Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Water Park at 109 Trudy Lane

Water Park Hours:
Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday & Sunday: All Day

Children age 0-100: FREE!!

Concession Prices:
All you can eat popsicles: FREE!!

Olivia had buckets and buckets of fun at The Water Park today. Here's some pics!

Stay cool!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Most Important Life Lesson

I've been thinking about what I've gained since becoming a mom--thinking about how I've changed. I started thinking about this on Friday as Olivia and I ate lunch together at Mama Penn's. We had just left the Dr.'s office (Olivia has a double ear infection) and we stopped to grab lunch. As Olivia scarfed down her fried chicken, green beans, mac & cheese, broccoli casserole and cornbread I realized that I've gained a "lunch buddy!"

I have also gained:

1. lbs.
2. the inability to sleep past 7:00 am
3. the "mommy tummy" and love handles to match
4. the ability to recite Goodnight Moon
5. a loathing for Dora the Explorer
6. sinus and ear issues
7. bumpy fingernails. Something about being pregnant ruined my nails.
8. larger moles
9. a 3-minute makeup routine on the days I actually wear makeup
10. an addiction to coffee
11. the realization that the house will NEVER BE CLEAN AGAIN. EVER.
12. this little peanut that runs up and hugs my knees and says, "Mommy...awwwww."
13. volatile hormones
14. a short temper (due to #13 above)
15. the inability to leave a store without looking at toys, baby clothes, diapers, etc.
16. the inability to shop for myself because I'm looking at toys, baby clothes, diapers, etc.
17. the instinct to "catch" vomit. It's true. Olivia went through a phase where she would put her fingers in her mouth after she ate and make herself throw up. I instinctively put my had up to her mouth to try and catch it. Why??? What good does that do?? Where does that instinct come from?? many, many things. This could go on forever. EVERYTHING changes when you become a parent. No one ever really tells you that. Sure, people say, "Oh, your life will never be the same." And they say it with a smile and a sense that they've "been there, done that," and I now realize those people understood a life truth that I was walking blindly and ignorantly into. I assumed that people had babies, the babies moved in, you make a little room, and life goes on. What I now realize is that being a parent changes you physically, emotionally, mentally. It changes your core. Completely.

This is a life lesson that should be advertised. Taught in school. Plastered on billboards. It's an important message to get out there. It's right up there with "Buckle Up. It's the Law." And "Just Say No." And "No Phone Zone."

But in the end,

she's all worth it!!



Saturday, July 17, 2010

My Favorite Summer Salad

It's funny how food can take you back to a different place and time. Kevin and I first had this salad together many, many years ago--before college graduations, before marriage proposals, before honeymoons, before acquiring a mortgage and certainly before becoming parents.

Way back when we were foot-loose-and-fancy-free college kids, Kevin had a roommate, Marcus, a grad student from Germany, that lived with him and his other roomies for a short time. Marcus' girlfriend, Meli, also from Germany, came to visit, and she made this salad. I immediately fell in love with this deliciously, simple salad. I still make it and still love it!

I will title this salad as ...

Meli Made Me This Salad and I Love It


If you make it today, you will love it too!

1 head of Romane Lettuce
1 cucumber
grape tomatoes (as many as you like)
a few handfuls of corn kernels (I've used frozen corn and defrosted it, canned corn drained, but the best is cutting fresh corn right off of the cob!)
feta cheese (as much as you like--Everything is beta with feta!)

I make a huge bowl of this salad, and we eat it for days as a quick lunch or as a side with dinner! I also sprinkle mine with fresh cracked pepper and the tiniest bit of ranch dressing. So good!! You know, I just remembered that I introduced Meli to homemade Oreo milkshakes, and she llllooooooooovvveeeeedd them. Do you think she's in Germany now making "Leigh's Famous Oreo Milkshakes" for Marcus and their 2.2 children they had after Marcus finished grad school and proposed and they got married and bought a house?? I wonder??