Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Call me Ishmael

Has it really been a week since I posted? I guess it has - the laptop has been in the ICU for a about a week due to some pesky hard drive issue. I mean, who knew that 59320572309 itunes were too many?

Anyway, the top story so far this week is that the kids went fishing for the first time this past Saturday and they had a BLAST! We crabbed, fished, swam a little and ate lots of yummy snacks. The most exciting part of the day is when Will "caught" a fish. Check it out! We all had such a good time and they are dying to go back. Lawton and I both got fried so it might be a little while before we go again...anyway, thanks to the Cuthbert family for letting us trespass!



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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Backyard Smackdown

The weather yesterday evening was so nice that we just had to play outside after dinner. We played soccer, softball, volleyball, crazyball (where everyone just runs around throwing balls in the air) as well as some swinging and tag! While I was watering the bushes, I turned around to see this:
Tickets to WrestleMania, Connelly Style, will go on sale next week. Call early to get VIP seating.
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Monday, May 21, 2007

Front porch squatters



This picture is from one of the ferns on our front porch. I have been trying to chase these birds off for a couple of weeks now because even though I don't mind them living in the fern, I don't want to drown them with the hose when I water. Anyway, I have very obviously been unsuccessful because we are having babies! The kids are excited so we are viewing this as an educational opportunity. Hopefully I can keep the plant alive long enough for these bird to do their thing and we can watch them grow up! Pin It

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Overheard

Boy, from the living room: "Knock knock"
Girl, from the den: "Who's there?"
Boy: "Boo"
Girl: "Boo who?"
Boy: "Orange!" Collapses in the floor laughing...

Good stuff. He'll be here all week and please be sure to tip your waitress. Pin It

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Oh happy day!!!

UPDATE: Not only is Dottie's granny sitting up and talking, she is ticked because she can't go to a retirement party TOMORROW and insists (quiet clearly) that she is fine and needs to go home because the grass needs to be cut. Damn. That's tough.


Last night we found out that Dottie and Josh are cleared for moving home to SC!!! Barring anything extraordinary, they will be here by August 1. I am sooooo excited I don't hardly know what to do with myself. Also, in other Dottie news, her beloved Granny had to have emergency brain surgery yesterday and was presumed to not pull out of it. But it turns out that God's got some more work for her to do, because not only did she survive the surgery, she is sitting up and talking! The SUPER awesome ICU nurse Tara let me sneak in to see her (during off visiting hours) and she let me make a very hush hush cell phone call to Dottie from the room. The best part is that they had just extubated her when I got there so she was actually able to talk to Dottie a little! My girl Dorothy is having herself a fantastic weekend all the way around. I am so happy for her - she really derseves some good things in her life!

Lawton and I are taking the Rats to seek Shrek 3 tonight so I'll update everyone on how that goes later. Got some other catch up to do also, but we are having some technical difficulties at the moment so it might be a little while. Just wanted to spread the good news about Dottie! More later...

UPDATE: Shrek was pretty good but not nearly as cute as the other two. The kids liked it and we saw it at the cheap theater so all in all I would count the evening a success. That is until we got home and no one went to sleep until almost midnight because of all the candy. 'Cause that's how we roll at Casa de Connelly. Who needs sleep anyway? Very highly overrated. Yawn... Pin It

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

ANOTHER Huge Weekend!!!

I love being on the run and socializing but even I am getting a little worn out! In a good way, though, so don't be confused. The festivities started this past Thursday night when it was confirmed that we were having company for Mothers Day weekend in the form of our FAVORITE guests - Grandma and Aunt Grace!! Very exciting stuff to be sure.

Friday morning the kids both had Mother's Day Teas at school and it was sooo cute! I was either beaming from ear to ear or tearing up from all the sweetness. Gamma came too which the kids loved because they both got to have someone at all times. Thank goodness for her and Poppa 'cause its pretty hard to be in two places at once! They made some CUTE crafts and had some munchies for everyone - very delicious, of course. Each child in Celi's class was videotaped talking about their mother and if my tech genius hubby will help me, I will try to get the clip on my blog. I could watch it a million times. Motherhood is truly the toughest job you'll ever love and I never knew that thirty seconds of my daughter talking about how much she loves me is enough payment for the rest of my life. Wow. My sweet boy gave me an awesome gift also - his teacher asked the children some questions about their mommy's and he actually knew what I do for a living and what food I like. I was so flattered I didn't know what to do! To be recognized as an adult person and not only as Mom was so validating. I thought it was very mature of him and just made me glow!

So Friday night the Rats spent the night with Gamma and Poppa as they had already made plans, so we grown ups got to grill out and visit with each other - quite a treat! Saturday, the ladies took the Rats to the Chilrens Museum for their good behavior treat. We had a blast - we did all kinds of artwork, dressed up in the castle, played in the water room, played all the ball games (about a million times)and had time for a little grocery shopping! We probably stayed a little too long as we didn't feed those poor Ratties until almost 2:00 but they were having so much fun we had to drag their little starving selves away. We then passed them off to Daddy so they could do some very secretive shopping and the three of us took off to the beach for an afternoon of R&R.

The beach was AWESOME - perfect weather, great company, beauty magazines and loads of Diet Coke! What more could you ask for?! As with the Childrens Museum, we stayed a little too long but it was just so nice we totally lost track of time. Mom hasn't been in a couple of years so she was soaking it up and, oh, by the way, her butt and legs look better than mine! She looks great and seemed to really enjoy herself.

The next day was Mother's Day of course and Mom and I both were treated like queens! I got some super sweet cards from the kids, Lawton and Aunt Grace, as well as my OWN DIGITAL CAMERA!!! I am sooooo happy - I have already learned how to do everything on it and yes, I have actually read the manual! The slide show at the bottom of this post was taken by this new fabulously awesome camera so I hope you guys like it! Grace and I took Mom to brunch at SweetWater Cafe in the Ville and it was delicious PLUS we got a table right away - BONUS! No perfect girl day would be complete without at least a little shopping so off to TJ Maxx after lunch. We piddled around some and then headed home. Lawton had the kids at a Mother's Day picnic at Aunt Bali's house so everyone had some motherly fun!

By the time we got back it was almost time to get ready for yet another outing - a graduation party for LawtonG and her guy Eric, plus two of their closest friends, Joe and Abby. Planned by the ultimate party guru, Mandy Davis (call me if you ever need anything fabulous, cuz my girl ROCKS a party), this party was beautiful! Great music, delicious food and of course, wonderful visiting with some of our bestest friends. We didn't stay too too late as it was a Sunday night and us poor slaves had to work Monday morning plus Grandma and Aunt Grace were keeping the Rats, one of which was EXTREMELY put out that she could not attend the party. We had a great time but I swear I have never been as tired as I was yesterday morning. When I got to work I looked in the mirror and I don't think you could have called what I had on an "outfit". I was dressed and that was about it. Busy busy busy!
I will post some photos from the Children's Museum as soon as I can, but for now just enjoy the ones from the party!
PS. The daily fact is that if anyone has a genuine frizz control product they can not only recommend but SWEAR by, please let me know. This situation is desperate. Also, there is another piece of a chocolate pop tart in my purse and the front seat bottle count is up to 4. And it's only Tuesday.

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day Post (belated)

UPDATE: There has been some confusion about this post - I didn't write it - I only posted it so that all could enjoy. I don't know who wrote it - I got it in an email from a friend. Sorry to burst y'alls bubbles...

This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, "It's okay honey, Mommy's here."
Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted.

This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.
For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T.

This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.

This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.
And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars, so that when their kids asked, "Did you see me, Mom?" they could say, "Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world," and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies . And for all the (grand) mothers who wanted to, but just couldn't find the words.

This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat. For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And then read it again. "Just one more time."

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home -- or even away at college.

This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to
reach them.

This is for all the step-mothers who raised another woman's child or children, and gave their time, attention, and love... sometimes totally unappreciated!
For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14-year-olds dye their hair green.

For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting.

For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good Mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips?
The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time? Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time? The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby? The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in your home? Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation...
And mature mothers learning to let go.

For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.

Single mothers and married mothers.

Mothers with money, mothers without.

This is for you all.

For all of us.

Hang in there.

In the end we can only do the best we can.

Tell them every day that we love them.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Daily Facts

I totally stole this idea from Busy Mom, but since I honestly believe that plagiarism is truly the most sincere form of flattery, I will make her ideas my own. Every day on her blog, she has a list of random thoughts, observations, etc. They aren't long but she keeps the topic the same and updates them daily. Here goes:

Front Seat: clothes to the dry cleaners, stuff for Good Will, five empty 24 oz Diet Mt. Dew bottles, six empty water bottles, a pair of Danskos that need to go to the shoe repair place and a toy dinosaur.

Strangest Thing in Purse: Piece of Will's chocolate Pop Tart from yesterday. Should probably toss that.

Beauty Thought: I LOVE Natalie Morales' hair!

So there you have it. The inaugural daily fact post. I don't know if I am clever enough to keep it up, but I'm giving it a shot! Pin It

Losing my touch

So I called Home Team this morning to fire them. Only I didn't. The manager guy was so nice and helpful that I just couldn't. He comped the service from yesterday and he said that the dog incident would be addressed when the tech got back into the office later this afternoon. However, I was adamant that this was the last chance without exception. So there. Yeah, I'm tough alright. Big dumb dogs can't stay mad at anyone for long. Pin It

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Home Team Pest Defense is Going DOWN

I need to stop wondering why everything has to be a pain in my ass. Apparently we are on some black list that circulates among professional services to make sure that we get the WORST possible experiences. Most of you already know how I feel about Suburban Disposal, roofers and Amana. Well, today Home Team Pest Defense joins the list.
Some background: about three weeks ago, we got a call from a supervisor at Home Team (who we have been quite pleased with until now) telling us to have our locks changed because they had fired our technician and our key was missing. Got that taken care of and told them that we needed service because I had begun to see some roaches which is very uncool under normal circumstance but is REALLY uncool when your house is on the market and being shown. They didn't show up until today after repeated phone calls to the office and finally the supervisor again.
Here is where I went from being annoyed to MAD. We pulled into the driveway after work and notice that there is some kind of note stuck to the door. It reads, "Hi, Winnie came to visit and she is at my house. Betty at 121 Summercourt". I keep looking at the note trying to figure out how Winnie let herself out of the house. I am mentally going through the morning routine when it dawns on me - Lawton had told me that Home Team was coming this morning. We go inside and yep, there is the note that service has been done (finally.) Not wanting to jump to conclusions, we went to pick up Winnie, who thankfully was fine, and asked Betty what time she noticed her out and about. It was the same exact time as the bug service. Not only had that jackass technician let our dog out to run the neighborhood, he couldn't even be bothered to call someone!!! Not to mention, we have a note on our records that we have indoor pets and to be sure not to let them get out of the house! Snarl...
He is lucky that we have kind and observant neighbors because if Winnie had gone missing or been hurt, I would have been knocking on his door. With a baseball bat. I can't believe what kind of loser person does that. I know he probably didn't want to tell anyone that he let the dog get out, but did he think we wouldn't notice that she wasn't inside anymore? I mean, Winnie is a pretty clever dog, but the day that she can put a key in a lock and open the door is the day I retire. Again, we went straight past annoyed, aggravated, frustrated, and all those other polite words that are meant to convey strong feelings. This called for my inner redneck who proceeded to throw a hissy fit. As of 8:00 tomorrow morning, Home Team is fired. I can deal with roaches and thieves but don't mess with the Woozle. Pin It

Workplace complaint

This post serves no purpose except to let me complain so I will not explain the details as they are boring. All I want to say is communication. Learn it. Love it. Don't blame others because you suck at it. Pin It

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Calling Dr. Mommy!

So Will is constantly jumping off of things, 90% of which are not suitable for said jumping. I, while constantly fussing at him to not do this, have been stymied as to how to make him quit. Direct disobedience will earn him a time out, but what do you do when the child is just plain daring? Anyway, I have told Will at least 4000 times not to jump off the toilet in the hall bathroom because it is very likely that he will hit his head/mouth/nose on the bathtub and that will hurt. Well, tonight it happened. He jumped, fell forward on the landing and hit his forehead on the bathtub. I hate being right. Anyway, the fall created a small laceration that bled pretty good for a while but has now totally quit and left a HUGE bump! The only reason he is keeping the bandage on his head is because we have convinced him that he is a brave soldier with a battle wound that requires a bandage. Wow. Never a dull moment at the Casa de Connelly. Sometimes I really miss being bored. Pin It

Breakin' the Law

Maybe I am bitter, but I really want Paris Hilton to go to JAIL! Not knowing the terms of your own probation agreement is so...whatever, I can't even think of a word that would accurately convey my disgust. Being wealthy and having staff to manage your personal life is fantastic but take some responsibility for yourself! Not that any of this will matter three months from now, but that's my two cents.

Onto other topics, I am excited because I located a dress that I thought was lost forever. It's been missing for over a year and has travelled quite some way. I took it to Palm Coast last March and forgot it at Robert and Julie's house. Then it went to Orlando when they moved there, then Julie got it back to Charleston to Robert's mom's house and there it sat for who knows how long. I realized it was missing a while ago, but then promptly forgot about it as it was not clamoring for my attention, asking for a snack, coloring on the wall or torturing it's siblings. But I got it yesterday and am quite pleased with myself. It also came with a bonus pair of shoes that everyone thought were mine but aren't (two sizes too big). You know, it's the little things in life...I like that dress! Pin It

Sunday, May 6, 2007

What a weekend!

I guess we feel that our lives are not hectic enough because this weekend we took it to a whole new level! It started at 8 AM Friday with both kids at the dentist and still isn't over yet as Lawton is still traveling back from FLA. Anyway, here are the highlights...

Tim was in town for a banking meeting Friday, so he was kind enough to come get Celi and take her to Columbia for her "vacation" their house. She had a blast! Friday night Tara was watching Ana (Mo and Mary's baby) so when Celi got there she had a real live doll baby to play with! Tara said that she didn't need to entertain them at all - they kept each other occupied until bedtime. Celi LOVES babies so I am sure she was in heaven. Then Saturday Tim and Tara took Celi to the mall for Build A Bear and she came home with a very hip and stylish bunny rabbit complete with pink CROCS! Then they went to lunch and were off to see Meet the Robinsons, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Will and I met up with Tara and Celi today for lunch at Cracker Barrel so that we could eat ourselves stupid then loaded up the car to begin the deprogramming that always follows some time with her favorite non-parental grownups!

Not to be outdone, Will had a super weekend also. He got to take Daddy to get pizza Friday night and then Saturday he took Mommy to the very brand new Fire Education Center near the Tanger Outlet mall. This place was AWESOME!! Built through a partnership between the City of North Charleston and American LaFrance who manufactures fire trucks. Part museum and part fire safety education center, the building itself is very nice and the history of fire fighting is traced beginning in the early 19th century. I don't know how many fire trucks are on display but its a LOT and they are super cool! Will was pretty impressed with all the trucks but he liked all the interactive stuff the best. There is a kids play area in the middle where they can slide down a firehouse pole, climb a fire truck ladder or go down a slide. There is also a BUNCH of other educational stations throughout the building that address fire safety in a fun and interesting way. The only thing that Will did not like was the talking mannequin(robot/android?) fireman stationed on a ladder truck. When you got close enough to him, he would look at you and start talking about fighting fires and safety. Big Will was NOT down with that. Anyway, it was pretty cool overall and only cost 6$ as kids under 13 are free. Check it out!
Later on, Dena came over and had dinner with us so we called it a pretty satisfying day all the way around.

All of this notwithstanding, the big winner this weekend was LAWTON! His brother was going to FLA to purchase a new boat and asked Lawt to come along for the ride. They left yesterday about 5:30 PM and drove ALL THE WAY to Stuart, FL last night. For those of you who don't know (and don't be ashamed, no one else knows where this town is either) Stuart is about 100 miles before you get to Miami. MIAMI!!! Who drives to Miami?!?! These men are insane about their boats! Anyway, they got there about 1 AM and apparently had a prearranged place to crash - the floor of some guy that worked on the water taxi last summer who was at Sea School in Stuart and living in a dorm room with his brother. I mean, talk about hard core road trip! Lawton said he started out on a blow up mattress that basically became a blow up hammock by the time he woke up. So up and out the door to meet the boat owner. The transaction itself took a little longer than anticipated so I don't think they got on the road until about 11. To drive back to Mt. Pleasant. From almost to Miami. Anyway, a little before Jacksonville, it becomes apparent that one of the wheels on the trailer is not loving I-95 and they pull into West Marine in Jacksonville to replace it. St. Christopher was looking out for these two crazies for real because they got there literally 2 minutes before the store closed. So back on the road again for more quality time. My guess for Lawton actually arriving home is 11:30. Insanity. I can't think of much of anything that would get me to round trip almost 1000 miles in a little over 24 hours but to each his own!

Well, I know that was a long post, but there was a lot of stuff to cover. I need to go to work so that I can get some rest! We are all beat but happy. Lots of fun and good times were had by all!

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Saturday, May 5, 2007

At the Dentist...

So Friday was dental health day for the Connelly kids. Will had his first check up and was AWESOME! He did everything the hygienist asked him to and was soooo good. Terry at Dr. Beebe's office is great with kids - she showed him all the instruments before she used them and was very patient and gentle. I was very proud of him and his was so cute laying the chair with his rock star shades on to keep the light out of his eyes. They said that Will was one of the best 3 year old patients ever!
Cecilia was there to have a Panoramic X-Ray (or Pan for those in the biz)and what was revealed is a little disconcerting. She has three different kinds of malocclusions, all of which are of concern. But Dr. Beebe said not to worry - he is sending her to an orthodontist to see if there is anything that can be done at such a young age. By the way, Celi was awesome too - she is a pro already, having had two cleanings. She was telling Will all the stuff that they were going to do - quite the veteran! Anyway, for the most part it was a very successful visit. We'll keep everyone posted about the orthodontist so keep your fingers crossed! Pin It

I've been tagged!

I have been tagged for this game of meme(?)which means that I have to share seven random facts about myself on my blog. Then I am supposed to list seven blog friends but the only people I know that blog are already on other people's lists. Anyway, if my five loyal readers are interested, here goes!

1. I am OBSESSED with Gamecock football. If you can't watch in person, yelling at the TV at home is an acceptable substitute.

2. I once tried out for Jeopardy. Not only did I not make it on, it was the trip from hell. I don't think I ever watched the show again.

3. I am scared of packing. Flying doesn't bother me and neither does hours in the car. However, get out a suitcase and I reach for the Xanax.

4. My favorite place in the whole world (not that I've seen much of it) is in a boat way up the Stono River at sunset.

5. I weighed 200 pounds the day that my daughter was born. Literally. The next day I weighed the same thing, which was curious since I no longer was carrying a 7 pound passenger.

6. I have broken 10 bones. A foot bone, three fingers, a vertebrae in my spine, my SI joint (back of your pelvis), three ankle bones and my fibula (small bone in lower leg). It's no wonder I creak and pop like an old woman.

7. I love horses and rode competitively through college and a little beyond. This accounts for two of the above injuries and I would love to get back into it one day.

So here you go - little known facts about the elusive Rebeccah! Pin It