Saturday, January 26, 2008

Voting Help

I don't know about you, but I need a bit of help and info about the upcoming election and this site really helped me figure out where I stand. Republican or Democrat, please go here and take this quiz and read the info if you are at all unclear where you stand. Naturally, I hope it ends up my way, but even if not, at least it will not be the result of people voting the party line or just for the sake of voting. Thanks!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

In a box...

Cam is out of town in Atlanta and I was home all day with the kids because I couldn't think of anywhere to go. I was feeling boxed in and Hailey decided to do a little performance art to express her mother's inner torment.


I swear she did it to herself and though it is a bit mean to take a picture, she didn't seem to mind. She also has underwear on, and prefers to only run around the house like this. It takes way too much energy to chase her around the house and force her clothes back on her after every potty stop, so usually I just let her win this battle. My mom is appalled by it every time she stops by, and you would think after 2 years of Hailey's nudity she would no longer be shocked, but maybe she is just trying to not-so-subltey hint that I need to put some clothes on her granddaughter. Well, that is about the most exciting thing that has happened around here, so I going to do some laundry! whoppee!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Princess Tea Party

Last weekend Hailey was invited to a Princess Birthday Tea party and though it was WAY above my budget, and not quite my style, I took pics because it was pretty and very fancy :)

This is Hailey very unhappy because I am forcing her to stand in one place to take her picture in her party dress. She preferred to spin, and really, can you blame her? Spinning is what makes dresses like this fun.

(RtoL)Hailey, Caroline, Sarah (birthday girl) and Ava at the party. It was girls only, no boys allowed! (Ava's daddy actually came, but he is like SUPERDAD, so it was OK)

Hailey and Sarah were big fans of the cookie tray, but they still left room for....

Tea! That's right! Three-year-old girls sat at a tiny table and drank decaffeinated (I asked) raspberry tea out of tiny tea cups and ate grilled cheese and pb&j sandwiches cut into hearts. It was very cutesy!

And finally, the cake, which I know is fancier than my wedding cake. All of this was edible, and it was even more fabulous in person.

So, that was mine and Hailey's foray into the world of high class tea parties. It was fun and very pretty, but don't be expecting Hailey's 3rd birthday to be anything like this. Those of you in the area, I hope you liked the SC Rec Center because it is lookin' darn good to my middle class self :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Binky Fairy

Last week our home was visited by the Binky Fairy and she was nice enough to bring Hailey the camera that she has wanted for a LONG time.
Monday of last week she told me that the Binky Fairy was coming that night and was going to bring her camera. We had discussed that soon this would be happening, but since she was so insistent that it be that night, I said OK and figured I had better seize the moment. Of course, I didn't have the camera, and I had to call Cameron and tell him to pick up one on the way home. He got this one...

It is a piece of S**T!! Do not ever buy the Crayola camera!!! It broke within a day, so the Binky Fairy (me) had to scour Target, Walmart, and Kmart to find this one...

It is wonderful and I highly recommend it. It was a bit pricier, but worth it. We explained to Hailey that Mommy called the Binky Fairy and informed her of the broken camera and it was replaced while she was sleeping. This is Hailey reading the instructions to her new "Big Girl" present.

By the way, she only cried a little bit the first night and after she realized that she was actually going to get a camera, she hasn't cared about binks for one second and will proudly proclaim to anyone who asks (or doesn't) "I got a camera! The Binky Fairy brought me that! I am a big girl!" I am so proud and sad. I will miss my baby Hailey. Next step the big girl bed, and that will be in April, so at least I have some time to recover.

PS Happy Birthday Jonathan's Mommy!!!!!!! Twelve years ago you invited me to a birthday party and ever since I have been blessed to have first you, then Bryan and finally Jonathan as part of my life. I love you!!!!!!!!!! Wish her a Happy Birthday, because this is a big one ;)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Snow Day!

I know it has been awhile, but the holiday's took me over and now I am back! :) Wednesday we had some snow and I took the kids out on the porch for about a half an hour (it was super cold) and got some pics for Max's first snow day.

He loved it, can you tell....

Hailey riding her sled on the flat porch. It wasn't very satisfying, so maybe next year we can go sledding for real.

This is my attempt to get them both to sit still for a picture. Hailey won't look at the camera, but Max is pretty good.

I did get them both on the sled. They were actually fighting over it, and this was a compromise (it worked for exactly 2.3 seconds)

We also went into the front yard and made a 6 inch snow man, but he fell apart before I could take a pic. I find it crazy that this was less than a week ago, and today we went to the park because it was 70. Gotta love global warming!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Max's Birthday

I cannot believe that it has been over a year since I gave birth to the sweetest, most huggable boy I could have imagined. The year has been a crazy one and one of the most challenging I have ever faced, but I can't imagined how I ever survived without Maxie and I am looking forward to another year of being a mommy times two.

In honor of my Max-asarous, here are twelve reasons to love him:
1)He is really so huggable. He loves to bury his face in my neck and squeeze and it is the one thing that is sure to turn my frown immediately upside down.
2)He eats anything! Hailey was always super picky, but Max asked for table food at 11 months and hasn't turned down much since.
3)His nose scrunching snort face (see past blog video) is still the funniest thing I have ever seen. He only does it occasionally now, but when he busts it out I am immediately laughing.
4)Max is so sociable and will let anyone hold him. I am his favorite, but he is willing to give anyone a try :)
5)He gave up his bottles with no problem, after I stressed out about the transition for months!
6)He loves Hailey even though she isn't good at sharing and tends to be grabby with toys. He knows she is just trying to toughen him up :)
7)His favorite game is currently run away from Mommy, which is no fun for me but has provided hours of amusement for others.
8)He has a solid little soul. He never seems frantic or in a hurry, which is a nice contrast to his sister who never walks and literally bounces from place to place. Like her mother, Hailey is incapable of sitting still, but Max is our little rock.
9)He said momma before Da Da :) Hehe
10)He loves his riding toys, so I am sure he is going to be a cowboy when he grows up. His face is so cute when he rocks or bounces!
11)Though sweet and solid, he is no pushover. He puts up with Hailey's pushing and grabbing, but he has a limit and he fights back when necessary. Hailey is on borrowed time until Max catches up with her :)
12)And finally, because he is the best surprise I have ever had and my favorite little man in the world. I look into his sweet blue eyes and know how momma's boys are created and can't imagine how I ever let him grow up so fast. My baby is gone and toddler-hood is on the horizon. I miss my baby Max and I am going to have to figure out a way to stop calling him that!

Thank you Max, for putting up with me cranky and impatient and always giving me hugs when I ask.
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Friday, December 7, 2007


Well, I am back after another LONG absence and I can only say that I have been lazy and embarrassed, and that is why I haven't blogged. You know how procrastinators(such as me) will put something off and then we become embarrassed that it has been too long and then avoid even more than we were before, well that is what happened to my blog. I haven't had pictures and Cam's new job has been a difficult adjustment and my life hasn't been sparkly or fun very often and I hate writing yucky blogs. I will try harder, and I do have a new camera (thanks to a VERY generous influx of money from the inlaws :), so here is a little picture montage of the last month. :)

One of the first pics taken with the new camera of my mom and the kids. They love their Nauni!
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Here is a picture of the kids cleaning. I am a slave driver! ;)
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Our sad Charlie Brown tree. We are not a big Christmas decorating family, and this is our first year with a tree and kids, so I was just happy we got it up. I promise next year we will get a full size tree.
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I will make a new post for Max's first birthday party and tell you all about it. Let me just say, it was not all I dreamed it would be and at least he won't remember it :)