Thursday, December 29, 2011
We can be the pillars of strength when called upon. We can ease the pain of a boo-boo with just a kiss. We can find missing puzzle pieces or a Barbie shoe and stop a temper-tanrum with the wag of a finger. We can put the world back on its axis with a hug.
We can rule the world all while wiping butts, picking boogers out of hair and picking up toys. We can whip up science fair winners on a hours notice. We can sew buttons, wash loveys and not pass out at the sign of blood on our children.
We do all of these amazing thing on little sleep and little food.
I account all these feats as a signal of strength.
Oh, the strength that radiates from a Mother is an awe-inspiring thing.
Some say we are born this way while others say we learn from those around us, our children.
I like to think that my strength was given to me from my first born. The second Roo was placed in my arms, I felt empowered and capable.
My strength grew as I learned to become a mother. Sure, there were times that I failed and I cried myself to sleep after hard days, but every day was a fresh beginning and every day gave me more strength.
When Turtle was born, she tested me.
And I proved to her, and myself, that I was capable.
Being a Mother to these beautiful girls makes me feel like Super Mom (cape and all!).
Being their Mother gives me courage, humor and dexterity (yes, dexterity).
And if I never accomplish another feat in my life, I'll know I've succeeded with them.
They are the proof that I am a strong woman.
And that's all the reassurance I need.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
It's cute and the songs on it are the kind that get stuck in your head for hours on end.
Peter Pan was always one of my favorite characters on the Disney lineup.
It was destined that Peter Pan would make an appearance on Jake and the Never Land Pirate series.
Now, it's happening.
Here's the information about the upcoming prime-time special coming up next month featuring Peter Pan.
From the press release:
"PETER PAN RETURNS TO NEVER LAND IN
I closed out my laptop that day thinking, "Thank goodness we aren't sick."
Ha ha ha... ha ha ha.
How silly was I?
The very next day Turtle woke up with a horrid snot nose.
Then as the day progressed, Roo came up with a cough.
And it just all went downhill from there.
Turtle now has green snot, Roo has a fever and I have a chest rattling cough that has me coughing up crap out of my lungs.
There's nothing like spending the last week of your vacation holed up in your house with a sickness.
At least we have tons of new toys and craft projects to keep us company.
Posted by SuZ at 8:04 AM
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I cannot wait to put up the tree, turn on the music, enjoy the movies and bake every cookie under the sun.
Then Christmas day comes, flies by with the blink of an eye... and then it's over.
And the day after Christmas, I tear through the house and take everything down.
It's like I erase every trace of Holiday cheer and then it's like it never happened!
Of course, it doesn't help when your kids do this to the tree.
After that disaster happened, I had no choice but to follow tradition and take down the tree.
Now the only thing that lingers from Christmas is all the toys my girls received from Santa and I feel like it's my duty to figure out how to organize that mess.
And start planning my New Years resolutions.
Posted by SuZ at 7:59 AM
Thursday, December 22, 2011
And I couldn't be more excited.
My parents are in town, my kids are tickled pink and I am so happy to be in the kitchen baking my tush off.
I'll be taking the next few days off to eat, shop and be merry.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A piñata for your kids to steal off the table and cuddle.
Plates, utensils, napkins and cups.
Festive banners to hang by the Tree (with care, of course).
And wall decorations!
The Party City Holiday Kit took a lot of stress out of my holiday party. I just picked a theme, ordered and set it all up. I didn't need to spend hours locating everything I needed for my table and the best thing about it, minimal clean up.
There will be ton pile of dishes to wash when you are done!
If that doesn't sway you, I don't know what will.
You can order your very own Holiday Kit from Party City online.
I received a Party City Holiday Kit for this review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.
Posted by SuZ at 9:35 AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
But I think I've grown up.
Sure, I'm positive some people that know me would argue with me here... but it's my blog.
The other day I had a discussion with a friend and we disagreed on something. We both took some time to think about things and when we came back together, all was well. We talked, made our points and moved on.
It was so grown up.
So unlike my past.
In the past when a friend and I got into a spat, it would last for 6 months or so. My feelings would be so hurt that I held on to my anger and I let it take over everything.
It wasn't pretty.
But no more, I'm an adult now.
Another example that proves I'm an adult was making a decision that tore my heart in half, but knowing in that broken heart that it was the right decision.
I think it's official... I'm a grown up.
I do have the two children to prove it.
Oh, now I feel old.
Posted by SuZ at 9:13 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
And after they forgot about me and I had to go hunt someone down, an ultrasound and a round of question and answers, I was given the all clear to resume my normal life!
The first thing I did?
I went straight to Turtle and picked her up for a good solid cuddle.
Turtle is my snuggle buddy and being apart for a whole week was crippling.
So we hugged it out and the world was put back on the correct axis.
Then I got down on the floor and had a huge tickle fest with Roo.
I'm able to resume running too.
I haven't... yet.
I'm still a little off from the beta blockers they have me on (they are going to wean me off of them within the month) and I pulled a muscle in my left foot (don't ask how, I have no clue), so I don't know when I'll get back to pounding the pavement. But eventually I will and I will lose these few pounds I put on from not running and all really will be right in the world.
Oh, and I can drive!
I drove myself to the store last night and it felt glorious!
I feel almost normal (gasps!).
Now it's time to get in the Christmas spirit and start wrapping gifts and baking cookies.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hallmark has continued stepping up their game in the whole interactive gift arena. Their latest endeavor is the Interactive Storybook & Story Buddies.
Jingle the Husky Pup arrived on our doorstep and my girls have been crazy about him since.
Jingle comes along with a book and if you press his ear and read the story, he responds.
Seriously (how does he do it?!).
Jingle has an adorable story to tell, one that ends happily, and Turtle loves pressing Jingle's ear and listening to his bell jingle while Roo loves to cuddle with him.
Yes, sometimes they fight over Jingle but we got a second one and solved that problem.
Another great thing about Jingle is that there is more than one story that he responds to. Hallmark offers two other books for Jingle to read along with you.
There are five other adorable animals to pick from to keep your kiddos happy all year long.
Jingle and his interactive friends can be picked up in a Hallmark Gold Crown store.
I received an interactive Jingle pup for review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I have them all penciled in my calendar and I've got my Fun Card in hand!
Check out all the details (word for word from the press release):
Super Kid Savings
Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite Disney movie of all time.
I can remember seeing it in the movie theatre when I was a girl and how excited I was when my Mom had bought me the movie on VHS for Christmas one year.
I can also remember watching the movie every day one summer vacation with my sister.
It's obvious that I adore the movie. I also adore sharing my favorite Disney movie with my girls.
Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World and Beauty and the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas are out on DVD now and I recently got to share them with my girls.
Roo was over the moon that there were more Belle movies to watch and Turtle delighted at pounding her tiny fist on the screen of the television and shouting, "Ariel!"
In her defense, all Disney Princesses are Ariel.
We have watched both movies a dozen times, especially the Christmas one. Roo loves all the new characters associated with two of her own favorite Disney characters.
Here's a clip from the Enchanted Christmas:
Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World and Beauty and the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas are on store shelves now and would be perfect under any Princess's Christmas tree.
I received copies of both DVD for this review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.
Posted by SuZ at 7:57 AM
Monday, December 12, 2011
Okay, not laid up. Laid down!
I've been laying flat on my back with my legs extended and my head down for the past five days.
And it's been torture.
My surgery was a success and there was no need to burn any extra nerves around my heart. But it still sucked because I had four very large, very long catheters in my groin and it was damn painful.
Add in the fact that I threw up as they took two of them out and caused a little bit of damage on my insides.
And it was a lovely mess.
After my surgery (procedure, whatever you call it) I had to lay flat for four hours to make sure my catheter areas didn't bust open.
Four hours after laying flat on my back, with some major back pain, I got up and started bleeding out everywhere.
Needless to say, I was freaked out of my mind.
And there was blood everywhere.
The nurses were able to toss me on a bed and climb on top of me to stop the blood flow (seriously, a lot of blood poured out... I still freak out about the amount) and it was back on my back for another two hours with a monstrous pressure bandage on my leg.
When it was time to go, I was freaked out and made myself a mess by getting dizzy and having a mini panic attack. I was so worried that I was going to start bleeding again that I drove myself (and my nurse) crazy.
Finally, I was able to go home and was put in bed and wasn't allowed to do anything for myself.
I couldn't do a thing, not even go to the bathroom alone. I was waited on hand and foot, which sounds like fun but I'm a do-it-yourself kinda gal and hate not being able to get my own drink of water.
Now it's day five and I actually managed to get up by myself and even got to sit on the couch.
It was heaven.
Of course, it wore me the f out and I took a three hour nap to recover.
And recovery is great, but it still sucks because I have no energy to do a thing and I feel so weak. I just want to get back to normal. Back to running, back to taking care of my girls and back to the holiday spirit.
I'll get there, eventually.
Posted by SuZ at 8:53 PM
Friday, December 9, 2011
It's always full of yummy treats and recipes.
And when their holiday catalog enters the house, it gets passed around like the toy catalog.
I recently had the chance to review their Gingerbread House.
I don't know who was more excited, me or Roo!
We waited until Turtle was napping or else we would've never gotten a thing done (she can be quite the destructive baby).
We ripped into the package and got to work.
The kit comes with everything you need: icing, candy, the works.
The icing was really easy to pipe out and it held the gingerbreads pieces together quite nicely. You held the pieces together for a minute and it stuck, like magic.
The only problem we encountered was that we had to hold the roof pieces together for longer than Roo wanted and she got antsy.
Her favorite part was putting all the candy pieces on (and eating some in the process). We did have a little trouble with the sprinkles, they didn't want to adhere to the icing very well and ended up all over the table instead.
The end result was fabulous.
And I have to confess, it was yummy.
My kids ate most of it in two days. My cousin ate the rest.
You can order your own King Arthur Flour Gingerbread House online.
I received a Gingerbread House kit for this review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Today I am going under the knife for my heart ablation.
I am super nervous, like to the point I've been having anxiety attacks (mini ones) all week long. Plus, I've been off my meds since Monday so my heart is a little freaked out having to work on its own.
But I am being positive.
I have faith.
I am praying.
I am going to be fine.
I'll be off-line for the next few days, but hopefully not for long.
Wish me luck!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I like it call it a Mommy Confession.
I'm not feeling the spirit today.
You know that glorious holiday, ho ho ho, life is wonderful, bring on the egg nog mood (except I've never had egg nog).
Mind you, I had this spirit the other day... just not today.
Remember when you were a kid and you knew Christmas was right around the corner so every damn day was filled with excitement and all you wanted to do was get through the day so you could move the Christmas tree on the advent calendar?
It was so thrilling to color Santa Claus activity pages and watch the cartoons and sing the songs.
Yes, most days I'm still that kid dying with excitement. I adore watching my girls fall in love with the holidays and dance around the tree and baking cookies shaped like reindeer.
But sometimes, I'm an adult.
And sometimes being an adult sucks.
When you're adult you have bills to pay, lists to make, surgeries to schedule (or not schedule in my case), lunches to packs, clothes to wash... and sometimes it's hard to do that whistling "Frosty the Snowman."
A lot of my disenchancement comes from the fact that I still haven't had my surgery approved by insurance and I'm sitting here waiting with heart palpitations for that call.
I could've already had this surgery done with, I could already be recovered and moving on with the holiday spirit! Not getting pissy with every passing phone call because the doctor isn't calling me back.
And that, my dears is why it sucks to be an adult.
I know that my holiday spirit will return and I'll be decorating cookies and belting out Christmas carols at the top of my lungs (and quite badly too) because not only am I an adult, I'm a mother and being a mother requires that we suck it up sometimes for the enjoyment of our children.
Posted by SuZ at 7:24 PM
Drop off locations are as follows:
- Dec. 4: Kissimmee Fire Station No. 2, 1409 Denn John Lane, Kissimmee
- Dec. 7: Sunshine Park Shopping Center, 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach
- Dec. 8: Post Commons Shopping Center, 4100 N Wickham Road, Melbourne
- Dec. 9: Forty East Shopping Center, 3450 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala
- Dec. 10: Palm Springs Crossing, 482 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs
- Dec. 11: Big Lots Plaza, 923 N. 14th St., Leesburg; WESH 2-CW18 Studios, 1021 N. Wymore Road, Winter Park
Saturday, December 3, 2011
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