Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I think that a part of what makes decorating our house so much fun for me and SOB is pondering what the neighbors think about it. When we first started with the insanity decorations, we were back in Philly in an orthodox Jewish neighborhood. Luckily, someone there was kind enough to tell us what they thought. Then we moved to WV, to a nice, quiet, tasteful community. Until we came along!
Now we are here in the south hills of Pittsburgh. Our neighborhood has a reputation for being a little snobby, which can be daunting at times. However, there are enough people here who don't take themselves too seriously, and that more than makes up for the snobbery. Our house in located on a very visible intersection, and so we knew we had to do it up right this year, especially since we didn't do so much last year. It was done in stages over three separate weekends, but it is done! And it is a delightful smorgasbord of tacky insanity.
The kids love it. And guess what? So do the adults!
Friday, December 06, 2013
So far this week, we've gotten new windows, we've sort of gotten the basement painted, had one kid with food poisoning, had one kid with a stomach bug, had one parent with a sore throat, got caught in a rain storm during a run, had 14 different kinds of leftover turkey, watched 45 painful minutes of The Sound of Music Live, and made one cat traumatized, possibly for the rest of his life.
In the interest of maintaining a positive attitude, I'm going to go hide in my bedroom with a big, giant bottle of champagne. See you monday!
Posted by Amy Jo at 3:06 PM
Friday, November 29, 2013
We've been doing this for a long time now! If you have the time and the interest, here are all of the old ones, including some out takes. Scroll down to see the newest addition to our collection!
And finally, the new one!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
As I sit writing this, I have a big, old fashioned red rubber hot water bottle strapped to my low back. Why? Because last Friday I thought I'd be a good mother and take my kids ice skating. Even though she seemed to hate it last year, Maggie begged to be taken along. I hemmed and hawed over whether I should take her. I knew if it was just the big kids, we could skate around and have fun, but with Maggie there, she would have to be my main focus. Her enthusiasm won me over, though, and I suited her up in some snow pants and we headed out.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Well, there is a first time for everything, and this was the first time we took the big kids on a vacation without the littles. SOB had gone to San Juan for work during the summer, and the folks he met there were quite enthused with his performance, so they invited him to return for a conference in the fall. Visiting a tropical island just as the weather becomes dreary? Sign me up!
And swam some more in the pool! (In the early evening, because by then they were rather pink and we knew we didn't have any sunscreen. Parenting FAIL!)
But despite the minor sunburns, we all had a blast and can't wait to go back!
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Wow. Long ago, I used to blog all the time. Now I just sit and edit photos all of the time. BUT! I only have one session left on my schedule (plus 6 unscheduled, but I'm pretending those don't exist!) and only five sessions left to edit. Perfect timing for a vacation!!!
Well, not exactly, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. We planned a ton of stuff for October and November before I knew exactly how busy I was going to be. So our trip to Philly to see Pearl Jam was a little ill timed, but we had a blast. I'm still trying to catch up on sleep, but it was so worth it. Some opportunities are only going to come along every so often. Pearl Jam won't be touring forever. And sometimes, SOB gets a business opportunity that we can't pass up. So on Thursday we leave for a four day trip to Puerto Rico!
Not all of us, though. It may seem cruel, but we're leaving Maggie and Freddie at home. We love those little buggers, but when it comes to treks through the tropical rain forest or snorkeling, well, they suck. And sometimes, when we are vacationing without their grandparents or a babysitter, it means that we end up missing out on some amazing things. Also, air travel costs mucho dinero, and the cost of leaving them here in the comfort of their own home with loving, caring people, well, it doesn't cost anywhere near as much. So yeah, they get to stay at home. Hooray?
Maggie is keenly aware of this fact, and has been toying with my emotions. She asks me on a daily basis if I'll stay with her forever and never leave her. She cries and whines and begs to come along. She wraps herself around my leg and refuses to let go. At this point I've promised to bring her back an amazing present, and also to let her eat all of the Halloween candy she wants while we're gone.
By the time I buy them their guilt gifts and pay for all of their dental bills, it will probably be more expensive than taking them along. But I'm hoping that the things we do with Sam and Lucy will make up for that life experiences. Stay tuned for photos!