Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I've started a new job.
Still trying to adjust to the extra hours spent away from home. Blogging was, of course, the first thing to be sacrificed. I WILL find a way to squeeze it back in soon. I have lots of hilarious and/or insightful and/or inspirational ideas in here (pointing to my head) to share (said with a healthy dose of sarcasm). They just have to make their way from my foggy, tired, over-stimulated brain and onto the computer screen. Soon...very soon...I hope.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I just came from tucking you back into bed. You awoke tonight from what, I assume, was a bad dream and needed some comforting. You cried out in a way that would melt the heart of even the most callused person.
I picked you up from your crib and we settled into the rocking chair. You promptly snuggled into my chest and, wrapped tightly in my arms, returned to your golden slumbers. We sat in the dark, gently rocking back and forth and I could feel love filling every corner of your room. In moments like these, the love I have for you is palpable. I can smell it, taste it, touch it, feel it.
When you are lying safely in my arms I feel complete tranquility, complete happiness, complete awe and amazement; just down-right COMPLETE. I am certain - as most mothers are - that I love you more than any mother has ever loved a child before. And in this moment I want you to know that I will always be here to comfort, guide, teach, and love you. You will always be my dear sweet Emmy Lou.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I also sew home decorating stuff like curtains, table runners, table cloths, etc.
What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects? See above.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
2. When I was a kid I used to say that I wanted to be a boy when I grew up. I also wanted to be a professional roller skater. Thank god for unanswered prayers, right?
3. For Christmas of 1990, I asked Santa for spandex. I know this because my mom still has the Christmas list I wrote that year. I don't remember if I got them or not but pictures from the early 1990's would indicate that I did.
4. My childhood hobby was cutting and collecting expired coupons. I would cut them, rubberband them into batches of 100, and store them in my pink Smurfette suitcase. I don't know why; I was strange.
5. I spent most of my youth trying to act as grown-up as possible. (Even taking note to sip my hot cocoa the same way my mom drank her coffe.) Now, with nearly 28 years under my belt, & one husband, house, and child later, I still feel like that same kid pretending to be a grown-up.
6. This spring will mark 14 years since I fell madly,deeply, head over heels in love with my hubby. That means that at the age of 28, I have officially spent half my life loving him (to steal a line from Jewel).
7. I thought about keeping my maiden name when I married my hubby but decided against it when I realized how important it was to him that I took his name...and I am so glad that I did. I am proud that he chose to share his name with me and our daughter; and proud of everything we went through to get here and of the life we've made together.
8. I LOVE to purge things.
9. Efficiency is an obsession of mine. I even check my email while brushing my teeth. The downside of this is that it isn't always easy fo rme to just sit and play with Emmy or relax with my hubby.
10. I typically wear my hair short because if it is long enough to wear in a ponytail, it will be in a ponytail.
11. I love my daughter ferociously. So much so that it can feel overwhelming at times. And I worry about having other kids because I don't know how I could love anyone else as much as I love her. Even though I know in my heart that my love would just grow.
12. I think the biggest compliment someone can pay me is to ask me for advice or ask my opinion.
13. I am constantly riddled with self-doubt about the job I'm doing as a mother. Every night I go to bed thinking about what I could have done to be a better mommy that day.
14. I lack any form of self-discipline.
15. I love food. This does not combine will with #14.
16. I am really good at managing other peoples' money.
17. I have one cup of coffee every morning but will only drink it with French Vanilla creamer.
18. I have always wanted to be a mommy and am perfecty happy to devote the rest of my life to taking care of my family.
19. I am addicted to the internet and blog stalking.
20. I am often times mistaken as a snob when in reality, I am just painfully shy. Being shy does not mean that I let people take advantage of me. That does not happen.
21. I am not a very romantic person. I don't need schmaltzy romance, just to hear a sincere "I Love You" on a regular basis.
22. If money was not an issue I would have a ton of kids. I'd give the Duggar family a run for their money.
23. I analyze people constantly.
24. I have an uncanny ability to analyze my relationships in a business like fashion. If I don't find a relationship to be mutually beneficial, I walk away from it. And for me, that is very easy.
25. I am perplexed by abstract thought. I admire it in other people but concrete facts and figures are more my style.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Why? You ask. (And you know you do.)
Because, for the first time ever, Emmy told me she loves me.
Here's how it went. Everytime I lay Emmy in her crib I tell her
"Goodnight. Sleep tight. I love you."
And she usually smiles, sometimes says "bye" and lays down to sleep (or plays with any of the bagillion toys in her crib.)
But today, it went like this:
Me: "Goodnight. Sleept tight. I love you."
Emmy: "Rah, rah, rah, rah. You."
And then she smiled, rolled over and went to sleep. With her belly full of delicious soup and her Moo snuggled up in her arms. Amazing, right? I have only waited 19 months, 7 days, 15 hours, and 25 minutes to hear her say that. (Not to mention a 15 hour labor and 36 hour induction.) But hey, who's counting?
Saturday, January 17, 2009
- Indulge your child's inner-artist by providing lots of craft supplies.
- Feed your family lots of homecooked, hearty, comfort foods like mini-meatloaves and pot roast.
- Resist the urge to bake _______ (fill in the blank: a cake, brownies, cookies, a pie...) even before last night's ________ (fill in the blank: cake, brownies, cookies, pie...) is/are gone. Learn from my mistakes and take my word for it. Your waist will thank you for it later.
- Don't let the cabin fever convince you to do things yourself that you would otherwise hire a professional for. (i.e. Decide that you are perfectly capable of giving your daughter a haircut. I won't explain how I came to know this but if future pictures show up of Emmy with a mullet, you'll understand.)
- Bear in mind that your children may need some space too. Just like you've been stuck in the house with THEM; they've been stuck in the house with YOU. Which means that this...
...probably won't go over as well as you'd like. Take my word for it.
(And last but not least...)
- Get down on your hands and knees, every night, and pray that the weather tomorrow will, miraculously, be 75 degrees and mostly sunny.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Our family masterpiece. Do you know who this is?
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
That was fun for like 10 minutes. Anyone have suggestions for what to do with the rest of the winter?