Monday, January 19, 2009


So, we decided to go out for lunch on Saturday - and us being the classy family, we went to Old Country Buffet (Adam's choice). Anyway, we saw a real doozy of a family. There was a lady there that probably had about 4 kids. She was a peice of work - glittery fake eyelashes (need I remind you that it was LUNCH time at 11:30 in the morning at OLD COUNTRY BUFFET), cleavage, tight shirt, the works! Her kids - those poor, poor kids. One of them was a little boy probably 3 years old - he had a mohawk that was also sparkly and stood straight up, and 2 EARRINGS IN EACH EAR! What?! Did that kid ask to have his ears peirced? I'm thinking not, and definitely not twice in each ear. And this ladies daughter, she is probably 5 years old. She's doing the "V" with the fingers around her mouth - with the tongue action. You know what I'm talking about. Remember the old lady in Kingpin? Yep, she's doing that. What is the mom doing? Of course, TAKING PICTURES OF HER!

Really? I feel sorry for those kids. They don't know any better.

There really needs to be a test to become a parent. There are perfectly nice, normal people who struggle to have kids and then there's this lady poppin' em out left and right. It's just NOT RIGHT.

Okay, vent over. Had to get that out of my system.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Note to self

When it's -20 degrees outside, DO NOT - I repeat DO NOT buy yourself a Frosty at the Wendy's drive thru.

It sure was tasty and hit the spot though.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

News about Ally

I just realized that I never posted about Ally's upcoming surgery. As most of you know, she was born with a hearing loss and has worn hearing aids since she was 4 months old. Of course, she has been monitored by audiologists since that time and the hearing in her left ear has gotten progressively worse. She is now a candidate for a cochlear implant. I can really tell that her hearing has gotten worse. When we're in the car, she makes us turn around to talk to her (so she can read our lips). When the light is off, she makes us turn it on so she can read our lips. She really looks at your face when you talk to her. We are very excited for her, but nervous at the same time. It's major surgery and just nerve racking for any parent to go through. Her surgery is scheduled for Monday, February 9th at 7:30 AM. Her surgeon is Dr. Frank Rimell at the U of M. He has done over 250 implant surgeries, and all on children. We have the utmost confidence in his abilities. When we talk to Ally about her implant, she gets really excited. Most of her friends at school have them, so she isn't a stranger to them at all. She is most excited that it'll be pink! If you're not familiar with the cochlear implant, you can check it out here: She will most likely just be in the hospital for one night (if that). I have taken a week off of work to help her recover. I know she will be a trooper through the whole thing, she always is. She is my hero.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Easy Bake Oven

Ally got some money for Christmas, so she used it to buy herself an Easy Bake Oven! One day, we helped her make sugar cookies. Of course I'm not in any of the pictures because I'm the photographer - but here are some of Adam and Ally w/ their creations. She melted some chocolate chips for the top of the cookies, but I think more chips went into her mouth than on the cookies.

Waiting for the oven to heat up

Cookies are in the oven

Final product (slightly burnt, tasty though)

Mmmm...yummy in my tummy!

Ice Skating

Well, this weekend we had another first as a family. We went ice skating! It was fun - for Ally and Adam. Me? Not so much. 3 times around the ice (holding Adam's hand the entire time), and that was enough for me. Adam played hockey in high school, so he seemed very comfortable on the ice. Ally had a blast, and can't stop talking about it. Mary thinks she should play hockey, but I don't know about that. We went with Mary, Doug, Tony, Shannon, Cole, Sydney, John and Joanne. Here are a few pictures from the outing. Enjoy!

Shannon, Cole, and Syd (sorry for the flash off the glass)
Blurry pic of Adam helping Ally

All bundled up, waiting for help from papa (I'm useless)


Getting the hang of it - future Kristi Yamaguchi (or not)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ally's goes to the dentist

This morning, I took Ally to her very first dental appointment. Of course, I forgot my camera! BUT, I'm a very proud mommy today. She was such a trooper. She did need to sit on my lap the whole time, but didn't shed one tear and smiled through the whole thing - except when they were looking in her mouth, of course. It helped that they gave her a big bag of goodies: latex gloves (doesn't every 3 year old need a pair?), a face mask, samples of toothpaste, a groovy new Winnie the Pooh toothbrush, some bubble gum floss, and 2 prizes from the treasure chest. They were very impressed with the spaces in her teeth, it's nice that food won't get stuck in there. She's excited to get home to use her new toothbrush and toothpaste. She actually wanted to try it out in the car after her appointment on the way to school. I told her that we needed water to brush her teeth though. ;)

Now I'll make sure to report when she actually gets a cleaning next time...might not be as pretty.

What a little angel I have. I'm more and more proud of her everyday.

New Year, New ME!

I know it's cliche to say that your NY resolution is to eat healthier and lose weight. I told myself I wouldn't make a resolution this year, so I'm not going to. I'm just saying I really, really want to start eating better. So, last night I went to the grocery store and bought all sorts of healthy food. Chicken breasts, pears, bananas, carrots, clementines - stuff like that. I'm excited. Oh, and I'm also going to start documenting what goes into my mouth every day on a blog called Babes on Parade. The link is in my profile if you're interested in checking it out! I'm excited, because I'm hoping this will be a way for me to be held accountable. I don't have a weight loss goal as of now, but I'm just hoping to feel better and not be out of breath after walking up the stairs. When I do get pregnant again, I want to be able to lose the weight easier after the baby is born. I also know that I shouldn't deny myself things, so I will indulge on occasion (if I want to). Cutting out alcohol won't be a problem because I don't drink that much - when I do it's light beer and only a couple.

Anyway, just looking for some encouragement. I want to be able to look at pictures of myself and not say "what happened?"

Here goes nothin'!