Find Good In Every Day

One mom's attempt at finding good in every day of this chaotic world.

As Promised… April 30, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 8:50 am

Here are some pictures from the weekend, as promised.

Peep Peep Clickety Clack  Blue train Thomas on the track.

Peep Peep Clickety Clack... Blue train Thomas on the track.

 

Who cares about the train!  There's mulch to play with!

Who cares about the train! There's mulch to play with!

 

We opted for the "free" Thomas photo.

We opted for the "free" Thomas photo.

 

We're close - one of these days I'll get a clear shot of the two of them.

We're close - one of these days I'll get a clear shot of the two of them.

 

Let’s hope for a repeat performance this weekend and a repeat smile on my face next Monday!

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Smiling on a Monday? April 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 11:50 am

How often do you wake up smiling on a Monday?  For me, it is pretty rare.  But this morning, despite the alarm going off at 5am for Jeremy to catch a flight to Seattle, I woke up with a smile.  I happily made my way downstairs to work out.  I tried a new video by Jillian Michaels, and my butt was happily kicked!  The kids woke up, I cycled them through our morning routine,  we made it to school and me to work all by 7:45…  and all with a smile on my face.  How can this happen, you ask?  It’s Monday, you aren’t supposed to be smiling on Monday, right?

After a glorious weekend, I couldn’t help but smile.  Yes, I am sad this glorious weekend is over, but I take what I can get.  It started Saturday morning with a trip to Baltimore’s B&O Railroad Museum for Day Out With Thomas.  We had the majority of the family joining us – Kristin, Meema, Nana, and Papa – so it was great to share the fun with them.  Honestly, I was nervous that it was going to be this overcrowded mayhem of an event.  But it was so well run.  The museum has a lot of space, so things were spread out well enough that I never felt overwhelmed or crowded.  Mason enjoys Thomas, but isn’t his biggest fan (she just has a few books and a few trains), but she still enjoyed seeing all the trains at the museum and playing with the Thomas stuff they have as part of the exhibit.

After fun with Thomas, we went into Fells Point for lunch on the water.  It was a beautiful day, so even though my lunch wasn’t that great, I was glad to be with family enjoying a lovely early summer day.

Sunday started with some gardening (Well, honestly it was weeding. By saying “gardening,” I feel like I am sensationalizing it.  It was weeding; it was dirty.)  Then we hopped on our bikes, put the kids in the bike trailer, and rode to Bethesda with Kristin.  The Georgetown Canal Trail was shaded, so we didn’t get too hot.  The kids behaved until the very end when Cooper got a little annoyed with his bike helmet sliding over his eyes constantly.

The rest of the day was just errands, more “gardening,” and a delicious dinner.  All pretty simple Sunday stuff, but the kids behaved themselves, and that is what makes it glorious!

After all that, it was easy to wake up with a smile on my face this morning.  Over the weekend, I was reminded how great a day can be when the kids are good (good = only 1-2 tantrums a day!)  We have a lot of family centered weekends coming up, so I really hope that this trend can continue.

p.s.  Jeremy took the camera to Seattle before I could download the pictures from the weekend, so I’ll post them once he’s home.

 

In A Bike Trailer Built For Two April 21, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 9:16 pm

We did it!  We finally got the bike trailer we’ve been talking about for over a year. 

And even more exciting is that we actually used it! 

Jeremy took on the brunt of the work.

Jeremy took on the brunt of the work.

     Our first ride was to pick up the kids at daycare and take them home.  This was a good first distance for us.  Not too far, and with the promise of dinner at the other end.  For me, it was very nerve-wracking.  I had not ridden a bike in years.  Let’s say 5 years to be exact.  And 5 years ago, it was just once to break in the new bike I had just purchased (with the help of my “cool” telecom company that wanted to support young people and our healthy living….  before everyone got laid off….)   A little wobbly at the beginning, but like they say, “It’s like riding a bike.”  So I got the hang of it pretty quickly. 
    
     For Mason, it was like a princess carriage – perhaps one that had a double life as a pumpkin.  For Cooper, it was just a fun ride.  They giggled most of the time as Jeremy winced in pain most of the time.  The parachute effect of the trailer wasn’t much help to be fair.  He’ll get the hang of it quickly, I’m sure.   It was definitely a lot of fun, and I can see us really enjoying fun summer rides around DC.
Sad that the ride is over.

Sad that the ride is over.

 

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow April 19, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 7:17 pm

“Betch your bottom dollar that tomorrow….  There’ll be sun!”

Yes, I’ve been watching Annie.  You guessed it.  It’s such a good movie.  I think I’ll have to go onto iTunes and get the soundtrack.  One, so that I can sing along when I need a pick me up, and two, so that we can have more variety in our “kids music.”  Honestly, I feel bad for Cooper sometimes.  The poor kid never gets to choose what music we listen to.  It’s either Mommy and Daddy music or Mason’s music.  With Mason, we were pretty age appropriate with music as she grew up, but Cooper is jumping right into big kid music without so much of a listen to Baby Einstein, The Wheels on the Bus, or barely a Patty Cake or Itsy Bitsy Spider here and there.  We have to schedule more Cooper Music time!   Anyway, I digress…

So yes, the sun came out yesterday, and it was awesome!  And I hope it comes back out tomorrow (hence the title).  I haven’t checked the weather report, but I would not be surprised if it was a rainy forecast.  While it makes for a longer more dreary work week, I would much rather have sunny weekends than sunny days while I’m stuck at work.

We took great advantage of the sun with soccer practice, birthday parties, trike riding, and some good old fashioned time at the park with old friends.  Can’t beat that!

Mason and Chase "hanging" out.

Mason and Chase "hanging" out.

On the subject of parks, we’re still waiting for our new park down the street.  We have the old wooden playground equipment that is falling apart and giving everyone splinters.  New equipment has been purchased, and we were told it would be up and running by early April, but nothing yet.  I’m tempted to join our community listserv just to ask where it is.  Granted Jeremy is a member of the listserv, but he won’t chime in about it.  I think he thinks that if you so much as make a peep, you are automatically “volunteered” into running some sub-committee or something.  Pretty funny how community groups, school PTA’s, etc. are all the same as student government back in high school.  You want some things changed, so you get involved, only to find out that all the “newbies” are basically forced into running the things no one else wants, so that the people who have been there longer can run the fun stuff or use it as an excuse to get out.  Because in the end, we all want out eventually.  Ok, seriously?  I’ve digressed again.

Back to sunshine and summer dresses!

Yay for summer dresses!  Boo for wearing dresses and sandals while climbing rocks! (= big tear in said dress)

Yay for summer dresses! Boo for wearing dresses and sandals while climbing rocks! (= big tear in said dress)

 

Baskets of Sugar April 12, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 7:28 pm

Today marked our 4th Easter in a week.  We did a egg hunt last weekend with friends, which resulted in tons of candy.  Mason had an Easter party at school, which also provided candy.  We had a surprise Easter basket visit yesterday (Thanks, Nana and Papa!), and then today went out to my mom’s for our official Easter celebration (Thanks for the delicious meal, Mom!).  Needless to say, we are overloaded on candy and sugar.   There are few days throughout the year when I get sick of sugary sweets.  Halloween, the day of my cookie swap, and Easter.  But here I sit pondering whether I will go get a peanut butter egg (made at a local chocolate shop with dark chocolate) or another cake pop.  What do you think?  Are you asking, “What’s a cake pop?”  Well, behold…  Cake on a stick!

My first attempt.  I'm sure there will be more!
My first attempt. I’m sure there will be more!
I have to admit that these are not quite what I was hoping for in terms of the decoration.  If you want to see true artistry at work, check out one of my favorite blogs – Bakerella.  I think doing the eggs was a bit ambitious for my first try, but they were still mighty delicious.

Jeremy and I are trying to figure out how to split up the candy loot to take to our offices for sharing, which we know will upset Mason.  The girl is treat-happy right now.  More reason for us to get it out of here.  Honestly the girl gets addicted.  Many times, we have had to rid the house of treats for a couple of weeks to get her past the overload.  She eventually forgets about asking for treats, and we feel we can slowly bring them back in to her life.  Then something like Easter comes up, and all that effort is thrown out the window.  How can you deprive these sweet innocent faces of chocolate?

Mason's Easter basket quickly got too heavy to carry.

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Don’t let them suck you into their charm!  The chocolate must go!  (insert devilish laugh)

 

Despite all the sweet sugary treats, the best part of the day was spending it with family.  The kids had quite the entourage as they searched for eggs.  We missed Aunt Kristin, but otherwise had the whole gang and then some.  It was a clear blue Easter day full of excitement and love.  Now excuse me as I go eat my cake pop and then fall into my sugar coma.
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Check out our new pictures! April 10, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 9:40 pm

I just posted a link on the Pictures page to our latest album. When you are in the mood to look at just over 50 pictures of the Lakes, check it out!

 

Is It Too Good To Be True?

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 7:52 pm

I often find that whenever I say something about my kids’ sleeping habits or eating habits, everything changes the next day.  So I write this post with trepidation that I might be jinxing it all.  (For example, after my post that Mason ate chicken, she has not really eaten it since. She’ll take a bit or two here and there, but still says she doesn’t like it.)  But I’m hoping to break this trend because I am really proud of Cooper and how he seemingly will try anything.

Case in point…

Yummm....  Vegetables....

Yummm.... Vegetables....

Blue Cheese Dressing… Not something I stock at home, but if it gets him to eat more veggies, I’m all for it.  If only he could get his sister to try.

Similarly in their differences…  (Does that even make sense?) Cooper seemed to love Jen and Scott’s cats during our visit this past weekend.  He was so intrigued by them (and the dogs at the park), while Mason screamed in terror any time Herbie or Zeke walked through the room.  Sad.  So sad.  Are we destined to never have pets?  I know Jeremy is still clamoring for a dog, so we’ll see.