Saturday, February 23, 2008


I love living in New England. Here we get to enjoy all four seasons in all their glory. Although I must admit by the time February rolls around I am ready for spring.

What I love most about snowdays now is that I don't have to drive in it anymore. I remember the days when I had to leave extra early in the morning for work when it was snowing or going back and forth in my mind whether or not I should venture out in it at all. Driving in the snow is NOT fun. But now all I have to do is roll out of bed and walk down the hall to my home office. Ahhh...the benefits of working from home. I can work in my PJ's and take as many breaks as I like. No worries. I'm very, very lucky. That I am.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love...the shoes

Finally...finally...finally Gianna loves a pair of nice, clean, new shoes! She is very funny when it comes to her feet. She always has to have socks on. She hates bare feet. She cries when you cut her toenails. Maybe she just has very sensitive feet. You can't even touch them. She goes crazy. For the longest time she wore this old pair of dirty sneakers. Even when we had her all dressed up she would only wear the dirty sneakers. Then I finally got her to wear a pair of simple black shoes from Target. But today Julia, Gianna and I were at the mall and walked into Payless. She found these pretty, sparkly, pink shoes and that was it. She ran around the whole store showing everyone her shoes. She looked in every mirror she could find. I was so happy that she was so happy about shoes I would have bought them if they were $100! But after all that, they were too big. Try explaining that to a two-year-old. I had the store call another location that did have her size. So she did end up with her shoes. She wore them for the rest of the day. How cute are they and how cute is she?

She is one happy girl!

And now for a quick Nicholas story. He usually gives Julia such a hard time. Rarely is he nice to her. But today was different for it was Valentine's Day. Danny and I gave them each a $1 in their cards today. Then they each got $3 from their Auntie Diane. So right after getting his $3 he turned to Julia and handed her a dollar and said, "Happy Valentine's Day, Julia". Is he not the sweetest boy in the world? He is my boy with the golden heart.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Potty training begins

Here we go again. Potty training take 3. Nicholas, Gianna and I went to Target the other day to pick up some new underwear for Gianna. Most kids get excited but not her. She threw a huge fit in the underwear aisle yelling..."no poopy potty"..."no Dora underwear". The girl doesn't like change. Just like her Daddy.

Tonight we put her on the potty for the first time. She just sat and sat. She kept saying, "I don't hear anything". Too cute. When I asked her where her pee was she said, "In my diaper in garage". And so it goes.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Gianna gets hurt...again

I have to talk about how accident prone Little Mae is. Although I have to say, in her defense, most of her injuries have been sibling related.

Let's start with the most recent injury that happened today. My afternoons are crazy. I have to leave the house by 11:45 to pick up Julia at kindergarten by 12:00. So I send Nicholas across the street to Patty and Fran's to have them put him on the bus just in case I don't make it back in time. The bus comes at 12:10. Today I pulled in the driveway just as the bus was heading down the street. I asked Julia to get Gianna out of her car seat thinking she would help her out of the car or I would have a few seconds to get him on the bus and make it back to the car in time. Just as I was walking back to the car, I see Gianna fall out of the car (think Honda Pilot which is very high off the ground) flat on her face. Her teeth went into her lip, cut on her chin, blood all over her face.

Or how about a few weeks ago at the furniture store when she tripped on a rug and fell head first into a glass table? I never saw sales people react so quickly with accident reports and cameras taking pictures of the accident scene. As if I was going to sue the store. You think I have time for that? Here she is just before the accident sitting next to the glass table. Of course I continued to multi task, holding a cold pack to her head and asking lots of questions about furniture. We bought two of these chairs and the sofa. The new furniture will be here tomorrow! I'm so excited to have some new furniture!

OK...sidetracked a bit. How about when she was about four months old and Nicholas head butted her knocking her unconsious briefly? Key word...briefly.

Or how about the second time she was knocked unconscious when Julia pulled her off the stairs and she fell backwards onto the flagstone?
She's actually been very lucky so far with no broken bones or stitches. Let's just hope it stays that way.