Saturday, January 31, 2009

So Sentimental

I was watching some NFL highlights from the past, specifically the Steeler's 2005 season. It was super cool because they include quite a bit of sideline and locker room chatter, things you don't see while watching the game in person or on TV. I actually got goosebumps and a little choked up.

Later on today, I'm going to watch a replay of Super Bowl XIV where the Steelers beat the Rams to win their fourth Super Bowl. Thank goodness for the NFL channel to help addicts like me through the long off-season.

Would any of you think me insane if I considered moving from Southern California to Pittsburgh just so I could go to all their home games?

Tomorrow is the big day. Here we go, Steelers, here we go........

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Is it possible?

Me loving on my baby boy.

My baby girl loving on my baby boy.

My baby boy loving back.

That my "baby" girl is 17? We spent the weekend with Kacie celebrating her not being a "stupid 16 year old" (for all you 16 year olds, those are her words, not mine) anymore. We watched her play basketball with her high school team, went bowling, and hung around. One of my favorite parts was playing Catch Phrase with my big kids and some friends while Aidan played with his little friend Nathan.
So, in other news. I have finally accepted that I am not going to the Super Bowl. This year that is. Have you all heard the new buzz --- "On the Road to Sixburgh"? Gotta love it.

Friday, January 23, 2009

If only.......

Ah, in less than two weeks, my Steelers will be playing in the Super Bowl. The last time they went to the Super Bowl, I was able to go to the AFC title game in Denver, but not to the big game because tickets were too expensive. Let me tell you, the economy has apparently not affected the price of Super Bowl tickets because they are way more than last time.

So, I sit. Looking at ebay auctions and travel sites. Pretending there is a chance I can go. I've even thought of offering to do a wife swap like the show on tv. The only catch is that my new "husband" would have to have tickets to the game and his real wife would have to like camping.

I can dream..........

Nice thing about the Steelers is you know they'll be there again. I guess I will start saving.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Things I've Actually Done

Ok, I was tagged by my friend Emily to do this. I would, in turn, tag someone else to do it, but my blogging skills do not extend that far. Yet.

So, the instructions were to cut and paste this list and then somehow mark the ones you have actually done. I've bolded and italicized those. Here we go:

Started your own blog
Slept under the stars
Played in a band
Visited Hawaii
Watched a meteor shower
Given more than you can afford to charity
Been to Disneyland/world
Climbed a mountain
Held a praying mantis
Sang a solo (sixth grade, one and only time)
Bungee jumped
Visited Paris
Watched a lightning storm at sea
Taught yourself an art from scratch
Adopted a child
Had food poisoning
Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
Seen the Mona Lisa in France
Slept on an overnight train
Had a pillow fight
Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
Built a snow fort
Held a lamb
Gone skinny dipping
Been to a Broadway show in NY
Ran a Marathon
Been in three states at once (Maybe)
Ridden in a gondola in Venice
Seen a total eclipse
Watched a sunrise or sunset
Hit a home run
Been on a Cruise
Seen Niagra Falls in Person
Visited the birthplace of your Ancestors
Seen an Amish community
Taught yourself a new language
Had enough money to be truly satisfied
Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
Gone rock climbing
Seen Michelangelo’s David
Sung karaoke
Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
Visited Africa
Walked on a beach by moonlight
Been transported in an ambulance
Had your portrait painted
Gone deep sea fishing
Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
Kissed in the rain
Played in the mud
Been to Grace Kelley’s grave in Monaco
Gone to a drive-in theater
Been in a movie
Visited the Great Wall of China
Started a business
Taken a martial arts class
Swam in the Mediterranean Sea
Visited Russia
Served at a soup kitchen
Sold Girl Scout cookies
Gone whale watching
Gotten flowers for no reason
Donated blood, platelets or plasma
Gone sky diving
Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
Bounced a check
Saved a favorite childhood toy
Visited the Lincoln Memorial
Eaten Caviar
Pieced a quilt
Stood in Times Square
Toured the Everglades
Been fired from a job
Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
Broken a bone
Been on a speeding motorcycle
Seen the Grand Canyon in person
Published a book
Visited the Vatican
Bought a brand new car
Walked in Jerusalem
Had your picture in the newspaper
Read the entire Bible
Visited the White House
Killed and prepared my own meat
Had chickenpox
Saved someone’s life
Sat on a jury
Met someone famous
Joined a book club
Lost a loved one
Had a baby
Seen the Alamo in person
Swam in the Great Salt Lake
Been involved in a law suit
Owned a cell phone
Been stung by a bee

I still have some things on this list I need to do. I am embarrassed to say I have never paid for a stranger's meal in a restaurant. I will fix that this weekend.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Diaper Cake anyone?

Last Saturday, I co-hosted a baby shower for a sweet couple who, after 13 years of infertility, are expecting their first baby! I made the invitations and my first diaper cake. They are super easy and very cute!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Laughter Lives Tuesday

Laughter LivesThis post is part of "Laughter Lives! Tuesday" on the Riggs Family Blog. Check our their blog to read everyone else's "Laughter Lives!" posts.

Ok, I am joining in the Riggs Family, Laughter Lives Tuesday. (Look at the bottom for the Praying for Abby button. Abby is their precious daughter and is battling leukemia).

While there is plenty of laughing material courtesy of my 5 year old son Aidan, I'll share a recent conversation about his behavior at school.
Aidan apparently was a bit rambunctious following the long Christmas break in which he was allowed a bit of freedom (meaning he's been running amok), and had to turn his card from green to yellow to red, all in one day. Now, for those not familiar with the card program, green is good, yellow is misbehaving enough to get the teacher's attention, red is a second violation in the same day, and blue a third violation. Blue card violations get you a trip to the office to see the principal. Blue is not good, even the Kindergarteners get that.

Just so you don't lose hope, please know that life is full of second chances. Cards get turned back to green every morning to give the little darlings a fresh start.

Everyday, upon arriving home, Aidan is quizzed on the status of his card color. There is a reason for this. He is a bit chatty, so a turn to yellow is not uncommon. On this day in question, he experienced his first "red" card and was a bit hesitant to cop out to his crime(s). Finally, he admitted the turn to yellow was for talking too much to "M" in the morning and the second turn (to the dreaded red) was after lunch because he and "M" were laughing at a girl classmate "I" who was making "tooting" noises. I admit I didn't see that one coming.

I didn't laugh. I swear I didn't. At least not yet. Then, my delinquent-in-the-making looked me right in the eye with those baby blues and said something that I think should make me nervous. Very nervous. With a straight face, he said it was ok if his card got turned to blue, as long as it happened in the afternoon. I asked him what that theory was based upon and he calmly said, "The office is closed in the afternoon."

Well, ok then. Office closed, no principal available, therefore no visit to the principal. Logic. I like logic. Logic is good. Note to self: only commit major offenses in the afternoon.

Not to worry. I have it on good authority that his source of info is faulty and the office is, in fact, open in the afternoon and the principal is almost always there.
I think I'll let him find out that one on his own.


I am finally taking the step from obsessive blog reader to blog author. Here I will capture some of our adventures and try to not embarrass my kids too much.