Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
And I wonder if you could use Stevie's Carbon paper idea from the personalized boxes to make this a little simpler. I love a short cut!
If I only had a spare wall- and maybe not a plaster deer head:
Can't find chevron fabric? Try this! Nobody will ever know...
How to make Striped Fabric into a chevron patterned pillow
And... best for last! I might try this painting technique on some of those berber floor rugs! I'll start small to see how it works. If my plans go well, I'm picturing a giant white/gray and light blue chevron rug in the dining room... stay tuned.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
We found out after that long drive that there was a drive-in 15 minutes from our house! So this summer, I thought we'd put a date on the calendar to go visit the Walkertown, NC drive-in. But, I'm sad to report that it's status is "dark." I can't believe we missed it. It's gone- done forever, or until it lands a new investor- and we never even knew it was there.
I am determined that this summer we will go back to Eden and we will help this little piece of history that has survived since 1955 continue to thrive. Even if it's just once, I want Emily Grace and Luke to experience this little piece of American heritage, before it really is gone...
Check out his website to find drive-ins in your state and help keep the drive-ins alive!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This morning Zoe lost another one of her baby fangs (as I've come to call them- tooth is an understatement with this animal) and simultaneously Luke was SCREAMING for either a bottle or baby oragel- whichever we could reach first.
Luke is on his third tooth- another bottom guy! The top still looks swollen but I can see the white tip of a bottom tooth that has broken through. That makes 3!
He is actively chewing on anything he can get his hands on which includes but is not limited to:
Fingers (not just his)
Emily Grace's hair bows
Car seat toys
I try not to let a lot of foreign objects into his reach but as you can see, I often miss something.
His favorite made-for-teething toys:
Get this Silver teething ring at Bed, Bath & Beyond and use your 20% coupon. The silver stays naturally cool so you never have to put it in the freezer. It's easy to hold and doubles as a rattle! This silver teething ring is by far is his favorite!
RazBaby silicone teether- Babies R Us.
It is considerably less expensive but also less effective. It's a little large for his mouth and a bit heavy for him to hold at this age, but it's great for him to chew on!
And Zoe's chew toylist includes:
Our new area rug
My favorite blue chair
Coffee table legs
The metal side table legs
The metal bars on her kennel
Emily Grace's hands
Emily Grace's hair
Luke's hands (it's funny, she's not biting them- she likes to get their hands in her mouth and she delicately gnaws on them. Of course I don't LET this happen, when I see it I yell at her to stop. )
Luke's socks (I've now thrown away over 20 socks!)
Luke's car seat (common chew toy)
Luke's car seat toys
Any dirty laundry- jeans, socks, bibs. You name it, she'll chew on it.
Yet the chew/teething toys we've purchased for BOTH of them sit mildly used. I'd never trade these memories in for anything!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Anyway, the new never-ending song at our house is from daycare. It's actually a diversion tactic at school that also drives people (me) crazy with it's inexplicably simple lyrics.
Emily Grace, Emily Grace, jump up and down
jump up and down
jump up and down
Emily Grace, Emily Grace, jump up and down
We have been singing that song ALL weekend. From Friday when we got home to 10 minutes ago when EG went to bed. And we've all had to jump. I hope I burned extra calories from all of the jumping.
She makes us each take a turn:
Luke (who LOVES this song, by the way. I don't think it will be leaving our home in the near future...)
Bailey (EG still includes her name in EVERYTHING we do as a family)
And then my favorite:
EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY, JUMP UP AND DOWN...
I think this song will be in my head for days.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Ladies, lace up your running shoes!
I'm determined to go to the beach looking some-what fit this year. We have a pool membership for the summer and have already paid for a whole week at the beach so I'm not going to waste it on baggy cover-ups and skirted bottoms and sucking in. Sorry- I refuse.
So I've started running and I'm really proud of how far I've come since Little Luke's welcome to the world cracked that pesky rib a few months back...
Now, I know you must be thinking "Meredith is the clutziest person on the world..." and yes, I am.
I am afraid my form on the treadmill isn't the best.
Picture: pant legs flapping, tripping me up, shoe laces constantly coming untied (even from a DOUBLE KNOT!), hair falling out of pony tail and me constantly hitting the ear phone cord that connects my iphone resting on the treadmill to my ears and having to catch my friendly electronic device in mid-air about 3 times during my routine.
So I need some tips from my fellow runners...
Here is my workout for this past week:
Warm up for 5 min.
Walk to .4 miles at a faster than brisk pace
Run .6 miles
Total: 3 miles, walked 1.2, Ran, 1.8
By the time I get to the end of my .6 segments, I'm so out of breath that I can't get a deep breath. Do you know that feeling? My body can keep going but my lungs can't keep up and that's what's stopping me. The next few days, my body isn't that sore, which tells me I'm strong enough to move forward, but my poor lungs can't keep up. And no, I've never smoked. Any suggestions?
In addition, my Iphone is loaded with a mix of songs that keep me wanting to dance rather than run, but they keep my spirits up and keep me pushing forward (standing still really due to the treadmill):
Taio Cruz "Rock Star" and "Dynamite"
Nelly "EI" and "Ride wit' me"
Chris Brown (I know... sorry)
Beyonce "Single Ladies" (I'm not single (duh), but I love to wave my hand in the air when she says "if you like it then you shoulda' put a ring on it..." The people in the gym must think I'm crazy)
***Side note- YouTube "Shane Mercado dancing to all the single ladies"- HE IS GOOD! He's been on morning shows b/c he "outdanced" Beyonce' LOOK OUT! It'll make you laugh! I wish I could dance like that- but that's a dream that will NEVER come true... ahhh, memories of Anne's blog about the 41 week pregnant girl who "walked it out..." PLEASE WATCH BOTH VIDEOS! Anyway, here is Shane:
And I can't pass up Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" for my warm up.
But, the mix is getting a little repetitive. Any other suggestions?
For any of you health nuts out there, I read that if you work out a mere 8 minutes in the morning, you will double your metabolism for the day!
I guess if all else fails, I can always get one of those t-shirt cover-ups that make you look skinny...
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
BOTH bottom front teeth came in! He has a silver teething ring that is all scratched up from those sharp little things. :) I'd post a picture but they're not big enough to see on camera. He barely lets me get my hand in there...
Congrats to my little man!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
He is also cutting his first tooth! It's not in yet but the doctor could feel it making it's way through. So here we go...
His weight hasn't gone up quite like we thought, but I think that's due to his lack of appetite from the AWFUL double ear infection he's been fighting off this week. The poor little man also has a ruptured ear drum from that infection.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
E: "Mommy, I"m 4"
Me: "No, honey, you're 3 and a half, almost 4."
"no mom- I’m not 3, I’m 4. I’m a big girl.”
"yes, you are a big girl but you’re not 4 yet; you’ll be 4 in June.”
“yes I am,”
“no you’re not.”
“yes I am.”
"You’ll be 4 in June.”
~~~staring each other down~~~
“fine, you’re almost 4.”
And then I walked away and she went back to coloring. Do you get the feeling that she has to have the last word? I wonder what 16 will hold...
Friday, January 28, 2011
I was telling Dana about this and she laughed because she doesn't really mean "I miss you."
For example: Chris and I will be standing in the kitchen making dinner and she goes back and forth between us hugging our legs muttering "Mommy, I miss you." "Daddy, I miss you."
I've tried to explain that what she means is "I love you," or "I'm happy" or sometimes even "I'm sorry." But "I miss you" is what you say when somebody has gone away.
I don't let my mind stray to where the 'I miss you' is coming from. That breaks my heart to let my thoughts wander there. You working moms know what I mean. And those of you who used to work also know the heart strings that pull so easily.
So, that evening after telling Dana this story, I had to scold Emily Grace for smearing pizza sauce all over the table like finger paints instead of wiping her hands on a napkin. As she sat there starting to cry she said "Mommy- I miss you."
My heart stopped. I stopped wiping down the table scooped her up and said "I'm sorry bfor yelling. I love you." Her response: "Mommy- I miss you too."
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