Mar 19, 2010
The little man has decided he doesn't want to nap.
But he really needs a nap.
Let's just say that the toddler terror level in our house is set to high.
Time for hobbies and blogging has vanished at the moment.
I'm still sneaking in a shower and handing onto my sanity, but it's by my fingernails.
I hope to be back.
But until then - I'd like to leave you with this link.
Click on it - This website embodies everything I love about the internet.
Blog on people!
Mar 17, 2010
I knew it!
My babies are definitely born to dance.
The little man has been "singing" since before he mastered words and he is always happiest when he's moving to the rhythm of music.
Is there anything cuter than little kid dancing? I really don't think so.
Anyway, a new study was done that "showed babies respond to the rhythm and temp of music and find it more engaging than speech". It seems it's the beat of the music, rather than the other features that really get them moving.
So grab your baby, blast some tunes and get grooving!
It's be good for both of you.
And if you don't have a little one, don't let that stop you from busting a move.
(Do people still say "bust a move"? I'm pretty sure I just dated myself there.)
I'm a big believer that a dance party is good for the soul (and probably the behind too).
Mar 15, 2010
The Washington Post magazine just printed a follow up story, "All The King's Men" that tells about her adventures after becoming King.
Peggielene Bartels is a US citizen who grew up in Ghana. Her uncle had been King of Otuam. After he passed away, the village elders performed an elaborate ceremony to select the next ruler and choose Peggielene.
I'm pretty sure they had no idea what they were getting themselves into.
She is the first woman to ever hold the title.
She is also continuing to work as a secretary in the US to earn much needed funds for her village so she'll be governing from a distant for the time being.
From the article, it appears that the elders might have selected her because they expected her to be weak because of her gender and distracted because of the distance.
They were wrong on both accounts.
You see, the same elders who selected the new King have been embezzling public funds that should be used to improve life for the village.
But the new King is putting an end to the corruption.
One of the more colorful quotes from article:
If people confess their crimes, I will be merciful. But if they don't, I will squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop out. Then I will put them in jail and let them rot there; I don't care how old they are.And she's not just talk.
She's putting her years of administrative experience to work and making real changes happen.
I just love this story.
I can't wait to hear the ending.
Mar 9, 2010
(Happy anniversary man of mine. I'm a very lucky lady to have you.)
I was young and pretty dumb when I got married, but I have learned a few useful things in the past six years. So I figure today is as good a day as any to share totally unsolicited advice with you all (because people just love unsolicited advice...right).
Here are the three most important things I've learned-
1. My husband is amazing, but he isn't a mind reader. If you want or need something from your man, you might need to tell him in small, specific words.
It might not be as romantic to get flowers or back rubs because you asked for them, but you do get them.
2. I don't have to understand it, I just have to understand that it's important to him.
This applies for a whole spew of interests in my house, particularly anything sports related.
I've learned to try not to talk so much during Steelers games. In exchange, he surrenders the TV for Watch Not to Wear marathons and pretends to care about my new shoes. It works for us.
3. A steady stream of compliments and kisses goes a long way toward harmony. Just taking the time for a few stolen kisses, a wink or a laugh through out the day has helped us keep our connection despite the relentless chaos of caring for two little ones.
That's the best I've got.
What's the best relationship tip you know?
It's time for Random Tuesday Thoughts. Please go visit the ever lovely Un-Mom to join in on the game.
And now let's get started-
My son recently watched an episode of Little Einsteins called "The Blue Footed Booby Bird Ballet".
Wanna guess what word he retained and has been repeating?
(Thanks for that Disney)
I know that most of you probably don't care, but Target has cute nursing bras...multiple styles even.
They look like normal bras and I promise your ladies will be saluting proudly in these babies.
I'm pretty sure the ones I have leftover from my son's babyhood should be marketed as a form of birth control.
We recently learned that some family is planning to come to visit us.
My sixth wedding anniversary is Thursday.
Wanna to guess what day they are arriving?
(And nope, they aren't really the babysitting kind.)
Oh well. At least it will be fun to shamelessly show off my little ones.
It hit 60 degrees here yesterday!
Isn't it amazing how much better sunshine makes life?
(Or is that just me with my borderline seasonal affective disorder?)
Anyway, I hope all is well with all of you.
I'm off to start preparing kiddos for the day.
Mar 7, 2010
Well, I don't have that problem exactly,
But I do have a little drill instructor that haunts me.
He appeared sometime during college when I had to pass a physical readiness test and get publicly weighted every six months as part of my Navy ROTC scholarship.
(And yes - that's every bit as much fun as it sounds like.)
My internal drill instructor gave me a break during the pregnancy and he was quiet for the first two months after Audrey was born.
But he's started to grumble again.
And he's getting louder.
Lately, I keep hearing a little voice yelling "EXCUSES ARE LIKE ASSHOLES - EVERYBODY HAS ONE."
That and "IT'S EASIER TO PUT THE COOKIE DOWN, THEN WORK IF OFF YOUR ASS."
So the time has come.
Yesterday I went to the gym for the first time post baby.
I did feel a bit like I might die, but I did it.
And it feels good.
Mar 1, 2010
Don't get caught while sneaking candy in the kitchen.
Listen to one whole CD of grown up music. (Bonus points will be awarded for having a dance party with the kiddos.)
Say "yes" all day unless there is a really solid reason for saying "no".
Put on earrings, clean clothes and a little make up.
Drink one cup of tea before it gets cold.
Give the hubby a few extra kisses. (He definitely deserves them. I've been a bit of a bear lately.)
If I can pull off all that I'm going to call it a good day.
Clean houses are over rated...right?
Now that I have a second little one, certain things have become crystal clear.
I was a big, world class whiner the first round.
Really...world class...super grade A bitchin'
I probably could have earned a gold medal in over reacting and crying for no reason.
The two year old is approximately 800 times the work of the 11 week old.
It's probably for the best that I didn't realize how much more exciting things got once they get mobile.
I am so freaking ready for spring.
Last year, we got 6 inches of snow.
Total...for the entire winter.
This year we had the largest snow fall in all of recorded history with a whopping 60 inches.
I'm over it.
Turns out our biological clocks start ticking even louder and sooner than previously thought - Ovaries have not adjusted to many women's decision to delay having children
It's not fair.
But I'm glad we're at least getting information so that women can make informed decisions about their choices.
Vienna! Really? And Jake is going to be on Dancing with the Stars?
I love being a mom. I really do. But the one two punch of blizzards and illness on top of a new baby really knocked me on my behind. I'm still trying to pick myself back up.Today is the first day my son went to preschool in quite a while.
And I was way more excited than I should be.
I hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday!