Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ear Today, Grown Up Tomorrow

Ashley got her ears pierced last weekend.  Does this mean she is officially grown up???  (Word to the Wise:  She said it HURT.  A LOT.)

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(And another word to the wise:  Getting your ears pierced is EXPENSIVE.  It cost us $54 at Claire's!!!  Claire's, I tell you!!!!!  Craziness.  If I'd known that, I would have done it myself with an ice cube and a needle like back in the day.)

After the piercing we went to Paradise Bakery and got a cookie and some frozen lemonade.  It was good stuff.  Or so she said...I had a cafe mocha. 

I can't believe my little girl has her ears pierced!  By the way, she also asked me for a Justin Bieber poster the other day.  I said no way.  I draw the line at Bieber!  Body mutilation - Fine!  Bieber - NO! 

Although I do like that new song of his. 

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

8 Happy Things

Things that are making me happy today:

1.  This picture of a rainbow that I took earlier this week.  Ah, spring.


2.  This video of the cast of "Anything Goes" lip-synching to "What Makes You Beautiful" - hee hee!

3.  My favorite tv show in the world starts tonight!!  "So You Think You Can Dance ("

4. Daydreaming about traveling to some of these gorgeous places someday...

5. Searching for vow renewal dresses for I am feeling partial towards the Greek goddess look.

6. The Pinterest boards I follow...looking at the homepage just makes my heart so happy with all of the cute ideas and pretty pictures.


7. That it's almost Friday. Yay!

8. And that it's a 3-day weekend. Double-yay!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Daughter Date

Ashley and I went out to dinner, just the two of us, on Saturday night.  She wanted to go someplace "fancy," which she defined as "some place where they have candles on the table."  She picked out my dress and my shoes because apparently I can't be trusted to look "fancy."

Half-way to the restaurant I'd picked out based on table-candle availability, she yelled from the backseat "Mommy, WAIT!!!!  I REALLY want to go to the Cheesecake Factory!!!"

So I said, "Works for me", pulled a U-ie and off we went.


As we parked, Ashley said "OOH, Mommy!  I REALLY want to eat outside."  I said "Baby girl, we're taking the first table they give us."  There were tons of people milling around outside and I thought for sure we were going to have to wait an hour or more to get seated.

But when we walked in, the hostess said "I have a table available right now if you don't mind sitting outside."

Ashley leads such a charmed life, doesn't she?

She insisted on sitting next to me at the table instead of across from me.  Somebody remind me how much she loved me 10 years from now when she's embarrassed to be seen with me at the mall.


She had a cheeseburger and I had chicken piccata.  It was delish, of course.  I probably gained 20 pounds just by looking at my meal, but bygones.

Of course, we also had to share a dessert.  Chocolate and more chocolate!


Can't go wrong with that.

Anyways, we had a great time.  It's so nice to get away and have a little one-on-one time with your kid. 


And you know, if I have to go eat at the Cheesecake Factory two more times times to make sure all my kids get that important one-on-one time, I'm willing to make that sacrifice.  I know, I know.  I'm a saint.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Country Time

Scotty and I went out on a DATE last night.  I know!  A mid-week date!  It's so scandalous.

First, we went and had dinner at this restaurant called Charleston's.  I got this amazing salad - fried chicken and avocado and tomatoes and bacon and hard boiled eggs with a champagne vinaigrette dressing.  (Sidenote:  Thank God for spellcheck.  You should see how I butchered my first attempt at spelling "vinaigrette" up there.  Actually, it's good you can't see, because you might try to take my law degree away.)

I also had a glass of wine that was BIGGER THAN MY FACE.  Seriously - I made Scott take a picture.  It was that big.  Excuse my expression...I was trying to look sophisticated and had a massive face failure.


After dinner we went to the Miranda Lambert concert.  She is on Scotty's "list", if you know what I mean, so I tried not to be jealous.  But I shouldn't have worried, because by the end of the night she was on MY list!  She is so bad-ass.  Love her.


I danced and sang and Wooo!'d my little heart out.  She didn't sing "Me and Charlie Talking", but all my other faves were in there..."Heart Like Mine," "Only Prettier," "Dead Flowers" - ack!  I loved it.  I had so much fun.

Today I am extremely tired.  TGIF.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Sensor E. Overload

We finally had the boys' birthday party this weekend.  Yes, their birthday was back in February, and, ahem, it is now May. But, we got a little sidetracked, what with the broken elbow and the trips out of town and Easter and soccer and all that jazz.  I think we've had to reschedule it at least three times.    Better late than never, right?  Except I did realize that an unfortunate side effect of the delayed birthday party is that the boys now think they have a birthday every three months.  Oh well, what can you do.

We went to Chuck E. Cheese!  I'd never been there before, and oof, now I know why. 

Lordy, it was loud!   So many lights!  So many noises!  So many people!  So many tokens!  For God's sake, WHY did they give us so many tokens!?!?!?  We were there for 3.5 hours, people.  That is way too long to be at a Chuck E. Cheese.

The boys had a fantastic time, although they were a little traumatized by the birthday show part of it.  They had to jump up and do the hand jive and get crowned by a giant stuffed Chucky.  Then they had to go in this ticket collector booth where they were supposed to grab as many tickets as they could in 60 seconds.

Owen was all over this part of it, but Aidan was a little terrifed.

Owen, grabbing tickets.

Aidan, wondering what the hell his mom has gotten him into.

Aidan also told me a little too late that he was scared of Chucky.  Me too, buddy, me too.  But they did like the cake and ice cream part.  And playing the games.  Well, more like the tickets that came from the games.  The boys are ticket junkies.


After we'd (finally) used up all our tokens and eaten pizza and cake and ice cream and opened presents and picked out prizes, we got ready to head out. 


My mom bought them faux dream lights for their present, which they'd seen on an "As Seen on TV" commercial and have been clamoring for ever since.  They loooooooved them!  We're redoing their room right now, so they slept in bed with me last night and it looked like a disco all night long what with the lights all over the ceiling.  Well, for 45 minutes anyway, until the automatic shut-off kicked in. 


Speaking of their room, I'm so excited for it.  We're doing a space theme and bought them...bunk beds!  Holy cannoli.  Owen of the broken elbow fame is sleeping on the bottom bunk.  ;-)


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Would You Like to Swing on a Star... (oh oh oh!)

Sometimes I wish I was that chick from that one show back in the eighties - "Out of This World."  You know, the girl that could stop time just by pressing her two fingers together.

Wouldn't that be awesome?  (Don't tell anyone, but sometimes I actually try it.  Just in case.)

BUT, unfortunately, I'm not a half-alien hybrid teenager with my own syndicated sitcom, so I can't just stop time whenever I want to.  But if I are the things that I would do:

1.  Take a loooooooooooooong glorious nap.  This would definitely be #1 on my priority list.

2.  Read the Game of Thrones series.  I watched the last season on DVD and got hooked.  Unfortunately, we don't have HBO so I can't watch the new season and now I am in serious withdrawal.

3.  Hmmm.  Maybe it would make more sense to subscribe to HBO before stopping time.  Then I could watch HBO on demand like a mad woman while time was stopped.  UNLESS, would the tv be stopped in time too?  These are the things I think about at night.

4.  Enjoy the silence.  My kids talk all.the.time.  No, seriously.  Like ALL.THE.TIME.  A day with no one talking to me sounds like the most perfect day ever right about now.  Maybe I can ask for that for Mother's Day? 

5.  Take another nap.  Seriously, time is stopped.  It's my prerogative. 

6.  Catch up on my photo albums.  I take pics all the time (clearly evidenced here on my blog), but haven't put a picture in a photo album since my baby shower for Ashley.  That is almost 7 years of pictures, people!!!  If Shutterfly ever goes bankrupt I am sooooo screwed.

7.   I should probably clean the house.  And then keep time stopped for at least a week after that so it actually stays clean.

8.  I would say catch up on work, but it seems like the more on top of things I am the more work I am given.  I am beginning to wonder if slacking might be a better life-choice.

9.  Play lots of Bejeweled Blitz and rack up millions of coins. 

10.  Nap some more.

So what would you do if you had an alien cube for a father and were given the magical ability to stop time?

P.S.  Maybe next week I'll talk about all the things I would do if I had a robot for a little sister.  (FYI - my psyche has been permanently affected by bad eighties sitcoms.)


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My Musical Shame

Sometimes I wish Ashley was already a preteen. Because then I wouldn't have to make excuses for why I have the radio turned up super loud to "You Don't Know You're Beautiful".

"Uh, Ashley was listening to it. God, boy bands are so annoying."

I need a cover story for my bad musical taste and I need it fast.