Sunday, May 31, 2009

Neighborhood Reunion

A month or two ago some old friends from the neighborhood found me on facebook. We were friends growing up and once I went to college I really lost touch with all of them. Some of them I would see when I came home to visit my parents because they are still in the area... but really it has been YEARS!!

I knew I would be heading home to my mom's so I decided to plan a little reunion. We just had dinner and visited for a short time and everyone brought their families. It's kind of strange that we all have kids now because we played together when we were kids... from the time we were probably five or six years old.

It was really nice to catch up with everyone and dig up some old memories. I'm so glad that we got together and maybe next time we can do a girls night out and leave the kids and the guys at home.

Enjoying the morning.

I love visiting with my family because everyone is so great about helping out with the kids. I also get outside more because I love the neighborhood and sometimes it is just easier to be outside when you are at someone else's house. (Although I have to say that my mom does and AWESOME job of making the house kid friendly when we come.)

This morning we got outside to take a walk when the morning was still fresh. The kids are OBSESSED with flowers! Liza seemed to stop to pick every flower along the way and ended up with a good handful... which she left laying on the table to die while she forgot about them. They were in the garbage by the afternoon.

Jason loves to wander so taking a walk is a good thing for him. But he was sooo tired today. I think he got tired of walking, spotted a patch of flowers and decided to just sit down with them. He tried to pick some but had a hard time so he just kept pointing and saying "fwower".

My kids are so tired because they aren't getting as much sleep. Jason almost falls asleep with everything we do. I kind of like it though because he just snuggles up on me and I get a bunch of good cuddle time.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Project 365

May 23, 2009

This is what Jason does when you ask him what a horse says... he makes a little horse sound and pushes his belly out as far as he can. Cutest. Thing. Ever.

May 24, 2009

Liza doing some entertaining... as always.

May 25, 2009

We were waiting for the Memorial Day Parade to start. It was the first time that the kids went to a parade.

May 26, 2009

Just messing around with my camera today and got this cute picture of Jason.

May 27, 2009
I got busy today and forgot to get my camera out. It happens from time to time.

May 28, 2009

Liza at her little class at the gym. It was her turn at hopscotch. She doesn't really get the whole one foot, two feet jumping thing... but she gave it a good try. :)

May 29 2009

We headed up to St. Marys to visit with family. I caught Jason and Daddy having a fun moment.

May 30, 2009

We went to a park in St. Marys and they had a merry-go-round. Liza had never been on one before but she loooves to spin and get dizzy. So we put her on. There was another boy hanging out on the merry-go-round and he decided he was going to push while Liza sat in the middle... and that's all she did... just sat there spinning. I think she liked it.

May 31, 2009

Today I got together with some people that I grew up with. We all lived in the same neighborhood but after moving away I never ran in to them any more. It's been YEARS! It was a lot of fun to catch up and meet all their kids.

Grandma Jean's Greenhouse

Liza loves learning about flowers and since we were in town I thought it would be fun to take the kids to see Great Grandma Jeans Greenhouse and look at all the different flowers. We surprised my grandma this morning and showed up to say hello.

Grandma loved it and so did the kids! Liza walked around saying all the colors of the flowers and Jason walked back and forth and back and forth. He would stop once in a while and say "fwower!"

Grandma Jean took the kids around and showed them the signs and told them what all the plants were going to grow... tomatoes, peppers, zucchini. Liza was so interested.

It was a nice little "field trip" and Liza got to come home with some flowers. Hopefully we can keep them alive. (The green thumb gene definitely did not get passed on to me!)


I am in St. Marys, PA for a few days visiting with my family. It is only two hours from where I live now but we don't make it out too often. However... any time one of my brothers or sisters comes in to town we make sure to get here too.

My little sister Lisa and her boyfriend Jeff are visiting from Florida for the week so me and the kids will be here for a few days.

Anytime I come to Mom and Dad's house with the kids there are some things that must happen.... first Dad has to remind the kids that if they shake this one part of the exercise machine that it makes this annoying (I mean fun!) squeaky sound. The kids LOVE it. They will shake it and smile all day. The thing is..... Dad gets to go to work and doesn't have to listen to it!

Liza always has to search out something of Grandma's to play with. Grandma Ann has all kinds of fun things laying around that I don't have in my house. Liza wants them all. Thankfully this time she settled for a fake flower.

My parents have a nice yard and the kids enjoy being outside... actually I think we all enjoy it. It was a beautiful day and their grass is soo nice. (Mine is mostly dead.) I enjoyed just laying the cool grass while the kids ran around. Jason found this ball and I think he is in love with it. He carried it around all night (and found it again this morning) and he is telling everyone he has a ball.

We ended the night sitting around the fire, enjoying each other's company. It's not often that we get a few people in my family together at the same time. I have two sisters in Florida and a brother in Texas. I have a brother that is still at home and one that lives an hour from home. We are spreading out which is too bad because we always have so much fun when we are together.

Liza's Class

I signed Liza up for a little class at the YMCA. It only meets for a half hour once a week but that is long enough. :)

The purpose of the class is to help kids learn about personal space. All the moms sit along the wall and watch as the teacher has the kids do all kinds of different things... under, over, forward, backward, jumping, crawling, fast and slow as well as other things.

Liza is always super cute to watch. She's kind of silly... always hanging out a few feet behind the rest of the group. She isn't like all the other kids that want to sit as close to the teacher as they can. Maybe she will be like that after going a few more weeks... or months.

And she doesn't always join in and do what she is supposed to do. (As you can see in the picture below!) She just watches. Observes. And sometimes looks at everyone like they are just so silly.

This week they got some little scooters out... Liza had a hard time with them and was a little slow. It was cute though and she got lots of attention from the class assistant.

She was always the last one to finish on the scooters... but as soon as the teacher told them to do the dinosaur walk Liza took off and didn't look back. Finally something she was good at!

Liza's turn at hopscotch.

Here she is not really listening. She was supposed to be laying on the floor like the rest of the kids but she just didn't seem to care. It was actually pretty cute.

I think Liza enjoys her class. Whenever I tell her it is almost the day for her class she gets all excited and starts doing all the little things she is learning. I think I will keep signing her up for a while. It's good for her to have to listen to a teacher and learn to find her place in a crowd.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

This one isn't going to be easy... Quality over Quantity

I'm still working on some different things I learned from Joyce Meyer in her book 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life. I think I will be working on different things from that book for the rest of my life.

As I was reading it with my book group one of the things that stood out to me was to choose quality over quantity.

Meyer says, "Having more is not always better - it is very often worse. We tend to buy cheaper clothes so we can have more clothes, then we become frustrated because they shrink or fade or don't last like we thought they would."

That statement is very true of me. I kind of laughed as I read that because it had just been a few days before that I looked in my closet and decided I had nothing to wear. Sure I had plenty of clothes but they were all stretched and worn out. Why? Because they were really cheap.

I'm big on getting a bargain but I am realizing that it isn't much of a bargain if I can only wear that new shirt a few times before it doesn't fit anymore. Who cares how cheap it was. I don't want to have to go shopping for a new wardrobe every few months because my clothes are wearing out that fast. However... I've been shopping for bargains for sooo long now that I find it hard to spend much more than $10-$15 on any piece of clothing.

This is going to be a hard one for me.

I did go to the mall the other day because I desperately needed some clothes that weren't worn out. (And something other than t-shirts and tank tops!) Mike decided on a budget for me and I had a little shopping spree. I bought clothes from some stores I normally don't go in and thankfully they had some great sales going on. So it wasn't too much of a stretch this time. But $40 for one shirt! I don't know if I will ever be able to do that because I am always thinking "I could get four shirts for that price!" Of course they don't last. It will be an ongoing battle for me. I think I am kind of addicted to bargains.

But I love my new clothes. I hope they last. And from now on I am going to try to convince myself to go for quality over quantity.

Crock pot: One dish chicken meal

5-6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
6 carrots, cut in 1-inch length
1 (15 ounce) can cut green beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can whole new potatoes, drained
2 (10 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
Shredded cheddar cheese

Wash, dry chicken breasts with paper towels and place in sprayed, oval slow cooker.

In bowl, combine carrots, green beans potatoes and mushroom soup and pour over chicken in cooker.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.

When ready to serve, sprinkle cheese over top.

Serves 4-6

I love having two.

Having two kids is so much fun. Sure it has it's moments that aren't.... like when Liza taught Jason to put his foot on the table while eating... or when she taught him to put his plate on his head after eating and call it a hat. But there is so much amusement and joy in this house because of my favorite girl and favorite boy.

Liza and Jason are sooo stinkin cute together that it often makes my heart almost burst. They learn so much from each other.

One day Liza handed something to Jason and he said "kank you" and Liza returned with a "you welcome!"

They look out for each other sharing snacks and drinks and making sure they each have a toy. Although it often goes the other way as well when they are stealing things from each other. But it still cracks me up to watch them.

I love singing songs with them... like The Wheels on the Bus. That song should have become very annoying to me a looong time ago because we sing it so often. But the kids are so cute with that song that I find myself singing it at least a few times every day. Jason even asks for it by coming up to me and making his hands go round and round. My heart smiles just thinking about his cuteness.

There are certainly times that are pretty frustrating initially but after they are over I sit back and think how funny they really are. Like Liza has learned to wrap her arms around Jason and pick him up. He hates it. She also likes to put her hands on his back and push him around saying "I a twain!" Jason hates that too. But Liza really hates when she is trying to watch a movie and Jason keeps turning the TV off. I often find myself thinking "Good boy Jason! Way to get her back!" I am waiting for the day when Jason turns around and punches Liza.... and she will deserve it haha.

Every day has it's stories and I try so hard to hang on to as many memories as I can. I know they will fade over time and that is why I write some down and take a gazillion pictures. I don't want to forget these precious times.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Parade

I took the kids to the Memorial Day parade in town today. It was the first time they have been to a parade and they were much more in to it than I thought they would be. We met Mike's mom, sister and her fiance and they were a great help with the kids. I am glad that I didn't try to do it on my own. Not that the kids would have been bad... it's just always sooo much easier when there are more people to help out.

We had to go early of course so we could get a good spot to watch from. The kids took a walk and then colored for a bit to pass the time.

Since they had never been to a parade before they weren't really sure what they were waiting for... but as soon as it made it's way to us the kids were watching everything.

Liza got a couple lollipops thrown her way. She held on to them but had no idea what they were because she had never had one before. When we got home I let her have one and Jason enjoyed sucking on one too. Liza knew she had more and kept asking for them so I decided to try the potty thing again.... I told her if she peed on the potty she could have one. So she peed on the potty. Then she got her lolli, ate it up and told me she had to pee again. And she did. And so I had to give her another one. She peed on the potty all afternoon and evening. I need to buy more lollipops!!!

We are going to have to find more parades to go to this summer.

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