Buggie: *tugging on my arm as I sit on the couch putting on my shoes* Mommy, go away.

O: *chuckling* Hey, that's not very nice.

Buggie: Please!
dmsj: (Christmas tree)
( Dec. 25th, 2009 05:34 pm)
Cut because there are quite a few pics in here )

And now it's time for Christmas dinner! I hope you're all having a magical holiday!
As much as it may be tiring to read the same books over and over (and over... and over ...) again, I love that L has inherited our love of books. It's no wonder, really, seeing as we were both early readers and are still bookworms to this day. But still, I love having him curled up in my lap, telling me what's on each page, or having me read him the story contained within. He points out letters, numbers, animals, and random objects, and sometimes completes our sentences as we read to him. The library is one of his very favorite places to go, and books are definitely his favorite plaything.

I spent a good chunk of this morning reading him books while O was making phone calls. And when we returned from errands this afternoon, his first request was "read please."

Even when I'm beat and want to just flump and be left alone, I can't help but to smile at how much he loves to read. :)
dmsj: (OMG!)
( Sep. 24th, 2009 12:40 pm)
Forgot yesterday's Daily Positivity (#6)!

That said, I suppose a lot of this covers it. Yesterday I was very thankful that L seemed to be feeling a lot better than the day before. I was also thankful for the extra snuggles that tend to come along with having a sick little boy.

(FYI, he's back on regular food as of today, and other than some congestion and occasional crankiness, you'd never know it'd ever happened.)

Will be back later with #7 - I prefer to do them at the end of the day, so I can take the opportunity to look back at the day as a whole.
Things are definitely better today. I'm less sick and miserable, we took a walk in the park (and let L run around on the playground) this morning, and then I got to talk to my mom, Gramma, and two aunts all at once by pure chance.

I know this is going to be a difficult transition, and there are going to be down points. But in the end, it's all going to work out. It always does.

At this point, we're both very much hoping we can make it work to stay here in FL. It's just easier than trying to relocate out of state /again/ and go up to NC. It means we can go ahead and renew licenses here, get FL plates on the car, etc. Not to mention, it means not taking all the stuff we drove down here with on another out-of-state drive! While I do like the idea of NC's slightly milder weather, and its potential in the IT field, etc. ... convenience wins. Again, assuming we can make it work (read: find job(s)).

I am, however, having some hesitation about the MBA idea, but I don't know how much of that is apprehension just due to the enormity of it, and how much is real doubt. In the immediate future, my plan is to go ahead and prepare for starting a program in 2010 - including taking some business classes wherever/whenever I can (going to look at MCC's online options today, seeing as they already have all of my information in their system from when I was a student there before), and beginning preparations for taking the GMAT. I'm sure that as I go about the process, I will be better able to sort out my feelings about it.

Time to finish my lunch and nap a Bug. Hope everyone is well! Drop me a line. I miss you all!
Things are stressful, no doubt. I'm on the verge of making huge life decisions (along with O, of course), and some of them are scary and make me sad.

But tonight, I got to forget about all of that and just play outside with my boys.

Life is good, even when it's hard.
dmsj: (fireworks)
( Jul. 6th, 2009 03:58 pm)
Things I/we did:

* packed up Buggie's closet, the remaining books in the attic (well, O did that), more kitchen stuff, some desk stuff
* sold one of O's guitars and took away more stuff for Goodwill
* attended a 4th of July gathering, wherein I was reminded how much I don't like being around people who are drinking and not minding their children (but did manage to enjoy some of the company there, anyway)
* took Buggie to a playgroup
* started to feel like myself again, proving (again) that yes, Life Is Better when I'm on Lexapro
* ate more sweets than I should have
* baked bread
* took a meal to a couple of new mommies I know, and saw their teeny-tiny little girl
* dishes, laundry, assorted miscellanea & mundania
* cuddled with my husband
* played with my little boy

Things I/we did not do:

* smack the living daylights out of the child who tried to kick my son, or yell at the people who were drinking and setting off firecrackers
* get out to the house to take measurements (not for lack of trying, mind you)
* do as much packing as I'd have liked
* go home to Ithaca, as I'd really love to be able to do one of these weekends soon
dmsj: (run)
( Jun. 10th, 2009 06:22 pm)
Been busy. Last week was "hell week," and my concert. The day of the concert, we had a member pass away after a week-long stay in the ICU due to alcohol poisoning. Her memorial service was last night, and was a beautiful tribute to someone I can only wish I'd had more time to get to know.

Next Tuesday is the postponed (due to the above mentioned memorial) chorus potluck, and Thursday I have a board meeting.

Weekends aren't much better. O & I are planning a date sometime this weekend (because we've barely seen each other lately, given all of the above). Next weekend we have a 2nd birthday party to go to, and the weekend after that we may be going to Ithaca. And if we /don't/ go to Ithaca, I have a baby shower to go to.


Somewhere in there, we're needing to do more packing and preparing for the move. Our inspection is (finally) scheduled for Friday afternoon, after which point we'll know whether or not our proposed closing date (July 31st) is going to stick.

Speaking of which, we're seeking locals to help us move, though we can't yet tell you what the date will be. If all goes according to plan, it will be either August 8th or 15th, but obviously that will depend on when we close.

Liam has decided to un-wean. We'd been nursing just once, usually a couple hours after he went to bed. Now we're back to 2-3 times per day. Heh.

OTOH, he's night-weaned now, so I can't exactly complain about this.

Stalled out on exercise/diet progress (also due to the above mentioned busyness), but am trying to get back on track. O is wanting to do the same, so hopefully we'll both see some results.

Dinner time! Away I go!
dmsj: (mommying)
( May. 4th, 2009 09:22 am)
It's supposed to be 60s and sunny today, but I'm not sure if I can get out for a walk or not because Liam is still so very sneezy/snotty. If I do get out, I'll have to take a zillion tissues (and Purell) with me. But I'm not sure how he'll do during a walk. Most of the morning, he's been very clingy and sad. Right now he's watching PBS, and drinking diluted orange juice. He did just walk over to me and give me a big toothy grin, so maybe he'd be alright for a walk after all.

There are also no playgroup meetups that work for us this week, at all. I hadn't realized it until too late, but the trip to the zoo that I wanted to join in on is today. And I didn't keep the car. Plus, playgroup + sick kiddo doesn't seem like a good idea anyway. I think we'll even have to miss story time this week, since it's right in the middle of Oliver's citizenship thingie. :(

I do, however, want to get out consignment shopping sometime this week. I guess the plus side to not having any playgroup plans is that my schedule is more flexible as to which days I keep the car. (And this is why we wanted a 2nd car... but is that really a /need/? Not yet.)

Also feeling rather frustrated about the job search. Yes, I am being somewhat picky, and that doesn't help - particularly in this economy. OTOH, I would be just as frustrated and "trapped"-feeling if I took a job that /isn't/ what I'm actually looking for. So I just have to press on, keep looking, and keep a positive outlook that the right job will show up eventually.


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