Saturday, July 25, 2009

Vacation Ramblings

Wow....I am sooooooo longing to create a super-lengthy post, but sadly I don't have time. I'll have to do some quick news blurbs:

Blogoversary: Today marks the one year mark since I began blogging. What began as a journal and "outlet" turned into the formation of online friendships and a wonderful support group. How I *HEART* YOU, dear readers! XOXOX!

Vacation: We're still at my parent's house. DH leaves tomorrow to fly back to Florida, where he returns to work on Monday. (Poor DH!) Em and I will be here for a while yet... This coming Friday, I leave for a 4-day reunion/girl's weekend in NYC with my college girlfriends. (Em will stay with my parents during my get away.)

Cool Stuff:
--My older sister and Em finally met for the first time. They hit it off quite well. :)
--I was able to have a fun sisters-day-out in which my older sis Michelle, younger sis Laurel, and I went out for lunch and then had massages. Ahhhh!
--Em completed beginner swimming lessons (or as DH said, "more like water acclimation classes")
--DH won a T-shirt by eating a ginormous sandwich called "The Dagwood" at the Ohio Deli in 19 minutes. (He wanted to try this feat he had seen on the Food Network "Man Versus Food" show.)
--I brought the Wii on vacation and continued my A.ctive 30-day challenge. But I'm at a current weight loss stand-still due to eating my Mom's home cooking, and going to the restaurants we "miss" when we're in Florida. (M.ontgomery Inn ribs or S.kyline Cincinnati style chili, anyone? Yummy!)
--I don't feel (current) guilt about eating at restaurants because I spent 3 hours weeding my Mom's flower garden...and I'm still sore 2 days later!
--Laurel, DH and I went to see the "Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince" movie. While I enjoyed the film, it was definitely a "connector" movie between 5 and 7. And I was disappointed by some things that were left out (a rather abrupt ending, unlike the book, for example; and only one measly line explaining the identity of the "half-blood prince") and by some things that were added (example--I'm half way through re-reading the book now and there were NO house fires in the book thus far!)
--My Mom checked out 2 "Pippi Longstocking" movies from the library. Emma LOVES them. And of course, the rest of us detest them, because they've been watched over and over and over again. Not to mention, they were filmed in Germany (I think) and the English voices are very poorly dubbed over the actor's actual voices. Cue music: "I am Pippi Longstocking, if you say it fast it's funny..."

School Stuff: I have done ZERO school work since I've been here. I had planned to do a lot of lesson planning and preparation of ideas. Thus far I've done zilch. Nada. And I really am not regretting this decision...(yet.)

--7/25/09 To her Grandpa regarding the bald patch on his head: "You're starting to look like Daddy Warbucks." (I thought this was hilarious, as my Dad still has quite a bit of hair, and is NOT bald like the dad in the "Annie" movie.)

--7/17/09 Regarding Jack and Annie from "The Magic Tree House:"
Em: "They can go through the secret massage."
Me: "Do you mean secret passage?"
Em: "Umm. No, I think it's just a path way."

--7/7/09 On Biblical Figures:
Em: "Who was that guy that went overboard?"
Me: "What?"
Em: "You know! Was it Noah? The guy that went overboard and got eaten by the whale."
Me: "That was Jonah. Jonah was swallowed by the whale. But Jonah was not on the boat with Noah."
Em: "Yes he was! He went overboard and that's how the whale got him!"
(Sadly, her logic totally makes sense....she still thinks Noah and Jonah were boating buddies. I'm going to have to work on this one.)

I miss you, Blog Buddies! I'll be back in 2 weeks! :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Beach Girls

We've been enjoying our long weekend with my sister, Laurel. (Lal arrived on Thursday evening.) We spent a day hanging out in St. Augustine, went swimming, viewed the July 4th fireworks here in Jacksonville, played about 10,000 a lot of boardgames with Emma, and today had a nice beach day.

Tomorrow Em and I will drive to Ohio with Lal. She'll take us to my (our) parents' house, where we'll have a nice summer vacation. (DH will join us this weekend when his vacation time starts.)
I'm really looking forward to it. (Though I don't know how often I'll be able to blog, as my parents have dial-up computer access, and Emma sleeps in their computer room/office/guestroom.) I'll miss you all, but I am ready for some gorgeous weather, family bonding, and fresh corn on the cob. Yummy!

Before I go, here are some beach pics of my girl today...

Beach Babe

Em and I soaking up the sun

Cute pic of Em with Auntie Lal

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sisterhood Award

My sister-in-law Meghan at Adventures of Tader Baby nominated me for a Sisterhood Award. While I'm honored (THANKS, Meghan!) by the award, I am struggling with who to give it to... There are SO many of you out in blog-land who I feel a "sisterhood" and connection with. Some of you I've already nominated for awards, I don't want you to feel burdened or "burnt out" with blog awards. So---if you're on the list below, know that it means that I LOVE YA, and I won't be offended if you don't participate. :) And if you're not on the list, I have 2 requests:

1. Please let me know if you're reading and I don't have you on my Blogroll, so I can add you to my reading list!
2. Please know that if I didn't "nominate" you, it doesn't mean I don't love you TOO! (I'd feel horribly guilty if I've caused anyone to feel like the last kid picked for their gym class team...)

The guidelines for this award are:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude and/or gratitude. Be sure to link to your nominees in your post.

3. Let your nominees know they have received the award by leaving them a comment on their blog.

4. Be sure to link this post to the person who nominated you for the award.

My nominees are:

1. Looking4#3 at OneMoreLittleOne

2. Carrie at Letting It Out

3. Shelli at Bag Momma

4. Danifred at Sippy Cups are for Starbucks

5. Sunny at Secrets of an Infertile Mom

6. Erica at Parenthood For Me, Inc.

7. Dani at Life Induces Thoughts, Mostly Random

8. Eve at Infertility Rocks!

9. Marie at My Expected End

10. Heather at Geek by Marriage

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

You Asked, I Answer

Answering some recent blog-comment questions...

Nancy Drew: All hail the Nancy Drew lovers of the world! My blog post where I stated I loved reading the original Nancy Drew series when I was a girl, received many comments from others who also loved the books. Awesome!

Webster: Yes, I totally remember the freaky/scary "Webster" episode with the empty rocking chair. I had forgotten this episode... I just remember thinking the secret passage behind the clock was cool in general. I had forgotten the creepy, scary component. ACK!

"Up" Movie: Yes, Emma did like it, and she SAT through the entire movie. Movies are hit-and-miss with her. If she loses interest, she has "ants in her pants" and wants to stand up and move around much to her mother's irritation rather than sitting. But she watched the entire movie. "Up" moves at a decent pace, which helped, I think.

--Does Em play independently for 2 1/2 hours? This is a tough one. She plays SOMEWHAT independently. It goes something like this:
Me: Able to read half a page of my book
Em: "Can you help me get this dress on?"
Me: Put down book. Help dress Barbie. Pick up book. Resume reading. A few words paragraphs later...
Em: "I can't get this Barbie's shoes on, can you get them?"
Me: Put down book. Help with shoes. Continue reading. A few paragraphs pages later...
Em: Plays for a little while. Then, "Did you see what I did? The baby was acting silly while the Mommy made dinner."
Me: "Ummhmm."
Em: Plays some more. Then, "Did you see how I set up the room? I don't like the pink bed, so I'm just using the purple bed."
Me: "O-kay."
Em: Plays a little more. Then, "I'm lonely. Will you play B.arbies with me?"
Me: "When I finish this chapter."
Then 10-20 minutes later, I'm playing B.arbies WITH Em. Though I do have to say, she played for 35 minutes ALONE yesterday. I was excited, and able to read a LOT! :)

--I guess I should also add this part of the conversation:
Em: "I didn't like this B.arbie's bangs, so I cut them off."
Me: (Thinking, at least it was the $1 clearance B.arbie) "WHAT? Why did you do that?"
Em: "They were prickly and I didn't like them, so I cut them."
(She's right, they were super glued hairsprayed so that the "bangs" would stay in their permanent B.arbie curl.)

--B.arbie DreamHouse: Yes, mine was the 3-story one with the elevator. (As an aside, I have a fond childhood memory of the Christmas morning when I was 6 or 7. Going downstairs and seeing the large B.arbie house with my stocking....pure bliss!) (Oops...according to g.oogle images, I had the "Town House," not the "Dream House.")

--B.arbie prices: I agree, I can't believe how expensive some of them are!! I've been meaning to ask my mom... Surely they weren't this expensive when I was younger? (I will say that "Santa" found a few at B.ig L.ots for $5 last year. Yea!)

--As I was nearing the end of my childhood B.arbie phase, I loved the Day-to-Night Barbie. Just found this pic on g.oogle:

The gist of this B.arbie is that she had a business suit for "daytime" work. Then you could remove the suit jacket and the skirt was reversible with a fancy "night time" party-type skirt. I SOOOO LOVED this B.arbie! The website I found this pic on said she is from 1985, which means I was 10. Ode to memories. (I still have the B.arbie, hat, purse, and briefcase...her suit was ruined when my parents' basement flooded a few years back. Sighs.)

If I recall correctly, I received the B.arbie for my birthday in April, and then this for Christmas:

The home/office. LOVED it. The "home" side had a bedroom for B.arbie, complete with bed, wardrobe, and vanity. I loved the B.arbie-sized brush, perfume, photo of Ken, etc. it came with.
The "office" side had a desk with computer, telephone, business-type newspaper, office chair, and other work-related items.

Yesterday when I was playing with Em, I decided to get my old B.arbie Home & Office out of the garage. She was tickled to see something "new" as I unveiled it. When we opened up the house, and Em unfolded the B.arbie's bed, the old foam mattress and pillow had disintegrated. There were teal "crumbs" all over my living room. As we have beige carpet, this was not good. I vacuumed today...not all of it came up. I think some of the pieces are down in my carpet fibers.
DH went and bought new vacuum bags, so I'm hoping when I re-vacuum tomorrow the rest will come up. If not, I'll have to post pictures...there are 9 teal blotches throughout our living room. (Why? Because I made the mistake of handing the leftover B.arbie mattress remnants to Em and asked her to put them in the trashcan. She meandered through the living room dropping pieces as she walked to the trash can. UGH!)

NOTE to anyone storing old 1980's toys: If they have FOAM parts, REMOVE the foam prior to storing. (For example, old F.isher P.rice hospital and/or house beds had foam pieces in them, my old F.isher P.rice Doctor's Kit had foam in the stethoscope---these foam things have also disintegrated over time. Maybe it's due to being stored in our garage in the Florida heat? I dunno...but I'm praying the teal foam B.arbie bed remnants come out of our carpet!)

Swimming: The town I grew up in has one large city pool. My parents always had a "family membership" for us to use each summer when we were growing up. I don't remember the $$, but I know there was also an admission fee for those without memberships. I've been in Jacksonville for 11 years now. And though the pools are smaller (and don't have concession stands) than the one in my hometown, they are FREE, clean, and nice. And like I said----we hit pay dirt this year. I've learned that 3-5 p.m. is the "golden ticket." The summer camp kiddos have left by then. Many of the evening crowd aren't home from work yet. When Em and I were at the pool yesterday, there were only 6 other people there. It was awesome!

Zoo: We're zoo members, because our local zoo is only 10 minutes from our house, so we go several times a year. With that being said, sometimes I take Em knowing that we may only go for a few hours if it is toooooo blazing hot out. I was VERY surprised yesterday. I thought it would be much more crowded, as it is summer time. It was NOT crowded at all. In fact, 2 different zoo workers mentioned that when it is in the 90's, there tends to be low attendance.

This worked out great for us, as we had close-up views of the jaguar and bonobo monkeys. Em was the ONLY person on the carousel when she rode it. We didn't have to wait in line for lunch. The water park area was a little crowded, but still not as congested as I've seen it before. We were very pleasantly surprised!

Crying at T.arget: Okay, so this wasn't a question, but I'm going to share anyway...
On Sunday DH, Em and I went to T.arget. As we were walking through the store, DH was pushing the cart, as Em and I walked behind him. For some reason, Em went up behind DH, stuck her hands in both of the "butt-pockets" on his shorts, jumped up in the air, and then HUNG on his POCKETS. You can imagine what happened next....Emma nearly fell over. DH's pants dropped to his knees. DH turned around and quickly pulled his pants up.
Being the kind-hearted wife that I am, I started laughing hysterically. Hunched over, side hurting, tears rolling down my face laughing. I still don't know why it seemed so funny to me. Maybe it was the "Oh shit!" look on DH's face?? Maybe it was seeing his entire butt in the middle of a somewhat crowded store? His bum wasn't exposed---he was wearing underwear, but his entire underwear-covered butt was OUT for a moment. Giggles. Truly....HILARIOUS!

Whew! I think that's all for now.
This post has been brought to you by the letter B and the number 10. :)