Archive | September, 2009

Too much TV…

23 Sep

All my shows are coming back!!  SWEET!

I used to hate fall, when I was in school.  It meant that I had to go BACK to school, which I wasn’t interested in doing.  It also meant winter was on the way, and I hate the cold.  But now I LOVE the fall because it means that my TV shows are coming back!  With a vengeance!

So far, Biggest Loser, Project Runway, Top Chef, Greek, House & The Office have started.  Looking forward to SVU tonight, CSI soon & Amazing Race on Sunday!  I know, I probably watch too much tv.  Oh well!

I did want to note that I’ve probably been watching too much Special Ops Mission when in Target, maneuvering through crazy racks, I told Ella to “watch my six”.  Don’t think she picked up on it.

Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA/GREAT GRANDMA!  My lovely grandma is 75 today!  Love her & hope she has a great day!

Only 1 more week til we are in Disney World riding Dumbo, hugging Mickey & obsessing about princesses & fairies!  Can’t wait!

A Few Good Pictures…

17 Sep

I’m putting up a few more of our family pictures from our photo shoot with Sara over Labor Day weekend.  It’s really exciting to finally have pictures of my little family!

Cheesy smiles

Super high

Happy Family

In other news:

  • Ella’s best buddy Drew is going to have a baby SISTER in February!  We are all very excited for the Harden’s, especially Ella, who keeps saying “So excited for Drew’s baby sister!”
  • Ella passed her Parents as Teachers evaluation with flying colors!  Her PAT lady (is that what I should call her?) even said she probably would have passed everything on the 27 month evaluation.  She’s such a chatterbox…her vocabulary is huge.
  • Ella is using the potty a couple of times a day!  Nothing really consistent yet, but it’s a start!  I love stickers…such a great reward/bribe!

Cute things Ella has said recently:

  • “Thank you for the ball very much!”
  • “Mommy, thank you for getting me chocolate milk.”
  • “I love you so much!”
  • “Uncle Chrissy loves Saturday night”  (She actually sang this, but I thought it was cute that she thought of her uncle)
  • “I did it!  I pee pee on the potty!  Yay!”
  • “Fairies?  Fairies please?  Fairies fruit snacks?  Please?  Fairies?”
  • “Take a poo!”  (Actually, she is saying “Tigger and Pooh”, but it really sounds like “Take a poo”)
  • “Ella, what does a car say?”  response:  “Beep beep!  Dangit!”

We have a busy few weekends ahead of us, but we are looking forward to everything.  Also, only 12 more days until Disney World!  Hooray!

Oh, and here’s a cute picture from Ella’s birthday party that I have to share:


Funny funny funny…

13 Sep

I stole this from a friend’s facebook notes, but she also stole it from someone, so I don’t know the original source.  But the list is hilarious so I have to share.  It is titled “Random Thoughts from 25-35 year olds”

-I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

-More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves me.

-Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

-I don’t understand the purpose of the line, “I don’t need to drink to have fun.” Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and sticks when they’ve invented the lighter?

-Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you’re going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you’re crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

-That’s enough, Nickelback.

-I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

-Is it just me, or are 80% of the people in the “people you may know” feature on Facebook people that I do know, but I deliberately choose not to be friends with?

-Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo (or Atari) and it wouldn’t work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ’s. We just figured it out. Today’s kids are soft.

-There is a great need for sarcasm font.

-Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the f was going on when I first saw it.

-I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I’ll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone’s laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I’m still the only one who really, really gets it.

-How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

-I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

- I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

-The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

- A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

- LOL has gone from meaning, “laugh out loud” to “I have nothing else to say”.

- I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

- Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

- Whenever someone says “I’m not book smart, but I’m street smart”, all I hear is “I’m not real smart, but I’m imaginary smart”.

- How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear what they said?

- I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a —- from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

- Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using ‘as in’ examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss’s last name to an attorney and said “Yes that’s G as in…(10 second lapse)..ummm…Goonies”

-What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

- While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it…thanks Mario Kart.

- MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

- Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

- I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.

-Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

- I would like to officially coin the phrase ‘catching the swine flu’ to be used as a way to make fun of a friend for hooking up with an overweight woman. Example: “Dave caught the swine flu last night.”

-I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

- Bad decisions make good stories

-Whenever I’m Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don’t mind if I do!

- Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

-If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

-Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I’m from, this shouldn’t be a problem….

-You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you’ve made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

-Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don’t want to have to restart my collection.

-There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

-I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

- “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this ever.

-I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There’s so much pressure. ‘I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren’t watching this. It’s only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?’

-I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Dammit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What’d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

- I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

-When I meet a new girl, I’m terrified of mentioning something she hasn’t already told me but that I have learned from some light internet stalking.

-I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it’s on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

-Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles…

- As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

-Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

-It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

-I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

-Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn’t know what do to with it.

-Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet my — everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time…

-My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day “Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?” How the hell do I respond to that?

-It really pisses me off when I want to read a story on and the link takes me to a video instead of text.

-I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

-I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

-I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

-The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There’s nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard before dinner.

Of course, not all of them are as funny as others.  But I especially appreciate the ones about Mapquest (Yes, I know how to get out of my neighborhood!), Nickelback (UGH!) & iTunes.  I totally do that.

Preview & What Drives Me Bananas…

10 Sep

This past weekend we had some family pictures taken by our friend Sara.  These were the first official, formal family pictures we’ve had taken.  I know that is sad, but at least they turned out really cute!  We took the pictures at Laumeier Sculpture Park.  Even though we didn’t utilize the art in the park, it was a great place to take the pictures.  Working with a 2 year old is not particularly easy, so a big thanks to Sara & Jared for making it work!

Here is a small preview of the pictures:

Peek A Boo

Happy Family

Catalog Pic


As the pictures get edited, I will share some more.  Thanks again to Sara (& Jared) for taking the pictures & letting me put them on my blog!

Here’s what has been driving me bananas lately:

1. Vaccines.  The H1N1 vaccine is safe because the doctors know EXACTLY what strain of flu that is!  They made the vaccine specifically FOR the H1N1 strain of flu, so even though it hasn’t been through rigorous testing & even though many people died from the vaccine in the 1970′s (I’m pretty sure our medicine has advanced a bit since then), this vaccine is much more likely to protect you & your loved ones from getting a terrible, deadly case of H1N1 than it is to kill you.  If you don’t believe me, you can read about it here.  If you aren’t getting the H1N1 vaccine for a different reason (lazy, just don’t want to, allergies, etc) that’s fine.  But please don’t argue that you’re not getting it because it’s not safe. (I’m not even going to start in on people not vaccinating their kids for reasons like autism.  Gag.)

2.  Dave & I had the pleasant privilege of waking up pre-5 am today to Ella screaming for Elmo.  Lovely.  He was in her bed, right next to her, but I guess she couldn’t find him.  Either way, it ended in everyone being up around 530.  Hopefully that doesn’t mean we have an awful day.  It’s looking okay so far, but you never know what will happen in a couple of hours when Ella gets tired again.

3.  Our house has a fantastic new price!  If you know of anyone that is looking for a first house or a smaller house in which to retire, please send them our way.  Thank you!

Only 18 more days til Disney World!  Woooooo!!!

Way Overdue…

3 Sep

House for sale: CHECK!  (Not yet sold, so send your friends & family to come look if they are in the market!)

Ella turned 2 & had a great party: CHECK!

Still training for 5K: CHECK!  (This is going surprisingly well considering I have good weeks & bad weeks).

Traveled to Lake of the Ozarks (Ella & me): CHECK!

Traveled to Colorado for cousin’s wedding (Ella, grandpa & me): CHECK! (Really lovely!)

Other fun summer things:

  • Visited Citygarden with Drew & played in the fountains
  • Went to the Zoo a few times to see animals (love the penguins!) & ride the train
  • Celebrated Sophia’s birthday in July
  • Playdates with Ella Rose, Ava, Drew & Sophia
  • Swimming in the blow-up pool @ Grandma & Grandpa’s house
  • Playing at the park A LOT & learning to pump my feet on the swing & go down the BIG slides by myself
  • Making “friends” everywhere
  • Going to Eckert’s to pick (& eat) peaches

We have had a crazy busy summer (I’m sure everyone has because the weather has been AMAZING!).  I have pictures of plenty of these fun activities & events, but I don’t have them all in one place right now.  I will put together some of them and put them up soon.

Other developments:

Since I last posted about inconsiderate people driving through the neighborhood, there has been very little, if any, street racing or loud cars in the middle of the night!  (Or at all…though I don’t think they’d do it during the day, anyway).  Sweet!  They must have read my post & decided they were being idiots.

Dave & Sara have been taking pictures at several weddings this summer!  Their pictures are awesome (check out flickr!) & they keep getting better & more efficient.  I’m excited to get our family pictures taken by Sara this weekend!

Today (yes, just this morning) Ella had a new skill explosion.  She learned to take off & put on her clothes.  Which she did.  Repeatedly.  Great job, baby!  But please save that skill for home & not for public viewing.  We don’t need family services hunting us down or anything.  Also, as you probably know from my facebook, Ella has gotten up WAY TOO EARLY the past couple of days.  This is most likely due to Dave showering for work.  (So really, there’s not much we can do about it.  Unless Dave goes to work stinky).  Her lack of sleep has lead to a very crabby toddler the rest of the day.  (And by crabby, I mean she pretty much won’t do anything without screaming, crying and/or whining.  Yeah.)  This has forced me to put her back into bed a couple of times.  Well, this morning, about 14 seconds after I put her in bed & shut the door, I heard a thump.  And then…Ella walks out of her room.  WHAT???  Yes, she jumped or climbed or threw herself out of her crib.  No, she wasn’t hurt (I checked).  She actually stopped crying, so I let her stay up & eat her breakfast.  But I fear the nights we are now facing if Ella doesn’t want to go to bed at bedtime.

We have also discovered this summer that Ella loves both the Cardinals (takes after her Momma!) & classical music.  She PREFERS to have “violins” on the radio both in the car & when she goes to sleep (if the Cards aren’t playing).

It is funny to hear your child say words that you didn’t know they knew.  For example: Grasshopper.  What?  How do you know the word grasshopper?  I know that Ella repeats & copies EVERYTHING.  Seriously.  EVERYTHING.  But I don’t know where she learned “grasshopper”.  Maybe Sesame Street?  She probably reads the dictionary while I’m not looking.  She’s also learned most of her colors, with the exception of red.  She calls red “green”.  She calls green “green” also, so I don’t know what that’s all about.  She can identify orange & pink, so I’m not sure if she’s color blind or just has a thing for green.  (Grasshoppers??) Ella has learned several shapes & can count to 15 or so.  She often skips 8.  Probably because 7 is a monster.  (Monster!  Another word that came from…????)  Ella loves to sing with us now.  Her favorites are Twinkle Twinkle, the ABCs, Take Me Out to the Ballgame & The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  Many times, I will catch her singing something to herself or one of her toys (which she puts in “time out”…hilarious).  Ella can do a forward roll all by herself.  She is getting closer to wanting to use the potty.  She has an amazing palate for a 2 year old…she loves pickles, olives, anything sweet, pepperoni, queso dip, salsa, etc.  I never know what each day will bring, but I STILL think that staying home with Ella Kate is the best, most amazing job I’ve ever had.

Now that September is upon us, we have a lot to look forward to in the fall!  Our trip to Disney World is very soon (HOORAY!).  We have lots of sports to watch cousins play.  There will be band competitions to go to, pumpkin picking, bike riding, and lots I can’t think of now.  Hopefully our house will sell & we can start to actively search for our new house!

I hope that your summer has been as fun-filled as ours and that your fall will bring lots of happy memories.

@ Eckert's

@ Eckert's

(Thanks for letting me steal this pic, Sara!)