Tuesday, May 19, 2009

She's back!

Nora Ephron, (writer/director, You've Got Mail, Sleepless In Seattle) is back.
And she got Meryl & Stanley Tucci back onscreen together (you loved them in Devil Wears Prada). The young & talented Miss Amy Adams will join them for Julie & Julia.
Fun & food! Perfection.
Can hardly wait for August to come!
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Monday, May 11, 2009

I wonder when...

So, on Friday night Dan looked at me and said,
"you know what? the best mother's day gift I could get you is to wake up tomorrow and take the kids out the house all day".

Not much more was said about it. I woke up at 7ish when Carter came into our room. I stayed very still, hoping that Dan would get up & take care of him, letting me sleep in. Ahh...he did.

A while later, I woke up & heard cartoons playing in the living room. I decided just to stay in hibernation, grabbing for the US Weekly magazine I bought the day before. I kept waiting for a loud cry or sounds of chaos, compelling me out to help. Nothing.

I got up & peeked out to find that I was home alone! (I had been hiding from no one!)

It was after 10am.
I called Dan.
He's been out since 8:30.
He left me a pot of coffee.
He's coming home because Carter wants to bring me my first mother's day gift.
A lovely bouquet of flowers. (left)
I love that he can pick something out for me now.
I LOVE that he can say "happy mother's day, mommy".

Now, I was alone. ALONE! Ahhh....
And alone time, as Dan predicted, was the very BEST of gifts for mother's day.
I rested. I read. I shopped. I shopped more. I came home & Dan cooked a lovely meal. Both kids were worn out from an eventful day with daddy. Ended the day with a romantic comedy. Lovely.

Here's what I'm wondering...
I headed out of our garage in the non-family black coupe, reveling in freedom, incredibly grateful for getting all that I wanted for mother's day: a day without kids.

Walked through the door, hands-free & loving it, and overheard a lady in her mid 50s on her cell phone say, "honey, just all of us being together is enough for me".

When does it change from "all I want is a day alone" to
"all I want is a day surrounded"?
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

mother's day

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.
No man does. That is his."
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

While I certainly determined nearly every day of years 12-14, after slamming a door or stomping out of a room (sometimes both) "I'm NEVER GOING TO BE LIKE YOU, mom!" it seems inevitable.

I knew I was doomed when my 3 year old got out of bed for the bazillionth time and said "mommy, my eyes hurt"
and I answered "then close them!"

And when he asked "why?"
and I answered, "because I'm the mom; that's why!"

When I gleefully retreat into my lamp-lit bedroom, prop myself up with pillows and open my novel, I have become my mother.

When I get out my iPhone & use the calculator to determine how much I'm paying per diaper or per ounce for something, I have become my mother.

Tragic as it may be, considering how adamantly I proclaimed I'd never be, I have become my mother in many ways.

For most, I'm deeply grateful.
Carter & Lilah will be too.
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Friday, May 8, 2009

Backyard + Superheros= Winning combination

learning from past mistakes
we packed up,
lathered up,
and headed out our back door
sometimes the backyard is better than anywhere else...

dressed head to toe in superheros,

taking a swimming break to enjoy a superhero popsicle!

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

good idea, gone bad

sometimes, you get this great idea.
you finish the last sip in your second cup of coffee & feel the rush of necessary energy.
you slice apples, fill sippy cups, bag snack mix and sandwiches, filling the nifty cooler reserved for just such an occasion.
you baste your kids' in gobs of SPF 70; it's going to be a hot one today.
lather yourself next & you grab the sunglasses & kids' hats.
pack the trunk with the sand toys, frisbees, & balls.
load everyone up.
oh, yeah be right back, need to set the alarm-we're going to be gone for hours.

you get there.
you unload. find most shaded spot. lay down the blanket.

your kids just want the snacks.
once down the slide. maybe.
kick the sand. no need for toys.

"it's too hot. can we go home?" Pin It

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

a few of my favorite things

Health & Beauty edition...

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Row by Row:

Row1: Neutrogena Visibly Even SPF 30 moisturizer $13, Target; MAC Studio Fix $26 Dillards, Shu Umera Eyelash Curler $19, Sephora; CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara $7, Target;
Row2: Big Sexy Hair Root Pump $15, Target; Pureology Texture Twist $18 drugstore.com; C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine $7, Bath & Body Works; Vera Wang Princess perfume $72, sephora;
Row3: Biotin supplement (for healthy skin, hair & nails & helps metabolism); CamelBak BPA free water bottle $15, local sports & outdoor shop, Champion maximum support, double dry, underwire sports bra $42, Kohls; Healthy REWARD!!! Skinny Cow cone, $4 WalMart Pin It

Monday, May 4, 2009

Just finished reading...

Isabel Gillies had a wonderful life -- a handsome, intelligent, loving husband; two small children; a beautiful house. Suddenly, that life was over. Her husband announced that he was leaving her and their two young sons shortly after they left the East coast and moved to a small city, where he was a professor.The life Isabel had made crumbled.

"Happens every day," said a friend.
I know, maybe not the best book for a girl with 2 small kids, who left the East coast for a small city so her husband could teach at the University. I have more than even those things in common with her. I became enthralled with her "all-too-true story" when I read an excerpt in Vogue a few months ago.
I can relate to her naïveté regarding her marriage and family life. I appreciated her sharing their story like she would with a close friend, even the terrible parts were told without self-pity. You're on her side, for sure. You're angry with that Prada-clad new girl for coming in & taking a married man & father from his newly-remodeled family home. And honestly, I closed the book feeling sad for the husband that walked away-his loss, what a...oh, I'm not sure what I'd call him yet.
Clever and honest writing.

Love that she takes baths & drinks tea; so feminine.
(yes, you know her as Stabler's wife on Law & Order SVU)
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Good morning!

Got up with Lilah at 5am. She's teething.

Was back in bed by 5:30.

While we girls were fast asleep, Dan & Carter got up, got dressed, & out the door.
Dan even tended to the lawn care guy that came, mowed, left.

I heard Lilah's cries over the monitor.

Leaned over Dan's side of the bed.
Turned the alarm clock to check the time.

I swear I got a Cheshire cat grin across my face & nearly giggled to myself.

I slept until 9:15!
And Carter was at Parent's Day Out at our church until 3 having all sorts of toddler fun.

Just when I thought I couldn't ask for more, I went to make a pot of coffee & it was already full!

Hot, fresh Starbucks' Breakfast Blend, made much better than I can make it by husband, now off the charts with bonus points!

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