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"...and it's our God-forsaken right to be loved, loved, loved, loved, loved..."

What wonderful times we have been having!

I feel like the past few days are trying to make up for every sucky day I have ever had! It's been a steady stream of fun, friends, and family! Even though Pete is on a three day stretch at work (which includes Memorial Day. Fail.) we are lucky enough to have places to go and people to see!

The day after our beach trip, my sweet friend Michelle came by with her littles for an impromptu pool party! I sent Pete out that morning and an hour and $25 bucks later, we had a baby pool blown up and filled, water toys to play with, and a fun sprinkler spouting water for the kids to run through! PJ alternated between splashing and screeching with his friends and hopping out of the pool to run to the front yard! It was warm enough to be in the pool but not so warm that we were dying of heatstroke! The mama's got to chat and after we had the kids dried off and dressed, we all came back in to enjoy a delicious lunch together! It was a great morning…

"My toes just touch the water..."

What do you do when you're back at home, miles from the ocean?

You improvise.

"We spotted the ocean..."

Best. Day. EV-AH!

(That's "ever" for those of you that don't understand my phonetic emphasis for dramatic appeal.)

Pete's work schedule has been insane these past two weeks and PJ and I really haven't see very much of him. He has to work for the entire Memorial Day weekend, so we decided to make the most of his day off today and take PJ to the beach for the first time!

We got to Ocean City and headed right to the boardwalk- this of course, was easy since it was a weekday morning! Parking was no problem at all and the boardwalk was busy but not mobbed. PJ hit the boards running! He loved walking along, looking in shops, imitating the sea gulls (when they screeched, he called back, LOL!) and stoping to examine the nails holding the boards together!

Still, it was nothing compared to PJ's first dip into the ocean! We weren't sure how he would take it, since he can sometimes be sensitive to noise and cold. The ocean, of course, was loud and freezing! Bu…

"But it was Saturday night, I guess that makes it alright..."

It's Saturday night. PJ is sleeping soundly. Pete is at a bachelor party for one of his oldest friends. He worked the past three nights in a row, so this is night four without him. Without my boys to keep me company, I'm lonely tonight. I'm also cranky. (I think the only thing raptured was my good mood) Even after a yummy dinner with my favorite Shelly and my favorite Shelly's girls (minus one) I am feeling annoyed. Disgruntled. Out-of-sorts. I let myself be suckered and it annoys the holy hell out of me. I hate that I can be talked down from what I thought was a solid decision with just a few well-placed words from another. Grrrrrr. But, now it's done and a new plan is in place and I will face it happily! And all of that aside, it's the end of my first week as one of the SparkPeople. Careful planning about what I am going to eat is made easy via this website and planning is the key to my success in healthy eating. Off-the-cuff eating is no good for me. It's how I end up ea…

"There I go, tun the page..."

There is another reason I haven't been blogging lately. It's also the reason my apartment is a mess, the laundry isn't done, and my time when PJ is napping or asleep for the night has been hijacked.
This is the reason:

Pete and PJ gave me a Nook for Mother's Day! I had always been anti-Nook. I am an avid reader and for me, books are like air, like water, like food. I need books. My (very) large collection of books make me happy! They are all in amazing condition- we do not dog-ear pages, misplace dust covers, or use anything for a bookmark besides a slip of paper. I can walk around Barnes and Noble for hours perusing volumes. Nothing makes me happier then a stack of books. So how could I enjoy a little electronic tablet?
Turns out? I could. It took me all of about 6 seconds to start drinking that Kool-Aid! It's been in my hands pretty much every second PJ is in his crib! Since Mother's Day, I have read:
The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided To G…

"There's a fire starting in my heart, reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark..."

It's been a long time for my blog and I.

In my blogging history, I have stretches of non-blogging, where I can go for a long time without sitting down to clear my head. It can start with simply being too tired to blog for a night or two, but I find that the longer I go without writing down my thoughts, the less I have to say as time goes by. It's not that I'm at a loss for material; I'm not writing a novel here, I just write about my day-to-day life. It's the writing in and of itself that takes practice and when I let it fall out of habit, I get rusty.

I joined a website called in an effort to gain some control of my weight and health (both topics for another post, but in short, they are terrible). It is an awesome site if you are wanting to join a weight loss program but can't afford something like Weight Watchers. It's free! Along with monitoring your eating habits and exercise, it also helps you create other goals for yourself and keep …