Saturday, October 27, 2007

Out of the Mouths

Over heard today while the kids were playing outside......

Chloe- "I love having a little brother! Sometimes it is miserable, but sometimes it is GREAT!"

Exactly how I feel about my kids. (No, I didn't tell her that!)

Nolan is feeling much better thank goodness. We have a big pot of chili on the stove, a twelve pack of Commodore Perry in the fridge (oh, and some Widmer Hefeweizen as well and the Buckeyes on tonight. Could and evening get much better I ask? Not much! Have a great weekend all!


Friday, October 26, 2007

It has struck

Our first bout with the sickies this season have come to our home. Nolan started in with the pukies last night and is doing nothing today but laying around which is so out of character for him. He isn't talking either; just shaking his head 'yes' or 'no' when I ask him a question. He has managed to keep the water and soda crackers down today, but he still looks pitiful. My poor baby boy. And of course things like this strike at the worst times. I am supposed to take cupcakes and treat bags into the girls' classrooms this afternoon, and we were planning a pizza and pumpkin carving night tonight. Hopefully, after resting all day and getting a good nap later today, he will be feeling a little better tonight. I think we will just make tonight a movie night for the kids and us. Anyone have any good recommendations? I want the kids to watch a kid friendly Halloween flick, and anything new worth renting for Tom and I. Suggestions please. Hope everyone has a great weekend, and please keep your fingers crossed that these germs go away and don't take anyone else down! I can't be sick and care for the kids, it is impossible!! Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

13 Years Ago

I am sure it has something to do with the weather and also the fact that I was in Athens County last week, but I have been doing a lot of reminiscing of my college years and all the memories that I have from that time. I sure wish I had a scanner so I could post some doozies of some pictures here. I have been thinking of the apartment that I lived in on 8th Avenue at OSU and the fun parties that we had, and how we would have 3 kegs and not a one of us was 21 yet! Halloween at OU. And walking through a Taco Bell drive-thru wasted with yes, you Amanda! Do you remember that? And then as I was thinking fondly of my college years, my memory turned to the second apartment I lived in at OSU on 13th Avenue. How when my parents and brother moved me in, my brother could not believe that our folks were actually letting me live in such a place. It was an OLD house or something that had been made into a few apartments. In the kitchen, our trash can was essentially a Rubbermaid trash barrel, our coffee table was one of those wheels that are for wires or cables. But is was big enough for a group of people to come around it for a game of Quarters or Asshole. In the only bathroom, there were some pipe problems and I swear for MONTHS there was a hole in the wall right beside the toilet that looked directly down into the kitchen of the guys apartment next to ours. Nice, huh?! In the ceiling of my room I would hear scratching sounds and what not. It normally freaked me out a bit, but if I played my music loud enough, it would drown out the scratching noises. Sure enough, one day as I was getting ready for class, the scratching 'thing' made it's way through the plaster and out popped the bottom half of a huge raccoon(I think). Talk about freaking out!! I grabbed my stuff, ran out of my room and shut the door. After talking to our landlord and telling him what happened, I returned home to find that they had tried to get the raccoon and patch the hole, but when they went to grab what they thought was a dead raccoon, they scared it and it ran back into the ceiling. They patched the hole anyways. Gee, thanks! I swear I slept with one eye opened the rest of the time I lived there!
The Dorm that I lived in Freshman year was an old insane asylum or hospital or something during WWII and it was haunted. I shit you not, it was. I wonder if everyone's college memories are as colorful as mine? Did everyone live in haunted WWII buildings, Keg central and shitholes in college? Sometimes I feel like a book should be written or a movie made about my college years. Didn't we talk about that once before roomie and roomie? You remember, we were sitting in a booth at that dive bar drinking pitchers of Natty or Bud Light talking about who would play us in our movie? Ahhh, good times.
Whenever I hear "Sweet Caroline" a feeling of nostalgia comes over me and I am so damn happy I have all the memories that I have. And then I want to get drunk and go to Mustard's and dance the night away. Thanks for the memories girls!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Could have been great

Last night as I was laying in bed and I was in the place where, you know.....not asleep but not exactly fully awake and your mind is still turning and thinking. Well, I had a blog topic to write about. It was interesting and thought-provoking and quite frankly, I was impressed with it considering I have been feeling pretty quite as of late. I am sure you know where I am going with this....darn it if I can't for the life of me remember what I was going to blog about this morning! Chalk it up to the fact that I was well on my way to Dreamland, or that I am getting old, or I have three kids and a husband to try and remember things for. I don't know. But I have a feeling it would've been great! I can say that since I couldn't remember what it was about and therefore can't blog about it. Because chances are it would have been mediocre. After all, I am no writer. But one can dream right?! I think from now on I am going to keep a notepad and pen on my bedside table so I can jot things down when they come to me. So sorry that you all have to read this mumbo-jumbo instead of that awesome post I thought of last night. My apologies.
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Monday, October 22, 2007

Little Red Caboose

Friday we took the kids on a train ride. We really were thinking of Nolan, given his adoration for trains, but the girls loved it and so did Tom and I. We had a spectacular day. It was warm, breezy, sunny and the leaves were on a colorful display for us all to enjoy. I have never seen anyone so excited as I saw Nolan when he caught a glimpse of the train. He immediately started yelling that we need to get tickets and see the Conductor. Which we did by the way! There were three or four conductors on the train ride and they were all 'dressed to the nines' and Nolan was completely in awe.
The scenery was beautiful and the kids had a lot of fun when we stopped, as Nolan called "in town" to the Pioneer village that was along the train route. There were 6 or so log cabins decorated in eclectic, simplistic and rustic furnishings.

I can't explain the feelings that came over me seeing Nolan on that train. I was in complete happiness surrounded by my wonderful kids and my loving husband. It was a great day. Life is good, very good!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Goblins, Witches and Ghosts

We have been thinking about Halloween and what to be for going on probably two months! I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. I love the idea of dressing up and being someone or something else for a night. I love scary movies and to be spooked! This year Janey has decided to be a cowgirl for Halloween. So she has purple cowgirl boots with silver shiny stars up the sides, jeans, a white shirt, a pink bandanna, a black cowgirl hat that we are going to adorn with jewels to make it a little bit girly and two guns in her holsters. I promise I will post pictures from Beggers Night! I am also making Nolan's costume. Seeing he has a complete obsession with all things trains, he is going to be an engineer inside a train. He will be such a cutie in this get up!! And now on to Chloe. She has requested to be Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I have convinced her to be a Gypsy instead. Now, I need help. I can't seem to find anything that will work for the vision that I have in my head. I am not a seamstress, but I can do tiny bits of EASY sewing. So if anyone has an ideas for a gypsy. I and Chloe would GREATLY appreciate them!!

The girls are off from school tomorrow and Tom is taking the day off and we are headed to The Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad. I know Nolan will love it and the girls are looking forward to it to. So off we go on a little adventure!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

What are people thinking?

Yesterday I went with Janey's class on a field trip to a local Apple Orchard. It was a fun trip and I enjoyed being with her and the rest of the kids in her class. BUT, I have a rant, complaint whatever and it is directed to the mother that also came along on the field trip and thought it was appropriate to chain-smoke the entire 3+ hours we were there. I am not trying to begrudge people of smoking(although I will say that I am not at all sad that there is no longer smoking allowed in public places!) Everyone is entitled to do what they please to and with their bodies, but chain smoking on a kindergarten field trip?! Come on. Not only are you leading a bad example to the 60+ children in attendance(all of the kindergarten classes were there) but it is trashy, gross and just nasty! I am not trying to come off "holier than thou" because I used to smoke and I know the addiction of smoking, but I can't understand not being able to go 3 hours without a cigarette for the sake of your child and all the other kids that were around. Sorry if this sounds pretentious, but I am so freakin' glad I kicked that habit.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Nothing New

Again, I am feeling very quiet and not really having much to say. Today I am volunteering at the girls' school with COSI On Wheels. It should be fun. It is a program teaching kids about agriculture and farming and without farms and farmers we would be lost and hungry. They are demonstrating making pizza from scratch and I mean scratch. They are taking it all the way back beginning with soil to the finished product that we love so much. I am excited to volunteer and learn some things myself. I have to be at school by 11:30 for training so I have little time to talk about, well..... nothing!!

Tom and I made last night into movie night and watched this. It was pretty funny and heart-warming at wrapped up in one. For a teensy-tiny millisecond, it made me want to have another baby. Thankful that was a fleeting moment and well frankly, it can't happen anymore anyhow, if you get my drift. Thanks Honey! Rent it if you haven't seen it yet.

Thankfully, it is finally Fall around here. Man, I LOVE fall. It was 90 on Monday and 55 yesterday. Major change, but welcomed all the same. Hopefully soon I will find more words to jot down and not feel so quiet. Because seriously, I am not a quiet person!!

Friday, October 05, 2007


  • Having Nolan say "Wuv You Mommy" to me before prompting him
  • Cinnamon ice cream
  • Date Night tonight thanks to Grandma for providing babysitting services for us.
  • Having a "birthday party" for Lamby, Chloe's 'lovey'
  • Seeing Chloe be so patient, caring and loving to her little sister and brother while they are outside playing w/neighborhood kids that aren't patient or caring. I swear she is an "old soul".
  • Janey participating in the "Walking Program" during recess instead of playing on the equipment.
  • Making the last car payment and OWNING 2 vehicles!! Reason enough to celebrate!
  • The promise of cooler, much more fall temperatures on the horizon.
  • A weekend full of soccer games, yard work, Fall Festivals and football.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Getting Serious

Today Nolan and I are getting serious with this potty business. He is having a day of nakedness and his potty. So far he has had one really good pee-pee in the potty and kept saying he wanted to do it again. I am keeping my fingers crossed. No accidents either by the way. Yay for that!! So the rest of our day will consist of his potty, lunch, a nap and his favorite movie. Wish me lots o'luck please!

Monday, October 01, 2007


We had a great weekend filled with;
  • Blue skies and cooler temperatures
  • Birthday Parties (2 to be exact!)
  • Bonfires
  • Watching the girls play soccer
  • S'mores
  • Oktoberfest beer
  • Haircuts for all (I got mine chopped off into a short bob!)

  • Watching the Buckeyes
  • Eating pizza
  • NyQuil

  • Dreams of what we want our backyard to look like next year
  • Shopping
  • Family

Here's to hoping everyone had a weekend full of good things!