Monday, September 22, 2008

Mommy's Little Helper

Who ever thought that I would have to fight with my son for control of the vacuum cleaner? Whenever I pull it out anymore he is immediately at my side trying to take over. I indulge him when I can because he really does a good job for a 20 month old. The problem is, when I am trying to get things done quickly he throws a major temper tantrum because he wants to do it without my help.

Notice in the second picture how focused he is. When he's cleaning he is dead serious about doing a good job!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Happy Anniversary... us!!!

I can't believe how fast 4 years can go by! Our actual date is Sept. 18, 2004 but I am only getting to our blog today AND we have a babysitter today so that Howard and I can actually go out and celebrate.

It might not sound exciting to anyone else but we are going to play some miniature golf and go out to dinner at a local steakhouse. Howard and I used to mini golf all the time before Chase was born and have been to as many mini golf places as we can find in our area. Although I absolutely hate the game of golf, I really enjoy miniature golf and it puts Howard and I on a more neutral playing field. Since we are so competitive that is important!

Through a lot of effort and hard work not to mention a ton of communication Howard and I both agree that this has been our best year of married life so far. When two people really commit to figuring each other out and working to resolve misunderstandings that easily crop up in everyday life something special starts to happen. We aren't the crazy in love couple we were 7 years ago when we first met but we have reached something much better. It's so hard to explain where we are right now but I will try to keep this short and sweet. We're learning to forgive and really forget, we're learning so much better how to truly listen to one another and be attentive to what they are saying, we're learning how much fun everyday life together can be and that it isn't always candlelit dinners, romance and flowers. It's five minutes of shared time when Chase is in bed where we compare notes about our days, laugh about something simple Chase did, catch up on the Phillies score or share something funny from work. It's where me meet one another daily in the real world and find that we are growing more in love from those few stolen moments than we ever were on fancy dates. This is life, our crazy, wonderful life and right now it is very good...

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Few Cooking Ideas...

I get very bored with the same old, same old when it comes to cooking. I don't really enjoy cooking so I am always looking for new recipes and things to try. I checked out and found that if you sign up for their Food & Family magazine you get sent a full color magazine five times a year loaded with easy recipes, pictures, coupons and nutrition info. I LOVE this magazine! They suggest all Kraft products of course but I just make my own substitutions based on the veggies and cheeses, etc that we are eating at the time.

For baking my favorite website is I have made so many recipes from them and I always get rave reviews. I just go on their website and drool a lot. :-)

Check out Food & Family and maybe you will be inspired to try something new too! If you do check it out and get their magazine let me know what you thought.