Saturday, January 29, 2011

Prepping for Punxsutawney Phil

If I were to tell you that there is an octopus named Paul that is famous for predicting the German National Football League's 2010 FIFA World Cup wins and losses...

Would you believe me?

Well, its true. 

But I only discovered that because I went on a mission tonight to research Punxsutawney Phil...who....if you don't recognize the name is the infamous 120 year old groundhog from Punxsutawney, PA that accurately predicts whether we'll have 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring.

Next Thursday, February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil will be peeping his head out at 7:25AM. 

At 8:07AM, the Canadian counterpart, Wiarton Willie, who is also a groundhog...only he's an albino groundhog, will be making the same prediction.

Hmmm...I'm not saying it outloud...I'm just typing it outloud, but is anyone else finding it fishy that the Canadian groundhog is waiting a full 42 minutes AFTER Punxsutawney Phil to make his own prediction?  You sneaky Canadians. 

Regardless.  I wanted to give you all a few days to prepare...

We made Punxsutawney Phil pop-ups...  Only because we're in Germany we've decided to call him GutenTag Gustav.  Hey...if the Canadians can have their own can we.

I call this one "toddler and Gustav in motion" - which is the only way that I seem to get a photo of this toddler these days...

Unless I catch her unawares with her groundhog...

Unfortunately, Gustav in his own version of "groundhogese" has let us know that we can expect more winter...any guesses as to how this brilliant animal figured that one out?

PS...that snow hasn't stopped me!  I dropped 3.6 pounds this week.  One more pound...and three days to lose it in to make an even 10 for the month of January.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

When I grow up...

Madmad - "Hey mom...can you watch me for a minute?"

Me - "Sure."

I turn and see this...

Me - "What are you doing?"

Madmad - "I'm practicing being a mime.  Can't you tell?  Don't I look just like a mime?"

Me - "Oh Yeah, you look just like a mime.  Why exactly are you practicing being a mime?"

Madmad - "Well, when I grow up I want to be a mime.  If I can't be a mime I want to be a ventriloquist.  If I can't be a ventriloquist I will see if I want to be a veterinarian.  And if THAT doesn't work out then I guess I'll just have to be a lion tamer....." 

Long pause (while I try my hardest not to laugh outloud)

Madmad - "...or a chef.  I suppose that would be ok too."

When I was her age I was dead set on being a truck driver.  I figured that was the best way to see the world.  I really thought driving the big rig was a glamorous life.  I would get to go through all the states in the USA!  I would be my own boss!  I would get to drive large machinery.

Which is still a fascination today.  I've driven a big rig truck...I've steered a cruise ship...I've driven tractors...I actually considered going on a date with a scary guy while living in DC because he promised me he'd let me drive one of the Metro trains.  (I quickly came to my senses when he smiled and I realized he had no teeth.)

Still on my list include a zamboni, digging with a backhoe and a train. 

In the meantime I'm going to practice being a mime...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Then and now...

I had a funny thought today.  I was thinking back to the year 2000...Actually, the year 1999 when it was going to become the year 2000 and there was all that speculation about what would happen with the change of the century...  There was widespread panic about computers crashing, missiles spontaneously ejecting themselves toward Russia/China/Middle East, bank accounts looted, stockmarkets crashing, and packs of wild dogs roaming the streets of Orem, Utah.

Yes...thats mother was absolutely certain that there would be packs of wild dogs roaming the streets...And no...we have NEVER let her live that one down.

But, the reality is that we all got to live through something that is pretty cool...the change in a century!  And, if you are at least my age...the 80's...which is almost as cool as a change in the century.

Thinking back...I never ever would have guessed that today I would be sitting in Germany with a soldier for a husband, two kids under my roof, driving a subaru.  I even eat brocolli these days...which is a big deal for me.  I was absolutely certain that brocolli was the vegetable of Satan. 

Oh how wrong we can be...kind of like those packs of maurading dogs...right mom? 

I also never thought I (my life, my hopes, my dreams, my past) would be so transparently available to anyone and everyone via a written blog...  Of course...I also was alive and mostly grown up before Al Gore invented the its not like I was able to dream of being a blogger one day.

Which brings me to my blog...

Remember a while back when I mentioned that I wanted to upgrade my blog...make it a little fancier...try and get it noticed just a little more.  Well, I've slowly been researching and attempting to discover exactly what it is that will push me from the intimate circle of readers I now enjoy...out into the vast blogosphere...

In particular, perhaps you've noticed my OCD/ADD changes in my blog backgrounds.  I cannot find one that fits ME.  I think I've tried about 50 different backgrounds over the past week...and I've ended up with black and white because black goes with everything...right?

I'm just alerting you to the fact that you'll be seeing quite a few changes happening over the next few weeks...  Don't worry - I'm trying to make it easy to navigate.  No fancy things you HAVE to click, although if you happened to love me enough to click them or rate me or vote for me I'd surely appreciate it.

Plus, if you haven't noticed I've added "pages" to the top...I'll be adding a few more so keep an eye out.

And...if you have any suggestions or comments they would be greatly appreciated.  Even the ones that are considered "constructive feedback"...I promise not to pout or send you hate mail.  Not even anonymously.

And I promise not to sic any packs of wild dogs on you either.

Monday, January 24, 2011

I know you are but what am I...

Remember when you were like 26 8 years old and would taunt your brothers and sisters mercilessly with snappy comebacks like, "I know you are but what am I?", or "If you love it, marry it..." And my personal favorite from some joke book my sister brought home one day...

"A jerk is a tug, a tug is a boat, a boat goes in water, water is nature and nature is beautiful so thank you for the compliment."

Yeah - memorize THAT one for the next time someone calls you a jerk...

Along with those taunts (at least in my childhood dwelling) came the numerous face twisting grimaces with tongues askew and eyes crossed and fingers stretching your cheeks to appear the most hideous you possibly could be just to Drive. In. Your. Point.

Because at 8- getting the point across was very important.

And what did you mother say to you?

"If you keep making that face...(say it with me now...) your face is going to freeze that way."

I never really believed my mom that  face could do that...and then I grew up and became an actual adult. (shudder...)

And I started reading blogs and one in particular caught my eye and has been a favorite read ever since.

Attack of the Redneck Mommy is funny and serious and very real and sometimes a little crass and she's made me laugh outloud and cry buckets of tears.  And in my little world thats the makings of a good blog. 

Today she wrote about her third-born who didn't live very long in this world and was born with a frozen face.  Just like my mama told me...  Only her little guy didn't get it from making faces.  He was simply born into the world that way.

Its called Moebius Syndrome...and her blog today is very much worth I'm passing along the fact that today is National Awareness for Moebius Syndrome...and if you take a gander - go read about Shale who, "never blinked, never smiled, never frowned."

And then make it a point to smile today.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

12 days and counting...

I'm sure I've mentioned at some point how much I long to be considered a woman of mystery... with smoky eyes that allude to deep secrets and incredible adventures.

Ok...side story...I love side stories so bear with me here...I have to tell you that I was madly in love at one point with a young man named Mika (pronounced mee-kah) who actually told me I was a very mysterious woman.  Sheesh...if I hadn't already had a case of a serious crush, I would have immediately developed one just for that comment.  Too bad he ran off to Israel with the foreign service before I had a chance to show him my smoky eyes too.  (bwahahaha...I make myself laugh)

Regardless...unfortunately my lot in life is to be a very organized practical individual.  And naturally that means I'm also a planner.  Now, I've worked very hard to make myself not be an anal rententive planner.  C'mon...all you anal retentive planners out there know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.  If its NOT on the calendar its not happening.  Period.

Well, I've been searching for decades for the perfect calendar to use and I've never found it.  For a long time I followed in my mother's footsteps and purchased this giant yearly calendar that had 3X2 inch spaces for each day of the month....and for a family with seven kids I can imagine that was an absolute necessity.  but for a family of two adults and 3 stepkids that came every other weekend it was good for lighting fires in the winter in our fireplace. 

Now, I've gradually downgraded to a calendar of my own making.  I drew it on a white board.  I used permanent marker and then each month I write the days and the activities...and there is room on the side for future upcoming dates that I transfer over when we get to that month. works for me.

Anywho...the whole point to this is that January is coming to a close...

February is going to be here soon.

And as I was getting ready to write in my February dates i realized that there is less than TWO WEEKS before I see my husband. 


Its been nearly eight months since I last looked into his beautiful baby blues and rubbed my fingers through is hair - which if you haven't seen a recent picture...he's decided to go a little Kid-n-Play with his hairdo.  I suppose its the soldier's secret way to "stick it" to the Army?  Or maybe not...John has always been a do-wop sort of if he starts wearing a single glove with his uniform THEN I might get worried he's completely transformed back to the 80's... 

I love it, personally...his hair, that is...  Oh...and just in case you weren't sure...Kid-n-Play is on the left and John is on the right.  (bwahahaha...cracking myself up again.)

We actually get to celebrate Snookum's day together on the 14th - that would be Valentine's day for all you traditional holiday name-ers out there.  We being John, me and an 8 year old and a 2 year old...  Bed time might come reeeaaaallly early that day.  **wink wink**

And then 4 days later (after we've raided all the valentine's day stuff for 90% off to make ours the best and cheapest ever...) we get to celebrate our 5-year anniversary.  I've got childcare all lined up and we're spending 3 days and 2 nights in the romantic wintery wonderland of Passau, Germany...where the Danube and the Inn and the Ilz rivers all meet. 

I really wish you could all be there with us.  (bwahahahahaha....cracked myself up there again...)

Did I mention that he's home in LESS than 2 weeks?  My little calendar and I are going to be hanging out a lot together over the next 12 days...

PS!  I almost forgot my accountability promise...and had to come back and edit to add this.  It was weigh in day yesterday.  I GAINED 1.8 pounds.  How much does that suck?  I'm demanding it be a gain in muscle because I've been doing "it" all the right ways.  Think my bod will listen?  We'll see...another week...another pound...hopefully gone instead of gained.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Zoo dreams...

Sleep...ahhhhhh...the memory of a night of uninterrupted sleep is tantalizing as I imagine my head on my pillow, hair matted and all crazy looking, arm numb from sleeping on it wrong and cheek creases from my pillow because I literally haven't moved for 10 hours.

Alas....that truly is just a memory.  Nowadays if I get 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep I consider myself pretty darn lucky.  I don't know if it would be any better if my deployed soldier was here instead of bunking down in his little tent in Afghanistan.

My nightly wake up call is always the fault of little Bella.  She's got crazy animal dreams in her little head and right around 2AM she is shouting and hollering all about them. 

I'm guessing that even if John were home he'd sleep right through her hollering...especially now that he's learned to sleep through the noise of a chinook helicopter landing... 

Sheesh...the more I think about this I believe this deployment has brought me a lifetime of nightime toddler duty.  (Adding that to my list of reasons why deployments stink!) 

But...back to my little stars in the sky dreamy zoo keeper...Luckily these dreams are not nightmares.  She's not actually afraid of the animals.  She's only once woken up in tears and that was when there were monsters...but more often than not she's apparently had a great dream and wants to tell me all about it. 

Just take this past week as an example...

Sunday it was monkeys.  2AM my eyes pop wide open when I hear, "Mama! Mama! Monkey eating nanas!" 

Monday it was snakes.  2:45AM I am roused from my sleep with, "Mama!  Mama!  Snake SSSSSSSSSS!  Mama!  Snake SSSSSSSSSS!"

Tuesday it was elephants.  2:17AM a trumpeting, "Pbbbbbbbbbbbbt" followed by, "Mama!  Elephants!  Elephants!  Pbbbbbbbbbt"

Now here it is Wednesday and I'm wondering what animal from the menagerie in my daughter's little mind is going to waken me tonight.  I'm kind of hoping its crocodiles.  She's quite taken with crocodiles these days and I can imagine her excitment would come with lots of clapping and exagerrated gestures of a crocodile's mouth snapping closed

I probably didn't help anything by reading her "Two in the Zoo " (a fabulous book for toddler's in case you haven't ever seen it...) about 15 times before bed tonight...

And so when the shouting starts...what do I do?  I've tried rolling over and ignoring her...she amazingly just gets louder.  I've tried scolding...but really, its so cute when she's babbling about a penguin that even at 2AM I can't really be mad at her.

Instead, I roll myself out of bed, trip my way into her room and let her tell me all about her dream while I snuggle her back down in her bed, turn on her twilight turtle and lullaby CDs and send her back into dream land...


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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just because...

You ever get one of those emails that came just at the right time and on the right day and with exactly the right sentiment you needed to hear?

I got one of those the other day.  It came from my sister and it put a big smile on my face and then a little tear dripped from my eye (crazy eyeballs just like to shed those occasionally)...

It wasn't a long email...but it reminded me of why I love my family so much. 

It doesn't matter how far away I am or how long its going to be until I see them next.  I can sit down next to any one of my five sisters.  Yes, you heard me right...FIVE sisters and talk to them like a best friend.

And lets not forget my big brother...  The one who was such a stud in highschool that when I skipped class and got caught I told my teacher I was "doing something for Ray" and got off scot free.  Of course I had to run like mad to make it to him before my teacher did to confirm he was going to uphold my alibi...

Yeah...that big brother who I trust completely...

The thing is... I've always had a fierce independent streak.  I was the kid in college that would go a month (or two) without calling home while my roommates would be on the phone at least every Sunday...  And you have to remember that I'm SO old that they didn't have cell phones way back in the early 90's like they have today.

Then my mom would track me down to make sure I was still alive and had enough top ramen noodles for the week...and she'd sneak a $100 bucks into my bank account so I could splurge a little...

And when I left home for wasn't that I didn't miss home...or miss my family...its more that there was an adventure waiting for me that I just couldn't wait to experience.

And even now...I love being in Germany.  I look forward to the challenges of speaking another language, translating celsius into farenheit, driving like a mad woman on the autobahn... 

But then comes that "just because" email  that touches my heart and reminds me of home and reminds me of all the fun I had growing up and the rope swing in the backyard, and the pear and apple trees and hiding in the grape arbor and playing kick the can until late at night and torturing our neighbor kids with homemade bows and arrows and riding like wild banshees down the big hill on our bikes and playing king of the mountain on the sawdust pile and calling "not it!" and snuggling on the pillows watching every musical ever made, little house on the priarie, Jacque Cousteau and Dukes of Hazards, racing on foot up the hill every Sunday morning with nylons in hand while my mother, who firmly believes if you aren't 10 minutes early you are late, yells out the car window as she continues to inch along just fast enough to make it difficult to catch her, "You never know when you have to jump into a speeding car!", kneeling around our family prayer table each night and rolling my eyes and heaving big sighs when dad has to say AGAIN, "I love you.", and snapping out tunes with the elastic in my underwear so my sister and I can play "guess that tune"...and suddenly...I'm reminded exactly how lucky I am.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away...

I feel like that little girl in the Cat and the Hat that is sitting at the window peering outside just watching and waiting for the raindrops to go away....and still they pound down....raining and raining and raining...

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest so I should be used to this weather, right?  I mean...its not really raining unless there are puddles...if its light we say its misting...and who needs an umbrella when its misting?  I grew up thinking 50 degrees was shorts weather...  winters meant ice and not snow...  burkenstocks ARE worn with socks... the ocean is supposed to be freezing cold, but once you're numb you don't really think about it anymore...I grew up feeling guilty for throwing anything actually into the trash (recycle!)...I had no clue what humidity me it was more misting...dressing up means jeans with no holes in them...and my mom has actually made salmon meatloaf.... (DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT inflict that same torture meal on your children I beg of you.)

So when I look out the window and see the rain here and feel...well...depressed...  I figure I've got to put on a


If we took a holiday...Took some time to celebrate...Just one day out of life....It would be, it would be so nice

Everybody spread the word...We're gonna have a celebration...All across the world...In every nation....It's time for the good times...Forget about the bad times, oh yeah....One day to come together....To release the pressure...We need a holiday

You can turn this world around...And bring back all of those happy days...Put your troubles down...It's time to celebrate...Let love shine...And we will find...A way to come together...Can make things better...We need a holiday

I normally would have just put a line or two of a song, but Madonna just seems to require a whole paragraph or two.  Not that her lyrics are extraordinarily meaningful, unless you think you need a holiday and I DO.

Plus, who would have ever thought Madonna would have the answer?  Actually - thats a rhetorical question because I think I can distinctly remember thinking Madonna was (and is) the bomb.  Madonna came right after my Michael Jackson phase.  My sister had a poster of him in our room - the one where he's in his black pants and wearing the yellow jacket.

PS...I kissed that Michael Jackson poster every night before bed....

PSS....just to keep in mind my accountability requirement.  I lost 2.6 pounds this week.  Go me.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chug it!

I'm sending kudos out to my mom tonight.  Why?  She made me drink water.  Thats right.  Water. 

I love the stuff.  I hear people say, "I hate water."  or "Water is boring."  These, I fear are those that perhaps are searching for eternal excitement even in their beverage selection?  Maybe?  Perhaps I'm being unfair? 

All I know is that I'm drinking about a gallon a day right now.  Yes, literally a gallon.  I know this because I fill the jug up at night and drink it down all day and my last glass of water before bed empties it to be refilled. 

So - just a few little things about water.

1.  When I am really grumpy - offer me some.  It most likely is the problem.  Especially if we are out and about and I didn't bring a water bottle.  And if I snap at you for suggesting it don't feel bad.  My mood will change after I get some in me.  Oh, and sorry in advance for snapping at you.

2. debunks the myth that you need to have 8 glasses per day to not be chronically dehydrated, but they DO tell you to take in as much as you put out in sweat and spittle and other forms of leakage from your bod...  I'd say the 8-10 glasses is a good rule of thumb.

3.  Water is supposed to make your skin super soft.  I'm gonna test that theory when John gets home for R&R in THREE WEEKS.

4.  Your brain is made up of 75% water, your blood 82% and your lungs nearly 90%.**

5.  If you don't drink enough water your body holds onto it like a cactus would in your hips and thighs.  Unfortunately I can't use that as an excuse for the extra plumpage emanating from either of those areas, but it does make sense for why when people finally DO start to drink it they drop water weight pounds.**

6.  A gallon makes you have to pee.  A. Lot.

The end.

**Discovered while reading an article on

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Art Therapy

I signed Madmad up as a test subject for a college student's master's thesis on art therapy.  Essentially all she had to do was draw three pictures and then answer a few questions about them.  The idea behind the thesis is whether there are similarities in children of deployed soldiers in the themes that might be found in the drawings - thus leading to similar psychological issues found in children of deployed soldiers...

First, Maddie got to draw whatever she wanted...she chose to draw a sick elf.  HA!  I can just imagine what THAT says about the psychosis of our family.  ha ha ha

"Dear crazy family,

Your daughter's idea of something to draw was an elf with the chicken pox.  Have you ever heard of counseling?"

Second she had to draw a picture of our family doing something together.  She drew John in an airplane waving at Maddie, Bella and I  who were on some green grass playing soccer.  Veeeerrrrryyyy interesting.  At least, when I put on my armchair phychology hat...why wasn't John part of our family activity?

Instead of kicking a goal he was up in a plane waving at us while WE played.  Its a definite sign that he's not "here" in the sense that he's an active part of our family.  At least he was hovering around in mid-air in an airplane and not with angel wings or some sinister thing like that.

And at least we were out doing something active and not sitting around the latest episode of Elmo's world...which seems to be all we watch these days on the tube.  That could have been embarrassing, but it would have been harder to have John in an airplane while we're sitting around snacking on popcorn watching a little red furry monster sing la la la la la la....Elmo's World!

Third, she got to choose what she wanted to draw again.  She chose to draw a princess with a bunch of hearts around her...fairly standard fare for an 8 year old girl, I think.

I don't get to know the results until the master's paper is written, but I'll be interested to learn what she has to say about the mind of children of deployed soldiers.  I think Maddie is pretty well adjusted as far as that goes, but when you add in that I'm STEPmom ...then you start to think that this kid is far away from BOTH her birth parent. 

I can't bring myself to say "real" parents...because the truth is I AM her real parent.  Now I could embark on a long lecture on stepmoms (and dads) and the recognition they deserve for playing a parenting role regardless of the stupidity of the court system or the negativity in birth parents toward stepparents and vice versa...  I don't want to undermine how HARD it can be for us adults to get along, but the truth is that if you allow a stepparent to be a parent it will almost ALWAYS be a good thing for your kids.  They will feel loved and cherished and secure in both homes and by both sets of adults in their lives...  And yes, I know there are always exceptions...just like there are birth parents that I could point out that have never been allowed to reproduce. my soapbox and enough said.
Just know that I love that little girl.  I'm glad she knows that.

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

The first of many...

The first of many blogs about my fatness.  Oh yeah.  I said it.

In case you didn't already know, I'm a sparker.  What that means is that I identify myself in part by a website I like to frequent and a website that has done great things for me in the past.  Its kind of like being a "trekkie" or a "tubie" or something like that.  (P.S...I totally just made up in youtubie...did you get it?  ha ha ha)  Only for me - its Sparkpeople. 

So, I have some good friends on that sight and we essentially motivate each other to lose weight.  Only the thing is that unless you are really feeling it - you yo-yo...which, I hate to have to admit this what I did all last year.  Up and down ...up and down.

But at the new year I decided to scare myself straight.  So, I got online and read all about Type 2 Diabetes.  I'm prone to being diagnosed with it.  I had gestational diabetes...I am overweight...I like carbs...  And scare me it did.

So - here I am at the end of week one and I lost 4.6 pounds this week!  Wooohooo!

How did I do it? 

1. I ate right.
2. I exercised daily.

Sheesh.  I hate it that those back to the basic methods are the ones that work.  But they do.

I checked myself out in the mirror today to see where the "nearly" 5 pounds left from.  I'm thinking it was my left foot.  Weird, right?  But my left foot slipped into my boots much easier today than it did yesterday.  And I was wearing thicker socks.  (Aren't my powers of deduction stupefying?)

Sparkie McSparkster signing out...4.6 pounds skinnier...

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Seven with one blow...

Remember the story about the little tailor who killed seven flies with one swat and it got turned into seven giants with one blow?

Well, our 7th giant fell today.  Seven months of deployment behind us...commemorated with a morale call from John where he told me he loved me and missed me and was proud of me...

...and the tears started rolling.

Seven months sounds so...well, so do-able when you type it out like that, but lest anyone not realize how LONG deployments really feel - we're talking about  28 weeks - two semesters of college - over 1/2 year - 7 major holidays - 217 days... 

Pick your poison...  I personally like to count the days when I'm feeling bitter or lonely or sad and want to wallow a little bit.  TWO HUNDRED SEVENTEEN DAYS. 

I just yelled that at you.  Thats how I wallow.  I may have even done a little heavenward fist shaking for emphasis...

In one month from today he should be home for R&R.  In one month he should be laying on the couch with his head in my lap letting me play with his hair while the girls snuggle beside him or play near us.   THAT sounds like heaven to me.  THAT sounds like the best day in the whole world.

My outlook on what Heaven is has changed drastically since this used to include bonbons,  a perfect body that never required shaving or exercise, the ability to fly and Pantene hair - you know...the hair that shines and swirls around your face?

Now I just want to hold John in my arms and play with his hair.  Thats good enough for me...let me be lumpy, plumpy, hairy, long as I've got him close to me. 

So, if you can't tell, I'm lonely tonight.  I'm in the mood to cry.  I don't feel strong.  I don't WANT to do this anymore.  I just want it to be DONE already.,

But until then...and for the very least I can say that I killed 7 with one blow...

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Time out!

Potty training - Check!
Temper tantrums - Check!
Time outs - Check!

I've recently been giving Bella time outs when she is really stubborn and refuses to do what I ask.

Yes, I know I'm really stubborn and if you tell me to do somthing I will most likely refuse (if I'm irritated at you...), but I'm not TWO.  And I'm sure when i was two my mom put me in time out once or twice.

So, its been going great...She's actually only had to sit in time out three times total.  The very threat of it makes her scowl and say, "Ok mama."

Until tonight.

Me:  Isabella, we already read Sooo Big Elmo three times and I told you no more stories because its bedtime.

Bella:  No mama!  Nooooooooooooooo!

Me:  Yes, Bella.  Lets put the books away...

(imagine grown woman struggling desperately for control of Soo Big Elmo storybook with toddler when its very apparent toddler is winning the struggle.)

Me:  Bella!  Let mama have the book!

Bella: NO!

Me:  Do you want to sit in timeout?

Bella:  (thinks for a minute, unzips her pajamas and sticks Sooo Big Elmo inside) Yes Mama!

(Toddler jumps off couch and sits in her time out chair, happily removes Sooo Big Elmo from her pajamas and starts to read it again.)

Me: (laughing)  Ok, ONE more time...

I'm such a pushover.  I'll bet my mom was too.  No wonder I'm still so stubborn today.

Monday, January 03, 2011


ac·count·abil·i·ty noun \ə-ˌkaun-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

: the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions.

And in my case I'm talking about New Year's Resolutions.

Normally I spend a bunch of time writing down a long list of things I need to improve, but I'm taking a different approach this year.  This year I have TWO resolutions.

1.  I will learn German... thats really all I need to say about that one.  I was going to write a paragraph about the who what when where and why's, but I think this one is pretty self explanatory.  What I WILL say about this one is that its pretty embarrassing to squeak out my germenglish language...perhaps you remember my faux paux about ein leetle shpoona?   I will never live that down.  Its almost as bad as when I pronounced chihuahua as chi hooah hooah...I had no idea thats how you spelled the Taco Bell dog. about this one...I was playing online scrabble against someone and said to John, I know what a tictac is, but whats a tactic?  Oh man...he still teases me about that...but I digress and my resolution is to learn German...not English.  I'll keep that one for another year.

2.  I will get healthy.  Woah...I know...right?  Thats a BIG one.  See why I only have two resolutions this year?  I've broken it down into some mini-goals that I'm tracking by week and month...the two biggest being eating better and exercise.  Yeah yeah yeah... I KNOW I put this resolution every year, but I've got some big plans riding on it this year.  AND...just to be accountable I plan on once per week marking my progress...right here on this blog...for all the world to see. 

Lucky you. 

Happy New Year!

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

2 going on 16

I got "the look" from her today.  Yep - THE LOOK.  Of course...the fact that she's not wearing any pants really kind of kills the effect... wouldn't you say?

Plus...I had to give her the look a little later that day when I discovered little nibbles taken out of every mini-muffin in the house...

Oh little mousy.......

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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

I would like to announce that as of 10:49PM on January 1st I have succeded in keeping ALL of my New Year's Resolutions!  Just 364 more days of this and you will be amazed at the increased beauty, wit, style, intelligence and dramatic flair I exude.


Hey...stop laughing.

The reality is I rang in the New Year watching X-files with a little glass of bubbly fanta and a kazoo.  Yep - we got really wild around here.

The girls had a long day and made it until the late hour of 8:36 where the crying and drama got to be so much that Madmad actually ASKED to go to bed.

So, let me lift my glass of Fanta and blow a little love through that kazoo and wish you all a very happy new year.  May 2011 bring you magic and wonder!