Wednesday, August 27, 2008

As Giddy as a School Girl

Well, the day has come and gone and I'm glad to say that it all went off without a hitch. Chloe (and her mother, thank you very much) did very well and didn't shed a single tear. Here are some pics to prove it!

My little Hippie-Chick.

I wonder how many more years we'll get to take this photo!

Chloe & Mrs. Conine

Corban thoroughly enjoyed the Boo-Hoo Breakfast that was served for the Kindergarten Parents in the library after drop-off! Not much boo-hooin' comin' from him today! Bring on the Krispy Kremes!

Here's Chloe with her new BFF, Emily. I talked to Emily's mom today and apparently Chloe and Emily "made a secret" yesterday at potty-time. They're going to pretend that they're sisters at school. silly...

Getting out of order makes me stressed...

So before I post our pics for Chloe's first day of Kindergarten, let me post a few other pics that I've been meaning to!

First, here are some photos of Chloe being an adorable flower girl in my cousin Sabra's wedding. It was such a wonderful wedding - one of the best I've ever been to. For their first dance, Sabra and Joey did the dance number from dirty dancing...pure greatness I tell ya!

Now here are a couple from Sarah Valentine's baby shower. Also a fabulous day that totally deserves a place in the blogosphere. I made a diaper cake for her that I was pretty proud of. Check it out below.

OK, next post will be kindergarten pics, I promise!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Just one last post before I leave...

I'm about to log off of my work computer for the very last time...I have to admit I'm getting a little misty.

But you gotta do what you gotta do.

Here's to my new adventure.

(Sorry...I couldn't resist. It was just too easy!)

3 Days till Kindergarten...

Last night we walked to Chloe's new school with our neighbor Michelle Dudley and her two boys for Meet the Teacher Night. Michelle's son Zac will also start kindergarten on Monday. Michelle is one of those awesome people who seem to know at least a dozen people no matter where they go! And she knows so much about the school too, which is funny because Zac is her oldest, so it's not like she has previous experience being a school-kid mom or anything. Anyhoo...because I'm so easily influenced I found myself hoping to get Mrs. Conine as Chloe's kindergarten teacher. Michelle told me that's who she was hoping for and that she was just amazing! And I'm glad to say that both Zac and Chloe got her! So yea for that! And the other fun thing is that we'll be walking to and from school w/ the Dudley's (and tons of other neighbors) so I'm also thankful to have a new shared bonds of friendship!

(One of my personal favorite pre-kindergarten reads)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I just love being a girl...

There is no way a man would get the same amount of joy from a simple photo of a movie of one of the best love stories ever written. It's true...

PS- But Colin Firth will always be the real Mr. Darcy.

Memoirs of a Morbid Mom...

I often wonder if other people think about dying as much as I do. I know that this is going to sound disturbing...but ever since I was a little kid I've had this feeling that I would die of some sort of incurable sickness or something...and not at a ripe old age either. I don't necessarily think it's a sign or an omen that it's bound to happen, but more that I realize that that kind of thing does happen in this world. And it could very well happen to me as easily as it could happen to anyone else. The thing is that I'm not really scared of death, but instead I'm very aware of my own mortality and realize that my days are numbered. Mostly these thoughts make me realize that I need to live everyday to its fullest and make the most of every opportunity I'm given while I am here on earth.

Last night I was up until 1 a.m. labeling 32 crayons with Chloe's name for kindergarten. Every single crayon had to have her first and last name on it. At first I was a little annoyed at having to perform this menial task in such a state of exhaustion, but then as I was labeling them I started thinking about how Chloe's life would change if I died. (You see it's in these random moments that my thoughts begin to wander...) I wondered if Chloe would maybe keep those crayons forever because they had my handwriting on them and it was too precious to her to let go of anything that I had written for her. I have a good friend who lost her father when she was only a teenager and her mother kept carbon copies of his checks for 15 years because she couldn't bear to let go of his signature. My friend recently used those old checks and had her dad's signature tattooed on her. It's weird to think that we really have no control over how long our lives will be and also to think of how much our lives (and in turn, our deaths) will affect those who are so close to us.

So I drew a little heart on each crayon beside her name...just in case.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Emotional Update

A few months ago, I went through a very hard thing. I can't really expound on it here, but those who know me well know exactly what happened. So without going into any gory details, the point is this: I realized over the past weekend how OK I am now. It wasn't like a light came on at some magical moment or anything as distinct as that...but after the weekend was over and I was replaying some of the fun and wonderful things that had happened, I gently realized that the pain that had been there before - and the awkwardness and the anger - well, it just wasn't anymore. The change had been so subtle and so gradual that I hadn't even noticed that it was taking place.

They say time heals all things. And even though I'm not usually the biggest fan of cliches, I have to say that I believe this one now. So thank you Time. You've done your job very well.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Green Smoothie Challenge - Day 1

Another green breakfast and this morning even the kids joined in the fun! The proof is in the pudding, folks! If a 2 year old and a 5 year old will drink a green smoothie, then you know it has to taste yummy! Here's the recipe for my breakfast smoothie:

½ cucumber- peeled and sliced thick
8 fresh strawberries
½- ¾ cup cubed fresh pineapple
1 sliced fresh peach
1 cup red grapes
¾ cup water
1- 1 ½ cups of fresh spinach leaves
1 ½ cups of ice

First blend together all the fruits & the water until smooth. Then add the spinach leaves and the ice and blend until very smooth.
And here's some interesting info on the goodness of greens:

  • They contain more vitamin A than carrots

  • They contain more vitamin C than oranges

  • They contain more vitamin E than whole wheat

  • They contain more vitamin B2 than milk

  • They contain quality proteins (with a good amino acid profile)

  • They provide essential alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium that are not found in sufficient quantities in fruits, nuts and seeds.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

I love the smell of fresh kale in the morning...

So I started on the green smoothie thing a little early. I couldn't stop thinking about kale yesterday...which leads me to believe I may be knocked up or something, because who in their right mind craves kale to the point of dropping everything to go get some...I mean really...

I did a green smoothie for dinner, and was good for about 2 hours. Then I had a hypoglycemic breakdown and scarfed down two bean burritos when I got home from Spanish class. Ooops. But hey, at least I know now what to expect and can plan accordingly for my 3 day challenge.

This morning my breakfast smoothie consisted of fresh cucumber, strawberries, red grapes, kale and a banana. I added in water and lots of ice to make it nice and frothy. It made enough for me and Heath, and it was so delicious! Hip-Hip-Hooray for a healthy start to the day!

PS- Notice that lovely new back splash? Gotta love a handy husband!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The official color of this weekend - GREEN

I've been feeling rather icky lately with the way I look, the way I feel, just everything. That isn't supposed to sound like a plea for my friends to spew niceties on's just the plain and simple truth and confession that I've been eating well...basically garbage for the past few weeks. So I think this little gem - the Green Smoothie Queen 3 Day Challenge - may be just the thing to get me revved back up and excited again about eating the wonderful, healthy things that God has put on the Earth for us (instead of the highly processed jizzunk that so often finds its way to my plate!)

I happened upon this challenge while searching for a cute clip to send my friend Pam at work after she created a totally fab strawberry pineapple smoothie for us this afternoon. I was so intrigued after reading about using kale, spinach, even parsley into traditional fruity smoothies to up the protein and calcium. It sounds like a wonderful challenge to me. So I think I'll do it! I start on Friday and will end on Sunday. Ooooh...maybe I'll have to tweak it a little since I'm just now remembering that Heath's birthday party is on Saturday and Sarah's baby shower is on Sunday. Maybe Green Smoothies 2 of 3 meals a day with some regular food mixed in at the parties.'s still gotta be better than nothing, right?

Here's to the weekend - I'll let you know how it turned out!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

This time of year always takes me back to the happy and hopeful times of my childhood. It's Back to School time...and what could be better than spending hours perusing overflowing shelves of school supplies?! Present me with a brand new box of perfectly sharpened Crayola crayons and I will exhale such a sigh of contentment the world has never heard. Aisles upon aisles of brand new folders, spiral notebooks, pencils, markers, gleaming as a symbol of a fresh start and hope for a new year. Some people celebrate the new year on January 1, some see Spring as the symbolic representation of renewal or new life...but for me it's Fall. Right now. This is where my new year begins.