Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Fill In #2

It's Friday Fill-In time! Just like before, prompts are in color, my answers are in black. we go!

1. Moving is scary when it's to another country.

2. Cell phones should be free. (wouldn't that be nice) :)

3. My best quality is my ability to be adaptable/flexible. (If my friends disagree with that one, please let me know :)

4. I need to know the details of everything and it drives my husband nuts!

5. In nearly 10 years, I'll be almost 40 and that is not something I want to look forward to right now. Remember this blog is called 29 and counting!

6. A pineapple coconut margarita from Chevy's is what I need right now!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to renting a movie, probably Slumdog Millionare, tomorrow my plans include maybe a little shopping (don't tell hubby) and Sunday, I want to veg out...maybe by the lake!

Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tough on Grease, Soft on Hands!

This morning when I was getting dressed and my little boy was watching one of his fave shows, Special Agent Oso (side note-I thought it was a weird show at first, but it's grown on me)it's about a special agent bear that teaches the kids how to do new skills each week. Overall, a cute premise, but in order to gain the full depth of his comment you need a little history....

I never had a dishwasher growing up, in fact, I didn't even have one until I moved out of the dorms and into an apartment with my college roomies. It was such a novelty to not have to "wash" the dishes and let this wonderful machine do it for me. So much more time to drink too much and go to frat parties....oh, wait, I mean study and get good grades :) . Now, lets fast forward ten years, insert a hunky husband and too cute for words toddler, and come to the conclusion that I could never again go without my dishwasher. Never, ever!

Now I've trained, ahem, I mean taught my son how to put the detergent in the dishwasher, lock it and start it up (once he can load and unload I've got it made) and he's beyond excited that he's "washing the dishes." Now I know this jovial attitude will one day fade, but I am basking in all it's glory while I can.

Ok, mini history lesson over and back to regular programming.

Agent Oso, he was teaching a little kid how to wash dishes. You know the drill...use your sponge, soap, wash, rinse and repeat in the sink. Well, my son looks at me and says,

"You don't wash dishes in the sink, you wash them in the dishwasher, silly Oso."

It occurred to me in that moment that he'll never have that love/hate relationship with doing the dishes by hand and he'll never have to wash/dry dishes with a brother/ sister as a chore (unless I'm really evil). I guess it equates to when our parents walked uphill, in the snow, both ways, on the way to school. Only mine will sound a little like this, " I had to stand at the sink and put my hands in the water and use the sponge to wash the dishes and then proceed to dry them with the towel, a whole three times a day!"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

A little (almost) summer fun!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

We hit the Jackpot

I wish I could say we hit all the Powerball numbers and now we're millionares, but as you read on you'll see that our jackpot is on the smaller (but still fun) scale.
Our family went to a local mini-golfing/arcade/family fun center this weekend. We braved the 85 degree heat ( or at least what the pacific northwest calls heat) and had a blast. After a long day of golfing, and playing arcade games we still had some tokens left so my hubby just started putting them in random machines just trying to get rid of them and wouldn't you know it, he hit the jackpot! He has no clue how he won, but he was an idol to many teenage boys throughout the arcade who oooooodddd and awddddd at his accomplishment. We really didn't know how many we had won until we put them in the ticket reader (some fancy dancy machine that counts your tickets...can you imagine having to count them by hand like the good ol' days) but the magic number was 1,522 tickets! Maybe next time we'll hit the jackpot at the casino rather than the Family Fun Center. There's always hope ;)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Not Me Monday

I've blogged about her before and now I'll do it again. Our wonderful fellow blogger, MckMama has created what she calls "Not Me!" Monday and what I call a fun ol' post to kick start the week. So here it goes.

I did not supply my son with a completely unhealthy snack of mozzarella sticks and a cherry slushee from Sonic so that I could grocery shop in peace today. That would be a horrific example of not making good food choices and I would never do that!

I did not let my son play in the water fountain at the park in his shorts because I did not forget his swimsuit. I did not then proceed to take him to Target because I needed to run in for one thing in his wet pants/underwear as he whined the whole time about being wet. Nope, not me!

I did not nag on my husband all day yesterday to keep the bedroom doors closed so that air conditioner would keep the living room cool. I was not obsessive about it, not one bit!

Lastly, I did not make a half batch of cookies during my little boy's nap time because I was craving chocolate and and I definitely did not finish them off by the next day.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

How Many Stain Removers Do You Own?

Let's talk product reviews. I've decided that occasionally I will do a product review on something new I have tried in my own daily life. It could be a terrible product that I want to steer others clear of or a fabulous product that I want to share with everyone. Obviously, these are not paid ads so I'm able to be brutally honest with my opinion.
Ok, let's start, product of the day...Oxi Clean Laundry Stain Remover

A couple friends of mine told me about this product when I was complaining about the juice stains on my son's shirt that I had already washed and dried. I figured the shirt had seen it's last day and was going up to stained shirt heaven (even though he had only wore it twice.) As my friends and I were discussing this over lunch, my son conveniently managed to get strawberry sauce all over his (also new) white shirt and they assured me without a doubt that I would be able to get that out with Oxi Clean. I thought they were crazy! I have used the powder stuff that you add to your laundry but had never really noticed a difference with my clothes but thought I would give it a shot since if it didn't work I would only be out a couple of bucks. So a quick trip to my favorite store Target and I came home with my own blue bottle of Oxi Clean among many other things. (Check out my Target addiction HERE) Later that night, I spritzed here and spritzed there, rubbed it in a bit but I didn't notice the stains "lifting" as the blue bottle said it would. A little bummed, I walked away and came back 5-10 minutes later and the strawberry sauce was gone! It just disappeared! I couldn't believe it! So, I am now a believer and I'm throwing away all my other stain products and sticking with this one. LOVE it!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Fill In

I have a couple things to cover tonight. First up, please head over to fellow blogger, AnnOnandOn. Not only does she have a great blog, but she also has a yummy coffee cake giveaway from the famous My Grandma's of New England. It looks absolutely scrumptious and honestly, who passes on free coffee cake, especially when it's made by a Grandma....NOT ME! Secondly, I have been having major writers block so I am going to succumb to some memes. I've done Wordless Wednesdays and Weekly Winners but this will be my first venture out in the meme world other than the two listed above. I'm on the lookout for any fun memes that you participate in so please drop me a note if you have any recommendations. Lastly, before I leave you with my Friday Fill In, I have one serious request. I have a friend who is beginning an unexpected journey and would love to be able to share with her other mom's stories so that she doesn't feel so alone. If anyone has links to blogs of visually impaired children/infants please send them my way. Please feel free to spread the word in your blogosphere so that we can hopefully help a fellow mommy out.

Okay, back to....

The prompts will post in color, my words in the traditional black.

1. If we had no winter I wouldn't know what to do since I live in one of the rainiest cities and LOVE it!

2. Watching my 2 year old soak up every bit of knowledge he can like a sponge is a perpetual astonishment.

3. If I had my life to live over I would make much better food choices along the way. It is so easy to gain weight but so hard to lose.

4. I get to see my wonderful mommy friends and have a dinner date with another great friend inside of four and twenty hours.

5. If you've never been thrilled you're not addicted to the TV show Lost.

6. To be interested in the changing seasons requires one to take the time to relax and notice them.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to margaritas at dinner, tomorrow my plans include finishing up my planter boxes and Sunday, I want to enjoy the sunshine with my hubby(who will finally be home!)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Back on American Soil!

Man, it has been way too long since I've posted. Sorry, I struggle with what to write every time I sit down and so basically I've been reading other's blogs and becoming entranced in their stories. Once I read their stories, mine seem so insignificant, so boring.
We've just made our way back home from a week long vacation to our neighbors up north in good ol' Canada. We had a great time hanging out with family and scoping out neighborhoods for when we have our big move up north. I discovered a few things about myself while we were up there and I'm so glad I did before we moved and I found out the hard way. (I'll post about that another day, I've got to get my ducks in a row before I spill the beans..nothing crazy, don't worry)
One thing I discovered while in Canada......wait for it........... Shreddies and HP sauce.The few Canadians who read my blog probably think I'm silly but Yummmmmmmmmmy! I bought way too many boxes of Shreddies (it's a cereal) and a couple bottles of HP (think A-1 sauce only better) and the cashier looked at me like I was insane and probably thinking I was REALLY hungry. She said, " Somebody likes Shreddies and HP sauce" and gave my husband and I a cock-eyed look. I should have said, "Oh, yeah. I love to wake up to a bowl of shreddies drenched in HP sauce. It's the perfect way to start the day off right." Instead, I smiled and politely informed her that I'm from the States and they don't sell these items down here. She cut me some slack and said we've been deprived( I completely agree). The more I think about it, I should have told her the first comment, she really would have thought I was a wacko American. Cause apparently I was informed that because we voted Bush in twice they think we're pretty dumb ( can't blame them there) but we're getting a little street cred with Obama so apparently, we're not that stupid as of November.
Ok, so I guess this was my Seinfeld post. A post about nothing. Tadaaaaaa! Hopefully, I'll think of something to write about, and soon.