Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mommy Needs A Drink!

Is there a full moon tonight? The tantrums started as we were leaving the Kindercare tonight. We were there late celebrating the annual open house and Anna had spent 2 hours bouncing in the bounce house, decorating cupcakes and playing relay games. She had been her sweet, charming little self the entire time. But, all good things must come to an end, right? So, on our way out the door, she decided she really must have crackers. That was fine...she could have crackers, no problem. But, she decided that the ones at the exit door were not good enough and she needed some other crackers (i still don't know exactly what she wanted). I told her that the crackers at the door were her only option...well, this instantly threw her into a fit of rage.

So now she's on the ground screaming for crackers that don't even exist...blocking the front door her arms and legs flailing. I knew immediately that nothing I could say would tame this wild beast, so with my bag, keys and Josie in one hand, I scooped Anna off the floor with the other and headed out the door. Needless to say, it was a struggle all the way to the car and even more of a struggle to actually pin this child down long enough to strap her into the carseat. The drive home was misery...between sobs and sniffles she just kept screaming for these imaginary crackers. And when we got home, it only got better...

Once unrestrained and out of the car, she continued to put on this show right in our driveway for the entire neighborhood to witness. Of course, everyone was out to enjoy what had been their calm, peaceful evening. One couple was out walking their dogs, 3 of the local kids were throwing around a baseball and my other neighbor was out washing his car. After a quick, but pointless attempt to coerce Anna into the house, I just left her out there to deal with her own hot mess. Don't worry, it was brief...just long enough for me to catch my breath, ask God for some additional patience and stick Josie somewhere safe so I can deal with her seemingly possessed big sister.

I go outside and AGAIN, I scoop her off the pavement and practically have to drag her inside. Once inside, I try to calm her down asking her to use her words to tell me what it was she wanted. Well, now she wanted cheese. Ok, I can do cheese! We have like 50 different cheeses in the fridge...YAY! so, I pull them out one after the other and to my disarray none of them are good enough. She doesn't want this cheese, doesn't want that cheese...she decides she wants some cheese that again, just doesn't exist. The tantrum resumes.

That's it, this child is clearly beyond all exhaustion. So with legs and arms flailing again, I drag her upstairs kicking and screaming. I have to literally pin her down just to get a new diaper on. Pajamas are completely out of the question at this point in time...I will sneak them on her later after she's fallen asleep. I kiss her, tell her I love her, give her her blankie and off I go to make my drink! The kind of screaming that commenced, was screaming that I probably haven't heard from her since she was a newborn. For those of you who have had fussy newborns, you know what I mean....barely able to breath, screaming that almost sounds like gargling, face beat red. The intensity died down after a few minutes of this and I could finally understand the words beneath the screams. She wanted a bath, wanted to brush her teeth, read a book...all the things we normally do before bed...but we aren't normally this tired, so i let her go until she sobbed herself to sleep.

Ironically, I just talked to my sister who said that her kids were so unbearable tonight that she told my mom "I don't think I can be their mom anymore"!! LOL

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Diary Confessions Of A Girl

I think every little kid should keep a diary, if not for the sole purpose of entertaining them when they're older! My mom has been cleaning house over the past year or so, and when I say cleaning house, I mean purging everything under her roof that is no longer useful. I am a purger, I hate clutter, so I'm not sure why she's waited this long to do it!! But, while in this process, she came across boxes and boxes of stuff, my stuff. And somewhat like a punishment, she made me take them home!! I couldn't just toss them out without actually investigating what's inside. What if I threw away something extremely valuable?..something I couldn't live without? Even being the purger that I am, I had to at least take a, I came across a diary. I remember this diary, but I don't really remember what I had to say to it. Here are just a few excerpts that had me LOL:

Dec 28th, 1987 "Diary, there is someone in school m'i ni eolv iwth " apparently I felt the need to talk to my diary in code.

Dec 30th 1987 "Today diary I've figured out my sister is a big bratt...whine, whine, all she ever does is whine. I've had it with her...I've put up with her for 7 years...since she was born!"

"while you're up, lets talk (or write i mean)...Kim just said she saw Tom Cruise (bragger) and she has never seen him. (Yawn)"

Jan 2, 1990 "Later Heather gave us our Christmas present. It's perfume and it smells's called Malibu Musk and it comes in a can." ---I laughed out loud at this one again just now while writing it.

"I made my mom a calendar, I worked hard on it, very hard and all I get is a thank you and a kiss. Then I get yelled at for everything else I do."

Jan 2nd, 1990 "My favorite song is "Blame it on the rain" by Milly Vanilly. I wanted to go to Harts or K-mart to get his tape, but my mom doesn't want to go."

Dec 31 1991 "I was going out with this guy named ### ##### at the beginning of 8th grade, but he was a jerk (one of the many)"

Jan 1st 1996 "I know he plans on staying together, but I'm guy-crazy. That explains everything" ---writing about what will happen when I graduate and go to college.

Jan 14th 1996 "Right now I'm stricken with guilt. See, today is our 9 month anniversary and we kinda had plans. Well, I cancelled on him and went out with my friends which turned out to be the biggest flop. So, now he's skiing and instead i'm laying here thinking of him".

Feb 14th 1996 "This has probably been the worst Valentine's Day ever! I didn't get crap, I don't feel good and I endulged in chocolate. It can't get any worse than this." -- well, that's what happens when you blow him off to go out with your friends instead!

Oh to be young again...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Katie's Birthday Dance!

My bestest friend Katie turns 31 today. Happy Birthday! Sooo, I opened up my hotmail this afternoon and this email from Mandy was sitting in my inbox: (btw, I can't stop laughing)!!

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Katie's Birthday Dance

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Monday, July 20, 2009


For a short period of time this past weekend, I fell into about an hour's worth of temporary insanity. Yes, I temporarily wanted another cute little snuggly baby!!! ahhh, I know, what was I thinking??? That's just what happens when you hold the cutest, sweetest little newborn. We made the 7 hour trek to Ohio last weekend to meet Sarah's new little guy. And OMG, he is to die for cute and for a brief moment, he made me want another. But, no worries, it was least for now. :-)

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Always And Forever A Little Girl

As I sit here writing this, this ridiculously cute"My Princess Bouncer" is fully deployed in our basement and ready for little pigtailed bouncers...too bad they're both in bed!! Not only has Anna been asking us for a purple party for her birthday (did everyone get their purple b-day party invites??), but also for a purple bounce house. So, it goes,... what Anna wants, Anna gets!!

The bouncer showed up in the mail this afternoon.....and of course, as soon as the girls were in bed, we raced downstairs to take it for a test drive. And honestly, the little girl still living inside me was pretty excited about it.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

How Do I Love Thee...Let Me Count The Ways...

...i love Matilda Jane that is! So, this is what I figure: One day, and one day very soon, my girls are not gonna want to wear anything at that I so much as mention I kinda like. So, I figure now, when they're young, they're going wear what I want them to wear...and I'm going to have fun doing it!! Now's the time! And all of you know I loooooove Matilda's so sweet, so innocent, so girly and so fiesty!
And you also all know that it's ridiculously hard to get!! The popular pieces sell out fast and re-sell for far more than their worth retail. Ok, so like 2x a year (2x a year only!!!!) the creator of Matilda Jane does these Art Fair sales where you can actually go shop and take stuff right home with you!! So, of course, other crazy MJ lovers travel far and wide to get their goodies.
So I've had this internal battle going on for the past 24 hours b/c one of these yearly art fairs is this weekend!!!! Plymouth, MI. Ok, so not far, but far, you know what I mean? My dear sister wanted me to meet her there for a fun day of MJ shopping. Sounds great. But, I would have had to go and come back in one day and each way is 5 hours!!! ouch. So I was totally committed to doing it with Anna. Would have been a fun outing for us, right??? Well, then I saw the weather forecast and I was literally touch and go from 5am-6am this morning. Yes, I seriously considered doing this today...5 hours there, shop, 5 hours home. But, the forecast was no good and all I could think of was driving back to Chicago through rush hour in the rain. And for those of you who live in Chicago, you know that so much as a rain cloud appears and everyone forgets how to drive. And then traffic is beyond all misery. So, by 6:30am, I knew my chances were gone and it was too late. If I was going to go, I should have left 30 min ago. So I agonized over it for about 2 more hours and then finally let it go.
Fortunately I have a sister who is equally, if not more, obsessed with MJ for my little niece Ellie. She was on a mission today. Up at the crack of dawn, hitting the road with kids in tow to search out all of the coveted MJ pieces that are so hard to get. She got there as soon as the sale started and called me straight away so I could shop via cell phone!!! Yay Kim...thank you, thank you, thank you! And thanks to my mom, who met her there on her way home from the lake to help assist in our mission (i know you think we're crazy)! :-) Below are pics of all the racks and racks of clothes.
In the car on the way home to Ohio, my sister told me that my 5 yr old niece Ellie told her that when she talked to Aunt Kara on the cell phone earlier I told her to hold on tight to her clothes and not to ever put them down...haha. I know how the MJ crazees can get...and Ellie was carrying around a very hard to get dress she picked out for herself. I could just picture her accidentally setting it would have been immediately snagged up to never be seen again. But that made me laugh. She probably thought her Mommy and Aunt had officially gone mental.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Maybe Wes Was A Nice Guy Afterall...

For all of my fellow Bachelorette addicts, check this out below...interesting..whadda ya think?

By Reality TV World staff, 07/08/2009

Although he boasted that he was "born at night, but not last night" after his The Bachelorette experience ended, eliminated bachelor Wes Hayden was apparently just born yesterday after all.
While he works in the entertainment industry and remains "good friends" with ex-girlfriend Laurel Kagay -- who was already familiar with The Bachelor's reputation due to a prior four-year relationship with former The Bachelor star and fellow Austin, TX resident Brad Womack -- the 32-year-old musician says he is a naive victim of leading interview questions and false editing by the show's producers. "They're cleaver man. They really are, I have to give it to them," Wes told KHFI-FM's "Bobby Bones Show" radio program during an interview with the Austin, TX station on Tuesday.

"I kind of feel like all gloves are off right now... I don't care -- the contract that I signed to go on that show was very, very thick. They said 'Hey, we can use your likeness as we see fit, that helps the needs of the show, okay.' And there's like clauses, like mental distress, and using you in ways that is untrue to your character, and this is that. Basically when you sign up for a show like this you pretty much relinquish every right that you have. And I can understand them taking me and basing their ratings around me -- because they did it for eight shows, and they never let up from the day I set out of the limo [on the premiere episode]." Based on his comments, The Bachelorette viewers also probably shouldn't expect to see Wes on the season's The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All reunion special which will air on Monday, July 20. "They want me on the reunion show but I am scared to death to go on there and open my mouth and I told them that," Wes said. "I said 'Look, if I trusted y'all I would go on the show.' But there's no telling what they're going to make me out to sound like. If the show was live -- like we're sitting around right here -- and it was live to tape [I'd go]." Unsurprisingly, Wes used the interview to reiterate his previous The Bachelorette show comments that despite fellow bachelor
Jake Pavelka's claims that he had repeatedly said he had a girlfriend back home, he was no longer dating Laurel when the fifth season the show was filmed this spring. "That is a bold-faced lie, I did not have a girlfriend," Wes said. "I had a girlfriend last summer. She's still a very good friend of mine, I mean every now and again we'll go out and to lunch or something like that. I mean, I did some work for her mom, I'm good friends with her family."

Without specifically mentioning him by name, Wes also brushed aside Jake's more recent claim that Laurel is "in cahoots" with Wes and agreed to put their three-year romantic relationship on "the back-burner" so he could appear on The Bachelorette to promote his new country music album. "What kind of guy, No. 1, would go on with a girlfriend as well?" Wes said. "You know what, I wouldn't have gone on if I had a girlfriend and made-out with a chick. And I definitely wouldn't have said last night 'Let's hang out in the fantasy suite.'" According to Wes, several of the comments the show's broadcasts featured him saying were taken out of context -- including his Monday night exit interview quote in which he seemed to admit to having a girlfriend back home. "They [didn't] play what I say after that. I said, 'I'm the only guy in Bachelorette history to make it to the final four with a girlfriend' [and then] I said 'Get real dude, if I had a girlfriend, I'd be home with her right now and I wouldn't be putting up with this,'" Wes told the station. "They said stuff like that all the way through, all the way through like that. They can take whatever they want and just play what they want." "I can understand that you're basing the ratings around me, but don't put words in my mouth like at the very end last night, saying I have a girlfriend."

Monday night's pre-Rose Ceremony segment in which he was shown telling the other bachelors he would be "back home having lots of sex" if he didn't receive a rose at the ceremony was also taken out of context, according to Wes. "You know, that was three guys up there and unfortunately they don't show any of the other guys doing anything bad, but trust me we were all guys and we all sit around and BS each other just like that," he told the station. "It didn't just come out of nowhere, I mean Kiptyn had actually said something before that and I was just saying it to be a joke, [to be] quite honest with you,"

In addition to taking some of his comments out of context, Wes also alleged The Bachelorette's producers combined pieces of various soundbites to create new quotes -- a frowned-upon editing practice called "frankenbiting." "There's also several other instances, you know three or four shows ago, when I said 'I can taste the fame and the fortune, it comes inside of me,' 'I can feel it, I can taste it, it comes inside of me.' You know what I was actually saying? There was a producer behind the camera and they're asking the questions [and he asked] 'So Wes, what's it like when you write a song?' and I said 'Man, it's different every time, sometimes it takes five minutes, sometimes it takes it takes days, but when it starts to happen I can feel it, I can taste it, it comes inside of me, it comes out on pen and paper.'" "So they can piece whatever they want to piece together. I mean it's not rocket science, that's how they get their drama. Because I promise you, I do have a career. I have been a musician for 14 years and I would never go on national TV and sink myself knowingly."

According to Wes, his final date with The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris also didn't go as poorly as Monday night's broadcast -- which appeared to clearly show Jillian in tears at one point during the date -- suggested. "The end of date that we had, it didn't end like you saw it on TV. It was actually a very good date that we had," he told the radio station. "It wasn't like that at all. We sat there and had dinner for about an hour and a half and we chatted, we laughed, we BS-ed each other." "And when I left, I remember telling Jillian, 'We're buds, right?' [and] she goes, 'Oh yeah. We're more than that, Wes.' And I was saying 'Okay, because that's the most important thing to me is our friendship, and that we're honest with each other.' I told her I didn't have a girlfriend. The actual conversation was based around was I here for my career or not." "And I'm just saying hypothetically -- I can't say if this really happened, but just say it did happen -- just say I had a meeting with the head producer that day about how our date was gonna go and what I was supposed to talk about. Totally hypothetical. 'This is supposed to happen' -- I'm just saying, I'm making this whole thing up. So that what I talked about during the date and then this came out like I had a girlfriend, like it was my great confession. Totally a lie." "The date was going great, or else when the fantasy date [card] came out I wouldn't have said 'I think maybe we should,'" he added later in the interview. "I would never have said that. I mean I can get a hint. If a date is going like I saw it last night there'd have been no way I'd have asked to spend the night with her."

While Monday night's broadcast showed him telling Jillian that his manager had told him he "needed to go" on the show, Wes also denied he had gone on the show seeking to boost his career. However in the process, he also seemed to contradict his previous suggestion that he hadn't been aware that his The Bachelorette contract would -- as is standard in many reality TV participation contracts -- allow the show's producers to potentially distort his actions. "Actually, trust me, if I was there for my career I wouldn't have gone on a reality show like The Bachelorette," Wes said. "No. 1, I never signed myself to go on the show. I never watched it before. I would have gone on like Nashville Star or American Idol or America's Got Talent. I wouldn't have gone on a reality show to try and promote something when I know that my likeness and my character can be distorted." "There was two to three different times on that show where I was ready to go home. And trust me, it's not what you think," he added later. "If anybody wants to go on any kind of reality show they really need to consider what could happen to them, and think about it long and hard. And if you do go on, don't say a whole lot because they can pretty much do what they want. If I went on there and said, 'I don't hit women,' they could take [the] 'don't' out and say, 'I hit women.'" "Look, there had to be drama. There had to be ratings. They picked me for it. And if not the show would have been boring, it'd have been 25 different guys saying 'I'm in love with you.'"

Despite spending the first private dinner with Jillian, living in her The Bachelorette mansion for a few days, accompanying her on several group dates, and enjoying one-on-one dates with her in both Spain and his Austin hometown, Wes said he spent only a few hours with her during the show's entire production period. "I honestly -- in the two months I was there, I spent maybe less than four hours of alone time with Jillian," he said. "On the group dates I'm with her but... I didn't really even battle for the attention because I thought it was pretty cheesy to be honest with you. So I just kind of sat back and just hung out." "Jillian's very cute. She's a cute girl, she really is," he added later. "....she's a cute girl but what makes so cool is that she's got a really good personality. She's kind of like the kind of girl who you can go out and have three or four beers with and hang out with the guys."

In addition, Wes also said he hadn't gone on The Bachelorette expecting to fall in love with Jillian. "I went in honestly with an open mind thinking I'm leaving my mind open to falling in love. I didn't go in there thinking there was no way it could happen. But I didn't think I was going to get married, no, not after six weeks." Instead, he admitted being outright skeptical and doubtful about the show's concept. "I think everybody needs to remember that this is a TV show, and it is for entertainment ratings and nothing else. And the moment that people I think need to realize it's a TV show is look, if this thing is true, I want to see somebody get married at the end of it," Wes said. "That's kind of what I want to see. So if there's a marriage at the end of this thing, I'm a total liar and this thing is built around love. I mean, you can get one girl to make out with 30 different guys... for two months and then whittle this thing down and 'Let's get married.' I'm just saying, I'd like to see it."

Although he alleged some of his comments were "baited," Wes -- who seemed to alternately say his The Bachelorette experience lasted "six weeks" or "two months" depending on whether he was trying to note how brief it was or was or stress how much he had endured -- said he stood by his decision to bash Jillian's three remaining suitors during his exit interview. "They talked trash about me for eight episodes, all the guys. As soon as I stepped out of the limo, they were already accusing me of things and saying, 'Wes is a snake. He's here for the wrong reasons' this and that, this and that. So, you know at the end of the show I was a little ticked off, to be quite honest with you," he told the station. "A lot of that is baited questions, you know. I might not have said 'Reid couldn't get a nimble where I come from.' Maybe the producer behind the camera asked me that question and then I repeated the question after him. I'm just saying it works a lot different than you think it works. And it's the only time in the whole show that I said anything negative about any of the guys. I took it, I took it for two months from everybody." "I rode around in that limo for over three hours, man. With the [air conditioning] off because the noise was messing with the mics and the sound. So it was hot, it was miserable, And I remember finally I said, I just started drinking -- I was like 'You know what dude, I'm going to at least enjoy myself for the last time that I'm here, I'll never be in Spain again.'" However according to Wes, he still remains friendly with the season's other bachelors -- including Reid.

"To be perfectly honest with you -- and I know I'm going to get calls from ABC about this -- but I've got in my phone about 30 text messages from the guys," he said. "We were all really good friends. None of us didn't like each other at all. I mean we call each other almost daily. I've... I can't tell you how many times I've talked to Reid, if any. But hypothetically, I could have spoken to him a few times."


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Monday, July 6, 2009

Welcome To Our Week Long 4th Of July Party!!

From our vacation to parades to cook-outs and fireworks, we took sooooooooo many pictures this past week...i'm talking hundreds. But don't worry, I just put together a sample! :-) Click below to view it:

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Celebrating Freedom

This quote by Adlai Stevenson just seemed fitting for July and I just love it! These days it feels as if we are just moving away from these fundamental principles that our country was founded on. How can a government be responsible while walking down the road to socialism....when it's magnitude encompasses control over the private sector, auto industry and healthcare? How can we reach true equality when we accept and ignore racial slurs towards those in the so-called majority? And without equality and small government, how can we truly be free? One of the truest blessings of my life is the fact that I was simply born an American and I will always stand by the terms that I believe define us as a country....freedom and independence.

So on to celebrating our Independence! What is everyone doing? We just got home from a fun family trip to Tennessee where we spent lots of time in the pool and riding in Papa & Nana's boat! Now we're back home resting up for our fun filled weekend! Here's a sneak pic of our vacay: