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I really mean it this time LoL!  I’ve come here many times since the last time I posted but I just didn’t have the energy to catch up on six months worth of stuff.  Anyway, tonight hubby was working and since I had today off  and we had a late lunch, that left Abbey and I with several hours all to ourselves.  We had such a nice night and I was thinking I wanted to jot it down somewhere so I wouldn’t forget it when I realized that tonight is exactly the kind of thing i started this blog for in the first place. 

Abbey was pulling things out of the Arts and Crafts box I found in my old closet at my parents house before she had her coat off.  I was trying to think of a cute Christmas project we could do off the top of my head, but it turns out that she was happy rubber stamping, and gluing colored shapes to paper for an hour and a half.  We decided we were a little hungry for dinner afterall so we had Krafts Maccaroni and Cheese…Mmmm!  Then we decided to have a movie night…we made our dinner and then I thought it would be fun to watch our movie while lounging on the sofa bed.  Abbey did not know that our sofa was a sleeper so the expression on her face when she saw a bed coming out of our couch was priceless LoL.  Our dvd player is on the blink so luckily the Hallmark Channel came to the rescue (or was it ABC Family?), with ‘Silver Bells’.  Not exactly a Christmas Classic, but it would do.   It was pretty good and Abbey only asked Why did this happen or Why did that happen 786 time LoL!  At one point she was asking me about some part or other and I was explaining it to her and apparently my explanation was far too intricate because in mid sentence she stopped me and said ‘Ok, can you go make the popcorn now?’ LoL.  I’d have to say that the popcorn would have to be the best thing about movie night as far as Abbey was concerned LoL.  Anyway, after the movie was over we went up the bed.  Now, over the last few months bedtime has not been a very good experience in our house…most nights it is a struggle (errr, battle!), but tonight I read Abbey her story and I swear she was asleep in less than two minutes after I turned out the light.  It was such a perfect night…I can’t wait for my next day off so we can do it again :). 

In other Black Friday news…I swore I would never do this but i got the paper on Wednesday and K-Mart had MP3 players on sale for $10 on Thanksgiving day…so I went to K-Mart on Thanksgiving and got the last two…one for Scottie and one for Abbey.  I couldn’t believe it, I was sure I would find them all sold out. Then, today, the only deal I really wanted was the 1/2 price Fisher Price Mini-Van that goes with the Loving Family Dollhouse Abbey’s getting for Christmas, and again, I got the last one…maybe I should play the lottery or something LoL.  I also found a Thursday only deal on Spiderman Walkie Talkies for my nephew, the only kid I wasn’t done shopping for by August.  Let’s see, what else…Oh, we visted with Santa today and it was the first time we got a picture with Abbey where I didn’t have to be in the picture too.  I was so thrilled…even if she didn’t smile in even one of the pictures LoL.  Ok, enough for tonight.  I PROMISE to be better about posting more often from now on…I swear :D! 

Ok, that’s enough for tonight.


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Ok, I realize I’m a day late for this but I was quite happy with how many little jobs I managed to cross off my list between late last night and this afternoon.  Last night I sat down and finally put all my photo cd’s in a cd album in order, then I sorted the huge pile of coupons I’d clipped, weeded out the expired ones and separated the rest into their respective catagories…I even managed to use $4 worth of them today.  Then this morning I let my daughter play with a basin full of water in the tub while I purged and organized the linen closet.  I even managed to buy a gift for a bridal shower I’m invited to next month.  I don’t usually get this much done in a whole weekend, let alone a single day off in the middle of the week so I’m quite proud of myself.  Of course my house is still a mess but at least I’m getting organized, bit by bit.  

I also got to take my daughter to her sports camp this week and this week’s sport was baseball.  The group was made up of three girls and one boy.  The boy was 4 and seemed to be a T-Ball veteran, but he had to leave after the first half hour.  It was very cute to watch the Coach try to show three 3-4 year old girls how to throw, hit and run the bases when they would have been more than happy to just play catch with each other.  He came over to us Moms/Grandmas at one point chuckling because when he asked the girls if they were leaving him, one of them said to the others, ‘We can’t leave or he’s going to cry’ LoL! 

Hmmm, maybe tomorrow I’ll post a Wordless Wednesday Photo LoL!

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Yep, Abbey is signed up for Sports camp in our town.  Its just a one hour a day, one day a week thing for the next month but it will be fun.  Abbey and her cousin Matt are signed up and it started today.  From what her Nana told me, this week was Soccer week and she quite enjoyed kicking the ball into the net.  She did not, however, totally get the concept of kicking the soccer ball around the cones…instead, she was trying to knock the cones down…LoL, I wish I’d been there to see that.  I will be off from work next Wednesday so my SIL and I will be taking the kids to Lacrosse day next week.  That should be fun, although I have to admit, I was sort of hoping that the one Sports camp day I had off would be on Football day…how funny would it be to see my three year old daughter playing football :)…tee hee!  Even better, she is also signed up for weekly Nature Workshops for pre-schoolers and tomorrow is Earthworm Day.  As it turns out, Abbey is quite a friend to the earthworms so I’m thinking she will enjoy tomorrow’s workshop quite a bit.  Look for some pictures next week of Abbey’s warm weather activities!

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Free Toys!!


My buddy Suz from A Family, Created finds all the best giveaways!  Here’s the new one she posted today that is from the ladies at Five Minutes for Mom .  They’re giving away toys everyday for two weeks.  Todays Giveaway is for a Legos set.  Legos are one of the few toys that keep Abbey busy for ages.  She would love this one.  So, mosey on over there and check it out…there’s bound to be something your little one will love being given away as well :)!

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We’re finally back and healthy!  Abbey came down with a stomach bug last Monday.  It lasted most of the day and the next day she was a bit better.  I was planning on going back to work last Wednesday when I woke up with it in the middle of the night.  The next day it was my Mom’s turn to come down with it and a few hours later Scottie got it.  The day after that it was MIL’s turn as well as my sister.  I have never seen a bug burn through our family so quickly.  Most of us just hardly ever get sick at all.  Thankfully we seem to be mostly back to normal.  Abbey isn’t throwing up anymore but she has other tummy issues the minute she strays from the BRAT diet it seems, but other than that we are doing much better. 

We ventured to the dentist today.  I am a total coward when it comes to the dentist for myself…when it comes to taking Abbey I’m a hundred times worse LoL.  She’s a real trooper though.  It seems God has a sense of humor…I can’t stand going to the dentist and he sent me a child who inherited a dental condition from her father’s side of the family called dentinogenisis imperfecta…translation: she will eventually need caps on all of her teeth.  For now, she’ll need to have four silver caps put in on the molars in the back, two on top and two on the bottom.    Today was a breeze…she just had a teeth cleaning.  The day we go for putting in the molars will not go so smooth I suspect.  Oh well, her father got through it and her cousins too so I guess she will too…me I’m not so sure about :).

On a brighter note Abbey got invited to her first real birthday party this weekend.  Up till now she’s only been to her cousins birthday parties and all her cousins are boys so she’s never been to a little girls birthday party at all.  This is a little girl that’s a neighbor at my parent’s house.  They play together at the park sometimes so it will be cute.  Its being held at one of those jumpy house places,  they just opened one right in town.  So that is our plan for Saturday…I don’t know whose more excited, Abbey or us LoL!

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Ultimate Blog Party 2008 

Oops!  Should have mentioned right off the bat…Cead Mile Failte is Gaelic for One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!  I’m not from Ireland but we take our Irish Heritage very seriously.  Our big holiday is coming up on Monday and we can’t wait :)!

 I’m very late arriving to the party, but 5 Minutes for Mom  is hosting the Ultimate Blog Party!  There are over a thousand links to women all over the blogosphere and lots of prizes and giveaways to be had as well (more on those later :D)  so go check it out and meet some new, fellow bloggers! 

As for me, let me introduce myself…

I am Jen, mom to Abbey, my 3 1/2 year old daughter and wife to my hubby Scottie.  We live and New York and we’ve been married for over 8 years.  This blog is my spot to record the little moments I don’t want to forget, vent frustrations, post cute photos, yummy recipes, and funny little stories…mostly all geared towards Miss Abigail LoL!  Here’s a picture of Abbey and her Mamo (Irish for Grandma) I from our town’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade a couple of weeks ago (scroll down to see a pic of Abbey and I on the same day)…

And here’s my favorite party recipe to bring when I know there will be kids around…

Dirt Cake Recipe

1 16 oz package Oreo Cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter or margarine, softened
1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 t vanilla
2 4 serving size boxes chocolate fudge pudding, instant
3 cups milk
1 12 oz tub whipped topping, thawed
A few gummi worms
Crush the cookies until they resemble potting soil. Set aside. Cream butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth, and fluffy; set aside. Combine the pudding mix and milk until well blended, then fold in the whipped topping. Gently fold the cream cheese and pudding mixtures together.To put the cake together, layer in a flower pot (about 8″ diameter) with 1/3 of the cookie crumbs followed by 1/2 the pudding mixture, 1/3 of the crumbs, the rest of the pudding mixture and topping with the remaining cookie crumbs. Refrigerate 10 to 12 hours. About 1/2 hour before serving, remove from refrigerator and decorate with flowers and gummi worms. Serve by digging out portions with a shovel.

And don’t forget about the prizes!  There are over 150 up for grabs!  My favorite three are:

The Ballerina Hairclip Holder from Nissa’s Niceties which you can find here

The  3 Books Prize from Jill Norwood at Who Could Ask For Anything More

(she has the coolest movie quote meme going on right now that I just might have to steal 🙂  )

And the Story Package from Cherish Bound 

I would also love to win #’s 67, 103, 124, 102,  and 119

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