Tuesday, March 31, 2009

tuesday with tommie

WHAT I’M READING: a handful of magazines...my mom sent me More as kind of a joke. When we lived there last summer in our moving transition to KY, she had a small stack of them. I was raving about it...then it saw on the cover it is for "Celebrating Women 40+".....I guess I fit its target audience!

WHAT I’M WATCHING: Whatever is on the DVR, I know I have at least one Gossip Girl on there.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: the kids watching Dora Snow Princess

WHAT I’M WEARING: black trouser pants and a green cable sweater

WHAT I’M EATING: Making my favorite penne for dinner....penne, kalamata olives, spinach, feta, all tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette....so yummy, so yummy, in the party in my tummy

WHAT I’M ENJOYING: seeing the kids visit with their Grandparents....though missing Husband!!

WHAT I’M SNIFFING: not much, spring allergies are not my friend. My nose is kind of stopped up!

Happy Tuesday, y'all
Note: Will took this pic with his camera. We had such a good time with Monkey. He should be arriving in GA either tonight or tomorrow.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Monkey's last day in KY

Monkey, we have truly enjoyed your visit. You never fail to bring a smile to every one's face. The kids have been so great about sharing you and taking care of you.

We had hoped to go to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. We woke up to a storm warning of snow. Monkey has already survived a tornado from last night, I did not want to get stuck in Louisville.

When I saw this pink and green tree, I had to take a pic. I knew his preppy mommy would love it! Since we made cookies the other day, Livi and I make Monkey a little felt one to keep in his backpack. He told us he was tired of that cupcake!
A little disclaimer about Livi in this film: she was pretending to be Will. She has one of his swimsuits from last summer. She wanted her hair pulled back so it would look short like his. She's crazy I tell you!

Lisagh, thank you so much for sharing your Monkey with us! This was a delight to host him.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Monkey goes to Fort Knox

On Friday, Monkey went to work with Husband. He tried to get a shot in front of the Fort Knox Gold Depository But there were too many signs basically saying, "Don't take pictures!" Oh well, let's be Safety's friend and just keep on moving to the next thing.

Fort Knox is the home of the armor's General George Patton Museum. The museum offers a glimpse into Patton's legacy and accomplishments.

There are many of his personal memorabilia from coats, and medals, flags he carried.

"Hey, look at this fun tank. I can drive a car, I bet I can drive this tank!" The Patton museum is like walking through the history of tanks. You can see the most basic of tanks from WWI to now.

"Okay, it is a little harder than it looks. Maybe I can just hang out here. "

"I think I need a star on my shoulder. After this Spring Break Getaway, I have earned it!"

Fast forward to Saturday evening.......while putting the kids to bed, I heard this sound that I have come to dread. A high pitched siren from outside.....DANG! I just got Will settled into bed. Husband put Livi to sleep a little earlier. A tornado warning was sounding. We live in a two story home with a basement. OF COURSE the bedrooms are on the second floor. I ran to get Husband, we each grabbed a kid (and I grabbed my Iphone ...priorities you know) and went to the basement.

Don't worry, Will has taken to sleeping with Monkey. So he was safe and sound in the basement. Nothing like a little excitement on a Saturday night.

Happy weekend, y'all. We have one more activity in store for Monkey before he heads on his way.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Monkey : kid style

What started out as kind of a "drooly" day, as the kids would say......turned out to be fairly busy.

First thing in the morning, Monkey noticed that we had a dog. He has had his fair share of dogs on this adventure. Josie, our French Bulldog, is about as easy going as they come. Monkey had to give her a little poke to even wake her up! "Oh yeah, I can handle this one!"

"Come here, little puppy....let me read your mind??"

Will had to see what all the forehead bumping was all about! Sorry little Monkey, all I know are some sight words and a few knock knock jokes!

Once the "drooly" rain let up, we headed outside to get some of that energy that Monkeys and kids seem to have an unlimited supply. Will was sure to show the little Monkey some tips and tricks on the trampoline.....complete with scratching of the pits and ooohhh oohh awwee awwes!

Now this is more like it...a teeter toter, you do all the work. I am just hanging on here.

Do you kids ever stop?? I am tired! Okay, okay....let's go inside for some quiet time.

I was fairly certain soccer practice was going to be cancelled. But after a good few hours of sunshine....off we went. Oh yeah....my Mommy taught me to drive. yeah yeah whatever....buckle up you silly little Monkey!

Look at those blue skies and all that greem grass. After the horrible ice storm this winter...it feel so good to see and feel sunshine.

"Monkey, you kick the ball...not hang in the nets!" PS...yes, Will has a black eye. Monkey was showing him some flips on the couch. He tried them as well!

Kind of a mundane Thursday...but very true to our life! We are loving having this little Monkey in our home!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Photostory Friday: Monkey Feet

We have had so much fun with a silly little sock monkey. When I signed up for this visit last spring, I just thought it would be fun for the kids. But it has been so awesome to see the smiles on people's faces when they see him. Everyone is happy to see a monkey, many have stories of monkeys they have owned previously.

After the kids came in from bouncing on the trampoline, the sat on the mat outside the door to get their feet wiped off. It had been raining and misting all day. Their feet were a little damp, bits of grass clinging to their toes. As the kids plopped down, Will stuck Monkey's feet right up there too! I couldn't help but laugh. What it is about this little sock Monkey that brings so much laughter?

PS, if you have not kept up with the little Monkey, here is his blog: Monkey Me, Monkey You

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Monkey's Movie

While trying to figure out a setting on the kids' camera, I found out it could record audio. Who knew? Note...lower your volume if you don't want your speakers blown out. Livi starts singing REALLY loud!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Welcome to Kentucky, little Monkey

Monkey, welcome to Kentucky! We are so excited to be your next host on Monkey's big adventure. After uncurling himself from his box, I turn around to see him heading for the door. I guess being cooped up in his traveling case made him want to see the great outdoors. Please excuse that blurry dot in the middle, it was drizzling rain. I think a spot of water must have landed on my lens!

After seeing there were only some white blossoms, which made him sneeze endlessly, he came back inside for some lunch.

Can you see Will saying, "Say aawww....."?

While the kids had some quiet time, Monkey saw my laptop was open. "How do you spell Grosgrain Garage? I need to check in with my mommy!" Can do, little Monkey. "Hey, she got a new car....AND the top comes down! That is too cool!"
After a bit of quiet time, we lugged out the Kitchenaid. We made Peanut Butter and Chocolate cookies.
"Hey, whatcha mixing up in there?"

Ready to plate and share with the neighbors. PS..the cookies really weren't that good. They were kind of like dry vanilla wafers that tasted like peanut butter...and they were a pain to make those two kind of drizzles.

I told the neighbors if they accepted the cookies, they had to be on Monkey's blog. Both agreed in a heartbeat! The kids look like they had to hand over Monkey as well!

Neighbor B is a uber awesome scrapper lady! Check out her blog if you do scrapbooks: Defying Gravity

Cookies, smookies....isn't it five o'clock around here?
More adventures in store! It is amazing to see how one little Monkey can bring smiles to so many faces.
PS, if you have not kept up with the little Monkey, here is his blog: Monkey Me, Monkey You

There is a monkey in the house

Just letting everyone know, Monkey made it safe and sound to KY. I will post more tonight.
If you haven't seen any of Monkey's travels, here is his blog: Monkey Me, Monkey You

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday fill in

1. Why do we have to clean toilets....I seriously need to teach the kids how to do this!

2. Shining my sink and doing a load of laundry a day are now habits.

3. I have a glass of wine just to my right.

4. I had never heard the phrase "need to get my drink on" and it totally makes me laugh.

***this is so funny if you have never seen it.....***

5. I hope I sleep all night instead of taking a kid back to their room (and falling asleep in their room) the way I always do.

6. How was I to know Livi would cut her hair this afternoon (oh yes she did....about two inches from her scalp in a little clump).

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to garlic chicken pizza (it was yummy!), tomorrow my plans include birthday party for one of Will's classmates and planting some things in the yard and Sunday, I want to drumroll......sleep in and just enjoy the nice weather!

Friday fill in courtesy of the talented Janet...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Photostory: Itchin' Kitchen

Will has been doing so well in Pre-K. It is so exciting to see him reading. One of the many things they do is to practice reading "word families". His teacher, Miss Linda, will write -at on the board. The kids will give her -at words......bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, etc. So his rhyming skills are awesome!

Tonight at dinner, I said something about my eyes itching. We had done some yard work this afternoon. My allergies are already kicking in at high speed. With my southern accent, it sounded like "itchin'". All of a sudden, Will says, "Itchin' bitchin' kitchen".

I really had to supress a giggle. Far be he realize it is a "bad" word. Mike Rowe has already taught him a few choice words!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thursday 13: Lists

I am a list maker, always have been....most likely always will. All of my lists are in my handy dandy control journal. It is broken up into different sections of things I need to make my little world function. I pretty much do the same thing every day, so it really made since to me. I was born organized. My home is not always completely picked up....I have two preschoolers! But it is never more than 15 minutes from clean. The kids are learning simple routines and that things have a home. A babysitter can ask them where the dinosaurs go, and both could show you where they go.

Here are the thirteen sections in my control journal that is nothing more than a glorified Trapper Keeper! Doesn't that make you think of junior high?

Daily Routines: these are the things I do every day

1. The morning routine helps get us out the door by 8AM.

2. The afternoon routine is actually pretty much tying up loose ends of things I started in the morning.

3. The before bed routine is the most important one of all to me! I do as much I can after the kids are in bed so that I can push that snooze button if I really want to!! Finally, I do a daily

4. To Do list of the things that aren't on my routines. Today's to do list consists mainly of stuff I need to do to get ready for the weekend.

5.Weekly routines: I do certain things on certain days. The kids go to preschool Monday through Thursday. So I do certain things "kid-free"

6. Zones: The house is divided into five zones. If I get done with the normal every day stuff, I have a great list of "spring cleaning" type things

7. Grocery list: I keep an ongoing list of things in our pantry. Kind of like a perpetual pantry

8. Emergency section: filled with insurance stuff

9. Emergency numbers: sheriff, fire, ambulance, poison control

10. Address book section: This includes a list of Christmas cards sent in previous years.

11. Babysitter info:

12. Vacation packing lists

13. Moving information

"Happiness is not something ready-made, it comes from your own actions." ~His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

This quote sums up the very reason that I do these things. When my world is upside down and chaotic, I am not happy. I need my lists to help things go smoothly. Since I do the very same things all the time, there is no sense wasting time rewriting the very same lists.

Happy Thursday, y'all! Want to play: the new thursday-13

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

tuesday with tommie

WHAT I’M READING: can't remember the name of the book...but something is on my nightstand

WHAT I’M WATCHING: Believe it or not, the DVR is empty, so I am watching Dancing with the Stars and House....flipping back and forth to not have to watch commercials.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: Josie snoring...(at least she isn't tooting).

Had to add what Will said today. We were outside doing some yard work. Bugs are starting to fly around, one flew very near or in his ear. Swatting at his ear, he said, "What in the hell is in my ear?" WHAT??? I admit, I have slipped a few times but that is not my choice of swear words. He said he heard it on "Dirty Jobs" with Mike Rowe. Damn Mike Rowe!

WHAT I’M WEARING: green tank and shorts...It is St Patrick's Day.

WHAT I’M EATING: had my favorite penne for dinner....penne, kalamata olives, spinach, feta, all tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette....so yummy, so yummy, in the party in my tummy

WHAT I’M ENJOYING: my Iphone....I took this pic with it. I was going to do some fun sepia tones on it, but it really shows the true pumpkin orange color of the bathroom downstairs. I was trying to get the back of it. I got it cut today and she did a great job! To think, this tuesday with tommie started six weeks ago when I got my hair cut and colored last time.

WHAT I’M SNIFFING: Brisket.....Husband is having a lunch at his work tomorrow. It smells so good!

Happy Tuesday, y'all

Monday, March 16, 2009

Manic Monday

Are you a saver or spender? Depends on the moment....a cute top I see, definitely spending.

Do you prefer to walk around barefoot in your home? Socks? Shoes? ugh, definitely slippers or socks in a pinch (if I can't find one of several pairs of slippers). I can't like cold feet!

Do you talk to yourself? More so in my head than out loud. But yes, I continually have a dialogue going on inside my head!

Fleur-de-Lisa hosts the original Manic Monday here

ps....just a little note on the slippers....I was very hesitant to get them...I HATE toe cleavage...but they are oh so comfortable and remind me of the old ballet house slippers I use to wear. Do they not make those anymore? You know, the ones with the little leather soles, the little stretchy tops.....oh well....these are a close second, even with toe cleavage!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Fill In

And...here we go!

1. When I look to the left, I see Livi playing out in the snow....YES...SNOW....on Friday the 13th of March, like some big honkin' nightmare....thank GAWD it is all melted as I type at almost 11 PM.

2. The eat in kitchen has those big sliding glass doors that look at the backyard.....I love it since I can let the kids out to play while I prep dinner or pick up the kitchen is the room that has the best view in my home.

3. Let it work ....it if I am calling the kids "it"...I am all about raising them up right to be able to do things for themselves!!!

4. See #3....they do "chores" for a mere quarter.....(doesn't get much cheaper)...done dirt cheap!

5. Take care of oneself and one's family is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share.

6. If you have any time, feel free do something nice for YOU.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to pizza with the family, tomorrow my plans include paint with the kids and Sunday, I want to ...uuugggghhh, sleep in, I really need to set a better goal for Sundays! Happy weekend, y'all. I am just honkin' happy the snow melted.

Friday fill in courtesy of the talented Janet...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Photostory Friday: waiting .....

This past weekend, during some gorgeous eighty degree weather, I noticed some little green shoots sprouting up around the trees in the backyard. We moved here in the summer....so this was a little sweet surprise. I can't wait to see what these will be! I stepped out just after noon to take these shots. I noticed it was getting very chilly.
Livi has already found a teeny tiny little flower to pick. I have a tiny "mom's" vase...but even that is too big for her baby blossom. I usually float these in tiny salt cellars. By now, I am thinking, "It is really cold out here." Livi is starting to shiver.....I tell her, "Run inside, baby. I'll be in to turn on the fireplace for you." I was eyeing the tree's blooms out front and wanted to take just a few shots.

I walk over to the front of the house. The wind is really starting to pick up. Now I am shivering so much I can't even focus. This shot is so blurry as a result. But there is a little bit of bright pink and green and yellow. Whew hoo....waiting for spring.

just a bit of a PS....it is now snowing. There is probably two inches on the ground. Remind me why I wanted seasons??

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

tuesday with tommie

***I thought I was getting all creative and artsy shooting a pic in front of the brick. But the wind was blowing like a "herd-a-cane (Livi and Will speak for hurricane). Then I glanced up just as the the camera took the picture.....dang...I need to get my roots done. PS, I have an appointment next week. Bring on the color. I am too young to go gray!***

WHAT I’M READING: Just got the new Real Simple for April 2009. Kind of exciting just to write April...I am so over winter. Remind me why I wanted seasons???

WHAT I’M WATCHING: I have NEVER gotten into American Idol.....so I am forced to watch Rock of Love the Superfan challenge episode

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: during the day I listen to my favorite radio station podcasts..Bobby Bones out of Austin. I can listen to his morning show online if I am home. But I tend to run errands while the kids are at preschool. But it is so easy to download the podcasts to my Iphone.

WHAT I’M WEARING: jammie pants....t-shirt....it is 9:30 at night.

WHAT I’M EATING: had Chinese for dinner....chicken with veggies. It was only okay.

WHAT I’M ENJOYING: I love Tuesday evenings.....Monday and
Tuesday days are pretty busy. We made cookies today, then rushed off to ballet for Livi. Wednesdays are so laid back.

WHAT I’M SNIFFING: Mississippi Mud cookies (recipe in the previous link) we made today. These were really good! You melted chocolate to mix into the butter and sugar. Oh me, oh my! They really were yummilicious! Want one, we have plenty left over even after sharing with the neighbors and the kids' teachers.