New Year’s Resolutions

Now that it’s 2009 (Happy New Year!), I’ve made some resolutions.  One of those resolutions is to keep my house cleaner.  It’s mostly the clutter that makes this place a disaster.  So, in 2009, I will put things away as soon as I am done with them in an effort to keep things in order.  I also started de-cluttering around here to keep me motivated.  I did our bedroom, bathroom and upstairs hallway so far and it looks GREAT!  I love walking into my clean, clutter-free bedroom, with the bed made and feel like I can just relax, instead of seeing all of the things that need done. Continue reading »


I Forgot to Mention…

I forgot to mention that we are in Canada for the holiday, so I won’t be updating much until I get back.

We had a WONDERFUL Christmas!  The kids have been loving the new toys and fun with the family, and Skip and I got a DSLR camera.  I need to update our family website tomorrow….  it’s going to take me a while because there are so many GREAT pictures!!  I also got a Flip video recorder so I can make better videos for posting.  I have a lot to upload and show off!

And, in case you didn’t notice the comments on my last post, my mom bought a ticket to come to our house in January.  She was just tormenting me when she was saying she wasn’t coming.  She was going to wait until Christmas to tell me, but then she read my blog post so she fessed up in the comments.  :)

Happy Holidays!!


Blue Christmas Part II (AKA I Give UP!!!)

I’ve tried everything I can to find a way to either get to Pittsburgh for Christmas or get my mom out here and it seems there’s a “problem” with everything I’ve come up with. Sometimes, logic and reason suck.

This is missed time with my family that I can’t get back and I so wanted to share it. I know we can do a visit in a couple of months, but the kids will all be so changed by then. It’s now that I wanted to share. I hate distance, finances, jobs, school and everything else that gets in the way.


Blue Christmas

The past few days have been busy, and I’ve also been having a lot of headaches and neck pain (thanks, Nissan Xterra Lady).  Almost all of the gifts are wrapped — and the rest will be done tonight after Skip brings home some more wrapping paper.  He’s also picking up the last of the gifts today (those Easy Bake Ovens are hard to find!). Continue reading »


Progress is Good

Today I had a meeting with the lawyer.  I arrived just after 10 am, only to find out my appointment was at 1 pm!  Duh.  I had some time to kill, so I mailed all of our Christmas card as well as some items for work, visited a friend whose twin boys are in the NICU (please keep them in your thoughts), had lunch with Skip and then headed BACK to the lawyer.

The lawyer is really great.  It’s a woman, and she was very easy to talk to, very thorough and explained everything to me really well.  She said the first thing she would be doing is sending a letter of representation to the opposing insurance and demand the immediate reimbursement of my out-of-pocket expenses for car rental and my deductible.  Then she said for me to track my mileage and stuff and she will contact me in about 3 months as we won’t start going for medical costs and “pain and suffering” until I am completely healed.  It is such a relief to know I don’t have to deal with the stupid dink from the opposing insurance any more! Continue reading »


Neither Here Nor There

I have lots to post about tonight!

I will start with Baby Boot Camp.  I’ve had some comments from readers who are thinking of doing the same, and let me tell you, it was worth it!  With the exception of one night, the boys have slept through the night every night since I did it!  Sweet bliss!  They still put up a good show when we put them in their cribs, but I’ve noticed once the door is shut, they know it’s time as they are quiet and go to bed like good little monsters.  I don’t know why I didn’t put them through boot camp sooner…  :)

Next is the December 7th accident.  We got the estimate on the Pacifica, and it is around $4,600!  I didn’t think it was that bad, but I guess it is.  Luckily, my insurance is good and they’ve already sent the check for repairs and we’ll take it to the shop Monday.  They’ve also already cut a check for new car seats — again! — and will arrange for a rental.  Too bad it’s going to take a good 2 weeks for the vehicle to be repaired, and I wonder if Christmas is going to slow it down even more?  I hope not! Continue reading »