Archive for February, 2010

Things I learned today.

1.  Something that was your three year old’s absolute favorite thing in the whole world last week (yesterday, this morning, an hour ago, a minute ago) is not necessarily their favorite anymore.  Even if it was their favorite thing for nearly a year….  I mistakenly ordered a chocolate milk when in fact apple juice is the new absolute favorite beverage.  Boy did she let me have it!

2.  You can dress your almost ten month old daughter in hot pink from head to toe complete with a pretty pink bow in her hair and old ladies will still refer to her as a he.  I have never, and will never, understand this.

3.  You can ask your child a bazillion times to do something and they will still refuse to do it.  However, the second a stranger (or anyone other than mom) asks your child the same thing, she will do it.  We stopped to have a snack in one of those sitting areas at the mall.  Brinley dropped one of her granola bites on the floor and I asked her nicely to pick it up.  Then I asked her again, and again, and again.  Then I told her to pick it up (again, and again, and again),  But it wasn’t until the lady sitting beside us said, “Honey I think you dropped one of your cookies on the floor.  Can you pick it up and throw it away?” that she immediately stopped what she was doing and went over and picked it up.  Grrrr..  Makes me feel so powerless!

4.  An ice cream filled cupcake can make anything better!

Time out for ME

I write this post after one of the worst nights sleep I’ve had in a while and it wasn’t due to a poorly sleeping child.  This time I have a stomach bug to blame.  It hit me around 10pm and I think I might have been able to get in a hour or so of sleep between my trips to the porcelain God and Brinley eventually waking up to join me.  NOT FUN!

Anywho, I’m exhausted and my body aches but I just put Nora down for a nap, I’m going to whip out this post and then I’ll let Brinley rot her brain watching TV while I attempt a nap on the couch.

For those of you who follow her, you know that today is Time Out for Theta Mom Thursday.  The goal is to take a hour for yourself during the month without kids and do something that you want to do.  It might seem trivial, but usually the only time I have without my girls is when they’re asleep!  I’m not complaining, I love being a stay-at-home-mom but a time out once in a while would probably do me some good.

My time out this month was spent grocery shopping at 8pm on a Monday night – alone!  Big deal, right?  Well, it was great.  I got in my car, alone, turned up the radio pretty loud (something I can’t do with the kids in the car) and drove a little bit faster than I normally do (don’t worry I didn’t break any laws).  Then I got to the grocery store and walked in without a child on my hip or holding a hand.  I felt pretty liberated.  I stopped at the coffee station near the bakery to get myself a nice, hot cup of joe and was on my way to fill my cart – no distractions or begging for a cookie or a book.  I was probably only gone for an hour, but it felt great.  I’m thinking of making this my new grocery shopping routine.  We usually go as a family on Sunday afternoons, but it’s starting to get in the way of our weekend family time.

So, how did you spend your time out this month?  Be sure to visit Theta Mom’s blog to share.

::Heading to the couch now::

All before 10am!

It was back to school today for Brinley after a week off (well only 2 days off for her since she only goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays).  Wouldn’t you know that the morning I have to be up and at ‘em, Nora decides she is going to “sleep in”!?  By sleep in I mean stay happily in her crib until 7:30am instead of screaming to get up at 6:15am.  Anyway, Brinley woke up in a superb mood and got dressed without a fight, off to a great start.  Got Nora up, dressed, fed both girls breakfast and did Brinley’s hair all before Scott was out of the shower, go me!  Ate my own breakfast, got the girls in their jackets, grabbed Brinley’s backpack (Let’s GO!  Sorry, Dora reference) and we’re out the door before 8:30am.

Wait, wait, it gets better.  I have a coupon in my pocket for a FREE, yes free, medium coffee at Dunkin Donuts (because I spent $25 there on my DD card last month) and we’re out of the house early enough for me to make a quick pit stop before heading to school, major score!  I grab my coffee but not without the obligatory munchkin demand from the peanut gallery in the backseat.  We pull in to school and I’m sort of anticipating a bit of crying/separation anxiety from Brinley since its been over a week since she’s been to school.  Much to my surprise she’s asking when she can get out of the car and go see her friends.  I let her out in the car pool lane with a huge smile on her face and I’m on my merry way home.

Nora and I head in the house for some one-on-one play time.  We have just about every toy out of the basket yet she insists on playing with the laundry and a tissue, ah kids!  After enjoying her belly laughs for 40 minutes, she starts to get sloppy which means she’s ready for her morning nap.  I put her in the crib without so much as a peep from her and head down stairs to get my dinner in the crock pot.  Peel, slice, chop, season and here you have it:

Pot Roast
I go throw a load of laundry in the wash and then plant my butt on the couch to watch some morning talk shows, catch up on blog reading, and update my own.  It’s a good day.  All that done by 10am.  Let’s see if we can keep this momentum going.  (I highly doubt it.)

Conversations with Brinley

The girls and I were out and about this afternoon running a few errands.  We drove past Target (which as I’m sure you’ve read, is my favorite place on Earth).  When we didn’t pull into the parking lot, Brinley says to me, “Mom, how come we’re not going to Target?  Did you already spend all of dad’s money?”

Then we’re driving along and I pull into Dunkin Donuts to grab a quick pick me up.  Brinley asks, “Oh mom, are you just going to grab a medium french vanilla with milk and sugar?”  It’s probably a bad sign when your three year old knows your DD order by heart…

Then we’re in the parking lot at the library.  I put the car in park and take out my iPhone to check for any messages/updates and Brinley asks, “Mom, when are we going to get me an iPhone?”   Ugh, three years old and already wanting a cell phone.  She’s going to be a tough pre-teen!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

This past weekend will go into the books as one of the best AND one of the worst.  We had one thing planned and went with it.  The rest of the weekend was completely spontaneous – from where we went to what we ate.  After spending a few hours at Chuck E. Cheese (the one plan we had) with my brother, sister-in-law and nieces on Saturday, we did some shopping in the area hitting up LL Bean and the Carter’s Outlet (that place is truly my weakness).  As we were getting in the car to head home, Scott and I looked at each other and both had the same idea – Let’s go furniture shopping!

We’ll be moving into our new house in about six weeks and the tiny four chair dinette set we have from seven years ago is just not going to cut it.  Off to Jordan’s Furniture we went.  For those of you that don’t know, this place is like an amusement park in some ways.  It has an IMAX movie theater, a Fuddruckers burger place, a Jelly Belly store, an ice cream stand, a flying trapeze school and a water fireworks show.  So before heading into furniture heaven, we stocked up on jelly beans to keep Brinley happy.  After falling in love with a $3000 customizable dining set, we figured that ice cream would make a good dinner and sat down to eat it while watching the water show.

On the way home from Jordan’s we made what we thought would be a quick stop at the mall.  Scott needed a new case for his iPhone.  Well, we ended up spending a few hours there shopping around and eating again, this time at our favorite place – Chick-fli-A.  Then it was time to head home and both girls passed out in the car on the way.

We decided to hit up a few more furniture stores on Sunday to do some comparison shopping since $3K for the dining set seemed a bit steep.  We ate lunch at home before leaving and headed up north.  While at the second store of the day Brinley decided she was hungry for lunch (since she passed up her peanut butter sandwich at home).  She begged to go to Friendly’s and we agreed since she had been such a trooper though all of the furniture shopping.  After grilled cheese, a honey BBQ chicken super melt, and a turkey and bacon super melt we enjoyed some ice cream (again) and then hopped in the car aiming for Target (my other weakness).  Eighty-two dollars later and we were finally headed home!

So there you have it!  It was the best because we just got in the car and went with no real plans.  It was surprisingly not stressful and the girls were awesome.  It was the worst because of all of the crap that we all ate – pizza, jelly beans, ice cream, chicken and fries, super melts and MORE ice cream!  You gotta live though, right?!

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