Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Where in the blazes did the warm weather go?? We went to the playground last night and I had to dig out the winter fleece and hat, yes I said hat! It was flippin' cold out last night!

Just tidbits to report...

* Ro continues to work on the floor of our front porch. He is about 90% done. He will then start working on our new steps and railings and stain it all. Out with painted floors and steps and in with stained! We are very much looking forward to the new look.

* I don't want to jinx myself, but Operation "Use the Potty" is going awesome!

* We are looking forward to our first annual couples Poker Run this weekend up in Lewis County. Now that the Voss' have their very own wheeler we are heading out for the day. It will be my first day away from Seth during the training process, but I am confident that he will do fine with Taylor.

* I am very excited because my all time favorite restaurant (Ryan's Lookout) opens for the season this weekend and we are going to make reservations for next weekend. Date night lives! I already have Stephanie booked to watch Seth. Bring on the good food!

That's about it for today!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bubble Fun!

Wouldn't it be fun to be a kid again for just one day?

Monday, April 28, 2008

Weekend Wrap Up

We had a birthday, BBQ, porch tearing out and potty training filled weekend! We had fun to say the least and here is how it all played out...

Friday night we celebrated my Mom's 55th birthday and I'm sorry to say that I forgot my camera so I don't have any pics from that evening. My grandparents came down and Tom made a delicious meal. She and her best friend will continue to celebrate her birthday this weekend with a trip to the spa in Lake George. They will have a blast and I will be home and jealous! j/k!

Saturday night we had our first BBQ of the season and all of our friends were able to join us despite the last minute down pours of rain that we experienced. It was also the big night that my friend Jen unveiled the 4 wheeler she bought her husband. He was more then stunned and so excited!

Rod was like a kid in a candy store and you couldn't tear a smile off his face!

I bet you never thought you could fit this many people in our breakfast nook? Well, you can if you really try!

Our million calorie a slice dessert

Saturday night was a blast and all the kids had fun spending time together after a couple of weeks apart! Oh, the adults too! :)

Sunday Ro and Rod went out wheeling for a while and then Ro started his spring time project of tearing out the floor of the front porch and laying down new decking boards. It is turning out great and will hopefully be done in the next night or so.

Potty training is going so far so good! No major catastrophes to report at this time and no major stressed out Mommies either. We are all doing well!

Last, but not least we'd like to say an extra bloggie congrats to our friends Eric and Sarah! They are expecting their second baby the end of December! We wish them all the best!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sit back and RELAX

Here are a couple fo videos since I know that you are all going through withdrawl after the last week with none!

Our little botty shaker!

Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Just Breathe

I feel like I have been going going since we got home last Friday. This is the first time that I have sat down to think it all through. We had a wonderful vacation in Florida. Seth truly enjoyed every moment and we enjoyed experiencing it through his eyes. Here are a few of the 100 pictures that we took!

There are a million more, but I won't bore you with them. It was a great trip, we ate, drank, played etc. to our hearts delight. It was good to come home and it is good to be back into our routine.

Unfortunately on the last day of our trip Tom's sister passed away. The funeral was yesterday and now we are trying to remember that she is at peace and in a better place.

We are also tackling potty training. We are trying to remain POSITIVE, but we know this will be a long hard battle. We have come to the realization that there are 2 Seth's. The one Seth that goes to Pat's house is very cooperative and pleasing. He will go potty with no tears and has no accidents. The Seth that comes home is not so sweet, likes to cry and carry on and will not sit on or go on the potty. I have to keep smiling though I'd rather cry and I do know that this too shall pass and he will train eventually, but we are NOT giving up. We threw out the diapers last night and we are moving forward. We actually put them in the closet, but he thinks they are gone :) Say some prayers for us in the next couple of weeks!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

We're home!

I will update further tomorrow. We are still catching up on laundry, sleep and such.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Signing OFF...

I'm signing off for about 10 days. We'll be in FL for 6 days and before and after I'll be taking a computer break! I'm getting a little burned out of blogging, but I'm sure after some warm sun and fun times I'll be refreshed and ready to return. Have a great week/weekend and I'll be seeing you!

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I have lists running through my head...

dinner tonight, doctors or no doctors before the trip, lesson plans for after break, one more Walmart trip, a much needed nap, finish packing on all fronts, get a pedicure, need a massage, find a used 4 wheeler for a friend, thank god that we didn't book with America Airlines, pick up the house, shave my wildabeast legs, etc.

These are just some of the thoughts running through my head! How is your Thursday going?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

As Promised...

Hope you had a great day Maya! We love you!

Song of the Day

3 days until our trip!!

Happy Birthday Maya!

I have a great video wishing Maya a Happy 2nd Birthday, BUT it is at home on my computer so I'll upload it late this afternoon!

Check back later!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


I just came from the principals office where I had my semi-annual APPR Review. I used to get super nervous, make lists and prepare for days for this session. In the APPR you have to basically self-evaluate your teaching. It is hard because you are asked to rate yourself in terms of needs improvement, acceptable and exemplary. No one wants to toot their own horn so it is hard for me. Anyhow, no matter what my principal knows that when I start opening my mouth either good or bad that I break out in a super red rash. Today was no different, you'd think that someone was beating me by the way my chest looked. She finds it humorous that she is complimenting me and I'm still getting red. Anyhow, the session went wonderfully and I got rave reviews which is nice to hear from time to time.

Now that that is over I am counting down the hours until Friday at 11:30am when I'll be done until after break. Pat is closed on Friday so Ro and I are each taking part of the day off to be with Seth. I opted to work in the morning and Ro will work in the afternoon.

Tonight Kristen and Jacob are coming for dinner to take their minds off their utter excitement for her hubs and his daddy coming home tomorrow after being overseas for the last 7 months. I'm making meatloaf and homemade mac and cheese. YUM!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Song of the Day!

Rock on with me to some old school rock on this Monday morning!

I took the day off to pack, organize, shop, etc!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Childhood Memories

I can only imagine what Seth will have to say when he views this blog 15 years from now. He may die of utter embarrassment! Right now the moments take our breathe away and bring tears to our eyes!

Seth and Maya wanted to play Rosey all night. Maya kept saying, "I finger Rosey," as she grabbed for my finger to get me up. We all had a good laugh at that one!

More details from the weekend in the next day or so I'm packing my little brain out! 6 days to go...

Friday, April 04, 2008

A Song a Day

I'll be posting a new song each day that keeps me going and gets me pumped for Florida!

Filled with...

My Friday has been filled with...

* Finally putting a spring jacket on Seth with his hood up (too cute!)
* Singing to The Wiggles in the car
* Panera bagels for breakfast, yum!
* Laughter on the way to school this morning
* Paying bills/teaching classes/making sub plans
* Chatting with a friend/co-worker while we had the chance
* A hot lunch date with the hubs
* Chicken Parm sandwiches and french onion soups
* Fountain sodas
* Wearing my new navy blue mary jane crocs for the first time in the rain and freezing my toes off but it is so worth it
* Students writing their life stories and putting their whole hearts in them

Looking forward to the rest of my day going as well as the first part! Here's hoping!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Vacation Please!

A Tribute to Love

I called my Gram & Gramp this morning to wish them a happy happy day and one of my Gram's responses was, "Well, here is to working on 70 years!" I love that attitude!
In other news, we only have 9 days until our trip and we are in full on organize, pack and plan mode. I am going to take Monday off and get everyting done with no stress! We can't wait!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


After reading my friend Amanda's blog I thought I'd join in on this fun so here goes...

I hit shuffle on my i-pod and I'll share the first 10 songs that came up. I always say, if you want to get personal with someone, check their play list. So on random shuffle of 342 songs, here's what we have..

1. Who Knew ~ Pink
2. Sweet Child of Mine ~ Guns and Roses
3. You Give Love a Bad Name ~ Bon Jovi
4. Another One Bites the Dust ~ Queen
5. Salisbury Hill ~ Peter Gabriel
6. California Love ~ Tupac
7. Jealous Guy ~ Gavin DeGraw
8. Jesse's Girl ~ Rick Springfield
9. Sweet Home Alabama ~ Lynard Skynard
10. Otherside ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers

I'm not tagging anyone, but it was super fun to do this. If you read this, just do it. ROCK ON!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

New Song

Seth's newest song to add to the collection!

I now have 14 report cards done and only 12 to go! I'm ahead of the game and ready to get them done. Yesterday I wrote about the beginning of our weekend so today I'll fill you in on the rest. Saturday we went to our normal Kidnastics class followed by a super sized three and a half hour nap! Then, we went to the Charlton's for a belated Easter dinner. The kids played really well and Seth was pooped out.

Sunday we met my Mom for breakfast at Panera, did some Sunday shopping and then had Mom and Tom for dinner. Tom had just gotten home from his week long golfing trip to Myrtle Beach and he was tan and refreshed.

I started packing last night for our trip and it was pretty difficult to wrap my head around what to pack. It is so cold here that I'm not sure what to pack and I don't want to over pack too much! Anyhow, it will get done and if I don't pack enough we can always shop. That won't break my heart.

Oh, I also was gullible enough to fall for my first April Fool's joke of the day. One of the girls I carpool with got in the van this morning and announced that she was 6 weeks pregnant and for a split second I fell for it!