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Sunday, October 25, 2009

I love making scraves for the family in the Fall. The kids always request their favorite colors. It makes me happy :) My latest creations.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Leave God's Pens Alone Mommy!

In the church foyer there are ink pens available for taking notes, writing your offering check, doodling kids, etc. Somehow every so often one of these pens makes it home with me :) 

The other day, I pulled out of my purse one of these "CHURCH" pens to address a letter I was about to mail. Mistake! My 4 year old son says to me, "MOMMY why do you ALWAYS bring God's pens home from church with you!? (his tone was scolding and filled with disappointment in me) He goes on to ask me in a very serious tone..."Could you please stop taking God's pen home in your purse?" I was dumbfounded, he had a point. LOL!!!

One of God's Pens from church. 
These pens are everywhere..the kitchen drawer, my purses, the car, blah, blah :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fall Weekend

What a lovely fall weekend! Jogging on the nature trail with our kiddies on Saturday.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Story Book Character Day

The Pre-School our children attend uses the last week in October as "Spirit Week". Sprit Week is a religious friendly and policitically correct week of enjoying the "Fall Harvest". Due to Halloweens origin may parents, like us choose to welcome the Fall Harvest. 

Spirit Week includes a different theme for each day in that week starting with sports day (the children dress in sports gear), Pajama day, etc. Spirit weekends with the main event on Friday being “Story Book Character Day”. The children dress in their favorite Story book Character and bring along the storybook in to be read by the teacher/parents. There is also a big Harvest Party that day filled with all types of fall treats.

Last year, our daughter Lake, then 2 when as her love "Cinderella" and our son Hunter, then 3 when as his love "Spiderman". With story books in hand, it was a success.

With Spirit week at the end of this month, I thought we should start to think about what characters we should be this year. Well, my Daughter Lake, now 3yrs old, was thrilled about being a "Queen Bee". My mom had already brought an adorable custom made Bee custom. It is adorable! Good ole GlamMa! Baby Girl done! We also have decided to write our own storybook this year, starting none other than Queen Bee Lake.

Now on to my son Hunter, who is now 4 yrs old. We have gone back and forward with what/whom he wants to be. First, he was dead set on being Spiderman again. Fine with me, we still have the customer and it fits perfectly. Money saved! Cha-ching!!

A few days past, and now he is into being Bumblebee from the Transformers. Ok, good. I know of at least three stores in a 5 miles radius that has that customer. I was on my way to purchase it, and decided to wait to take Hunter with me to make sure that he REALLY wanted to be Bumblebee and not one of the other Transformers. Besides, it is also a good idea to check the size with him present. 

Yep, you guessed it. We are getting ready to make the trip to the store and Hunter says to me, I don't want to be a Transformer anymore! And in his hands he has a wrinkled up advertisement that came in the mail weeks ago. This advertisement is from Party City. This paper is filled with costumes! I'm thinking great, here we go again. It's at least 20 or more costumes in this sales paper.

Hunter says to me: "Mommy, I promise...I really know what storybook character I want to be. I am not changing anymore."
I say ok big boy, show mommy who you are going to be. With his big bright eyes and excitement in his voice, he says to me: "I want to be the man that brings your cell phones in the big brown truck!"

I'm speechless as I look down at the paper and he has circled a costume for the UPS Guy!!! 

Now, this is funny in my house because I go though cell phones, let’s just say often. Really, it's like I always get all the defective cell phones ever made! I got a new one only 2 weeks ago. Anyway! 

Here's the kicker. Hunter says to me: "oh yeah, mommy I am going to need one of your old cell phones and a box!!!!"

Now, tell me when you have ever seen the UPS Guy in any storybook or fairy tale!!! I guess, there will be one now =)


Hey Little Dude, Is there a cell phone for me in that box??!!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy Fall Ya'll

love Fall! Not because my birthday is in the first week of Autumn :) I love Fall because of change it brings. Out with the heat and in with the chill. Here are a few of my Fall Favorites.

I hope that you will share yours too :)

1.      Fall Foliage ( also known as the changing of the leaves to yellows, reds and browns)
2.    The Chill in the air (YAY! Sweater weather)
3.    Taking the tots to the park for bikes rides, while walking hand in hand with my hubby
4.    The smells of cinnamon, oranges & cloves
5.     Pumpkins (Pie, Bread, Seeds, Candles, Latte, you get the picture)
6.    Decorating the Yard- Our family theme "Harvest Time” 
7.     Raking Leaves and tots jumping in
8.    Snuggling in soft blankets while watching movies
9.    Cozy socks & Flannel PJs
10.  Pie & Cookies in the oven
11.   The Fireplace
12. Recipes with brown sugar
13. Shorter Days and Longer Nights
14. Chilli & Vegetable Soup
15.  Wind blowing through leaves
16. Cuddling and Drinking Apple Cider
17.  Crocheting Scarves
18. A good book on a chilly night
19. Trips to the Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch,  and Smoky Mountains
20. Family   

Monday, September 28, 2009

WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED (Is there Really Something to This? LOL!!!)

My Hotness is My Hotness, Minivan or not!

It was bound to happen: I am now a mom who drives a minivan. How did this happen? With one purchase, a Black Dodge Caravan (pic below), my life changed. I am probably one of the last people you would guess to have a minivan parked in their garage. I am a savvy, trendy, thirty-something mom of two preschoolers. I frequent Starbucks. I am a soccer and t-ball mom. I have a Blackberry, wear fashionable clothes (at least I tell myself so) and yes, I drive and love my minivan! And I don’t care who thinks I have sold out, because I am a mom now! Never say never!

Well, let’s see: first, there was much logical reasoning for getting a mini-van from my husband. He put it this way: “Mini vans are just more practical, and it makes sense for you to have one. Why not? You need the space, the babies will appreciate the space and minivans are safe. It just makes sense.” Blah, blah, blah. Of course, there was much more that my ever-logical loving husband pointed out, but I want to get on with the rest of the story, so that was the long and short from him. Of course, I’m not blaming my wonderful husband for why we got a minivan; I’m simply stating he did not make any points that favor into why I should not drive a minivan. Likely!

Second, there were my parents, who kindly added, “You have outgrown your SUV. You need a minivan!I have two children; you would think I had octuplets, the way these people are acting! Likely! Why is it that no one ever makes the suggestion for me to get a Mercedes-Benz CLS63. Where is my husband with all that good, sound, logical advice for why I should get a Mercedes? To me it just makes sense that we should go out and buy one for me to drive! Yeah, okay. Hey, a Mercedes is safe and roomy, too! Once again, likely!

What I am learning is that driving a minivan is a love-hate relationship. The love: Deep inside you love this wonderful vehicle and all its kid-lovin’ features, like automatic sliding doors, a trunk that opens with the push of a button and space that allows you to go from the front of the vehicle to the back with ease. And, how about the built in toddler seat and oh, yes, let’s not forget the DVD player, for those long trips to Grandma’s, and to Florida beach vacations! It’s hard to ignore my toddler’s sighs of “Ahhhhhhh, what space! What freedom!” I love my minivan! Did I say that out loud? I think I did! Ladies, this is the first step!

The hate: Will I still be cute driving this minivan? I asked my husband, mom and sister this question at least a hundred times! See, the minivan is a great vehicle for any mom to own. It beats out the SUV I used to drive, any day. It’s true! I know I was super-cute in the SUV; at least that’s what all the guy stares said. The biggest problem with the minivan is not the minivan per say, it’s the hotness factor, or should I say the lack of, that it possesses. As I struggled with my issues of road appeal, something came to me. Hey, I am a hot mom, no matter what I drive! I’m still me! Hence the statement “My hotness is my hotness, Minivan or not! Hot moms drive Minivans! I am confident in who I am and will not be defined by the car, or in this case, the van, that I drive.

So, to all you moms who are thinking about getting a minivan, as you cruise up and down that car lot with its fleet of minivans, say to yourself: “My hotness is my hotness, minivan or not! Hot moms do drive minivans!” Forget all about road appeal and start thinking about all those fabulous features you want in your new minivan! Say hello to space, convenience and more road trips! To all those moms who already own minivans, put on your oversize shades and drive on, hot mamas! I’ll honk when I see you!

The way I see it, wearing super cute jeans, a pair of leopard printed flats, an my ultra chic Victoria Beckham bob, topped off with hooped silver earrings, oversize sunglasses and M.A.C. lip gloss (I prefer, MAC lip gloss in “Oh Baby”) while driving off in my minivan says: “Caution, hot mom aboard!”

This also works well with coordinated hoodies and yoga pants, another one of my favorite mommy outfits! Over-sized shades are a great accessory for minivan mamas but, I will get into this more in my upcoming, “Mom Fashion and the Minivan,” coming soon!