Friday, January 25, 2008

The Countdown Begins!

Just 8 days until Ian goes to his very first concert!! Can't wait!! We're prepping him for it all this week.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Story Of Wow

Not gone after all! I found the long version!

Michele asked about "The Game" so I have to answer :)

*******warning*****big geek fest follows, read at your own risk******************

Shea started playing the game in 2005 after watching my brother play it in our house from the day it was released. Justin (my bro) is the biggest game nerd ever! He's one of those regular looking guys who, if he had his way, would do nothing other than play games and run! We were "wow'd" by the graphics and Shea needed something to do ( since he was a new teacher and had so much free time??!!?)

While I was pregnant with Ian I'd sometimes watch Shea play eventually creating my own character on his account. I'm such a goob, I couldn't play it close to bedtime though since it would give me really weird dreams! After Ian was born I set up my own account (because I had so much free time with a newborn???!?) and got hooked.

Last summer I stopped playing...just went cold turkey. Just wasn't feeling the love. Had a level 64 Paladin and level 62 Priest...all Alliance...Cenarius server :)

Shea reached that point this week. Just too much time doing nothing he said, so plug now pulled!

We'll see if it lasts! And for nostalgia here we are...and I'll know how much you play if you can name the locations :)
**And Michelle we fit it in by having no life and a child that slept a lot!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Well...I wrote this long beautiful post about the origin of WOW in our lives and silly blogger had an error and now it is gone. Being unmotivated to write it again I'll just say, it was my brother's fault that we started. We didn't play as much when it was warm. And we both quit (at different times) because it just felt like so much wasted time (even thought we enjoyed that waste :))

Not nearly as interesting a post, but it's done!

And a picture of me...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Depths of Bad Parenting

So here is where it all began...2 years ago today. He now calls it "the game" and asks to "watch game" so dad can "hurry things" or make them "go nigh night." Withdrawals will now set in I'm certain since dad has decided to stop playing.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Oops! Weekend Off!

I completely forgot to post over the weekend! Not for lack of sitting at my computer though. In fact we had one of those quiet stay at home weekends. Ian has a little cold so we laid low except for a trip to order him shoes.

Yes, he's spoiled! I don't even order shoes for myself...shoot I seldom buy shoes for myself. I ordered him shoe's from Justin's store because I can't bear to really shop and I don't want to try to explain to an almost 2 1/2 year old why I don't want him to have shoes with that silly train on them! So here's what he has on order, expected to arrive in a week or so.

I think I found the house I want to live in for a very very long time...but I can't talk about it yet.

Happy MLKJ day!

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Public Has Spoken

So 3 of my 4 blog readers have back to the old look! I kept the banner for you Rosie so at least you know you're in the right spot! Tell those grand kids of yours to buy you a bigger monitor!! :)

Rockin Playdates and Living Rooms Near You

Today was one of those great laze around the house with Ian days. No real plans, nothing to do but enjoy each other's company. We stacked, we laughed, we chatted, we knocked stacks over, we read, we danced, we napped, we ate. Just a good day!

I think he enjoyed being home today after our adventure yesterday. We spent the morning at Matthew's house for a playdate. He had a lot of fun but was one tired guy when we were done! (still so fun that I've reconnected with "little Todd" from high school...and that the kid I babysat back then now has 2 kids of his own!!)
We ended our day with a crazy RockBand fest at Justin's apartment. Shea on drums, Justin on guitar, me on vocals, Ian on anything he could get his hands on! Let's just say I ROCK! :) LOL

Thursday, January 17, 2008

New Look?

So trying a new look. What do you think? Somehow the sidebar fell down...I'll rescue it later!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I Wuv You Very Much

Ian and I have had a bedtime ritual for the last few months. Shea gives him a bath and after drying him, Ian runs (naked) into the living room as he squeals any number of things. I then give him a big hug, kiss his wet little face, bounce him up and down a few times and then hand him back to Shea for pj's and a diaper.

Then Shea carries him to bed and if all goes well he sleeps. On that trip into his bedroom I've always said, "Goodnight Ian. I love you."

He always responds with something with a little prompting from dad.

Tonight, without prompts, he said. "Goonight momma. I wuv you very much."

WOW! He makes my day :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Oh No! The Sky Fell

Today when we got out of the car to take Ian to "school" he looked up and said "oh no, the sky fell." I like that perspective on fog :)

Monday, January 14, 2008

It's Official!

So I was officially invited today to be a permanent member of the Designer Digitals Creative Team! Woohoo! So excited about that. They are a creative group of talented ladies. Ian is going to have a well documented life :)

And I have a layout featured on DiSc Talk Radio tomorrow!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

What a Swinger!

A big day at our house today! Ian was able to "pump" the swing all by himself. So proud :)

Friday, January 11, 2008


So I've been scrapbooking a lot! In fact it has been a little bit of an obsession.

Here are a couple from the week...
Oh...and that sleep number bed? Figured out that the control is backwards from the bed...that just doesn't make sense!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Books On Children

Over 2 1/2 years ago (aka before Ian was born) a lovely person I was doing some work for gave me a list of books that she thought would be helpful as he gets older. I've been shuffling that list around my desk for those 2 1/2 years (including moving it from apartment to house at one point). I'm throwing it away today...but thought I'd leave the great contents of it, along with her comments,here for posterity :) (and eventual links to amazon)


  • A Good Enough Parent, Bruno Bettleheim
  • Practical Tricks on How to Put Baby's Clothes on, Nutrition, etc, Pamela Leah books
  • How to Talk to Your Kid so Your Kid Will Listen, and Listen so Your Kid Will Talk
  • At The Threshold, academic tome but excellent reading about adolescence
  • Series -- Your One Year Old, Two, Three, etc
  • The Courage to Raise Good Men

To Read to Your Kids:

  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Runaway Bunny
  • Charlotte's Web


  • The Secret of NIMH
  • Grandfather's Magical Toys
  • Winnie The Pooh

Now my desk is cleaner and I'm closer to Amazon's "1-click"

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

What's Your Sleep Number

I'm sitting in a hotel in San Bernadino wondering exactly that! A sleep number bed in a hotel? Yep...probably sounded like a great idea and I have to admit I thought how cool is that when I saw it. After one night's sleep I have to say without knowing my "number" I had a pretty yucky night's sleep. I'm not a 25. I'm not a 50. Tonight I'm going for 100...all the way...wish me luck!


Thank you CNN...I hadn't actually heard Barack Obama speak...WOW can he! Now my indecision just grew, but I need more details...and so little time! Tomorow I return to my sheltered nontelevision tainted life!


Oh...Amanda...they offer you the truck "upgrade" when you arrive at Enterprise RentACar when you arrive at 630PM on a Monday night and they've already rented every car on the lot and you are lucky to get anything at all!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Minivan or a Truck?

I took the minivan...and it made me feel old, but it felt like home.

Longest I'll be away from the boys and I miss them a lot.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Pantsless Pete

So in addition to refusing to wear pants most of the day, Ian must have said the phrase "watch me mom" about 10 times.

Back to work tomorrow for everyone in our not ready!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Not The One

First one we've looked at. Lots of space complete with lizards and bugs in the bathroom, but the telephone pole in the front yard and weird vent thing in the strange bedrooms just weren't for us!

And yes...I took my camera!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Still Above Water

What a blustery blustery day! It was a good excuse for Ian to get his boots out...probably for the last time! He liked the boots but not being outside!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Special Bed isn't very special, but he is sleeping in it as I type! Of course it took 3 hours and complete exhaustion to get him to will get better, right?

And another page from today. Photos from October.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Right There!

Today Ian moved into his "special big boy bed." Moved may not be exactly the right word. He was fine for a while until he realized it was the real deal then he began to cry "mommy's bed, it's right there! mommy's bed!" Even after I layed beside him and tried to convince him that mommy was better than mommy's bed he continued with the crying "it's right there" but now added pointing just in case I'd forgotten which direction it was!

So...I caved as the crying escalated! He's now sleeping soundly in mommy's bed which is right there!

I'll tell you the Love You Forever story, but I can't right now. It will make me cry (again)

And on a lighter note.... Not only does being a DD Guest CT mean I get to see things "behind the scenes," I also get goodies! Woohoo.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

This year is off to a great start! We are healthy, happy and have officially rated our year...

5-Social (we need to connect more with old friends)
9-Relationship (we need to go out on dates more)
7.5-Family (all good just need to see Kirin more!)
5-Physical (needs no explanation)

7.56 Total not too bad!

AND...I was selected as a Guest Creative Team Member at Designer Digitals! SO excited about that. It was a month of doing layouts to earn the spot! So many talented ladies there. Here's my gallery.


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