Monday, December 31, 2007

I Am, Of Course, Resolute.

I am sure none of you expected anything less than a post of resolutions today. After all, I am The Queen of Resolutions. I resolve to do a giant amount of things all throughout the year, so why would I stop now? There is, I will admit, a small difference this year. I am finally, finally, able to say that I completed a good many of last years resolutions. Upwards of 40% and that's pretty awesome considering I usually complete about 0%. And resolutions are more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules.

This year my resolutions are as follows:

1. Lose the last bit of my married weight. I have about 10 pounds that are rather stubborn (meaning that they won't come off without exercise and I haven't been inclined to persuade them in that manner) and I'm ready for them to be gone. With the last ten pounds gone, my total weight loss will be almost fifty pounds. That's rock star awesome.

2. Keep up the daily devotional the kids and I have been doing.

3. Start (and finish) all of the bible studies our women's group at church has.

4. Find a peaceful rhythm and balance at home. Basically, try not to be so dang anxious all the time.

5. Run an entire 5 k (slated for completion on April 28 - more info to follow) without walking.

6. Again, stop biting my nails. To be fair, I spent more time this year with non bitten nails than with bitten nails, but I'm going for gold in 2008.

7. Potty train the Tot. Sigh. I never thought it would take this long, but then again, I never imagined I would have a kid who completely didn't care if she was dirty and would outright lie if she thought she had a wet pull up. I also never imagined a child who was so prone to...loose stools...so just sticking her in a diaper and dealing with the messes becomes a much larger problem. But anyways, enough with the "why nots", this year she will be using that potty more than the three times a day she does now. And she will be in big girl panties regularly. This is my solemn vow.

8. Potty train Little David. Might as well get a jump start on it, you know?

9. Have another baby. Hahahaha. Just thought I'd freak out Dave when he read this. No, no babies here anytime soon.

10. Enjoy my days. I would like to make more of a point to do enjoyable things each day and not get bogged down in the things I have to do. I'd like to go to the park more, go to the library more, have more picnics, go to the zoo more, go to the botanical gardens more, take daily walks, color more pictures, paint more, draw more chalk pictures, go to more story times, play outside a few times every day, read more stories, bake more cookies, do more crafts, play more games, and of course, get a few more hugs and kisses. I'm not quite full up yet.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thankful Thursday

No preface today, just some good straight forward Thankfulness.

Here you go:

1. I'm thankful that Dave got his iTouch for Christmas thanks to the collective generosity of our families. It's the only thing I can remember him wanting so badly for the past few years. You should have seen his face last night when he went and bought it with his Christmas money. Adorable.

2. I'm thankful that Tot really understood Christmas this year, and even went to far as to ask me if we could give some of her books to the "little girls that don't have any". Then she really got in the spirit, and we ended up with five boxes of toys, clothes, stuffed animals and books to give to the Little Girls.

3. I'm thankful that I had a wonderful time with Dave's family and that it felt like home. It's always sad to not spend Christmas with your own family, but it's pretty awesome to feel like you're home anyways.

4. I'm thankful that I got an adorably fuzzy and cute sweater purse on sale for under $10. It makes me feel snuggly and like I'm in Aspen even though it'll be 65 degrees this week in Texas.

5. I'm thankful that the kids have actually been sitting still for the daily devotions we've been doing and that Tot is starting to learn some new songs and to pray on her own (see previous posts for said hilarity).

6. I'm thankful that I got my No Complaint bracelet in the mail and that I'm working pretty hard on it and doing good so far (well, as of 10am this morning when it got here).

7. I'm thankful for the delicious goodness of Chick-Fil-A.

8. I'm thankful for our new puppy, Foxy, who has had only a few accidents on the carpet and who gets along and plays with our 150 lb. Anatolian Shepherd, Bear, despite her only weighing 10 lbs.

9. I'm thankful that the holiday season is almost over, because while I love all the fun and excitement, I'm definitely ready to get into my regular routine.

10. And for the big one, I'm thankful that as of11:00 am today, we paid off one of our two credit cards and that as of today we have paid off over $10,000 in debt since we started Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. I can not express how grateful I am that God put that class in our lives. It's totally changed how we view money and made Dave and I completely agree (for the first time) exactly how we were going to use our money. We are well on our way to be completely debt free!

What are you thankful for today?

A Chapman Family Christmas

All of stockings hung neatly with care (and homemade by Dave's mom!!)


Tot opening her first Barbie, given by her Pappaw.


Tot and Little David sans pants, I'm not really sure why.
I think they wanted to put on their new jammies and then just got distracted.


Tot and Little David in their present from Santa:
A new wagon that Mommy can take them to the park in because they are getting WAY to heavy for the double stroller and Mommy almost pulled a muscle going uphill the other day.


Little David with his stocking stuffers. Funny enough, he didn't take that handkerchief off all day. Seriously cute stuff.


Tot and Little David snuggling in the wagon, exhausted from Christmas fun.


Tot saying "Thanks" for her jammies.



I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tot Speak

Preface:

Each night before bed, we have prayer time with Tot. We say the same prayer each night and it goes like this:

Dear God, Thank You for this day.
Thank You for my friends,
Thank You for my family,
I love You,
In Jesus name, Amen.

Usually it goes pretty tame, and almost every night she refuses to pray and makes us do it. However, the past day or two she's gotten in the swing of things.

**********

(Christmas Eve lunch at prayer time, Tot is running around with the butter she was supposed to put on the table )

UK: Tot! Put the butter down and hold my hand it's time to pray.
UK: Tot! Seriously, Put The Butter Down NOW and get over here.
Tot (running into the circle to hold hands): Dear God, Thank you for this day, Thank You for the butter, Thank you for my family, Amen.

***********
(Christmas Eve, prayer time before bed with Dave, Myself, Tot, Dave's parents and sister)

Dave: Okay Tot, are you ready to pray?
UK: Tot, quit picking your nose.
Dave: Okay, Tot, start praying.
Tot: Dear God, Thank you for this day, Thank you for my boogers, Thank you for my boogers...
Dave (leading her towards another topic): Thank you for my...
Tot: Thank you for my nose that holds my boogers...
Dave: Thank you for my...friends...
Tot: Thank you for my friends, Thank you for my boogers...
Dave: In Jesus Name...
Tot: Thank you for my boogers, Amen.

By then end, Dave and his sister were the only ones left in the room we were all laughing so hard.

*******
(Last night, prayer time)

UK: Okay, Tot, are you ready to say the prayer?
Tot: Dear God, Thank You for this day, Thank You for my Elmo flashlight, Thank You for my milk, Amen.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

To You And Yours

Merry Christmas!!

From All Of Us Here At
The Unsinkable's


(The Christmas Card shot. 3/4 ain't bad.)



(The one I wanted to use, but when you enlarge and look at Tot, you'll see why I didn't.)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

13 - 2

And we're back in the game!

And if Jessica Simpson shows up at any more games I'll die. I don't care if we've won with her around before, she's jinxed now.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This Is SO My House

Click on strip to enlarge and laugh.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday Favorites: Fantasy Christmas Wish List

In honor of the upcoming holiday, for Tuesday Favorites this week I'll be listing my Fantasty Christmas Wish List. These are favorite things that you would never buy yourself because, well, they are just ridiculously expensive. You'd never ask for them,either, because, well, they are just ridiculously expensive. However, they are still so completely awesome that you have to keep looking at them and drooling and dreaming. Also, since they are so extravagant, I will only list five. There needs to be some sanity, after all.


Here are my beauties:

5. Ugg Boots - I know, we've gone over this. But I still want to find a pair that A) fit my giant tree trunk calves and B) cost about $100 less. Good luck on that, UK.



4. The Republic of Tea: Tea of the Month Club - Once a month, you get a new, full leaf tea delivered right to your door. The first month you even get a full tea set and serving tray! Now seriously, how awesome would it be to know that each month you could expect a new and different present meant only for you and your total relaxation and enjoyment? Yeah, I could get behind that.



3. Juicy Couture Velour Tracksuit - Kill me now. Yes, I know exactly how ridiculous it is to spend $150 on something that you are planning to veg out in, and I know how tacky words on your butt are, and I know the stigma attached to these particular clothes, but they are so soft. I swear I would only wear it inside where no one could see....mostly.

And it comes in a gift box! I love gift boxes!!


2. Coach Pebbled Leather Shoulder Tot in Mahogany - Despite the fact that this thing of beauty has been discontinued, and that I couldn't even find a picture in the color I wanted, I still have the major hots for it. It's delicious buttery leather unmarred by branding or metal accessories, the perfection of it's size, the deep reddish brown color, and the strap that hangs at just the right height...sigh. One day, my precious, one day.


1. Bvlgari Rose Essentielle Eau de Parfum Spray - Sigh. As I'm sure you gathered from the title, this is no Perfumania perfume you would find in an outlet mall. This is designer stuff, and while it is the best smell I've ever smelled and I would love to take a giant scented bath in it, at $90 per 1.7 oz., that would be a little excessive.

But oh, how awesome I would smell.


So, what is on your Fantasy Christmas List?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

12 - 2

*sigh*

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Once again, the curse of the Thankful Thursday has struck. God really seems to know when I'm planning on being thankful so he pushes me to really mean it :). Tot has been having horrible sleep issues. I'm talking night terrors that last up to two hours, waking up at all hours of the night, being scared of her room, etc. Needless to say, it's thrown off our schedule considerably and none of us are dressed yet today, or have done any housework or are wearing pants working at top speed.

So, here are the things I'm thankful for today:

10. I'm thankful that when Tot woke up two days ago at 12:30am and started to eat the gingerbread men ornaments that I had made and painted that day, that she only nibbled on their heads and I can still give them to people.

9. I am thankful that the kids slept in this morning, enabling me to get a nice round 6 hours of sleep.

8. I'm thankful that even though Tot decided that she didn't want to eat any of the breakfast of pancakes, eggs, toast and banana that I made her this morning when she asked for it, that at least she told me so politely "Mommy, I no want to eat this please". Sigh.

7. I am thankful that my dog has been content to stay outside in the 35 degree weather after I let him out and not bark so much that I have to go outside and get him, thus freezing my personal parts off.

6. I am thankful that I'm going to a friend's house tomorrow for a great Girls Gotta Eat lunch with friends. Fast Food? Check. Kids for my kids to play with? Check. Lots of friends for me to play with? Check.

5. I am thankful that I have some awesome tentative New Years plans consisting of a board game marathon, Friends DVD's and margaritas with the McFaddins.

4. I am very, very thankful that I have no obligations today other than doing a load of dishes, a load of laundry and finding a way to get my kids to run some energy off.

3. I am thankful that I woke up at 4 am this morning to Tot sitting right beside me saying "Hi Mommy! I'm eating a cookie!" and not "Mommy! I threw up!".

2. I am thankful that Little David is the worlds most awesome cuddler and that he is content to sit and wiggle in my lap while I type.

1. I am thankful that Dave and I have babysitting on Saturday night to go to a grownups only Christmas Party :).

Thank you, Lord for large mercies.

Today's Thankful Thursday is brought to you by the Starbuck's Mint Mocha Frappachino that I found in my fridge this morning. Without it, I wouldn't be awake enough to type my name.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

For A Great Laugh...

Please visit my friend Robin's blog. She has the most adorable video of her son trying not to fall asleep at the table. Just greatness.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tuesday Favorites: Make Up Edition

Well friends, I'm thinking of starting a new weekly feature - Tuesday Favorites.

Each Tuesday I'll give you five things that are my favorites in what ever category I choose. This whole thing came to me this morning as I was putting on my mascara and thought "Self, this is some rock star awesome mascara. Everyone should know about this mascara. I need to blog about this mascara. But an entire post about mascara is a little excessive. But an entire post about all my make up is definitely not!!". And so the idea progressed from there.

Without further ado, I give you the inaugural edition of Tuesday Favorites.

5. e.l.f. All Over Color Stick ($1 online and in limited stores) - This creamy color stick works triple time as a blush, eyeshadow and lipstick. It's perfect for the makeup bag you keep in your car or purse for touch ups or for when you are halfway to church and realize you got the kids dressed and ready but neglected your own face. You probably wouldn't want to use this as an every day thing, but like I said, it's great for on the go.

4. Ulta Super Shiny Lipgloss ($8 online and in stores) - This is quite possible the best lip gloss I've ever used. It stays on forever and looks shiny without looking wet and sticky. I prefer the color "princess" because the title combined with the glossyness makes me feel supafly.

3. Natural Ice Chapstick in Cherry ($1.49 in stores) - Dave and I literally fight over this chapstick. We can never find it, so when we do we buy, like, five tubes at a time. Unfortunately, I go through chapstick pretty fast and according to Dave I "use it wrong". This means that I don't apply it to my lips in a manner designed to keep the top of the chapstick perfectly flat at all cost and so he won't share. Whatever. Regardless, buy the stuff. You'll thank me later when you're lips are all tingly and moist with the chapsticky goodness.

2. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($25 in stores) - Okay, I know this isn't make up but deal with it. This is by far the best hand cream in the whole universe and it's totally worth the money. It leaves your hands feeling great, not greasy, and works wonders on cuticles. And on the plus side, if you are good with it, the tube can last you almost an entire year.

1. Maybelline Define A Lash Mascara ($8 at stores) - Finally, the product that started it all. You know how everyone has that one make up product that they just can't leave the house without? Mine is mascara. Well, that and chapstick. But anyways, the big one is mascara and as a girl who follows the "throw your eye make up out every six months" rule, I've tried quite a few mascaras. This one is awesome because not only does the bright green tube look super fancy, and the newly redesigned wand wiggle around with rubber bristles instead of featheredy things like most wands have, the actual mascara doesn't clump. You guys, I swear on Buddy Rich's grave that this stuff is awesome. I have yet to have to use an old toothbrush an eyelash brush to get the extra yuck off and to get my woefully short lashes to be individuals and not a close knit group, and that is saying something. The only downside is that if you rub your eyes too much, it does flake, but then again, that just means that it's also easy to wash off.


So there you go, the very first Tuesday Favorites. Do let the management know what your favorite make up stuff is!


Oh, and I'm looking for a great eyeliner, any tips?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

12 - 1

Have I mentioned that I heart the Cowboys?? Jason Witten isn't my favorite player (that honor goes to Flozell the Hotel), but boy did a crazy awesome job this game and caught the game winning touchdown, making us 12 - 1 for the first time in forever. It was a dirty, ugly win, but I'll take it :).

Woo Ha for the NFC East Champs!!!

Friday, December 07, 2007

What I'm Dancing To:

I like to shake it. I mean, really shake it. Unfortunately, I look exceptionally ridiculous while doing so, therefore, I am confined to my own home while doing said shaking. Today I was grooving along while making breakfast and thought that we should all share the songs that make us dance, because I'm in great need of expanding my repertoire. And before we begin, I chose these songs for the beat and not the moral content, as you can plainly see. And here we go:

1. Stronger - Kanye West (clean version)

2. Gold Digger - Kanye West & Jamie Foxx (clean version)

3. Cecelia - Simon & Garfunkle

4. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira & Wyclef Jean

5. Work That - Mary J. Blige

6. SOS - Rihanna

7. Switch - Will Smith

8. White & Nerdy - Weird Al (shut up, it's awesome)

9. Get Busy - Sean Paul

10. Hava Nagila (again, shut up, I love it)


Tell me what you shake it to!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Slacking.

I've been slacking on my homemaking skills here lately, pretty much since we got back from our Thanksgiving trip. I haven't followed any particular plan or pattern, I haven't made any to do lists, and I don't care. You know, sometimes a gal needs a break. And this gal is taking one.

(Continue reading at An American Front Porch)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I Swear...

she sleeps in her own bed sometimes...just not often.




Monday, December 03, 2007

It's Survey Time!!

It's been awhile since I've done a survey on here, mostly because I figure you all know most everything about me anyways. However, since this one is about Christmas, and I'm feeling rather Christmas-y, I relented.


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? If I have the time, always wrapping paper. That winds up meaning that for birthdays I always do gift bags and for Christmas I do wrapping paper.

2. Real tree or artificial? I would LOVE to have a real tree and, hopefully, when the kids are a little older and less prone to eating any vegetation in the house, we'll have one. Until then, we have a nice fake one that Dave's parents are letting us use since ours bit the dust two years ago.

3. When do you put up the tree? I try to get it up the week after Thanksgiving, but this year I took a break and will get it up later.

4. When do you take the tree down? The week after Christmas. By that time I'm so ready to have a less full house and I love seeing how clean the place looks without so much stuff!

5. Do you like eggnog? Yes!

6. What about Fruitcake? Depends on the cake. And the fruit.

7. Favorite gift received as a child? Totally can't think of anything specific that I loved more than any other gift. I got Cricket the doll one year and loved that, and I got a HUGE Raggedy Ann one year that I still have and let Tot play with but I really did love all the toys. I don't discriminate on presents.

8. Do you have a nativity scene? No, but I am coveting the one from Willow Tree. And yes, I know how horrible it is to covet a nativity scene.

9. Hardest person to buy for? My brother's family.

10. Easiest person to buy for? The kids and myself :)

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Since my family reads this, I won't answer :)

12. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail, which reminds me I need to get our picture taken!

13. Favorite Christmas Movie? Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, and Emmitt Otter's Jug Band Christmas.

14. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually around October

15. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Again, family reads this.

16. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Fudge, Christmas ham, Holiday Cookies (a great recipe from my Mammaw), decorated sugar cookies, green bean casserole, Neina's sweet potato casserole stuffed oranges, white fudge covered oreos, cordial cherries, puppy chow, peppermint hot chocolate with sprinkles from Starbucks, those plain vanilla cookies you buy at the grocery store that are decorated for every holiday with sprinkles - the kind people take to school - I LOVE those, and egg nog.

Hmmm...may have gone a little overboard there.

17. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Both. Last year we had colored lights on the tree and white lights on the outside. And this year I think I'll do white lights on the tree and those huge colored bulbs on the outside.

18. Favorite Christmas song? The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole. And anything by the Chipmunks.

19. Travel for Christmas or stay at home? The first few years we traveled, and the past few years we've stayed at home. This year we'll do Christmas at Dave's parents, so we'll travel but only 30 minutes :)

20. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Um, of course.

21. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star

22. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Family on Christmas Eve, Santa in the morning.

23. What is the one present you want most this year? Any season of The Office on DVD or gift cards to go shopping at Old Navy :)

24. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Not a thing, I LOVE Christmas

25. What I love most about Christmas? Everything! I love spending time with my family, I love decorating, I love eating, I love getting to teach my kids the Christmas Story, I love watching them pick out gifts and I love how happy and cheerful people are. And I love presents.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Whew...That Was Exhausting.

So seriously, blogging everyday for a month is a little more tiring that I thought it would be. Not that typing is a particularly strenuous activity, but it is just one more thing to think about. I'm sure you've noticed the multitude of posts that are 9pm and later (i.e. last night), but that's about the time I would remember I hadn't blogged that day and would subsequently race over to the computer and try to type something mildly amusing. Or just sports scores (but really, how awesome were we last night??).

So, in conclusion of National Blog Posting Month, I give you this:

Thankful Friday


1. I am thankful that today is grocery shopping day because the eggs, margarita mix and leftover spaghetti in my fridge look lonely.

2. I am thankful for the little goober baby that is slobbering all over my back right now as he tries to grab my fat and pull himself up onto the chair and sit behind me while I type.

3. I am thankful that I'm about to drive to Justin and buy e.l.f. makeup for only $1. I LOVE cheap makeup!!

4. I am thankful that Dave and I know we love each other and like each other, even when he's sick and grumpy and I'm naggy and crabby.

5. I am thankful for my Mom now being only three hours away instead of ten.

6. I am thankful for more babysitters :)

7. I am thankful for my gooberlicious kids that make me laugh daily, even when they are driving me out of my ever lovin' mind by sleeping in their toyboxes and refusing to eat their dinners.

8. I am thankful for the Starbucks that I will drink today.

9. I am thankful that I forgot a Drs appointment today because I really didn't want to go anyways.

10. I am thankful that tomorrow night, I plan to snuggle up with my family on the couch and watch The Polar Express while we drink hot chocolate. The kids will go to bed, and Dave and I will finish the movie by a fire while playing scrabble.

Not too shabby for The Unsinkable :)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

How Bout Them Cowboys????

Cowboys 11 - 1

:)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

More Sleep Tot

And this is what I found at 9:30pm tonight:



Yes, that is her toy box.

Yes, she is in her princess dress and feathered mules.

No, I have no idea how she fell asleep crumpled like that.

I Am Not Sleepy And I Will Not Go To Bed

Have any of you ever seen the cartoon Charlie & Lola? It's two adorable cartoon British children and Lola is small and rather funny. Lola is always getting into things but is such a happy and charming little thing that Charlie can never stay upset at her. Anyways, point being, Tot reminded me of Lola last night, when at 9 pm (bed time is 7pm) she called out to tell me that she did not have on her princess dress and she was asleep. I sent Dave in to check on her, and this is what he found:




Of course, she was asleep and not dressed like a princess. And oh yes, those are feathered mules.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Little Bit Of Lazy

As I'm sure you all know by now, I'm a rather... anxious person. I have a tendency to over plan, over think and over analyze. This usually means that I am always planning something, always making lists (in my head or on paper), always ticking off the things I need to get done and how I need to do them. When a big event is taking place, I go into absolute overdrive. I make list after list after list, and I try to make sure that every thing is taken care of, and I usually enjoy every moment. The anxiousness is not always a bad characteristic, but it is always exhausting.

This past week in Missouri was wonderful because of all the time I got to see my family and the fun that we had. However, it was absolutely draining. The wedding, Thanksgiving, and the general stress in traveling with the crumb snatchers was a bit much for me and my already over stressed from planning mental state. My body decided it had had enough, and thought that the way to tell me so was to break out my face like I was a teenager, give me cold sores out the wazoo, give me shattering headaches every day and dry out my skin like you wouldn't believe. Quite pleasant.

Normally, as soon as I got home from this harried trip, I would immediately begin a hectic schedule of doing all laundry as to ensure we all started the week with entirely clean wardrobes, then making sure every travel item was put away and every toy was back in place. I would have all our meals for the next week planned and I would have a daily list of things to accomplish. I would expect myself to have these daily lists accomplished by midmorning and then I would spend the rest of the day totally whipped from running like a madwoman all morning. i would then look at my calendar and see the due dates for Christmas things I had given myself (like finishing the shopping by Dec 5, finishing the homemade presents by Dec 1, mailing the christmas cards by Dec 15, etc) and then create lists of what I had to do to achieve those goals I had set for myself.

But when I did get home, a funny thing happened. I made the lists, but halfheartedly. I started the chores, but only got them to a good stopping point, not a finished point. I got the groceries, but neglected the meal plan and I looked at my calendar and realized that my goals were totally unreasonable and arbitrary.

I needed a break.

So instead of making the things I need to get done the focus of my day, I've made resting the focus of my day. I've made lots of hot tea and hot chocolate. I've read good magazines and I've watched a lot of tivo-ed shows. I've planed numerous games of scrabble with Dave, and numerous games of Scrabulous with Sarah and Lu. Dave and I have spent our evenings with a fire, a good meal, playing scrabble or watching tv or both, and snuggling on the couch. I've been knitting and enjoying it, not just getting to and engoal, and I've tried some new sample shampoos and lotions I've been saving up. I've been making hot breakfasts for us each morning (even for Dave, who eats at 6am), and I've been staying in my jammies much longer than I ever would normally. I've taken the kids on a walk to the library and to the park, and we've watched Christmas cartoons and read Christmas books. I've read a lot of blogs and commented on almost none, and talked on the phone to my mom.

It's been nice.

And funny enough, in between all of the resting, I've actually gotten things done bit by bit. The laundry is inching along slow and steady, and the kitchen is staying pretty clean. I scrapped the Christmas goal dates and moved them back so I can enjoy it more. I've created a loose menu plan for the week, and have gathered all of the travel mess and put it into a basket so I can put things away a bit at a time.

For someone who usually attacks everything, this slower pace has been pretty great. I may even try to keep it up. Of course, I would need a schedule. And a plan. And maybe a list.

Monday, November 26, 2007

More Wedding Pics...

***EDITED*** Can everyone see the last two pics now?


The Dress.

Oh, and Dave and I.
(Excuse the fat angle. And the bra strap.)



Mom & Tim, and the Traveling Chapmans


The new extended family. Yes, it's weird. But nice, too.



I know it's not a wedding picture, but seriously, how cute is this Tot??

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

We Call This...Good Day

Hot Chocolate in my Jim Mug.
Turkey Leftovers with Dave's family.
Shopping for presents for the kids. Alone.
Shopping for presents for me.
Jet's Pizza.
Early bedtime.
Scrabulous with Dave.
Hot Tea.
Catching up on Tivo-ed shows.

Does it get any better?

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Stars At Night Are Big And Bright

Deep in the heart of Texas!!

I'm home, I'm exhausted, and I've literally never been so happy to see my bed and our three separate bedrooms. Sigh.

Goodnight friends, I'll give you a good post when I wake up.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

~ From all of us here at The Unsinkable's

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Ch-Ch-Changes

“How about some year we try a fried turkey?”

You could here the audible gasps from my family at the audacity of my new husbands suggestion. Heaven and Earth, are the shades of Pemberly to be thus polluted? I mean, does he not know? At the McCullough household, turkeys are not fried. Turkeys are baked. They are basted, they are prepared hours in advance with the utmost of care to produce a golden delicious turkey so fine and moist that your eyes water as well as your mouth. Thanksgiving is not an event. Thanksgiving is The Event (Continue reading at An American Front Porch).

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

This Is Harder Than I Thought

Wow, can I just tell you the difference that a whole night's rest makes?? The kids went to bed on time last night and with only one minor bump in the middle of the night requiring a diaper change, they slept all night, too.

Which means I slept all night.

Which when added to the eggo I had for breakfast followed by some Starbucks Hot Chocolate means I'm feeling awesome.

Our plans today include visiting with my Grandmama and Gramps, watching the holy preparation of Yeast Rolls, Pie Crusts, and Cornbread Stuffing, and meeting Cameron for a visit at a nearby park. I'm hoping to get some shopping in here today, but I won't hold my breath.

Just so you know, the posts this week are going to be crazy boring because I have about five minutes of borrowed time to hop on and I just can't be that creative in that little time. Here's hoping that I some how make this posting every day thing. It's harder than it looks kiddies :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Eek!

Okay, it's 5pm and I just remembered to get onilne to post. This won't be a good one or a long one, but I'll do my best.

1. Our kids haven't slept since Friday.
2. I'm running on chocolate and family.
3. My aunt makes the world's best cosmos and I thank her heartily for that fact.

Will post tomorrow. We're planning on having a little park time, a little shopping, and Lord Willing, two kids that nap.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Wedding: Part One

Well, we made it through. The wedding went off with a hitch (har har) and a great time was had by all. The ceremony was beautiful, my aunts did a fabulous job decorating, and there was Ghiradelli chocolate on the tables, I mean really, could it get any better? Oh wait, it could. We had delicious bar-b-que and there were Diet Dr. Peppers galore. Seriously awesome.

The most fun part, however, was the DJ. I had the distinct pleasure of watching my mom and my new step dad, my aunts and uncles, and a few other couples all slow dance to "Let's Get It On". Yeah. Figuring that we could either throw up a little or join in, Dave and I junior high danced along for the last minute.

Following that was a lot of disco, a little electric slide, a lot of groove shaking and an insane amount of fun. I'm reminded once again that I have the world's most fun family and man, can we throw a party. Oh, and in addition to my awesome family, I am now the proud step sibling of three new step brothers and two new step sisters in law (how in the world can I shorten that?) and I do believe that we'll get along just fine. I'm glad they're normal, because we're chock full of crazy here.

Anyways, here are a select few pictures to whet your appetite until I can upload the ones of the whole family and the Flower Tot. I know you'll love it.

The actual ceremony, featuring Mom, Tim, Tim's middle son Aaron, my mom's friend John and myself in the afore mentioned rock star awesome dress.


Mom & her sisters, Sarah and Cheryl


My favorite artsy picture of the evening with Mom & Tim dancing

Saturday, November 17, 2007

T Minus Two Hours

Hey Friends, this is going to be a short one as I am due to start getting ready in twenty minutes. We are here in MO safe and sound and the trip wasn't horrible. There were some diaper blowouts and some screaming, but what's a road trip without a little adventure? Now we are at the hotel resting (read: I napped while Dave watched the kids not sleep and now Dave is napping while I watch the kids not sleep) and soon the festivities begin.

At 3:45ppm sharp, Tot and I are due at the clubhouse to be filled in on our duties as Matron of Honor and Flower Tot, and then at 4:30pm the Wedding begins followed by catered BBQ and dancing. It's going to be a pretty great party. As soon as I'm back I'll post the pictures and you all leave Mom and Tim some well wishes, okay? I knew I could count on you.

Okay guys, it's that time. Wish us luck!

Friday, November 16, 2007

In The Home Stretch

We've got the bags packed, the house (mostly) clean, car cleaned out, and the directions printed. Friends, as soon as David gets home from work at 12pm we are on our way! Wish me luck on the 10 hour drive as well as trying to post every day during the trip. I have to admit, I wasn't thinking so clearly when I signed on to NaBloPoMo during the month I was to be traveling for a week.

Oh well, girl's gotta have a good challenge every now and then right?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Craziness! It's Thursday and the day hasn't started out badly and I'm not stressed! It's 48 degrees outside and I've already enjoyed my snuggles in bed with all of my family and I've had some delicious hot chocolate in my I Heart Jim mug. I got a lot packed yesterday, so I can truly stop this morning and be thankful for quite a lot of things.

1. The thing I am most thankful for today is tonight. Tonight, Dave and I will drop the crumb snatcher's off at MeMe & Pop's house and we will be having a date. I know!! We're going to go to Metro Cinema (a movie/dinner place) to watch Fred Claus and have some delicious beer battered onion rings, some pizza and maybe a little dessert. TASTY. Then we'll head home, pack up the bags into the truck and head to bed for 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Strong.

2. I leave tomorrow for Mom's wedding! I'm so thankful that we're getting to spend the week with my awesome McCullough family and that two totally awesome events will be taking place. I'll be sure to bring back pictures of the wedding, I know you are all dying to see my killer dress Mom in all of her bridal splendor. But seriously, it's going to be a fun, cozy party and I'm so happy to have it all happen.

3. My cozy brown waffle knit shirt. If I could, I would buy seven of them and wear them every day of the week. Old Navy has outdone themselves with this superfly snuggly brown and pink shirt.

4. My Tot and my Bubba have been real troopers this week while I've run around with my head barely attached trying to plan and pack and play all at once. While there have been a few instances of walking into Tot's room and finding total destruction and her wearing seven dresses at once, it's been fun and I'm thankful it hasn't been worse.

5. I dreamed of cupcakes the night before last and it was awesome.

6. My mom is making cupcakes this week.

7. I got a sample of some Dove shampoo in the mail this week and it was awesome. Nothing like free samples to make you thankful for the indulgence.

8. I'm thankful that after much discussion of gas mileage vs. space, that David and I agreed on space and we are driving the Dodge Quad cab instead of my tiny Rav 4. The thought of driving for 10 hours with my kids being able to reach (i.e. hit) each other was haunting me. This way they are a good foot apart and there is the added benefit of us having plenty of space to put our ten thousand bags and accoutrements.

9. I'm thankful for the week ahead being full of turkey, pies, rolls, cake, casseroles, pickle trays, talking laughing, marrying, visiting, driving, moving, and did I mention cupcakes?

10. I'm thankful that I've been steadily crossing things off of my to do list and that I am able to sit here this morning and be truly thankful and not hurried and stressed like most Thursdays :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

To Everything Plan, Plan, Plan.

This Friday, our family will once again become the Traveling Chapman's as we load up our truck and take the family to the Mediocre State of Missouri (er...my bad, Texas snobbery coming out) to visit my family for Thanksgiving and the awesomeness of my Mom's wedding. As you can imagine, a week long trip like this will be loads of fun, however, it will require so much preparation that it has the potential to drive me insane before we even leave the driveway. You see, traveling with adults is one thing, traveling with toddlers to a place that doesn't normally house toddlers is a whole 'nother story (Continue reading at An American Front Porch).

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

To Do List...

Finish Laundry
File mail
Mop
Pick Up Master Bedroom
Clean Bathrooms
Dishes
Create packing list for kids
Start on packing list for Dave and I
Start packing kids stuff
Start packing our stuff
Clean out car
Pack kids for over night at MeMe & Pop's house on Thursday
Buy two more Christmas presents
Pack activity bags for car trip
Clean out fridge



And what have I actually done today??

Shopped for new make up from a cute discount store in Justin
Shopped for new Yankee Candles because I had a great coupon
Shopped for medicine for our colds
Stopped at Sonic for a DDP



You could say I am a bit in denial about all the work I have to do before we leave for Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 12, 2007

My Little Baby...

Just got his very first big boy hair cut.

Tonight Dave cut off the leftover mullet on Little David from Halloween, and along with it went all of my baby's curls and sweet little angel hair. I actually teared up when I saw him after it was all done because there is no mistaking that he is now a boy and no longer a baby. Of course, I saved all the little gently curled locks and placed them in his baby book, but they no longer catch the light like they did. They don't look quite as shiny, buttery blonde and they don't even feel the same.

But the saddest part is the loss of a familial gesture that I only did with him. Whenever Little David would toddle by me I would put my hand on the top of his hand, run it down to his neck, and stick my fingers through his long little hair and cup his neck. It's such a tiny little neck, and he would always turn around and bury his face in me and talk nonsense to me.

I know that the loss of a little bit of hair is really nothing in the grand scheme of things, but when the outcome is so...changed... it hurts my mothers heart just a bit that my baby, my tiny giant little baby boy, is a kid.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Dave Is Home...

And this is how I feel.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Not Too Shabby Saturday

These are the things I plan to do today:

1. Watch Pride & Prejudice for the 5 time this week ( to be fair, I'm splitting my viewings between the BBC version and the Keira Knightly version, although that still makes me sound like a dweeb).
2. Drink some tea (Tension Tamer Tea...'nough said).
3. Fold some laundry (I'm finishing this stuff during naptime).
4. Do the dishes (as soon as I'm done here...ish).
5. Do some halve-sie grocery shopping (where I get the things I need and save the real trip for when Dave is home and can watch the kids).
6. Play outside with the kids.
7. Sweep the kitchen (after lunch).
8. Paint my toenails.
9. Not order pizza (Darn you Jets and your reasonably priced small deep dish!).
10. Drop some books off at the library and pick up some more.
11. I think that's it.

Contractual Obligation to NaBloPoMo fulfilled :)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Tot Speak/Bubba Speak

(I'm changing Tot's diaper, she picks her nose and sticks it in her mouth.)

UK: Tot that's gross don't do that.
Tot: No Mamma, boogers is so so yummy.
UK: Gross. No they aren't. And doing that will make you sick.
Tot: I already sick.

(she was)

UK: Fine then. It's still gross.



*******
(I walk in the room, Tot is coloring on Little David's head)

UK: Tot! Quit that!!
Tot: It's fun to color on people



*******
(in the car, I turn around and Tot is sucking on her toes)
UK: Tot! Stop that! Toes are so so yuck!
Tot: Not yucky, toes are so so yummy Mommy!



******
(in the bathroom, working on the potty training)

Tot: Wow! I make lots and lots of peepee and yucky poops!

(claps for herself, almost falls in)



*******
(Trying to get Tot to sleep one night)


UK: I have to leave now, go to sleep.
Tot: No Mommy, I scared
UK: Don't worry, God is here and He's bigger than scary things, remember?
Tot: Why God take me away you?
(she means me away from her, we're still working on subject/noun placement)
UK: God isn't taking me away, mommy just needs to go to sleep, but God is still here.
Tot: God here?
UK: God is everywhere
Tot: Oh.
UK: He'll keep you safe.
Tot: God potect (protect) me spiders and ghosts??
UK: Yes, God is bigger than spiders and ghosts.
Tot: Oh good.
UK: Yep.


********
Words Little David Can Say (albeit rarely, that kid just never talks!)

Oh No.
Hook Em!
Touchdown! (sortof)
Mama
Dada
Please
Cheese
Bible
Tickle, Tickle, Tickle (okay, he only did it once, but I'm counting it)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Thankful Thursday

I've decided that Thankful Thursday always seems to happen on the day that I need it most. Or, I guess, Thursdays just really stink around here :). Anyways, to give you some background, in the wee hours of the morning both of my kids decided that they weren't feeling really sleepy. Little David kept crying for reasons I couldn't figure out, then he woke up Tot and she started crying saying it was too dark, she was too thirsty, she missed her daddy, and that she was scared. An hour and a half later (I kid you not) they were finally asleep. Then the cramping started. For reasons unknown (not just trying to be polite, I really don't know), I started to have the worst cramps. 30 minutes later they were gone and I finally got to sleep. 3 hours later it was time for David to wake up and of course, Tot woke up, too, as soon as he started his truck down the driveway. She had wet through her pants, was thirsty, was hungry, wanted to watch a cartoon, wanted Mommy to quit trying to sleep and missed her daddy. Guys, I lost it, completely just lost it. I was absolutely exhausted, frustrated, I knew she was going to wake up Little David with her whiney/crying jet, and that I wasn't going to get any more sleep and it all sat upon weeks of building stress that I had been trying to press down and instead it just erupted.

So I yelled.

At her.

She of course starts crying even worse and actually shrinks back from me, because I absolutely never yell. It's just not my personality and I just don't. Well, today I did. And I was mean, I'm pretty sure I told her to "Just shut up, Mommy's so so tired and she just needs five freaking minutes to wake up before she gets your freaking blue cup of milk, okay??" Yeah. So I storm out of our room and into the kitchen where I promptly break down and ball not believing I could have just been so mean and horrible to my sweet Tot who just wanted a glass of milk.

I got her the milk, came back to my room, and sat on the bed and she and I cried together for a good five minutes. I apologized for yelling and for being mean and I told her I loved her and that I was wrong and that God didn't like it when Mommies were mean to their Tots. She said "It's okay mommy, I wub you too, and God no like it when Mommies pop me either". I explained that even though I was wrong and sorry it didn't mean she had a free pass on spankings from here on out.

So we made up, snuggled and went back to bed and she watched a cartoon while I snoozed another hour.


Which brings me to Thankful Thursday. This has been a rough couple of months for me, with Little Davids stuff, general busyness, and not a lot of relaxing time away from the kids. I've been having a difficult time and have been telling myself to suck it up, that lots of people have much worse problems and much more stressful things, and that I just need to quit whining and get on with it. However, I realized that part of the problem is trying to pretend that things aren't stressful and going on with your life acting like you're doing fine. Instead, I should be digging into my bible finding my peace there, structuring my day to give myself time to accomplish the necessary parts of life and still giving myself the needed break, and then actually taking the break and not wasting it planning more and bigger projects for me to do within a certain period of time. I should be talking to people more and moping around less. And most of all, I should be diligent about being thankful for all of the awesome things that are in my life. You know, I have it pretty great. When I start to feel like I'm unraveling from the inside, I need to look at the outside and remember all of the things that aren't falling apart.

And this is what is not falling apart in my life:

1. My marriage. Dave and I have a wonderful relationship that I wish everyone else had. He's always gentle to me and taking care of me and making me laugh. He's my rock and quite a funny rock at that. I am genuinely, completely content with him.
2. My parenting skills. Even though I have some pretty stinky moments, I always make sure my kids know that I love them to bits and I make sure they get plenty of hugs, kisses, snuggles, teachable moments, and instructions. I'm never afraid to tell them I did something wrong or that I'm sorry
3. My home. Yes, there is a mountain of laundry in my room, but it's clean. Yes, there are toys everywhere, but each night they get cleaned up. It may not be perfect, but it's wonderful.
4. My friendships. I have great friends who talk me down from the edge when I'm feeling all dark and twisty and who understand me and are just plain awesome.
5. My fun. Even when I am feeling dark and twisty, I'm still able to enjoy the perfection of a slice (or four) of Jet's pizza, the utter fabulousness of a Diet Dr Pepper at just the right moment or the absolute hilarity of my Tot when she tells me that she's the Blueberry Monster and that she is going to steal me and lock me in a tower and steal my sugars.
6. My relationship with God. I think this is the only thing we can ever be certain will never unravel. No matter how far you've let yourself go, how tired you are, how beat down you are, or how blah you are, God always loves you with passion and is always happy to have you near and close to Him. It's nice to know, that when things feel yucky and you think you are stretched so far that you may snap (or already have) that God is right there to give you a hug, maybe even a kick in the pants, and welcome you back to the land of the living.


Speaking of, I do believe that today at naptime I will read my bible and pray and get a little peace, fold a load of laundry, empty & fill the dishwasher, and then I will sit on my couch and finish some knitting while I watch some very funny TV. I will get done what needs to be done, and then I will sit and rest. I won't plan anything, I won't make any lists, I won't be thinking that I need to get anything else done. I'll just sit and rest, and recoup a little.

Then maybe tomorrow morning, when the kids have woken up early again and are demanding the various and sundry things they always do, I will instead smile and fetch and maybe even suggest some pancakes to go with that blue cup of milk.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I Mean It This Time

Okay, so a few months back I mentioned that I would be guest blogging on the site An American Front Porch. Those of you that have kept up with The Porch will realize that I've contributed a total of...twice.

But all that's about to change.

Here on out, I'll be blogging there every Wednesday, come rain or shine. So please, pop on over and give us a look-see. There are a group of great people talking about all manner of things and I do believe that while you'll find a much more varied fare than you will here at The Unsinkable's, you'll enjoy it just as much (if not a little more, because seriously, are you all not tired of me yet?).

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Seriously?

Little David fell and poked his tooth through his mouth. We called 911, because I wasn't sure what to do, and they sent out the nicest EMT's who said he would be fine and that it was small enough he wouldn't need stiches. So now, I have a freakishly calm little boy (seriously, he maybe cried for less than a minute) and a lot of bloody laundry to do. Blurg.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Question...

Why do they even make fish sticks that take 13 minutes to bake at 475 degrees and do not have the option of microwaving???

I mean seriously.


***update***
So they would be crispy and delicious and pack a flavor filled yummy punch, that's why.

Which reminds me, when did fish sticks stop being lumps of nasty fried fish parts and start being delicious little treats?? Is my palette just more refined now (or rather, absolutely less refined) than it was in elementary school?

Oops

Already missed a day.

Oh well, I'm counting this one because it's really early and the only reason I missed yesterday was because I fell asleep at 8:30 pm. Good stuff.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

NaBloPoMo a.k.a National Blog Posting Month



So I'm sure none of you knew (and if you did, you are awesome and more internet savy than I), but it is National Blog Posting Month, otherwise known as NaBloPoMo.

The challenge is to post something on your blog every day this month. That's right, every day including Saturdays, Sundays, days when you are busy, days when you are sick, and days when the children color on your couch and lock themselves inside library bathrooms (more on that later).

So, your dearest Unsinkable, being unable to refuse a challenge, has girded up her loins and plans to embark on this next adventure of posting all kinds of...well...crap in the hopes of making the 30 day goal. I hereby invite all of you to do the same and see if we can use our collective power to make the internet explode. I mean, really, it's not like we have anything better to do like dishes or laundry or anything.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Oh Yeah, The Kids.

I guess they did Halloween , too, huh? Well, for those of you that actually wanted to see the kids and not my cutie patootie mulleted husband, here you go!



Oh, my bad. Another mullet.



He wasn't feeling the ghost costume. He also wasn't feeling the chicken costume from last year again.
So Little David went as....



Chicken Legs and a Halloween shirt.



Tot opted to be a princess, of course, and had an absolute blast.
In fact, she was having so much fun, she repeatedly refused to look at the camera.



The Haul.
Weighing in at 3.5 POUNDS, we took home more than our fair share of candy, especially considering we only went to 10 - 12 houses.



Hope you had a Happy Halloween!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Question.

Anyone know how to get crayon out of your all time favorite couch that you've had since the summer you got married and you've never found a couch you like better and you thought you might cry when you saw the offending giant fish shaped mark even though you knew that it would eventually be defaced at the hands of your mongrel children?

Or just the crayon out of fabric part.

***UPDATE***
I actually got most of it out using plain old Dawn Dishsoap and wet wipes. Lucky, lucky kids.

The Mullet: Before & After

My David, Pre Mullet




My David (s), post Mullet.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!

Here's your trick AND your treat :)


My sweet hubby rockin' his fancy mullet.


In his 6th grade football jersey, I kid you not.



Slippin' into something a little more comfortable.



Happy Halloween, Everyone!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Thankful Emergency

Going to need to do a Thankful post, because this morning has not started out well.

1. I'm thankful that even though I got to hear "I want Daddy!! Daddy!! Not you, Mommy. NOOOOOOO!! NOT YOU. I NO WANT YOU." for a good half hour this morning, that eventually Tot looked at me and said "I lub you so so much Mommy" and patted my face.

2. I'm thankful that even though Tot, Little David and I all have sore throats, that David didn't get it and that the kids are feeling good enough to empty the contents of all my desk drawers around the house.

3. I'm thankful that even though no one got much sleep the past few days, that the kids woke up bright and early at 6:30am today with nary a thought of going back to bed. Um, not sure why I'm thankful for that.

4. I'm thankful that even though Little David had a rough day yesterday, what with having a tube down his throat and all, that he still is able to eat crayons with flourish.

5. I'm thankful that I haven't done laundry this past week, that gives me a good and full to do list today to keep myself busy.

6. I'm thankful, really and truly thankful, that this day can only get better and that I'm going to hide in my room for five minutes while the kids eat breakfast and read my bible and pray and try to get back to a decent frame of mind.

Monday, October 29, 2007

All's Well

Hello Friends! As you can tell from the title, the procedures went great this morning. They found nothing, which means the problem isn't serious. We now have it narrowed down to a food allergy (which we tested for before, but these are deeper tests that include biopsies) or toddler diarrhea. I'm SO much happier with those choices than with the nebulous infinity we had before. We should get the results of the biopsies back in a few weeks, and I'll of course let you know how it goes.

Little David held up like a champ, not crying at all. He handled the anesthesia great, and came out of it tired, groggy, grumpy but oh-so-snuggly. He's doing great now - he's slept, he's had his milk (from which he'd been separated from for an excruciating 36 hours), and he's had dinner. Hopefully, it will be a calm night with him crashing here soon. Thanks so much for all of your prayers, they certainly did us good.


Oh, and here are some pictures of my brave little man:

Upon waking at 5:15am this morning.




In his totally adorable hospital gown.


Upon waking up from the anesthesia (Mommy's just a smidge tired, too.)


At home, recovering with markers :)