Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
HOT TOPICS Monday's Fitness Mania
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thus, the moral of the story is: If your computer is awry, don't try to rectify!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I recently went on a shopping spree at Albertsons and picked up:
12 bags of Malt-o-Meal Cereal (frosted shredded wheat, fruit loops, and honey puffs)
15 Cans of Muir Fire Roasted Tomatoes Diced
5 Cans of Muir Organic Tomato Sauce
10 Cans of Garlic and Herb Organic Tomatoes
10 Cans of Muir Organic Italian Herb Tomatoes
10 Cans of low sodium fat free Swanson's Chicken Broth
10 Cans of reduced Fat Swanson's Chicken Broth
20 Cans of Campbells Cream of Mushroom
8 Cans of Campbells Select Chunky Soups
4 Cans of Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup
1 Bottle of Tree Top Apple Juice
6 packages of Oreos
3 Pounds of Fresh Grapes
....And do you want to know how much I spent???
Just over $35.00!
I know, it is a modern day Grocery miracle! I couldn't even believe it myself, but I have to say I am not the genius behind the fabulous savings. No, I cannot take the glorious credit; the credit goes solely to Jen Fugal (who has proven to be very FRUGAL...hehehehehe). She told me about a website that lists all the local grocery stores in your state, and the adds they post for each week, and coordinating coupons that can be printed off the Internet. By following this site, many of the items I purchased were absolutely FREE! And most were seriously discounted. If you are in the mood for feeling like a freakin' rockstar, taking center stage at the local ALBERTSONS, then check out:
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Last night as I sat pricing yard sale items for the 4th yard sale this summer (not mine, but a friend's...because obviously I am the Yardsale GURU and other lesser, non Yardsalers do not have the expertise I do), I found myself occupied with a large black Sharpie Marker. As I leaned over to make large eye-catching yard sale signs, it became uncomfortably apparent that my tummy is far too large to be bending over. I leaned back, releasing the crunch on my belly protrusion and rested against the chair behind me. The marker was still in my hand and I couldn't help pondering what I could do with a massive Sharpie marker.
For the fiftieth time I noticed my shirt riding up above my belly. Ugh! I feel as if I am constantly at war, tugging my shirt down. And then as I sat there struggling with my too tight shirt, I had one of those AHA moments. I was knocked over with the greatest Sharpie epiphany ever!!!
I took the sharpie and decorated my bulging baby bump. Two eyes and a giant smile later, my belly looked like the back of Winnie the Pooh's Rump.
Then to my greatest satisfaction, I hid my joy and large smiley face until I could pounce my surprise on Mark. When he least expected it, I told him I wanted to show him something in private. Then I slowly lifted my shirt and exposed my BELLY FACE!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA......lets just say that I thought it was funny.
This is just another 'hey I am bored being pregnant' story.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
The Original I cant believe what a terrible mother I am, and CRAP I just got caught by Jack Johnson STORY
Mother of the Year Award Goes To...
I recently enrolled George and Henry into swimming lessons on the north shore because their swimming skills were seriously lacking considering we live on the beach and the vast ocean is 25 feet from my back door. Consequently, Henry is enrolled into the same swim class as a somewhat famous local singer's son (Jack Johnson) so I often have the chance to talk with him or his wife while our sons learn to swim. Since we are at the pool for about an hour each time, it is nice to sit and small talk with the other parents. And since Mark has been working from home in the afternoons, I have been relieved to leave Theodore at home to take a nap while I whisk the boys off to swimming lessons.
Unfortunately on Thursday, Theodore was a bear (hahaha...Teddy bear) and he wouldn't take his afternoon nap. At the last minute, Mark put him out in the van for me while I loaded up the boys for swim lessons. We were running a few minutes late so when we got to swim lessons I told the boys to hurry in. Henry jumped out of the van and tried to slam the van door closed. His attempt was unsuccessful and the door bounded back. He tried three more times, each attempt being as unsuccessful as the first. Frustrated, I snapped at him to just run into swim lessons and I would shut the van door.
I walked over and slammed it closed, mumbling about the piece of c#%* van that I drove, and I quickly followed the boys into swim lessons. I walked into the pool area and checked to see if Henry and George were settled in. I picked up their scattered slippers and towels and scanned for a seat. Frustrated and overwhelmed with the list of things I had to do that night I huffed as I plopped down next to my friend Donnette. Donnette gazed up and smiled warmly. Feeling a little release of tense stress, I half-smiled back and asked as cheerfully as I could, "Hey Donnete. How are you today?" She mentioned that she was busy as normal and then asked, "Where is your baby today?"
A fog muddled my brain as I stumbled on saying that he was at home with Mark again...and then the fog cleared and my worst mommy reality shot straight to the forefront of my mind. "AAAAGGGhhhhhh!!!" I screamed, "I left Theodore in the van!!!" As bewildered thoughts of how I could leave my baby coursed their way through my mind, I raced out of swim lessons and to my car. On my frantic dash to reach Theodore, I noticed that another van was parked unreasonably close to mine and that parent was on the side by my van unloading his kids. His all too familiar face glanced up at me as I came bounding wildly towards the vans. "Hey how's it going?" Jack asked. In a high pitch, almost hysterical voice I replied, "Not so good, Can you please mooooove cause I left my BABY in the van and I have to get him NOW." He laughed as I felt utterly mortified at the embarrassment of having left my baby in the van and then it being made known to another parent, namely Jack Johnson. He leaned over and squished himself into his van as I plucked my sweaty Theodore out of his car seat. At least to make me feel a little bit better Jack mentioned that it happens to everyone and he had done the same thing just a few days before.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Remember that horribly embarrassing story I told you about accidentally leaving my 6 month old baby in a hot van...and being caught in the act by a friendly pool lesson goer (namely Jack Johnson)? Well, not that leaving your kid in the car ever pays off, but I did finally get to check out one of his concerts. Since I had met him at our local swimming lessons, he seemed so laid back and normal, often seen with dirty feet in old slippers. It seemed surreal to see him in concert with 30,000 fans screaming like crazed, and yes, perhaps high, lunatics; but, thanks to one of my dearest friends, Auntie Carol, Mark and I were able to check out his concert earlier this month. The concert Rocked...and if you are wondering how I got that great shot of him playing guitar, YES, I was standing on stage behind him! And then when he remembered me as he walked off stage and said "hi", I thought, that's neat he remembered who I am, and then I re-thought my thought and thought to myself...crap, I wonder if he is always going to remember me as that crazy lady at swim lessons who left her 6 month old baby in the stifling hot van...
This is the second couple that I shot this year named Leah and Justin. I love weddings because people are generally happy and pictures just turn out with the greatest of ease. But this wedding in particular was one of my favorites because I LOVE LOVE LOVE pink! I just died when I saw the cake, and I think this bride ended up with almost a dozen cake pictures. Here are a few random favorites of mine from the wedding.