Friday, March 30, 2012

While I have a second...

Here's what Holdeezy wore today.

And yes, we went out in public.  To the ENT, to Audiology, to the school... He worked it.
Little ol' Ladies squee'd.

As one mom said, "kid has swagger".

Friday, March 23, 2012

New Stuff.

With the beginning of the year bringing the civilianization (it's totally a word... now) of Hubband's career, we have thrown ourselves into putting the finishing touches on this house.  [Ironically, amidst the talk of purchasing a new home...]

This past two weeks has seen some improvements in the office area.  Complete with a new computer.  Not just a new computer - a new computer genre.  We are now fully entrenched in the realm of Apple.  Yes, I know Mrs. Wookie.  "Boo hiss."  We also performed an Ikea hack.  I had a vision for my office area, and since I'm stuck in it during the day making phone calls, perusing facespace, and shoe shopping (what do you mean I don't have to do those last two?) and photo-editing at night,  I wanted it to be sleek and streamlined.
Also, inexpensive.
So we hacked an Ikea idea.  Took some trial and error - but we were successful.  Once I put the last few finishing touches on the area - I'll take some pictures and post them.

With all that being said, yesterday I snapped a few quick pictures, so that I could play with my new computer!

I love his face.

The end.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

He Can Hear!

Two weeks ago, Holdeezy saw the ENT, to discuss getting tubes.  It was decided - fairly quickly - after a couple of hearing tests that came back flatlined.  Also, the whole 15 months and 7 ear infections thing didn't help matters much.

Surgery was scheduled for April 20th.

This past Tuesday, I got a call, declaring he'd been bumped up to that Friday.


A little scrambling around and we made it.

Little babies in hospital gowns *might* be one of the cutest -
and saddest -
Things ever. 

Playroom waiting area at the surgical center.

"Mom, Put me down!  I want to play!"

Recovering like a boss.

Annnnnd done.
DO NOT mess with his Super Gonzo.  
In true "I can hear" form.  He scared himself the first couple of times he screeched.  Unfortunately for me, he's recovered from that quickly.
His vocabulary is very quickly improving, and Mommy rests easy knowing that his "delay" was a very simple fix.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Ok, so now for my race.

This is how full the metro was on the way to the race.
This is HALFWAY there.
It got fuller. 

Can you say Sardines?

Bib, hint of shamrock sock (with Orange, because green must be countered with awesome),
And a "swanky bright" shoe.

Yes, the crowd extends ALL the way up the escalator.
why do you think everybody is taking pictures?
No lie, this crowd was huge.  

Remember that friend I mentioned had just been diagnosed with breast cancer?
This is her sister.
They were supposed to run it together.
Friend, however, is undergoing Chemo.
So her sister ran solo, in honor of her.
And hung out with me at the start line.  Which, made it SO much more enjoyable.
Without her company, the butterflies in my stomach (which I get before every race)  would have been
rabid, and eaten me. Yum.

Also, in case you're wondering: YES.  I do enjoy the see through tech top with the orange bra look.
I'm running, at least I have a shirt on.  
I finished with a 2:15ish.  Still far, far away from that sub two, but it turns out that DC is all uphill.  You can't actually go downhill.  There isn't one.  Or, so the race people thought.  Because I'd get to the top of the hill and think, "alright, there will be a downhill around this corner" - and BLAM - Uphill again.  One of them actually made me curse.  Loudly.  That was at about mile 9.  I promptly lost all mojo and fell hardcore off my 2 hour/2:05 pace.  Owell, I know better now...

Another one in the books.  Woot.

Monday, March 19, 2012

ShamRock 'n' Roll.

This past weekend, the B-rox and I both had races.

Friday night was Braxton's moment of glory.

What race is complete without Port-a-johns? 

Posing: A-
Looking at the camera: F

Cued up at the start.  Feelin' Good! 

I cried. No lie.  

Finish line!  

Third Place.
The "Pacer" (Former Bachelor, Dr. Andy Baldwin, for those who watch) told the kids to "start slow".
Braxton, being the fairly obedient child that he is, listened.
"That guy told us to start slow.  So some kids passed me.  I passed most of them again,
but a few of them beat me.  I guess 3rd place isn't bad.  Next time I won't start slow. "

"I feel pretty great! That was fun.  Next year I'll be able to run the longer one.  I think I'll like longer races."

To say we are proud of this boy is an understatement.  
To be continued...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Somebody Messed This Up.

I've decided to skip my run this morning.  Ballsy, I know.  But Yoga was calling my name.  Jeez, Mommy McD, your life is so filled with spontaneity!  Skipping running to do Yoga? Where do you get your spunk? 
I know, if only they could bottle it, right?

B-rox this morning so eloquently stated, I believe, an entire nation's feelings about daylight saving's time:
"Somebody messed this up".  

It was a bit of a rough start, to put it mildly.

SOOOO, on that note, I'm going to get on with answering some questions.  Bestest's little sister tagged me.  In my sleep deprived haze, I'm going to answer them.  HOLD ON TO YOUR SEAT BELTS!  Or something like that. 

1. What is your favorite piece of decor in your house?
I would have to say.... I HAVE NO IDEA.  You see, we've only really begun decorating this past year.  We painted, and lived happily with Rubik's Cube walls.  But we didn't know if we were going to be PCSing somewhere in three years.  Now that we know we're kind of here for... forever, we've begun to put a little more effort into the place.  I'm working on a couple of projects (Thank you Pinterest), and will post pictures as I complete.  

2. What TV show is a guilty pleasure for you?
OOoooh.  This is a tough one.  I am currently completely caught up on "Vampire Diaries".  (ZOMG, kill me now - I can't believe I just admitted that).  Another show, I feel completely guilty for watching is BBC's "Robin Hood".  Some aspects of that show are just ridiculous.  But, oh my, that Robin Hood is deeeee-lish-us!  

3. What is your favorite restaurant?
Another tough one.  I really love me some Moe's Southwestern Grill.  But, I think my ultimate eat out (which ends up actually being an eat in) is a little local pizza take 'n' bake place.  Scramble bread is amazing.  One of the best things I've ever tasted.  Ever. 

4. If you could live in any other state, where would you choose?
Dream state: Oregon
Second Choice: Hawaii
More likely to possibly happen than the above two: NorCal or Washington (NOT DC)

5. What kind of car do you drive?
An "Atlantis Green" Ford Fusion.
No minivans for this mom.  

6. What is the thing you do that wastes the most amount of time in your day?
Drive five miles to drop boys off at school.
Drive three miles to gym.
Drive three miles to house.
Drive five miles to pick up Kenny.
Drive five miles home.
Drive five miles to pick up B-rox.
Drive five miles home.  

Those 31 miles amount to 2.5 hours spent in the car every day.  Every. Day. 

7. What is your favorite website right now?
Uhm... I dont' know.  Facespace?  Runnersworld?  No clue.  It's like children.  I can't name a favorite. 

8. Do you have any special talents?
I sleepwalk.  Pretty cool, right?  

9. What is your favorite feature about yourself?
I'm told I'm oddly positive.  I take this to be a good thing, despite the "oddly" preceding it. 

10. How did you meet your significant other, if you have one?
He voluntold me for the swim team.  Saw him in his swim jammer, discovered I was a "legs and butt" lady.  The rest is history. 

11. What is your favorite color?
Always and forever, Orange.  Orange, Orange, Orange.  

Extras.  Just because it's Monday.  

1. What is the first materialistic thing you would buy with 1 million dollars?
Gut reaction: Pay off house and car.  Then go to Jamaica. 
What I would actually do:  Pay off house and car.  Then take WHOLE family to Jamaica. 
And uhm, shoes.  There would be A LOT of shoes. 

2. What were you doing 5 years ago?
Enjoying life with ONE baby.  ONE.  I didn't know I was pregnant again, I was just... ENJOYING LIFE WITH ONE BABY! 

3. Your last meal on Earth would be?
Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese.  

4. What is something you would change about yourself?
Erm....  Longer legs?  Unbreak my nose? Braces. Definitely Braces.   Mentally?  I'd PMS less.  

5. Is there a specific time you remember being extra mean to your siblings?
This is a trick question. I know it. 
Uhm, hello.  We were siblings.  But, if you need an actual example.  I purposely dropped my sister on her head.  Twice. 

6. If you had your own reality show, what would people's reaction be?
What I'd want them to think:  "Lady has some FINE shoes". 
What they would really think: "Whoa. There. Are. NO. Words. For. This. Mess.  Turn on the Kardashians, I can't handle this ridiculosity.  

7. What is your dream job?
Athletic trainer/nutritionist.  More specifically for pre/post-natal women.  There is NOT enough help out there for women who want to be healthy and fit during pregnancy.
Also, Nursing.  I'm currently trying to figure out how to meld the two.  

8. What genre do you pin on Pinterest the most? Why?
Food and things to do with the kiddos.  
Because I get hungry and because my kids are crazy.  Duh. 

9. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Shel Silverstein.  Because he seemed to get life. 
Also, because he wrote a poem with my name in it.  (Even if she was a pretty naughty girl.)  

10. Who would be the other 3 members in your Wolf-Pack?
Well, now generally, I'm against going in search of strippers and cocaine.  

But if other activities are on the menu, I'd probably throw a bestest in there.  After that... I don't know.  Depends on what activities we're talking about.