Friday, November 30, 2007

Doug Attacks This Time!!

Doug finally decided to attack but he did not have the camera to embarrass me luckily. We went into the store today while the kids were at school and he decided to follow me with his toes on my heels the entire way through the store. Even after I acknowledged it and laughed he continued until I got mad. Does that mean we are even?

I had a great week! I had a surprise visit from Lori and my in-laws and worked 34 hours. I'll be working the other six over the course of the weekend. I love this job! I really didn't think I would find another job as good as Visalign but this has been surprising me. I'm basically working as help desk support. Tickets from clients come in and I have to help them and file them accordingly. We do most of it through the internet and the team uses MSN messenger to chat and we have conference calls 3 times a week. I also have training calls. The team seems like a group of girlfriends and they are a lot of fun. The sad thing is I would rather talk to them than go out in my new town and meet people. I only left the house for 30 minutes this week. I am way too comfortable in this house!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

Back In The Game!!!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I certainly did. We had a great time hanging out with Doug's family. We even had our first snow of the season out here. On Friday we looked at cars but are still undecided. We also took the kids to see Enchanted. It was a great movie and we all enjoyed it. On Saturday we went to buy Doug's Christmas, Birthday, Valentine's Day, etc.. present. Our older TV started to go so we bought a new LCD or something TV. I don't know much about it, I just know its bigger and expensive.

Today was an exciting day for me! I just started a new job for the first time in 6 years. I was really intimidated at first because I was bombarded with emails, logins and links. I had 4 and a half hours of training and conference calls today. The first week or so will be a lot of training on the phone and computer, then I will be able to have my own schedule and just meet with the team on the conference calls 3 days a week. I will be working 40 hours a week. You never know what to expect when you meet people and companies over the internet. I am very excited that this seems like a great company and I am much more confident in the job now. I think until today I still had it in my mind that they would let me down and it would end up being a scam but I know its not now. There was a lengthy interview process and after seeing all thats involved and all that I have access to I can see why. This should be fun!!

Now, if I can just learn to balance the working/family deal. I have been waiting for my license in the mail that says that because I am now a working mom my house does not have to be clean. Does that usually come in the first week??? I know that my family will have to pitch in and we've talked about it. So far Doug is the only one helping. The kids are going to have a rude awakening.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday

I have a lot things that I want to get done today. I have been playing with Garrett in the mornings until he goes to school and I'm not getting as much done. Yesterday I attempted some Christmas shopping and only bought one gift. Today I'm going to a different place when Garrett gets on the bus so I'm hoping I have more luck. The stores were packed yesterday so I can't imagine what it will be like after Thursday. I want to at least get the kids' gifts done while they are at school.

Other than shopping I want to rearrange our family room. Its just looking too cluttered to me and its driving me nuts. I also need to do laundry and mop the floors. Last night I started putting addresses in the computer so I can print out labels for Christmas cards so I need to finish that today along with tracking down new addresses of people that have moved.

The kids have off tomorrow so I'm hoping to sleep late tomorrow and get some studying done for my personal trainer certification. I'll also have to start baking for Thursday. I only have to bring two things so I'm lucky!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Christmas Decorations

This weekend we decided to decorate for Christmas. I wanted to put more boxes in the attic and couldn't do that until we took the Christmas tree out so I figured why not just decorate a week early? As you can see I haven't attempted painting the living room yet. That is going to be an overwhelming task because that orange textured paint goes through the upstairs hallway, half the living room, dining room, kitchen and family room. All the rooms kind of flow together so I'm not sure how I'm going to paint yet and what colors to do. My philosophy is to paint and buy furniture to match. Doug wants to buy the furniture then match the paint.

This has really gotten me in the Christmas mood and I'm downloading Christmas music as we speak onto my iPod. When Garrett gets on the bus I'm getting some Christmas shopping done today.

When Doug gets done work today we have an appointment to schedule our Disney World trip with a travel agent. You just can not understand how excited he is!!! This has been his world for the last year. He is reading the Birnbaum's Disney book constantly and everytime Garrett grows he checks the books again to see what rides he can go on.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sexiest Man Alive??

I heard today that Matt Damon was the sexiest man alive. My first thought was "really"? I thought it would be someone that could make a dirty looking pirate sexy, like Johnny Depp, or someone that can dance smooth, like LeBron James in a commercial last year. After thinking about it, I changed my mind. What could be sexier than a man in the suburbs that loves his wife, helps to raise his children and stays away from the tabloids?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Menu Monday

Here we go again, I can't believe its another week already. I did my grocery shopping this morning and I'm all set for my menu. I love grocery shopping now that I can drop Garrett off in their supervised play area. I could have used this YEARS ago. Doug is traveling overnight this week so I cheated and have a couple of easy meals for me and the kids.

Homemade Pizza

Sloppy Joes and Corn

Steaks and Veggies

Breaded Boneless Chicken and Rice and Cranberry Sauce

Fish Sticks and Carrots

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole and Green Beans

Beefstew Soup and Grilled Cheese (Goldfish soup for the kids)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Busy Week

Wow, not only did we move in a week ago today but we were lucky enough to have Grandpa Wolfgang come out for a visit earlier this week. He brought out his newer corvette (he also has a 1969) and came to see the new house and spend time with us. As you can see the kids intoduced him to xBox. My dad and Doug have been working on house projects all day while my sister-in-law kidnapped me and took me to the mall. I love that mall and I'm thinking about going back tonight or tomorrow for some glow in the dark miniature golf with the family. The kids have been wanting to use their money to buy some build-a-bear clothes which is also at the mall. The mall is only 10 minutes away!!!!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Menu Monday

For everyone that was curious, Doug did get the birdhouse down and there was a great hornet's nest inside. Its a shame that it wasn't active, that would have been You Tube ready. I guess it was good for Doug though :)

The kids started school today. We had a tour of the school this morning and it goes in a figure eight around the gym and library so the kids shouldn't get lost. Robyn is at the 3rd, 4th, 5th grade wing and Garrett is on the other end of the building. Robyn looked a little shy when I dropped her off. She is in a program called Excel and its a 2/3rd grade class. There are mostly boys in her class but there was another girl starting there today so she should be happy. Garrett didn't have to start school until 1. I dropped him off in the main lobby where his teacher was picking up the rest of the class off the bus (apparently there are no car riders in the school??) and he just jumped in line and barely said goodbye. I'm letting them both ride the bus home today. The bus stop is right in front of my house which is really nice.

I did have time to get a menu together for the week, its pretty basic though.
  • Beef Stew Soup and Corn bread muffins
  • Country Chicken with Bread and Mashed Potatoes
  • Meatball Sandwiches and Corn
  • Spaghetti and Cheddar Garlic Biscuits
  • Swedish Meatballs and Green Beans
  • Good 'Ol Hamburger Helper Mac & Cheese (Special Child Request)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

I Moved!!!! / Stacey Attacks Again!!!!

This video is from the day the movers were packing. I decided I wanted my frog birdhouse to come with us but the ladder was at the new house.

We are all moved in and I'm almost unpacked. Tomorrow the kids will be going to their new school so we will be getting all the school supplies in the right backpacks today. Garrett is very excited (although he only goes a half a day) and Robyn is a little scared because there will be 3rd graders in her class too which she isn't used to. I'll let you know how it goes.