Thursday, July 31, 2008
This blog was inspired by a great contest being put on by Erica at The Life & Times of an Ordinary Me... She's giving away a very cute name sign for kid's rooms that she's made herself. Stop over, look at the goods and enter along with me. In order to get 2 addition entries into the contest, I am blogging about my kids names...
For all three of my kids, we didn't find out the sex of the babies during the pregnancy so we had to be prepared with 2 names.
During my first pregnancy, we decided right away that our names were going to by Kyle Elijah or Peyton Elizabeth...then I guess I had some kind of hormone surge during my seventh month because I changed my mind completely and we had to start from square one. The aforementioned hormone surge also caused me to be VERY indecisive and picky so my husband had his work cut out for him. Finally we purchased a 5000+ baby name book; my husband, the king of the list makers, came up with a ranking system. We ranked the names on sound, meaning, look, feeling, etc. and the list got wheedled down that way (I AM SERIOUS...I still have the lists to prove it). We decided on Cameron Julia or Keegan Elijah. Hands down, our families hated the boy's name and wished, hoped, and prayed for a girl. Prayers, wishes, hopes were granted and Cameron Julia entered the world. One of the reasons we liked Cameron's name was we thought her name could break down into cool nicknames which we assumed would be used (Camy/CJ/etc.); funny thing is Cameron is Cameron; no nicknames...
3 years later I am pregnant with our second child...I wasn't as indecisive as with my first pregnancy, but the hubby and I could not agree on any names. So we made the deal, I would pick the girl's name and he would pick the boy's name. I fell in love with the name Emerson Elizabeth (I first heard the name, Emerson, after 9/11; one of the dads that died on Flight 96 had a newborn daughter Emerson...it just clicked for me). My husband chose Clayton Charles for the boy's name (I never really like this name so I wished/prayed/hoped for another girl). At the end of April, my wishes came to fruition...another little girl. Emerson was Emerson for about 1 year and then she became Emmy (Now, I had thought we would always call Emmy, Emerson, but the opposite happened...she's Emmy. Although, she recently told me that I could start calling her by her other name again, she wouldn't mind). I remember being so proud of my name cleverness...this came to a screeching halt one day when I was working out at the YMCA. Emmy was about 3 months old and she became an old lady baby magnet; all of a sudden, I had a gaggle of old gals admiring my offspring...they asked her name and I proudly told them. All of them got a horrified look on their face and one of them actually asked me, "why would you do that to your child" - nice huh? Recently, however, I've been getting nicer comments about the uniqueness of her name. I still love it...
Then came the boy...3 years later I'm pregnant again. Remember my husband and the very specific naming formula? Well he decided that since we had a Cameron & an Emerson that we had to name our 3rd child with a name ending with an on. I disagreed (personally I thought it was a bit hokey), but he felt strongly about it so I gave in. We decided on Jackson Charles for a boy. For a girl...well, that was more difficult...we just couldn't come to an agreement...finally I agreed to Tennyson (I was just so worn down at that point); I never really liked it that much so I kept my fingers crossed for a boy...Yeah! again the name karma was in my favor and Jackson entered the world. He is another nickname kid...you ask him his name and he pats his chest and says, "Yack-Yack" (Jack-Jack) also known as Jack, Bubba, the Dude.
So that's my kid's name stories...this was great blog fodder...again thanks to Erica for the idea and the contest! Wish me luck!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
So I had a chance today to completely blow off my WW meeting and I was sorely tempted. The drive to UCF takes at least 1/2 hour, the meeting is 45 minutes and then the 1/2 hour drive back - 2+ hours out of my work day. But I stuck to my commitment and went. I've lost another pound...the scale is going in the right direction-Yeah!. Quite honestly, I was a real slacker most of the week when it came to tracking, but I think that even though I wasn't always tracking like I should have been, I still made okay choices.
The lesson/talk this week was about making mental preparations...i.e. if you are going to a home party (Kat) and know that there will be lots of yummy food stuffs, plan on how you will handle any obstacles in your way. I've already started to do this when it come to eating out (especially when it comes to my downfall, Mexican food). So my biggest obstacle/goal this week is plotting out when I can squeeze in exercise. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to how my day pans out...I wake up about 7 am, get the kids ready for their day, drop off the kids at camp/school/daycare; work at 9 am to 6 pm; home for dinner; spend time with the kids; bedtime at 8:30 pm; then I am so tired that I veg out reading, watching tv until way too late (read: 1 am). So I know the obvious choice is to do my exercise after the kids go to bed, but quite honestly, I am wiped out without any residual energy by then. So I know I have to go to bed at a more reasonable time and get up at 6 am for exercise. I think that if I start off with baby steps (may be the goal for the first week will be 3 workouts), I may be able to reach the goal.
Some shout outs: Blarney: great job on lowering your cholesterol! Angie: way to go starting your intense work out program! and thank you to Shannon, Mary, Kat, Jennifer, Jill, and Tressa for your encouragement.
So now your turn...what triumphs did you have/achieve this past week? Remember celebrate the baby steps!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Let me back up a little...see, I'm one of those rare people who is an actual Delaware native (history/geography lesson...Yes, Delaware is a state, it was actually the first state to sign the constitution and it's the home of tax-free shopping - yeah!! Anyway, it borders Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland). Delaware is not very exciting...but one thing about Delaware...no earthquakes (at least not any that you notice...When I was a kid, I was told there was an earthquake during the night...slept right through it!)
Fast forward to the mid-nineties, my husband and I are newlyweds, pre-children living in Tacoma, Washington. We decided on the spur of the moment to go see "Pulp Fiction". In the middle of the movie, the ceiling panels began to shudder and then the room started to roll. Have you ever felt the earth roll?! (well, yes, I know a lot of you have, but remember me, from Delaware (land of no natural disasters?!) Needless to say I FLIPPED OUT...after I realized what was happening I jumped up and RAN...I PUSHED, JOSTLED, and perhaps KNOCKED down a few old ladies on my way out. There was that cartoon smoke trailing after me...My flight or fight mechanics were definitely on FLIGHT!! I ran out of theater and right outside in the lobby there was a police officer...I promptly assaulted the poor man, grabbed him and starting shaking him shouting, "WHAT'S GOING ON?! WHAT'S GOING ON?!" I think I put him in as much shock as I was because strangely he didn't respond. He just looked at me dumbfounded (along with the other patrons that I had caused to panic and run out behind me). It was then I realized that the earth had stopped moving and the theater was not falling down around me. I also realized that I had LEFT my husband...totally FORGOT about him in my flight! So I headed back into the theater with my tail between my legs, humiliated. I think that was the night my husband realized he had married a crazy person. How do you handle a crazy person? You speak with them very slowly, don't make any sudden moves and do whatever they want...at that point all I wanted was to go OUTSIDE away from any buildings. It was probably a few more hours before he could get me back to our apartment (which was his fault; he's the one who brought up the possibility and reality of aftershocks!!).
To this day I have never seen the end of "Pulp Fiction".
The conversation then segued into what Emmy's husband name will be ("Quinton", the boy's name is really Trenton, but Emmy calls him Quinton and that's that!) This is the boy that the older kids dared her to kiss in school last year (Mommy & Daddy were not happy about this). Emmy has been in love ever since and plans on marrying Quinton/Trenton. Emmy then asked who was Daddy's girlfriend when he was six and Daddy promptly recited her first and last name. It was then my turn and I primly (because that's what I am) responded that I didn't even like boys until I was 12...but I did share with them that I was married in a fort behind my neighbor's house when I was 6 to my next door neighbor who was my super powered partner in crime. I then made the mistake of admitting my superhero name ("Pretty Kelly") which had them rolling on the floor. The clincher was Emmy saying, "What was his superhero name, Charming Charlie?" or something along those lines...Why do I share again?
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Jack the redneck baby in just a swim diaper and Emmy fully clothed
so I could live vicariously...(added bonus: you get a little cooler when they come over and give you hugs!)
After the park we went straight back to the hotel pool for a quick dip and cooling off before a torential thundershower hit.
All in all it was a good weekend with Mom (Gigi) and 2 out of 3 kids fell asleep on the way home.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I just wish I had the balls to crash these places on my own...they never check out if you're a guest or not....I could totally get a way with it!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Anyway, one day a couple years ago in early July I was daydreaming on my ride home from work. I thought to myself, "self, Brenda's birthday is in a couple weeks and I think this year is her 40th". I know that we hadn't gotten any invitations, hadn't heard anything from our girlfriends, etc. I left a message for Brenda's husband, Peter, to call me back regarding the status of any celebration he was planning. Well it turns out my calculations were right, Brenda was turning 40, but Peter hadn't thought of any plans yet. We made a deal, the girls and I would plan a party and he would pay for it. I think his guilt about not having anything planned yet for the birthday was catching up with him 'cause he didn't even implement a budget. Silly, Silly Man! So I contacted the "group" and explained the situation...all hands on board we started to plan. The thing I like about my position in our group is that I get the credit for being the creative one...little do they know I steal ideas from all over (seriously, I do give credit where credit is due).
In preparation for her party, we enlisted the help of her sister to get those "awkward years" photos from her Mom for decorations. We proceeded to pick the most unflattering pics we could find and blow them up as wall portraits and masks. The 6 of us who planned the party wore t-shirts with a very unflattering picture of Brenda in rollers on it with saying like: Brendalicious, My hero, Glamour girl, Aren't I sexy, etc. Here's an example of one:
This is a picture of Brenda's chest; I was laughing so hard, I couldn't hold the camera straight:
So I thought I would do a quick post on what is in my DVR...please feel free to play along and tell me what is in your dvr, tivo, or what you can't miss on t.v.
After perusing through my dvr list (I have to do a title search because my list is filled with "Hannah Montana", "Camp Rock", "Jonas Brother", "America's Funniest Videos", and "Full House"...How come 9 year olds are so good with dvrs?!)
So my top 5 list is:
1) Project Runway - I am so happy this is back on!! I am constantly amazed that these people can make outfits in 8 hours out of anything (at least some of them). Of course being the bandwagoner I am, my all time favorite person is Season 4 winner, Christian - "Hot Tranny Mess!"
2) Split Ends - I don't know what I like about this show...I kinda like seeing the snooty Beverly Hills lady with a pooch as an accessory having to OMG, work without assistants or seeing little country girls excelling in the big city, or may be it just gives me stuff to talk to my hairdresser about...
3) Mobile Home Disasters - I had so much hope for this show when I first saw the previews...I thought I'd get to see where the Jerry Springer people live and what kind of "Hot Tranny Messes" they made of their homes. It turns out it's more like "Home Makeover" for those who really, really, really need it...so it warms my heart and brings tears to my eyes; plus as a bonus, there is usually a crazy neighbor who pops in.
4) Degrassi, The Next Generation - I know, I know...I'm almost embarrassed to write about it, but it's an addiction. I've been watching for so long; I feel I've watched these kids grow up (I think it's left over from when I was a teenager and "Degrassi, Junior High" was on. I'm also embarrassed to admit, but I will, that I tend to think all Canadians are like these families - I am retarded...I've never claimed otherwise
5)Legally Blond, The Search For the Next Elle Woods - Blond girls, drama, theater, etc...I've never seen the Broadway production, but I am hooked. It's amazing that there are people out there that can learn whole dance, acting, and singing routines in a day. Next time I am in NYC, I am definitely buying a ticket.
Honorable Mentions (because they are not currently on): American Idol, Biggest Loser, Top Chef
Please share your top 5, I may just start watching (you know some of these reality shows will be ending soon so I need to fill up my repertoire ;)
And last but not least especially for Tree: "Skal du ha nytt bad? IKKE bestille dette fra ROCKA® dårlig kundebehandling ventet over 5 mnd. for bademøbler"
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I've recently bought into (or hoped with all my heart) that the iphone 2.0 update will make phone just as good as the 3G (minus the $200; see the trend?!). I just couldn't figure out how to get the download to work. We just so happened to be in an apple store last night and I received a quick tutorial on how to get the 2.0 version...before I walked away I heard, "it may take awhile"
I came home excited to upgrade to get all the new features. Little did I know I had about 1 hour of upgrades for my itunes before the iphone 2.0 download. That was okay with me...I was going to be new and improved! Finally I started the iphone download; immediately the message came up that the download would take awhile; 2 hours to be exact. No problem, I set this baby up to download and I took my happy ass off to bed (before 1 am - great news for me!). I woke up this morning looking forward to playing with my new and improved iphone; I checked out the download status and there is a happy little message waiting for me..."connection to network lost during upgrade" Okay...breath in, breath out, get some coffee...restart. This lovely message came up 3 more times; then I decided, I am going to sit here and babysit this thing; you know, making sure that my computer didn't go into sleep mode, etc. So after watching 2 dvr'd episodes of "Split Ends" and a couple episodes of "Blues Clues" my upgrade was complete!
So...is my iphone new and improved you ask?! I have no idea.....by the time everything was done...it was 11 am and my kids were done being ignored! To make up for the download time guilt, I took Emmy and Jack to the playground where Emmy proceeded to stay in the shade, Jack just wanted to play in the street, and Mommy got hot, sweaty, and grumpy. It is summer in Florida so what was I thinking?! We are now at home, lunch has been eaten, Jack is down for a nap, Emmy is in the pool with Daddy and I think now I am going to play with my new and improved iphone; keep your fingers crossed.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
This is Jack and Pop (his great grandfather) spending some quality reading time together. I just thought it was too adorable (don't forget to look at the title of Pop's book - this wasn't posed I promise!)
...and then my mother-in-law's friend had fun with photo shop:
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Well so far, NADA!! I have been logging my food like a mad person; I've eaten so many grilled chicken salads I feel like a rabbit (if rabbits ate grilled chicken with their veggies)! I've gone in for my 2nd weigh in and I am up 0.6 lbs - WTF!!!!! (the week before, I was up 0.2 lbs). I know that I haven't gained a whole pound, but it's supposed to be going the other way!!!!! Urghhh! I almost started crying at the weigh in desk!
My wonderful husband patiently listened to my venting when I got home and he very gently (for his own well being) reminded me that we had just gotten back from vacation and I haven't started exercising yet. Damn, he's right - I hate when that happens!
So here begins a new week, new outlook, etc. Does anyone know how many points popcorn chicken is? (kidding, kidding, not really :( )
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Interruption for back story: It's a money advice case study if you will...they present Mrs. X, young mother of 1 who decided to become a stay-at home Mom...okay, I can relate somewhat. She reports that she and her husband's combined income of 200K has been cut by 1 salary...you're starting to lose me here...She's stressed by her monthly expenditures which is about $4500/mo (Ms. thing already has an established budget she follows) is not going to be sustained by a one salary AND her biggest concern is feeling guilty about doing something for herself now and then (REALLY?!)...Oh wait there is more...she and her husband recently moved to a new area for a better paying job; their new mortgage is $1000 less a month than their previous mortgage, they netted $285,000 profit on the sale of their previous house (which is still in savings), $500 of their monthly budget goes into a college fund for their baby (Read: this kid's college will be paid for by kindergarten!), and they are DEBT-FREE. Wow, this lady has HUGE financial problems!!
Get real, Real Simple!! Why don't you choose a person that actually represents the majority of Americans...you know, those of us that can't seem to figure out where their money hemorrhages out to each month, can't whittle down the $600/month grocery bill, and thinks being debt-free is about as realistic as winning the lottery!
This woman needs some real advice which if I were the financial consultant, I would say, "Look lady, you're doing just fine...no worries...I'm sure you're not going to pull a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and all of a sudden start blowing money left and right. In fact, I think you should start consulting the rest of us about how you are doing this! Better yet, let me follow you around 'cause it seems to me that you're one of those people that is always in the right place at the right time and I want to be there too! Stop stressing about nothing and live your life!!!"
So thank you, Real Simple for making me feel like a bigger financial idiot than I already am and needing an increase in my anti-depressant dosage. I look forward to next month's article when we try to help Bill Gates figure out how he is going to live on his retirement income.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
You see, I've been on vacation for the last week; now it's over and time to face the daily grind once again.
This was our inaugural family vacation...before you feel sorry for me or you think, "Wait doesn't she have kids 9, 6, & almost 2, surely she's gone on vacation!" Well yes, I have gone on vacation with the kids; the operative word in the first statement was family. My husband and I have different definitions for vacation: Kelly: not working = vacation (this includes maternity leave) Hubby: going away to a place that doesn't include family visits = vacation. My hubby's family all live in Florida now so going off to see out-of-state family is not applicable to him (even when they were out of town; he didn't go - See Kelly and kid(s) go to his Mom's house, see Kelly and kids go to his g.parent's 50 year anniversary party, etc ). My family is spread out over the mid-Atlantic seaboard and I feel it's important for my kids to know their aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and great-grandparents. So each year I trek here and there solo with the kids. Please don't feel sorry for me, in fact, I've grown to prefer this...I get to choose the itinerary, rules, etc. I remember when I was doing the Eurorail thing after college, Tressa and I met this woman who was going on vacation solo without her husband. Per this lady, this is what they did every year and they preferred it this way. I remember being horrified, but now I understand completely...sometimes you need to be the only one in charge of your destiny (and my kids - sorry guys, you're still minors and subject to Mommy's whims).
So back on tangent, this year, my Husband suggests we start doing family vacations (What?! - where is the pod from which this alien husband emerged?). We started looking at places...Kelly: Key West, other beachy towns...Hubby: Mountain cabin 50 miles from anywhere - do you see the personality differences?! As it turns out, my Mom bought into a timeshare this year and had oodles of bonus points. She generously donated these points to our family vacation goal; what I found out quickly with timeshares is you basically have to plan these things a year in advance...The only place left in the state of Florida through Hilton Grand Vacations (I am SERIOUS) was a new hotel on Marco Island - Sunset Cove
Not too shabby, huh?! We definitely lucked out...the kids had fun in the pool, around town, on the beach, and my favorite, on an air boat ride in the Everglades. Hubby did well also...I think he got to relax a little (I'm guessing this 'cause he was throwing around ideas for next year) - Who would have thunk it?!
If you are interested, I made my very first slide show featuring: (you guessed it!!) our vacation...you are under no obligation!
Thanks for stopping by...
Okay...I'm going to have to add the slide show later as it has taken me HOURS to try to figure how to upload the darn thing...I've tried updloading via blogger, youtube, and saving to cd...You Tube has been working on the upload for at least the last hour and currently has 7% uploaded...it really isn't that big or has a great production value. It's going on 2 am and my OCD is really showing itself...I am going to need a lot of coffee in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Be sure to check in later for the video (coming out early fall?) and see the alligators ;)
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I've been encouraged to contribute by my incredibly talented literary husband and also my aforementioned, BFF. But there is a problem...a huge problem...my life is nowhere near as interesting nor am I as funny as some of the others out there...(not to mention grammar and writing are not my strong suites!!!). But then I decided what the hell, why not...it would be a great way to post pictures of the kids for out of town family and friends to see...and they can also see how I've slowly started to slip down that slippery slope of insanity that seems to affect the female members of my family...but I'll write about that at a different time...For now, I'll introduce you to the clan...Please see my pic on the right...it's a blurry, far away pic...I don't allow a lot of pictures being taking of me these days due to the baby weight I have yet to take off (but I am currently working on that...more on that obsession later also).
Finally, we have Jack...The Dude, Bubba, The Boy...What a joy it is to have this little guy around...he also, is a funny kid with loads of facial expressions. He loves to explore his world, run, and figure out how things work.