Monthly Archives: February 2011

What we’ve been up to…

Since the last time you saw anything new on this blog:

– Joy survived Family Weekend and all its craziness and long hours and is now in the midst of another crazy busy week (when will things slow down?!?)

– Mark went on a men’s retreat for 3 days and had a wonderful time.  We missed him but are happy he was able to go.

– Mia is still doing great with her big girl potty adventure…still not mastered, but progress at least

– Mark was home sick for 3 days (finally started to feel well enough today to go in).

– Finn went to the doctor because he had this cough that has stayed around for almost 2 weeks…it’s viral but doctor prescribed an inhaler to help get rid of the cough – he has a light wheeze when he breathers out.  (So far Mia has been healthy…I feel like I’m coming down with something but as the doctor today said “Mommies don’t get to be sick”  Sigh. So true.)

– Mommy and Daddy had a bad case of sticker shock on Finn’s meds.  Basically, the medicine is an inhaler, but because he’s so little he doesn’t know how to use it so you buy this adapter thing with a valve on it that allows him to breathe the medicine in at his own pace.  This thing is plastic….and has a valve…that’s it.  And it’s $50.  FIFTY.  And not covered by insurance.  Of course. The medicine was $25 so almost $80 later we now have the pleasure of giving the stuff to him three times a day.  Ugh.

– Our house has looked like something has exploded in every room several times a week.  The laundry has also overflowed from baskets multiple times.  We’ll catch up sometime.  In June.

– It stopped snowing.  And the sun has been shining.  Mia is riding her tricycle around the block as I type this…poor thing, she longs for spring as much as the rest of us.

– I’m sure we took pictures, too….I’ll post some soon.

Happy Valentine’s Day

I know it’s the end of the day, but I just now got a minute to sit down and post.


The kids had their party at school today so of course we had to dress up and take pictures.




Finn looks worried…


 I didn’t want to buy v-day outfits, so I worked with what I had.  Finn’s frog shirt was Mia’s when she was little and Mia wore one of her red shirts.  She needed something v-dayish though, so I decided to take some felt and make a barrette.




Easy.  I thought it turned out really cute.  And hey, you can’t beat free.  I had the barrette, I had the felt, and well…I have a glue gun.  So watch out.


After dinner we made cupcakes.




That girl can eat a cupcake…


Happy Valentine’s Day from our house to yours!



Date Night

My husband planned a date night for us last night.  After 3 1/2 days of being cooped up inside, it was perfect.  He’s had this thing planned for 3 weeks so it was nice that the snow didn’t keep us from going. He got a sitter (Finn’s first one!) and off we went to a dinner and movie.  Doesn’t sound glamorous, but getting to dress up, go out, eat without worrying about feeding somebody else (my food was actually hot when I ate it!), and go to a movie are all things that are real treats to us. We got to have uninterrupted conversations – yes, we found ourselves still talking about the kids alot – held hands, and had a fun time.

My husband knows me so well.  He made sure that I could cross something off of my 30 at 30 list: eat at a new restaurant.  It was awesome.  I won’t go into details here because that would steal the thunder from the 30 at 30 post.  After dinner we went to watch a movie.  I couldn’t figure out why there was a traffic jam into the parking lot and a mob of people (I thought it was just effects of people getting out of the house after a huge snow) until I realized that it was opening night for the Justin Bieber movie.  BIEBER FEVER is right.  Ack! Tons of teenagers everywhere.  No, that’s not what we went to watch.  We watched “The King’s Speech” and it was so good.  So good.  I think it has to be one of my favorite movies, possibly the top one at this point.  Just so good. I left wanting to watch it again, and if you know me, that is unheard of…if I’ve seen it or read it once I don’t want to do it again. If you haven’t seen it yet, put it on your list. (Disclaimer: there’s some language in it).

Things were hairy in the theater parking lot and sidewalks.  We were running a little late, so Mark dropped me off near the front so I could go in and buy the tickets while he parked.  I was in heels – hey, I don’t get a chance to wear them that much – and the sidewalk was a thin sheet of ice.  Not a good combo.  This sweet guy walked by me, turned around, stuck his arm out and asked “Do you want an arm? I saw you in your heels”  Bless his little southern heart.  I grabbed on (only slightly wondering what my husband would think about me holding on to dear life to a stranger while on our date – it faded fast…I knew Mark wouldn’t rather that than a trip to the ER), and walked (or skated on the sidewalk) with him. Whoever you are, thank you.  By the way, I was right…my husband was just as thankful to him as I was.

After the movie, things were even worse since the temps had dropped.  Cars were spinning on the ice, fishtailing, and going sideways.  We decided to text the sitter and tell her we were going to be a while.  Figured it was cheaper to pay her for the extra time then to risk having to pay for any damage on a vehicle.

We finally made it home to a quiet home with two little kids tucked snug in their beds.

Thanks, babe, for a wonderful Valentine’s Day date!