Friday Fun Pic – Part 13

September 29, 2006 at 10:50 am | Posted in Friday Fun Pic | Leave a comment

Ed took this picture of Sophie and I in the reflection of The Bean downtown around this time last year.  I was hoping to get a shot of her alone in The Bean with the skyline behind it for a Christmas card.  It didn’t work but I love the silly grin on her face.

Have a good weekend….see ya on Monday

Death becomes him

September 27, 2006 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

While checking out the blogs I like to check out I came across a very, very interesting post.  I read it, passed over it and just as I clicked the link to my next featured blog it hit me.  I now know what to do with Shitty Kitty…read here if you dare.  Shout out to blahblahblah for the great idea…

For some strange reason this also made me recall one of the sub-plots in St. Elmo’s Fire in which Jules Jacoby (played by Demi Moore) concocted different ways to dispose of her step-monster.  One of which, I believe, was a pet cemetery funeral.  Ring a bell for anyone else?

Mom: you may not want to read this one given your knack to easily take offense to some of my topics of choice.

By the way…its a joke people.  Even though less than 1 week after we had our carpets and furniture professionally cleaned, SK puked on the rug.  Bastard.

The P’s

September 26, 2006 at 10:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For lack of a better subject I offer you the P’s:

Potty Training: Not going so well….7 pairs of underpants in 3 hours and Sophie could have cared less if she were wet.

Pissed:Coincidentally nothing to do with potty training.  I took a risk enrolling Sophie in pre-school even though she wasn’t potty trained.  See the school requires them to be but she only goes for 2 hours 2 days a week.  I figured what could happen in 2 hours?  Plus my neighbor, who has sent her 2 girls through this program, said you can pretty much just put a pull-up on her with underwear over.  Well we got busted last week for wearing a pull-up and she can’t come back unless she is potty trained.  Serves me right for trying to cheat.

Painful: Dealing with the insurance company who won’t pay a claim to my new OB and no one can seem to tell me why.

Panic:  That we won’t have things in order in the house by the time Henry comes home.  Ed is really busy at work and I’m useless with tools.

Patience:  Something I seem to be in short supply of these days…with the exception of hearing about Henry’s travel date.  I think because we have so much to do around the house, I’m not thinking about it much at all.  Amazing really since I was jumping out of my skin just waiting for his referral.

Party:  I’ve started planning Sophie’s 3rd birthday party.  Looks like we’re in for a Mexican fiesta complete with taco bar and margaritas.  Yum!

Pedicure:  Now that we’re headed into the full swing of Fall its time to remove the polish and give the old summer toes their winter break.  So long summer…

Perplexed:  By my neighbor….and why they decided to trim the bushes that line their entire back yard, including our side yard, and leave the clippings on the ground.

Plan:  I really need to come up with an eating and exercise plan that I can stick to.  Seriously, I’m about 15 lbs overweight – I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been without being pregnant. 

Program:  Seriously this new fall TV lineup is killing me.  Too many shows to TiVo and watch in any reasonable time frame.  What is a girl to do?

Pre-menstrual:  Yeah, that too….

Friday Fun Pic – part 12

September 22, 2006 at 7:05 am | Posted in Friday Fun Pic | Leave a comment

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post for a brief programming note:  I don’t think I’ll be posting anything new on the weekends.  Time is too short and honestly on the weekends I’ve been getting lazy about the blog thing.  So I guess from here on out, unless something really inspires me, my Friday Fun Pic will be up all weekend.  Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Each Friday I try to find a new fun pic to share….today it is a picture of my Mom on her wedding day.  I absolutely love, love, love her dress…the pure simplicity of it is amazing.

Sweet Child O’ Mine

September 21, 2006 at 5:11 am | Posted in Sophie stuff | 3 Comments

After Ed and I got engaged, I sold my townhouse and moved into his house.  I know tramp, tramp, tramp BUT I did have a ring on my finger unlike a certain sister of mine living with her boyfriend sans ring.  Aside from the fact that Ed had taken the first giant step into marriage, the biggest adjustment I think he had to overcome was my tidiness.

My name is Amy and I’m anal.  My motto is everything has a place so why would you put it anywhere else?  I have, over the past 10 years that we’ve been together, trained Ed to recognize specific areas that are his to control such as the garage, the yard, the cars, the basement (the yucky, unfinished part).  There are also designated areas in which he can leave his “stuff” i.e. wallet, messenger bag, general junk.  These areas are significantly limited, of course, in the attempt to eliminate or dramatically reduce the appearance of clutter in the home.  Clutter free home = clutter free life.  

When Sophie was born she instantly, I mean instantly looked like Ed.  I think we decided it was all in her eyes.  Honestly, when you look like someone in the eyes, it’s a hard thing to get away from.  With the eyes being the window to the soul and all.  I find it very funny to be out and about with her and have total strangers tell me how much she looks like me.  Granted, with time she has taken on some of my physical characteristics.  But it still all comes down to the eyes…and she certainly still has her daddy’s eyes.  We took it as confirmation that the IVF lab at least got the sperm portion of our only successful IVF cycle right.

So I look for little pieces of me in her.  Every once in a while I snap a photo of her and I can see me in her.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I present the evidence that the fertility clinic did not make any mistakes with the eggs:

Miss Independent is all about the removal of the shoes these days, much to her dismay that it includes closed-toe tennies and socks.  But notice how she has not only positioned them neatly next to my shoes, but she has also stuffed her socks inside the shoes.  Although she will receive a slight reprimand for not placing the left shoe on the left and the right on the right, there is time to correct this minor offense.  I knew there was some of me in her!

That which doesn’t kill us…

September 20, 2006 at 10:35 am | Posted in Sophie stuff | Leave a comment

Makes us stronger, right?  Today was day 2 of pre-school for Sophie and I’m not sure who feels worse: me or her.  We pulled into the parking lot and she blurted out, “I don’t like school!” and in typical Mom fashion I replied, “Of course you do!”  Thus began a 20 minute stream of consciousness diversion conversation that ultimately worked in distracting my fragile bean so I could abandon her in the care of strangers.

OK, that’s a bit harsh but the stress headache I’m fighting right now sure makes it seem it was that ruthless.  I decided to treat myself to a cup of coffee since my only destination during my break in parenting is to take my grandmother to the airport.  On the way to Panera, I had this conversation with myself:

You know she’ll be fine once they start playing.  But what if she doesn’t play and stands in the corner and cries the whole time.  She won’t.  The teachers won’t let her be miserable.  This is good for her social development. Yeah, but I can take her other places to develop her socially where I can stay.  Do you really want to fight the battle when it comes time to go to “real” school?  But by then she’ll be so much older and so much more mature than she is now.  She’ll never remember this being a difficult time.  Does that make it ok if you don’t remember?  There will come a day when she won’t even kiss you good-bye because she is so anxious to see her friends.  I know….I know…’s just hard letting go.  And this is only pre-school.

Just for Fun

September 19, 2006 at 5:41 am | Posted in Guilty Pleasures | 1 Comment

Can you resist the temptation?  Click here to find out….

Thanks to Rubyslippers for the idea….

Regarding Henry – Part 1

September 18, 2006 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Adoption Updates | 2 Comments

I don’t think I had broadcast on my blog that we did finally choose a name for Brother.  He will be named Henry.  I really liked the name when I was pregnant with Sophie but Ed was so focused on paying homage to his viking ancestry we couldn’t get him past Otto or Thor.

So, regarding Henry.  He is two months old today.  I’ve been wondering what he is up to now and then….mostly when I’m lying in bed trying to drift off to sleep and thinking about the day past and what the day ahead will bring.  Since our days and nights are pretty much opposite I’m hoping he is sleeping now and getting himself ready for our tomorrow which is already his today.

I hope I can learn the words to this song by the Dixie Chicks which I tried to learn when pregnant with Sophie but honestly, I couldn’t get through even the first verse without completely choking up. 

“Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)”

Dragon tales and the “water is wide”
Pirate’s sail and lost boys fly
Fish bite moonbeams every night
And I love you

The rocket racer’s all tuckered out
Superman’s in pajamas on the couch
Goodnight moon, we’ll find the mouse
And I love you

God bless mommy and match box cars
God bless dad and thanks for the stars
God hears “Amen,” wherever we are
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Sweet dreams

The Day the Earth Stood Still

September 17, 2006 at 10:29 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Six years ago today  Ed and I had gone to see Blue Man Group, a present for my birthday, followed by a trip to the always fab Chicago Oven and Pizza Grinder for dinner.  We had just walked in the door and the phone rang.  It was my sister Sara.  She told me they were gone.  She told me that they died.  In a plane crash.  That day.  Both of them.  Gone.  That Grandma was there with Kathy waiting for them to come back from the flight to meet them for lunch.   But they didn’t make it back.  Uncle Dick’s car was there – my Grandma saw it in the parking lot.  But they were gone.  They weren’t coming back.

Two seasoned commerical and military airline pilots lost their lives six years ago today.  They were fathers, brothers, sons, grandfathers, uncles, friends.  I will always remember what my cousin Mary said at their memorial service to Sara, Amanda and I.  She said she was sorry for our loss.  She had lost her father and an uncle but she took a moment to recognize our grief for losing two uncles. 

On the back of their memorial card, pictured below, is a saying that reads, “In life they had to earn their wings to fly.  In death, they’ve been given silver wings to soar higher than ever before.” 

Melvin Charles Brent and Richard Melvin Brent, Sr.  we miss you dearly and think of you often.  You’ve both come to my in my dreams and let me know you’re both ok.  You’re welcome there any time….

Friday Fun Pic-Part 11

September 15, 2006 at 7:33 am | Posted in Friday Fun Pic | Leave a comment

I don’t have many pictures of Sophie and I together because I am always the one behind the camera.  Plus I don’t like to have my picture taken because I have a wonky eye that for some reason you really can’t see when you look at me but it shows up on film all the time.  Ed bought a new camera that we took up to the lake over labor day and I snapped this using the timer.  I really need to start taking more pictures of us together ….happy weekend!

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