Friday, September 28, 2007

Crazy Busy Week

What a crazy busy week! Since I last posted, here are some overall updates of what I've been up to each day:

Tuesday - Submitted passport application at post office. Phoebe had CCD - we did CCD homework on the way there, we totally forgot about it. I went to Girl Scout Registration Night while she was at CCD and agreed to co-lead a Brownie troop as they don't have enough leaders and Phoebe really wants to be a Brownie. I was a Girl Scout for most of my school age years and loved it.

Wednesday - Phoebe's ice skating classes started up again. Afterwards, we went to the mall to get birthday party invitations for her party on October 7th, I stayed up until midnight writing them out so she could take them into school. We're inviting her whole first grade class thinking that the only ones that will come are the ones she's friends with. Found out I had a yeast infection (cr@p!!!) - gotta love when that happens when you're ovulating. No chance in h*ll I'll get PG this month!

Thursday - Department picnic that afternoon at work. Got to wear jeans - woo hoo! Then our whole family had eye doctor appointments. After my eyes were dilated and I didn't feel like cooking dinner as I couldn't see, we decided to all eat out at Perkins. Love breakfast food for dinner!

Today (Friday) - Working like mad. Things have been hectic at work and I want to try to not have to log in from home to do work this weekend. I'll leave that to DH, who I know has to. I'll be leaving work shortly.

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful weather and I want to clean, plant some mums and spend some time with friends. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Love the Fall

I love the fall. The weather is a lot cooler and crisp. Of course, our days here in the Philly/Wilmington area is in the 80s this week, but our nights are still pure fall weather.

Both DH and I are trying to exercise more and this weather is perfect for that. I swear once you get to be a certain age, just eating right doesn't cut it anymore. You lose all that muscle tone you used to have when you were younger. I would love to have DD's abs! It's not just that they are flat, but she's so active that they are so toned and muscular. So anyway, I took our dog for a two mile walk last night while DH was on our elliptical machine. When I was done, I went down to the basement to play "Be By Me" with him and I used the weights and then the elliptical machine. When we went upstairs, I did a few ab exercises. I really need to work on that area these days! They are totally out of use. I can't do nearly as many reps as I used to even a year ago. Bad Heather! Letting yourself go!

The always interesting conversations with Phoebe continue. At dinner last night, she asked me when I can be a stay at home mom. I told her I needed to work to help support us. Then she asked why Daddy can't just support us. We discussed that we need Mommy's salary and then she asked the big question, "How much do you make, Mommy?" For those of you who haven't had this happen, I'll tell you that I was prepared for this question by the little bit of parenting reading I have done. The answer is "Enough for us to live comfortably." Never discuss exact dollars. Kids can't understand it anyway and all they need to know is that their parents make enough to support the family.

The question about when I'll be a stay at home mom I did say "Maybe someday." But as I sit back and think about it, there are some perks to working outside the home that I like. I like my job and get a great feeling from producing something of worth. Phoebe asked me when I tucked her in last night what I did at work that day. Thankfully, it was something she could understand,

"I was redesigning our department's website."

"You can do that?! How do you do that?"

"You go to school to learn to do those things."

"Wow! That's cool."

The other thing that I like is dressing up for work. Kind of superficial, I know, but I just got a black Burberry trenchcoat for a fall/spring jacket and it makes me feel like a million dollars. Now tell me, if I didn't have to dress up for the office every day, I'd never get a chance to wear it.

The one perk of me not going to the office every day, is that I'd be able to get all the cleaning and errands done when Phoebe was at school and I think in a way I'd like the ability to do that. So if I ever work from home, can I do it in my D&G platform heels?

Friday, September 21, 2007

Did you know God has Santa's ear?

I always say I want to capture little snippets of things Phoebe says that crack me up. Here's some of my recent favorites:

1. From the girl that just started CCD classes and is excited to be learning about how God is all our father and Jesus our brother..... "Mom, I'm going to pray to God to ask Santa to get me xxxx for Christmas this year." I had no idea that God had the ins with Santa.

2. When her, DH and I are talking about what celebrities we're told we look like, "Mom, you look just like Gwen with long hair!" I love that kid. That's the ultimate compliment to me. Gwen Stefani is the coolest.

3. I asked her last night when I was tucking her in what her favorite part of being in her 1st grade class is. "Being the Line Leader, passing out papers, doing calendar." I asked her what part she really didn't like, "Sitting at my desk." Seriously, the girl cannot sit still. Even when she watches TV, it's an exercise activity.

If you have kids, let me know what funny things they've said lately. If not, do you have a child around you (nieces, nephews, friends' kids) that say stuff that crack you up?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I'm Back - Hope Died Last Week

Well, I'm back to blogging. Had a rough Thursday and Friday last week as hope died when AF showed up a few days early. The acupuncturist still wants me to stay on the herbs I'm on as they are working, it's just going to take some time. DH and I had some talks. We still wonder if we are asking too much to have more than one child and if we should just move and and be happy with what we have. But we did come to a decision to schedule a consultation with the old RE and see what he says. I haven't called to set that up yet, but I will soon. Need to check with the insurance and find out if he's in the network still. I'm also trying to give up coffee again which is really hard considering my new early working hours and all those great pumpkin spice lattes out there.

The rest of the weekend was great. Phoebe started her program at OperaDE, which is great. She's learning a little German, clown skills, they are going to make masks for their performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" in November and she's going to be a ghost. While she was at her program on Saturday and Sunday, DH and I got lots of errands done, and I got laundry and cleaning the house done. These were the things that were driving me crazy at the end of the summer that we had been too busy to do.

The new hours are still great. Homework started yesterday and I'm enjoying being home to help her with that. Yesterday, she got to pick a book to read to me for 15 minutes with a little of my help. I think her reading is definately above the average for her age. More and more, she needs less and less of my help with words. And the best was last night when she went around saying "I love reading!!!" My heart just about exploded with pride. She also had a spelling list to study. We had her spell while doing a jumping jack for each letter to make it more fun.

I'm also this week trying to work out every day when I get home from work. Then we do homework and then I make dinner. I'm getting so much done now in the afternoons and evenings for home stuff. It makes me feel OK about working. Well I better go back to work, so I don't feel like I've been blogging too long when I'm here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11 Anniversary Post

To celebrate 9/11, I sent my DH to NYC for work. I kissed him goodbye this morning and waved to him as he drove to the train station to take him to NYC. He will be there tonight and tomorrow he'll be in White Plains for work. As I do this, I pray for the families that lost their loved ones and pray that mine will be safe at home soon. This may sound a little melodramatic to some, but I believe that 9/11 is our generations Pearl Harbor and yet even more so. Unless you were on the West coast, Hawaii seems so far away, even though it is American soil. As Americans, we always feel geographically sheltered, being so far away from areas of conflict. For an attack to happen on American soil, and more importantly on the East coast of the US, it brings our idea of security in question.

My DH was supposed to be in NYC in the financial district on 9/11/01. It was only fate that made him decide to hold off that trip and go to his Malvern, PA office instead. He was driving there when he heard the news on the radio, called me and turned around to come home. We all went home that day in utter shock and disbelief.

We cannot live in fear, though. And so I kissed him as he left for work this morning. I'm not a "Happy Clapper" as Tertia likes to refer to them, but my spiritual self finds the need to make an issue of those that think that being a martyr is killing yourself in order to kill others that may not agree with your beliefs. A martyr in my definition is the following: "One who reveres human life no matter what. They will let others take their lives and not raise a hand to those that oppose them because they appreciate life and would not hurt another human being." Living in this way takes true grace and beauty. Taking your life is a waste of a life. Taking other lives is many times worse. With this definition, those that orchestrated the attacks that day and other suicide bombings across the world are not martyrs. The innocent victims that died that day were.

Julia Indichova from Fertile Heart sent an email that she was going NYC today and is having a moment to bow to the survivors of 9/11, meaning all humankind. I will also take this moment to bow as we do at the end of my instructor's yoga class. He always says something similar at the end:

We press our hands together at our heart
And bow to the creation that sustains us
And all other souls that are on this planet
May we love and support us all on this journey of life

-Namaste

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Getting My Hair Done

I've been so swamped this week I haven't been able to keep up with posts or reading my favorite blogs. It's nice that my hairstylists has computers for us to play on the Internet while my hair color is sinking in.

DH is doing better, but he's finally got some discomfort in his foot. I took him to the orthopedic doctor yesterday and they took some more Xrays, but between the new ones and the ones at the hospital, they couldn't find a break. They didn't use the word sprain, but I guess that's what they are thinking it is. He goes back in two weeks and they gave him a boot to wear, since his foot was too swollen to fit into his sneaker. We put some ice on it last night and that seemed to help and he could get into a loose sneaker today, but he's getting a lot more discomfort now that the swelling is going down. He's a little bummed even though we're all happy it's not broken. He's not used to having anything slow him down. I'm trying to be really patient and supportive.

Phoebe is doing better, but she still has some itches. I give her Benadryl every now and then when she complains about itching too much. The bug bites are healing, but I can't wait until they heal all the way, so the itchy part will fully go away. She went to school on the second day and she loves it. I think her favorite part is eating in the cafeteria. I get the impression she likes having fun food for lunch instead of boring sandwiches and likes the independence she's feeling picking her own lunch. Thankfully the PA public school system revamped all their cafeteria menus, so everything is very healthy. She's having lots of fun making new friends and riding on the bus. We have some pics of her dressed up for her first day of school that I want to post. She looks so pretty. Phoebe's having her hair cut today while I'm getting mine done. She's asking for a few inches to come off so that it's just about two inches below her shoulders. I'm OK with that as it'll make it easier for her to brush. She's been doing a great job getting her hair done on her own every morning this week, since DH has been the one getting her on the bus in the morning.

Oh yeah, the thing that's been tough this week but so wonderful is that my hours at work have changed. I'm working 7AM to 3:30PM, so I can be home and get her off the bus. The first day we had dinner on the table by 6PM!!! I'm loving this new schedule, but I've been having a hard time getting enough sleep. It was so nice sleeping in late this morning. Late being 7AM, LOL!!! Well I'm off to check up on some of my favorite bloggers!

Coming back later to update: I almost forgot to mention that I had a dream the night before last that I got a positive home pregnancy test! I've never seen that before in real life and it was the first time in a dream. To clarify, when we had DD, I never took a home test, it was all done by blood tests at the doctor's.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Life with Itchy and Gimpy

I wanted my next post to be about the great trip we had in NYC this weekend. I guess I'll have to post that later. I have some great recommendations for places to go in NYC when I get to it.

However, we've had some fun (sarcastic tone here) at our house over the past few days. DH is now called Gimpy and DD is Itchy. DH broke his foot on Sunday playing football. We didn't realize it was broken until Monday morningish. We took him to the hospital on Labor Day night after dinner and they put it in an air cast and gave him crutches. He's getting along very slowly now, but at least he's being a good patient and not trying to put weight on his foot and mess it up more.

DD is called Itchy because she had multiple tiny bug bites mostly in her panty area, but going up her back and down her legs. She developed some kind of allergic reaction to them as well. We noticed this Monday early afternoon too and called the on-call ped who told us to give her Benadryl until they could see her Tuesday at 8AM. Needless to say, since Gimpy isn't driving right now, I had to take the day off work and take care of both of them. They put her on a three day run of Prednisone and she continues to take the Benadryl too until this goes away. It seems a lot better and the bites are starting to heal. She missed the first day of school yesterday, because I didn't want her to be known as the girl with the crotch itch all year. I mean, we do make sure the girl bathes regularly! She went back to school today. Hopefully, it will all go well.

So I started my going to work early routine today. It went very well considering I have to take care of the dog all the time now. I can't picture DD trying to walk the dog on crutches. Phoebe was very excited about her first day of school and she woke up at 5:15 AM. She had gotten ready and eaten breakfast by 7 AM when I was leaving and then she asked if she could go to the bus stop. We had to explain to her that the bus doesn't come for another 45 minutes, LOL! DH walked her down the street to the bus stop on his crutches. Thankfully, we're the first house in the development, so he didn't have to go that far. I'm looking forward to leaving work early today to pick her up from the bus stop and getting dinner started. We're going to have sausage on the grill, corn on the cob and cucumber salad. I'm looking forward to it!