Thursday, January 29, 2009

No more snow days - PLEASE

Tuesday was understandable (snow and wintry mix all day long, cold temps, icy roads), Wednesday was questionable (cold and rainy with some lingering ice and slush), today was RIDICULOUS (sunny and WARM - 40 degrees people). The roads were dry all day. They should have been at school, learning and playing and having fun with their friends. Not at home playing Mario Kart. One snow day is fun, we bake cookies and watch a movie, but 3?! I feel like I have lost an entire week of productivity. 

On another note, did anyone see The Biggest Loser the other night? When the 400 lb boy was "jogging" on the treadmill and stumbled and Jillian screamed at him to get up and keep running? Gwen is like my Jillian. I was riding my exercise bike today and was at the peak of my workout, climbing that last huge hill, when Gwen, who is rolling around on the living room floor says, "that looks pretty easy... I guess it is a little hard, but I could do that... why are you pedaling so slow..." I just stared at her and while gasping for air, said in a not so nice way "go upstairs". I bet that 400 lb boy really wanted to tell Jillian to get lost too. Sometimes being the mom has it's perks.

Grace

I don't even know where to start. This girl is so sweet and mellow and cuddly. I am enjoying her SO much, I don't remember being able to sit and rock my other babies like I do her (don't tell them). I can't get enough of her smell and her chubby little cheeks and thighs. She's starting to coo when you talk to her and she is full of smiles. I can't believe she is already 8 weeks old. 















Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I've missed so much that I wanted to blog about. A fabulous Christmas, two birthdays, a mini getaway to Williamsburg, Gwen's baptism and Grace's blessing. Our life is full and so so good. Instead of trying to catch up, here's a slideshow what we've been up to the past few weeks.



Thursday, January 15, 2009

Rewind

Ryan had a birthday in December and I never posted about it. This boy is jolly. He loves adults (especially the elderly) and he gives the best responses when you walk in the front door. If you sit beside him, he'll pat your arm or rub your back. He loves dinosaurs, incredible hulk and anything his big bro likes. He especially loves that big bro. He is not stingy with his love.
Can you believe he started off like this??
Some pics of his big day:
"You're making me angry, you won't like it when I'm angry!"

Yes, this cake is half eaten. His birthday was just a couple days after I got home from the hosptial. A friend had dropped this cake off a couple days before and so I let him decorate what was left with candy and we called it his b'day cake.

But, here is his real birthday cake. I can't believe I didn't get any other pictures of his party. It was WILD. G'ma Dinie & G'pa Mike gave him a marshmallow gun and a ping-pong gun and the teenage cousins REALLY liked them - I'm still finding mini-marshmallows under my radiators.










Saturday, January 3, 2009

THE BOMB of 2009

My kids LOVE commercials. Once upon a time, I didn't allow them to watch any tv stations that aired commercials, but those days are long gone. Now they are EXPERTS on all sorts of crazy as-seen-on-tv products like the the magnetic necklace clasp they really think I need. But of all the commercials, one has been the most talked about for months: Pancake Puffs. I have been called into the living room on numerous occasions to watch how cool and totally awesome this pan is. So when we were shopping at our local drug store the other day and I happened upon an offical pancake puff maker on clearance, I bought it. 

The excitement in the check out line was amazing as was the volume level in the van on the ride home. I wish I could have recorded it. They told me EVERYTHING about it. It's great finger food, not just for breakfast - it makes a great snack and sidedish too, we can turn our favorite recipes into pancake puffs, cornbread puffs, blueberry muffin puffs, brownie puffs, powdered sugar puffs, pigs in a blanket puffs, it's a snap to clean up, it's non-stick, it comes with an injector to make pudding filled puffs, they even included a whole bag of 'flippin sticks' (aka wooden skewers) - and for 15 minutes they continued reciting the many wonders of the pancake puff pan. 

So when we tried it out, did it live up to the hype? I think Gwen spoke for all of us when she said, "Pancake Puffs are THE BOMB of 2009!"

I think it's going to be a great year.