Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Hi Ho Hi Ho!!! We are home from Disney

We are back!!! An amazing time was had by all. The only bad thing about the trip is that my cell phone and camera got left in the motel room, I discovered this waiting to board the plane home. Oh well, they were found and are in the process of being FedEx'd. So no pictures for a few days.

I have so many wonderful memories I am sure I can't share them all (but I will try). I can start with the plane ride there, the boy was completely amazed that he was flying and that he could fly through the clouds. DQ enjoyed having some uninterrupted time with Grandma. When we got to our hotel we played in the pool for a while then went to bed so we could get to the park early on Friday. When we got to the Magic Kingdom the first thing we saw was the "Cinderbration" show which included all of the princesses and there princes. Halfway through the show my mom and I looked at each other and realized we both were crying, not from the show but from DQ's reaction to seeing everything. DQ kept covering her mouth and gasping and jumping up and down everything she saw a new princess come out (not to sound to hokey, but it really was magical). GB liked the loud music and firecrackers.

I need to go do some housework, but I am going to publish this and update it when I get time so check back throughout the day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


I have been getting ready for Disney!!! We leave tomorrow for my moms house then we fly out on Thursday. It is amazing all the things that need to be done. I guess I could leave the house a mess, but I hate coming home from a vacation and having a messy house. Also, all the laundry needs to be done so that we have everything that needs to be packed. Yesterday I did grocery shopping so Rick can have food while we are gone. He is so easy to please, just give him frozen pizzas, hot pockets, and mac and cheese. Oh yeah, and plenty of diet coke!!

The kids are really excited about the trip (understatement of the year). I am glad that we get to go with my mom as she is a blast. Rick is really happy NOT to be going, I guess it has to do with the heat, crowds, and living in Orlando for a while. He will be happy to look at the pictures. Anyway, I won't be blogging for a week, but when I get back I will get some pics up.

Monday, September 19, 2005

MOPS in the news

Today in the newspaper there is an article on the MOPS group that I attend. This group has been invaluable to me since we have been in CT and I have meet some wonderful people. One of my closest friends, Lenore, is quoted in the article.

Just wanted to share.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

When I was your age....

I always think of things that are different for my kids than they were for me. For instance, now when you take a picture the first thing I hear is "Can I see it?", oh the wonders of digital.

Anyway, today the girl turns 8!! How can it be that she is growing up so fast?

Thank you to Papa Randy and Linda for the beautiful dolls, of course she absolutely loves them. And it was very exciting to be home when the package arrived and realizing it is for her. GB really enjoyed the bubble wrap.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Amazing all that can happen in a week.

GB started school this past week, he is in a preschool program at the elementary school. The bus picks him up at the driveway, and he thinks he is so cool with his spidey backpack. He only goes 4 days in the afternoons so I still have plenty of time with him.

While the boy was in school on Friday, Rick and I installed some roman shades I had made. They turned out well, I am pretty happy with the results. The shades were for a friend who just moved into a new house. It is fun to be able to have Rick work with me in my decorating business, a big selling point for people is that we install what we make. Of course it gives us an excuse to buy tools, and any thing we get I make sure I know how to use. Although I haven't gotten to proficient on the table saw, I have become a master with the cordless drill. The chop saw and jigsaw come in pretty handy too. Most of the window treatments I make are installed on boards, and some are made out of plywood then upholstered.

Also, today was DQ's birthday party, her actual birthday isn't until Thursday, but we had a few girls over for some cake today. We had a picnic party theme (DQ's idea) and the girls ate there cake on blankets on the ground and made a butterfly craft out of tissue paper and cloths pins. It all turned out really cute. The big thing about today is we told DQ that we are going to Disneyworld at the end of the month. I made the plans at the beginning of August, but kept them a secret till her birthday (mostly because I didn't want to hear "How many more days?" for 2 months). But the kids and I and my mom are going to for a long weekend at the end of the month. Rick had no desire to go and my mom was more than happy to come with us. DQ was so happy she had tears in her eyes, this is something she has wanted to do for years. I wanted her to go while she was still innocent enough to enjoy everything.

Monday, September 05, 2005

How bad of a parent am I?

For the past week, DQ has refused to ride her bike because she doesn't have a helmet. I know, I know, very bad. I just never got around to getting them helmets, and they really don't ride very much. We have a little patio out back that they use, but they don't use our driveway because it has an incline and my kids are the farthest thing from daredevils. Occasionally I take them to a park or something, as long as it is flat. (which is pretty rare to have flat area in western Connecticut) Anyway, today was a gorgeous day and the kids wanted to ride their bikes, so we had to stop and get them helmets. They were so excited, I do believe that GB will try to sleep in his. He kept looking in the mirror and making crazy faces and strong arms. We ended up going to a park in the next town over and their parking lot was pretty flat so the kids got themselves pretty tired out while I sat under a tree and read. GB actually came home and took a nap, so I was able to catch a snooze on the couch. Pretty cool!!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

2nd grade

Well, the girl started 2nd grade this past week. This is a pic of DQ and her teacher, Mrs. Silbert. In our elementary schools they spilt all the schools into 3 grades. The school that DQ is in now is for k-2 grades and the next school is for 3-5 grades, then they have middle school for 6-8 grade and a huge high school. The way things work in our particular school is that the teacher follows the kids for 1st and 2nd grades, so DQ is in the same class room with the same kids and the same teacher as last year. I really like this idea because the teacher already knows the kids and can jump right into were she left off last year. Of course it helps that DQ absolutely adores her teacher.