Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

We've got the costumes, and we've been celebrating Halloween for about a week now.  Luke and Evie had their "Storybook Parade" at school last week.  It was COLD!  But, Chuck and I and George toughed it out so we could see them.  Evie was totally ticked that I made her wear a t-shirt under her outfit (a cute pumpkin dress thing), but I know she was freezing! 

Luke was paired up with his little Kindergarten pen pal - a tradition at their school where Third Graders are matched up with Kindergarteners and it is beyond cute!  He's had good training as a big brother, so he took to his role as protector pretty well.  He was some sort of trooper from Star Wars (as he is every year).

The night before, we went to the Club for their Halloween party.  Good heavens, I feel like we saw everyone there! 

Can you see George (aka Batman) there on the left? 
He really blends in.

The food was amazing!

There were so many things to do with lots of games, music, a bounce house, balloon animals, pictures, flip books, and face painting.  Too much fun for a Thursday night!  The kids had a great time until I told them it was time to go home. Evie went from happy to pissed in a matter of seconds.

She has such a tough life, right?

Today we are going to join our friends for some fun trick-or-treating.  Chuck is dressed up as Fred Flintstone, and I'm thinking about finding a Wilma costume after the kids whined that I couldn't dress up in my usual costume - a Stay At Home Mom - again this year.  I may have to surprise them . . .

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hard Red Head

We had a minor head injury last night when George fell and hit his head against the corner of a cabinet while playing soccer inside.  *sigh*  Boys.

And, of course, he did it just before bed. Poor baby.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Movie Quote 96 (With a Twist)

One of the lead news stories in Fort Worth today was titled "Historic Fort Worth Clock Tower Rings Again."  I tried to embed it, but I'm having technical difficulties, so you have to click HERE if you want to see it. 

I see this clock tower from my office window every day, but this news story made me think of Movie Quote 96:

Save the clock tower!

And if you need a little help, here's another quote from the movie:

Well, you're safe and sound now, back in good old 1955.

Anyone?  I freaking love this movie.  In fact, I may watch it with the kids this weekend.  A classic in every sense.

Who comes up with this Sh*t?

Bazaar article of the day goes to which published a story entitled: "Cats that look like pin-up girls."  You can read (and see) the full story by clicking HERE.


How do they think of this shit?

Here's the cover picture.

I saw all of them and the story really just makes me cringe and shake my head.  Buuutttt . . . . I contributed to the stupidity by re-posting it, so maybe I'm part of the problem.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Life after 35

I read an article today that was clearly meant for me, since my 35th birthday was this month.  It is called "Rules for Life After 35."  Thank you to the internet for knowing exactly how old I am.

Here it is for your reading pleasure:

( -- At a certain point, everybody needs a guidebook. Columnist Leigh Newman reveals her most helpful no-nos and yes-yeses.

1. A true sign of love is giving your partner the soft pillow.

2. Always give money to the girl with the violin or the guy with the guitar.

3. Never leave a hospital with a newborn but without a birth certificate.

4. Everybody loves a doughnut. Everybody. Even divorce lawyers.

5. If you think you need concealer, you need concealer.

6. Thank-you notes. Always.

7. Leggings are not pants.

8. When you see someone you know but don't feel like talking to them, don't look at the grass in the park or study a jar of mayonnaise on the supermarket shelf and pretend you don't see them. They know you're faking, and they'll remember.

9. There are only three real answers: yes, no and yes but later.

10. People notice wrapping paper, not wrapping skills.

11. You will never change anybody's opinion about whether or not the bathwater is too hot or too cold.

12. Go to bed. Go to bed. I know it's only 10:30 p.m., but go to bed!

13. No tattoos on the neck. On you or anyone else.

14. Moms like scented candles. It's not a crime to give them one every month.

15. If you tell somebody to go away, they will hang around.

16. Nonstop flights are worth the extra money.

17. If you see lilacs or water balloons in April, you absolutely must buy them. Due to their short lifespan in water (lilacs) and the fact that all stores now sell summer novelty items in spring so that they can sell Halloween stuff in summer (water balloons), you only have five smoking-hot seconds to purchase either item for other people—and cause them to fall down in a shuddering fit of joy. And yes, adults do, too, love water balloons.

18. Lifting your tongue to the roof of your mouth while taking a photo helps smooth out a double chin.

19. Books. Books. More Books.

20. Men who don't put their face in the water are men you may not date or marry. You can swim or not swim, but you can't half-swim. That is like half-walking, half-thinking or half-falling in love. The guy has to put his face in the water, even if it's cold and dark.

21. The five-second food-on-the-floor rule is really the 30-second food-on-the-floor rule. Except in houses with dogs.

22. There is a color you love that does NOT look good on you. Stop wearing it! (This rule is also known as: Don't wear green, Leigh.)

23. Parents love the friend who offers to hold their baby so they can drink a beer.

24. Whispering makes children do just about anything. Which is important to remember when you're about to yell.

25. There is only one clothing size. Yours. Baggy stuff makes you feel thin but look fat. Tight stuff is just plain painful.

26. You do not like fried clams or salt water taffy. You like the romance of the boardwalk. You don't have to eat food that will make you feel ill on the roller coaster just to revel in the seaside atmosphere.

27. Take the stairs. Except if you're on your way to a date or an interview.

28. You will never run out of ideas—or love. So put them out there in the world. You'll have plenty more tomorrow.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Today is the day . . .

I started listening to Christmas music this year!

Christmas is only 64 days away!

December is only 40 days away!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Did you know . . .

that my sister has one ugly dog and one adorable dog?  Remember that beauty is only skin deep - it helps that they are both so, so sweet.

Here they are.  This one is Sarah Lee.  She's been through many foster homes and the like, but is happy with my sister's family now.  Unfortunately, she had some aweful disease when she was little (maybe distemper), and has had several teeth pulled.  She has a funky twitch and her tongue falls out to one side allt he time.  It's sad, funny, and adorable all the same time - you know, in the "only-a-mother-could-love" kinda way.

And this is the puppy named Jo.  She's like George-impossible to capture her cuteness on camera.

And here they are together.  Sweetness doubled.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Movie Quote 95

I have no idea what made me think of this, but it is one of my favorite parts of this movie.  I hope you remember this.  If not, you need to go to YouTube and watch it so that you can feel all warm, gooey, and happy inside like I do right now.

Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime.

So?  What do you think?  Do you love this part as much as I do?

Report Cards and a Question

Truly proud to announce that Evie made straight As on her report card and Luke made the Silver Honor Roll (all As and Bs).  We were so thrilled that we promised them a treat last night.  Unfortunately, I found out this morning that neither one finished their homework from last night.  WTF?  I didn't use those words in front of them, but I gave them a stern talking-to this morning on the way to school.  I was actually hesitant to come down too hard on them because when Luke realized he had forgotten to finish his homework he put his head in his hand and said, "I could kill myself."

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, those were his words.  I don't use those words.  Chuck doesn't use those words.  Not even in jest.  And, although I'm certain he didn't mean what he said, it was quite disturbing to hear those words come out of my son's mouth.

Suggestions?  Thoughts?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sing, sing a song.

I don't think I've mentioned it before, but George is a singer.  He sings all the time.  All. The. Time.  And, for the most part, it is pretty adorable.  He even taught me a cute new song yesterday and here are the words I remember.  I have to record him singing this because it is just so darn adorable. 

One, two, three, four, five.
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Then I let him go again.
Why did you let him go?
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
This little finger on my right.

Without the hand movements, expression, and the little man who sings it, I cannot adequately express how cute this is.  Serious cuteness.

George is pictured here with the cutest puppy that ever lived - her name is Jo and she's my sister's dog.

But, don't let him fool you.  He really likes lots of types of music, including what he calls "crazy music."  This was discovered one day when I was seeking through the radio stations for a sports update and we accidentally landed on Tejano music.  He loved it!  So now you know that if he asks for "crazy music" he wants you to find a Tejano music station.  I roll my eyes, but it's still cute.

Today, on our way to school, the Queen song, "We Will Rock You."  Oh my goodness, he fell in love on the spot and started singing, "We will, we will, rock you!"  But, if you're familiar with the song, you know that it shifts in the middle from hard rock to more of an easy listening mix.  (Listen below to see what I mean).  He was a little ticked at me because he thought I had changed the radio station and insisted that I put the "rock you" song back on the radio.  Trust me, it took quite a lot of discussion to convince him that this was still the same song, and I'm pretty sure he didn't believe me in the end, but at least he stopped arguing with me.  It's the little victories that count sometimes.

So, out of pure joy that he was enjoying music, I found the following YouTube video for him to listen to all the way into school.

 This is what the song transitioned into on the radio.

Next time you see him, please feel free to sing the song with him.  He loves it! Some of his other favorites are:

Rumor Has it by Adele

Bad Romance by Lady Gaga

Just so you know, I'm already aware that my title as Mother of the Year is out the window, so I'm okay with the bad lyrics.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Labor Day

One of my favorite people (who also happens to be my boss) had a heart attack on Labor Day weekend.  I just got to see him today for the first time since his attack and he looks fabulous!

The news of his heart attack struck so close to home because my father died from a heart attack on Labor Day in 1990.  I'm so grateful we didn't lose Bill on Labor Day 2012.  God is good.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Professional Women Still Climbing

An excellent read for you professional women (and men).  Read it HERE.  Take note.  Push harder.  Women still climb mountains to achieve success in the professional world.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


I've had a headache for 24 hours.  That's not cool.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

You won't believe it.

My friend Carrie shared a link with me today and my only response was an awed utterance of "Oh, holy hell . . ." And then my mouth hung open as I observed the craziness. Click here to experience it with me.

Movie Quote No. "I-have-no-idea" (94)

I know it has been a loooooooonnnnng time, but here's a movie quote for all the cool People who might still read this blog in spite of my increasing absence. And I think my mom might even be able to get this and she's already worried about dementia. So, if you can't get this, you should be sad and ashamed. (aren't you sooo glad you visit this blog for your daily dose of self confidence?). Here is the quote: "Oh Captain, my Captain!"

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What day is it???

After a couple friends of mine expressed concern regarding my lack of posting (or depressing posting), I want you to know I'm really just fine.  I'm swamped at work - and I mean way more than usual - so that makes posting difficult.  Plus, if you remember last year, I was involved in a night golf tournament and wine tasting benefiting our local Lighthouse for the Blind.  {See more Here} or {Here} Well, I'm doing it again this year and the big day is TOMORROW!  So, I'm fielding lots of last-minute details and still trying to keep my head above water at work while we prepare for a very lengthy trial.  Sadly, I haven't been home at all this week so I'm missing my babies and my mother, who is here for a visit.  I miss Chuck too, by the way.  So we are trudging forward with a big trial that will likely eat up my time in October, which is fine.  Unfortunately, it means I won't get to have a leisurely fall, but that's okay too.

Hope you all are having an absolutely fabulous Champagne Thursday!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I hate when I eff up.  It makes my heart heavy.  Even if it isn't that big of a deal.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Busy, busy, busy!

Holy crap!  I'm busy!

Just stopped in to tell everyone I think Arnold is a douche.  I don't use that word very often so it took me three tries before I spelled it correctly.  This should also give you some indication of how badly I think of him.  So much for the sweet guy from Kindergarten Cop.  What a horrible husband.  I will refrain from commenting on his character as a parent out of deference for his children.

So, that's my update for today.

Hope you all are faring better than Maria.  Poor woman.