Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thankful Thursday

This is what I'm thankful for this week:

And also for this:

Today I'm thankful that even though my kids can be crummy little toadies, that today they are hilarious and cute. Also, do you not just love Little David playing Peek A Boo with his hands on his ears? Classic. And Tot telling a storing about "Charming" marrying "Princess" and their horses running away (yes, that's what all the jabber was at the beginning)? My kids are perfection.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I Am Running!!

Technically, WE are running. Yes Friends, it's that time of year again - The Race For The Cure 5k.

Those of you long time readers may remember that last year Dave and I ran the race (mmm...technically we walked/jogged) and had a super fabulous time as well as raised over $200 for breast cancer research. Three years ago my Mammaw got breast cancer and since her recovery it's been very important to me to support those that are doing their best to fight it. We all know the statistics, that the chance of your getting breast cancer in your life is 1 in 8. However, the more money we raise for research the quicker we can beat this when it comes.

This is why we run.

Joining Dave and I this year are a handful of friends that I won't name in case they wimp out on me :), but we'll say that there are about 7 of us. I am totally stoked because not only will we raise more money, but running with friends is much more fun and with them all watching I'll probably run the whole thing just to save myself some embarrassment. Also joining us this year, Tot and Little David. They will be riding in style as we push them in the double jogging stroller (maybe I'll even decorate it). Dave and I think that this will be a totally awesome family tradition and a way to support all of those who have been affected by breast cancer.

So, in my sidebar you'll notice a new section titled "Miles" in which I'll be tracking our training process. Dave and I will be going out three days a week and slowly working up from walking three miles to running three miles. Some weeks we may get more in, some weeks less, but I want there to be some accountability.

Anyways, wish us luck as we work towards our goal, and if you want to join us Saturday, April 28th in Fort Worth, be my guest. There's always room for more runners.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tuesday Favorites: Book Series Edition

Since I have way more than five favorite books, and since I think favorite books is a cheesy way to use Tuesday Favorites, this week I'm going with my Five Favorite Series. I've been in a bit of a reading binge and I can't think of anything else but books, so I'll share with you some of what I've been reading. I'm going to try to steer clear (ever wondered why those words aren't spelled the same? It's driving me nuts just looking at them.) of ones I think you would obviously know and try to get you to branch out in your reading. Seriously, you're hitting a rut here.

One of my favorite past times of old (re: before kids) was going to the library and just browsing for hours. Hours. And people who say you can't judge a book by it's cover are wrong. Wrong. Because I can tell you right now that if you are looking for a light chicky beach read then you should walk away from the book with robots and spell scrolls on the cover. I'm just saying, is all. Anways, here are some series I could read over and over again. And have. Many times.

5. Lori Wick. The lady writes so many series that I can't really just pick one out. If you are a girl (I swear to you, no guy would willingly read these), and you are looking for a good Christian series where all the books are mostly the same and all the characters are intrinsically good and they all end up happily every after no matter the tiny emotional problem they had to face, well, then Lori Wick is for you. She is easily one of the most prolific Christian fiction writers out there, and you'll never be lacking in reading material. Now, I like a good thought provoking book as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just want to lay back and enjoy a good period piece with no worries about the end.

4. Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling. Ugh, I know. Everyone knows Harry Potter and the awesomeness, but seriously, if you've been under a rock or didn't want to bend to peer pressure (possibly the worst reason to not read a book), then get thee to a library and check one out. Any of them. It's probably best to go in order, but if the sheer size of the series boggles your mind then jump right in. I won't tell.

3. Gods & Generals, The Killer Angels, The Last Full Measure - Jeff & Michael Shaara. I just put the titles of the books because they aren't technically a trilogy. Michael Shaara wrote The Killer Angels, and his son, Jeff, wrote the prequel and sequel. These books center around the generals and colonels of the Civil War, taking you into their perspective and motivations. They are, without exception, some of the most well crafted novels I have ever read and the best historical fiction out there. If you ever thought history was boring (Shame on you.) you won't after reading these.

2. Stephanie Plum Mysteries - Janet Evanovich. I'm telling you these are some hilarious books. I don't think I have laughed so hard, ever, and that I've probably read the whole series five times. Each time a new book comes out, I feel the need to start at book one all over again just to revisit my old friends before I hear what new things they are up to. And really, you have nothing to lose. After all, how can you go wrong with Rex the Hamster, Cluck-in-a-Bucket, and Lula the zaftig former prostitute turned sidekick bounty hunter in spandex? Hilarity ensues.

1. The Mark of the Lion Trilogy - Francine Rivers. Now, in Christian Fiction Francine Rivers is hardly an unknown. She's pretty much a heavyweight in the genre and almost everything she writes is gold (with the notable exception of Leota's Garden and Redeeming Love, both of which I detest. Sorry, guys, I know one of you out there thinks Redeeming Love is beautiful, but I am totally squicked out by it. Also, I know I have now said squick twice). One of the best things she has ever written is the Mark of the Lion Trilogy. The first two books are my favorite books of all time (tied with Pride & Prejudice, of course). They are more powerfully convicting than any sermon I have ever heard and again, it's easy to believe that you are reading about real people. The series is set only a few years after Christ died and follows a Jewish girl as she becomes a slave in a Roman household and struggles to share Christ with them. Seriously, if you read one thing this year, this should be the book. Oh, also, the first one hundred pages are depressing as all get out and a bear to get though, but I swear it gets better :)

Monday, January 28, 2008

All About Me Monday

1. Do you wear a name tag at work?
No, but if I did, it would SO say Unsinkable Kristen.

2. What kind of car do you drive?
98 Toyota Rav-4, shiny blue. I'm fairly in love with it, even though it's really small.

3. What do you order when you go to Taco Bell?
Nachos Bell Grande and a Supreme Chalupa. Mmm. I am so hungry now.

4. Have you ever had a garage sale?
Not since I've been married, but I remember having them growing up. My parents were quite the salesmen and we usually did pretty well.

5. What color is your iPod?
My Shuffle is pink and I adore it. However, I've stopped using it since I inherited Dave's nano which holds more songs and has a screen. Much less cute, much more user friendly.

6. What kind of dog do you have?
Bear is a 5 year old Anatolian Shepherd and Foxy is a 11 week old Setter/Lab mix.

7. What's for dinner tonight?
Sweet Pork Sausage Spaghetti and maybe a salad if I'm feeling healthy.

8. What is the last alcoholic beverage you had?
I had the most yummy of cocktails at a sushi place we went to about two weeks ago. It was called "Strawberry Fields" and it had real strawberries in it and other quite delicious things. Since I only drink once every few months, I always have to have something fruity and tasty, otherwise I won't finish it.

9. Stupidest thing you ever did with your cell phone?
I drop it almost twice a day, every day.

10. Last time you were sick?
It's been a few months.

11. How long is your hair?
About chin level, and it's getting way too long for me. Time to get the shorty short out.

12. Are you happy right now?

13. What did you say last?
"I'm sorry the pig movie is scary, Tot. Stay in your bed."

14. Who came over last?
Scott came over yesterday to meet Dave to play flag football with some guys at church.

16. Have your brothers or sisters ever told you that you were adopted?
Of course. I, in turn, told my brother that we found him in a chained up box in the driveway. In retrospect, that was a little harsh.

17. What is your favorite key chain on your keys?
The one I got in Luckenbach on our anniversary vacation.

18. What was the last movie you watched at home?
America's Sweethearts with Diana on our Girl's Night.

19. What is in your pocket?
Some change, some lint, and a Connect Four chip.

20. Who introduced you to your crush?
I met Dave on the second (or first) day of school my sophmore year. I was introduced to him by Tim Anderson in the Student Center and his first words were "Hi" and showed me the push button on his hand and when I pushed it, it said Hi backwards and Dave said "Ih!". And funny enough, I thought he was the cutest guy I had ever seen in my life.

21. Where do you hurt?
I have a split thumb. Ugh.

22. Has someone ever made you a Build-A-Bear?
Yes, actually. Lee Rice made me a bear that looked just like him (well, as a bear) when we were dating. When we broke up a year and a half later, Regena and I put the bear on a wreath and sent it down the river. Hilarious.

23. What DVD is in your DVD player?
The Office, Americas Sweethearts, and maybe Pride & Prejudice.

24. What's something fun you did today?
The kids and I had an "Adventure Day" (which you will be hearing more about later) and we searched for treasure and had a pretty awesome map.

25. Who was the principal of your high school?
Mr Brown. I think.

26. Has your house ever been TPd?
Not now that I have my own house. My parents house was, though.

27. What do you think of when you hear the word 'meow'?
Um, cats, I guess.

28. What are you listening to right now?
Tot pretending to sleep, the computer humming, and my Fanta bubbling.

29. Drinkin?
The aforementioned Fanta.

30. What is your favorite aisle at Wal-Mart?
Oh, so many to chose from. Seriously, I have no idea. If I had no kids and no to do list, I could roam Wal Mart for hours just looking at all the stuff.

Stop laughing. I swear I'm cool most of the time.

31. When is your birthday?
September 4th. My dad and I have the same birthday, too. I had hoped Tot would, as well, but hers is September 15th, and she was three weeks early. So it's probably a good thing.

32. What's the area code for your cell phone?

33. Where did you buy the shirt you're wearing now?
Old Navy. It's the shirt that I got in Chicago with Laura Beth, Molly, and Jennifer. Good Morning Chicago!

34. Is there anything hanging from your rear view mirror?

35. How many states in the US have you been to?
Can't remember, so I'll fill this in later.

37. What are you going to do after this?
If this ever ends, I will start a new book instead of putting away the dishes. Priorities, friends.

38. Who was the last person you went shopping with?
The kids. We went grocery shopping today. With a treasure map.

40. What about your favorite dessert?
All of em. At once.

41. What is something you need to go shopping for?
A bunch of random things. We need a new broom, I broke mine in half (no, not with my out of control strength, I just ran over it with the car) and I've been sweeping all hunched over for over a month now.

42. Do you have the same name as one of your relatives?

43. What kind of car do your siblings drive?
My brother drives a Jeep Cherokee and my sister in law drives a truck. Even though I was there when the truck was bought, I still can't remember what kind it is. Maybe a GMC?

44. Do you like pickles?
Oh yes. And no one, NO ONE, had better tell the pickle story.

That means you, Mom.

45. What about olives?
Love me some olives.

47. What is your favorite kind of juice?
Cherry Juicy Juice.

48. Do you have any tan lines?
Nope. I am white as..well, white things.

49. What hospital were you born in?
St. Johns.

50. Do you remember the name of your kindergarten teacher?
Also don't remember. I do know that I went to Mrs. Curtis's, though.

Well, that was informative. I tag, all of the lurkers, and you MUST leave a comment if you do it on your page. I'll know if you don't.
(Does anyone know what happened to question 15?)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday: Stud Husband Edition

Well, in mourning of my husband going on a business trip for a day or so, this edition of Thankful Thursday is all about him. I have a pretty rad spouse and I thought that he deserved an entire post, not just a bullet point. Also, I'm hoping for bonus points so that he'll bring me back a souvenir.

1. I am thankful that last night Dave brought me peanut M&M's after guitar practice (his, not mine, I so don't play).

2. I am thankful that when I told him that the kids had milk and cheez-it's for breakfast he didn't even blink.

3. I am thankful that when the dogs bark in the middle of the night he takes them outside in the coldness and lets me stay warm.

4. I am thankful that when he gets back in bed that he doesn't try to freeze me with his feet like I do to him.

5. I am thankful that Dave sets his alarm 15 minutes early each morning to make sure we get to snooze and snuggle before he leaves for work.

6. I am thankful that he is so good looking. I'm not trying to brag or anything, but dude, have you seen him? Gorgeous.

7. I am thankful he's my lobster.

8. I am thankful that he tolerates me trying to match him all the time. We have four pairs of matching shoes, 6 matching shirts, and matching jackets. He's almost a saint.

9. I am thankful that when I started making noises about another baby he got me another dog. Quick thinking.

10. I am thankful and grateful and crazy blessed that he is my total best pal in the world and that we are the best team ever. We're like a gang. You can call us the Cobras.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Favorites: Candy Edition

I love me some candy. There is no one in the world that knows me that hasn't heard "Oh, you're having a bad day? Eat some M&M's, they make everything better." Would that everyone knew me for saying that we should pray in hard times, but there you go. So, in honor of my unholy fixation, I'm giving you the best candy there is. Prepare yourself.

5. Milky Way. I have nothing funny to say about this candy bar, however, it's been my favorite actual candy bar since childhood and it deserves some recognition. It contains milk chocolate, caramel, and nougat, all in perfect proportions. For this I am grateful. I am not as grateful for the ten pounds it made me gain my freshman year of college when the vending machine was right down the hall from my dorm room. But you know, you win some you lose some.

4. Junior Mints. Note: I hate that I can never find junior mints when I want them. Specifically at the movies. As Jimmy Buffet said "I don't want a 12 lb. nestle crunch bar for $25, I want Junior Mints!" Preach it, Jimmy. All a girl needs is a big ole box of the perfectly balanced chocolate and minty goodness and a new Harry Potter movie. Did I mention they have been a low fat candy since 1949? Life is good.

3. Naps. So, I say that naps are sortof a candy. They are just as delicious (who hasn't thought that while snuggling under a favorite blanket on the couch?) and just as addicting. You don't normally have one, but one day after lunch you find it. It looks nice, you say to yourself "Just today". The next day you think to yourself "Wow, that really capped off my lunch nicely. I bet I can make that happen again." And you do. The similarities are endless.

2. Twizzlers. Picture this: 4th anniversary, myself 8 months pregnant with Little David, full from a lovely meal of Hibachi and sushi. Dave and I are are swooning with our love for each other as we drive towards the movie theater. Then it hits. "Dave, I need twizzlers." "Okay, we'll get them at the theater." "No, I need them right now. And I don't want to see a movie. I just want twizzlers." "Okay, here's a CVS, we'll get some here." 2 hours, 2 magazines, 1 book, and 3 bags of twizzlers later, I am one very happy pregnant woman and we have had the weirdest anniversary ever.

1. The One, The Only.....M&M. Plain or Peanut, Dark Chocolate or Peanut Butter, any M&M will fix your day in a second. Now, it can't be a measly "M", you have to take them in bulk or the magic won't work. Get a one pound bag (or an 8 ounce bag, but nothing less than a king size), grab a big handful. Pop them all in your mouth at once, feel the goodness begin. Your day just got the best it will ever get.

Missing: Tuesday Favorites

Sorry, dearest of Reader Friends, Tuesday Favorites was totally forgotten yesterday. I'm watching a new little boy on Tuesdays and Thursdays now, and yesterday was our first day. In the hustle and bustle of adding a 13 month old to the mix, I definitely didn't have time to even check my email (the humanity!).

Never fear, though. Later today I will post my "Wednesday Favorites" and next week we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming. Same BatTime, Same BatChannel.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Walking Through My House At Night

I am never more happy than when I am walking through my house at night. No matter the reason for being up so late, I am filled with such gratefulness that sometimes it's hard to breathe. I check on my family, one by one, to make sure they are warm and comfortable and sleeping well.
I walk in to Tot's room first. I cover her up with her blankets, since she always kicks them off, put her Grumpy Bear in her arms and move her cup to the table by her bed. I tuck her hair behind her ears, whisper that I love her, and kiss her on the temple. It's my favorite spot.
I walk down the hall to Little David's room and open the door as quietly as I can. I check to make sure the space heater is still on, since his is the coldest room in the house. I look over into his crib and make sure he has a pacifier in reach for when he rouses, and I cover him up with his blanket and tug his shirt down over his little belly. I lean over as far as I can, sometimes balancing on the edge of the crib with my little belly, and kiss him right where his ear meets his neck. It's my favorite spot. I whisper that I love him as I sneak out of the room and close the door as quietly as I can.
Then I walk through the kitchen and check on the other family members, Bear and Foxy. I make sure that Foxy is on her blankets and that Bear is in his bed, and that there is plenty of water in the bowl so they don't wake up and bark. I scratch their ears, and the tip of their noses. It's my favorite spot. I tell them I love them even though they smell, and walk to my last stop.
The last stop is, of course, my own room. There in our bed, my David is sleeping like a ton of bricks. I go over to him and check to make sure he isn't too hot, like he always is. I straighten the covers over him and check that the alarm clock is set for the next day. I get in on my side and snuggle down in the blankets and up to Dave, kissing him right between the eyes. It's my favorite spot. I lay back on my pillows and hook my foot around Dave's and fall asleep thinking about how very lucky I am, to have such a great family all snuggled up in their beds. Happy, warm, full, and sleeping.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Seriously, I'm beginning to think God made "thankful" and "thursday" alliterative for a reason. Like every Thursday it seems, today has gotten off to a rough start. This must just be my weekly exercise in sucking it up and being happy anyways.

And on that positive note, here we go:

1. I am thankful for NyQuil.

2. I am thankful that it finally feels like winter (it was 25 degrees when I woke up).

3. I am thankful for my Wednesday morning Ladies Bible Study which is, of course, rock star awesome.

4. I am thankful for the sushi I will be eating Friday night. Ah...salmon skin roll.

5. I am thankful for my InStyle magazine I got yesterday. I'm thankful I will be reading it and not cleaning at naptime.

6. I am thankful for my Dave's crazy cozy UT sweatshirt that I'm wearing right now.

7. I am thankful that as messy as the house is right now, I know I can get it in shape in an hour.

8. I am thankful that we watched almost no TV yesterday so I feel no guilt about parking the kids in front of it this morning since it's too cold to play outside yet.

9. I am thankful that my dogs are playing well together and don't bark much.

10. I am thankful for my friends who listen to me whine and don't think I'm an eight year old. They are much cheaper than therapy. :)

Maybe I'll add five more things this week, I think I need to be more thankful.

11. I am thankful for Old Navy. Their clothes make me happy.

12. I am thankful for my David who snuggles me.

13. I am thankful for my brother who understands what no one else does.

14. I am thankful for hot chocolate who I love like a person.

15. I am thankful that God only gives me one Thursday a week.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tuesday Favorites: Fashion Blogs

Now I'm sure that when you all think of me, you say "That Unsinkable, what a fashionista." You go on and on about my fierce fashion choices, my impeccable taste in designer clothing, and my unique way of putting pieces together to create a bold statement.

Or, you just think "That Unsinkable, she matches today."

If you, like me, are usually oblivious to fashion trends because you have much more important things to do like watch Biggest Loser and change 40 diapers a day, then join me as I tell you the blogs that I frequent so as not to look like a total dweeb in Mom Jeans. And if I do indeed look like that, please don't tell me. I'm enjoying myself.

1. The Budget Fashionista - Good articles, practical suggestions and unlike most budget fashion blogs, she and I have similar ideas on what "affordable" means. Meaning, not a $90 pair of uber trendy shoes I'll wear once. Just because Christian Louboutin made ones just like them for over $1,000 does not mean $90 is budget. Bring on the Payless, Friend.

2. The Budget Babe - A lot of pictures and a lot of examples of both good and bad ways to wear trends like vests, booties, and even (kill me, because while I would never wear them, they look cozy) legwarmers. Yes, legwarmers are back.

3. The Frugal Fashionista - This site is one of the more impractical ones, but I still like it. If you find yourself liking a particular celebrity outfit, odds are you can find a budget inspired one on here. They take the designer clothing and then find cheaper replicas from stores like Gap and Forever 21. It's also a good site to learn how to build an outfit around a particular item. Because you know I'm all about that.

4. Fab Sugar - Fab is much less about budget and much more about style. This is wear you see the runway trends and the designer bags detailed. There are some articles about how to get the look for less, but mostly about appreciating the real deal.

5. The Cheap Chica - I'm relatively new to looking at this blog, however, it seems to be geared more to individual deals on items, as opposed to giving advice or suggestions. It's probably a good site to check every few days to see if she has found a deal on something you've been wanting for awhile. If I had followed my own advice I would have snatched this sucker up while I could have.

As you can see, all of these sites are pretty much geared to not spending much money and finding cute clothes. I'm trying to find my individual fashion feet after a baby making season a lifetime many moons of wearing clothes that didn't fit me, physically or personality wise. So, I'm looking around, seeing what I like, and trying new things. What about you? Any place you go to get inspired? Or you know, to just look at bad clothes and laugh?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Crazy Plans

I think I am finally out of my November/December slump. I decided to take the time from Thanksgiving on to pretty much do nothing. I kept up with the necessities of living like buying groceries, washing what had to be washed to wear the next day, and wiping down the bathroom. But that was pretty much it. I had planned to pick back up where I left off in January, knowing that there would be no more major interruptions to my day-to-day life for the next few month, thank you Lord.

No more traveling, no more holidays, no more big anythings on the horizon - which may be the sweetest words I've ever heard. Our calendar is pretty blank, except for a standing Friday night date with the McFaddins , and that is never a chore since I wear my pj's and don't have to clean. They are my dirty house friends. And thank goodness, because November and December were definitely Dirty House Months.

But not January.

Friends, I feel myself again. Without the looming dread of a crazy holiday season with two very unwilling to change routine toddlers, I can finally get my home moving the way I like it.

I like to know what we'll be having for dinner, as opposed to figuring I'll think about it later only to realize I have nothing in the pantry so we order Jet's pizza (which isn't a bad thing, but it isn't very friendly to the dollars or to the waist).

I like to know I have clean clothes in every closet, as opposed to assuming that I have clean clothes somewhere and then remembering that I don't, five minutes before church.

I like to look down and see carpet, that while stained with the merrily flung tidbits of juice from our legion of sippy cups, is at least recently vacuumed and dog hair free, as opposed to...well...not.

I like to look at our closets and dressers and see clothes hung and folded neatly and not heaped upon each other in an undiscriminating pile.

I like to have one set, written plan to accomplish all those little to do's that have accumulated in my mind
as opposed to accumulating and accumulating them over the course of two months and doing nothing about them so you aren't really sure if you've changed your mind about some of them or just forgotten.

And I have a feeling that this week, finally, I'll get back in my groove and have things ship shape in no time. I am, after all, Unsinkable.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thankful Thursday

10. I'm thankful the kids are watching TV right now and not fighting, talking or moving. Glorious.

9. I'm thankful for Ladies Bible study beginning next Wednesday morning. Did I mention that they have babysitting?

8. I'm thankful for having new TV to watch tonight!

7. I'm thankful for my cozy fleece pullover. I'm also thankful it was on sale.

6. I'm thankful for Sprouts having some kick butt sales this week.

5. I'm thankful Tiffany showed me the benefits curry has to the GI tract. Maybe it will help my Little Pooper David.

4. I'm thankful that I've finally got the laundry under control and the house pretty clean.

3. I'm thankful that I finally found a use for wheat germ. I'm thankful it doesn't taste bad.

2. I'm thankful that Becky and Lu reminded me that other mom's children :)

1. I'm thankful that after the exhausting week I've had so far, I am having peace and quiet right now. Did I mention the kids are actually sitting and watching TV and not doing anything else?? Now that is what I call Strong.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

There Will Be No Good Post Today...

I am currently addicted to the Brick Breaking game on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Woosahhhh Wooosaahhh

-Kids going bonkers in the A.M.? Check.
-Playdate ruined by massive winds that scare all present children? Check.
-Lunch at Chick Fil A ending with breakdown and dragging kids outside screaming? Check.
-Accidentally locking only the Tot and my purse in the car while I freak out with Little David? Check.
-God blessing me with April's cellphone and a person to watch Little David? Check.

-Talking and gesturing to Tot resulting in her opening the locked door all by herself? Priceless.

-Total and completely unforeseen meltdown upon returning home resulting in spankings, early naptime and a bruised little brother? Typical.

Tuesday Favorites: New Favorite Foods Edition

The past few weeks I have been on an eating parade. It's been awesome (except for that whole can't fit in my small jeans thing) and I've even gained some new friends. You know how you can know about a food for a long time, maybe even have tried it, but one day it just pops to life and suddenly you can't get enough? Well, I have five of those.

5. Entenmann's New York Coffee Cake. This is so good that I most certainly did not eat the entire top off of the thing. Nope. Didn't totally ignore the cake and go straight for the powdered sugar topping. That wouldn't be dignified.

4. Pizza Rolls. Now I have always been a fan of The Roll, they being the study snack of choice in college. However, my consumption of them had dwindled until recently. Dave and I bought a huge bag for New Years Eve and we totally forgot to bake them. So now we've just been steadily plowing through the things and I'm embarrassed to say that I could down a bag of 45 if I put my mind to it. Thankfully, Dave is always there to split them with me so my gluttony remains unchallenged.

3. Graham Crackers. After Little David was born, Tot went through a huge graham
cracker phase. That was the only snack she wanted, thus the only snack we kept in the house. I'm convinced that they helped me lose the baby weight because anytime I was feeling hungry I munched on two of those (the reduced fat kind) and I felt full for ages. But alas, they went out of vogue with the Tot and thus out of the pantry. Then this Christmas I was charged to make dessert for 14 and I chose my Mom's Eclair Dessert, which calls for graham crackers. And my fate was cemented. I'm now crunching along happily each day. Hopefully, they will again work their weight loss magic.

2. Flat Bread. Obviously, this is not a new thing, but I never thought about buying some just to eat it at home. It's probably a good thing I didn't, otherwise I'd have flatbread hips now. No, not flat hips, dough hips. But I don't see the harm in eating a piece or two each hour day week. Especially when you dip it in......

1. Hummus. Oh, hummus, how did I ignore you for so long?? Your delicious chickpea-ness, your rock star ability to make carrots taste awesome, and the way you combine with flat bread to create a treat so extraordinarily delicious that I could die from it's perfection - all this cements my love for you.

Monday, January 07, 2008

A Good Day, Tater.

Sunday was awesome. Just awesome. And this is why:

Unexpected breakfast in bed (a delicious omelet made by Dave & Tot)
Late church service with a rock star sermon
Quiet afternoon time with kids napping/resting
A mowed lawn
2 + hours playing outside just as a little family
Hilarious bathtime with lots of splashing
Sweet snuggles during bedtime movie
Watching AMERICAN GLADIATOR while eating grilled steaks and chips and salsa.

What a good and restful start to my week.

And now I will push more pictures on you. Sorry. Ish.

Does he not look like a rugged little thing?

The kids actually playing together. Gasp.

Tot and our ginormous dog Bear, and our new puppy, Foxy.


Sunday, January 06, 2008

A Picstravaganza!

I usually try to avoid all picture blogs, because twenty pictures are never quite so funny as one really appropriate one. However, today I will let my standards slide because I just uploaded a host of pictures and one video that were much too cute/funny/weird not to share.

The Video:

Here is the Tot in her new favorite past time - singing from her bible "reading" the words with the flashlight she "borrowed" from her Pops and in her words "is still borrowing". Oh, and my battery died right in the middle of it, so sorry about the rather abrupt ending.

The Pictures:

Little David masters the fork at Olive Garden.
He insists we all try the veal salad.

Here is the previously mentioned card Tot drew while I was making the breakfast she didn't eat. She has drawn all of us at our correct heights, the only discrepancy being Little David's eight legs.
But she's three, so we'll give her a pass on that one.

Tot decided that Daddy's sweatshirt was "just my sleeping bag size".

This was dinner Friday night.
At this point I had obviously given up on getting them to eat real food and figured that at least she was getting some raisins in the chex mix.

No caption, just cute-ness.

Tot in her Real Big Girl Bed.
As mentioned, I was tired of curling up in a bed the size of my double kitchen sink.
She has successfully spend the night in it and has proclaimed it "way cool".

And I thought my glasses made me unique.

New Years Eve hilarity ensued.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Friday I'm In Love

I am in love with my Tot. My can't-stop, always moving, always talking, always laughing Tot. She has been a terror of a three year old, but always with a smile on her face and a song in her heart. I always love her, I even always like her. But today I love her to itsy bitsy chewable pieces.

Today was the back-to-back check up for the kids. The results? They are both healthy, wealthy, and wise. Tot is in the 60th percentile for height and weight (38" and 36 lbs.) and Little David is in the 93rd percentile (shocker) for height and weight (35" and 32 lbs.). Funny enough, Little David is also in the 40th percentile for head size. He's like a snowman.

And today, for the first time EVER, a doctors appointment with both kids did not end in tears for Mommy. Tot was a perfect, awesome little angel. She did everything the Doctor asked her to, I didn't have to hold her head still while he looked up her nose and she sat still and munched on pretzels and raisins and freshly shelled pecans (Thanks Nichols family!) while Little David was looked at. She didn't open doors, ruffle through drawers, tear the bed paper off, rip apart magazines, poop, eat cotton balls, scratch her brother, empty my diaper bag or anything. I was able to keep them both occupied for the double appointment with out any major, or really minor, meltdown and we all left smiling.

The shocker? They both got shots. Little David got three and Tot got two. They were both nothing less than wonderful. They cried a little and then immediately calmed down. Tot is even calling herself "Taylor the Brave". Killing me.

But I say that I love Tot today not because of this, but because of what happened when we got home.

She went nuts.

I tried to put her down for a nap today. We are phasing the napping out, because, well, she never sleeps. But she hadn't napped yesterday, had nightmares all night long, woke early, and then got shots. I figured the kid needed to rest. She, however, disagreed. She kept getting out of bed over and over and over for every reason under the sun ("I'm just a quite a little bit thirsty" "I need this special blankie [my red hoodie]" "I think Bubba needs a kiss", etc.) and eventually I told her that if she kept disobeying she would get a spanking.

Needless to say, she got out again.

So she got spanked on the bare behind three times.

She was not a fan.

But she got out again.


So she got spanked on the bare behind three times.

She was not a fan.

But she got out again.

Still Laughing.

And this repeated itself until she had accumulated 18 total spankings. Seriously.

Finally by that point she was seriously crying, but still trying to get out.

So I went into her room and asked her why in the world she kept getting out of bed if she knew that when she disobeyed she would get a spanking.

"I just need a hu-hu-hug."

Certainly not because she thought I would break eventually. Certainly not because she thought I would just give in and put on a movie. No..... she needed a hug.

So I gave her a hug and tucked her into her tiny toddler bed with my red hoodie (no idea where the attachment came from) and I bent myself into the bed and lay there with her, crunched up beyond belief.

She sighed and smiled and fell asleep in two minutes.

Morals of the Story:

1. I am the parent, not her. If I know she needs to sleep, she needs to sleep.
2. I can not help but adore a child so independent and yet who loves me so much, that even after 18 spankings she wants me to snuggle with her.
3. That girl needs a bigger bed. I am not toddler sized and my back hurts.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Thankful Thursday

My bad. I've been horrible at updating and probably would have skipped today, but today is Thankful Thursday and I can't skip that. Because, without fail, Thursdays seem to be the "yuck" days. The days where Tot won't eat that awesome homemade Baked French Toast that I spend forever on for breakfast, where Little David won't let me out of his sight or his grab for 2 minutes at a time and where we need milk. And eggs. And lunch. And lots of Diet Dr. Pepper.

I know I've said it before, but I'm pretty sure God has a hand in these days. I get to the end of my rope and then I remember - it's Thankful Thursday. And as I try to plan my blog in my head, I remember all of the great things that always seem to overshadow the irritating ones.

1. I'm thankful that this morning, even though I had to force feed her breakfast, the Tot drew me a card that had our whole family on it while I cooked. We were all smiling.

2. I'm thankful that my son is no longer mute and that tomorrow instead of having to tell my pediatrician that my son can only say "Mama" "Oh No" and "Hook 'Em", I can tell him that he can also say "Please" "Thank You" "Bye Bye" and can mumble "Love You" if pressed.

3. I'm thankful for Lu's suggestion of a Hot Chocolate with Extra Whipped Cream this morning when I was having a crisis Starbuck's run. It totally hit the spot.

4. I'm thankful for my awesome husband who plans to let me go for an hour each week and get coffee and go to the library for some crazy needed alone time while he watches the kids.

5. I'm thankful for the books Mrs. Clean Jean's Housekeeping with Kids and One Bite Won't Kill You for restoring my faith that I can feed my kids and keep my house clean.

6. I'm thankful for Lunchable Jr.'s. You have no idea how thankful.

7. I'm thankful for my brother, who calls me asking to talk him off the ledge that his three kids are driving him nuts. It makes me feel better knowing that when I call him doing the same thing (but with a mere two kids) he'll totally understand and empathize and maybe even have some advice.

8. I'm thankful for the chilly weather and the fact that I have learned to make a fire in our fireplace.

9. I'm still thankful that David got his iPod Touch, because that means I have inherited his Nano and speakers and I've been majorly grooving all over the house since I hooked it up (i.e. plugged into the kitchen wall).

10. I'm thankful that today is Thursday and that I am reminded to be thankful. It would be better if I didn't rely on a regular blog post to remember to be thankful, but there it is. I get so involved in my own little trials, that sometimes it's hard to remember all of these awesome things that I have in my life. I am grateful that today I am aware of them, and that it's made my patience with the other things a little stronger.