Tonight is the Somerset County Scholar athlete dinner at the DoubleTree hotel. I have gone with Steve almost every year that he's been coaching. Originally he told me that I was invited again this year, but last week he was informed that there were not enough tickets. So, when I got dressed and came to work this morning, I had NO intention of going to the dinner. Well, at about 8:30 am Steve called to tell me that the Principal found me a ticket. I called my Mom to see if she could stay with the kids and of course she said 'No Problem'. My dilemma: I had nothing but the clothes on my back to wear. Next time I talked to Steve, I told him I would attend but that I had to do so in my work clothes. He assured me that it was fine. I mean, I did have on black pants, a black button down shirt and black shoes. Not horrible, but nothing special either. My plan is to do a little window shopping before heading over to the hotel which is around the corner from my office. I am glad I get to spend the evening with Steve because tomorrow night is his first 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm shift!
Party of 4 - NY sports and beach loving family!
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I took the day off today so I could go into David's class and make Mother's Day cards with them. I used my CM story cards and brought along some page completetion kits, adhesive, pens, my camera and my new printer. I had printed out Happy Mother's Day and a dragonfly design last night for the front of each card. This morning I took each kids photo, printed it and had them help me with the card. They signed their name and decorated with stickers. The cards came out real cute. I think all the Mom's will be happy.
David was a good boy while I was there. I think he enjoyed having me in the class with him. When I went to pick him up, his teacher told me he was sad when I left and he agreed. I felt bad but we soon got over it.
It felt really good to be able to play Class Mom today.
Monday, April 28, 2008
That is how many pounds I lost this week. I was talking to Steve and I think that I am going to make Friday my new weigh in day. It seems that when I save my points for the weekend and I weight myself on Monday, I lose nothing. At this point I am willing to try anything. I also hope to get back on the treadmill this week. My foot is healing...but still hurting.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I took the kids out when I got home and thought I'd grab us some dinner. Steve had an away baseball game and was going to be home late - or so he thought. When I pulled into the parking lot of the outdoor mall, Steve called. He was already getting on Easton Ave, which meant he was a little less than half way home. I told him we'd walk around the shops until he could get to us. It did not take long. We planned on eating mexican at Salsarita's, but David wanted a sandwich from Panera Bread. So, we ordered David's sandwich to go and went to Salsarita's so we could eat. I had a shrimp quesadilla and a few tortilla chips and Steve had a beef burrito. They have really good food and it's quick. David enjoyed his sandwich and Ava ate some of Steve's burrito. After we went home and got ready for bed. Ava was exhausted. I was very glad Steve got done early and could join us.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I would like to take this time to congratulate my dear hubby on his PROMOTION!!!! YEAH!!!! He's been at SCVTHS since September of 1996 and worked his way from security guard to utility worker to foreman. Along the way he has coached soccer and baseball - taking the baseball team to consecutive winning seasons. He is a very hard working guy that is not afraid to try something even if he is not sure he can do it. It is nice to know that his boss and other higher ups see that he is worth promoting. He'll start his new position on May 1 to get some exerience before the guy he is replacing retires. He is getting a nice raise and then his yearly raise on top of that July 1. With all good things, there are always consequences and in this case, has to do with Steve's new work schedule. Come May 1, his hours will be 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Now, this is both good and bad. It's good because my Mom will get a nice break from taking care of the kids for 10 hours a day to about 3 hours a day and Steve will get to spend a lot more time with the kids. It's bad because Steve and I will spend A LOT less time together. However, I think we can manage. He'll still have his weekends free, which is a plus. He'll also be giving up coaching baseball which he was probably going to do before getting the promotion, but now HAS to do. I know he really enjoys it and even more, the kids love him...but there is no way with that schedule he can do both. Like I said, consequences.
So, won't you join me in congratulating my hubs?
Congratulations babe! You always told me you'd make your way to the top and I never doubted you. Good luck in the new position. The kids and I are very proud of you. We love you to the moon and back :)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I have always been one to try to do too much at one time. Until recently, I have always been able to have more than 3 things on my plate and not have any issues. Lately I have been feeling like I can not do it anymore, but yet I still attempt to. Tonight has caused me to realize that I need to slow down. After I made 2 CM deliveries the kids and I came home and I started to clean the house. The house needed to be cleaned and my Mom was hosting a play date tomorrow. I started by vacuuming the rugs and sweeping the hard wood floors - all while making dinner for the kids and feeding them. Next I hand washed the kitchen floor and moved on to dusting. By this time, Steve had gotten home and took the kids with him to drop of his truck to the dealer (whole nother story). Another CM customer called to see if she could drop by and pick up some tape runner refill so I went and got that together. Steve and the kids came home just as my customer arrived. I went outside to talk to her and give her the product all the while listening to Ava cry. When I came back inside, I took the kids upstairs to get their PJ's on. On our way back down stairs, I tripped over David with Ava in my right arm and started to fall head first down the stairs. My instinct was not to let Ava get hurt, so I grabbed the wall column with my left arm and the next thing I knew, Ava and I were on the ground and I was in A LOT of pain. Ava was fine...just scared. I could not move. I was not sure what hurt the most - my arm, my knee, my toe or my ass. Steve took Ava and calmed her down while I hobbled over to the couch. I realized that most of the pain was in my toe. Steve got me some ice, but that even hurt. David sat with me and to make me feel better - he even lent me his puppy for comfort. Steve had to put Ava to bed for me - I could not make it back up the stairs. We came to the conclusion that my toe is probably broken and I am going to be VERY sore. I am not looking forward to how I am going to feel in the morning. The only good that came out of this, is that I know that I need to slow down and not try to be SuperMom - I finally realize that now. Too bad it took PAIN to get me there.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Boy - was I grumpy this morning. I walked again - YEAH for ME, but I was not as happy and energized by it as I was Monday. Don't get me wrong, I was happy that I got up and did it, but it did not help my mood. By the end of the work day, I felt better. While I was reading from my blog list, I was asked by DoaMM how I was going to celebrate Earth Day. To be completely honest, I did not realize it was Earth Day until reading her blog. As I get ready in the morning, I have no contact with the outside world or I would run late. On my way to work I listen to Howard and he was not talking about Earth Day (as you can imagine). So, when I read her question, I felt inspired to do something. When I got home, I packed up the diaper bag with some snacks and the car with some games and the kids and drove over to the Rutgers Gardens. I layed out a blanket and we enjoyed our snacks and talked about what we saw and heard. David hit some baseballs around and Ava did a lot of discovering. I found out how much my daughter is like me. She HATED the grass touching her feet. That is SO me. Give me beach sand over grass ANY DAY. Unfortunately, this killed my plan for a walk around the garden, but it all worked out as it was starting to get chilly. We packed the car back up and I drove them over to another area of the Gardens to see the dogs. I think we all really enjoyed our Earth Day. Thank you DoaMM for the idea!
Monday, April 21, 2008
This morning was weigh in. I did not lose any weight, but I did not gain any either. I should count my lucky stars too that I did not gain. I had all good intensions on Saturday night when going to dinner, but after 3 margaritas I was STARVING and had a HUGE dinner complete with appetizer - YIKES! So, one meal off the wagon is not too bad - right? Well, when I woke up Sunday with a hangover, the english muffin I ate did not cut it. We drove thru Mickey D's and I had a hash brown and bacon, egg & cheese mc muffin. I did not stop there. Seeing as how I blew my diet, I continued at dinner. We took the kids to ShoGun for hibachi. I had the steak, chicken and shrimp dinner. It was absolutely delicious! Due to this, I decided to up the ante. I woke up at 5:30 am and got my lazy ass on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I walked 1.75 mi - not too bad. I have to admit...it felt pretty good. So, not only am I going to stick with my diet, I will walk on the treadmill each morning. I hope to have some better results by next Monday.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The kids and I had a really great day today. I started my morning with a pedicure and even though I had to drag the kids along, I enjoyed it. They were actually pretty well behaved. On our way to the shore, I stopped at my favorite mall - The Shoppes at Old Bridge - to pick up something to wear to dinner tonight. There were a pair of clam digger jeans that NY & Co. had on their website that I HAD TO HAVE. Of course, I found a bunch of other items to purchase as well. From there, I stopped in GAP Kids/Baby GAP. I wanted to get Ava a pair of flip flops with the strap that holds them on. She has 'fake crocs' that are giving her a blister. Again, I found way more than I was looking for. Instead of the flip flops (they did not have her size) I got her 2 pairs of jelly sandals. To die for. All the clothes I picked up were on sale, can't beat it. Now we were ready for the beach. We drove to my parents, picked them up and went to lunch at The Breaker's. After our bellies were full we walked across the street to the beach. This was Ava's first time at the beach since she could walk. When I first put her down, she was not too sure, but she soon warmed up to it. My parents brought the sand toys and the kids played and played. David and I walked to the water. It was so calm and peaceful but REALLY COLD. David put his feet in, I could not. Once we left the beach, my Mom, Ava and I dropped off the boys and went dress shopping in Sea Girt. My Mom has a wedding to go to and was having a hard time finding something. I peaked in the GAP while she was at Coldwater Creek (not my cup of tea) and came out with 2 shirts, a pair on jeans and a dress! ALL ON SALE. My Mom did get a nice dress at Talbot's. Back at my parents, I showered and got ready to meet up with our friends for dinner. We met Matt & Kerry at Craig's in Brick. Dinner was delicious and the company was great. I had 2 more margaritas than I should, but what the hell - it was fun. I look forward to meeting up with them again soon.
Friday, April 18, 2008
I was over Laurie's house this past weekend and noticed an adorable little piece of equipment on her scrap desk. It turned out to be a photo printer. Not just ANY photo printer, but an HP Photosmart A626 that prints 4 x6 or 5 x 7 and allows you to add graphics. YES GRAPHICS! I HAD to have one. I took down the information and starting doing my research. Everywhere I saw it for sale had it marked at $149. Which to me, is a great deal. Then I remembered that my dear brother-in-law works for QVC and they sell this kind of stuff. Sure enough, I logged on, clicked on electronics and then printers and WHALA! This beauty was staring back it me:
QVC does not sell the A626, but the A826. I compared the two and read some reviews and I was hooked. It cost about $50 more, but I think it's totally worth it. I emailed my sister-in-law to place the order (along with a pair of shoes that I have been longing for) and they are on their way to me! I CAN NOT WAIT! Anyone have this? Tell me your thoughts?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Not many of you know, but I have my manicuring license. Although I am not in that line of work at the moment, I keep it up to date just in case I ever decide to go back to it but mostly to get a good deal on beauty supplies! I took a friend of mine over to the local 'for stylists only' beauty supply store because I needed some stuff. I am IN LOVE with Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree shampoo, so I bought more of that and the matching conditioner. If you have NEVER tried it, I TOTALLY suggest it. Every morning when I wash my hair, I feel like I am getting a tingly, cool head message that wakes me right up. I also picked up the moose version of this hair serum I was using and a new blush brush. The hair serum was weighing my hair down and my blush brush was FLAT I used it for SO long. Ever since I made my purchases I:
#1 - Don't mind getting up to shower and feel tingly!
#2 - LOVE the way my hair feels and is coming out when I blow dry it
#3 - My blush goes on so smooth and I do not waste any blush
Having kids can make a woman forget to take care of herself. I am glad I took some time this week to take care of me. I am starting to feel good again.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Well sort of. A few weeks ago we noticed a kitten under our kitchen in the evening. He was not there EVERY night, but on Saturday when we got home, he was around. David and Ava took an immediate liking to him. We let them 'play' with him and Steve gave him some milk and a garlic knot. Once he finished his milk, we made the kids come inside and get ready for bed. Well, the next thing I know, David is crying. He is sad for the kitten. He does not like that the kitten does not have a family, so I told him that when the kitten is around, we could be his family. However, I had to explain to him that he can NOT come in the house due to Steve and David's allergies. He understood and asked me to take him to the store on Sunday for cat food. I agreed. Sure enough, Sunday we hit up the A & P and picked up cat food and treats. David could not WAIT to get home and feed him. The kitten came around that evening and David fed him and gave him water. Well - the kitten HAS NOT LEFT SINCE! He was around all day Monday & Tuesday. When my Dad showed up to pick up my Mom, David and Ava were so excited to show him the 'kitty'. As much as David LOVES the kitten, so does Ava. She walks around saying 'kitty kitty' and even makes the psss sound to get him to come to her. They both play with him in the backyard and chase him all over. It is really cute. I am not sure how long the kitten will come around, but for now, he's part of the family.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Steve's baseball team won again yesterday! I believe their record is 3-1. I am so proud. He was not sure how this year was going to go. He lost a lot of his players to graduation. This is probably going to be his last year coaching, so I am glad it is turning out well. Today they play Bloomfield Tech - good luck Jags!
Have you tried Apple Cider Vinegar? Well, my girlfriends and I heard that it can do great things when you want to lose weight. So, we all did a 'shot' of it at lunch yesterday and I gagged. It was gross and my throat burned for a good 30 minutes afterward. Kristen was at least smart enough to add water, but even that hurt her stomach. I do not think I will be adding that to my diet plan. YUK!
Anyone watching Dancing with the Stars? I have loved it since season 1, but this year my man Jason Taylor is on. They always seem to have him dance last...build up I guess. He is SO smooth. It is going to be tough between him and Kristi. She is amazing, although, she is a skater, so she technically knows how to move. Surprisingly, Shannon Elizabeth is not half bad. This week she was a tad stiff, but overall, she is pretty good. I would SO love to be on that show. I'd want Mark or Eric as my partner. They are two cuties!
Don't forget to do your taxes!
Monday, April 14, 2008
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I weighed myself this morning before getting in the shower and I lost 8 lbs!!! YEAH!!! Can you tell I am VERY excited!!! I am looking forward to having another good week. I'll be at my goal weight before summer, I just know it.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
How beautiful was it yesterday? WOW! I think it was like 70+ degrees. We took the kids for breakfast at the dinner after soccer and then headed to Lowe's to get some flowers and bushes. Steve is very good at picking out that kind of stuff and he loves keeping the grounds looking nice. We bought a bunch of stuff and went back home to plant it. Steve and the kids planted the pansies in all the deck planters. When I came back outside, it looked like Spring in my backyard. So pretty. Purple and yellow flowers everywhere.
We spent the late afternoon at Walt and Laurie's watching the Yanks/Red Sox. The kids had a lot of together. The boys did boy things and Ava did her thing. Laurie has great educational toys, so Ava was playing with letters and blocks. She loved every minute of it. Walt cooked on the grill for the guys and kids and Laurie made delicious pizza for her and I. It was only 5 points per slice! The game went into a rain delay, so we all went over to the local ice cream shop. The kids had some ice cream and Walt and I got shakes. They make a great low fat vanilla shake. It's skim milk and no fat, no sugar vanilla frozen yogurt. MMMMMMMMMMMMM! When we got back to the house, the game was still in a delay but we hung for a little before taking the kids home for bed.
Why can't everyday be like today?
Saturday, April 12, 2008
David had soccer again on Saturday. I am not sure what the weather was like by you, but it had rained Friday night so there was lots of mud and dampness. I asked Steve to take David to soccer and I waited at home with Ava. Soccer starts at 9 and ends at 10, but by 10:30 am , I still had not heard from them. So , I called Steve and they were JUST leaving the field. I asked him what was going on and he explained that he was talking to the coach of the team that David practiced with. I asked him what he meant and basically, David was with the WRONG TEAM! Steve did not remember the coach and thought this guy that he did remember from last week - was him. When David got home he was upset again! This time he had a reason. The team he practiced with were a bunch of 6 year olds and they were mean to him. Poor kid - he may be traumatized for good. I'll let you know.
Friday, April 11, 2008
So I started WW on Monday and have been doing good all week. Yesterday I celebrated a co-workers birthday at Ruby Tuesday and did my homework so I knew what I was eating before even walking in the restaurant. Today, I met a few friends for lunch at Panera and decided again, to do some research. I was BLOWN AWAY at how many options I had! The soups, salads and sandwiches are all very reasonable in the points value as per WW. I was in the mood for soup, so I had the low fat chicken noodle and a 1/2 chicken tomesto on whole grain. YUMMY! All that food for 7 points! They did give me a bag of chips that I was strong enough not to eat and brought home to the kids. Now - I just need to get through the weekend!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I had the pleasure of meeting my cousins Jen and Ryan for lunch on Wednesday. We met at a local Applebee's so I could stay on my WW plan. Unfortuntely, we did not have a lot of time to spend together, but the time we did have was fun. Ryan is getting SO big. He is absolutely adorable. My kids never had hair when they were babies, but he sure does. I got to hold him and he is super snuggly and LIGHT! Jen looks great. Holly gave her a great haircut and she looks super happy. Next time we plan on meeting at an outdoor mall so we can walk around and enjoy the fresh air. Can't wait!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I worked from home this morning so that I could attend David's Spring Concert at pre-school. Just when I was leaving to bring him to school, I realized that the concert was not at the time I thought it was. Last year, the concerts took place about 15 minutes after drop off. This time, it was not until 10:30 am which meant I could not attend. I still was able to drop him off at school, but was SO disappointed and upset that I could not return for the show. Steve, Ava and my Mom attended and said he did really well. Here are a few photos.
Needless to say, I felt guilt all day long. He seemed not to be bothered by the fact that I was not in attendance, which is good - I guess. Next month he has a few other school things going on that I am determined NOT to miss.
Monday, April 07, 2008
I come home from a long day at work to be completely ignored! Ava was sleeping but David was sitting on the ottoman playing. I walk in and say 'Hi David, how are you feeling? I missed you today.' No response. So, I clean up around the house, talk to my Dad and go back to Mr. Mean for a kiss. I give him a kiss and he freaks! 'You are making bugars!' is what he tells me - what? My dad leaves and he barely said good bye to him. So, now it is just David and I. I go to the bathroom, get him a tissue and when I come back he tells me he does not want me to be home. He goes on to tell me he did not miss me and will not think about me anymore. Again - what? When he was wiping his nose, he got a piece of tissue in his mouth and he proceeds to SPIT on my floor. I warn him once but he continues to do it. My next move is to put him in time out. Now he tells me he wants to be with MomMom and Gramps. I tell him that even though he is very mean, that I still love him and he has made me VERY sad. Ava woke up before time out was over so I went up changed my clothes and got her from her crib. When we came down, his time out was over. He treated me a tiny bit better, but was still a big brat. I do not know what his problem is/was. All I do know, is that he is breaking my heart. What happened to my baby boy?
Sunday, April 06, 2008
This afternoon I wanted to get out of the house and go for a ride in Steve's new vehicle. We loaded up the kids and went to a local flea market. I am not a 'flea market' person, but Steve wanted to show David the old Star Wars toys that were sold there. When we arrived, it was very overcast, so most of the vendors were leaving or had left. We took a quick look around - saw there was nothing worth looking at - and got back in the car. I told Steve to hop on Rt. 9 south and we'd grab something to eat. A Cheeburger Cheeburger recently opened in Manalapan so we thought we'd go there. We had been to one back in 2004 while visiting my sister in FL. We got a front row spot, and I noticed a sign on the door. It read "All fried foods cooked in peanut oil". Now, that is a HUGE problem. Both Steve and David have SEVERE nut allergies and Ava can't be tested until she is 3. I went inside to grab a menu and see of there was anything they could have. The hostess told me we should not risk it when I explained my concern. So, I went back to the truck with the report. We decided to go somewhere else, so that my whole family did not die of analphylactic shock.
I can not believe that in this day and age, with all the nut (especially peanut) allergies there are, that a restaurant would cook with it. I mean, the chinese restaurants stopped using it as to not lose customers - why would a chain of restaurants START using it. What if a person was not aware that they had the allergy and ate there! As a restaurant, I would not want to take that risk. I will be writing an email to the franchise tomorrow.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
The rest of the day we spent used truck shopping for Steve. On our way to dinner Friday, we stopped at a local used car lot and saw a few trucks that caught Steve's eye. Yesterday he wanted to see what else was out there. We found nothing. Every car dealer we stopped at had their used trucks priced so high - it was ridiculous. We ended up back where we started. Steve chose the 2000 GMC Sierra! It is a beautiful truck and has everything we/he was looking for. Low mileage, crew cab, power everything - all the things he does not have now. David walked with him to pick it up (that is how close this place is). Here are some photos of them coming home. Good luck babe!
Friday, April 04, 2008
- Steve's team lost it's first game and he was pissed!
- The pregnant man story is very interesting to me after having seen him on Oprah.
- The kids got to spend the day down the shore with my Mom.
- I found a use truck for Steve on cars.com.
- If the rain stays away, David has his 1st soccer practice tomorrow.
- Steve and I are going to dinner tonight to celebrate our Anniversary.
Enjoy your Friday.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
This afternoon Steve's baseball team will play it's first game of the season. They were rained out on Tuesday so I am hoping the weather holds up for them today. SCVTHS will be traveling up to Sussex Tech. I wish them luck with their season! This means that he'll be getting home pretty late, so I'll take the kids out to dinner. I'll let David decide where we go - he is so picky.
Good luck Jags!
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
down a flight of stairs! Don't ask me to explain why I could not stop it, cause I can't. One minute I am putting the towels away and the next minute I am running down the stairs to get to Ava. I even watched it happen in what seeemed like slow motion, but could not get to her. The weird part was that she did not fall head over feet. She actually fell sideways, which I think was a better way to go. She also did it slow enough (if that is even possible to imagine) that she never smacked her head or face. When I finally got to her, she was crying (thank God) as was I and I was shaking. I got her to calm down and then she was out of it. She had her eyes open, but she was pale and very sleepy. I thought I needed to call the peds office, so I did and got a nurse. She told me to take Ava to the ER to get her checked out. I packed the kids in the car and drove to the hospital. It was a complete ordeal to park and get to the ER, but we did. After signing in, they had us wait in the peds ER waiting room, which meant toys. I gave strict instructions to David that there will be NO playing with germ infested toys. He was pissed, but I could not care. Steve showed up about 1/2 hour after we got there. We waited a long while before even seeing the triage nurse. She took Ava's temp, BP and pulse - all were good. Back to the waiting room we went. By this time, Ava was back to her old self and did not want to wait anymore. Plus, everyone was starving. We finally get called in to be examined but there are no rooms, so we were in the 'hallway' by the nurses station. Ava is all over the nurses station - pushing buttons, trying to use the phone, picking up charts - crazy. The nurse checks in with us and tell us the Dr. should be over soon. When the Dr. finally arrives, he asks me a few questions, checks Ava's ears and tells us she is fine. 15 minutes later we are discharged. I was very glad to know she was fine. It was a scary turn of events. My poor little girl.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Can you believe it? We can't. After we had Ava we swore she would be the last. SURPRISE! However, that is not the biggest shock. We are having twins!! The fact that Steve and I are still breathing after getting the news is shocking. We will need a bigger house for sure. Here are some pictures...
HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY!!!!!
If you believed me, I have a brige I can sell you :)