Monthly Archives: November 2010

submitting …

It’s done. I’ve clicked on “submit” and the photo has been entered. Oh my.

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Original post:
I’m entering the photo below in my company’s photo contest. It took some serious arm twisting by a colleague or two to get to this point; I really didn’t want to, but I’m entering anyway.


To round out the series, I’ll also show you the two that go with the photo above. They were all under consideration under the category of “Celebrating our Culture Today,” but ultimately, the photo above is the best stand-alone option.




nj …

I spent last weekend in New Jersey and New York – a co-worker and I met some old BPS friends in New Jersey and then went to see Elf on Broadway on Saturday night. It was a fabulous weekend – good company, excellent food, plenty of laughs, and an all around good time.

In pictures, here’s a glimpse of what New Jersey is like …



I gotta tell ya … it doesn’t get much better than this!!!

remember these days?

Or maybe you don’t. Anyway, I was flipping through stations this morning and stopped immediately when I saw (and heard) this:


I had totally forgotten about Milli Vanilli until that moment. I relived the late 80s/early 90s through “All or Nothing” for just a few minutes. Life was great.

a hand print on my windshield.

I was driving north and west one afternoon this week. An ordinary, and very sunny, day. Beautiful weather.

Something caught my eye – maybe I thought it was something on my sunglasses. I don’t know. But what I did see once I could make it out was beautiful.

It was a little. itty. bitty. hand print. On my windshield.


That’s the left hand, just in case you can’t see it. I know, it doesn’t look much like a hand print to you. The picture doesn’t do it justice. I promise … it’s beautiful.

In the minutes that followed that moment of discovery, I took it all in. I reflected on just what that little hand print means to me. I thought about how quickly that hand print will grow. I walked through some of the recent memories that mean so much to me – many of which I just shared with you.

There aren’t words for what that moment meant to me. That moment with my little. itty. bitty. hand print.

I love this life.

these days …

I had no idea an 18-month old could be so much fun! I don’t want to forget these moments, so here’s what our Peanut is up to these days

  • Everything is “dis.” In the pantry, she points to what she wants … “Dis!” Standing next to the refrigerator, she’s tugging on the freezer door in an attempt to get a freeze pop … “Dis!” In our bedroom, she points to the bottle of lotion, wanting a bit on her hands to rub together and on her face … “Dis!”
  • As we drive by cows and horses, she belts out, “Mooooo!” Don’t worry – if the cows and horses aren’t in the fields where they normally are, she’ll still say, “Mooooo!” Cool!
  • She tries climbing just about everything – her high chair, the trash can, toys, the couch, our bed, the tub. She’ll climb onto the kitchen table chair and get on the table! Yep, that girl will crawl across the table if we aren’t watching her every move!
  • Finally, she’ll let me put ribbons, bows, and crazy ponytails in her hair! Finally!
  • Can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it or not yet. Sneeze and she’ll tell you, “Bless you!” She’ll also often say, “Thank you!” Both are perfectly in context and completely unprompted. I love it!!!
  • “Da!” She’ll call out to him when he runs outside, as we walk downstairs in the morning, when we pull up to the house, and when he’s in the other room. She apparently does the same for me (Except it’s “Ma!” … of course.). She even said “Da!” to the car a few days ago – we were in separate cars and as “da da” drove by, she called for him. Too cute!
  • Dancing to Yo Gabba Gabba and The Fresh Beat Band are the norm in our house. And a Dora sighting prompts her to say, in 18-month old language, “backpack!”
  • Don’t even ask us about the Wow-Wow Polka. We hear it 10-20 times per day – we know it by heart!
  • Feeding Huckleberry seems to be second nature. I’m not sure who ends up eating more of her dinner – Peanut or the dog.
  • She loves to watch me cook. If I have something on the stove, I’ll usually hold her so she can watch. She’ll put her hand out and say, “Hot!” She’ll also tell you when her food is hot (Don’t worry, we never give her food that’s too hot for her. But if it’s warm by her standards, it’s hot.) – and she’ll blow on it to cool it down!
  • When falling asleep, she’ll usually stick her feet out of her crib for a foot rub. You can’t try to stop when you’re done; she’ll stick them out further until you continue. Lucky girl, huh?
  • Some things just can’t be cut up – don’t try giving her only part of a piece of bread. She wants the whole thing, even if Huck will eat it before she has a chance!
  • Kisses! We get kisses! Well, it’s more of a set of little lips being turned your way, a raising of the chin, a forward motion of the head. It’s so incredibly amazing – heartwarming.
  • Show her how to do something and chances are she’ll try to mimic it. Tonight, I taught her how to open and close the clasps on an old-fashioned metal lunchbox style tin.
  • Sleep in on the weekends? I wish! We wake her up around 6:10am during the week, she wakes us up around 6:30am on the weekends!
  • The driver’s seat of the car is like a playground. She loves to push the buttons on the radio, hit the turn signal and rotate the intermittent wiper speed dial, and put my parents’ house key in the ignition.
  • While her Halloween costume did seem to suit her for the night, she hated it when we tried it on her a few times before the holiday.

Sassy pretty much sums it up. That girl is hilarious. And that is what we’ve been up to lately. No one ever tells you about this part of parenting – this life is so incredibly amazing.


This is the yarn I’ve chosen for my knitting class that kicks off next week. I learned that we’ll be making a scarf in class – yippee! Now, let’s just hope I love knitting!


we’re still here!

Yep, we’re still here! In this stream of consciousness style post, updates will be delivered.

We voted this morning – and took our daughter to the polls in a political t-shirt. It. Was. Awesome.

I’m taking a knitting class over the next few weeks. Everyone I know crochets, so how did I choose a knitting class? Well, (1) there were waaay more local knitting classes than crochet classes and (2) I like the look of knit things. I’m hoping to make a hat for Peanut. We’ll see … I might never get to a hat. I might end up learning to crochet from friends and family members. Perhaps I won’t take to either – even as badly as I want to take to one of them.

Halloween was a blast! Peanut was a butterfly – and she DID make it through the night in her costume. Yippee! We went to 3 houses – neighbors. At the first house, she camped out and ate 3 or 4 lollipops. She was Chatty Cathy at the second house, walking in and making herself at home. We watched in amazement as she talked away! The third house, though, was the best. While we talked, she sat down on the front porch. She emptied her candy time and time again, lining up her pieces of bubble gum and grouping all of the chocolate together. It was too cute!

We went on an interesting train ride the day after our 6th wedding anniversary. It was a beautiful trip through a beautiful portion of the western part of our state – it just wasn’t the greatest day for such a trip. Peanut was clearly not in the mood, crying through much of the 2 hours on the train. It was still fun, though! We packed a picnic lunch, and it was truly a gorgeous day!

There have been 5k races, 2 pumpkin patches and a business trip to Los Angeles.

I got to catch up with family today, though not for the best of circumstances.

We waited patiently for the delivery of Polish pottery, and I made an awesome Christmas purchase on Monday that I can’t wait to deliver! And speaking of Christmas, I actually feel like I have a good start to holiday shopping. No, I’m not close to done, but I’m much further along than usual. Woohoo!

Surgery was discussed and quickly dismissed (Yep, me.).

Peanut and I had a beautiful day out at the local beach with mom & dad. And the restaurant/cafe we had been trying to visit was just fabulous!

I discovered little fingerprints on the inside of my windshield this afternoon; fingerprints that made my heart swell. (More on that later.)

We have been so incredibly busy – good and bad. I feel like I’m really far behind on the basics. At the same time, I’ve been focusing on what is important to us … me … my family and have cast aside what I sense others want from me. Honestly, it’s been great! I’ve grown closer to my husband, know my daughter like never before, and am even developing a slightly better sense of who I am these days.

Enough for now. I’m off to fall asleep while watching the political news channel – I love this stuff on election day. Did you vote? I hope so!