Friday, February 29, 2008

Frivolous Friday

Lady in Red

How completely perfect did Katherine Heigl look at the Oscars on Sunday? This Escada number is to die for.

And a little eye-candy for the ladies:

I think George Clooney is a man that gets better as he ages. Fine wine, anyone?

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

It's Mine Again

We've officially weaned from Breastfeeding. Evie and I made it 14 months...we're a pretty good team!

Nursing my precious babies has been such a privilege. What a bond we formed through that intimate act. And there's nothing better than knowing you gave your wee one the best start possible.

But, oh, it feels so good to have my body as my own again! I have had a child in mind when making decisions about my body since January of 2005. I'm ready to be my own woman!

I Found It

My Dream Home


My heart lives here. And it is happy.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

David Sings "Imagine"

This kid can sing no wrong.

Adore.





After he sang, Paula said something like, "You're so great! I want to take you and hang you from my rearview mirror!"
Now...while that sentiment is a little morbid and strange (hey, it's Paula) I can completely see where she's coming from. There's something about his sincerity and purity of voice that you just can't get enough of.
Personally, I'd like to put him in my pocket...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Lovin' David

Are you watching American Idol this season?

I am.

And I'm loving sweet little David!



Friday, February 22, 2008

Frivolous Friday

I know I've recommended you read the book, The Other Boleyn Girl. But can I just say how excited I am for the movie to come out?

February 29th, people! I'll be in the theatre with my pop corn and Snowcaps! Well, maybe I'll have a bag of almonds and a bottle of water. But still...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Read It.

This book? Fab.
Read it.

What I'm Cookin' Up

I've been watching alot of Food Network since I've been sick (still battling the "ickies"). I have quite the portfolio of new recipes to try. Here are some of them...


Chive Biscuits Barefoot Contessa








Asian Grilled Salmon Barefoot Contessa












Citrus Semifreddo Everyday Italian












Crostini Alla Romana Everyday Italian




Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Refresh

We sort of had dreams of grandeur.
Nights on the town in the big city.
Catching a concert and enjoying ridiculously over-priced meals.


When we arrived at my parents empty and waiting home reality set in. We were tired to the point of delirium. I mean who woulda thought these two little cherubs could exhaust two grown, reasonably healthy adults in their prime?



The only thing we could muster on Friday night was dinner at Chili's and a trip to Wal-Mart to gather necessities for the weekend. That was it! Then, home to the bath and then bed for an unreal 10 hours (straight) of sleeeep.


Saturday was lazy and boring and perfect. Mr. B. and I dragged ourselves from bed and drove down the street to the Crispy Waffle (fun name, huh?) and had the most A-maz-ing breakfast. I got these crepes that should have been named, "Oh-my-freakin'-Lord Crepes" because that's all I could say when I took a bite.

Mr. B. rolled his eyes while I disgraced myself taking pictures and moaning over every bite.

Then we went to a super lame movie that could not get over fast enough..."Fool's Gold." A little more of the former than the latter in that one. Don't see it.

The rest of Saturday looked a little something like this:

Except for the time that we took a nap at 5:00 pm "just because we can!" and woke at 6:30 to eat a little and pop a movie into the DVD player.

Sunday was spent in the car. We drove north to pick up the adorable Teddy (see post below) - whom I fell in love with promptly and will not be seperated from. And then headed south again and home.

So. It was wonderful. But painfully short.

Thank you so much, Mom & Dad, for keeping the kids!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Meet Teddy!

Here he is! My sweet little Valentine.

It was love at first sight...


Teddy was just the name for him. Even though Beau was winning on my poll - he's just a perfect little Teddy Bear.

More on our weekend getaway later...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Real Love

Real love can only come from God and from people.
Real people.
Broken or whole.
Sick or well.
Rich or poor.
Beautiful or homely.
New or old.


If you want a glimpse of real love today, check out my sister-in-law's blog entries from yesterday. It's real.

eta: maybe real love can come from dogs too...

With Love, Your Broke-Down Valentine

My children have given me the most heart-felt of gifts for Valentine's Day this year. The only true thing that could have possibly been from them to me without from Mr. B. as a conduit. Positively loving...

I'm sick.

They did it.

I'm fighting...and losing.


I think today I will watch Chocolat...



And Pride and Prejudice...


And pretend I am having a lovely Valentine's Day and await my weekend away (sick or not, it will happen!) on the couch with Vitamin C and echinacea tea as company. Maybe My Antonia will come along for the ride.
Sick or not, I wish you a day full of romance and passion or relaxation and rest (depending on what type of girl you are ;).
I hope you get some of this:




Maybe a little of this treatment:


And, if you're really lucky, a bit of this:

ooh La LA!

A Hearfelt "Happy Valentine's Day" from my heart to yours!


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Few Facts

1. Both of my kids have pink-eye. In both eyes. We're all going stir-crazy from being quarantined from the rest of the living world.

2. I didn't sleep last night. I kept thinking about my new baby and how much I'm going to love him and cuddle him and buy him funny little sweaters...

3. My mom's coming over this afternoon. We'll talk and look at my scrapbooks and watch the food network.

4. I finally talked to my sweet Sister-in-law this morning for the first time in awhile. She filled me in on her hard-to-buy for boyfriend woes and the excitement of spending her first Valentine's Day NOT single! Love her.

5. I'm soooo looking forward to our weekend away (beginning Friday) from it all. Just the two of us. I plan on sleeping, reading, eating a little, sleeping more, laughing at Mr. B, taking a bath (or five) and sleeping again. Notice the lack of feeding, bathing and diapering children in that list? Precious!

6. My battery charger for my camera is lost. So I can't charge it. That explains the lack of new pictures of the family on my blog lately. :(

7. Beck just pushed Evie down for the 6th time this morning...he's in time out.

8. I scrapbooked last weekend and had a blast. I love Archiver's and their ScrapMania!

9. I put up a poll for the new baby's name. It's on the right sidebar. Vote...

10. That's it...now I'm just rambling...

Monday, February 11, 2008

I'm Expecting!

This:



Haha! Gotcha!
But really, this is my Valentine's Day gift from my more-than-wonderful Mr. B. Isn't that exciting?! I've wanted a Yorkie for yeeeears and finally I get to have this little guy.
He'll be ten weeks when we pick him up next weekend and I just can't wait to get my hands on his little 2.5 pound self!
Frou-frou puppy land...here I come! :)

Friday, February 8, 2008

Frivolous Friday

Do you know Ingrid Michaelson? I just discovered her and I love her! Especially The Way I Am. If your speakers are turned down or muted...turn them up and listen to the peppy little song and tell me seriously that you don't love it too. :)
Here's her site.

And here are the cute little lyrics:

If you were falling, then I would catch you.
You need a light, I'd find a match.

Cuz I love the way you say good morning.
And you take me the way I am.

If you are chilly, here take my sweater.
Your head is aching, I'll make it better.

Cuz I love the way you call me baby.
And you take me the way I am.

I'd buy you Rogaine if you start losing all your hair.
Sew on patches to all you tear.

Cuz I love you more than I could ever promise.
And you take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.

Can't Wait to Read...

Mom just told me about a series of sweet little mysteries based on
the life of Beatrix Potter. It's called The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter and I really can't wait to get my hands on them!
The Tale of Hill Top Farm is the first installment and I think there are eight planned for the series. Fun!
Susan Wittig Albert is the author and you can find the website about these books here.

I will surely be reviewing this book on my blog The Insatiable Reader in the near future.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Mommy War Wounds

Do you know how heavy these suckers (pardon the pun) are when they're full?



When dropped - which is often, with two toddlers - they almost always seem to plummet directly on my toe. Usually the big one.

I have a bruise on my left toe to prove it and one developing on my right...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Skewed Priorities

I caught a little bit of the Today Show this morning. Meredith Vieira was interviewing a woman about how to keep your kids from being "gross" in public (interpret this to mean passing gas).

While I understand that it is important for kids to keep their bodily functions more or less to themselves, I was completely appalled that the news is featuring children's natural gasses when there are so many other issues that need our attention...or at least our awareness!

What about the weather crisis in China? 250,000 people are trapped in unimaginable conditions.


Or the atrocities happening in Darfur everyday?


I wish they'd leave children's manners, pop icon's pshychologically wacko antics and the latest women's fashions to parenting books and tabloids respectively and feature the things that really matter on the news.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Loving Masterpiece

Saturday was a night for girls. The boys were away...the girls did play!

Mom and I found ourselves in my quiet house with babies asleep and no men to entertain - they so often need entertaining, don't they?

We popped in the Masterpiece production of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen with expectant grins on our faces. Chinese food was ordered and delivered. We contemplated digging into the take-out containers chick-flick style but opted for the more civilized plates and silverware vowing to someday sit at the coffee table with candles, chop sticks and just our little white boxes full of chow mein. (A must-have scene in any worthwhile girlie movie!)

BBC's Materpiece is putting on a series of The Complete Jane Austen every Sunday night. It is fabulous! So far there has been Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Miss Austen Regrets (a drama about Austen's life).



You can find a complete schedule here.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008

Frivolous Friday

This post is made on the condition of a few factors:
If I were a movie/TV star...
If I was loaded enough to afford a designer gown...
If I was a good enough actress to be nominated for a SAG award...
If I attended the SAG awards...
(Really, not too far-fetched, right?)
I would wear this dress:

Look at how beautiful this grey, lace number is. The mermaid sillouette, the one-shoulder jeweled embellishment, the sweetheart neckline under the lace. Elegant. Timeless. Lovely.