Monday, September 29, 2008

Will You Come and Follow Me...

Blogger has a nifty new widget called Following. (Mine is in the sidebar, under the Player.) If you have a Blogger profile (you don't have to blog to create a profile) click on 'Follow this blog' and your picture will appear. Click on my followers to see their profiles with links to their blogs.

It's an easy way to keep track of your favorite blogs, which are automatically added to your Google Reader and to the Reading List on your Blogger dashboard, and discover some great new reads like Parish the Thought by Fr. Bud Pelletier.

If you have a Blogger profile I invite you to follow me! If you don't have a profile, create one and follow me! C'mon, all the cool kids are doing it...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

I'm an Organizing Junkie

I'm still menu planning, I just haven't been blogging my plans - until I saw this week's theme, "Family Favorites Edition".

I post many of my family favorites on my recipe blog, Diva Mom's Meals.

This Week's Meals:
Saucy Cheeseburger Sandwiches, fruit salad, chips *Family Favorite*
Beer Brats, baked beans, corn *Family Favorite*
Alton Brown's Grilled Cheese, fresh & easy's tomato 'n basil soup *Family Favorite*
No Fuss Taco Salad

Dan has gigs 3 nights in the next 7 so it's an easy cooking week for me. The Little Heroes are always happy with quick and easy meals like Quesadillas, Annie's Pasta Meals, and probably one trip to the Golden Arches.

Have a delicious week!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy 17 Months, Ittyboy!

At 17 months, Ittyboy:

  • Has numerous words/phrases: dada, mama, buh-bye, hi, up, down, blub (for his tummy), eyes, nose, butt (when he needs a change), kitty, dog, birdie, baby, 'cuse me, good (when asked, "how are you?"), car, cookie, apple, , cheese, all done, nite-nite.
  • Loves to do his 'jobs': pushing the garage door opener, putting the trash can back under the sink and closing the cabinet door, and picking out his shirt each morning (his favorite being his Wal-E shirt).
  • Climbs onto the couch and from there the end tables.
  • Climbs onto the dining room bench and from there the dining room table.
  • Has mastered the child-proof cabinet locks, the child-proof stove top burner locks and one version of an oven lock.
  • Loves to dance.
  • Has his 8 front teeth completely in and is working on 4 molars.
  • Thinks Jon and Kate Plus 8 is hilarious because of all the "BABIES!"
  • Makes the sign of the cross and then shouts, "AMEN!"
  • Nurses at nap-time and occasionally bed-time.

9/27/08 UPDATE: Diva Mom needs more caffeine/sleep/to regenerate the brain cells lost during two pregnancies. I originally posted this as 'Happy 18 Months, Ittyboy!'. Today (2 weeks later) I realized Itty won't be 18 months until October 17. Holy missing IQ points.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Simple Woman

I've seen this on several blogs and it looked like a good way to start the week.

~The Simple Woman~

For Today...

Outside my Window... blazing hot sun. Will fall ever arrive?

I am thinking..."Is my coffee done yet?"

I am thankful for... Mr. Coffee, whoever he is.

From the kitchen... planning a run to Fresh & Easy after dropping Bittyman at school. The fridge is bare!

I am wearing... denim capris and an Old Navy polo shirt.

I am reading... St. Paul: Jubilee Year of the Apostle Paul Edition: A Bible Study for Catholics

I am hoping... it cools down soon so we can start walking to school instead of driving.

I am creating... a pile of items to put on eBay.

I am hearing... sniffles from Ittboy. Not sure if it's due to the 4 molars he's got coming in or allergies.

Around the house... Mondays are my general cleaning day, a la FlyLady.

One of my favorite things... relaxing with my three Heroes on Sunday afternoons.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week... visiting with Grandma and Grandpa I. after they arrive tomorrow, a trip to Costco, continue my quest to find a Black Spiderman costume for Ittyboy (to go with Bitty's Red Spiderman costume), meeting our playgroup at a concert Friday night.

Here are two picture thoughts I am sharing with you...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Never Forget

The Anchoress has a fantastic post, 9/11: Remembrance and prayers, with a long list of links all worth gazing at today.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

ABC's of Homemaking Meme

From Tracy's.

Aprons - Y/N? If yes, what does your favorite look like?
My 'apron' is whatever Old Navy t-shirt I'm sporting.

Baking- Favorite thing to bake?
My body, poolside.

Clothes line - Y/N ?
Aprons, clothes lines - who wrote this meme, my Great-Grandmother (God rest her soul)?

Donuts - Have you ever made them?
No, but Bittyman wants me to get one of these so we can make donut-like pancake puffs.

Everyday - One homemaking thing you do everyday.
Make coffee.

Freezer - Do you use a deep freeze?
Dan bought a chest freezer for my birthday last year. Although I didn't talk to him for days afterward, I have to admit it's pretty darn handy.

Garbage Disposer Y/N?
Not having one is an option?

Handbook - What's your favorite homemaking resource?
The Food Network and HGTV

Ironing - Love it or Hate it?
Don't do it.

Junk Drawer - Y/N? If yes, where is it?
Yes, in the kitchen. But I'm pretty clutter-phobic. It's not very junky.

Kitchen - color & decorating scheme.
Rich Creme with an accent wall in Mother Nature (green). Decorated in Tuscany meets Pier 1 on clearance.

Love - what is your favorite part of homemaking?
Anything that involves the Heroes. They're entertainingly helpful little critters.

Mop - Y/N?
Swiffer wet, almost daily.

Nylons, machine or hand wash?
I only wear them on Christmas. I splurge for a new pair yearly.

Oven - Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
Window. Safer with Ittyboy around.

Pizza - what do you put on yours?
Black olives and extra cheese for the Heroes. BBQ chicken for me. Dan will eat anything. Darn, now I'm craving CPK.

Quiet - what do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Sit. Usually at the computer where I read blogs, play Scramble and even pray.

Recipe Card Box - Y/N?
Box, no. Blog, yes.

Style of house - what style is your house?
Whatever they call the stucco/tile roof style that's popular out here in the west.

Tablecloths and napkins?
Napkins. A tablecloth + Ittyboy is asking for new dishes... hmmm... I'm kinda tired of my 12-year-old set...

Under the kitchen sink - organized or toxic wasteland?
Nothing but the trash can and stored paper towels. Ittyboy has mastered child-proof locks.

Vacuum - how many times per week?
How about per day? Usually after each meal.

Wash - how many loads of laundry do you do per week?
Again, per day. At least 2.

X's - Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
No. Sorta follow the Flylady system. (But don't sign up for her e-mails. They'll clutter your inbox.)

Yard - Who does what?
The HOA.

ZZZ's - What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
Picking up the countless plastic toys scattered about, briefly fantasizing about tossing them all into the trash, but realizing the psychological damage that would cause, I instead return them to their proper baskets and bins.

I tag anyone who wants to play. Let me know in the comment box if you do.

Friday, September 05, 2008

All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Bittyman's Second Week of Kindergarten

  • Whoever came up with the idea of 'afternoon kindergarten' only had one child.
  • Younger siblings of children in 'afternoon kindergarten' have an uncanny way of waiting to fall asleep for their nap until 20 minutes before Mommy has to leave to drop off or pick up their older sibling.
  • There is no changing from 'afternoon' to 'morning' kindergarten. Apparently it's one of those commandments from the tablet that Moses dropped when he came down from Mt. Sinai: "Walkers, thou shalt attend afternoon kindergarten."
  • 5-year-old boys who have been sitting in a classroom for 2 1/2 hours emerge with more pent-up energy than a shaken can of soda pop. (Yep, I wrote soda pop. Gives you a clue to my regional upbringing, doesn't it?)
  • 16-month-old boys with 5-year-old big brothers believe they are also 5. And in the blink of an eye, will follow a mob of kindergartners on the playground to the top of a 6-foot-high slide and hurl themselves down it.
  • Diva Mom can sprint 15 feet and make a diving catch in the time it takes a 16-month-old to reach the bottom of a 6-foot-high slide.
  • Women can't park SUV's. Yep, I wrote it. But when every other parking space in the school lot is unusable because the two SUV's on either side are parked over the white line, at a diagonal, Ladies, you're just perpetuating the stereotype.
  • When forced to park on the street and walk that much farther to reach Bittyman's classroom, in triple-digit heat, hauling a 22-pound Ittyboy on her hip, Diva Mom is cranky and judgmental .

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Bittyman's First Week of Kindergarten

  • Without Bittyman around, Ittyboy will take a 2-hour nap.
  • I can accomplish more in 2 Hero-free hours than I can in a Hero-full week.
  • PTA fundraising begins on school day 2 and won't end for another 12 years. (Anyone want to buy an Entertainment book?)
  • Apparently no child is allowed to walk home from school in the rain, judging by the 800 cars jostling for a parking space during last Monday's storm.
  • When it rains, leave the house 30 minutes before the final bell or don't bother driving to pick up Bittyman. Just walk the 1.5 miles 'cause I won't get a parking spot much closer.
  • Walking 3 miles round-trip, while pushing a stroller, when it's sunny and 105F, is asking for a migraine.
  • Global warming is caused by all the minivans and SUVs idling in front of elementary schools. (My Town & Country included until our daytime high temperatures drop below triple-digits. See above.)
  • The cost of a Dunkin' Donuts small vanilla spice iced coffee for Diva Mom and one Munchkin for Ittyboy is $1.36. (Our post drop-off treat. Shhh, don't tell Bitty.)
  • The answer to the question, "What did you do in school today?" is a heavy sigh, rolling of the eyes and a mumbled, "Art projects and stuff. What's for snack?" I imagine this will be the standard reply for the next 12 years.