Monday, February 27, 2006

My world record holder....

Conversation with Kyra tonight:

Me: "I can't wait to be a Grandma one day."

Kyra: "I don't want you to be a Grandma. I want you to be my mommy forever."

Me: "I will be your mommy forever but when you and Maeve have children then I'll be their Grandma."

Kyra: "Oh."

Me: "So Kyra, how many kids are you going to have?"

Kyra: "58!"

At this point I was ready to faint.

After a long pause, Kyra says, "I'm just kidding" and bursts into laughter.

BTW, I just told Richard about this conversation and he said, "Um, I'm not buying gifts for 58 kids."


I'm wondering if anyone in the world even has 58 kids. Is that even possible?

Weekend update....

I had a wonderful weekend. But first let me tell all of you that Maeve pulled herself up to stand on Saturday! I missed it! My sister and my BIL were here and Lisa said that she walked into her room and she was standing in her crib! She pulls up on everything now! What a big girl I have! *sniff, sniff* Tomorrow she will be 10 months old! I can't believe it. What happened to my little baby?

I left early on Saturday morning. I knew that I was in for a long, demanding weekend and boy was I ever right! We worked out so many times on Saturday and even more yesterday, but it was so worth it. I learned so much about Body Step and can't wait to sharpen my skills, learn the release, submit my video, and become a certified Body Step instructor. I didn't sleep much on Saturday night because I was so nervous about teaching my track yesterday, but I did fine....even better than I expected. I still have a long way to go till I feel confident enough to submit a video of myself teaching, but I'll get there. I have 3 months to do that. All in all, it was a great weekend. BUT, I missed my babies so much! Yesterday when I got home, the first thing that I did was nurse Maeve. I was so happy to see her! I did have time to pump all weekend, but it's not fun being so attached to that thing.

Last night I was mentally and physically exhausted. We were all in bed by 8:00 and Richard let me sleep in this morning, so I slept for 12 hours. I needed that sleep so much. I'm not working out today or tomorrow (I think). I'm so sore and just want to rest and take a mental break. I'll pick right back up on Wednesday when I teach Flow. My muscles need to stretch. I might even do it today or tomorrow too. It's amazing how I start craving Flow just so I can feel better. It's like medicine for the body.

So that's it in a nutshell. I'm glad that it's over with. I'm also glad that I didn't have that much time to think about it after getting the call last Wednesday that I was in for the training. I think it was better that way.

Have a great week!

Friday, February 24, 2006

A weekend away....

I'm taking it easy today because I need to rest up for the weekend. I'm taking the Body Step training in San Antonio. I'm so excited. My sister Lisa and my BIL Nathan are coming up tonight after work to help Richard take care of the kiddos. They are bringing their dogs Calli and Raider, so my house will be a zoo all weekend! LOL! On Saturday night, I'm staying with my friend Lynette in New Braunfels. I'll return on Sunday evening after a long weekend of working out, learning, and fun! I'm going to rest on Monday and hang out with my kiddos. I know that Kyra will have fun this weekend, but I'm a little worried about Maeve. We've never been away from each other overnight before. I hope that she does well. I will miss both of them bunches.

So look for an exhausting update on Monday! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Another church sign....

This one is at the church across the street from our house.

"Come in and try our Sundays....they are better than Baskin Robbins."


Thursday Thirteen...

13 things that I'm happy about right now.....

1.) Maeve slept from 8:30 last night till 7 this morning. I never heard her during the night, so I guess that night or two of fussing was worth it! I got sleep last night and feel oh so rested!

2.) I'm taking the Body Step training this weekend in San Antonio! Soon I'll be certified! I'm so pumped about that!

3.) I'm staying with a friend on Saturday night in New Braunfels and will get to have a nice, restful night's sleep! Plus, she's one of my dearest friends and we love to gab! Should be fun!

4.) I finally took off those 5 pounds that I gained when Maeve was 6 months old. It was hard, but I did it. Ideally, I'd like to lose 15-20 more and keep it off, but it's going to be really tough to do that. I just think that my body has trouble "letting go" even though I'm eating good. Ugh.

5.) It's quiet. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE silence?

6.) Kyra handed me a whopping 51 cents last night (a half dollar piece and a penny) and insisted that she's buying ice cream for everyone this weekend at the mall! LOL! I love that kid.

7.) This season of American Idol. It's gonna be really good!

8.) I *think* Kyra has changed her mind about riding the bus to Kinder. Good. The bus comes at 6:30 and they don't start school till 7:30. I DO NOT want my child on the bus for an hour! I want her home with me!

9.) Money shows up in unexpected places. YIPPPEEEEE!

10.) I'm waiting for the new Body Flow release to show up in my mailbox any day now. It's like Christmas when that thing comes!

11.) My birthday is in less than a month. Richard asked what I want (which he NEVER does). I told him "a massage!" (*fingers crossed* that he sends me to get one!)

12.) Maeve has found her tongue and has been sticking it out all day long. It's hilarious!

13.) The sun decided to peek out today! YAY!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

That's just wrong....

A husband was in BIG trouble when he forgot his wedding anniversary.

"Tomorrow," his wife angrily told him, "there had better be something in our driveway that goes from zero to 200 in two seconds flat!"

The next morning, the wife looked outside and saw a small package in the driveway. She brought it inside, opened it ... and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Funeral services for her husband have been set for Saturday.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


That's right, WOW! There are no words. And she's also blind!

A clueless commercial....

I saw a commercial for Aspercreme tonight and it made me angry. Why? Because they showed a person doing yoga in it! WTF? If that person were doing yoga to reap its youthful benefits, then they would not need to be using Aspercreme! That's totally sending a mixed message! I found a good link that describes the benefits in a nutshell. Here it is. I've had a lot of people take my Body Flow class because they are nursing injuries. They crave the yoga to make their bodies stronger and help them feel better. I've even had individuals tell me that yoga did for them what doctors and medicine couldn't do.

I just didn't like that the Aspercreme commercial was telling me that in order to do yoga, I had to use Aspercreme. Ugh.

Monday, February 20, 2006

A day with dad.....

My dad is visiting today and spending the night. We visited all afternoon and were constantly running through the channels to see what was on. We came across the usual soap operas and other chick shows on HGTV, TLC, etc. Imagine my surprise when my dad wants me to try to find this on TV (yes, I'm posting the link because I don't actually want to post that stuff here). OMG! My dad watches "trash tv"! LOL! Then he watched this too! By this time, I was floored. He even admitted to watching this too! I didn't think that my dad had that much time on his hands now that he's retired, but maybe he does! LOL!

This was just cracking me up. I thought all that he watched was the History Channel, Weather Channel, and Food Network!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

On the move.....

We have a crawler! Yes, a full-time crawler! Maeve is all over the house! I guess it really started on Valentine's Day. She went from scooting to learning how to move around on all fours. I cannot keep up with her either. She's in one room, down the hall, in the kitchen, in our room, in our bathroom. ACK! Her favorite room to play in is Kyra's room. Kyra just opens the door for her now and says, "Mommy, I don't want her to be sad, so I let her in my room." We've come a long way since that sign last week! LOL! Now if I could only get Maeve to quit grinding her teeth. It's a horrible sound. I've heard that it's baby's way of releasing tension. So, I got out some pots and pans and let her bang away. Too bad Kyra thinks that it's a "game" for her and takes them into her room. WTF? I'm almost relieved that it took Maeve 9 1/2 months to crawl. I see a trip to Target for baby proofing items in my future!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Rewind to the roller skating rink.....

If there's one place that I remember visiting as a kid, it's the roller skating rink. I swear that we probably went a few times a month and had countless birthday parties there. A few years ago, my nephew had his birthday party there. It was like stepping into a time warp. That place hasn't changed much at all! I loved it! I still remember holding hands with a 4th grade "boyfriend" and skating to the best music! I remember doing the "Hokey Pokey" out in the middle of the rink. I remember the "Limbo" contests. I remember having to skate in the opposite direction when the whistle blew. Those were such good times.

So in the spirit of those roller skating days, I've come up with a list of songs that we used to skate to. This took a little research because I couldn't remember all of them. Here are a few:

"Mickey" by Toni Basil
"Centerfold" by J. Geils Band
"Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham!
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
"Footloose" by Kenny Loggins
"The Heat of the Moment" by Asia
"Take On Me" by A-Ha
"I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany (*blush*)
"Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
"Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves
"Shout" by Tears for Fears
"Cherry Pie" by Warrant (LOL!)
"Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake (I've really had Whitesnake in my head lately)
"Come On Feel The Noize" by Quiet Riot
"Round and Round" by Ratt (Are you seeing a "hair band" trend here?)
.....and the song that we skated to while holding hands was "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Ritchie

Anybody got any more favorites that I missed?

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Thursday Thirteen....

13 things that annoy the heck out of me:

1.) People that pass you on the road and then speed up....only to have to sit at a red light that's a half a mile down the road. Look idiot, what's your hurry? The light is red and you'd have to sit at it whether you're in front of me or behind me. We're all in the same boat here.

2.) Lindsay Lohan. I do not understand Hollywood's obsession with her. In my opinion, she's not pretty, can't sing, probably can't act (haven't seen anything with her in it) and is too skinny. What's so special about her?

3.) Maeve has a new hobby....grinding her teeth. It's the most horrible sound in the world. Richard cannot be around her when she does it. I put my finger to her mouth and say, "No, no", but that doesn't work. She still does it. *sigh*

4.) The idiots that would knock on the door or ring the doorbell when I had a sign on the door that said, "Do not knock on door or ring sleeping." Um, unless they are illiterate or no habla Ingles, they have no excuse. Leave us the heck alone!

5.) People that I email that don't email me back. You know who you are. What the heck's the problem? The past is the past. Welcome to an ADULT friendship! I promise I don't bite. ;)

6.) Mia decides at about 3 in the morning that she's going to perform a self-cleaning under the covers while I'm trying to sleep. Seriously dog, quick licking yourself!

7.) People that let their kids play in the neighborhood and have no idea what they are doing or where they are. I came upon this little gem this past weekend while visiting Kyra and Maeve's godparents at their house. We were outside and a little boy that was 3 was outside with no adult supervision (except for us). WTF is wrong with parents these days? Keep track of your own freakin kid and yes, worry a bit about where they are! Geez!

8.) That old woman at the gym that takes Jackie's step class on Mondays that always bitches about the volume being too loud. Look hag, move away from the speaker! You're right in front of it! Get some earplugs and suck it up or take the Silver Sneakers class that's right after ours! Some of us like to work out to blaring music! It motivates us!

9.) This flippin weather. Today's high: 78. Tomorrow's high: 47. WTF?

10.) Mold. I'm allergic to it and it's in the air right now. I'm sick and it sucks.

11.) People that don't get out of the damn way at the grocery store. You do not have to take up the entire width of an aisle with your damn basket. Move already!

12.) The checkout lanes at the grocery store that are filled with candy and a bunch of other crap that my kid doesn't need. Once again, in my opinion they need to have kid-friendly aisles with no candy so that the entire checking out experience is a much happier one. I don't want to look like Satan himself anymore when my kid asks for something and I say, "No, not today."

13.) Richard's friends that call at all hours to talk to him. Um, here's a newsflash: WE HAVE KIDS! It shouldn't be news to you!

***I'd kindly like to point out that I didn't bitch or moan about Richard directly, which HAS to be a first! LOL!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

OMG! Remember this?

I saw another blog mentioning this show and now I can't get the theme song out of my head!

And I had a Dotty Dog. She was my favorite!

A "sign" of things to come.....

So I found this taped on the door to Kyra's room this morning. She told me that it says, "No babies allowed in my room." I guess that means that she's not too happy with Maeve's recent mobility. But, then again Kyra insisted on covering Maeve up with a blanket this morning so they could play "tent", so she must like her sister somewhat! ;)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Be my valentine.....

Happy Valentine's Day! It's usually just like any other day around here. Richard did surprise me with a beautiful card though that totally describes where we are right now in our marriage. I love it and I love him! He offered to get Kyra from school and take her out to eat, so that's where he is right now. He even got her a card. He's a great daddy!

I really wanted to highlight the way I feel about my 4 loves that I look forward to waking up to every single day. I hope that it gives you a little peek into why I'm so proud to be a wife and a mommy right now.

Richard- Where do I begin? Richard came into my life at a time where I had just about given up on love and he never left. I was very persistent with him and always was there for him "as a friend". Nothing more. Then one night, I told myself that I needed to forget about him and move on and lo and behold that's when the phone rang. I was in shock. Who knew? I still remember all of the crazy times that we shared together early on and cannot believe that we were so stupid. But you do crazy things for love, right? I can't believe that we've known each other for 11 years now and have been married for almost 8 of those! WOW! We fit together really well and we enjoy the smallest and goofiest things. I really don't think either one of us could be married to anyone else because there's no way that they'd put up with all of our crap! LOL! I've seen just about every aspect of him.....anger, excitement, sadness, grief, happiness. Through it all, I love him more and more every day even if he is a total pain in the ass sometimes. We have had some speed bumps along the way, but we always came out better and stronger. The love that he has for me and the girls just amazes me. He is such a "hands-on" daddy and cherishes every moment with his family. I love him more than words can say.

Kyra- She is the most sensitive and caring 4 year old that I've ever met and I'm not just saying that because she's my own. I mean it. I honestly do not know where she comes up with half of the stuff that she does. She's amazing. Yesterday, she told me that she misses her Granny (says this numerous times per week) and wishes that she could send a Valentine up to Heaven for her. Then she was concerned and asked if God plans a Valentine's Day for all of those in Heaven. This morning on the way to school, she told me that she missed her "Whales" class (her class last year). She also made a Valentine card for Maeve this morning and wrote all of our names on it. She's always going out of her way to make others happy. I see her getting into a profession like teaching where you always have to give of yourself and make a difference in the lives of others. She still comes and sits on my lap when Maeve isn't around and says, "Mommy, you're the best mommy. I love you." My heart just melts. My favorite time with her is bedtime. We brush teeth and potty and then I read a book to her. Then we say prayers. If you read previous blogs, you'll see that Kyra likes to pray for some pretty weird things. But, it's sweet and I softly chuckle. We hug and kiss and then she goes to sleep. She doesn't want to fall asleep in her bed, so when Richard is here, we carry her to her room after she falls asleep. When Richard works, she sleeps with me the entire night. She really thinks that's a treat! Kyra is so passionate and caring toward Mia and Maeve too. They are her best friends. She wants Mia in the bed with her at night when she falls asleep. She sweet talks to Maeve all of the time and shares her toys with her. I love seeing the two of them play together. It's the greatest reward any mother could want. I love the way Kyra thinks that her Papoo (my dad) hung the moon! My Kyra has made me a better mommy and I adore her. I love her big brown eyes. They are so expressive and full of joy and love. I still call her my "Kika" and she hates it. But, she's my baby and always will be!

Maeve- Maeve has been with me for the shortest amount of time, but I cannot believe how much my heart has grown over the last 9 1/2 months. I can't imagine my life without my "little bear". I was much more relaxed when she was born and wanted to give nursing a go. We struggled with many issues at first, but we made it through the rough times and now I really love our nursing relationship. I'm not ready to stop just yet and neither is she. I love the way she looks up at me when she nurses and strokes my face. I love the way she gives me a warm smile when she wakes up and kicks her leg and flails her arms in excitement. I love the way that she "talks" to the water in the tub. I love the way that she fusses when she wants her daddy to pick her up. I love her gorgeous blue eyes. I still have to pinch myself because I cannot believe that I have a child with blue eyes. I love the way she screeches in delight when she is greeted by Kyra. I love the way she studies my face when I'm doing something that she's totally interested in. That serious look is priceless. I love the way she sucks on her two middle fingers when she wants to go to sleep. It's adorable. I cannot wait to see how her little personality develops and I cannot wait to hear what she's interested in. I look forward to watching my baby grow up. Just when I thought that my heart couldn't get bigger after having Kyra, it just doubled with more love after I had Maeve.

Mia- Mia is like one of my children. I've never thought of her as "just a dog". She plays with all of us. She sleeps with Richard and I. She doesn't speak, but she melts all of our hearts. She greets us when we walk in the door. She sits on our laps and looks at us with those cute doggy eyes. She barks when strangers come to the door to protect us. She loves to find the tiniest of spaces to crawl into and cuddle up. She adores blankets and laundry just out of the dryer. She loves the heating pad and the electric blanket. She's the laziest of dogs, but the most loving. I never had a dog before Mia, and totally wish that I would have. BUT, I'm glad that Mia came into my life as my 1st dog. I really couldn't have asked for a better one. We are going to expand our family with another dog in a few years. I cannot wait. I hope that Mia isn't too jealous. :)

I hope that you've gotten a better idea of why I love my family so much. They mean the world to me. Without them, I am nothing.

Love to all! *smooch*

Monday, February 13, 2006

I adore this restaurant!

I have never been to Jaime's here in Austin, but the local news did a story on the restaurant tonight and talked about how they encourage breastfeeding mothers to come and eat there. They want to start a trend and hope other restaurants in Austin will follow their lead! I'm overjoyed because finally a restaurant "gets it". Here's a pic of a sign that they have out front that was on the news and that's on their website!

Tampon art.....

This is for the Martha Stewarts out there! LOL!
(Courtesy of Spiderwalk's blog)

Dental love.....

I'm so proud of my hubby today. In about 30 minutes, Richard is having a TON of dental work done. They said that it's going to take about an hour and a half to get it all done and that's just ON ONE SIDE of his mouth! He will have to go back for them to finish the other side.

Richard has been putting off going to the dentist for years now. All of the 8 fillings in his mouth need to be replaced. He has a new cavity that's going to have to be filled. He hasn't had his teeth cleaned in years, so I'm sure that his teeth and his gums will appreciate the cleaning that's going to happen when all of the other work is done.

Richard HATES everything associated with the dentist. Seriously. He won't even go with me to Kyra's dentist. I think it really stems from bad experiences as a child. That's why it's my mission to let Kyra and Maeve have the most positive experiences. I had a wonderful dentist and a wonderful orthodontist too, so the many trips to visit both of them didn't bother me at all.

Richard made it his mission to get his teeth taken care of this year. He's also got some nose issues, so he'll be headed to an ENT soon as well. I'm really proud of him. He'll slowly realize that doctors are not bad people. ;) Every time he complains, I say, "Look, I endured 2 pregnancies and had 2 c-sections, so your situation is a piece of cake!"

Oh and this must be the week of teeth because my sister Lisa is having her wisdom teeth taken out on Friday!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

A trip to the theater.....

Melissa and I took Kyra and Jake to see "Curious George" this afternoon. What's pitiful is that I cannot remember the last time I saw a movie in the theater. I honestly think that it was before Kyra was born. I did the coolest thing though. I went online beforehand and bought tickets. It was much easier that way and we just walked right in. I used to do it.

Things haven't changed much. Concessions still cost an arm and a leg. I think it's gotten worse. I got Kyra a "Kid's Reel" and that came with a small drink, a small popcorn, and a little travel size M&M for $4.75. Before we got to the theater, I went by a convenient store and bought some peanuts and a flavored water and tucked it in my purse. I think I'm gong to do that next time for Kyra....especially if we go more often. Stupid expensive food!

The movie was good. I was thinking that children's movies, especially animated ones would be a lot more interesting if I'd have a drink or two beforehand! LOL! Do they sell THOSE at the theater? ;)

Saturday, February 11, 2006

As the nose runs.....

Maeve has a stuffy nose today. Wonderful. That means that she's working on toofie #7. I felt in her mouth and sure enough, there's a bump on top AGAIN. That would make 5 teeth on top and just 2 on the bottom. I took her to the doctor for her 9 month checkup the other week and the pediatrician looked in her mouth and said, "Woah!" My thoughts exactly. I wish the teething gods would give this kid a break already. Geez! She was extra fussy today and didn't nap for more than 45 minutes at a time, so we are in for a rough few days. Ugh.

On another note, Kyra, Richard, and I were watching TV and this is what conversation commenced.

Kyra: "Daddy, can I speak to you ALONE in my room?"

Richard: "Sure Kyra."

Me: "I can't come? When will I find out what you two are talking about?"

Kyra: "In about 20 years!"


They went in her room and "talked" but I never did find out what was so important that she just HAD to talk to her daddy and not me. :(

Friday, February 10, 2006

I'm easy to please....

Richard got this at Target tonight. It's an oil heater. We already have one from a few Christmases ago. My aunt had Richard's name and got him one for his shop. Well, we've found that Maeve's room is so cold at night, so we keep it in her room. So now the shop is without one, which I hate because I cannot work out in there because it's so cold. So, Richard spent $25 and bought another one. He just called from work to tell me. I'm so excited! I can finally just go out in the shop and know that it's warm in there and do Flow, Pump, or walk on my treadmill! YIPPEEE!

It's the little things.....

I'm so bored....

I've done NOTHING today. I haven't cleaned, I haven't straightened anything up around the house. It's a mess. I don't care. The weather is nasty and I have no desire to work out AT ALL. Maybe I'll do Flow tomorrow here at home. I feel icky when I don't work out, so that's probably why I'm in a bad mood. I just took a shower, so I guess I did SOMETHING. Maeve is napping and Kyra is watching tv, so it was nice to do that in peace. It seems like Kyra has a radar for when I'm in the bathroom and comes in there and says, "Mommy, what are you doing?" Um, what do you think I'm doing? Richard now locks the door. Lucky him. He claims she's "at that age". I wish I could lock the door. She understands when daddy's in there, but with me, she'd be banging on the door and wondering why it's locked. Ugh.

When Maeve is awake, I'm not bored. I spend my time chasing her all over the house. She loves to crawl in Kyra's room but completely ignores her own and the bathroom (which are also right there). Crazy kid!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Thursday Thirteen....

1.) It's a great week for TV! First there was Idol. The Grammy Awards were on last night. Tonight is Dancing With The Stars. Tomorrow night is the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics! So much TV, so little time! ;)

2.) I saw some pics of Maeve as a newborn the other day and really got all sad and teary-eyed. I told Richard that if we could have afforded it, I would have loved to have a 3rd child. He agreed. We also agreed that we are happy with our two girls though and look forward to watching them grow up.

3.) Richard's favorite thing to do when he comes home from work in the morning is play the guitar for Maeve. He sits there with it and she just stares at him in awe. It's so cute. She also wants daddy to pick her up. He does, and then he lets her bang on it! LOL!

4.) I've decided that North Austin drivers must be horrible. When listening to traffic reports on the radio, there are always wrecks in North Austin. I wonder if they really drive that bad. Susan, do you know? ;)

5.) We are going to the beach this summer! We are going to be photographed on the beach and plan on hooking up with the CC ladies! I can't wait!

6.) I feel like I'm getting old because I wake up in the morning with sore muscles and cracking bones. I'm sure the colder weather and the fact that I overexerted myself working out this week doesn't help things. :(

7.) Maeve is almost 10 months old and I still can't get over how blue her eyes are. It still hasn't sunk in that I have a child with blue eyes.

8.) Kyra is at MDO right now. I can't wait to pick her up in an hour. I'm really going to miss her in the fall when she goes to Kinder. *sigh*

9.) I really need to give Mia a bath. She doesn't stink or anything, but I've been putting it off and really need to do it. I like to do it when the weather is warmer. I guess today is my last chance because it's going to be cold tomorrow again.

10.) I was going to try taking Maeve and Kyra to the gym tomorrow, but it's supposed to rain, so I think we'll just stay home and I'll do Yoga here instead. :)

11.) Kyra told me that she wants to marry me. I think it's cute that she thinks so highly of me. LOL!

12.) Maeve is usually in bed by 7 and Kyra is usually in bed by 8. I love that. I get some "me" time.

13.) I think I'll watch Idol on the DVR now. I missed it last night.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Panic attacks....

Oh yes, they are soon on the horizon. Here's why I'm prone to having them.

-Maeve is mobile. She's not crawling on her hands and knees, but she's army crawling and if she wants to get somewhere, then she does.

-Today Maeve stared at herself in a mirror for about 30 minutes and tried to put up to kneel against it. Soon she'll be standing. And then walking. :(

-Speaking of standing, she stood up against her bed (with my help) and stayed there for about 30 minutes laughing and being completely happy. That kid WANTS to be upright. She's very independent and doesn't want my help with much. When she's on her own, we are so screwed.

-Have I mentioned that Kyra starts Kinder in the fall?

-Have I also mentioned that Kyra wants to ride the bus? *shudder* My BABY wants to ride the bus! Mommy doesn't know if she likes that idea.

-Today it hit me that it's February. Next month is March, and then is April. April means that Maeve turns a year old. Last night I was watching "Friends" and Emma had her 1st birthday and I just burst into tears (stupid hormones). My BABY will be a year old soon!

-With Maeve growing up, I'm sure that weaning is around the bend. I have mixed feelings over that. In a way, I'm ready for us to be done, but the other part of me wants her to nurse for at least another year or two. After all, she's my FIRST nursing baby, but also my LAST baby. *sigh*

This consistently cracks me up....

This is a weather message board from a TV station in Houston. I was tuned into it during the impending landfall of Hurricane Rita. I kept it in my "favorites" and visit it from time to time....especially when I want a good laugh. Some of the people that post on it are obsessed with it snowing in Texas. Well, not just Texas, but Southeast Texas! Why are they so obsessed, you ask? Well, on December 24, 2004, pigs flew, shrimp whistled (you get the point), and snow fell along the Texas coast. My hometown of Victoria received a foot of snow. Yes, all of the folks down there woke up to a White Christmas. So, it's the mission of the people on this message board to take everything literally. When the temperature is predicted to be below 32 or rain or frozen precipitation is mentioned, they automatically think "snow" and start wetting their pants. They are obsessed with models and forecasts and predictions. It's hilarious! Go there and read some of the messages yourself. I've never come across people so passionate about the weather.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Self portrait #3.....

This was taken in May of 1990. The reason I know that is because of my little cousin Joshua on the left. He was an income tax baby and was born on April 15, 1990. I chose this picture because it was one of the last few taken before my mom passed away. My mom is just to the left of my Aunt Glenda, who is in the pink shirt holding my cousin Mark. My dad is just behind my mom. I am next to my Aunt Sandra in the red shirt. My sister Lisa has the white Texas t-shirt on. Just when I thought Lisa's smile was cheesy enough, I see Megan just below her! LOL! This photo was taken at a family reunion. This is my mom's side of the family. I've just missed my mom in so many ways lately and was happy when I found a picture of her. I know that a lot of you probably haven't seen a picture of her before, so I wanted to share and this was the perfect opportunity. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Cheap entertainment.....

This is why you have kids, right? LOL! This is what we had them doing tonight. Kyra was all for it. Maeve looks a bit scared, doesn't she? ;) Actually, she loved it. This went on for a good 10-15 minutes and then all of a sudden, Richard and I hear a blood curdling scream from Maeve. Kyra pushed her a little too hard and she fell over backwards. Maeve was crying because she was hurt and Kyra was crying because she hurt her little sister! Poor babies! They're no worse for the wear though!

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Somebody stop me before I strangle him.....

Yes I'm talking about Richard. He came home this morning from work and for some reason he started rambling about guys at work and that turned into rambling about their kids. Then he has the nerve to say this gem:

"I thought that breastmilk makes kids smarter. There are guys at work whose kids are formula-fed and their kids are crawling and walking. I just don't get why Maeve isn't doing all of that yet."

Um, maybe because she's not ready yet, ya dumbass. Geez! Give the kid a break! She's just 9 months old. She could be doing all of that tomorrow! I went on to explain to him that all kids develop at different rates and probably part of the reason why Maeve isn't in a hurry is because she has a sister that does everything for her. Then I explained further that when Maeve is totally mobile (she's "scooting" or "army crawling" right now), his life as he knows it will be over with and he'll be chasing her all over the house because she'll be into EVERYTHING. I told him that he should be in no hurry for that to happen.

Then I told him to go to work tonight and ask his friends how many times their formula-fed kids have been to the doctor. I figured that might shut him up. Oh and I offered to buy a $20 can of formula and *try* to give it to Maeve if that would make him feel better. That REALLY shut him up.

I just wanted to hit him this morning. He's been nothing but supportive so far and then he comes home with this nonsense? Ugh!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Friday funny.....

(courtesy of Kyra, of course)

We had just pulled out of the driveway this morning, when I hear Kyra belt out this doozy:
"Mommy, I think I want to join a golf team so daddy can watch me play golf on TV. Then you and him can sit there and say, 'That's our little girl!'"


20 truths to remember....

I got this in an email from my friend Emily. I highlighted the ones that I really like. ;)

1. Faith is the ability to not panic.
2. If you worry, you didn't pray. If you pray, don't worry.
3. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day.
4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
5. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.
6. Do the math. Count your blessings.
7. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
8. Dear God, I have a problem. It's me.
9. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
10. Laugh every day, it's like inner jogging.
11. The most important things in your home are the people.
12. Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.
13. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.
15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead. (OMG! I HAVE to send this one to Richard!)
16. We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.
17. Nothing is real to you until you experience it, otherwise it's just hear say.
18. Its all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.
19. Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage. The goals and dreams you're seeking require courage and risk-taking. Learn from the turtle - it only makes progress when it sticks out its neck.
20. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others
think you are.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Let it go....

I got this in an email today. I love it!

LET IT GO......IN 2006
By T. D. Jakes

There are people who can walk away from you. And hear me when I tell you this!

When people can walk away from you: let them walk.

I don't want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone.

When people can walk away from you let them walk.Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.

The bible said that, they came out from us that it might be made manifest that they were not forus. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us. [1 John 2:19]

People leave you because they are not joined to you. And if they are not joined to you, you can't make them stay. Let them go.

And it doesn't mean that they are a bad person it just means that their part in the story is over.

And you've got to know when people's part in your story is over so that you don't keep trying to raise the dead. You've got to know when it's dead. You've got to know when it's over.

Let me tell you something. I've got the gift of good-bye. It's the tenth spiritual gift, I believe in good-bye. It's not that I'm hateful, it's that I'm faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He'll give it to me. And if it takes too much sweat I don't need it.

Stop begging people to stay. Let them go!!

If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to......LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains .......LET IT GO!!!

If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and see your worth.....LET IT GO!!!

If someone has angered you ........LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge......LET IT GO!!!

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction......LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents LET IT GO!!!

If you have a bad attitude.......LET IT GO!!!

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better......LET IT GO!!!

If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him......LET IT GO!!!

If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship.......LET IT GO!!!

If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves......LET IT GO!!!

If you're feeling depressed and stressed ..........LET IT GO!!!

If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying "take your hands off of it," then you need to......LET IT GO!!!

Let the past be the past. Forget the former things. GOD is doing a new thing for 2006!!! LET IT GO!!!

Get Right or Get Left .. think about it, and then. LET IT GO!!!

"The Battle is the Lord's!"