Friday, April 30, 2010
I got these adorable Vera Bradley wallet/clutch things. I put in some Burt Bee's lip stuff, a sample hand lotion, and a Dove chocolate bar. Done. I was so wanting to keep one for myself, but I didn't. The whole thing was less than $20 each and I thought that was pretty good because his secretaries are super nice and they deserve tons more.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
See that big box? That is one of those temporary wardrobes you put together to store out of season clothes. I put most of our winter gear in it and it is stashed in the basement. Hopefully our potential buyers won't notice it and think " woah, so that is why she has so much space in that closet!"
The closet before, I know, terrible, don't get me started on how I am the only one here who takes care of anything...
OK, so while my pictures we uploading, I was typing, and they are in a weird order, sorry. I don't know why I can't rearrange them... You get the idea, right?! Oh, I have an even cuter winter Longaberger bag with holly on it, I am so ridiculous.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This is one of my blatant attempts to tempt buyers to purchase our home. I printed off info about our golf course, added some golf balls and tees, threw in Zoe's grass from school and voila! Instant temptation! That is for the men/husbands who are here probably against their will with their wives who insist on seeing our house and not making an offer or lowballing (oops, I was getting a little sarcastic there, sorry!). Anyway, in addition to this, I also have fresh flowers on the counter and kitchen table, place mats with pretty napkins and plates on the island, clean towels in all the bathrooms, no toothbrushes are visible or dirty laundry, and of course the ever present pug (see his butt up there in the photo? I swear his pug butt is in 90% of my photos!) is carted away with me and the kids as we find things to do during our showings/open houses. I always have fresh cookies for open houses too, darn it, I don't want you people taking my cookies and not making us offers!!! Does any of this actually work? Or am I just killing myself trying to "stage" my home? I am not sure, I hope it works soon, I am seriously going batty trying to get this thing sold.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Well I did it. I ran my first 5K in 7 years! The last one I did was when Zoe was a baby. I was definitely a lot faster then. I did finish ahead of the walkers, I think I was finishing about 32 minutes. Not terrible, not great, just done. It was horribly rainy and my mp3 player was not cooperating until mile 2 so I am blaming those factors on my less than stellar results. It was fun to do I hope to another maybe next month or so.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Zoe's last competition was Saturday. Whew, it was a doozy, we were gone for about 13 hours. Her dances last about 3 minutes each. Seems crazy doesn't it? All that time for 6 minutes of dancing?! Every time we have a competition, I groan and dread it because it is so much time and a lot of effort, but seriously, I've said it before, Zoe loves it. She did not complain ONE TIME, all day. She was bubbly, giggly, excited, having fun. We went out to lunch in between her last dance and awards with the girls from her team and she loved that too.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I have been doing so stinkin' much cleaning lately, it seems like I might surely die from inhaling Lysol kitchen cleaner or from the cuts on my hands that are so dried out from all the cleaning/washing. I am relieved the people who came through our house twice are gone, I am hoping to relax tonight...
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Oh my goodness, we had such a fun night last night.
We went to a Dayton Dragons minor league baseball game. We have been before and we love it. The venue is much smaller than a major league game and it is very family friendly. As we were walking in, one of the workers stopped us and asked us to have Tanner participate in a "Toddler Race" in between innings. They do lots of silly skits throughout the game and they are very funny and entertaining. So of course, we said, yes. We went down to meet the Dragons guys and they took us on the field and Tanner got to "race" two other babies on a big mat, and guess what?! He won! Woo! Well, he mostly cried (it was very cold last night- we were totally dressed in about 50 layers) and wandered around trying to find me. The other babies were falling and toddling like they were supposed to do but Tanner officially broke the crepe paper finish line. So he was declared winner. He got to keep his t-shirt and bragging rights.
On the way back inside the dugout (oh yeah, that's how we roll) we saw Ken Griffey Sr. I almost crapped my pants! I am a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, and to meet him and be two feet away from him was a big unexpected surprise. Not to mention I was freaking out being on the field, under the stadium, in the DUGOUT! It was minor league but I didn't care, it was so much bigger than I thought it would be. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a bat girl for the Reds so much. OMG, I love basketball, especially my Wildcats, but baseball was my childhood love and since having kids I haven't been able to go to many games but the love hasn't died. If anything, last night was a good reminder to me, to go to more games and take the kids with me to share the love. I kept telling Zoe and Parker how lucky they were to be having the experience and they were so like whatever. I hope someday they recall last night fondly.
My only regret was not having my camera, we were going to use Paul's phone but seriously, we were so excited, we couldn't think straight. CBS news was there taping a segment on the team because they sell out consistently (for the last 11 years) and it is considered to be one of the top family outings in the nation. So I am hoping Tanner will make his national tv debut on the Sunday show. If you watch, and it shows the race, he was the one crying in the red shirt.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
This is my "junk" drawer. It is the only place in the house where things that don't have a spot go. It is usually not this bad but Zoe loves to get tape and staplers out of here (I keep a bare minimal amount of office supplies in here so I don't have to run up to my desk) and she is not the best one at putting things back in their proper place. Let me add, she has her own supplies and we have more supplies in our art cabinet but these are "easier" for her to get, so she says. As with most junk drawers, it is a catch-all and it just needs sorted and cleaned out at least once a year or so.
Well wish me luck, I will try to keep you posted. I hope you are inspired to dump a drawer and resort it or get rid of those old chipped glasses or label something, it is so refreshing and nice to have completed.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I have really been doing a lot of self-teaching/researching/reading/thinking about food for the past year since I started Weight Watchers. I know things that I didn't know before and it has really had an effect on our family. We are buying mostly organic produce, dairy, and meat (if it is available) and we are eating other organic products as we try them and like them. I am positive it is making us healthier. I am considering joining one of those CSAs (where you get produce directly from a local farmer), I am using my bread making machine at least once a week and we are all eating way more fruits and veggies then ever before.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Happy Easter from me and my bunnies!