Tuesday, November 30, 2010

18 MORE Days

We have 18 MORE days left.

18 MORE days of NO Aunt Olly

18 MORE days until Olly boards a plane and wanders her way home from Across The Pond.

18 MORE days of hearing "Aunt Olly at 'cow-ledge' Mommy" even though I'm not sure she fully understands that "cow-ledge" is 3,286.96 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in Wales.
18 MORE days until we give Aunt Olly welcome home Hugs & Kisses. She's going to be home just in time for Christmas - which is only 24 days away.

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Dear Aunt Olly, {Week 12}

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dear Aunt Olly, {Week 11}

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{Aunt Olly's birthday isn't today - it's actually Turkey Day - November 25th -just thought I should clarify that in case anyone wanted to wish her a Happy Birthday}

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mayhem and MADS-isms {edition 2}

I really need to teach Madaline how to make coffee - it would make dealing with the full force onslaught of "mommy....moMMY....MOMMY" before I can even get the filter in the basket so much more tolerable

That when Sunday starts before 6AM your child's ability to listen will start to malfunction no later than 6:15AM

And, to add insult to injury - That the volume and energy level control knobs on Mayhem Makers, specifically the "Madaline Elizabeth" Model, circa 2007, will promptly start malfunctioning at 7:15am on that exact same Sunday

When one has only had a 1/2 a cup of coffee the voice of the characters on Little Einsteins are extremely reminiscent of nails on a chalkboard

Pants are pure evil in the mind of Madaline - and it is absolute torture having to wait for a pretty dress to finish drying in the dryer.

LOVE: Little girls who wear denim jumpers and stripped tights. LOVE!! *melts my heart*

Allowing Nick Jr to entertain your child in the hour before dinner will award you the opportunity to clean the kitchen and cook dinner in peace and, ah, quiet.

I never knew that something as simple as a brand new sheet of stickers would bestow upon me the "Your the best-est Mommy ever" award

An unopened wind up dinosaur Happy Meal toy stashed in my go bag that I cart back and forth to work every day came in very handy last Friday when I realized I was out of dum-dum lollipops at daycare pick up.

Mads clearly knows more than I give her credit for - as Grammy and I were informed last night that this week is "Thankgibbing" and then comes "Chris-Mist"

Last Wednesday, Madaline spoke with Aunt Olly on the phone. Not a day has passes since that she's asked me about Aunt Olly or tells me some snippet of their conversation.

I might as well just hand Madaline a bowl of frosting sprinkled with raisins - because out of her slice of Sunday dessert - all she ate were the raisins she picked out of the cake which she thne dipped in the frosting.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dear Aunt Olly, {Week 10}

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dear Aunt Olly, {Week 9}

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sounds of Morning Silence

There is a peacefulness to mornings in our house. A peaceful silence mingled with the anxious anticipation of the start of a new day. And, each morning, without fail, the nighttime silence gently yields itself to the dawning sounds of another new day. Gentle sounds that tickle our ears and let us know, without fail, that morning has arrived.
The quite rush of the water in my shower. The warming drip, perk, dribble noises of the coffee pot. The gentle clink of the spoon coming to rest on the counter after stirring cream into that first steamy mug of coffee. The whooshing humming of the blow dryer as I dry my hair.
The muffled rustling of blankets and covers being pushed aside. Followed by the shuffling sounds of little feet, encased in footed fleece jammies, coming down the upstairs hallway. A tiny voice calling from the top of the stairs for me to turn the hall light on. The thump, thump, thump on each step as Madaline, Morris & Murphy comes down the stairs to greet another day.
Suddenly, as if on cue, the sun finally starts to peak above the Eastern tree line. The nighttime silence is gone, completely broken. The peaceful sounds of morning start to fade into the the background. And, before we know it, a new day crescendos before us.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cupcakes, Pumpkins, and ANOTHER cupcake??

The annual baking of Halloween cupcakes with Grammy. Next time we just have to remember not to put sprinkles on all of them - as Daddy is not a big fan of sprinkles.Sunday morning hanging with Grampy carving pumpkins. Little did we know, that carving pumpkins with Grampy was such serious business.And, finally, Mommy spent 3 days and 10 hours sewing ruffles. Grampy engineering the cupcake liner base out of a laundry basket, cardboard and spray paint. Pretty sparkly pom-pom sprinkles. And, voila! We had our own version of the Pinkalicious cupcake.
And, based on the Mayhem Maker's smile....I'd say it was a Halloween filled with happiness! Hope yours was just as happy as ours!

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dear Aunt Olly, {Week 8}

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