Archive for December, 2008

December 31, 2008

closing time.

one day left of 2008.  i still do a double-take when i look at the expiration date on a milk carton and it says 08.  i’m not ready for 09 yet…  guess there’s no stopping it.  in that case, here are ten things i’d like to improve upon in the coming year:

  • reading the Bible/spending quiet time alone with the Lord
  • more organization in my home/daily schedule
  • cooking new and different recipes
  • learn more about photography/photoshop
  • get back into solid running shape
  • less mindless time on the internet…facebook is dangerous.
  • potty-train my eldest daughter (DREADING this one)
  • put on a little makeup and straighten my hair more than one day a week
  • start teaching harper some preschool-ish stuff (letter sounds, etc…)
  • make more of a point to tell those i love how i care about them (and i’d like to send more snail mail to them…hopefully the organization/scheduling/less mindless time on the interet items in this list will help free up some time for that)

we’re in tallahassee until friday and then will be home saturday afternoon.  happy new year to everyone…  see you in 2009!

December 24, 2008

date night

one day last week i stumbled onto a community calander website for jupiter.  one of the listings spoke of all-you-can-eat crablegs for $20.  that is an unheard-of price and i’ve been wanting crab for awhile.  i e-mailed ryan right away and we made plans to go (his sister would be in town to babysit)…it was going to be our christmas gifts to each other, since we never exchange gifts…we usually just buy something for the house that we want/need.

anyway, saturday night came around and we called the restaurant to confirm the rumor.  the girl on the phone said, no, that they actually did it on sunday nights.  so, sunday night came around.  we got ready and headed over (luckily erin was still around and still willing).  we walked in an inquired about the a.y.c.e. crab (which was a little embarrasing because it was a super nice restaurant).  at that, the hostess escorted us through a small hallway and into the “bar & grill” portion of the restaurant (not nearly as nice).  we asked the only waitress we saw (it was 5:06 pm and the place was empty) about the crab.  she proceeded to tell us that they only have the a.y.c.e. crab on saturday nights and that it’s not on the menu, you just have to request it.  ugh.  we’re not sure if they were lying or what, but it seemed shady.  mostly, i was just super disappointed because i wanted some crab!

we talked about going to eat somewhere else, but decided we didn’t want to spend the money if we weren’t eating crab.  we went to jersey mike’s and got subs.  here are a few pictures from our night (i had my camera with me so i could get pictures and blog about us eating crab legs 😦 ).

in the parking lot...anticipating the crab legs

in the parking lot...anticipating the crab legs


my sweet husband and former sandwich artist ordering for us...try it mike's way!

my sweet husband and former sandwich artist ordering for us...try it mike's way!


i was so dadgum hungry...i'd been starving myself all day in preperation for the all-you-can-eat-ness

i was so dadgum hungry...i'd been starving myself all day in preperation for the all-you-can-eat-ness

December 23, 2008

at your service.

today is top ten tuesday, and for once i am clueless on what to write about.  i suppose i should’ve come up with a Christmas-y list, but honestly i’ve been kind of a scrooge this year and it would’ve turned out not so nice (“top ten favorite things to dislike about the Christmas season”).

soooo…i would like to take requests.  i know that they’re aren’t throngs of people who read my blog, and there are even fewer that comment, but to all of you who do, please leave a comment for an idea of a list of ten things i’ve never written about.  i’ll write about one today and then post the others at a later date.

thanks!  (oh, and merry Christmas!)

ps…I GOT MY STROLLER BACK!  my inclination that maintenance had taken it was correct.

this is for Tina, first to leave a comment!

top ten things i use most with two kids (i guess i’ll just put my ten favorite kid-ish things…funny because i was just thinking about this the other day):

  • avent manual breastpump/bottles/sippy cups – the bottle and sippy parts are all interchangeable, which is great when you have a toddler and an infant
  • graco double stroller – the only double stroller i’ve ever owned…i really have nothing to compare it to so i have no complaints…although it is really heavy to lift into the back of the car
  • zip-up sleepers – the button ones are horrible when you’re changing a diaper at 3 in the morning in the dark
  • noggin – THE best tv channel there is
  • goldfish and raisins – my two never fail snack items
  • this thing is unbelievable…the coolest invention ever.  harper would still suck fruit out of it if i let her and layne just tried it for the first time the other day and loved it, even at 5 months old
  • also, i really like the dishwasher basket made by the same company…it’s GREAT for all the small pieces in the sippy cups, breastpump, and bottles (also good for little knives)
  • pacifiers – couldn’t live without them.  harper had such an easy break from hers that i didn’t hesitate a second on trying to get layne on one.  they are amazing if you’re out somewhere and the kid gets fussy… instant gratification.
  • “lovee” – harper has a kitty that she’s had since the day she was born (thank, nikki!), and now layne has little doggie that she has grown attached to.  anything that helps my child get to sleep is okay by me.
  • fans – white noise works wonders for sleep (especially when you live directly above a bar that’s open until 3 AM).  both our girls have had a fan by their bed since their first night home from the hospital.  you can buy real “white noise machines”, but they’re like $200.
December 23, 2008


i know the girl who brought me my items at sonic today.  i don’t remember her name, but i recognize her and she asked me how i was and all that.  i like to see familiar faces, but at the same time can’t help but feel weird about it.  about 20 seconds after the girl at my window was asking me how i was, another girl who works there walked by harper’s open window and said, “hi harper!”  i wanted to melt into my seat.  maybe i need to consider some type of new year’s resolution.

December 23, 2008

cherry coke

today started off nicely.  my sister-in-law stayed with us this weekend.  harper loves to hang out with her, so i felt like i was getting alot done this morning before she left.  i was sitting at the computer and layne was behind me in the doorway sitting in her jump-up seat.  she sat happily for a few minutes, but then began to fuss.  i assumed she was getting tired, so i picked her up with the intention of nursing her and then putting her down.  apparently she wasn’t fussing because she was tired.  when i picked her up, i noticed that she, and now i, was covered in poop.  there was poop all over her legs, all over her clothes, all over the seat, all over the carpet under her seat, all over her feet (along with carpet hairs), and now all over my arm.  EW.  i had to put her and the jumpy seat in the bath and then it took 3 clorox wipes to clean off the changing pad where’d i’d taken off her clothes.  she took a great nap.  🙂

we were supposed to have our family pictures taken today.  i had the outfits all planned out minus my shirt.  i went to target around 11:00 to find something suitable.  i spent $80 on 5 different shirts so i could avoid the dressing room with two kids (navigating the clearance ranks pushing a cart is hard enough).  [yes, i’m going to return the ones i don’t use, even though i wish i could keep them all.]  left target and stopped by sonic to get a drink for me and a kids’ meal for harper (i hope no one’s counting).  for some random reason i chose a cherry coke.  i hardly ever drink caffeine, and have NEVER ordered it at sonic in place of a precious limeade.  i have no idea what i was thinking, but it was delightful and i thought i’d made a great choice.

i wanted to get my hair cut before our pictures, so my good friend nicole came over to sit at the house while the girls were napping.  just before she got to my house, this average day took a nasty turn.  i failed to mention earlier that one of the reasons i never order caffeinated drinks (the first being that i’m breastfeeding) is because caffeine acts as a laxative for me.  i guess while i was in a sonic happy fog, i forgot.  the caffeine kicked in right around the time nicole got to my house.  i won’t go into detail, but i will say that i got 4 feet away from the door of Great Clips and realized that there was no way i’d be able to sit still and/or avoid the restroom for the time it would take to get my haircut.  i drove home and ran upstairs.  after i…um….well, after my stomach felt better, i lit a candle in the bathroom and nicole came in and helped me fix my hair.  we straightened it and cut my bangs and it was looking alot better. 

looked like things were picking up.

even with nicole’s help to get the girls ready, i walked out the door about 5 minutes late.  if you know where i live, you know that it’s a HUGE hassle to go back up to the house once i’ve got the girls strapped into the car.  well, i got down to the car and realized that my top-of-the-Graco-line double-stroller wouldn’t close.  i messed with it and examined it and shook it around for about 3 minutes and then just had to give up.  i knew i’d be back in a few hours, so i thought there’d be no harm in sticking it just inside our “lobby” door (it’s more like an elevator vestebule, but whatever).  i’ve done that before with my crappy single stroller and really thought nothing of it.  i felt bad that nicole was standing at my car with my kids, and felt even worse when i thought that running the stroller up to our house could potentially make me late for our pictures.  so, i left it downstairs.  i’m pretty sure that i’m the only person in our building with kids.  i’ve only ever seen one other girl with a stroller and she had twins and i’m pretty sure they moved.

i know this is long, but keep reading.

i hugged nicole good-bye and started down the road to west palm to meet ryan for our pictures.  as i was merging onto 95, my phone rang.  it was rebekah, the photographer.  she said that it was raining and we’d have to reschedule.  i was really disppointed, but as a photographer, i know that if we wanted to make the most of the hour we had with her, we had to postpone it.  it turned out okay because we ended up going to the playground and apparently none of us had enough clothes on because all of us were cold (which we would’ve been while having our pictures taken). 

i got home, unloaded the girls, opened the lobby door and NO STROLLER.  my stomach turned – and it wasn’t the cherry coke this time.  someone took it!!!  i am still in shock.  i went upstairs and immediately wrote a note and took it down and taped it to the door (“if you are the person who took my graco double-stroller this afternoon, PLEASE CALL ME”).  i am really hoping that it was a maintenance guy who just put it in the dumpster room or something.  that was a $200 stroller, but even more-s0, i use it ALL day everyday. 

i’m annoyed, to say the least.  it’s annoying to make the wrong decision and then pay the consequences.  cross your fingers for me.

[if you haven’t figure it out yet, the moral of this story is:  what might seem like a great idea at the time, can sometimes come back and bite you in the butt.]

December 18, 2008

what’s in a name?

i realized yesterday that i need to start paying REALLY close attention to harper when she talks.  she has an outstanding vocabulary for her age, but i’ve discovered that her intelligence doesn’t necessarily match up with that.  🙂  we were on the playground yesterday and there was a little girl, madison, from church there.  i heard harper talking to her and i’m 100% sure she said “Medicine”.  then later on she and i were all alone playing with her little people nativity set.  i realized that when referring to Jesus’ mother, she was saying “Married”. 

an emoticon just doesn’t do the feeling justice.

December 17, 2008

a christmas miracle

i needed to go to costco today.  costco is on northlake.  anytime i need to run an errand on northlake, i find it pretty much impossible to drive home until i’ve eaten at sonic (which is about .8 miles from costco).  because we don’t have one in jupiter, i can’t just drive down and get a limeade whenever i get the urge.  well, i guess i could, but our gas budget wouldn’t thank me for it (or my rear-end).  anyway, tonight is a special night for my friend kathleen, so i called her to see if she if she’d let me buy her lunch.  of course, she said “of course” and met me there in a jiffy. 

i had planned to pay for our lunch with two sonic cards that i had leftover from my birthday (thank you jenny and julie!).  i had $2 on one card and $15 on the other.  our order came out to $14 something.  so i scanned the first card and emptied it.  the screen said that i still owed $12, so i scanned the second card.  then i read: “approved.  balance – $31.22”.  huh?!  i scanned it again.  “$31.22”

cue the dad-gum hallelujah chorus.

December 16, 2008

forget editing…

this is more fun.

[this post is for all of my fellow nosy people…i LOVE seeing pictures of other people’s houses.] my ten favorite Christmas-y things in my house:

first, the little tree in Harper’s room.  i’m not sure who was more excited about the fact that she is old enough to “decorate” it (her or me).  [i hope you don’t have to ask why decorate is in quotes.]


next, my santa countdown calendar.  i really really want a real advent calendar, but i like this guy too.  got it like 4 years ago on clearance at joann’s.


this picture contains two of my favorites: first, the black tin tree cutout/candle holder.  i got it at an antique store in thomasville, GA.  one of the candle thingys fell off, but i still love it.  i think it’s one of the most unique christmas decorations i’ve ever seen.  the second favorite item in this picture are the nesting santa dolls.  i found these brand new in the box in my grandma’s attic and i absolutely love them.  they’re harper’s favorties too…she’s spent a great deal of time playing with them (and losing the pieces).  [also, i have to apologize to amy…i do LOVE my snowman, i just love 10 things more than him.  sorry!  :)]


i got this sign a few months ago at homegoods.  i never realized that i tend to be drawn to “country” style decorations, but i did after i bought this.  i like it anyway.


of course, the tree.  we always had a real tree growing up (i think i was like 12 before i realized they even made fake ones) and i hope we always will.  i love the smell, i love the look, heck, i even love the needles on the floor.  last year we didn’t put one up…can’t remember why (oh wait – because we had an 18-month old), but that has made this year’s all the more fun.  i got the star on clearance after christmas two years ago and it killed me not to be able to use it last year.  also in this picture is our tree skirt.  the first year ryan and i were married, my mom got us matching tree skirt and monogrammed stockings from pottery barn.  they are my absolute favorite christmas things and i get so excited every year when i get them out of storage.  (this picture is a disgrace to my photography name…i wanted the lights to show and i was using my little camera.  don’t hate.)


before i had kids i used to go shopping alot (can i get an amen?).  by shopping, i mean: browsing around looking for no particular item at all with spending money spilling out of my purse. 🙂  i got this sign at TJ Maxx on one of those trips.  (country-ish again…hmmm)


for awhile now, i’ve really wanted one of those cool card holder things made out of wire (pottery barn has a cool one shaped like a circle that makes a wreath), but i just can’t bring myself to buy one when we already have this thing up all year round.  however, at christmas, to me it becomes a christmas decoration covered in cards.  next year i think i’m gonna do something different…i’m brainstorming (and spying on other people) to figure out what.


our stockings match the tree skirt and i love them, but i think i like harper’s the best.  i got it at target after christmas two years ago and had it embroidered.  total cost was $13.  layne got the shaft this year.  i don’t have hers yet, obviously, so this little dinky one had to suffice.  hopfully hers will end up as cute as harper’s.  as far as christmas morning, i don’t know what i’m going to do because layne is getting quite a few stocking stuffers.  where’s mary poppins’ purse magic when you need it?  🙂


i got an e-mail just prior to starting this post that we weren’t having Bible study tonight.  that’s how i justify spending an hour doing this.  i can edit tonight.  🙂

December 16, 2008


my blog is suffering because the children’s sleeping arrangements in our house are bordering on ridiculous.  as i reluctantly type this post as quietly as i possibly can, layne is stirring in the porta-crib 3 feet behind my chair.  harper has decided that it is physically impossible to remain quiet while trying to fall asleep, so we had to start putting layne to sleep in our room until haper finally settles down like 2 hours after she’s gone to bed.  of course this awkward routine has to be happening during one of the busiest editing weeks i’ve had in a while.  this is the first time she (layne) has slept through the first 5 mouse clicks.  she started cereal last week and tonight was the best night yet, so i’m hoping that’s why she’s sleeping through all the clicking of the keyboard and creakings of the chair.  anyway, just becuase i’ve lost all hope in my blog for the time being, don’t you, loyal public, give up on me too.  🙂

i am more convinced than ever that i need a laptop.

December 10, 2008

my darlin’ clementine

these things are amazing.  not only are they small, sweet, and my picky toddler loves them, but they are unbelievably easy to peel.  last night i peeled one of these suckers pretty much with one hand while i was nursing the baby.  no lie…and it only took me about 30 seconds (to peel it).