Sunday, January 27, 2008

Say Yes

Take this test!

Is it that surprising your candy heart implores you to "Say Yes"? Well it shouldn't if it's just mimicking what your true heart wants to say. Whether you're with your soul mate or still trying to find them, you're beyond flitting from date to date. You're ready for it all, the commitment of a lifetime, the white picket fence and the matching "his" and "hers" slippers.

Well, maybe not the slippers. But surprise you with a getaway trip to Paris, Ireland, the Southwest, and your partner can lock you in for good. And if you're still looking, remember this: The best ones are always in the least likely places.

Watch out, the chemistry between you two might start a chain reaction that could result in a far more serious question asked of you. But you know what to say...

And which candy heart are you???

Friday, January 25, 2008

Not Giving Them One More Penny!

My friend Sandra & I have never met in person, but through the journey of adoption, we have become very close. Over the last 5 (almost 6) years, we have kept in touch & discovered that we share many things in common.
Each day I look forward to coming home from work, spending time with Erin & David & after Erin's bedtime, reading my favorite blogs. Sandra's is one of the first blogs I read. I have to get my daily dose. After all, Jazzie & Erin are both Waiting Hearts children, & Tahlia is from the same SWI that Erin is from. (Lots of red threads pulling us closer.)
As usual, I woke up very early this morning & just had to get my fix since I haven't been online in a few days. Sandra is involved in the deaf community because Jazzie is deaf. BTW, have I mentioned that you need to go read her blog? She's an amazing advocate for the CI (cochlear implant). One of Sandra's who is deaf had a horrible experience at a Steak & Shake. You can read all about Karen's experience on her own blog.
All I can say is that Steak & Shake won't have me adding to their coffers any longer. I am horrified by how Karen was treated.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mama Can I . . .

. . . please take a shower!?

Are you picturing me falling down in utter shock? You should. Something seems to have clicked for Erin in the last 2 weeks. This child who looks at a bathtub with fear in her eyes & screams when it comes to putting her head in the water, has become a shower loving person.

Last week, Erin asked me if she could take a shower. I thought about it & said sure. After all, she'd never asked for any contact with water before so why not give it a try. I turned the water on, & she walked into the shower like nothing had ever happened before. My little girl sang to herself & danced all around the shower while scrubbing herself. She shampooed & conditioned her hair with no assistance, turned the water off, got out & toweled off on her own.

Erin has been asking to take showers every day twice a day now. Does that mean her terror of water is over? Or is it only with showers? Who knows? Who cares? My little girl is happy. Yay!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

My Daily Dose

Dawn, thank you so much for this awesome award! Who knew back when I started blogging that someone would feel a desire to check in on me & see what's going on in Erin & my life. You are definitely on my Daily Dose list too!
My dear friend Viv left in May to go up to the Great White North. Oh wait. I meant Canada. Even though we speak on the phone almost every day & chat online enough that our spouses are starting to wonder, I still need to read her blog & find out what's going on with Kerri.
I-Con is amazing. This is a blog that I absolutely must peek at daily. She has been waiting a very long time to bring home her daughter. While I-Con waits, she amuses me with stories of her daily life with wit, sarcasm & plain ole in your face honesty. She went away for a while & is back.
Kim is a local friend who recently started blogging. I always enjoy chatting with Kim at our monthly FCC get togethers. Her 3 under 6 crowd each make me smile. How does she do it!? Where does she find the time? I don't know, but I can tell you that while Kim is new to blogging, I expect to be reading her blog - on a daily basis.
Sandra & her girls are way too far away from me IMHO. I have been a faithful fan of Sandra's since we "met" almost years ago. (Wow! Has it really been that long!?) This ultra busy, SAHM amazes me. She is a wonderful wife, mother, friend & advocate for Cochlear Implants. I can't imagine how she finds the time to blog on a daily life & still have the cleanest kitchen I have EVER seen.
As to the rest of you on my blogroll, I hereby nominate you also! What would I do if I didn't take the time to check you out? My desktop crashed last week, & the thought of me whining about it, pushed David into overdrive to get my new desktop up & running. He's hoping that I'll give him some time on his laptop. Too bad Honey, I need my Daily Dose!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Back in school. Hooray!!

Today was the first day back to school for Erin. I don't know who was more excited about that little fact! Erin really enjoys going to Kindergarten & the whole learning process. She's a very enthusiastic student thankfully.
Of course it helped that today was also her KidoKinetics class in the afternoon. I don't really know what they do other than exercises & running around, but she loves it so I keep writing that monthly check. At least with karate class I know what she's doing. After all, she loves to be out in the backyard practicing her roundhouse kicks & her punches. Her karate teacher even lets Erin be class leader many days. That said, her gi is washed & hanging up all ready for her Wednesday class.
I got to pick Erin up from school this afternoon which is never any fun. She hates having her routine changed & knows that David is supposed to pick her up. On with the tears, the screaming, the whole tantrum thing. You get it. Don't you? Thankfully she stopped screaming before I left the parking lot. Have you ever asked a 5 year old what they did in school? "I don't know." is the usual answer. Today Erin told me that they did some reading, some playing, some "take aways" (read math here), some playing, ate lunch, talked about vacation. Sounds like a busy day to me.

Friday, January 04, 2008


Well it's 6:10 am, & I've been up for at least an hour. I don't know how I did it, but the cat & the dog have left me alone, Erin hasn't woken up to come for cuddles & David is in the shower. Apparently this is what I have to do to get some peace & quiet. The only problem is that I'm going to need some sleep by about 11:00 am. Oh well. There IS a coffee pot at the office, & they all know not to touch it till I've made the first pot. I don't drink anyone else's coffee since they all make coffee that is just brown water. I know that Sandra gets this since we both share an obsession with Starbucks coffee.
Ah yes. Here comes Erin. It seems that woke up in a great mood. Yay for me! Actually she even woke up in a good mood.
Guess I better go now. Life starts early in my household. Thank G-d for that!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

And you are. . .?

You Have A Type A- Personality

You are one of the most balanced people around
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want
You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.

When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back
Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest - incorporating the best of both worlds

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Out With the Old & In With the New!!

Today begins the New Year, & there is so much to look forward to. I don't believe in making resolutions. I did that in earlier years & was always disappointed when I failed. Rather than set myself up to fail, I prefer to set myself up to succeed. Someone asked me how I can succeed if I don't set up goals. Easy. I take life one day at a time as much as possible considering I'm a totally stressed out person.

I woke up this morning - the 1st day of the new year pretty early. As usual, I logged on to my computer (actually the laptop since my computer crashed this past weekend & I'm waiting for my new computer to arrive) to see what happened in the world with my friends & family. It was a quiet time for me - until 7:30 when Erin wandered out of her bedroom that is.

Once David woke up we had a nice quiet family breakfast & spent the morning relaxing. Later in the morning we went out shopping & then to lunch. Once we came home, I decided that more relaxation was in order. David & Erin went off to play with her Hot Wheels & the new track we bought for her. Afterwards, Erin & I sat down to do some scrapping. This was the first time that Erin actually put one together. Of course, being 5 years old, scrapping didn't hold her attention for too long. After all, what is scrapping compared to Hot Wheels!?

Now we're just sitting around relaxing before the real world comes crashing down around our heads tomorrow.