Thursday, May 27, 2010
Recently I was invited to join the board of a small non-profit. I decided to accept. I am excited to serve and share of my talents and time. Last week I attended my first monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. Making this choice is making the choice to take some "after work" time away from my family. I was knowledgable of this when I said "yes" to the board. I remain happy with my decision. That decision also means I did not put my kids to bed last Tuesday, nor did I pick up around the house.
Thursday night I made a choice to go to a MN Bloggers Gathering/Happy Hour. I RSVP'd several weeks in advance. Later, some good girl friends decided to get together the same evening. I made a choice to go with the original Blogger event, to meet new people, and connect with bloggers. I made a choice to be away from my home again, and to chose networking over investing in my current friendships.
Saturday I made a choice to stay home most of the day. Originally, I thought I would make the choice to attend my friend Molly's garage sale fundraiser to help fight hunger. Or I thought I might choose to stop by my friend Jenny's house, who recently had her second child. But, because I had chosen to be away from my kids several nights last week, my son indicated he wanted to be AT HOME with his mom!
Early in the week, Mark and I made a choice to have our friend Mike and his girlfriend to dinner on Saturday. Then God made a choice to send the rain mid-morning on Saturday. This made the decision to stay home (thus not supporting two friends) easier. It made the dinner that night great, because I had time to clean the house, shop, and prepare for the festivities.
Sunday I made a choice to attend two cousin's graduation receptions in Olivia. This choice was made much easier by my Aunt Toot's who was willing to drive out with me (and Marly and Dean). I made this choice the night before. It turned out to be a great choice too.
I am constantly wondering... Am I making the right choice? Time plays a constant role. The truth is - at this stage in my life, I find some of my better choices made on a short time line, rather then advanced.
Anyway, I have no real point - other then to declare with kids, careers, husbands, families, homes, and whatever might be important to you... each of us needs to find the right fit in our hearts to best invest of ourselves.
Sometimes even the little decisions are tough to make!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
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I am a little bit embarrassed to attend, as I don't have many readers, I still have "blogspot" in my blog address, I have no sponsors, and no one would ever want to give away anything on my site...AND I DON'T EVEN HAVE A CUSTOMIZED HEADER.
But, I am going anyway and suspect I will enjoy it. I also suspect I may have many recommendations on where to get a header made up.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Clearly our children have NO detachment issues. Marly didn't even feel a need to hug Daddy goodbye!
The kids played at the park, played on their trikes and made a trip to Como Zoo. Dean was expecting the Polar Bears to be back... but he will have to wait until June.
Truly, the kids love their Auntie Kelly. It is clear their bond from her time as a nanny remains strong.
Monday, May 17, 2010
- We had our trees professionally trimmed. (Now we pray we don't lose 4 of them to Dutch Elm disease)
- We cleaned up, cut back and removed overgrown shrubbery. (We needed the tree company to remove all of our mess, the pile became so large!)
- We had energy efficient entry and storm doors installed. Our upstairs french door glass was so fragile, toddler Dean cracked a pane our second week there, so it was also unsafe. Mark changed out the door bell button to complete the look.
- Mark has painted every room in the house except the two downstairs bedrooms, and a back stairway we keep forgetting about.
- He painted the unfinished banisters white.
- He painted all of the downstairs trim work white to match the upstairs.
- We have changed out (or painted) the lower level hardware, door handles, fireplace front, etc. to match the brushed nickel upstairs.
- We have made "temporary fix" roof repairs, but need to address more serious issues. (Okay.. we didn't expect that when we bought the home)
- We had our microwave removed from an overloaded electrical circuit. My kids were beginning to think microwaves ONLY work in the dark. (No, we didn't expect that either). The fine electrician (my co-workers kind and talented husband) also wired our bedrooms for overhead lights, which we will install someday.
- We have had a tub faucet repaired after it blew off, probably due to a corner cutting remodel. Then we addressed a leaky drain in the same tub, which caused basement ceiling damage. (Nope, not expected... but damn glad we got a home warranty.)
- I installed shelving in our bedroom closet.
- Mark installed new panel doors (with foam inside) upstairs. He accidentally punched a hole in one hollow door, and another actually FELL OFF because it had not been reattached correctly when the former owner removed it to paint. I think those doors are on sale more weeks then not at Menard's.
- Mark changed out the outside patio light to match the front door.
- We have dumped TONS of chemicals and fertilizer on our lawn, and had it aerated. (So sorry to all our our ecologically minded readers who might be opposed to our lawn maintenance...
- We added new house numbers.
- Mark planted a few lilacs and arborvitae along our property line.
- We have added some perennials to various beds around our yard.
- Naturally, we have decorated, and I have all these little DIY projects all over our home.
Friday, May 14, 2010
I showed the lady my rings and she got out the sizers. Of course, like any good shop owner, she complimented me on the lovely and clever wedding ring designs and their beauty.
She asked, "How long have you been married?" - "Seven years now I think. "
She asked, "Did you lose weight, and that's why you need to re-size?" - "Sure... like FOUR years ago! I kept meaning to come in. I was here about three years ago and you guy's put a "temporary fix" on them..."
The woman congratulated me. (Yes, we all know I put on a lot of pounds in the years after my mom died, my metabolism changed, and I got married.)
I went on to explain - "I lost weight, then got pregnant. I didn't re-size them then because I was unsure what weight I would gain or return too. Well... then I breast feed the twins for a year, and lost even more weight, but I really didn't think I would ever stay that size. (God what I wouldn't give for that tiny waste and legs and GENEROUS cup size again!!!! No I did NOT say that outloud.) But...my twin's are three now. So, I thought I should do something about it before I lose them... and I was driving right by.. and thought I would come in. (I didn't tell her I had been at a Happy Hour gathering for a co-worker nearby.)
Anyway, we continued to chit chat. I prepared to leave and the woman said, "I will call you when we have an estimate. Congratulations again to you, and continued success!"
My response (after a pause) "... Thank you....Yes... I am glad I am still married and it worked well!"
She burst into laughter. She said, "I'm NOT congratulating you on your marriage working out! I'm congratulating you on your weight loss success. You dropped a pretty dramatic ring size."
OH! Yeah... That too.... (Maybe I shouldn't have eaten those onion rings at Happy Hour...)
Thursday, May 13, 2010
It's hilarious. If only I were good blogger who also added video. Please use your imagination to enhance these still photos.
Marly and Dean attempt to dance and watch simultaneously, then try to mimic what they see on screen.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Mother's Day 2010... The photo was taken on the very popular new swing set. (Yes, I am wearing a cardigan!) This year, we again had lunch at Mark's sister's house with his mom. Later we went to the Galaxy Drive In (like past years). Nana Chris and my dad joined us there for supper.
Monday, May 10, 2010
That's the neighbor's house behind the swing. We spent a lot of time deciding where to put it. We have a large front yard, a strangely shaped back yard, and several mature trees. The perfect location off our patio couldn't be used unless we wanted to cut down a pine tree.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Last Thursday, the Lyon's welcomed a healthy, beautiful baby boy into their family. I met them at the hospital just after lunch, and Ian arrived around 5:30 pm. He weighed a very healthy 9 lbs on the nose!
(p.s. - I neglected to have a photo taken with me and the proud parents, but I was wearing a cardigan!)
Thursday, May 6, 2010
You know you are a Mid-Thirties Mama (specifically named Andrea) when...
- You don't have any weddings on your summer calendar.
- A majority of your friends have attained their personal kid quota, and you don't have any baby showers on your calendar either.
- Your wardrobe staple includes cardigans. Lots of cardigans. You wear them more days then not. You own more then you choose to count in multiple colors, sleeve lengths, v-neck, rounded neck, longer length, regular length, and of various materials. You feel you can never have TOO MANY cardigans. You wrap them around your waste, belt them, etc.
- You adore your kids 15-year-old babysitter because every time she comes over she compliments you on your wardrobe, or some element of your attire. The babysitter has actually asked you where you bought something, and this pleased you more then any compliment your husband gave you that evening, because you worry having kids may have made sucked any cool-ness out of you.
- Less then a year after moving to your street, you get the guts to host your neighborhood book club and invite the neighborhood ladies all the way in, knowing they are more established in their homes, and they don't have toddlers...
- You have been known to buy a pretty sexy pair of high heeled/open toed/boot shoes that zipped up the back, then returned them because you knew you couldn't chase your toddlers safely in them, and they weren't appropriate for church.
- You have decided to invest in a full skin care regimen.
- You discover your c-section scar is completely non-existant, and have mostly come to grips with your Twinner's pouch that is here to stay.
- You put things like "Britax car seats" and "swing set" on your Christmas list.
- You love your fancy red vacuum.
- Your usual special drink of choice is found at Caribou Coffee and not Happy Hour.
- You don't remember the last time you were at a Happy Hour.
- When you do have a drink, you have a vodka of preference, rather then a rail pour, but you probably mix it at home.
- You get excited about Taco Tuesday at the neighborhood bar & grill because the tacos are only a dollar & you have discovered your toddlers also like the wings on special & if you get there BEFORE 6 pm they have great drink specials & it is kid friendly & you know you will see other mommy's and daddy's there (with kids) having a drink too & there is nothing to clean up when you are done. (...wait a minute, this might be Happy Hour!)
- You sleep with greater ease if before going to bed, you have loaded the dishwasher, wiped up the counter tops, started another load of laundry, and folded or put away a load.
- You have a swing set in your backyard and you couldn't imagine it any other way.
- Your Twinner Toddlers are signed up for community ed soccor.
- You debate with your husband about shrubbery.
- Your kids begin to ask for a hot dog ($1.75 with a drink included) at Costco mid-way through the shopping trip.
- You have had the same doctors for years now, and they remember how to pronounce your name, or at least remember they pronounce it wrong EVERY year.
- Your Friday night fun always involves pizza, which is just fine because there are NO decisions to be made except what kind to eat.
I could go on an on, and suspect I will come back and add more.. but that's all for now folks!