Feb 6, 2009

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Time Has Come Today

1. What time of day do you usually play Saturday 9? Usually I play after breakfast on Saturday Morning. This week I am playing just after midnight.

2. At 9AM on a weekday, what are you doing? Feeding the baby, while Princess Belle eats her oatmeal and when she is done watches cartoons with the puppy.

3. At 9PM on any given night, what would you most like to be doing? Sitting with Prince Charming on the couch watching our favorite shows or a movie together.

4. What is your most frequent activity online? Blogging or researching the food I will cook, the recipe I will save, etc.

5. Is there one day of the week that seems to fly by? If yes, why? Hmmm . . . Not really, the whole weeks seems to fly by until the weekend comes.

6. Do you agree that the older you get, the faster time seems to go by? Yes, that seems to be absolutely how it feels. I try desperately to hold it back so that I can have more time with the kids at the ages they are, but no matter what I do, times slips through my tightly clenched fingers.

7. What is your favorite thing to do with free time? spend a nice quiet evening at home with my family.

8. How much time do you spend alone? Would you like it to be more? Less? Some. It is enough for me. I have time to get housework done and to get some time on the computer.

9. If you could spend one hour doing something what would it be? This is tough. I feel so great lately that I can't think of much to improve. I guess if I could get an extra hour, it would depend on my mood. I would either spend it luxuriously soaking in a nice hot bath reading a book and relaxing or I would spend it cleaning and organizing the basement.

Spin Cycle: LOVE

small cycle

This week the topic is all about LOVE. This one is easy for me. I feel like these days, my life is filled with love.

Whenever I lay in bed next to Prince Charming, or sit together and watch shows in the evening. I know how lucky I am to have someone in my life that I love so much and that loves me back. There is a security in that, in knowing him so well, and in him knowing me.

Whenever I hold my baby girl, I remember 5 long years of trying to get her. I remember how fast time flies by and know that she will not be a baby nearly long enough for me. Every time I pick her up, I put my cheek against her head and try to soak up the feel of her, the smell of her, the sound of her breathing. I try to imprint the feeling of her in my memory for those days when she is running full tilt and I long to hold her close but can't catch her for a cuddle. She is so sweet and cuddly and snuggly. When I look at her beautiful brown eyes, all wet with tears, smiling at me because I came to rescue her from her crib, I smile from my soul. She is such a treasure. I am constantly aware of how much I wanted her, how long I waited for her, and I am overwhelmed by the depth of the love I feel for her deep in my soul. She is a prescious treasure I had to work to get, that I had given up on getting. I know how lucky I am that I get to love her.

Whenever I go into my big girl, Princess Belle's room to wake her up in the morning, I look at how beautiful she is growing to be. She is tall, slender, with huge brown eyes and she loves nothing more than to get lots of hugs and cuddles. She is a little love sponge that just soaks up all the love you can pour into her and glows in the light of it. I love the feeling of her little hand in mine as we trudge down the stairs in the morning, to face the day together. I love how hard she works to do her reading homework, and the joy she takes in the stories. I love how she is always willing to drop what she is doing to come and give you a big hug and kiss.

She has imaginary friends. They haven't been around as much since her sister was born, and they have been reduced from four to just one, but she has one there just the same. Prince Charming called Princess Belle into the living room the other day and this is how the conversation went:

Prince Charming: "Who is Margaret?"
Princess Belle: My best friend.
Prince Charming: Who is Jasmine?
Princess Belle: My best friend.
Prince Charming: Who are Alex and Matthew
Princess Belle: My best friends.
Prince Charming: So if you have so many friends in real life, why do you need to have an imaginary friend?
Princess Belle: Well, I play with them when I am outside, at school, or at the center, but when I am up in my room, I have nobody to play with and to talk to. If I had no imaginary friends, I would just be in my room talking to myself and Daddy that would be just silly!
Prince Charming: Uumm . . . Okay then.

How can you not love a little mind that come up with logic like that?

Feb 5, 2009

Thursday Thirteen #78

Thursday Thirteen
Thirteen Things about Twisted Cinderella

  1. I am loving the extra energy going gluten free/dairy free has given me.
  2. I didn't know just how badly I was feeling until I started to feel better.
  3. I am amazed that even my sinuses are better!!
  4. I have no idea what to eat for snacks except fruit. LOL, I will get the hang of this.
  5. I am going to get Princess Belle tested to see if it will make her feel better too.
  6. I am actually starting to get things done around the house. Little by little.
  7. I am not doing housework right now so that I will not wear myself out before having to carry Princess Magpie up a huge hill to the Mother Goose Program.
  8. Princess Magpie has is now 17 lbs 15 oz!! She is so big and growing so much!
  9. I only lost 1 lb in the last month. Oh well, it is better than gaining weight.
  10. Even if I am losing slow, I am really happy with just feeling better.
  11. I can't wait until this darned winter is over. Just the idea that spring will soon be here, makes me smile a little. I am SUCH a summer girl.
  12. I like watching health shows on television. I get good ideas and encouragement to try to keep my family healthy.
  13. I think every change towards a healthier me is a step in the right direction.

Feb 3, 2009


Welcome to TRIBUTE TUESDAY a chance to let that someone who has made a difference in your life feel special by paying them tribute.

I want to pay tribute to my special big girl, Princess Belle. She is truly the kindest girl I have ever met and she has the biggest heart. When her daddy was on a diet, she asked him if he could have her snack. When he said he couldn't because he was trying to make his belly better, (we are trying to avoid discussing weight with her) she said she would put some away so that he could have it later when he felt better. When we went shopping the other day, she was listening carefully to our trying to find gluten free food. We didn't discuss it with her but she was listening. And when she had a snack yesterday she asked me, "Mommy, does this have gul in it?" It took me a few minutes to realize she was asking me if it had gluten because she wanted to share.

She is so responsible. She takes good care of her puppy midnight. When she is home, she puts him out to pee, she gets him untangled when he (as always) gets his chain tangled.

When her sister cries in her crib, she is quick to run in and entertain her until mommy can get there. She is always willing to fetch a diaper, or to put one in the diaper genie. She takes great joy in playing with her sister and making her laugh.

She takes joy in life. She is constantly on the verge of some new song she either heard or invented. She plays with a vivid imagination and a sense of adventure that I admire. I love how her bedroom turns into a doll house and then a fort that she can sit in and watch tv and then a magic kingdom. (I don't love the mess it entails but that is another story) I just love how she can turn regular every day things into wonderous places to play.

She used to be so picky with her eating but over the last year, she has become so much more adventurous, trying new foods and learning to like them.

She is the most understanding child I have ever met. When told that her birthday party was cancelled due to stormy weather and we would have to reschedule, she just said sadly, "I told the sky to be too cold to snow." and then went on her way. When told that we are out of one of her favorite snacks and that she will have to wait until payday to get more, she just asks what we do have that she can eat. She never complains about it, she is just understanding.

I am proud of the smart, caring, adventurous, loving girl that she has become. I can't wait to see what kind of girl she continues to be.

Feb 2, 2009

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
  1. I DID NOT go out to dinner for my first gluten free/dairy free meal out and get brave enough to get the "very cute" waiter to check with the chef for gluten free foods and completely forget to ask about dairy free and so have a reaction anyway. Not me!!

  2. I DID NOT keep both my girls out past their bedtime to get said meal and then get groceries. Not me!!

  3. I DID NOT buy only soy milk while I got groceries and so force my family to drink soy milk like me. Not me!!

  4. I DID NOT spend 10 minutes searching the stores for dairy free creamer for my coffee, decide just to use soy milk and then when I got home decide to just switch to herbal tea for a while. Not me!!

  5. I DID NOT spend 1/2 hour getting totally excited in the grocery store over the wonderful gluten free/dairy free stuff I found while shopping. Not me!!

  6. I DID NOT spend the last 6 minutes before Princess Magpie went to her crib admiring her little chubby legs and her little pudgy belly when she clearly was waiting for me to just her to bed. Not me!!

  7. I DID NOT send Princess Belle to bed telling her to NOT come down and ask for a snack as she had ONCE AGAIN fed her supper to the dog. Not me!!

Feb 1, 2009

What I've been up to

I have been a little busy making a few templates lately. I am particularly proud of some of them and how they have turned out. I was really glad to able to do one for, Cory, one of my blog friends. I would love it if you would pop on over and let her know what you think of her new template.