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Sam-Vaca Day Deux

Jam packed fun day today, though it started about 4:30 this morning with Parker screaming bloody murder.

I ran to his room and he must have been having a bad dream.  A few minutes of calming down and he was back to sleep.  Luckily Jack was still out.  But, I did hear talking in Sammy’s and Will’s room.  Opened the door and Sammy was on the computer with  headset playing WOW.  Jesus…it’s 4:30 in the morning. 

Jack and Parker eventually got up at 6:30…Maddie shortly after because Parker woke her up.  We decided to watch Alvin and the Chipmunks as our morning routine.  Pretty quiet, a few cries when Parker hit Jack or Maddie-gotta break him of that one.  I didn’t really care about the noise of screaming and crying because if woke up Sammy GOOD!

The rest of the morning was donuts for the kids (not me), the après donut Wal Mart run and then swimming at Fred’s next door.  We had the pool to ourselves so the screaming and splashing had no limits.

Just had to run in and change Parker’s poopy pants.  It’s the 5th exploding diaper he’s had today…diarrhea for some reason.  In fact on the way to donuts this morning we had to go back home because he exploded.

Anyway, the rest of the day was lunch, napping, afternoon play inside (raining outside), dinner, baths, relaxing and bedtime.

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June 28, 2008 at 8:03 pm Leave a comment

Sam-Vacation Has Begun

It’s Friday June 27 and I don’t have to be back to work until Monday July 14…that’s over two weeks people.

Plans? Well This weekend I get things started with all 5 kids in the house and it’s a blast so far.  The three little ones are getting along so nice…playing in the “kitchen” in Maddie’s room.  Sammy called Parker “Bubba” today and Parker argued that his name was not bubba.

It was nice tonite at dinner to have them all around the table with me because it doesn’t happen often that a) it’s all of them and b) it’s just daddy and them.  I hope that they feel the same as me…that we are a happy little unit. 

Dinner is fun because it’s like 5 different conversations going on at once: Sammy reminds me to watch “Semi Pro” with him, Maddie wants a kiss, Jack is trying to get Sammy’s attention, Will is talking about vacation with his friends and Parker wants more drink. 

When I just had Sammy and was a frazzled parent I could never have imagined myself with five kids and never would I have thought that I could be so satisfied and happy this way…doesn’t seem logical.

At bedtime Jack and Parker (who share a room) didn’t go to sleep for about an hour.  All I heard was giggling, heard toys crashing and saw flashlight beacons under the door…then Parker came out with poop on his fingers because he had pooped and stuck his hand in his pants.  Why they do that I’ll never know.

Anyway, back to vacation.  After this weekend I have Jack next week then Sammy, Will and the twins the following week.

I’m broke so there is no “vacation” for us again this year, but we’re going to have fun around here and wherever we go to play over the next two weeks.

Right now it’s just past 11 pm.  I’m on the patio with a delicious Bud Light Lime and I’m listening to my Mellow playlist on the iPod.

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June 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

Emilie: I’m an aunt…AGAIN!!!!!!

I was on vacation this past Thursday and Friday with Mike and friends and got a text from my sister Friday mid morning letting me know that Benjamin wasn’t going to wait for me to get back from vacation to make his appearance into the world…
Remeber this picture I posted of him months ago?

Well he was born Friday at 10:22pm and here he is now!

And here he is with his big brother Anthony…

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June 23, 2008 at 7:15 am Leave a comment

Sam-Weight Updeight

Here it is day 3 of my 2nd shot at Weight Watchers and so far it’s going swimmingly.

When I had my final pre-WW weigh in on Sunday I topped out at 218.8 (the new digital scale breaks it down into tenths of pound). Ironically that’s the same weight range I was in the last time I started WW…and last time I dropped to 187 for a brief time.

After just two days I was down to 211.6 last night…that’s over 7 pounds in just two days. Now realistically I know I can’t drop 7 pounds every two days…I know most of it is probably water or beer from the weekend or whatever, but it’s a great start.

As far as the points go I’m keeping under my daily allowance…and keeping my 35 bonus points available for the weekend!

I know the major weight droppage will probably stop today or tomorrow, but slow and steady wins the race…right?

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The End of an Era – jodi’s blog

The other night, we retired the family baby bed. It is the one that Taylor (7) slept in, and Phoebe(3). Phoebe just graduated to a toddler bed. And I cannot part with this bed. It is too special to me. (I also think it’s gorgeous!!) So – we moved it into Tay’s room, and filled it with stuffed animals. Quite a nice solution, two birds kind of a thing. In the years to come, I’m sure I’ll have to move it (attic?).

But for now, I need it in sight. I cannot believe no one in my house needs the bed! Kind of sad. Both of my babies sleep peacefully here for the beginning of their lives. Now – they are too big for it.

Isn’t it cute? What is it about a baby bed that makes us want to be near? I’ve never felt this way about a piece of furniture – a piece of wood! But I know I will not part with it. Maybe one day, my grandchildren will sleep in it. J

Jodi@murphysamandjodi.com

 

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June 18, 2008 at 6:56 am Leave a comment

Sam-Dieting Again

My eating habits and diet have now brought me full circle. 

 

Just over 2 years ago I was up to 218-220lbs and decided it was time to get serious and lose the excess.  Christi and the neighborhood ladies were starting up Weight Watchers, so I just hopped on for the ride.  I’ve gotta say it was the easiest and best diet ever…it works on numbers and points which for me was perfect.  After a couple months I was down to 190 and feeling great (and looking good too)  I’d dropped from 38-40 pants to 36 and from XL shirts to L and XL.  It was great.

 

Now as time has passed and I haven’t really kept to the diet maintenance I’ve gradually crept back up to 218.  The only non-negative is that I’m not back in 38-40 pants…for some reason I’m still in most of my 36 stuff.  But, it’s time to get serious again and start dropping.  It just felt so good to watch pounds disappear on a regular basis and to see the before and after differences.

 

This is in no way an endorsement of the WW plan, but it does work for me when I stick with it.  The only difference this time around will be the absence of bike riding.  Last time I was pedaling every day…which under the WW plan gives you bonus points daily.  I won’t have the bonus points this time and I guess also won’t have the respiratory benefits of daily biking and whatever body toning benefits biking provides.

 

Anyway, here we go.  We shall see what happens this time around.  Last time the first 2 weeks were the toughest, but once over the hump it was addictive.

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June 16, 2008 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

A Special Attraction to Murphy?

Apparently I have a secret admirer – once every two years this special attraction shows up and bumps into me unexpectedly. And it’s no fun.

It’s our garage door.

I consider myself a reasonable aware driver – defensively intelligent and aware of my surroundings. Well, at least most of the time. But for some reason, the garage door is one that sneaks up on me. Like clockwork every two years – BAM ! something happens.

Round one– sometime in 2004. Just finished washing Jodi’s car. Time to pull in. Right rear passenger door is open and I do not see it. I pull the car forward and hear the door slam.

Result: A one foot crease perfectly vertically aligned with the hinges, but much less attractive.

Round two – Sometime in 2006. Bringing home the cat. A very small Taylor and Phoebe are walking around the truck – lots of distraction. Everyone is safely out. I close the garage door, forgetting that the hatchback is open. The garage door proceeds to close it for me with a loud crunch and a few pops that made me cringe with each whack. It happened in slow motion, and I had to wait until it was finished.

Result: Two paint scrapes in the back. Much better than I anticipated, but a painful permanent reminder of my moment of distraction.

Round Three – This weekend, 2008. I’m on the phone, it’s an urgent matter and my adrenaline is running. Trying to do too much at once. I crank the SUV, open the garage door and begin backing out..BLAM BLAM CRUNCH CRUNCH…..I quickly tried remembering what I had left behind the wheels. Was it a bike? A box of junk? I MASHED the brake quickly to stop any more damage and looked back. The garage door was only half open. Apparently I had not waited long enough.

Result: A ripple in the garage door. Another long scratch on the hatchback.

Now the thought of a special attraction is nauseating me just a little bit. Me and the garage door. I don’t get it. BUT I have three reminders of this special relationship. Sure ,the cat is gone, and so is the first car. But it’s choosing ME each time.

So what’s your “one thing” ?… that magnetically stressful relationship with some goofy object that won’t seem to get out of your way ? 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