30 January 2008
29 January 2008
28 January 2008
25 January 2008
24 January 2008
Girl with the ...oh shit, where's the earring?
Houston, we have a problem! This morning after getting Piper up, I noticed that the back of her little ladybug earring was gone. Perhaps the result from a restless sleep(Mike was up with her at 4am, then again at 4.30!)...or late night fiddling with her lobes...but this was not good, especially since, in the world of ear piercing, a couple of months is still considered 'fresh' so if the earring comes out and you leave it our for a few hours, well the hole just heals right up and there's no going back!
So I searched for her sparkley earrings but could not for the life of me find them , so I resorted to using a McGyver move and put tape around the front to hold it in place and vowed to run to Target to pick up a pair of studs. But alas, it was -17F or so today so we didnt go out until this evening, and the selection at Target was terrible...so I grabbed a tiny pair of 'sleeper' hoops, tiny, just hugging her lobe, but HOLEYSHIT BATMAN, it went in okay, but trying to manipulate the end to feed back into the hole (it's a full circle) was the closest thing I hope to ever come to knowing what torture is like...the screaming, the weeping, the tears..and sadly a little blood...ugh...yuk poor Piper!
It wasnt pretty! Thankfully I found her sparkley earrings just as I was threatening to remove them 'once and for all'...so the ear was saved, but she wouldnt let me near her other one, so she is now sporting one sparkley flower with garnet center and one red ladybug. tres chic!
Guilt people...oh the guilt.
22 January 2008
21 January 2008
20 January 2008
18 January 2008
do carseats expire?
according to BRITAX, yes they do! Honestly, I had no idea! I should know, and I feel bad that I didn't do more research before offering to buy a friend's older model Britax Marathons. According to the Britax website, carseats reach their expiration six years post manufacture date! This is especially so if the carseats have been used in 'extreme' climates...be that the heat of Texas or the subzero temps of Minnesota or Vermont! So...what do I do with two seemingly good carseats in good condition? Will anywhere accept them as donations? They still have almost a year of 'life' left in them, but I don't know where I could take them. Of course, my wonderful friend who sent them was as surprised as me, and she just wants me to donate them to a charity like 'success by six', or headstart. Of course I'll cover her shipping costs, and I feel bad that she shipped them all the way from Massachusetts, but when I called Britax to order a new cover the lady told me about the expiry date...and I kinda admit I balked a little. Precious cargo people, precious cargo. So, I found a website that had the Marathon on sale and I bought it. Great, because I have now spent $300 buying a seat I could have paid $219 for. Awesome.
Upside is, for all you parents in the market for a new carseat, I hear Britax seats will be HUGELY on sale come February! At least someone can get a bargain!
For more in for on carseat expiration's check out your manufacturers websites! Hand me downs are great, but for some things it's better to be safe than sorry.
16 January 2008
15 January 2008
14 January 2008
crap on a stick!
yes, I said it...crap on a big sharp stick! crappy crappy crapity crap.
So here's the deal. Our 171*H, the coveted and expensive 'golden ticket' of sorts expires in April. While we optimistacally hope to travel in March or early April, this is not particularly good news, as it is just that einsey bit close for comfort. What does it mean? Well, wouldn't you know it means that we have to do a heck of a lot more paperwork and apply for a new ticket ala gold. I'm sure many of you know what an extreme pleasure it is to work with the fine folks at the *INS, yes, it's all sunshine and smiles and group hugs...NOT! It is a miserable place, misery-able, staffed by many an angry worker who probably never won the 'miles of smiles' award at the local T*G*I Fridays, and were forced into working for 'gulp' the US*CIS. There aint no 'flair' there my friends!
Today I spent a few hours on the phone to our Agency in Colorado, where not one single person could give me an 'estimated' date of departure, I think we are just sitting right on the cusp of a definate YES or No...henceforth we are relegated to the land of maybe, might happen and hmm, not sure. BUGGER.
On top of this spectacular craptacular, we also found out that since our sweet Paisley is the only child being adopted from this particular orphanage at this particular time that we may in fact be shouldering an increase of 30% more than we had budgeted for - aaaaggghhhh! There is an extremely good chance that we will miss out on the benefits of 'piggy backing' ourselves to another travel group, and we will not get the group discount on travel, hotels or transportation and in-China airfares. b..bu..bummer! I am a bit grumpy and a bit overwhelmed, because not only do I now have to re-file the paperwork for the golden ticket, which by the way includes new Doctors letters, background checks, child abuse registry clearances etc, but now we have to figure out where the heck the rest of the money we will need is coming from?
So, we keep on trucking, we keep on plowing foward, and hope that it will work out, that miraculously we will file our taxes early and we will get a return that equals the amount we are missing, that airline prices take a dramatic dive and that my new wrinkle cream actually starts working...(I just threw that one in on the offchance)
13 January 2008
this'll be going on the back of Piper's door in her new pink bedroom!
11 January 2008
Happy Birthday Piper!
Piper was uber excited this morning when she woke up. However the idea of gifts waiting downstairs had absolutely no impact on how quickly she got out of bed and got dressed....gosh, she was almost four by the time she got her socks on! Downstairs she was able to open two of her gifts..a Little Einsteins 'golden pyramid' and the coveted 'Leo's baton'...Piper was SO excited by the baton she squealed "oh my gracious"...Mike almost snorted juice out his nose..."now I can induct, now I can induct!"..."conduct Piper, conduct!" She has been using hairbrushes to 'induct' for the last few weeks, so we thought it would be a good idea to get her the actual baton! Clever toy for plastic n'all, I'm impressed.
After a quick breakfast of peanut buttered english muffins and juice, Piper was off to school, with two dozen highly frosted cupcakes to share with her sugar lovin' buddies! All this before 7.30am!
note: does every kid get an owie right smack on their forehead in time for their birthday party and photographic extravaganza? hmmm.