Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I am a registered Democrat. I have supported Barack Obama throughout this election. I have some major issues with Hillary Clinton, none of which I wish to outline here. I am new to this political landscape. While always interested from afar, I've never fulfilled my civic duties until this election. That is to say... I have never voted until the Primary this year! I know, that is pitiful.
However, the bright side is that at least I am getting engaged now in my mid-thirties as opposed to never being engaged. And, the reason.... Barack Obama. I credit him and his campaign for changing my views, energizing me, and making me feel that change can and will happen. There are MANY posts I could write about my feelings about his campaign, his candidacy, what an Obama presidency would mean for America, and maybe as the elections draws nearer I will write about some of those thoughts.
For now, as the DNC is going on in Denver and I anxiously await Barack Obama's speech tonight, I'd like to take a second to focus on the would-be First Lady. Michelle Obama is a refreshing change in the role of first lady, in my opinion. Michelle is a well educated woman with career aspirations, a dedicated mother, and ideas of her own. She will not be the in-your-face type of First Lady who is secretly (or not so secretly) vying to make her own way in politics, nor will she be the quiet, unassuming, and frankly, uninspiring First Lady either. I am voting for Barack. The fact that he is married to such a talented and interesting woman is merely icing on the cake. Check out her DNC speech from last night.
Ok, go ahead..... say what you need to say in the comments :-)
Monday, August 25, 2008
BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day Bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors. With the goal in mind, on this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. This way, all blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs.
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Saturday, August 23, 2008
Guess who needed to have her crib mattress lowered this week? Yes, we found McKenna sitting in her crib after a nap this week. All of a sudden, she can just sit up from laying on her belly. No practice, no baby steps... just sitting up!
And at the same time, she also started to CRAWL! Yay! Although, it is not a full crawl up on all fours. It is an Army crawl where she uses her arm strength to pull her body along with her....more of a slide or slither than an actual crawl. But, this is just semantics, in my world... SHE CRAWLED THIS WEEK!
This was a big week for her developmentally. We'd been waiting so long for her just to be able to roll over that I definitely didn't expect these leaps and bounds of developmental milestones being reached all at once.
Watch out world, she's on the move! And, Mommy needs to start baby-proofing ASAP!
Friday, August 22, 2008
This was taken just last weekend at my niece's 2nd Birthday Party. We just happened to all be sitting there together and my Mom realized that this was a great picture opportunity and asked my husband to get a shot of us together. This is my new favorite picture. I love how smiley we all are.... just genuinely enjoying each other's company.
My grandmom moved to MD several years ago, and sometimes it really hits me how much I miss seeing her as regularly as I used to. I love spending time with her and love having my kids spend as much time with her as possible. I have some really great memories of my great grandparents and want my girls to have strong memories of their "Gigi" too!
And, of course, there is my Mom. What is there to say about my Mom? She is an amazing mother, and an amazing friend to me, and she is most of all an amazing grandmother to my children. I love you, Mom. And, Madison and McKenna love you too!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
So, off she goes to her bedroom where I can see her having a full blown conversation with this toy cell phone and telling D that she had fun at her house today, and that she was going to read books to her doll babies and have mac and cheese for dinner....very important stuff.
She looks up about midway through the conversation and sees me watching her. And this, my friends, is where I saw my future.... and it wasn't pretty.
She drops the phone on her bed, rolls her eyes, and gets up and shuts her bedroom door! Um, last time I checked, Madison, you were 3, not 13. Could you please not start acting like a teenager yet? My fragile little heart just can't take it.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
So, go give Jo-Lynne some love and check out her blog. If you aren't already reading it regularly, you should be! And, leave a comment on her giveaway post and try for a chance to win! But, don't try too hard, people, I'd really like to win this one myself!! :-)
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Day 1 - Fencing
Day 1 - Basketball
Day 2 - Relay Races
Day 3 -Soccer
Day 3 - Balance Beam
Day 3 - Tumbling
Day 3 - Our Olympic Medalist
Day 3 - Taking the Podium
Even the babies were having fun at Olympics camp too!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Giveaways are great, and "green" giveaways are even better!
Thanks again, Michelle.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Just keep swimming
Swimming Swimming Swimming....
Many of you know that I have been working the Weight Watchers program pretty hard for the last few months. It has been relatively "easy" (haha) to incorporate into my busy life and I've been extremely happy with the process and, especially, the results. I have actually hit my Weight Watchers goal weight and stayed at or below that number for 6 weeks of maintenence. So, this week I became a "Lifetime Member" of Weight Watchers. Reaching this distinction has many benefits, not the least of which is not having to pay for meetings anymore (as long as I am within 2 pounds of my goal weight and I go to get weighed in at least one time per month). But, I have to say, I am already feeling tempted to take a little "break". I've noticed I'm not counting my points as vigorously, not drinking enough water, and eating some foods that I know I shouldnt be eating. I still want to lose 10 additional pounds to reach my own personal goal weight and that just isnt gonna happen with ice cream and cheese steaks. But, I think I've gotten it out of my system and I must hunker down and focus.
At the same time, I went over to Mel's blog this morning and she also blogged about her Weight Watchers journey. I have to say that I am really inspired by Mel's post. I know that I can continue to stay on track and continue to be inspired by her success and mine!
As Dory says, I'm gonna just keep swimming........
Thanks so much for a great night, girls. I am so excited that you guys have launched your site and am so happy to have your site as a one-stop resource for all of the local happenings. I'm a devoted reader/member of Chester County Moms already, for sure!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Sign Up for Cleaner, Renewable Energy:
Buying cleaner, renewable energy will help create a market for alternate energy sources and move us away from fossil fuel dependence. Use your buying power to make a difference! Here are two ways to get started:
If you live in Chester County and use PECO, sign up for wind power. It costs just over 2 cents more per kilowatt-hour, and you can buy it in 100-kilowatt-hour blocks and pay just $2.54 extra per month per block. If you do other things to reduce your electricity use-like use compact fluorescent bulbs, buy energy-efficient appliances, and simply become more conscientious about turning off your TV and lights when you leave the room-you'll save money even with the added cost of wind, and you'll produce much less pollution. And our children will benefit exponentially.
As more people sign up for this, more wind farms will be built in Pennsylvania. So... what are you waiting for? Enrollment took me all of 60 seconds this afternoon!!!
You can sign up for 100% renewable energy at these websites, as well as others. And, if you use oil heat at home, you can buy biodiesel heating oil here, without changing a thing in your home. One of our moms uses it to heat her home, and all it took was a phone call!
Make it a green day!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
McKenna has been crossing her feet just like this since the day she was born. She loves, even now, to sit with her feet in this position and rub the tops of her feet and toes against each other. Such cute little piggies she has....makes me want to eat them!
Monday, August 4, 2008
We purchased a swingset a few weeks ago. Tonight, when I was pushing Madison on the swings, I noticed that she was getting better pumping her legs with each push of the swing. So, I said "Maddie, good job pumping those legs." Without missing a beat, she said "Yeah, just like you used to do pumping your boobies for milk for McKenna." Um...... no, not exactly the same thing.... this word association did definitely make me laugh though! I tried unsuccessfully to explain to her that words can have multiple meanings. But, it was 7:45pm and I just didn't have it in me .... that will be a lesson for another day :-)
Friday, August 1, 2008
Today was Maddie's last day of camp. The kids all got awards today and here is Maddie sporting her award proudly!
It says " Madison... Best Manners"!
I guess that conversation with her camp counselor last week was a little bit of foreshadowing.Good job, little mama!