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A little randomness because we all have our talents, and that is definitely one of mine.

1) Well, I lived to tell about Crazy Beach Extravaganza, 2007. It was definitely an experience to behold. We had tons of fun in the sun accompanied by non-stop protection from drowning, a continuous ‘Cars’ loop playing on the TV, and plenty of tears (theirs and a few of my own). Ashley and I did not get the memo that a family beach trip with toddlers was supposed to be a relaxing time, so we spent the majority of the week figuring out clever ways to keep the boys entertained and alive. In the end, I did not vow to never have children, but I did come to terms with the fact that even if I was married, I am not ready for babes of my own at this point. For now I will stick with my little boys who are way above average in the cuteness department—-the ones I can kiss goodbye at the end of the night (or week at the beach) and get in my car and drive home. Indeed, when I got in my car childless and tanned, my happiness could not be measured.

2) If you are reading this, then you are visiting my pretty new blog design! I would like to say that the first thing I did upon returning home was unload, upack, and organize. I would also like to say that I am a singer and a brain surgeon. But, I have a good grasp on my limitations as a person and they definitely include (among many others) singing, medical procedures, and organizational tendancies. So, in lieu of doing anything productive when I walked in the door from my trip, I sat down at the computer to check my email. Three hours later, I had a brand new blog design! The whole thing is really a blur. But, in the end I came out with this lovely page, and I am very happy.

And I really feel like today is the day I will unpack the suitcase.

3) Looking at my phone yesterday and realizing it was JULY 1 sent me into an unexpected panic. I think it is because now I can use the phrase, “I go back to The Gradschool next month.” Oh, the sadness of that sentence. Realizing that it is now July brings up a whole list of to-do’s that need to be checked off in order to be ready for the Fall.

Boo boo boo.

That is just my very mature and personal opinion, of course. And really, I am excited to go back to Gradville…I am just not ready to dive back into the wonderful world of learning at the present time.

4) During the two beach trips with the boys, there has been a slot of time each day that I have absolutely coveted…naptime. I have strong emotional ties to naptime for 2 reasons. The first reason is because NOT having a nap made for complete craziness in the head. And the boys were even worse. In fact, the first time we allowed Little Boy (4) to skip his nap, this is what ensued around 5:00 that night when I was trying to bathe him so we could go out to eat…

LB (already in tears because he did not want to take a bath in the first place): DON’T LOOK AT ME!

Me (trying to figure out how not to look at him while bathing him): Baby, I KNOW you don’t want to take a bath, but LOOK! we can do it SO fast and get right out out of this stinky tub, and THEN we are going to go to the pier, and OH! they have a playground there…(talking loudly over the uncontrollable sobbing)…um….do you want some candy!? I’ll give you candy!! Ok, let’s wash the soap out of your hair and then we’ll get the candy!


I rush to pour clean water from the faucet over the poor lad’s face and eyes (which, by the way, really do not have soap in them).

LB: NO! NOT THAT WATER! DON’T USE THAT WATER (sob! sob! sob!). USE THE WATER RIGHT HERE! (reaches out, eyes closed like a blind man, and touches the bath water).

Me (thinking that is odd since the bath water is laden with soap, but bound and determined to GET THIS DONE): Ok, here we go, here is the water!

LB (blinking eyes open): NO, NOT THAT WATER! 

(I believe this was the exact moment I realized I was not ready for children).

So, If you are confused and stressed out from that conversation with the exhausted 4 year-old, then you now realize why naptime was MANDATORY from that day forward.

The second reason (yes, still on this subject, and actually not even to the main point yet) I held naptime so close to my heart was because it was my reading time. I would get the little rugrats to sleep, sit down on the couch with a diet coke and some lunch, and spend the next 2 hours reading in heavenly peace.

Favorite Books of the Summer so far:

1) The Last Summer (of You & Me) by Ann Brashares

2) Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner

5) I mentioned in a previous post that I am going to be a bridesmaid for a very dear friend that is getting married next June. Well, seeing as we have already established that it is July, that means there is less than one year until their wedding and my debut as a bridesmaid. Girls, we all know what this means…the dreaded bridesmaid dress. The thing is, I am totally not worried about the dress itself because my beautiful and stylish friend, Brittany the Bride, is sure to have some knockout dresses. She’s cute like that. In fact, I am sure the whole wedding will be an affair to remember due to it’s class and elegance.

My concern is ME…in the sure-to-be faboulous dress. Time to get into shape, my friends. You heard it here first.

I like to call this mission: Hot Bridesmaid, 2008. Stay tuned.


Ok, well, I think that is about all the randomness one blog entry can take. Time to go start marking items off the to-do list. I think I’ll start with the unpacking. 🙂  


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