Been Awhile…

I owe huge updates on the D family.  I have been a single mom for over a week now.  I am proud of myself because I actually changed the cat litter.  Hubby won’t believe it because as he puts it I have not done it since I found I was pregnant with J 7 years ago.  Ha!

Sothe reason for my single mom status is hubby is traveling for work in Cali and Texas working round the clock to come back home to us next week some time.  This is the world we live in now.  The economy in Michigan sucks and you have to do what you have to do to make a living.  Thank goodness I work too and at least it seems to be reliable.

So while I am playing single mom we have been hanging around Grandma and Grandpa quite a bit for support.  Thank goodness for them or my head might turn all the way around.

J’s last day of kindergarten is this Friday and he talks excitedly about being a 1st grader next year.  I am so glad he likes school.  I can’t believe next year I will have a child in school full time.  I told him it seems like yesterday when he was a baby.  Now our midweek runs to the park or shopping trips will be trumped by school.  Family vacations will be scheduled around school breaks and homework and studying will be come common place.  Cherish those first 5 years… they go by so quick.  Tears…

Little Z is still the middle child through and through.  Talk about terrible 3’s.  2’s have nothing on this age.  He went from a cat phase to a bird phase which is fine.  He seems to get fixated on something new every 6 months.  Some days I worry about his social skills because he just refuses to interact with other people his age and then other days he is just fine.  We shall see how preschool goes this fall.  He will either love it or hate it.  We are going to try some activities this summer to ease him into it.  Oh boy!!!

Little K… almost 4 months now and laughing, cooing, and keeping her head straight so she can see the world.  She adores her brothers and loves to smile at everyone.  She is just a beautiful little baby and people are drawn to her.  Z even made the comment with pride that everyone loves our baby.  She is grabbing at toys now and gaining more control of her movements. 

We are still trying to sell the house but no interest so far.  A few showings but that was awhile ago and nothing lately.  Oh well.  We can make this how work 🙂

We are planning a few family adventures for this summer but with the price of gas we won’t go far too often.  I decided to renew the zoo membership because with gas at least it was a quick fun trip in town that we could do for cheap.  I also figure we will try out Meijer Gardens a few times, Millennium Park, one trip to Michigan’s Adventure, a few movies here and there and of course Grandpa’s pool 🙂 

Wish us well as we embark on a summer with 3 kids and at times one parent.  If anyone has ideas on how to keep busy and sane I am all ears!

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Film Is Dead

Today is a sad sad day for me. 6 years ago I purchased a semi professional Nikon SLT film camera when I started to really develop an interest in photography.  I took some classes and purchased an enlarger and started making my own black and white prints in my basement.  I really loved taking close ups of nature and interesting objects and turning them into art.  I still have the photos on my wall that remind me of my hobby.  But since having children I have not had the time or the ambition to even pick up the film camera and play around.  With the digital point and shoots so easy to use and the need for so much speed to capture those childhood moments I thought I might not get back in the darkroom when my kids went off to college anyway.  So today I finally decided to take my Nikon SLT film camera and two lens to the camera shop and see what it might be worth as trade. Before I went I looked on Ebay so I would not be so shocked but looking on ebay I was still surprised to find the film cameras are pretty much dead equipment.  My same camera was selling for around $10.  I tried to remain hopeful and try my local camera shop.  They might think there was value in my equipment right?  But I was sadly mistaken. I was offered not much over $50 for the whole lot and that was in trade towards some new gear.  Ouch…  I have been hanging onto all my darkroom equipment too and after talking with the camera guys I found out that you can’t buy Kodak developing solution for film anymore.  Pretty soon film won’t be easily found either.  WOW.  Digital came in an made film extinct, wish I had dusted off the camera a few years ago so I could get more on trade.  Oh well, Craig’s List here I come… 

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Princess Buttercup

Today Miss K AKA Princess Buttercup was in rare form.  Now that she is past the 3 month hump she is starting to show off her little personality.  She sleeps pretty much through the night, she only cries when she really needs something, she is awake longer and really likes to be held and entertained.  It is so amazing how she follows her brothers with her eyes as they play around her.  But what is even more adorable was today when she was in her cooingand ahhing moment and her older brother started playing peek-a-boo and she just laughed and laughed.  Those baby laughs are just the cutest sounds ever created.

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Desperate Housewives

I love this show and tonights season finale was great but what was up with that ending?  If you have DVR’ed or heaven forbid, taped it, then stop reading.

Every story from this season was wrapped up nicely.  We found out why Dillon could never remember her past.  We gained insight into Katherine and saw the ladies back her up when she needed it more than ever.  We saw Tom finally stand up and be the man he needed to for Lynette and they even gave us an awe moment.  But… with just 3 minutes left they gave us a sneak of what we can expect this fall.  This was by showing us where they are picking up next season five years later.  Gabby looks like she is not living the lifestyle she has previously with no make up, tossled outfits, and two kids running around?  Bre is back with Orson, no suprise there.  Katherine gets a call from Dillon who is engaged in Paris.  Lynette and Tom are dealing with the police because of their teenagers.  Oh and no sign of Edie Brit.  Who knows what is happening with her charachter.   All of which I might be able to handle and look forward to until the last update… Susan walks in the door to another man who is not Mike (James Denton)!!!  What the heck!!!  What in the world happend to Mike and I certainly hope they are not getting rid of him.  He has the coolest last name and pretty good eye candy too.  My hubby is not happy or excited about next season, oh well, we have to wait and see and hope that the next season is just as good as this one has been. 

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Tee Ball

We had the best time watching our oldest son this weekend play in his first tee ball game.  I am not a huge sports fan but there is something about watching my son play ball for the first time that was pretty amazing.  I was so excited for him and proud of him too.  He was adorable in his little uniform and white pants.  He hit the ball, played first base and got to play catcher too, even though he had no idea what he was doing while wearing the catchers mask. 

I am not sure how long the game lasted because I spent most of the game running back and forth to my chair switching from camera to video camera to make sure I could capture all those tee ball moments.  The teams don’t keep score when they are playing tee ball, which I think it weird because they tag people out of the game.  You can pretty much tell who is winning but it all pretty great nonetheless.  Afterward we went out for ice cream and it was a great end to a tee ball morning.

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Swiffer Dusters

Today a package arrived.  It was almost like it was from the heavens but really just from Fed Ex and Swiffer.  I have a couple of blogger friends who get free products to try and I have been wondering how they do it.  Well I think I just got my second free products to try.  Yippeee!!!!

My 3 year old was so excited that there was a delivery for me and he ran and got it.  Inside this box was a Swiffer Duster and Febreeze Allegeren Reducer.  Let me tell you that when this package arrived I was in the middle of dusting with my hubbies holey sock.  We are preparing for our open house this weekend and let me tell you there are more than a few places that have not seen dusting since before I got pregnant over a year ago now.  How sad, I know but playing with my kids is so much more fun than dusting the chandelier.

So I digress…  Z and I opened the package with delight and put the new duster together and gave her a whirl.  Let me tell you I have thought about buying this product before and now after trying it I can see it is money well spent.  I liked using it because it shows how gross and dusty your house is on the duster and it keeps the dust on the duster, unlike my hubbies sock where the dust piles up and falls off.  The bonus is Z thought it was fun to use so I gave him the chore of doing it and he was off and loving it. 

Keep those samples coming…  I love to try new things. 

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Macy’s Aint for the Large Chested

So I had this $50 gift card to Macy’s burning a hole in  my pocket.  I received it as a gift from my boss at Christmas but wanted to wait until I was not pregnant to spend it.  I had it in my mind that I would take this card sans pregnant and by myself a new wardrobe, ok maybe just a pair of pants or a new shirt, this is Macy’s after all.  So today I seized the moment.

I have really been wanting some new shirts so I proceeded to check out the merchandise.  I started to feel a blog post coming on as soon as I tried on a sweater and looked in the mirror.  Now that I am nursing I am now having the same problem I had when I was pregnant and could not find a bra to save my life.  Since each boob is now the size of a basketball most shirt or sweater styles look a little ridiculous unless they are long.  But oh no…  those fashion gurus and designers out there have made yet another season of the short jackets and sweaters with only two or three buttons holding it all together at the top.  Even when I am not nursing, pregnant or otherwise these styles make us large boobed women look like we are trying on something out of the toddler section, or make us look like we weigh 500 pounds on top.  And don’t get me started on the long shirt dress you are supposed to wear with spandex leggings.  First of all I love 80’s music but the clothing style did not work then and for me does not work now, unless maybe you are 20ish and a stick. 

Oh well, the Origins make up counter it is then.  See you Macy’s in about 7-9 months when I am done nursing and maybe in the mood to torture myself with a little clothing shopping.  Urghhhh.

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