Thursday, 30 April 2009

I got my hair did!

I took my lunch hour today and had my hair coloured. It was WAY overdue and I had about an inch and a half of brown roots mixed in with gray (UGH). I decided that instead of the usual blondish base with lowlights and highlights mixed in, I would opt for one colour...and darker. I also had Mary dry it straight and then curl it with a big curling iron and...

Here's what it looks like...excuse the lack of makeup.



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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

In the blink of an eye...

In a split second, in literally, the blink of an eye, everything can change.

A co-worker of mine lost her husband suddenly on Monday night. I don't know the details...I only know he was 38 years young.

In a split second, her life is completely different. She has lost her soulmate. She has lost her husband. She has lost the father of her children. She is a widow. She is alone.

I haven't stopped thinking about her all day. I can't even FATHOM losing Hubster. It makes me feel sick to think of it.

My heart and prayers are with you and your family Marnie. Take care of yourself. I am so, so sorry.


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Monday, 27 April 2009

Monday Mumbers



Yes folks, it's time for Kia's Monday Mumbers again. Gosh, I hate Mondays.

24,530 - The number of calories I think I have consumed today.

101.9 - Boy Oneder's temperature when he went to bed tonight.

4,562 - The approximate number of istock photos I went through tonight.

5 - The number of istock photos I finally picked for my new blog header.

7,521 - The approximate number of digiscrap kits I looked at tonight.

1 - The number of digiscrap kits I chose for my new blog layout.

12 - The number of times I cursed whilst perusing said istock photos and digiscrap kits.

7 - The number of days, so far, that I have been bleeding to death.

15 - The number of towels I ordered online from Sears today.

2 - The number of client appointments I have tomorrow...each one on opposite sides of the City.

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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Silent Sunday

Threepeat's Second Birthday...





















Special thanks to Threepeat's Godfather, Anthony, for these GREAT pics! Pin It

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Follow Friday



Yeah, yeah, I know it's Saturday, but what the heck...better late than never.

My Follow-Worthy blog of the week is Limey Girl.

Karen and I "met" by chance when she happened upon my blog. If I had an hour, I would explain exactly how, but since it's such a long story and I have very little time, suffice it to say that it was fate.

Anyhoo...

Karen is talented, busy, funny, did I mentioned talented? and interesting.


We have so much in common that it's almost scary. Honestly.

We have only gotten together three times in real life, but somehow, I just know I can count on her if ever I need her.

She is a great blogger and a fantastic friend.

Go give her some bloggy love!

Karen...grab your button above and let your blog wear it with pride...you deserve it...and MORE!

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Friday, 24 April 2009

P.S.

Middleman is sleeping at Alexander's house tonight (a neighbour).

It just dawned on me that this is his first ever sleepover, besides Grandma and Auntie Joanne (when she was alive).

I wonder how it will go...hmmm...

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Give me hockey or give me death

Kind of a dramatic title, but it's not far off the mark.

As I type this post, Boy Oneder is at a single "A" hockey tryout with Hubster.

Boy Oneder is absolutely convinced that he MUST.PLAY.REP.HOCKEY. Grrrr.

I love houseleague hockey. No body contact and only two days per week committment. Single "A" hockey requires a 4 day a week committment with the added pleasure of watching my child get smashed into the boards several times per game. Oh joy, oh bliss. NOT.

At 2:00 this morning, Boy Oneder woke me up because he "didn't feel very good". A quick check of his temperature showed that 103 degrees is not a fun place for your body temperature to be. He continued coming into my room until 4:38 am, when I assume he was finally able to fall asleep. Needless to say, as a courtesy to all other parents at his school, I left him sleeping soundly at school time.

This afternoon, he felt like death, but pretended to feel good so that I wouldn't stop him from going to the tryout. He absolutely HAD to go to this tryout tonight. UGH.

It's 10:06 pm and I *just* heard the chimes of the alarm go off as he has walked in the door...

He didn't make it.

It's now 10:33 and I spent the last 20 minutes or so having a heart to heart, God knows best convo with him. I think he got it.

Amen.

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Thursday, 23 April 2009

Murphy's Law

Whatever can go wrong, WILL go wrong. Man oh man people...this is the week from hell!

Seriously.

Hubster got sick.
Boy Oneder got sick.
I messed up a client's database with a stupid mistake.
I messed up a SECOND client's database with the SAME stupid mistake.
Rosie ripped all the ligaments AND cartiledge (sp?) in her right knee. Oh yes, your read that right. Remember her accident in April of 2007? Yeah...that was her LEFT knee. Now she's a complete cripple.
I got my period.
I have a pimple on my nose.
There is no tool to import my wordpress blog to this one, so I have been cutting and pasting each one, one by freaking one. I am up to May, 2006. People...do you have ANY idea how much cutting and pasting I still have to do? Crap.

ARGH!

Calgon, TAKE ME AWAY!

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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Random ramblings

Rosie hurt her leg. Remember when she hurt her leg last time?

Yeah, well, that was her left leg. Yesterday, she hurt her right leg. I was at a client's office, so I have no idea how, but MIL and Boy Oneder said she was yelping at the door after they let her out to the backyard for a pee and then started hopping.

She's still hopping today. :o(

She is due for her heartworm test anyway, so I made an appointment with the vet for tomorrow night. I hope she'll be OK.

Boy Oneder is still sick...so is Hubster. Hubster's on the mend, but still not right.

Middleman participated in the Battle of the Books semi-finals tonight with 6 other team mates from his school. They have been reading, praticing, reading, studying, reading, re-reading, reading and dicsussing and reading for months in preparation. They lost miserably tonight. He was devastated. Poor dude.

I got some really cute video of Threepeat playing Rock Band with his brothers tonight...too funny. He was singing "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi...too cute. I will post it tomorrow.

I am swamped at work. Trying to keep my head above water...I see the light at the end of the tunnel, but getting there is hard work man!

I made ribs in the crock pot for dinner...yeah, I kinda rock like that...they were deeeeelish.

Anyhoo...a little blue pill is calling my name (No, not THAT little blue pill! What is WITH you people??!! I am talking about a sleeping pill...my montly BFF...it's been a month since my last soiree with said little blue pill, so tonight, we have a date), so I am off to bed. Pin It

I have switched teams

Go Team Werewolf!

Oh to be 15 years old again! SWOOOOON!



I know...he's like, 13 years old, but hubba! hubba!!

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Another casualty

Add Boy Oneder to the flu list.

I got a phone call at 10:50 this morning...Boy Oneder said he didn't feel well and wanted to come home. He got home at 11:00 and looked awful.

Within half an hour, his temperature went from 99.1 to 102.7. Sigh.

I gave him Advil, made him a hot tea and covered him with the electric blanket (he had the chills) with strict instructions to remove the blanket as soon as he felt warmer. He spent the afternoon in bed, feeling better only when the Advil/Tylenol kicked in. He's upstairs in bed right now, complaining of aches in his neck and shoulders and a bad headache. My poor little man.

I am just praying that Threepeat, Middleman, MIL and I are spared.

More on lots of other miscellaneous stuff later. I've got lots to say, but need to tend to Threepeat, who is currently scooping all of the chip dip out of his bowl and eating it with no chips. Sigh.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Help Anthony fulfill his fantasy!

Anthony is my oldest nephew.

Click on the button below and follow him on Twitter. Just sign up...it's easy and it just might make his dream of having Lady Gaga come to his birthday party a reality!



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My husband is a SICKO

No, no, no...not THAT kind of sicko.

He has been in bed for three days (NO, not for THAT reason) UGH...maybe YOU are the sicko.

Anyhoo...

He started feeling "off" on Friday night. Nothing major, just not right. Saturday was the same...just blah.

Sunday morning, Threepeat's birthday party day, he felt really bad in the morning. He took two Advils and suffered through the party...what a trooper. He even took Middleman to buy some running shoes after the party. By the time he got home at about 2:00, he looked like death. He went straight to bed. He got up at about 6:30 for half an hour, but suffered the whole time, so he went back to bed at 7:00. I drove over to the drug store to get him some Tylenol Flu and I didn't see him again until I got home from mu client's office yesterday afternoon. He was still in bed. His fever was 103 and change and he really did look awful.

Fast forward to this afternoon and he was getting worse. I checked his temperature and it was 103.9. That was at 3:30. I immediately called the doctor and got him in for a 5:00 appointment. The doctor examined him and everything checked out ok, but because it had been three days of a high fever, he ordered a blood and urine test. We went down to the lab right away, so we should have results by Thursday at the latest. So, he either has a virus or some kind of bacterial infection that is not obvious...UTI or prostate gland infection. The cultures will tell.

Until then, he is suffering through chills, cold sweats, fever, aches, headache, fatigue and just plain rotten-ness. Poor dude. Pin It

Monday, 20 April 2009

Monday Mumbers



Well, it's that time again...time to play Monday Mumbers...thanks to Kia's genius meme! She's dropped off the face of the earth, so go over to her blog and call her name...I miss her.

2 - the number of years my sweet Threepeat has been in our family

24 - the number of people at Threepeat's birthday party

3T - the size of Threepeat's clothes

9 - the size of his massive skis...err...feet

38 - the number of pounds that my TWO year old weighs

16 - the number of hours Hubster slept last night...he has the flu

1,043,332 - the number of times I have counted my blessings this weekend for amazing friends, family and neighbs. Pin It

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Birthday Boy

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I am officially the world's WORST mother

Of all the songs Boy Oneder and Middleman could teach Threepeat, they taught him THIS one:

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And I not only laugh, but encourage him to sing it even more. Shame on me.

Shut up...TELL me you didn't laugh!

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Saturday, 18 April 2009

Happy Birthday to the Sweetest Two Year Old in the World!

Happy Birthday sweet Threepeat. I love you with all my heart!















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Friday, 17 April 2009

My Follow-Worthy Blog choice of the week

This week, being week one of Follow Fridays, I would like to nominate Kia of Good Enough Mama for my Follow-Worthy Blog.

Kia is mom to a terrific little man called, well, Little Man. She writes about his AND her struggles with his OCD, SPD and every day craziness that she so gracefully endures. She makes me laugh, she teaches me cool stuff, she makes me realize that none of us are perfect mothers and she makes me strive to be a better blogger.

Kia is such a wonderful person and I am so glad I *met* her. I WILL meet her in real life one day...I swear.

Congrats Kia. Grab your button from my post before this one and be proud.

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Look what *I* got!!!

My dear online friend, Angie, gave me this award today:





YAY ME!

Thanks so much Angie!!! I am going to name a Follow Worthy Blog later too...could it be YOU?

Thanks again Ang!

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Thursday, 16 April 2009

Special prayers for MckMuffin



Little Stellan is about to embark on a whole new leg of his long journey. They have just been transferred to Boston and it's looking like he is going to undergo some pretty risky surgery to correct his SVT and he and his family could sure use some prayers. MckMamma is in Boston with Stellan, while her Prince Charming stays at home with their three other children, Big Mac, MckNugget and Small Fry. My heart just aches for all of them.

I cannot even BEGIN to imagine what his mom, MckMamma is going through. The pain in my heart is as strong as if I knew her.

She has such strong faith and believes that God is with her and Stellan every step of the way. She also believes in the power of prayer, just like me.

If you pray, please pray hard for this little man. If you're not the praying kind, would you spare a positive thought or two today?

Thanks.



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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Wordless Wednesday

My upside down choochie boy. He will NOT suck his choochie the right way...lol.



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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

O.M.G.

Did you know that "almost 13 year olds" know EVERYTHING?

Did you know that, according to my "almost 13 year old", reading is not necessary for a university education?

Did you know that my "almost 13 year old" is going to be an engineer because he is so advanced in math?

Did you know that high school is where my "almost 13 year old" thinks that university prep begins?

Did you know that if your parents piss you off, my "almost 13 year old" feels that he could leave and live on his own?

And finally, did you know that according to my "almost 13 year old", I am the WORST mother in the world?

Yeah...me neither.

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Monday, 13 April 2009

Monday Mumbers



Well, it's another Monday and it's time for Kia's game, Monday Mumbers!

2 - the number of coffees I have had today

2 - the number of bagels I ate for lunch (my bad)

63 - the number of times I cursed today because I was the only one up and at 'em...Hubster and the kids are off today

7,354 - the number of hits on my blog right now

5 - the number of days until my baby turns 2. (sob)

3,584,087 - the number of calories I consumed this weekend

0 - the amount of chocolate I ate this weekend

4 - the number of days until Karen and I exploit men

220 - the number of minutes I wasted on a client project that was totally lost and I have to redo by tomorrow at 1:00 pm

1,357 - the numer of times I have been beckoned today: "Mom!" "Mooooommmmmyyyyy!" "Dawn!" "Mother!" "MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM!" I love it really, but after the 1,000th time, I was ready for a break

0 - the number of breaks I got today

84 - the age that I feel right now Pin It

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Yet another great family day...

Today, my Mom, Hubster's sister and her family came over for a huge Easter lunch. MIL cooked everything under the sun, and made enough for an ARMY: penne alla vodka, lasagne, shrimp, mixed grilled fish, veal, lamb, rapini, peas and mushrooms, salad, buns, fruit...needless to say, we were STUFFED! SIL brought zeppole (mmmm) for dessert and I made cappucinos on my Tassimo.

The kids played "Price is Right" on the Wii and went to the schoolyard to play and just spent some good quality time together. I love to see them bond with their cousins...we truly don't see them enough.

Middleman rented "Twilight" as his movie choice last night and we are sitting in the family room now watching it. I hated the movie, but maybe watching it with one eye on the computer will make it bearable. ;o) Speaking of Twilight, I am on the last chapter of "Eclipse", which I will finally finish tonight and then immediately following, I will start "Breaking Dawn", which I am told is the best book in the series. HA! LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! I think I already mentioned that I already have "The Host", which is the first book is Stephenie Meyer's new series. Mary, my neighb, is reading it first, so she can give me her review before I start.

Sigh...I am struck by Edward Cullen's beauty...gotta go swoon over him now. Pin It


Romans 1:4-5
And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.


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Saturday, 11 April 2009

The good, the bad and the ugly....

We spent the afternoon and evening at Mom`s house today. She cooked up a MEAN turkey dinner and we all pigged out. Boy Oneder had THIRD helpings!!! Needless to say, the three and half pounds I lost last week have probably returned. Who cares...I enjoyed every bite.

My girlies were there with BIL and Liza, their former nanny, who is now like family, even though she works for another family. I love spending time with the girls...seeing Joanne live on through each of them is truly amazing.

C is such a little lady. She's growing like a weed and is just so mature. She is a little mommy to her sisters and the love is so abundant among the three of them. C looks more and more like Joanne every time I see her...it's crazy!

R is attached to BIL's hip 99% of the time. She is so like Joanne in her personality that it's scary sometimes. Her mannerisms and her character are her mommy's clone. She is very quiet and subdued, but so much more loving lately.

D told us today that she only remembers Joanne because of photos and that she has no "real" memories of her mommy. That stung. Although we knew that she was too young when Joanne died to really retain much (she was only three), it still hurts to hear her say it. I hope she is able to deal with that as she gets older. I don't know what's worse...to have memories of someone you loved and lost or to not remember them at all. So sad. She is a little doll and her giggle is infectious!

We spent lots of time with Lucy, my dog-sister tonight because she is leaving tomorrow. My Mom found it very hard to cope with a puppy all by herself, especially since she doesn't have a fenced yard. Mom's best friend's cousin is taking her. She is going to be loved and doted on, but it's hard to see her go. She is SO cute and cuddly. I'll miss her alot.

The weather was nice and sunny, but very cold, so we spent all our time in Grandma's house.

Another great day.

Happy Easter everyone! Pin It

Friday, 10 April 2009

Great day!

Another great day here at our house...

We cleaned out our garage (WAAAAAY overdue) and spent tons of time outside. We even shared some time with our second family, the neighbs. Maria, Tina and I shared a glass of wine this afternoon while the hubbies took all the kids to the park. Yippee! Mary was with us too, but she abstained from the vino due to being on antibiotics...like THAT would stop ME! LMAO!

It was a gorgeous day, weather-wise...sunny and warm. I spent the day in just sweats and a t-shirt and Threepeat and Hubster just wore a long-sleeved shirt. Boy Oneder and Middleman wore hoodies. Spring was definitely in the air...considering that Monday and Tuesday dumped about 10 cms of snow on our lawns, you can be sure we loved the warmer weather!

Tonight, we had fish for dinner and then just chilled out at home. The boys and I took a walk around the block while Hubster watched "Taken".

I love days like today...so productive and so family-oriented.

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Good Friday

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16)



Have a blessed Good Friday. I hope you spend it with your family/friends, surrounded by His love.

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Thursday, 9 April 2009

15 years





Fifteen years ago today, I married my Hubster. April 9th, 1994. Check this out, from a really cool birthday calculator:

9 April 1994

Your fortune cookie reads:
A firm friendship will prove the foundation on your success in life.

The date of Easter on your wedding year was Sunday, 3 April 1994.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your wedding year was Sunday, 1 May 1994.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your wedding year was Wednesday 16 February 1994.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your wedding was Sunday 22 May 1994.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your wedding was Tuesday, 6 September 1994.
The date of Passover in the year of your wedding was Sunday, 27 March 1994.
The date of Mardi Gras on your wedding year was Tuesday 15 February 1994.

As of 4/9/2009 9:04:24 AM EDT
Your marriage is 15 years old.
Your marriage is 180 months old.
Your marriage is 783 weeks old.
Your marriage is 5,479 days old.
Your marriage is 131,505 hours old.
Your marriage is 7,890,304 minutes old.
Your marriage is 473,418,264 seconds old.

Top songs of 1994
The Sign by Ace of Base I Swear by All-4-One
I'll Make Love to You by Boyz II Men The Power of Love by Celine Dion
Hero by Mariah Carey Stay (I Missed You) by Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Breathe Again by Toni Braxton All for Love by Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting
All That She Wants by Ace of Base Don't Turn Around by Ace of Base

Your marriage's age is the equivalent of a dog that is 2.14442270058708 years old. (Life's just a big chewy bone for you!)



There are 365 days till your next anniversary, when you will celebrate 16 years together.

In 1994 there were approximately 4.1 million births in the US.
In 1994 the US population was approximately 248,709,873 people, 70.3 persons per square mile.
In 1994 in the US there were 2,362,000 marriages (9.1%) and 1,191,000 divorces (4.6%)
In 1994 in the US there were approximately 2,148,000 deaths (8.6 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1994 the population of Australia was approximately 17,951,481.
In 1994 there were approximately 258,051 births in Australia.
In 1994 in Australia there were approximately 111,174 marriages and 48,312 divorces.
In 1994 in Australia there were approximately 126,692 deaths.

There are 260 days till Christmas 2009!
There are 273 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were
married was waning crescent.


Pretty cool huh?

It's amazing how much can happen in fifteen years. When you put it down on paper/screen, you begin to realize the amazing changes that have taken place in a relatively short time:

In my life, there have been so many births and also, so many deaths. When I look at my wedding album and video, there are so many people who have passed on and so many children who have joined us since. Hubster and I have moved three times since we got married and we have had numerous pets. We've gained so many friends and lost a few to different lifestyles. We've grown as a couple, matured together and, I think our marriage is stronger than it has ever been. The things that were important when we were newlyweds are no longer top of mind...our children have taught us and we have taught our children. Because of our marriage, there are three extra sets of footprints on this planet. That's very cool.

Tonight, Hubster and I are going on a date...the first in a VERY long time. We're going to The Keg or Canyon Creek (I haven't decided yet) and we will have an adult conversation, good wine and great food. I can't wait.

Fifteen years. That's a great accomplishment in this society where divorce is so rampant. Divorce was never an option for either of us. We've had hard times, but we never walked away...I think that's made our bond even stronger.

Happy Anniversary Babe. I love you with everything I've got. Pin It
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