Monday, March 30, 2009

School Days

I think I already told many of you that, starting this Wednesday, I will be back with my former employer. That means the kiddos will be in a preschool/daycare just for two mornings per week.
So, today is the first day of "school" for Danae and Caedon, a trial day of sorts. And while I envisioned clingy children and me needing to hang out for an hour and see how it goes, the kids apparently saw it differently. Caedon was extremely irritable right before leaving the house, so I thought that there was no way this could go well. Ha, yeah right. "Guy Smiley" made no complaints when we went into his classroom, even when I put him down to play. He just smiled at his teachers, flirting away, taking it all in.

My first clue as to how good this would go should have been when Danae told me, "You don't need to stay with can go, Mom.", even before we left the house. My plan was to hang with her for a little bit in her room; however, when we got there and she sat to eat a bowl of cereal, she promptly gave me a kiss and said, "Bye! You don't need to stay." Wow. Even though I was happy that it went well and walked out of there feeling like I should push the Staples "That Was Easy" button, it was a clear indication that my little girl is growing up. She's independent...can handle most things on her own...and doesn't need me to hold her hand as much anymore. Ugh. In many ways this is other ways I just want to scoop her up and make her a baby again! How quickly they grow and leave the nest!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Unbelievable...the little man was just getting up on his knees sometime last week, started doing the "army-crawling" thing over the weekend, and is now all over the place!

Seriously, just this morning I've been finding him in various places (such as underneath the kitchen table, as shown above). He's mainly doing the "army-crawling", but he does do some regular crawling. I'm in shock as to how quickly this happened! Time to break out the baby gates and do some major baby-proofing (including a location change for Hungry, Hungry Hippos and their little white marbles). :o)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Philly Excursion

This past Saturday we took a little trip of sorts. I wanted to do something special for the upcoming 3-0, so we packed up the kiddos, hopped on an Amtrak train, and met up with my sister and brother-in-law in Philly for the day! The highlight for Peanut was the train. She was beyond excited!
Danae right before we boarded

Mommy and Danae on the train

I, like most school-age children, learned all about America's history and those involved in forming this country while in elementary school. However, probably unlike most people, my memory is absolutely horrendous and I couldn't tell you names or events from that time if my life depended on it! Lately I've had this nagging desire to re-learn U.S. history when I have time. So, I wanted to visit the historic district of Philadelphia and see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and whatever else we could take in while the kids remained somewhat calm. Here's some photos of the day. Thank God the weather cooperated!

In other little man is on the verge of crawling! AGH! He gets up on all fours, sometimes does a push up or two, and can even straighten his legs (with hands still on the ground). But, no organized crawling yet. I'll try to get video on here soon (once I figure out how to make it work on the new computer).

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Turning 30

Happy St. Patty's Day to you all! Hope you are wearin' your green today! ;o)

Today is my 30th birthday. Yup, I'm a regular Puertorican Leprechaun (or so they nicknamed me in college). ;o)

It's kind of weird to think I'm 30. Seriously, where DID the 20's go??? There are times that I wish I was still 20-something, not much responsibilities, free to do what I want. But, I see how much I've grown since those confusing, lack-of-direction times, and I'm grateful (REALLY grateful) for who I am and what I am today. God's awesome like that!

So, enjoy today, make some Irish Soda Bread, and don't get pinched for not wearin' green! ;o)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Your Opinion is Needed!

I've been looking at vacuums lately. Just looking...not seriously buying yet. It's on my birthday list, and Hubby says I need to be more specific instead of just putting "vacuum".

I currently have a Hoover Windtunnel Light (upright with bag), and despite the fact that the hoses are cracked and accessories chewed and broken, the suction is still decent. Actually, I've never had anything to compare it to, so it could be downright horrible for all I know. I just thought it might be time to upgrade soon, maybe get a vacuum that doesn't stink up a room if I suck up old Cheerios and then run it a few days later.

Right now I'm eyeing the Dyson DC14, a great vacuum for us allergy sufferers. However, at over $500, I'm thinking that it's waaay out of my league.

SO - I need ideas! I can research vacuums all day, but when it comes down to it, I like to hear what others have, what they've tried, bagged vs. bagless...that sort of thing. So, bring it! Your opinion is needed and appreciated! :o)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Time to let go

Lately I have this desire to sew know, like make things for my kids, have the ability to fix or hem my husband's pants, make something for myself, etc. I'm not talking high-fashion, big time stuff, just maybe make it a little hobby for now and then. The problem is that I don't own my own machine, but my very giving and loving mother-in-law graciously lets me borrow her machine.

BUT, here's the other problem: the above-mentioned sewing machine and I are bitter enemies. It cringes when I touch it, and I just want to chuck it out the window whenever I try using it. Thread ends up everywhere I don't want it to be and the needle de-threads itself from time to time.

Now, I will admit: deep down I know it's me that's the problem. My foot pedal skills stink, as do my "keep your finger away from the needle when sewing" skills. I tend to get my nail smashed by some do-hicky part on the needle-thing every time, and my foot seems to have only two speeds on the pedal: way too slow or mach-speed. UGH!

I was/am in the process of replacing some of the tabs on my son's cloth diapers. This morning I made one last-ditch effort to sew the new tabs on myself. After sitting in front of the machine for almost an hour and getting only one diaper done, (and seeing the pile of white, knotted thread on the floor next to me), I called it quits. Really, I wanted it all to work out and for me to be some kind of awesome seamstress, but you just gotta know when to let go.

If you know anyone who has the knowledge and patience to put my new tabs on, a good working relationship with his/her sewing machine, and the availability and willingness to work on 10 or so diapers, let me know.

Monday, March 2, 2009


Hubby and I awoke to the pitter-patter of little feet in our room, the rustling of our window blinds, and the exclamation, "SNOOOOOWWW!" Needless to say, Peanut was beyond excited about this lovely storm that brought about 4-5 inches (much more in the drifts behind the house) of fluffy white stuff.

The first attempt at snow play was this morning, just before Baby's naptime. Boy, was he miserable. Here's our little angry snowman:

Still, we had a great time of angel-making, picture-taking, and snow-throwing. Peanut, Hubby, and I even went back out after the baby fell asleep for his afternoon nap, and we got some sledding in. I'm not usually a fan of this cold, dreary weather, but there's something about playing in the snow that makes you feel young again. And since lately I've been feeling a little blue about leaving the grand 20's in a couple weeks, I'll take all the young-feeling activities I can get! ;o)

Here are a few more pics for you to enjoy. Stay safe, and enjoy today!