Friday, June 12, 2009

It's Only Fair

Seeing how I did all that complaining in the last post about our broken air conditioning, I thought I would share our happy news.

As of yesterday at 2:00pm our new air conditioning and air handling units are humming away and cooling our home to a delightful 70 degrees.

Mary announced this morning that she was freezing and demanded to snuggle under the down comforter for fifteen minutes before getting dressed. She had been clammy and miserable for so long her little body gave up on her parents providing conditioned air and just adjusted to 85 degrees and 90% humidity at 6:00am. Evolution at it's finest.

If you ever visit our home and find I am taking my central air for granted. Please slap me and direct me to yesterday's post.

And seeing how this is going to be one of those boring picture-less posts let's play catch up, shall we?

My nephew /Godson Benjamin is graduating from (my) high school next weekend (woo hoo, Go Crimson Tide!) I am so proud of this accomplishment and even more proud of the young man he has become.

Thanks to the recent severe thunderstorms we have experienced here in Maryland, Mary Catherine now has an irrational fear of thunder and lightening. If she hears the faintest rumble of thunder she leaps at me and says" Oh no, storm is coming! Save me, save me!". I try my hardest to hide my giggling.

Chris's grandmother Monica made the best brownies from scratch last weekend. After we raved about them she was sweet enough to send me the recipe. This got me thinking about how much I would love to put together a collection of family recipes for Mary Catherine. We have lots of great cooks and bakers in our families and I would love to make a culinary scrapbook for her. This way she doesn't have to covet and (kind of) steal her mothers box of recipes like I might have done in the past. If you are reading this and would like to share any recipes please send them our way and I will make sure they end up in her collection.

Some of MC's favorite things right now are:
*"Ipstick" - chapstick. We go through (secretly eat and smear on the hardwood floors) at least two tubes a week. What is wrong with me? I practically lose sleep over the amount high fructose corn syrup she eats but I let her EAT tubes of lip balm?

*"Owl Music" - The CD "If You Ever See an Owl" by the Terrible Twos.
(I have no idea why Amazon labeled these songs as explicit. They are about lady bugs, and turning eleven and chocolate birthday pies. Not explicit, I promise.)
Some of the band members are from The Get Up Kids, a band Chris and I love. This CD plays in our car all.the. time. When I pick her up from daycare her first request is to listen to "owl music".

* All things pink, sparkly and Disney princess related. ALL of it. I really didn't see this coming. Yes I love the color pink but have been an outspoken opponent to all things Disney since about 1990. Last night we were all in the living room singing along to the Little Mermaid. My how motherhood changes you.

*Running around in Noni and Pop Pop's back yard. Thank you Lynn and Ken for buying the perfect house for grandchildren :)

* Her make believe friends. She calls them "The Boys" and she carries them around in her hand. Stay tuned, I'm not sure about this one yet....

I have lots of pictures on our camera going as far back as Easter. I will stop being a slacker and download and post them this weekend.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


It's June in Maryland and our air conditioning is broken which means Mary Catherine and Mommy have been getting in lots of pool time.

We made our way to Pigtails and Crewcuts recently. Mary's hair grows like crazy (ok, just the back....mullet) and she was way overdue.

My sister, my cousin and some of their little darlings came to visit over Memorial Day weekend. Mary kept Ellie and Harry busy the entire weekend. They taught her how to get her own popsicles out of the freezer. Thanks guys :)

We spent one day in DC doing the tourist thing. Mary spent all her money on this tee shirt and sweet shades from one of the vendors outside of the Smithsonian. No buyers remorse on that face.
Note the fan in the background. Yeah we own a lot of those now. Thank goodness our visitors were from New Hampshire where central air is not the norm. Also they were way too nice to tell us how darn miserable they were.
And this gem is from Sunday afternoon. Sleeping baby in the car gets me every time!

(Yes, I know the car seat straps should be tighter. I'll double check them this afternoon, okay?)
In other news......
Our Accord went to the big parking lot in the sky last week. We replaced it with........a black Accord. We are SO unpredictable, aren't we?
Mary Catherine has been fully potty trained for about a month now. It was a pretty quick process as she is very motivated by M&Ms and fruit snacks.
Inspired by Chris's health kick, I've been getting up every morning at 5:00am to exercise. I've been doing lots of walking, pilates and an exercise video made by the devil, I mean Jillian Michaels from the Biggest Loser.
Chris is still running and is in a 100 mile cycling race on June 27th. He is also signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon in October.
Did I mention we have no AC?

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