Archive for December, 2009

I ordered these PJ’s online on Black Friday and got them for $39.99 (on sale from $49.99) plus some free matching slippers.  I’m not really a slipper kind of gal, but hey, they were free, so why not?  These are actually my second pair of VS flannel pj’s.  I decided that since my first pair wore out, it was time to purchase another pair.  These jammies are so comfortable and WARM.  Although rather lightweight fabric, they do keep me toasty warm.  My only complaint with these is the weird zig-zag ribbon edging around the cuffs, but this strange fashion detail does not detract from the comfort of these PJ’s!  Love ’em!  This is actually the color I got.  If only I looked as good as the model!

Hmmm…I just checked the website and they are now $29.99 on clearance.  Maybe I’ll use my Christmas money for a second pair.

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I thought it would be cute to send out a holiday thank you card from S with her picture on it.  I guess it was too much to ask for her to hold a sign and stand by the tree.  Here are some attempts.



Luckily, Grandpa knows how to do it! Too bad he doesn’t need a photo thank you card…

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Happy Birthday, Dad!

Wishing my dad a very happy birthday today. He is such a wonderful dad to me and an amazing grandfather to S. I’ve had many people comment that S and her grandpa look very much alike. Here are some of my favorite pictures of S and her grandpa. 

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Then & Now

It’s hard for me to believe that S has already experienced two Christmases!  Just to compare…here is S in her fabulous hat from her 1st Christmas at 6 months and her most recent 18 month picture. 

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That’s My Girl

S has only had her Little Tikes shopping cart for a few days now, but she is already putting it to good use. This gal has shopping in her blood, I tell you. From a Great-Grandmother that ADORED shopping at the former Marshall Fields (and I do mean SHOP!), to a Grandmother that can smell a sale at Younkers from miles away, and a mother who has an obsession  a hobby of finding great deals online, she comes from a long line of shopaholics. 

Here’s what I found S up to today after I realized that she was being awfully quiet in the kitchen.  I’m particularly impressed that she selected the turkey cocktail napkins from the deep recesses of our lower cabinet, along with a great assortment of dish towels and a few stuffed animals for good measure.  What a shopper!  Now, if she only had used some coupons…that would REALLY be something!

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It is in the spirit of the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch that I write this post. Although much of my Christmas was happily spent watching S open her many gifts, laughing and squealing with delight as she pulled tissue paper out of bags and ripped bows off of packages, there were some moments of, well, let’s just say, general crappiness that I write about today.

You may recall from a previous post that S got sick last weekend while we were visiting J’s family. Apparently the flu-gods have chosen our family to pick on this winter…not only did mommy get sick ONCE from the flu, she got it AGAIN the day after Christmas.  Nothing like waking up after a day of food grazing like no other, only to have the entire contents of your stomach end up in the toilet.  In the words of my high school students: BOGUS!  I took some Pepto and braced myself to shower and make myself semi-presentable as we had S’s 18 month photos at JC Penney early that morning. After the photo session, everyone headed home, and I went straight to bed for the rest of the afternoon. It seems the only benefit of having the flu is the endless hours of sleep I have gotten…sort of reminiscent of the pre-preggo days where I could sleep for hours uninterrupted.  Too bad I felt like my body was going to explode or I might have enjoyed my slumber a little more.  After a few hours of sleep, I dragged myself out of bed to check on movie showtimes because J and I were slated to have a “date night” that evening. J took one look at me and said, “We’re not going to a movie, are we?” BOGUS #2.  I was so looking forward to spending an evening out with J while S happily soaked up some Grandma and Grandpa time. I popped some more Pepto and headed back to bed.

The other (minor) BOGUS (#3) was not being able to catch up with my friend A while I was back home. I was really looking forward to chatting with her over coffee (sans kids!), but the darn snowy/icy weather threw a wrench in our plans. Thank goodness for facebook, or I would have no idea what was going on her life!

So that about sums up the BOGUS-NESS in my life over the past few days.  I promise to write a cheerier post soon, complete with some cute pics of S enjoying her Christmas, so as not to totally ruin the Christmas spirit.

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This meal is so unbelieveably easy, and a nice treat from the norm. It’s not really a recipe, just an easy meal idea.  I bought some shrimp last weekend (because I had a $3 off seafood coupon AND the shrimp were on sale!).  I boiled the shrimp (shell on) in a big pot of water with 2 tsp. of Old Bay seasoning for 3 minutes.  Drained and rinsed in cold water.  I served the shrimp with cocktail sauce and a light green salad.  Wollershiem’s Dry Riesling went perfectly with this meal and J and I polished off the whole bottle by the time dinner was over.  Yum!

This meal would also be cute served in a big martini glass with the sauce inside and the shrimp hanging around the rim of the glass.

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when you leave S alone in a room with a pen within reach and her ornament gift from daycare…

I’m guessing she just didn’t like that picture of her and didn’t want it around for posterity.  I’m counting my blessings that the ornament was the only thing she decided to scribble on!

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Sleeping Snowman

Even Frosty needs a little snooze now and then.  Good thing S was around to put him down for a nap!


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What is it they say about the best laid plans?  I think it’s “they often go astray” or something like that…anyway, that pretty much sums up the latter part of our Christmas Celebration #2 with J’s side of the family this past weekend. We set out on Friday evening to spend the weekend with J’s brothers, sister-in-laws and his dad and granny in Iowa.  S got to meet her Uncle J and Aunt K from Atlanta for the first time.  It was nice that everyone could get together. S enjoyed her time in the limelight and spent much of the time impressing everyone with her talents. When we visited J’s Granny on Saturday, S decided that Granny’s stuffed animals were all in the wrong spot and had a ball rearranging Granny’s whole collection. S’s aunts and uncles and granddad and Grandma C were very generous with gifts for her and she is enjoying all her new toys, books and clothes. Considering all the new surroundings, schedule, people and general excitement, S took it all in stride.  That is, at least until dinner when we headed out to a restaurant.  As some of you know, dining with a toddler usually involves some pre-planning and elements of distraction.  Luckily mommy came equipped with her arsenal of distraction toys, but those only work for so long on a sleepy, hungry toddler.  J and I took turns walking her around the restaurant, but all she wanted to do was run free.  That would have been great had we had the restaurant to ourselves, but, unfortunately, other people wanted to eat that night, too.  I think I took about two bites of my entrée and gulped down my glass of wine.  On one of our jaunts in the hallway, S decided to pull some WWF moves, so I finally called it quits and made my way to the car so the poor child could get some sleep.  After dinner was over and a long drive back to Uncle A and Aunt K’s apartment, I went to lay down with S so she could go to sleep.  And that’s when all the fun began. I was anticipating S drifting off to sleep, finally able to sleep in a horizontal (instead of vertical) position, but instead, our little lady was restless and eventually sat up in bed.  All of a sudden I heard gurgling noises and was shocked to see her throw up all over the bed.  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  S has never gotten sick like that before, and here we were, staying as guests at J’s brother’s place.  Nice.  J whisked S off to the bathroom to clean her up and we changed the sheets. After things settled down, S gurgled again, and…yup, you guessed it.  Round 2.  Super.  J looked at me and said, “pack up our stuff” and headed to the bathroom with a screaming, crying S.  After some fast packing and some quick goodbyes, the three of us headed out at about 12:30 a.m.  We crossed our fingers that S was done being sick (and lined her and the backseat with empty garbage bags just incase!) As exhausted as we were, we were happy to be headed back to our humble abode, where S could recover in familiar surroundings. I was finally breathing a little easier…well, until I looked down at the gas gauge.  Somehow, I didn’t think that 1/4 of a tank was going to get us all the way back to Madison, especially at 12:30 in the morning.  Now, I’m not familiar with how gas stations operate in Iowa, but every one we passed was dark.  I’m pretty sure that in WI, you can still get gas at stations even when they are closed (and the lights stay on by the pumps for this purpose).  Not these pumps, all dark.  Someone above must have been looking out for us, because on a random exit, we happened to find a night gas station pump. I swear it was a mirage, or something straight out of a horror movie, I couldn’t decide which at the time, but I was glad it worked. I bravely offered that J should get out at the deserted old-time gas station and pump our gas. J swiped the card, and suddenly the light on the pump came on.  Hallelujah!  We had gas!  I finally breathed a sigh of relief! The rest of our drive home was thankfully uneventful and we rolled into camp at about 3 in the morning. S in her own crib, J and I climbed into bed and were out in a second.  Thinking back on the weekend, I am sad that our weekend got cut short, that we had to leave in a rush, that S got sick.  But, I am thankful that S got a chance to spend time with her aunts and uncles and granddad, and also that everyone was able to get together to celebrate Christmas.  I heard a saying recently that the best gift you can give at Christmas is presence.  I think that’s definitely true in this case, regardless of how long or how short the time, what’s important is being in the company of family and loved ones.

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