time, unless I write it down.  so I get to school this morning and check my email, and I have an evite reminder of a baby shower this weekend- Saturday- at noon.
So I see KK in the hallway (remember, we teach at the same high school) and I tell him that I forgot about the baby shower.  I apologize, and say he can take Matty before I go, or after I get back, or even on Sunday.  And he says:  so I have the kids all day Saturday then? It's going to rain on Sunday.  And he walks away.
Ok dearest husband, let's not exaggerate so much.  I will be gone from 11:30-2:30 at the most, and Ali's naptime is at 12:00- BIG DEAL!
So now hear I sit, in my classroom, contemplating how to discuss this with him and not say it wrong to make him feel defensive- but tell him that was a jerk thing to say, and that I don't appreciate his rudeness- because I take it personal- and it makes me feel unimportant.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


So Halloween went over without a hitch! Ali had a B.L.A.S.T with every aspect of Halloween- she loved the excitement of it all and running around the neighborhood with her best buddy Wyatt (who was a very cute Buzz Lightyear) this is a picture I took of the two of them a couple weeks ago- they love each other!

Ali asked me when she got home from daycare yesterday if we could go trick or treating again and was so sad when I explained to her it only happens once a year.. that girl melts my heart I tell ya! It makes me sooo excited for Christmas!

And sweet sweet Avery is just growin like a weed!  Poor little gal is so stinkin happy all the time that we had no idea how very sick she was.  So let me back up here-  Avery has been coughing for the past 2 weeks- same with Ali.  We figured it was just a cold; being it is cold season and it seems like kids have a runny nose all fall and winter long.  We started to get a little worried when Avery's cough would not go away. So after 12 days of hearing her cough- I called the doc and got her  an appointment.  Turns out the poor kid not only is on a nebulizer for breathing treatments- she also has a bacterial infection in her eye, throat, and has a double ear infection! Believe me, I felt like the worst mom ever in the doctor's office... but seriously the girl shows no signs of not feeling like the happiest baby in the world!  She's so sweet- poor thing had to suffer like that before her mean old mommy finally got it together...  thank goodness our almost 6 month old weighs 19 pounds!!!  makes me feel better when she has been turning away her cereal- poor thing- it probably hurt her throat!
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