Saturday, November 28, 2009


Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! I certainly have been very blessed and have so much to be grateful for. However, family is most definitely right there at the top of the list.

This time of year I always get both happy and a little bitter, unfortunately, due to the disgusting display of consumerism that hits like a ton of bricks in our country. I've gone on a rant in past years (check the archives if you're interested in a refresher), so I won't do that this year. I just hope we can all keep the spirit of the season in our hearts and enjoy our loved ones and many blessings. Here's to a great holiday season!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The hunt

It's 7:45 AM. You're trying to get somewhat presentable for the day after getting out of the shower. You notice things are awfully and strangely quiet...where could your child be?

Simple! Follow the path of destruction!

This looks like a good place to start:
Hmmm...the little one was definitely in here:Getting closer:A HA! can I get mad at that cute little face?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Adventures at home

I haven't done a whole lot of blogging lately, probably just because I've felt so wiped out by life. I changed the team I manage at work and went from a very low-maintenance, lovely group of people to a uh, shall we say more challenging team. I have a lot of work ahead of me, and there is a lot of pressure to make this group successful, so I come home from work completely wiped out and frustrated.

On top of that, poor Claire is cutting one tooth after another, causing some very difficult nights and some long days. She got a bit of a stomach bug a week or two ago as well and made quite the scene barfing all over the place while we were out to dinner at the Olive Garden! I wrote about it a little more here if you are interested in the details.

Then, oh my heck, last Saturday we rented a movie and went down to the basement to watch it after putting Claire to bed. About 30 seconds after starting it Claire started crying Brady ran up to get her and I followed a minute later, but stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a strange, rope-ish looking things sticking out under our laundry/storage room door. I was pretty certain that we didn't have a grayish rope in our possession, and my heart stopped when I realized what I was looking at. I ran up in a panic to get Brady and we all raced back down to the basement to see that the snake had revealed itself entirely. Yes, you read that right, we have a freaking SNAKE in our basement! I didn't ever think I was really afraid of snakes, until I saw one in my home. Brady hates snakes as well, so we were paralyzed and didn't know what to do. It wasn't very fat, but it was kind of long and neither of us wanted to touch it. We couldn't kill it right there because we didn't want blood all over the carpet. We went in search of some sort of container to put it in, and during that time the creepy thing disappeared back into the storage room, and now we can't find it. YUCK!!! We don't know how it got in, but I'm sure it has something to do with all the construction going on in the field behind us. It's moved all sorts of little creatures into our neighbor's homes, and I guess a snake found its way into ours.

We set up a barricade to prevent it from escaping under the door. We're kind of stuck, because there is no such thing as a snake trap or snake poison that you can buy. You just have to either catch it or kill it. I would so much rather have a mouse in our home! They are much easier to dispose of.

Needless to say, we are pretty much avoiding the basement as much as possible. We put off doing laundry as long as we could, but had to do it yesterday. It's a two man to stand watch and the other to throw the laundry in a fast as humanly possible. I don't know why we're so afraid of one little snake. Its pretty pathetic, to be honest. I've tried telling myself that pioneer women had to deal with snakes all the time, and they did just fine! I'm trying to summon that same bravery. Ugh, I just hope the things finds it's way back outside. Anyone not afraid of snakes that's willing to search our basement??

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

You know that expression, "cute as a bug"? I think this is the bug everyone is talking about:

We ended up having a great Halloween. We went to my parent's house to hang out with the fam and eat my fabulous (if I do say so myself) homemade chili and my mom's famous homemade breadsticks and sugar cookies. SO GOOD. So much for that diet I'm working on...

We then took Claire trick-or-treating to a few houses. I know she didn't quite grasp the concept of the whole thing, but her mom and dad sure had fun with it! She actually did really enjoy it. She likes lots of action and got a kick out of all the decorations and being outside and the kids. In fact, we started walking up to one house that was totally decked out- scary music, crazy decorations, even a fog machine- and rather than being scared she started clapping her hands and laughing. She loved it!
Brady dressed up as a total hottie...oh wait, that's every day...hehe

One of the neighbors did this big thing in their backyard with a graveyard, spook alley, and s'mores and rootbeer around their fire pit. The weather was perfect for Halloween and it was so much fun hanging out with family and enjoying the holiday. Hope you all had a good one too!