I’m On The Edge…

I’m on the edge,

the edge,

the edge,

the edge,

the edge,

the edge,

the edge,

I’m on the edge…

 I’m not a Lady Gaga fan.  I don’t have anything against her, I’m just not into her music. Last year there was a commercial that played a clip of the song over and over again, so unfortunately or fortunately depending on your point of view, those are the only words I know.  As I clung to the edge of my bed last night a little Milk Monkey wiggled and jiggled beside me, coughing his little croup cough – that part of the song was the only thing that ran through my head.

And yes, I woke up singing it too.

Even still, I loved having my little guy in our bed.  At one point he opened his little sleepy eyes ever so slightly and whispered a little “hi” to me with his raspy, wheezy voice.  A little while later he wrapped his small restless arm around my neck and gave me a snuggle.  If it were up to me, I’d have all my kids in with us.  Daddy and I have very opposite views on co-sleeping.  I would love a big room where we could fit the crib and the bunk beds in.  It just makes sense to me to keep my little ones safely close by, but Daddy prefers they be in their own room and even though the Princess may back me up, I’m sure the Professor prefers his own space.

We came to a compromise a while back.  The babies get to sleep with us for the first 8 -12 months of their life.  They had their own cribs next to ours and it was wonderful. With the Milk Monkey we bought a co-sleeper for the side of the bed and it was the best baby item I’ve ever purchased.  I highly recommend them.  It’s so close to having the baby in bed with you while keeping them completely safe.  Eventually, each child transferred out of our room to their own, usually quite easily, except for the Princess.  Nothing was easy with that little one when she was a baby.

Even with all the co-sleeping we’ve done with the children in the past, it’s very seldom they try to get in bed with us.  I credit our early co-sleeping days to that.

Our little Monkey eventually went back to his own bed, where he could get the mist from the humidifier and I managed to get some space on the bed, but not much as Daddy hogs most of it anyway.

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Daddy Says… As Primitive As Can Be

We ran into a bit of a technical issue this weekend.  With the Professor playing an online learning game, and the princess watching a show on the TV, suddenly it all came to a stop.  With a few exclamations of “Awww” and “Hey!” Mummy and I were alerted to the problem.

Unfortunately, it was more than just a little glitch.  As it turns out the Verizon box in our basement was unable to connect to the parent company anymore which left us without any Internet, Phone or Television.  The TV we could live without just fine, and it was inconvenient not to have the internet but we were more concerned about not having a phone.  While Mummy does have a cell phone, we really prefer to have a landline active just in case there is an emergency and someone needs to call 911.  When calling from a landline, the 911 service knows exactly where the call is coming in from.

At any rate, we contacted Verizon and had some difficulty with the technicians on the phone. In fact, it was a customer service nightmare.  They were telling us they couldn’t get anyone out for 2 days, and we really weren’t willing to accept that for the reasons mentioned above.  One of the supervisors was extremely rude and abrasive and we were determined to discontinue our service if Verizon did not deal with the situation appropriately.  So, the following morning, we called the customer service department again and mentioned our concerns, we also mentioned the discussion we had with the rude supervisor and our intention of cancelling our service if the issues were not resolved quickly and I have to say Verizon actually stepped up and did what they could to make it right.

A technician showed up later that day and worked on the problem for the afternoon.  As it turns out, he was not able to fix it that day, but did set up a follow up appointment for the next morning.  So, the final result was that service was eventually restored and we felt a lot better about having stayed with the company.  The technician that came to the house was a very hardworking, nice person that was determined to get the system up and running again.  He even left his direct phone number with us so we could follow up with him just in case there were any further problems!

It’s great to have all of our services back, we can watch our favorite shows and use the internet to post to the blog, but most importantly we have the phone back in case of emergency!

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The Road Less Traveled…

I have this problem where I have to take something simple and easy and make it much more complicated and difficult.  For example when I made the Princess’s quilt, the first quilt I ever made, instead of following a kit I made my own pattern.  I bought the material on my own and I came up with my own layout.  Now I’m working on a quilt for the Professor and of course, I’m using my own layout again.  Maybe the next quilt, I’ll use kit…maybe.

So when my little Princess asked me if I’d sew her some clothes for her American Girl doll I knew a typical pattern would never do.  The pattern pictures show ill fitting clothes on the front of the envelope.  They all look homemade and really plain compared to the actual American Girl doll clothes.  I’ve made one outfit from the patterns months ago and it just didn’t measure up.  I knew I had to take it up a notch, so I called upon my pattern making skills back from my college days and started creating.  I’m pretty sure my parents didn’t send me to school to make doll patterns for their future granddaughter, but at least it didn’t go to complete waste.

 

I still have much more to do.  My pattern making skills are rusty but they’re coming back to me.  I’m excited to see the finished project and I’m even more excited to give my little girl her new doll clothes on Christmas morning.  I hope they measure up to the ones from the store.

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Daddy Says… Smoochies

Our little Milk Monkey is a bit of a handful at times. Sometimes he can be a chubby little ball of terror, and other times, he’s a screech monkey, but through all of that – he’s an adorable little sweetheart.

He is learning to express himself in various ways, he says “Meeeee” when he wants something, while alternately pointing and opening and closing his hands.  He sings along with his favorite songs from The Wiggles, or Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – and of courses dances along.  But, I have to say, one of the cutest things he does is give “smoochies”.

    

At nighttime as we’re getting him ready for bed, I’ll tell him “Ok little guy, go give Mummy Smoochies!”  And he goes running over with his lips pursed & hums out a big “Mmmmmmm” and gives a big ole kiss on the lips.  It’s the perfect way to say goodnight!

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The List

I have a list of books that I created 9 years ago – books that I want to read in my lifetime.  Not all the books are literary fiction, nor are they classics.  Very few are main stream books, at least they weren’t at the time they were added to my list.  Some actually have been turned into movies…Life of Pi, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Lovely Bones to name a few.  Some of the books I added because they were so original – The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse,  and some actually are classics – To Kill A Mockingbird, 1984.

Today I decided to show the Little Professor my book list.  He was really impressed by the idea.  I encouraged him to make a list of his own and he thought it was a great idea.  That, of course, made me smile.

Not every book I read is from my list.  In fact, the majority of books I’ve read have nothing to do with my list.  I’m not sure how to explain what qualifies a book to make the list.  Each book has earned it’s place because something about it spoke to me, whether it’s the title, the description or the author.  Some books I read years ago and added them on my list to read again – The Handmaid’s Tale.  Not every book has started off great, some were very slow going at first but I’ve yet to finish a book and find it not worthy of being read.  I haven’t read every book on the list yet, but I’ve read quite a few of them.

I’d like to share my list with you….

Title Author
Life of Pi Yann Martel
Diary Chuck Palahniuk
Fahrenhiet 451 Ray Bradbury
The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom
The Dogs of Babel Carolyn Parkhurst
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke
The Know-It-All: One Mans Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World A. J. Jacobs
The Hollow Choclate Bunnies of the Apocalypse Robert Rankin
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
The Stones of Summer Dow Mossman
Shade Neil Jordan
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
The Alchemist Paulo Ceollio
East of Eden John Stienbeck
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
Grapes of Wrath John Stienbeck
Saint Training Elizabeth Fixmer
Flyboys James Bradley
The Great Divorce C.S. Lewis
Blessings Anna Quindlen
Unless Carol Shields
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Great Gasby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Lord of the Flies William Golding
The Time Machine H.G. Wells
The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
1984 George Orwell
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen
The Help Kathryn Stockett
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The Chrysalids John Wyndham
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
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Daddy Says… Christmas Stroll

Every year, our town has a “Christmas Stroll”.  They close down the main street through the center of town, and various merchants and local organizations put out tables with free goodies for the kids.  There are some that have items for sale as well, and most of them benefit local groups like the Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts or the Lions club.

It only lasts a few hours, but it’s always a popular event and is always pretty busy. It seems most of the town shows up and walks up & down the street, saying hi to friends, old & new.

The kids look forward to it every year, and they were pretty excited when we discovered that the stroll was this weekend.

The kids with Frosty!

We stopped into a local bank and the kids each had a Santa hat made with their names on them.  It was only $2 for each hat, but they really thought they were great!

The Professor & Princess waiting for their hats.

This year it was pretty cold, so we didn’t spend a lot of time outside, but we did make our way up and down the street once, had a cookie & a cup of hot chocolate and stopped into a local church for a bowl of some delicious soup!

All in all, it was a fun time and really kicked off the Christmas season for us!

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My Wonderful Life…

This morning, as I was getting out of bed I was met by a toothless boy who insisted I needed to stay in bed and have a cup of coffee first.

He took off down the stairs yelling, “Daddy, Mummy needs a coffee!”

A few minutes later there were footsteps coming up the stairs and a Little Professor complaining that he wanted to deliver the coffee.

Instead, Daddy appeared with two mugs of coffee and we actually sat for a little while drinking coffee together…alone.

That never happens!

We enjoyed our time while listening to the chaos going on downstairs.

Eventually, it came to an end and we made our way downstairs.  Daddy built a fire and then disappeared into the kitchen.

A little while later he returned with homemade, from scratch, Banana Coconut muffins!

Yes, that’s my life…coffee in bed, roaring fire in the morning and homemade muffins worthy of small town bakery!

No complaints here!

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Thankful…

There are so many things I’m thankful for…

If I listed them all it would take all day to read it – maybe not all day.

What I’m most thankful for is my family.

I’ve been blessed with 3 beautiful, healthy children and an amazing husband.

I am so thankful we get to spend so much time together.

I am thankful for their kind and gentle hearts and their thoughtful ways.

I’m thankful for the privilege to watch my little one’s personalities blossom.

I’m thankful my children have an amazing father who sets an example of patience, love, and self sacrifice for the benefit of his family.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

I hope you spend the day surrounded by those you love.

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