Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Update ..... from previous post

Lisa just informed me that Dunkin Donuts messed up her coffee that I waited 20 minutes for! I asked for medium, black, vanilla spice. They put cream in it, oh but of course!

flat irons, coffee, gas, cigarettes etc. etc.

Well I am off to a great start today!!! I burned my ear with my flat iron. Then a few minutes later, Matt called me from upstairs. I laid the flat iron down on the sink. While I was away from it, it fell on the floor and melted the cord. Ugh!!! (I was already scolded for leaving it on yesterday while I took the kids to swim lessons). Today, I think my note to myself is to forget about the flat iron. I lived without one for 34 years. I have only used it for one month and short of burning my house down, it's been a big problem!!!

Things got even better (well not really). I went to get my sister, Lisa, a coffee and waited about 20 minutes in the drive-up line. I swear some people order enough coffee and breakfasts for an entire week. Then the person like me, ordering one black coffee waits for a year!

As if I wasn't already a bit jacked up. I went to get gas. I pulled up with my 20 dollar bill in hand, rolled down my window, waiting for the attendant to help me. I guess that would have been too easy. Instead, he helped the guy at the pump next to me, who pulled up 5 minutes after me. I might not have been ticked (or as ticked) if the guy was buying gas but guess what he was purchasing? Cigarettes and scratch tickets!!!! Since when did gas stations become convenient stores. I waited a couple of more minutes while he then proceeded to pump that guy's gas and close out some one's credit card transaction. All the while, my gas was yet to be pumped. I should note that it's a full-service gas station, as most around here are. They do not like you to pump your own. After about 10 more minutes, I backed out and politely (sarcastically) said thank you. He replied, well we are pretty busy. I guess you need to be buying cancer sticks to get timely service there!

Now on to the next fiasco. I got to the grocery store and had to try 3 different carriages before one actually moved without sounding like a bus. In addition, a couple had broken child straps. I don't know if this happens to other people, but it's a weekly event for me. I can never pick a "good" grocery cart right off the bat. Well my final debacle was after checking out, I went to walk away and could find my car/house keys. Thank goodness someone turned them in. I guess I left them in one of the broken carriages. Fortunately these events are minimal and I can laugh about them!!! Hope you have a good day.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Note to my self (and anyone else with kids!!!)

My biggest obsession and fear (I admit I am totally ridiculous but can't help myself) is wondering when my kids are going to get the stomach bug. I emphasize the when because of course they are going to get it, at least once a year (though the trend is more than likely it's twice a year in our house).

The note to myself is, make sure all laundry is done and put a way prior to the tornado, other wise known as the stomach bug, hits!!! I am sure I mentioned before that I am not a neat freak by any means. I try to combat the clutter to the best of my ability or should I say time I commit to it, but my huge pet peeve is, however, my laundry. I try to make sure it's faithfully done. There is a correlation between laundry and my fear of the stomach bug. In fact, they go hand and hand. If my laundry isn't done and someone in my house falls ill with the stomach bug, I am screwed!!! One other point I should make is that the laundry should not only be clean, but put away.

That being said, last night Matt projectile vomited for three hours. However, the damage was done in the first 30 seconds. First, he hit his entire bed and floor. Secondly, upon exiting his room to call for us, he hit both my laundry baskets of clothes that were washed and folded waiting for the fairy godmother to put away (doesn't every one have one?)

So the moral of this story is, when your child (in some cases husband!) comes down with the stomach bug, surely there will be a lot of laundry to do. Therefore, why would you want to do that and the rest of the week's laundry too? On top of it all, why would you want to rewash all the laundry that you already did??? Oh, I am kicking myself.

On a better note, Matt woke up with more energy than ever this morning. He feels absolutely fine. He rode his scooter and bike all morning. I am now almost caught up on laundry. I took out the bleach again and bleached the bathrooms (I want to abolish this bug!!!) Since the stomach bug motivates me, I also did a little bit more cleaning that I otherwise would have put off for a "rainy day". Now we can go get our pumpkins and go to John's soccer game. I guess it turned out to be a pretty good day after all!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Retiring....

Well as usual when Matt and Charlie get together, they try to solve the world's problems.

Today Matt told Charlie that he wants his Dad (Matt's) to retire and he won't. Charlie responded by telling Matt that you can't make someone retire.

I don't know where they get these things. My father is retired and as far as they're concerned, retirement means not working. Oh goodness, wouldn't that be nice!!!

Tonight I sent Matt to his room right after dinner for bad behavior. It turned into a whole sobbing fit and once again, he got on the retirement kick. He can be like a broken record sometimes, relentless too. He said he just wanted his Dad to retire so he could play with him. Matt's sure got a knack for making you feel bad. I didn't give in. He fell asleep and that was it. Seriously, though wouldn't it be nice to retire now, still collect a pay check and enjoy yourself?

Friday's Favorites

For anyone that may be new to my blog. I started a weekly theme called Friday's Favorites. Every Friday I post about things that are special to me or, "favorites". I did this as a way to talk about the things that make you happy. They say, smiles are contagious, maybe happy thoughts are too!!! Please feel free to join me in Friday's Favorites. If you have some favorites that you wish to blog about, let me know, and I'll include your link on my post. Have a great day and Happy Friday!

The Red Sox winning!!! - awesome game last night.

Fridays - maybe that's why I call it Friday's Favorites???? (either that, or I needed a post topic a few weeks back on a Friday and went with it =)

hearing my kids laugh

going for runs with my husband - except when he tells me if I was running any slower, I would be walking! (this only happens on my very tired days!)


sitting on my front porch on summer nights in my rocking chair

people watching - I can do that from my front porch too (in my rocking chair) as I live across from a beach.

feeling like a made a difference in some one's day!

There are lots more, but that's all for now. I hope you join me!

People joining in for friday's favorites: Denise, Lisa

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thought I would invoke a little humor here

Keeping with the Go Red Sox spirit, I thought I'ld add this video. I hope my friends in Ireland read this, as they are true Red Sox fans!!!! Here goes.... It's a little fresh!

video

Thoughts for Thursdays

What was I doing ten years ago???? Every so often I reminisce. In some ways ten years seems so long ago. In other ways, it some ways I feel I blinked my eyes and ten years have passed, quickly!!!

Ten years ago, I was newly married, only for a month and half. I was working full time at our community hospital. I worked days and my husband worked nights. We really didn't see much of each other. In some ways that was good, and others it was bad. No one ever told me how hard the first year of marriage really is. Like any life change, this was such an adjustment. Every day I was so home sick. I only moved 2 miles away from the house, where I grew up. Yet, it seemed like I was hours away. Seriously, I would start to drive to my parents' house after work by accident. I remember feeling so lonely when John was working at night and there was no one else in my house. Growing up there was always some one at home, albeit my mother, father, or one of my sisters. Being alone at night was some thing I had to get used to.

I think the first year of marriage brings out a lot of your differences, sometimes for the good, and sometimes for the bad. I remember arguing about such simple things like the heat and at what temperature it should be set. Dinners were another bone of contention. I know some one would have been happy with take-out every night. While I on the other hand, tried to cook home-made meals. I think in that first year, you realize just how different you both might really be. I really think that first year is soooo much more challenging than anyone would tell you.

In that year, that I think you really learn grow as a couple. I know I just let a lot of stuff go. I learned that the petty stuff was just that, petty and insignificant. I learned that it is sooo much easier to act as a team rather than an opponent. I learned that there will be a lot of fun times, but also some more serious times.

I would never want to scare a newlywed by telling them what I think about the first year. I think that would be kind of mean. I wouldn't want to take away from the magical thoughts of a wedding and marriage. However, if someone ever said they thought it was hard, I would tell them they are right. It is hard but I genuinely believe it gets so much better.

Here I am ten years later. I can tell you that ten years have not been easy by any means but it really has been ten awesome years! Of course there are times when I might feel like running away but all in all, if I made it through that first year, I am staying.

Perhaps this post is two-fold, but I ask:
Where were you ten years ago?
If you are married, what did you think of the first year?

Some other tft bloggers:
Mary
Nicole

Jenny
Kristi
Heather
Jenny
Zoe

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Not a lot to say today

except for Go Red Sox. I am so happy that the World Series begins tonight and the Red Sox are playing. Though my life does not revolve around sports, it is so refreshing to have something for which to be excited. There is such a spirit in the air, when your home team succeeds. The ancipation is huge, but nevertheless, this is something to which we can look forward. There seems to be a common thread among young people and old people right now. I am so happy that whether they win or not, at least for the next several days that excitement and pride will remain in the air.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Check this out

but you might want to get keep some tissues handy. Some of you may have seen this already or heard about it. It is very thought provoking and inspiring. Seeing this changed my day, completely.

Here it is....

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Save 2nd base

Check out these tees. I think they are simply ingenious!

Weekend Recap....

This was a whirl wind weekend. Yesterday I took the boys to the barber shop. Thank god, they don't mind going; maybe that's due to the lollipops they give out there. It sure does seem like we are always there. Afterwards, they came with me while I got my eyebrows waxed. They weren't happy about that. We got the truck washed on the way home.

After John got home from taking an exam for work, we went out for an early dinner at Bugaboo Creek. It's definitely the boys' (all three of them) favorite. Last night little John and I watched the Red Sox game while Matt went to bed and John took a nap before work.

This morning we went John and I went for a run, while he pushed Matt in the carriage and John rode his bike. Then we went to church, followed by a photo session with Mary outside of church. Our church is a beautiful building and a very unique back-drop for photos. Mary, I can't wait to see them. I wouldn't be the least bit suprised if Mary black mails me with photos taken of me when I fell in the cement after church. SCARY sight!

This afternoon, we went to John's soccer game, which was great. They won, and John played a fantastic game. Finally to top off a busy day, we went to Charlies 5th birthday. It was held at Plaster Fun Time. The boys had a blast. John and I snuck over to a near by restaurant for an appetizer and drinks and picked the boys up at 5:30.

Now it's 7:00. and I am eagerly awaiting the start of the Red Sox game. I am hoping and praying they will win. World Series???? I hope!!! That would be sweet.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday's Favorites

Thank god it's Friday!!! I have a few "favorites" to post about today.

good customer service - Berynie & Phyl's came to fix my leather coach and love seat. It looks good, and I am so happy about it. Having boys, means a little more wear and tear on the furniture (well on EVERYTHING, for that matter and it gets worse as they get bigger!)

Thomas napping - Thomas has been taking a fantastic nap this morning, which meant I was able to get tons of random stuff done this morning. Church fair pulicity stuff, which was a must!!! Thanks Thomas!

my sisters - They are my crutches!!! They help me out tremendously. Thanks!

Christmas - I know it's still very early, but I just can't wait for the Christmas Season. I love EVERYTHING about it! I am getting so excited just thinking about it. I know some people get all stressed out about it, but think of the fun stuff and don't worry about the other stuff. I think when you look at the true meaning of Christmas, you can really enjoy it.

Twisted Tea - I don't drink often, but man these things are good. Right, Mary? We had these this summer, Maine, and I look forward to having them again.

If you have any "favorites" you'ld like to share, send me an email or comment and I'll add your link you here. Have a great Friday, everyone!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thoughts for Thursdays

Shooting Up.......

This happened last year, but I thought it was worth sharing. My kids LOVE to play outside. They love to ride their bikes, scooters, play ball, tag, etc. etc. One of their favorite things, however, is to play army, marines, cops, robbers etc. Now they are not violent at all, but they are often packing something such as squirt guns, cap guns, modified "stick guns", or anythying that can look like a gun or sound like a gun! I swear it is genetic and innate in them. Perhaps it has something to do with their dad being police officer and marine? I don't know. It's just them.

Even if I rid them of any play guns, they would be making them out of Legos, sticks, paper towel rolls or ANYTHING because they already do that. Some people might disagree, but I really don't have a problem with it. I chalk it up as being boys (though my niece Abby has been spotted "packing" on a occasion, as well) For decades boys have played with those green, plastic army guys, some might say that it's politcally incorrect. (and by no coincidence, these are some of their favorite toys!) Who cares? These guys love to play and they do it so innocently. I love it. They are happy and that's the way it should be.

Last Christmas, my elderly neigbor sent us a Christmas card. In the card, she jotted a little message. It read: Hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Love to watch your boys "shooting up" in your front yard! I didn't know quite what to make of it. I started cracking up. Perhaps I have been jaded by my husband's profession but when I hear "shooting up", I think of drugs. Well she is from England, and I was told that's just an expression for playing merrily and having fun. Wouldn't this be great if that was the only meaning for this expression?!?!?!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Why god?

You might get sick of me blogging about these conversations. I, on the other hand, can't get enough of them. Today after Matt and Charlie ate their lunch, and this is how the conversation went (by the way, today Charlie turned 5!)

Matt - Why did God have to make you first?

Charlie - I don't know Matt. He just did.

Matt - It's just not fair! =(

Charlie - Matt I am ALWAYS going to be older than you. Yeh, every year.

Matt - (sigh)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Bleach....

I've been on a major cleaning spree here. I am still trying to purge this place of unnecessary stuff. I really must say that I was somewhat traumatized by the whole experience with my neighbor's house. (even thought that was EXTREME, and I know I am being a bit redundant here) In any event, I continue to rid our house of any clutter. I just can't stand it, but I have a way to go. In my quest to simplify my life, I think this is very necessary.

With Christmas coming, I am thinking about all the new stuff that my boys will get. Though we try to keep it simple, inevitably they get more than they need. Hence, we definitely have to get rid of some toys before the holidays. I really don't want to be anxious about too much stuff and not enough space. Rather I want to enjoy all the fun times that Christmas brings; it really is my most favorite Holiday. In fact, I love the entire season.

With that being said. I am off to go fill another trash bag. Oh and I almost forgot.... Getting back to my post title. John had his friend over today and after they both went in the bathroom to wash their hands before lunch, John says, "mom why does this bathroom smell like the YMCA pool?" (at least he didn't compare it to the YMCA bathrooms. Oh that could be another post!)

Well that would be, because I bleached it down to clean it. By the look on his face, you would have thought it was a bad thing or something. (usually I bleach at night when they go to bed) Oh well!

Chocolate Chips....revisted!!!

I fell off the wagon. Yes, Lisa I am sure you can relate and Jenny I think you said you like these little things too. If you read my post a while back, I talked about my chocolate chip addiction. Man, I thought I beat it but those demons got me yersterday! Just couldn't help it. I really should have bought something sweet yesterday when I went grocery shopping. Maybe that would have done it for me. Instead, I got out the scissors and cut open the bag. Sorry, John they really were going to be for cookies.

Now, I think Matt is going to need some detoxing as well. He had some too and then wanted more. I had to hide the bag for his own good. Oh, maybe my mother should have done that way back when for me. Anyhow, I forgive her regardless for the addiction which she placed upon me!!

While Matt was eating a few of these morsels yesterday, I heard him say "John look this one looks like a chain-saw." Oh, no, should I be scared?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Praying for ......

the Red Sox to win tonight!

Stalker!!!

Matt is just way too funny. He and John stayed home sick from school today. For about a week Matt has complained sporadically of a stomach ache. John took him last Monday to the doctors and everything was ruled out and negative, probably some sort of virus. Then John has complained of the same thing and off/on headache since Thursday night. Again their complaints were very sporadic. One minute everything was fine and the other, one or both of them would say their bellies hurt.

Finally early this morning, John woke us up saying he felt "really" sick. So off to the doctors we went this morning. I was questioning maybe strep but again, everything was negative for both boys. All day John has felt awful. Matt, on the other hand, is absolutely fine. His only complaint today was wanting someone to play with. With know school today, he was "craving" for someone to play with him.

Now, I am getting to my "Stalker" title. Well both Matt and John have a mutual friend named Ryan. Matt, of course having no concept of time has been wanting to play with Ryan all afternoon. Ryan lives a few doors down from us. Finally I let Matt go call for him. He returned, Ryan wasn't home yet. Then about a half hour later, he asked if he could go call for Ryan again. I told him he could but to come back and tell me either way if Ryan was home. About ten minutes went by, and I called Ryan's house. His dad answered and I asked if Matt was there. He said no. I apologized for "stalking" them because I had called a couple of times earlier about something unrelated. He laughed and told me that I wasn't the stalker but actually as he looked out his front door, Matt was sitting patiently on their front stairs. Matt was the stalker!!!! He wanted to see Ryan so badly.

A little while later, Ryan returned home from school with his Mom and Matt is happy!!! =)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Dinner talk.....

My guys are just so different. Both melt my heart, but in such different ways. Here's the conversation during and about dinner tonight. Thank god for John's kind words.

Matt - Mom I wuv your supper. Well incept it's not that good. This chicken isn't really good.

John - Matt that doesn't make sense.

Matt - Johnny, I do wuv it but it's just not good. It needs lots of barbecue sauce.

John - Okay, whatever. Mom I really love it and it tastes good too. Can I have it tomorrow for lunch?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

So happy....

that we went with Mary for a photo-shoot of the boys! Today was one of the nicest fall days yet. The sun was shining and the air was crisp. Mary suggested a fantastic place for taking shots. We live right outside the city, and it's very easy to forget some of the amazing wooded areas that we actually have right near us; sometimes we tend to just stay in our own little area. It was so nice venturing out today.

The boys were great, including Thomas. John was really into the shoot. Matt took a lot of bribes, but it went well. I only wish I had photos to share :( Hoping that Mary will share since the subjects were borrowed! lol I am sure she will be posting some on her blog, however she seems to be very possessive of her stuff! Oh, the sister drama..... it really never ends. (Lisa, you'll be wishing you came with us ;)

Check out her blog later for photos....Murryssnapshots!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Boo!

Had so much fun this afternoon with the kids, shopping for some fun stuff to go "ghosting" tonight.

For those of you who may not know what this means, I will explain. Someone ghosts you by leaving a bag of Halloween "treats" at your door step. The bag of "treats" includes a note explaining everything. In addition, the bag contains a picture of a ghost, which the recipient of the bag tapes in a visible place on the front of his/her house. When you leave the bag, make sure you don't get caught. Knock loud and run!!! Here is an example of the note that we left:

The Phantom Ghost has come to town,
To leave you some goodies, I see you have found.
If you do not wish a curse to fall,
Continue this greeting, this Phantom's call.
First, post this Phantom where it can be seen,
And leave it there until Halloween.
This will scare other Phantoms who may visit.
Be sure to participate, you don't want to miss it!
Second, make two treats & two copies of this Ghost with a grin
Deliver them to two neighbors where this Phantom hasn't been
Don't let them see you, be sneaky, no doubt …
And make sure they put their Phantom Ghost out!
Next, you have only one day to act, so be quick!
Leave it at doors where the Phantom hasn't hit.
Deliver at dark when there isn't much light...
Ring the doorbell and run, and stay out of sight!!
And last, but not least, come join in the season.
Don't worry, be happy, you need no good reason.
This is all in good fun and we are just trying to say...
HAPPY HALLOWEEN AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!

My kids just think this is the best thing. It's kind of nice too because they are giving to others. Of course, they pick out stuff that they would like candy, little party favor toys, etc. Then they have to give them away. For the little one's this can be a little hard but a good lesson to learn!

Friday's Favorites

Here are just a few of my favorite things.

gum (though my husband thinks its an awful habit!)
foot rubs (from my husband of course)
lazy days home with my three men
sunny days (praying for one real soon)
long rides
movie nights
when I can only partly recall a funny instance in my past but my sisters know exactly what I am talking about!
when they (my sisters) know what I will say before I say it
great Sales like the one's I just hit at Walmart this morning!
runs with P.J. (though not when he kicks my butt in a run!)

Hope you join me in Friday's Favorites!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thoughts for Thursdays

My thoughts are much happier tonight!!! Mary and Thomas stayed for dinner tonight. Sorry Mary, because it wasn't much of a dinner =) Thomas and Matt took a bath, splashed around, and had a blast.

Afterwards, I went to my exercise class, and it was great. I didn't feel like going but it definitely revived me, and I feel so much better. I have only been in this class for about a month, but it's but I am really enjoying it. The other girls are really nice and the instructor is really enthusiastic as well as encouraging.

Well on that note, hope everyone has a good night and look back tomorrow for Friday's Favorites.

Thoughts for Thursdays

I want to share a shopping experience that I had the other day.

I went to TJ Maxx for my elderly neighbor. She got out of the hospital yesterday and basically needed everything for her bed and bathroom, ie, sheets, towels, blankets, comforter etc. etc. Anyway, I went there to get all in one place. It really wasn't that difficult. I just got all the stuff, put in the carriage and went to the checkout counter.

The stinger here wasn't just the long line. Of course I expected that, as there is always a long line there. Usually only one or two of the checkouts are open. Anyway, as I was in line, a woman (in her 30's) started to enter the store with her pit bull. I don't know what she was thinking, because I don't know any store that allows pets. Well the manager went over to her and explained that no animals were allowed in the store (except Seeing Eye Dogs). The woman whined about how she needed to return something. Next, the manager told her to go outside with her dog and she would send a cashier out to get her merchandise and make the exchange.

Now, I was boiling because this woman essentially cut the whole line. The one of two cashiers left went out, got the stuff, came back in, did the transaction, and went back outside to give the woman her change. This sounds quick but something went wrong with the exchange and it took a while.

If I didn't need the stuff I was buying for my neighbor, I would have walked right out. Since when do stores have drive through/walk up service? If they do have this it should be for everyone!!! Do you think I could have called from the front of the store, with my kids in the car and had the manager do my shopping for me? Absolutely not, it wouldn't be right. Why then could this woman cut the whole line because of her dog???

Without a doubt, I think the woman was very nervy. However, I think the manager was completely ignorant as well.

Wish I could be more positive today, maybe I will get there as the day goes on.

Here's some other Thoughts for Thursday bloggers:
Mary
Jenny

Zoe
Kristi

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Here's an oldie but goodie....

Here's John 2004 when her was 4. Today I was having kind of a bad day and remembered this video. It did it for me =)

Charlie and Matt

Matt always reminds me that he and his cousin, Charlie, are not just cousins, they're like best friends too.

They never fail to crack me up when they are together. Their conversations are hilarious.

The other day in the car, I was picking them up from preschool and this is an expert from their conversation:

Charlie: My dad is bigger than your Dad.

Matt: No Charlie, my Dad is bigger than your Dad.

Charlie: Well my Dad's thumb is bigger than your Dad's thumb.

Matt: No my Dad's thumb is actually bigger than your Dad's thumb.

Charlie: Well my Dad's thumb is bigger than your Mom's thumb! (well I guess he fixed him!)

Why on earth this conversation resorted to thumb size, I will never know. Must be a four year-old brain thing!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Out of the mouths of babes

me - As Matthew's peeing into the toilet, "Matt aim it into the toilet quick, pee is going every where!!!!"

Matt - "Mom I am trying."

me - "Matt in the toilet."

Matt - "Mom, sometimes my weiner goes to the left and sometimes to the right. Sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down. And sometimes it goes all around."

Consequently I must clean my toilets 10 times a day. Thank God for Clorox Wipes -one of the best inventions ever, next to my favorite - paper towels!!!

Trash!!!

As I strive to be organized, I have been throwing things away every day. It has been quite therapeutic for me. I literally look for things in my house to get rid of. Of course, if there are things that can be recycled, I'll recycle them. If there are things that can be given away, I'll do that too. However, if its broken, pieces are lost, or I just don't want it (and don't think anyone else would either) I just pitch it.

I have always tended to hold on to some stuff but for the last couple of months, I have really made an effort to get rid of things. My hate for clutter was exacerbated when my elderly neighbors house was condemned by the Board of Health. She was an extreme hoarder. In fact, she didn't throw anything out. We never knew how she was living until she went into the hospital. She had stacks and stacks of stuff, newspapers, junk mail etc. I had never seen anything like it. It made me very sad to think that some people really have this problem. I feel very badly for her. As I continue to help her through this time, I am realizing that hoarding is definitely a disease. The need to hold on to things is something they can't help. It starts with just little piles until there are only little pathways.

Having said all this. I will continue to throw something out every day.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Pumpkin Head...

I have a kind of funny story to tell..... A couple of years ago, I was out in the front yard with the boys. A friend from my mom's group was walking by. She is one of the nicest people I know and just hilarious too.

She stopped to talk. I think it was in September. Anyway, John was bent over by the front bushes picking up a ball. She looks over there and exclaims, "Oh wow you already have your pumpkins. That so nice."

Are you getting this? She mistook my son, John, and his red hair to be a freaking pumpkin! We didn't have ANY pumpkins. We never get them until October. Anyway, she talked for a minute and continued on her walk.

My husband was washing windows and over heard this exchange. He said, "did she really just say what I thought she said?" Of course she did.

I hadn't thought of this story in a while. The other day at the Fall Festival, another mom reminded me. I burst into laughing, and she did too.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Simple Saturday!!!

Oh how I wish this were true. I would love nothing more to have stayed in bed this morning, wake up "naturally", laze around, and get ready for the day when I feel like it. Note to myself..... Reality Check! This is not the case. I have a very busy Saturday and weekend for that matter.

Today is the Fall Festival at John's school. I will be there in one hour volunteering. It is really a fun event.

Tomorrow we have the 175th Anniversary Celebration at our Church. This includes worship service, followed by dinner. Then John has a soccer game, and Matt has a birthday party.

Finally on Monday, I am running the Tufts 10K.

I want to enjoy every bit of this weekend. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous. It will be a busy one, and hopefully I can sleep when its over! =)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Friday's Favorites

I thought I would include a few more of my favorites:

Diet Pepsi - I know it's sad but I am basically not whole without one a day. Addictions are awful!

Luna Bars - Like having a candy bar with you breakfast. Checked with my doctor and she said they're good for you. Plenty of protein and a lot of vitamins. Mary can you get me a new case at B.J.'s this weekend?

Yoplait Fat Free Rasberry White Chocolate - LOVE this for dessert after the kids go to bed. It sort of settles me down. I have been told that the only "good" yogurt is unflavored but who cares?

New make-up - This topic will have to be an entire post some day because I have lots of favorites. If I am at the mall, and really shouldn't be shopping, but need a pick-me-up, a new lipstick from Aveda always cheers me up!

Hollywood Video get out of jail free cards! - These are cards that only come every so often and they erase any oustanding fees you have. I just got one the other day, and I can really use it. Yeh!!!

Friday's Favorites

One of my absolute favorite places to shop is Ann Taylor Loft. There isn't anything in that store that I wouldn't buy. In the spring, I felt like my truck was on auto-pilot. Some how it just took me there!!!

I love the style of their clothes from sporty and casual to formal. They also have really nice accessories too. Most of all, I love their sales. That being said, I would never pay full price for anything there. Eventually everything goes on sale considerably, in a rather short amount of time.

Well that was my plug for them. I feel an impromtu shopping trip coming on. Maybe I should save myself some money and get a job there!!!

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Mary

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Stay Tuned

Friday's Favorite coming up tomorrow! Same as last week. Post about your "favorites" and send me a link and I will include your name in my post.

Thoughts for Thursdays

Sometimes, I tend to think about the negative aspects of my day. I vent about the silly things that tic me off etc. etc. Today I thought I could reflect a little bit about something good. I truly think there is more good in the world than bad but for some reason, the bad sometimes consumes me. Today, however, I am going to focus all my attention on something positive. In that spirit, here I go....

The crossing guard at John's school is awesome. She goes way beyond, what is essential part of her job which is to to safely cross the children. She talks to all the kids, knows their names, and makes happy conversation with the students, their siblings, and their parents. Her friendly and caring attitude surely brings warmth to my day and many others, I am sure.

If you have any Thoughts for Thursdays or positive things, feel free to write about them on your blog and send me a link or comment and I will include you in this post.

Mary
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Jenny

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Mary did you have to...

comment on my hairy lip today???? Okay well my self esteem was shot today for a few reasons. The final straw however, was when Mary exclaimed, "Amy do you have a mustache?" Talk about a hit to your ego. Yes a major one. Well normally one would never know, except that I am overdue for a good wax. It's something that I have only needed to do in the last year. My hair is blond, but yes it comes in a little thicker than it did in my 20's. It was never an issue before. Well you can guess where I am going tomorrow. Yes it will be the Spa for an upper lip wax. Thankfully that's all I have to do as my eyebrows are in good shape!

On to another issue. I think Jenny must have jinxed me because I am breaking out wicked bad this week (I hope your outbreak has past) I don't know what is going on with me; I haven't had skin issues since college but this is awful. I just want to hide. I wish I could add a facial to tomorrow's agenda but it's not possible. Hopefully things clear up real soon.

Too make matters worse. I got a new hair cut today and I am not sure I like it. I brought last weeks issue of People Magazine which had Jenny McCarthy on the cover to my hair stylist (and good friend) for an idea. I really like her hair cut. I just don't know if I like it on me nor will I have a stylist to do it for me every day. Ugh!!!

Well thanks again Mary. I guess I could say you added insult to injury. LOL!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

I'll have a hotdog in a roll with ketchup and tic tacs!?!?!

No Matt didn't order this for dinner. However, I gave the boys hotdogs and veggies for dinner tonight, as John was working and I had to get ready to go out. As a treat, I also let them eat in the family room. After they got their dinner, John yelled, "mom Matt just covered his hotdog with tic tacs!!!!" Of course he did. He dumped the whole container of tic tacs on top of his hot dog! He told me he wanted to make it minty and crunchy. I almost killed him. I wanted to take a picture of it, but didn't. I didn't want to encourage this insane behavior.

You can call me crazy but....

I was so psyched when I was walking the kids down to pick John up from school and I heard, "SLOW DOWN" from a police officer. He yeld it out his window to a woman who was speeding down the street. She was also on the way to pick up her child. Every day she flies past me, as I am walking with the boys. Why can't people be considerate to others? She has absolutely no regard for anyone, it seems. This just made my day!!! Hopefully she will ease her foot off the gas pedal from now on. =)

Monday, October 1, 2007

"I want to be in Maine"

That is what Matt said while lying in bed last night. Both guys were absolutely exhausted last night. By no coincidence, when they are sooo tired, they are whiny, don't feel good etc. etc. Last night was surely one of those nights. Each of them had a million little ass aches. While usually the bed-time routine is a breeze for them (us), last night was not the case. When they are in this train wreck of a way, things are never smooth. John complained about everything under the sun when he laid in bed, and Matt was the same. However, John was fast alseep in five minutes. Matt, on the contrary, took about thirty minutes to fall asleep. Here's what Matt had to say while laying in bed, after crying about EVERYTHING!!!!

Matt -"I want to be in Maine right now. I want to live there."

Me - "Who do you want to go with?"

Matt- "You (mom), dad, John, and Thomas. Charlie, Abby, and William can visit. I will take all my favorite fings with me and oh, my trophies too. If I can't go to Maine, then I want to live with Ronan."

Well I guess Matt would pack up and leave for Maine and if things weren't good there, he'ld be on a plane to Galway to live with his friend Ronan!

Oh well, hopefully tonight he won't be too tired and will be content just living here (maybe I should have his bags packed, just in case!!!)