November 29, 2008
November 28, 2008
Hailey woke up from her nap SCREAMING, Hitting her right ear saying "make it stop mommy" she was totally out of sorts and since she just had an ear infection exactly 4 weeks ago I figured we must be having a relapse. Well, the screaming was too much so we hopped in the car and buzzed up to Urgent Care to find them closed. Yup. Guess they get to celebrate Thanksgiving after all. Home we go, because I am not going to ER for an ear infection. Call the Dr. on call....and whom might that be? The recently referenced New Dr. Young. Yup. The good thing? She is who we saw 4 weeks ago right...maybe she will just send in a prescription over the phone. NOPE. The diagnosis - "Oh, it sounds like an ear infection for sure, I will be at the office at 8:45 I would like to see her then, for now alternate Tylenol and Motrin and use warm compresses if needed" Yippee. So we do the Tylenol and push on through the day.
Turkey, green been casserole, stuffing, Waldorf, rolls, broccoli cheese casserole, cranberry sauce and Mashed Potatoes...followed by pumpkin pie, homemade fudge and ice cream!
Wii Bowling (Hailey played and she did quite well...not scoring just the fact that she could play! She slept most of the night only up twice - not sure what the New Dr. Young will have to say when we show up this morning because I have a sneaking suspicion the ear is OK but maybe not - those screams were awful!
Off to Build a Bear sometime today! An annual tradition with Grandma Mary. The girls are really looking forward to that! Don't know what else the day holds for us but I am sure we Will enjoy all of it except the Dr. office!
(no black friday shopping for us - I can't do the crowds!)
November 26, 2008
Do you call it that? Hmmm.
Grandma Mary made it safe and sound!
We had a yummy afternoon of Mini Tacos and buffalo chicken (unless your under the age of 8 in which they chose BBQ Chicken). Followed by a little round of Wii Bowling. He whom would rather not be named got Turkey after Turkey after Turkey…Lauren told him we were going to cook him for dinner!
Ready for the big day. Somewhat! Gotta get up and make the pies! Fun Fun!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and
We can't wait for you to get here! Just a couple more hours! We are ready!
November 25, 2008
Imagine my dismay when my friend Bonnie mentioned this in her comment "I thought maybe you were going to tell about her "organizing" her books." OH MAN, I totally meant to and I totally didn't. Do I have a brain?
Then, to top it off another blogger commented that she liked our bookshelves because her books are EVERYWHERE...
Well, now it is time to Share the story of Lauren "Organizing the bookshelf" and time for me to come clean about books at our house...
It starts like this: When I clean up the books I arrange them Left to Right, Tallest to Shortest taking great care to make sure they line up width, height etc...so...when Lauren cleaned the playroom she also "organized" the bookshelf. I went to put a book on the shelf and was SHOCKED to see this
Mom takes a deep breath and beams a BIG smile and says "That is GREAT Lauren, wow that was a lot of work" I find a place for my book, leave, turn off the light and start to contemplate how long I have to wait before I redo it! Oh Lauren, I love you dear! I love you I love you I love you but...I can't do alphabetized bookshelves for long!
Now for the confession. Books, neatly on the shelf, Well yes...but you have to see it all...
In the play room we have the above now "alphabetized" book shelf as well as these two very cluttered shelves:
This shelf is mostly for Holiday books but also stores some "to do" books!
In Lauren's Room we also have these shelves with books on them:
Junie B Jones, Beverly Cleary, Box Car Children, Heidi and more
Shell Silverstein, Charlottes Web, Giant book of Madeline and more...
(ok, think bah bah blacksheep now...)
Down the hall a little further you can find a some books in my closet (and under the bed but it is too dark down there for pictures:
I think this shelf was meant for Sweaters or some other wonderful item of clothing but instead it houses books, some of my books!Now, for the grand FINALE - My favorite place in the whole house to keep books. I can't believe I lived 35 years without this awesome book storage spot...
I LOVE MY Kindle 2: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation)
! I have read 27 books on it since June and look how much space they take up! You just can't beat that. There are books that I will still buy for me because I want to have hard copies but NOT MANY!
OK - so that is it...for now. Lauren IS amazing - cleaning, organizing,
My Books are not that organized no matter what my 8 year does...we have books EVERYWHERE and probably always will!
Thanks for reading!
November 24, 2008
So we went about our evening, put Hailey to bed, Lauren went off to the playroom and I was downstairs doing what I do best (a whole lot of everything and a little bit of nothing).
When it was time for Lauren to go to bed, we ventured upstairs to the CLEANEST playroom ever!
Lauren you rock! I tucked her in and told her thank you and so much more and she said “I wanted to clean it for you so you could nap while Hailey is at school” – hmmm that is so Sweet but it also implies that my daughter thinks I need more sleep –
Instead of napping I will be cleaning this:
And I will be getting ready for Turkey Day, I will be contemplating the state of the universe as only a mom can do and I will be doing it knowing I don’t have to clean the playroom!!! I don't have to clean the playroom, nanner nanner nanner!
BONUS: Grandma is picking Hailey up from school today! My 2.5 hours alone just grew to at least 4 hours! No more excuses…time to "Getter" done!
November 23, 2008
Nothing great to talk about today, Lauren came home sick from school on Friday. It was a strange, sudden yuck. We were standing in line waiting for our Turkey lunch that the dads prepare every year when she got real pale, said she had to go home, was dizzy and couldn't walk - off to the office we go to find a 100.00 temperature. Pack it up, call it a day, drive through McDonald's and we are home. Sick child and all. She was better as of last night, had to miss rehearsals yesterday but wants to go today! Glad it was a short lived virus!
He who would rather not be named hung some more lights on the house yesterday. Winter is taking its sweet old time arriving this year and while that is driving me CRAZY it sure made for good Christmas Light hanging this year! We will turn them on next weekend! The girls are excited! We also decorate the house next weekend and I can't wait. The house takes on a whole new feeling once the garland goes up!
Grandma Mary comes on Wednesday! YAHOO. Everyone is very excited and we are ready! With the exception of the food of course! I can't remember when Zoo Lights starts at the Zoo - maybe we can all go? Better go google it!
Have a lovely Sunday!
November 21, 2008
But in the meantime...
How do you spell/write Tutu? Who cares, I had a pile of them in my house this week...helping a little with some repairs before the big show! I have to admit, my job was SUPER easy - tacking the top layer of Tutu tool to the next layer of Tutu tool. Needle in, Needle out, Knot, twist 10 inches, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat - Hey do you remember Peat and Repeat? Oh, What a flashback I just had.
Pete and Repeat went into a store Pete came out and who was left?
Peat and Repeat went into a store Pete came out and who was left?
You get the picture, sorry for the stray...anyway - I like helping when I can and this job was super easy...Much easier than when my mom tackled making entire costumes for me 28 years ago - I will have to hunt down some of these photos for your enjoyment!
Well, here is my pile of Tutu's:
November 19, 2008
you can add 4 or more to it or make your own first 4 or more lines of a holiday poem - whatever feels right to you, just do it.
November 18, 2008
When Lauren wrote a "Someday" story for the Wellsfargo Someday Story Contest? Well, she wasn't eligible to win but I submitted it anyway...
Today she got a package in the mail from Wellsfargo! Imagine her surprise to receive a package from the bank? It even came addressed to Ms. Lauren Emerson. Inside was a very nice letter from an executive at Wellsfargo Bank that took the time to acknowledge Lauren's submission! The package also contained a very nice metal stagecoach bank!
November 17, 2008
So with all the ads on TV, the initiatives on ballots, the songs on the radio (even Miley has one) and the clerks at the stores begging, pleading and even insisting - just about everyone is trying to go a little more green today than they were in the recent past.
Now, don't get me wrong, I am listening - I get it - and I even believe about 50% of what I hear about global warming and going green...but sometimes and somethings just won't trump convenience for me.
So I ask you NOT what are you doing to contribute the health of our environment but rather what WON'T you give up for the green team?
For me, sadly, My list is rather extensive - but I have my reasons :)
1. Bottled Water (I have tried the brita filters etc. and they are cumbersome, bulky and annoying)
2. Soda in cans - my addiction far supersedes my desire to help global warming
3. Paper Towels - I just can't bring myself to use the same rag to clean the counter where I lay my toothbrush with the rag that just wiped the toilet. Nor can I manage to remember which rag I used for what - and I can't stand the thought of one of these things sitting near my kitchen sink breading bacteria.
4. My Car - though I do try to combine trips more so I drive less
5. Store bought cleaning products - I am far to unmotivated to MAKE my own cleaning supplies and stick to it for more than a week - I mean cleaning is no fun anyway adding more work to it just seems ridiculous.
I do have grocery sacks that I love and try to use whenever I can but I don't bring them into fast trip stores, I did buy some Green cleaning products last time I was at the store but riddle me this one: CLOROX? Green? Hmmmm. We do have energy efficient appliances, we try to keep lights to a minimum and we installed new thermostats to reign in the Heating and Cooling - though that was more for the pocket book than it was for the environment!
Ok - Tag your it...What are you not willing to give up for the green team - at least not yet?
November 16, 2008
November 14, 2008
When we walked up to the door Hailey ran to the window, I couldn't figure out why at first because my eyes were looking down at her, as soon as I lifted my eyes I knew...Ronald McDonald was at McDonalds! WOW! What a treat! She waved at him, I smiled and rushed in hoping to get the worlds cutest picture of Hailey with the worlds most famous Clown...
Mommy hopes crushed once again...it was kind of like at Disney when Lauren did this
But at least above I was there to take the picture of Dad and Lauren...in this case we had to ask a stranger to take a picture with the famed BlackBerry...because....Hailey would not go any where near Ronald once we got through the doors. He was perfectly fun and perfectly safe through the window but LIVE and IN PERSON inside - NO GOOD.
But Ronald Rocked and made Hailey this lovely note, and she did tell her his name (6 times in a voice a mouse couldn't hear)And back at the table, safe and sound with Nuggets, Fries and a Sprite - Hailey couldn't take her eyes off him.
But he left - Returning Next Friday at 5:00 (the 21st) for a magic show and more (Town Center McD for those who want to go)
November 13, 2008
OMG I think it is the coolest thing since the Kindle! And you all know I love my Kindle! So Todd (who would normally prefer to be left out of Blog conversations) found this new BlackBerry feature today called Vlingo! It rocks!
With Vlingo you can talk to your phone and it understands you. Yes you read that right...it understands you and you don't have to talk like a robot either you can just talk!
Send an email without typing, send a text without typing, search the internet without typing. Are you catching on. HOW COOL IS THIS! Just speak, verify and send.
This is sure to save a lot of thumbs, track balls and maybe lives (texting while driving for example!)
Here are some screen shots courtesty of "him who would rather not be named"
And for those of you still in the dark ages still - grab your PIN number and email it to me so we can pin each other (faster than email and free unlike texting)
Oh, Another dark ages update...took me weeks to take the time to do it but it is worth it! take a moment to go into your BlackBerry Web maintenance site and delete your email account and then put it back in...why? Because if your email host has imap relay you will start to get your emails instantly rather than 15 or 20 minutes delayed! Now, that is pretty darn cool too! How do you know if yours worked or not? After you add your email account back in click on EDIT then on Advanced setting...in the top box if it looks like this
rimimap.xxxxx.net (xxxx being your email server)
then you are HOOKED UP! If not...sorry you wont get instant emails.
Ok once again a shout out to "him who would rather not be named" because he is the master behind all things BlackBerry. He has even mastered the art of creating your own CUSTOM themes...if your interested $7 will get you one!
I am sorry my BlackBerry might be AWESOME but it does not hold a candle to this phone found by Becky! Enjoy: but then come back... http://www.flixxy.com/sumsing-turbo-3000-cellphone.htm
Now if only BlackBerry would call me up and ask if we would like to preview cool new BlackBerry's and software for them! Know anyone?
November 11, 2008
November 10, 2008
I did get a lot of feedback - people saying they would love to post a "sweet treat" so I will take another crack at it now:
If you want to post a favorite Holiday Sweet Treat Recipe please email it to me or post it in the comments and I will create a sweet treat soon.
I know I am a glutten for punishment - but I have faith that my friends and their sweet toothes will come through on this one
November 8, 2008
Maybe I should have called this post "somewhat public, partial apology to Grams"
November 7, 2008
Friday came...and boy did it come! Friday started out very early and very sad...at approximately 5am I started trading emails with my friend Becky and quickly ended up throwing on some clothes and rushing of to the Vet ER to support a friend in her time of need.
After returning home I had to have a quick conversation with Daddy about whether or not Hailey should attend school even though she seems to have Laryngitis and most likely we will find out she has croup if we take her to the Dr. We decided, "no fever, healthy appetite" might as well head off to school, so I rounded up the troops to rush off to the SUPER QUICK shower, dry the hair, throw on the clothes and rush off to school. After dropping Hailey off we got to
make a slick U-turn and head back home for Lauren's D@^^n retainer!
On my way home from school #2 (insert mommy guilt here) I called the Dr. to grab an appointment so Hailey could get checked before she goes to Grandmas house...after 10 minutes on the phone with the nurse that rubs me the wrong way and finding out that all the "good" Dr's are out today and I was going to have to face the "new" one...after telling Nurse Rub Wrong that I was not happy about that and I could not believe she could not offer me a Dr. that already knew my children and listening to Nurse Rub Wrong say "Oh, Mrs. Emerson I remember you"
ha ha ha ...no seriously she hates me, anyway I got an appointment for 20 minutes after preschool lets out.
At 11:30 I picked up Hailey and headed to the Dr's office to face Nurse Rub Wrong and New Doesn't know my child Dr...waited in the waiting room for 30 minutes (D@^^m) with a hungry, voiceless, tired child (insert more mommy guilt here). Finally we got to see the New Dr. Her name? Dr. YOUNG. That is SUPER encouraging! Well, NEW Dr. Young looks in right ear, says it is PERFECT, looks in left ear and says "Oh she is quite infected" (Mommy guilt mounting) - listens, looks, pokes, prods...Prescribes Antibiotic for Ear Infection and Steroid for Bronchial trauma. OMG. I keep telling you that mommy of the year award will never be mine. Do you believe me yet?
Quick, call Grandma and
beg her to still take the girls for the night, ask her kindly and give her plenty of opportunity to back out. Feed Hailey at McDonalds the picture of HEALTH FOOD for my sick child, drop into Walgreen's where the fantastic pharmacists know us by name and pick up DRUGS!
Now comes the GOOD part...I picked Lauren up from school (Hailey slept the whole way) dropped two VERY happy, excited and barely looking or acting sick children off at Grandmas where GRANDMA OF THE YEAR had the most amazing snack plates on the table for them and I headed home, alone, in the car, listening to MY station...(not very much mommy guilt here)
I arrived home to box on my porch from my dear friend Becky...and in it: A beautiful tower of goodies from Harry and David. and the best part. I am Home Alone and I don't have to share, nah nah nah nah! YUMMY! Please go meet Becky if you have time, she is new to the blogging world and embracing it with open arms!And now you know more about why Becky is one of my favorite friends and if you know me at all I have VERY few friends and they are all favorites because I am sort of picky, a little...maybe a lot.
Daddy and I headed off to dinner at Outback (THANKS GRANDMA MARY!!) for a quick dinner (sans children) and we did NOT get seated at a table close to screaming toddlers...we did get to sit very close to Lauren's second grade teacher though!
Home (still not very much mommy guilt) tackle the craziness of Christmas in the basement, jump on computer and type this post...my only interruption came from Grandma of the Year when she sent this LOVELY photo from her blackberry. I think she was so proud, I can just hear here saying "let me send mommy a photo so she can see you guys are fine and having fun". Well Mom (Grandma) next time you might want to look at the picture before you send it!
So now, Friday night is almost over, The girls got to go Grams, I got some quiet time and I will head off to bed (insert mommy guilt again) thinking about my girls, my evening and pondering this fantastic thought:
"When did quiet time at home trump going out and having a blast with your husband?"
Thanks for listening (reading) if you made it this far!
Now go back and hit all those hyperlinks they aren't to be missed!
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
November 6, 2008
Didn't take long enough though..
Oh and don't ask me what the parts in the middle are...I was too afraid to ask.
November 5, 2008