Tuesday, August 24, 2010

2 Months

He's now referred to as my Chunky Monkey - He's deliciously chubby.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The First Page

I am totally laughing that the first page of my grown up "Me" book would be a bottle of wine. I love it, even though it lends itself to the impression of me being a total lush, which I am most certainly not. I do enjoy my RED wine though.

(Not so fun fact: White gives me a headache just by smelling it. I'm not joking, it's weird.)

I love this particular Merlot because it strongly says Melissa  - it just doesn't say Melissa....It dances Melissa.

My hippie girl roots adore the name, and the design of the label. I feel like it's looking at me, smiling, wearing a FREE HUGS sign. It's why I bought it in the first place - several years ago. Once I tasted it, I was sold. I've been drinking it since - it's like my house wine.  Adorable, beatnik, and cheap. Right up my alley.

Come over and I'll share some. I will also make you listen to the Grateful Dead, and will gladly give you a hug. For free, even.

The ME Book.

Do you remember the "Me Book"?

I do.

Me books are neat-o...Imagine a collection of everything that you like and enjoy - at that very moment - captured as a keepsake. They were my absolute favorite school project, EVER. Wilo would say that this is clearly an early example of my narcissism, but I say...Whatevah! Um...who doesn't love writing about themselves and everything they love?

I made a few throughout my schooling -and the only one I have is my last one - the one I made as a junior in High School. I love that I have it - it takes me back to being 16 from the comfort of my 29 year old body.

I was thinking about these books earlier this week as the kids were preparing for their first day of school (which is tomorrow - yayayayayayayayayay. YAY!). I bet you, I will see a Me book from one of them this year. I wished that I could do one too.

GASP!

I CAN make one, too!

I bet you can see where this is going!

I'm gonna make a "Me" Book!

Isn't this blog already a ME Book, you ask? Well yes, I suppose it is. I do come here to write about Me and my life, but I slack at it. I've been thinking of ways to make me more consistent with my posts and I think a Me Book would be a good start.

So, Every Monday - I'm gonna post something that is "Me". It may be an object, or a story, or a song - whatever. Just one of my favorites that represent some part of me.

Sound like good times? Let's see.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Update. GO GO!

Baby John is 6 weeks old now - I know!

CRAZY.

These weeks have just flown by - it seems like it took forever for him to come and now that he is here the weeks are moving with a super sonic quickness.

He is still incredibly sweet. He is growing more and more alert by the day. He is becoming very curious, and wanting to be upright during his awake time, so that he can look around. He loves being carried like a Kangroo and observing everything that happens around him.

When he sleeps, he likes to have his brown and tan, polka dotted, fleecy soft blanket around him - and he takes a pacifier to fall asleep. He falls alseep easily in my arms, but likes to stay there for a bit - if I try to put him down quickly he will wake up and fuss.

He is a baby, and baby's are to be indulged - you can never hold one enough - so I cuddle with him until he drifts far away into dream land. He's sleeping for 2-3 hours at a time and falling for a long 5hour stretch between 10pm and 3am. I think that's awesome!

He is also smiling. SMILING, you guys! Big, cheesy, grins. I love them. I work allllllll day for them, and the feeling is sooooo worth it when he gives one up. I think I'd react the exact same way I would if Brad Pitt, or Gordon Ramsay, or any other ridiculously attractive fellow for that matter - smiled right at me. I become all giddy and nervous and silly and it just makes my heart explode.

(Yes, I have a wicked crush on Gordon Ramsay. Yes - the older, foul mouth, Brit Chef. Yes, I still get wicked goofy and nervous around attractive men- even though I had to deal with a ton working in Sales, none Chef Ramsay hotttt, of course. .. Totally getting off topic here -I should definitely write about all this one day; It's rather funny!)

Anyways.

Jake and Abby are heading into their last week of summer. Special thanks to their Granny who volunteered to take them shopping for school supplies. They came home this weekend with the last of what they needed - and they were excited at the thought of school starting soon. Don't let them fool you - the excitement quickly faded as they realized that in week - they actually would be starting school. 

I hope this will be a good year for them - the first year that they are in separate schools and separate busses. The School District they attend has an intermediate school for grades 4 through 6 - so Jakob will be attending that building. I'm not sure how I feel about this idea to be honest. The difference between Fourth grade and Sixth is HUGE in my opinion. So, I'm a little nervous. I'll be praying for him - please do too. And for me. I don't like worrying!

Abby will still be in the K - 3 building - entering into 3rd grade. I think she will do very well this year - but, that is to be expected with her anyways. She is an over-achiever like her mama. I love it. It's refreshing. She's had a fun summer much due to some special friends she's made that live across from us. They are good girls - not mean ones. (Yes, there are totally mean girls at the elementary level! Mean girls are mean from birth, I tell you! ). Abby is a nice girl - so I've been very pleased to watch her enjoy some good girl friendships. I hope they will be friends that she keeps for her lifetime.

Raegan has been enjoying the summer too - I am lucky to have 2 little girls near her age living close to us. She likes to play outside with them - riding their little bikes, running, talking. It's cute. I'm happy for her to have her friends so close to her home. Raegan has also been very silly lately - and has had me cracking up. The way that child's mind works is often hilarious - and wicked complex. She's the child who is always two steps ahead of what she's doing and the one who thinks she can control any and every situation to her way just because she is Rae Rae - the little Rae of Sunshine. She's not snotty really - she does it all with honey, and a cute smile, and big beautiful blue eyes.

(I am going to channel Raegan's selling abilities should I ever go back to work. I'm not kidding - she's adorable. My grown up Sales adorable + her little girl adorable would = no fail! Tee. Hee. I should also write about me missing my job one day too - b/c lately I have been. It's been on my brain. GASP! I know. Discuss amongst yourselves... )

So, There you go - end of summer family wrap up. Stay tuned. Provided I don't hurt myself doing back hand springs as the kids ride off to their first day of school, I should be writing soon!

XOXO

Twenty Nine...

...I turned 29 a week ago - and had a pretty good Birthday. Wilo did exactly what I asked of him - and I didn't get emotional about becoming older. I enjoyed some nice Chianti and felt pretty tipsy for the first time in a year!

I was even able to laugh when I was the first one to spill something on our freshly cleaned carpets, and it happened to be a little bit of my lovely Red Wine.

(YEAH, I know, right?! We clean our carpets  (per my bday request) and the day we do it, I spill MY Birthday Wine on my Birthday Carpets. TYPICAL Meli.)

It being towards the end of the bottle probably made the laughter come eaiser - but point is, I didn't sweat it, I just dealt with it wearing a smile.

Kinda like life, yo.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

28...

....for one more day.


Boys and Girls


Very Relaxed.

I should be sleeping.

But, I'm awake - Wilo had a late night at work and he came bearing the gift of Guinness. I haven't had one in nearly a year - soooooo, I had to have one! Obviously.

I'm also listening to Ekoostik Hookah and looking through some beautiful photos.

(All the professional photos are curtosey of Inspired Images, my photographer of choice! )


Friday, August 6, 2010

Her Blond Streaks are Real

Little Mama


This is my sweet Abby. Isn't she Beautiful?! I mean, I know I am partial but helllooooo, it's the truth. The great thing about Abby is that she is just as beautiful on the inside. She is sweet, caring, loving, non judgemental, open, and accepting. She is also dramatic, emotional and stubborn.  I cannot express how gracious I am to have her - her help this summer has been priceless. She really is my Little Mama.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Well Hello, August.

I cannot believe it is August. AUGUST!

For real, I'm not joking, summer has gone by that fast!

August is a very busy month for us - we have:

My Birthday

My Wedding Anniversary

Jake's Birthday

and finally....

School!

I'm looking forward to all of these things, even my birthday. I told Wilo that all I wanted was a bottle of wine - Chianti, please! - and a carpet cleaner.  Does that spell excitement and danger and fun, or what?!