Sunday, July 24, 2005

Sure to be a Memorable Moment

Well, tomorrow we have to take "Princess (4)" to the pediatrician for her well-checkup and the subsequent filling out of forms that are required by her kindergarten in order for her to be accepted on the first day. We have also decided to go ahead and let her take her first set of booster shots required before she starts first grade. The vaccines are normally given between the ages of four and six, and although she just turned four last week my husband and I decided to go ahead and get it over with for a few reasons:
  1. It's easier to hold down an angry 4 year old than an angry 6 year old.
  2. 4 year olds have a shorter attention span.
  3. 4 year olds are more easily bribed.
  4. At the tender age of 4, she has yet to comprehend exactly what the word "vaccine" means.
  5. If she gets it over with now, we won't have to dread it for the next two years.
  6. If I have to pay the freakin' copay anyway, they might as well work for it!

Her appointment is at 2:00 tomorrow. If you live in the immediate area, you might want to take cover just in case there should be some small shockwaves or tremors. LOL I'm sure this will be an unforgetable experience. It's so much easier when they are babies and can't retaliate. You just feel guilty and then get to cuddle them all better. Now she's big enough to yell, call names, and seek revenge. I guess I'll be sleeping with one eye open for a while!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Busy w/ Birthdays and Other Things

After getting an email from a blogging buddy, I realized that once again I had failed to post an entry in a while. Things have been busy around here as usual. My oldest daughter (pictured below) turned 4 on Wednesday! Yep, only ten days after my youngest turned 2! We had a small celebration (just the girls, their Daddy and I) on the morning of each of their individual birthdays, and then we had a joint birthday party for them both, the weekend between their birthdays (which this year happened to be Sat. the 16th). Our friends and family were invited, and we grilled hotdogs for lunch, had cake, punch, chips & dip, etc., and watched the girls joyously open their presents. It was fun! Tiring, but fun. I'm glad this next baby will be born in the fall. Too many birthdays back to back breaks the bank and me too! LOL Now that Cat is 4, she will be starting Kindergarten. In fact, her first day is Aug. 8th! Only two weeks + away. I'm curious to see how she will do on her first day. I've never gone ANYWHERE and left her before. (Other than her Nana keeping her, or our friends' daughter coming over to babysit for a bit, of course). I've never left her in a new place, with new people. I hope she will be excited enough about going to school, making new friends, etc. to get over my leaving her quickly. Of course, knowing how things normally turn out, it will probably be much harder on me than it will be on her. I can't believe my baby is old enough to start school!!! It seems like just yesterday I was bringing her home from the hospital. All 6 lbs. 10 oz. of her. Crazy!

Happy Birthday, Little Princess! Posted by Picasa

Monday, July 11, 2005

Happy Birthday...Baby Bugga Bugga!

For those of you who watch Dora the Explorer (willingly or otherwise) on a daily basis, yesterday was my Baby Bugga Bugga's 2nd birthday! She seemed to understand the concept because she was so excited when she woke me up at SIX IN THE MORNING! This after I stayed up late baking and decorating her cake in a Dora Theme (what else?) after she had gone to bed the night before. We put up some balloons and "happy birthday" banners and moved her booster seat to the "seat of honor" at the head of our dining room table. When she woke up and stumbled sleepily to the kitchen, she saw all the decorations and her presents and cake sitting on the table and got really excited. She came into my bedroom shouting "party party!" Her Daddy had already gone to work before she woke up, but I called him and fortunately he was able to come by to help us celebrate. 2 ran and got "soon to be 4" out of her bed and they both sounded like little elephants running down the hall. 2 climbed into the 'birthday chair' and we lit the candles on her cake. "Almost 4" and her Daddy sang Happy Birthday to her. I did not participate in the singing because I was holding the video camera and trust me...nobody wanted to hear THAT! LOL Within seconds the candles were extinguished and Bugga Bugga was ripping into her presents with glee! She received a bathtub/pooltime Dora and Boots from her sister, and a new Baby doll w/ accessories from her Daddy and me. Fortunately for us, she was more interested in playing with her new toys that demolishing her birthday cake (which was chocolate fudge w/ buttercream icing btw), so we weren't trying to deal with a sugar-wired two year old for the rest of the day. Believe it or not, she actually went willingly to take her regularly scheduled nap that afternoon. We are also grateful that Hurricane Dennis pretty much ignored us all together. Other than intermittent periods of really hard rain and a few strong gusts of winds, we did not feel the effects of it at all. We had really been expecting to spend the night by the light of 2's birthday candles due to power outages, but we were lucky this time.

A Sleepy Birthday Bugga Bugga! Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 08, 2005

My Avon 4th of July Sale!

4th of July Sale !!!

Need a last minute gift? The following items are things that I have in my personal inventory for immediate sale and delivery. All are new in packaging. Most of these items can no longer be ordered online or through the Avon brochure. I only have one of each item, so they will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Colors & Shapes Earrings
8 x 10mm gem-colored studs with silvertone. Pierced only. Sky Blue.

Item#: 161-339
Brochure: $14.99
Now $10.99

Textured Two-Tone Pave' Jewelry
Rhinestones in goldtone with silvertone details.
16" chain with 3" extender.
Just $12.99
Pierced only, 5/8" L.
Brochure: $9.99
Now $6.99

Silvertone Three Chain Anklet Bundle
9" L with 1" extender.

Item#: 091-002
Just $8.99 set of three

Stress Relief Massaging Pillow
Micro-beads mold to neck, lower back or other contours. Insert massage unit into zip pocket. Uses two AA batteries (not included). Nylon, 13" L x 8" W.

Item #: 182-124
Brochure: $19.99
Just $14.99

Elegant Rose Print Pajama

3/4-sleeve top with three frog closures; elastic-waist capri pant. Black polyester with floral print.

Size Large (14-16).
Brochure: $34.99
Item#: 228-313

Now $21.99 - save $13.00

Heart Wreath Knit Pajamas
V-neck top with adjustable keyhole. Ankle-length allover print pant. 100% cotton. S(6-8).

Item#: 303-650
Brochure: $24.00
Now $14.99

Tie Wrap Pajamas
Lace-trim top ties at the waist. Long, flowy pants. 100% nylon. Medium (8-10).

Item#: 232-824
Brochure: $25.00
Now $15.99 Lowest Price Ever

Medallion Chain Bracelet
Chic seven-strand chain bracelet with center medallion. Burnished silvertone with faux patina and peridot beads. 7" L with 1" extender.

Item#: 247-819
Brochure: $12.00
Now $6.99

Star Mesh Cami & Panty Set
100% nylon stretch mesh with bow detail. Available in size M(10-12).

Brochure: $19.99
Now $12.99 save $7.00

Herringbone Cap

Wool/polyester with cotton lining.
Item#: 237-625
Brochure: $7.99

Now $4.99

3 Piece Rose Print Travel Set

100% cotton with webbed piping and nylon lining. Large zip-top satchel with slit pocket, 13" L x 19" W (at bottom) x 7" D. 12" double webbed handles. Foldover garment bag with zip close and hanger loop, 40" L x 23" W x 2" D. Zip-top cosmetics pouch with slit pocket, 8" L x 10" W x 2" D. Outlet Exclusive
Item#: 056-684
Brochure: $39.99
Just $29.99

Colors of Feelings Bracelet
Colorful beads express your mood. One size stretches to fit most. Available in Blue (Peaceful) or Topaz Color (Creative).

Item#: 056-589 (Blue)
Item#: 056-665 (Topaz)
Brochure: $9.99
Now $4.99 each

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Please email me with any orders for the current campaign, on or before Tuesday, July 12th!!!

Recipe of the Week

Here is a recipe that I tried this week. It was a bit hit in our house. Even the rugrats ate it!

Simple Polynesian Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 bell (green) pepper
  • 1 20oz. can pineapple chunks
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. worstershire sause
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil

    Heat oil in skillet. Add chicken. Cook 3-5 minutes until outside is starting to brown slightly. Drain pineapple reserving juice in small bowl. Add to pineapple juice, the ketchup, worstershire sauce, honey, and cornstarch. Mix well. Chop onion and bell pepper into bite-sized pieces. Add chopped pepper to chicken and cook for about 3 minutes more. Then add your liquid sauce, onion, and pineapple. Cook another 4-6 minutes until onion is tender and sauce starts to thicken. Serve over rice.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Starting Out in the Can

Well, this day has certainly gotten off to an interesting start. I had a Dr's appointment at 8:30 this morning, so I had to get up pretty early to get the kids' breakfast made, grab a bite for myself to eat, shower, dress, and get ready to go. To top all that off, I was worried about getting back home from the doctor's in time for Alan to have the car to take to work. He can't afford to be late, because it might mess up all the extra security jobs for himself and everyone else too. Anyway, I was running late. I was just about to grab my keys and head out the door when "almost 2" comes bounding down the hall demanding that I "wash bankie" which of course is the pink blanket with the teddybear head and arms that accompanies her 24/7 wherever she goes. I thought her request was a bit unusual since she usually pitches a fit whenever I actually do throw the blankie bear in the wash. She doesn't like to be without it for even the brief time it takes for it to go through the wash and dry cycles of the machines. With barely a second glance I told her that it was okay, Mommy would wash him later. That's when I noticed that he was dripping water. Oh great! She wasn't asking me to wash him, she was telling me that she had already done so! AND to make matters worse, the only thing she could have reached to wash him in was.... (you guessed it)...the potty! I am now back home (duh) and anxiously awaiting the aforemention blankie's deliverance from the dryer. He's already been through a heavy duty wash cycle with bleach! We have a relatively child-proof house. We put the child locks on all the cabinets and drawers, and we have the child safety doorknobs on all the exterior doors as well as the doors to the bathrooms that usually prevent the kids from being able to open them on their own. HOWEVER, in my determination to NOT be late for my appointment this morning, I neglected to fully close the door to the master bathroom. "Almost 2" apparantly decided that it would be fun to "wash" blankie bear herself in the Tyd-Bowl blue toilet water. I guess I should just be grateful that the water wasn't green!