Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Still waiting for the rapture...from MI to FL!

OK...so we've passed the crazy May 21st prediction(s) of the Mayans and some crazy man in California.  I have yet to pass the craziness that our family has been enduring since April!  Since my last unplanned trip to FL in March, our family has been going non-stop and I'm ready to get off the speeding train.  Stephen has been working non-stop in the NICU making up time he had to take off for my G'ma's passing/memorial service and getting through extra calls so we can enjoy a two-week vacation mid-June (hence, our rapture from MI to FL).  

What's keeping me so busy you ask?  Well, I've started a new transcription job and it continues to pick up and I LOVE it!  But, since Annie is more mobile these days (more on that in a few), I can really only work during her naps which extends my work days sometimes late into the evening after the girls have gone to bed.  That's made even worse on the days that Stephen is on-call because if he isn't home to at least give him an hour break, I pretty much go to bed when the girls do and then I just finish work early the next morning before California wakes up (where my account is located).  Now, as mentioned above, Annie is now mobile.  She started crawling on her 7 month birthday!  UGH!!  I was not ready for this.  Ella didn't start crawling until she was 9 months old and even then, we lived in a 800 square foot box in Boston and she didn't have a lot of places to go.  So, this has definitely been an awakening for me and we need to get on the baby-proofing STAT!  Annie definitely loves her freedom and thankfully has not gotten into any 'trouble', but unfortunately, she eats a lot of dog hair (extra fiber, right?).  With two dogs, I definitely don't vacuum as much as I should.  Ella is enjoying the mor mobile Annie, too and is still in a rush for her to walk and talk so they can gang up on me.   Ella has also kept me busy with end-of-the-year activities, being sick every 3 to 4 weeks since March and preparing for her 6th birthday.  Yes, I just said 6!!!  No, I can't believe it myself.  I feel old.  

The feeling old part doesn't get any better as Stephen and I get ready to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary on June 23rd.  This is where our rapture to FL comes into play.  Stephen and I have not been on a real vacation, let alone a vacation for just the two of us, since 2004 when we went to the Keys for our 3rd anniversary.  Oh the days when we weren't tied down and didn't have a many responsibilities and we definitely had more money!  But, thanks to my awesome sister-in-law and my husband doing a crap-load of moonlighting to make some extra bucks, we are heading to FL on June 13th where we will promptly drop the girls off in Lakeland at my sister-in-law's and then proceed to check into the South Seas Resort in Captiva Island!!!  Can you say 'Hell Yeah'?!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Not my normal post

As the title suggests, I don't usually blog about things I covet.  But, considering most of the people who read my blog are female and most females  love shoes, I HAD to share this find that was in my most recent (May) RealSimple magazine.  It's an ottoman that also has shoe-storage inside!!!  And not only that, it's made by one of my favorite designers - Lilly Pulitzer!  Her beautiful clothes and colors are one of the things I miss most about south Florida (yes, there are stores here in MI, but it just doesn't seem right).  Now to find out there will be a Lilly Pulitzer furniture line is totally making me drool!  I just have to figure out how I'm going to afford it.  Donations are welcome!  Ha, ha!  Enjoy and tell me what you think.