Monday, March 31, 2008

The Incident

My good friend, Amy met us at Chic-fil-A today for lunch. She is practically an Aunt to my kids. They love her and she spoils them!

The kids had finished eating and run off to play on the playground (one of the many benefits to Chic-fil-A so that the grown-ups can actually have a conversation) when Amy paused and said....

"oh...oh no! There's a little girl hitting Rory!"

***I would like to disclaim that we were sitting directly in front of the playroom window but Rory was out of my peripheral and directly in Amy's.

I turned in time to see a little girl with a huge bow in her hair, not more than 3 years old, who had backed my little punkin into a corner and was clawing his face repeatedly.

I was holding Sully so it was Aunt Amy to the rescue! She ran in and told the little scratcher, "No, do not hit", scooped Rory up and whisked him away.

He was so stunned when he got to me and never cried but just sat in my arms bewildered.
"She wouldn't let me out of the door." He had red marks all over his sweet little cheeks. "Why she do that?" he asked.

I wish I knew. I'm sure that she wasn't trying to be malicious but what would possess a little girl to do that?

I was so proud that Rory didn't rear back and punch her (which he would have been justified in doing). Then when the kids went back to play, Maggie shot the little girl an evil-eye...the likes of which I've never seen! She acted as his body guard for the rest of their playtime and that, too, made me so proud.

Where was the mother in all of this, you ask? She was two feet away but never saw any of it. Should I have said something to her? What would I have said? "Lady, you're kid needs a scratching post at home so she won't do it on my son's face?"

Thank you, Amy for being there to help me intervene in the face of that little bully in polka-dots!

Have you ever been in a situation like that?


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

My Fuse Family

Some of you may remember a previous post about how much my kids love Fuse Beads.

When she was here for Sully's birth, Aunt Robin bought Maggie a new set of "People" peg trays so in addition to hearts and flowers, she has now been making our family (with some help from me). She wanted to do the girls so I did the boys.

Here we all are...
If you can't tell, that's Rory on the left, me (Maggie gave me a headband, green earrings and rollerskates), Casey, Maggie (also with a headband) and little Sullivan on the bottom.

Rory calls his "Little Rory" and carries it around with him and even sleeps with it. I guess there's no better friend than yourself. You like the same stuff!

So now, instead of Barbies and Superman, the kids have been having adventures with "Little Daddy" and "Little Sully". I get cracked up when I overhear their conversations with our smaller counterparts.

PJ Day

I love "PJ Day" at our house. Sometimes you just need to stay in your jammies all day and do nothing.

If only I had a pair of footie pjs too!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Pocking Eggs

An Easter tradition in my house growing-up was called "pocking eggs". We would use the hard-boiled eggs that we had dyed and have a contest to see who's egg was the strongest. Here's how you play...

Step 1: Everyone chooses their favorite egg and you take turns "pocking" each other. You decide who will be on the giving and who will be on the receiving end of a pock and the giver delivers one solid tap to the end of the other egg.
Step 2: Whomever's egg cracks must turn it over to the other end for a second try. The "receiving" eggs remains in that position until it cracks.

Step 3: Once an egg is cracked on both ends...it's out!

Step 4: The last egg standing with an uncracked end is the winner. Sullivan's egg won this year at our house!

The pocking purists keep that egg in their refrigerator until next Easter when the title gets passed down to another winning egg but I think that's kind of gross so we just keep it for about a week.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter!

Easter Egg Fun

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Spring time fun on the green machine.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

One Month

Sullivan- 1 month old

Here is my one month old little man. These past four weeks have flown by! He is so precious and such a laid-back, easy going baby. He's definitely going to be my blue-eyed boy which is odd because Rory has such deep brown eyes. He is an all day cat-napper but still manages to sleep for two 5 hour stretches at night. I am so blessed.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Singing & Dancing

Isn't it strange to think about the fact that when we were growing up, the only real people we liked to watch on tv were the contestant on game shows or Star Search? I feel like reality tv has totally taken over (especially when show writers go on strike) and we're left watching shows with non-actors and actually LIKE it.

I'm pretty excited about my two not so guilty pleasures and am going to use my blog to share my favorites...

American Idol

I absolutely LOVE the fact that the past two weeks have been Beatles songs. I love the Beatles.

My favorite contestant is Brooke White. Something about her personality is so fun. I feel like we'd be friends if I knew her.

She has an amazing timbre to her voice. Just enough color and just enough rasp. She has a Sheryl Crow quality and I'm routing for her to make it to the end.

Dancing With the Stars
I'm routing for Marlee Matlin. I think that she is amazing to do this. It just goes to show that you don't have to be able to hear to feel music and rhythm.

I also think that Jason & Edyta and Priscilla & Louis did amazing and Mario & Karina were pretty good together but his nostrils scare me!

Marissa has A LOT of energy.

Who are your favorites from these shows?

Monday, March 17, 2008

Weavers on 700 Club

My dear friends, Mike and Kandice were on the 700 Club this morning being interviewed about being a praying couple and I was just so amazed at what a great interview they gave.

Kandice and I have been friends for 20 years and she met Mike when the 2 of us worked at Fervent Records in Nashville together. I literally remember their first hand shake so to see the culmination of their years of friendship that turned into like that turned into love makes me truly giddy. They have a precious baby boy who is so blessed to have two amazingly Godly parents who pray for him and each other constantly and I couldn't be prouder to call them both my friends!

Go here to watch the clip of their interview:
700 Club Interview

And while we're in Weaver mode...
Check out the video for Big Daddy Weave's hit song Everytime I Breathe and watch at least 1 minute of it for a little surprise :o)

Kiss Me, I'm Irish

Top 'o the marnin' to ya!

Ok...so I'm not actually getting around to posting until a wee bit later than "marnin'" but
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY none the less.

Casey has a theory about St. Patrick's Day that if you're truly Irish, you shouldn't have to devote a special day to celebrating it...you celebrate it all year long. Therefore, he refuses to wear green on March 17th.

I, however, married into it. I like the wearing of the green. Maggie, Rory & Sullivan were all decked out in their green today and I've referred to them as my little leprechauns in a
fake Irish accents all day long!

Here's hoping that you've had a pinch-free, lucky four clover-finding kind of day. Enjoy this little clip from one of my favorite movies as a wee lass, Darby O'Gill and the Little People. I remember having a crush on Sean Connery way back then!


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Easter Already?

Is it just me or is Easter totally sneaking up on us this year?

I feel as if I've been disconnected from reality for the past month but it just doesn't feel like it could possibly be time for Easter yet!

Not this Sunday but next, we will be filling Easter baskets and putting on our Easter Sunday clothes and posing for pictures. The weather didn't get the "Easter Memo" either because it is gray and chilly outside.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Three Weeks


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Welcome, Corrie, to Blogland

This is my dear friend, Corrie (or Corrs as I like to call her). She and I met my freshman year at Belmont and I instantly loved her. We were roommates my junior year and she was such a supportive friend to me during my engagement, wedding, first miscarriage and pregnancy. She is such a precious soul who makes it seem like no time has passed since we last saw each other the instant I'm in her presence. She has a Southern charm and elegance about her that I have always admired.

She also graciously allowed us all to adopt her mom & dad as our away-from-home parents while we were in college. I'll always cherish her mom having us to the house for dinner quite often. Their home was warm and welcoming and such a comfort in contrast to my drafty dorm room and cafeteria food. I feel like I always walked away from their house with a recipe card of whatever we had eaten that night. Thanks, Mrs. B, for helping me fill up my recipe box early in my marriage! I still think of you whenever I make Chicken Poppyseed or Tea Punch :o) She would always send us away with a party favor that she referred to as a little "happy". She still sends one for all of us whenever we get together.

I look forward every year to getting together with my 4 college friends. We have made meeting annually a priority and enjoy getting to spend time together and catching up.

Dallas 2004 , Galveston 2005 , Chicago 2007
also pictured: Lisa (our resident red-head), Jess (the fertile blonde!), Sara (our tall, skinny dancer)

Corrie lives in Nashville with her precious family. Joe, who is the prince charming we all prayed for in Corrie's life and sweet baby Macie, who is new to the Blair Family and I'm dying to see in person and squeeze on.

Check out her blog and let's keep her accountable to updating it often.

***I haven't forgotten, dear Corrs, that you said I probably would never update my blog :o) I do and can't wait to see your updates too!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Little Mommy

Maggie has been chomping at the bit to give Sullivan a bottle and she finally got to last night. She was so excited but so gentle and sat with him until he drank the very last drop (whether he wanted it or not!)

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Just as we embarked on this journey of having 3 kids, Rory crossed over into his "why?" phase. It makes me SO frazzled and SO tickled all at the same time. He also likes to throw in the not-so-occasional "what kind?". Here are some of my favorites...

Me: Rory, let's get in the car.
Rory: Why?
Me: We're going to Wal Mart.
Rory: What kind of Wal Mart?
Me: the grocery store
Rory: Why?
Me: Because we need groceries.
Rory: Why?
Me: So we won't get hungry.
Rory: Why?
Me: ...sigh

After running errands with Casey, they get in the car and have this conversation...

Rory: Daddy, where's our milkshake?
Casey: We don't have a milkshake, Buddy.
Rory: Why?
Casey: We haven't been anywhere that sells milkshakes today.
Rory: Why?
Casey: I don't know, we just haven't.
Rory: Why?
Casey: ...sigh

I know that this is the way that he will learn but it's exhausting! He's even made me pull out the dreaded, "because I said so" a time or two.

I love you, Little Buddy!


Just because you're you.


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Project Runway Finale

I cannot get enough of Project Runway! I love this show. Maybe it's because the hour starts with a challenge, raw materials and creativity and ends with these amazing outfits. Perhaps, too, it's because Bravo makes it so stinkin' easy to keep up with. Even after having TiVo'd the episodes, I find myself watching the Wednesday marathons over and over.

Tonight is the finale and I'm excited to see who will win.

My vote is for Jillian. I like everything she's done this season and her overall style. I can't wait to see what her final 15 looks are.

Who do you think will win? Isn't Christian just...too much?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Tag, I'm It...Again

The thing about these "surveys" is that they will inevitably come back around once you've done it but perhaps may have some variations to them. Such is the case with this latest one I've been tagged to do by my sister, Robin & Bethany.

I answered this as one of my first posts after I started this blog back in August so I will re-post my answers and then answer the new questions.

The directions - Share five [my original one asked for 8, so I'm sticking with those answers] random and/or weird facts about yourself, and then share the five top places on your “want to see or want to see again” list, and finally tag five people.

1. I have mild OCD and have to lock my car multiple times before I'm convinced that it's locked or go back and check to make sure that I've turned off my straightener a couple of times...just to make sure!

2. Fingernails on a chalk board I can handle but hearing the sound of someone scrape their teeth on a metal fork makes my teeth rattle and itch and sends chills up my spine!

3. I absolutely LOVE my mom's potato salad. I don't know what it is about it but I could eat vats of it! And while I'm on the subject of my mom and cooking...I've noticed recently that I stand like her when I'm cooking. We both do this 'flamingo' thing where we tuck one leg up on the other and lean up against the counter. Weird, huh?

4. I'm the most amazing dancer you've ever met trapped inside a girl with two left feet. I adore movies like "Dirty Dancing" and "Center Stage" and shows like "Dancing with the Stars" and "SYTYCD". I have no problem getting up in front of hundreds of people and singing but dancing is something that should remain private for me and my mirror!

5. Casey enjoys making fun of me because I can make it through a big, fat steak- no problem but the second I take a sip of water, I choke. It's the insignificant things that usually get my tears rolling: water, air, etc. Unfortunately, Maggie inherited it too!

6. I LOVE movies and tv shows and have a running game with myself of "What else has he/she been in?" I know that I annoy people who go with me to movies because I'm constantly leaning over saying, "That's the girl from..." but I litteraly can't sleep that night if I can't pinpoint where I've seen an actor or actress before. For this reason, IMDB.com is my best friend.

7. I love to travel but I'm horrible with directions. I love taking my annual girls trips to NYC and other fun cities but don't ever hand me the map or put me in charge of getting us somewhere because we will end up lost!

8. I have severe dry skin. I used to get called "Old Lady Hands" or "Alligator Legs" in elementary school. I have to do my nightly regimen of Vasaline mixed with baby oil in the winter or my legs crack and bleed.

Places to go:
1. Italy...I'm so jealous of you, Sharla!

2. Australia

3. London

4. Martha's Vineyard

5. I want to go back to Ireland, Paris, Hawaii, Germany

Tagged Friends:
If you're reading this and you blog...consider yourself tagged!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Sweet Dreams


Bath time

Maggie took this one :o)


Saturday Morning Cuddling

Sweet kisses for big sister

The kids all piled into our bed this morning to watch Saturday morning cartoons. Maggie desperately wanted to hold Sully (which she asks to do about every 10 minutes all day) so I let her snuggle up with him. Then Rory had to get in on the action. I love having a big family...now I just need a bigger bed!

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