Friday, September 30, 2011


Today Todd and I are celebrating our 11th anniversary. When you first get married, even 5 years seems like a big deal. I now realize that every year should be celebrated like a big deal because it is. I am so thankful to have found the love of my life, who also happens to be my best friend.

I fall more and more in love with Todd as the years go by. I love that he is a wonderful husband and father to Katie and Michael. He knows me so well and takes the good and bad parts of me, which is not always easy. I feel so lucky to have him as my husband and know that I count on him to be by my side.

As a surprise to me, Todd took the day off from work so we can spend it together and I am looking forward to it. I think it's amazing that something so simple can make me so happy. Happy Anniversary Todd!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Wednesday is the day that we go to library storytime. We didn't go during the summertime as I felt like Michael may have been bored with it and there were plenty of other things to do. The latest session started back in the last week of August and today was the final class of this session. The next one will start back up in 3 weeks.

Katie really seemed to be participating today, which figures since this is the last class for a while. She is singing along with the songs and doing the hand motions. One of her favorite songs that they sing is "The Wheels on the Bus".

Today the librarian read a Spot book, which is one of Katie's favorites right now. Since there are so many kids in there, it's sometimes hard to pay attention to the book. There are also quite a few younger siblings, who are babies, and Katie wants to monitor their every move. It's so sweet how she goes up to the babies and studies what they are doing.

Katie enjoys library storytime and asks about it when we don't go. I hope that the next 2 weeks go by quickly. I wonder what activity we can do instead of storytime. Maybe a trip to the zoo or the museum.....

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Apple Picture Day

Friday was Picture Day at Michael's school. We are still struggling to get him to wear a "button shirt". I guess I figured after 3 years that he would eventually decide to give up his fight with buttons. No such luck yet, although we can usually get him to wear one with a bribe. The shirt that he wore for Friday's picture was actually one that he picked out himself. He threw a fit when we were buying it for my cousin's rehearsal dinner last month but agreed to wear it for the picture after we asked a few times.

It was also Apple Day for the Kindergarten classes. It was fitting that Michael was wearing a red shirt. The classes went around to different rooms and got to taste and touch different apples. Todd's parents brought over a basket of apples this weekend. Michael was able to tell me that the green ones were Granny Smith, the yellow were golden delicious and the red ones were delicious too. I was impressed. They also made an apple hat with the different color apples on it. Michael was pretty proud of it!

Friday, September 23, 2011

All Night Long

That was the amount of time that Katie wore underwear on Wednesday night without any accidents. Todd and I were so proud of her!

For the past few nights, Katie has been asking to wear underwear to bed. I have been very hesitant as most days she still wakes up with a pretty full pull-up. She really wanted to and I didn't want to discourage her so I let her wear underwear to bed on Tuesday night. She did have an accident but I am pretty sure it was near the morning as she wasn't that wet. She asked again last night so I put the panties on. My mom has been visiting for a few days and she got Katie up this morning.

We made a big deal about her doing such a great job wearing underwear all night. I hope that this is the start to staying dry every night and that it wasn't just a one time thing. If she can start pooping on the potty consistently, then potty training will be done. I will be keeping my fingers crossed and keep cheering Katie on!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

One Month Later

Today was Michael's one month post-surgery appointment for his eardrum repair. The ENT said that everything looks good so far. We can stop with the eardrops and keeping the water out of his ear in the shower. The skin graft is still a little thick so he will recheck the ear again next month and there will also be a hearing test then as well.

Thankfully, this was one of the shortest appointments we have ever been to. The time from checking in to leaving was less than 30 minutes. This was good because Michael does not like to have his ear checked. The doctor also cleans his ear, which is the worst part of the appointment. Today I showed him all of the things that the doctor used to check his ear. It seemed to calm him down a bit. I hope that after the next appointment, it will be a while before we have to go back.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Blogging Blahs

We have been so busy over the past few weeks getting into the school routine and adjusting to getting up so early. It seems like there is so much going on that I could be blogging about but yet there is little time to do it. I hope to get back into it in the next few days as I have come to rely on the blog to keep track of important milestones and events in our family's life.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Isn't it crazy how some moments stand out in your mind and you can remember what you were doing at that exact moment in time? But then other things that you did a million times don't seem to leave any impression at all.

I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing the morning of September 11, 2001. I was sitting at my desk at work. I got a call from my mom saying that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. My dad was doing contract work right across the river from the WTC. Thankfully, he was fine. We turned on the TV at the office in time to see another plane hit the second tower. We were glued to the TV for the rest of the day at work and at home that night. I remember being in shock that something this serious had happened. I also kept waiting for them to bring out survivors. Unfortunately, there were not many. I know that I felt such relief that my dad was OK as he was so close to the tragedy. My mom spent the next few days trying to get up there to be with him from NC.

Ten years later, the world has changed in so many ways. My life has also changed drastically. I was a newly married working woman. Now I have been married for almost 11 years, have 2 kids and am lucky enough to stay at home with them. I am thankful for my family every single day.

Friday, September 9, 2011

First Ballet Class

Tuesday was Katie's first dance class. I had called to several dance studios around us and all of them will not take kids until they are 3 years old. I finally found a class at a local rec center and it will be on Tuesday afternoons.

The class is pre-ballet and it is just for 2 year olds. Well, I guess that most of the other 2 year olds are doing something else because Katie was the only one in the class! I figured that she wouldn't actually do any dance but she did let the teacher show her what to do. They sat together on the floor and listened to music while talking about dance. The class lasted about 40 minutes, which I thought was pretty good for Katie. It was nice to have the class to herself because she got to ease into the setting.

The highlight of the class was getting a pink stamp on her hand at the end. As we were leaving, I asked her if she wanted to come back again next week. She said that she would and she told me she wants to dance "The Nutcracker".

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bye Bye Summer

Growing up on the Jersey shore, Labor Day weekend always meant the end of summer. The day after Labor Day, the island changed and all the tourists went home. It was when we always enjoyed the beach the most. Now that I live in South Carolina, school starts mid-August and the beginning of school means the end of summer to me.

We were invited by some good friends to spend the weekend with them at the beach house they rented for the week. We visited with my parents on Friday night and headed over to the beach house late Saturday afternoon. It was nice to spend time with family and friends.

We all went swimming in the pool and headed to the beach today. We really enjoyed ourselves. It was the ideal day to spend at the beach and pool. The ocean water was the perfect temperature and there was a nice breeze blowing on the beach. Everyone had a great time and we were happy that we decided to the spend the final weekend of summer at the beach!