Archive for April, 2007

What’s wrong with this picture? and an update

April 30, 2007

Yesterday my husband sent me shopping by myself. No kids. I took the Jetta. No car seats. Anyway, one place I had to go to was the supermarket. Now, since I am not good at making grocery lists, my husband always writes one out. He’s so anal like that, I mean he’s very organized. Well this is the shocking part: I came home with exactly what was on the list (with the exception of 2 magazines, but who really counts those?). That never happens. I always come home with at least $20 worth of stuff that was not on the list. You know, stuff that we really needed, like the new hand lotion in that bottle that is just sooo pretty. Stuff that he just doesn’t know to write down. I don’t know what happened. I must have been in a fog.

Now for the update: I called the “stroller” people twice today and spoke to Carol, who had no idea there was even a contest. She said I had to speak to Dave. Well Dave hasn’t called me back yet. Anybody want to see Dave cry? I do! I do!

Oh No They DIDN’T!

April 28, 2007

Those rotten people with their stroller did NOT announce their winner today like they emailed me that they would!
Oh, they are really in for it now because I emailed them again. Squeaky wheel gets the oil, is what they say.
We’ll just see about this.
Monday: I’m calling them, and if they don’t announce a winner, someone is going to start crying, and it WON’T be me!

How do you help?

April 26, 2007

I’ve been thinking a lot about helping people and I realize that I don’t help enough. I told my husband today that we really should adopt a child. Not only to expand our family (which would be awesome), but because it is a way that we can help out another human being. He thinks it is too challenging for us to even consider, and maybe he’s right. But, wouldn’t we be making the world a tiny bit better if we participated in improving the life of one person that doesn’t have a family? What if everyone took in one child who needed a home?
Anyway, so I was telling my husband that I don’t believe that I do enough to help people. I think everyone should help each other. He reminded me that we donate clothing and household items to Good Will, we sponsor a child through Half the Sky, we donate money to fund-raising charities that our friends and family participate in, we invite friends and acquaintances over for holiday dinners if we know that they would otherwise be alone (BTW- this is a favorite thing of ours–one that I look forward to), and we recycle and conserve energy!!! Something for the earth!
But while that is all good, am I really helping anyone? I want to do more. What I do just doesn’t seem enough. I would like to do something that would make a difference.
My husband suggested volunteering at an orphanage, which made me laugh because I had to point out that there aren’t any in the US. There are two homes that I am aware of, but neither are located nearby. Oh, what to do?
I’m not looking for the cure for cancer or how to stop wars. I would just be happy with a small but very significant change in my life and in someone else’s. Is that too much?

Hi. My name is Cate, and I am a stroller addict.

April 23, 2007

I’ve written about my obsession with strollers before. My family and friends are trying to find me a nice rehab to send me to. But if it’s not going to be a swanky place a la Britney Spears or Olsen Twin rehab, then they can just FORGET IT.
Anyway, so I entered a stroller give away contest. Of course I did. They were supposed to announce the winner by the 19th, but they didn’t. So I emailed them. Of course I did. They just emailed me back. The winner will be posted on the 27th. Which means I have another 4 days to OBSESS if I won or not. I hope I can hold on.
This is the stroller I need to win (I mean I hope I won): Inglesina Zippy.

Shut up all of you.

Candy and cartoons

April 23, 2007

For a few weeks now, my daughter has refused breakfast with the exception of about 10 ounces of milk. Every morning it has been a battle to get her to eat. So I’ve let her drink her milk, and then about 10 am she eats something light such as toast. But this morning was different. My son asked for Yogos (after he ate his breakfast), and my daughter got all excited and wanted them too. Of course I gave them to her. The box says they contain calcium and vitamin C. I think we’re on the right track. Maybe tomorrow she will eat some real food.
Oh, and yes, she has to wear a hat whenever possible.

The Puppet Store

April 20, 2007

Yesterday I had to go to the mall. We went to the one a little farther from where we live because it has a pet store, (which my son keeps calling the puppet store) that I wanted the kids to see. It is a very tiny pet store with only about 16 puppies, 3 bunnies, 10 birds, 2 ferrets, 2 turtles, and that’s it.
I’m trying to get myself and the kids used to puppies because we are getting one. My husband has been whining, I mean begging, I mean REALLY wanting one for as long as I’ve known him. But he won’t let me get a cat no matter what I say or do. Whatev’s.
I never had a dog before, so I am a little hesitant. We also won’t get a puppy until next year because we want our daughter to be a little bit older. We don’t want to be mean to the puppy.
Anyway, so my husband asked my son what we should name our new dog, and without hesitation he said, “Doggie.” He’s so cute.
My husband wants to name it Shiloh, which sounded familiar to me. I thought and thought about it, and then I remembered where I had heard that name before. It’s Brangelina’s youngest daughter’s name! (Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt). But my husband doesn’t care. Neither do I, but my son might be disappointed.

Nursery School Open House

April 17, 2007

Last Thursday night was Open House Night at my son’s nursery school. It was the first time that I have ever attended one. I felt like such a parent! I can’t tell you how much fun the 4 of us had. It was great! The tiny school was packed and seemed to be stretching out at the seams (though you can’t tell by these photos) with children, siblings, parents, teachers, and even some grandparents who had all come out in the rain to attend.
The different classes had been working on special art projects for the last few weeks to show- case during the open house. My son’s class (Toddlers Program) did a farm animal project. You can see Joseph with his hand up showing which sheep he painted. He and his classmates also painted the barn. You have never seen a prouder child!!!!! He was absolutely crazy happy showing us around his school, his art work, pictures of himself in class and on the playground that his teachers had taken, and his class room. His class room was set up with crayons and paper and playdough to keep some of the children busy.

Two days before his teacher called to let us know how he was progressing in school. She only solidified what I had already known since the day he was born. This child will be going to Harvard. I know, I know. You’re shaking your head. But you just mark my words.
My husband and I couldn’t be any more proud of him and we told him so over and over again. I truly believe he was the happiest kid there.

Never in a million years

April 12, 2007

I will never, ever, be a stay at home mom. EVER. My hardest week is when I work a Sunday. The next time I work again, isn’t until Friday. 5 entire LONG days away. I’ve come to the conclusion that 5 days in a row home with my kids is too much for me. I can’t do it. I will now be looking for another job. One where I won’t be home longer than 2 or 3 days in a row with them. I have my limits. I can choose sanity or insanity. I’m choosing sanity.

Typical New England spring

April 11, 2007

Today both my kids played outside in the sunshine with their jackets on. They wore their new spring sandals over socks, but that’s not unusual. What’s weird is that tomorrow we are expecting snow. Aaaahhhh, New England.

More Easter 2007

April 9, 2007


Peter and his father made an awesome dinner for 6 adults and 3 kids (the 4th child is 8 months old and preferred his baby food).
This was the first time Peter has cooked for a holiday, and he did a great job!
I really wish I had remembered to take a picture of the ham, string beans, ravioli, meatballs, and sausage, and eggplant parmigiana that they made because it was all so good.
There was also salad, stuffed mushrooms, and lots and lots of wine that our friends brought over.
I actually ate only the meatballs and eggplant because it was so good, that I wasn’t about to take up any space in my stomach eating anything else. Except for the coffee and dessert.
So since I don’t have a photo of our meal, I leave you with our Easter family picture. Notice how I am holding down my son’s hand so he wouldn’t put his fingers in his mouth. Lovely.