Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009 Resolutions


I actually just read something that said, "Few endeavors are more likely to fail than making New Year's resolutions." - statusnews.com

Totally true.

I'm usually not one that makes and actually sticks to a resolution...but, this year - I'll try even harder. Hmm...thinking about it - I do say that every year. But, this year...I'm actually writing (or typing) it down...So, it's way more meaningful... Well, at least I feel like it is.


Here are my 9 resolutions (9 is my lucky number):

1. Cook at least 5 dinners a week. This one shouldn't be that hard...since we are pretty much doing that now (other than the holiday crazy weeks.)

2. Eat dinner as a family more often - no TV & at the table.

3. Bring my lunch to work every day. This is a carry over from 2008 - worked really well throughout the first half of 2008. Unfortunately, just can't beat those Costco $1.50 lunches.

4. Read books to the cuties every night.

5. Continue bringing the Cuties to church.

6. Physical activity (walking, videos, gym, etc.) at least 4 times per week.

7. Family activities every week - park, ride bikes, zoo, etc.

8. Get together with friends more often

9. Kiss Bryan and say I love you more often. Unfortunately, the cuties sometimes take precedence and I need to remember the importance of my marriage - for me, the hottie, and the cuties' sake!


That's it....good luck to me!


Closing Out a Year


In reflecting back over 2008 - these events stand out:
  • Lily turning 1 with a "jumping" princess bash followed by the typical poker party late into the A.M.

  • Lily FINALLY walking.

  • Brady turning 4 by foregoing a party and instead joining the Babcock's for a weekend at Disneyland.

  • Learning, understanding, and following a budget.

  • Softball and me as the biggest (or most obnoxiously loud) fan.

  • My "chef-skills" in the early stages...and my love of the apron.

  • Disneyland - here we come!!

  • Mike & Cori Wedding - Jouas, established April 25, 2008 - woo hoo!!

  • 10 day vacation to Connecticut - thanks Glen & Marie...we had a blast!

  • The birth of Babe Lincoln - cutie pants!

  • AZ Grand Hotel - Oasis waterpark and fireworks for the 4th...and a million people in one hotel room.

  • Finding the perfect home for Abby.

  • Brady beginning his school days as a "Pre-K All Star"... as he would say.

  • Boys Weekends vs. Girls Weekends - it's not a contest!

  • The birth of my blog - I'm now lost without my journaling.

  • The transition to a new religion - the introduction of church to the Cuties.

  • Halloween at the Babcock's - have you ever gone trick-or-treating with over 30 people?

  • The election - history made.

  • Thanksgiving at Aunt Karen's - and authoring the prayer.

  • Girl's Spa Weekend for my mom's 50th - best weekend ever!

  • Holiday lights at their finest.

  • Light Rail Rides are not recommended on the "free" days

  • New Years Slumber Parties...is that what happens when the little ones begin to take over?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mommy of all Sorts


I just finished reading Marley & Me. It was super cute and I will be seeing the movie soon...can you say date night? The book got me thinking about my life as a mommy - from doggy to baby.

Bryan and I married on March 9, 2001. Kids were in our future - but...not right away. We always were an "if it happens, it happens" kind of couple - if you know what that means.

So...needless to say - it never happened. Here we were - very young, healthy, and optimistic about the future. After awhile, we often wondered why "it" wasn't happening. A few trips to the special doctor told us exactly why. Well...after a bit of struggling and unfortunate sad events - we decided we'd buy a baby...and that's exactly what we got, Abby.

One day on a whim - I kind of miss those, no bills, no responsibility days - we decided to go out and get a dog. After a quick fight on big dogs vs. small dogs (I'm for big, Bryan's for small), we were set - anything that doesn't shed too much. Upon seeing Abby - we fell in love with her immediately. She was small and white with golden-red spots. And...I think she fell in love, too.

Abby was our first baby. We got her in September 2002 - she was 4 months old...and she was perfect. For now. We treated her like the princess she was. Luckily she was quick to train - the only trouble was her "yappiness." Apparently, small dogs have this yappiness about them. I didn't know that...I guess I was a small dog virgin until Abby.

For the next 2+ years, Abby was it for us. She was our baby.

Then, after a few years of trying - we were blessed with Brady. Abby took to him immediately. We never had any problems with her and trusted her completely. We had read about how to "introduce" your pets to a new child and we followed all the steps. Bryan brought home a blanket with Brady's smell and Abby went wild. When we got home with Brady - we allowed her to sniff around and be curious. Almost immediately, she was protective over him - almost as if she knew how much we loved him.

That's where my doggy mommy days end. Over the next few years - sadly to say - Abby took a backseat to the Cuties. She never seemed jealous. She wasn't ignored - just not treated like the princess she once was. She continued to be great with the Cuties...only sometimes would she get a little mad. But, come on, how many times can someone sit on you or squeeze you before you get mad, too?

The last year we had Abby - was a struggle. We loved her...but, unfortunately couldn't give her the attention and affection she deserved. The joke was - anyone we saw (well, not anyone) - Bryan would ask, "Would you like a dog?" Sounds awful I know. We loved her and wouldn't just give her to anyone. We wanted to make sure that she was in a home in which she would be treated well...princess well.

Well - 2008 found us a home of our beloved Abby. My cousin Dougie took her in and she really has never been treated so well. We joke about their bubble baths, spooning, and cuddling - but I do not doubt that she is in the best home possible.

It makes me sad to think back at my doggy mommyhood. I loved her and still do - but, I really am a much better baby mommy. No offense to the dog mommies, I think that it is a really tough job - maybe even tougher than baby mommy. I just think I'm not cut out for both jobs.

So - thanks Abby - for giving me a few years to introduce myself to the world of mommyhood. I think you definitely "took one for the team" with me. Oh...and a huge shout out to all those that can juggle both types of mommyhood - I think you are amazing!

p.s....I just found out that our dear Abby, just today, gave Babe Lincoln his first french kiss....isn't that one for the baby book!


Monday, December 29, 2008

Riding the Todd

Those of you that live in Phoenix have been hearing of this idea/phenomena called the Light Rail for, I don't know, the last million years or so. Well...December 27, 2008 - the Light Rail was turned into reality. And we (Campbell's, Babcock's, Jouas', and Gilbert Majercin's) jumped at the chance to partake in the historical weekend opening...not to mention that it was free.

I LOOOOOOVE NEW YORK CITY!! Everyone knows that I do. Everyone. I used to say that I was going to go to NYU - not sure what happened to that pipe dream. But...it's probably good that I didn't go - I'd still be paying off those student loans - right? Well, the Light Rail is just about as close to a subway system that Phoenix will ever get.

Here are the PROs and Cons:

PROs:

Very clean...for now.

Relatively quick - we got from Mesa to downtown Phoenix in 40 minutes (and you have to account for extra time it took us due to the crazy # of people and a bit longer of stops)

Good location for ASU, downtown Phoenix, north on Central

Trains run every 10 minutes

High Occupancy

Cheap - $1.25 or $2.50 for all day pass


CONS:

Limited location - doesn't help us Southeasterners of the valley

Last train - 11pm

Plans to expand...waaaay to far in the future, ie. Westgate 2025??

Name - we voted on the Todd - sounds way cooler, doesn't it?


Anyways - I'd highly suggest waiting until after the 1st to ride - the "free" days are just not all they are cracked up to be. We got on after about a 40 minute wait at the far east stop. No problem. Rode to downtown Phoenix. No problem. Ate at AZ Center. No problem. Did a bit of sale shopping. No problem. Walked back to train stop. No problem. Re-entering train in downtown Phoenix. BIG problem.

I guess we didn't quite think it all the way through. See - the downtown Phoenix stop is pretty much smack dab in the middle of the entire track from Mesa to Northernish Phoenix. So...by the time the train got to downtown Phoenix, it was already full. My dad said it best...imagine so many people on a train that all you see are faces smooshed up against the glass...that's what we were facing. It was a nightmare. So much so that the girls and the kids got off after a couple of stops and Jacki picked us up and drove us to our respective cars at the park and ride in Mesa. Thanks Jacki!!! You are a lifesaver!

I hope the Todd gets used. I hope is succeeds. I hope there are plans in the works to expand it sooner than 2025.

See...I pretty much live in NYC - we have our own subway. It's just waaaaay slower, not as convenient, but much cleaner. For now.


Football Guys = FUN

My BIL Brett has a bunch of toys...toys that he used to play with as a kid (or teen). Well, he brought down this toy down for Jake to play with.

Basically, it's a rolled-up felt that looks like a football field. There are 2 goal posts and 2 teams of football player guys to play with. Nothing electronic - just pure imaginative play. Well...Brady loves it. But, it's not his. And he is sad. This is what he told me a few days before Christmas on the way home from Ashley and Brett's:

Brady: I don't have nuffin that Daddy gave to
me...and Jakey has football guys from Uncle Brett.
Me: I know, Buddy...but, you have lots of toys
to play with.
Brady: Thinking. Oh!! I have the little cars that Daddy
gave to me. But the football guys are gooder. You can line them up.
Me: Chuckling...You're right. Do you mean that
the football guys are the best?
Brady: Yep. They're the bester.
Brady: I want Daddy to wrap up those cars for
me. The ones under your bed. [Hot wheels that Bryan collected as a
kid/teen]
Me: Alright...but, you'll have to talk to Daddy
about that.
Sometimes, I guess the Hand-Me Downs are the best kinds of toys. No purchase needed.

On a side note: yippee!! Brady got some football guys from the Babcock's for Christmas...he's in heaven!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Happenings


Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the busy, crazy, hectic day it is...

Here's the run-down of the typical - not so ordinary - Christmas Day of the Campbell Cutie household:
6:30am - Wake-up kids
6:35am - Brady questions as to why his new bike still has training wheels - silly Santa
6:35am - Open Santa gifts and family gifts
8:30am - Shower and ready for the day
9:30am - to Nanny & Poppy's for breakfast and more gift giving and getting
12:30pm - to Meme and Pepe's for a little afternoon visit and snack
3:30pm - nap in the car as we drive to Aunt Eileen's...well, the Cuties got to nap anyways
4:30pm - Aunt Eileen's...food, Kris Kringle guesses & White Elephant
8pm - Home at last - wait - forgot that it looks like a tornado blew through our house...straighten up... a bit
11pm - zzzzzzzzz

Can't forget that in between the many of places we traveled during the day - spoke with the in-laws many times. I think they all had nice weather...and we got stuck with the rainy day Christmas.

As I look back over the Christmas holiday, I can't help but remember these key things:
  • Kris Kringle - once again...we were hooked up - thanks Aunt Eileen and Uncle Rich!
  • Brady telling Rylee - "we got Nanny that..." (when he was supposed be quiet about secret santa).
  • Lily - "Tanta, Tanta!!" - Most of us refer to him as Santa.
  • Walmart & Toys R' Us...how many times can I go to each one during the season?
  • Jake - "No-man broken" about all of the deflated yard snowmen.
  • Baley & Brady and their "Buddy" picture.
  • Lily - "Wow, pretty...wow, pretty" at every, every lit house!
  • Shipping both Christmas presents and very belated birthday. presents...sorry Justin, Hayden, & Rick!
  • The many, many Christmas cards...oh, how I look forward to each and every one. Especially the ones with Christmas letters - LOVE them! Maybe one day...I can barely get the cards out, let alone a letter, too!
  • "Reee, Reee, Reee, Elv, Elv, Elv!!!" - Lily wanting to watch Elf.
  • The love/hate relationship kids (especially Lilbugs) have with Santa. They LOVE him....from a distance.
  • Christmas Eve - stopping at Aunt Karen's on the way home from Barry & Alicia's. Brady saw "Santa" at a neighbor's Christmas party and then asked Aunt Karen..."where's his sleigh?" Best part...listening to her explanation - so great!
  • Brady opening presents and loving EVERY item...until he arrived at Nanny & Poppy's and didn't want any more clothes.
  • Rylee asking for flowers to plant outside...flowers? Too funny!
  • Brady opening a present for Lily and saying, "Lily...look. Wow - oh my gosh, Lily!!!!!" Then, me asking, "What is it?" and Brady saying..."I. DON'T. KNOW!!!!" excitedly.
  • Macy's discounts...thanks Cori!
  • The multitude of white elephant exchanges...F-U-N!
  • Lily's obsession with candy canes..."tandy, tandy, tandy."
  • Worrying about the in-laws as they drive from NH to CO.
  • My first attempt at homemade gifts.
There is so much to remember...SO awesome. Gotta love Christmas. Gotta love family.

The day was crazy, it was down-right insane. But, it's what I know, it's what I love. And, now it's even better...seeing the excitement in the cuties' eyes. It's just pure magic. And I love it.

Whew - Exhausted!

Why is it that the holidays are so exhausting?

Maybe it's because...

a. Life seems to be pretty much non-stop between Thanksgiving and Christmas,
b. Finding time to help Santa shop at odd hours between working, sleeping, eating and "cutie time,"
c. Wrapping into the wee hours of the night,
d. Delivering Kris Kringle gifts (& the Babcock's Kris Kringle gifts), and
d. Countless fun parties

Or...

Maybe it's because we let it.

I am exhausted. The cuties are exhausted. Bryan is exhausted. But, I wouldn't have it any other way. Christmas for us was filled with family, friends, giving, sharing, eating, loving, laughter, tears, the occasional yell, and calls with far-away family whom we so dearly miss.

Is this what you look like after such an exciting, yet exhausting Christmas Day? I do.


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!


To: Everyone

We sure hope Santa is good to you!

Love: The Cuties, The Hottie, & Me

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Finally...a New Header!

I heart, heart, heart the new look of my blog!!! With Lizzie's tips, I was able to create a new header all by my lonesome...don't you just love it...I DO!!

Gotta love the blogtopia - a "friend" helping out a "friend."

p.s...I know it's a bit blurry...but, I'm new to this whole design process...and I don't have the right programs to make it look nice and perfectly clean!! :)

Using Santa as a Weapon?

Does anyone else find themselves using Santa as a weapon? Or a bribery tool?

I do...

Here's a recent argument with Brady:

Lily: Screaming/crying/whining (whatever you want to call it)
Me: Brady, give that back to your sister!
Brady: No.
Me: Brady......NOW!
Brady: No. (with a smirk on his face)
Me: Brady.....she had it first. You are older. (This kills me to say as an oldest child myself.) Share, Buddy...come on.
Brady: No!! I was playing with it. It's mine.
Me: Santa's watching, you know.
Brady: It's Mine.
Me: That's it - I'm calling Santa.
Brady: Fine! Here Lily.


I hope I can use this Santa thing forever. Maybe Christmas should come a couple times a year, or maybe not...I can't afford it to come that often. But...I don't think Santa is as effective when I have to say...Santa is coming in 10 months from now.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Friendly Face Interview


Tara Ann Sowa

Tara is my sister's, sister-in-law. Does that make us family? In my book - it does. I've known her now for about 10 years or so. She is super tall, beautiful, fun, exciting and just down-right awesome!

Born: August 21, 1983

Resides: In Scottsdale, with Bob & Ava - in a comfy little house.

Married: Yes, since May 30, 2007 to the most wonderful man in the world.

Kids: 1 - my beautiful little Ava

Best Marriage Advice: To compromise, forgive, and love each other regardless of differences.

Work: Mommy by day, bartender by night. In other words...I babysit 24/7!

Favorite Food: Anything Mexican!! Love chips & salsa.

Who is your hero?: My mom. She is such a beautiful person inside and out and a wonderful mother. She's my closest confidant and my best friend.

What makes you laugh?: Ava, every minute of the day. Today she told me, "Mom, you drive me crazy."

What makes you cry?: Movies, sick children, and I know this is silly, but it makes me sad...people who eat alone at restaurants.

Favorite Color: Red

Pets?: A crazy golden retriever named Bentley.


Favorite Thing about Yourself: My height. I hated being tall growing up, but now I appreciate it!

TV?: The Hills, Grey's Anatomy, Big Brother, Desperate Housewives, and Weeds

Book: Twilight

World's Biggest Problem: The war and poverty

Best Childhood Moment: When my little sister was born. I was in 6th grade and couldn't have been more excited!


Pet Peeves: Old people driving!! Yes, I know they are so cute, but, they have slow reactions and they are usually too paranoid on the road.

Most proud moment: The day Ava was born and I became a Mommy.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?: Still married, still in Arizona, and maybe with another child and a dog. Oh, and hopefully a degree in psychology.

Hopes for the Future?: Happiness, fulfillment, prosperity, and health for myself and my family.

Favorite Place to Visit: Chicago...where Bob is from and his whole family lives. I love the busyness of the city, too. It's beautiful.

Favorite Thing to Do: Hang out with the family. Going to Brett & Ashley's house so the kids can play and me and Ash can talk until 1am [or even later], and of course going to Target.

Biggest Surprise of 2008: That Bob let me get a dog! It took a lot of convincing, but as soon as Bob saw Bentley, he wanted him even more than we did!

Describe yourself in 1 Word: Energetic


To see more of Tara, click here.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

On My Mind Today...

...at 10:30am

1. What's the weather like outside?

2. I want to finish my Christmas shopping - I have 2 things left to get - yippee!!

3. Was that really Lily's pee that I cleaned up in Brady's room?

4. Will it be too cold to go to softball tonight with the cuties?

5. I still need to do my Christmas baking taste test...

6. Is Costco open this early on the Sunday before Christmas?

7. Ugh...do I really have to go to the grocery store?

8. Oops...I forgot about church and I haven't yet showered.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Am I Greedy or What?

Lots of posts on Wishes - vacuums, Kitchen Aid mixers...
sheesh - who do I think I am??

It used to be (and really still is) that when Bryan would ask me what I wanted for my birthday, or Christmas, or whatever...I would think of things we need rather than what I want. On the other hand...Bryan would say things like, "I want a Wii." Or, "I'd love new golf clubs." Or, "I want the new McFarlane figure." (yes, that's a boy doll...for those of you that don't know...hee hee) And me - I'd say, "Well, we need new towels." Or, "I want the carpets cleaned." Or, "We need a new faucet." Yep...that's me - the one that would ask for a toilet seat for my birthday.

I'm "turning a new leaf" as my mom would say.

I now have created a list - a list of things that I want. Here's what is says:

1. Mommy Ring - aren't these SO cute!

2. Kitchen Aid Mixer - yep, that's a biggie.

3. Small camera - it's not always fun being papo.

4. Tile cleaned - some things never change.

5. Photoshop with lessons.

6. Cake pedestal.

7. Apron - a frilly one...super girlie! Check out these...adorable!

8. Crockpot - a biggie...I've only got a mini.

9. Kid's table - for the playroom.

10. Ivory sweater.

11. Sewing Lessons - I'm SO domestic!

12. Toilet Seats - need 2 of them.

I think that's enough...it's getting embarrassing.

As you can see - I've still got a bit of work to do...there's still some "home" items on the list. I encourage everyone to make their very own personal wish list. Then...when you have a little extra money - maybe you can treat yourself. I know I will. We deserve it! Thinking about it...I do always cringe at buying myself ANYTHING - ask my sisters. For some reason, it's so much easier to spend money on others (primarily the Cuties) than on myself. I usually end up putting it all back rather than make a purchase.

Why is that?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Pretty, Pretty Lights

Don't ya just love Christmas lights? I do. And the cuties do, too. Sometimes, on the way home...we just drive through neighborhoods admiring the lights. Lily can now say "pretty" and that is what we here..."Wow. Pretty. Wow. Pretty." Too funny. Brades and I make games of counting the homes that we pass with lights. It's a real thrill in the minivan...aren't ya jealous?

We had been planning for a few weeks to make our annual trip to Zoo Lights. It had rained all week...so we were thinking it would be cancelled...but, luckily the night was perfect. So...the Babcocks, the Sowas and us Campbell 4 - made the trip to the Phoenix Zoo for the lights.

After picking up some light-up necklaces for the older kids - we were off. Some key things to remember from the trip:
  • Scalding hot chocolate - thanks Brett!
  • Pink flamingos - or "mingos" as all the kids called them.
  • Rylee and Ava holding hands walking in the zoo.
  • The "real" giraffe doing the hokey pokey.
  • The music light show that brought the kids to silence and awe.
  • Brady telling me..."Let go of Jake and Lil" to let them ride down the big hill in the zoo...stoller only - umm..yeah right!
  • Jake eating the kettle corn with his white gloves.
  • And...of course, the carousel rides.








After Zoo Lights, the Babcocks and Sowas introduced us to the Phoenix home with lights, shopping, and Santa. Wow - the neighborhood was packed...and the lights were amazing. If you haven't been to the home near 44th St. and Camelback - you should definitely make a trip - it was awesome. And...for $7 - we got the kids picture taken with Santa. Brady was thrilled and...well, Lil was pretty much beside herself devastated. But, it made for an awesome picture. And...there was no line. Sorry mall Santa - you won't be getting our money this year.

It's definitely isn't Christmas without some serious light displays.

DD

Everyone knows that Bryan loooooooves Dunkin Donuts. These tiny little donuts heavens seem to be popping up around the valley...and Bryan could not be more excited.

2 nights ago, Bryan made a quick stop with Brady at Home Depot for me. I needed him to pick up something for my "craft Christmas phase." (Because apparently I decided to make a couple of gifts for Christmas...I love homemade gifts...but, I have only this year decided to partake.)

Bryan and Brady came home with excitement in their eyes. A Dunkin Donuts just opened right next to Home Depot - woo hoo!! - they were excited.

This morning at 9:30am - this is what our house looked like as the boys "ran" to DD for some munchkins...

This morning at 10:56am - this is what our house looked like as Lily ran around with the DD munchkin box...
And...yes, she's wearing shoes...and yes, the sheets are off for cleaning...and yes, there's a pile of cars STILL waiting to be picked up.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Busy, Busy - and That's No Lie!

Weekend Overview

This was a busy weekend - gotta love the holidays.

Friday, 12/12...
Shopped, shopped, and shopped. The whole fam went shopping for others. We sure got a lot done!!

Saturday, 12/13...
10am - Brady's last game. There was a mom at the game selling bows. You know...the bows for hair? The ones that I learned to make here. And...that I showed everyone how to make? I love bows!! Little girls with extremely large bows/headbands/hats - whatever...SO cute! I bought one. Not that I couldn't make it myself - but her prices were good ($3) and it saved me a trip to the store for ribbon before Christmas. Brady kept saying that he wanted to slide on his belly - check this out...where did this kid learn this?:

video

11am - Shopping. Gotta love big families - the shopping never ends. But, I wouldn't change it for the world. It's the only time of the entire year that I don't cringe (well, not as much) at the purchase of gifts.

5pm - Drop the cuties of at my parent's - off to Rustler's Rooste for my work holiday party...or "year-end event" to sound more PC. Don't ya just hate that?? What's wrong with saying Christmas party? My co-workers are so awesome and we had a blast. Nice, relaxing dinner...and of course a little to drink. Bryan was the DD, so tipsy Dawn made an appearance.

8pm - Stopped off at Ikea and Dick's Sporting Goods on the way to pick up the Cuties...and shopped...again.

Sunday, 12/14...

10am - Off to Tuesday Morning. Have you ever been there? It was my first time - LOVED it! Picked up a pretty holiday box for my Ladies Luncheon.

11am - Picked up Ashley and off to the mall for a few "cutie" items...and to pick up lunch for the ladies luncheon. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmy - Paradise Bakery.

1pm - Ladies Luncheon at Aunt Renie's house - 2nd annual. So much fun. We all bring a lunch wrapped up in a pretty box, or platter, or holiday towels, etc. Our lunch gets a #. Then we all pull #'s and that's the lunch we get - along with whatever basket/platter/box it came in. So fun - ladies only and boy do we have fun!! This year I got Ashley's lunch - so Paradise Bakery really was yummmmmmmmmmmy! Check out these photo ops:








3pm - Toys R' Us...shopping is almost done. In my defense, we went for some stocking stuffers and to pick up a present that my mom wanted Santa to bring to her house for Ry and Brady. They certainly will be excited!

4pm - To the 'rents house to decorate the tree and enjoy dinner. We got some cute pictures of the whole fam. I missed Christmas Vacation (we didn't watch it, we normally do) but, I'm sure I'll be seeing it a few more times before the season ends. You should have seen the boys putting the tree together (the fake one anyway) trying NOT to use the big ladder with a 13' tree. I will say a huge thanks to the boys for not only helping with the tree(s), but also for cleaning up after dinner.....I think they thought that by cleaning they wouldn't have to put the tree together. Sorry!! But - my mom sure was happy!














8pm - Home at last. Wait - the hottie went to play softball here in the freeeeeeeeezing cold and I took the kids home. Baths. Bed. Crafts. Relax.

p.s. Dougie played on Bryan's team and got a home run - woo hoo!!

Sheesh...What's going on next weekend?

I'm an ISTJ

I took this quiz from a link on another blog. It was quick - 5 minutes max.

As for the results...hmm...what do you think?
Does this sound like me?

I thought so...and then I read the last sentence...is that how people see me? Ugh!

You Are AnISTJ


The Duty Fulfiller

You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking - you get the job done.
You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knitting.
Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.
You are conservative and down-to-earth. You hardly ever do anything crazy.

In love, you are loyal and honest. If you commit yourself to someone, then you're fully committed.
For you, love is something that happens naturally. And you don't need romantic gestures to feel loved.

At work, you remember details well and are happy to take on any responsibility.
You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.

How you see yourself: Decisive, stable, and dependable

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, conservative, and egotistical