Friday, July 31, 2009
"Tips from the almost-licensed party planner:
When seating guests, it's best not to place all the shallow people together. A simple shallow-deep-shallow-moody-shallow-deep pattern works best."
Yesterday, Mini #1 was on my last nerves and just had an all around moody day. He was so bratty, I don't know what his deal was. Last night, after stories, he was snuggling with me for a moment before I took him upstairs. I said "I missed my sweet boy today. I hope he is back tomorrow."
I tucked him in and went about my business.
He comes downstairs a few minutes later and says "Mom, I checked. The sweet boy will be back on Tuesday."
Where he gets this stuff, I don't know. At least he is honest!
Have a great weekend. Can't wait to catch up and hear all about it. Don't forget to enter our giveaway...Sunday is the last day!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
We have a new member of the Molly Lou family, Dorothy. Dorothy is our new fish. Mini #1 has wanted a pet and before we moved to the new house, we told him that he could get a fish. Dorothy was welcomed in to the family yesterday after quite an interesting trip to Scales & Tails pet shop. Dorothy is adjusting well although she is quite a "lazy" fish which has me slightly worried.
So, let's chat about Scales & Tails. Pet shops really creep me out. They always have that smell and then there are so many random animals in cages all over the place. The walls of fish bother me too. I have always had a fear that something from a movie will occur and the fish tanks will explode right as I am standing there and all these slimy fish and water will be all over me. (I know that I am weird.) Scales & Tails was your typical pet shop with your typical pet shop worker if you know what I mean. We get Dorothy in the bag and then the man is showing Mini #1 how to feed him. He then mentions that goldfish will eat anything and that if we wanted we could give them bloodworms, peas (without their shells) and that really big goldfish like brine shrimp.
OK-this is a small goldfish people that will live in a bowl for the pure enjoyment of my 3 year old son. I am not going to give the 25 cent fish bloodworms or shrimp and if you think that I am going to take the shell off peas to feed a GOLDFISH you really are insane. I let a little giggle when this was being explained. I said, "I think we will just take the flakes."
I could go on with my pet shop experience including some of the other interesting customers that were shopping...
The Molly Lou family is expanding quite quickly. First Darby came and then did I tell you about Sam? Sam walked back from PA. Yes, he walked back. We were having lunch on Monday and Mini #1 looks towards the door and says, "Hi Sam." Mini and I chat about Sam and I even get Sam a cup and give him some grapes. Sam walked back from PA because there wasn't any room in the car. Now, add Dorothy and Mr. Molly Lou better watch out. His spot in the bed may be taken soon.
Have a great day!
PS-Don't forget that we are donating to Katie & Olive Puppy Love Collars to support Puppies Behind Bars. Great time to buy a gift and know that you are helping a worthwhile cause. We also have the new Coyne and Pinckney giveaway going on until Sunday. Enter here for your chance to win your choice of stationery set.
Monday, July 27, 2009
a. Stuck in the Molly Lou family car with Mr. Molly Lou, both minis, Mr. Molly Lou's brother, and his girlfriend for over 13 hours on Thursday/Friday cramped like sardines and getting nauseous as Mini #1 and are stuck in the way back and feel like we are on a constant roller coaster ride while Mr. Molly Lou is erratically driving. We left at 11 pm on Thursday night and arrived at our destination around 12:30 pm on Friday.
b. Arrive at destination and have many, many people to see. Mini #2 has bruises on her cheeks and hams from being squeezed and kissed so much over the weekend. Some of the family has new significant others that we get to meet and let's just say that some are quite interesting.
c. Mosquitoes eat me alive and I couldn't quit scratching all weekend.
d. Mr. Molly Lou was catching up and acting like he was in college again all weekend while I had sole Mini duty. Mini #2 loves plants and feels that she should eat them all.
e. Mini #2 decides that she doesn't want to sleep in the crib and Mini #1 doesn't want to sleep in the "nest" on the floor, so both nights all four of us slept together in one bed.
f. There was more food in the home than at your local supermarket, so as a form of entertainment, I just ate. I needed to be rolled out of there. I need some miracle cleanse and fasting.
g. After being there for about 48 hours, we decided that was enough and all jumped back in the car to ride those 13 hours back home together. We were all tired, fatter, and down right crankier as we embarked on this return journey. You know the trip home is never as much fun and the Minis were NOT feeling it on the ride home. Mini #1 was particularly cheery as his DVD player wouldn't work because the new "universal" car charger I bought didn't feel like working. My shift of driving was also the last 4.5 hours that ended at 2:30 this morning and included a torrential downpour in which I couldn't see a good portion of the trip.
a. I got to spend quality time with my family in the Molly Lou car riding up to PA. We sang songs, chatted, and just loved being together. Mini #1 were able to get bonus entertainment as we got free amusement park rides from sitting in the back. Also, we were able to help the planet by only taking one car and conserving gas.
b. Mini #2 has a new reddish complexion with hints of blue on her skin from all the loving people that just couldn't get enough of this sweet, sweet girl. Perhaps she won't need makeup when she is older. We got to meet new significant others this weekend and loved getting to meet new people.
c. I lost weight this weekend since the mosquitoes loved feasting on my body. This could be a new diet fad.
d. It was such a trip down memory lane to watch Mr. Molly Lou with his family and childhood friends. I loved spending that extra quality time with the minis exploring the lake home we were visiting and was able to deeply appreciate the little things that he does at home when he actually acknowledges that he has children.
e. Sleeping together always brings a family closer. Thankfully, I wasn't able to sleep so deeply this weekend that I might miss something. Also, another great weight loss tool as I was sandwiched between my children that radiate heat and sweat so much each night.
f. I am so thankful to have had such wonderful food this weekend. Great food and great company. I won't need to buy groceries this week as we ate so much that our bodies have at least a week reserve.
g. It was great to hop back in the car on Sunday. We got to squeeze back in the car together and recap the weekend. We were able to see new parts of this great country and visit some gas stations and restrooms that helped build my children's tolerance to germs. Mini #1 was really able to appreciate how he normally gets to ride with a video and is now able to understand how we used to ride in the "old days." I got to really get in touch with God as I prayed so much to make it home through the storm.
I'll let you decide which attitude stance I take...perhaps a bit of both! :) Hope you all had a great weekend...can't wait to catch up!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I am writing you a fan letter because I have such strong feelings about you. I have decided to lump all of your scum, I mean spam together and just write one huge fan letter.
It is truly amazing how generous you all are. I mean in the past few weeks I have been offered enormous amounts of money. You all must have read my blog and saw that times were tight and then we had the whole delinquent renter issue. The $15,000,000, $800,000,000 and the 250,000 pounds will REALLY help out. We can so breathe a sigh of relief. I have never known that there were such kind Nigerian kings, British businessmen, or even an exiled billionaire who died tragically in an accident. I am so sorry to hear that said exiled man died and then your poor wife is stuck in Africa and is very ill. I really appreciate your "passing it on" attitude...I will be sure to let the minis know that you helped them go to college.
That saying "you can't get anything for free" just really isn't true anymore! I will be sure to let all of my friends know and perhaps they can get in on this fantastic and ever so generous offer. Recession...NO MORE!
While I appreciate your "go get 'em" attitude, I must first let you know that while I love, love, love getting your "please your woman in bed" or "double your penis in 5 days" perhaps you ought to spend more time researching your client. I could use more of the "sure fire way to repel your husband everynight" or "make your husband Brad Pitt in just 3 days."
The other thing that I love about your scum, I mean spam again is that I can post an ad on Craig's List for my rental home or about something the minis did and it's like you are reading my mind. You then send me 23 of these fantastic emails about "getting me out of debt and making me $100,000 a month" or the above mentioned help in bed. I know that I am not the smartest person in the world, so I REALLY appreciate you sending me so many so that I can "get it." That is just good customer service...making sure the customer understands what they are getting. It is truly like you are reading my posts and ads and you just get me...you are right inside my head and know exactly what I am thinking and need.
Dear Spammers, I just love you. You have so totally revolutionized email and the Internet. What ever did we do without you in our lives. Thank you, thank you dear scum!
Now SPAM OFF!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
A: I have lost 6 followers over the past few days? Hmmmm...you know this isn't helping reach my Dooce status and I must say that it makes me sad each time I see it. Do you think that they truly love this blog and want to start an identical one, so they think that by not following me that I won't know? Or perhaps they only followed me for the giveaways and got peeved they weren't chosen so thought that they would show me! I'm trying to make it to 300 followers and then we will do a Special Giveaway Blowout Extravanganza Crusade! :)
B: TV PHONE HOME! I am so over summer television and it is so sad how freaking excited I am for my shows to return. Perhaps this should be a true sign that I need to focus on a hobby, workout, or engage in more riveting and intellectual conversations with my husband. Maybe I will work on Mini #2's photobooks or take up serious running...or I could just watch reruns and complain for the next two months.
C: Speaking of TV, you know how I love Real Housewives... ATLANTA you are almost here! I actually dislike that one and feel that they could have done a thousand times better, but there is something about those women and their drama that just makes me laugh and thankful for my boring and poor life.
D: I appreciate all of your thoughts and suggestions about the LOSER renter. It would cost us more to take legal action than what it would be worth. The thing that makes me so stinkin' mad is the fact that they didn't even have the decency to call me and I had to find out from our neighbor friend and then there was no apology or anything. Ugh...it makes me mad just replaying everything in my head.
E: We have a new giveaway. Check it out here and enter today! Contest runs until next Sunday! We are thrilled to have Coyne and Pinckney as part of our family.
F: Instead of children's camp, I think we should start a Mom's Camp. You know-day without your kids, hanging with your friends, doing fun things like the movies or running in the sprinklers, meals and snack, perhaps even nap time. This could be huge...
G: Tonight, we are taking off on a 12 hour roadtrip for a weekend in PA with Mr.'s family and his mother's college friends and their families. This is just a weekend trip with two children and Mr. Molly Lou's brother and his girlfriend all trucking it together for 12 hours and one weekend. I will let you draw your own conclusions...
Have a great day!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thank you for moving out of our home a week ago and not even having the decency to call us. Thank you for abandoning your lease in which you still have nine months left to pay on...remember that legally binding agreement that we signed in which I offered you an adorable home to live in with your two and soon to be three children for the next year???
It was so great to hear from our neighbor and good friend on Saturday. We hadn't gotten to actually speak with him or his wife since they welcomed a new arrival to the world a few weeks ago. We so love them and were hoping that life was finally settling down for them and they were able to chat and tell us all the details and how the big brother was doing, but no, he was calling to regale us in your move out efforts and get the real scoop on why we "booted our tenants." Let's just say that both of us were more than a little SURPRISED to find out that we DID KNOW you left. That's right, you just left and couldn't even call us to tell us that you are not a nice or responsible person.
When I did get to talk to you on Saturday, you did not even apologize once, but acted like this was a normal occurrence...you don't have money so you just move out and forget about the lease agreement. You also told me the house was SPOTLESS because you got on your hands and knees to scrub the floors and everything was in pristine shape. You also told me that the utilities were still left on and that you certainly hoped that we could find another renter.
Well, dear renter, when Mr. Molly Lou arrived at the home this morning, the house wasn't exactly in that pristine shape that you mentioned and the light fixture hanging from the ceiling was only the tip of the iceberg. Oh, did you think that I wouldn't find out that the electricity was in fact not on? I even called the electric and gas company and as I am the owner of the home, I was informed that you asked for the services to be cut off last Thursday. Right...you are a tricky one and perhaps you thought that my hair was as blonde as yours. (While we are at it, no one thinks that is your natural hair color and perhaps the 2 inches of dark roots at the top give it away.)
Perhaps in your haste to move out, you forgot some very important "friends" that belong to you. The 32535322 fleas that you left were jumping up and down excited to see Mr. Molly Lou since they had been abandoned. I can't be sure, but I don't think they enjoyed the bomb that Mr. Molly Lou set off to let the little buggers drift away to Flea Heaven.
Dear Renter I think that you need some help. I am no professional, but may I offer you some life advice? Perhaps the two children that you currently have and the one that you are carrying with the boyfriend that you just broke up with would like to have a stable home and know that their mother is a responsible and good person. The job that you just got laid off from was as a teacher at a private, religious school...perhaps getting pregnant with your "baby daddy" wasn't on the top of their list of fave things you have done and the constant calling in sick from said pregnancy probably is what lost you the Teacher of the Year Award.
Trust me, there are continuous EXTREMELY not nice thoughts that continue to run through my head about you. If I wasn't a good Southern girl, I would call you some of those not so nice words that are in my thoughts right now.
PS-Your rent check for this month bounced...THANKS AGAIN! Please tell any future landlord or mortgage broker to give me a call...I would love to chat about what a glorious person you are! I certainly hope your children don't follow in your footsteps, but instead learn from your example and do the opposite.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
If I close my eyes, perhaps I can pretend...
We need more "Snapshot Saturday" shots. Send us your .jpg submission with a brief description. We'd love to see your summer happenings and trips!
Have a great weekend!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Exhibit A: Yesterday, I did some MORE yard work and finish clearing out another front bed. There is a part that has more bushes, so more difficult to get in. I had already done one wheel barrow and then filled the second one. I left the wheel barrow on the driveway full of leaves, sticks, small branches, etc. and when we got back last night, he was playing with the wheel barrow and it was tilting.
I said "Please don't do that. If that wheelbarrow tips over and all that work I did spills all over the driveway, I am not going to be happy."
Mini: "Are you going to be really mad mom?"
Me: "Yes, I am going to be mad."
Mini: "How mad? As mad as you were when I put the hole in the ceiling from the bathroom?"
(The hole is he is referring to is when he flooded the bathroom and the leak in the ceiling that occurred. He watched me hammer the nail in the ceiling to give the water a place to flow, so that must be the hole he is talking about. Read that story here if you missed that DAY O' FUN!)
Exhibit B: Mr. Molly Lou had parked his car on the street so that I could get my car out of the driveway. When we got back, he asked me to move his car back down. I said I would and asked Mini #1 if he wanted to come with me and "drive."
He did and loved the whole driving back in to the driveway. He then said he wanted to drive my car. I said that maybe he could tomorrow and that as a three year old, he had enough driving for one day.
He starts his pouting and shouts "But tomorrow never comes for me Mom!"
Exhibit C: We had dinner at Molly Lou sister's last night. Mini #1 and I made brownies while Mini #2 was napping. We made marble brownies, so we had one bowl for the white mix and one for the chocolate brownie mix. When we were finished, Mini #1 stole the bowl to get the goods left in it. I said "Aren't you going to share the other bowl with Darby?"
He says "No, Mom. Darby doesn't like brownies."
Interesting and quite convenient. I bet Darby just HATES M&M's too.
Exhibit D & Darby update: We went to the grocery store yesterday afternoon. We walked out and all of the sudden, Mini #1 starts screaming and runs back towards the store. He stops and starts crying. I am asking what is wrong as I'm completely clueless as to what is going on.
He tells me that Darby got smashed in the door. She wanted to go back in to get something and the door closed.
SERIOUSLY! How should I have handled that because I am open to any suggestions?
***Darby is fine and when we returned home safely in one piece, the minis and Darby enjoyed some juice and a snack. WHEW!***
Have a great weekend! Can't wait to hear about all the weekend happenings!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
1. Darby Update: (If you missed Darby's intro. to the Molly Lou family, click here.) Ok folks, I think the Darby has WORN out her welcome. I am trying to be patient and while it is humorous and fun to watch, sometimes that little $%^& is causing problems. All of the reasons that I don't believe in spanking my children, do you think that would apply as well to imaginary friends? Here is the best from yesterday...I was pulling out of the driveway and all of the sudden, the door opens. The car is moving and Mini #1's door is open.
I freak out and say "What are you doing?"
Mini: "You left Darby. She was chasing us. We can't leave her at home."
I get out and close the door (first assuring that the child lock is now actually on) and then say "Is Darby all set? From now on, if Darby isn't in the car when it starts moving, then she doesn't get to go. Ok?"
Mini: "Did you hear that Darby? Mom said you can't go if we are moving. She means it, I can tell."
Glad that Darby got the picture...Don't make me come back there, Darby! Darby also doesn't like to eat her lunch, but likes to try to sneak a fruit snack out of the cabinet. Mini #1 put Darby in to timeout and said "Darby, you are getting a time out because your ears aren't on and you are having a hard time listening."
Hmmm...where do you think that line came from?
2-Jon Gosselin-he is making me crazy. I was always on Team Jon, but now I have jumped ship. What a flippin' moron. You are now dating your wife's plastic surgeon's daughter that is over a decade younger than you and there are magazine pictures of you smoking while in the south of France just 19 days after your wife filed for divorce...great for your children. You are so right, you are there for your kids and doing what is BEST for them. Oh, by the way, why did you wife need to have plastic surgery? Right...she had 8 children, 6 of them at once and they slightly resemble you! WAY TO GO JON!
3-We have been going to a new church. It's nice and last night, we went to the Wednesday night deal. You know the drill: covered dish meal, old people that you don't know touching your baby, followed by children's fun time and then adult study/discussion. I really wanted to go because Mini #1 is going to VBS there next week alone and if you know him or have read my blog, he is not loving strangers and unfamiliar situations. We met some more nice people and the "class" was only like 35 minutes. The kids had fun, but here is my rant. COVERED DISH MEALS MAKE ME CRAZY!!!! Someone brought a 3"x6" platter of raw broccoli and someone else brought a package of Oreos. Are you f*&%ing kidding me? THAT WAS THEIR CONTRIBUTION!
4-Have you ever taken one of those colors tests? Choose your favorite color from a list and then it defines you as a person. I did one the other night when I couldn't sleep. I know what you're thinking that there were about 278 more useful things that I could have been doing instead of this. Take your own here and see if you can guess mine. I bet you can.
5-I look like a battered woman. All this manual labor in my yard has given me about 45621 bruises. I bruise so easily. This manual labor thing is getting old and I so wish I could Bewitch myself a laborer.
Thanks for indulging me on "Haphazard Thursday." Have a great day!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Yesterday, however, was a true test of love and I had thoughts of posting them on Craig's List. I mean seriously if someone would have come along and offered me ANYTHING for the children, I might have accepted. I mean didn't Debbie Rowe just take $4 million for hers? Mine are WAY CUTER, so I wonder what I could get.
ONLY KIDDING. Perhaps not funny, but after you hear about my day yesterday you will not be so horrified.
(Before you read on, I would NEVER sell my children. I may rent them for a few hours, but they are too stinking cute and loveable to actually sell. Besides, Mr. Molly Lou always talks about how much we have invested in them already and wonders if they offer a trade-in program like with cars...interesting idea.)
Ok, so Mini #1 loves to play in the bathroom. The child has $6789987 worth of toys, but the sink is heaven to him. He has flooded the bathroom before with his overzealous sink play and has been told more than I can count not to do it. We had breakfast and then he went up for his morning potty break while Mini #2 and I finished up breakfast and I began to clean up. I went to check on him and there was the flood of 2009. He knew he was in trouble just by looking at me. (I used to be a teacher, so I have the best "look of death.") I got the mess all cleaned up and then went downstairs to finish cleaning up.
I am sweeping the wood floor and am in the kitchen when I feel a drop of water on me. I look down and there are several drops on the wood. Laws of gravity would lead me to look up and that's when I saw it...a leak in the ceiling. Convenient that this same leak is right below the bathroom. RIGHT (starting not to judge me so much aren't you.) So the flood, let to water leaking above my kitchen sink. I call Mr. Molly Lou and he tells me to hammer a small nail in the ceiling to allow the water to flow from that hole rather than just sit there and possible crash down on me and the children since there is no way to know exactly how much was there. I do as told and the water does start to drip from the hole. We fill a bowl and then it stopped.
Fast forward about 20 minutes from this fiasco and I am mopping the kitchen floor and cleaning up the rest of the mess from the leak. I hear a boom, crash in the living room and then Mini #2 crying. I walk in to find that she has worked her way across the room and attempted to pull her self up on to an iron plant stand and large plant. She felt that was the perfect place to stand at that moment. THE CHILD WAS COVERED IN DIRT. I mean covered, the stand has fallen over, and the plant is traumatized on the floor while the pot has broken in to 123 pieces. She isn't hurt and as soon as I pick her up, she is fine. She could care less about the dirt...this child loves to be dirty.
Clean up another mess and then get Mini #2 down for a nap.
The doorbell rings about 5 minutes later and who decided to drop by, but the pastor of the new church that we went to on Sunday. PERFECT TIMING. All I have to say is Thank God I had a bra on and he didn't come 5 minutes earlier to see my child covered in dirt and Mini #1 only his underwear and still crying over the punishment from the first fiasco. So the Rev. and I chatted it up for a few minutes and then he went on his way.
Later in the day when we went out to do a few things, I was stopped at a stop light and all of the sudden who is in my face? That would be my child. He just undid his seat belt, hopped out of his seat and decided to see the view from up front. Thank goodness I was stopped because I seriously almost peed my pants because he startled me so. A series of tantrums occurred over various things...no green goldfish in his bowl, Maggie read his book, etc.
Ok, judge away now. I will tell you that we are all still alive and were happy when it was bedtime last night. Today is a new day...
Have a great day!
PS-thanks for the emails and comments about Darby. Darby is still here and I have many stories to share...this imaginary friend bit is quite interesting. Darby is starting to wear out her welcome though. Darby and I might have a throw down...my patience is wearing thin on some things.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Darby meet Blog Friends.
Who is our new friend?
Darby is now living with us, has a spot at the table and didn't want to eat her dinner, prefers chocolate milk to water, a special bed with two pillows and stuffed animal,a prime spot right in the middle of the sofa for stories at night, loves swimming (she's really good at jumping), makes the best sand castles, and she has a new baby sister named Claire. Claire is also here although I didn't see her after we finished dinner. Perhaps I should be worried about that.
How long will Darby and Claire be living with us? Indefinitely, but Mr. Molly Lou has already said they have to go when it starts costing more money. Now, they are just grateful house guests, but when they start asking for things, eating too many snacks, or expect a college fund, he will file for eviction.
Darby is Mini #1's new imaginary friend. This is our first dip in to the "Imaginary Friend Pond" so I am just rolling with it. It's been interesting to say the least and quite fun to watch him with Darby. I never had an imaginary friend or have no recollection of it and I don't recall my sister ever having one either. Mr. Molly Lou says he never had one either although he talks to himself in the mirror now...does that count as an adult imaginary friend?
Ever play Hide and Seek with an imaginary friend??? Interesting...thankfully most of the time Darby hid with Mini #1. We only had almost one new friend catastrophe.
I still carry Mini #1 up to bed every night after stories and last night, I carried him, but had to hold Darby's hand up the stairs so she wouldn't fall. Darby loved Lyle Lyle Crocodile last night and wants to read that book every night. He is very protective of Darby and very considerate of her as well. He asked her what she wanted for breakfast and told me that she didn't like the cup that I got out for her. She even took over my seat at the table, but the host that I am graciously allowed her to sit where she wanted. She was slightly rude when it came time to pick her placemat. Mini #1 said she didn't like the choices, but finally decided on a lobster one (you know the adorable ones at Molly Lou Gifts). Darby also found it necessary to sit right in front of the refrigerator and I had to politely ask her to move each time I needed to get in there this morning. My politeness will quickly run its course if this behavior keeps up.
The adventures of Darby and Mini continue...any bets on what they get in to next?
Have a great day!
Monday, July 13, 2009
I feel that I have been a terrible mother lately.
When I was pregnant with Mini #1, I made a pregnancy scrapbook documenting all of my doctor's appointments, ultrasound pictures, shower pictures, gifts, etc. It was all documented and ready to go before I went in to labor and then I added the days in the hospital when I had him. You know the whole, baby hat they first put on him, the name tags from his hospital cradle, all the little things that documented his introduction to the world.
Then, I think he had 6 photo albums/scrapbooks before he was three months old. All adorned with the cute little borders, tearful little sayings about sweet babies and bubbly baby boys. I only had one child, my husband worked out of the country, and I used to stay up until the wee hours of the morning making sure that everything was perfect.
He also has hours of video of him staring at the camera completely bored with the camera in his face, looking like an infant angel while sleeping, me sounding like a complete idiot making noises to try to get him to smile, his first steps, baths, tooth, tantrum, etc. I do have many more pictures than actual video footage. Mr. Molly Lou isn't much for taking pictures or video and he was gone a lot, so that leaves me alone and the camera is what I always grab first.
Fast forward three years and add Mini #2 who is so freaking adorable I just want to eat her. While I have all of her little ultrasound pictures, baby pink papers and vellum to create that fantastic pregnancy scrapbook documenting all of the doctor's appointments, first kicks, cravings, etc. I haven't made it.
I have 4354364 pictures of her nine months on this Earth and I have all of those books ready to be filled with amazingly creative photo pages.
I took a video yesterday afternoon of Mini #2 looking precious in her church dress and little pearl bracelet with a silver cross. She was smiling, cooing, babbling, trying to walk, crawling, and making cute faces for the camera. It was great, then I went to rewind the tape and realized that I haven't taken a video of her since Christmas.
That's right, Christmas...7 freaking months ago.
About all of those ultrasound pictures, photographs, paper, vellum, stickers, books, quotes, hospital stuff...While I HAVE THEM, I haven't done anything with them. They take up two drawers in a craft shelf that I have.
I HAVE NOT CREATED ONE BOOK FOR MY PRECIOUS DAUGHTER OR TAKEN A VIDEO OF HER ADORABLENESS IN 7 MONTHS. I SHOULD BE TURNED IN TO THE AUTHORITIES.
In my defense, I haven't done anything with Mini #1's photographs in over a year. Again, I have them, just in a drawer. I also haven't taken a video of him in 7 months either.
We have also moved three times since this little DISASTER first occurred. It started as a little snowball and has quickly turned in to a massive avalanche with no known survivors. And I am trying to grow a business, keep a clean house, do my side job, play/read/laugh with my children occassionally, feed them, blog with my friends, and sleep occassionally.
Who am I kidding??? No excuse is really good enough.
My children are going to be in therapy in 20 years and will roll in to the fetal position and start crying whenever someone mentions baby book. God forbid anyone to actually bring out a baby book to show off their life as a toddler.
I'll just hand my children the box where their pictures will still remain and then hand them a BIG check for their therapist.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
"As long as you know men are like children, you know everything." ~Coco Chanel
"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone." ~Coco Chanel
Seriously, the most brilliant woman ever! :)
Happy Sunday! Hope your weekends are fabulous!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
"Jingle bell, jingle bell rock..."
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree..."
Feeling festive yet? I am so excited about this swap. Partners are listed below and were selected randomly. Mini #1 loved his job as "Official Name Picker." We at the Molly Lou headquarters like to kick it old school and just pick the names out of a jar. He is really stepping up and has proved that he is worthy! Your swap partner's name should link up to their email address. Chat with your partners about likes/dislikes, favorite colors, etc. Choose a theme with your partner or not. It's up to you all to decide what you want to do to make this fantastic.
Remember that gift packages should be mailed to your partner by July 25th and you shouldn't spend more than $30 (not including shipping.)
Wrap up your packages so your partner will have that Christmas morning rip open thrill-doesn't have to be holiday wrap!
I can just see it now...what a bunch of fools we will all look when we make it nice and cold in our living rooms, put on a sweater, add a holiday song on the ipod and drink hot chocolate as we open our lovely packages. :)
Living in the Moment-Perfectly Pleasant
Personalized Sketches and Sentiments-Gleatie
Family Life-Jen & Rob
Just Playing Pretend-Joshley and The Charles
Pink is my Signature Color-LaurensMommy
Matt and Me - Cathy
Molly Lou Gifts-Her Southern Charm
Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in anyway! Don't forget to take pictures and post all about your awesome gifts after you receive. We all can't wait to see what gifts were left for you by your "Summer Santa."
If you're so sad that you missed the swap and are kicking yourself for not participating, email me and we will set you up. After all, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year."
Have a great day!
PS-Shameless Molly Lou Gifts plug: If you're interested in purchasing any gifts for your swap partner from us, we'll give you 20% off. Use code swap20 to get the discount at checkout. I know the owner and know what cute things they have and they always come adorably packaged. We can even ship directly to your partner with a gift message. Shameless, I know. :)
Mini #2 does a great job of supervising all kitchen activities while patiently waiting for her serving.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Let me just tell you how long it took me to decipher this mass of entries. Great "problem" to have, but between extra entries for referrals and purchases-AHHHH! I was also trying to do this while Mini #2 was napping and Mini #1 was playing by himself. I need to change some things for next time, but I mean this is fantastic and clearly we need more giveaway blowouts!
There are three randomly chosen winners to this contest! And you all know that I love Dancing With the Stars, so we are going to go with their agonizingly suspenseful music. Get it in your head...
Everyone dancing to the music? Ready...
The GRAND PRIZE winner of the Molly Lou Gifts 100th, well 101st Post Giveaway Blowout is
The Southern Housewife
The other two lucky winners who will receive Molly Lou Gifts gift certificates
Shaina aka Post Smith
YAY for all three of you! Thanks so much again for entering. Girls, please email me and I will get you hooked up with your prizes and redemption codes for your gift certificates. Have a great day!
PS-we have over 200 followers!!! YAY, I am so incredibly excited! Welcome all our new peeps...thanks for stopping by! We're sure to have loads of fun times together!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
At night, before I go to bed, the dishwasher is unloaded, the floors have been swept and mopped, all mini toys have been picked up, my coffee pot is set, and things are pretty much neat and tidy in the Molly Lou house. I know this may seem excessive, but I am "a clean freak" as Mr. Molly Lou so lovingly describes me and if I get the basics like coffee set and dishwasher unloaded, then it is one less thing that I have to do in the morning.
Last night, we had a lighting debacle. We have been trying to put a new light up in the dining room for a few days. There is some problem left from the "interesting one" regarding the wires, so this is why it wasn't hung days ago. Last night, we hung the light and then started to tackle the wires. It got dark, mini #1 was still up, and Mr. Molly Lou decided to call his hear ol' dad for some help.
Mini #1 knows just how to sweet talk me some nights and wanted me to lay with him. I gave in and went upstairs with him. Of course, I fell asleep snuggling with him and when I came down, I just couldn't get it together.
I hadn't swept or mopped, the dishwasher hadn't even been started, there were pieces of wire, tools, box pieces all over the table and floor, and more tools strewn about the hutch and other places. I decided I would take care of it this morning, started the dishwasher, and made my way to my bed.
Fast forward to this morning, Mini #1 is in my bed at 3:00 am and feels that it's a great time to chat it up with Mom and Dad. I get up early, didn't realize that Mr. Molly Lou wouldn't pick up ANY tool strewn about and leave his soda can, bottle, glasses all over, and that he turned the kitchen breaker off (half of it) and didn't turn back on! YES, I said it. The laundry is included in said breaker, so the clothes I put in to wash last night didn't finish their cycle and were a lovely mush in the washer. The dishes hadn't even been ran in the dishwasher, but the worst, it turned off the clock on my coffee pot and therefore automatic timer...NO COFFEE WAITING FOR ME THIS MORNING! AHHHHHHHHHH!
I know these are REALLY minor things, but ugggggghhhhhh!
In other news, TOMORROW is the last day to sign up to join us for the "Christmas in July" Swap and partners will be set on Saturday. Also, TOMORROW at noon is the last chance to sign up for the "100th, well 101st Blog Post Giveaway Blowout." I will announce the winner tomorrow afternoon! Go, sign up and tell a friend! Have a great day!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
He is so funny and is growing up so quickly.
This morning he said "My sister is so cute."
I said "You're pretty cute too. You know that?"
MLM#1: "I used to think I was cute, but now I know I am."
Humble, isn't he!
This morning while Mini #2 was nappy, we were outside. I was weeding that darn front bed STILL and he was playing. He looks up after a while and says "You need to work faster Mom. There are still a lot of weeds."
The other night Mr. Molly Lou was working some electrical things and it wasn't going so well. He was very frustrated and we were explaining to Mini #1 that Daddy was just frustrated because he couldn't get it right and didn't know how to fix it. Finally, Mr. Molly Lou worked his magic and fixed it. Mini #1 and I were clapping for Daddy's accomplishment and Mini #1 says:
"Yay Dad! You solved a problem. You should feel proud of yourself."
As a child, I used to go to the Asheville area all the time. It's really beautiful and I was also so happy to grow up in a place that was so close to beautiful mountains and beaches. My parents would pack Molly Lou sister and I in the minivan and we would head to the mountains to pick apples, pumpkins, look at the beautiful fall leaves on the mountains, and tour the Biltmore Estate.
You know that I truly believe that I was meant to be royalty in a previous life. As a little girl, I used to pretend that I was a Vanderbilt and lived in the Biltmore. You know the whole largest private home in America, owning as far as you can see, more rooms that you could possibly run around in one day, people to cook your meals, horses to ride, etc. was really up my alley. Parents always encourage their children to dream and that was mine.
So, back to my original point. I have never really been to downtown Asheville or it has been many years since that little soiree. Asheville is full of artisitic, hippie, granola, tree-hugging sorts. It was nice to be in such a unique place...the weather was great and most of the shops and restaurants are locally owned. I love being in the mountains and this little unique town is cute. However, some citizens take the whole "back to nature thing" a little too far. I saw a woman in dreadlocks and a tapestry dress breastfeeding her child while walking down the street. RIGHT! I breastfed Mini #1 for 13 months and tried with Mini #2, so it isn't that I have a problem with breastfeeding, it's the whole while walking down a street filled people and the disgustingness that has become your head. Birds would fly away in fear after seeing that nest. Every person that was a true "Asheville-ite" had that vegan, yoga obsessed vibe while wearing their peasant inspired "vintage" clothes and some smelling as though they hadn't bathed in a while. When did taking regular showers and taking pride in having that Dove soap smell become a bad thing?
On Saturday, I had on seersucker pants, monogram Stephen Bonanno's, and carried my blue leather Kate Spade bag while Mr. Molly Lou had on madras shorts and Sperry's. The tree huggers were running for their trees when they saw us coming. I mean this town is-sooooooooo NOT ME! Mr. Molly Lou and I stuck out like sore thumbs. It was kind of funny because you could point out other "outsiders" like us a mile away as they too wore clean clothes and showered at their hotel or bed and breakfast before walking out in search of a Starbucks before they headed back to their respective fast paced life full of all that the Industrial Revolution made possible.
They would certainly turn me in to the authorities for bottle feeding my child and feeding her Gerber baby food in clothes that were not recycled, but purchased from Baby Gap. It might just throw them over the edge if they saw that she was wearing-disposable diapers! GASP! And, Mini #1 didn't play with handmade wooden toys, but loud, plastic ones from Target while obsessing over the polluting trains that go through the mountains. They would exile him for not eating organic vegetables, but instead inhaling Goldfish and pining for a taco from Moe's.
"Worthwhile Wednesday" will be delayed this week! Sorry...I know you just couldn't wait to read this morning to see this week's picks! Don't forget that Friday is the last day to enter our GIVEAWAY BLOWOUT. See top or left for details and to enter. Also, we are having a Christmas in July Swap! YAY! Join the fun and get the details here. Deadline to enter is July 10th with partners announced on the 11th. Invite a friend! Have a great day!
PS-It has become a habit that I don't even THINK about taking the camera if the minis aren't around. Mr. Molly Lou and I are going to look back and wonder where the heck we were for our entire lives. Answer-raising children!!! :)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Even with bug spray on, we are still getting bit and I cannot kill enough. Trust me I feel NO GUILT when I smash one.
Weeds aren't much better in my book. At one time, years ago the "interesting" one had some great landscaping put in. I'm sure it cost quite a lot as I have met this woman and I don't think she could even understand the words "sweat equity." Anyway, I'm sure that back in it's day, the yard was fantastic and while I can see the "good bones" of the yard beneath the overgrowth, it is driving me crazy trying to get there.
I know what you all are thinking? Why doesn't the Molly Lou family hire a landscaper to make the yard beautiful again. Well, you see we don't really work like that. Mr. Molly Lou is someone who has the mentality of "Why should we pay someone to do what we can do?" While I can understand that, the real reason is that we should spend what little money we have feeding our children, keeping the AC running, and perhaps contributing to their college fund. The landscaper fund is slim these days. We are making major improvements and it started with the actual mowing of the lawn. It was amazing to see the two to three foot tall grass mowed down and this past weekend he did it again and it looks great. The backyard is looking good too. Now, the front beds are where the weeds I mentioned above are killing me. The front beds have some good shrubs and the outline of stones looks great. The problem comes from the 98437508745 weeds that have been quite happy making their home there for years as the interesting one continued to get boob jobs instead of weeding her yard.
My poor hands will NEVER look the same. Not that I had great hands and am always in need of a manicure, but now there is DIRT that is permanently making its home permanently in my nails and crevices on my hands. I also have cuts that I am not exactly sure how I got. It is instant gratification though...I get a little jolt of excitement when I look down and see a small patch that is weed free.
I swear though thatI pull up 4 weeds and then I look down and there are three more. They are worse than rabbits...where are they all coming from? You know how I have mentioned before about how I truly believe that I was meant to be royalty and obscenely rich in a previous life? Well, at night I am going to dream being that rich and watching a completely fab landscaper transform my yard and making the leaves disappear like magic.
Have a great day! Cheers!
PS-Mr. Molly Lou and Mini #1 were able to get in to the pool before dinner last night! YAY! It isn't completely clear, but I went to the pool store again yesterday with a sample. Everything checked out so it is completely safe to swim and we are adding a better clarifier to it. The woman explained that since the pool was so completely lagoonlike and disgusting to start, it is just taking MORE time to clear up and ADDITIONAL products....thanks again Interesting One. GREAT JOB!!! Perhaps if we didn't have to spend all this money on just getting the pool clear that I could actually have that landscaper.
Monday, July 6, 2009
*This is the last week to enter our 100th (101st) Post Giveaway Blowout! Unless you have been in outerspace or under a rock for the past week, you should have entered our contest! Perhaps that craziness you call life had you (which I totally understand) and you missed it, click here for the details and to enter. One very lucky winner will receive $100 in Molly Lou Gifts products and two other lucky winners will receive Molly Lou Gifts gift certificates! Seriously, I am so excited about this and wish I could win my own contest. Read all about it, pass it on to a friend, post, tweet, and get entering!
*Is anyone else having preposting issues. For some reason, there is something SERIOUSLY wrong and my posts don't publish when I tell them to. I had two scheduled posts for last week's Worthwhile Wednesday when I was away for mini #2's doctor's appointment and Snapshot Saturday and neither worked. I think one of you mentioned this last week, but I can't remember who it was and if you got it resolved.
*I have several new products in the works for Molly Lou Gifts. I hope to reveal some by the end of the week, so stay tuned. I know the suspense is killing you.
*Pool Update: The Molly Lou family pool is still NOT blue. I mean it is blue, but it is still cloudy. Mr. Molly Lou has devoted so much time to this effort and we can't seem to get it right. I took a sample to the pool store and they gave me two things to put in and assured me all would be good in the world of pools. Well, we put it in and did exactly as instructed and while it may be safe to swim, still cloudy. I am taking another sample today and have all my fingers and toes crossed. I don't know how much longer I can deal with Mini #1's look of sheer disappointment every morning when he wakes up and sees that he still can't quite see the car he dropped in the deep end. AHHHHH! On another home note, we still have about 345 hours of good work to do on our yard, but I am pleased to say that major progress is happening and the neighbors are no longer shuddering at our overgrown yard. The landscaping is starting to come together..."The hills are alive."
*I posted two pictures of the minis at our 4th of July celebration and they were oh so cute in their personalized shirts. After seeing the pictures, I know you all are kicking yourself that you didn't get one, so head on over and check out our great selection of personalized shirts. (Shameless plug, sorry!) Here are a few more.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
5 years ago today I married Mr. Molly Lou and we danced our first dance to Van Morrison's Into the Mystic. 6 years ago today we were engaged in New York City on a dinner cruise right as we sailed by the Statue of Liberty at sunset. We announced our engagement the next morning on the Today Show to all of our friends and family around the country. We made a sign that said "Mom and Dad We're Getting Hitched!" I know you're jealous...we thought it might stand out and it obviously worked!
WOW! Mr. Molly Lou, we have had a very busy five years-think of all the places we have lived and visited and just look at our two beautiful minis! I am so glad I married you and look forward to all that life has in store for us! I LOVE YOU! Happy Anniversary!
We are leaving the minis with Grammy for the night and are headed for one night away in the mountains before we come back to celebrate Independence Day with our family at our new house. Pray the pool is clear and we are able to swim.
Have a great 4th of July holiday weekend! Can't wait to hear all about it. Enjoy your weekend! Cheers!