Friday, May 29, 2009

OME! I Just Can't Stand It!

I'm really not going to turn this blog into a Twilight Saga news blog, but I just started the series over again and my obsession is rearing it's Edward loving head. I also blame it on seeing Coldplay. I have always thought their music was fitting for this story, so many songs would apply to so many things in these books. To top it all, there are these recent pics that have surfaced of the scene where Bella and Edward re-unite in Italy. Just thought I would take a second to prove my point about the song "Fix You" - Spoiler alert, if you are crazy enough to think you can avoid all this footage until the movie comes out, you may want to click out now.... If you haven't seen these, remember to breathe. I've added the song for your listening pleasure, (just for this post, I promise not to attack you with Coldplay every time you log on.) Don't forget to watch the MTV Music Awards this Sunday night for the first official movie trailer...

When you try your best, but you don't succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep.......


........And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?
.....Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you
.....And high up above or down below
When you're too in love to let it go
But if you never try you'll never know
Just what you're worth
.....Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face....

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Thursday, May 28, 2009

My 2 Cents.

It seems like everywhere you turn these days, all you see is the drama surrounding the once loved Jon and Kate. If you are a blogger, you have probably blogged about it. I've seen numerous Tweets and Facebook statuses, and you can't stand in line at the grocery store without seeing them splashed all over every magazine on the stand.

I used to watch the show, mesmerized by her organizational skills and trying to pick up any little bit of information that might help me deal with my own (smaller) set of multiples and a single. For a little while I might have even admired her. My babies were born, I grew more confident in my handling of multiples and my parenting skills, it was about the time things on the show started to take a turn or maybe it's when I realized that, wow! They have some serious issues. I started watching less and less, the kids were cute, but listening her to berate and nag constantly became too much, you could tell it was no longer about documenting their lives and that it was becoming more about a business, and the kids seemed to be suffering.

I tried not to watch the season premiere but I'm a sucker for reality and was more than curious to see how they were going to iron this out on National television, so I tuned in. I'm torn between feeling sorry for them or feeling like they brought it on themselves. I think it's honestly a bit of both. I think they started out with good intentions and somehow along the way it became distorted. I feel like now, they are bringing it on themselves. It should be the responsibility of these parents to shut it down. You have your nice house, plenty of money to put your kids through school, your book deals and who knows what else. Put your family first, starting now.

Kate said a couple of things in this new episode that really made me think. First, if your kids are happy, healthy, loved and safe, that's all that matters. She answered to the love, that's it. They seem healthy, but in my ever so humble opinion, they don't seem happy (birthday party not included) and is it really safe to allow your life in the spotlight to continue when the paparazzi is following your every move and you feel the need to hire body guards? The second, parents of multiples have triple the divorce rate than others..... Hello? Shut it down! Work on your marriage, re-build your family. Eventually people will stop and leave you alone, eventually you will fade away. It may take a while, but it's a start.

Husband and I were talking last night, I made him promise not to run around with a young school teacher and if he did, to not get caught on camera. I promised not to treat him like he's my assistant or ever sleep with my bodyguard, should I ever need one. All of that aside, those aren't the real problems. It's all the things that happened before, the little things that led them down those paths. As crazy as it seems to say, you can never allow anything to come in front of your marriage, including your children. It's hard, so very hard to do 100% of the time, I don't think many of us have the capability, but we all should be able to recognize it and correct it.

Anyway, me = prattling.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Old Barbies, New Stories.

The Munchkin has been pretty consumed with Barbie Dolls lately. Seems kind of early to me, but what do I know? I'm just happy she landed on Barbie and not the dreadful Bratz dolls.

My Sister and I spent most of our childhood playing with Barbies, we had a whole room in the house designated as the Barbie Mansion. Looking back on it now, the Barbie life we created for them was very similar to a Soap Opera or some type of reality show. Multiple Barbie families living under one roof in a ginormous mansion. Every day when General Hospital would come on, we would load our Barbie families into their Barbie convertibles and take them to the "drive in." And yes, my Mom allowed us to watch her "stories" with her, don't be judgy, I know a lot of girls that grew up watching with their Moms and Grandmothers. We turned out alright, for the most part.

I have been telling Munchkin stories about all of the Barbie paraphernalia I had growing up, and that one day we would go to Oma's house and get it down out of the attic. Well, last week that day came and I won't lie, I was excited to see some of my old stuff! My yellow Barbie Vette, that was at one time motorized. My beautiful Barbies and their beautiful clothes... I was giddy with anticipation and ready to get lost in the little world that Munchkin would create with these hand me downs... Only the passing years weren't so kind to these little nuggets of childhood bliss. When I opened the bag, heads rolled, literally. Limbs were scattered, hair was matted and some of the Ken dolls had developed some type of skin disease, causing their legs to be discolored and spotty. It sadly looked like a Barbie concentration camp. Time was not good to these dolls. My really cool Vette? Well. Not as cool as I remembered, especially not when you consider the souped up Escalades they offer now.

Munchkin on the other hand, was in Barbie heaven. We spent most of that afternoon rifling through the bag, making a pile to keep and a pile to toss. We even had a maybe stack so that if I came across a body and found a matching head, we could add them to the keep pile. I couldn't help but laugh at the somewhat gruesome site and just had to share a few pictures. Keep in mind, these are ancient artifacts and all nude, in my preservation efforts I have been trying to clean their clothes and their hair...Some of the keepers... if you look close enough you will notice the Michael Jackson doll there, looking oddly uncomfortable in a pile of naked women..My once incredibly cool motorized Corvette

Barbie Potty - Seemed so normal then, after talking with friends I see the oddity in this.


Computer, for Facebooking of course! And for the crafty Martha Stewart Barbie, a sewing machine.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Margaritas. They do a Mommy Good.

I have to say that this week will not be making my list of finer moments in parenting. I've been sick, the twins are teething (4 teeth a piece.) The Munchkin is out of school and more inquisitive than ever... Throw in a little PMS and you have the makings of an emotional roller coaster ride.

Patience is said to be a virtue and this week, I'm virtue-less. The whining has been incessant, the clinging, bra strap pulling, shoulders covered in snot, while answering a billion questions as to why, has been enough to make me contemplate banging my head against the wall. After a failed attempt at a sit down lunch yesterday, I felt the need to actually tell my mom not to worry, I wasn't going to drive off of a bridge on the way home.... Don't worry, I would never! Those that know me, know I'm kidding, but on the outside? I'm sure I've had that frazzled look all week that would make some people wonder.

I went out with the girls last night, we had a nice chat at bookclub about the most depressing book I have ever read, A Wolf At The Table, Augesten Burroughs. Let me add for the record that the subject matter of his book only made my week worse, because all I could think about was how I was screwing up my kids and wondering how long it would be before they wrote a memoir about their life with me.

After bookclub we went out for margaritas and live music. The rita's were great and went down way too easily. It was so great to get away and just be an adult in a place where I could barely even hear my own thoughts because the music was so loud. We laughed, we chair danced, we drunk facebooked and made fun of people.

Today, even hungover, I'm such a better parent than I have been all week. It sure is nice to have a little time to step away and gain a little perspective.

All hail the mighty power of a margarita and a girls night out.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another One Gets "Sucked" In....

On our little trip to Kentucky, somehow my Twilight DVD got packed in with Chicken Little, The Tale of Despereaux and the rest of our travel movies, this is what happens when a 3 year old is as obsessed as her Mommy. Knowing that my sister is a fan and was just finishing up Breaking Dawn, I figured we could have a little movie night since my Mom had not yet seen the movie, and neither had the Brother in Law.

I think Brother in Law enjoyed it about as much as he would have enjoyed sitting in a corner while people spit on him, but Mom? She was engrossed. If she asked me once she asked me a hundred times, "is he going to bite her now?" She cringed at the beheading and when it was over had so many questions. She was hooked and all I could say was "read the book." When we got back into to town, she walked away with my book, she finished it, and walked out yesterday with New Moon and Eclipse. I explained that you don't want to finish one without having the next one handy, especially moving into Eclipse.

So there we have it, Twilight claims another victim. Happy reading Oma!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Coldplay, Coldnight

Last night was the much anticipated return trip to Birmingham by one of my all time favorite bands, Coldplay. They came to the Amphitheater and it was cold, probably a record low for a May night in Alabama, but at least it wasn't raining. I saw them years ago at the concert hall, I wasn't really a fan, but Husband worked for the radio station or still had connections there, and we ended up with 2 last minute tickets, my Sister was a huge fan so I went with her. They put on one of the most incredible shows I have ever seen, I walked away from that concert converted.

We had tickets to see them while I was pregnant with Munchkin. Sister was on her way down from Kentucky when the show was cancelled due to *ahem* illness... Whatever. I was pissed at them, they never added us back on that tour, so 3 long years later, we finally got the chance to see them again, and again, they did not disappoint. They are true crowd pleasers and they are one of those bands that actually sounds as good (maybe even better) in concert than on their albums.

The highlight of the night for us was when Chris Martin (and band) decided to play to the cheap seats and literally walked 3 feet from us on the way to the stage that was set up maybe 15 feet away, they played 2 songs and we were in heaven. What we learned about Chris Martin during that time:

1. He's not as skinny as I thought he was and,
2. He wears whitey tighties.

We won't hold that against him, as we put it to a vote and decided he is still highly doable.

MommaPeas and I have also figured out that their song "Fix You" should be used in the next Twilight movie, New Moon. While we think it would have been a great pick for the ballet studio in Twilight, it would be equally good for New Moon, when Bella is running through the crowd in Italy, trying to get to Edward, can't you picture it? Chris Weitz if your reading, just a little something to think about...

Holy freaking crap, do you see how close we were?

Come back soon Coldplay, we'll be waiting.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Gotta Sec?

How about another click on the logo (check the sidebar) for another vote? With just under 60 days left to go, I have moved into 3rd place... Woo Hoo! Watch out Bargain Lady....

Thanks everyone for the help!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Why?

Yesterday was the Munchkin's last day of school as well as the first day I realized that it's going to be a very, very long summer.

I took her to her art show (fabulous by the way) and really wanted to do a little celebration lunch or stop off at the ice cream shoppe for her. I ended up meeting up with Random Mommy at the Mexican restaurant around the corner. Husband was home sick so I left the twins napping and headed that way. This restaurant that we frequent is literally 3 minutes from our house and I cannot even tell you how many Why? questions I had to hear in that short drive....

Why are we going to lunch?
Why are we meeting Buddha?
Why is that light working?
Why is it red?
Now it's green, why is it green?
Why is the restaurant open?
Why are there so many cars here?
Why is that car right there?
Why do people come here?
Why are there people over there?

and the list goes on and on and on and on....

I do really try hard to answer her questions with more than a "because" but chatty Cathy would reply to all of my answers with yet another "why?" She is a talkative child anyway, but yesterday she was in rare form. I was out of answers and mentally exhausted.... On the way to the grocery store she started up again....

Why are we going to the store?
Why do we need food?
Why do we eat?
Why do we need to get strong and have energy?

All I could do at that point was laugh and wonder WHY I didn't sign her up for the summer session at school?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Houston, We Have a Tooth!

Actually we are getting a few! Finally! We were in Kentucky this weekend visiting my sister and I'll be damned if these babies didn't grow four, possibly six teeth while we were there. Thank you un-tooth fairy!!! What I think is so cool is that they are coming in on each twin in the same order, about a day apart. Twins are so fascinating to me.

There must be something in the Kentucky air that causes babies to reach milestones, by the time we got home, we had teeth, Mary Kate was saying "Thank you," and last night Ashley took her first steps. Here we go. There's no turning back now!!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

And The Nominees Are......

Me! Go figure!! I have no idea how this happened, I got notification over the weekend that Nickelodeon's Parents Picks website has nominated me for Best Local Blog in Birmingham. At first I thought it was like one of those Who's Who kind of things where EVERYONE in my highschool was nominated, but when I checked into it, it's just me and 3 others. So now I need your help, if you like me, which you must or you wouldn't keep coming back right? Then I need you to vote for me! Please? You can vote once a day, every day until July 15th and even if I don't win, it was an honor to be nominated... isn't that what you're supposed to say? Screw that! I want to win, so go vote.

Do It!


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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Opinions, They're like.....

Well you know, and everyone has one.

It seems like lately I have been a magnet for unwanted advice about everything from friendships to the milk that I had in my cart at the grocery store. Who makes these people the "authority" and what makes them think I care to hear their thoughts on why my children should be wearing socks or shoes? As with most unsolicited advice, the "authorities" are operating without all of the information.. Such as, when we left the house we started out with 4 socks and 4 shoes? By the time we got out of the car we were down to 1 sock and 1 shoe on each twin, that's a total of 2 socks and 2 shoes missing, that combined with the 2 bows that have disappeared either in the depths of the car seat or down their throats, has put me in the red by about $20. So no, my children rarely have on socks or shoes, and people will have to continue to mistake them for boys because I'm tired of trying to keep up with the bows they pull out of each others hair.

As for the milk that I buy, seriously, a lady came up to me in the store the other day to see what brand of milk I was purchasing. When I looked at her as if she was in fact crazy for snooping though my cart, she asked if I was buying Barbers. I told her no, I buy Publix brand. In case you didn't notice that I have 3 gallons in my cart. Barbers is $2.00 more a gallon, x's 3 gallons a week is a savings of $6.. x's 52 weeks is $312 per year that I can save on milk alone. (If my math is correct.) Not to mention that Publix brand is free of rbST and if I can't always buy organic at $5.89 a gallon, at least I can feel good about the fact that I'm doing everything in my power to keep my girls from getting boobs when they're 5. The lady proceeded to inform me that we needed to support local companies and that she saw it on the news. There you have it... She saw it on the news and now she is a freaking expert on how I should spend my milk money.

I saw a Dr deliver a baby on TV, does that make me and OB/GYN? I can't deliver a baby anymore than I can give you advice on how to do it, even if I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night. Please, unless you want to try and dress my kids, budget my money, or know what I'm currently fighting with someone about, keep your advice to yourself. I will seek counsel from those that I know and trust, and crazy lady checking out my groceries does not qualify.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Gettin' My Groove Back.

Last night I had the opportunity to spend the evening with some really great women. It was nice, laid back and totally chill. After taking a beating this past week it was so nice to just kick back, have a drink and laugh.

Thanks to NLD for pulling together some of the finest women I know and letting us celebrate Mommyhood with mojitos!

Happy Mothers Day (early) to all of you ladies! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Edward Forgive Me, I Just Can't......

It's been raining here....... A Lot! I like a day or two of rain here or there but this has just gotten ridiculous, it's even raining while the sun is out. You can only do so many inside chores before you have to venture out, and schlepping 3 kids around in this weather is on my list of things not to do with 3 kids.

Last night Husband came home and said, "You know this is what it would be like if we lived in Seattle" I responded without a seconds thought, "Yeah, and this is why I would never live in Seattle"........ *Gasp* Did I really just say that? Not living in Seattle, means I wouldn't live in Forks, not living in Forks means I would never casually run into my fictional Vampire boyfriend... Was this my subconscious telling me that it's never going to work with Edward, that it never would have worked because my distaste for frizzy hair and rain coats is more deeply rooted than I was ever willing to admit?

I'm sorry Edward, I need sun. I certainly don't mind if you would like to live the rest of your days sparkling for me, but this girl isn't equipped for a soggy climate.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

You've Come A Long Way, Barbie.....

I went out on a mission to purchase a new Barbie as a reward to the Munchkin for not wetting the bed (I know, I know and it's a whole other post.) Have you shopped for a Barbie recently? Holy Hell! They are either half naked or drinking a Cosmo. They are very Sex and the City these Barbies. Very unlike the Barbies that I grew up with. I wandered the aisle trying to find something appropriate and in the cheap range since we are using this as a way out of pull ups. I thought about the mermaid Barbie but knew she would be pissed if I brought her a Barbie without legs. Also in the cheap range were the girls in swimsuits, I wasn't really feeling that one so I wandered down to the stylish little dolls in haute couture but they were all holding glasses, as in adult beverage type glasses.... Decisions, decisions, Slut Barbie or Lush Barbie?

I decided to go with alcoholic Barbie and then I got to thinking, how was she different than me as a mom hosting a "Corona and Kids" playdate with other Mommies? Maybe Matel was on to something when they put that martini glass in her hand, why did it take me so long to catch on? If Barbie can do it, why can't I? She's an icon that's been around for 50 years.... It's obviously working for her. Let's just hope some Bratz doll equivelant doesn't try to crash our party and cut us up, those Bratz dolls are trouble with a capital "T"