Monday, March 17, 2008

What does your name mean???

I copied this from Shan's blog. Thought it described her pretty well. I agree with some points about me, but not all of them. (but more that I want to admit too.)

What Carmen Means
You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.
You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.
You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is the day when everyone has a little Irish in them. We celebrate drinking some green beer and eating some Irish food. Corned Beef and cabbage, anyone? Okay, so we don't do that. But we could. If we ate corned beef and cabbage. But I'll take the beer, please.

Had an awesome weekend! Friday's meeting was emotional but we realize how mich Zack has grown and progressed. Next year will be amazing for him. Sam too. The teacher, principal, and staff seem wonderful. I'll miss Mrs. W., Mrs. B., and Miss Michelle immensely. But we're ready for the next road in our journey.

The crop went well. I think the DT waaaayy out did themselves this year! Huge shout out to Shan, Kel, Liz, Colleen, Monica, and Laura! Awesome job, ladies!

Saturday, we saw Horton Hears a Who with the inlaws. It was a great movie. Zack declared it "the best movie EVER!" Enough said.

Wehit Archiver's to did a bit of shopping for a certain bday girl. ;) Monica and I decided to take a clear album class at Archiver's in April. Those little albums are so intimidating and intriguing to me at the same time. I have one, Monica has one or two and neither of us have used them.

Sunday, Liz and the fam came out and we hit the bowling alley. It was fun! I think the adults could have used the bumpers as much as the kiddos. Except John. He bowled his best game ever, 176! WooHoo! You go Boy! :) After bowling we had pizza from our favorite place, Buscemi's original. It wasn't as good as it usually is though. We came back here and matched cardstock and paper for the kit.

Discussed going on a cruise this summer and the 4 of us would like to go together. We had a great visit with them. We need to do it again soon. The only thing that stinks is they live in Canada and we live in the US. When we first met it wasn't an issue traveling back and forth across the border. Now the wait seems like forever. Last August we were stuck at the border for easily an hour. I think it was more, but I don't remember. They were stopped for an hour last night. That's just hard when you're traveling with kids.

until next time,

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I really should do this more often...

Not quite sure why I have such a hard time committing myself to blogging. Lots of things have happened, not sure any are blog worthy, but I'll share them anyway. ;)

Let's see what's happened since my last post?
John's parents are home from Florida which means that I am no longer watching Ava during the day for Jeff and Marilyn. It also means that I haven't really cooked dinner on a regular basis in the same amount of time (March 3).
Some other interesting tidbits and things I learned about myself since the babysitting gig:

1. I like to clean. As long as I have nothing else to do. When Ava was here our home was spotless everyday. Of course I wasn't able to scrapbook. at all. I did go to a crop and scrapped 1 layout in February.

2. I love to cook! When I had to make the most out of the spare pockets of time I did have I threw together amazing meals. Now that time seems limitless (no napping baby, no schedule to adhere to) time slips away from me and John is cooking more often that not. Of course I am a great sidekick.

3. I LOVE scrapbooking! I always have loved it. But taking that month off from using my stash has really left me inspired and consumed with scrapping. I have created something everyday this week. Sometimes more than 1 layout. Who knew? BYOM is having our online crop this weekend and I've been scrapping away all week creating samples to go with our DT's challenges. I love it. I feel so inspired to do more!

4. While I enjoyed spending so much time with Ava, I really don't want another child. I certainly don't have the strong desire to try for a girl. I love my boys and I feel blessed to be their mom. (I think this one surprised me more than anyone. )

5. Babies really do have a way with people. The first few weeks we watched Ava, Zack wanted NOTHING to do with her. EVER. By her third week here, he was feeding her, holding her, sharing his blanket with her. They just bonded. The second time she rolled over she and Zack were laying on the floor staring at eachother with his blanket between them. Poof she rolls over. That makes me smile!

So what else has happened? We did the business taxes. Cost less that we planned, always a great thing! We didn't owe anything. Another bonus!

Did the personal taxes too. Also cost less that we planned, amended 2006 and are getting refunds. woohoo!

We still have snow on the ground. I hate snow. Especially in March!! Easter is early this year. I don't ever remember Easter coming before my birthday, but it is this year. I'm not ready for it. And I'm also hosting bruch. I hope the Bunny can hide some eggs outside.

Liz and the family are coming out on Sunday! We're hitting the bowling alley with the kiddos. Should be a great time!!

We're also having our Online crop this weekend! I'm so excited for that!

Oooh, there is something that I am MOST thankful for!! Daylight Savings Time! It was last weekend and I cannot tell you how HAPPY it makes me!!! The boys are sleeping longer! They were getting up between 6:30-7 each morning. Now they sleep past 8:30. Right now it's 9am and both boys are sound asleep! YAY!

Another thing to be happy about... Jonathan has a JOB!!! He had an interview at Meijer on Monday and was HIRED! He starts orientation on Monday. YAY! I'm so proud of him. He's really growing and maturing.

Friday we have the twins' IEP meetings at school. Getting everything lined up for Kindergarten. I'm nervous. Zack need some special services. He'll be getting PT and perhaps OT. They both will be receiving Speech Therapy.

I just realized I've talked about two of the boys and have yet to mention Sam. He did the sweetest thing for my inlaws. We went to a Dr. Seuss birthday party at the local teacher store. They made crafts, one happened to be a flower pot with paper flowers. When we left the store he said he was giving his to Grandma Fishy. (he calls her Grandma Fishy because she always gave them Goldfish crackers when they were little{r}. That night we came home, he and Zack created a 12x12 welcome home sign for them. Sam finished the layout by adding a pic of them with Ava. We hung it on their fridege so they would see it when they arrived home that night.

The boys are stirring so untill next time,