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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

"We don't have to go to the mall then"

First off...I have many posts to make from Thanksgiving and my 40th Birthday...coming soon...promise.
So this morning I was driving Peanut to school. She keeps using potty words for everything and she uses them in the strangest way...If you tell her something she'll say, "Okay, stink!" or call you "stinky biscuits", "poopie pants", etc...Well, she was doing that the whole way to school. We are going to see Santa at the mall tonight, so I told her, "You know, Santa is gonna know that you are saying these words when mommy asks you to stop"...and something about how he wouldn't be happy...She asked me how he would know and, of course, I said "he just knows"...
She thinks for a minute and says, "We don't have to go to the mall then".
We are going...can't wait to hear what she says to Santa!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cuddles and Kids Eat Free Night

She was squeezing me so tight I thought my cheeks would break!

Tuesdays are our eat out night. We usually go to either Denny's or Souper Salad. Kids eat free at both of those places...and I don't have to cook! Denny's has the best Kids menu of any restaurant we've been to. Every kind of "kid" food you can imagine, including grapes or goldfish crackers! We had an especially fun time at Denny's last night. Peanut was all hugs and cuddles...so much so that I almost couldn't eat! She was a complete ham for the waitress who took our picture. I've got one beautiful, sweet, snuggly daughter!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sparkley Barkley

Tuesday night Peanut decided that Barkley was going to be a girl, so she attached all of her hair clips (I now realize she has too many of those...pretty much like everything else) to his ears. She was having a grand old time doing this. Suspicious that she chose to do this right before bed time...hmmmm.
We snapped some photos of the now girlie Barks and then spared him from the painful hairclips (yes, I realize that he's a stuffy) by removing them before bed.

He's a very patient pup.
I think you can see where his nose is starting to wear away right in the middle. She keeps biting him there. He's gonna look even funnier when I have to put a patch on his nose.
On another note, I am trying to get back to my original plan for this blog which is to show the real me and not just to show all things "Peanut",... but I've been in a bit of a funk for a variety of reasons...so I'm turning to humor a bit...my way of hiding sadness. Some days I wish hugging Barkley would give me the same kind of comfort it gives my sweet, sweet Peanut.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sarah and Hills...and Magical Wanda the Witch

Sarah and Obama's number one supporter!

I can see Russia from my house!

Hmmm...where have I seen these glasses before?


Here are the photos from Halloween day. It has to be said that Tricia and I are 2 of about 4 democrats in our office of 21 people...well, those willing to admit it, anyway.

SP for VP? NOT! But I Like Her Hair

I went as Sarah Palin for Halloween this year. Normally we have a costume contest at the office and I was pretty darn proud of myself for choosing my costume this year and shopping early for the clothes, props, etc. All in all I spent about $30 and that includes the glasses, makeup and red jacket. My friend Nadine (who just turned 40...25 days before me!) lives in Alaska and sent me a stuffed moose I'll just refer to as "Lunch"...
Monday morning before Halloween...the office decided not to do a contest! Oh the horror...was still going to dress up...We had big plans for the costume this year and we thought the office could use a little humor (some long time employees were laid off a couple of weeks ago and office atmosphere is a bit stressful)
The "We" is Tricia and I. I had convinced her to dress as Hillary Clinton and we made a spoof of the SNL skit with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It came out pretty well considering we used my digital camera to record it and we did it in two takes. We posted it on YouTube and used a made up email address on yahoo in order to email the link to co-workers. There have been 132 views on YouTube as of today! Co-workers and friends sent it to friends who sent it to friends! This is funny to me, b/c I thought it was pretty bad...you could tell that we were reading from cue cards and we couldn't figure out how to get the cue cards high enough to read without the camera angle being off. BUT, we had sooo much fun making it!
Turn up the volume before you click on the link...the sound was really low off of my digital camera. Enjoy and have a good laugh!


Witch Way Did She Go?

I changed out of my Sarah Palin costume and into another
witch's costume. Wait! Did I say that outloud? Sorry!

Peanut decided to be a witch for Halloween! We found the sweetest costume at The Children's Place. I was pretty nervous when we bought it because it was a good month and a half until Halloween...and she had been saying that she wanted to be Ariel...thank goodness she changed her mind! I like Ariel, but I've heard the costume is a tough one to wear. We've been reading this wonderful book that I got at the $1 store 3 Halloween's ago. It's called Trouble Brewing. It has about 6 different characters and I've always read it to her using the same voices. This year she not only remembered every voice I used (scary thing is so did I!), she memorized the story. From phone calls to family, to private readings for her Daddy, Mimi, Paw Paw and Nana, to telling the story to her classmates, friends...she's made her rounds. She actually read it to some of my co-workers including my boss on Halloween. Each time I'm just amazed and proud. Truth be told, I love showing her off this way.

The night before Halloween our neighbor, Joy, came over and painted her nails in rainbow colors, and the next morning she came over and helped with the makeup.
Peanut calls herself "Magical Wanda the Witch" because Wanda is the name of one of the characters in Trouble Brewing.
When we woke up Halloween morning she told me that her beloved Barkley dog should go as a ghost. I made him a quick costume out of an old pillowcase. Hard to tell that it's him in the picture because his costume got a bit twisted...but she was thrilled that he was dressed up as something spooky! Took her to my office for a bit early Friday morning and then off to school. Her school decorated the playground so the kids could go trick or treating there. It was actually very well done. Hope they do the same next year.
Friday night we went to Cecilie's house so she could Trick or Treat with her friend. Robert met us there and it was a nice way to share her for Halloween (on neutral ground). I hope this tradition continues!

We had a wonderful night. More on my costume in the next post.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Today's Post

Saw this on my friend Mimi's Live Journal and had to copy it. Mimi, you are just too funny and always the clever one! Thanks for the laugh.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Color Me Happy

Last week my mom and I took a trip to the Kimball Art Museum. They were having an Impressionists exhibition with works of art on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago. The line was huge to get in. I was very excited about this exhibit because my favorite painting by Van Gogh was there. It's called The Bedroom (2nd version). This has been my favorite since I saw it in a book in college. Art History was one of the hardest courses I took, but I took so much away from it. It is a dream of mine to some day have a home with an extra room in it so I can re-create this painting with real live furniture, painted wood floors, etc and then hang a print of this painting in the room...

Back to the museum...the minute we walked into the exhibit I told my mom all I wanted to see was this painting...as luck would have it, it was all the way toward the end of the exhibit, so we were the first ones there to see it that day...I actually got to stand there, uninterrupted, for at least 5 minutes. Painting took my breath away and I was so estatic I almost started crying. Went back to the picture at least 3 times after looking at the others. I really enjoyed the other paintings, too. Unbelievable to see the real mccoys. Next to each painting they had information about the history of each piece. For The Bedroom, they talked more about his first painting of this room and a letter he wrote to Gauguin about the painting. Here is what he wrote:

"It's just simply my bedroom" he wrote his frined (Gauguin) "only here color is to do everything, and by giving its simplification a grander style to things, is to be suggestive of rest or of sleep in general. In a word, looking at the picture ought to rest the brain, or rather the imagination...The shadows and the cast shadows are suppressed; it is painted in...flat tints like Japanese prints".

Thinking this explains why I'm so drawn to this painting. I've always loved very simple furniture with lots of wall color.

It was a wonderful afternoon. When picked up Peanut from school after that and the rest is for another blog...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Day at the Patch

Caught on the wire?!
Peanut in the sky
My Peanut!

Kissing Nana

Showing some "tude"

double the "tude"
Pumpkin head to pumpkin head

Nana was in town this weekend and we took her to the Pumpkin Patch for some fun. Along the way we picked up one of Peanut's friends. This is the 3rd year the girls have gone to the patch together. We also met up with other friends. It was a really nice day. The sun was really bright so the photos were harder to edit...but I think I captured some fun moments.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

If I Only had a Scarecrow...

Peanut and I decorated the front yard last night. We will get more pumpkins when Nana comes in this weekend. Think we have enough scarecrows! No, I did not dress her yesterday (still a little too warm out for turtlenecks). She slept over Mimi and Paw Paw's Sunday night and this must be all they had to put her in...mosquitoes are still out, so I just let her stay in those clothes so she wouldn't get any more bites... hmmm... wonder if the scarecrows can scare away the mosquitoes?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Butterfly photo was posted

Here's the exact link to the butterfly post on Journey North's website. Same as the photo in my earlier post here, but neat to see one of my photos on a website (besides my blog!)


Monday, October 6, 2008

It was a Monarch Butterfly migrating to Mexico!

I looked up butterflies and discovered that October is a big month for the Monarch butterflies to migrate south. People have been seeing hundreds of them at a time. Found a fun website and was able to post my sighting. http://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/jn-query-byday I think you need to click on Monarch/Other sightings to see my post which is dated 10-04-08 (the date I saw the butterfly).


Saturday night I went outside to water the flowers and other dying foliage by my front door. It was about 9pm. Never expected to see this beauty hanging around! She was very large and the colors on her were spectacular. What a treat. Ironically I posted to the blog about this time last year with the story of the "moth-erflies" and my Grandma Ann. I mentioned how they always showed up around a significant time. Grandma Ann's birthday would have been this October 9th. I like to think the buttterfly knew I was thinking about her...and as corny as it sounds, when I see a butterfly it is nice to just pretend it is a visit from Grandma Ann...and my heart fills up.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

First Position at Age 39?

I haven't taken a ballet class since I was 8 (31 years ago)...Peanut's ballet studio started offering a beginning ballet class for the moms to take while their little ones are in their class...was a bit hesitant at first, but I really enjoyed it. I like the bar work the best because it feels like I'm getting a workout and it is actually quite relaxing (good music too). Did NOT like learning a ballet routine...felt kind of juvenile. Thank goodness we don't have to be in the recital! And thank goodness we don't do the "dolly dance" at the end of each class like the little kids do. Though I wouldn't mind getting a skittle candy...THERE WILL BE NO PICTURES POSTED OF ME IN BALLET CLASS! :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

"Please take a picture of the royal princess"

This is a first! Peanut actually asked me to take pictures of her sitting on her throne. Took these Tuesday morning before she went off to school...hmmmm...think she might have been trying to delay leaving the house!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Little Mermaid's Real Name is Michelle?

If they're gonna change the characters' names
we might as well invite Nemo to the party
Ariel & Flounder aka "Michelle" and "Phil"

Sebastian aka "Crabby"?

Took Peanut to see a puppet show on Labor Day. It was the last showing of The Little Mermaid at this one playhouse. Was pretty excited to introduce her to puppets, but was a bit disappointed with the show. The puppeteers were really good at their craft, but I guess due to copyright reasons they were not allowed to use the Disney character names...so, she sat there for the first few minutes wondering why they were calling Ariel "Michelle" and Flounder "Phil" (as in "Fillet")...turned out to be quite a corny show and they used music from the movie Titanic...this is just wrong on so many levels! And it wasn't cheap, either. All in all she enjoyed the show, so that's what really counts....wonder if she's going to ask me to find a Michelle costume for Halloween now instead of an Ariel costume....hmmmm? She did get to watch the show with one of her good friends, which is always a treat!

Ballet, Hooray!

Peanut started her ballet classes back up on Saturday. Only 3 kids showed up to the 8:45am class since it was a holiday weekend. Her instructor wanted to see how she'd do at the 9:30am class (with the 5 year olds), so she let us stay for the second session. She did pretty well and I think this will be a better class for her because older kids always seem to motivate her. Photos did not come out as well as I'd like, but just don't know how to adjust my camera for the lighting in the room. Thanks to the digital camera lag, I caught her with some strange faces...she did have fun, really! The littlest girl was not participating at all. First timer. Didn't get any shots of the 9:30 class...wanted her to not have to think about mom snapping pictures! This was one of the rare occassions where parents get to watch, so I just had to capture the moment. Right?