Monday, November 29, 2010

Our "B & B" Experience

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!  We sure did.  Went to my parents and had the best turkey I've EVER had.  They got an outdoor convection cooker and injected their turkey with cajun spices.  Oh myyyyyyy...was that a GOOD turkey. So juicy and full of yummy flavors.  Not your traditional turkey and something I will do maybe for Christmas or next year.  We have two convection ovens and I have yet to figure out how to use them. 

Friday we got a pretty tree and put it up.  As we were moving it, I reached in and found a nest inside.  There's probably a bird out there still looking for it's home! :(  We put up all of our other decorations while listening to Christmas music and drinking eggnog.  I love Christmastime! Our house now smells of fresh pine...ahhhhh.

Cute little nest

Saturday I got to go out with my honey and get a cup of coffee at Starbuck's.  It was nice.  The kids wanted us to go out "because we never go out alone" (Jared) and so that "they could make some Christmas presents for us" (Jenna).  So we got some coffee and then looked in a few stores.  When we came home we were greeted with the biggest surprise. 

It was our very own Bed & Breakfast!

Our host & hostess:

Christmas music was playing, the tables were all set, with candles and pretty glasses and a menu for each of us. The house was spotless.

Before sitting down and deciding on what we would have for dinner they showed us the upstairs.  Our bedroom was all cleaned, bathroom cleaned, two robes folded and waiting on our chair (LOL) nice white towels hanging, samples of lotions & soaps, bed made! The works! 

We were escorted back down the dining room where we had a tough time deciding on what to pick from the menu.  We both decided on lemon iced tea, salad, veggies & dip, garlic bread and chicken noodle soup.

The happy couple

Busy at work in the kitchen

After dinner we were offered pedicures and back massages. I chose a pedicure with peppermint oil. 

What a great 4 day weekend!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Poem of Love

The earlier part of today was a not so joyous day with my firstborn,  pre-teen, strong willed child. 

*Gasp* Did I just say that out loud in front of God and everybody!?

Yes, we have our down days just like we have our up days. 

It was just one of those days. I will spare you the juicy details but at least mention there were not a lot of smiles going on.  In fact, we were getting ready to go run errands and I said- "If we can't go out with a smile then we need to stay home." One stayed behind.  I won't mention her name. *wink* * wink*

So, the boy and I ran out and did some shopping and ran errands.  We were gone for a little longer than I'd planned because all the Christmas stuff is out everywhere! I am so in the mood for Christmas. So we slowed down the pace and looked around at the decorations.  He added a few things to his Christmas list and I tried on some shoes.  (I'm about to go old lady on some shoes cuz my dawgs is barkin!) I realized time was getting away from us so we finished up and hurried home.

Once we got home I went up and hugged my girl and told her that we missed her and that it wasn't the same without her there.  She showed me some neat little "pockets" she made on the side of her dresser.  They were pretty neat, actually.  She used half of a cereal box, a pretty tissue box and another little box to hold pencils, pens, and a slot for books. Underneath was a nice padded area with pillows- a little book nook.

So, as she was showing me her neat creations, a paper on her dresser caught my eye.  I saw "Mom" on it which instantly grabbed my attention. Considering how the day went earlier I thought for sure it wouldn't be good! Ha. I was just about to make progress on reading it when she saw me and quickly got a hold of it to hide it from me.

I asked, "Is it bad?"


"Well let me read it then..."



"Noooooo...I'm too embarassed..."


After begging and bribing she gave it a second thought and said, "Let me read it first." As she began re-reading it, I stealthily moved forward and snatched it from her! HA! Such a nice mom I am.

To my surprise it was a poem titled "My Mom". It went on to say how she has the best mom who is kind to her...And that she loved her mom. And her mom loves her...just the way she is.  When something bad happens her mom reaches over and gives her a hug and says "it's ok".

That's when all the frustration from the earlier part of the day just melted away.  I hugged her tight and told her how much I loved her...and her poem!

Friday, November 12, 2010

There Goes My Painter's Tape

It's a beautiful day today! Bright sunshine and around the mid 60's.  I love fall days like this.  I'm glad the kids are home and able to get out in the fresh air and use their creativity.

I looked out the window and found them making a "road" up our alley.  Much to my disappointment they were making the "yellow" line blue...with my painter's tape.  But *sigh* I'm happy to see them out playing together. 

I find that they have created "Jenna's Driving School".  Where kids can come and get their license. (That's a scary thought).

Here is the driving course...

             Founder and Chief Commanding Officer        


                                Doer of Commands--Er--Student

Throughout the driving course one must demonstrate adequate driving skills.  The student will drive up one side of the road, make a turn into the designated parking space.  They will then turn around to come out of the parking space, exiting the garage, and merge into traffic being careful to use their turn signal.
Demonstrating proper way to enter traffic using signal
Designated Parking Area
(i.e. messy garage)




  The Rules As Follows: 
1. You must put your blinker on when turning.
2. Stay on the right side of the road.
3. You must complete your drivers test to get your license.
4. To pass someone you have to cross on the wrong side of the road.
5. Listen to the police officers (if you hear a siren pull over). 

Instructor's Clipboard

Upon completion of the course and passing the driver's test the student will be issued a "Maryland Driver's License":

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Going Marbles

*Clink...clink...clink...clink...* is what I've been hearing today.  It's the sound of marbles in a jar.

The day began with Jared showing off his hand made paper Bakugan collection. 

Showing off his paper Bakugan's. 
To the left is a "real" Bakugan
Jared's own created Bakugan's. Most of these he gave names to.  Pictured here are "Sting Lash", "Jet Kore", "Bee Striker", "Bone Crusher",  Alpha Hydronoid", "Hammer Gorom", "Cross Buster", "Ghost Freak", Spider Fencer", "Fear Ripper" and "Tigrara"

I'm not sure what all the obsession with Bakugan is all about...but he is really into these things.  They are miniature transformer-like things that fold up into little balls.  They are magnetic and stick to these cards that have metal in them.

The day only got more intense when we saw a pack of 3 new ones that he HAD TO HAVE at the store today.  "Please, Mom. Can I get these????? I'll pay you baaaack...pleeeease?? " I told him, "Sorry. Not today, Bud."

His wheels turned on ways he could earn some money to buy them himself.  I reminded him of our marble jars at home.  Both he and Jenna have their own marble jars.  When they do chores they can add marbles.  Each chore is worth a different amount of marbles but range from 5 all the way up to 40 (that's for cleaning the whole basement toy room when it's a mess! Ha.).  He was so excited he could hardly wait to get home to get started.

He enthusiastically:
Unloaded and loaded the dishwasher-- *clink...clink...clink...*
Cleaned the kitchen & dining room-- *clink*
Cleaned the entire messy basement--*clink clink clink clink clink clink clink...* (you get the picture)
Cleaned the yard, the stairs, living room, foyer...*clink...clink*

Meanwhile, I'm feeling like Cinderella's evil stepmother as I sit in my cozy chair!  But on the inside I'm just in love watching this cute little guy working so hard :...(

He's already a little more than half way to the top of his jar. Go Jared!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

We Have A Contract!!

Thought I might get your attention.  Although, it may not be the kind of contract you're thinking of.

(You'll have to pardon the sappiness of this post.  I am getting ready to go out of town for 2 days and feel like I'm leaving for a year!)

We have had the talk with our kids many times about how "one day you're going to grow up and move out and not want much to do with your old mom and dad..."  Jenna gives us a look that says 'Yep, and it's gonna happen sooner than you think." Jared, on the other hand, looks longingly into our eyes and says, "I will NEVER EVER leave you.  I don't EVER want to move away OR get married. Ever.  Because I love you." 

My heart swells and we both look at each other with moist eyes. "Oh. It'll happen one day. Believe me", I say. "You're going to have one beautiful bride and she's going to be a lucky girl."  He says, "Nope. Never."

One day, after having this conversation again, and him promising me that he will NEVER move out, I tell him that I want this statement in writing.  I told him I want a signed contract.  So when the day comes, and he's all grown up we can show it to him.  He was all for it and determined to prove to us that he will feel the same way then as he does now.

So, my husband drew up a contract.  Here it is, signed and dated by our sweet little guy.

I dread the teenaged years when this kind of stuff will gag him and he will rather be with his friends than us.  But for now I will relish in the delight of having him love us with all of his heart!