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Month: November 2005

One of my favorites

Indigo Girls – Power of Two

Now the parking lot is empty
Everyone’s gone someplace
I pick you up and in the trunk I’ve packed
A cooler and a two day suitcase
‘Cause there’s a place we like to drive
Way out in the country
Five miles out of the city limit we’re singin’
And your hand’s upon my leg

So we’re ok, we’re fine
Baby I’m here to stop your crying
Chase all the ghosts from your head
I’m stronger than the monster beneath your bed
Smarter than the tricks played on your heart
Look at them together then we’ll take them apart
Adding up the total of a love that’s true
Multiply life by the power of two

I know the things that I am afraid of
I’m not afraid to tell
And if we ever leave a legacy
It’s that we loved each other well

‘Cause I’ve seen the shadows of so many people
Trying on the treasures of youth
But a road that fancy and fast ends in a fatal crash
And I’m glad we got off to tell you the truth

So we’re ok, we’re fine
Baby I’m here to stop your crying
Chase all the ghosts from your head
I’m stronger than the monster beneath your bed
Smarter than the tricks played on your heart
Look at them together then we’ll take them apart
Adding up the total of a love that’s true
Multiply life by the power of two

All the shiny little trinkets of temptation
Something new instead of something old
But all you gotta do is scratch beneath the surface
And it’s fool’s gold
Fool’s gold

Now we’re talking about a difficult thing
Your eyes are getting wet
I took us for better and I took us for worse
And don’t you ever forget it

Now there’s steel bars between me and a promise
Suddenly bend with ease
And the closer I’m bound in love to you
The closer I am to free

So we’re ok, we’re fine
Baby I’m here to stop your crying
Chase all the ghosts from your head
I’m stronger than the monster beneath your bed
Smarter than the tricks played on your heart
Look at them together then we’ll take them apart
Adding up the total of a love that’s true
Multiply life by the power of two

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Holiday Mumbo Jumbo

I always tend to find myself slightly depressed after a long holiday break. I enjoy my time off so much that coming back to this place just puts me in a very foul mood. Dropping Zach off at day care this morning was very hard. I would have given just about anything to have been able to stay home with him just one more day. But, regardless of my feelings today, I’m so thankful that I had a wonderful break from work and got to spend a lot of time with family and friends over the last four days.

We started off the holiday by going to see the new Harry Potter movie Wednesday night. It was a pretty good movie, but in all honesty, it just wasn’t as good as the previous ones. I was a little disappointed with it and I’m hoping that the next one is better. Zach was a little angel that night and slept through the entire movie.

Thursday morning we got up and headed over to my brother’s house. His wife and MIL were already in the kitchen working on dinner. Shortly after we arrived my sister and her family and my mom got there. We pretty much all took turns in the kitchen preparing our part of the meal while the boys went outside for some football, played video games, and then watched football on tv. The babies took turns playing and napping. When everything was ready, we had a very nice dinner together, watched a movie, and then said good-night. All in all, it was a pretty good day.

Friday was my favorite day of the enitre break. Hubby had to work for a bit Friday morning, but Zach and I snuggled up in the bed and slept in until 9:30!!!! I’m pretty sure that’s a record. I don’t remember the last time I got to sleep that long. When we finally crawled out of bed, we stayed in our jammies and played together for a while. Zach decided he needed a nap, so while he was sleeping I started working on cleaning up the house a bit. When hubby got home he helped me move some furniture around and I worked on re-arranging Zach’s room. We caught up on a couple of TV shows that we missed the week before and put together the Christmas tree (although it has yet to be decorated). I finally decided to shower and get dressed and then we went over to hang out with some friends for the rest of the night.

Saturday we celebrated my nephew’s 6th Birthday. He had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/swimming pool party at the Y which was a lot of fun. I didn’t swim because I didn’t have a swimsuit that would fit me, but hubby took Zach in the water for a while. Since I wasn’t swimming I got to take lots of cute pictures though. The kids all had a really great time. After the party we went over to my sister’s house for a while, helped the nephew go through all his loot, and watched Madagascar. We stopped by our friends’ house on the way home to drop their daughter off and ended up staying for a short visit before heading home.

Sunday morning we got up and headed to church. After church we went to my dad’s house for our Thanksgiving dinner with him and his wife. My sister and her clan arrived shortly after us and my sister and I headed out for a little bit of shopping without any kids. I had to buy Zach a new carseat (because he’s already outgrown his infant seat!) and she had some Christmas shopping to do. When we got back, we helped prepare dinner. My brother and his wife arrived an hour or so later and we all feasted on turkey and dressing (which oddly was much better than Thursday’s dinner) and all the fixins. Afterwards we played a quick game of team Scrabble before everyone headed back home.

It really was a wonderful weekend. I really enjoyed the time with my family. Zach is finally getting old enough that he can play with his cousins a little bit and it is so much fun to watch him squeal and laugh with them. It is hard to believe that he is already 5 months old. I think if I could only have had one more day off to recover from all of the festivities this would have been a perfect weekend.


The Holiday Season

For the first time in many years I am excited for the holidays. There are three things I think that have attributed to this change in mood for me. 1) I have a beautiful baby boy to celebrate with. 2) My family has grown much closer over the last few years and I actually enjoy spending time with them. 3) I get to EAT and the diet is thrown out the window for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I am getting really anxious for Christmas. I already have all of Zach’s presents bought. For the first time in at least 5 years I’m going to have a Christmas tree and decorations up in my house. I spent an hour this morning buying Christmas music cd’s on the internet and I can’t wait to start listening to them.

But, it isn’t Christmas yet, so I’ll focus on Thanksgiving for a minute. This year I am very thankful for all that God has given to me. Above all else, I’m so very thankful for my baby boy Zachary. He has brought so much joy and love into my life. There are times when I feel like my whole body could just burst from all the love I feel inside when I look into his eyes. I am so thankful that I was blessed with a child this year. There is just nothing in the world like it.

To everyone out there who might read this, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with your family and friends and take a little time out to reflect on the things in life that matter most.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Trying to plan Thanksgiving dinner when you have to deal with 3 very opinionated women who all want things done their way is damn near impossible. Plus, scheduling and cooking for two separate Thanksgiving dinners is a royal pain. Sometimes I think it would just be easier to skip it all. It does make me appreciate the fact that hubby’s family are too far away to have a third dinner.


Picture Post

Todays post will be full of pictures because I just don’t have a lot to say. You might want to brace yourselves. It is very possible that the cuteness could overwhelm you.
He had a little help getting up there, but he held on and stood on his own for a good 10-15 seconds!
My nephew at the circus–he had a great time!
Can you believe they are a whole 6 months apart in age?!? I can only imagine the trouble the two of them are going to get into when they are older!
Could we possibly have a future football star on our hands?


Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

I’m not sure how many times I have wished for more hours in the day but I sure do wish someone would take my request seriously. This weekend, as most are, was packed full of activities. We barely spent any time at home where I had a huge list of things that needed to be done. Which means that very little of it got done. However, I did get to spend a lot of time with my family which was probably more important anyway.

Saturday morning we got up bright and early and headed downtown for the Shriner’s Circus. My dad had received a bunch of free tickets, so it was a couple hours of free entertainment. Zach didn’t seem too entertained by the circus, but he sure was mesmerized by all the cool light-up toys that the kids were carrying around. My almost 6-year-old nephew probably enjoyed it the most. He got to ride an elephant which just thrilled him. It was a total rip-off at $5 a ride (for only about a 1-minute ride) but Grandpa just couldn’t say no. I have some pictures but haven’t had a chance to get them off of my camera yet.

Saturday night we went out for dinner to celebrate my little brother’s birthday. We ate mexican food so I totally blew my diet. It’s awfully hard to pass up a margarita and chips and salsa when you are eating mexican. In fact, for me at least, it’s damn near impossible. The food was great and the margarita was even better. Afterwards we hung out at my brother’s house for a while. It was the first time I had been over there since they got all unpacked.

Sunday we went to church and had our usual family dinner at my dad’s. The babies both fell asleep after dinner so my sister and I decided to go do some quick shopping while the guys finished watching the football game. I couldn’t help swinging past the toy section for a few minutes. There are so many things I want to buy Zach for Christmas! I’m trying to stick to a budget, but they just have so many neat toys out now. I really need to get started on my Christmas shopping though. I did buy one thing for Zach yesterday, but that’s the first Christmas gift I have purchased.

On top of all that, I managed to steal Zach’s cold from him that he had last week. By the time I went to bed lastnight I could barely breathe. Hopefully it won’t last long!

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