Sunday, August 31, 2008

blogday 2008...

Okay, don't get over-excited. I know two posts in one day is almost unheard of. But, I just realized today is Blog Day 2008. According to The Marketing Minutes' Drew McLellan today is the day to...

to get bloggers all over the world to, as the official site says, "on this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. This way, all blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs."

So here is my list of blogs for everyone to check out...

1. The Marketing Minutes - because marketing is my life!
2. The Crafty Chica - because anyone who wants to cover the world in glitter is okay by my book!
3. Tip Junkie - because this woman is amazing! She finds the greatest blogs around the net.
4. Today's Creative Blog - because this woman works tirelessly to give us new ideas regularly (even when people aren't so nice to her!)
5. It's the little things... - because this woman is the mom I strive to be. She handles the hardships of motherhood (with an able-bodied child and special needs child) with grace and honesty. Above all that, Lisa Leonard is an INCREDIBLY talented woman! Her jewelry is amazing. PLEASE, go check out her blog.

Those are my five picks... now it is up to you! Go out and find five new blogs that make you smile!

wordle, anyone...

Okay, how fun is this? I put in my blog address into wordle and get this...

What a hoot! Go and give it a try!!!!

P.S. the font is "Grilled Cheese" which just happens to be Molly and Matt's favorite!

Friday, August 29, 2008

a trip to the library...

Wallingford Public Library recently opened their new Children's section. The entire library is being remodeled and will be gorgeous when complete, but the children's section is really a neat place for kids.

Matt loved playing the preschooler games on the computers...

Molly curled up under the tree to read for a bit...

They won't want to go back to our library now! That's okay... it is only a 10 minute drive (and well worth it!)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

waiting for school to start...

As a teacher... Andrew has to go back to work a few days before the kids. So, I am taking some time off with the kids until school starts. This morning, I threw the kids in the car and took them up to the Children's Museum in West Hartford.

Because so many kids have already gone back to school... we basically had the place to ourselves. There was probably less than 12 visitors in the entire museum.

Molly was desperate to get all the ping pong balls floating at the same time.

Sluicing for gold!

The light board was a big hit!!!!

Upon leaving the museum, I said to Matt... "just close your eyes and rest - before you know it we will be home." He insisted he wasn't tired at all. Yeah, right. He doesn't look at all tired.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

one last day at the pool...

Grandma's town pool closes tomorrow, so we made one last trip up to swim. South Windsor has an amazing town pool complex. The kids just love to play in the shallow pool (zero-entry and no deeper than 3 feet at any point). I was able to capture some cute (in my opinion) pictures of the kids.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

haircuts for all...

All conversations in my house today seem to be about hair...

It started with me finding dear hubby's college ID today (pre-beard and with 80's hair). I showed the ID to Molly who laughed so hard she fell off the couch. Matt squealed that he wanted to see the picture. I handed him the ID card, he looked at it, and with the most serious face ever... he looks at me and says... "whose daddy is this - my daddy or someone else's daddy?" (which only made Molly and I laugh even harder)

Tonight we took the kids to Supercuts for haircuts. I convinced Molly to take about 3 inches off her hair (she looks so cute - okay, not so much here - but after the hair cut).  
Matt, however, had decided that he was ready for a mohawk. Unfortunately for him, I was not so convinced.

So I spent most of today trying to talk him out of it. By the time we left, he was convinced that a mohawk might not be the best look for him...

They call Matt's name, he climbs into the chair, the barber (I know it is really a stylist at Supercuts - but my husband says if he cuts boys hair, he's a barber) says "what do we want to do today" (to me), and Matt answers "cut my hair like a superhero!"

The stylist/barber laughed so hard! He just kept giggling saying "I've had people bring me magazine pictures, but never an action figure!" So he cut his hair like a superhero (see the superhero on the counter that Matt handed him for inspiration).

What do you think? I think he is the cutest superhero EVER!

Funniest line of the day goes to Molly...
We are watching Superman Returns tonight and it was one of many scenes where Superman shows up and they show a great shot of him in the suit. I leaned over to Molly and said "isn't he cute", she looked at me and wrinkles her nose. I reply "come on, he is cute - isn't he?", she looked at me and very seriously responded "Mom, I don't like my men in tights." I sat back on the sofa and thought "oh my gosh, her high school years are gonna stink!"
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Fairies in the front yard...

 You know what this is...

It is evidence of fairies. My children spotted these mushrooms in the front yard and asked me where they came from. My answer (which, of course, is the absolute truth) is that since fairies live under mushrooms, we obviously had a small troop of fairies camping out in our front yard.

 Matt and Molly were quite concerned about where the fairies were now. I explained how they don't stay in one place too long and they must have stayed for a night or two and moved on. The kids have been watching for fairies outside ever since.
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

the clean up...

It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. It took us a little over 3 hours to get everything packed up and put away (for the most part). Please note how in the picture the men stand around as the women work (just kidding - everyone worked VERY hard today).

Everyone was still excited and there was MUCH talk of next year. I took great pleasure in the kids walking by me singing songs from whatever musical they would like for us to do next. Such fun!
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Climb every mountain...

Here it is...
the finale on the very last night of the show.

All good things must come to an end - and this was REALLY good!

Dr. Seuss once said: "Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened." I will be smiling for a very long time.

Back to real life (but I will miss the applause every evening).
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Friday, August 8, 2008

full house...


Can you believe so many people keep showing up to see the Sound of Music?

I am so excited by the buzz surrounding this show.
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Half way there...

It is so sad to think that the show will be coming to an end in two short days. The Sound of Music has been a MAJOR part of my life for months!

I need to find another project to focus on... maybe making Christmas presents?.... nah, I rather wait and be up 'til 2 am Christmas Eve ;)