Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I LOVE iTunes!!!

Okay guys, I just used up the rest of my $50 iTunes gift card in one fell swoop. And it was wonderful. I got some of my most favorite songs, most of them from when I was in highschool, some of them from when I get my jam on in the car. Either way, I'm shakin my groove thing tonight while the kids are asleep and David is at church playing guitar.

Here's how it shook down:

Mr. Big "To Be With You" - All time favorite. Seriously.

Enya "Book Of Days" - I adore the movie "Far and Away" with the pre-weirdo Tom Cruise

Tracy Chapman "Fast Car" - Strong.

Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" - The coolest video ever

Crackjaw "Kristen Karisma" - Mediocre song, but I'm a sucker for anything that has my name in it (see "Kristen Did It" by Phamous Phaces, for a seriously awesome song with my name)

Sean Paul "Get Busy" - I swear I dance like a fiend every time I hear it

Nelly Furtado "Say It Right" - Another shakin little song

Pat Green - Cannonball - The whole album is awesome, especially "Dixie Lullaby". I Love You, Pat.

Justin Timberlake "What Goes Around..." - He is my guilty pleasure.

Simon & Garfunkle "Cecelia" - No lie, I get up and dance all around the house to this every time

Snow Patrol "Chasing Cars" - Pretty Irish man singing soothingly - what's not to like?

All American Rejects "It Ends Tonight" - Another pretty guy singing moodily. Strong.

Beyonce "Irreplaceable" - I like to pretend I have some sort of r&b talent when I sing this. I most definitely do not.

Shakira "Hips Don't Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean)" - Because I like to booty shake to it and I love Wyclef

Regina Spektor "Fidelity"- catchy little tune and I also love Grey's Anatomy.

Grateful Dead "Casey Jones" - fond memories of listening to the dead while working at the Big Ragoo


Seriously, I'm having the best time tonight.

What music have you recently purchased?

We're Running!!


Hola Reader Friends! You'll never guess what you Unsinkable is doing with her husband, Super Dave, this April.

Running a 5K!!!

That's right, I thought it was time that I got up and did something positive and this is it. I chose this particular activity because my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer about two years ago. This past fall she was given a clean bill of health after a long, long, battle with chemo and radiation. I am so proud of her for fighting so hard and I wanted to do something to help other women that aren't fortunate enough to have the resources that she did.

So David and I have each pledged to raise $100 for the race. It isn't much, but it will fund many mammograms for women without insurance.

Here's the plug, if any of you would like to help us out just visit our race page. Any small amount helps, and if you can't - don't worry, The Unsinkable is just as happy with prayers or even other runners to join her! Look for a race in your area, they are everywhere!

I'll be sure to keep you updated with our progress from couch potatoes to runners (HAHA) - wish us luck!!

Prayer Request

Hey Friends, you'll remember that about two weeks ago I asked you to pray for my friend Julie and her pregnancy, as she was experiencing a lot of trouble. Well, I just got the email that her baby boy, Ethan, did not survive the labor. Please keep her lifted up to God, I can't imagine her and her husbands pain. If anyone wants to send a card or flowers, email me, and I can get you her address.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Good Thing


Fun Game From Amy Lu

Here are the instructions:
1) Grab the book closest to you.
2) Open to page 123; go down to the fourth sentence.
3) Post the text of the following three sentences.
4) Name the author and book title.
5) Tag three people to do the same (or Just have anyone who wants to do it)

Deisel plunked Russell and Ernie down and selected a second slice of pizza. "Looks like I'm going to be here for awhile," he said to Russell and Ernie. "Might as well make it worthwhile. Do you guys play poker? Have you got any money?"

~Janet Evanovich Plum Lovin': A Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel

After I did this I realized that the closest book to me was actually Dave's bible. It probably speaks ill of me that I saw this first. Anyways, hilarious book for girls and I recommend reading them all, but starting with the first one One for the Money.

Horray!!!

Reader Friends, this is a red letter day. Last night was the second night in a row that Little David slept through the night!!!! I can not begin to tell you how awesome that is and how sleep deprived I have been. Lord Willing, this whole waking-up-at-least-three-times-a-night thing is going to happen less and less often.

I will tell you one thing, I feel like a new Unsinkable - a rested one!

Monday, January 29, 2007

UGH.

I swear you guys, if The Tot doesn't quit taking off her pj's and peeing on the floor I am going to have to duck tape her clothes on her.

The Best Little Fruit


Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just discovered....The Clementine.

Now, I am aware that this is not a new fruit, but I am just now noticing it!
A friend of mine, April, told me that her son loved them, and since I am always looking for fruit and vegetables that The Tot will actually eat, I found some at Super Target and purchased them.
YUM YUM YUM.
These little beauties are super easy to peel, they have no seeds (thus making them easy for toddlers to eat) and are just ever so tasty! They are so tasty, in fact, that when I got one out for The Tot's snack, I only gave her two pieces and I ate the rest. And then I ate another one.
And I don't even feel bad about it.

Another Extravaganza? This Is Getting Ridiculous....

Well, Readers, it's that time again. The holidays are over and I pulled on my new jeans this morning and....horror.

They were too tight.

Seeing as I just bought these about 2 months ago, this is SO not bueno. So I put on my fat jeans, and they were baggy. Nice. So, I pulled my new jeans back on and sucked in the gut and zipped them up. Not comfortable, Don't look the best, but they are on.

And that means, so is the Extravaganza.
Because this is the third Weight Loss Extravaganza I've done, I feel the need to switch things up a little. Each time I have been successful, just not "End Goal" successful. The first time I got pregnant shortly after starting, so while I didn't lose weight, I successfully only gained 19 pounds. The second time, I lost all the baby weight plus about 20 pounds. Strong.

This time, I have a little weight to "re-lose" (darn you tasty holiday treats!) and a little more until the End Goal. The End Goal is the size I was when I got married. Not too skinny (as I was in high school) and not too fat (as I was before getting pregnant with Little David), just a nice healthy happy size.
Which brings me to my point.

This time, the Extravaganza isn't going to be about numbers. It's going to be about size.

As most women are, I'm sure, I'm really tired of judging my health by a random number. There have been times in my life I have lived for that number and times in my life I have taken extraordinarily unhealthy means to get to that number. So, I'm done. I'm going by jeans now, baby.

I've got a pair of really great size 10 jeans in my closet on a perfectly lovely wooden hanger. They are soft, I adore the material, and they are a great cut. These are the Goal Jeans. When they fit loosely, I will have hit my goal. It may seem odd to have a double digit goal, but I am nothing if not realistic (ish). Any smaller than that and I start to look a little cadaverous (see pictures of me in early high school), and I don't think David wants to be holding a bag of bones.

Another thing about this Extravaganza (hereafter referred to as the "Fancy Pants Extravaganza"), it's about attitude. I'm tired of whining about extra weight and I'm tired of feeling like I am some sort of failure for enjoying food so much that it has taken up permanent residence on my chest, hips and stomach (You know something else I'm tired of? Waiting on the phone for the flipping hospital people who have sent me yet ANOTHER bill for my false labor back in MAY that was most certainly covered and paid entirely by my insurance company, a fact I and my insurance company have assured them of at least three times now and if this doesn't stop I swear I am moving to a socialist country....but anyways, I digress). So this will be a positive Extravaganza.

Here is the basic outline of my Fancy Pants Extravaganza:

No calling ones self "Fat" or any other yucky name. From here on out I will only call myself a "Sexy Beast".
Lots of carrot sticks.
Lots of water.
No pinching of ones fattier parts and shaking them around. No one looks good doing that.
Lots of yummy fruit.
Lots of nasty vegetables.
Going to the gym each week. More than that is good, but we're starting small here.
Jumping out of the shower each day and yelling "TA DA!!!" (or more safely, getting out of the shower slowly and then jumping).

Now doesn't this Extravaganza sound fun and not at all like a diet? That's right. The Unsinkable is one pretty smart cookie.

Mmmmm....cookies.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Horray For Cheryl (and seriously, this is my last post today)!

A big horray and thanks to one Cheryl McFaddin for the most helpful idea ever. I was reading her post today about Caleb's eating habits and she mentioned distracting him from the food by singing. Your Unsinkable not being one to normally break out in song had not tried this before.

So, today at lunch, I sang to Little David while he ate Squash. And WOW! Not only did he eat double what he normally eats, he laughed the whole time and made it so much more fun for me. He is a big fan of songs from The Sound of Music, and old jazz songs. He is NOT a fan of nursery rhymes, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, or The Erie Canal.

Either way, The Unsinkable is one cheerful mama!

The Best Cartoon EVER.


What's Grosser Than Gross?

Looking down at your shoulder and seeing a giant child booger.

What's grosser than that?

Seeing that it's WAY dried and you have no idea how long it's been there.


What are your grosser than gross stories (real life, not the icky joke ones)?

Mental Note

Never let The Tot wear zippered Pj's to bed. She will take them off at least 6 times and pee on the floor twice before going to bed. She will repeat this in the morning.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

An Unsinkable Cling-On

He literally never leaves my side.

Adorable? Yes.

Frustrating when one has a bathroom related need? Yes.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

My Little Beefcake





The Tot

Okay, WOW, is my little Tot getting to be SO BIG! It's amazing to me how much she has grown. She can now:

Eat with a Fork and Spoon.
Put on her own shoes.
Put on her own coat.
Pull up her pants.
Pull down her pants (sigh).

Say "My Co-Co-Nut!" when she sees a lime (we're working on this, there was some mild confusion when I began to sing the Lime & The Coconut song at lunch the other day).

Say "More Yummy Sausage Please Daddy"

Count " One Two Ten!" when playing Hide & Go Seek.

Say most of her colors and get them right most of the time (although Blue is her favorite and tends to come out a lot regardless of the real color).

Sing some of the words to the songs she knows (Jesus........me.....know........bible......so).

Sleep in her Big Girl Bed with no problem at all.

Open doors, even if they have child proof covers. Sigh.

Lay beside me in bed and pat my face and say "Awwww I Love Too Mommy" and then pull my eyelid back to make sure I'm not sleeping.

And....she weighs 32 pounds and is over 3 feet tall!! She's basically a giant. But what a cute little giant. I just wanted to share how she's doing with all of you. I tend to tell you her funny mistakes and my frustrations, but there is just so much more! She's hilarious and I thought you should know, she's becoming quite the Unsinkable Tot.



Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Help An Unsinkable Out


Well Readers, I'm in need of assistance.


I'm dying for some good books to read. I'm looking for something light, really funny, and fast paced. I am SO not in a place for biographies and anything even sort of serious. So bring 'em on - I need the help!

How Well Do You Know Your Unsinkable?

I love these things. By the way, it says I've taken my own test, but that is actually David taking it. Just so's you know's.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Footloose and Fancy Free


Well, Unsinkable Readers, I'm back.

I actually had a lovely visit with my dad and brother, not nearly as...dramatic...as I had anticipated. As I would always rather things be less dramatic (well, at least family drama), I'm one happy clam.

It turned out to be a rather restful weekend, with a lot of time spent outdoors and moving. My dad and I went on a walk around the lake and even jogged a little. We had a lot of time to talk and it was ever so nice. This picture is of the lake that my dad's house is by. We took a walk along the Hartwell Dam (at least I think that's the name) and it was nice and brisk. I can't tell you how great it was for your Old Unsinkable to get away for awhile. I thought I would be coming home frazzled, but I'm home a lot more peaceful and happy with my life. I had definitely been getting to the edge of burnt out with my staying at home and the kiddo's, something every Mom faces. I had even contemplated going back to work just to get a break from it all. Dave and I had talked about taking a weekend away (pending babysitting, of course) just to charge up the batteries so that life was being enjoyed, not just lived. Oddly enough, God gave me a wonderful break this weekend. I had so much quiet time outside that I finally felt rested.

Later, after our walk around the dam, we drove up to Tallulah Gorge and WOW. It's beautiful and quiet, just what The Unsinkable needed. There is a large set of stairs, 620 to be exact, that lead to a suspension bridge that I got to jump on :) The way down wasn't so bad, and the view is incredible.



But, man, the climb up made me seriously doubt my Unsinkableness. The stairs are straight up and down and there is no rest.

But never fear, I made it to the top with minimal huffing and puffing and with a large feeling of accomplishment.





I rounded out my trip with a lot of time spent with my neice and nephew and just honestly had a great time. I can't begin to say how refreshed I feel and how great God is for giving me this weekend of rest when I was sure I would return feeling sunk.














And this is what I came home to:














It's a pretty good day to be Unsinkable!




Thursday, January 18, 2007

Prayer Requests

Hola Reader Friends, The Unsinkable has a favor to ask. There are three things I ask that you pray about this weekend, it would mean a lot to me.

1. A friend of mine, Julie (Dennis) Conary, is 20 weeks pregnant and the baby is having some trouble. Please pray for God to keep that baby safe and sound.

2. As you know, my sister-in-law Laura Beth, is a missionary in Africa. One of the missionaries from Jinja was killed in a car accident recently along with an African friend of his. Please pray for their families, as this will most certainly be very hard on them.

3. For The Unsinkable herself. I'm going to visit my dad tomorrow, I haven't seen him in almost 2 years for various reasons, so I'm a little anxious. It could definately be under better circumstances, but pray for us to have some quality time.

I get tired of doing "general" prayer requests, so from now on when something is going on, I'm going to call on you, reader friends, to give me a hand with the specifics.

Thanks!

Strong.

Oh Reader Friends, Today is a Red Letter Day.

David slept through the night!!!!

I can't tell you how good I feel and how rested. He's been waking up at least 3 times a night still, wanting to eat, wanting to be changed, or just wanting to be held. His doctor said that he is capable of sleeping through the night by now, he's just a little stubborn.

So, in an effort to prolong the sleeping, I fed him a giant dinner of sweet potatoes and corn with a dessert of apples and blueberries last night. He ate half of a size two jar of each (a ton of food for him) and then followed it by a nice warm bath, a nice warm bottle, and a nice warm crib at 7pm. He fought sleep but succommbed to my motherly insistance by 9. I immediately fell asleep on the couch by Dave and woke up enough to shuffle into bed fully clothed at 10. I was a wee bit tired.

I woke up around 4 am to small crying. I shuffled over to the hall where the kids rooms are, only to be suprised at Little David being totally asleep and Tot standing at her door.

She needed juice. And a Nuk (her pacifer). And a hug.

I also ascertained in my majorly still asleep state that she needed a diaper change. So, I got her some water, got the Nuk, changed her diaper, snuggled her a bit and put her back in bed.

I got back to my room where I passed out still in my clothes (to be frank, it's not like I was in jeans and a button down, I was in track pants and a sweat shirt :) ) until 6:30 am.

HORRAY!

I checked Little David, still sleeping soundly, and got the Tot and I some breakfast and we sat and watched cartoons together until he woke up around 7:30. AWESOME.

Now, if I can only make this a pattern, I will be one well rested Mama.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Snow-stravaganza!

Good Morning Everyone! It's snowing here! I love snow and I can't wait to get all of us bundled up to go out and play. Speaking of which, since it has been so insanely cold here, we had to get Little David a new coat. It's just a smidge big.

We also had to get our dog, Bear, a bed last night. He's been sleeping on towels, but that has ceased to work. Now he sleeps on this. Anyways, back to the snow. Tot is just so excited she can barely stand it. She keeps going up to the window and saying "I see SNOW!", and "Mommy Go outside! SNOW!!". I thought you would all like to see the absolute adorable-ness of her, so here is a video. My, this is a fancy post this morning, isn't it? Pictures and videos!

By the way, excuse my freakishly high voice. I don't know what's going on there.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Best Kind Of Days

I have to tell you all, this is some of my favorite weather. It's freezing cold outside, our grill is basically a block of ice. But that don't bother me none. Why? Because inside we are having a party. Here are a bunch of pictures of all of our indoor adventures.


I walked into David's room the other day after I heard him waking up from his nap. Much to my suprise, Tot had climbed into the crib with him and was pretending to be asleep, even fake snoring. So cute.

Then Tot saw that I was taking pictures and she wanted to try her hand at it. I have to tell you, usually she's not very good at it so I try to keep the camera away from her ;), But this time I made and exception and she actually got a real person in the frame - me :)







Following our camera taking adventure, I thought you would all like to see David's newest trick. Standing! I realized belatedly that it may have sounded like he was standing by his own power all alone in a previous blog of mine, that's not quite it. I meant that he was standing without me holding him directly :) Here are a couple of pictures of our resident champ.











Today we are wrapping up our morning by calming down a little before nap time. We've picked up all the toys, changed diapers and are settling down. I've got a "cave" set up for Tot where she has all her toys and blankets and we are sipping on hot chocolate while watching Monsters, Inc. Strong.

I hope you are all having as good of a day as I am!

Me, Too! Me, Too!

"The most random things you probably never needed to know about someone"

What's your name spelled backwards?: Netsirk Nwad Nampahc, I never noticed all those N's before...huh.
What did you do last night?: Put the kids to bed, cleaned up some Tot pee, ate Quizno's and snuggled on the couch with David while we watched TV
The last thing you downloaded onto your computer?: iTunes
Have you ever licked a 9 volt battery?: Heck Yeah! It's awesome!
Last time you swam in a pool?: Last April, in the Bahamas. Sigh.
What are you wearing?: Yikes, had I known this question was on here I would have dressed up a little. Red jogging suit pants (the cotton kind, not the swishy kind), Green Chi Sig Unplugged shirt, and hot pink slippers. And yeah, it's almost 10:00 am. It's a lazy day.
How many cars have you owned?: Including ones I've owned alone and with David - 9 (Pontiac Grand Am, Cutlass, Ford Explorer, Ford F250, Chevy 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge 1500, 85 Chevy, 93 Jeep - Now it's just the Dodge and the 85 Chevy) Geez.
Type of music you dislike most?: None really, I like almost everything at some point.
Are you registered to vote?: Most definitely
Do you have cable?: Heck Yeah. I would die without the Disney Channel.
What kind of computer do you use?: Dell something or other. Dave uses a Mac. I can't stand them.
Ever made a prank phone call?: Yep
You like anyone right now?: I'm pretty fond of David.
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?: I would have before kids, I'm not so sure now.
Furthest place you ever traveled?: England
What's your favorite comic strip?: Cathy and Dilbert, used to be The Far Side
Do you know all the words to the national anthem?: Yeah
Shower, morning or night?: Either, depending on how the day went.
Best movie you've seen in the past month?: Pirates 2, last August. Sigh.
Favorite pizza toppings?: Canadian Bacon at Dominos, Pepperoni or Meat Lover's anywhere else.
Chips or popcorn?: That's like asking me to choose between my kids.
What cell phone provider do you have?: Verizon.
Have you ever smoked peanut shells?: Seriously?
Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?: Nope

Orange Juice or apple?: Yuck. Grapefruit, definitely.
Who were the last people you sat at lunch with?: Tot, David and Noah
Favorite chocolate bar?: Milky Way, 100 Grand, and Plain Old Hersheys
Who is your longest friend and how long?: Matt Odom, I've known him since I was born
Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?: When I lived in Arkansas and got to buy them on the side of the road. Yum!
Have you ever won a trophy?: Yep, in Broadcasting at Harding. In sports? If you knew me at all, you'd know the answer to that.
Favorite arcade game?: I will also say Skee Ball. Seriously, we need to have some major blogging friends meeting and go play at Chuck E Cheese.
Ever ordered from an infomercial?: I refuse to answer that.
Sprite or 7-UP?: Sprite
Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school/work?: To work at many fast food places
Last thing you bought at Walgreens?: A pregnancy test. Next thing I'm buying? Birth Control.
Ever thrown up in public?: In my dad's hands at a grocery store once. Ruined his tie.
Would you prefer being a millionaire or finding true love?: Yes. No just kidding, I've got the true love so I'll be happy to take that million.
Do you believe in love at first sight?: Nope, but I do remember seeing David for the first time and thinking "Wow, I'd like to break me off a piece of that". I later actually said that to Cheryl.

SpongeBob or Jimmy Neutron? SpongeBob for me, Jimmy Neutron for the kids.
Did you have long hair as a young kid?: Not usually, I often looked like a boy.
What message is on your voicemail machine?: Something David made after he erased me singing "Happy Birthday" to myself on our outgoing message.
Where would you like to go right now?: To visit Scott and Cheryl, to Big Bend National Park, and back to bed for a few hours.
Whats the name of your pet?: Bear, a 130 lb. Anatolian Shepherd.
What kind of back pack do you have, and what's in it?: I have about 4 bags that I switch around. A small Coach purse for when I go out alone (it doesn't get used much), a diaper bag for when I'm making short trips with both kids, and two canvas bags that have the kids names embroidered on them for when we go on long trips with them. I always have my wallet, phone and chapstick, for short trips I add diapers, wipes, juice and snacks. For long trips I add more diapers and wipes, more snacks, some small toys, drinks, a bottle, an extra shirt for each of them and a blanket. That's why I split it into two bags.
What do you think about most?: When I'm going to get all that laundry done.

Monday, January 15, 2007

But Mom, My PJ's Are Just So Constricting!

Oh Reader Friends, I have entered into such a treacherous phase with my dear little Tot. While Potty-Training (and I use that term very loosely, it's more like sometimes I let her run around naked and hope for the best), it seems that the Tot has taken to "Feeling The Breeze". To all of you who knew me from Harding, let's just say, I'm a little nervous that I'll have a Jr. Little Rock Challenger. But anyways, here's the story.

7:00 pm - Tot's Bedroom.

David and I had just put Little David to sleep. One down, One to go. We gather up the Tot and take her through her evening routine. She washes her face, because it's usually covered in whatever dinner was - tonight it was CoCo Crispies. Don't judge, she's on a hunger strike and we're going with what works (for the record, she didn't touch the stupid things. I was sure it would be a hit...sigh). Then it's teeth brushing, which is her new favorite past time. She runs up to me at all hours of the day saying "Mommee TEETH" and taps her front teeth (coincidentally, the only ones she can brush by herself). It's really cute and I'm hoping this means no cavities.

Anyways, then we take her to her potty and let her sit on it for a few minutes, encouraging her to do her thing. She never does. Then the three of us head off to her room. David and I manage to keep her down while we change her diaper and get her in her zippered footsie Blue's Clues pajamas and then it's time for one of my favorite parts of the day. We sing a song about reading our Bible and then we read a short Bible story and then we pray. Then it's hugs and kisses and we tuck our sweet little Tot into her Big Girl Bed with the promise that she will most definitely get a spanking if she gets out of bed and tries to climb up the dresser again (It happens so often that it's now a routine warning). Dave and I put up the baby gate in her door way so she can't roam the house if she wakes up at 3am and we close her door, leaving it open a crack. Sigh. She's Down.

7:15 pm - The Hallway.

She is SO not down. By this point, Dave has left to go pick us up some Quizno's (whenever I think of that name I always sing that quizno's spongmonkeys commercial song) and I'm picking up all the shrapnel (toys) that is littering our home.

Then I hear it.

"MAAAAAAAMMEEEEEE" Oh No. "I PEEEEE PEEEE". You have got to be kidding me.

I make my way to the hall way and there is none other than my sweet Tot standing naked as a jaybird trying to climb over the baby gate. I get up to her and see that she has tossed a completely dry diaper over the gate along with her completely dry pj's. Full of burgeoning hope I open the gate and say "Hurry to the potty! Hurry!". She runs, giggling and shrieking, her little cheeks swinging in the air, and I look down.

She has totally peed all over the carpet. Sigh.

I take in stride, figuring that at least she knew enough about the potty urge that she took off her pj's and diaper, right? I mean, if the gate had been down she would have surely gone in the potty. This isn't a failure, it's a victory!

With my resolve strengthened, I clean up the pee (ew.), and get the Tot in a pull up (figuring that she'll feel like she's in big girl panties and maybe won't feel the need to take them off) and get her back in her pj's and into bed. More hugs, more praise for knowing she was about to potty, more hugs, more gentle suggestions that next time she tell me before she has peed on our quickly-becoming-not-new carpet, more kisses and it's lights out.

Whew. Thank goodness that's over.

7:20 pm - Same Bat Channel.

I am still cleaning up when I hear her door slam shut. Lately, she has taken real offense whenever I leave the door open a crack. I'm not sure if this is a really premature adolescent desire for privacy or her just being contrary, but whatever it is, she is NOT having that door open. I usually let it go, since it's not that big of a deal, but this time it was followed by lots of playtime noise and giggles. Time to put down the Mom Foot.

I walk into the hallway and what do I see? A closed door, a closed baby gate, and a pull up that had been tossed into the hall.

This is so not looking good.

I open the door, and there is the Tot in all her noodie boodie splendor, playing with her stuffed animals and panties (no idea why) in the middle of a pool of her bed covers. I do a quick check of the room and there is no wetness, just nakedness. Her pj's have been discarded right by the door and she looks up at me and shrieks a giggle and says "Mommy I nakee!!".

So now our bedtime ritual looks something like this: Wash Face, Brush Teeth, Potty Chair, Pull Up, PJ's, Bible Song, Bible Story, Prayer, Hugs, Kisses, and a Three Fold Warning.

"Night Night Sweet Pea, Mommy and Daddy Love You. And Taylor Dawn Chapman, if you climb onto the dresser you get a popping, if you get out of bed you get a popping, and if you get out of bed, take off your pj's and start playing around naked, you get a popping. Night Sweetie, Love You, Sweet Dreams."

Friday, January 12, 2007

Mental Note

Regardless of how few vegetables your toddler eats, DO NOT give them corn. They will not eat it, they will only drop them piece by piece onto the carpet when you are not looking until they have accumulated a pile at least 3 inches tall. There will also be hot dog bits in this pile and pieces of fruit. It will be gross.

Destination: Big Bend National Park

Well, we finally picked where we are going on our 5th Anniversary vacation. We had hoped to visit Scott & Cheryl in England, but no dice. Plane tickets are expensive!!! But, we pulled ourselves out of our sadness and proceeded to think of other places to go. We simultaneously decided that we wanted to stay in Texas and see what fun stuff there was around here. I mean, you'd think in a state this huge there would be tons to do, right?



There is!!



We had such a hard time deciding where to go. The major contenders were San Antonio and a Dude Ranch in Banderas :) . San Antonion has The Alamo, The Riverwalk and SeaWorld and tons of other things. The Dude Ranch we looked at had 2 hours of horseback riding everyday, hiking, and lots of rest and relaxation. And all of that sounded like just what we wanted.



But then the Black Horse came.



Big Bend National Park.





Can I just say WOW?!? The pictures are just magnificent and I can't believe it's as close as it is. It's only 9 hours away, and I thought it was much much further (I guess that distance is relative. If we went 9 hours the other direction we'd be in Missouri. Isn't Texas stinking huge?). Anyways, the more I looked around the more fun it sounded. There are tons of hiking trails (we wouldn't be doing anything too strenous, it will be summer after all), ghost towns, old mines, mountains, rivers and deserts. How awesome!

And the best part? We're going to try to take a two day float trip down the Rio Grande through that canyon in the picture!!! You get to sleep out by the river under the stars and have "Cowboy Coffee".


I am SO GEEKED.

A Babbling David

This week Little David found his voice. SO CUTE. Now, instead of waking up crying, he wakes up cooing and giggling. It makes for a much better morning.



Thursday, January 11, 2007

Funny Enough.....

The day that I move blogs is the day that my old blog had 700 hits in one week - wow! Perhaps we can move that blogging mojo over here :)

Up and Running


Well Reader Friends, how do you like the new place? I have to say, blogspot is not too shabby! I'm going to be tweaking this around for awhile, trying to do what I want with it, so bear with me.

Ever Yours,
The Unsinkable