Friday, May 28, 2010

It's Almost Baby Time

Well, 2 weeks and 1 day until the craziness begins again. I'm scheduled to be induced the morning of June 12. We are really excited. It's going to be interesting this time around, having a boy. I don't even know what to expect. Anyone with any advice on boys I'd appreciate it. It seems like our entire house is filled with pink things, so I guess this will be good to balance it out a little. We're just getting excited to meet our baby Dylan. Lily's excited about the Sponge Bob outfit that she picked out for him, and Allie can barely contain her excitement. She's done well, since we told her on Christmas we were having a baby, she's been very patient, but she is certainly baby crazy. I have to be careful about that one, she talks about being married and having babies way too much. I keep telling her she has to be a lot older, and she thinks that means like seven.

In other news, I'm a little disappointed in the series finale of LOST. It was just ok. I'm not sure what I was expecting, and should have known how difficult it would be to wrap it up in a way that everyone would be totally satisfied... but still. Their biggest fans, Danny and I, were not thrilled. What did you guys think?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!

I know Mother's Day was several weeks ago, and I personally was spoiled as usual from my sweet family. I was awakened by The Mother's Day Fairy, (Allie) who was wearing a Cinderella dress and fairy wings, and Danny wearing a Snow White dress.... oh wait, no, he was in is pajamas still... but he had prepared a great breakfast for me. They surprised me with a sweet new camera and a new patio furniture set for our pool area. The whole day they made me feel very special, and I love them. I honestly feel like Mother's Day is my favorite holiday, because it represents the accomplishment that I am most proud of. My family and darling girls. There is nothing that I am prouder of, and happier to be a part of.

Recently my friend forwarded me this great email. I loved it. Obviously it's written by a woman, probably after having an unsually hard day, but still had enough wit to come up with this. I know that men and fathers have extremely hard jobs as well, but since this is a Mother's Day post, I wanted to give a shout out to all you mothers, or soon to be mothers out there, to let you know that you are amazing, and deserve a lot of credit for what you do. It's not an easy job, and I hope that you were spoiled on our special day, like I was.

Six married men
will be dropped on an island
with one car
and 3 kids each
for six weeks.

Each kid will play two sports
and take either music or dance classes.

There is no fast food.

Each man must
take care of his 3 kids;
keep his assigned house clean,
correct all homework,
complete science projects,
do laundry,
and pay a list of 'pretend' bills
with not enough money.

In addition,
each man
will have to budget enough money
for groceries each week.

Each man
must remember the birthdays
of all their friends and relatives,
and send cards out on time--no emailing.

Each man must also take each child
to a doctor's appointment,
a dentist appointment
and a haircut appointment.

He must make one unscheduled and
inconvenient visit per child to the Emergency Room.

He must also make cookies or cupcakes
for a school function.

Each man will be responsible for
decorating his own assigned house,
planting flowers outside, and keeping it
presentable at all times.

The men will only have access to television
when the kids are asleep and all chores are done.

The men must shave their legs,
wear makeup daily,
adorn themselves with jewelry,
wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes,
keep fingernails polished,
and eyebrows groomed

During one of the six weeks,
the men will have to endure severe
abdominal cramps, backaches, headaches,
have extreme, unexplained mood swings
but never once complain or slow down
from other duties.

They must attend weekly school meetings
and church,
and find time at least once to spend
the afternoon at the park or a similar

They will need to read a book to the kids each night
and in the morning,
feed them,
dress them,
brush their teeth and
comb their hair
by 7:30 am.

A test will be given
at the end of the six weeks,
and each father will be required to know
all of the following information:
each child's
height, weight,
shoe size, clothes size,
doctor's name,
the child's weight at birth,
length, time of birth,
and length of labor,
each child's favorite color,
middle name,
favorite snack,
favorite song,
favorite drink,
favorite toy,
biggest fear,
and what they want to be when they grow up.

The kids vote them off the island based on performance.

The last man wins only if...
he still
has enough energy
to be intimate with his spouse
at a moment's notice.

If the last man does win,
he can play the game over and over and over
again for the next 18-25 years,
eventually earning the right
to be called Mother!

After you get done laughing,
send this to as many females as
you think will get a kick out of it and
as many men as you think can handle it.
Just don't send it back to me....

I'm going to bed.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Big News for Little Girls

In the last week we've had some exciting developments in our family. First of all our Allie Brooke learned to ride her bike without training wheels. It took all of 4 seconds for her to pick it up. The very first try after I took off her training wheels she was off. I ran along side her for a few seconds but she's fast, and I'm pregnant, so I just hoped she wouldn't fall. A little while later when Danny came home he showed her how to start on her own, without a push start from one of us, and again, the very first try she got it. She's a brave girl, and I'm proud of her for wanting to learn and not being scared.
The second big thing for us is for our Lily Lou. Notice in the picture below she is now sporting Princess panties. Yep! My little girl is potty trained.I started working with her on Monday, which was a pretty lousy day, but each day has gotten better, and today, day four, was perfect. No accidents. She's very proud of herself, and even made it through her nap without a hitch. This was about how long it took Allie to really get it down, however Allie was probably 4-5 months older than Lily is now. Also, Lily's just been a little slower at things, like getting her first tooth (16 months), walking (17 months) growing (she just barely reached 20 pounds so I get to move her out of the infant car seat starting tomorrow!!) I just decided that since I've got five weeks before Dylan comes, I might as well give it a shot, but was pretty hesitant since she won't be two for another month, and she obviously does things at her own speed. I hadn't planned on trying before Dylan was born, but after talking to a friend and remembering how time consuming it is for those first few days, I realized it would be a lot harder with an infant in the house, so I'd better just buckle down and do it.

So all in all it's been a big week for us. I'm really proud of Allie who is reading really well and learning so much right now. Danny's business is going really well, and I'm proud of him for achieving what he's wanted to do since the day I met him. Lily just is adorable, and has gotten really good at saying "please" and "thank you". Probably 9 times out of 10 when somebody gives her something or helps her with something she says "thank you" without being told to. It's especially adorable because there is always this little pause in between it that just gets me every time. She'll say "thank you.... mommy", and it just cracks me up. Life is good.