Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Crazy busy weekend

Soooo..as ya'll know Thursday we worked all day and then headed off to Blue Man Group, which was a ton of fun! Friday we got up early and headed back to work. Friday night our friends, Sandy and Alan, babysat. We shared some pizza with them and our friend Brett and then we went to MI3 which I enjoyed more then I expected. So I started my weekend off pretty exhausted.

Saturday Mark and I worked on the house(lawn, dishes....), ran some errands, had my parents swing by, took the kid to the park, got ice creme at Gee and Jays, and then headed off to church. After church we were suppose to go a graduation party for a friend however all the people going with us cancelled last minute, it started raining, and Malachy had yet to eat dinner or take a nap that day...so we headed home instead.

So....Sunday we got up. Did some more basic cleaning and playing with the kid outside. Then we stopped by our friends the Kunzes house for an hour and went to a Memorial Day parade in Dundee. Next we did some shopping at Old Navy and Wal-mart. Finally we headed off to the graduation party. (it was the same one we were suppose to attend Friday night, it was a 2 day deal) We stayed there for a couple hours before we had to leave for another party. On the way to the second party we stopped at the grocery store for Mark to pick up a snack to share at said party. At this point a realized the busy-ness mixed with the heat and alcohol from the previous party had left me pretty exhausted. So after stopping at home where I got Malachy fed and changed the boys headed off without me to party it up with the Gilles for Ian's first birthday. While the boys were away Kim and I ran to Target to pick up things we needed for our Memorial Day BBQ and cleaned the house. Then Kim and I hung out with Mom some because she was having a hard day too. I went to bed exhausted and grumpy!

(Sidenote...While at the Gille's Mark dropped our last remaining working cell phone which happened to be mine in the pool so we are now paying for 2 but have none!)

Monday...we got up and ran to my parents house to talk about our plans for the day. We came home and worked on the yard...getting grill out and tent up...that sort of thing. family came over around 12 we grilled and ate and chased Malachy and Joey around for several hours. Then the boys looked for a window air unit for Mom and Dad. The one they bought didn't work. So we took it back and tried again. While it was being installed at Ma and Pa's Malachy and I entertained ourselves with sticks in the driveway and later my Dad joined us. Eventually...around 8 the Air conditioner was installed and working. So Dad and I went and got us all some Wendys to eat. After Malachy fell off a chair doing the belly dance we called it quits and headed for home. We got home around 9:45 to discover the power was out. The sun was down and there were no matches in sight! After a exhausting search in the dark Mark ran to the gas station to get matches while Malachy walked around the house crying,"light, light!!!" We were finally able to calm him down at 11! (2 hours after his bedtime) using my battery powered laptop to play a Baby Einstein video. Power came on at 3 am after Mark and I were fully drenched in our own sweat!

Today... we got up and went to the Little Gym with Malachy. No matter how tired we are if Mark paid for it we have to go! Then we headed home let Malachy nap (a little). Mom lent Mark and I some MORE money so we didn't bounce checks! After hitting the bank Kim, Malachy, Mom and I were off for a fun but exhausting 7 hour shopping trip! We were searching for a bathing suit for Mom...we never found one... but did manage to find some other goodies! WE got home around 7 and played with Kid and put him to bed.

It's now 9:30, the kitchen has not yet recovered from our Memorial day fun, I haven't touched the laundry all weekend, you can't walk through me bedroom with out tripping on something and Kim is wondering why I'm grumpy! I have a full week ahead of me at work with a 12 hour day on Thursday and I feel ready to pass out! Grrrrrrr... I think I'm going to get some ice creme and hide from the mess in my bed!

Crazy weekend!

We had a crazy weekend! I will tell you more about that later but for now...here is a photo we took for Noah yesterday at our Memorial Day BBQ/ Jasons B-day Party!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Bad Ipod!

"Original Of The Species"
Baby slow down
The end is not as fun as the start
Please stay a child somewhere in your heart
I'll give you everything you want
Except the thing that you want
You are the first one of your kind
And you feel like no-one before
You steal right under my door
And I kneel 'cause I want you some more
I want the lot of what you got
And I want nothing that you're not
Everywhere you go you shout it
You don't have to be shy about it
Some things you shouldn't get too good at
Like smiling, crying and celebrity
Some people got way too much confidence baby
I'll give you everything you want
Except the thing that you want
You are the first one of your kind
And you feel like no-one before
You steal right under my door
I kneel 'cause I want you some more
I want the lot of what you got
And I want nothing that you're not
Everywhere you go you shout it
You don't have to be shy about it, no
And you'll never be alone
Come on now show your soul
You've been keeping your love under control
Everywhere you go you shout it
You don't have to be shy about it
Everywhere you go you shout it
Oh my my
And you feel like no-one before
You steal right under my door
I kneel 'cause I want you some more
I want you some more, I want you some more...
I love this song. (I put my favorite part in italics) Kim says the song is about either the Edge's or Bono's eldest child...I don't remeber who. It brings up dif. thoughts for me everytime I hear it. I love the passion of it. So...I'm up late listenting to the Ipod all alone. For some reason that's a bad idea for me...it gets me all depressed! I don't know how Billy Joels, New York State of Mind , can be depressing but it's got me crying...grrrr!! Time for bed!

Memorial Day

"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan." --General John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868

Friday, May 26, 2006

Blue Man and such....

This is a random photo ...just to keep ya'll coming back for more!

I had a interesting week at work. I helped "tech" a training event for off site Summit TD's and producers. It was actually really fun to get to talk to TD's from all over the place. One of the perks was we got to go with a little over 200 of these TD's to Blue Man group (and Gino's East) last night. I had been several years ago but it was still amazing to see. I must admit however that they (the blue men) really freak me out! I kept thinking of the guy on arrested development who wanted to be in Blue Man group. That show use to be so hilarious!

This week also included the season finales of Lost, 24, American Idol and even Alias! The Office ended last week but still deserves to be mentioned here. Those were some intense Finales and now I have to wait! I might start watching Invasion this summer to help pass the time.

Tonight Sandy and Alan babysat so Kim, Mark, and I (along with our pal Brett) could go see Mission Impossible 3. Despite my dislike of Tom Cruise I really enjoyed the movie. Apparently Malachy had a great time with Alan and Sandy as well, he didn't even notice we were gone! =)

This weekend we have 3 party's! It's gonna be a busy weekend. I better get some sleep so I'm ready for all the fun that is about to come my way! =)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

"Soul Patrol" =)

A song after Dads own heart...

Kim introduced me to this song on XRT this morning. The lyrics really resonated with me.

"We Can't Make it Here"

Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign Sitting there by the left turn line. Flag on the wheelchair flapping in the breeze. One leg missing, both hands free. No one's paying much mind to him. The V.A. budget's stretched so thin. And there's more comin' home from the Mideast war. We can't make it here anymore.

That big ol' building was the textile mill. It fed our kids and it paid our bills. But they turned us out and they closed the doors. We can't make it here anymore.

See all those pallets piled up on the loading dock. They're just gonna set there till they rot'. Cause there's nothing to ship, nothing to pack Just busted concrete and rusted tracks. Empty store fronts around the square. There's a needle in the gutter and glass everywhere. You don't come down here 'less you're looking to score. We can't make it here anymore.

The bar's still open but man it's slow. The tip jar's light and the register's low. The bartender don't have much to say. The regular crowd gets thinner each day.

Some have maxed out all their credit cards. Some are working two jobs and living in cars. Minimum wage won't pay for a roof, won't pay for a drink. If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. CEO. See how far 5.15 an hour will go. Take a part time job at one of your stores. Bet you can't make it here anymore

High school girl with a bourgeois dream. Just like the pictures in the magazine. She found on the floor of the laundromat. A woman with kids can forget all that. If she comes up pregnant what'll she do. Forget the career, forget about school. Can she live on faith? live on hope?High on Jesus or hooked on dope. When it's way too late to just say no. You can't make it here anymore.

Now I'm stocking shirts in the Wal-Mart store. Just like the ones we made before. 'Cept this one came from Singapore. I guess we can't make it here anymore.

Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin. Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I'm in. Should I hate 'em for having our jobs today. No I hate the men sent the jobs away. I can see them all now, they haunt my dreams. All lily white and squeaky clean. They've never known want, they'll never know need. Their shit don't stink and their kids won't bleed. Their kids won't bleed in the danm little war. And we can't make it here anymore.

Will work for food. Will die for oil. Will kill for power and to us the spoils. The billionaires get to pay less tax. The working poor get to fall through the cracks. Let 'em eat jellybeans let 'em eat cake. Let 'em eat shit, whatever it takes. They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps. If they can't make it here anymore.

And that's how it is. That's what we got. If the president wants to admit it or not. You can read it in the paper. Read it on the wall. Hear it on the wind. If you're listening at all. Get out of that limo. Look us in the eye. Call us on the cell phone. Tell us all why.

In Dayton, Ohio. Or Portland, Maine. Or a cotton gin out on the great high plains. That's done closed down along with the school. And the hospital and the swimming pool. Dust devils dance in the noonday heat. There's rats in the alley And trash in the street Gang graffiti on a boxcar door. We can't make it here anymore

Music and lyrics © 2004 by James McMurtry

This song brought up mnay thoughts in my head. Not sure if I want to share them all because people get very emotional about this sort of thing but I thought the song was good and worth sharing.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Hmmm....I was trying to think of something interesting to say but I got nothing! Had a busy, productive, fun day! My kid is super cute. I have a busy, productive, fun week ahead. I better get some sleep!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Happy Birthday to my blog too!

This is a post I found in my archives from around this time last year, it made me laugh!! I remember this day well!

Adventures in Babysitting

Last night my Dad and Mom babysat so Kim and I could attend New Community. When we got to their house to pick up Malachy, Mom went and got Dad from the bedroom. Dad was just standing their looking horrified and then all of a sudden he blurts out..."I let Malachy roll of the table on accident, Mom said I had to tell you" and then he just stared at Mark and I. Mark said he wasn't sure if it was a joke at first. After about 15 seconds of awkward silence and shock we said the only thing you can in a situation like that..."oh...that's ok"Mom and Dad then told us that Dad had been changing Malachy's diaper on the kitchen table (don't ask) and he looked away for a second and Malachy rolled off. They swear he didn't bump his head he just bounced off one of the chairs and landed gracefully on the floor. As graceful as a 7 month old baby who can't sit up and has a head twice the weight of his body can land on the floor I suppose....sounds suspicious to me. Mom said she then undressed Malachy and checked him for bruises or sore spots and he responded in giggles like it was the most fun he has had in months. So I suppose no harm no foul. Lesson learned?.....Well see!One of the good things that came out of this experience is we will be able to truthfully tell Malachy when hes older and acting up that he was dropped as a baby. I think we probably all were....Me a little more then most seeing as Dad was one of my primary care givers.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Beach

This is another picture from Trevors Blog
Sooo....we are really going to the beach this summer!! Like a real family vacation! A whole week together in Michigan. Riding bikes, going for walks, playing in the sand, swimming, watching the sunsets, reading books....I can't wait. Mom, Dad, Kim, Mark, Malachy, and I are sharing a 3 bedroom cottage in South Haven. We are going to the Victoria Bed and Breakfast where Mark and I have stayed twice before. It's not right on the beach it's about a block away but thats good enough for me. We are going the last week in August so I'm hoping the kids will be back in school and the beach will be less croweded. That picture gets me so excited, I'm not sure if I will let Malachy run into the lake naked but MAN would he love that!

I'm sick

nothing serious, just a cold, but enough to annoy me! Yuck! I hate colds! I couldn't go to the Little Gym with Mark and Malachy becuase I can't hide my cold (I sound funny and have snot) and I didn't want the other Moms to get mad at me. One of them is like 8 months pregnant so it's for the best I stayed home. I'm sad to miss it though becuase Malachy freaking loves it! It's so much fun to see him swinging and running and climbing. He's the best little guy ever. So today I should probably do laundry and clean the house becore the work week starts up. Will see if it happens, the days I should do cleaning for some reason I never do....evil grin!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Mothers Day!

I have always loved Malachy and being a mother. But lately it has been more fun then I ever anticipated! He is so precious and amazing to me I find so much joy in him. Everyday I can't wait to get home from work to see him. It breaks my heart when I have to leave him. When ever I'm without him I 'm seeing things he would enjoy and wishing he were with me! He's amazing and I love him!!


Kim found this blog by a guy named Trevor. I don't know how to describe the blog other then a celebration of little but powerful moments in life. Everything he writes and paints makes me cry wether it is an encounter with an orphan in Africa or sitting across from an old man in a diner. This man has a gift for pulling the meaningful out of moments most of us fail to recognize.

Friday, May 12, 2006

happy day

My Mama just bought me a Latte and I'm feeling good 'n' high on caffeine! Good times! After I get some more work done Kim and I are going to watch some eppisodes of The Office that I missed off I-tunes! See ya!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Nothing much to say I guess...just the same as all the rest

So I haven't updated lately because there hasn't been much to say and I know people are sick of all my whining! I did some laundry today...A small victory! I have been reading the DaVini Code and that has been interesting and annoying at the same time. Malachy has been cute and challenging. He has become extremely will-full lately but he's also more independent which is fun too! We went to Lord's Park today and he really liked the Buffalo. We also went to The Little Gym this morning which Malachy loves! I think we are going to take a break from it during the summer to save some cash! Malachy has really enjoyed it and learned a lot there it was well worth the money and hopefully come the fall we will be able to pick it up again. It has helped Malachy learn to play with others, follow direction, build motor skills nad just have fun!

Mark and I are hardcore broke which puts both of us in a bad mood. Not that it's a super big deal or anything but I was hoping to do something fun for Mothers Day and now I know there isn't even money for a simple card. Maybe Mark will help Malachy make one for me and we can have a picnic at the park, that would be nice too. Those are the memories that you look back on when your old and like the best anyways.

This whole owning a house thing is challenging and scary! The dryer has been charring our clothes! The basement is leaking and seems to have some mold growth. The shingles on the roof our peeling. Our water heater and furnace our outliving their life expectantly and we have no idea how to take care of the yard and the peeling deck! I'm sure it will be one of those things that makes us stronger and were thankful for in the future it's just scary now!

Also... No one has heard form Noah in like a week! I think that adds to everyone's stress level. I hope he updates his blog soon! We are all thinking about him. I avoid "war"news but I did hear about the Helicopter Crash that killed 10 men from his base, Ft. Drum. That is always heart breaking! I can't imagine what those families are going through they are in my prayers. The word on the street is Noah may come home for 2 weeks in August! I pray that all works out for both Noah and Lauren! (and of course all of us Traynors who would love to give Noah a big hug!) Noah if you happen to see this...update your darn blog and call your wife! I know things are out of his control as far as having time to call people and get on the internet goes. He's at the mercy of the military powers that be. I just hope we hear from him soon.

We are trying to plan a summer vacation to the beach in MI...I hope it works out. Mom, Dad, Kim, Mark, Malachy and I are looking at renting a 3 bedroom "cottage" near the beach this summer. I know that we all deserve a fun stressfree break! We have such good memories from our childhood at lake Michigan. Dad went there as a child too so it feels like a family tradition and it would be special to take Malachy there and make it a 3 generation tradition! Hopefully Mark and I will get things on track with the $$'s before they are all booked up! =)

I watched the Bird Flu movie on ABC tonight...that was a mistake. Anyone who knows me know I struggle with anxiety. One of the reasons I have been hesitating on having baby # 2 is I'm scared we will get the Bird Flu. I'm trying to convince myself that I can't live my life on what ifs! Gilmore Girls was pretty depressing too! Sheeshhh! Ok I will end on a good note...We get a free lunch at work tomorrow so that's exciting...you can't beat free food to make me happy! =)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


So, I have been feeling a little down lately about many things...One of them being my appearance. I don't like to talk about this because I know that there are people who REALLY struggle with low self esteem when it comes to their "image" and for the most part I'm not one of them. So I never want to over dramitize my feelings on the issue or belittle someone who struggles with this more then I do.

However it is growing problem. I have consistently gained weight since my gullbladder surgery. Being a mom of a young child cuts money for hair and makeup as well as time for the basic things like a shower! I work with the cutest people ever which makes me feel worse. I don't want people to think I don't care about myself or to think that I'm oblivious to the fact that I go to work everyday looking like I just rolled out of bed and put on whatever I could find off the floor...I'm painfully aware of the way I look...I just don't have the energy to change it!

In an effort to feel better Mark said I could get some clothes from Old Navy (we are broke but I have an Old Navy credit card that I leave at home in a filing cabinet because when it comes to credit cards I can not be trusted!) If you know Mark you know that this is a big deal for him to let me buy clothes on a credit card! I'm very thankful. So Mom and Kim took me there today and we all had high hopes. Oh my goodness...I think I was in denial about home much weight I had actually gained! At first I tried on some fitted shirts that were long enough to cover my tummy but they were to snug and only highlighted the tummy. So I tried on a bunch of clothes that were lose and flowy in an effort to hide the huge tummy. Unfortunately they just made me look bigger...like 9 months pregnant bigger! It was disappointing to say the least. I ended up finding some plain t-shirts and capris that were more comfy then cute but at least I will have clothes to wear this summer that fit. I hope this experience will motivate me to work out and get things under control..for my health as much as my appearance.

So anyways that is my story. In my head it was more interesting and entertaining then it turned out. Too bad I don't have any pictures of me in the moo-moos now that was entertaining! =)

P.S. it was fun going shopping with Mom and Kim and I do like the stuff I ended up with. Anyways...it's more practical for me to wear comfy clothes when I'm chasing after Malachy before and after work!