Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tweet! Tweet! November 2008:
At 22 months, Brooke already demands that I fast forward through any commercials on TV. 7:13 PM Nov 30th from txt
Built a camp fire with Maddie, Zak, Terra. Maddie ate 4 marshmallows and has a serious case of the sillies. 9:52 PM Nov 29th from txt
Savoring the moments: at a X-Mas tree farm with the family. Soaking in the baby-ness of both of them while it lasts. 3:04 PM Nov 29th from txt
Maddie: "Mom, once this purple marker runs out of energy, then I'll use this blue one instead." 8:28 AM Nov 28th from txt
I am soo stuffed. My non-traditional dessert of brownies with ice cream (instead of pie) was a hit! yum! 9:41 PM Nov 27th from web
Honey baked ham for dinner! For the next five nights! 3:25 PM Nov 25th from txt
Just found out my monthly health care costs for my family are going from $268/month to $656/month. A MONTH. $388 increase. A MONTH. 9:23 PM Nov 24th from web
Maddie and Brooke found the hiding place that contains all their Christmas gifts! That was tough to explain. 3:36 PM Nov 21st from txt
Yesterday, Zak fished out Brooke's poop from the tub. Today, she puked on him. All while I'm on my way home from work. Poor kid (and dad). 9:19 PM Nov 19th from web
In doctor's office waiting room hell with both sick girls. 45 minutes and no doctor! 9:47 AM Nov 19th from txt
Brooke pooped in the tub with Maddie in there! Zak was alone on bathtub duty and I was on my way home. Usually these things happen to me! Ha 10:01 PM Nov 18th from txt
Maddie, I'm looking forward to you being four, because your sassy third year...? Is kicking my ass. 11:34 AM Nov 17th from web
Just ordered invites for Maddie's b-day party! You may get one if you're brave enough to spend 2 hours with a a bunch of 3-4 year olds! 10:07 AM Nov 14th from web
Bought Maddie some rain boots. She excitedly tried them on, but screamed for me to TAKE THEM OFF! Still rockin' the flip flops in November! 8:54 AM Nov 14th from txt
It was like pulling teeth to get the Girls to leave school today. You'd think they'd be excited to see me. They love their daycare! 6:22 PM Nov 13th from txt
Brooke points and screams, "Oh NO!" when the TV isn't on. Do you think that's a sign we watch too much TV? 8:36 AM Nov 13th from txt
From the bathroom,Maddie says: I got some poop on my hands, but it's okay, I just wiped it off.She then argues she doesn need to wash hands. 11:50 AM Nov 11th from web
Driving thru "boys town" in Dallas, my cab driver made the most hateful anti-gay statement I've ever heard.What if I was gay?No tip for him. 7:26 PM Nov 9th from txt
I wondered out loud why the flags were at half staff, and a stranger quipped, "because Obama just got elected." Blah. I shot a dirty look. 10:52 AM Nov 7th from txt
In St. Louis and it's COLD. My Texas year round open toe sandals and skirts aren't cutting it back in the good ole Midwest. Brrrr! 10:43 AM Nov 7th from txt
YES WE DID! America, I am so proud of you! Smooches!!! 10:05 PM Nov 4th from txt
Even my 86 year old Grandma J is hip to the message of CHANGE and HOPE as she cast her ballot for Obama in California! 5:30 PM Nov 4th from txt
In line at Starbucks waiting for my "FREE (because you voted) coffee!" Yum, thanks Starbucks...just one more reason to love you. 2:13 PM Nov 4th from txt
I sat with Maddie and watched Barack Obama vote for himself live on TV. This is historic, and I shed a few happy tears. 1:19 PM Nov 4th from txt
I sat with Maddie and watched Obama cast his ballot for himself on TV. She asked me why I was crying. "Happy tears," I said. 9:24 AM Nov 4th from web
Happy Birthday, Aunt Terra! May it be the most historical day of our lifetime! Vote!! 8:48 AM Nov 4th from txt
In the waiting area in a Dr. office, I remind Maddie of the BIG day and ask who she's voting for. "Barack Obama" Without skipping a beat. 4:39 PM Nov 3rd from web
Daylight savings did a number on the girls! Late naps, far too late bedtimes, and early mornings. 8:42 AM Nov 3rd from txt
In Houston with Zak for David and Francie's baby shower. The Girls are home with their Grandma. Thanks Wendy!! 1:28 AM Nov 2nd from txt
Go Tech!!!! I thought that Zak was gonna have a heart attack. Whew! 10:56 PM Nov 1st from txt
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Afterwards, we headed home for a looong nap. Then, Maddie and I baked some brownies, which resulted in the cutest picture in the universe.
We had the dinner I discussed in the previous post, except the green bean casserole was more awesome this year when Zak added chopped BACON! FLAKED RED PEPPER! and Gruyère CHEESE! to the regular recipe. This dish, my dear relatives, is one you should really be sad that you missed. During dinner, we discussed what we were thankful for:
We went for our regular-our-bellies-are-stuffed-we-must-move walk, and ran into our awesome neighbors who invited us in for some wine and offered great tire-the-kids-out play time. So...we didn't walk, but instead consumed too much wine and had a lovely evening.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
1. no one loves us
2. everyone is scared of a 22 month and nearly four year old
3. people are too busy
4. no one wants to travel
5. everyone just sucks
BECAUSE...we've been ditched by all family members for this Thanksgiving! NO ONE is coming to visit and eat my overplayed Green Bean Casserole, store bought Brown and Serve Rolls, and Stovetop stuffing. I did buy a delicious Honey Baked Ham too (.....any takers? hello? Bueller?)
For dessert this year, I skipped on the pies (since the girls won't eat it, and Zak and I just really don't need to consume a whole pie in two days) and we're having fresh baked BROWNIES with ICE CREAM and CHOCOLATE SYRUP for dessert.
Did I change your mind? No?
Well....fine, then. I'll just document this in history so Maddie and Brooke know that their family, who almost ALL live in Texas, ditched us!
Okay, Aunt Terra did say she was going to come on Saturday....but, humfpf to the rest of you!
And also? Happy Thanksgiving to all!
I'm grateful for my little family gathering with less cooking and fewer dishes to wash! Yea!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
And, oh yea, turns out the paint I used WASN'T washable! I'm really not cut out for this type of work. Parenting, that is.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Pops lives in sunny southern California with his wife, Pat. He likes to putter around the house, garden, travel, surf the Internet, and enjoy time with his family and Pat. I hope you have a great day. Love you!
Remember to thank your favorite veteran (and any other military personnel you see) today!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I'm on the front page today....take a look! It is titled "Amanda (San Antonio, Texas)."
Mine is by far the least original style compared to some of the cool ideas that people used to show their support for Barack Obama.
FYI...this is my last Obama post. Promise. (Until 2012).
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Yesterday Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States. Both your dad and I voted for him, and we watched as history was made last night when he was declared the winner.
When we lived in Illinois, and when Maddie was just a baby, I voted for Barack Obama to be a Senator for that state. I've supported him because of what he stands for, what he believes in, and his plans for our country. When I found out he was going to run for President, I was reluctant, "it's too soon," I said. As he pushed forward and gained more and more momentum, I was torn between supporting him or Senator Hillary Clinton. I picked Obama because I valued his platform and believed he could be elected. I felt his administration could make a difference in our day to day lives, and more importantly in the lives of our fellow Americans.
You see, girls, it's just not about us. I always say, "It's not about you all the time" when you're complaining about something, and it goes for Presidential Elections too. Sure, our family's taxes might go up, but that's okay because it's not about us as individuals. It's about our community, our country, and our world. If another family in our country has life a little bit better because of the economic or social changes that the next President will usher in, we all win.
Maddie was able to learn and talk about this election, as she said she "voted for A Rock Obama" for President. We bumped fists and gave a each other our Peace Out sign right after I voted. She watches him on TV and yells, "Hey mom! A Rock Obama is on TV!" and is disappointed when a commercial appears.
Because this blog serves as your baby book (in addition to my other rants), I felt it appropriate to share my thoughts of this historic election this with you both. In the next several to a hundred years, history will look back on this historic election and decide whether or not Barack Obama lived up to his hype, but I have hope that he will.
Another thing that this election should teach you is that your life as an American has limitless possibilities. It doesn't matter what you name is, if you are a man or woman, or the color of your skin. YOU have a chance to become whoever you want to be in this country as long as you make good decisions and work hard.
I love you both very much, and I promise to be there for you both as you each make your way through this amazing world.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
OKAY....now to the fun Halloween pictures. Maddie was originally going to dress up as an "Angel Princess," and I had already purchased the dress, shoes and wand. She tried on the costume last week, loved the way it looked, but hated how itchy it felt on her skin. So, she decided she wanted to be a "Princess Cat," and wore her newly discovered cat ears with her princess flip-flops. I semi-sewed her a tail, and with a safety pin, she was ready to trick-or-treat.
Maddie had a blast, and often left her sister in the dust. Brooke went just to a few houses, and wanted to immediately eat her candy and ride in the stroller while we tried to keep up with Madison.
Brooke was a grumpy "Cinderella" who also didn't like her itchy costume:
It was a BEAUTIFUL night, about 75 degrees, so Brooke was just fine with her bare legs and pink Crocs doubling as glass slippers. Zak's mom came for the Halloween shenanigans, and we wore her OUT! She was awesome and so sweet to stay the next day and night so Zak and I could steal 24 hours alone in Houston for David & Francie's baby shower (more on that later).