Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bathing Beauty

Today was the first time Addison went swimming at the pool. Ok, I don't know if you would actually call it "swimming". It was more like sitting in the water and splashing...and the pool was a plastic kiddie pool in a backyard, but still we had fun. Addison wore her new swimsuit for the first time- complete with matching coverup. Also, being a new mom I never realized how time consuming it can be to get a baby ready to "swim". First you have to slather them with sunscreen, then comes the hat and swim diaper and finally when you are all ready to hit the water. She starts crying and is ready for a nap! We eventually got her back in the pool. 

Friday, June 20, 2008

Some Highlights...

Well the week has ended and it is interesting how I don't even really recognize that it's friday anymore. Every day seems to run into the next when you aren't working. Here are a few highlights from our very uneventful week:

1. I'm going to dip into last week a little. Last Friday Joey and I got to celebrate 4 years of marriage! In some ways 4 years seems like such a small amount of time, but in other ways it feels like it has been forever. We went out to Flemings downtown and had an amazing time. I think I gained about 10 lbs after the enormous amount of food we ate! The molten chocolate cake is a MUST if you ever go there. We had a great time though...just getting to talk and reminisce. Interesting side note: The Heart of Texas biker rally and the Gay Pride parade were being held in Austin that same night which made it quite eventful :)

2. On Sunday, Joey celebrated his first father's day and it was very special. Honestly, we didn't do that much but Joey got some fun presents. I made him a scrapbook of pictures (of him and Addison) and added some other fun things.  He got to play video games all afternoon which was what he requested! 
3. Addison and I met Joey for lunch down at the Counter Cafe (off 6th and Lamar). Their blueberry pancakes are TO DIE FOR!! and BONUS they have mexican coke with real sugar! My favorite meal of the day is breakfast and this restaurant serves it all day, so it's a hit for me. After lunch Addison and I walked around a downtown bookstore...this was quite possibly my favorite event of the week. I am such a nerd...I LOVE books!

4. My mom came into town on Thursday and we got to go shop and hang out. I love just chilling with my mom. We didn't really do anything that exciting but it's good to just sit and talk.

5. I got to hang out with my sister in law and niece and nephew on Tuesday. We went to Chick-Fil-A and watched the kids play. Well, Addison and Brynn didn't really play but they both smiled alot and tried to shove things in their mouths.

6. I finished the last book of the Harry Potter series this week. I know, I am WAY behind everyone else, but I have had alot going on. Anyway, I think it was quite possibly the best book I have ever read and I honestly cried at some parts of the story. I kind of feel lost now that the series is over...I am having withdrawls :) If you have any good book suggestions let me know!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Discovery

Summer has commenced and for me that means one thing: cleaning. During the school year I rarely have a chance to do a deep cleaning at home. At least that's what I tell myself. It's probably more like laziness. Anyway, I decided to tackle my closet this morning (Actually it's Joey's closet as well...he says we share it, but about 90% of it is my junk) Anyway, as I was cleaning out and decluttering I found a HUGE stash of all my old purses and this got me to thinking. You see me and my purses have a history. In high school I couldn't keep track of them and left them EVERYWHERE...classes, restaurants you name it. Some would say I still have this bad habit, but I promise I am getting better. Another thing about me and purses is that I try to store every possible belonging I can fit in there. Sometimes I buy small ones so they won't get so stuffed to the brim with junk, but that always backfires and I fill it with reciepts, food, make-up etc etc. until I can't possibly zip it. A purse for me is just another catch all for random things I collect during the day...you name, I probably have it. The other day someone asked if I had a pen they could borrow. I said..."Let me see...pens no, maple syrup yes!" true story...you never know when that will come in handy. The other quirky/ ridiculous thing I do with purses is NEVER EMPTY them. Finding one of my purses is like uncovering an era of my life. When I get a new one I leave the old one completely in tact (junk and everything) and merely stash it in the closet. You just never know when you might need one of those old reciepts! So you can see that as I pulled out purse after purse I had some fun looking through them. Here are some of my more interesting findings:

Purse#1 This purse I just had to have for our trip to New York last Christmas...inside: granola bar (still in the wrapper), Aggie football ticket, pearls, small picture frame, and way down at the bottom: dog food (its a long story)

Purse #2 A Chris Rice CD, a sonicare toothbrush head, mini bean bag football, mini sewing kit, Christmas cards, one sunglass lens-no frames, and crazy glue.

One theme...almost all of them have some form of cold and sinus medication, and almost all of them contain some kind of snack and of course tons of reciepts. What does this say about me?I'm not sure.

I could go on...but I won't futher embarrass myself. For those of you who know my purse flaws and still love me. Thanks.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Every Day is Summer!

This past Thursday was my last day of school. I have to admit I was a little sentimental as I closed to the door of my classroom for the last time and said goodbye to friends. I am sad that I will be leaving teaching. Normally at this time each year I am excited for the break from school, the time at the pool, warm weather etc. but this year is different because I know I am not going back. At that moment it hit me....every day is going to be like summer. No more grading, lesson planning, or lecturing. I get to hang out at home every day. What a gift! I am so ready for summer and the fun that it brings...here are a few random pictures from the past few weeks, that I thought were too cute!!

best friends!...(goofy smile)

the brain washing has commenced...

Joey and his girls...all sleeping

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Mischievous Maddie

Not much has been going on in the LoSurdo household of late. Life consists of working, coming home to play with Addison, dinner and bed. It is pretty mundane and routine. However last night was a little out of the norm.

Most of you who know Joey and I have met our dog...or let me rephrase that-you have been attacked by her at the door. Maddie is a very friendly, sweet dog who mainly sleeps around the house most of the time (Again, if you have ever come to our house before you find this hard to believe due to Maddie's psychotic greetings). She is Joey's constant companion and literally follows him around the house when he's home, and she sleeps with us every night. A few days ago, Joey and I randomly talked about what we would do without Maddie since she is such a huge part of our lives. Last night, we were scared we might have to find out. Maddie being the well behaved dog she is not, decided she really wanted some of my yummy chocolate cake last night. I thought I had pushed it far enough back on the counter to avoid doggie temptation, but she put her front paws up there and dug in. She ended up eating half of the cake!! Chocolate can be very toxic to dogs so when we called the emergency vet hospital and they heard how much she had ingested they had us rush down there. They promptly induced vomiting and pumped her stomach. The vet said she would be okay, but we had a rough night. We hoped that Maddie would learn her lesson...

However, she got herself in trouble again this morning. As I was running out the door late for work...Maddie slipped by me and ran out the door. For most well trained dogs this is no problem, but Maddie is an obedience school dropout and in the fall when we took her to obedience classes we decided she didn't need them (I blame it on my pregnant hormonal state of mind!) Anyway, once Maddie leaves our house she bolts for freedom and it pretty much takes an act of God to get her back. So here I am running down the street after her... calling her name, trying to lure her to my car or random neighbors houses. Most of them have seen this ritual before and just laugh. I finally caught her and drug her back home (literally)-halfway there she sat down and went limp and decided to thwart my efforts (I call this pulling a "Sydney"... a move perfected by my brother and sister-in-laws dog) I ended up basically dragging her home and being late for my field trip at school. What a day! Incidently tonight we will be deviating from the "norm" to get a shock collar.