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Baby steps and being 20

Thursday, March 19, 2009



Three weeks ago Trae took off walking on his own.

He was hanging on to the back of Blair's shirt and she pulled away from him. There he was, all by himself in the middle of the floor. His expression was a look of abandonment. He muttered, "araringnduh" and with legs stiff, arms outstretched - reminiscent of Frankenstein, he walked to the ottoman. We quieted so we wouldn't disturb his effort. I am very glad we have a soft ottoman because his approach to it was a bit rough. His big grin evidenced his confidence and accomplishment.

We cheered at this milestone and being true to form, my eyes misted thinking that my infant was quickly becoming my toddler.

"Soon you'll be twenty" I thought to myself.
That's what my mom used to say. I was 4 and feeling sad as I watched my brothers and sister leave for school one morning. I stood next to my mom as she was washing the dishes, her green skirt covered by a pretty apron. I held on to her legs and she bent down and told me not to rush time because before I knew it, I'd be twenty. 'Be happy in the now", she'd say. Then she brought over a chair and filled my side of the sink with soapy water and gave me some Tupperware to wash. Being 4 + playing in warm, soapy water = happiness!

With so many places to be, shuttling the kids here and there and running off to meetings, I ask myself if I am just a spectator in their lives watching them jump in and out of the car to the never ending appointments? Or am I savoring these fun moments with them in their young lives? I saw a little boy in a store a while back ask his mother a question over and over but she ignored him. She didn't notice that he wanted to show her something funny. He wasn't bothering anyone but I thought that she may have thought so. (Kinda like in sacrament meeting, you feel that your kids are always the loudest.)

So I wondered if I was guilty of that too. In my everyday rush, am I really noticing their needs?

Not the food, shelter, water, clothing needs. But the little, everyday, seemingly insignificant needs. The need for my attention to the little things they want to show me. Those types of moments they remember longer than we think they do. Does this make sense?

That's why when Blair Noel wants to be dressed in pink from head to toe, I'm all for it. There's never too much pink. And when she makes me sing Demi Lovato songs into her thumb (as the microphone), even in the store, we rock out. When Belen and Charley want to discuss books, I'm all ears. When they rest their head on my shoulder, I don't want to move and when Reese wants to sit on my lap or play Bakugan, I enjoy it.

Because before I know it, they'll be twenty.

All this from a couple of baby steps...

Easter Basket Swap update

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Thank you to all those that signed up for
Jenny and Laura's first official Easter Basket swap!

We have 16 lovely ladies participating which should prove to be quite fun!

Jenny will be e-mailing each of you with your partner's information. Please contact your partner with any questions and details about your swap as soon as possible. All partnerships were chosen at random. Remember, we'd like for everyone to receive their package by April 4th unless you and your partner have arranged something else. If you find that you are not able to complete the swap, please let us know.

We hope you all have a good time gathering little bits of Easter goodness!
Here are your swap partners
Jenn C./Joann M.
Heather N./Jeanne P.
Amber C./Wendy C.
Jo G./Kirsti C.
Marissa /Jeanne R.
Wendi K./Erin
Jenny/Laura
Letisha/Jessika

Got baskets?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Announcing the
"Eclectic Easter Basket Swap."

A time for the lovely ladies of the Lancaster, PA area to join in swapping a basket full of goodies with another in celebration of one of our favorite holidays!

Jenny and I are hosting this swap and all you have to do is leave us a message either at this blog or at her blog
here and let us know if you are interested. She has a short form she will e-mail you. It will give your partner an idea of the kinds of things you'd like in your basket. This is where the eclectic part comes in because everyone has unique styles and tastes.
There is a $20.00 spending limit but no limit to the fun!

Even if you are not from Lancaster county, you're welcome to have some Easter fun with us! You have until Tuesday March 17, to join in so we can pick partners on Wednesday, March 18th. We've also set April 4th as the date to get your baskets to your partner.

It will be fun to spread a little spring cheer everyone's way!

The quest nears its end

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Driving home from mutual the other night, I was listening to the 80's station.

Like most girls in the 80's, I loved Bryan Adams. My girlfriends and I used to sigh and go to la la land when we heard his music. My mom did too. On Friday nights when my brothers and sister were out on dates, my mom and I would watch "Friday Night Videos" and dance. We jumped all over the living room. That's where I get it.

I've seen quite a few concerts over the years but for some reason Bryan Adams seemed to elude me.

The day he came to Portland, I was flying to Japan for an exchange program. When I left Tokyo, he was flying there to perform. The next summer when he came again, I went to visit relatives in San Antonio. One summer I went to Connecticut and he was performing the evening I flew in. My friends tried to get tickets but they were sold out. They got me Tom Petty instead which was actually a good show. But, while I was in Connecticut I was missing his show back home. A few years went by and it was the same thing -I kept missing his concerts. We were like two ships that pass in the night or somehow the stars hadn't lined up or any other lame cliche.

Until now. (said with movie trailer voice)

A little envelope awaited me in the mailbox today. Upon opening, I realized I wasn't going to miss this concert- knock on wood- and I made sure the tickets were not dated April 1st. I would finally hear the live version of those songs that melted the hearts of girls everywhere. My thoughts transported me back to high school where I would dance with this cute boy at the school dances after a home game...little did I know then, that boy (now my husband) would be the one to help me end this quest 20 years later.

Now, on to U2. Rock on!

A girl can dream

Thursday, March 5, 2009

10 minutes I'll never get back.

I am putting together my dining room and dreaming of something like this. I went to Polyvore and found some ideas for an inspiration board. It's kind of fun but I quickly realized that 10 minutes turned in to 30. I wouldn't use all the chairs - I just want something curvy. And the shelving would be all in the same color of course...

Now it's back to reality and time to clean the kitchen!

My family asked what the shoes were doing in the dining room....

A Saturday pilgrimage to the Flea

Monday, March 2, 2009

We went to the flea market bright and early.
It was a little chilly so we went to the indoor vendors hoping that it would warm up by the time we ventured to the outdoor sales.

It didn't.

We cut the excursion short but did manage to find a couple of fun things. Belen found some vintage buttons for her sewing projects which were 25 cents a pack.

I bought the girls some necklaces, rings, new lip glosses and hand creams. Some vendors have established booths with close-outs from stores so you can find inexpensive goodies like that.

Note to self: stocking stuffers!
My favorite purchases were vintage magazine ads - 6 for $12.00. They ranged from $2.00 to $4.00 in price but when I took them up to the gentleman he said, "That'll be $2.00 each."
I was going to pay sticker price because I thought they were a good deal already.
That was a little extra bonus!
I'm using 3 of them from the 1940's as artwork in the boys' room and Belen and Charley each got one for their rooms.

I also bought a vintage necklace, a set of framed prints for Charley's room which were a really good deal (they were in the same color scheme as her magazine ad too) and produce - apples and grapes. I usually buy Fuji apples for $1.99 a pound at the supermarket which will get me 2 apples if I am lucky but at Saturday's market, I got a bunch for $2.00.
I can't wait until summer to buy all that beautiful produce from the local farmers.


You can find all kinds of things there from used tires to fine china.
Some weekends are better than others which is why you have to keep going back so you'll get lucky and finally hit the motherload!

Come along, won't you?