Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Anyway here are my goals:
1. To track my food intake as well as exercise daily on sparkpeople.com.
2. To cook at least 5 nights a week. By cook I mean actually cook - frozen pizza does not count.
3. To hit the gym at least twice a week and run at least twice a week as well.
My goal is to lose 5 lbs a month which seems reasonable enough; but more than that to change my overall eating habits - eating out less, cooking healthy foods more often, etc.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday night we went to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - we had hot cocoa, froze to death, rode rides, and of course saw the amazing Christmas parade. Here's us on Main Street with the castle in the background:
We went shopping at the newly redone outlet malls. Mommy got nothing but the kids made out like bandits. With a scary pine reindeer thing at the exit:
And we went to Wonderworks, which the kids loved.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
You have to take training for CPR, leadership, first aid, camp, etc. You have to deal with cookies and registration forms and health slips and financial reports, etc. And 10 crazy girls!
Today we had holiday baking day at my house - 10 girls baking with melted chocolate, marshmallows, gobs of sprinkles, frosting, the whole nine yards. They had a blast, my floor may never be the same though.
All on 3 hours of sleep. Not bad.
FYI: Girl Scout Cookies go on PreSale Jan 11th - if you want some let me know.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tristan: How come?
Tori: Because you're just fun and I like to play with you.
Me: Now tearing up while writing Christmas cards in a chair nearby.
Tori: What are you crying about over there?
Me: They are tears of joy that you guys love each other so much.
Tori: Well that's stupid, who cries when their happy?
So some sweet moments have sweet endings. Some dont. Guess which one this was?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Maybe its just me but doesn't it seem like the kid that wants Barbie on their speakers is a tad to young for an iPod?!?!
My dr kit had a thermometer, stethescope, shot, blood pressure cuff and the thing that doubled as an eye and ear looker!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Tori had a solo which she did pretty well on it. She was also a ribbon dancer, dont ask, and sang in the group choir and had a blast with all the hand motions!
All in all it was a long night of lots of kids music but its always fun to see your kids sing or perform in some way.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Tristan's head is all stuffed up and he keeps sneezing so home he stays for the day...but its hard to keep a boy down. He wants to run and play and ride bike. He is literally sitting on the floor wearing a knights helmet pretending to drive the stool that goes with his drum set because I won't let him get up. However he randomly stands up and runs and is in permanent whiny mode.
Tori on the other hand is about to hack up a lung so she is home today as well. She has literally done 2 weeks worth of homework. Unfortunately along with super student mode she is also in "sass" mode where everything she says is dripping with the sarcasm of a 16 year old.
I cannot wait for 5:30, I think I need to run to the grocery store this evening.
On my list:
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I have a snowman collection that lots of people have contributed too. They are cute and festive and provide my bit of winter despite the 80 degree temperatures this month. But more than that each and every one of them has a story - a fun day of shopping,a craft made with mom, someone special that thought of me, or a gift little hands picked out!
Our table is not super fancy, not super expensive, not super special - except that we eat as a family there daily, art projects and homework are completed there, we've shared laughs with friends, desserts with neighbors and meals with family. So at Christmas it gets a little special treatment.
Also in our home we believe the reason for the season and the source of our celebration is a tiny baby born in a manger, put to death on a cross, and risen and waiting his return so decorating would not be complete without our nativity.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The kids on thanksgiving day
The North Carolina Maddexes in the caverns:
On the trail...
to this incredible view
The kids and I with two waterfalls in the background.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Just so ya know.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tristan wrote (by which I mean copied what his teacher wrote for him) his sister! Yay for brotherly love!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
So in honor of that I present my Two Cute Boutique's latest - a tropical Christmas skirt set and the warm flannel jammies I think we need even though we probably don't!
To check out the auctions go to TwoCuteBoutique! Lots more pjs coming in the next 2 weeks too.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
This morning rolls around and I drag myself out of bed...get the kids ready...more medicine and a quick prayer that things will turn around.
Then I take the truck, our little pickup truck to pick up 9 bales of hay. What a terrible idea that was. The guy comes out to help me wearing dress clothes, tries to pick it up like a box (by hugging it) and has no muscle power to get it up into the truck. So now I load the 9 bales of hay practically on my own, using the strings to lift it like the good little farm girl I am.
Whew! One project done, they are tied in and I am on the road only to find I did not think to bring a tarp so there is hay flying everywhere, cars are getting out of my way, people walking on the street are flapping their hands in front of them. Oy!
I finally make it to Toris school, watch the turkey trot, make it through the first meeting and half way through the second one I realize my migraine is back and I am going to throw up. So I excuse myself and come back, then proceed to spill my coffee on the principal's shoe. Gotta go back and get paper towels, clean it up. Finally I am done...I have to go home and get more meds and sleep for a few.
So I am sore, covered in hay, sick of elementary schools, embarassed to high heaven and I call my dear husband for sympathy who says..."Sometimes when you tell me stories about your day its more like your reading me a Dr.Suess story." Just the thing to make me feel better...
Glad the day is over.
Monday, November 12, 2007
A. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.
B. Each player lists 6 facts/habits about themselves.
C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
1. Todd and I celebrated 6 months of dating each other AFTER our wedding date...he is one of the few things in my life I did not overanalyze and plan to a tee and it worked out to be one of the best things as we are getting ready to celebrate 8 years this winter. Maybe I should stop thinking so hard...
2. I share a birthday with my little brother and despite that growing up I whined about sharing parties, etc...I am so thankful for it. It gives us a great excuse to always spend it together.
3. I grew up planning to not have kids. My mom was fabulous - the perfect stay home mom and I wanted a career and did not feel like I could be a good enough mom and have that. Then God sent me Tori (another one of those unplanned, unanalyzed things) and changed my whole world. I am so thankful he did.
4. I have worked the most diverse jobs ever - photographer, long distance help line, ice cream scooper, bakery assistant, magazine sales, activities director for seniors, seamstress and case manager/social worker. I still sew which you can check out here and I do case management/social work at a local hospital currently.
5. I could only eat out at Los Mexicanos and Cody's Roadhouse and never see another restaurant again and be totally ok with that.
6. My very least thing to do everyday is pick out what I am going to wear. I decide everyday how much I hate everything in my closet, even if I just bought it and loved it in the store.
So those are my 6 things...if you have not done this already...I tag you!
What habit do you want to create? I challenge you to do it for the next 21 days!!!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Both kids got cheap digital cameras yesterday from Papaw and Lolly (my parents) for their upcoming vacation. Good thing we tried them out early - the zoo according to a 5 yr old with a camera (Tori's malfunction completely, no pictures of the zoo but lots of our house later):
Friday, November 9, 2007
Tristan is repetitively back stroking with much gusto his little racket yelling "got it with my racket stroke, racket stroke, another racket stroke".
What does that mean? And better question where did he get it from?
Thursday, November 8, 2007
This past Saturday Todd and I attended a fundraising gala for the Pinellas Pregnancy Center, they provide free pregnancy tests and all sorts of services for moms to be. They do ultrasounds, parenting classes, bible studies, and offer material help. When I had more free time I was a client advocate there. We had a great time with some friends, a delicious dinner at Innisbrook and we got to dress up and be just a couple for the whole night - it was really nice. Again not the best picture but hey this was after 5 hours out!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
"Sorry I can't work Tuesday because I have to go to the dubbing ceremony where my daugher becomes a lady of the court."
Yes you did read that right. Tori's gifted class will be having a dubbing ceremony Tuesday during school and they would like a parent to represent each child. They will then be knighted or dubbed a lady of the court. They are learning a dance, memorizing a poem and must wear a shirt/tie or dress.
I think we're getting a bit carried away with ths medieval times study.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Me: Is there someone you want me to contact and let them know you'll be staying with us?
Her: Yes, Bon Jovi as usual please. He'll wonder what happened to me otherwise.
Should I ever end up in the hospital I think I'll have them call Matt Damon.
I am like the Kool-Aid mom at Christmas (not Martha Stuart like some people I know) that does the cookies and the candies and the pies and the class parties and the adult parties and the egg nog and the go, go, go that leads to fast food - and I cannot gain another pound - or they will ask me to play the jolly old fellow himself!
So...I need a goal, I am a goal oriented person. So the first week of Dec I am running a 5K and my goal is 28 minutes...a little under 10 minutes per mile. There is one at the Spa on Dec 8th and one at the zoo on the 5th...have not decided which. It depends which one I can talk a friend into doing with me.
If you are in the Tampa Bay area or will be visiting then and are interested let me know, looking for a running buddy!
Accountability. Yep now I wrote it, posted it and people know I am doing it so I can't back out. So thanks for your help :-)
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Because the red cups, gingerbread latte and peppermint lattes all return to Starbucks. So if you need me next Thursday morning, you know where to find me!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
At the lamest fall festival of all time in St.Petersburg. Don't go to it, ever. But here are a couple of pics anyway.
Papaw, Tristan and Daddy with the antique car sitting on the porch of the "print shop".
The 4 of us by a kind of cool tree (did I mention it was a lame festival, not too many kodak moments)
These others were at Bahama Breeze for Taylor's birthday.
Birthday girl Taylor, me and my dad
Uncle Jonathan and Tori - after they had finished telling each other every riddle they each knew, both nerds, love em both!
Stay tuned, pics of pumpkin patch and costumes to come, later this week!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Laurie we can go out for a little bit right?!
I am not a huge shopping freak despite that this post makes me seem like one. But I do love a good sale. But more than that - to me it officially kicks of the Christmas season and I LOVE Christmas. The baking, decorating, shopping, wrapping, the musicals, the day trips and celebrations in the community, the parades, and of course special times with family.
I feel Christmasy just thinking about it.
Friday, October 19, 2007
We spent the evening on the Safety Harbor Pier. A cute little manatee peeked his nose out at us a couple of times. A sting ray molested a pier support directly below us. Swarms of extra large minnows flipped out each and every time we dropped a line in the water. And we watched this guy with a huge net bring in a lot of fish.
Unfortunately we caught nothing. 2 trips fishing with the new poles. 2 trips without any fish. And the phrase of the evening - "this is boring".
This year Tristan so far wants to be a Bucs player, red Spiderman, black Spiderman, Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalk, a dog and a hot dog (saw the costume, thought it was funny).
Tori would like to be Princess Leia, a pirate, a princess, an M&M or a snow princess (yes we still live in FL).
Oy vey. So this weekend I told them we would go out shopping and they needed to decide...so stay tuned!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
She has to build a castle - which sounds fun but do not be fooled. It has to be 18 by 18 - CANNOT be made of any building materials like legos, clay, wood, etc - and must include the following: moat, drawbridge, tower, turret, keep, bailey, gatehouse, and a portcullis (that crisscrossing gate thing inside the front door).
And she wants to make it out of fabric...I tried to talk her into sugar cubes but when the girls mind is made up, its made up.
Me: Do the girls like you at school Tristan?
Me: Do they chase the other boys?
Me: Do they chase you?
Me: Well how come they like you so much?
Tristan: Mom (you know in that tone like I know nothing at all), I AM a very nice boy!
Glad we don't have self esteem issues :-)
Friday, October 5, 2007
1. I can touch my tongue to my nose.
2. I share a birthday with my brother, he is NOT my twin.
3. I am addicted to crossword puzzles.
4. I hate cooking but love to bake.
5. I am old music junkie - my mp3 player has everything from Under the Boardwalk to Thriller on it.
Have you done this? If you have not posted 5 things about you that we might now know than do it!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Yesterday Tristan turned 5, which makes me feel ancient! He got two great new costumes so I'll get some pics later this week...and boxing gloves...what every kid needs - Spiderman costume, Buccaneers football uniform and boxing gloves. He is also the star student in his class this week - when I asked him what he did to get this honor he said "duh mom its because I'm special". Silly me!
Tori is singing a solo in church Sunday and has been busy practicing - you would think she is practicing the song but no - just practicing saying sunshine. She lost ANOTHER tooth (by lost I mean Todd pulled it out) and now has a giant whole in her head which prevents her from actually saying sunshine. She now says shunshine which would not be an issue except that the song she is singing is Let the "ShunShine" In!
My job is going well - the crazies keep coming and I am learning lots of cool stuff. Todds doing good too - still messing with computers!
Thats all for update for now. Back next week.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Tristan climbing the slides stairs:
Tristan and best friend Caleb
Tori and her best friend Shannon
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
So I have not quit this whole blog thing, just slow to post right now.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
The kids are spending a fun filled weekend with their Uncle Jonathan and Aunt Taylor (and of course Tristan's best friend, Jake, the black lab). So Todd and I are alone for a whole day. We're gonna go rollerblading on the causeway, have lunch on the water, go out with Dave and Rhiannon and Eric and Brenna tonight and see a movie, IN THE THEATER.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Today I spent time with someone who believes himself to be "Elvis", someone who thinks they are going to be the new music director of the hospital, 4 people who tried to commit suicide in one way or another and a man who overdosed on heroine/cocaine so much so that he has lost muscle control in half his body. I also listened to someone shower for 2 hours straight, and they happened to be wearing clothes.
So this may make me crazy as well but...its good so far. Never a dull moment.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The husband said, "Oh my God! What should I pack, beach stuff or mountain stuff?" "Doesn't matter," she said. "Just get out."
Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is a husband.
One day, a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a very sexy nightie. "Tie me up," she purred, "and you can do anything you want."
So he tied her up and went golfing.
Monday, September 10, 2007
However, tomorrow I actually start work on the behavioral health floor - so stay tuned! I have faith its gonna get good.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Us: We were wondering about the math work, she says she needs to get to school in time to finish it and she is running out of time. Is she not getting something done she needs to be?
Mrs.V: Oh no she is getting it done.
Us: Well she is very concerned if she is not here right when the door opens that she cannot complete it before morning announcements.
Mrs.V: No they have time to work on it in their private work time too...it's just that Tori is a bit, um, (awkward pause) obsessive about it being just so.
A bit obsessive? In the 2nd grade?
I'm blaming Todd.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Friday night we had dinner with some friends and she came over to hang out while her husband and Todd went and helped Dave unload all their stuff into storage. Then Sat we went for ice cream with Dave and Rhiannon and Ty - yum!
Sunday evening we went up to my brothers for a BBQ - ate way too much food!! Tristan SO loves their dog - so now for the next couple of days we have to go through the "why dont we have a dog" - "but every little boy but me has a dog" - spiel that he is SO good at it. He almost convinces me it would be fun and then my sanity returns and I remember that it would be one more thing mommy has to take care of.
Yesterday we went rollerblading and bike riding. Tori is getting so good on her bike though she still has her moments of panic if she gets too close to anything else. Tristan is good but good with training wheels. When it finally cools off we'll take them off and teach him but right now its too darn hot to run with him!
We also had lunch with Brett and Alicia and their family as well as Doug and Mary. We sat on the porch overlooking the water and despite complaints from those who shall remain unnamed it was absolutely gorgeous! You gotta be outside on Labor Day - its a rule, at least in my own head.
So this is my last week as a stay home mom - so I am living it up. Getting my hair done, going to coffee with a friend, eating lunch at Tori's school one day and Tristan's another. Off to enjoy it.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Therefore I am officially a new hire of HCA West, training begins a week from Monday. Now I just have to memorize a bunch of pyschotropic drugs, acceptable lab results, and insurance codes before then...
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Take this morning for example - the alarm goes off at 6:15 and we never manage to go to bed before midnight. Todd hits snooze and we are granted 10 minutes more of peace...then its time to get up.
Tori gets herself dressed, still needs helping getting her massive amounts of hair brushed out. Breakfast is on the table, where is Todd? STILL in the shower so I proceed to bang on the wall. Make lunches, check that homework folders are safely tucked in backpacks, add morning snack and a bottle of water and send any money that needs to be paid for lunches or field trips or "enrichment" supplies!
Todd finally emerges, gathers his stuff and off they go - whew two down!
Tristan, thank goodness, likes to sleep in so I can grab a quick shower, and just as importantly a cup of coffee, before its time to start ALL over with Tristan - at least his lunch is already made.
Gotta love mornings!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday was one of those days - I was sick of the pool, it was too beautiful outside to go to the movies and I decided we needed something new...so out came the crocs and bathing suits and life jackets and to Honeymoon Island we headed.
I have had the opporunity to kayak quite a bit in the past, Todd got to once on our cruise and this was a first for the kids! It was a lot of fun. We saw dolphins, picked up some huge shells, and swam for a bit at the Caladesi Island beach.
Then of course Todd's arms were tired, Tori was "melting", and Tristan was bored.
Oh well - it was fun while it lasted. Back to the weekly routine!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Tori started 2nd grade - loves it of course. Her teacher is a bit strict but lets her go to the library everyday if she wants and so she's happy! Tristan started preK which he also loves. He is bringing home papers already that show they are doing something despite the fact that he can only seem to talk about the absolutely amazing and perfect height basketball hoop. And after being a stay home mom that designs kids clothes for a hobby I accepted a job offer. Its all the things I want - 3rd shift, flexible, part time, and in a behavioral health ward & ER! And I get to train with a friend I met in college, which is a great bonus.
So to new things...new opportunities...and a new space for me to babble!