My Aha Moment

11 Jul

A while back I was emailed based on this blog to come and talk about my Aha Moment for the Aha Moment tour. I kind of hedged because, like I kept telling my husband, I don’t have an Aha Moment!

Then it dawned on me that I actually kinda did have one…

Here’s my video, it’s online if you want to see it click here.

Making friends

27 Jun

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As you know we’ve just moved to our house. But there’s a Dominican family that lives behind us. Every single day, Lucien has been pining for the little girl to come over and play…

Today – out of nowhere she came running over and he ran towards her, they hugged and didn’t say a word. He then got in our car and we went to the store. On the way there he said “we hugged, I love her and she loves me. We’re friends.”

I wish it was that easy for me to make friends!!

Anyway…we got back from the store, he and Bea invite the girl over, they played here and then went to her house and played. We met her mom, and made a new friend, too I guess. Her mom told me that she went running into the house with my two screaming “come meet my new friends!! I love them!!”

* the picture at the top is Bea and Lucien playing with their new to them Barbie house – I love when they play together nicely!

Here’s why I’ve been quiet

25 Jun

We’ve been packing and moving into our new place! It’s been very overwhelming! We have come to the realization that we have almost no furniture, but somehow we have 5 coffee tables…what’s up with that? I thought I’d just make this quick with a bunch of pictures.

This is me with my husband in front of the house about 2 hours before the closing, I call this one “two dorks buy a house.”

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We aren’t too excited…

I’ve shown a picture of my new kitchen, so here’s some more info on the house – the last person to live in it was a 92 year old woman and her (according the to neighbors) agoraphobic son in his 60s. The husband, who died a decade ago, was a doctor who had his practice at the front of the house – there’s a waiting room, an office and an exam room. It’s really odd but the office and exam rooms will make for excellent sewing/craft/art space with all their built ins – see:

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I’ve finally got a spot for all my Pyrex, and nope, this isn’t all of it – we haven’t found it all yet. I told my husband that if there’s a house fire that after the kids and dogs, I’m saving the Pyrex next – the cat’s on her own.

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The kids, and dogs, have been loving the fenced yard!

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This picture was taken in the front/side of the house, the backyard is insane with trees, shrubs and bushes – which I guess makes sense if the last two people to live here were agoraphobic, that backyard is mad secluded (and buggy). Also note that Bea is showing some princess realness by wearing a handmade dress to play in the backyard!

And I’ll leave you with a picture showing how I’m not the only one overwhelmed in the new place –

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Four years

3 Jun

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Four years ago today, my husband and I got on a plane to Kinshasa to meet Beatrice and Lucien. I was so nervous, I threw up the entire flight there – yes, the entire time, from Nashville to DC, DC to Rome, Rome to Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa to Brazzaville and Brazzaville to Kinshasa – I was in the loo. I barely slept. It was not pleasant. I did manage to knit a pair of socks though…and yes, Jeremy slept the entire way.

Miss Josephine update and more

28 May

For those of you wondering, Miss Josephine is doing much better. She has stopped wearing the cone of shame but she is still finishing up the antibiotics. Her fur is starting to grow back a bit too. I’m really relieved, it was really gross the first day of we she licked her ‘pants’ off.

In other news, I’ve entered B&L in a Parents magazine cover photo contest. Maybe you’d like to vote for them? If you vote for them, I might be your best friend. :)

The big move is still going, as well as can be expected. I’d ask why we always move in the middle of summer when we don’t want to pack because it’s too hot, but we once moved cross country in January – it wasn’t much better. At least this move will be across town, and doesn’t involve bringing two dogs and three cats…

Speaking of packing…I should get back to it, but I’ll leave you with a picture of the new place.

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I kinda knew this was meant to be our house when I saw the kitchen – there’s a funky floral wallpaper along the top border that didn’t show up well in this picture, but I have matching fabric! Crazy, right?

Miss Josephine

22 May

Our nervous dog, Miss Josephine, is very nervous about our impending move. So nervous that she’s been licking herself a lot, a lot, to the point where she’s no longer wearing ‘pants.’ We took a trip to the vet, to make sure she was okay – she licked herself so much that she gave herself an infection!

We also got this:

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Look how smug she is!

Well, after a couple days of wearing it and taking her meds – she was a lot less smug:

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But, don’t feel too bad for her. We keep it off her most of the day and just monitor her closely. And she’s been getting a lot of gentle attention and hugs from everyone, which she usually loves very much.

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Excuse the moving boxes in the pictures…

I should get back to doing just that, packing. I just want this whole move to be over with, and so does Miss Josephine I’m sure.

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Wordless Wednesday: they’re getting tall!

21 May

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Whoa…

16 May

I didn’t realize it had been so long since I’d last written!

We had a lot happening, and I had a lot of posts planned that just didn’t get written. I’ll try to catch you up on some of it.

The kids went to their first carnival. After going on the Ferris wheel the first time, Lucien declared “when I’m big, I’m going to ride the Ferris wheel every day!” Of course I took pictures:

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Lucien kept his arm around Bea the whole time on this ride so she wouldn’t get scared. It was so cute!

We also started going to the park a lot more to get some toddler energy out.

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This will be Lucien’s first album cover, I think. :)

We also went to look at a bunch of houses, here are some highlights:

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This house had funky wallpaper all over it, and a huge leak in the attic. But I wanted all the funky wallpaper, some of it was very Florence Broadhurst.

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I’d never seen this before, it’s a built into the counter blender.

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That wallpaper along the top, I have fabric that matches it almost exactly.

Curious as to which place we ended up getting?

Easter

23 Apr

I didn’t take any pictures on Easter. Well, that’s a bold faced lie – I took one. This one:

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It’s the only picture I took because despite my husband being a practicing Catholic and my kids going to church with him, we don’t really do Easter.

Yes it’s partially because a certain handsome boy goes absolutely banana pants when he comes in contact with a bit too much sugar. But it’s also because of a douche bag known as the Easter Bunny. I hate that guy.

Last year, I got the kids hyped up about Easter. They were so excited! I even managed to hide little eggs with jelly beans around the house for them and told them the Easter Bunny did it. And yes, this is where the problems started. Bea started asking lots of questions – did I see the EB? Is the EB coming back? Why did he come to our house? Why jelly beans?

Bea also kept checking and rechecking the plastic eggs as if to see if there would be more jelly beans inside. So, I thought it would be funny when they were having lunch in the kitchen if I refilled the eggs. HUGE MISTAKE Lucien happily ate the new jelly beans and didn’t even question why there was new jelly beans. But Bea, she backed away from the eggs like they were poison and yelled “Easter Bunny is a sneaky guy!!” She was freaking out. She wouldn’t go upstairs to the bathroom – she thought he was waiting for her up there…

We ended up going out for a while but she kept freaking out so bad that I had to reveal to my two 3 year olds last year that the Easter Bunny was fake. You’d think that would solve it, but no. It didn’t. They actually are still completely terrified of the Easter Bunny! I think for a whole Bea thought he lived in Lucien’s closet and was laying in wait to murder all of us – we actually put a lock on the outside of the closet door, to keep him in, and that seemed to help a bit.

Fast forward to this year – he went to their school, because he’s a jerk. And the night before Easter, Bea asked if daddy could sleep on the couch downstairs so he could be a line of defense against the Easter Bunny going upstairs. And she also asked if I could call the EB and see if I could meet him outside to get their baskets. The whole time I was saying, “you mean the baskets is bought you because the Easter Bunny is fake?” But they’re believers, that he’s real despite what I’ve been telling them for a year. I also think they think the EB has moved out. I told them he went on vacation to Disney a few months back and they said EB wanted to move in with Mickey and Donald. I’m glad they’re all in the know of someone they know is fake.

I suppose this is sort of funny to hear, except when you see them be completely freaked out. I mean, I laugh about it – I think they will too when they’re older. Mostly now it just means there’s a little handsome boy in bed with me in the morning instead of my husband.

Quick trip

15 Apr

The kids and I took a quick trip to visit my mom. Mostly to pick up the last of my dad’s papers – here’s some advice: have proper life insurance and your affairs in order when you died otherwise, it is a pain in the ass for everyone else…anyway…

We had a lot of fun with my mom. It was super nice out so the kids got to play outside.

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(Before someone asks, Bea’s dress is from Kohl’s and his pants are from Target and the top is Kohl’s)

I also took this picture of Bea and my mom, my mom said to her “let’s pose!” And this is what Bea did:

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Lastly, the kids also did a lot of hair salon on my mom, which she loved:

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I lied, here’s one last picture, when I was going through my dad’s papers we found his wallet and inside this was the first picture:

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It made me sad. I was maybe 3 or so in that picture, and my parents have been divorced for about 18 years (they divorced when I was 21). It’s weird and sad what people hide from their loved ones.

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