Monday, October 5, 2009

Sammi's Happy Heart

Samantha had her annual physical the other day...aka - the nine year checkup! It went well - she saw a newer doctor, who (besides having one of the most annoying voices in the world) was very nice and took great care of her, as all the doctors at our pediatrician's office have always done for both of our kids. So, we talked about the usual...the flu, to get the shot or not get the shot, nutrition, behavior, oh and of course, this year's hot topic - Swine Flu. Then Jeff and I made a request that I wasn't too sure was going to go over well. We asked if they would give us a referral for Samantha to have an echocardiogram. Yes, we had reasons to be concerned (nothing terrible, don't worry Grandma! lol), which I don't really need to get into. And with those reasons compounded by the fact that I have a heart condition myself, I really wanted them to check her out, because I am concerned about her inheriting my disease. Well, to my mild surprise, they granted our request for a referral to a cardiologist for an echo -- with an EKG to go along with it. I guess I should clarify it was mostly me who pushed for the test to be done. Because we all know I'm a paranoid mommy.

So anyway, the tests were scheduled for today. Sammi was nervous. I guess the idea of "seeing your own heart" is a little scary if you imagine it through the eyes of a child. But, I explained to her that it would be just like when we used to look at David on the screen at the doctor's when he was growing inside me. She remembered how fun that was :) And since I've had both tests myself numerous times in the past, I was 100% in comfortable reassuring her that there was absolutely NOTHING to be afraid of. And of course I assured her, I'd be by her side the whole time.

When it was time, she was very brave.

Especially because her best buddy was there to see her through it all...
Wilbur makes everything ok.
And that's her Looney Tunes "hospital gown", by the way.
Very stylish, I must say ;)

The whole ordeal took about half an hour, but seemed even shorter than that. Sammi was mesmerized by the sight of the valves of her heart fluttering like butterflies on the screen. When it was over, they gave her a big, red sucker, and she announced that she thought the test was actually "really super cool" and she couldn't wait to tell her friends at school all about it. Everything looked good on the scan as far as the technician could thank God...all is well, unless we hear otherwise in the next few days after the cardiologist reads the report. I don't expect a phone call, though...I really feel good about this now. And as we drove home listening to my 80's cd, when "We Are the Champions" came on (which yes, I know, is from the 70's), Sammi giggled and declared herself a "Champion of Health"!
Gotta love her!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Go Away, Monday!

Had a wonderful weekend with my kids...lots of snuggling, lots of watching the endless rain through the window...LOTS of lazing around and doing nothing. But those do make the best kind of weekends! However, as I was tucking my teary-eyed little ones into bed tonight, it occurred to me...there is a HUGE downside to great weekends like this...they make it SO MUCH HARDER to go back to work (and school) on Monday. Ya know? if I didn't hate Mondays enough already. Probably wouldn't be so difficult for me if I didn't work in the most depressing place on the planet. Ok, I guess that's an exaggeration... albeit, a very small one in my opinion. Hug your babies close, everyone. Make sure they know they are safe and loved.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Homemade Dollhouse

I spend a lot of time online browsing through other "mom blogs", partially because I love to read them and look at pictures, and partially because I want/need inspiration for my own blog ;) Yeah, I'm guilty of that for sure... Well, tonight as I was blog hopping, I came across one mom's blog in particular that really tugged at my heartstrings. It's called The Homemade Dollhouse. The title caught my attention because I *LOVE* dollhouses!! I, in what I realize now was probably a subconscious attempt to relive part of my own childhood, bought one of those big, expensive Fisher Price Loving Family electronic ones for Samantha when she was four and she's hardly touched the darn thing. It's in the basement playroom now and David plays with it more than she does....not that there's anything wrong with that.... Anyway, so I found this Homemade Dollhouse blog. I explored a bit, looking at the very interesting pictures and reading some posts, and then I spotted a link called "What is this Blog about?", and I have to say that what I read there was one of the most inspirational things I have come across in a long time. If you're a mom....especially if you have a small should take a look.
So, I've given up on trying to keep my kids from watching iCarly. They love it. They accidentally watched it one day, I sat down to watch it with them

Saturday, September 26, 2009

LuLuBug Designs!

So my sister-in-law recently started her own business, hand-making adorable boutique dresses, skirts, flower hair clips, headbands and other cute little girl items from home. She is incredibly creative and I find myself browsing through her website store items wishing my daughter was a "girly girl" so I could buy her something from there that she'd actually WEAR!! I mean, there's even a dress named after her!!! But if I even attempted to make her wear something as cute and adorable as what Becky makes, she'd hate me forever. (That's absolutely NO offense to you, Beck. She's so not like I was as a kid) Oh well.....maybe someday I'll have a granddaughter who will enjoy wearing the cute little boutique dresses her Great Aunt Becky makes. Wow. Wait.........oh my God....what am I saying?!

Anyway, point is, if you have a little girl or know of one that is in need of some truly adorable outfits and hair items, be sure to check her out. You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What? Back to School? Already????

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??? First of all I cannot believe how scary fast the summer flew by! Second of all -- and most importantly: My baby girl is in 4th Grade, and my baby boy is in Kindergarten??! Can somebody tell me where the past nine years melted away to? And how do I go about getting them back, please? Cause I'm not ready for my kids to be so freakin old.

Minus a few (ok, a ton) of tears from my daughter, they did ok today. I always take off of work on the first day of school so my husband and I can take the kids in to meet their new teachers and see their new rooms and new friends...(and so that I, psycho mom, have that peace of mind of at least having met the person(s) who will be caring for my children during the day). Kindergarten's gonna be a breeze for my son - he could not be bothered with us - he just wanted us to go away so he could have fun in his new classroom! But I sobbed all the way home after walking away from my sobbing 4th grader :-( Truly an emotional day for Mommy...But here's to another wonderful school year! I'm sure it's gonna be full of fun for all :)........right?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Nugget of Joy

The other day while I was at work, my husband called me to tell me he was going to take the kids to get "meals of happiness" at McDonald's...A little while later, I received this picture on my cell phone:

David's Happy Meal chicken nugget really was HAPPY! And winking, as Jeff pointed out. I quickly tried to get ahold of him and stop him before he ate it (I've seen weirder things sell on eBay before and make LOTS of money! Like the Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or Justin Timberlake's half-eaten french toast, or the giant Cheeto) But I was too late. David ate it, right after posing for this picture...

Oh well.........eating that happy little nugget probably brought him more happiness than $5,000 worth of Geo Trax toys would've...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Skin Deep

I'm posting this on both of my blogs because I feel it's very important and I'm hoping that fellow Mommy bloggers who wander through will see it!

A friend of the family brought an interesting website to my attention today.
It's called Skin Deep

If you haven't heard of it and you are someone who uses any kind of skin or haircare products, especially if you have children, you really need to visit this site. So yeah, I'm thinking pretty much everyone should take a look...

Basically, you can go to this site and search through all the different products, and it also will give you examples of the safer products that are on the market. I looked up the shampoo I use on myself and my children and was horrified at what I found. Even very popular (actually, the most popular) BABY products have ingredients in them that have potential to cause cancer and even neurological and organ system toxicity. Not trying to scare anyone. I just think we should all be educated on what to watch out for in the basic products that we use on a day to day basis, so we can make the best choices for ourselves and our families. Take a look and let me know what you think!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Always with the questions!

David: "Mommy, why do bad things exist?"

Me: "Like what, buddy?"

David: "Like bad words...and fire........and--"

Sammi: (interrupting, very matter-of-factly): "Well, David. I know why they exist. It's just because cavemen invented fire and then they all just started saying bad words."

Me: ::trying unsuccessfully to conceal my giggling::

Sammi: "What? Am I wrong??"

Me: " one invented's an element of nature, something that was created by God. It was discovered by cavemen, so you were on the right track."

David: "Ok, well what are dogs made out of?"

Sammi: "................::eye roll and sighhhh::.....muscle, bones, skin, fur..."

David: "And life!"

Sammi: "...Yes, David. And life."

Just thought I'd share my saturday entertainment :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Time to listen

I just spent the past 40 minutes laying in bed next to my little girl, talking about anything and everything she could think of. That is the greatest feeling!! As I went to tuck her in, she asked me to please cuddle with her for a little while, so I did. It's so important to me that she knows she can talk to me about anything, and I think it's little things like that which make a huge impact on the life of a child. I mean, I have very vivid memories of when I was nine years old. Some good, some really not good at all. I want to do what I can to help my kids chock their brain cells full of happy childhood memories. Like tonight - just the fact that I laid there with her and listened to her talk for that short time left her drifting to sleep with a sweet little grin on her face :) Makes me feel like I've done my job well....Oh, by the way, I don't post things like this to toot my own horn (as some might think)! That's just ridiculous! I might sound "braggy" (even though that's not a word), but I'm just expressing my personal feelings and views on parenting and my two wonderful children, that's all!

Anyway - cherish the little moments, Moms and Dads! Sometimes they end up meaning more than anything to your child!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sneaky Boy

Last night, as I knelt down by my son's bed to tuck him in for the night, I was mesmerized by his sweet little face as he sat criss-cross-applesauce under his Cars blanket and looked very thoughtfully all around at his bedroom walls. I just stayed there silently for a few seconds & waited because he really seemed to be searching for something. Finally I asked him what he was looking for, and a few seconds later he yells "OH, LOOK MOMMY!" and points to the wall behind me. So I turn and look at the wall, expecting to see something new that he drew and taped on his wall while I was at work or something. But nope....nothing new that I could see. So I, still looking at the wall, said......"What? You want me to see how you hung up your hats really nicely on the rack or something?....what am I looking at?"..... And when I turned back to look at him.........he had his little pointer finger shoved waaaaaayyyyyyyy up inside his nose. It didn't occur to me right then what he had just done. Because he quickly yanked his finger from his nose and pointed at the wall again and said "Hey! ummmmm............did you ever....notice......that awesome Hulk sticker right there by my door?! That's pretty cool, huh?", and I turned to look at it and said "You mean that sticker that's been there for like two years now, buddy?", and again, when I looked back at him, his finger was wedged in his nose!!! THEN I burst out laughing as it occurred to me....he was pulling the famous "oh hey look at that really amazing imaginary thing over there so I can do something you don't want me to do while you're distracted" trick! And it almost worked. So after I made him go wash his hands, he asked me why I was laughing. I think he knew I was on to him. I just told him I just thought of something funny. He gave me this crinkley-nosed, guilty smile and snuggled under his blanket while I tucked him in and kissed his little chipmunk cheeks and said goodnight. The boy KNOWS Mommy does not like it when he sticks his fingers in his nose. lol....I guess I must've walked in at a time of desparation.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Earlier this week, I entered the last Fancy Free Friday contest on Mean Mommy University. I kinda felt it was pointless to bother trying, as I never win ANYTHING. But all I had to do to enter was leave the hilarious blog author, Camryn, a comment about what I felt is the most rewarding thing about motherhood, and I had a cute story in mind to I figured I'd give it a shot. Well....I am SO GLAD I did, because I won!!!!!!
(I just found out. I haven't calmed down yet) I almost fell off my chair. Mostly because of WHAT I won. A TOTE BAG (aka purse)!!!!!!!!!! I mean...did you SEE the blog I just posted yesterday???? lol. Sorta the PERFECT prize for me. I'm so excited.

Thank you again, Camryn!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I must've done something right

I am so completely in love with my kids.
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They have always been very affectionate, but lately it's more noticeable for some reason and I just can't believe how lucky I am. They are always telling me how much they love me and how I'm the "best Mama they could ever have". When they say their prayers before bed, one of the things my son ALWAYS says is "Thank you for a wonderful doggie to love us and a wonderful Mommy to love us" melts my heart! And my daughter, who is nine years old and is developing quite the attitude already, is still the sweetest little girl. She adores me, and I thank my lucky stars every day, because lemme tell ya -- some of her little nine year old friends are total MONSTERS!!! I think she's not like that yet partially because of the way she's been raised to love and respect people, and partially because she's a bit All on her own, she would rather cuddle with me or spend time with me over going to play with her friends or going on playdates. And my son looks at me with the most adoring, big, brown eyes. They're the same way with Daddy. They are just the best!!! I know someday that will all be changing. For now, I just feel very fortunate and spend my time wondering what the heck I ever did to deserve such wonderful little creatures in my life!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bugs, Bugs, Everywhere There's Bugs.

Got outside for a while with my kids this afternoon, despite the intermittent rain. It's almost become a normality now. Oh it's raining? It's ok, in a few minutes it will be blue skies and sun! And then it'll be back again... No biggie.

So a few minutes ago, Samantha walked over to me and told me she made a discovery at the locust tree in our yard...naturally, I was a little concerned. She's not afraid of anything, really. Well, not when it comes to nature, that is...


This little dude was sitting on our picnic table! It's a cicada. But thankfully it's just the "skin".....ugh! She brought him over with her bare hands and is saving it, because she wants to give it to Grandpa John...well, after all, his birthday is coming up this, don't anyone spoil the surprise!

I kinda had to laugh though because I was just saying today that I was amazed that I've only heard them buzzing in the trees twice this whole summer. That's a sure indicator that the temperature has been well below normal for this time of year. I guess the lil buggers heard me and wanted to prove to me that they are indeed with us :) Gee thanks, little cicada friend. You totally made Sammi's day!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Summer 2009 in Buffalo

See this picture?
See how it rains and then it gets sunny? And then it rains some more and then it gets sunny again? And see how it loops over and over and over and it just never stops? And see how the stick man seems to be losing his mind as he tries to make sense of it all?!!!

Well...there you have it. Summer '09 in Buffalo.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Sammi drew this in the driveway yesterday, and thankfully I got a picture of it just before the rain started to fall.
Her natural creativity with this stuff makes me so proud! She definitely takes after my sister in that department!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bike Day!!

Today, David finally got his first, very own brand new bicycle.

He's been waiting patiently for this day for a long time now! He LOOOOVES to ride bikes with his sister, and until now he's been using hand me down bikes (most recently....Samantha's old Disney Princess bike...and matching Disney Princess helmet......yeah...ahem) Anyway, he didn't mind that of course, because he honestly is the most agreeable boy I've ever met. But he picked THIS bike out all on his own, and he even put it together himself! Daddy gave him the tools to use and guided him, but I am told that he actually put it together himself. Pretty great!
Now if only it would stop raining for a few days so he could really get a chance to get outside and enjoy it....

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tattoo Fun

So this is what I came home to today...

Apparently, my kids are now bikers...sorry, but that's what came to mind when I saw all this "body art". lol

Well....I'm just glad they had fun with Daddy today!!! lol

Oh, the things I miss out on when I'm at work...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Little Things

I got out of the shower this morning to find this message from my 5 year old waiting for me...Incase you can't tell, it says "I love you Mommy".
It's not so easy to take pictures of a steamy bathroom mirror :)
Gotta love it!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

We Are The World

In light of recent events, my daughter has become very interested in learning about Michael Jackson...and I have been happy to show her a little bit about who he was....(while cautiously staying away from certain questionable events in his life, of course.) In the process, I came across this video, which I remember watching with my parents the very first time it aired on national television in 1985...hard to believe I was only seven years old then...yikes. I have to admit, I am feeling very nostalgic for my childhood today. I honestly don't remember the voices sounding this beautiful together! And Steve Perry is in it!! lol, that's reason enough for me to watch it again...and again.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Booger Boy

I probably found this way funnier than anyone else will, but....enjoy!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm a Creative Mom!

I won a blogging award!!
Jordan, the blog-author of the "Mean Mommy Academy" blog, chose me as one of five for this award:
Thank you, Jordan! I feel special! lol So now I am to choose five mom-bloggers that I would like to give this award to as well...hmmmmmm.............. ;)

I choose
Random Musings...
The Proudfit Family
and I guess that's it for now because they are the only *active* mom-bloggers I know right now...and they are in fact AWESOME!

Ok now ladies, here's what you do now:
* Take your award and put the logo on your post.
* Link the logo to the person who awarded you.
* Put your own blog title and link.
* Nominate at least five deserving moms

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

She's HOW old??

Somehow, my little girl is now nine years old. I don't know how nine years went by so fast...but she's still as precious and beautiful as the day she was born. Sorry, it's easy for me to get mushy about my kids. I just don't feel old enough to have a child who's going into fourth grade!!!! But anyway, she enjoyed her birthday with a family party at our house the week before, and then a "friend party" on her actual birthday at Bounce Magic. Which, by the way, I highly recommend! She got a little spoiled this year with her coveted hockey gear that she's been asking for since she was six. Now all she wants to do is pretend to be Ryan Miller in the driveway! And she seriously DOES have watch out Gary Bettman, we just might have a groundbreaking female superstar goalie in the making here!
Here she is with some of her crazy friends at Bounce Magic

This was Sammi's incredible Sabres hockey puck chocolate cake! SOOOOOO delicious.
Made 'specially by my cousin-in-law Kelly, of Cakey Cakes & more!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Freaky Thursday

So today...ok, what do I say about today? Well, it's not a full moon...BUT......(beware of run-on sentence ahead).....First the day starts off absolutely BEAUTIFUL, then a monsoon hits in the mid-afternoon (seriously, the thunder literally shook my giant building downtown)...then I hear from my husband that our living room was overtaken by hundreds of tiny little ants - feasting on one of our dog's treats...then my little boy injures his toe really badly in the driveway, and he's not even really sure how he did it...then it gets beautiful outside again, like nothing ever happened with the psychotic weather change...then Layla (our dog) inexplicably gets off her chain somehow and wanders around the neighborhood...then I hear Farrah Fawcett has finally lost her long battle to cancer...then I hear my cousin is being deported from Canada.....and THEN I HEAR.....ummm....MICHAEL JACKSON...DIED?!!! HUH?!? Where did THAT come from?! How does that happen?? He can die?? Isn't he some sort of superhuman being or something? A world without Michael Jackson?? What's that like? I don't even know what to say, for some reason that concept just seems absolutely CRAZY to me. In my eyes, and (I would imagine) in the eyes of anyone else who was a child in the 80's, he was larger than life. The idea of the world without him just seems......WEIRD. And now the thunderstorm is on its way back...I think I need to go hide under the bed.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Class of 2023

Today was David's Pre-K Graduation/Concert! I was really looking forward to this because he's been singing the songs for us for weeks now and I could not wait to see it all put together on stage with all his little friends, and of course, crazy Mr. B! The best part about these kids is the adorable madness that ensues when they perform. None of them are ever doing the same thing at the same time...or singing the same thing at the same time......they make the craziest faces and play with their clothes, hair, yell things out randomly... it's semi-controlled chaos! SO freakin' CUTE!!! I forgot how much I love kids at this age. OF COURSE, I knew I loved my own child. lol! But I honestly really miss working with pre-schoolers. Man are they fun!

Anyway, here are some pics :)

Each of the kids traced themselves and then colored themselves in. David's teacher said he insisted on making his skin orange because he couldn't find a peach colored crayon...oh how I love his attention to detail! lol

Definitely very important and helpful information!

Here they are with their "tickets to Kindergarten"!

I'm a proud Mama :)

And here's the video of some of the best songs they did :) The "Everywhere There's Bugs" song (at the 7:28 mark) is the best! lol

Monday, June 15, 2009

Why do they grow so fast?

So here's what a weirdo I am. I was sitting here on, making a playlist to post on here of songs that my kids have enjoyed listening to over the years. Well, I came up with a few right away...Rainbow Connection, What a Wonderful World....Return to Pooh Corner....wait! BAD IDEA!!! Suddenly, what was going to be a cute little trip down memory lane turned into me sitting here with tears streaming down my cheeks. You know how it is when a song brings back memories? Well, as soon as I heard the opening chords for Return to Pooh Corner, it was like someone punched me in the stomach and I pretty much became a big teary mess.

Here's the song I'm talking about. It really is beautiful:
Before you laugh too much, here's why: When I had my first child, I was lucky enough to be able to stay home with her until she was a year and a half old. We were inseparable. Then, I got a job working at a daycare center as a pre-school teacher, and as a result, she attended the daycare center - in the toddler room right next door. I could see her ANYTIME I wanted to. One of the cds her teachers always put on at naptime was Kenny Loggins "Return to Pooh Corner". And every day when it came time for my lunch break, I'd sneak into the toddler room and wake my tiny little girl from her nap...I'd scoop her up and play with her in the lobby, or take her for a walk...whatever. I'd just spend the entire hour with her. And it almost always worked out that when I went in to get her, THAT song was playing on the cd player. So hearing that tonight brought all that rushing back I guess. My sweet little girl who used to take naps on a teeny tiny daycare cot is turning 9 a week from Saturday. It's just so surreal. Both of our kids are growing up way too fast. It's wonderful to see them grow and change and become more independent, but it's so incredibly sad how much time has already gone by. It feels like just yesterday I was feeling them rolling around inside me, punching & kicking the crap out of my ribs. Oh, if I had a time machine.... They just truly are not babies anymore...
"Christopher Robin and I walked along under branches lit up by the moon Posing our questions to Owl and Eeyore,
as our days disappeared all too soon

But I've wandered much further today than I should,
and I can't seem to find my way back to the Wood.

So help me if you can,
I've got to get back
to the House at Pooh Corner by one...
You'd be surprised, there's so much to be done.
Count all the bees in the hive. Chase all the clouds from the sky.
Back to the days of Christopher Robin and Pooh..."

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Remembering A Friend

Ok, so the kids are starting to feel the pain of losing our pet fish, Gill. He died a few days ago after having been a part of our little family and household zoo for an estimated 3 & 1/2 years...ya gotta admit - that's pretty amazing for a pet fish.

Well yesterday, my daughter started drawing something beautiful...she worked on it for a few hours last night, a few more hours this morning, and finally finished it after breakfast...

It's a "plaque", as she called it.
Goodbye, Gill...

The inscription (exactly as she wrote it) reads:

"This is my fish gill.
He died a few days ago.
I miss him very much.

I whish he was still alive,
and he pretekted everybody in the tank.

I wish he was still alive for 1 more year.
I will never forget him."

How sweet is that? :-(

Monday, June 8, 2009

A Proud Moment

We received a letter in the mail today from Samantha's school...I can honestly say that I fought back tears as my husband read it to me over the phone:

"Dear Jeffrey & Tara,

The Teachers Association is proud to sponsor the Beacon Award as a way to recognize students in our school who strongly exhibit the values of Trust, Respect, Excellence, and Integrity.

Your daughter has been selected by her teacher for being a "Beacon" in the classroom. Your child's teachers believe that her personality allows these important values to shine throughout our school. Our enclosed magnet is designed to recognize your child's special qualities at school. We hope that you display it proudly. The Beacon magnet is a subtle way for you to boast about your fine student.

Congratulations for raising such a special student. We wish you and your family all the best.

Sincerely, The Teachers Association"

How great is that?! It's just so wonderful to know that we aren't the only ones who see what a truly special little girl Samantha is!!! Both of our kids are amazing, and just when I think I couldn't be more proud of them, something like this happens to amaze me even more!

Oh! Also - Samantha told us today that her art teacher has chosen one of her drawings to be framed and displayed permanently on the school's "Wall of Fame"! So I'm so glad I took this picture of her with it at the Art Festival last month! 'Cause I guess it's never coming home! lol


Ok, I'm done bragging. For today at least ;)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

David's Diary

David has a new thing. He expresses his innermost thoughts and feelings....on his Magna Doodle.

He drew this for me the other day when I had to run to Walgreen's for five minutes...

Friday, June 5, 2009

Look What I Found!

So I was searching the internet for any remaining evidence of our old family website - which you may or may not remember -- Memory Sandbox. And I was totally shocked and THANKFUL to find this still out there, floating around in cyberspace...

Our Old Family Journal (2005-2006)

The old website is long gone, but those entries are SO incredible to read least they are for me. Wow, I really miss that website :-(

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Off She Goes!

Ok, so Samantha's been riding a two wheeler with training wheels since she got her Disney Princess bike on her 5th Birthday.... And of course, we've prodded and encouraged her over the years to give it a shot without the training wheels. We really felt she'd be able to do it - she had great balance and we could see, especially since last summer, that the training wheels hardly ever touched the ground anymore. But she was, of course, always too scared of falling. So ok, we didn't push her. But then yesterday, as I watched my almost 9 year old daughter ride down the street on a still-training-wheel-clad bike, I told Jeff I was really thinking we should just take 'em off and MAKE her try it. I'm not a cruel mom, I swear!! I just knew she'd be alright if she'd just TRY it... but he guaranteed me that both the kids would be riding bikes sans training wheels by the end of the summer - he'd work on it with them all summer long while he was home with them. So whatever - ok, I shut up about it...

Well, ironically, hours later as I was cleaning up from dinner, Jeff yelled to me from the driveway to come outside right away. I got to the window, and what did I see???? Samantha riding like a PRO with NO TRAINING WHEELS!! This was a BIG DEAL to me!! lol, So of course I grabbed my camera immediately!

Samantha - all on her own - had decided she wanted to try it, so Jeff removed the training wheels, and off she went! She looked like she'd been doing it for years!! I'm SOOO proud!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

All About Mommy

I did this with my kiddos a while back on facebook, and I thought it was adorable. So I'm sharing...

1. What is something Mommy always says to you?
David: "I don't know......ummm....Goodnight. Or Hi."
Samantha: "I love you."

2. What makes Mommy happy?
David: "Me saying I love you."
Samantha: "Me giving you a hug or kiss."

3. What makes Mommy sad?
David: "When you need to go to work."
Samantha: "When I get hurt."

4. How does Mommy make you laugh?
David: "By tickling me! Cause you did that before."
Samantha: "When you make funny faces at me."

5. What was Mommy like as a child?
David: "Just like a little tiny girl..."
Samantha: ""

6. How old is Mommy?
David: "fffurty"
Samantha: "thirty!"

7. How tall is Mommy?
David: ""
Samantha: "ummmmmmmmmmmm.............I don't wanna guess."

8. What is Mommy's favorite thing to do?
David: "cuddle with us"
Samantha: "play with us"

9. What does Mommy do when you're not around?
David: "play on Sims 2 Pets"
Samantha: "plays with the gerbils"

10. If Mommy becomes famous, what will it be for?
David: "For being a nice mom"
Samantha: "Be famous for being a mom"

11. What is Mommy good at?
David: "Tickling me. Cause one time you tickled me"
Samantha: "Good at being a mom"

12. What is Mommy not very good at?
David: "Taking Layla outside...... You're not that good at it, Mama."
Samantha: "Nothing!"

13. What does Mommy do for a job?
David: "you WORK!"
Samantha: "Court!"

14.What is Mommy's favorite food?
David: "I don't know."
Samantha: "I don't know."

15.What makes you proud of Mommy?
David: "I don't know"
Samantha: "I don't know"

16. If Mommy were a cartoon character, who would she be?
David: "Lightning McQueen...just if you were a boy"
Samantha: "Spongebob"

17. What do you and Mommy do together?
David: "Cuddle"
Samantha: "Cuddle"

18. How are you and Mommy the same?
David: "We have the same last name"
Samantha: "We both love each other"

19. How are you and Mommy different?
David: "Because I'm a boy and you're a girl"
Samantha: "We don't have the same color hair and we don't have the same color eyes"

20. How do you know Mommy loves you?
David: "Because you always say I love you to me"
Samantha: "Because you're always there when I'm hurt"

21. What does Mommy like most about Daddy?
David: "That he got a haircut today again"
Samantha: "This might be a little bit inappropriate, but.......Daddy's cute." LOL!!!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Oh, David........

About half an hour ago, we were sitting at the dinner table and David, who has a cold, asked to get up to get a tissue. We said sure. So he got up, got a tissue, used it (I guess), came back, and sat down.

A few minutes later, Jeff and I were talking and he noticed David was turned completely around in his chair, so he told him (in the Daddy voice) to turn around and sit the right way.

David said "I was just looking at the bulletin board."

Jeff said "Finish eating and then you can look at it."

...there was a pause...

Then David said "Daddy, actually I want to tell the truth now." (and yes, he did SAY actually)

Jeff, after telling him (in the Daddy voice) that he shouldn't lie, said ok what's the truth?

And David said, very seriously: "Well, I already just got up to get a tissue. After I sat down I needed another one. But I didn't wanna ask now.....I was picking my nose."

Ok maybe you had to be there, but I WISH I HAD THAT ON VIDEO!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

It's a New Year!