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Friday, November 27, 2009

The Day After Thanksgiving....

7:45 a.m. Mom and dad try to sleep in and the kids play in the basement.

8:30 a.m. Kids catch wind of conversations....decorations? tree? Christmas?

9 a.m. Tomma starts sobbing when he realizes TODAY isn't actually Christmas. "But you said it's after Thanksgiving and after it snows!" (there was about .5 inch of snow on our cars this morning).

9:05 a.m. Wipe away tears on Tomma and try to explain the concept of "The Christmas Season" and counting down to Jesus' birthday.

9:15 a.m. Start bringing down boxes of Christmas decorations. Kids circle around us screaming "Woo! Waahooo!"

9:30 a.m. Kids bring up ghetto blaster from basement with random Christmas music CD. Start jamming out to "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...." while they dance around.

10 a.m. Realize nothing will be accomplished with kids flailing around us. Curious George Christmas movie is put on while we work on getting the tree and lights up so they can do ornaments.

10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Asked about 45 times if it's time to do ornaments yet.

11 a.m. Rest for a moment and stare at the lovely tree. Move on to next project...and next project...and next project.

4:15 p.m. Look around at all our hard work and feel excited.

6 p.m. Head out to local tree lighting ceremony for some hot coco and a first glimpse of Santa....

Christmas with a three and five year old. This is going to be a good one....

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Words from the Tomma....

Now You Know...

"Mommy? When I was born, I didn't even know what you were going to look like! I didn't even know who my mom was! I didn't even know what color your coat was.

And then I was born. And I realized you have a green coat and your name is Sarah Cavanaugh."

In the Back of the Car, looking out the window...

(to the tune of the Spiderman theme song)

"Normal man, normal man...does whatever normal can.
He uses his brain and solves problems. He solves people's problems.
Lookout...lookout for normal man..."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Off she goes, down the street.
A step ahead to talk to a friend.
I watch her walk and giggle and play.

The blowing blond hair that still surprises me.
Only five years ago, I didn't know who you were.
Only three years ago, you were lighting up the room with your words and that smile.
Only one year ago, things seemed smaller and simpler.

Watching you walk ahead of me, I can still see those baby legs through the sparkle jeans.

I feel the tight hand around mine as we near the door.
Maybe she's not so big after all.
Will I ever get used to the saying goodbye?

Friday, November 13, 2009


There has been some talk from my 2 fans that I haven't been blogging as much as I used to. This is a true statement and it does bum me out. Maybe I haven't been inspired but really, the truth is, my brain seems to be consumed with the following things/topics:

1. I have a new hairdo, which now includes bangs and highlights. I enjoy it and have received many compliments on it, yet when I look at myself in a mirror or on T.V., I wonder to myself, "Am I becoming one of those women who gets hairdos to not look old, and yet the hairdo just screams: I am not trying to look 35!!!" Confusing....still working on perfecting it.

2. The kids. Oh yeah, the two people I am wholly responsible for. I feel like time is going so fast and I feel guilty enough about the time I am spending on other things like my "work from home" job and my volunteering position at the preschool. So when I'm not doing those things...I am trying to be very PRESENT with them. We've been making cookies and working on writing lower case.

3. Work. It's sort of a negative drain on me right now. The people I am dealing with our very different than me and a pretty "not fun" group. Maybe I've just had a rough week with it...we'll see.

4. With the weather turning colder, and the fact that I am hosting Matt's extended family Christmas in a few weeks, I have been into house decor mode. I am on my way to Ikea this weekend and am fired up to get some items to enhance and update! In addition, I just got new pics of the kids so a framing montage is also on the brain.

5. Being in charge of things is sometimes fun and sometimes annoying. I hope that my previous experience is actually helpful to people and that I am making good decisions. I hope that people respect me for the leader I am trying to be.

6. I am finding that I very hot and cold with running right now. Either I hate it or love it from one day to the next. Therefore, I am trying cardio classes, spin class or perhaps some weight training. Still chasing those dang 6 lbs. I have been chasing for ohh....2 years now.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Halloweenie Week 2009

I imagined this week would be exciting, but man, is Halloween AWESOME with a three and five year old! Tommy's Halloween "show" at preschool was a major hit. For some reason, it felt more precious and fleeting than these events have felt in the past. It was so fun and cute to see these little wads singing songs on stage. Tommy was brave, being the first 3 year old onto the stage and telling everyone how much he "loves their costume," any chance he could get. Yet another event where that place feels like a second family to me - those teachers seeing me through good times and bad and creating moments with my kids I will never forget.

Then onward and upward to the new big elementary school parade and party! This one consisted of watching the classes parade through the school with everyone cheering for them - so fun! I think Lucy's class felt like rock stars and for good reason! As always at that place, I hear about it all via Lucy so things remain sort of mysterious but always fun, according to her. Glad it was a success!

Next up? Halloween day! The kids woke up like it was Christmas morning (soooo excited!!!) so we kept them busy until Trick or Treating. They were great and cute and polite. Lucy eventually broke off with Matt and some Kindergarten friends to hit more houses. My mom and I took Tommy the rest of the one block he managed to go around. He was so happy and so grateful for everything. In true Tommy form, lots of spontaneous, "Happy Halloween!" to randoms walking by and those that gave him treats. What will I do with that kid? He is too much 75% of the time. :)

And so we put another Halloween to bed and head into November. I am exhausted but so happy it was all a huge and fun success!

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I'm a 39 year old stay-at-home mom. I have a 9 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. I have lived in the big city and in the mountains, but am happy to be back in the Midwest, raising the fam. I enjoy laughing, wine, bad karaoke, US Weekly, running, cemetaries, cheese sticks and short hair-dos. In my previous life, I was class-clown and a wanna-be comedian. In my professional life, I'm a journalism major with 10 years of marketing and PR experience. I dream of being a cast member on Saturday Night Live and working at Disney World as Snow White.

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