I had to share with you the Easter Baskets I bought the boys from my good friend Natalie at Creekside Creations (Click the name to visit her blog!!) Aren't they too cute! And for the price I guarantee you can't find a better basket! Plus........Colby is sure it will hold 100 eggs! :)
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Posted by Brooke at 8:39 PM
So this whole "experiment" thing was all fine and dandy until the weekend arrived. Then I had to spend more time with Jeremy and decided this experiment thing was CRAP!! Here I was making lots of effort to be sweet and lovely (and IT WAS EFFORT......Jeremy was in a bad mood!) and he was just being an a$$ most of the time. Why did I think I could do this without him knowing?!? So after he got under my skin and made my crazy we decided that we will do something TOGETHER to make an effort for each of us to feel special.............I'll let you know when we decide to do so!
Posted by Brooke at 8:33 PM
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Being nice is getting easier! Not a cross word so far in this experiment...........held hands in the car (which we usually do) and snuggled watching tv (which we usually don't do). He helped out around the house a bit...........no reason to fuss at all! Things are going great!
Posted by Brooke at 10:20 PM
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Jeremy Vincent picked up all the trash and broken toys that our yard has collected over the winter months. I won't go into detail about what nice jester I did for him (don't want you all talking bad about how I give too much info - and don't think gutter thoughts either! I know you are!) We both are happy today.............haven't bickered all week......may be a new record!
Posted by Brooke at 9:34 PM
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Jeremy was happy today. I don't know what did it. It may have been that I praised his efforts in cleaning out the fence row with a good kiss. It may have been that I cooked supper and took care of the baby WHILE doing my online class. It may have been the chocolate and peanut butter egg I brought home for him from school. It may have been that the sun was shining. I don't know exactly, but he was happy and that makes day #2 a success!
Posted by Brooke at 9:02 PM
Monday, March 22, 2010
Well today was day one of Experiment Rekindle. It took a little more control than I thought it would. I stayed home with Cooper today because he was very congested. After having very little sleep I offered to step out and drive Colby to school (praying the whole time that he wouldn't take me up on it!) When I came home from dropping off Colby I blacked out the bedroom so that he could get some extra good sleep today. He woke up a happy man! Day one seems to be successful............now to plan for day two!
Posted by Brooke at 6:17 PM
Sunday, March 21, 2010
As any set of parents know, getting back in the "love" grove is not the easiest thing to do with a little one in the mix. For the past two months Jeremy Vincent and I have been quite the moody little pair. We love each other deeply and are thankful for our many blessings in life, but the combination of sleep deprivation, added responsibilities, and less time to focus on each other has caused stress in our lives. I myself go from adoring Jeremy as the love of my life one minute to wanting to stab his eyes out the next.............and I know you have felt this way at some point even if you don't want to admit it.
Due to the magnitude of our collective fussiness lately I figured a change was in order. So I have decided to do a little experiment. Tell Jeremy and we are no longer friends. I don't want him knowing that he is my little lab rat!
For the next seven days I plan to do at least one gesture to reconnect with him in a loving way. Whether it is a hug, picking up after him without fussing, or some alone time, I vow to do one thing each day. I will report what happens as a result of that nice gesture on my blog and hopefully we will rekindle the good part of our loving relationship and the effort will come a little more naturally in my busy schedule. Wish me luck! And don't tell Mr. Vincent!
Posted by Brooke at 10:38 PM
Friday, March 19, 2010
Okay friends. I have to share this with you. Please know I DID NOT WRITE THIS and THIS DID NOT HAPPEN TO ME!!! I recieved this in an email and thought it was the funniest thing I have ever read! Enjoy..........and be prepared to crack up!
My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours:
'Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet.'
So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom.. It was one of those 'cold wax' kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just
rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull
the hair right off.
No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be? I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out.
So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees.
('Cold wax, yeah...right!') I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull. It works!
OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.
With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet. Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha
and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it was a long strip) I inhale deeply and brace myself....RRRRIIIPPP!!!!
I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!.....
Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip. CRAP! Another deep breath and RIPP! Everything is
spinning and spotted. I think I may pass out...must stay conscious....must stay conscious. D o I hear crashing drums??? Breathe, breathe...OK,back to normal.
I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want
to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip!
There's no hair on it.
Where is the hair??? WHERE IS THE WAX???
Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip...it's not! I touch. I am touching wax.
I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next BIG mistake...remember my foot is still propped up on the toilet?
I know I need to do something. So I put my foot down.
MY BUTT IS SEALED SHUT!
I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself 'Please don't let me get the urge to poop. My
head may pop off!'
What can I do to melt the wax?
Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off,right???
I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit.
Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the
bottom of the tub...in scalding hot water.
Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax.
So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!
I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It's a very good conversation
'So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!'
There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants
to know exactly where the wax is located, 'Are we talking cheeks or hole or hoo-ha?'
She's laughing out loud by now...I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box.
I should be the joke of someone else's night.
While we go through various solutions. I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!!
By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event.
My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace....the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax.
What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub on and.
The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend. Its sooo painful, but I really don't care.
'IT WORKS!! It works!!' I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up.
I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair....
THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.......ALL OF IT!
So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now.Nothing hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at this point.
Next week I'm going to try hair color
Now friends this makes our bad days look pretty great doesn't it!
Posted by Brooke at 2:07 AM
Thursday, March 18, 2010
This was forwarded to me in an email and I had to share with you all! Enjoy!
TWENTY NINE LINES TO MAKE YOU SMILE
1.. My husband and I divorced over religious differences He thought he was God and I didn't.
2.. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
3.. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.
4.. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
5.. Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.
6.. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me.
7.. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
8.. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
9.. I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are just missing.
10.... Out of my mind.. Back in five minutes.
11.. NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
12.. God must love stupid people; He made so many.
13.. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
14.. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps..
15..Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
16.. Being 'over the hill' is much better than being under it!
17.. Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew up.
19..I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That?
20..A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
21..A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
22..Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!
23..They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
24..He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless DEAD.
25.. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three
thousand times the memory.
26..Ham and eggs....A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
27..The trouble with life is there's no background music.
28..The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.
29..I smile because I don't know what the heck is going on.
Posted by Brooke at 9:28 AM
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
As all of you "facebookers" know there is a feature where you can "like" someone's status by clicking the "like" button. Often times I "like" what others have done or have to say for the day. Personally I think my life is in need of a "dislike" button these days! I know that my irritation stems from the extreme lack of sleep that I have been dealing with, but there have been MANY things in the last few days that sent my "dislike" sensor into overload!
1. Cleaning house.........over and over and over again.
2. Spit up in my hair.......that I don't find until I get to work and some kid points it out to me.
3. A husband who sleeps soundly ......... a lot more than I do......... and still complains about being tired.
4. Having family in the hospital...........the running to and from is EXHAUSTING.
5. Babies that have trouble pooping.
6. Doing homework with my 5 year old.
7. The cork gun my sister brought Colby back from the Smoky Mountains last week.
8. The line "I didn't do it."
9. Online lecture classes.
10. My inability to control my bladder when I sneeze or cough thanks to pregnancy.
11. My scales (which I actually tossed against the wall this week).
13. How quickly my kids grow.
14. Kids that roll their eyes at me.
15 The smart mouth my son gained in kindergarten.
16. The price of gas.
17. Going to the grocery store.
18. Sending my husband to the grocery store (maybe if we didn't go I wouldn't get mad at the scales!)
19. Cold weather.
20 Driving to work in the dark thanks to daylight savings time!
Posted by Brooke at 9:08 AM
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Posted by Brooke at 6:43 PM
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Well Cooper, it is so hard to believe that you are two months old today! I can't believe how quickly the time has gone by! You are getting so big so fast! Your Daddy and I laugh all the time and refer to you as "Chunky Monkey" because you are so much bigger than Colby was at this age. You are wearing clothes he didn't wear until he was four months old!
This may have something to do with you wanting to eat every two hours. At night that is. But I am gonna just pretend you get up that often because you miss me because I had to go back to work already (don't you wish Daddy was rich so I could be at home!? :) ).
We don't know exactly what you weigh right now, but you go for your two month check up with Dr. Kelly on March 26th. I dread the shots but I'm sure you will handle it better than Mommy will!
You are starting to "ooh" and "coo" a lot! We all love sitting around in the afternoon and talking to you! Everytime you let out a big coo your big brother tries his best to figure out what you have said. So far Colby believes with all his might that you have said "Brother" "No" "Great" "Hungry" and "Now". Really all you say though is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa...........but only when you are hungry!
You are also tracking objects with your eyes more. You watch us when we come in and leave the room and Colby is great about shoving toys in your face for you to look at. I fear you may end up crossed eyed though because sometimes he moves them so fast! :)
The day I went back to work I cried and cried but when I came home that day you gave me a big smile and it made it all okay! You smile for me and Colby every day now. You are selective in your smiling though and stop the minute your Daddy or Pa come around (I secretly find this very funny!).
Now that the weather if finally getting warmer we are getting you out more. We have been to church and even braved a couple of trips out to eat. Other than that you are confined to the house and the house of close family and friends we have visited. We have been taking walks on days that are warm and sunny though and you LOVE to be in the snuggly on my front! This is your favorite way to travel, but you are also okay with the stroller and car seat.
Thanks for being such a good baby! We love every minute we have with you and can't wait to see what you will learn next.............well really we can..............we would love to freeze you as a baby forever!.........well maybe we would wait to freeze you when you learn to sleep longer at night!
We love you Cooper!
Posted by Brooke at 9:27 PM
One of my devoted readers who I love dearly has complained that my blog is getting a little draggy...........and I have to agree. For that I apologize. She said that I need to get my "funny" back and with that I also agree. There's only one problem. My "funny" has done gotten up and left. In it's place are "exhausted" and "slightly pissed off." Which one do you want writing to you? ;)
Posted by Brooke at 8:35 AM