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 :)



Sunday, October 28, 2007

Prayers For Tomorrow...

For those of you who don't know, and that's probably most of you because I haven't said anything, Little David has been having some...issues. He's had chronic diarrhea for the last three months and as everyone knows, that would be bad for an adult, let alone a 17 month old.

So, after a myriad of testing, we are going to take him in tomorrow for an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy and hopefully find out what's causing this. Because he's so little, they are going to put him under general anesthesia and we'll be in the hospital for quite a few hours.

This isn't a life threatening problem, he's still healthy and happy and giant, but it has been a very exhausting few months not knowing what was wrong and knowing that the doctors didn't either. The positive spin to all of this, is that we've ruled out a ton of stuff and now we know a lot of what this isn't. Which is good. However, this particular thing is a symptom for so many problems that we still have a lot left to check, which we'll be doing tomorrow. We're praying that this is some innoculous little problem that will work itself out in not too much longer. Or if it's something more serious, that we are able to treat it effectively and efficiently.

So, if you could please pray for my baby, I would so appreciate it.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for...

1. My hot chocolate in my I Heart Jim mug. The weather was chilly and the hot chocolate just made it perfection.

2. Little David playing nicely in his crib (a first) while Tot slept in and I enjoyed the previously mentioned delight.

3. Getting to go to the pumpkin patch a second time tonight with our friends Patrick & Shannon. I will most certainly post the pictures later.

4. My crazy awesome talent of getting both kids bathed and dressed this morning with minimal fuss. There was only one unfortunate moment of peeing on the carpet (Tot), but otherwise my kids are washed, lotioned, dressed in cozy fall clothes and smelling rather delightful. A good way to start the day.

5. My awesome husband, who arranged babysitting for the Tot while we took Little David to the doctor. It might have been for his own nefarious purposes (i.e. getting himself out of trouble for getting home way late the other night without calling), but I still appreciated the gesture and thoughtfulness, as I don't know how we would have dealt with Tot and all the other junk we had to do at the appointment. So, major points for him.

6. Next week hosting both Halloween and National Deviled Egg Day. I mean, seriously, how much better does it get than eating free candy and deviled eggs???

7. My church. I have the greatest church family and I adore them all. I have had the privilege of being part of great church families in the past (Lindberg, this means you), and I'm so glad that we've found another one we can truly belong to. When they know you are going through tough times, and call to check up on you and remind you that they are all praying, you know you have found a diamond in the rough (ugh. Sorry, I just couldn't come up with a better phrase).

8. My rock star awesome dress that I'll wear to my mom's wedding. This is a miracle because I had three criteria that the dress had to adhere to: a) It had to be appropriate for the occasion (which immediately ruled out half of the dresses out there). b) It had to make me look absolutely fabulous because we'll be looking at the pictures for years and this will be the first time I meet my step brothers to be and one wants to make a non-frumpy first impression. c) It had to follow the Dave Ramsey Caveat and be bought with cash, thus requiring it to be budget friendly. Needless to say, I thought it was all but impossible to meet all three of these, but Dave came to the rescue and found the perfect Little Black Dress at New York & Co, that not only fit the occasion, fit me (and in a smaller size thankyouverymuch), and was able to be bought with cash. Now that is something to be thankful for (the dress and the champion shopper husband).

9. The set of blocks we (er...Santa) bought Tot for christmas last year that are now back in toddler vogue. For some reason, Tot is now all about building towers and has spent the last week building exceedingly taller and more complex creations. Seriously, I have a picture of this thing she built and had I not watched her do it, I would have never believed she could. And all of this building is occupying lots of time heretofore used for pushing her brother down and demading to watch the Dora movie. Hurray for blocks!

10. My Rangers hat. As my shorty short hair grows out and gets shaggier by the minute, styling options drop faster than our dear Rangers did this past season. Since I haven't had time to get it cut back up to prime styling length, I've had to make do with a lot of Hat Days. Thankfully, my hat is especially awesome and worn in and hopefully doesn't make it look like I had to wear it, but that I chose to wear it (please, if I'm wrong some one tell me). An excellent hat who can find? It's worth is far more than rubies :)


What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

November Is Going To Rock My Face Off






And this is why:

November 2: National Deviled Egg Day.

November 7: National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day

November 15: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

November 17: National My Mom's Getting Married Day (er...maybe not National)

November 22: Thanksgiving Day

November 25: National Parfait Day


And to top it all off...November is Peanut Butter Month. How awesome is November???

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fall Update

Well Friends, it feels like Fall has finally hit Texas. I'm not sure how long it will stay, but for the moment, it's awesome. This morning it was 45 degrees and I had the chance to have my children and I in our sweats snuggled under a blanket with the windows open and watching cartoons. It was quickly followed by hot home made bread for breakfast and a trip to the library and the park. Seriously, fall gets a fire under me and I start doing all sorts of things!

Which brings me to my update. Here's how my grand Fall Preparation is going:

1. Fast and Furious Fall Cleaning - Mostly done. I didn't get all the closets done, but the master bedroom is staying cleaner than it ever has.

2. Fall Decorations - They are up and I'm definitely enjoying my cozy fall throw. I haven't gotten the outside decorations up yet, but that's because I haven't bought them, either.

3. Cold Weather Preparation -
- Fall Clothes for the kids, check (er...we still need socks, though). Winter clothes for me, no check (they're still in the attic).
- Matches, check. Candles, check. Working Candles that don't have buried wicks? No check.
- Fire logs, no check (working on that). Graham Crackers, check. Marshmellows, check (but we're running low - LOL).
- Kids room's stocked with blankets and warm jammies, check. Master Bedroom bedding, no check (just hasn't been cold enough). Quilt rack, no check (I'm working on that).

4. Holiday Preparation -
- Halloween - Tot will be going as Princess Uniqua (a combination of costumes, actually), both David's will be going as rednecks with Mullets (yes, I'm actually allowing him to cut my Little David's baby hair into a mullet.) and I will be opting out of the costume race. Candy, no check (going to Costco this weekend). Halloween books and movies, major check.
- Thanksgiving - As this is also my Mom's wedding weekend, our planning is now two fold. Wedding outfits for kids, check. Rock star awesome dress for me, check. Packing lists and itineraries, half check (got the itinerary, but no packing lists yet). Major anticipation for turkey and great food, major check.
- Christmas - Gifts, half check (I've got half my list bought, and I'm going to get one gift a week from here on out). Plans, check (We're going to Dave's parents for Eve and Morning and maybe going to Mom's for the afternoon, still working on that). Lists, half check (I've got the gift list, but I still need a few more lists for the details).

5. Activities - Pumpkin Patch, almost double check (we're going again this week!). Baking cookies, check. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, check check check check (sigh). Raking leaves, no check (not enough leaves). Picking out produce and pumpkins, no check (again, this week!). Visiting store displays, um WAY check (cause it's my favorite part). Watching leaves change colors, no check yet.



So, that's how I'm doing. This afternoon I'll be making many lists and baking some cookies with Tot and maybe even pulling down my winter clothes and bedding, we'll see.

How are all of you doing?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Just Can't Help Myself

How horrible is it that I really, really, am tempted to buy these??

I was reading The Budget Fashionista and she was talking about the classic Uggs, and for some reason I remembered seeing this in the mall the other day and now I can't stop thinking about them!! I can list all of the reasons not to buy them (cost, they are really kindof ugly, I live in Texas where the odds of me wearing these are pretty slim...etc), but I just can't help myself. They just look so very cosy and everytime I see them I just think about how snuggly they would be around the house during the few months that I would actually get to wear them. Speaking of, how would you even wear these? Would you wear them jeans out or jeans in? And would jeans in require skinny jeans (because sorry, those are never passing my closet door)? So much to think about. I'll let you know if I give in to my depraved nature or not, but until then what do you think? Major "Fashion Don't"? Or "You could pull it off, Unsinkable, because you are just that fly" (And yes, I just described myself as Fly, don't ruin it by laughing at me please).

Menu Plan Monday

So, I found this blog, I'm an Organizing Junkie, that I am now a super fan of. Being a bit of an organizing junkie myself I am thrilled to spend hours combing her tips and suggestions and looking at her pictures of organized cabinets and kitchens....sigh. I do love me an organized kitchen.

But anyways, one of the blog carnivals she runs is called Menu Plan Monday where bloggers all put their links on her page to what they are planning for dinner this week. It's been a pretty neat way to get new ideas for dinners, especially for me as I tend to cook the same thing over and over again (chicken and rice, pizza, grilled chicken stirfry, Jet's pizza, chili, frozen pizza....sensing a theme here?). This is similar to the Works for Me Wednesday that is run by Rocks In My Dryer that I occasionally participate in.

So without further ado....here is my menu plan this week (Note: this isn't an adventurous week, but hey, you gotta start somewhere, right?):



Monday: Chicken and Rice Casserole (I'm switching things up by using cream of celery instead of cream of chicken...wow, I'm boring...)

Tuesday: Chili (I know, I know)

Wednesday: Beef Enchiladas (ala Tiffany's recipe using leftover chili! See?? Branching out here!)

Thursday: Pineapple Chicken with a rice pilaf (acutally, just rice. But pilaf sounds better.)

Friday: Pizza (Okay, so sue me. )



And that's what the Chapman family will be eating this week. What about you, anything tasty you'll be trying?

Friday, October 19, 2007

Thankful Thurs...er...Friday

These are the things I'm thankful for today...

1. My Ramen & Diet Dr Pepper lunch. Mmmmm. Look, I know that I just ingested more sodium than you need in a week, but friends, it was TASTY.

2. My hilarious Tot, who before bed, prayed to God and thanked him that her Aunt LaLa was coming to babysit tonight.

3. That Aunt LaLa is coming to babysit tonight :) Dave and I will be at a friends birthday party and we'll be munching on mexican food and going to Billy Bob's to see Robert Earl Keen. If he sings Merry Christmas from the Family I will die of sheer happiness.

4. That I finally got most of the kids fall clothes bought and put away. Seriously, who knew how hard it was to find jeans to fit a 16 month old?? (Note: He wears 2T...not a small kid)

5. That Tot is now using the Big Girl Potty 2 - 3 times a day. We're in the home stretch!!

6. My best pal Dave, who has come home the last few days in a fantastic mood (despite hard days at work) and has played with the kids while I got to rest.

7. That I will get to see all my Missouri family in a few short weeks for a wedding AND Thanksgving. That will certainly be a pretty fun week.

8. The weather here. It's still a little warm for my fall preferences, but it's no longer in the 90's and on Monday I may actually get to wear that insanely cute H&M coat I got in Chicago since it will be pretty chilly.

9. That I will be making Chili this week.

10. My little Tank, who is pushing through some difficulties (LOL) with a wonderful temperment.

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Edit: I am not, however, thankful that blogger will not allow me to double space after a period for some reason. This is irritating. Nevermind. Back to my thankful state. Wooosaaaahhhh.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Some Pictures To Tide You Over...

Here are some pictures of our Saturday afternoon at the botanical gardens in Fort Worth. We had a blast and the kids loved seeing the fish and the butterflies and running around the pathways. It was just beautiful. On the downside, each child also decided that it was a wonderful opportunity to have a dirty diaper. Nothing spells convenience like a outhouse in the middle of a park completely devoid of any changing surfaces. Regardless, here are the pics!












Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Something New...

You all need to go to my Mom's website - she has some pretty great news!!

I'll give you a hint:





She's getting married!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Cheesy Title, I Know...

but I couldn't resist the new fall theme :)

Friday, October 12, 2007

SO AWESOME!!

Okay, you guys will SO not believe this. Dave and his friend Patrick just got tickets to the Cowboys game THIS SUNDAY!!!!

Yes, you read that right. Tickets to see the Cowboys play the Pats, each team undefeated. SO AWESOME!!

Dave's work has season tickets, and this week Dave and Patrick got the two tickets. Friends, this game is beyond sold out. Tickets are going on Ebay for over $500 and MY man got them for FREE. This is his reward for working like a beast all the time. I'm so happy for him I can barely stand it because no one deserves this more than him.

They plan to get there around 9 am and tailgate all morning/afternoon until the 3pm game. Enjoying good food, good cigars, and good camaraderie ( And yes, Harding Alum, I spelled that without spellchecker). How good can it get?

But This Is How I Feel Today...

SO MUCH BETTER!!

I had a great date with David.
I got to eat Sushi.
I got to shop.
I got a decent night's rest.
Little David stopped pooping every hour (more on that at some point).
I lost another 2 pounds.
It finally got a little cooler.


The best part, though?


We have NO plans this weekend. I mean, NO plans. And I plan for it to STAY that way. November is going to be a very, very busy month for us and the last two weeks have been exhausting for me and this is the last weekend that we don't already have something planned. So, we will be doing a whole lot of just sitting around and making blueberry muffins, and watching cartoons, and on sunday watching the Cowboys been the snot out of the Pats. Yes, that's right. You heard it here first. I refuse to even consider the alternative :).


Anyways, I hope you all have a great weekend as well!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

This Is How I Feel Today...

Thankfully, Dave and I have a date night tonight and I can get back to feeling like normal :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Chapman Family Fun Night

Wow. Did we have an exhausting (but totally awesome) tuesday night! In a spur of the moment idea, I decided that we would go to Let's Jump last night. It was a Tuesday night, so it wouldn't be too busy, and Tot has been really good lately and I thought she would enjoy going somewhere she hadn't been before. Plus, two rooms full of jump houses and jump races??? How could a kid not have fun (and totally exhaust themselves ensuring that Mom and Dad get an awesome night's sleep)? Oh yes, I thought this through.

After confirming with David the plans for the evening, I remembered that Tuesday is also $1 Happy Meal night at our local McDonalds. You get a hamburger, fries and a drink for the low, low price of $1. Given my love of the Golden Arches, I decided to make a night of it and have us all eat Happy Meals and then go jump around.

We left as soon as David got home and pulled into the packed McDonalds. Apparently, it was also some school night and we waited many moons to get our meals. Regardless, we got them, and we headed over to a nearby park to eat our food. It was perfect weather, and we opened all the windows and turned on the sports station and listened once again to the recap of the Cowboys Monday night insanity. The kids chowed down and we all talked and had we just done that it still would have been a great night.



After we finished, we started over to the jump house place. None of us had ever been there, although all of our friends with kids Tot's age swear by it. You only pay for the kid's admission, and kids 2 and under are free - or 1 and under, not sure, either way we only had to pay for Tot and we all got to play. We walked past the double doors and saw the most giant jump houses I have ever seen in my life. I thought Tot would explode with happiness. She immediately raced off to the nearest one, with Dave running behind her and taking off his shoes and throwing them at me. I decided that Little David and I would go on one of the smaller mazes, and began to climb through the teeny tiny holes into the jump house.

Big Mistake.

Not only was Little David utterly terrified (and by terrified, I mean all but clawing my skin trying to get as close to me as possible) and not making climbing the jump houses squishy stairs (made for tiny kids feet) easy at all, he was HEAVY. Seriously, by the time I had climbed two sets of squishy stairs and hurdled us over a squishy wall and smushed us through a squishy "squeeze" section, I was breathing so hard it burned and David was crying and then we slid down the enormous slide (which I thought was totally rad) and freaked the poor kid out so badly he wouldn't enter another jump house the rest of the night without clawing at my neck skin. I can not explain trying to navigate such small spaces with a 28 pound child attached to your neck squeezing so hard it hurts. The worst part is, you can't turn back. You just have to keep going. So we did.

Little David's panic attacks aside, the rest of us had a totally awesome time. Dave and I took turns going through the houses with her and it astounded me how coordinated she was and how STRONG. Seriously, look at this picture:


She climbed a wall just like that that was probably 10 feet tall. And she did it without a blink. She just chardged ahead laughing and telling me to hurry up. Easy for her and her tiny feet, but mama's size 9's don't work so well on 3 inch pads of fabric and air. She lept over blocks, hurdled over tall walls, and climbed so many walls and tilted stairs I was amazed she was able to walk at the end of the night.

But the best part of the night by far, was racing down the giant slides. We went so many times I lost count and I'm pretty sure I had just as much fun as Tot did :). We took Little David a few times and eventually he warmed up to not panicking, so we counted that a success.



We jumped for about and hour and a half, and I don't remember the last time Dave and I laughed so hard or were so tired. All in all, I counted this a very successful Chapman Family Fun Night. Great food, awesome fun, and I can tell you we will SO be going back to Let's Jump again. I think, in fact, we may institute a weekly Chapman Family Fun Night, where we go do something that the kids will love and we'll all get to be active together and spend time just the four of us.

So, that was our night. What do you all do for fun as a family?

Monday, October 08, 2007

The Most Exhausting Game Ever...

HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS?!?!?!?!?!


Oh mylanta, I don't think I've ever been as exhausted after a game.

5 - 0 Baby!!!!

Strong.

My Little Longhorns

Want to hear some new things our kids can do?

Tot now knows all the signs for: Touchdown, Holding, Pass Interference, and Offsides. Hilarious.

Tot can also say "How Bout Them Cowboys!"

Tot can say "Hook Em'" and make the Longhorn sign.


But the funniest thing? In teaching Tot all of this, Little David has picked it up. Now Little David can also do the Touchdown sign, and when we say "Hook Em'", he lifts his fists in the air and wiggles his fingers. Sometimes he even gets it right. I'm so going to post a video as soon as I can.

But yesterday was the greatest day of all. Little David actually said.... "Hook Em'".

No lie.


Yes, our little boy said "Hook Em'" before he said "Bye Bye" or "No".

Friday, October 05, 2007

Just Put An L On My Forehead...

I just spend the last 30 minutes watching Jim/Pam mashups on YouTube and other Office stuff.

Can I get any more dorky???





Yes. Yes, I can. I do believe I will now go rewatch last nights episode :)

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for:

1. Getting to sleep in a little this morning. Woohoo for 7:30!

2. Having cinnamon rolls in the fridge that made for a very easy breakfast for the kids and I.

3. My favorite shirt being clean this morning.

4. Tomorrow being Friday. Seriously, so glad.

5. Tonight being Thursday night and that means THE OFFICE!!

6. The knowledge that the kids will nap and I will get a break today (is it sad that it's only 9 am and I'm already excited for naptime? :) )

7. The fact that I have half of my christmas presents bought. I'm such a beast!

8. Dave and I getting to go to a marriage conference this weekend and get a whole day to ourselves. I don't even care what the conference says, I'm just geeked to get to spend a day without the kids with my best pal.

9. Dave Ramsey. We are going to Financial Peace University classes at church on Wednesday nights and they are insanely awesome. We never fought much about money to start with, but we haven't even disagreed once since we started this class. Being on the same page is fantastic.

10. The fact that I have nothing that I absolutely must get done today. I have some chores that I will choose to do so that I can keep my environment pleasant, but other than that - nothing.

11. My dog. He may be have been whining incessantly ALL MORNING because I won't let him out again because the small dog next door keeps escaping into our yard and taunting Bear and I'm worried Bear will eat him, but he's still a good dog and doesn't pee on my carpet...anymore.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Tot Speak

In WalMart, passing the hats and scarves and such

T: Mommy, I want to try those earbuffs on

In WalMart, passing the bras and underthings and such

T: Mommy, I want to try those boobies on.

****

T: Mommy?
UK: Yeah, Sweet Pea?
T: You Bubba my best friends.


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UK: Tot!! You stayed dry during your nap AND you made peepees in the potty!! You get two shiney quarters for your money jar!
T: Mommy, I want dollar.

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T: Mommy, you be baby.
T: Baby Mommy, you need kiss and blanket. (covers me up and kisses me) Night Night Baby Mommy!
UK: But Tot..
T: No, Baby Mommy, I Mommy Taylor.
UK: Okay, Mommy Taylor, I need a song, too :)
T: ( starts singing Rock a bye Baby, which I didn't know she knew) You be Mommy now. I done.

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(again, at Walmart. Standing in the cart facing the toy aisle)

T: Presents, Here I Come!!!