Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas highlights 2007, part 1

Like I said, our trip up north was loooooong. We were so happy to finally arrive and even happier when we woke up to a small blizzard the next morning. We all napped that day and then Patrick and I went out in the afternoon for a little date. First we went to Kmart where the Martha stuff was already 50% off! Merry Christmas to me!

Then we headed down to Canal Park to Amazing Grace's for a late lunch. The place was almost deserted with nearly everything else around shut down already. We shared one of their fabulous chocolate mint brownies. yummy. We are also big geeks and watched a couple movies of our kids on the iPhone. (off of You Tube...oh what a world we live in.)

We were going to head over to the Canal so I could take some pictures but then we got a little stuck and Patrick said NO, in his manly way. Oh, fine, I sighed. When we got home I took James out to play in the front yard.

I'm going to glaze over Christmas Eve morning. I'll just say that we decided (gave in to guilt trip) to head 2 hours north at 12:30 for an event that had started at 11:30. After Patrick and I worked out our differences in the first 15 minutes, the ride was actually beautiful. It was sunny, the roads were totally clear, and the scenery was gorgeous. We had a nice afternoon, enjoyed a ham and potato dinner, and made it back down to my Mom's house for our evening celebration.

Thomas & Erin came over and we all had a wonderful evening. There were lots of awesome gifts and laughing and all the stereotypical good family Christmas stuff.

We had our second meal of ham & twice baked potatoes and then Mom went upstairs to put her jammies on. HAHAHA. (can I tell, Mom?) I loved all of my gifts but Thomas & Erin got me something really neat. They went and picked out 7 yards of different fabrics for me. How sweet...I just loved it. Erin said it was Thomas's idea, too. awwww. He's a thoughtful brother. My mom got me a rotary cutter and mat, that I've had since after Thanksgiving, and I LOVE that, too. Seester sent us 2 Thermos bottles which I also really wanted. There's something about a good Thermos that sets my mind at ease.

My sister stayed in Mass this Christmas and we all missed her. Thomas, Dad & I get to see her in a couple of weeks so that helped. (too bad for you, mom. HAHAHA.) I know she really misses the kids, though, and said she's coming in February. Really?!?!

I'm not sure how to say this next part the right way. Annie & Thomas are two of my very favorite people to hang out with. Even though Annie was gone it still felt like a "family" Christmas, with me & Thomas. (and Patrick and Erin, but this is mainly about us.) Not that it wouldn't with our little family and my mom, or us & my dad, but it would definitely be quieter. (my siblings are so funny.) I think about James & Ruby and the future...if one of them can't make it home for something it might be nice if there was another. You know...2 outta 3 ain't bad. I'm not saying anything, mother, just that it might be nice. I feel like I might be depriving them of their Thomas, you know? xoxo

Well, that's it for now. Tune in (late) tomorrow for more ham, twice baked potatoes, humiliation and fun. (I'll also put a lot more pics on flickr)

settling back in

(leather apron made by grandpa Warbucks Tom)

I know my mom is at work today and she'll be checking in on me over here. Hi Mom! I hope you're feeling better. Had I mentioned that we all were sick while at home and that we gave it to my poor mother? bummer. sorry.

Things are improving between the husband and I. We will love again, probably later. HAHAHAHAHAHA. I am so kidding! hee hee. (my mom hates when I make sexual references but I think they are SO FUNNY.) Things are good, though. I am resisting the urge to go on and on about it all but then again, not really. It's over, big deal. Funny how a couple days can make everything feel better.

We are very happy to be home and have been relaxing and cleaning and sorting the mounds of toys that our kids have. Yesterday James & I dropped about 8 brown bags of toys and books off at Dig & Save...that felt good. After that we went to the Zoo and had such a good time. He is so much fun. We broke icicles, played red light/green light (he loves this), and follow the leader. It was late afternoon and there was hardly anyone there. The only animals we saw were the seals but it didn't matter. It was just fun to be there and run around.

It was almost dark when we left so we drove over to see the Holiday Fantasy in Lights one last time. (I think it closes tonight.) I noticed this time that someone proposed to their girlfriend with a display...she must have been so surprised!

We had dinner at Noodles. James walked in and said, "It is just amazing in here, Mom." I was totally the sickening mom that just stared at him all through our meal thinking how perfect he is. It is just so cool to see him growing up and experience stuff with him. I love just hanging out with him and not thinking about being his parent every minute, you know? There is less worry these days that he might throw his pasta on the floor or have a big fit because he can't have another glass of lemonade. So nice.

Okay, I'm making myself a little sick. I have to find my disc with all the Christmas pictures! xoxo

Saturday, December 29, 2007

(sigh of relief)

(the 2nd generation of cousins...and one more in the oven!) (not my oven)

You know, I could write a novel about this Christmas. Okay, maybe not a novel but definitely a short story. What really matters now is that we are once again home safely. We passed maybe 20 cars in the ditch on our way from Eau Claire yesterday morning. Many of them flipped right over! Patrick is an excellent driver and even though it scares me a little when he says "don't worry, I'm applying Newton's law of physics," I trust him totally.

We left Duluth on Thursday and decided to stop in Eau Claire just to break the trip home up a little. Our original plan was to stay through New Year's but that just wasn't going to happen. This trip was pretty stressful for us. There was a lot of wonderful stuff mixed in but Patrick & I just couldn't get in sync with each other. It makes me sad since we normally get along pretty fabulously. sniff. I just think we need to remember that going home for Christmas is not relaxing. Fun, maybe, but not relaxing. It wasn't relaxing before we had kids, it's not relaxing now. (especially when Ruby is breaking her last molar and busy doing her best impersonation of an ankle biter.) (the tooth is through now, thank God, I felt it this morning.) It doesn't really matter...we just need to figure something out before we go home for Christmas again. (2009)

It's so silly because as I read that last paragraph I totally remembered years & years of feeling overwhelmed at Christmas. It only makes sense that it would be harder now, with 2 little ones, instead of easier. duh. I think I had forgotten since we haven't been home for Christmas in a couple years. Here is a look at our last 6 Christmas celebrations:

2002 - I miscarried on 12/18, we stayed in Madison for Christmas and ate lots of donuts. Went home in January.
2003 - Baby James was born, we stayed in Madison and my mom came. She was deathly ill on Christmas and wore a mask to hold the new baby. My whole family came back in January to meet James and exchange gifts.
2004 - Closed on our house on Dec 3 and my mom, dad & brother came to help us move. Patrick had to go to Paris for 2 weeks for work and while he was gone James & I got really sick. Patrick returned on the 23rd and got really sick. My family all came back on the 26th and we had a fun visit. They all went home and most of them got really sick.
2005 - Went to Duluth for Christmas. I don't remember being particularly stressed. (I wish I had been blogging then so I could have known my secret.) (Actually, I don't think Patrick's family's meet up was on Christmas Eve morning, 2 hours up the highway, like it was this year.) (I know for sure...NEVER AGAIN.) We had fun but I got food poisoning on the day after. Was pregnant with Ruby and nervous about being so sick but nurses reassured me that I couldn't possibly vomit out my unborn child. (of course I knew this, they just reassured me.)
2006 - We stayed in Madison for Christmas and no one came over because we all rented a house together for a long weekend in January. We got kind of bored on Christmas day but definitely were not stressed.
2007 - Now that I have all this off of my chest I can come back later and write about all the good stuff, my favorite stuff. There's lots of it. I just hope that Patrick and I can someday learn to love again. HAHAHA! I'm totally kidding. It's not that bad, just kind of an extended ickiness. We'll be fine.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

merry Christmas!

It only took us 10 hours to make it to Duluth. We got here about 3 hours before the storm hit, thank God.

I'm not sure when I'll be around, might be a few days. I hope you're all settling in for a cozy Christmas. I'm a little teary with thankfulness tonight...thankful for all of our family that we get to see this week, thankful for the wonderful friends in our lives and mostly thankful for God's gift of Jesus to us.

I keep typing stuff and deleting it...over and over. So, I will leave you with this....I wish you God's peace & love this Christmas. xoxo

Saturday, December 22, 2007

hi again

okay. I guess you have to use the HTML screen. This is pretty cool. I am pretty cool. Haha.. Kidding, obviously. I am dirty and tired and have bee. In this van for about 9 hours. The traffic was at. A standstill for about 2 hrs on 90/94. Awful... And we ne ex knew why. I kept telling myself that if it was an accident then someone was having a lot worse time than i was . It helped. Thank god for blues clues. And licorice and coffee and Mexican wedding cakes.
Thos os oond of hard to tyoeS

blogging live from the mini but I dont know how really a

Friday, December 21, 2007

Oh my gosh! Patrick begins many glorious days off today so we are all home together. I made pancakes & sausage for breakfast and the Christmas carols were playing. Lovely aside from the fact that both of our kids are CRABS. For real. What is this? Ick. I just told James that if he didn't get his haircut we would not be going to Duluth. little punk.

(shaking it off)

I have a few minutes before I have to get in the shower and then we are off for the day...for haircuts, santa visits, sliding and phone switching. Last year I needed a new phone and somehow Patrick ended up with a Krazr and I got his old one. This year, I need a new phone (mine only works on speaker phone) and somehow Patrick ends up with an Iphone and I get that old krusty krazr. nice. (it is actually but I love giving him crap about this)

Patrick just put on Blue's Clues for the kids and came down here, sniffing around me. Yeah, right. I am off to the shower.

There was much, much more I wanted to go on and on about. Like how much fun I had the other night and how much I love my friends and their kids and how I did pretty well being relaxed this year. I had one morning of great stress, the day before James' birthday party, but once that was over it was all pretty much okay. Didn't finish that? No biggie. Didn't send that? Fine, it can go tomorrow. I really prayed about this this year and I think God helped me through it all. I still didn't spend all the time I wanted to teaching James about the baby Jesus but we've read lots of books. I find myself limiting what I tell him sometimes because I fear the questions that will follow. :) Anyways, I'm feeling pretty happy and I hope you are, too. xoxo

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

sadly, this isn't an Onion headline

Lynne Spears' parenting book delayed indefinitely

I feel bad for Britney's little sister for going and getting herself knocked up, 16...omgosh, I would have been the worst parent at 16, but this headline cracked me up.

Ruby was asleep in her car seat when we pulled into the garage. I parked and turned around to see James staring lovingly at her. I will wrap her in swaddling clothes, he said. xxxx


We say "duh" around here a lot as in, "Du-uh, you are so silly!" James has started saying it now and every time Ruby is within earshot she echoes with a tiny "du-uh." Just like when she chimes in with a little "home" during my nightly singing of "Home on the Range" (both of my kids love this song) or "me" at the end of the ABCs. I love her tiny voice.


We ran into James' teacher at Target last Thursday as she was preparing for a trip to Ohio for a wedding. She was so surprised yesterday when James asked her how the wedding was. They also made a point of telling me how they had changed some subtle things around in their room and James was the only one to comment on that. It is so nice when someone goes out of their way to tell you this neat little stuff about your kid. I see these women doing that every day with different means a lot.


James hit a low point on Monday, moaning about how Christmas was still SIX days away. I think the last time he was this upset was when he thought the reindeer was going to fall through the ice on the Wonder Pets. Anyways, he was begging for presents and when I suggested we talk about how some kids won't get ANY presents (sounds like the starving kids in china line, I was the end of the day) he suggested that we talk about how many he was getting instead. Nice. His actions this year, being so hungry for gifts, proves a point I've come to believe. Whatever icky thing you see some other kid doing...chances are very good that your own child will do it eventually. Not everything of course, but most things. Kate thinks this is quite pessimistic of me but I think if you take the position that they will do it all then you can be pleasantly surprised when you do get lucky and miss one. (like spitting on you or something.) Trust me on this.


I was supposed to be hosting a holiday potluck here tonight but we rescheduled to the Olive Garden because Ruby threw up on Sunday night (all over me) and hasn't had much of an appetite all week. (James picked out clean jammies for me after...that was so sweet.) No fever and no more vomiting, but I didn't want to take any chances on getting anyone sick before Christmas. (before New Years, fine, but not before Christmas.) Honestly, I think the puking was due to the huge chunks of orange pulp that came up. She had eaten that orange at breakfast, 12 hours before, and it was nearly whole in her belly. (and then, nearly whole on her carpet.) Have I made you sick yet? sorry. moving right along...


I have to go now, off to a birthday party. Oh yeah...Ruby is 19 months! Right now she calls herself "FEEBEE", James is "BAPES", and all her s's are f's...fippy, flippers, fovel. v. cute.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

they have a special bond

I was gone from 9am to 9pm on Saturday. It was a wonderful day. I was limping when I got home but that's a small price to pay for 12 hours to do whatever I wanted. (thanks Bunny!) James waited up for me so after I changed into my jammies we all went up to his room to catch up. I asked about their day and he gave me a quick run down. Because I am a mom, and we love this kind of thing, right?, I asked him if he wiped his own butt this day. "No", he said, "Daddy did. Daddy wipes my butt every Saturday." Ah, what a lovely arrangement.

Cut to yesterday.

J: Mo-om, I'm do-one!
S: wipe your own butt, James.
J: But I don't like wiping my butt!
S: Guess what? I don't either.
J: Daddy loves to wipe my butt.
S: So sit there until daddy gets home.

(he wipes, I call Patrick, we laugh)

p.s. Don't ever google poop images. I'm not sure what I was thinking but I am a little sick now.

ruby's tuesday

Because she is so awesome, our friend Ellen sent two of these adorable little hand dyed onesies to Miss Ruby. As it is so darn cold here, and because I love the layered look, I have been waiting (impatiently) for the long sleeved onesies I ordered to arrive before I showed these off. She finally got to wear this one yesterday and it made me so happy all day...I love brown and it's even better because I know it was made by someone really special. Thank you, Ellen!

My friends make awesome shirts, no?

Monday, December 17, 2007

yummy milk free, egg free cut out sugar cookies

cutter, originally uploaded by stephaniekg.

I have all of these lovely old Christmas cookie cutters and a young boy who loves to make cookies but has some food allergies. Hmmmm. Our last cut outs were okay, and the pie crust idea worked fine, but I had high hopes for something better.

I found it. Using this recipe, I substituted a soy milk & vinegar combination for the buttermilk and a powdered soy milk, corn starch & water mixture for the egg. The dough acted and tasted just like I remembered from when I was a kid...slightly sticky and really yummy. The cookies baked up quickly, these are puffy & soft, and were even better today.
ETA: I am reprinting the recipe here, with my substitutions, because there are lots and lots of people coming to look...'tis the season! I hope you enjoy them!

Soft Cutout Cookies
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine, very soft (I used Earth Balance buttery sticks)
1/2 scant cup soy milk with 1.5 tsp vinegar added (let sit 5 minutes)
1 tbsp soy milk powder + 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water
(or ener-g egg replacer for 1 egg OR 2T cornstarch)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Beat in soy milk & vinegar combo, egg replacer and extracts. With the mixer on low speed or by hand, add in the flour mixture, mixing until no flour remains.
Divide dough into two pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, roll out to 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured surface and use a floured cookie cutter to make desired shapes. *I used a flour/powdered sugar mixture for rolling and it worked really well. Transfer cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet. Reroll remaing dough, chilling for a few minutes if it becomes too warm to handle easily. Repeat with second piece of dough.
Bake for 6-7 minutes at 375F, until the edges are slightly firm to the touch but cookies are not browned (The bottom of the cookies will be light brown).
Cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
Makes 4-5 dozen, depending on cookie cutter size.

Looking for more dairy & egg free cookies? Try these chocolate chip ones or these FABULOUS Chewy Cocoa cookies from Orangette. (substitute soy yogurt in the last great) And, did you know that coconut milk works great with Instant pudding? Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 14, 2007

pretzel turtles are good

First, I found my camera! I had set it down in the oddest place and only found it after a fervent plea for help this morning. (God is good, too.)

I had decided to make some candied pecans for my sister's boyfriend and was searching allrecipes the other day when I ran across this. They looked so good and so easy that I decided to give them a whirl. I toasted my pecans first and would definitely recommend doing makes a huge difference in flavor. 2 bags of Rolos gave me about 8 dozen so I have plenty to share with our neighbors and mailman, too. I made up a few bags of a dozen each and really was wishing I had some baker's twine to tie the little bags with. (I'm definitely ordering some from someone on etsy for next year.)

I ended up using some thin red & green floss that I had and am pretty happy with how they turned out. It feels so good to get something else crossed off my list! And something so yummy!

hey baby

Good morning! First off, I can't find my camera! I said I had taken all those cute pictures and I haven't been able to find it since then. I think it's in James' room so as soon as he wakes up I am going on a hunt. Wish me luck.

This has been the craziest week. We were stuck at home on Monday, due to strange van activities which turned out to be nothing, but had a pretty good day. We were snowed in on Tuesday. Oh yeah, snowed in AFTER Patrick drove James to preschool only to realize we were in the beginning of a winter storm and the school was closed so I had to pack Ruby up and go get him. Snowed in after that. (we did stop at Super Target on the way home...roads were still fine.) Tuesday went pretty well until Patrick called to say he'd be late and I was so tired and Ruby was so crabby but you know, we made it. We were home again all day on Wednesday, not sure why right now. Just were. We did go outside again but Ruby was less than thrilled with it this time. Yesterday I had grand plans for taking us to Olbrich after preschool but Ruby was so cranky in her car seat that I couldn't make her go all the way to the East side. So, we had a picnic in our van and did some shopping. (I hate to say Target again but that is where we were.) It was a good day. Later on in the afternoon, James & I made microwave popcorn. We put 1/4 C of popcorn, 1t of veg oil and a little salt in a brown paper lunch sack and shook it all up. Fold the top over and microwave for approximately 2 minutes...popcorn! How cool is that?! It was bland, like air popped, but easy to dress up with some brewer's yeast and smart balance. Has anyone else ever tried this? It's v. possible that I'm the last one in on it but if not, why isn't everyone? Easy, cheap, good. :)

*Side note: James loves unpacking lunch. I started toting a cooler everywhere a few years ago so I would always have something safe for him to eat. There are some fast food things that he can have but I don't like to do that very often so I still have a cooler a lot of times. He is so sad if he asks and I don't have it. Yesterday our lunch was just in a paper tote and he asked where the ice pack was. I explained that it was freaking cold out so our food would be fine...he liked that idea. Anyways, this is just one of the little things that he likes that I think is so cute. (it's always the little things, isn't it?)

So here we are at Friday. We are having some little friends over this morning so that should be fun for everyone. I am hoping to get a few things done today but am not feeling too stressed out. I am in denial about one gift but I can't really go into detail on here...I just hope I get going and get it done!

I could ramble on for hours but must go cut out a letter Z. Have a really good Friday! xoxo

Is it wrong that I am loving my archives from last December so much? This post still makes me laugh, this one brings in a few visitors who are probably disappointed, and I know this was one of my dad's favorites: (actually, this is why I started a blog so I feel very happy that it's making me so happy. was I funnier then? ah well, such is life. xo)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

james' aha moment

J: Mom! You are kind of like a bottle! You have nipples! and milk!

can you tell I like the muesli?

I found this neat recipe card program at hp online. You can upload your own photo, choose from quite a few different designs and of course, add & edit your recipe. These can be printed on any paper but photo paper looks & feels the best. I just thought I'd pass along the idea in case anyone could use it!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

i can't believe it's only wednesday

I wanted to post last night but it just would have sounded like this: $%@#!

I wanted to post this morning but it just would have sounded like this: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

I want to post right now but all you're gonna hear is this: thumpthumpthump
(my head banging against the wall)

Not really, but kinda. Longest week ever. I have some fun pictures from earlier that I will post later if I can remember my camera next time I come down. Yup, that lazy.

I just checked my archives. Sniffle. This was my afternoon last year. What a little muffin. Okay, I'm ready to carry on now.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

snow day

more pictures here

ruby's tuesday

Yesterday afternoon was the first time I let Ruby play in the sink like this...she loved it and BOY was it a mess. So wet and sloppy that James lost interest. He told me he'd like to play by himself another time. Understood.

See all the stuff I got packaged up yesterday?! Yay! And those are all wrapped gifts in blue on the side there. James helped me and we got a lot done in a relatively short time. We had to stay home yesterday (van acting strange) so I decided I would make the most of it. There was also lots (too much, perhaps) of racing cars and lego building and books. I had a major headache by the time Patrick got home. James seemed to sense that I had a lot I wanted to do so even after my play times with him he kept after me. That wears on a mama after a while, you know?

After dinner I escaped upstairs to the quiet of our bedroom to fold laundry. Then I laid down in the middle of it all and closed my eyes, just for a few minutes. Bliss. After the kids were in bed, Patrick and I sat in our dark living room and talked for a while. Patrick talks, really talks, best in the dark. It took me many years to learn how he feels most comfortable talking to me. I'm so thankful that I know now. I am so thankful to have had all these years to get to know him so well and so hopeful that I'll have many, many more. He talked about work, how he'd like to move to Middleton, and how he'd like some new socks. I talked about our day and Christmas gifts and my Muesli. I asked him if he wanted to know what was in it, he said not really but he would guess there's oatmeal involved. I proceeded to tell him all the ingredients. A while later he was helping me unload the dishwasher and bent down to get all that soggy food that collects near the drain. Would you like some dishwasher muesli, he asked. Oh, I could have barfed.

Okay, today has been a fun mess. I will be back later. I started this post about 5 hours ago! xo

Monday, December 10, 2007

babies, birthdays & bottles

Lots of picture posts this week...lots to do! I kind of long to write a normal, lengthy blog post but I must keep up with my groove today. Here are some pics from the weekend:

Lots of snow around here (james loves it!) and lots of babies. Here are a couple of our newest

Lots of birthday parties
and Ruby has decided she finally wants to drink from a bottle. (remember when she wouldn't?)
The Muesli turned out fabulous. go make some. (but not if you are related to me because you may be getting some)
I got 6 whole gifts finished this weekend! Hooray!
here they are:
Here are the 2 dozen roses Patrick brought home for me on Saturday evening, after being out with James for the whole day. He also picked up my library holds and got us a blueberry pie. He had it all arranged and it was so, so sweet. xoxo
Here is Ruby who likes to be tossed up in the air or dangled from her toes but doesn't like to go over bumpy snow in the wagon. at all.

Friday, December 07, 2007

james at 4

James is 4. We love him so much it makes us sick. His party was lots of fun. I am pooped. More later. xoxo

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


1. Clean sty kitchen (not even close, worse now)
2. Refill bc pills (this should be #1) (haha) (done)
3. Start scarf for M. (HA!)
4. Play outside (HA.HA.)
5. Update "gifts to buy" list (snort.)
6. make dinner (riiiiiiiight.)
7. oh, the laundry (lots of progress, thankfully)
8. catch up on my emails!! (this will be higher than #8) (sigh.)

1. pay bills
2. watch Project Runway


I just dozed on the couch while my kids watched TV. The first thing I saw when I woke up? A kitchen knife on the living room floor. Luckily, even our sharp knives are quite dull. (I know, this is horrible.) (James & I had used it to make a back pack during Ruby's 45 minute nap and he forgot to pick it up.) (haha, it's fun to blame him for something I did!) (hahaha, Ruby only slept 45 minutes today! hahaha) (hello pharmacy? I'd like a refill for my birth control and oh yeah, don't forget the Zoloft!!) (I wonder how many calls like that they get?)

I just laid myself bare on the feet of the Internet. I hope you can all still love me even though I am baaaaaaaad.

You know what's even worse? I have to make 50 mini cupcakes for tomorrow!!!


good morning good morning good morning, I hope you're feeling fine!


Ruby woke up at 6 for some milk. I laid her down to go back to sleep as I heard Patrick get out of bed. He tells me he is going out to shovel. I put aside thoughts of blogging and tell him I'll make him coffee. Decide to surprise him with muffins, so I whip those up. Hear Ruby. Put muffins in the oven and pour cup of coffee. Ignore Ruby, she has her doll, and here I am!

All I wanted to do here, really, was get down my to do list: (I know, I know. You can thank me later)

1. Clean sty kitchen
2. Refill bc pills (this should be #1) (haha)
3. Start scarf for M.
4. Play outside
5. Update "gifts to buy" list
6. make dinner
7. oh, the laundry
8. catch up on my emails!! (this will be higher than #8)

1. pay bills
2. watch Project Runway

And, finally, a belated Ruby's Tuesday especially for my sweet cousin Sarah:

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

who doesn't love a man rowing a boat in the rain?

Well, my goodness! Patrick had a meeting this morning so Ruby & I had to drop James off at preschool. We all left the house at 8am, left preschool by 9am and then did errand after errand until we picked him up at 11:30. Then it was off to the allergist after a quick stop at McDonald's, where James requested a sad meal, instead of a happy one, because he was so upset. The apple juice perked him up until he had to get skin tested for the flu shot. He had a small reaction (definitely still allergic to eggs) but was able to get the shot. We finally were able to leave there at 1:30 and headed over to Whole Foods. Out of there at 2:40 and home by 3:30 (snowing, drove slowly) with 2 sleeping kids.

I pushed miss bubles to her limit today but got a lot done and she actually did very well. There were some Cars themed Mega Blocks that were on sale at Shopko so I picked some up for James' Christmas gift. (This is it, along with a Mater, but Hello! I paid $14.99) He is going to freak...he has no idea these things even exist. (one of the benefits to avoiding the toy aisle whenever possible) Ruby almost hyperventilated when we went down the doll aisle. Seriously. She LOVES those babies and wants all of them, with their nuks and bottles, please. I admired many pairs of shoes that Payless has right now. Really. They have lots of cute ones, but I didn't get any. (I liked these and these and I think I would have bought these but they didn't have my size.) Still waiting for my Keens. :)

I wonder when I'll get the chance to tell you all about our weekend? We had lots of fun. Is that enough detail, Mom? haha! Here's one highlight:

Instead of playing A**hole or quarters on Saturday night, like we talked about, we all changed into our sweats and watched the Notebook. (Are we getting old or what?) (Erin said she loves our family because we all love to wear sweats. Long live sweats!)


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