Wednesday, January 31, 2007

"Hey poo poo"

This was the conversation with my son the other day:
Me-"Hey La (my nickname for him)"
Harrison- "Hey poo poo."
I have stretch marks, a saggy bosom and a big bottom from carrying him and I am crowned with the name Poo Poo.
I have to share another cute convo though. When we went to the doctor they gave him a felt snowman puppet. A league of loving grandmas made them. Being the huge germo-phobe that I am...I washed the puppet. He fell apart because while he appeared sewn, some of him was fabric-glued. So last night I did repair work on the puppet my son lovingly crowned "Snowy." This morning he ran to my craft/scrapbook room, saw Snowy and said "Hey Snowy, you're looking good!!" My heart just melted a little.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Life comes at you fast....



I just got done watching a teaser for K-Fed's superbowl commercial and I love it! It is so funny. I hope they make more. I am not a huge Kevin fan but his rapping at the intro is really much better than I thought it would be. Judge for yourself. Here's the link to the infamous Kevin Federline/Nationwide commercial:
http://www.nationwide.com/nw/featured-ads/index.htm?hpAdClick=teaser

Junk mail

Does anyone else out there get a ton of spam in their junk box or is it just me? I had 529 this morning!! I don't have time to block all those people, but I do have time to delete. I am 100% sure it stems from a few contests I entered. I did not win anything! Except for spam apparently. This is just my morning rant. I think the french vanilla coffee is kicking in.

SAGging

Last night we re-discovered our rice box. We had made it a few months ago. We filled a plastic storage box with about 2 1/2 bags of rice, scoops, an ice tray, and some cheapie toys to hide. I set a blanket on the floor and Harrison just goes to town. Fun! We are supposed to get snow this week so the rice box will probably make more reappearances. I haven't posted in a while...so busy doing stuff here. Our little dog Kipper was sick yesterday so I had to stalk him with carpet cleaner all day. Harrison's teacher came to visit, too. He completed a puzzle he had never seen before (without knobs) all by himself several times. He also got in her carrier (a laundry basket) and called it a "truck" and pretended to drive. His newest phrase is "Wow! Cool." and he said it to her when she gave him a sticker...which he promptly stuck on his butt. My dad has been fighting pneumonia for the past 2 weeks and he is very contagious so we have not visited any set of grandparents for like 3 weeks. The other set has been busy delivering phone books in their spare time LOL.
I did watch some of the SAG awards...well, the red carpet part. I loved America's green dress. I like Felicity Huffman's 50s looking black dress. I don't know why she got some flack for it. It looked comfortable. I guess as a fellow mom I can understand that need!! There were a lot of nude/champagne dresses which I found a little boring. Look at me talking about fashion while wearing mismatched PJs.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Finally Friday!

I am so happy its finally Friday! And I don't even work. But Friday still has that same feel good feeling no matter what....that and I can sleep in tomorrow while Ben plays Mr. Mom. Kipper got groomed recently and came home with a Hee Haw scarf on! He looked supercute but we had to go to Micheal's Craft store and buy Keely a lime green feather boa (50 cents!!) just so Keely didn't feel jealous. I saw the trailer for the new Transformers movie. I was a little sad because they did not play the music from the cartoon LOL. Here is the trailer:


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

All my mommies out there...VOTE!!!

My leg was hurting so I woke up early (early for me!) to watch the Oscar nominations. I was happy for Jennifer Hudson's nomination for supporting actress! There were a lot of British actresses up for Best Actress. You can read the nominees names here at Eonline:
http://www.eonline.com/news/article/index.jsp?uuid=306e34e5-a0a1-44d1-a322-8eccf3986198
A lot of the tv people were shocked that Dreamgirls did not get nominated for Best Picture and that Brad Pitt did not get a nom for Babel.
While watching Good Morning America, they featured a story about a 3 year old and her family that were kicked off a plane because she was throwing a fit. The parents were trying to calm her down, and said she had pain from an ear infection (we've ALL been there!) The airline has apologized and offered free tickets, which the parents refused. You can read all about it here:
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AmericanFamily/story?id=2815486&page=1
Well, GMA is having a poll "Should Crying Kids Be Kicked Off Planes?".
I went to vote, and being a mom I thought there would be more NOs, but here were the results from when I voted:
Three-year old Elly Kulesza and her parents were recently removed from a flight because the toddler could not stop crying.Do you think children who cry should be removed from airplanes?

Yes. They're loud and a nuisance to other passengers and the crew.4,400
No. They're just being children, and it's unfair to kick them off. 2,364 (side note: maybe all the moms are too busy to vote?)
Total Vote: 6,764
AARRRGGHHH!!! I would like to say a few things:
1. We were all children and sometimes in our lives I am sure each of us had a meltdown. Heck, as an adult I have meltdowns still.
2. It isn't like the girl was a THREAT to anyone!
3. There are too many people out there that are intolerant of ANY noise a child makes. MOST of these people have never had children...YET but guess what? Someday it WILL be your turn and you know what? CHILDREN MAKE NOISE. Learn to have a little smidgen of tolerance. I know there were many days when I thought (pre-baby) "Never my child. My child won't do that." And you know what, yes they will! (maybe ten times worse because of karma!)
4. Even when you think you have done everything in your power to keep a toddler's tears at bay, sometimes you cannot take the pain away that they may be experiencing, sometimes you cannot MAKE them sleep, etc
5. I would like to state for the record that anytime my son has cried in public (especially in a restaurant!!!) and is beyond calming down, we leave.
6. I always felt GUILTY for the people around us, but after listening to the parenting expert on Good Morning America I feel better. This is what she basically said,"Put your child first. You need to focus on your child's needs and calming them down. Don't worry about the other people because you will never see them again in your life...they are strangers!"
The only time I have an issue with some of this is when STRANGERS tsk, tsk my child or say something rude. I don't know why people think they have a right to help parent. Especially the one time we were at a Sesame Street Live concert of all places and this one guy made a loud tsk sound at us when Harrison started crying during INTERMISSION. I mean c'mon!!!
Well, all my fellow parents out there, help a mommy out...go vote in the poll now!
http://abcnews.go.com/
(BTW, you can only vote once...I tried LOL).

Monday, January 22, 2007

See ya Ben Bubby

My poor sweet, hard-working husband--we call him Ben Bubby-- returns to teaching tomorrow after his 3 day weekend (they had MLK day off) turned into a 9 day weekend because of "ICE STORM 2007" as our weathermen labeled it. 97% of me will miss him tomorrow because I know mass chaos will ensue when Harrison realizes "daddy go work", but 3% of me will be happy to have my house back all to myself. Weird,I know but I feel like "the sheriff is back" and we can return to our normal daily routine. It was nice to have a break from that routine though and be spontaneous and let the house go for a week. Oh, housework...always calling my name. Maybe I will just sleep in until he gets off of work LOL.

He hearts Jennifer Garner!

Say it isn't so! My sweet 2 year old is crushing on Jennifer Garner! Tonight we were watching the movie 13 Going on 30...I had never seen it and it is one of those movies that I am too cheap to pay for so I wait for it to be on tv. Anyway, the moment JG came on the screen, Harrison stood at attention with his mouth open. He did not make a single move until a commercial break, because then he burst into tears until the break was over! I felt a bit like Jane Fonda in Monster-in-Law (another movie I did not pay to see)...but with better one-liners and more flesh on the bones (also with no digital retouching...I'm on to you Jane!). I mean I really felt slightly jealous and shocked. Two reasons: 1. I am supposed to be the only girl in his life until he starts school...mommy is supposed to be the center of his world for now and 2. Jennifer Garner?? Is this his type? I should be happy she is a little more wholesome than Lindsay Lohan (firecrotch!! ahhh!) or Paris Hilton. Okay, so during the movie I am envisioning the future...in the year 2026 when my son brings home a Jennifer Garner look-a-like for Thanksgiving dinner. Hmmm...I'm okay with it. I mean at least she has "child-bearing" hips, right?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

"want paci!!!"

That's one of Harrison's newest phrases along with "oh gosh" and asking "where are we going?" in the car. Darn that paci! We have tried so many ways to get the memory of it out of his brain. We have tried distraction, the big boy talk, giving it to our new puppy Keely, and cutting it so it is no longer fun. Urgh. I don't want him to start kindergarten with it! I keep telling myself he will give it up when he is ready. He did just turn 2! It is the only "baby" thing he still holds onto at times. It certainly has not interferred with his speech development. I guess I should relax and enjoy the fact that my son who is growing so fast, only really seeking me for comfort (daddy is the "fun" one right now)...the boy who shrugs off hugs during playgroup still needs mommy and daddy for his paci supply and resembles the fragile newborn I brought home from the hospital when he has his paci. All is right with the word then.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I can't believe its Wednesday!!!!

When you're a SAHM (stay at home mom) you seriously lose track of days. I cannot believe it is already Wednesday!!! This is day 5 of my husband being at home! Today we took Harrison to a playgroup session (but arrived late and left early), then we decided to go to Chuck E Cheese. We knew they were remodeling but they had this huge OPEN sign up so we did not expect the HUGE mess that was inside. All the balls were GRIMEY!! Boo. They had put all the machines in one area all squished together so you had to CLIMB over something to play. And worse, there was NO CHUCK E! So we played 2 games and bailed. We went to the new Chick Fil A (the only other one here in OKC is at the mall LOL...OKC is behind the times!)and Harrison had fun playing there. The only weird thing is there was this woman in her mid-20s watching him play the whole time! I guess she is baby hungry but whatever...I don't want my son to be kidnapped!!! We got home and my family was waiting in our driveway. My dad is sick and my mom took the day off...so funny--I told her I was writing about her in my blog. I think they mainly came to borrow Arrested Development, season 3 from us. After they left, Harrison fell asleep, mommy gets computer time (YAY!)and Ben is watching tv/paying bills. I wonder if schools are ever going to reopen???

Monday, January 15, 2007

Wanting to add a little more (family) fun in your life? Go to my favorite site! They have lots of valentine ideas, recipes, crafts, games and family activties. You won't be disappointed!!!

http://familyfun.go.com/

Here's their take on the Krispy Treat valentines:
RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
Cooking spray
3 tablespoons margarine
6 cups mini (or 60 regular-size) marshmallows
Red food coloring
9 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Heart-shaped cookie cutter
Plastic bags, yarn
1. To begin, lightly coat a 10- by 15-inch baking sheet with cooking spray and set it aside. 2. Melt the margarine in a large pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows, stirring them continuously until they melt. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in drops of red food coloring until the color receives a thumbs-up from the chef. 3. Add the Rice Krispies, stirring until they are evenly coated with marshmallow. Spoon the mixture onto the baking sheet. 4. With waxed paper (or lightly buttered hands), smooth out the mixture, spreading it to an even thickness. 5. Cut out hearts with the cookie cutter. Place each heart in a clear plastic bag, tie on a yarn bow, and they're ready for giving. Makes seven 5-inch hearts. See the official RK treat recipe/pic for these hearts in a previous post.

BTW

If you haven't checked it out yet and you love to craft/scrapbook/knit, you should check your local tv schedule weekday mornings for DIY network on the HGTVchannel. They have a cool lineup of shows like Crafty Lab (rockabilly, antique German puppets, beer (or root beer) holster, how to make wooden box purses), and DIY Scrapbooking (everything you ever needed to know about SB), and Knitty Gritty (love the Knit Cam), and Creative Juice (LOVE the crafts...felt flower pins, how to make your own bows, Paris chic, beads). You can also go to HGTV online and find the show schedules and print out patterns/instructions. Loves it!!! Maybe someday I will actually get time to make some of this stuff!

National news...

Oklahoma is all over the national news for this ice storm. We have built a train out of cardboard boxes for entertainment, I watched an entire tape of DIY Scrapbooking, ate a whole box of Frankenberry cereal (well, over the course of the week...not in one day although I am sure that could be possible), worked on zero scrapbook pages, and we took Harrison sledding in the backyard (everything went well until he removed his mittens and touched the ice). In all the pictures it looks like snow but it is pure sheets of ice!! Completely smooth...if you walk on it you will not even leave any footprints. They canceled schools tomorrow...so Ben is off of work (yay 4 day weekend however I don't think he wants to go to work until July!!!). Right now he went to the grocery store (for more Frankenberry?). The streets here in the city are not too bad. Lucky for us we live within a block of Albertsons, Conoco, Blockbuster, Walgreens and McDs...what more do you need in an ice storm? LOL
Harrison's teacher was going to come tomorrow but we have to reschedule her. I am so proud...I cannot wait to show her our December 4th (when he was still one!!!) video of him listing the alphabet letters (out of order...so impressive) and naming colors. The weird thing is that even though I taught kindegarten/first grade for 5 years and Ben is an art teacher (for 10 years!), we have never drilled anything in his head...never sat down and said "This is A. Repeat." He had to learn it on his own! Cool, huh? Kids are so smart. You never know what good (and bad...hello, cuss words) things they are going to pick up.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Shrek 3

I am so excited about Shrek 3!!!

Scary!

I saw this on Mothersclick:
This is the latest report from Consumer Reports on car seat safety. They found that most infant seats flunked the test! Read more here:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070105/ap_on_he_me/infant_seats

Yay for Rice Krispies!



Here are some pics my little brother took of the ice storm.

Did you happen to see Gyllenhal on tonight's SNL...I loved the opening number!! I have to say the laser cats thing was not funny...it needed Amy Poehler! I have to share this really cool Rice Krispies valentine treat!:

Ingredients
3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 package (10 oz, about 40) marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
decorating icing
powdered sugar
food coloring
Directions
1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt margarine and mashmallows on HIGH for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Stir mixture until smooth.2. Add Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal, stirring until well coated. Spread cereal mixture into a 13x9x2 inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Allow to cool slighlty. Cut into hearts using a heart-shaped cookie cutter or knife. Use icing to decorate, and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.Tip: To created different colored Kellogg's® Rice Krispies Treats® Conversation Hearts, add food coloring to melted marshmallow before adding cereal. Yield: about 12 hearts

I cannot wait to make them! Here's a pic:


Last year Harrison and I made all our friends little red, white or pink chocolate candy bars and personalized them. We only gave them to friends nearby because we delivered them and left them on their doorsteps along with a Valentine's card. I LOVE HOLIDAYS...any reason to celebrate. I know I always hated Valentine's but IMO now that I have a child every holiday is fun because you focus on the experience for your child not yourself...so you don't have to worry so much about getting flowers or making the perfect sugar cookies.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Mananana

It will be stuck in your head!

Oh gosh!!!!

Winter weather blah de blah! Every station here is only broadcasting weather and closings...bleh...important yes but very boring!! Thank God my Scrapbooks, etc and Family Fun magazines arrived in the mail today. And Ben just walked to Blockbuster to rent us something. I get restless very easily! I am not someone who likes to stay inside at all...I always have to be on the go. Not a couch potato, although my body does resemble Mr. Potatohead. Harrison's favorite new phrase is "Oh gosh!!" and yesterday I was singing the Mananana song from Sesame Street and he said "No I don't want you to.." and I said "You don't want mommy to sing?" and he replied, "It's ugly!" I guess I can't go on American Idol!!! We have grandma to thank for teaching him the word ugly and ewww and yuck because one day he kept bringing grandma his plastic bug collection and she said those words. I had surgery after Thanksgiving to remove a benign tumor from my leg muscle and so now he likes to use those words for my Frankenstein scar LOL! Well, I better go watch our movie...Harrison is sleeping and this is the only kind of Saturday night date I get with my husband.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Dunzo!

I have to say I am a little sad Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz confirmed their split yesterday...
http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/39199648
I don't want him to go back with Britney! That girl is a huge trainwreck. Team Cameron all the way!!!!

Baby it's cold outside...

We have freezing rain coming down pretty hard outside now. I had to put salt on our front porch...bleh. I did it in PJs and high heels LOL ...the life of a stay at home mom. My mom just called to tell me not to go anywhere. I have admitted to being a helicopter mom ( I would proudly personalize all my stuff with it if Ben would still go out with me in public after doing that) to Harrison but I think my mom is a level above helicopter mom!!! Ben will be home for 3 days. It looks like we will be snowed/iced in so I will probably go stir crazy. By the third day I am sure I will be redecorating or painting something in the house!!! We found some cheap ($2!!!) movies at Big Lots the other day like Garden State and Napoleon Dynamite (my family "borrowed" our other copy) and some Bob the Builder tapes. And we got out our ebay bought copy of Lost season 2 last week. So we have lots to watch!!! Although I am not really excited about Lost season 2 because it has way too much Ana Lucia and Libby for my liking. The first season was the BEST and I feel like it has really "jumped the shark" since then.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Insomnia Queen!!!

Okay I have been wanting to start this blog for a very long time...after yet another night of insomnia and a whole bunch of peanuts and Diet Mountain Dew (they do counteract each other, don't they???) I am finally writing...YAY! My son is still in la-la-land prolly dreaming of mommy killng Oscar the Grouch and my husband Ben just brought me a nice cup of coffee. He is smart because he is leaving for work before the coffee sets in! My goal today is to take Harrison to the zoo or at least play in the backyard!! We have this WINTER STORM headed our way so I want to make the best of our last nice weather day here in Oklahoma. My paranoid mom must have called 5 times yesterday to remind us to go out and buy candles (I think she forgot that flashlights were invented!) and lots of food.She freaked when she asked what type of food we bought and I responded with "Microwave" (I am on this awful Lean Cuisine diet....grrrr!!). She screamed, "OMG, what if the electricity goes out??" I replied, "Well, I do have candles..." Tina

Mommy the Grouch!

"Oscar! Oscar?" My very inquistive two-year-old was knocking on the trash can. Initially, I was shocked...even more so when I had to wash sweet and sour Lean Cuisine sauce off his toy Thomas trains. He was giving Oscar a gift! (Who knows how many toys really ended up joining Oscar in the dump for real!?!) I sighed out of exasperation and had him wash his hands. We continued the game for a few minutes. I realized what I had to do. I had to explain to him that Oscar did not live in our trash can...he lived on Sesame Street and this was not Sesame Street. It felt as bad as saying "There's no Santa!" or " Timmy get the gun--Old Yeller has rabies!" Today I had to break his heart a little.

Tina


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