Monday, February 26, 2007

Out of the funk

I've been in a posting funk... whether it's here on my nearly abandoned blog, or keeping up with comments on friends' blogs, or on message boards, I've just been MIA. I just haven't felt like doing anything (except vacuuming... gotta love Dyson!), and I'm determined to snap out of it. After I'm done here, I'm tackling my list of house projects so I can move on to more fun ones. I have a lot of scrapbooking I want to do, but I feel like I need to "earn" it. We'll see how long that lasts. :)

Here are some random tidbits from my last week or so...

I found some motivation the other day to clean out my medicine cabinet. A friend told me that medicine (OTC) is good for 1 year after the expiration date. Does anyone out there know if that's true? I emptied out my cupboard based on that fact, and threw out a ton of stuff (and kept a lot too... so I'd love to throw out more if indeed it's "expired" when it says it is!). I didn't want to just toss pills and stuff in the trash in case the girls got a hold of it, so I collected them in a few glasses and put them down the sink. Emma thought my creation was very pretty and asked if she could play with my treasures, to which I quickly responded, "NO!!" :)

Addie likes to help with laundry. For those of you with boys, this is what girl laundry looks like:

Addie is really into feeding herself lately, which is good and bad. She is SO MESSY. I don't remember a hard transition with Emma. I feel like one day she just "got" feeding herself and it wasn't that messy. And as soon as Addie is done or she gets frustrated, food goes flying. She starts furiously waving her arms and anything within reach either gets launched across the table or gets smeared with whatever food is on her hands. I can't tell you how many times I've wiped down the walls. I can't wait for summer so I can just feed her outside. I reprimand her and tell her "no," but she keeps doing it. I'm so frustrated! If anyone out there has advice for me, I'd love to know how I can correct this BAD behavior. At only 16 months, she doesn't really understand time outs or - GASP! - spankings. I'm at my wits end with her and her tantrums!

And one of Emma eating, just 'cause she's so darn cute.

Mackenzie Ray

I'm an aunt! Hooray! I guess I became an aunt when I married Gary, since he already had 2 nieces and 2 nephews, but it's on MY side now, so it's different. Besides, my 20-something nieces and nephews who are taller than me calling me "Auntie Angie" doesn't have quite the same warm-fuzzy feel to it. (But of course I love them!) So... hooray! I'm an aunt!

After quite a dramatic entrance into the world on February 16th, Kenzie and Amy and Justin are finally at home. I'm sure it all didn't happen quite like Amy imagined it, but the result is the same nonetheless, and they now have their long-awaited miracle. God is so good. Kenzie is beautiful and just the sweetest thing! (Can you say, BABY FEVER?!) It looks like she'll be on oxygen for a few weeks, maybe months, but other than that she's healthy and nursing so well. Praise God for that, because that really could've been a struggle. So what kind of aunt would I be not to show off a few pictures? :) And Emma LOVES - I mean, LOVES - her new cousin and talks about her all the time. At the hospital she sang a quiet little song to her that none of us could hear or understand. It was the sweetest thing. It was like they were the only two in the room, and it made us all cry!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Coming soon...

To the millions of you out there who read my blog... okay, the two... I promise to update tomorrow and keep up with it! :) I see these fun blog challenges all the time (Cam, you do some fun ones!). Maybe that's what it will take to get me going. I always answer in my head, but it would be more fun to put it here. Fun for me... maybe not fun for you. Because sometimes things are interesting or funny or profound in my head, and then later I realize it's probably not the same in other people's heads. That pretty much sums up my life. :)

I would also like to say that I'm super happy that my sweet friend Michelle now has a blog. :) She is wonderful and I miss her tons and tons and tons. I'm not just saying that because she'll read this. It's true. Oh, and Michelle, I got lots of compliments on my cool purse on Sunday. Yay!

Here is one picture to wrap it up! The clock must've struck midnight because Cinderella is off and running... as usual. :)


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