Saturday, November 28, 2009

Glory Be!

My girls slept until 8:45 yesterday morning, 9:15 this morning and it was GLORIOUS!

That's it, just wanted to brag!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Nothing But A Miracle!

Well, it's a good thing I set low expectations for weight loss and working out last week. Without having worked out AT ALL, I managed to drop a 1/2 pound. I probably shouldn't count that and just bank it for this week instead, seeing how it's Wednesday and I haven't been to the gym or worked out once, oh and tonight begins the Thanksgiving Marathon we will be doing. 4 days of food, food and more food.

Being crazy busy has saved me, not only have I not had time to work out, but I don't have a lot of time for eating either. This whole starvation thing seems to be working out quite nicely.

My goal for this week will be simple... Don't gain weight.

I sure picked a fine time to start a weight loss program, don't ya think?

Week 3
Starting Weight 143.5

Saturday, November 21, 2009

$200 Down the Drain.... Well, Almost.

So as you know from my recent post, I was at the theater for the midnight showing of New Moon and the showing of Twilight right before.

In between shows, we got up to stretch, pee, get popcorn and all that jazz. I was headed to the popcorn counter, so I took an order from Madie's Mom on my way out and slipped my phone into my back pocket so I could call her when I forget what she wanted. (which I did, by the time I got to the bathroom.) Since we all know it's better to pee before getting your food, we headed to the bathroom first.

Not a huge crowd considering, I picked a stall that was clean and without any type of backup in the toilet (thank god.) As I pulled my pants down I heard a splash, and in what took me all of about 1.3 seconds, I gasped, realized what splashed, turned to see my 10 month old iphone swimming for it's life in this public toilet and I reached down to save it without a second thought.

In case you missed that.... I stuck my hand in a public toilet.

I always said if I ever dropped my phone in a toilet that would be it's final resting place, I cannot believe I stuck my hand in the toilet for this phone. In that 1.3 seconds, I thought maybe, just maybe I could get it in time. I dropped my t-mobile phone in water several times before it finally died, surly this nice expensive iphone would fair much better in a quick dip, right? Like it's so expensive you would expect some type of little floatation device to pop out, maybe someone should invent an app for that.. I'm just sayin'

I couldn't have been more wrong. There was not floatation device, there was no fast enough.

The screen flashed off and on while I pee'd and prayed to the cell phone gods to make it ok. I came out of the stall saying some awful 4 letter words, I washed the cover with soap and water, wiped the phone down and proceeded to violently shake the toilet water from it, not caring who was getting splashed. (Sorry about that Random Mommy.)

I was thinking maybe just maybe it would dry out, but it only lit up with this scary little red light I had never seen before.. Not good. It should have just been a sad Mac.

In the end, I had to take it to the Dork Desk at the Apple store where they happily sold me a replacement for $199.99.

Husband = So Not Happy.
Me = Not getting a Christmas Present.

Slapping Beaver and The G Hat

Sounds like it could be a band doesn't it? It's actually 2 mysteries from the Twilight movie that elude me.

For anyone out there that considers themselves an expert on the Twilight series, please let me know your findings or knowledge.

When Bella is looking for a bookstore, she scrolls down her computer screen and passes a book called The Slapping Beaver by Patty Sanchez. I've googled it, I can't figure it out. I'm guessing maybe it's just one of those movie things. It bugs me to not know for sure.

The other mystery we were wondering about again during the movie the other night is why does Rosalie have a "G" on her baseball hat? Not a "C" .... It really should be a "C" What is the connection?

I need answers.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Night and Day, Apples to Oranges.

I just got home from seeing the Midnight Premiere of New Moon.... Holy Shite Man!

If you plan to see the movie, you may want to tune away and come back after you've seen it and give me your thoughts. I'll try not to ruin anything, of course you've most likely read the books and know the story so it's not that big of a surprise.

I loved loved loved this movie. It was as good as Twilight was bad. Yeah, I know I saw it somewhere between 20-30 times in theater and who knows how many times I watched it illegally online and on DVD, but let's face it, it was bad, and seeing it back to back with this movie? Oy Vey!

Jailbait Lautner did a remarkable job with Jacob... Remarkable. He sucked me in and for just a little while, I forgot about Edward. *Gasp* And just wait until you see what I like to refer to as "The Big Reveal" - boy is ripped and he knows how to work it.

It was funny, it was supposed to be.

The makeup was 1000 times better, Jasper looked like a 70's porn star, but was a non issue since he had maybe 1 line in the movie after the birthday scene.

It seemed that Chris Weitz was able to reign Kristen Stewart in with the batting of the eyelashes and the stuttering and weird mouth movements, she made me like her.... a lot.

The effects were facking amazing. It had a very Golden Compass feel, the special effects did not disappoint. The Wolves, the Volturi, SO. GOOD.

They stayed so true to the book that you could quote the lines that were coming next without having ever seen it.... The parts where it strayed a little were subtle and good.

I loved this movie, and I have hyped it up enough now that it's going to let some of you down, but really, the movie, was like a real movie. It wasn't cheesy.

I'm so glad I was able to share this night with my besties. Mommapeas even drove from Chi-town to be here with us, just like last year. The night was perfect..... except for the part where my phone fell in the toilet and won't work, but that's a post for another hour!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Don't Make Me Write You a Letter!

It's been a really really long day. I left the house this morning before 7:30am, didn't get home until after 2:00, then left again tonight to wrap up some BirminghamMommy.com work with The Market and the Junior League. As I was leaving our meeting, it dawned on me that I never actually ate dinner. We had some chicken roll ups at Zoe's at about 11:00am this morning while we were waiting on our flyers to be printed. It was 9:00pm and I was starving.

I decided to hit up the Burger King because of their New Moon Promotion quality burgers. I got to the drive through and decided on the Value Meal, BK Burger Shots. 32 grams of fat, 105 milligrams of cholesterol, 1290 milligrams of sodium, sure to clog my arteries, and a New Moon Collectors cup... Can we say "Fanatic?" Yes we can. I ordered the 6 mini burgers that I didn't need, and upgraded my drink to the size of Lake Michigan all for the love of New Moon.

I pulled around to the window and could see my massive drink sitting on the counter. Not in a New Moon cup. In that instant I had to make a decision, play it cool and let it go, or make an idiot out of myself and ask why I didn't get a collectors cup... I paid, she gave me my change and as she handed me my colossal size soda, I did it, I asked why I wasn't getting the New Moon Collectors cup.

The girl explained that they had already sold out and apologized profusely. I was devastated, and then? A little peeved. I spent $8.00 on a facking meal I wouldn't normally have ordered, and a drink bigger than my head, all to get something they were out of and didn't bother to mention until I brought it up at the window after I had paid.

Me = Not Happy. Me = Too embarrassed about my excessive fan-ness to say another word.

I drove away sulking, wishing I would have thought to ask for a rain check or a crown.

Wordless Wednesday - Eye Candy!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Progress Report, Week 2.

I'm starting this week off 2 pounds lighter than last week. It's not Biggest Loser numbers but a loss is a loss, and I'll take it.

I was able to get in 5 workouts last week, 3 runs and 2 Pilates classes. I didn't eat really well (thank you limited edition white fudge oreos) but I didn't eat really bad either. Sodas are my crutch. I crave Coke. Screw the Diet stuff, I'd rather not have anything than have a Diet something. I will drink Coke Zero, but it's just not the same. I heart Coke.

My goal this week is to eat better, eat less and cut back on the Sodas. So far I've only had one since Saturday night. (Yay Me! It's the little wins here, give me a break)

Our BirminghamMommy.com site has had an incredible opportunity dropped in our lap and we have had less than a week to prepare, so it's Tuesday and I haven't been to the gym once. I'm shooting for 3 workouts this week. 2 Cardio and 1 Pilates. I did happen to go up the stairs about 4 dozen times yesterday carrying one or both twinlets like sacks of potatoes under my arms, that counts for something right?

Week 2
Starting Weight - 144

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dear Gas Stations That Suck:

I am a very busy mom of 3. Fueling my car is one of those things I like to refer to as my Achilles heel. I hate it. I loathe it. It is the bane of my existence. When at all possible I try to time the refilling of my tank to a time when I know my husband will be driving my car.

I don't think my problem comes from actually pumping gas, although I hate having my hands smell when I'm done, mostly it stems from your shitty ass stations with pumps that never work correctly.

As I mentioned above, I am a busy mom with 3 kids. When I stop to pump gas, I like to multi-task. This is my one and only chance to actually clean the 3 week old pancakes up off the floorboard, or throw away the straw wrappers and fallen french fries. The fact that your little trigger thingy on the pump handle never seems to actually work, means that I have to stand there and hold the handle down myself, thus rendering me unable to multi task.

While we are talking about me having to stand there, if your handles are going to be broken the least you could do is have pump that can fuel my car in less than 35 minutes. Slow pumps suck and will typically cost you money because I will put just enough in my tank to drive me to the next gas station. Trust me. I've done it.

When I choose to pay at the pump because I have a sea of offspring in my back seat, it also means that I would like my receipt at the pump. What good is it for me to pay at the pump if I have to come in to get my receipt? I will not get out of the car and haul all 3 children into your store just for and effing' receipt. Keep it...

Not getting my receipt leads to me forgetting to account for the $50 I just spent at your establishment, costing me a lecture from husband about how I forgot to tell him how much I spent so he can balance our account. Not something I need, thankyouverymuch.

So, if you would please take into consideration my complaints, it would be greatly appreciated, and if you don't mind, please keep the part about me leaving my car empty for the husband to deal with to yourself.

Regards,

I'm a Mom!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

He's Brooding, He's Sexy...

He's chillin' with our kids at the Auto Show..
Husband and Random Daddy took the kids to the Auto Show today and look who they ran into! I love that they thought to take this picture, and I love how the kids are thoroughly enjoying standing with this faux Edward...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Twi-Hards Unite!

Are you a true Twilight fan? I mean like a real true fan? If you can without a doubt answer yes, no make that Hells Yes! to that question, then you need to check out the most awesome giveaway going on over at BirminghamMommy.com!! I can't win because I'm a contributor, but you aren't, so enter now!!

While you're there make sure to follow us on twitter (@birminghammommy) and fan us on Facebook. Lots of great information and more prizes coming soon!!


Me and the Besties (and BirminghamMommy.com contributors) with Pfach... Did I mention we have an autographed picture of him in the giveaway??? We do!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why I Wet Their Heads...

In a previous post I promised a picture of the twinlets bed head as proof and reason for wetting their hair before leaving the house.

I present:

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B.

I rest my case.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Weekend of Wellness goes Horribly Wrong!

We got through October, probably our busiest month of the year. Birthday, football, festivals, Halloween, Pumpkin patches, just busy busy busy.

We were so excited when we looked at the calendar and realized that for the next couple of weekends we had nothing planned. Nothing, nada, zip. I thought it would be a great time for everyone to rest up and hopefully put these nagging coughs and snotty noses behind us.

This morning about 4am, the Munchkin came downstairs saying she was going to throw up. She was standing on the landing, crying. I was stumbling around trying to remember where and who I was when the words "throw up" registered and sent me running for the nearest bowl or trash can I could find.

I got her settled and realized that she was shivering so hard her teeth were chattering. Her fever was 103 and she was complaining that her back hurt. I started putting 2 and 2 together and that, combined with her having some bathroom mishaps over the weekend made me afraid she had some type of infection.

Fast forward to 11am and us sitting in the sick waiting room. I wanted so bad to sign in and walk right back out and have them page me when our name was called... A La Outback or Chili's. It took all of the courage I had to step into that sick waiting room. It was like a Third world Country in there. Kids in masks, to either cover the germs when they coughed or to catch the lung they were coughing up... still not sure.

The Kid next to us had been out of school for a week and half already, one was in the bathroom vomiting and one near us looked like he was about to. It was bad! Really bad.

We finally got called and after a quick look see, everything appeared clear. He checked her blood count, it was high and he diagnosed a bacterial infection. Most likely urinary. Nice! I sat in that contamination room for almost an hour with a kid who couldn't even give back to those around us. Not fair.

So, she was given her first round of antibiotics (ever by the way) and with no fever, we are hoping she will be good to go in no time. Otherwise my weekend of Wellness is going to turn into my Week of Hellness.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Putting It All Out There.

I turn 35 in 2 short months. I am determined to get my ass in gear, lose the last bit of baby weight I've been carrying from my first pregnancy and get myself in better shape all around.

Before I got knocked up with the Munchkin, I hired a personal trainer. I was a fatty. Knocking on 170 pounds. I'm 5'7" and an equal opportunity gainer. I always gain all over - my arms, legs, face, ass, it goes on evenly without discrimination.

When I stepped on the scale for the first time in front of my trainer I weighed 168 pounds. I was mortified. That was the end of October 2004. By mid January, 2005, I weighed 134 pounds and was pregnant. I know, lose all of that weight to gain it back, but that was the plan.

I knew getting pregnant and adding 30 plus pounds to that staggering 168 was out of the question. My plan was to get in shape, get pregnant and hopefully lose the baby weight faster in the end. I worked out with my trainer through my entire pregnancy and did spin class until my belly hit the handle bars. I was healthy and I felt good.

I never lost all of the Munchkin baby weight but I was close. The twins were so early I only gained about 39 pounds. I still sit needing to lose 12 pounds to get back to my pre Munchkin weight... Do you like how I just told you how much I weigh without telling you how much I weigh? I can't believe I'm putting this out there for the world to see, but I need accountability.

My goal is to be to 134 or less before January 6, 2010. We have an awesome Birthday trip planned and its going to require a swimsuit. I don't want to always look back at pictures and think, man, I wish I could have worn a 2 piece on that trip or that's a great picture except needing to crop out the cellulite on my thighs...

I know, I know be happy with who you are no matter your size.... blah blah. There are people that say that, then go and get liposuction and nose jobs. I've got news for you, that doesn't count as you having a great self image.

I'm pretty happy with myself. I just don't feel good. I don't have the energy I need to keep up with 3 very active kiddos, and all of that comes with me being in shape, and yes, I'm a bit shallow and just want to look good. Sue me.

My goal this week is to be in the gym 4-6 times.. alternating between Cardio and Pilates. I'm working my Couch to 5k program from the miserable beginning. I hate to run, but for me, nothing drops pounds like running.

It's Sunday and I've spent 45 minutes on the treadmill. Kicking the week off on the right foot. Tomorrow will be the challenge as I will have all 3 girls with me and I weigh the options of them getting swine flu in the nursery or Momma getting skinny with the Advanced Power Yoga...... Decisions, Decisions.

Week 1
Starting weight. 146

Friday, November 06, 2009

Interview with a Munchkin.

I love the school that Munchkin attends. It's more than a MDO program and it's not church affiliated. It's super hard to find one of those in this area, but we did. It's not a super structured program, it builds more on their aristic and creative skills. They learn through play. It's kind of an extension of home. Love, love, love it.

I've heard about this one project that this specific class does each year and I was looking forward to the Munchkin bringing hers home. It's an "all about me" book that they put together. On the front is a self portrait, inside a cut out of the family, a picture of their home, a hand print that says "This is the hand you used to hold, when I was only four years old." There is a picture of her current class and the most interesting interview ever!

I thought I would share. I must admit when I read the first question I was a little concerned that she would have ratted me our for playing on Facebook all day!

What does Mommy do while you're at school?


She's playing with my baby sisters. She's playing tag.

What does your daddy do while you're at school?


He works. He plays games at work. He plays bowling.


What does Mary Kate do while you're at school?


She plays with Ashley. They go in the toy basket.
** not because I put them there

What does Ashley do while you're at school?


Ashley plays with Mary Kate. They play with the toys and dump them out.


What do you like best about school?


Playing dress up. I like the blue Cinderella dress


Who do you like to play with at school?


"Buddha" We play in the outside house.
** Random Mommy's son, "Buddha" answered Munchkin on this question. Only he said they play cars inside

What's your favorite thing to do with Mommy?


We go to the gym. We play in the castle
**??

What's your favorite thing to do with Daddy?


We play in our house. We play tag and hide and seek.


What's your favorite thing to do with Mary Kate?


We sit down and watch Barney. Caillou, too.


What's your favorite thing to do with Ashley?

Watch cartoons. Caillou is her favorite.


What's your favorite thing to do at home?


Play tag outside with Mary Kate and Ashley.


What is your favorite food that Mommy fixes you?

Peanut butter sandwich with fluff and jelly.
** not all together!

What is your favorite thing that Daddy fixes you?


Stick Cheese. It's so good and it's white.


What is your favorite food to eat?


Bananas

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Humanity.

What happened to it? In the past year me and my friends have been targets of weird, childish behavior. I guess in some cases you could even call it mild criminal behavior. I've been threatened, my computer has been hacked and now personal property of mine as been damaged.... While many people will look at all of these things as lashing out and "innocent" fun at our expense, I look at it as more.

Even in the last couple of weeks I have been previe to some things that just make me question people as a whole. I guess I always assume that the majority of people try to do the right thing, and to treat people the right way, that's what I do. That's what I'm trying to teach my children. I fail a lot but I try. Over and over again people prove me wrong. People dissappoint me.

My four year old (who is smarter than the average bear) overheard the conversation I was having with husband regarding the vandalism. She understood what I was telling him, mostly because she helped make the property that was messed up. She asked who and why? Then I was faced with having to explain to my CHILD that there are people in this world that don't make good choices. They do things to try and hurt other people and it's wrong. Some people like to make other people feel bad and sometimes adults act like children.

I'm not a Mensa, but I do consider myself to be fairly intelligent, and having 3 kids has schooled me in childish behavior so I think I can recognize that when thrown at me. What I don't understand is how these "adults" plan to raise their children to be good people, when they themselves are not. It's a terrible, vicious cycle.

When you threaten people, when you destroy their property or say horrible horrible things to them, what exactly are you trying to accomplish? Building yourself up to make others feel bad? Didn't we do that in grammar school? Haven't we all learned that those are classic signs of one's own insecurity?

Maybe they missed that memo.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Monday, November 02, 2009

Halloween Hangover

As I mentioned in my last post, thanks to Oma, we were able to get out on Friday night for a little Costume Party Date Night. It was so fun to see all of the costumes people come up with.. Here are some of the pics.

Random Mommy and I dressed as waitresses from Merlotte's, if you don't get it, it's because your don't watch True Blood... and you should.



Husband dressed as the Worlds Biggest NKOTB fan with Random Daddy and his D*ck in a box.





Other random characters from the party..

Me with Hannibal and "C" our hostess.






One of my favorites at the party was "Storm" I didn't manage to get a picture of her, but she was awesome...

And now for my most favorite costume of all of our friends this year and he pulled it off amazingly... From one of my favorite movies, the funniest one I've ever seen... "G" dressed as Alan from "The Hangover" Complete with baby.





LOVE.IT!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Halloween, Halloween, Trick or Treat!

Am I the only one with that blasted Dora the Explorer song stuck in her head?

We had a great Halloween, as usual. We managed to get out for a little "sans kids" time and hit a Costume party on Friday night which led to a more subdued and chilled out trick or treating night with all of the kids. We were just a teeny bit hungover and tried as we might, none of our bodies were accepting the alcohol we were trying to consume on night two..

Here are our little hoodlums....


Garden Gnomes and Cinderella





Not all my hoodlums, but might as well be....



Trick or Treating....





Hope you had a Happy Halloween!