Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Post It Note Tuesday!

It's Post-It Note Tuesday Everyone! Is it wrong that I look forward to Tuesdays just for this! (ok - I really have no life!)

Monday, March 29, 2010

My Baby is 9 years old!

My son will be 9 tomorrow! Where did the time go?? Seriously - I was looking at these pictures trying to find some good ones to post of D-Ro, and the past 9 years is really a blur!

I had never been around babies before my son was born.  I remember begging the nurses not to make me leave the hospital.  I was saying things like, "What is wrong with you people??  We don't know anything about babies, and you are just going to let us walk right out of here with this helpless little boy!"

I found soooo many pictures of me holding him, and both of us sleeping.  I didn't realize how many pictures hubby took like that.  When we were first home, I slept whenever he did.  He would lay on my chest and we would both sleep.  He just wanted to be held and snuggled.  Looking back, I wish I would have just held him all the time - my mother says I did.  I remember her telling me that I was going to spoil him if I didn't put him down. 

Every summer ,we move to our cottage on the Allegheny River.  This was one of my favorite pictures of him after one of his baths in the kitchen sink.  He was a chunky little thing! 

D-Ro loved riding his tricycle!  He would ride and ride and ride!  He is the same way with his bike.  He was about 4 when he learned how to ride a 2-wheeler.

For his 3rd birthday, he insisted on having a Cinderella party.  We (actually, it was my husband) tried to talk him into something else, but he wouldn't hear of it.  So we finally just gave in, and he got his Cinderella party.  He was thrilled - look at that face - he was beaming!  He had a Cinderella cake, CInderella hats, noise makers, balloons - everything!  Now he laughs at those pictures and can't believe he wanted a "girlie" party!

This is a picture of D-Ro on our ski boat.  When he was 1 and 2 years old, he wasn't as thrilled about the boat.  He would crawl under the drivers area and go to sleep whenever we went out on the boat.  But by 3 years old, he really started enjoying it.  Now he loves it!  He spends every day on the river in the summer.

I just love watching him do karate!  He is so confident when he is breaking boards!  I am so proud of him every time he tests for a new belt!

D-Ro loves water sports! Skiing, swimming, kayaking - you name it!  Last year he mastered one ski. 

What a great kid he is!  He is still my little sweetie - even though he is 9 now.  Every morning he gets up and gives me a kiss and a hug.  Still tells me he loves me - as long as his friends aren't around.   Even though I complain about him (especially on Post-It Note Tuesday), I just love him to pieces.  I am so lucky to be his Mommy! 

Friday, March 26, 2010

Deep Thoughts n'at...

Friday is finally here! This has been a very long week.  I don't have anything structured today - I am just going to ramble on and on.  If you bore easily, you may want to leave now...  {Editor's note:  You may wonder what "n'at" means especially if you are not from the Burgh.  "N'at" is added to the end of most sentences here in Pittsburgh.  Proper definition:  and so forth.} 

  • Little girl drama...  When my 7-year old gets very very tired, she also gets very emotional.  This happens roughly 2 out of 7 nights during a week.  Last night was one of those nights.  First the crying out of nowhere starts.  Then the incoherent rambling about this girl said this and that girl did that, blah blah blah, on and on and on.  The goal is to just get her to shut her eyes for about 30 seconds and she will pass out from exhaustion.  
  •  My son is really a funny kid.  After all of the drama with his sister, I went to tuck him in, and asked him what was going on at school with K-Lo and her best friend.  His explanation, "They are blond!  They are all blond"  Ha ha!  D-Ro doesn't over-analyze - he just tells it like it is.
  • Today is Breakfast Day for me and the kids.  On Fridays, we go to Eat n' Park and then I drive them to school.  We haven't done this in awhile because they have been sooooo rotten, that I just couldn't bear the thought of enduring an entire meal with them in public.  But they were pretty good this week, so we are going out for breakfast today.    Great way to start the weekend!
    • I am really in a rut at work.  I have told all of you before that I really do love my job and the company where I work.  But I don't know if I am bored or overwhelmed or what...  I just have no motivation to do any work!  So a friend of mine called this week about a potential opportunity at another company.  The conversation started with me saying, " no no I am not leaving the asylum - I just can't leave - I love it here..."  and it ended with me sending her my resume.  D'oh!  I will keep you all posted on that.
    • I realized yesterday that I am developing back fat!  Seriously - Back Fat!  I don't understand what is happening to my body!  I don't recall having fat back there before.  And one of the little boys at work gave me an entire lecture about how my metabolism is slowing down and you can't target fat loss blah blah blah...  Just to clarify, I have a group of young men at work that I refer to as the little boys because they just seem so young to me.  One by one they are getting married and having kids, but there is still one little boy remaining.
      • Tonight is Emilio and Cybil's Book Club n'at - Woo Hoo!   I know there are alot of you newer Mom's out there struggling for your own time away from you kids, where your husband takes some of the responsibility for the little terrorists.  I am very lucky - the Enginerd has always stepped up to let me get out of the house for awhile (since 8-9 hours at work every day really isn't enough for me - ha ha!)  Anyhoo - Emilio and I have been looking forward to book club for some time.  We actually read 2 books, and we have resisted the urge to discuss them at length at work.  So tonight we will be at the Rivertowne Pourhouse in Monroeville PA  for book club.  If anyone is interested in attending, come on over!  I will be in cognito as myself - you can't miss me - I am typically the loudest one in any establishment, even though I am using my inside voice.  Emilio will be with me and he looks like this:
      {Editor's note to all single ladies in the Burgh:  Emilio is single.  I have been meaning to do a personal ad for him here on my blog, but I just can't summon the right words for it.  For now, suffice it to say he is a great catch and if you are interested, you should email me or just show up at the Pourhouse tonight and we will interview you.}
      • The Enginerd  and I will be hosting a sleepover for our son this weekend and several of his little friends.  His sister is determined to stay here (as opposed to staying at Grandma's house) and terrorize them.  I am pretty sure if she gets her way some of them may run screaming from the sleepover.  Please pray for us.  Actually, please pray for the Enginerd - he is in charge.  I need my sleep!

      Have a great weekend everyone!

      Thursday, March 25, 2010

      Yo Tweeps!

      I thought I'd get in on the Yo Tweeps fun that SupahMommy is dishing out.


      To play along and increase your twitter twaffic do the following:
      1. Follow the first THREE Twitter Twaffic hosts listed on the linky. Netiquette and courtesy! They'll reciprocate your love on twitter!
      2. MAKE A BLOG POST LIKE I am doing. Copy and Paste these directions.
      3. Grab the YO Tweeps Twaffic Exchange Button pictured below from Supah's page. Put him in your post.

      4. Put YOUR OWN twitter icon / link on your blog post like I did below

      It should directly link to your TWITTER PROFILE.
      6. Now make sure you go back to Supah's page and LINK UP THERE!!!!
      7. Visit some other #YOtweeps linkers on the list.
      8. Follow them if you choose and shout out to them on twitter that you are following so they can instantly follow you if they're on.

      (Follow their blog as well if you're interested.)
      @personsname #yotweeps I'm following!

      9. If someone follows you JUST reciprocate on twitter. It's that easy.

      Wednesday, March 24, 2010

      Dear Husbands Everywhere...

      The Mommyologist had the most awesome post yesterday called Dear Husbands Everywhere.  I have decided to add  to her letters.

      Please keep in mind that the following letters are fictional and do not depict any actual person or event (Thanks Law and Order - doink doink).

      Dear Husbands Everywhere:
      "Helping" with the laundry does not include taking it out of the dryer and dumping big piles of clean, unfolded laundry on the pool table. I suspect that you will not like it when your clean clothes are folded in a similar fashion and dumped on the floor next to your side of the bed.

      Love, Your Adoring Wives

      Dear Husbands Everywhere:
      It has become apparent that you have some type of bowel obstruction since it seems to take you 30 minutes and a magazine to do your business in the bathroom. When you have finished with said business, it would be much appreciated if you left the bathroom in the same condition in which you found it - i.e clean any bodily fluids or any other material off the toilet and out of the toilet bowl.
      Love, Your Adoring Wives

      Dear Husbands Everywhere:
      I believe you are fully capable of sorting the mail and throwing away the junk without checking with me - I trust you on this! You do not need to leave piles (and piles) of mail stacked on every flat surface of the kitchen. If you are unable to fit the junk mail into the garbage can because it is overflowing, please feel free to take out the garbage. You do not need to wait for me to ask you to take out the trash - I trust you on this too!
      Love, Your Adoring Wives

      Dear Husbands Everywhere:
      I am sure that many of you have lovely mothers, but for those of you who don't (and you know who you are) please tell your mothers that your wives are fully capable of rearing children without unsolicited advice.  I realize that many of you probably don't understand the magnitude of the problem when you mothers are not nice or are disrespectful  to your wives.  You need to Man-up! 
      Love, Your Adoring Wives

      Tuesday, March 23, 2010

      Post it Note Tuesday

      It's Post it Note Tuesday with the Supah Mommy!

      Friday, March 19, 2010

      2 out of 5 ain't bad

      My dear husband, the Enginerd is sooo busy at work that he has time to read the local new stories.  A couple of days ago, he forwarded me this article:  5 Signs It Might Be Time For A Divorce, Sometimes You Just Need A Clean Break.

      To summarize, the 5 signs it might be time for a divorce are:
      Financial Irresponsibility
        Hubby thought we only met 2 of the criteria, a third was questionable.   So I started analyzing these signs in a little more detail:

        Infidelity - No doubt this is a sign that you need a divorce.  But as I have told the Enginerd, I would NEVER divorce him - I would rather make him live in fear for the rest of his life!

        Financial Responsibility - We really don't have a problem with financial responsibility - what's mine is mine and what's his is mine too!  Ok - not really.  We each keep our own money.  And I am completely irresponsible with mine, and I have no idea what he spends his on.  Then there is a joint fund used for bills.

        Repugnance - this was the questionable sign.  I think I have said this before, maybe not - I am terrible at keeping up with the housework and the dishes; the laundry is piled up; there is clutter in our kitchen.  A person who doesn't live here may think it really is repugnant - usually it is!  I have said many times that if a thief ever broke into our house, he would immediately leave because it appears as if our house was already hit!

        Addiction - Ok we fail this one.  I make alot of crafts, and hubby believes it is an addiction - we have argued about it - and I have really had to cut back.   He loves hunting in the fall, so he is generally out of commission from September through December.  I'll admit that since we had our kids, he has really cut back on his hunting, which is unfortunate because I love when he goes away so I can craft all weekend!

        Meanness - We fail this one too.  We have been together for 25 years - since high school.  We have been married for 17 years.  And I have a really sharp tongue!  Hubby has had to learn how to retaliate, and he does quite well.  We have said some really horrible things to each other, and there are NO subjects off limits  At this point, it's like water off a ducks back.  We are both all talk!

        So there you have it - 2 out of 5 ain't bad - and we are damn proud!  As we were talking about this the other night, I took the opportunity to remind the Enginerd that we ARE soul mates.  He still isn't pleased about that!

        Thursday, March 18, 2010

        Mama Kat's Writers Workshop

        It's time for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop

        Mama's Losin' It

        I have decided to tackle Prompt #4:

        Describe how your relationship with your spouse is different then the relationship your parents had while you were growing up.

        Wow - this is a doozy!  My parents divorced when I was very young, around 5 or so.  And they rarely spoke after that.  I vividly remember planning my own visitation with my father starting at about age 10.  My mother avoided confrontation and conversation with my father at all cost!  

        In fact I moved in with my father when I was 16.  When it was time for high school graduation, I didn't even think my mother was going to attend because she didn't want to deal with my father - she did eventually decide to attend.  As a child, I didn't think much of any of this - it was normal to me.

        However all of that being said, I KNEW that I did not want to subject my children to that same type of dysfunction.  My husband and I have been married for almost 17 years.  We have had rough times like all couples, but there is a fundamental trust between us.

        Before we had children, we talked seriously - if we were thinking about getting out, we needed to do it before the kids came. Once the kids came, we had to make this work no matter what!  We approach everything as a team - equal partners.  We share responsibility for the kids, the housework, laundry...  The kids know we love each other.  We don't hide arguments from them, but they also see us compromise and make-up.  

        My sister-in-law calls us the "Bickersons" because we apparently bicker bicker bicker.  I don't even notice that; I guess it has just become second nature.  The kids don't think much of it either - they jump right in!

        All in all my relationship with my husband is completely different than my parents relationship, thank goodness!

        Wednesday, March 17, 2010

        Wordless Wednesday

        This is my weekly calendar:

        Is it any wonder I get nothing done at work??  I set time aside this afternoon to actually WORK. You'll notice the funny names for the meetings - we name our projects after guns this year.  Love that!

        Tuesday, March 16, 2010

        Post it Note Tuesday

        It's Post it Note Tuesday with the Supah Mommy!

        My word of wisdom for the day:

        Saturday, March 13, 2010

        Big Ben...

        I have something to say to Ben Roethlisberger...

        Where to begin??  Oh yes - WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU??

        Pittsburghers overlooked your alleged encounter last year... Seriously why did the alleged victim wait an entire YEAR to report anything?? 

        However circumstances are a little different this time.  I love the article on KDKA where Ben "concedes that he did have contact with the woman that was not consummated and that afterward the woman slipped and fell, injuring her head." 

        Um - Ben -  your penis in any orifice of this girl is a little more than "contact"! 

        Ok - maybe I am being too harsh - maybe you really didn't do anything inappropriate, I mean we do have this little thing here in the US called "innocent until proven guilty" right?

        But there does seem to be the appearance of impropriety - isn't that somewhere in your contract??  Why are you hanging out with college co-eds?  Aren't you like 30??  GROW UP!  Art Rooney Sr is turning over in his grave right now!

        Get new handlers Ben - people who are going to guide your immature ass.  Those 2 off-duty police officers hanging with you are not doing a very good job!

        Pittsburghers are all upset about this now.  But as Emilio has pointed out to me, as soon as you throw your first touchdown pass, everyone will forget about this.  Sad really. 

        There is a little saying, "Fool me once - shame on you; Fool me twice - shame on me!" 

        I am anointing your arrogant ass with an award Ben. Wear this with pride - you have earned it!

        Friday, March 12, 2010

        Woo Hoo - I am guest blogging!

        Yippee!  Law Momma asked me to guest blog over at her place, Spilled Milk.  If you have never visited her, you must head over there now.  I just love this lady!  I read her blog every day, and the stories she tells are so close to my own.  So don't hesitate - go over there now. 

        Go ahead....

        Click the link:    Spilled Milk

        You can come back here later - I have something to say about Ben Roethlisberger.

        Thursday, March 11, 2010

        Pap Pap's Busted

        My dear father-in-law recently had his hip replaced, so he has been on a medical leave from work during his recovery.  A couple of weeks ago, school was canceled at the last minute, and he graciously agreed to let Satan and Lucifer go to his house for the day.  The love Pap Pap so this was a great opportunity for them to spend some time with him and also help him out so he didn't overwork his hip.

        The report was good that evening...  Everyone had a great time with Pap Pap.  We asked what they did all day.  Well - they helped Pap Pap if he needed anything; he taught them how to play poker; they watched some TV together.  Really - well what did you watch on TV...  The conversation went like this:

        the Enginerd:  What did you watch with Pap Pap?

        Lucifer (our darling 7 yr old daughter):  Something inappropriate.

        the Enginerd:  Why do you think it was inappropriate?

        Lucifer:  Because there was a lady with her boobs out.

        Satan (our darling 8 year old son) isn't saying too much here - he's not ratting out Pap Pap.

        Me:  Did Pap Pap change the channel?

        Lucifer:  Well when the boy came in a got on top of her in the bed, then he changed it.  But a couple minutes later, he changed it back so he could see what happened.

        Me:  Was there weird music in the background that sounded something like "bow chicka bow wow" (imagine porn music here)?

        Pap Pap should really know better - the little girl has NO secrets!  Pap Pap was Busted!  Apparently the move wasn't very memorable because when I asked him what happened he couldn't remember.

        Wednesday, March 10, 2010

        Wordless Wednesday

        My Father-In-Law and my son walking down by the river. 

        Tuesday, March 9, 2010

        Post it Note Tuesday

        It is Post it Note Tuesday, hosted by the Supah Mommy!

        Here are my random thoughts on this lovely Post it Note Tuesday: