Party of 4 - NY sports and beach loving family!
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
My husband is a BIG jokester. He used to refer to me lovingly as Brows because of my big eyebrows when we first met. Overtime he felt comfortable to attack my hertitage and would call me a greasy guini (sp) - again, all with love. I for one love my eyebrows and skin. Unfortunately, neither of my kids are 'greasy guini's'. In fact, my poor daughter is a head to toe rash. Her skin is so dry I itch just looking at her. I really wonder how I birthed these children when they have not a single one of my traits! Blonde hair - nope, blue eyes, nope, dry skin - nope, attitude - yes (Oh, yeah, they did get my fat mouth). Well, I made Ava an appointment for tomorrow afternoon with David's allergist. With the hot weather coming, I can not stand to watch her suffer. I hope he can offer her some relief. Poor kid - maybe I can give her extra hugs and rub my grease on her :)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I'll admit, I fell off the diet wagon last week. It started Monday night when I was at the mall and ate dinner at Ruby Tuesdays. I had all good intentions going in, but when I saw the Shrimp Pasta Alfredo on the menu, I could not resist. By the end of the week it was the 'holiday' weekend so I kept on the downhill fall. I had a HUGE crabcake sandwich with sweet potato fries and a margarita on Friday, lots of junk, wine coolers and more margaritas on Saturday, Dunkin Donuts for breakfast, junk, wine coolers, a jersey burger and nachos on Sunday and steak and a milk shake on Monday. Even the 8+ miles I walked on Saturday didn't help me. I gained 4 lbs back - UGH!!!! Back to the strick plan I had been keeping myself to. I was half way there last week...not any more. 18 lbs to go.
Monday, May 26, 2008
We had some spectacular weather today. Not too hot or cold and just the right amount of breeze. We spent the morning in the yard and doing some house hold chores. We had SO much laundry to do! In the late morning, we took a ride to Target. Steve needed new car mats for his truck and I had a bunch of things to get. We spent a good hour or more there. Ava took a nice long nap when we got home and David played. When Ava woke up we drove over to the school that David will attend in Sept. They have 2 great playgrounds. We all had a great time. I hope we go back again soon. Steve cooked steaks on the grill when we got home and I washed up the kids. Their feet were black! We ate dinner on the deck and it was delicious. I cleaned up and then put Ava down for the night. I had a ton of laundry to put away and then I got to relax. It sucks that we have to get back to work in the morning, but I am so happy the weekend was so great.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Boy - we were tired! We did not wake up this morning until after 10 am. I so needed that extra rest. I took a shower when I got up and let Steve sleep a tad longer. When I got out of the shower, Steve got up and went outside to wash his truck and pack up his powerwasher to bring to my Mom's. On our way to my Mom's, I made Steve stop at Dunkin Donuts for a hang over cure. When we got to my poor Mom's - her house was A MESS! The kids really took a toll on her and the house. I tried to help clean up as Steve powerwashed her deck. As he was finishing my Mom's deck, her next door neighbor asked Steve to do his. When he was done, the man gave him $60! Pretty easy money! We waited for my Dad to get home and went to Legget's for dinner. I was SO bad on my diet this week and it kept up tonight. I had a jersey burger and some of David's nachos. I only ate half my burger, but only because it was not cooked enough for me. I really could have eaten the whole thing. Ava screamed our WHOLE WAY HOME. Probably had something to do with the fact that we woke her up when we got to the restaurant and she was super tired by now. Once I calmed her down and gave her a bottle she was out like a light for the rest of the night. David fell asleep soon after and I dozed off while trying to catch up on mt DVR'd shows. It was a busy weeekend.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
This morning it was my turn to 'race'. I participated in the Spring Lake 5 as did many members of my family and extended family. My family has been doing this race for many years. Last year was my first time so my goal was to beat last years time. We start off by walking from my parents house in Spring Lake Heights to the starting line (which is about 2 miles) than walking the beautiful 5 miles through Spring Lake. Last year it was very hot and humid, but this year it was gorgeous. I started the race walking with my Mom and Aunt Kathy, but soon left them in the dust. At about the 1.5 mile mark, my Aunt Carol caught up to me and we walked the rest of the way together. We finished at 1 hour 21 minutes. I did not beat last years time of 1 hour 18 minutes, but I did get a late start this year as well. The funny part is, I did not sign up this year because my girlfriend's wedding is today and I thought it was earlier than it is, but I did walk with my Uncle Jack's number on since he was sick. The poor guy usually does real well - plus he's a runner - and I destroyed his good name! I am lucky - he is a very forgiving man :) After the race, we walked back to my parents and hung out. I was a little bummed that Steve and the kids did not make it to the race, but David was exhausted from his race and slept till about 9 am! When I got back, I was STARVING. My parents had plenty of food and I also had a few wine coolers before we went home to get ready for the wedding. We both passed out when we got home and then rushed around to take showers and get ready. We arrived just in time to see Agi get married. The ceremony was very nice. It was outside and the weather was great. Steve and I had our reception at the same restaurant more than 9 years ago, so it brought back a lot of great memories. Agi looked gorgeous and the wedding was a lot of fun. We got to see some old friends and dance. I have to admit, my feet were KILLING me after all the walking I did earlier in the day, but I still was able to boogie! I am very happy for Agi and Billy and wish them a lifetime of happiness. Congrats!!
Friday, May 23, 2008
In a few hours, we will be driving down to my parents and attending the Spring Lake Kids Race. David has ran in it the past 2 years. He won his heat last year due to an over zealous father knocking his daughter down when he tried to push her to the finish line. In reality, there are no winners. All kids that participate receive a medal and a t-shirt for the $12 their parents fork over. The past 2 years Steve and I have missed the race due to work, but this year we are off and can't wait to cheer David on. My Dad had shirts made up promoting his real estate office and David will be wearing one. GO DAVID!!!!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I hosted my framing kick off party last night with the help of my upline Melissa. The event went well, I just wish more people would have come. My Mom framed her wedding photo, my cousin Meghan framed a beautiful picture from Bermuda, my co-worker Kristin framed a photo of her nieces and my other co-worker framed a fabulous wedding card she received. I am really looking forward to getting their pieces back. Everyone seemed very pleased with what they chose. I am leaving the party open until Tuesday to see if I can add some more orders on. I'll even get something framed with the hostess credit I earned. I'll post photos of the items when I get them back. Be sure to contact me the next time you need something framed! You won't be disappointed.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I had some errands to run last night. So after work, I packed the kids in the car and headed on over to the Pier 1 on Rt. 1 in No. Bruns. I wanted a new chair for my bedroom to replace the rocker that I am giving back to my aunt. Well, that store is no longer there. A very frusted person, was I. Since there is a new outdoor mall right down the road, I drove through there hoping to find a Bath & Body Works, but again, I struck out. After sitting in traffic, I ended up at the crappy mall by my house. They don't have a Pier 1, but they do have a Bath & Body Works and I really needed hand soap. David had so much fun testing all the scents - he was a riot. Although he was not so funny when he knocked over a whole shelf of body spray! I also ran over to the Hallmark for a wedding card and picked up a sound button that plays Star Wars music - too cute. Of course we played on the interactive mat and then ate dinner at Ruby Tuesday's. I should have just went home. The kids were SUPER bad at the restaurant and being by myself made it THAT much worse. Ava threw every piece of food I gave her. David was laying down in the booth with this feet in the air. They were loud and everything was No. I could not WAIT to leave. This is not the 1st time I have done this...but as you can see I never learn.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Today marks the 1/2 way point in my diet. I lost another 2 lbs this week, so that is a total of 14 lbs. with 14 more to go. I know I can do it. I just need to stay commited and focused. I am also hoping my walk from yesterday will get me back in workout mode.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Can you believe it? I drove home from PA due to Steve's hang over and when we got home - I was exhausted. I unpacked the bags and asked Steve if he it was ok for me to lay down. Ava was already napping. Of course he did not mind, so upstairs I went. I fell alseep the moment my head hit the pillow. I think I got a good 1 to 2 hours in. Holly called as I was waking up to let me know she was on her over to give Ava and I haircuts. I quickly washed my hair - as not to offend her since I did not shower today. She trimmed us up and was on her way. Ava can see again and looks beautiful. I feel much better now that my dead ends are gone. I got Ava to take an afternoon nap and Steve took David to work with him. I watched a few shows while ava was sleeping. When she woke up she was in such a good mood. We played until the boys came home with dinner. After dinner it was shower time for David and then the bed time rituals began. I think today was one of the best days we've had in a while.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
This morning David had soccer and soccer pictures. All 4 of us went so we could hop on the turnpike and head to PA when soccer was over. This was the first Saturday I had gone to see David play where the sun was out. My parents came up to watch David also. At first the kids practiced and then walked down the hill for photos. Some of the kids on David's team are super wild (not to mention a few parents). There was one boy that kept touching David and I could see that he was getting annoyed. The mother was telling him to stop, but he would not listen. Poor David - all he wanted to do was get his picture taken! My parents and I watched David take his photo. He looked adorable. Steve took Ava on the playground to keep her out of trouble. Once the pictures were over, it was back to practice. David did not do too well this week. I am not sure if was the audience or the fact that the ground was wet and he HATES to be wet. When it was over, we packed into the car and headed south on the NJ turnpike to the PA turnpike. We were on our way to visit Tracey, Rich and the kids.
We arrived a little after noon. Ally was in the driveway when we pulled up. The kids were so happy to see her and her them. We all had some pizza for lunch and then it was time for Ty's T-Ball game. The guys and Ally went to the game and Tray, Ava and I stayed back at the house. Tracey's girlfriend Maria stopped over to say Hi and drop off our SLAH orders. It was great to see her. I hadn't seen her in a while. She is pregnant with her 4th and due in Oct. We just talked and caught up. Before long she had to leave and the next thing you know the guys and Ally were back. Tracey made a delicious dinner and then we just hung out. It was great because every other time we get together it's for a reason and there is never time to just relax. Ava was super tired, but it took me forever to get her to sleep. In fact, I fell asleep trying to get her down. Steve woke me up and we all played Yatzee - with the exception of David. He was sleeping! I know, I could not believe it either. Yatzee was fun. Ally and Tray were teamed up and Ty and I were teamed up. Steve and Rich were on their own. The adults each put in $1 and Tray and Ally were the big $4 winners! Once the 2nd game was over, everyone was ready for bed - not to mention Ava was up. I could not get her back to sleep. My night was pretty bad. I don't think I got an hours sleep. David however did great. He spent the whole night in the basement with Ty. I was so proud of him. Ava had me up before 7 am. I changed her, brushed my teeth and brought her downstairs for a bottle. I think we woke up the whole house. When Tray came down, she suggested we go for a walk. I really wanted to go, so I asked a sleeping Steve to watch Ava, but he never woke up. So, Tray, Ally, Ava (in the stroller) and I went for a walk (or hike). It was probably 2+ miles and very hilly. I loved it. Even the hard part of pushing Ava up their street. Working out like that makes me feel so good. I was sucking wind when I finally reached the house, but it was worth it. I had to walk off the margaritas from the night before! When we got back, we loaded up the car and went out for breakfast. We went to this great little place. I had french toast that was delicious. Steve was hung over and needed grease - so he had a pork roll, egg and cheese. The kids had chocolate chip pancakes. Rich's dish was gigantic - I think it was an omelete. Poor Tracey's pancakes were burnt. Once we scarfed down all our food we headed home.
We really had a great visit and are looking forward to the next one.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I am so excited to go home today. Even more so than any other day. Jen and Ryan are coming over to pay us a visit. This will be the first time Ava and David get to meet Ryan. I know David can not wait. Jen plans on being there before I get home so that my Mom can spend some time with him too. I have not seen them since I ran over to Applebee's for lunch. I am sure he has changed SO much. I will post about the visit and hopefully some pix too!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Today is payday for Steve but the exciting thing is this was the FIRST payday with his raise! I was VERY anxious to check my online banking account to see his new rate of pay so I did it as soon as I got to work. I was thrilled when I saw that this crazy schedule we are living is actually paying off. It made everything ok again. Way to go Babe! Cha-Ching!!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
My cousin Mar and her husband Frank welcomed a new baby girl into the world on Monday. Her name is Ella and she joins her big sister Lizzie (18 mos). According to my Mom, Mar had a very easy labor. I can't wait to see her and hold her. I hear she looks a lot like her Mom. Congratulations Mar, Frank and Lizzie! What a beautiful family you have.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Ava turned 18 months old on Monday. It's hard to believe she has only been in our lives that long. She brings us such joy everyday. With her beautiful smile and adorable laugh. From her hugs and kisses to her wild hair. Her big brother is just as in love with her and Steve and I. She copies him like a parrot. This is such a great age.
Monday afternoon I took her for her 18 month check up and got the most fantastic doctor. He was super thorough and very informative. The best Dr. appt. I have had for the kids to date. She was given a clean bill of health and I was told she is ahead of the curve. She weighs 25 lb, 9 oz (65%) and is 34 inches tall (97%). The down side was the 3 shots and TB test. She cried - but not for very long. She is a tough cookie.
Happy birthday baby girl! You are so very loved.
Monday, May 12, 2008
I almost forget to mention that Steve received a nice surprise this weekend. My parents called to tell us the Courier News did an article on him. He had no idea they were going to do it. I thought they did a real nice job. It made me proud.
I weighed in Saturday morning and lost 1 lb. Surprisingly enough, when I weighed myself this morning, I kept that pound off! 16 more to go...
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
This morning I dropped David off at Laurie's house on my way to work. She was going to drive David too and from school with Tom to help Steve and my Mom out. My Mom was to be at our house by 9, so Steve could get to work early and make up some time he missed due to baseball. Well, I get a call from Steve at 8:45 am informing me that my Mom's car battery died and he and Ava were going to ride down to her so he could get her car started and leave Ava with her. I made a phone call to my Grandparents to see if they could come watch Ava, but they had plans. So, Steve went to my Mom's, got her all set and drove to work. He did not get there until 11:30 am, but his baseball game this afternoon ws rained out, so he can still make up some time. Even with the best layed plans, things can get screwed up. The important thing is, everyone is fine and where they should be.
Except maybe for me...I am still at work!
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Today marks 1 week that Steve has been working nights. I have to admit, I miss him more than I thought I would. The first few nights seemed to go by rather quickly and I was able to stay awake until he got home. That has warn off fast. The nights so go by pretty fast, but I am SO tired that I fall asleep before he comes home. When I leave in the morning, everyone is still asleep - which makes me NOT want to leave - but cuddle up with them instead. I am now looking forward to the weekends MUCH more.
By the way, in case you were curious, Steve is still coaching baseball until the season is over. As of tonight, they are 7-8. I hope he can finish the season with a winning record to help him feel better about this being his last year.
I miss you babe.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
It sure was a beautiful day - even though I spent 95% of it inside. I did take a few minutes to sit in my car at lunch with the windows open to enjoy some of it. I wrote David's birthday party invites while relaxing. I made myself a fill, wax and pedi appointment after work after checking with my Mother that she didn't mind staying late. My appointment was for 5 pm, but I arrived at 4:50 pm and was taken right away. Do you know what time I got home? About 7:20 pm! I thought my poor Mom was going to have a heart attack. David was in the front yard when I pulled up and he proceeds to tell me I should punish him for hitting Ava. As I am walking to the back door, I hear Ava crying. David and I walk in the kitchen to find my Mom feeding Ava who has huge red blotches on her face - especially by her eye. The kitchen looks like a bomb hit it because my Mom took everything out of the desk drawers so Ava would not harm herself, plus Ava's dinner blew up in the microwave! I told my Mom to be on her way and that I was super sorry it was so late. I finished feeding Ava and got the kids ready for bed. I had to give Ava Benedryl and then her bottle before putting her down for the night. When I came downstairs, I gave David his PJ's and I went into make us dinner and clean up. David was a VERY good boy for me. He put his pj's on and ate his dinner. He even helped me do some paper work for my Dad. He was so proud of himself he called his Gramps to let him know all the work he did. We played a game of soccer and before I knew it, he fell asleep on the couch. WHEW! What a day.
WAIT...before I forget...Happy 30th Birthday Mike! I wish we were in AZ with you to celebrate.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
As I mentioned, I weighed myself Saturday morning and had lost 2 lbs for the week. However, I a am creature of habit, so when I got up this morning, I weighed myself again. I lost 1 more lb! So that is a total of 3 for the week. I am VERY happy. I was starting to think I was doing all this for nothing.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
This morning was cloudy and cool and I really thought we'd have a crappy weather day again, but I was pleasantly surprised by 11 am. We took the kids outside and Steve began to do some work on the deck. We had lunch outside and the kids loved that. Later in the afternoon, Steve went to Lowe's to buy a new lawn mower and some wood for the job he is doing on the deck. The new lawn mower did a great job on the front lawn. I cooked hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill for dinner, but we ate inside this time because it was getting cool.
I totally enjoyed having NOTHING to do today.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
I took David to soccer this morning and Ava came along too. Steve was working so I had no choice. Luckily, I have really cool Grandparents and they came to the field to watch David. It helped me out - especially when David had to make a pit stop. David did very well in soccer today. He really enjoys playing goalie. After practice I let him play on the playground - even though it was FREEZING cold and misting.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Yesterday marked the beginning of a new life style for us Boettger's. I got up, showered and got ready for work. When I left the house Steve, David and Ava were still asleep. Steve called me around 9 am to say Good Morning and let me know they were up and eating breakfast. He took the kids and dropped off his new truck (yet again) to get fixed and pick up a loaner. After lunch, he put Ava down for a nap and got ready to leave for work. My Mom showed up about 1:30 pm to take over and Steve went to work. I got home around 4:30 pm and took over for my Mom. We played a little bit and I fed them dinner. Before long, it was nighty night time for Ava. David was on the computer and I re-organized some of my scrap room. Then I did some CM work and updated my scrap blog. David and I watched a little TV together and at about 10:30 pm I headed up stairs to put David in his bed and get ready for bed myself. Just as I got to the top of the stairs, Ava started screaming. I went in to see what was wrong and when I turned around David was waiting for me! We all climbed into my bed and Steve called saying he was half way home. By the time Steve got home David was sleeping but not Ms. Ava. She went right over to her 'Dada' and I snuck away to wach my face. I practically fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow, but I do remember Steve putting Ava back in her crib. Overall, the day went well. I was told by a little mouse with the initials DSB that 'Daddy does not want his promotion any more because Ava is SO bad'. When I asked 'Daddy' about it, he admitted to making that statement, but only in the heat of the moment. We shall see....
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Remember that 'kitten' we had coming around? Well, it turns out she is no kitten, but she is pregnant! There is no way we could help her out anymore so my Mom called the Animal Rescue and they picked her up yesterday morning. They assured my Mom they would take good care of her and her kittens. Ava was home and was able to say good-bye, but David was at school. He was a bit sad when he found out she wouldn't be coming around anymore, but I think deep down he understood. When I called Steve to let him know, he was happy as a clam. He is so NOT a cat person.