Sunday, October 7, 2007


Sometimes, other people sum it up better than I can, myself. The message I want to give the they grow up and we all try to endure our "hurts" along the way. We do it, anyway.

Anyway Lyrics

Thursday, October 4, 2007

An Island Review: Review & Giveaway: Skin MD Natural

Okay -- I admit that I am enjoying reading all the blogs more than I've been taking the time to post! YIKES! But, of course, it tunes me into all the great ideas and products that I realize I just "must" have out there. Hotlanta is still so dry, dry, dry....and so am I, I , I!!! So, while my elbows crackle and peel, I'm going to post the link to Kailani and An Island Review: Review & Giveaway: Skin MD Naturals. Might just have to go find this one in my store if it works as well as she says!

Here's the link:
An Island Review: Review & Giveaway: Skin MD Natural

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Back from the Beach

We're back from our vacation/pilgrimmage to the beach. While it signals the end of another summer; it's still the the event the girls look forward to from one summer to the next. Now, more than ever, the girls are relishing in their (our) time together with my sister's family -- including her 3 daughters. It's amazing to have me and the Bean and the Bug with my sister, the 3 nieces and my mom there. Yes, my Brother in Law was there, but not every day. And when he was, my girls were just as thrilled as ever! They do think he's pretty great!

Lucky have such a wonderful network of female family members to serve as a network for me and the girls. When we need them, there they teach us to surf, to share their wonderful beach house, to love us, to listen and to like us just the way we are.

There are no words to thank everyone for their hospitality and generosity. I hope to put more photos up when I get them from Mom or Sis.

In stark contrast: I'm off to the reality of school registration and shopping for supplies as we prepare for Monday's beginning of the school year. I wonder what next summer will bring; but I'm sure (if the girls have anything to say about it) it will include our crossed fingers, hoping to be invited back to the beach with the people we love the most!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

We're Just WILD About Harry!!

A "wild" time had at Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie --

Here are my lovely peaches, looking attractive in their 3-D Glasses. We ventured out to Mall of GA to the IMAX Theater to see the latest Harry Potter Movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Seemed like a fun way to spend the cloudy day! We bought tix early and left the house with plenty of time to get there and park. We even laughed at how early we were arriving. Imagine our surprise when we picked up our tickets at the kiosk and went toward the restrooms...and saw the line of people waiting to enter the IMAX theater already filling the queue!?!?! Wow! Now, the line wasn't tightly packed and everyone was in wonderful spirits and excited to see the movie. Meanwhile the film (not in IMAX and 3-D) was showing in multiple other theaters within the same cineplex, so there were plenty of other people there to see it and other shows going on. But we were thrilled to see the special effects.

It was GREAT! Everyone piled into the theater and the IMAX screen loomed, large and eerie with just the ambient light reflecting on it. People were having excited conversations about Book 7, their theories and plot ideas...who-had-seen-what-on-the-web, etc. Everyone was an "expert". Very jovial and the girls were smiling on either side of me.

And then...the rains came! Yep! Typical Atlanta summer afternoon...we get no rain for months and then it all comes in 40 minutes along with wind, thunder and lightning. So, up in Buford, this coincided with our movie showing. About 15 minutes into the movie...BOOM! A huge crash of thunder and then the screen went dark. I think everyone thought it was part of the "effects"...or (better yet) maybe it was MAGIC?!?!? And then we just waited for the movie to come back on. But it didn't. The theater was very dark and the projection booth, too. The people at the Regal Cinemas, Mall of GA were FABULOUS and once aware of it, came in to address the situation, described the sensitivity of the computers and that IMAX is always the first to "go" in the storms. But the poor employee who had so wonderfully announced the movie and told us about the 3D effects (it's only the last 20 mins or so of the movie), etc., was himself stuck in the elevator trying to get up to the projection room to reboot, or whatever they do!

It was only about 10-15 minutes of power outage; before everything got booted up again and we were on our way, watching Harry and Mr. Weasley travel to the Ministry of Magic. But it was fun to chat with people by the lights of cell phones and to enjoy everyone's good humor from our first moments on-line, through the final credits. The move got 2 "thumbs-up" from each of us (so that's 6 thumbs, WAY up!). As Potter fans, Bean and I enjoyed it immensely; and Bess, not having really read the books also had a great time.

Of course when we left the theater; nothing but sunshine! LOL.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Bookworm Weekend

While the kids are away, their Mom ...READS?

Yep, I admit it. Big nerd here! I had both Friday and Saturday night to myself while the girls visited their Dad one night and some friends the next. So, what did I do with my time??? Get that attic cleaned out? Nope! Go to the spa? Work out? Solve World Hunger? nope, nope, no. I read books! Never what I'd thought my answer would be to that questions of "what did you do all weekend?". I realize that I never have the chance to read more than an article in People Magazine at a time. Even online, the Bean and the Bug alwyas "need" me for something, or interrupt to ask questions (no, I don't know where your Webkinz is.... where did you leave your goggles? etc.). I realize how it permeates every task and every activity in my day. I'll be walking from upstairs to down and forget why I am going. I am losing the ability to tell a story, since I'm usually doing it while driving or between phone calls, or homework and other activities. Another indicator of our state-of-the-art, instant gratification, Blackberry/PDA/online world?? I love my laptop and my internet and reading the blogs, but still worry about the loss of the humanity of life.

Ok, but what did I read?? Well, for anyone interested; I read My Life as A Furry Red Monster by Kevin Clash (he's ELMO!), and the new Jackie Collins novel, to books by Elin Hilderbrand from her "Beach" books: Blue Bistro and The Beach Club. none of them were too heavy, or too serious...but I had a good time. None of them were permission slips or grocery lists, and that was a nice break.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Celebrating Independence

Celebrating the Red, White and Blue!!

Happy July 4th! We are enjoying a sunny day and the chance to be together...and to be free. We are free to chose among all the wonderful opportunities available to celebrate our country, our little town, and especially our wonderful neighborhood full of friends.

This morning, just at the Peachtree Road Race was wrapping up downtown; things were getting started up here in downtown Dunwoody. The A's stopped by in the big Suburban, and we piled into it with chairs, the stocked cooler, some towels, sunscreen, etc. We laughed the whole way there (all 1.5 miles) and parked and "staked our claim" to a nice shady spot on the route. I also took the opportunity to tatoo the girls -- with rhinestone tatoos!! TA has a photo somewhere on her camera of V's adorable cheeks; each decorated with it's own USA. Big S sported one as well...and I had the ankle model. That's is for us; the best WalMart had to offer! LOL.

We're off to the next event. Just home to re-apply the sunscreen and to use the bathroom! Nice breezes, a hotdog, and maybe a cold beverage...what a country!!!

Ironically: with the drought we're suffering this summer...there are no real plans for fireworks. Too easy to set the dry grasses ablaze. No one wants to make the news for burning down the neighborhood! We'll try to watch some on TV, patriotically supporting our beloved USA from the comfort of the big bed, after a relaxing soak!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Thrilling Thursday...

...loving reading all the blogs I can fit into the day!

I was just on the Kangaroodle website, after reading about the contest offered on another website (does that make sense?). Kangaroodle is full of SO many cute items; I just had to browse and linger. You can access the site here:. I got so caught up in my "window shopping" that it was time to deal with dinner before the Bean and the Bug went crazy! So, now I'm catching up and letting everyone know what cute stuff I saw.

Now my baby days are over; but my sister has smaller ones (all girls, too!), and there are always gifts to buy. I think some of the sweetest things are here:< href="">,also: Can you just imagine/remember those little tushies in the monogrammed diaper covers? Too cute!

I got to the Kangaroodles site through An Island Life: ...which has given me lots of good escape moments, and lots of good daydreams of a place I might like to be!

Thanks to these wonderful Mommies who have such wonderful blogs.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Clean Sheets, the Smell of Bleach...and Other Things That Turn Me On!

...a.k.a. "you know you are a domestic goddess when...", the weather is stinky, the road of life is currently bumpy, and I can't remember the last time I did something "just for me"...but today is a GREAT Day! Why? I'll tell you. Every once and a while, we have the pleasure of having our wonderful friend, Maria, come to clean!! I can not tell you how wonderful the day seems when you come home from running errands and picking up kids and grocery shopping...and as you come into the house you smell...BLEACH! (or Lemony freshness, or Pine Cleaner or whatever fragrance you like. My friend loves Purple Fabuloso!) Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Better than a favorite meal, I love the thought of the crisp clean sheets that feel better when they're put on the bed by someone else. I love a well-made bed and make mine every day, but there's something better about the days when Maria is here. Everyone's beds and bathrooms are clean AT THE SAME TIME! Could that be it? I didn't grow up with someone (other than Mom and my sisters and me) cleaning our house; and perhaps that's why this seems so decadent to me? But I do admit that the Bean and the Bug like it too. I thought it was just me!

Anyone else feel this way? Better than a night out, could be a night "in", with a clean house and that wonderful smell (of bleach!) LOL.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

HOT-Lanta, GA

looking for a "Rainy Night in Georgia".... but not until the A/C guy finishes!

Blogging today from the front steps of the house, keeping an eye on the air conditioning man's tools as he ran to Home Depot for a part! As I sit here, I'm amazed at the irony that seems to surround me: it's been about a zillion years since we've had rain. We're in a serious drought situation. My A/C went out Wednesday. The service guy got here today at 11am. It's now 6:40pm and the electrician (because the problem wasn't A/C -- but was wiring! OY -- of course!) has left to run to Home Depot for a box to convert the fuses to breakers, etc. More importantly; the sky is dark and cloudy and ominous looking. I am on guard; to make sure no one steals Mr. Electrician's DeWalt Drill/Combo set (which must weigh about a zillion pounds!), but am actually using the power of my mind to hold off the rain until this job is done.

I am watching the leaves of the hosta in front of me quiver with a small breeze that hasn't reached my sweaty body yet. By now, it's as cool out here as inside the I had to turn off the power so the rewiring could happen. Luckily, the guy is unbelievably nice and patient and polite; but that's not going to help me when it gets dark!

I am convinced I am losing it! LOL. I just heard the ice cream truck go buy and thought he should carry MARGARITAS!! Frozen concoctions he can sell to the parents of the little friends who purchase those overpriced confections! I mean...I suppose one COULD pour something "exciting" into one of those frozen, gumball cone thingies, right? The Bean and the Bug aren't "home" tonight, so no worries about Bad-Mommy moments. I'd rather have their company than the A/C, but will make due.

I hear that ice-cream man again....I wonder if I have any tequila???!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tween Central Calling!

...Kids and cellphones; cellphones and kids... What's up with this stuff?

Okay, so the Bean is now 11 and a middle schooler. She wants, more than anything, to have a cell phone of her own. We do have an "extra" phone, which offers Push-To-Talk, so I can get in touch with her and her with me. But, meanwhile, I don't want her to be on the phone--with friends, etc. with the same ease. Is that wrong? I mean, I realize she doesn't have a job and the phone requires payment, etc., but my question has more to do with the timing and allowance of this technology. Are tweens really in NEED of more means of communication? With anyone other than us, their parents?

I'm a sucker, since I love when she has to go with her Dad (a new reality for our family), and she and the Bug can text me with little messages! I love when she messages me or "buzzes" just to say I love you! So maybe these cellphones aren't so bad after all?

...remind me of that, now that the Bug wants a phone, too! And she's only 8! OY!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Sometimes the Days are Long....

Words of Wisdom...from a stranger at the mall?

Today, I was feeling winsome and reflective. The girls and I stayed home, exhausted from last night's swim meet and rain storm, catching up with each other and enjoying the freedom of being together. It was then that I realized that just moments ago (it seems), there was a day when I was basically fleeing the mall with Bean who was having a crying jag. On my way to the Mom-mobile, an "older" lady stopped at the curb and paused. I looked over and smiled, perhaps beseechingly (help me?!), and she smiled back. After a moment she said, "Dear, I know sometimes the days are long...but the years pass by too quickly!" I nodded and crossed the parking lot.

Fast forward 10 years and here I am, waiting for the Bean and the Bug to come home. I can't wait to hear what they have to share with me; to hear their individual takes on things. They are growing up so fast. I am grateful for the freedom of summer, even if it only permits us a little more breathing room in the schedule. Moreover, I am gratefully realizing that as much as I love these two, I am proud to say that I like them as well. For every day that that's the case...I am truly blessed.

Has anyone else shared this epiphany? I'd love to run into that sweet woman from the mall parking lot once again, for another gem of MommySwami wisdom...

Monday, June 11, 2007

Why Blog?

...otherwise known as, "what do you mean I can't do it all by myself?"

Now that I've been at this Mom-thing for more than a decade, I realize how much I rely on my friends, family and neighbors to guide and advise. I admire so many and count on even more of them when I just can't manage or don't know where to turn. Best of all; they're suitably proud of me when I CAN do it, even when they've told me what to do!! From all over the world, and with different generational perspectives, we're all Mommy-Swami's; equipped with knowledge that's bound to help someone else, too!