Saturday, March 29, 2008

I Missed The Sales!!

We bought our house last September. I had wanted to head out immediately and buy new patio furniture. Since it was the end of the season, we should be able to get a great deal. Or so I thought! There was nothing out there. We were too late. Now we are hitting the season for wanting to use the patio, and I have nothing--but I'm not deterred! I will either find a great sale now or I will wait until the early end of the season and snag me something awesome!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

What A Week!!

Life has been crazy these past couple of days. Saturday, the day before Easter I actually had to bake 12 cakes for different people! It was NUTS! I ate, drank and slept cake! I felt really bad, we had a couple of people drop in to chat for an hour or so, so I actually missed my deadline by about 30 minutes--but it was OK in the end. Still--I'm just amazed I got them all out. Now I just need to find time on my elliptical in order to work off all of the frosting tasting that took place!

Needing New Furniture!!

Have you ever had a puppy that eats furniture? Well, my dog does! In fact, my poor couch cushion has about had it. Kind of amazing how it's lasted through four kids and 2 previous dogs--but has finally met it's match with Wasatch. I'm not too concerned for the moment, simply because I have my eyes on something better. Newer and better. Have you seen furniture made with Kravet fabrics? It's beautiful--and I'm hoping to get something for the living room with it, and move the living room furniture into the family room to replace the "Wasatched" couch!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Laptop Rental

My sister has been traveling a lot lately. She's been to Vegas a couple of times, East Coast, West Coast and destinations in between. What's funny is she's always in need of a computer and has found it convenient to use a laptop rental since the fees are cheaper upfront rather than purchasing her own. However, by the time the last trip came around I reminded her that she probably could have purchased her own by now! As nice as it would be to have the funds upfront to purchase, she's just happy to have found a way to get a laptop for her needs.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Hubby Gifts!!

April is a big month for us. It's both mom's birthdays and then my dad's birthday just a few days later. Throw the Lizzie puppy into that mix, and well--it's a busy month! My dad worked most of his life in the jewelry field, and my mom has gotten beautiful pieces of designer jewelry in her life. Since he retired he still finds a way to surprise her with really beautiful pieces. I've always thought it was funny how a husbands job influences the gifts or products their wives use. My husband is a chef, and as much as I would love fancy jewelry, I have pots, pans and knives that would rival any professional!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

They're Coming!!

My mom is coming! I know, I always get really excited about that. She and my dad were able to find some cheap flights, and they will be here in just 2 1/2 short weeks! Just in time for Grayson's big day. I'm so excited. I know it's bad to expect the elders (sorry mom) to make the trip themselves...but with four kids it's honestly a lot easier for them to come here than it is for us to all make it home. We will be looking for flights for the summer, but for right now, I'm just happy I get to see her so soon!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Spinners, Spoilers & Derby Cars!!

My two older boys love everything having to do with cars. Their favorite thing to see and point out are "Spinners". I personally hate them, but hey, I'm a cool mom, they are boys--I totally get it! The other thing that my 8 year old loves...rear spoilers! He loves them so much that he is begging for one on his Pine Wood Derby car. Now--being the master car maker that I am---I will do my best to live up to this request--I'm just happy they aren't asking for Spinners as well! I'm almost sure they would be disqualified!

Insurance Time Again!

It's that time of the year again! Time to reup the car insurance. Did you know that when we moved last year our insurance dropped from $600 every 6 months down to $350? Just for the change in zip code! I was amazed--we had nothing different coverage wise. We'd never had a traffic violations. But because we moved from the City of Chicago to the suburbs, suddenly we get a huge break on insurance. Had I known that, we would have moved years ago!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Getting Away!!

I mentioned not to far back that my sister in laws sister moved to New York City. I can't tell you how much fun that sounds! What an adventure. There are times that I honestly look at the lives of single people, or married people without kids and have a moment of envy. Isn't that terrible? I love my kids, I really do--but there just has to be an easier way at times! My mom always tells me that your payment for having and raising kids are you grandkids--that's a heckuva long time to wait! When the kids are good--I thoroughly enjoy them, but when they get in their thick headed moments, I just want to hire a mover NYC and move in with Emily!

I'm Getting Old!!

In just a few months I will be 37 years old. Now I have to say, that doesn't bother me at all. It's the sprinkling of gray hairs throughout my hairline that has me worried. I still have all the same thoughts of losing weight, but I'm afraid if I do it too much later I will be left with the excess skin and needing to read up on some wrinkle cream reviews.

The one part of my life that doesn't make sense...I would love to lose weight, yet I just started a Cake blog, requiring much more cake in my life than normal! hmmmmmmmmmm

Moving Home!!

When I first married my husband we both worked for a huge hotel chain. This offered us the opportunity to move anywhere we wanted to for a short period of time. We had grandiose dreams, I wanted to start looking for Tennessee land for sale, he wanted Kentucky. We both wanted New England for one year to truly enjoy the seasons. But alas, we had kids and all of the fun thoughts of moving turned into the grim reality of just how hard it is to move! We did make a move from Utah to Arizona, and from Arizona to Chicago with this same hotel chain--so I guess we did pretty good! After being away from home for so long, my only dream is to head back to Utah. But then I realized, my going home, is taking my kids away from the only 'home' they've ever known, and I find myself wondering if that is really fair!


Life has been outta control lately! Really, for most people it hasn't been so bad, but for some reason my son has a melt down every day that there isn't school. Talk about a kid heavily relying on a set schedule. I think it's because we get so used to 'helping' him at breakfast, and if it's a day off of school, breakfast is delayed. By the time lunch rolls around, I have kids swinging from the light fixtures.

Today in many parts of the area it's Casimir Pulaski Day--but not where we live now. The kids had Friday off, and I must one was happier to see that school bus this morning than I was!

Yep...I'm a terrible mom!