Monthly Archive: February 2010

Sliding Like A Big Boy 7

Sliding Like A Big Boy

There’s a small “park” next to the Publix we shop at. It has a nice covered picnic area, some outdoor exercise equipment, a big open field, and one small play structure with one tallish curly slide. We go there a lot. It’s an easy park to play at because there’s shade, space, and non-lethal play equipment. It is the first slide NikkiZ did by herself – and as of this weekend? The first slide AndyZ did alone. Giving a child freedom on a play structure is a very hard thing to do. They always have openings that lead to poles...

Ode To My Bookshelves 10

Ode To My Bookshelves

If you click the photo you can see the notes I added in flickr. Or see every title here One of the things I’ll miss about living in a smaller home, is the fact that it forces you to sift through your belongings on a regular basis. Before Christmas and birthdays I take loads of toys to Goodwill in order to make room for the inevitable new items. AndyZ and NikkiZ share a room. If I left every toy in there that anyone had ever purchased for them, there would be no room for beds, cribs, or dressers. It’s already...

Because If You Doodle It…It’s True. Right? 14

Because If You Doodle It…It’s True. Right?

In an effort to start the chain reaction of awesome, I thought I’d start a project. I printed up a bunch of sheets with statements on them that I really want to be true. My goal is to fill those pages with things that will make them true. Maybe rules to live by, maybe steps to get there, but things that can bring that particular statement into reality. I thought I’d start with “I am the best MOM I can be” because it’s one I think about daily. I filled in the page with actions and creeds that I feel...

Shaking The Grumpies Out 19

Shaking The Grumpies Out

My daughter can be moody sometimes. I’m not sure if it’s a girl thing or if it’s just her because LilZ never quite showed the propensity to the extreme level of FOUL that NikkiZ can show. Her moods can get so sour that no one wants to even look at her for fear of getting attacked with her venom. Sleep has a lot to do with that. A LOT. If she is tired? She gets so very grumpy that we just want to lock her up in her room until she sleeps it off. If she’s been up late for...

The Must Haves For Our “Forever” Home 26

The Must Haves For Our “Forever” Home

When we bought our house 5 years ago, we knew it was a temporary purchase. We hoped we could get some equity out of it and use some of our savings to buy a bigger house for what we hoped would be a bigger family. At the time I was pregnant with NikkiZ and we hoped to have one more. We find ourselves now finishing up projects to get our house ready to sell, and we’re now thinking about what we want out of the next home. Some of the projects on the current house are ones we meant to...