Here's a reminder, just in case...
Well, at the park yesterday:
What a BIG girl she's getting to be!
I'm sorry I haven't posted much this weekend, but Ron had both days off and we spent most of it doing family things and just spending time together. Having him around for 2 days in a weekend hasn't happened in close to a year, so we wanted to take advantage of it.
Not to mention that it just took me an hour to catch up on all of my blog reading that I missed over the weekend too. :)
The girls and I got home on Friday to find Ron already there - he'd managed to end up with that day off too, so it's been a much-needed 3-day weekend for him. Having him around for dinner was a blessing, but also created a problem as our grocery-starved house just didn't have anything to offer all 5 of us for dinner. Now we used to go out to eat a lot but over the past year we really don't very much, partly because Ron's never here and partly because we can't afford a nice sit-down meal. We do fast food more often than we should, of course, but it seems like birthdays or my mom's visits are the only times we actually have a meal served to us lately. So we took the opportunity of Ron being home for dinner for once and went out. Besides, I was hoping that Applebees would honor the 3 free kids meal coupons I had been hanging onto for a while.
The dinner was nice, the kids (generally) behaved themselves and the restaurant did honor 2 of the 3 coupons. Our server was incredible and we felt very pampered. All in all, it was a good experience.
Later that night, my friend Kristi picked me up for what is becoming a tradition of going out after all of our kids are in bed for some shopping, dessert and kid-free mommy time. We talk, we shop without having to hear, "Can I have that?" even once, and we have dessert at a restaurant without needing kids menus or crayons. I'm starting to really look forward to Friday nights! It will also come in handy in the next couple of months to be able to buy birthday and Christmas presents on these kid-free trips too.
Saturday morning involved a lot of soccer, like usual. This week we had Abby's game first though, since she played at 9:00 am. I noticed that her team seemed a bit more sluggish than usual and they lost 3-0. I don't think the early morning time is the best for them. I didn't get many pictures this week since Ron was with us finally (he's the reason I generally take so many photos to begin with since he hadn't made it to any games until now), and Abby played forward on the opposite side of the field from us, then sat out a quarter, then was goalie, and then on defense. Not much opportunity for good photo-taking. Nobody on their team is real aggressive as forwards - one reason why they didn't score at all yesterday. Abby saved a couple of goals but let one through. She did get two great stops while on defense though - the first time she's really ever even tried to kick the ball while playing defense.
Here we go with the fun contest stuff for this week!
Over on the Bloggy Giveaways page at Rocks in My Dryer, you could win one of 5 copies of the book, Cool Stuff 2.0 - all about today's coolest technology and how it works, in an easy-to-understand way. Head on over and leave a comment before October 2nd. Also, you can enter to win bedding set (comforter and sham) from Olive Kids! You'll have to enter this one by October 1st though, so hurry! I know that I'd love to win a bedding set for when Becca moves to a 'big girl' bed. And with 3 girls, I know I'd also love to win any two hair accessories from Oopsie Dazie as well - you can enter too, just leave a comment by tomorrow (September 30th).
Mom 4 Life is having a month of giveaways in October! There are a ton of great prizes every week and you can enter any of the weeks or all of them! Head on over and check it out - how fun!
You could win an autographed copy of the book, Love Letters to a Child, over at Our Seven Qtpies (enter by October 14th):
"Do you long to connect deeply with your children? To have a positive impact on their lives? To celebrate successes and discoveries as well as ordinary moments spent together? If this is what you want, but the distractions of daily life get in the way, then this book is for you."Here's another one that you'll need to enter soon since it also ends tomorrow (September 30th). At Two Moms in a Blog's Birthday Parties & Themes site, you can sign up to win one of several great prizes (including a make your own stuffed animal kit, a 3-month subscription to Menu Planning Central, and more!). Plus, everyone who enters automatically gets a $5 coupon code toward a free animal from funontheark.com!
"It can get pretty quiet up here you know--all that snow and darkness and hibernation--so each Wednesday from October through March I will post activities, decorations, games, recipes and crafts centered around a monthly theme and I've invited other blogs to participate. These ideas could be for children or adults, the only requirement is that they fit the seasonal topics..."Check out her site for the monthly topics and more details about how to participate. Sounds like fun!
I hate party invitations. Especially for birthday parties. I never tend to get the things out when I'm supposed to and nobody ever RSVPs so I still never know how many people to count on.
I think for Hannah's birthday in November it's going to be different though. I'm going to put Abby in charge of the invitations and RSVPs.
On the way home tonight after we treated the girls to having dinner out (Ron was actually home for once and we had coupons for 2 free kids meals - always a bonus!), the girls were drawing on a couple of clean napkins that they'd brought with them. Abby decided to make a list of everyone who was going to be at 'movie night' that Ron tries to do with the girls every weekend.
"Mommy, are you going to be at movie night?" She sounded all brisk and professional.
"Nope, Mommy's going out to the store tonight, sweetie", because it's Friday night and my friend Kristi and I have been going out wandering the stores together (without kids!) for the past few Friday nights.
"Ok," she thinks for a minute and then, "I'll put your name on the list and then cross it out".
"Will Becca be at movie night?" Becca isn't always allowed to stay up for movie night because it's usually past her bedtime and she's not very good at sitting still for the movie yet. Not to mention she's really too young for them anyway.
"Probably not tonight."
"Ok, I'll put her name on the list and cross it off too", and she does so with gusto. Then she checks her list,"so that means that Daddy, me and Hannah will all be at movie night but not you or Becca".
She really gets into this whole 'invitation' thing - wanting to make up and 'write' invitations to everything from real parties to imaginary ones. I think it's about time I tap that talent. Not to mention that that she'll probably be more effective than I am at getting people to RSVP because when she sees them, I know that will be all she'll say, "are you coming to Hannah's party?" and if they say they don't know yet, she'll ask again, five minutes later, "are you coming to Hannah's party?". And repeat until she gets an answer. Hey, nobody can think a cute 6-year-old is rude for asking, can they? :)
I think I'm onto something here!
It's "Buy a Friend a Book Week"! And while I can't afford to buy each of my wonderful friends a book, I can let you all know of an opportunity where you could win a free one! Over at Write From Karen, you can leave a comment and enter for a chance to win a free book (up to $15). She'll draw the winning name on October 4th.
"Aloha Friday is a very popular term used in Hawaii. It’s basically a day where we take it easy and look forward to the upcoming weekend - kind of like T.G.I.F. In keeping with this idea, I thought I would have an Aloha Friday on my blog as well. No long posts, no deep soul searching revelations . . . just a little fun.So here's my question for this first Aloha Friday post - answer it in the comments if you wish!
To accomplish this, I’ll be posting a simple question or topic of conversation and then opening up the comments to you. If you’d like to join me, just post something on your blog with your own question... Then we can all go around and visit each other. Simple, huh? (BTW, you can still answer the question even if you’re not participating.)"
Really folks, this is getting quite embarrassing. Another Friday, and more blogging awards to humbly accept and pass on. You do know that I'm going to be quite disappointed one of these weeks when I can't show my blogging friends how much I love them by giving them awards, right?
Really though - you all are so sweet and amazing! Truly. :)
"Schmoozing as defined by Dictonary.com is the ability “to converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.” When it comes to blogging, schmoozing is your ticket to making new friends, getting yourself noticed and building a reputation. Some bloggers are gifted with the ability to effectively schmooze and others not so much."I am completely honored that Kellie thinks I deserve this and I pass both awards right back to her since she always makes me smile as well. Thank you so much, Kellie! I'd also like to pass the Power of Schmooze award to Corey at Living and Loving Every Minute of It, and Tisha at CrAzY Working Mom.
"Deb is an incredible mom, an amazing blogger and a dear blogging friend. She is everything the Blogger Reflection Award is about and so much more. She is on my list of must reads for the day and I always look forward to what she is going to say next. If you have never stopped by her blog, you are truly missing out! Thank you Deb for being such an inspirational Mom and encouraging friend!"I hardly know what to say, but if you haven't checked out her blog you are in for a treat, as she is a wonderful writer and an incredible mother to her two children. And not only did she give me this award, she happened to notice that I hadn't made it on to her list when she originally intended to give it to me and so she did so today. What a lovely friend she is! And another ill Mama lately, so send some good thoughts her way too... :)
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Well, I'm excited to announce the two winners of my very first giveaway!
Just to let you all know how I did this - I numbered the comments and used Random.org to generate the numbers for the two winning comments.
I was prepared to let them argue it out for who got which copy if both winners wanted the same one, but it turned out that the two winners, comment #6 (Jean) and comment #4 (Lesha) each wanted a different one. Phew!
So please send me your contact information and I will forward it on to Stacy to have a copy of "Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten" sent to Lesha and a copy of "Let's Get Ready for First Grade" sent to Jean. Congrats to both winners! I'm only sorry I can't send a copy to everyone who left a comment.
Thanks to everyone who entered! This was a fun experience to be on the giving end of a contest and hopefully I can hold another one soon.
It's been a long day and I'm having a hard time coming up with anything new and fresh for my Thursday Thirteen post. As I sit here watching the season premiere of Criminal Minds, it's taking me longer than usual to get anything written. It's been an exciting week of season premieres and so I thought I'd share which shows I'm a fan of and which new ones I'm looking forward to.
I'm also looking forward to the Lost premiere, but since we don't get to see that one for several months yet, I left it off this list.
Can you tell I'm a fan of the crime drama, LOL? There just haven't been any sitcoms that I've been able to get into over the past few years. I'm glad we have a DVR - all of this tv watching is going to seriously cut into my evening blogging time! ;)
Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
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My 20-month-old thinks that she is 6. And she is convinced that she should be doing anything that her big sisters are doing. This causes some issues when faced with things that are perfectly reasonable activities for a 6-year-old and 4 1/2-year-old, but not something I want their little sister attempting.
Like coloring. I think it's great that Becca wants to sit and color at the table whenever Abby and Hannah are. As soon as I mention the word 'homework' to Abby, Becca chimes in with "I cowa!" and heads right for her chair.
Unfortunately though, the 'chubby' crayons that I bought for her didn't appease her for long. She didn't want those 'baby' crayons - nope, she wanted markers. Like the big girls use. And washable or not, I am not about to let this stubborn little girl color with markers since she has a habit of climbing down from her chair and attempting to take her coloring on the road.
Luckily, I found a great solution - and it's something I already had from when Abby and Hannah were younger. Color Wonder markers and paper may be more expensive, but they give me peace of mind and allow Becca to 'cowa' just like her sisters do. I sit her at the table with a Color Wonder book and pull two markers out, take off the tops and give them to her. I switch the colors out for others so she can have a variety, but she can't keep track of more than 2 at a time very well yet, I've found. I put the tops back with the other markers until she's done - they don't dry up easily and the tops have a tendency to disappear in my house once they fall on the floor and become cat toys. When she's finished 'cowa-ing', I fish out the tops, put them on and put the markers and book away. Becca is happy because she feels like a 'big girl' and I'm happy because nothing turns any colors that aren't supposed to be there!
Abby and Hannah still like the Color Wonder markers also, but I try to limit how much they use them right now since they can use the regular (washable) markers just fine and tend to use up the Color Wonder books way too fast. I also try to stock up on the CW books when I see them on sale, which helps to keep the cost down as well. Once Becca is older, she can start coloring more with regular markers, but for right now, this works for her - and me!
Check out more Works For Me Wednesday tips at Rocks in My Dryer!
And check out my very first giveaway - you could win one of a couple of great books to help your kids prepare for school! Enter by 5:00pm Eastern time today!!
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This week is all about either pets or pet peeves. I'm going to kind of do both of them but cheat a little too... A few months ago when I first started this blog, I wrote about our pets so I'm going to refer you to that post and also include a (somewhat) recent picture of our two kitties - Misty and Snuggly. Aren't they cute!
Just a quick note to let you all know that two of my posts are included in carnivals this week!
Head on over to From Under the Clutter to read all of the great posts at the Carnival of Mothers and Daughters! My post on Taking Sides is included as well - many thanks to Lynnae for hosting!
And check out this week's Carnival of Family Life, hosted at Mom on Wheels to read an amazing assortment of wonderful posts on topics from family and kids to recipes, tv, fatherhood and 'Going Green'. My post, Only 40 days until Halloween... is included. Thank you to Terry for hosting this week!
Happy reading! :)
Posted by Deb - Mom of 3 Girls at 4:08 PM
I've been sitting here trying to think about my favorite vacation. Not that there are too many to choose from - we really haven't had a 'vacation' as a family yet and those from when I was growing up were also few and hard to remember nowadays. I remember a trip to Houston, two trips to Florida involving lots of sand and sun (not my favorite things at the time!) and a trip to Boston/Cape Cod/Toronto. Then there was the
fiasco vacation to New Jersey with my dad and stepmom in 1995 which I'll have to address if there's ever a topic of worst, or most stressful, or 'help, get me out of here!' types of vacation memories. And of course, there was our honeymoon, but I don't really count that as a 'vacation' in the general sense.
For the past 20 years or so, my 'vacations' have involved work-related trips which, with finagling, allows time for sight-seeing or family involvement. We just haven't been able to afford to take a trip on our own yet. Otherwise, I travel to visit friends for a weekend or extended weekend a few times a year, and that's about as close as we get vacation-wise. Someday I'd love to do a cruise, or a Disney trip with my kids.
So after all of that (sorry for all the detail, but you got my thought process as it went along, LOL!), I think I'll have to talk about the trip that I took with my family when I was 11 - to Boston, Cape Cod and Toronto (we also hit Niagara Falls on the way back as well, if I remember correctly). I think I even have a few photos somewhere that I can dig up as well.
I know it was a work-related thing for my dad, but since he was a self-employed manufacturer's representative (salesman), he was pretty free to do whatever he wanted with it. We had a full-sized van so drove there and back and I remember sprawling out on the bed in the back playing board games and stuffed animals with my brother most of the trip. Those were the days, huh - no car seats, seat belts or portable DVD players! I shudder to think of it now - we were lucky my dad never got into an accident.
We stopped in Boston first and hit the market area, walked the Freedom Trail, went aboard the USS Constitution and saw a replica of a Boston Tea Party ship. We visited (and climbed) the Bunker Hill Monument. Here's a few photos from Boston:
We made some fun discoveries on Saturday after the soccer games were over:
Sad isn't it, how slowly the weekdays go and then how the weekends just zoom right by... I can't believe it's Sunday night again already.
We had a good weekend. Yesterday was filled with soccer, of course - 3 weeks down and 3 more to go for the fall season. I think the girls were tired yesterday - Hannah had fun, but wasn't very aggressive about playing. She'd kick the ball but then stop instead of running it down to the goal. I asked her afterward if she was tired and she said yes. I think she's also been fighting a cold or allergies too, which probably didn't help any. She said she had fun playing though, and that's what's most important.
This is the question that first greeted me when I got up this morning.
Hannah has been counting down the days until the first day of Fall. I've been a bit curious as to why this is such a big deal to her. Now I know - apparently all of the leaves were supposed to turn colors overnight and she expected big piles on the ground to jump in this morning.
Not so much.
One of the trees in our front yard does have a small group of red leaves right in the middle of it, but so far that's about it for autumn colors.
Fall apparently means different things to kids as to adults - while I love the colors, I also look at the trees with a bit of trepidation, knowing how much work will be involved in raking and bagging especially with a husband who is not home much to
do all the raking help. I have the feeling that the leaf raking will go about the same as lawn mowing did this summer - and the jungle-like state of our lawn currently tells you how that went.
Hmm, I wonder if I can take this excitement of Hannah's and put it to good use.
Now where did we put those kid-sized rakes... :)
So I'm getting really spoiled here as it's another week where I need to acknowledge a couple of awards that were given to me - and I get to pass them on to others too, which is the truly fun part, of course!
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Well, we're back from soccer and the girls are down for nap/quiet time. So let's get to the contest fun! There's a lot this week so good luck to all!
Have you joined BlogRush yet? If not, click on over and check it out! :)
I'm going to start with my contest since I can, LOL. Don't forget to enter to win a copy of either "Getting Ready for Kindergarten!" or "Getting Ready for First Grade". Just leave a comment here by September 26th at 5:00pm Eastern time and let me know which book you'd like if you win. And please link back to the giveaway post if you can or let some friends know in order to pass the word on.
Here's one you'll have to enter quick since it ends tonight - over at DE Reviews you could win a Gauze Wrap from Hug a Bug Baby! I'm still searching for babywearing options and this looks like a great site for slings of all kinds!
5 Minutes for Mom is having several new contests this week! You could win one of 10 copies of Phonics 4 Babies (enter by September 25th) a Chicco stroller (enter by September 28th), a Toddler Coddler travel carseat pillow and Kids Car Organizer Compact to hold all of those things that tend to get scattered all over your back seats (enter by September 25th), a Busy Woman's Basics MAUVE Binder Classic daily planner (enter by September 25th) or a pink Dyson vacuum cleaner (enter by October 1st). Head on over and leave a comment at the giveaway posts to enter!
Over at Crunchy Domestic Goddess you could win one of 2 re-usable bags from Reusable Bags! Head over and enter by 10pm on September 26th for a chance to win.
And here's an exciting one - over at It's Write Now you could win a new 8 GB Red, iPod Nano (video)! Head on over and check out how to win - you have until midnight on Halloween (October 31st) to enter!
Here's first giveaway on another blog as well this week - over on Fun With The Friesens you could win a nursing bracelet from Amy May's Etsy Store to either use yourself or give to a new nursing mom! I wish I'd had something like this when I was a nursing mom. Enter by 9pm CST on September 25th for your chance to win!
SuperFundraiser.com is having a "Back to School" Writing Contest! Simply write a post on your blog about anything related to K-12 schools and e-mail it to them by midnight CST on October 5th, then head back after October 9th to vote for the best posts! You can vote even if you don't enter, so it's all in your hands to see who will win each of the 3 $25 Amazon gift certificates. A 4th gift certificate will be given to a random winner of everyone who votes for their favorite posts by blogging about them. You'll have until midnight CST on October 23rd to vote. Sounds like fun!
Check out the giveaways at Rocks in My Dryer this week! You could win one of 5 copies of Casting Crowns' CD, The Altar and Door (enter by September 25th), a $40 gift certificate to Arte Bebe (enter by September 24th), or a $12 gift certificate to Bella Grano, a pair of Easy Spirit wedge clogs (enter by October 1st).
See - already found another one to add...
How would you like to win $50 to spend in a vintage children’s store? Kailani of An Island Life is holding a giveaway to Warm Biscuit Bedding Company. Stop by before September 28th for all the details.
There's still time to enter some of the contests featured on last week's round-up - check out Camy's Loft and Pediascribe for more details!
If I missed any other contests or exciting events going on our there, just leave a comment or drop me an e-mail and I'll include it!
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