Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Story of Diesel - Part 2

Uh oh!

What is this?!

Tonight Uncle P (my brother) came over and convinced LO to open Diesel up - and she went for it! lol!

Yes, she's actually HOLDING it!


And guess where it is right her bed! Yes, that's right folks - she's SLEEPING with it! Hubby commented that he hopes this doesn't mean that she's going to go for "bad boys" when she gets older! lol! Wow - Uncle P works miracles! :)

Oh and here is the cool train track we made tonight! :)

Three New Dresses...and what the heck is that?!

So I made three pillow case dresses for LO - I'm thinking I need to fix the polka dot one with some thicker ribbon - but I'm pleased with how they came out:


Flower print that reminds me of my Nana B.:

And polka dots:

And my last project isn't quite finished yet - it still needs a strap...So I did this as a challenge to my class - we've been talking a lot about recycling, reusing, reducing and during their Valentines' Day celebration, they were drinking out of Capri Sun juice boxes and I asked them to save them for me. So I took them home, cut the bottoms out, washed them and dried them (hubby thought I was nuts until he saw the!) - so the other day, LO and I taped them together with duct tape and clear packing tape. She kept laughing saying, "Mommy tape the juice up!" I'm hoping that after vacation is over I can show them that they can reuse things to make other things. Also I hope to show them that they could also use a reusable container, rather than use ready made juice boxes - which in turn will help the environment...I might have to raffle this bag off or something... ;)


The Zoo

So we took advantage of the lovely 45 degree day and ventured out to our local zoo. Little One was great - I left the stroller in the car and we walked around the whole zoo twice (yeah, she took a nice nap afterwards)!

Here are some pictures of our visit:



This is one of the animals that was out - it's a Canadian Lynx. LO asked if she could put a leash on it like she does with Buddy - yeah, I don't think so Honey! lol

Giving the stuffed otter some love - and she was awesome about not getting anything:

A cool picture of her looking at a "bug's eye":

The Jaguars:

Hopefully when we go back in the spring more animals will be out!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

You know your child is obsessed with Thomas when...

She says to you as you're going out the door, "Have fun at the Island of Sodor Mommy!"

Yes, the TV needs to be turned OFF today.

I think we'll head out to the zoo.

Monday, February 18, 2008


So today LO and I made the pilgrimage to the Outlets - to our favorite outlet - The Children's Place. :) See this time each year, wonderful winter clothes go on clearance - can you say, "Complete outfit for $1.98?" So I went on a little splurge and got 8 complete outfits (minus socks, tights and shoes) for under $48. Had I bought it all when it came out, I would have spent $235.00! Crazy!

So this is the stash we got for next winter:

Jeans and sweater, and hoodie, sweatpants and shirt


two pants with matching tops


Red velor outfit (these are my favorite - $1.98 baby!) and jeans and top


Another velor outfit and a possible holiday outfit (I like leopard - especially when it's cheap!)


Oh and a kitty shirt b/c LO was so good in the store! :) It can also go under the first outfit.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Story of Diesel

Well, Little One loves Thomas and everything that has to do with Thomas - with the exception of Diesel. See, Diesel is a bad train - a VERY bad train. In the Thomas movie, he tries to kill Thomas (yeah, and you thought this was a little kid thing), then in the shows, Diesel plays nasty tricks on the trains. So LO knew early on that Diesel was bad. So flash forward to Christmas morning when my cousin (the bride) came over to give LO her present. LO opened it up and found to her dismay, DIESEL. LO actually picked it up and threw it and yelled, "NO DIESEL! DIESEL BAD!" So since that day, anytime Diesel goes near LO, she pushes it away and tells me to put it "Up high on top of the TV."


So it's sat there since December 25th. On Thursday, LO was talking about Diesel being up high and how he was bad. I asked her if I could open it and she said no. So I tried to explain to her how we could take it back to the store and get a different train. She was excited about it and even went and got a bag for me to put it in (no way was she actually going to touch the package). We went off to our local Thomas store and asked if we could exchange it. The woman told us that it was fine, but to find another in the price range. Well, of course there are only 3 others in the price range, and LO has two of them. So after 20 minutes of convincing her that she really wants "Mighty Mac", we go back to the customer service desk and the woman begins the transaction for the exchange - to which LO starts to go ballistic that we are leaving Diesel behind. So, I tell the woman to cancel it, we bring Diesel back home, and LO tells me to place him "Up high. On the TV, Mommy."


So I guess that's where he'll stay...

The Long Awaited Thomas Dress

So it's no secret that LO loves Thomas the Train and all of his (expensive) friends. I was lucky to be able to participate in a swap on craftster and get a bunch of Thomas fabrics. As soon as we opened the box, LO wanted a "Tommy Dress" - well this is what we made:


After a couple of days, I was able to get it all together and make her a real "Tommy Dress":



"Look Daddy, train butts" (that's what she calls buttons):

And the back:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

60 Things You Might Not Know About Me

60 Things You Might Not Know About Me

1. What is in the back seat of your car right now?
A carseat, an old diaper bag, one of LO's jacket, my book bag

2. When was the last time you threw up
Last February - actually a year ago tomorrow - I had a GI bug

3. What's your favorite curse word?

4. Name 3 people who made you smile today?
Little One, Hubby, my co-worker

5. What were you doing at 8 am this morning?
We had a snow delay, so I was cutting up veggies with LO to make a beef stew in the crock pot

6. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Talking on the phone to a good friend.

7. What will you be doing 3 hours from now?

8. Have you ever been to a strip club?

9. What is the last thing you said aloud?
Ok, so that is just wacked.

10. What is the best ice cream flavor?
Anything with chocolate, caramel and peanut butter

11. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Water with an airborne in it

12. What are you wearing right now?
beige pants and a navy sweater

13. What was the last thing you ate?
Beef Stew and French Bread

14. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?
No, I've been good

15. When was the last time you ran?
Today at the store chasing after LO

16. What's the last sporting event you watched?
The Superbowl

18. Who is the last person you emailed?
My professor

19. Ever go camping?

20. Do you have a tan?
No, Irish skin forbids that

24. Do you drink your soda from a straw?

25. What did your last IM say?
Good night!

26. Are you someone's best friend?
I hope so

27. What are you doing tomorrow?

Teaching, then coming home and making a valentine with LO for hubby

28. Where is your mom right now?
Home in bed?

29. Look to your left, what do you see?

30. What color is your watch?
I don't wear one

31. What do you think of when you think of Australia ?

32. Would you consider plastic surgery?
God yes!

33. What is your birthstone?
Blue Topaz or turquoise

34. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit thedrive thru?
Drive thru, but if it has a play place, we go in.

35.How many kids do you want?

36. Do you have a dog?
Yup a sato from Puerto Rico

37. Last person you talked to on the phone?
a Good friend

38. Have you met anyone famous?
hum...I don't know

39. Any plans today?
Day's over, so going to bed

40. How many states have you lived in?

41. Ever go to college?
Yup - Ithaca College and Lesley University

42. Where are you right now?
Home on my couch

43. Biggest annoyance in your life right now?
My daughter prefers hubby over me - that and her wanting to do everything herself

44. Last song listened to?
Thomas the Tank Engine Theme song

46. Are you allergic to anything?
dust, pollen, ragweed, cleaning

47. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
My crocs, but I can't wear them all the time, but I'd like to

48. Are you jealous of anyone?
Not jealous, but envious

50. Is anyone jealous of you?
Not that I know of...isn't that something you keep a secret?

51. What time is it?

52. Do any of your friends have children?
Some of them do

53. Do you eat healthy?
I try to but bad stuff keeps ending up in my mouth

54. What do you usually do during the day?
I make over 200 life changing decisions in one hour for 6 hours a day - that's not including what I do at home.

55. Do you hate anyone right now?
I dislike people's actions, but I don't hate anyone.

56. Do you use the word 'hello' daily?

58. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?

59. Have you ever been to Six Flags?
Twice - one for a Spin Doctors concert where I lost my watch and another time when hubby and I were dating.

60. How did you get one of your scars?
One? You only want one? I have had over 200 skin biopsies to test for melanoma (all clear, thank God), my c-section scar, gall bladder scars (I have 4 from that), a hernia scar, and a scar on my hand from dropping a tin foil cutter on it. Oh, and the time I cut myself with scissors in front of my class - that was an interesting day...

Monday, February 11, 2008

More words...

So tonight we're reading the Manner Book by Karen Katz and we're at the part where it says, "You broke your sister's toy. What do you say?" Well, seeing that we only have one kid, hubby tells me to say friend or cousin. So tonight we're reading the book...

Mommy: "You broke your friend's toy! What do you say?"

Daddy: "SUCKER!"

Little one: "SUCKER!"

Mommy: "No, we don't say that. Little girls don't say that."

I continue...

Mommy: "Grandma gives you a special treat. What do you say?"

Little one: "SUCKER!"

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Words of the day...

Daddy: LO, you need to get dressed to go outside and walk Buddy.

LO: No, I wear boots (while wearing ONLY boots and a diaper).

Daddy: LO, they have this thing called DSS...

LO: It's ok Daddy, I have boots.


Saturday, February 9, 2008


A couple of weekends ago when LO was feeling better, we took her to the city to the Aquarium. This place has special meaning for my hubby and I because that is where we had one of our first dates and it's where he proposed to me. :)

LO loved seeing the penguins and seeing all of the animals that are related to the beach and ocean.

Here is Daddy and LO pointing at the big fish!

Trying to "tickle" the little fish:

Playing in the tide pool with mommy:

With daddy looking at the big tank:

Wow! The turtle!

Double Wow! Two turtles and a guy in the water!

These are penguins mommy!


Loving some more turtles:


(She wouldn't let us buy her one - she just wanted to hug them all - lol!)

Playing outside with the seals!

Trying to see if she can run as fast as the seals can swim!

She's a blur because she's running "super fast":


What a fun day! :) It will be nicer when it's warmer and we can walk around more. :)

* Oh, and LO almost got a marriage proposal because she was wearing her Thomas dress! lol - One mother commented, I think I found my son's future wife! LOL!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

What a ham!

I just love LO - she is just so funny!

Tonight after she had her tubby, she wanted to have her hair done in pigtails and barrettes. Then when she saw the "pretty dot dress mommy" she took off her beloved Thomas PJs and wanted the dress on...I took out the camera, and LO started hamming it up...




"This is Thomas Mommy" (Don't mind the clean laundry...):

"Time to take the dress off LO and go to bed":

"I'm serious...":

"Oh! Mommy, are you still taking pictures?":