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Pumpkin Land

Thursday Emily and I went to Pumpkin Land with a friend of mine and her kiddos. All 3 children are fairly close in age so they get along together really well. Her daughter and Emily play really well together at the gym. Emily and S are getting to be better friends; as they had a rocky start. All of that was a distant memory yesterday when we were playing in the hay!

We finally found the farm, despite the directions from google maps. I think they cut my brain out when they cut my hair. It was SO simple to get there but we were going in circles. It was definitely worth the confusion!!

It was a little chilly in the morning but once we started moving we didn’t even notice. There was so much to see and do. Emily is really coming out of her shell too. She was telling people in the parking lot “Hi” and waving to them. She is also becoming a daredevil as well. She wanted to ride on the zip wire thing swings. I was surprised! She stood in line like such a big girl too! I was very impressed! She climbed up the tower of hay bales, went through the maze and even went down several slides.

There was so much to see and do there! We were there for almost 2 hours and it seemed like 10 minutes! We didn’t even get to do everything while we were there! They have hay rides, giant tire swings, huge pumpkins and more! All 3 kids had such a wonderful time. I had to climb over the sides of the maze to get Emily when it was time to leave. She was not a happy camper! She would have stayed all day long but it was getting to be lunch and nap time.

There are tons more pictures in my Picasa album. Click the link on the right! I would have taken even more but my battery died!!!!! Oh the humanity! LOL!

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An afternoon of bliss

Grandma picked up Emily at the gym Wednesday afternoon for a day of play. Emily LOVES her grandma and gets so excited when she knows she is going to spend the day with her. Usually I spend the afternoon catching up on chores or yard work . Not yesterday though. Stephen told me that I really needed to book a massage appointment. I had been talking about it for months but was too cheap and lazy to ever book it. I had been saving up my tip money from the gym since February for one but kept waffling about whether or not to use it for a massage, a sewing machine or a steam mop. Guess what won out?

I told Stephen that I thought I might want to get my hair cut instead and he told me to do both! It took a lot of coercion on his part but I finally made the appointment. I have to say that was the best two and a half hours that I have spent while Emily was playing with Grandma. Usually my haircuts always come out looking the same. Not this time! I sat in the chair and she asked what I wanted to do. I told her I had no clue but I wanted different. I didn’t want to walk out of there the same and go home to throw my hair in a frumpy mom ponytail. I LOVE the new ‘do that she gave me. It’s cute and manageable. Although now I discovered that I HAVE to HAVE a straight iron. Those things are friggin awesome!

The massage was amazing too! I opted to go with a deep tissue massage because I have been hurting and I wanted to her massage all the trouble spots. It was great and she got my hard areas. I think that next time in a million years I will opt for either a hot stone massage or just a plain swedish one. I am a little sore today because I did have her work it so hard but it is a good sore if that makes sense. I think I will have to ask for gift certs for Christmas!

I feel fabulous and rejuvenated!

Thank you Stephen for making me go! I love you!!!

I like that its shorter in the back

I like that it's shorter in the back


1st haircut

Emily went today to get her first professional haircut. She did GREAT! Although, I wouldn’t have expected anything different since she was on my lap. We didn’t touch a hair on the back of her head but now we can see her pretty eyes!

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Happy Birthday Chloe!!!!

Today is Chloe’s 1st birthday!! It just doesn’t seem possible. They grow so fast- blink and you’ll miss it!

Saturday we partied like a one year old! The party was so much fun. Good food, good fun, great people! It was really nice getting to visit with everyone. Emily did so well! She is really coming out of her shell and ditching the stranger anxiety. She went to both of my parents immediately and could be heard calling for “Papa and Grandma!!”. She played soccer with my Aunt Regina and even talked to people she didn’t know. HUGE change! Hopefully that bodes well for her party coming up.

To Chloe: Happy Birthday sweet girl! You make your mommy and daddy so very happy! All of your aunts, uncles and cousins love you so much. You are a star! We hope you had a wonderful birthday and that the rest of your life is full of love and happiness. Always follow your dreams!! And don’t grow up too fast!

Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl

  If you want to see more, be sure to check out my Picasa album! There’s TONS more to see.

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Two more….

  1. I am scared of heights. Planes I do fine in. High slides, tight ropes, tall balance beams- ummm, no. Roller coasters- yes. Wierd!
  2. I am glad I had a girl. I took Emily to the park today and there were boys rough housing, which is normal. Two of them yelled “Man, that’s gonna pinch your nuts!!”

Speaking of parks, I don’t think I will take Emily back to that one for awhile. It’s a nice park but I think I aged tremendously while there. They put in new equipment for the smaller kids, which was nice but I think Emily was still a little timid for it. It was a little tall and there were places that were open where you can climb up the contraption. It’s hard to describe. In my mind, I kept seeing her lose her balance and tumble down. I walked through it with her several times and almost peed my pants! It scared me! I steered her toward the pond, where we watched the ducks and talked about who her favorite person was (today it is her cousin Chloe) and what she was going to be for Halloween (which she kept repeating “Trick or Treat”). Finally, she decided that she would go down the smaller slide and was mad when it was time to go.

I like those parks that I can sit close by and watch her play. I don’t like having to hold my breath with every step she takes! I am such a wuss!!

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20 Things you might not know about me..

  1. I am one out of 5 children. I had a HUGE inferiority complex growing up, being the *middle* child. I wasn’t technically the *middle* child. There is 4 years between me and my older sister, 5 years between me and my younger brother and 8 years between me and the twins. I had a huge chip on my shoulder and gave my parents tons of crap for it. It’s a wonder that I am normal now- well, that’s debatable.
  2. I am a huge people watcher. I love watching how people interact with others, how freaky and wierd people can be. It’s like the show “Mystery Science Theater” with my commentary.
  3. I am a secret (not so much anymore) Days of our Lives watcher. I stopped watching it after high school and picked up the habit again after Emily was born. Why, I am not sure.
  4. I will listen to Laurie Berkner in the car even if Emily isn’t in there.
  5. I am a huge fan of talk radio. If I am driving somewhere in the car, sometimes I would rather listen to 97.1 instead of music.
  6. I am not political at all. I have my ideas, thoughts and opinions but I don’t care to debate them.
  7. I hate drama and confrontation. i am such a wiener.
  8. I will stand up for myself though if I feel like I am being wronged, raked over the coals or generally screwed over.
  9. I have the temper of a redhead. Don’t cross me!
  10. I try not to hold grudges and try to non-judgemental.
  11. Sometimes I feel like I am living someone else’s life. I don’t feel like I am 30 years old. I don’t feel like I should be someone’s wife or mother. How did that happen?
  12. I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Managment.
  13. I have no desire to EVER go back to school. I have a huge admiration for people that go back to school later and when they have a family.
  14. I am not a lush but I do enjoy a frosty one now and again. I also love a good glass of wine and a Cosmo.
  15. I would love to try a martini sometime but am too chicken.
  16. I would love to learn how to sew and be crafty.
  17. I have ridden a motorcycle before.
  18. I love computer games, playing xbox and the wii with Stephen.
  19. I am shy in person.
  20. I love when people comment on my blog. I know that you are enjoying the antics of my life!

Answer to a burning question

Stephen read my “Random Thoughts” post the other day and thought he’d try to answer a question or two fo rme. Unfortunately, he couldn’t answer the “Where’s the Clifford book” question but he could answer the burning question for a lot of parents- “Where’s Max and Ruby’s parents??”

This is what he found:

Max and Ruby’s parents are never seen. Except in the vignette entitled “Louise’s Secret”, The parents are shown in a family portrait hanging above the red flowered couch. The portrait features left to right, Father, Max, Ruby and the mother. They are never mentioned but they featured in that portrait throughout the vignette. According to Wells, “As in most other classic stories, we don’t see Max and Ruby’s parents, because I believe that kids resolve their issues and conflicts differently when they are on their own. The television series gives kids a sense about how these two siblings resolve their conflicts in a humorous and entertaining way.” Ruby acts as a maternal figure to Max, and takes care of some of Max’s basic needs. In addition, their grandmother is sometimes present and takes part in many of the episodes.

So there you have it. Thank you Wikipedia. And thank you Stephen for being dorky enough to find that for me! I love ya!


Who buys this stuff???

I was reading my “Cookie” magazine during lunch, shaking my head. “Cookie”- all the best for your family. I am certainly not the target demo for this magazine I can assure you! I don’t know anyone who is really. By all the best, they mean overpriced, designer, high end stuff normal people can’t afford. Definitely not for the average family. Then again, they don’t claim to be. Enough bashing of the magazine though, I am the one who subscribed. There are some good articles.

This issue contained “The Cookie 100”. “Sanity savers, old reliables, new discoveries….In short, our touchstones, our cure-alls, our I-just-bought-two-mores!” Here are a few items on the list that left me going “HUH?”

Those are a few of the outrageous ones that I saw. Trying not to bash the whole article, they did have things like ketchup, Pixar, boy short undies, pocket etch a sketch, and Converse among other things on the list.

I just wanna know who buys Cole Haan shoes, Tiffany spoons and Rolex’s!!!


Random thoughts

I went to the gym tonight and my mind started wondering while I was killing myselfon the elliptical. Here are a few of my random thoughts:

  • Where in the heck is that Clifford book???? How does one lose a book? I have searched the entire house. Did Emily hide it? Did she take it to the Oktoberfest parade and it fell out?? Why does she ask for that book every naptime?
  • Where are Max and Ruby’s parents??? I really need a life of my own.
  • Why do more dryer sheets come out than went in? Are they like rabbits and multiply?
  • My bamboo plant. I have had that thing for 5 years. I forget to water it half the time- I don’t know why as it sits right NEXT to the sink- and it doesn’t not die! Cool.
  • Why do stickers go on feet? What is Emily going to do when she has to wear pants all the time?
  • Why can I not get motivated to get to the gym more regularly?? Maybe it’s because I work there……
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Pumpkin Patch Saturday

After a disastrous start to the day in the photo studio, we decided to salvage at least part of the day by going to the pumpkin patch. Stephen and I have gone to this pumpkin patch since we were dating, minus a few years of boycott in the middle for personal reasons. We took Emily here last year as well, although she wasn’t walking but we had a great time nonetheless.

This year was even better because Emily was so excited and had a good time! She loved all the pumpkins and could be found exclaiming “HALLOWEEN!” may times during our visit. I almost think she was more excited about the slides there though. She got to pick out her own pumpkin with a ton of daddy’s urging. She even got to take a ride on their little train. I strapped her in and she started tooting the horn immediately. I was a little concerned though on how she would do on the trip though. It wasn’t a far ride but I wasn’t going with her. BIG MISTAKE. As soon as they started pulling away, she started crying. I am not sure if she stopped the entire way. She got a big smile on her face when she saw me and her daddy though. I asked her if she enjoyed it and she said “YES!”. I am not too sure though!

Hiding among the pumpkins

Hiding among the pumpkins

Those are some huge pumpkins!

Those are some huge pumpkins!



Giving her pumpkin a hug!

Giving her pumpkin a hug!

Ready for the train ride

Ready for the train ride

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