Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What's For Dinner Wednesday?

That is a really good question. I was considering going to Don Pablo's but they might be uber busy being it is New Year's Eve. The kids want Bob Evans but I was trying to save that for Friday (our last day here). The in laws have plans to go to a New Year's Eve party so they won't be making dinner. I suppose we could clean up some leftovers in the fridge, but where is the fun in that. We don't have any plans tonight so we will likely just sit around here watching football, snacking on chex mix, drinking beer and then watching the ball drop (if I can stay awake that late). I'll update if I ever decide what we are having for dinner that is quickly sneaking up on me...

2008 In Review

January: A trying time in my marriage. On the brink of divorce. Never thought we would get to the light at the end of the tunnel. I was scared to face him when he came home on leave.

February: Moved on and spent a glorious three weeks together. Took the kids to Universal Studios. My sister came with us. Took so many pictures and loved every minute. Got ourselves two puppies, Buckeye & Jack.

March: St. Patrick's Day was this month. Can't remember if we actually did anything like we have in years past. We did send lots of goodies to daddy. Soccer started this month. Lexi and Jacob are on the same team!!

April: Took a trip to the Riverbanks Zoo in SC with playgroup. My brother finally married his long time girlfriend just outside of New Orleans. I took the wedding pictures. Not the greatest but I never claimed to be great. Got to visit NOLA for the first time... walked down Bourbon Street and had a HUGE jello shot. Wish my hubby could have been there.

May: 6 years and going strong... my marriage that is. After the problems we had in the beginning of the year I was not anticipating making it this far. I was surprised with a day at the spa and flowers delivered to me at my friend's house. My sister came to visit again. Took the kids to see Sesame Street Live and took a trip to Splash in the Boro. I also got my hair cut and colored this month. My favorite look to date. Soccer ended and the kids did great. I took the team pictures which turned out very nice.

June: Lexi had her fairytale ball at school. It was super cute. The school year ended and we stayed home instead of making the usual trip to Ohio since we had begun the countdown to daddy being home. Made a Father's Day video for John. Also bought him a brand new Jeep Wrangler for Father's day. Took all the kids swimming at a friend's pool and they were so well behaved. Went blueberry picking in the Georgia heat... big mistake... just about died LoL Had to find a new home for Jack since John's cousin couldn't take him with him when he moved. He went to a great family! Buckeye is still with us but drives me nuts.

July: 4th of July Celebration on post. It was hot but the kids had fun. Met with some friends and stayed the whole day. John came home two days later and what a reunion it was. He gave me a much needed vacation and I went to California for a Spunky Mom's meetup. Was a total blast aside from the bit of drama. Came home to an almost potty trained son and no desire to go to Six Flags like we had planned.

August: I missed John's birthday because I had plans to go to a concert that was originally scheduled for the 15th but was changed. Had a blast. Came home and spent the majority of the month just spending time with my husband and kids. Said goodbye to a fellow playgrouper. Got way too drunk that night but it was oh so fun.

September: Drove to Cincinnati for my brother in law's wedding. Spent the whole weekend. The wedding was very nice and the weather was great. My sister kept the kids for us the night of the wedding so we could enjoy ourselves and stay the whole night. I felt a little alone all night as John kept disappearing but all in all I had a good time just taking some pictures of everything. School started back up... Lexi in the 2nd grade, Jacob in the 1st. Kadie missed the cutoff for pre-k by two weeks. Soccer started back up! Even Adam & Kadie were signed up.

October: Drama in playgroup caused a falling out. Had an impromptu halloween party at our house. It was a riot... could have been better, but you do what you gotta do. The kids got so much candy at Halloween. Lexi was a monster bride, Jacob was Dash from The Incredibles, Kadie was Tinkerbell, Adam was Thing 2 and Sara was Thing 1. They were all adorable. I also started working at Sears Portrait this month. Such fun, I love it!

November: Had a Thanksgiving Feast for a couple friends at my house. We had ham and corn pudding and yams and lots of other goodies. Adam played soccer but Kadie didn't. He LOVED it. I will definitely be signing him up again. Lexi and Jacob had a GREAT soccer season almost going undefeated (even though they don't keep score). Took the three youngest to see The Wiggles Live. It was so much fun, they loved it. For Thanksgiving we went to Sea World. Spent the day there and the kids really enjoyed themselves. We usually all get in free but this year had to pay for two of the kids... I was PEEVED. Next year we probably won't get in free at all since Anheuser-Busch is selling Sea World and Busch Gardens (or so I have heard).

December: Picked up some last minute Christmas gifts and started wrapping. John worked on getting the house cleaned and the kids were getting ancy wanting to put up the tree and other decorations. I was not in the Christmas spirit. We did Christmas before coming to Ohio and that is where we are now. Spending our last night of 2008 here, with no plans... welcoming the new year with open arms with hopes that I can make myself an all around better person.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy Birthday A.C.!!!!

Three years ago today, to the hour, I was laboring with Adam knowing it was not going to take that long. I was induced around 7pm on December 30th 2005. My contractions were almost instantaneous. The nurse kept telling me that she would check me whenever I wanted, but anytime I asked she had some reason why she was going to wait... Around 1130pm I finally conceded and told her I would get up and shower and then she could check me. As I got up to shower I joked that he could still be born before midnight. (I didn't want him born on my cousin's birthday and I had anticipated laboring longer than 5hrs). Adam however, had different plans. He made his arrival into this world at 1159pm (12:01am if you go by the wall clock, but that is another argument). John was on his way home from Iraq so he was not there to cut the cord... I asked to do it, and OMG it was the most amazing thing. I had the biggest smile on my face (I would share the picture if I had it). Daddy got to meet his baby boy 6 days later.

Mommy loves you, Adam Badam! I cannot believe how big you have gotten, how smart you are and how stinkin' cute you can be. I love all your hugs and kisses and all the silly things you do (except when you steal my Starbucks LoL). Happy 3rd Birthday Big Boy!

Just Born

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Movie Review Monday - The List

Instead of my typical movie review I am going to list all the movies that we received for Christmas this year. (Mostly because we didn't watch anything new this week LoL)

*The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
*The Secret of Nimh
*The Little Rascals, Casper, Flipper & Leave it to Beaver (4 pack)
*Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
*Arthur's Teacher Trouble
*Arthur Writes a Story
*Charlie Wilson's War
*When in Rome
*New York Minute
*Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
*The Lizzie McGuire Movie
*Super Mario Brothers: Mario's Movie Madness
*The Super Mario Brothers Super Show: Once Upon a Koopa
*Barbie as Rapunzel
*NCIS The 5th Season
*Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
*Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom
*High Fidelity
*Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
*Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
*Iron Man
*Sleeping Beauty
*Happy Feet
*Kung Fu Panda
*The Backyardigans Tale of the Mighty Knights
*Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (but I let my mom buy it off me cause I realized we already had it).
*House Seasons 1, 2 & 3
*The Simpsons: The Complete First Season

(and probably more that I can't remember)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Fun Photo Friday - Christmas Time

Cookies and Milk for Santa
Santa liked the buckeyes

The goodies Santa left

Mmm Bob Evans

Hot Chocolate

Nice face!


Silly Straw

Ice Covered Trees

Reading a story

Singing HSM Songs


Playing with Legos

Bad Girl, but Oh So Cute!

My sister and 4 of the kids


My lil sis Gentrie

What Gentrie got me for Christmas

Oooh more HSM stuff

So happy to get Kung Fu Panda

SNOW ANGELS!!! She has been dying to do one

Kadie took this picture

Watching TV

Adam sitting on Lexi

Sleeping with Granddad

Jessie & Kadie

Becca & Lexi

Sara loves her some puppy dogs


Sara posing

Nice glasses dude!

They LOVED this snowman

Dancing with Santa

Playing with K'nex

Good job Jacob!

Making cookies

So cute

They were very proud of their work

And she had to have Oreos LoL

Cut out cookies

Sara is helping

Decorating the cookies

Cleaning up

Watching more tv... he's a tv junkie like his daddy

Chillin' with Papa Smitty

Uncle David & his godson

Bunny ears!

Kadie had to be in the picture too

He always looks at me funny

Am I really that funny looking?!

They were playing "bubblegum, bubblegum"


Me & My Baby Boy!

There is an extra eye in this picture

Saying thank you to the Greats

All sugared up

Pick me a winner, SaraBear!

She made a friend in Uncle Rick


Grandma looks caught in the act LoL