Sunday, November 23, 2008

Brownies and Bag Heads

Here is photographic evidence that I am a bad mother and let my kids lick the brownie batter spoon, raw egg and all. Georgia's an old pro, but this is Hughie's first encounter with salmonella. Also note the pair of scissors in front of Hugh and the fact that he is teetering an inch from the edge of the island.

And here is a video of Hughie just being SO FREAKING CUTE I can barely type this post. And no, I can't for the life of me figure out how to rotate the stinking thing.

Georgia's Art

Lately I've been loving Georgia's art work. I think I might start framing it and make a huge wall collage. Right now she's particularly obsessed with sparkle puffy paint and who can blame her?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Let's Get Rocked

So last night we're watching a CMT show called Crossroads where country artists get a chance to collaborate with all kinds of musicians from different genres. Last night's pairing was Taylor Swift and DEF LEPPARD (my favorite rock band of all time). You can laugh, if you want, you can say, "what about Van Halen? Grateful Dead? The Stones??" All I can say to you is that until you've been 4th row at a SOLD OUT York Fair concert (where drunk people with mullets are being booted by security left and right) and actually experienced Def Leppard live, you know nothing. Right, Griney & Bogie?!? Talyor was cute and sweet and all, but she didn't do much for Def Leppard. At least I got my fix.

Friday, November 21, 2008


I still have the little stuff (towel bars, etc.) but the bathroom is finished! Yeah! Now we have to finish the bedroom and we can move out of the guest room. Woo-hoo!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sexiest Man Alive

So I'm perusing today and they have a teaser that People has named the Sexiest Man Alive for 2008. Immediately I thought HUGH JACKMAN. Please be Hugh Jackman, please be Hugh Jackman, please be Hugh Jackman. No more of this Brad Pitt crap, I want a hottie this year! Matt Damon last year, are you kidding me? Seriously? The link took forever and then, there he was. The second cutest Hugh alive.

And you know why he's the sexiset man alive (besides his gorgosity and accent)? He's been happily married to a non-model for a LONG TIME and the only time you see him in the tabloids is when he's frolicking shirtless on the beach with his kids. He's a triple threat (yes, he sings and dances too) and a good dad? Brad Pitt and George Clooney can't hold a candle him. His wife's reaction to his being named the Sexiest Man Alive? "I could have told them that years ago." Love it.

Three Little Words

Last night I was working on Georgia's family turkey project with Hughie and G-Ro. The kitchen island was a mess of paper turkey feathers and sparkle paint. I asked Georgia was she was thankful for and she replied, "Turkey and Mandi." Ok. I asked Hughie and he said, "Gahkeys" (cookies). As we were finishing up the project, Hughie looked at me and said, "I lah loo."

"Yellow? You want to the yellow crayon?"

"Uh-uh." (shaking head no)

"I lah loo."

"I love you?"

"Uh-huh!!!" (Shaking head yes)

Mommy was a puddle on the floor. It was one of those absolutely precious Mommy moments that I will treasure FOREVER. I love you too, little man. More than you'll probably ever realize.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

School Halloween Parade Pics

No, the bathroom isn't finished. We had some down time while we waited for some floor trim to come in. Next week it will be finished! *fingers crossed*

Here are some progress pictures:

Like the color?!?!?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How many days until Christmas, Mommy?

Yes, that is the first question that Georgia asks me every morning now that Christmas decorations are. I decided that after Thanksgiving we would make a paper ring chain with the number of days left until Christmas so that Georgia has a visual and will stop asking me!! As annoying as the question is, I know that for my sweet little four year old this season holds an unlimited amount of wonder and excitement. She literally squeals with glee every time we walk into a store and she sees Christmas decorations. "Mommy, it's CHRISTMAS!!!"

Hughie is transitioning into tantrum mode. It's rare that we have a diaper change or clothes change without some protest. This morning in my office when Hughie got his treat (a mini Krackel bar) he screamed and cried when I handed him the candy. How dare I unwrap it when HE wanted to? It's alot easier this time around though because I know what to expect. That and the fact that Hughie is a million times easier going than Georgia. When he throws a fit I remind him that he's got NOTHING on his sister. ;)

Hughie's new favorite word is, "Ruby." We watch an episode of 'Max and Ruby' before bed. So when we head upstairs to watch it after bath - Hugh points to the tv and says, "Ruby!!" Ruby also happens to be my grandmother's name, so I love to hear him say it.

And let me just say again that DVR is the best thing that has ever happened to television. I really hate commercials and being able to skim right over them is heaven. That and the fact that we can watch DIFFERENT episodes of 'Max and Ruby' and not the same one over and over and over on demand. Sigh.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama

Last night I was watching the election coverage with Georgia (flipping back and forth between that and Georgia's favorite "adult" show 'Ripley's Believe it or Not') and trying to convey her what a hugely historical moment we were witnessing. The glass ceiling was about to be shattered!! All Georgia knew was that she liked Barack Obama's commercials and she even voted for him during her class vote at school yesterday (Obama won 9 - 6). I didn't even think she was really paying attention to it all until this morning when she crawled into bed with me this morning first thing and whispered, "Did Barack Obama win?" :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween 2008

On Friday evening after visiting Daddy at work (so the ladies in the athletic department could make a fuss over my little Halloween Princess Witch and L'il Frankie), we headed to Riley's house for some pizza and trick or treat. The girls were pretty much pros with their candy collection techniques, but Hughie had some learning to do. At first he was confused, but that didn't last long. By the third house he was sprinting to the door with his hand outstretched. We did coax him to say, "Ti oh tee" a couple of times and it was quite adorable. he still can't say thank you, but he signed it. We then spent the rest of the weekend gorging on candy like the rest of America. Ugh. I brought the rest into work with me today!

And now that she is "officially" 12 weeks, I would like to announce that my sister-in-law Andrea is pregnant! And Andrea's due date is May 17th, so she's planning to schedule a c-section on May 19th, a VERY SPECIAL DAY! That would make three generations of Anstines with that birthday (me, dad and baby Anstine)!! Cool, huh? Let's just hope that baby cooperates and doesn't try to sneak out early.

With the good news is the bad. Mom-mom (my mom's mom) fell and broke her hip last week. She made it through hip surgery today, so keep her in your prayers. The statistics for 87 year olds recovering from broken hips are not good. :(

And the bathroom will probably be finished THIS WEEK. I picked a color, Tranquility by Benjamin Moore (blue/green/gray) and it rocks my world. Chris put it on over the weekend and it's perfect! "We" (read: Chris) still have to rip up carpet, refinish the hardwood floors and paint the bedroom, closet and powder room, but I'm sincerely hoping that we are back in our own room by the end of this month. I can't wait!