Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Yabba Dabba Don't?

I confess....I dressed up my niece and nephew in costume and took pictures of them. And it wasn't Halloween.
Let me 'splain.
Gracie's voice has ALWAYS reminded me of Pebbles Flintstone. And Ryan, being all boy and not a man of huge words, reminded me of Bam-Bam. The rest happened like this...
Aunt H: Okay, guys! It's time to play dress-up!
Grace: Oh, no! We've seen those pictures of Abby! (our childhood cat that we liked to put in dresses....sometimes)
Ryan: What?
Ryan: Why does Aunt Holly think it's funny to dress me up in a leopard diaper cover and give me a bat?
Grace: GaGa Goo (She really got into the role).

Ryan: I know....she wants us to play golf! I knew I could find a way to make this manly.

Ryan: Aunt H, whatever you do, DON'T show these pictures to anyone.


Aunt H: Okay, Ryan.

Friday, July 25, 2008


Last night I had to go into school to work on my room. I meant to go in much earlier in the evening, but it was just a crazy night. We got home late from Kohl's (where we lost Ryan and had people searching for him--that's another story) and had to get the kids in bed. It was at least nine o'clock before I left. I had to stop at Target on the way to get snacks for a playdate, so by then I was really running late. (It was about 9:40 by this time.)

Anyway, I drove along 116th Street and heard Jessica Simpson's old song called "With You" on the radio. I stopped at the stoplight and was just out of it, wondering how awkward this song is now that she and Nick aren't together anymore since she wrote it about her relationship with him. After the light turned green, I started driving and then saw police lights behind me. Yep, I was being pulled over! I had no idea what I had even done--besides listening to that horrible Jessica Simpson song and overanalyzing its current significance. I guess I was speeding down that 1/2 mile stretch of the road. YIKES! I had NO CLUE!!! Of course TWO police cars had to stop, which was even more humiliating. I was just so upset with myself but held it together as I didn't want to cry and look like I was trying to get out of anything. I still do not believe this, but he gave me a written warning. I had kept myself composed until he said that, then I just got choked up and muttered a "Thank you, sir."

So, thank you, Mr. Kind Officer for not giving me a ticket. That would have put a damper on my upcoming vacation and birthday!

Monday, July 21, 2008

High Heels: Friend or Foe?

Ah, shoes. How I love thee. Those of you who know me well know that (cheap) shoes and purses are my weaknesses. I love purses more, but shoes are a close second. I am sure it is because no matter what, they both always fit.

When I was teaching, I never wore high heels much. I was on my feet too much to wear them everyday. Instead I would wear them to dinner, to church, to a movie. I have never been a big spender when it comes to shoes or purses, which is why I have a lot of both. I learned the hard way not to spend too much on something trendy, as it will probably be out of style by the next season. I usually stick to shoes and purses that are on sale from Target, Kohl's, and TJ Maxx. I also go through my shoes and purses several times a year and donate the ones I no longer use to Goodwill.

I actually have a notebook in my closet that says, "Some people live to work. Others work to live. I work to expand my shoe collection." 'Tis true. I clean my parents' house as well as their friends' house just to have some extra cash-ola for my shoe (and purse) collection!

Holly and I have often dreamed about buying a pair of Manolos and splitting the cost, as we wear the same size shoe. However, this is just a dream. Even if I won the lottery I don't know if I could spend that much on one pair of shoes, especially now that I am not teaching. After all, there is no way I would clean a house in Manolos! I did, however, buy a print of his designs off of Ebay. This is the closest I will come to ever owning Manolos:

Remember when Carrie registered for Manolos while her friends were registering for baby gifts? I kind of wish I could have registered for those as WELL as the stroller, crib, etc. EVERY new mama should be rewarded with nice shoes, don't you think?

Anyways, as you all know I hurt my back in May. The cause? High heels (so my chiropractor says). Yes, heels. I finally broke down and wore a pair of heels to a wedding on Saturday (for about 20 minutes) but only put them on once we got there and took them off immediately after the wedding. It was SO nice to finally wear them again. However, my days of wearing them for 10 hours straight are over, I'm afraid. I just can't risk getting hurt again- especially when it has taken nearly two months to get better. I will keep my heels but only pull them out when I know I won't have to wear them for a long period of time. Most of the time it will be flips and flats for me.

Purses, on the other hand, are still just fine. Yes, I will definitely stick to purses.

At least for now.

p.s. For those of you thrifty shoppers who still like to be trendy, my friend Jessica told me about a site called Sam Moon. They have cute purses, wallets, and jewelry and their prices are reasonable! Do you know of any other good, cheap sites?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

If You Give Your Sisters Your Camera...**

...They're going to take some pictures.

And after they take some pictures...

...They're going to run out of ideas.
When they run out of ideas, they're going to pray.
And after they pray they're going to realize that their sister can easily upload their pictures to the internet,
...then they are going to wish their sister had never given them her camera.

Love you, girls! (You thought I'd forget, didn't you?) :)

**Adapted from "If You Give a Pig a Party."

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

We Love You, Jason-Davey!

Could it be true??!!

"Hello, Ty. My name is Holly and I'm going to be your new mommy. "