Saturday, January 31, 2009
She watched about 5 minutes of the show like this.....crazy kid...
Friday, January 30, 2009
After the first 15 minutes of trying everything we could, I did what any crazy, out of control mother would do - I started video taping and laughing hysterically. The woman in the row in front of me started laughing and I told her I was taping her for revenge when she's older. At the end of the day, you can do two things - laugh or cry. I've done my fair share of crying lately because of the way she's been behaving so the only thing left to do is laugh!
I was close.....very close.....
Thursday, January 29, 2009
If you have kids, are pregnant or thinking of having children, please read this article. It's so true - what works for some moms may not work for others and no one should ever feel judged. We are all doing what we think is best for our children, and at the end of the day, that's the only thing that matters.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Side note: Never in a million years did I think I would be sharing a story with you about my daughter's pee pee. Shit. Show's how exciting my life is! LOL!!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
This means that I have a pretty good chance of going into labor on my own, which will be kind of exciting. I had an amazing experience with my induction last time, but it would be kind of exciting to go into labor on my own because I've never experienced that.
Once I was done crying, I went to bed. My whole world had changed with the words I had just said to Matti. Our relationship had changed. Everything. Had. Changed. Have you ever woken up when something bad has happened and hope and pray that what you had experienced was just a dream and not your life? I felt that way for quite a while. Matti and I had a talk and we both said it wouldn't change our relationship, but how can it not? How could we look at each other the same?
That summer, we continued to hang out. We went to dinners, we went on car rides, we went on picnics, downtown with our friends, had late night talks. All the while, my poor friends and family (who didn't know him well) sat back, frustrated and confused as to why I would keep spending time with him. In their opinion, he was sending me mixed signals - we were as close as two people could be, yet I had put my heart out on the line and he had rejected me.
I would spend my days making it through work or school - whichever I had going on that day - and would rush to get home so I could spend time with Matti. It crushed me to be so close to him, yet I also couldn't stay away.
Finally, in October, we decided to go camping in Acadia National Park. My friends and family were shocked that I would go with him for a couple of reasons. One - anyone in the Northeast knows that October in Maine is cold. Very cold. Especially at night. Two - need I remind you what happened on my twenty-first birthday??
It took us about 9 hours by car to get to Acadia. We talked the entire time. We talked about our hopes and dreams, told funny stories about our childhood, played our little game that we had been playing over the past year - "tell me one thing I don't know about you", we laughed. It felt good. It was also bittersweet. I remember thinking that I wanted to talk to him like this for the rest of my life. That I could never tire of hearing him. He made me want to be better than I was. To be smarter. To be stronger. To be kinder.
We spent that first day setting up our site and talking by the campfire. We drank beers and stared at the sky. It got colder and we bundled up. Finally we crawled into our tent and snuggled up in our sleeping bags. We continued to whisper to each other, as to not wake up any other campers. Finally, after a 9 hour car ride and an evening spent around the campfire talking the entire time, we were silent. I remember laying my head on his chest with my hand on his stomach. We laid there like that for a while. Then, as though we both had the same thought, we just looked at each other. There was a moment where I don't think that either of us knew what was going to happen next. Slowly, we leaned in and kissed each other. And everything - every memory, every tear shed, every joke, every conversation, every car ride, every story told to each other, every picnic, every late night spent talking - went into that kiss.
To this day, that was one of the most memorable and happy moments of my life. I never wanted to let go of him that night, and still don't. As with every couple who has been together for a while, we have our ups and downs. We argue just like everyone else. But... At the end of the day, we are each other's best friends and have been that way for over ten years. I couldn't imagine my life without him...
"If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday morning was spent at Fiori's Bridal looking at bridesmaids dresses with Miche, Des and Danielle. Danielle looks great in everything and there were a lot of cute dresses to choose from.
Saturday afternoon Miche, Cadi and I hung out while Matt, Ross and Jimmy went to the movies to take Jimmy's mind off of things for a couple hours. Saturday night we went out to dinner with Jimmy, Miche, Ross and Lindsey to celebrate Spike's life. There were many stories shared about Spikers and what an amazing dog he was. Since my mom was watching Acadia overnight, Matt and I decided to see Gran Torino after dinner - awesome movie!!
Today Matt and I got to sleep in for the first time in a looong while then I met Miche and mom for lunch and we went to a bridal show at the Sheraton. Right now Matt is at Costco and Acadia and I are relaxing - reading, learning new sign language and playing with her dolls.
Why do the weekends fly by so quickly?!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I have never spoke with an author before and it was really cool to be able to ask her questions about how the process of writing a book goes for her. We asked if she had a hard time switching from writing about one character to the next (no), how long it takes her to write a book (a year to a year and a half), if she knows when starting a book how it's going to end (no she doesn't - she said she is just as surprised as the readers with what takes place during the course of writing her books), if she misses the characters when she's done writing about them like we as readers do when we're done reading about them (no she said, because they are always with her in her heart). It was an awesome conversation and was so cool to be able to get inside of an author's head.
One thing I was struck by is how often she said how lucky she was to be able to write for a living. That she needed to write every day. She said a couple times that it is her dream job.
I couldn't help but think what it would be like to have my dream job. I mean, honestly - what would my dream job even be? I love blogging, and suppose that would be the closest thing I could have to a dream job. I enjoy writing down my thoughts, as scary as it is to have my thoughts out there for all to see, it's also a bit freeing. So, if I had to chose, I would say that professional blogging would be my dream job.
What would it be like? To have your dream job? We all have stress in our jobs - whether we work in an office setting, a retail setting, are a stay at home parent or work in the medical field. But most of us have jobs we either can't stand or at least just tolerate. Imagine having your dream job. Sure, you'd still have some stress, but you'd at least be passionate about your job.
TFT: Do you have your dream job? If not, what is your dream job?
I found this super easy cake recipe for the party
Of course Acadia's afternoon snack had to be blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream
The Paradees celebrating!
Acadia calling Obama to congragulate him
The future presidents??
Bonnie giving Acadia a bite of cake
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Side note: Don't worry - the drinking games took place when Acadia was down for her nap!
Silly uncle Rossy