Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Why is this a problem you ask?
But it’s also a bit of a problem because I don’t exactly have time to fester about kerning or cool new photoshop tricks anymore since someone is always pooping, throwing up, crashing a truck into something breakable, or needing a magic kiss to fix a boo boo.
Enter my solution. http://www.shutterfly.com/
I have shopped at shutterfly for holiday photo cards, birthday invitations, birth announcements, photo books, calendars, mugs, ok…I should stop before Chad checks the bank account to see the past damage I have done (Love you honey).
But for those of you that are busy moms, like quick and easy (yet great looking) items, want something that you don’t have to fill out (they offer folded cards too – for those of you that send out yearly family updates (friends & family - please keep sending me these…I love them), allow me to walk you through how the online process works:
Step One – go to site and pick a design (I always like this stage…because I can preview cards and obsess about them for hours if I have time…or just pick a pretty one quickly if I’m in a hurry)
Step Two – upload your own photos and text (and obsess about the color, thickness, etc (this step is crucial for control freaks (like me)... because it lets me feel like I still controlled the art direction of the card - do you see the degree of my problem?)
Step Three – Order (I also like to kick back and drink a glass of wine at this point ... but that part is optional)
Done. DONE. No hunting down printer quotes, sifting through paper options (only to find out that your favorite paper was milled by monks in some remote country – making it uber expensive). Just done.
My word for companies like this: Love.
Disclaimer: Shutteryfly did not compensate me for this post. They did however agree to send me a coupon for some free holiday cards. Paint me excited! Check your mailboxes (or this blog) in early (read: late) December to find what I picked.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Carter (while somewhat ignoring me and pointing out trucks on the way home from school): Uh Huh
Me: Let’s play ‘where do they live’
Carter: Uh Huh
Me: Where do Nana and Papa Live?
Me: Michigan - Great Job!! Where does Carter live?
Me: Very good! Where does Uncle Andy and Aunt Meredeth live?
Me: Georgia…Good! Where do Uncle Trad and Uncle Michael live?
Me: Boston – Good! Where does Aunt Gretchen live?
Me: Great Job – she lives in Charlotte! Where do Mama and Daddy Live?
Carter: In mama’s truck
Me: Umm…in my jeep? Why do we have to live in the car?
Carter (blank stares…silence)
Me: ok….umm…Where does Baby Avery live?
Carter: Daddy’s butt
Me: This game has gone downhill quickly. Wanna play spot the big truck?
Carter: Uh Huh
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
We rented an amazing cottage about three blocks out of downtown (seriously, the cottage rocked….if you need cottage rental ideas – let me know). We put the double stroller to good use, we enjoyed the beautiful weather, we window shopped, we played at a park with the kids, we went on a little bar crawl with the kids in the double stroller (what…we threw them some food scraps here and there), and that was just Friday.
Saturday, Nana and Papa arrived and we headed off to the Saugatuck Fall Festival. They had pumpkin sling shot games (where you could fling pumpkins or potatoes into the harbor (and I have to point out - papa and Carter were the only ones to get a pumpkin into the tire goal...so they got a prize)), gourd toss games, pumpkin decorating, music, beer (this is important to Chad and I…if you can’t tell), and fire truck rides!
And of course, as all visitors of Saugatuck should, we enjoyed the local art (which is all over town).
In the event that you have never heard of Saugatuck or have never been there…I’ll just say – you should go. Saugatuck is not only one of my favorite Michigan towns, but it has also received some national recognition,
- Listed as one of “The Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in the United States – by the National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Midwest Living Magazine rated Saugatuck/Douglas 5th among the top 100 vacation destinations in the Midwest
- It is consistently named one of America's top 25 arts destinations, and is often referred to as "The Art Coast of Michigan"
- Saugatuck’s Oval Beach is ranked one of the top 25 beaches in the world by Condé Nast and one of the top two in the USA by National Geographic Traveler
- The Chicago Tribune rated it number one out of the Midwest's five best beaches
A few other fun Saugatuck facts:
- Saugatuck hosts the internationally-acclaimed Waterfront Film Festival every year – in June.
This festival was named the third most popular film festival in the world - after Sundance and Cannes - by the Screen Actors Guild's national magazine.
Also, and not to be downplayed, the ‘corner drug store’ has a soda fountain where sodas and malted shakes have been served for 84 years.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Now, you can pick pumpkins out at a local grocery store, big-box store, or nursery…or you can find a farm and pick them yourself. We opted for the self-picking method. And we’ll be doing this from now on.
We drove about 30 or 40 minutes south of Cleveland to a pumpkin farm somewhere between Lodi and Wooster. I say “somewhere between” because I was lost from the time we left the Lodi outlet mall vicinity until we got back there.
We played in a toddler-sized hay maze,
(Oh yea - that's my little guy in one bad ass skull and cross bones shirt. Don't mess with him ... he's one step from a harley and studded leather jacket (if mommy ever lets him stop wearing footie jammies))ran through a huge meadow maze, sat by a fire (where you could roast marshmallows or wieners), rode on a hay ride (a very very long and super fun hay ride) back to the pumpkin patch (Avery's first tractor ride...yup - starting this one early...yee haw Avery!)…and then picked some pumpkins.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thing 1 (no, I won’t make this whole post sound like a Dr. Seuss book):
I walked out to my car …and noticed that Carter’s potty was sitting in the (open) garage … drying in the sun. In front of our entire neighborhood.
I had to go to the urgicare because I had three very separate issues.
One issue, my pink eye had not gone away yet…in fact, it’s now in both eyes. AND…I’m all tweaked out because friends of ours told me that pink eye comes from bacteria from feces.
The second issue: my nose hurt… in my nose…it felt like I had a big bump in it (not so much big random zit pain...more like "ouch..something hurts in my nose"). Turns out – I have a cold sore … in my nose.
The third issue: my ear hurt. Turns out – I have fluid in my ears.
So, to sum up today’s “things”… I clean out and dry my kid’s shitter in the driveway/garage, I have herpies in my nose, and shit in my eyes.
I'm so classy. So freaking classy.
Bet you wish you lived by me!
note: for obvious reasons, there are no pictures to go with this post
(this one takes place between Chad and I in the car coming home from dinner…the night after Carter had thrown a terrible tantrum at a kids shoe store at the mall):
Me: So what did you say to Carter when you took him for a walk – when you left the store?
Chad: That’s between Carter and I
Me: What…no seriously…what did you say?
Chad: That he embarrassed me
Me: WHAT?! You can’t tell a kid that they embarrass you.
Chad: Yea ya can…. I wasn’t mean – I just told him that he wasn’t acting appropriately and that he was acting rude
Me: Seriously…don’t tell him that he’s embarrassing …it’ll f him up for life…now he’s gonna be the creepy weird teenager…all because he thinks he’s this embarrassment to his family…and he’ll always be looking for someone’s approval…by being all needy and weird.
Chad: Umm..honey…I was just trying to scold him for throwing a tantrum. Don’t make it all about feelings and blah blah blah
Me: Well, so we’re on the same discipline page – I try to say things like “Carter, I understand that you’re frustrated…and I understand that you’re feeling mad…but you can find other ways to communicate this frustration to me and I promise to listen.
Chad: Oh good lord honey…you can be all rainbows and skipping through fields of sunshine between 9 and 5…but don’t come crying to me when I’m able to discipline him by giving him “the look” and you’re all (and at this point he added a whiney female voice), “ohh….wah wah wah Carter won’t listen to me…and he doesn’t take me seriously…it’s like he doesn’t care what I say…wah wah”
And then Chad parked the car (in our driveway) and got out and skipped up the driveway singing “ohhh…rainbows and sunshine…rainbows and sunshine…skippy skippy la la”
I followed behind him glaring at him. I take it…we’re not on the same page.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
In fact, I was really excited to go. Even though, his school is for pre-preschool, preschool, kindergarten and first grade….so we couldn’t expect any mind boggling experiments….but whatever – science fairs rock (enter my nerdiness (although – nerdiness is in the eye of the beholder right? Maybe my husband’s fantasy football is nerdy too… but in a much different (read: lamer) way)).
And we were pleasantly surprised to see some really fun and really interactive science exhibits. Carter learned about bugs, magnifying glasses, microscopes (although he struggled using it with just one eye), strange matter, water tornados, dancing raisins, etc.
Science fairs rock. For us nerds.
I wish I had pictures of the science fair. But I forgot my camera.
Instead, please enjoy this picture of Avery in the double stroller (while Carter played in the park).
Saturday, October 9, 2010
And if you hear something else in this video...maybe you're the awful one (I write it like this because I had a little backlash from the Motorcycle video - but you know what.... if you don't like it...don't watch it (that's my opinion of censorship too). I find humor in some parenting happenings...and if you don't...you should lighten up...or stop reading my blog). S-NAP
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
We partially went because we have a friend who works with autistic kids. We partially went because we wanted to learn more about autism. And we partially went because we want to do anything that we can to help find a cure … or just help…in any way.
Now, I have to admit; I didn’t know a lot about autism.
I knew that it mostly affected boys and that there are more cases than what people think. But what I didn’t know was that 1 in every 110 children (and 1 out of every 70 boys) is (are) diagnosed with Autism, which makes Autism more common than childhood cancer, childhood diabetes, and pediatric aids – all combined.
I also didn’t know that it is estimated that the diagnoses of Autism are increasing 10-17% annually.
There is no known cause and no known cure.
As a mother of a child who didn’t talk for two years, who has to have order and structure…I have to admit – this hit me somewhat hard. I feel for the parents of autistic children. I feel for autistic children – and adults. I feel for everyone that is in any way affected by autism.
I highly recommend getting involved in this incredible cause. Find local organizations and get involved.
For more information about Autism, see:http://www.autismspeaks.org/
For more Northeast Ohio info: http://www.autismnortheastohio.org
But ... I’m back now. I bought a double stroller … and I’m like a whole new mommy! "So What?" you ask. Well, a double stroller is like gold for a mommy of two small children. Because it means ... containment.
Watch out world, I’m equipped with a massive-sized double stroller (that can fit through most standard-sized doors). So the kiddos and I are off…to explore the rest of Northeast Ohio (well, locations that I can get to through doors that are standard sized or bigger).
And what better time than fall (my favorite season)?
Our 20th activity was the Lakewood Park (we went there a few weeks ago). I love the Lakewood Park. Love it. It’s hands-down one of the best parks in Northeast Ohio.
The Lakewood Park was (in fact) this mommies stroller-breaking point. I went with a single stroller …and ended up fighting with Carter the entire time and had to threaten to leave multiple times (I was so that mom - the one that's all, "no no no...don't run away from us...stay by your mother and sister....stop running away"). So, thank you Lakewood Park for solidifying my decision about a double stroller and for lighting a little fire under my rear end to get it soon.
Avery had fun in the single stroller though. A lot of fun in fact. It was one of the first times that I heard her laugh out loud.