Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Hannah!


My 2nd baby is 9 today.  NINE!  She has nicely let me know that she’s now a ‘tween.’  OMG.  Like I couldn’t tell by the attitude that has been oozing out of her lately, right?!  ;) 

Really, can it be 9 years since I first held her?  My little 9lb 1oz gorgeous bundle of love is now a 5’1”, size 10 shoe wearing, nine year old.  Where did the last 9 years go?


I took this at Wiregrass when we went there last Friday. 


This was back in December when my parents were down here. 

mom and her girls


She has almost the exact personality that Mary has.  Sometimes I think they are the same person.  ;)  She’s funny, sweet, and stubborn as hell.  She’s super smart, wickedly quick, and I know if I ever need something I can count on her.  She knows exactly where my last nerve is and leaves me shaking my head sometimes multiple times a day. 

I love her immensely.  The world just wouldn’t be the same without her. 

She got the usual birthday cinnamon rolls this morning and tonight she wants me to make General Tso’s chicken for her.  We’ll have cupcakes tonight and cake tomorrow when Mary gets here.  I’ve also given her the day off of school work.  I figured I could be nice today.  ;) 


I love you, Hannah! 

Happy Birthday

to my ultra-fabulous 9 year old


Monday, January 11, 2010

Are we still in Florida?


At no time while living in any part of Florida should a person require 2 pairs of pants, 2 shirts, a heavy sweatshirt, and gloves to run.  Never.  I left about 5:50 this morning wearing said outfit.  It was 16 degrees.  Yes folks, it was 16 degrees in the sunshine state.  (It’s 7:40 now and only 17 degrees)  I think I could have done without the second shirt; I was feeling a bit overheated by the end of the first mile. 

Here’s a few pictures from our frozen state for you.


I have a bucket I keep outside to collect rain water for my plants.  This is what was on top of the bucket last night.  OMG.  Ice!!!!!!!  The kids were loving this.


Hannah thought it was crazy!


This is our mailbox.  Normally it’s green, but today is a nice shade of frozen.  ;)  This was after my run this morning; you can see my big foot at the bottom.  I think my calves are still slightly frozen.


The sun was just coming up as I got back.  I love that time of the morning.  I hate getting out of bed so early, especially when it’s so darn cold, but I love it when I’m out there and when I accomplish what I set out to do.  This morning was just over 3 miles.


My poor, dirty bucket was frozen again this morning.  I’ll have to show the girls when they finally get out of bed.  They better get up soon!


This should be our last extremely cold morning.  Well, at least I think it’s going to be our last one.  I like cooler weather, but this is crazy!  We are still in Florida, right?  Yep, I see palm trees, but I think they’re frozen right now.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Quote for the day


I saw this on Cool Running on Facebook and wanted to share.


"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance." - Bruce Barton

Friday, January 8, 2010

Conversations with Kali


Kali has a bit of a cold and, as usual, couldn’t fall asleep last night.  I was really tired, so I decided I’d just take her to bed with me. 

We got to talking for a bit and then she started to cry.  She said “mama, I’m not having a bad thought, it’s a good one, but it’s making me cry.”  I asked her what she was thinking about.  She said “I know you told me that I made the world a better place……” (yes, I did.  Don’t all kids make the world better?)  Yes, Kali, you do make the world a better place.  And then she said “but mom, you are my world.”  OMG.  Stick a fork in me.  That girl just makes me happy down to my soul. 

The moment my last baby was born, the exact moment she was born, I felt the world had stopped turning on its axis.  Something was different.  Not a bad different, but just different.  I used to wake her up from her naps because I thought she had been sleeping too long.  Really, I did.  I often wondered why I felt such a connection to her.  Not that I don’t feel connected to Mary and Hannah, but there was just something different about Kali. 

Of course, I’ve since realized that there is something different about Kali.  I have no label for her, nor do I really want one.  Everyone has some sort of issue, right?  She is not whatever issues she might have, she’s just Kali.  In my opinion, she has an anxiety disorder of some sort, though I’m not totally convinced that she doesn’t have a mild form of aspergers, or maybe it’s both, or neither. 

I won’t go into detail about all her little quirks.  She’s 6, so it would take me wayyyy too long to write them all out.  However, about 2 weeks ago it seemed as though her anxiety went into overdrive.  She would wake up, look at us, and start crying.  (Oh wait, does that mean we look like hell in the morning?!?!)  She would cry about things that I thought made no sense.  She was horrified that she might offend someone and that would make her cry.  She was horrified that other people had offended someone and she’d cry over that, too.  Normal things that 6 year olds think about would send her over the edge.  She’d be nearly hyperventilating, and then she’d tell me that she was doing her best to “be a regular kid.”  She was always apologizing for crying and being upset.  I was besides myself, feeling horrible for the way she was feeling, and feeling totally unable to help her.  All I could do was sit and hold her and tell her how much I love her.

I don’t know what started it, but thankfully she seems to have calmed down now.  She told me last night that her thoughts haven’t upset her in a few days.  I thought that maybe she had eaten something with dye in it, but couldn’t figure out what it might have been.  She didn’t have any shampoo, conditioner, or soap with dyes in it.  Maybe the craziness of the holidays had something to do with it.  I don’t really know.  All I do know is that I am very thankful that she seems to be back to her usual self.  I can deal with the fact that she has the attention span of a gnat, that she is super sensitive, and that she has some sleep problems along with a few other issues.  What I cannot deal with is my poor baby crying uncontrollably telling me that she’s being tortured by her thoughts. 

I believe the reason I feel such a connection with her is so I can help her deal with, well, whatever she needs help dealing with. 

I don’t often talk about her issues.  They’re just part of who she is.  It would be like telling people that Hannah has big feet (hey, have you seen those things?!?!) or Mary moves at a snail’s pace (oh how true that is).  It’s just part of who they are.  But last night’s conversation……what a gift that was.   And how lucky I am to be her mom.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Baby it’s cold outside!!!!

If you don’t think it gets cold down here, think again.  I got back from my run this morning (almost 5 1/2 miles) and snapped a few pictures before I defrosted myself.


There was frost on my grass. 


And check out my van window.  Brrrr!!  Yes, my van is still dead.  :(  I hope to have that remedied today when the new computer comes in for it.  Alex will hopefully install it at some point today, and cross your fingers and toes that it fixes the issues. 



Dang, check out that ice!



Mary’s van. 


My crunchy lawn.


I did this on my van.  :)  Seriously, we are frozen!  According to our weatherman, it was 24 in Brooksville and 34 in Spring Hill.  There’s no way it was 34 at 6:00 this morning.  Brooksville is too damn close for us to be 10 degrees warmer.  I wore a heavier sweatshirt for my run and was colder than I was the other day while wearing a lighter sweatshirt.  My ears still hurt.  So I’m claiming that it was 24 here, too.  According to my computer, it’s only 20 right now.  I tend to believe it. 


Monday, January 4, 2010

Just a few pictures.

Finally, more pictures.  :)


I made this great corn salsa/dip.  I got the recipe from The Pioneer Woman.  Her recipes are wonderful.  Hannah and I were nearly inhaling this stuff.  However, I made wayyyyyy too much of it.  Kali didn’t want any and Alex can’t eat it.  Gosh my people are complicated.


The girls had their favorite mini hotdogs for New Years.  I think they were snacking on them all night long.



Um, let me just say this…..this deep dish pizza rocked.  OMG.  I think I moaned with every bite. 



I didn’t have any ground turkey, so I used some ground beef instead.  Next time I’m going to make sure I have turkey. 



The crust was absolutely amazing.  I cannot wait to make it again with tons of veggies and turkey sausage.  Mmmmmmmmmm.


Gee, that’s all the new pictures I have!  Not sure why it took me so long to get them up here.


I went on a 4 mile run this morning in the 31 degree weather.  Brrrrrrrr!  It was nice, though, to be warm enough not to freeze, and cool enough not to sweat like a piglet.  I’ll be back out in the morning again; I think it might be colder, too!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Plan to Eat

Not to be confused with Planet o Eat. ;) Check this baby out! You can import recipes, share recipes, plan out your meals for the day/week/month, print up grocery lists, etc., etc. The only thing it doesn’t do is cook for you!

Plan to Eat Click on this link to check it out. And if you like it enough to sign up, click through the same link, please, and I’ll be kindly rewarded for singing their praises.

I swear, New Years pictures are coming soon. I’m just link happy today.

Happy New Year!

Champion 5K at ESPN The Weekend!  Let the countdown begin!  I was out in the frozen tundra this morning for a run before the sun came up.  Got home to see a beautiful sunrise and was thankful I was hot and sweaty even though it was 36 degrees! 

I hope everyone had a great New Year celebration.  I’ll post some pictures later.