Sunday, April 19, 2009

8 Things and an Award

My sweet, funny, and sassy blog friend, Jennifer @ Love, Laughter and Lyrics tagged me for a little meme. She is a mommy of two kiddos...each about a year younger than my two, so it is fun to read her blog and remember what 12 months ago looked like for us. Just be sure to chew and completely swallow anything you might be consuming before reading her page...she is the kind of funny that might just send things spewing. And that just isn't fun...for you or your monitor.

I'm trying to keep that little rule in mind for myself when we hopefully meet in real life one day. We were both disappointed to realize that she recently visited just a few minutes from where I live...and we didn't meet up. Ugh. Next time, next time, friend!

8 things I'm looking forward to...

1. The self tanner that I just put on my legs not only tanning them, but sculpting muscles into them and removing any hint of cellulite just in time for swimsuit season. Now that would really be worth the 8 bucks.

2. The wedding shower we're throwing in two weeks for some very dear friends. We hope to bless their socks off.

3. Our tenth anniversary trip this summer...and hopefully a trip to WI and MI to see both of my grandmothers and extended family. Jerry, are you taking notes?

4. Lily actually learning how to swim. 14 weeks into swim lessons here and well...the girl still can't swim. I'm finding it comical at the moment...but not always.

5. Getting Jade potty trained. Guess I actually need to start that in order for it to happen, huh?

6. Seeing our friends, Phil and Rachelle, become parents and meet their precious adopted twin boys.

7. My husband's reduced work ours during the summer months. Hallelujah!

8. Getting multiple extra keys made for my van and hiding them in various places so I don't have to fess up to seriously losing them every ten days or so.

8 things I did yesterday:

1. Went to work out with the hubby. I love gazing across the weight room and seeing him pump that iron. I was proud that I only annoyed him once to have him show me how to work a new machine.

2. Pretended that Jade was not waking up after only napping for 45 minutes. Please Lord. Please. Seriously. A 45 minute nap on a Saturday afternoon? That should be a crime. She did 3 hours today though...that's my girl.

3. Ate the best Mexican food ever. Soft fried corn tortillas...which, from what I could tell, just meant that they were soaked in oil...not crispy. Anyways, they were filled with beef fajita meat, onions and cilantro and then drizzled with lime juice. Mas taquitos mexicanos...y pronto por favor!

4. Managed to not cook one meal. The ENTIRE day. Therefore no dishes were dirtied. In fact, neither was the floor, the table nor the counter tops. I'm liking this plan.

5. However, I did have this unusual urge to stay on top of the laundry. Any time something was taken off or dirtied I was rounding it up, getting it washed, dried and put away. That might give you a hint of how behind I had gotten on laundry over the past few weeks. It scared me silly.

6. We went on a hunt for cheap patio furniture. Of course the last place we hauled ourselves and two little ones into during the rainy weather was the place with the best deal. So let me save you stops into Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, Yard Art Patio, and Big Lots. Garden Ridge is the answer, friends. Although those other locations might have some good scratch and dent sales going on after our visits with Lily and Jade.

7. Researched dimensions for King size beds. Was shocked to learn that Kings are 16 inches wider, but no longer than a queen. A California King is 4 inches longer, but not as wide as a normal King. Isn't that strange? Not that Jerry and I are growing longer...probably just wider, but it just doesn't make sense to me.

8. Started reading a new book to Lily. It's actually an old English classic from the turn of the century, The Wind in the Willows. I was mortified that twice in the first chapter alone I had to skip over the word a*s*s. And it wasn't referring to a donkey. I realize that language changes over time, but seriously? Did people just walk around saying that all the time? The funny thing is that it was given to Lily by an retired librarian in the of the most proper women I've known in a long time. I'm just trying to envision her reading it aloud to a group of kids and fumbling for a word to replace it with like I had to last night.

8 things I wish I could do:

1. Dance without feeling like an idiot.

2. Mix the perfect Margarita.

3. Finish reading all the books that I've started.

4. See both of my grandfathers one last time.

5. Take a photography class to learn how to use my fancy camera with multiple lenses that I don't own and probably never will.

6. Make my mom's life easier.

7. Add 3 more hours to my day.

8. Go to bed on time!

8 shows I enjoy...

1. Sesame Street
2. Caillou
3. Jay Jay the Jet Plane
4. Martha Speaks
5. Sid the Science Kid
6. Clifford the Big Red Dog
7. Word Girl
8. Super Why

Did I mention that we are too cheap to have cable? Thank goodness for PBS! And no, Mom, the girls are not in front of the TV all day...just most of the day. Totally kidding. I seriously do try to monitor how much TV they watch...but it sure comes in handy at times that is why I am listing them as shows I enjoy.

I don't watch TV at night. AT ALL. Crazy, I know. I used to be a huge Grey's Anatomy fan, and then they took that show in a direction that I just didn't feel comfortable soaking in each Thursday night. Blogging and Facebook more than fill the void.

8 friends I tag:


Jennifer had also passed along this cute little blog award to me a while back...and I'm passing it along to these fine ladies as well. It is the Great Attitude award...boy I must have her fooled. She has the guidelines written in this post. Love you gals!


Rachelle said...

I agree.. I'm looking forward to us becoming parents as well! Happy Monday!

Sara@i.Sass said...

Loved the favorite shows! I an totally relate!!!

Raggedy Girl said...

Great post. I loved reading it. One year Grampa and I shelled out a fortune to give Grand-daughter private swim lesson with a member of the US Olympic Swim team and at the end of the summer she still couldn't swim. She is almost 18 now and does swim.

Roberta Anne = The Raggedy Girl

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

Laughed so hard about the one where you were pretending Jade wasn't waking up after a 45min. nap! Been there done that!

Life In Progress said...

Those are some of our favorite shows too!!

jennifer said...

ha! I LOVE your take on this!

I laughed out loud at "did people just walk around saying that?".

By the way - Avery just pooped in the tub. Ugh. I think it's safe to say that I definitely needed the laugh tonight!

Growin' with it! said...

hey cool! i've never done this meme and i've got a lot of thoughts floating around in my head. leave it to a meme to solve that problem! and thanks for the award too. sweet of ya.

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

Thanks for the tag and the award!

Your favorite shows may become mine too. We are getting rid of our satellite service soon.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Right there with ya on the no cable thing. We got rid of it last July after we started the business - I thought I would miss it terribly, but really, once you don't have it, you don't even think about it. PBS for kids rocks!

You also had me drooling over your description of your Mexican food. Wowza.

We dont' have Garden Ridge here, but now I'm wishing we did. We've been "window shopping" at all of the places you mentioned, looking for furniture, but everything we like it a little too pricey.

Marci @Finding Joy in the Journey said...

Thank you for the sweet award, Kerri!

I'll get to the meme catch up with the back blogging or meme first...hmmmm...such deep things to ponder!

Melissa :) said...

Now are you sure about the California Kings? I want one of those! Surely you can't be right this time. Surely not. ;o)

And girl - dance! Who cares! Dance! :)

Melissa S. said...

Hey, Kerry. C.J. did the 45 minute nap thing today (Saturday). Arrgh!!! He never does that! And on a Saturday! Come on. Oh, and as for your 8 things you wish you could do, I bet if you get #2 down, #1 might just follow. ;)

Jamie HIndman said...

Fun read. We don't have cable either. We just recently got the converted box and some expensive antennas and now we get qubo. Loving qubo. They play Veggie Tales, Larry Boy, 3-2-1 Penguins, the Book of Virtues, etc...

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