of no particular importance...

*i took this photo a couple of years ago when we vacationed in Grand Cayman...the only reason it is showing up here today is because i feel like you should have something to look at while you're reading. and, unfortunately, i have been quite remiss about taking photos lately, so i have nothing new to share, photo-wise. need to work on that...
*i love it when the girl comes home with Scholastic book orders. it brings me a sense of nostalgia. i remember being so excited as a kid when the book van came to our school. i would beg my mom for book after book. when i worked the book fair at her school last fall, i was like a kid in a candy store. i just can't say no to books for my kids.
*watching a young boy pulled from the rubble in Haiti this morning brought tears to my eyes. i cannot begin to fathom the strength & spirit it took to stay alive for a week after the earthquake. i love this CNN link about how anyone can help. we donated to Save the Children. rescues still happening this long after the quake, when it seems that all hope should be long gone, simply prove to me that God is good.
*the boy turns 3 in March. that means many things, but one i am dreading: potty-training. i have never met a more stubborn, bull-headed little boy. both of his grammies bought him "big boy" underpants for Christmas in hopes to nudge him down the potty path. i washed and folded them this morning and was cooing over how cute they were and wondering if they would still fit him when he decides he is ready to go (literally)!
*this blog has been seriously cracking me up lately. so has this one. and this, love their books. i love that there is a sisterhood of "certain kinds" of moms out there. makes me feel validated in a warped sort of way.
*i was going to make a statement about politics, but decided against it. that's probably a good thing.
*the husband and i dropped the kids off at grandma & papa's last weekend to head to Des Moines, IA for his annual work holiday party. the past few years we've gone up on saturday (it's only a 2 hour drive), gone to the party in the evening, and headed back after brunch on sunday. this year, we decided to make a weekend out of it and leave on friday. conveniently i started to get sick on the drive, cough, cough, coughing. nice start to what was supposed to be a lovely romantic weekend. despite getting worse throughout the weekend (i couldn't even go to the holiday party, that's how bad i felt :-( we did manage to have two AMAZING meals at Centro. if you ever find yourself in Des Moines, GO. don't think about it. JUST GO. trust me. thank you so much Jen (whose work & blog you should check out, she is amazing) for the recommendation!
*i am loving seeing all the sneak peaks for CHA, especially the ones from Tim Holtz. his line for sizzix makes me swoon...
**well, i have babbled and bored y'all enough for one day. be happy.

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