Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Cost of Bitty Baby doll: $50
Hailey putting the baby "night-night" for the first time: Priceless!

Yesterday I was working downstairs in our playroom/office/guest bedroom (talk about a multi-purpose room...phew! P.S. I know I still owe a post dedicated to pics of this room) and Hailey was playing with her Bitty Baby doll on the floor.

Many of you who know Hailey well know that she loves this damn doll to bits! My sister Lori got it as a present for Hailey for her Christening over a year ago and she plays with it every day! The photo off to the left is Hailey and her baby (age 4 months).

Anywho. Back to the story. Hailey was playing with her baby when all of a sudden she came up to me talking in her cutest baby voice. It went kind of like this:

Hailey: Nigh-nigh (translation: night-night)

Me: What's the matter sweetie? Are you sleepy? Do you want to go night-night? (Keep in mind it was only 9am).

Hailey: (silence...stares at me blankly)

Then she looked over at her baby lying on the floor and walked over by her and again said "nigh-nigh". To my surprise the baby was lying on the floor on her back with her little crochet hat covering her face! Hailey had laid her down to sleep! My heart melted...I'm such a sap!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall is Fabulous

Fall has to be my favorite season. Yes, I love the warm weather of spring and summer. But, there's something refreshing about turning off the air conditioning and opening the windows, wearing sweaters instead of tank tops and leaving humidity behind.

I especially look forward to our trip to Kuiper's Pumpkin Farm each year. It's been a tradition to go for my nephew Tommy's birthday every year for the last 5 or so years. And now that I have a child of my own to enjoy the farm, it's even more fun! We went last week Sunday when RJ's mom was in town for the weekend.
Last year RJ held Hailey up in front of the "How Tall This Fall" sign. We told ourselves this was going to be our fall tradition. So we did the same this year. Look how big she's gotten!
Other fall traditions include carving a pumkin (how original, right!?), which we did yesterday. Actually we carved one and used gourds and mini-pumpkins to make a silly face on another. Note the blonde wig, which is a leftover from a previous Halloween costume of mine. Don't ask.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I was tagged by Kareer Woman, so here goes:

Where is your cell phone? In Hailey's diaper bag
Where is your significant other? Work
Your hair color? Brown
Your mother? Linda
Your father? Dennis
Your favorite thing? Nap time (for the baby...not me)
Your dream last night? Don't remember
Your dream/goal? Actually, I'm living it. Having Hailey was my dream.
Your hobby? Scrapbooking
Your fear? Having to go back to work and leave Hailey in daycare
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Home with 2 kids
Where were you last night? At home relaxing after a long (but good) weekend
What you’re not?
One of your wish-list items? New car with a third row. I'm always surprised at how much room a little baby takes up.
Where you grew up? Rolling Meadows, IL
Last thing you did? Ordered photos from my mother in laws visit this weekend
What are you wearing? Long sleeve shirt and jeans. Brrrrrrrr
Your TV? Off
Your pet? Miniature Pinscher and Toy Fox Terrier
Your computer? HP....aka Piece of shit
Your mood? Happy
Missing someone? Yes
Your car? Equinox
Something you’re not wearing? Socks
Favorite store? Marshall's
Your summer? too short
Love someone? Of course...many
Your favorite color? Pink
When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday
Last time you cried? I can't remember....that's a good thing, right?

This is lame, but I only read three blogs. And two of them have been tagged already.
I'm tagging:
A Texan in Illinois

Thursday, October 16, 2008

When all else fails...

RJ asked a friend of his (Matt) to come over and help him move my HUGE armoire desk into our newly finished basement. Anyone who's been in our basement knows that you take three stairs down and then the stairway makes a 90 degree turn.

Well, after 20 minutes of trying to make that turn (and about a thousand variations on "let's turn it this way" and "you turn this way and I'll turn that way") the guys decided the situation called for desperate measures. Like the kind of desperate that involves a saw.

Yep, you heard right...a saw! They sawed my desk in half! Granted I did say something like "do whatever is necessary to get this beast in the basement", but come on...saw it in half?!!

But it all worked out! The guys got it in the basement. Not in one piece, but they still made it happen. RJ put the desk back together with metal brackets and installed pieces of moulding to hide the cuts on the outside.

The most upsetting part was an "easy task" (aren't they all?) ended up taking three hours!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Warning: motherhood is messy!

Seriously, no one warned me how messy having a kid was going to be. I mean, I knew that kids could make messes, but no one told me that my kid was going to:

  1. squirt poop on me during a diaper change (yes, that really happened)

  2. vomit on me occassionally

  3. get food everywhere (including inside the diaper, in the hair, in the eyelashes) on a daily basis

  4. spill anything and everything on the floor (including throwing mac & cheese on the dog's back)

  5. require me to suck boogies out of her nose when she's sick (the added bonus is picking the dried ones off her face after she wakes up)

Oh, well. I LOVE my job anyway! I wouldn't trade all of those messes for anything in the world as long as it means I get to be with my wonderful little daughter every single day.

I guess it just means I should invest in paper towels and soap!

Sorry if I grossed anyone out. I'm sure all you Mommies know exactly what I'm talking about. And to all you future Mommies: consider yourself warned!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Politically speaking

This Presidential election is really the first one I've felt passionately about. The last two elections I voted for Bush (I know, I know, but stick with me. I do have a reason for admitting to that). But that wasn't necessarily because I wanted Bush to be President. It was because I really didn't want the other candidate to be President (especially John Kerry).

This year is different because I feel Obama will make a great President. And after watching the VP debate last night, I see Biden in a whole new light. Anyone who is thinking about voting for John McCain needs to remember this: he's as old as dirt. Which means Palin would become President if (God forbid) something were to happen to the old geezer. That SCARES ME! After watching her last night, I'm not sure she has more than 10 thoughts in her head. If I hear the word 'Maverick' one more time I may just scream.

Anywho, I'm not usually one to debate politics. But like I said, this election year is different. Our country is in a mess. We have to make sure we elect the right person to clean it up. I honestly think if McCain is elected it will just be an extension of Bush's Presidency. Our country cannot handle another 4 years of what he's put us through.