Thursday, July 30, 2009

Yes...I'm a slacker these days!

Okay, I know I haven't been blogging much lately. Honestly, there really isn't anything new to talk about. More of the same sometimes, especially because the kids are STILL out of school. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is read. Really I read all year long but I get the most reading done in the summer. With my man McDreamy on hiatus, and my refusal of watching stupid reality shows, I have been getting some serious reading done.

This summer a good friend of mine told me that I just HAD to read the "Outlander series." I had never heard of these books. This same said friend has a lot of the same taste in reading as I do so I took up her offer of borrowing hers. Oh. My. God. Do I ever love these damn books? For those interested, it's a series of 6 books (soon to be 7 in September). In a few words, it's about a woman who lives in the 1940s and accidentally time travels back to the 1740s in Scotland. She falls in love but there's all this turmoil and war going on. It's so well written. I can't say more because I seriously don't want to give anything away but take my advice, these books are AWESOME. They're so good in fact that I have caught myself multiple times reading while my kids are playing or watching a movie. I'm always itching to pick them up.

So if I fall off the face of the blogworld for a while, you know what I'm doing!

Lil bakers

Oh's time to make homemade chocolate chip cookies! To be perfectly honest, we really only like the cookie dough. There's something about actually baking homemade cookie dough that makes the cookies bake harder than store bought cookie dough. I'm no scientist; I'm just saying! So this is one of my girls absolute favorite things to do...for obvious reasons. They LOVE to help me mix the ingredients for the cookies. Now that Hadley is a bit older, she is also able to help pour ingredients & even tries cracking the eggs! I'm not gonna lie, it's downright messy & when we're finished, both girls look like that woman who does the Rice Krispie treat commercials; flour all over their cute little faces. The mess doesn't concern me so as long as they have fun and enjoy helping in the kitchen. Doug always tells me how gross it is that I photograph them while they have blobs of cookie dough hanging on their faces, hands or other extremeties but I say it's cute!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Worth a thousand words

Doug and I took the girls hiking this past weekend up at Kennesaw Mountain. When I say "hiking," what I really mean is Doug and I huffing and puffing as we alternate kids back and forth. They start out all into it, and then about maybe a half a mile or so Hadley starts chanting, "hold you." In Hadley's two year old squabble this means pick me up NOW. Delaney can last a bit longer. Maybe another half a mile or so and then she starts needing a shoulder ride. Thank God that doesn't apply to me. The thought of hoisting that 43 lb kid onto my shoulders makes my lower back ache. Yes...I am getting older.

While on our hike, I snapped a few pictures of Hadley who was determined to pick some flowers/weeds off of the trail. I just found these shots of her so sweet. In my "mommy" eyes when I look at her, I still see my baby. My little sweet baby who has been nothing but giggles since day one. When I look at her through my camera, it's hard not to notice how grown she has become already. I see a little girl. I see a little girl who is still very dependent on me and given the type of day it is, this can be good or bad. I see a little girl who pops her head up every morning when I go to get her out of her bed with such happiness to see me. I see a little girl who can seriously light up a room with those startling blue eyes of hers. And for all of this...I am SO thankful.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Not my child Monday...

It was not my adorable two year old child that picked up dog poop this weekend in the backyard & started throwing it up in the air like confetti. My kids know better and would never touch poop. My kids have zero interest in poop altogether. The same said two year old also did not turn around and purposely step on it with her sandal after just receiving an entire lecture about why poop is gross. My kids would never stoop to such behavior.

It was definitely not my 4 year old child that called me and her sister "those idiots" this weekend while on a nature hike through the woods. She would never repeat the bad words that sometimes are said right in front of her. Nope. My child would not even know which context to use these bad words in.

And it was definitely not my child that squirted her little sister in the face with the garden hose while filling up her pool. There is no such thing as sibling rivalry in this house. Ever. It's a 24/7 sisterly love fest in this house.

The idea for today's blog is from one of my favorites:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Laugh of the day

Today the girls and I headed over to the zoo. We have a season pass so we are there pretty regularly. After eating lunch the girls were running around under this huge covered gazebo that is there. I noticed a few small rain puddles but wasn't too concerned because even if they laid down in it, the damage would not have been that severe. I look up in time to see Hadley take a corner too fast and topple over into one of the said puddles. It was really no big deal. Her dress was a little wet in one spot & her leg had a mixture of dirt & water. Nothing a few baby wipes couldn't take care of! This is the conversation with Delaney that went down next:
D: Awwwwe Hadley! You got all damn dirty!
Me: (Mind you I'm turning away trying not to laugh outright in her face but cannot manage to hide my chuckle) Excuse me?
D: When me and daddy went camping in the woods, we had to take a shower and after we took our shower I fell down in the mud and got dirty and daddy said, "We just took a darn shower and now you're all damn dirtyyyy!" So that's what I said to Hadley, "You're all damn dirty!"
Me: Oh really? I need to talk to your daddy then.
I did not even address the word "damn" which I probably should have since I obviously don't want her going off to preschool & using this word in casual conversation. I was just so taken off guard with her using it in the first place. And to think that her father actually got on to me for saying the word hell in front of her the other day! The nerve of him!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

4 going on 40...

Delaney:  Mommy, do you forgive me?

Me:  Yes, I forgive you.

Delaney:  But you're still mad at me mommy!  You can't forgive me if you're still mad!!

Me:  Just because I have forgiven you doesn't mean that I'm not still upset.  Just give me a minute to calm down, okay?

Delaney:  You need to calm down?  You should try breathing like this (inhales, exhales, inhales, exhales).  It will make you feel better mommy.

Me:  Thanks Delaney.  How old are you again?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Not Me Monday

This weekend, I did not let my 4 year old daughter pee through her bathing suit in the backyard like a dog, because she was dripping wet & I did not want her tracking water through the house. Besides being totally ghetto & redneck, that is just something I would never do.

I also did not threaten the same said 4 year old with no fireworks if she didn't take a nap. I mean, I'm only 30 years old, what the heck do I know about not napping and staying up extremely late? I would never resort to this kind of behavior.

I would never let my 2 year old daughter lick the toy display at McDonald's that probably had about 2,000 different finger prints on it from other critically ill children. I definitely keep a better eye on my kids than that.

Lastly, I would never let my kids watch Spongebob Squarepants just so I could have a few minutes of peace and quiet while blogging. I mean really, they are angels all the time, why would I have to do something like that?

The idea for today's blog came from

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Birthday America!

Me & my sweet girls

Delaney & Hadley

Doug & Hadley watching the parade

City of Marietta turns 175!

Delaney waving her flag during the parade

Belles of Marietta (Delaney's favorite part)

When people ask me what my favorite holiday is, I always answer Christmas without even pausing to think about it. But...if there is a runner-up in the holiday category, 4th of July would have to take a close second because I truly LOVE this holiday. I love everything it stands for. I love my country. I love my family. I love my FREEDOM. And I love the men and women who fight for this country every day of their lives so I can sit here in my office typing my thoughts freely. God Bless this Country!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Great Outdoors

This past weekend, Doug and Delaney tried their hands at camping at Red Top Mountain. When I say camping, I do mean sleeping in a tent with no air conditioning, no bathroom (they do have facilities but you have to walk a little to get to them), and creepy crawling bugs & possibly snakes nearby. Can you tell that I don't camp? Ever. The only camping I will do is in an RV or a log cabin that has electricity & plumbing. Yes, I realize I never would have survived back in the day where you had to squat in a bowl beside your bed every morning to use the potty. Not me. This is why I was born into this lifetime. God just knew I'd be a pain.
Hadley & I did visit the campsite every day for dinner & swimming at the nearby Lake Allatoona. I did not mind this part at all. It was in fact fun & the girls both had a blast. The first of the two nights we visited, Doug let the girls cook their hot dogs on a fire. Delaney thought that was cool. The second night we grilled hamburgers & invited Doug's folks to come hang out with us. We also got to do smores which is always delicious & fun! Too bad we didn't have a guitar or we could have broke into song & dance around the fire pit! Haha! Yeah, I can just see Doug doing this....
So on the second night while we were making smores, I was sitting at the picnic table with the girls doing the prep work while the guys were roasting marshmallows. Delaney was enjoying her smore & chatting with me. While we're in the midst of conversation, I felt a little tickling on my neck. About this time, I look up and Delaney is staring at me & says, "Mommy, you have a spid....." Too late, I didn't even wait to hear the rest of her sentence because I jumped and swatted the HUGE creature off of my neck. Yes, it was a granddaddy longs legs spider and I'm not exaggerating, the thing was flippin BIG. Of course this reaction made Delaney collapse into a giggling fit. Later on after the camping trip was over, I asked her what her favorite thing about camping is. And she told me, "When that big spider was on your neck and you started screaming. That was REAL funny mommy." Note to self, sometimes my kids do think I'm funny.