Sunday, October 30, 2011

Snow in October!!! and Eating the Frogs


We got the earliest snows this year ever!!!  I don't ever remember it snowing in Philadelphia in October. Maybe a freak snow late in March, but never this early.  Here's some views from our back deck.  

I was very motivated today.  As Marcia would say, I ate a lot of frogs. But oh, they tasted so good!!!!  The saying means to do the biggest, most important stuff you need to do in the day.  Today I did the following:
  • Cleaned the kitchen very good, including kitchen appliances wiped down, the inside of the microwave, the top of the stove, and I mopped the floor.
  • Drove Tom to the train station.  He's opening a new office in NYC in the morning.  He'll be back for trick or treating in the afternoon.
  • Vacuumed and shampooed all the carpets on the second floor and the back staircase.  I am sorry to say it was the first time ever since we moved in 2006.  They look awesome!
  • Did the same to the living room where the boys play.  I swear, I shampoo that carpet every 3 months!!!
  • Baked carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese icing for my team at work tomorrow.  We've been working very hard lately, and I thought some treats were in order.  I had some batter left over and made some mini cupcakes for the boys and the rest of us.  I just didn't put any icing on those.  We can choose to later or give the boys ones without.  They'll love them just the same.
So now I'm just relaxing with a glass of white Bordeaux wine and catching up on blogs.  Tomorrow, I plan to eat many a frog before I get to dress up as a pirate and take my two dinosaurs and my Big Brother humilitard-wearing daughter (that's her costume she made)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Life Updates And Toddlers in the Tub!

Feeling minorly overwhelmed right now.  There is so much I need and want to get done.  I'm hoping to have time to do it all.  I keep making my lists and then I get distracted by my daughter getting sick, working from home and having a toddler or two come over to me and the computer, a husband that needs to talk about something, etc.  I know things are moving in a forward direction, but I'm having such a hard time not feeling that I wish I was getting things done faster and able to avoid distractions.

On another note, I recently read Julie and Julia and I have to admit I liked the book much better than the movie.  In the movie, I thought Julie was kind of whiney and Julia Child saved the movie.  The book is much different.  I can completely get into where she is in her mind.  Did you know the book character Julie has PCOS and part of her issue that drove her to cooking was doctor's telling her that she better try to have children now because of her "syndrome" before it's too late?  It almost made me want to do my own project, but I'd cook my way through "The Girlfriends' Guide to Macrobiotics".  Hmmm... That does give me some good ideas.

But one of the things I've been doing that's good for me is P90X.  It's an exercise program of videos and it is kickass!  I'm on week 3 of the 90 day program, but I will admit I haven't exercised the 6 days a week they want you too.  Somedays I'm just way too tired.  So I only got 5 days in the first week and 4 days in last week, but I'm feeling much stronger and do feel overall that I have more energy.

So that is my word that I'm focusing on right now - Energy!  I want more of it!  I'm going after it!  I have been doing Marcia's Time Management sheets and it does help.  I think I'm just asking too much from myself, but what's wrong with that???

To end with the really joyful part, here's some latest pics of the boys.  They've started scrunching up their faces when they do smiles for pics.  Here they are in my bathtub hamming it up



Then I took pics of them in their tubby that night.  Here's Tommy with a big grin for the camera:


Here's Liam with a big grin and Tommy checking out the water or something on his hand:


Love them so much!  Could just cuddle them forever, but they would just push out of my lap, LOL!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pics from the Weekend

BTW, we did get a phone call from the gluten-free girl's mom on Monday after school thanking us for handling her daughter's diet restrictions so easily and making her seem like she was eating what everyone else was eating.

Here's a pic of the girls all asleep at 9 AM on Sunday morning.  Phoebe is the one on the left air mattress that looks like she's running in her sleep.



And here is Phoebe in her 1950s finest for the cotillion party that Sunday night.


And yes, I'm a Yankee that makes her daughter do cotillion.  It's the only thing we've not given her a choice on.  This is her first year and I think we'll do it again next year.  For those that don't know what cotillion is, it's a very Southern USA thing where children are forced to dress up (boys must wear suits and girls must wear skirts that are not more than 2 inches above their knee) and learn to dance ballroom dances such as the Rumba, waltz, cha cha, etc. and learn about table manners, how to make a good first impression.  It's really dancing and social graces.  I never got to do any of those things and I think it will make her more confident in the future.  Hope everyone enjoys the pics!

Monday, October 17, 2011

I Survived This Weekend!!!

Wow!  What a weekend!  I don't know what to do other than give it to you in chronological order with all the fun details.

Friday night we went out to a great French bistro restaurant in Philly called Zinc.  The food was amazing!  The wine was amazing.  I say if you are in the Philly area and want to try the best yet unpretentious French food in the area, make a reservation and get thee to this place!  It was by far the best restaurant I've ever been to and had the best service.  Our server actually recommended the white wine - a wonderful white Bordeaux which is my current favorite wine nwo.  I have a case on order from my local wine shop.  It's very reasonably priced when you're not at a restaurant markup price.  I also highly recomment their private label French sparkling wine.  We had it with our appetizers and it was very very good.

Saturday we ran errands getting ready for our daughter's sleepover party that night.  She has one friend with peanut allergies, which was much easier to prepare for than the friend with the gluten-free diet.  Thankfully, we planned individual cheese pizza's for the girls and the gluten-free girl we bought a frozen individual pizza that met her needs and then it looked just like everyone else's.  For Sunday breakfast we had my pumpkin pancakes, sausages, bacon and scrapple (I love scrapple!) and we did have gluten-free bisquick for the one girl.  Everything looked the same, but was slightly different. I quietly made sure the one girl knew what was hers and that it was taken care of. 

Saturday night, the girls did not sleep of course.  Us parents were upstairs watching TV and keeping an eye on what they were up to.  We fell asleep for a bit and then when I woke up at 2:15 AM from the little catnap, I talked to the girls about settling down (they had an obstacle course setup on the first floor of the house, LOL!) and I think they all fell asleep in the living room setup we had for them with the couches and air mattresses around 3 AM. 

Sunday morning, we had coffee and got the girls waking up and getting them breakfast before their parents came around 11 AM to pick them up.  After the pickups, we then had to get ready with what Phoebe was going to wear for cotillion that night as they were having a 1950's dress up party that night.  At first Phoebe said she was going to wear capris, a blouse and a high ponytail, but at the last minute she wanted a poodle skirt.  Please note that earlier that week, she definitely refused to wear a poodle skirt.  So we make a quick run out with the boys, Phoebe and her one friend left to the Halloween store and got the skirt.  She then wore a black shirt I had that was perfect to go with it and had the high ponytail with a scarf tied around it.  She looked awesome!!!  I then had to feed her an early dinner, get her dressed for cotillion, drop her friend off at home on the way and while she was there I went out for sushi with two of the other cotillion moms. 

After I got her home and in bed, I immediately fell asleep.  I now think I need a few days off work to "recover" from my weekend.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Updates and Pics

Wow!  It's been a long time.  I'll try to get better, but things have been very busy lately in a good way.  We've been working hard at living intentionally.  Doing things around the house and having good family fun.  We went to the Renaissance Faire this past weekend.  Here's a pic Phoebe took of the boys and I with a knight.  Tom was off in a long line for a pint of beer, LOL!


Phoebe also had her 11th birthday and got braces.  Here you can see both!


And a few weeks ago we went to a wine tasting, corn maze, fall fun stuff for kids to do at a local vineyard that we hadn't been to before.  Went with a fellow blogger in the area who her and her husband are so much fun!  And their daughter is way cute!  Here is a pic of Tom and the boys that day.  Liam does have an odd expression on his face in this pic.


I started working out again last night, so I'm feeling pleasantly sore.  I'm doing the P90X and I'm working on getting my good friend to be my coach on the Beachbody website.  So things are going very very well.