Thursday, January 31, 2008

Ever Heard of Bostin or Auston?

The first time I took this quiz, this was my answer...

You Are Austin

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll.
You're totally weird and very proud of it.
Artistic and freaky, you still seem to fit in... in your own strange way.

Famous Austin residents: Lance Armstrong, Sandra Bullock, Andy Roddick

I completely agree with the "little bit country, little bit rock and roll" but I wasn't too sure about the "artistic and freaky" part, so when I changed one answer that I wasn't convinced on anyways, I came up as...

You Are Boston

Both modern and old school, you never forget your roots.
Well educated and a little snobby, you demand the best.
And quite frankly, you think you are the best.

Famous people from the Boston area: Conan O'Brien, Ben Affleck, New Kids on the Block

Which I also think is not a whole picture, so let me introduce you to

You're a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Both modern and old school, you never forget your roots. Somewhat well educated and a little snobby, you appreciate the finer things. But you also have a weird streak that shows itself from time to time.

So let me pull out my New Kids t-shirt and my cowboy hat! Strangely enough, of all the blogs I have seen with this posted, these are the only two cities I've seen. Has anyone seen another city?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Book Meme

RAnn tagged me for this meme.

Book Meme Rules
1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

My laptop has been on the dining table for the last few days and there aren't any books nearby without going into another room and looking at a bookshelf (and how to pick the "nearest" off of a shelf anyway) so I grabbed the book currently nearest to me when I am in bed.

"A new sort of way this, for a young fellow to be making love, by breaking his mistress's head!-is not it, Miss Elliot?-This is breaking a head and giving a plaister truly!"

Admiral Croft's manners were not quite of the tone to suit Lady Russell, but they delighted Anne.

Let's make this a game and see who knows which book this is. I'm sure a lot of you know.

So now I tag Kristina, Melissa, Abigail, Denise, and Kate because I am sure these women read some great books!

A Little Perspective

So it's not a happy mommy day. We're having some issues with the baby and her not sleeping at night and how she's eating. Then I kinda got kicked while I was down this morning by some "parenting advice" that only made me feel worse. But when you read something like this, it's like a slap in the face saying "Wake up! Look at what you could be dealing with!" So I'll take my rough patch and offer it up and pray for those out there who have it more difficult than I do.

If you have a free moment though (yeah right), you could send a little prayer my way. It would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, January 25, 2008

My Me Weekend

It's pretty funny how certain topics take over the blog world at the same time. Lately, I've been reading some posts about scrapbooking pictures and guess why I haven't posted anything in so long...I was scrapbooking! As much as I would like to call myself a scrapbooker, it would be a lie seeing as how in the 3.5 years I've lived here, I've scrapbooked ONCE. And that was Isabel's baby shower! Like a lot of you, I have boxes of photos pre-digital camera, and then I have TONS of digital photos saved on my computer (I actually think the amount of pictures I've saved is why our desktop is slowly dying). On top of this, I also save EVERYTHING, greeting cards for every birthday and holiday, ticket stubs, programs, invitations, announcements, etc...That's twice as much stuff sitting around in boxes and not in scrapbooks. And instead of a scrapbooker, you should probably call me a scrapbooking SHOPPER! I have sooo much stuff that I have purchased over the last 10 years. And of course it takes up space. So sometime in December, I decided I did NOT want to move it all again this summer. (Yes, our time here is up.) So I checked out the calendar and designated last weekend, a three day weekend, my weekend to do nothing but scrapbook. I talked it over with Tom and he agreed to take the kids all weekend, except for feeding Alexis of course. Now the other part of this was that a few friends were going to join me and help me use up my stuff, but that didn't work out due to family reasons. Of course that means we'll just have to do it another weekend as well!

Now part of the reason I had to "coordinate" this with Tom is that when I scrapbook, I get all of that "stuff" out and cover every horizontal surface in sight. This drives my husband CRAAAZY! So now he was at least prepared for the chaos. I got everything out, organized some stuff, and "planned" several pages the week prior (Tom ended up having to go out of town the weekend before so I got a head start). Tom was great, did all of the cooking, kept the kids busy as well as could be expected, although I think Isabel caught the scrapbooking bug, and after ONLY 2 trips to the craft store I ended up getting some 40+ pages finished and a lot more started. I am so excited!!! And the best part, if you ask Tom anyway, is the amount of stuff I threw away! I was pretty excited about it as well. I'm hoping I can get one more weekend in before we move. Just thinking of the stuff I could throw away is enough to convince Tom!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Spreading the Love!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Margaret Mary for spreading some love my way!!! This is my first blog award and what a wonderful one to be! I am so honored that you would think of me. It comes at a time when I was doubting a bit, so thank you for the encouragement! Check out her post where she traced back the travels of the award.

So let me spread the love to Kristina, Margaret, Michelle, Jane, Kat, and Kate for being strong, wonderful women who encourage me, make me smile, and just make Blogdom a better place to be!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I Just Wanted to Say Thank You... Melissa for writing my post for me. I mean really, it is scary how she took the words out of my mouth about taking down the Christmas cards. Sadly, I didn't get a picture in our rush to take all of the decorations down before my hubby went out of town. There's always next year!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The World According to My Husband

I sent this link to my husband to see what he thought of it. After only skimming it because it was "too long", he said, "Oh, so there are others out there as brilliant as I am." I guess he agreed with it.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Moving mountains...

...of laundry!
Tom (yes, there is a person in the picture!) had to use a bed sheet to carry down our laundry because there was so MUCH!!! Besides, all of the laundry baskets are full of clean clothes I haven't put away yet. Did I mention this doesn't include the girls' dirty clothes? I don't think their bed sheets are big enough! I think I will include this on my application for
Mother of the Year!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Where Did December Go?

So I realize I haven't written anything of my own here for a couple of weeks. It's been pretty crazy around here and when I start thinking about something to write, I just never put it to paper. And then of course I forget. (BTW, I've "written" some GREAT posts in my head at night as I fall asleep. Too bad I can't download my brain directly to my computer.) So where did December go? Well, there was the big trip to Disney World. Thank you for all of you who were thinking about us and praying for my girls. Everything went well, everyone ate well, and my Texan in-laws even survived the snow storms back here in Boston.

Tom and I at the luau at the Polynesian Resort.

After we got back, we had a quickly thrown together celebration for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It definitely did not turn out how I was planning back in November, but there was good food and good friends and that's what matters, right? It was our first feast celebration and I'm glad we attempted something. (My motto for 2008 is "Baby Steps".)

A few days later, sadly, my grandmother had a stroke. This changed my perspective a bit as I was stressing (shocker) about hosting my first Christmas with my parents coming to visit. Now my dad was off to see my grandmother and we weren't sure what was going to happen for Christmas. Long story grandmother is doing fairly well, has been moved to a rehab center which she is supposed to be leaving mid-Jan and my parents made it to Boston for Christmas. Of course my stress resumed as I was feeling the need to "prove something" during our Christmas celebration but without getting into any gory details, we survived. The girls both managed to be sick, but in decent spirits, and there were no major disasters.

The New Year proved to be pretty calm. We didn't get together with our friends on New Year's Eve because the girls (and Tom by this point) were sick, so we suffered alone as Air Force lost their bowl game...crummy game. New Year's Day we went to Mass and lunch and hit the mall for a couple of things we needed. We came home and Tom and his parents set up our first video conference over the computer. (Tom's parents bought him computer cameras over a year ago so that he could see the girls when he is out of town, and we just got to setting them up.) After a lot of "learning" the girls got to see their Texas family. It was pretty cool.

We finally put the Christmas cards in the mail today and are trying to get the New Year off to a good start while not freezing in our single digit weather. Hopefully, in a few days Alexis will be completely back to good health and maybe I will have survived it all without getting sick (a small miracle, no doubt). I hope you are all having a great start to 2008!