Saturday, January 26, 2013

100 things

List fan.  Fun facts fan.  Writing about myself & my family fan.  Here we go! 

1. I am NOT a good blogger.  'Nuff said.
2. I stay up way too late.  It's precisely 1:27am as I start this post.  I have Project Runway playing in the background.  Everyone's been asleep for hours.
3.  I can often be seen yawning.  See above.   
4.  I have to consciously stop squinting my eyes or glaring, especially at the TV or my computer screen.  People used to ask me why I was mad, and I never understood it.  Yep.  Get it now.  The big, deep wrinkle on my forehead reminds me. 
5.  I'm left-handed and so is my dear lefty son.  Yay!  Forcing everything into his left hand really worked!!  KIDDING.
6.  When I watch funny movies, I don't laugh out loud.  This always drives Chad crazy.
7.  Chad laughs VERY loud at funny movies.  This always drives ME crazy (hello??  I'm trying to listen!)
8.  Aidan laughs VERY loud at funny movies.  Lilah, not at all.  Mini-me kiddos. 
9.  I wish I were a more organized person.
10.  I wish I had a laundry fairy. 
11.  Or maybe Mary Poppins could just come over and snap her fingers to clean my house.
12.  I love doing creative things, but sometimes run out of steam to finish them (i.e. painting rooms, craft/DIY projects.) 
13.  I'd rather wear cheap, funky jewelry than expensive diamonds (Chadly, save your $!)
14.  I lost the big rock in my wedding ring on the night that we moved into our new house.
15.  I believe in "signs" and "fate" and wondered if moving into our house was bad luck. See above.
16.  I won an award in high school for being the fastest typer.  I still impress my kids at school when I get on my computer.  (I'm also a big dork.)
17.  I had surgery on my right wrist in college, and had to learn left-hand piano pieces.
18.  I have always had cats.  I am not a dog fan.  They smell.
19.  When I was a kid, I slept in a pink and rainbow-wallpapered room, with a gigantic canopy bed.
20.  My childhood cat jumped on top of my canopy bed and crushed it.  Why do I still like cats?  Not sure.
21.  I think I just saw a flea jump on my computer.  KIDDING.
22.  I have a major fear of bugs and flying insects.  Well, except fleas.  They're just annoying. 
23.  Profanity is annoying too.  Makes my virgin ears hurt.
24.  Coffee is yucky, but I love coffee-flavored things.
25.  Coffee breath is yucky too. 
26.  Mushrooms were invented to torture me... especially on pizza, where they hide under the cheese all sneaky-like.
27.  I like being the center of attention, but I have a major fear of failing in front of others.
28.  I am a picker.  If you have a pimple ready to blow, watch out... my fingers might be comin' atcha.
29.  Ok, I've never actually popped a stranger's pimple... or a friend's, for that matter.  That'd be gross.  But my husband's?  Yes. 
30.  I was blessed with a crazy gorilla gene that gave me super hairy arms.  Had 'em all the way until before my wedding, and waxed 'em off.  Now I do the laser thing.  Nothing worse than having Kindergarteners "pet" your arm hair, or 5th graders asking why you don't shave.  Ugh.  Poor Lilah.  Saving up for her hair removal years now...
31. Chad never minded my hairy arms.  At all.  That's why I love him.
32.  In 7th grade, I heard a boy say to my friend that she had the "perfect sized feet" (7 1/2).  I wear size 8 and always thought my feet must be huge.  I have come to my senses.
33.  In 6th grade, I owned a pair of shiny lavender spandex pants... and I [unfortunately] paired them with an over sized jungle print camp shirt... WITH shoulder pads. 
34.  I have always felt I could dress a room better than I could dress myself.  Trying to change that. 
35.  I used to have a reoccurring dream that Dracula was stealing my red tricycle.  Jerk.
36.  I still remember my first boy-kissing-me dream.  It was glorious.
37.  I still remember my first REAL kiss.  Not so glorious.  (Boo.)
38.  I started piano lessons at age 5.
39.  At one point in high school, I was taking piano, flute, and french horn lessons.  No wonder why my mom can't afford to retire!  Kidding, Mom.  But thank you.  : )
40.  I'm one of those lovely people who has OCD about certain things (picture frames hung straight, bed made a certain way, etc.), but then is a total slob everywhere else.
41.  Distantly related to the Slowskys.  Downhill-skiing, motorcycle-riding, fast-car-driving... not for me.  Well, except when I'm late for work.
42.  I am often late.  Having kids only worsened that trait.
43.  I am a child of the 80s.  I liked the Breakfast Club long before the kids on Pitch Perfect made it cool.
44.  I went through a Madonna phase and choreographed "True Blue" with my 5th grade BFF. 
45.  Don't go thinking I was cool enough to dress like Madonna, though... remember, I have no style (see #34.)
46.  In 4th grade, my mom and I moved into a new house and I purposely put yellow ducky wallpaper in my room. 
47.  In 10th grade, I went through a grunge phase... baggy boys' jeans, flannels around waist, snap bodysuits (um, I call those onesies now!!), chunky necklaces.  And I listened to a lot of Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots.  And even Simon & Garfunkel.  Whoa.
48. In my senior year, I was the student director in marching band, and couldn't fit my big head into the drum major hat.
49.  I always knew I'd be a music teacher and a mom of two. 
50.  I always hoped I'd have a boy and a girl, with the boy older (not sure why - maybe 'cuz I was a younger sister too.)
51.  For a long time, I was in love with the boy name Sean... but then the name Aidan came along and stuck.  There was a short controversy, however, on how to spell it.  Chad & my mom won.   
52.  Chad wanted to name Lilah "Ashley" and although I've known plenty of nice, sweet Ashleys, that name just made me want to barf.  (Sorry if your name is Ashley.  Maybe you hate the name Heather?  I'm cool with that.)
53.  Sometimes being the mommy of a kid with SPD (among other things?) is hard.  And lonely.  And sometimes it's the most awesome thing ever (like when Aidan has an entire week of no hitting AND no problems getting off the bus.  Or when he controls his OCD and gets over something.  Love watching his progress.)
54.  I'm a little jealous of Aidan's artistic talent.
55.  I got made fun of once in my 8th grade cartooning class because I was drawing some weird boobs on my cartoon character.  I may have creative talents, but drawing is NOT one of them.
56.  I can't do a cartwheel.  Lame.
57.  I can do a somersault, however.  Impressive, eh?
58.  I used to be friends with a guy named Forrest.  He had red hair.  That was during my grunge phase.  He took me to a Jimi Hendrix laser show (or was it Pink Floyd?).  It was weird.
59.  I lived in England for 3 1/2 years (with a dumb guy - not worth a story).  But I met my Aunt Anna who lives on a vineyard in France, my Uncle Sean who was in town from New York, and I met some great friends (Autumn, Jody, Misty.)  Worth it in the end.
60.  I got lost in England once and ended up SIX HOURS away in the wrong direction.  Um, apparently those were my stupid years.  Sort of like the Wonder Years, but I wasn't as cute as Winnie.
61.  I am 1/2 British and have a [now expired] British passport. 
62.  I sang karaoke twice while in England.  Sarah McLachlan.  Not a crowd-pleaser.  Oops.
63.  I don't drink.  Probably would on occasion if I liked it, but I don't.
64.  Chad and I drank sparkling cider at our wedding.  He would've had champagne, but I selfishly wanted us to drink the same thing.
65.  We have it on video that I completely dogged my new husband on the dance floor at our wedding, as I passed him with my conga line.  Oops.
66.  Sweaty brides are not pretty brides.  Mental note: don't get married in the hottest July ever in a non-air conditioned room! 
67.  I worked at Hallmark after high school and sent my friends and family a LOT of cards.
68.  I worked at Linens n' Things for 3 years and learned what a euro sham was and how to properly make a bed (with 6+ pillows.)
69.  I was a substitute teacher at a middle school in England and got asked a lot of sex ed. questions.  Wasn't prepared for that.
70.  In high school, I worked at a public library and learned there was a lady named Holly Jolly.  I met her once.  I tried really hard not to laugh. 
71.  I wish I wasn't so sensitive sometimes. 
72.  Kids' movies make me cry.  Well, except Thomas the Train.  He just makes me cross. 
73.  I love a good sci-fi thriller.  Movie of choice for a date night with Chad (on the couch.) 
74.  Romantic comedies are my movie of choice when I'm alone (and don't want to hear Chad making barfing sounds or annoying comments the whole time.)
75.  I love board games!
76.  I love puzzles too.  Needing a big puzzle table.  And kids who don't destroy my puzzle-making efforts.
77.  I don't drink tea. 
78.  I {heart} hot chocolate. 
79.  I'm a ponytail kind of girl and always will be (until my hair falls out, I guess.) 
80.  Fall is my favorite season.  Love winter too, when it's not too cold for too long.  Spring is fun for gardening, but busy work-wise. 
81.  No longer a summer fan.  Not until we get air conditioning... and I get a part-time summer babysitter so I can get a break!
82.  I love sweaters and my white North Face jacket. 
83.  My scarf collection is getting pretty extensive.  I give my husband permission to add to it. 
84.  I cannot walk in high heels.
85.  You don't want to see me try.  It's embarrassing.
86.  When Chad and I first started dating, he used to sit on the same side of the booth as me.  I thought it was weird, but now I miss the snuggling.
87.  I absolutely adore our new house and where we live, but miss pizza delivery and quick trips to the store.
88.  I {heart} pizza.
89.  I'm still relieved I didn't end up with full-blown diabetes after my 2nd pregnancy.  (yes, thinking about pizza = thinking about diabetes.)
89.  I have crooked elbows, gimpy wrists, and stubby thumbs.  Before the arm hair removal, I was a real piece of work, don'tcha think? 
90.  The one country I didn't see when I lived overseas was Italy.
91.  I don't need to see Italy before I die, but I'd like to see the northern East Coast and more of Canada.
92.  I always wanted to marry a tall guy.  Chad's 6'4".  I win.
93.  I always wanted to be with a musician.  Chad plays piano, guitar, and sings.  I win.
94.  All of our birthdays are within 2 weeks of each other (and we're all Tauruses!!)
95.  I'm not looking forward to turning 40 before Chad.
96.  Conversation hearts & Cadbury Creme Eggs.  Need I say more?
97.  I would like to stop comparing myself to other people, moms, teachers... and just be the best ME I can be. 
98.  I believe in the power of cheesy quotes.
99.  Ooh, I like cheese.  String cheese, Swiss cheese, pepper jack cheese... and pasta.  Cheese and pasta.  Yum.
100.  I'm tired. (yawn)  And no, I did not stay up past 1:27am to finish this entire list.  I fell asleep after #3 and finished the rest today.

So there ya go.  That's me in a crazy weird nutshell. 

Heather : )        

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lilah's dictionary

As Lilah starts talking more and more, I don't want to forget the little words she can't quite pronounce (that are oh-so-adorable)...

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"mil-koo-shake" - milkshake (she gets a Carnation shake every morning, and the first words out of her mouth from her crib are, "Mama?  Mil-koo-shake?"  Adorable!) 
"booies" - blackberries (or berries in general)
"stewn" - spoon
"sor" - fork
"ish" - fish (Goldfish crackers)
"sours" - flowers
"bee-you" - blue
"yeh-do" - yellow
"deen" - green
"daf" - giraffe
"Wall-ee" - Aidan (ha, this one still cracks me up!) 
"peese" - please
"stahs" - stars
"mooooon" - moon

She says all of her other colors correctly, and has the BEST manners (always says "please & thank you"... and the other day, when I was brushing our cat, she asked, "May I do it?")  We're still working on counting, but about a month ago, she counted from 1-13 by herself.  Yay!

Favorite phrases lately... "spooooky," "I see GHOST!!!", "spooooky Hall-ween."  Oh, and the ultimate 2-year-old phrase -- "I don't yike it." 

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Here's a conversation with Lilah from yesterday (on our way to Thanksgiving dinner):

Me: "Lilah, say, 'Aidan.'"
Lilah: "Wall-ee."
Me: "No, say 'Aaaaaaidan."
Lilah: "Waaaaaaall-ee."
Me: "Aidan."
Lilah: "Wall-ee."
Chad: "Aidan."
Lilah: "Wall-ee."
Aidan: "Aidan!"
Lilah" Wall-ee!"
Me: "Aidan!  Aidan!  Aidan!"
Lilah: "Wall-ee!  Wall-ee!  Wall-ee!  Wall-ee! Waaaaaaaaaall-eeeeeeeee!" 

Ok, I guess she made her point. 

But this morning, I did get her to say Aidan.  She can say it just fine, so I'm not sure why she keeps calling him Wall-ee.  Aidan just rolls with it, though.  Once in awhile, he'll say, "She calls me Wall-ee.  That's silly."  But he'll answer to it everytime.  Good brother.

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I'm relieved with her growing vocabulary... for awhile there, I wondered if she'd have to go to Speech too.  And speaking of speech, Aidan is officially ending in December!  Yay!!!!!!!!  He's been seeing an SLP since he was 9 months old.  So excited for him.  Our SLP said his progress was one of the most impressive she's seen.     

My kids are growing up.  (sniff, sniff)

(pictures taken by my wonderfully talented friend, Andrea Turner, who managed to find a few smiles from a VERY grumpy girl at our photo shoot)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"I have so much free time," said no mom ever.

Five months ago, I had an almost 4-year-old and an almost 2-year-old. 

Now, Aidan is 4 years, 4 months... just started his 2nd year of preschool, likes Legos, painting pictures, "Shaun the Sheep," and wants roller skates.  He's still in speech and doing fantastic, but is taking a school-year break from OT (we might find another next summer.)  He's still my hard-to-predict emotional kiddo and puts my patience to the test,    

Now, Lilah is 2 years, 4 months... will finally wear pigtails, loves her stuffed animals and making a mess, calls Aidan "Wall-E," and has no interest in the potty. (But plays an occasional game of "poop hockey." Ewww.)  She still falls asleep in the car (and the Ergo!), hates having her hair washed, and climbs into bed (ever hear of a toddler who climbs in their crib and not out??  Weird.)


Five months ago, I was working part-time and ehem, blogging a "bit" more than now.

Now, I'm a full-time Mom, trying to fit it all in.  Dinners, play, cleaning, exercise, blogging (what??), etc.  And maybe squeezing in time with Chadly too.  Luckily, there are more pros than cons to going back full-time (I've been part-time since Aidan was born), so it's going ok... so far. 


Five months ago, I was not eating great, not working out as much as I should, and squeezing into my clothes (or ignoring the tight ones completely.)

Now, I weigh 14 pounds less, dropped a pant & top size, dropped a few dress sizes (not totally thrilled about my already tiny chest shrinking, but what can ya do??), and spent an entire summer at the gym (thank you CAC for watching my children!!)  Just gotta find time for the gym again with this full-time work thingie...


Five months ago, I was madly decorating our new house.

Now, I am madly decorating our new house.  At least ONE thing hasn't changed.


Ok, random picture time... from summer 'til now!

Look, I did it!  A real, bona fide blog post.  With pictures.  Now let's see if I can blog again before it's 2013. 
Heather : )
(p.s. I took off my old signature and flower... long story short, they're a pain in the patootie when trying to print your blog through

Monday, March 5, 2012

Things they say, things they do

Aidan - 3 years, 22 months

Aidan: I wanna go to that park!
Mommy: Sorry, honey, but it's raining out.  We can't today.
Aidan: Yes we can!  Daddy said YES!

(You use that "Daddy said yes" line on me a LOT lately.  It's funny.  Mostly.)

Mommy: Aidan, can you please come sit down to eat your dinner?"
Aidan: Sorry, Mama (and continues to play with trains). 
Mommy: Aidan, can you please stop hitting Lilah?
Aidan: Sorry, Mama (and continues to hit Lilah).
Mommy: Aidan, can you come use the potty?
Aidan: Sorry, Mama (and pees on the floor).

(I finally realized exactly what you mean by "sorry."  Hmmm.)

You have weird dreams and woke the other morning talking about finding the "giant road."  We did actually find the "giant road" (we turned on a forest-lined road near our house we hadn't driven down before, as per your request) and apparently the giants were sleeping

You are obsessed with ghosts and things "coming to get us."  You can often be heard yelling, "Run!!!!" or "Save me!!" or "Look out!!!!"  When your trains go down a hill on your track, you like to say, "Wahoooo!"  Reminds me of Walter Matthau in "I.Q."  LOVE that movie.  

You love to snuggle and get "cozy" with Mama.  You actually say, "I wanna be cozy with you, Mama."  I live for those moments.  Too bad there are more "Aidan, go to timeout!!" moments, but hopefully that will change soon.  You love fleece blankets, my fleece bathrobe and anything soft.  You'll lay your head on my chest and close your eyes and sigh.  Ahhhh.

You have this funny walk/dance where you take super tiny baby steps.  It's cute and all, but could you please speed things up in the morning when I'm running late???

Lately, you love drawing your self-portrait or making people out of playdoh. Pretty impressed with your "heart man" riding a skateboard!! Ok, I may have helped a little, but it was all your idea...

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You're being better and worse with Lilah, all at the same time.  One minute, you're playing with her, protecting her around other kids at play areas, laughing and having a great time.  Next minute, well... you can imagine.  It's a lot of pushing down, shoving, smacking on the face, stealing toys.  Ugh. 

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I had last week off and got to see you at your preschool.  You have good moments (like when you participated in the singing really energetically) and not-so-good moments (like when you had a meltdown during snacktime and little Logan had to tell me, "Aidan's crying again!!")  I was just telling Auntie Marie that I think you might have rough times ahead with boys, but I hope some smart, kind girl takes you under her wing and befriends you.  And apparently Brynn and you are "tight" (according to Mrs. Flynn.)  Brynn is a lovely girl, one of the peer models in the class.  Yay! 

You are mastering your tr and dr sounds, and can finally say "train" and "track."  Hallelujah!!!  Although, I'm sort of tired of hearing you ask for a "drink."  Glad you can say the word, but boy, you need to EAT something!! 

You've been saying a lot of these:
"I want something to drink."
"I want something to eat."
"I want something to watch."

Daddy and I love your increasing communication!!  I can't wait for your appt. in April at Children's, so we can tell the speech therapist how far you've come in a year.  We're also taking you up there at the end of this month, to discuss your upcoming summer "lip revision" surgery.  We're very nervous.  We've gotten used to how your lip looks now, so it's hard to imagine it different. 


Lilah - 22 months

When Aidan was at preschool last week & I was off, I needed to find a way to entertain you while I took a shower.  I asked if you wanted to watch TV.  BIG head shake yes.  Then I said, "What do you want to watch?"  Your eyes grew big as you ran over to the DVDs, grabbed "The Little Mermaid," and ran it back to me.  Aidan always rules the remote, so you loved your little "moment." 

You climb and climb and climb and climb.  On everything.  Everywhere.  YOU are the bad influence on Aidan in that department. Daredevil to the extreme.


You are getting better with your communication, and have mastered the signs for "thank you," "please," "milk," and "more."  You say "mil" for milk and "bee ee" for binky.  A three-year-old at the Children's Museum kept asking you what your name was and then said, "Why aren't you talking??"  I tried to explain that you're only 1 1/2, but she didn't get it.


You always have crusty hair because you refuse to let me wash it. 

You love looking at your belly button lately and drumming on your round midsection.  I wish I loved my round midsection as much... 

You are still addicted to your binky, and if I take it away at certain moments (like when I'm trying to get a photo of your cute outfit outside), you give me tantrums like this... (yep, she looks just like me.  And yes, I look like this when I'm tantruming too.)

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You really, REALLY like to wear rainboots.  Aidan's boots, your boots, Mama's boots... and you're getting quite interested in shoes. 

You are quite stubborn about a lot of things.  This week, you're refusing to eat apple slices, as you only want the whole apple.  You thought it was hilarious when I put corn cob holders on the ends.  I told you they were your "handlebars." 

Speaking of eating, you are almost as picky as your brother, but just about different things.  You try more than he does, but if you don't like it, it goes flying straight to the floor.  You would eat pasta and rice day and night if we let you (2 things of which Aidan won't touch!)  Sometimes I'm surprised at the things you won't try.  And then you shock me and eat some marinated-in-vinegar red onions.  Whoa!  You definitely keep me on my toes in the kitchen!   

I'm not sure what happens, but you get crazy around 7pm.  Seriously crazy.  Like the Tazmanian Devil (and that's what you do to the house, too.) 

You fight going to bed sometimes, but once we turn out the light (and give you your binky, of course), you stop the fussing. 

You love being held upside down, tickled, chased, and given lots and LOTS of attention. I live for the moments when you snuggle me (and they happen often!) and look at my eyes really closely before touching noses. Adorable you.

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Kiddos, you sure are tough sometimes, but then you're sweet and easy the next minute.  Either kicking me in protest or snuggling.  Throwing dinner on the floor (or spitting it out!) or eating it up.  Shoving or playing happily.  Despite all of those I'm-gonna-pull-my-hair-out-and-sell-you-to-the-gypsies moments, I wouldn't give it up for anything!