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Thursday, December 3, 2009

These Days are the Best Days

After Connor woke up from his nap today (a 3.5 hour nap, at that!) he surprised me by saying "I love you, mama.... hug." and then giving me a full-body hug!!

Need I say more?

My heart completely melted and I just stood there holding him in my arms for about five minutes.

I swear, two year olds are not always candycanes and teddybears, but when you share a moment like that, it makes up for every ball thrown at your head, fart while changing a diaper, full-blown tantrum at Target, etc... you get the picture!

Me and my babies... pooped from putting up the Christmas trees!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Great Night Out!

Jamie and I headed to Lexington yesterday afternoon for the Beastie Ball, benefiting the Lexington Humane Society! Jamie's law firm sponsored a table, so we were able to spend the evening with many friends and acquaintances. It's always nice to have a night out on the town, especially when it's benefiting cute little fuzzy puppies!!

There was a really extensive selection of silent and live auction items, plus a lovely dinner, cocktails, and dancing! We spent the night at the hotel where the event was held and had a yummy breakfast at the Marriott restaurant this morning! 24 hours of baby-free relaxation and fun time! :)




As a bonus, I was able to wear a dress that I wore for our wedding rehearsal dinner over three years ago ... a dress I never really thought I would be able to wear (in public) again! Yea!



This week's big event is a Parent's Night Out for the parents of all the kids in Connor's class. We're hosting it at our house, so I've got lots of preparing to do!! Funny, it's actually been kind of nice to have an excuse to fix up the house a little bit! I've hung two big mirrors, several pictures, ordered and framed some wedding pics, and organized some shelves and cabinets. Also, we're having this new kitchen faucet installed this week!




I think it will update the look of our kitchen a lot. I'm super pumped! Funny the things that get me excited these days!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Class Pictures and I Really Don't Love Halloween... sorry

At the parent-teacher conferences on Monday, we got the class pictures they had taken. OMG! They are the freakin' cutest pics I have even seen of Connor (and we have a lot of cute pics of him!) I'm afraid to scan and upload the pics for the blog b/c of copyrighting (does anyone know if that would be ok for me to do if I give the photographers credit? ) but you'll have to trust me, they are darn cute!

What I CAN show you are our Halloween pics. Don't get too excited - it's the same Elmo costume from last year! I had to bribe this child with Skittles just to get the thing on! He kept saying "Too big, Momma.... Too much, momma!" Basically, he wanted nothing to do with the costume. To make that even more abundantly clear, as soon as I got the crappin' costume on, he pooped and I had to take the entire thing off again to re-diaper him. Oh the whoas of motherhood. Gotta love full-body-one-piece-polyester-furry-costumes!

Not to sound like a bad parent, but we only went to our two neighboring houses with Connor this year. His idea of Halloween (besides eating the Skittles) was to hand out the candy to all the other little goblins...err.... children from the neighborhood. A O K with us... we'll have plenty of years to come where we're stuck trick-or-treating all night. (Now I can totally appreciate how relieved my parents were when I was old enough to go around the neighborhood with my little sister by ourselves... seriously!)


The original Halloween prankster ... Connor put all our decorations on the porch into his candy sak and took them inside!!


Halloween is just overrated to me. It's stressful to find a costume and it leaves us with tons of candy in the house - which we'll eat - which isn't good. But more pics...



"Anybody home?"



Connor trying to escape back into the house. Guess he's really not that into Halloween either!


Notice the one little piece of pumpkin garland I threw on our front bush. There. That's my decor (sense a litte sarcasm?)


How many days till Christmas?....

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wonderful World of Preschool

Connor has been in preschool now for about two months and OH the the improvements and changes we have seen in our little guy! For any mom out there that questions the value of finding an excellent preschool, let me be clear: it is totally worth it!

As a stay-at-home mom, there was definitely some question as to whether of not we really needed to enroll Connor in a preschool. After all, we were going to Gymboree, the play room at the gym, and now 2-year-old soccer play where Connor gets plenty of interaction with other children. However, even the best mom with the best kids needs a little break in the action every now and then.

Once decided to pursue the preschool option, we quickly found the perfect fit. Out wishes were pretty simple: non-denominational, an actual school setting (NOT a daycare), and offering options for a young 2-year-old without potty training expectations. Since most preschools in our area are either run through a daycare facility or church, it made our search short and sweet!


The first day he brought home his bookbag filled with arts and crafts and paintings, I was so proud my heart almost hurt! I am just so proud of my little boy! And, the best part, he absolutely LOVEs his 6 hours of mommy-free time at school (and so does momma!)

Yesterday, he brought home a progress report from his teacher in preparation for our parent/ teacher conferences next Monday. (I guess "progress report" is the new lingo for a "report card" ;) A preschool report card is truly hilarious, but so on the money regarding their specific development areas and benchmarks. Criteria include things like the child's ability to dress themselves, wash & dry hands, sit still, follow one and two-step directions, etc.. Each area has 2 options for a "grade": developing and usually.

Most of Connor's checks were in the usually column, with a few in the developing column (and a couple of no's written in... specifically in the "dressing one's self" which he does not do! :) The teacher's complimented him very much and suggested that the best way we can help him as parents right now is to let him do more activities such as eating and hanging up his coat and bag on his own to build self-confidence. (Apparently, Connor uses the smile-and-flirt-to-get-adults-to-help-me tactic at school, just like at home! I taught him well! haha ;)


We couldn't be happier with Connor's progress in school so far! Especially as the very youngest kid in his school, as he just made the October 1st birthday cut-off by 4 days! We are also thrilled with our choice to enroll Connor in preschool at two, and with the school we picked! I'm having a fun time meeting other parents, volunteering on committees, and even hosting our Parent's Night Out at our house next month (since I'm a room parent!) We've really jumped right in!


As a bonus, a couple of ME days a week are nice to have. Simply having the time to shower and blow-out my hair, or vacuum or scrapbook is great! I can appreciate the luxury of being able to try clothing on while shopping, I can actually walk past the toy/sports section of Target without spending an hour explaining that we "have all of those things at home .... they have to stay here!", and I can hop in and out of the car to run about 10 errands in the time it takes to run 2 errands with Connor in tow!

I'll post more updates regarding our school experience as the year progresses!

I leave you with a couple of pics from our trip to the Louisville Zoo last week!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!

Pictures from my race last week in Downtown Louisville! I beat my goal time by quite a bit, finishing the 5K in about 28 minutes! Then, today, I ran in The Hunger Walk and improved my time by a minute! Yea!

Sorry for the lack of posting recently! Too too busy!! More to come...



The entire crew!

Just after the race!


Me and my baby!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What a Whirlwind!!!


I honestly don't have a lot of time to write at this moment, but I'm going to get some pictures out here before more fun things keep happening and I just get further and further behind. (which reminds me that I need to start focusing a little bit more on my scrap booking since I just got all the supplies out recently and I realized I am only just getting to when I got pregnant with Connor ... holy crap, that was 3 years ago!!!)


This upcoming weekend will be nothing short of another hurricane of events, followed by the same the next weekend! But for now, I'll stick with the last couple of weeks!



University of Kentucky day at Mike Linnigs with my mom's side of the family - this was a special night because we just flew back from Florida, but our entire family was able to meet up at the last minute! On the far left is my cousin who was on a 2 week vacation home from Iraq, and the man next to him is my uncle who is going through intensive chemo right now to fight a late stage cancer. I'm so glad we were all able to meet up (although not everyone got the memo about it being UK night - hence all the red clothing!!)



Celebrating our 3-Year Anniversary at Hotel Nightclub on 4th Street in Downtown Louisville! We made a night of it, and ended up staying at the new Marriott Downtown! Fun night!

HUBER'S ORCHARD AND WINERY PICTURES!!

Biiiggg tractor at Hubers!! Doesn't Connor look tiny on that thing?






Feeding the ducks on deck at Hubers!

My little punkin'

Yummy roasted corn for lunch!




BETHANY'S WEDDING PICS!!!

The bridal party enjoying champagne and getting our nails done!!

At the rehearsal dinner!
AFTER the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, we all went out .... for several hours. This is just evidence of one of the many reasons we all felt so spectacular the next morning!!



Myself and the gorgeous bride!!


Good Night!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Just Too Much to Blog About... but a Fabulous Website


I am working on getting all the really great pics from the last couple of weeks ready to post on the blog! We have been running around like crazy people celebrating Connor's 2nd birthday, being in an out-of-town wedding for our very good friends, and our annual Huber's trip to drink wine and pick pumpkins!! Seriously, we are so not even close to being recovered from the last couple of weeks!

Connor at Hubers!


But for now, while I have a minute, I want to share a great website with you! A neighborhood friend of mine has teamed up with a friend of hers to start their own embroidery business! They craft so many cute, useful, and unique items! There is something for every occasion and age, and you can customize most anything!! Think: birthdays, weddings, bachelorette and bachelor parties, bridal party, Christmas, family reunions, school spirit, sports teams, new baby, etc... there is truly something for everyone!!



Please check it out when you get a chance! They are currently offering free shipping and a free gift with orders placed by October 15th!! Check it out now!!



http://shopmandn.com/



Thanks!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cracking Me UP

Connor showing off his "Birthday Hat" he got at preschool yesterday!


Connor has changed so much just since he started his 2-Day Preschool. We've noticed him becoming more patient, self-sufficient (as far as playing alone, getting the toys he wants off the shelf, etc...) and more vocal and social (which we didn't really think was possible!). It kind of makes me wish we had started him in the 3 or 5 day program, but we can still do that next year when he is in the 3's class.


I attribute a lot of this immediate improvement simply to the fact that he is 1 of 8 at school, but at home, he is getting constant attention. His teachers are amazing. That's right, he has TWO teachers for just 8 kids... which is why it might be hard for us to ever switch over to public school later on! From what we have witnessed so far (which is actually quite a bit with the volunteering I've done, conferences, parent night, etc...) the entire staff at Chance School is freaking amazing! They seem to be "on" all the time - and that's difficult to fake! I also LOVE the liberal attitude the school takes toward school and discipline. It's not like they're running around wild, but they use positive reinforcement and direction to correct behavior, plus teach a LOT of self-reliance which promotes self-confidence.


So the reason I'm cracking up today is this: when we got home from the gym this morning, I sat down at my computer (standard) and Connor ran off to make chaos in the family room (also standard). It wasn't 2 minutes after I sat down that he came up to me and started pulling at my leg.


"Watch TV, please mamma. Watch TV, please mamma." (a little louder the second time, of course.)


{And, for those of you who may not have a little one, at two years old, everything is repeated over and over and over and over again consistently without fail until you not only respond, but do whatever it is they are asking. FYI. ;) }


"Sesame Street, on? Sesame, on?"


So, we make the journey into the family room where I put on Sesame Street. Connor sits in "his" chair and then goes on to say:


"Crackers, apple juice... crackers, apple juice..."


HAHAH! I wonder where he gets this?? Sitting in front of the tube eating crackers!! LOL! Hilarious! Connor knows what he want .... and generally he wants it right now!



Now he's sitting in his highchair here next to me and I'm watching him pick every single veggie out of his bowl of pasta before he will eat it. He even says: "No" every time he finds a piece. This little mannerism I'm going to attribute to his dad!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Ft. Myers - And We're Home Again for a While!

Finally, pics from our recent vacation to Ft. Myers Beach!! We stayed at a great little timeshare complex that is directly on the beach. Connor freakin' loves the sand and ocean (more than I do I'm afraid) so the entire week went very smoothly - we even had good weather, which we weren't sure about during the rainy/ hurricane season!


Celebrating our 3rd Anniversary at Matanza's on the waterfront

Sanibel Island




Daddy and Connor napping




On a side note (and this is really random), it occurred to me while we were flying home from Florida how similar airplane travel is to preschool. It actually made me laugh out loud a little bit. There is a specified snack time.... you get one little packet of cookies and juice, if you ask for it! They'll also bring you a little blankie and pillow for a nap. You are told when you can and cannot stand up and go to the bathroom. There are certain words you aren't supposed to say (ie. bomb, etc...). I'm not sure where that even came from - but that's the kind of things you start thinking about when you're bored on a plane! There are other familiar similarities if you think about it! Share in the comment section if you think of any more!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

ZOO DAY! {vaca pis to come!}

We're just getting back from Florida and I am going crazy trying to get things organized.... BUT ... I wanted to share a couple of pics from our trip to the Louisville Zoo the weekend before we left. I promise, vacation post w/ pics coming ASAP!!



PS - Just had to share Connor's very first piece of artwork that was sent home from preschool! I'm in love with it!! I always said we wouldn't put artwork on the fridge because it looks messy - but I guess that's before I was a mommy!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Polymorphic Light Eruption: Finally Some Relief (Updated 2/28/10)

EVEN NEWER 2012 POST {HERE}

September 2012 post {HERE} About a lotion containing AGR developed specifically to lessen/prevent symptoms of PMLE!!!

***PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE NEWER AND FURTHER UPDATED POST AND ESPECIALLY THE COMMENTS ON PMLE AT: http://mommy2connor.blogspot.com/2010/04/pmle-update-just-in-time-for-summer.html 


**Update:  Also check out my newest post {HERE} with some additional and consolidated info!**

I mentioned in a previous post about a sun-induced skin disorder that I have suffered from since about mid-teenage years. As a sun lover and beach goer, the idea of having to stay out of the sun was pretty devastating ... and not really an option. After doing a little research, it seems experts believe 1 in 10 people suffer from this disorder - and not surprisingly, European countries are spending much more time and energy trying to come up with prevention and treatment remedies than the US. As you can probably guess, in the states if you tell a doctor or dermatologist that you have a sun-induced skin issue, their answer is to..... stay out of the sun!! Duh!!



If one more person told me the rash I developed was sun poisoning, I was going to LOSE IT!!! I can tell you first hand that if you find someone else who gets this AND knows what it is, I will be very surprised!



Suffering from polymorphic light eruption (PMLE) has led me to do my own research and experimentation with prevention (not so much treatment since once the rash appears it's really too late) and I'd like to share my findings here for those who might be interested.

(all info in italics was taken from the best website I've found on this disorder: http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Polymorphic-Light-Eruption.htm)



What Is Polymorphic Light Eruption and How Do I Know If I Get It?


Polymorphic light eruption (PMLE) is a skin condition where your skin reacts to sunshine with a rash. It is not the same as sunburn. PMLE is not harmful, but can be inconvenient. Usually the PMLE rash occurs in spring or on a sunny holiday, when the skin is not used to sunshine. The rash heals completely. There are various treatments and preventative measures.

Reading just this small paragraph told me I was reading about exactly what I develop while on vacation. For many years, I blamed the sand and the ocean for the rash I developed.... thinking I was maybe allergic to some sort of shell fish or something. Turns out, we're just in the sun a lot more while on vacation.


Polymorphic light eruption is a particular type of rash that occurs in reaction to sunlight on the skin. The name comes from 'polymorphic eruption', which means a rash that varies (it can look different in each person). It will be called PMLE in the rest of this leaflet.With PMLE, the rash follows a particular pattern (explained below under symptoms). It usually starts when you first get sun on your skin after a long period without much sunshine. For example, in spring, or if you go on a sunny holiday during the winter.PMLE mostly affects people aged 20-40 years. It is more common in women and in people with fair skin type. It probably affects around 1 in 10 European women.

While it can come in many 'forms', but rash always looks the same. It starts with just a little itching sensation on the chest or upper arm. Within a couple of hours it looks terrible... red and blotchy, even a bit raised, and the itching is indescribable. That night, it might go down a bit, but within minutes of being back in the sun the next day, it's back and gets continually worse until I'm able to stay out of the sun entirely for at least a few days. As I said, many people would stop me and say: "Gosh, you have sun poisoning!!" But it simply wasn't possible... and I wasn't even sunburned! Annoying!



What Causes PMLE?

PMLE is caused by the radiation from the sun. The degree to which people suffer from this varies a lot. Some people cannot even get near a window and must stay covered all the time in order to not experience symptoms. Others, life myself, need a lot of exposure over the course of a day or several before the rash emerges. There is also research that shows you can 'toughen' your skin up by increasing the amount of sun exposure slowly - which is a technique those with severe PMLE must use to even be able to step outside on a sunny day. This might also explain why I hardly EVER get this on a late summer vacation (because we've been out in the sun, at the pool, etc... all summer already), but a February or March beach vacation is the worst!

The rash is usually on the parts of the body which have been covered during the winter, such as the arms and chest. The face and hands are less likely to be affected.The rash clears up within a week if you stay out of the sun. However, if there is more sunshine on the skin then it is likely to get worse. It heals well, without scarring. Symptoms tend to improve during the summer, as your skin becomes more adapted to sunlight.

There really is no definite way of diagnosing that you have PMLE accept for "phototesting" your skin's reaction to sunlight --- the best way is just to notice a pattern of reaction to the sunlight over time. As a sufferer of this, believe me, you know if you have it!!


Treatment and Prevention

Here's where it gets worse. Treatment basically comes down to wearing high SPF sunscreen (UVA AND UBV protection!), covering up, staying out of the strongest sunlight (10-2) etc... This is all fine and well for someone who is OK with slathering on their kids SPF 55 and staying hidden under an umbrella all day! NOT ME! So, moving on to what matters:

According to this website (and others - just google PMLE for more info!) there are other things that can work to prevent this from occurring (other than just staying out of the sun!) Here I have gone down the list of what I have found:
From the left: Eucerin Daily Sun Defense, Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock, pure vitamin E, beta-carotene pills

EUCERIN DAILY SUN DEFENSE LOTION: This is what a dermatologist recommended to us years ago to use for PMLE. There is a lovely mix of alphaglucosylrutin (AGR), Parasol 1789 (avobenzone), SPF 15, and other anti-oxidants in this lotion, which I would use twice a day for about a week before heading to the beach, plus while we were at the beach, and it warded off the rash pretty well. Here's the catch - it became harder and harder to find, until I realized it had been discontinued (apparently because of the miracle-working AGR??) by the company. I contacted them and they said there was nothing comparable or a replacement. Joy. I was able to order some from Germany about a year ago (for a pretty penny, might I add), which was awesome, but now it appears I might not even be able to get it there anymore! Ahhh!! I do still have a bottle of this stuff left, but the scarcity of it led me to begin researching what else could help prevent PMLE, instead of stalking this lotion!!

SOLARICARE (or HELIOCARE) PILLS: Read up on these by clicking here and here. I was about to go this route, when I decided to read what the main ingredients were. I went the way of trying to duplicate this pill myself. That being said, if I was able to just grab this from Target or something, and they were a little cheaper, I would be willing to try it. I would also try them if I had any specific knowledge of these puppies working: so if you've tried them, please speak up in the comment section!

BETA CAROTENE: I found these pills at the local CVS for under $10 for a ton of them. I began taking 2 per day on days I was in the sun and 1 on days I wasn't. This is a no-brainer because BC is so good for your skin and nails anyway.

TOPICAL VITAMIN E: This, also from CVS, comes in a little plastic bottle of oil. I added a couple of drops to my lotion and sunscreen every time I applied. I also would put it alone on dry parts of my skin. Research shows applying this topically can be more effective treatment than taken orally, which is why I went with this oil.

ANTI-OXIDANTS IN SUNSCREEN: A lot of articles I read recommended using a sunscreen with Parasol 1789 and plenty of anti-oxidant vitamins, which aid in the reduction of cell damaging free radicals - meaning it not only helps the skin prevent as much damage, but also helps repair it. Most people recommended suncreeens by Eucerin, but I could only find really high SPFs with the anti-oxidants, plus I couldn't find any with Parasol. Then I stumbled upon "Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 15 with Parasol 1789 and Solaplex". This had everything I wanted, plus was pretty cheap!

*UPDATE*

Check out these links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16760827
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15238098?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_SingleItemSupl.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=1&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

Prevention Tips to Try Based on Comments Below:

1.) Heliocare: Ok, now I really want to try this.  A few of you mentioned this, and even that some doctors sell it.  I plan on ordering this in the next month of two!  There are many sites online, though I'm not sure of any stores to buy it at.  I will definitely do a review of this product.
2.) Light Therapy: Done at a doctor's office.  I need to look into this... is it just a tanning bed?  hmm?
3.) Claritin, Niacin and Beta Carotene for two weeks prior to vacationing.  This is similar to the pills I was talking about taking in the post, but adding Niacin and Claritin.  DEFINITELY trying this!
4.) Sun lotions with Parasol and / or Helioplex!

5.) Also check out this webpage which suggests Lycopene as being the best free-radical scavenger in the carotene family ... which is what we want!

6.) I just read an interesting take on PMLE online where they suggested PMLE is an immune system reaction to a 'preditor' (the sun) attacking the body.  Interesting, I'll be looking further into this.
Keep the comments coming people... especially anyone who knows WHERE you can find/buy products (or pure) alphaglucosylrutin!?  Anyone have thoughts to share on HelioCare as it relates to PMLE?  Sun-season is almost here again!


THE BREAKDOWN!!  
Here is what I'm going to take this Spring/Summer to prevent this PMLE nightmare and we'll see what happens:
PILLS:
-Beta-carotene, niacin, and lycopene supplements (in the form of pills)
-Alternatively, I may try the HelioCare pills instead .... I need to read the ingredients on this to see if they might be the same of what I listed above.
- Claratin for 2 weeks before a vacation (as well as the other pills listed before up to 2 weeks before the vacay!)

TOPICAL:
- Eucerin Sun Defense (for the alphaglucosylrutin, Parasol, and other anti-oxidants)  Mostly I'll use this to build up resistance before a vacation.
- ANY sunscreen I can find with the most anti-oxidant and free-radical protection I can find.... the lower the SPF the better .... higher SPF's are easier to find with this particular protection.
- Extra Vitamin E oil added to lotions both while in the sun and after-sun.

OTHER:
- A hat does wonders for me, and since my face and chest rarely tan well any way, and the chest is generally where my PMLE first pops up, the hat can REALLY increase the number of days I can stay rash-free while in the sun.
- This is obvious, but build-up sun slowly the first few days in intense sun and DO NOT GET BURNED even a little bit, which just decreases the amount of rash-free time I have in the sun by about 10 times!  No burning!



OK - so that's my five minutes on a soapbox. What say you? I'd love to hear from others who suffer from this, what works, what doesn't, etc.... Have you tried the Solaricare or Heliocare pills? Anyone? I'm intrigued!
PS - Please remember - I am not a nurse, doctor, dermatologist, etc... not by a long-shot. I am just a normal person suffering from PMLE and trying to make other people's lives better! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE research everything for yourself before trying anything!!! It's hard to find info on this (which is why I'm putting it hear) but it is possible!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Connor's First Day of Preschool!

Connor's first day of 2-Day Twos preschool was Monday the 24th and it went very very well! I didn't even cry until they actually took him out of my arms and he was crying "momma momma" as they headed into the school - so I think I did pretty well! They told me I could call the office any time to see how he was doing .... and I even kept myself from doing that! I just knew he was going to be fine! He had a blast at the conference and visiting his teachers last week, so I felt comfortable that he would adjust seamlessly!





Preschool bag



Breakfast of Champion Preschoolers - Eggos and Bananas!





Yeah, he knows he's cute!
Ready to go!



The school reported back that he slept about 90 minutes during naptime and ate only a little of his lunch (standard!) Tuesday, he brought home his first painting/ drawing for the fridge! My little man is such a big boy now!

Can you say: prodigy!? ;)
I can't wait to go and peek in on him while at school one day! I'm sure it's about the cutest thing ever!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Hangover

I feel like I am still in the morning after 'hangover' from our trip. Not just me, but the entire family. It's hard for anyone to adjust to a three hour time change, but trying to adjust a 2-year-old, while keeping some degree of normalcy in our life is really tough. Not that I'm complaining about little Connor sleeping until 10 in the morning, but honestly we are going to be screwed when preschool starts next week! Our biggest issue is getting to bed at a decent time of night - the weather is just so nice and we have been doing so many fun things outside that it's impossible to get Connor in bed before 10 PM! (not to mention it stays light outside until 9 PM!)We have to be to school by 8:30 AM ... ahh! This means we need to leave the house by 8 AM - so the current sleep schedule is clearly not OK anymore!



Speaking of preschool, we had a parent/ student/ teacher conference yesterday at Chance School. We were able to meet Connor's teacher and student teacher, purchase his little school bag, and get our carpool drop-off and pick-up info! Connor's teacher is AMAZING ... she has been teaching 2 year olds for 35 years and shares many of the same ideas about parenting and teaching that Jamie and I have... including about discipline, religion, etc... and she even loves using Discovery Toys in her classroom! I am SO excited about our situation at this school... we were SO lucky to get in! Next Monday will be fun, exciting, scary and sad all at the same time ... expect to see some tears on the computer screen! ;)

Connor's little school bag for snacks and lunch!



Of course, as the shop-o-holic I am, I had to get him this super cute lunch box and book bag from PBK with his name on it! I have never seen such a small back pack! Love it!



Have you ever seen a backpack so small?? Too cute!



On a different note, we are still going through issues with my LR2 and we're contemplating trading for a different car at the same dealership. Fortunately for me, one of the other car brands they have is Porsche. Last night Jamie and I went to test-drive the Cayenne... and of course we loved it! I don't even want to talk about it too much because i don't want to get my hopes up... but I really hope we decide to order this car!! I love that it has automatic opening and closing of the tailgate, plus built-in garage door openers... two options that you would think my fully-loaded Land Rover would have, but doesn't, because it wasn't offered on the LR2. Jamie is really the one who loves Porsche - he's been having withdraws since we sold the Boxter when Connor was born ... plus he's forced to buzz around in a super-sweet hybrid right now because of all his commuting to Lexington .... so I think he would really like to have this car to drive on the weekends and evenings, in addition to me just loving it in general! Anyway, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Jamie decides we can't live without this car! ;)

So this isn't a brand-new one, but it's the closest I could find to the one we're looking to get!

AND, just to make my day even better, Jamie did the grocery shopping for me last night and brought home roses! I am so spoiled!!




OK - back to the laundry! Gotta get something done in the house today before heading out for Girls Night tonight!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Winding Down

It has been a fun and eventful 2 weeks here in Cali, but our trip is about to wrap up! I'm pretty bummed that the trip is over.... but I'm really looking forward to getting back home and back into our routine!

There are so many things we are looking forward to when we get home, including Connor starting preschool, our vacation to Ft. Myers for Labor Day, my friend Bethany's wedding, etc... Yippie!

Here are a couple of pics from our trip... but I'll will post a link to my flickr album in the next week or so!











Also, I have been reading a few fellow blogger posts about the use of Latisse to stimulate lash and possibly brow growth! My mother-in-law was nice enough to purchase me a tiny bottle and I've been using it for about 2 weeks now. I apply 1-2 drops to a little eyeliner brush (that I never used anyway) just before bed! I'll keep you updated as to any results. I have NEVER had a great set of lashes ... and I'm constantly over-plucking my brows since I stopped getting them waxed ... sooooo.... I'm crossing my fingers for a miracle here.


AND - before I end up with a TON of comments about it .... I KNOW there can be side-effects and it's a chance I'm willing to take! If a possible side-effect was blindness, I would not take that risk. However, slight redness or skin irritation, etc... is not enough to scare me from trying. I've noticed possibly a bit of redness JUST along the lash line.... but I'm also at the beach and in the sun a lot right now, so it will be interesting to see if anything changes when I get home.


Speaking of being in the sun.... I have suffered from what is called Polymorphic Light Disorder (PMLD) since I was a young teen. I've been researching prevention and solutions to this annoying sun rash for years and finally made some, what I feel like are, breakthroughs! Check back tonight or tomorrow for findings if you are the 1 out of 10 people who suffer from this!!