Friday, August 22, 2008

Are you sure you're ready for us Memaw?!

Ahhh...if you should be packing, raise your hand! Or, how about this, if you should be doing just about anything else, raise your hand. ;)

J would like to think we'll be sitting in the car, backing out of the garage, and hitting the wide open road in about 2 hours.

Pshaw. J would like to think.

And by the same token, I'm sure J would like to think that his lovely wife is doing something--anything--to make that happen.

Pshaw. ;)

Unless blogging videos of the Bugga counts. Which I doubt.

What he doesn't know, won't hurt him. Especially since he's an even less loyal blog-viewer than you (whoever you are). He pretty much waits til I announce "I blogged today" and then he makes fun of how yucky that statement sounds and maybe checks it out. =)

Enough of that, I actually have gotten quite a bit done. I promise. I hadn't put up any videos of our wacky boy for quite some time though, so I felt it was time to share. The cabinet video is pretty recent (Tuesday night, I think, while I took Paisley to Rally class). The bathtime video is older, maybe a month or more, I can't remember and I'm too lazy to look. (Anyone notice a recurring theme?!) Thankfully, he has not made that kind of climbing part of his nightly bathtime routine...whew.

So, one way or another, the plan is that we will leave today for NE. We'll probably get in late and because we're taking a chance and driving while Bug will be awake, we'll probably be lucky to have our hearing and hair left on our wary heads. Wish us luck. ;)

Did I mention there was a dead insect in my coffee this morning? And that I simply removed it and drank anyway? It'll be that kind of day.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What can I say?!

I've been absent. Again. And no good excuse. Just haven't felt the blogging energy lately. Too lazy to wait for pictures to load. Plus, I'm trying to implement a new internet policy to cut down on my addiction (no internet while the Bug is awake).

WA was great, so much fun! I miss Lindsey and Brandon and little Daly man, one of the sweetest little pups I've ever met. I sure wish WA and MN weren't quite so far apart, much like I wish MN and many places weren't quite so far apart. ;)

And of course, I missed my boys and my furry little ones and the all the comforts of home. You can enjoy lots of places, but there is only one home. =)

A few pics to share today. Bugga running around eating an apple. Paisley waiting patiently for him to drop bits of said apple. HAHAHA. (You can see her new collarmania collar too a little, so CUTE.)

The Bug smiling and laughing as he hit my knee with his apple and made my reflexes pop. =)

The great climbing Bugga. This is window that is almost 2 feet over the lounger. He was determined to climb into the sill and sure enough, he did it. If Momma was the worry-wart she once was, my nerves would be shot. Good thing I've come to see just how resilient he is, hehe.

The day I came home from WA. Notice the scrapes above his right eye and the black eye (if you can see it). Bugga figured out the baby gate and took a tumble down the stairs the weekend I was gone. No, J wasn't being inattentive in any sense, the Bug is just really that fast.

I just liked this shot. He often starts out reading books with us as seen in the first picture. By the end, if he's tired, he looks more like this:

I have a kazillion photos I could share. I'm still as indecisive as ever though and that is another reason I haven't been blogging--I would have to decide which photos to use. ;)

This Friday we are taking the show on the road once again and heading to NE! J is being sent down to a nuclear plant in NE for a week of work. Most of the time, Bugga, Paisley and I will be with Jacksons in Superior, though we are joining J for some fun and swimming at the Lied Lodge during the final days of the week. And HOPEFULLY we will be getting to visit our amazing and lovely friend Beth, who we haven't seen in a year (time always flies and it always sucks)! We can't wait, so if you're reading this Betheleanie, we need to get our plans figured out because one way or another we will be tracking you down! =) WE LOVE YOU BETH!

Okay, so the Bug actually fell asleep for a nap. HUGE SHOCKER these days as it has seemed he was about to give up on naptime completely. I better grab some coffee and chilax (thank you Lindsey and Brandon for that lovely little word) for a bit. Glad to be back, though I can't promise this signals my return to blogging more regularly. ;)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Big Girl Blog (i.e. no pictures)

So, I'm right back here again. I should be packing. Only I'm packing for 1 and you know that sounds so much easier than packing for 3 (plus dog)...but all that really does for me is make the procrastination stronger. (Notice I don't say "worse," I'm sick of looking at my procrastination as a negative...)

In an effort to limit myself, I am therefore not loading pics today.

And now I just want to give a big ol' cyber hug to anyone that read beyond that last line. {{Squeeze}} =)

In just over 24 hours I'm going to see my awesome friend Lindsey (and of course, our other friend Brandon, aka her fiance; oh and their little dog too). I am so excited! And over-analyzer that I am, I had to overthink and figure out why I am so excited.

Luckily, it came pretty easy. It is because of the caliber of friend that miss Lindsey is...she is just one of those people who I feel truly appreciates me for me. She weathered the transition to Motherhood with me, even though she doesn't have any kids. That's big! She listens to me talk about poop and sleep schedules and all the minutiae of parenthood without a hint of boredom and no eye rolling (unless she's just really good at hiding it all, which I suppose is possible when 95% of your interaction is by phone/email). Yet, at the same time, I did not become more interesting because I became a mother either, and I appreciate that just as much. That's the key--the fact that becoming a Mom basically didn't affect my friendship with her, didn't make it stronger or weaker--somehow that stands out because there are few relationships in my life that didn't swing one way or the other when the Bug came along.

Anyway, if you're reading Linds...know that I appreciate you for you too! Your generosity and humor, your limited diet (hahahaha, I have to tease), and all the other wonderful details that make you you. Can't wait to see YOU! (And Brandon and your little dog too, hehe)

Okay, and the Bug update since I've mentioned him anyway. He's crazy. There's your update. ;)

And when I said before that he is into everything, I simply didn't understand what everthing was, I didn't even have a clue. =)

He is signing more. In his repertoire now are "more" (the old standby, his first sign, though he is using it a lot less now that he has others in his toolbelt), "eat," "please," "potty," and "book." We're working on "bath" and "drink" and "thank you." This changes almost daily as he picks new ones up and I decide to try to introduce more. Oh and we sign "I love you" a lot, but it is pretty complicated as far as hand positioning, so I'm not counting on that one any time soon.

OH and Mischief went to his potential new forever family yesterday for a trial visit!!! If all goes well, his adoption will become final on Monday. =) This worked out perfect, since I'm leaving for the weekend, that way J just has to worry about Bug, Paisley (who is generally easy-peasy) and the cats (who can generally be ignored, poor things). Anyway, last night was awful quiet without our little Mischievous. ;) Each dog in our house tends to get a theme song--here's a little insight if you ever wanted any huh?!--and his was taking Prince's little ditty "Delirious" and changing it to "MischievIOUS" (I know, that's not how it is spelled or correctly pronounced, but that's how we did it for the song's sake). "I get Mischievious...whenever I'm awake...d00-d00oo-doo...cause so much trouble you can hardly take it...doo-doooo-doo...."

Moving on, hopefully the visit is going well. The family he went to (not the pot-belly pig family, though that would have been funny) seemed like an awesome match for him, so I expect only good things. We're so happy for our little Needlenose (another nickname, said with love I promise).

Okay, gotta get to it. All this time, all this writing, and no pictures! So sorry! Next week, I promise. ;)

OH my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh...can't go with saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY TARA tomorrow!!! Wishing you all the best lady because you deserve it!

And Happy Birthday Linds on Saturday, I'll be there to help blow out candles, YAY!