Tuesday, June 29, 2010


and fabulous
and funny
and fantastic
and fervent
and fancy
and fascinating
happy birthday to my baby girl

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer Fun and A Clean Front Hall Closets.

Summer has taken hold, sucking me under into a world that blogging takes last place.
But I am alive.  ALIVE!
Today it will rain all day and I have laundry to catch up on.  Yes I mention the mortal mommyblogging enemy.
And a  book to finish.
And a double birthday party to get ready for.  13 more days until I have 30+ people journey from all over my great state to pay homage to my two wonderful children.
But for now I will leave you with my new and improved front hall closet, which always seems to fall hard after a cleaning.
I hope these extreme measures of organizing work.
 S-shower curtain hooks from Wallie World  to hang my very pathetic purse collection and those very environmental friendly grocery bags I always forget to bring with me when I go grocery shopping.
Nice Huh?
Add a vertical shoe rack also from Wallie.  Shoes on the ground is the biggest mess-maker, hoping this keeps them organized!
Baskets on top for hats and scarves.  Next week I might buy matching containers to store them, but this should do for now!
Spring/summer coats. The black bags contain all the stuff that needs to find it's rightful owner. 
The metal skirt hanger is for drying out all those wet gloves, hats and scarves come winter.   Works like a dream!
Please ignore the plastic bags on top: Supplies for above mentioned homage.
Hard to see from the glaring light of the flash, and the white on white, but this is an accordion style hook placed at kid level   
Let the kids hang up their own coats I say.
  Independence is the name of the game here.  
"A clean house is a happy house."  Someone said that right?  Can they come and clean the rest of my house?  I am fricken exhausted.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Joey Sparkles

I am in kitty heaven: Meet JOEY SPARKLES the newest member of our home....
....and no you can't have him.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

One More Angel in Heaven

Sometimes in the mix of copious blogs you miss a good one.  SummerM, one of my oldest, most opinionated, why I love her, blogger friends linked this video on Twitter....

Carla Zilber-Smith died May 21st, 2010 of ALS, but at her funeral, she had one final surprise: a video that she had kept secret for over a year, even from her own family, that brought the audience (because of course her funeral had an audience) to laughter, tears, etc.

If you want to read more about Carla, go to carlamuses.blogspot.com, where she blogged for several years. Carla is the subject of the upcoming documentary "Leave Them Laughing: A Musical Comedy About Dying," which you can find out about at leavethemlaughingfilm.com.

Beautiful, no other words.
How awesome would it have been to read this woman as she lived her moments, which to me is the best part of blogging.  May she rest in peace always.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Last Day of School

It's scary and frightening and exciting all at the same time.
I dropped off Nolan today and I cried.  Not because I was going to have two children in my house 24-7 without a break, but because my boy is growing and getting bigger and there is nothing, nothing I can do about it.
I can't imagine the sort of excited energy he will have when I pick him up today.  The idea that sitting in a classroom is done, and endless hours outside is heaven for a little boy. 
I know we will make it through these warm, hot, humid sticky months and wonder where our time went. 
Just when things get crazy and I am ready to ship him off to year round boarding school I can come back and look at this post.  A reminder that it is all good.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A kid can't live on ranch dressing alone

I look over at the three year old and see her, minus dipable carrots,  eating the ranch dressing from the bowl with her fingers.

This gives new meaning to unexceptionable double-dipping

Of course I don't put the carrots on the plate for my health, I hear they are kinda good for you. 
But what do I know I am just a mom.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Poem

Today I will tackle the couch
long and lean
it beckons me
to lay
to sit
to relax my tired bones
To let rest
all the things
that need
and have to get done
The people who need me
to maybe take care of me today


Yesterday was long but I made sure I did one me thing.  I'm trying it more.  Making it so I do one thing I want to do, not have to do or...