Monday, November 29, 2010

My long weekend

Thursday...very nice Thanksgiving
Friday...screwed up my laptop
Saturday...2 1/2 hours on the phone with Dell...Gianna sick as a dog
Sunday...beautiful day at Sturbridge Village

Today...Internet is back on my laptop but no wireless which means I'm stuck working in my stinky basement that smells like cat poop. Yuck. I took the kiddies to their physicals this morning. All three got flu shots, even after I swore up and down to Gianna that she wasn't going to get hers today...two were scared to death...two cried...then one immediately broke out into hysterical laughter saying it didn't even hurt. That would be Gianna. Who would have guessed? Gianna: "Wait, let me wipe away these tears!!" Also found out today that Julia is only in the 20th percentile for height. Tiny! The doctor said she'll only be about 5' 2". I'm 5' 6"!! Good. So when she's a teenager, I can still look down to yell at her!

Doctor to Julia: "Do you spend a lot or a little bit of time in front of the TV and playing on the computer?"

Julia: "Well, Gianna was on the computer for TWO AND A HALF HOURS yesterday!!!"

Me: (Bright red and ready to tackle Julia on the exam table.) "Honestly, I don't know about that. She was home with her FATHER."

Doctor: Well, we'll discuss that at her appointment.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I have so much to be thankful for. But why do they have to grow up so fast?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


This morning, Gianna was asking questions about why you have to go to college. I tried to explain as best as I could. I'm not always sure what she captures at 5 years old. Then she told me she wants to go to Florida for college. Oh dear. I told her that is very far away and maybe she should go to school a little closer to home (wiping tears from my eyes just thinking about it). Then she got really quiet and looked kind of sad. I asked her what was wrong. She said, "Mom. I'm not sure about Clown College". Clown College!!! I had to cover my mouth so she wouldn't see me laughing. Where did she hear that?!?!? She got upset and said that she wasn't sure she actually wanted to go to Clown College. I asked her who told her about "Clown College" and she said it was Nicholas, however, Nicholas said it wasn't him. who's been telling our funny, silly little girl that she has to go to Clown College???

So I googled "Clown College" and look what came up...

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College

How to Become a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Clown

If you are interested in finding out more about how to become a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® clown, please forward a portfolio/resume, head and full body shots and a DVD featuring a thorough representation of your skills to:

Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Attn: Talent and Production Department
1313 17th Street
E. Palmetto, FL 34221

On the DVD, please state your full name, where you are located currently and the date of the taping clearly. Please include a full length head to toe shot of yourself during your introduction. Label the DVD with your name, height, location, date and length of video
Most importantly, the DVD should include sufficient information to allow for an understanding of your physical appearance, ability to display exaggerated facial expressions, display of your athleticism or any unique physical skills, an understanding of your comedy, as well as a sense of your personality and why you want to be a clown with The Greatest Show On Earth®.

Did you read that??? "ABILITY TO DISPLAY EXAGGERATED FACIAL EXPRESSIONS". So actually it sounds like Clown College might be a good fit for our girl after all.

November happenings

I've been absent, I know. I'm not sure why. My heart just hasn't been into posting lately. But tonight as I was taking the photos and videos off my camera, here's what I found...

Mom turned 76 on November 13th. That's something to celebrate. Doesn't she look great? I love my Mom...

Always so silly. Julia drew this picture for her. Doesn't it look just like her?

And today was Gianna's Thanksgiving celebration in her kindergarten classroom. There was lots to do...

All kinds of crafts to be made...

Daddy was there too. Gianna called him at work yesterday and told him he "had" to go. He wouldn't have missed it anyway...

Gianna was "star of the week" last week at school. We did this poster together...

There was a questionnaire that went along with this poster. One of the questions was "What do you do well?". And she answered, "Cut green beans with Daddy."

She actually didn't like this hat. It was off her head the second after this picture was taken.
Our cute little "Native American". You can't say "Indian" anymore in the public schools.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

She names everything...

Gianna loves her little animal friends. She carries them around in a box, gives them baths, eats with them, and even sleeps with them. She has lovingly given them all names. Some are named after Nicholas' friends that she really likes (Jack & Charlie), some after her favorite dog movies and two are named "Ewee" after Nana's sweet dog that passed away years ago. She saw pictures of him and fell in love.

Monday, November 01, 2010

A fun night

We had another fun Halloween here in Pleasantville last night. Our neighbors have a party in their garage/driveway for everyone. Lots to eat and drink. Then Danny took the kids trick or treating. I stayed and handed out our bucket of candy over there. Easy and fun! It's better than answering the door hundreds of times. And I'm not kidding when I say "hundreds" of times. Our neighborhood is CRAZY busy with trick or treaters. People come from all over to park in our neighborhood just to trick or treat.

So here they are...the Skeleton (he really is skin and bones), Supergirl (she thinks she really is), and the Witch (which she can be at times). So I guess they went as themselves!

Sad to say but Nicholas is getting to the age where he thinks store bought costumes are "babyish". I had to convince him to wear this one.

Julia posed Gianna for this picture...

When they got home, they dumped all their candy on the kitchen table.

And poor Nicholas had a belly ache. He only had a few pieces of candy but that's all it takes for him to not feel well. I had to rub his belly in bed. He felt better this morning.

Tonight is the annual "Halloween buy back candy program" at their dentist office. The donated candy gets shipped to the troops overseas. I really can't believe they do this every year. I know I wouldn't have done it as a kid. Selfish...I know. But I LOVED candy when I was a kid and still do. Anyway, they save just a few pieces of candy for themselves and turn in the rest. And doing so, they'll get $1.00 for each pound of candy, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a coupon for a slice of Papa Gino's pizza. Hey, if it's good enough for them it's good enough for me! And best of all...I won't be tempted to eat all the left over candy!