Thursday, September 28, 2006

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Thirteen Things about Melanie -
Thirteen Things About My Boys



1. Nicholas turns 9 years old on Saturday. Where has the time gone?

2. Jacob loves to watch the Disney vacation planning DVD at least once each day

3. Alexander has decided he will no longer be using the potty and has went back to wanting Cars Pullups instead of Spongebob big boy undies. Ugh.

4. Matthew started rice cereal (solids!) this past Sunday and is eating like a champ!

5. Nicholas wants to take a vacation this winter to somewhere - ANYWHERE - to see some snow. Apparently Florida is a boring place to live because there is no snow here. This is obviously spoken from someone who has never had to shovel it. ;)

6. Jacob has a doctor's appointment today where he will be receiving 4 immunizations. God help me! Getting him onto the scale is hell let alone holding him down for shots.

7. Alexander has started to become player #2 with lots of Nick's Playstation games. The child is very talented in video games already at age 3....not sure if that is a good thing or not.

8. Matthew is getting teeth already! He has two on the bottom starting to break through. He isn't too crabby but he is certainly drooling in pools.

9. Nicholas lost another tooth yesterday and made $1.50 from the "tooth fairy" for it. The poor tooth fairy realized she had no folding bills on her at the last minute and resorted to quarters which explains the odd amount.

10. Jacob's new favorite thing at school is PE. He absolutley loves to do jumping jacks and apparently will be training for boot camp with the number he does already at five years of age.

11. Alexander loves to take baths after breakfast these days. He gets the tub all to himself to play with toys. Its his "ME" time I guess. Wish I could get mine! ;)

12. Matthew is getting his first trainer cup today for some white grape juice. Mmm Mmm Good! Onto veggies and fruits next!

13. No list about my guys would be complete without a little note about one of my other "children"...

Dozer Dog will not stop eating out of the garbage can in the middle of the night! I am tired of cleaning his mess up every morning. (Oh...you thought I was going to say something about my husband, didn't you??? - Nope, just the dog! LOL)

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    Posted By Melanie @ 6:23 AM (1) comments |
    Wednesday, September 27, 2006

    Renewal Dilemma


    Only a little under a year away and we have already hit our first snafu.

    Adam and I are disagreeing on one semi-important thing. Sending an invitation to a certain relative of mine. Now as much as I agree with my wonderful husband about this person being a horse's ass mosrt days I was not brought up to disrespect a relative like that - no matter how much he may deserve it. Adam on the other hand does not like this relative and feels that this particluar person has been nothing but rude and disrespectful to me and our family. He would be absolutley correct. But this person is a close relative. Not a distant annoying cousin twice removed or anything but an actual close relative that not inviting this person would also cause some issues with other invited relatives - namely my mother.

    How do I make Adam see that this is something we may have to swallow some pride on? Not to mention I am about 90% sure this person won't even come to Florida next summer for this little shindig. It's that 10% possibility that bothers Adam. To make matters worse (for me), my father is in Adam's corner on this one since his personal opinion of this relative is the same as my husband's. So what to do?

    Any advice?


    Posted By Melanie @ 10:05 PM (0) comments |
    Friday, September 22, 2006



    Appetizer
    Measured in minutes or hours, how much exercise have you had in the last week?
    Not enough - maybe 3 hours.

    Soup
    If you had to change your blog title to something else, what would it be?
    Sanity-free in the Sunshine State

    Salad
    Name one television show you watched when you were 9-12 years old.
    Dallas

    Main Course
    If someone gave you $50 to spend with the one condition that it had to be educational, what would you purchase?
    Probably sign up for sign language classes at the adult school here - it's $45! :)

    Dessert
    Do you tend to prefer dark colors, neutral shades, or lighter/pastel hues?
    Depends on my mood. My closet is mostly filled with alot of browns, greens, blues, reds, and a few pinks. I would say I go for earth tones mostly.


    Posted By Melanie @ 8:18 AM (0) comments |
    Thursday, September 21, 2006

    Thursday Thirteen



    Thirteen Things about Melanie


    1. My 25 year old single sister has discussed moving into our house with us for a few months while she either searches for her very own house to own. She has NO idea what she is in for with a house full of 4 little boys! *insert sinister laugh here*

    2. I am sick still. My throat hurts so bad the kids are getting away with murder because it hurts to bother yelling at them. Sure, go ahead and leap from the coffee table to the couch Superman.

    3. I think my mother is happier than I am about planning my vow renewal for next year. *She* has already talked to a DJ and a bartender for an event 11 months away that isn't even hers!

    4. I am actually having a very hard time realizing that my oldest will be 9 years old next week. He is almost as tall as me already which is really not fair.

    5. I think I may have married a workaholic! This is the third night this week where it is almost 9pm and still no hubby! Deadlines suck. New design due tomorrow for a client so at least it is over with for now....Until then next one anyway

    6. Jake's teacher is getting on my nerves. His homework is ridiculous for an autistic kindergarten class. We had to identify sight words in a book tonight! Away, do, blue, cat, etc... Last night we had to find and trace an object that was a circle. Last night was acceptable. Sight words are not for a child that can not use more than three words together to form a command/sentence. Talk about inconsistant!

    7. And another teacher issue - Jake's notes home about what he did today have read all week "uncooperative" or "resistant to work". Are you freaking kidding me? I have a 5 year old autistic son that can't sit still for more than a 2 minute stretch and that is a small miracle most days and you give me "uncooperative". Uncooperative with what? No explanation. So I wrote a note after seeing that for the fourth time this week. We'll see how that goes. Not expecting miracles.

    8. Jake's Autism Walk team is looking like we may be adding some walkers! Quite excited! My mother had a work commitment on that date but it was moved so she will be joining us and so will two of her friends. She also is trying to get a banner donated for our team from a friend.

    9. I have at least 2 doctors appointments each week for the next 4 weeks straight between me and the boys and then 2 weeks off and 2 more weeks of appointments! YIKES!

    10. Matthew and Alex both go tomorrow afternoon. Both are due for shots. Mommy will cry more than they will.

    11. I am thinking of selling Avon. Yup, that's right. I'll be your friendly Avon Lady! :) I meet with the sales chick next week. We'll see

    12. I am also going to enroll in the next semester at community college here and finish up my AA and then probably go to the university part time to complete my BS in Special Ed. I'm very nervous and very excited all at once! It will take some time going part time, but at least I will do it!

    13. This weekend is moving things around day! We are moving the three boys into one room which will be quite the task to make room for my sister. Time to clean house! Rid of old toys, books, etc and call for a Vietnam Vets pickup! ;)





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    Posted By Melanie @ 8:56 PM (0) comments |
    Wednesday, September 20, 2006

    Sniffle Sniffle Cough


    This is me today.

    Sniffle Sniffle, Cough, Sneeze, Cough.... Its a pretty site I tell ya. My head feels as heavy as a rock and as light as a balloon all at once and the sinus pressure is killing me with a headache of all headaches. I can't swallow and all I want to do is sleep.

    Of course that doesn't mean there is rest for the weary now does it? Not for a stay at home mom of four. Ahh.... The joys of motherhood - taxicab to and from school, teacher for homework, not to mention maid service - laundry to be done, house to be straightened, chef to cook, nanny to the 3 year old yelling for SpongeBob and 4 month old who has decided to create Lake Matthew on his chest from the puddle of drool coming from his teething mouth, and doctor for myself wondering when my heavy but light head can hit the pillow.

    When does hubby get home???

    Sniffle Sniffle Cough.....


    Posted By Melanie @ 10:15 AM (2) comments |
    Monday, September 18, 2006

    I'm So Touched


    My three aunts that live in New Jersey signed up to walk in the Autism Walk there that they found which is a good couple of hours from their homes for Jacob! I was so touched to find out that they are doing this for him. Especially since we are having such a hard time this year getting people to join us to walk on our team here locally with all of the family and friends we have around here it is kind of depressing. But hundreds of miles away they are walking for him! They are walking on September 30th (which is Nick's birthday) on the promenade at the Jersey shore! :) Nice scenery for the walk!!!

    So, thank you guys for doing this for him! It means the world to us. All our love to you always and good luck at the walk!


    Posted By Melanie @ 8:00 AM (0) comments |
    Friday, September 15, 2006

    Friday Feast


    My Friday Sept 15th Feast

    Appetizer
    What was the very last song you listened to?
    Land of Confusion by Disturbed, I just visited my MySpace page and that's what is on there right now

    Soup
    What is one company/store/corporation you would recommend that people stay away from?
    Don't go to Walmart on the weekends - it's a madhouse and there are never enough checkout lines open. :)

    Salad
    On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy having your picture made?
    5 - I'm not a huge fan of my picture most days

    Main Course
    Besides a bookmark, what is something you've used to keep your place in a book?
    A picture or scrap of paper

    Dessert
    Name a food that you like that most people don't.
    Most veggies - like spinach or lima beans - LOVE 'em!


    Posted By Melanie @ 4:22 AM (0) comments |
    Monday, September 11, 2006

    5 years


    Very hard to believe it has been five years already since 9-11. I can still remember the date very vividly as I am sure most can. It is one of those historic events that is now part of my life that I will always remember and every single detail down to where I was, what I was doing and even what I was wearing that day. I remember having an assignment as a child to ask relatives where they were when JFK was killed and now it seems that I will also have a major despairing event of my own to recall to younger children some day.

    This morning Nicholas and I were talking about 9-11 on the way to school. We lived in NJ about 30-40 minutes from the city at the time. He was only 3 about to turn 4 when it happened. The horrific images of the planes and burning buildings all over the news upset him when he was little and even today he can still recall it. He remembers shopping with me in BJ's for socks, Tshirts and toiletries to send to Ground Zero for the emergency personnel there helping out. And he remembers all of the flags everywhere - on the sides of the highway, all over the stores and malls, on every car, every home, Tshirts and all. He was worried about it happening again sometime in the future and told me he hopes the airports are now safe enough. Its hard to be reassuring to him knowing all of the possible ways horrible attacks can take place. I pray he will not ever have to see anything like that ever again so close to home and that he can always feel safe.

    It's a very sad day to remember but seeing it again through the eyes of your child almost makes it worse if that is even possible, since all you want to do is protect them from things like that.

    What do remember about that day?


    Posted By Melanie @ 11:47 AM (0) comments |
    Friday, September 08, 2006

    Quick Week Update


    This has been a busy and hectic week - our updates:

    Over the weekend Adam and I left to go to Disney for our day and night alone to celebrate our anniversary. We had a great time relaxing alone together. We went on rides and saw things we don't get to do with the boys, spent time walking and talking, and even had time for afternoon margaritas and nachos in "Mexico"! Sunday the boys and my sister joined us and we had even more fun. We did a character dinner and a character breakfast on Monday. The boys had a blast and Jake did so awesome with the characters! He actually went up and hugged them. Monday we also got to meet up with friends in Downtown Disney and have lunch at Rainforest Cafe with my Uncle and cousins. It was a great weekend!

    Wednesday I had parent lunch at Nick's school so I went and had lunch with him. Well, he ate the school food while I sat and talked with him. I know better than to eat that after getting sick at the lunch in kindergarten! I guess my stomach is a bit more sensitive than the children!

    Last night was fall open house where we got to see Nick and Jake's classrooms and their work to date. Jake's class baked us cookies and made paint projects for us to see. He is finally eating lunch in the cafeteria for the entire period with his class! It is great to hear it. One of the boys in the class wants to have a sleepover with Jake. I suggested a playdate instead and his mom and I exchanged numbers. He has a little sister that is about 6 months older than Alex too so a playdate should work out well! Nick's class was reviewing FCAT info for this year. We also got a chance to meet his new teacher (his old one had to resign suddenly for family reasons). She seems very nice and energetic! We were pleased.

    Today I have laundry and cleaning and errands to do before tomorrow when I get to leave for a weekend away - YUP JUST ME!!!! Its a Moms Weekend Only for me and my best friend Allison. We have been friends for over 20 years now and live on opposite coasts of Florida. We are both big Disney fans so where better to relax and have some fun together?????? We meet early tomorrow morning in Orlando! The hubby's will be left behind to care for the kids and houses on their own. I can't imagine what we will return to on Sunday but I am hoping it will be well worth it!! :)

    Sunday is the first game of the season for the Bucs!!! Root for them with me!!!! Go Bucs!

    That's all for now. Talk to all of you again on Monday


    Posted By Melanie @ 11:54 AM (2) comments |
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