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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Hey, Howie Day!

I'm trying to instill my (wildly diverse) taste of music in the girls. So I plugged the iPod into the iCar player for our 30 minute drive to a friend's house. I'm lucky to live where very few places I need to go take 30 minutes, most rides are barely long enough to catch a few good songs. Listening to Howie Day's "Collide," he sings, "Don't stop here." To which Madison quickly replied, "Stop over there." I didn't hear the rest of the song from the laughter that ensued.

Meanwhile, my musical indoctrination seems to be working. Maxine claims her favorite song in the whole world - not just on mom's weird collection on the iPod - is The Clash's "Lost in the Supermarket." Yup, another proud moment of parenting.

posted by Laura at 9:52 PM | 2 comments

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Isn't it ironic?

Yeah, so what if I haven't posted since time began. I just saw the headlines and I can't let this pass. Does anyone else see the irony (I think that's the best word, maybe there's another) that both Tom Cruise and Brooke Shields had baby girls on the exact same day?

posted by Laura at 11:01 PM | 1 comments

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Seriously, what's this world coming to when Yanni has been accused in a "domestic dispute."

First, let me say, I am not a fan of Yanni. But my understanding is that he's the master of new age and mellow.

Second, let me ask, what exactly is a "domestic dispute"?

posted by Laura at 11:45 AM | 2 comments

Monday, January 23, 2006

Hi, it's me.

I know, I know. My entire break went by without a word from me. I took a vacation (not a traveling vacation, just a mental and somewhat physical break from it all) and it felt great. But I'm getting back into the swing of things, and have random thoughts in my head, so here goes.

- Nothing makes me smile bigger than when my girls are loving each other. They can fight like no one's business, and they do pretty regularly. But tonight, Max was reading her homework story to Madison. When it was quiet downstairs I was sure it was because they were zoned out watching Disney Channel. Instead, they were looking through Max's new Literacy Place book from school, reading stories together. When I grabbed Maxine's treat from school (she finally read enough books in the Accelerated Reader program to get a candy bar), she jumped up and said, "Oh! I'm so excited, I want to share this with Madi!" I LOVE LOVE LOVE it when they get along like that.

- Why is the first sentence always the hardest to write? I'm working on a project for a non-profit and I'm killing myself over the first paragraph. If I could find a way to just get to that blasted second paragraph I'd be golden!

- I never thought I would say this, but I'm enjoying going to the gym. We joined late last year with a really good deal. Finals and the holidays totally got in the way of me going right after we joined. But I promised myself I could splurge on a massage if I went at least three days a week through January. I've not only gone three days, it's been more like five, with a hike on the sixth day and one day off. I've been doing weights and cadio and half of the time at least half of my body hurts. I haven't lost weight yet, but I like going. It's not some giant chore like I thought it would be. I promised myself a second splurge at the end of March (two months) and then again June. I figure if I'm going to the gym three days a week for six months, then I deserve a new pair of diamond stud earrings. Don't you think? I just need help figuring out what the end-of-March treat should be.

- A somewhat related thought: Men and women are just so different. My husband told me that the results of going three times a week would be reward enough. Ha! Who knows what the results will be, I'll never go if I'm not working for something tangible. Sure, for him the results are enough, for me I need INCENTIVE!

posted by Laura at 6:44 PM | 1 comments

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Losing my ...

Apples! We bought these beautiful ornaments about a month ago. They're red, sparkly perfect apples. We got them for the girls teachers and now I cannot find them. I should not be allowed to shop early because I put things away only to find them in July. Though while I was looking for the apples I did find a couple birthday presents I bought months ago for my sister-in-law. Luckily her birthday is on Christmas, so I found them in time!

And apparently I'm losing my mind at night. Last night I had the weirdest dream/experience. I woke up (or I dreamt that I woke up, that I'm not so sure about). As I was laying there, I saw a rather large black spider go scurrying over the pillows and headboard. I jumped out of bed with a gasp.

I think I might have dreamed that spider - I HOPE I dreamed it. And I think I woke up as my feet hit the floor. Thinking back I was rather disoriented when I was standing there. And after a thorough check (OK, not so thorough 'cause I woke him up out of a deep sleep himself) Brent said, "No spiders." I couldn't shake those heebie jeebies and slept on the couch. And dream or not, I still have some serious heebie jeebies about my bed.

Oh, on the couch I dreamed in detail about the death penalty.

I think I need a vacation from work, news, magazines ... everything!

posted by Laura at 7:53 PM | 1 comments

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Santa saga sorta continued

Santa might not be long for our household. Yesterday Max had a friend over after school. This friend shared the fact that two other girls in class don't believe in Santa anymore. Their parents told them that parents give the presents. I gave my stock answer, "If you stop believing I bet he won't bring presents anymore." (Had a similar conversation about the tooth fairy one day not too long ago and my answer was the same then. What kills me is that Madison might not believe in the tooth fairy before she's even lost one tooth. Oh, the dangers of being the little sister.)

Max's friend had a plan (long-term thinker, this girl). She said, "Next year I'm going to tell my mom something totally different than I tell Santa, that way I'll know." Guess I better warn her mom right away.

That was the end of that. But I often think it will be easier once the cat's out of the bag, ya know? I think, why keep this up? Why do we insist on lying to our kids? Then I realize, it's about innocence. Once that myth is gone, so too is much of that sweet, innocent time when reindeer do fly and fat men fit down chimneys and leave presents. Believing in Santa makes the world a better place.

posted by Laura at 9:13 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, December 10, 2005

You gotta believe

Marketing rule #1: Create demand. For example, when selling a relatively popular doll on eBay around the holidays use terminology like, "SOLD OUT IN STORES!!"

Now it seemed like a legit claim because I went to a couple online shops and sure 'nuf, they were out of stock. Thus my concern started to grow at 1 a.m. on a Saturday morning.

But today I braved a pre-Saturday crowd at Toys R Us. Walking in the door what should I see, but one lone Hide N Seek Haley doll on the front hodgepodge shelf. I grabbed that baby and jumped up and down (she's just $29.99 - for a grand savings of $22 from the cheapest eBay option!). I was a little worried because her "try me" button was not working. But I figured Santa was coming through and she could be a placeholder - we'd exchange her after the holidays.

After finding no less than three options of standing horses 2-3 feet tall, we decided to walk around the store a bit more. (Seriously, all the things I came to the store to find were within 20 feet of the door, how often does that happen?) Walking around I stumbled upon an entire display of Haleys, with blonde and brown hair. And their Try-It buttons worked! (For just a moment, I thought to myself, "Hmmm, there's about 20 dolls here, with a profit of $22 each, I could pay for Christmas with a little investment.")

Just goes to show you, if you believe in Santa then he is real.

posted by Laura at 7:17 PM | 3 comments

No, Madison, there is no Santa Claus

Here's how we handle Santa in this family. Every year the girls visit Santa and they ask for one thing, which Santa typically brings about a month later (yes, we're early adopters and we like to see Santa before the lines get too ridiculously long). We've had struggles (two years ago Maxine decided to tell Santa but not us ... eventually we got it out of her). But Santa always comes through. (I decided long ago that they get to ask for one thing and Santa brings that one thing, I want credit for the gifts under the tree, not some jolly ol' fat guy.)

A friend recently asked me, what if they ask for something ridiculously expensive?

It's all in the coaching. Santa has to get or make toys for every little (good) kid, so we can't ask for anything too outrageous.

This year Maxine asked for a 2-3 foot stuffed horse, not for riding, just to have. (Yes, what we need in this house is another stuffed animal.)

And I think we forgot to coach/coax Madison. When Santa asked her, at first she got shy and shrugged. (The parents in line behind us started yelling out suggestions just to keep things moving along.) Finally she said, "Hide N Seek Haley."

Somehow I've missed out on the Haley phenomenon, but if I'm to believe the 25 or so people selling both blonde and brunette Haleys on eBay, she's all sold out in stores.

So, I'm faced with the dilemma: Do I plunk down $40 to buy it now (plus $12 shipping) or do we save future years of heartbreak (and lose years of "Santa's watching") and just tell the truth!

posted by Laura at 1:06 AM | 0 comments
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