Sunday, November 28, 2010
This past year has been a year of growth for me as a person as well as our family. Last Thanksgiving we were still new in town. Just settling in and just starting to get to know some people who I am happy to this year call my friends. I had just started a new job in September and the kids were settling into their first full year at their new school.
This year has been a whole different story. We've made friends with some of the people who last year we were just starting to get to know. One thing I truly missed when I first moved here was having girl friends to call up to see a movie or grab a cup of coffee with. This year in addition to all my best friends back home who I still talk with often, I have a handful of women who I have gotten to know better over the last year and am thankful to call my friends.
I am thankful the kids have settled into their school here in Maryland well and are excelling in the gifted and talented programs. While I may not agree with everything the school does they seem to be providing challenging work for my kiddos who in turn are doing well.
I am also thankful the kids and hubby have made friends here in Maryland and everyone seems more settled.
I am thankful for my job. I love those two girls a ton and truly enjoying playing and learning with them each day. I am also thankful for the additional income I can bring to our family to help us meet our financial goals. I am thankful my job allows me the flexibility to spend no school days and summer vacations with my own children.
I am thankful for hubby's job. While millions of Americans were laid off this year, including several people at hubby's small company, Nate still has his job, a fact I do not take for granted.
I am thankful for our house and our neighborhood. We may lease not own but our house is adorable and suits our family of 5 perfectly right now. We have fabulous neighbors including several of the kids friends. Our street is a dead end with only six houses so the kids can ride bikes and play out front. We live close enough to the school that the kids can walk every single day. These are all things I am thankful for.
I am thankful for my family, both immediate and extended. My kids are wonderful, smart, caring, helpful kids and I really couldn't ask for more. I love you kids! My hubby is also fabulous, my best friend, someone I truly enjoy spending time with and miss when we're apart, he goes out of his way to do nice stuff for me all the time. Each day I am truly thankful that God brought the two of us together to share this life together. I am thankful for our extended families. While some relationships may be close and we talk often, others may not but I still think of all of our family often. A lot of things in life come and go but family is forever.
I am thankful for the ability to travel and pursue hobbies and interests that make me happy. This year we traveled a lot and there are very few things I enjoy more than traveling. I start planning our next trip before we've even left on our next. Running is a love I found this year that I never thought I would have. We've also spent plenty of time outdoors this year, camping, hiking, rafting, all things I am thankful for.
So everyone, what are you thankful for?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I don't even stay for most of the practices. This year the soccer Gods shined down on me and both my girls practiced at the same time at the same place. Hubby and I used this gift of one hour of time with only one child to go for quick runs most weeks.
Soccer takes over our entire family schedule for several months out of the year (and when we lived in Colorado twice as long). Most years we have soccer 4 days a week for 10-12 weeks during soccer season. In Colorado that is spring and fall. In Maryland it is just fall. This makes juggling 5 people's schedules challenging.
Hubby even coached FiFi's team for 3 years. He had fun and FiFi loved it but man are other parents demanding of volunteer coaches. The snack schedule isn't right, practices aren't held at the right time or place, our team didn't win enough. I of course was my hubby's assistant since organization and planning are not his thing. When the complaints started rolling in it always took all my will power to not snap back, "you realize my husband is volunteering his time and energy to coach your child, if you think you can do a better job, feel free to volunteer!" Thankfully hubby resigned his coaching position this year by not volunteering again.
And the most persuasive evidence yet that I am the worst soccer mom yet is below. Soccer season is now over. We took photos and videos of my older daughter playing soccer and enjoying her soccer party. Hubby was not able to make it FiFi's soccer tournament so I brought my camera and FLIP video camera to document the fun. Guess how many photos and videos I have of FiFi playing soccer this year? None, zero, zilch. Wow, I suck!
Basketball season for my son starts in a few weeks. Do you think there is any chance I'll be a better basketball mom? No, I doubt it ;-)
Friday, November 19, 2010
Here is what the other people wore (not actual pictures of people from the event):
The dressed up jeans and t-shirt. I don't have a problem with this look if you are picking your kid up from school or taking them to soccer but to a $35 per person event? (Photo credit Google images)
The woman were especially lacking. I don't think anyone else was even wearing a casual dress. I saw 2 women with outfits like this, dress slacks, nice top, accessories, well pulled together. This I can live with for the type of event we were at. (Photo credit Express)
So what is it? Am I old fashioned? Has dressing up gone "out of style"? I feel like in my everyday life as a mom and nanny I don't spend much time on myself. I relish the few opportunities a year that I get to get dolled up and truly look pretty. Do other people not feel this way?
Don't even get me started about people wearing jeans to weddings and funerals. That also makes me crazy but is a whole other blog post.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Becky sent me a chair cover for review and is doing a giveaway for one of my readers!
My original dinning room chair The SmartSeat installed snugly Front Back Side Other side Straps as they are installed on my chair
-Protects your chair! This is the biggest pro and by far most important. We got our dinning room set on Craigslist from a family with 4 kids. Our 3 kids have beat it up. The only reason the top picture looks good is because that is our 6th chair that no one ever sits in. When I invest in a good, new dinning room set I will definitely consider some sort of chair protectors, especially for the 3 chairs the kids sit in.
-Attractive. Besides the navy cover shown, there is also a tan cover available. I would suspect either tan or navy would fit into the decor of most homes.
-Easy to install. The chair cover took me less than 5 minutes to install. I skimmed over the instructions, installed as suggested and was done. They also have how-to videos on the SmartSeat Chair Protector website.
-Affordable. $14.99-$19.99 per chair cover depending upon how many you purchase.
-Washable. A waterproof chair cover that is machine washable, how great is that?
-Fit varies from chair to chair. For my chair I used the "small chair" installation guidelines and crossed the straps for a tighter fit. I was able to get the top, front, and back, smooth and almost perfect. The only part that had some gaping was the side. On my chair I think I small piece of scotch tape would do the trick to hold it in place.
-Look. While made to look like original cushion, when looking closely you can tell there is a cover on the chair.
Overall I was very pleased and thought it is a great, innovative product.
PB&J Discoveries is giving one of my readers one of their SmartSeat Chair Protectors in your choice of tan or navy.
First entry: leave a comment regarding how a SmartSeat Chair Protector could help you; tell me how messy your kids (or hubby) are, tell me how you hate your current dinning room cushions, anything. This entry is mandatory and must be made before any other entries will count. Your email address must be in your comment as well.
Additional entries, you must leave a separate comment in each entry:
-Subscribe to or follow my blog. Current subscribers and followers count.
-Follow me on Twitter @dishes_laundry
-Follow PB&J Discoveries on Twitter @SmartSeatCover
-Tweet about this giveaway. Once a day, leave a comment for each tweet. Just copy and paste into Twitter: Got messy kids? Want to protect your chairs? Win a @SmartSeatCover from @dishes_laundry http://tinyurl.com/23eyofz
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-Blog about this giveaway, linking to both There Must Be More To Life Than Dishes and Laundry... and SmartSeat Chair Protectors.
Giveaway ends Monday, November 29th at 9:00PM EST. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be chosen via random.org. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to claim their prize.
Disclosure statement: I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are mine and mine alone. I was sent one chair cover to test out to facilitate the review process.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
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Thursday, November 4, 2010
We like to do things like holidays big around our house. An excuse to decorate and throw a party and dress up, count me in! Here are the highlights from our Halloween adventures.
A glamour witch, a soccer star, and a scary boy is what we had in our household this year!
I don't think soccer star is that far from the truth.
B was some sort of grim reaper, scary guy, and ever other 10 year old boy we know had a similar costume.
Don't believe me that bobbing for apples is really exciting? Watch the video and you'll see!
Hope your Halloween was filled with lots of treats and not too many tricks. Happy Halloween!