Tuesday, September 30, 2008

In the circle

This is BabyGirl's new thing. Don't ask me how she came up with this, but she is my sense of humor child for sure. The last few nights when I'm tucking her in, she'll say "Get in my circle!" Apparently her "circle" is her teeny tiny little arms choking my neck in a bear hug! So far she has only done this to me, but DaddyB is going to ask for the "circle" tonight. I think he's a little jealous...

In other news, I survived weekend #1 as a single parent. B went to a bachelor weekend at the beach for one of his old fraternity brothers who is getting married next month. BigGirl was VERY upset that he was away, and accordingly acted pretty obnoxious most of the weekend. We had fall festival at school all day Saturday, of which she was voted Princess from her class. This meant she had to dress up and be introduced on stage for all to see. Of course, she chose that day to pitch a holy terror fit about the dress she wanted to wear. It was a hand me down from some friends and something I would NEVER buy (read: UGLY blue crepe-y material with blue flowers and a zipper that would not stay zipped), but of course that was all she wanted to wear. I had a very cute, very stylie brown dress with pink ribbon tie in the front that WOULD have been much better but she was not having any of that. So we compromised. I said she could wear her heinous dress for the five minutes she was on stage and then immediately march herself to my classroom to change into her jeans. OR, she could wear my pick with her really cute matching brown and pink sandals all day and be a princess ALL DAY. Of course, she went with her choice, and yes, changed clothes immediately, and no, I will not be posting a picture of her in that dress!! That was just a build up to the struggles of the rest of the weekend, so we were all glad when DaddyB got home Sunday night and could be our mediator!

Next weekend, he is off to Raleigh for bachelor weekend #2... his bff from childhood, the last of our high school friends is getting married in November. He knows he owes me BIG TIME. I see some shopping in my future.

At least I'm still in BabyG's circle.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

6 Random Things

Someone sent out this meme, so here's my version:

1. I have an obsession with white shirts. I have them in all styles, for all seasons, in all fabrics. I LOVE white shirts with jeans.

2. I am really anal about making the bed, to the point that DaddyB puts sheets on the bed himself to avoid my obsessive straitening.

3. I am a total procrastinator. Obviously, since I'm posting this right now when I should be working...

4. My grandpa is my hero. I have wonderful supportive parents, but my grandpa is probably my favorite person on earth. I am so lucky to have him still realatively healthy at age 81!

5. I'm a bad eater. I could live on Diet Coke and birthday cake. I try to feed my children better than I feed myself.

6. I need to lose 5 pounds so my winter clothes will fit. That does not sound like a lot, but when you're 5'4" and smallish-ly built, it is. I usually gain a few pounds over the summer and then lose it back as soon as school starts, but not so far this year... Maybe I should work on #5 and also get on the elliptical tonight? That might help...

So now I tag anyone who wants to play along and hasn't yet...

Saturdays are SUPPOSED to be easy

Here's a recap of my day today:

8:30- awakened by someone small coughing in my face as she stared over the edge of the bed at me. Got up, showered, dressed, and out the door.

10:15- arrived at birthday party (15 min late, we're never on time anywhere) which was 30 min. from our house. Cute Speedracer party where the kids decorated "racecars" (boxes) to race later, raced matchbox cars on a PVC pipe track, and decorated mini car cakes. B went to the UPS place during party to mail our video camera to Sony for repairs, but did not make it to Old Navy to pick up a hoodie for me to get embroidered with team logo (I did ask nicely).

11:45- left the party and headed home (5 min. behind schedule).

12:15- arrived home, grabbed cheer stuff, left for football game. BigG went with me, BabyG stayed home w/ DaddyB to nap.

12:35- arrived at game (5 min late), practiced stunts, held sign for players to run through, coached my cheerleaders and yelled really loud but our team still lost 31-8 (hey, this week they actually scored- whoo hoo!).

2:30- watched a really mad mom yell bad words at football coach and tried to sneak away before getting caught up in the parent gossip (not good when you have to teach their kids on Monday).

3:15- arrived home, cheered really loud for NC State's win in OT over East Carolina (!!!), picked up crazy amounts of STUFF sitting everywhere in the house, did 2 loads of laundry (1 more to go), made cute decorated jars to collect "donations" for BigG's Fall Festival Princess contest -she was voted Princess for her class- if you collect the most $, you become the school-wide Princess.

Now- reading all of your updates, listening to BigG getting mad at her new Wii game, and getting ready to go eat and pick up a movie. Still need to find that hoodie before Monday... No, I am NOT cooking tonight! It's Saturday you know...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

DC and me

If you have ever sent me one of those Get To Know Your Friends emails, or a meme as I think it is called on Blogger, you know my response to the Where Would You Want to Retire question is always the Washington, DC area. Not your typical retirement, I know, but it is absolutely my very favorite place in the world. I taught fifth grade for 10 years, and took my students to DC every year. My husband and I also have family and friends there that we try to visit, so I have spent a lot of time in the District. Last year I went on the fifth grade DC trip even though I was not teaching 5th anymore because it was only a week after I started my new job and the new teacher knew nothing. It would have been hard for her to be in charge of her 25 kids and their parents when she did not even know their names, in a city that she had only been to once! So this year I was not sure if I would get to go on the trip in November, since I teach everyone, kindergarten to 5th, but I"m not really a "Real" teacher anymore. Today I found out I get to go and I am SO excited!!!

Don't ask me what it is I love about this trip, because it truly is exhausting. We go for 3 days/2 nights, 5am on day 1 until 11pm on day 3, with about 150 people, kids/parents, who have mostly never been out of our little bitty Southern county. We (the teachers) plan every detail of the trip and act as the tour guides, usually having to get the bus drivers from place A to place B because driving in DC is so confusing. We have been at all times of the year, and have seen all kinds of weather. We have lost a grandpa in the Capitol, a dad at ESPN Zone (which was NOT a scheduled stop on the itinerary!), left behind a family at Air & Space, ran all over Pentagon City looking for the same ESPN dad, rescued our principal from an irate homeless woman, almost got arrested on the METRO for holding the door open for our slowpoke parents, etc..... It is ALWAYS eventful, and I ALWAYS wish for a big drink at the end of day 1!!! Don't even get me started on the parents who are more trouble sometimes than their kids!!!

But if you DID ask me why I love this trip, here is what I would say... I LOVE seeing college kids dressed up as Dorothy and Tinkerbell on the METRO on their way to a Halloween party. I LOVE seeing Ted Kennedy giving a Veteran's Day speech to veterans in front of the Vietnam wall. I LOVE that I have stood in the snow watching the lighting of the national Christmas tree on the White House lawn. I LOVE seeing 5th grade boys taking pictures of the PINK trees during the Cherry Blossom Festival. I LOVE that I have sat on the mall with half a million people watching 4th of July fireworks in front of the Washington monument. I LOVE that 10 year olds can actually shut their mouths and be respectful during the changing of the guard at Arlington cemetery. I LOVE the excitement on the bus when they can finally see the top of the Washington Monument and Capitol while we're still in Virginia, and that they know that DC is not in either Virginia or Maryland! I LOVE that I have stood inside the Pentagon in the exact spot that the plane hit on 9/11. I LOVE the family photos in the East hall of the White House and the 50 pound gingerbread house in the dining room in December. I LOVE walking around the tidal basin from the FDR memorial to the Jefferson memorial and seeing nuns eating their lunch. I LOVE the symbolism of the 4000 stars on the wall at the World War II memorial (for the 400,000 American lives lost). I LOVE the Greek place at the back of the Old Post Office food court and the Johnny Rockets at Union Station. I LOVE reliving every crazy moment with my great teacher buddies in the hotel room each night over Diet Cokes and Sex & the City reruns. But most of all, I LOVE giving the children a chance to visit a place where everything has such important meaning to who they are now and who they will one day be. I guess that's the teacher in me! Call me a big dork, but I can't wait to go to DC!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Why I'm Happy

A few things that make me smile...

BabyGirl with her bf LG on the first day of preschool...

A husband who doesn't mind reading Fancy Nancy at bedtime...

BigGirl cheering at her first game...

With her bf S...

Teaching baby cousin Jack how to roll...

Playing dress up (hee hee)...

A toothless grin!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Photo Queen

I love pictures of my girls, although I am never very good at taking them. A couple friends of mine have had their kids' photos taken by the amazing Alisha Schwanke. Her shots are always so beautiful~ looks like models in a magazine even though it is usually just ordinary kids! My entire family is doing a huge outdoor group shot this weekend with a different photographer, but I have gotten a lot of ideas from her blog. Check her out and book a shoot for your own gorgeous kids!

Sunday, September 7, 2008


My husband B has lots of talents, including making some really diverse mix cd's with probably illegal tunes he downloads. The latest has 77 songs, ranging from Miley Cyrus to Limp Bizkit. So here is what I was listening to, all alone in the car (!!), the other night on the way home from girls' night...

1. Crank Dat (Soulja Boy): NOT at all appropriate for the kids to listen to, and yes, I know the dance, but they do not!!

2. Cinderella (Steven Curtis Chapman): The perfect Daddy/Daughter dance! We will keep this on the list for the weddings we will be planning in 20 years or so...

3. Buy U A Drank/Shawty Snappin (T-Pain): A little too clubby for me now a days, but makes me start snappin every time...

4. Our Song (Taylor Swift): SO much fun to sing along- a favorite of all us girls in the Pacifica! Even the little ones know all the words...

5. My Girl (Temptations): This was BigG's ballet dance for her dance recital this year. It was also the Daddy/Daughter dance at my wedding (my daddy used to play it for me when I was a little girl)...

6. Love Song (Tesla): Back to the 90's for some high school lovin' (yes, B and I were high school sweethearts). This was playing when I pulled into the driveway, home sweet home!!

So that's what I listen to sometimes in those rare moments where I"m alone in the car. On a normal day you'll find us jamming with the girls' Hannah Montana (you should hear the 3 year old voice singing, "Chillin out, take it slow, then you rock out the show", and I have to admit that I really love her "Who said I can't be president? I say you aint seen nothing yet") and HSM soundtrack, but not this time! Such a sweet moment!! Thanks, B!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

90210 moments

Reading every one's blogs today it sounds like there were a lot of us watching 90210 last night... We DVR'ed it but have not had time to sit down and watch it yet. 90210 was the Thursday night ritual in high school and when they moved it to Wednesdays in college. I remember being so upset when I was trying out for dance team my freshman year in college and I found out we would have practice on Wednesday nights during 90210!! That was way before the magic of TiVo and DVR. I also still remember all the girls on my hall crammed into my dorm room (my awesome roomie had the best tv on our hall) crying our eyes out when Dylan's wife Noxema Girl was shot by his dad's hit man. And who could forget Donna & David's sweet wedding/reception??

What's your favorite/most memorable 90210 moment???