Monday, September 29, 2008


It doesn't take much to get me a kiss from Leda. All I have to do is point at my lips and she will come over and give me a kiss. And there are times I don't even have to ask, like in the morning, after she will climb into bed with me. She will put her arms around me and give a kiss right on the lips.

It's her way of telling us she loves us. She very rarely will tell us she loves us, except for repeating after we say it to her. But the kissing, it really tells us how much she loves us.

In the past couple of weeks, the kissing has changed a bit...She grabs the sides of my head and pulls me in for a kiss that lasts for several seconds. It's almost a passionate like kiss. Like a lover's kiss, without the open mouth (thank goodness!)

Once, after the second or third time she kissed me like that, I asked her what that was for, and she told me, "that's how Ariel kisses Prince Eric, like this," and she does it again, with emphasis! What the heck are those Disney movies teaching my kid????

So, if Leda pulls you in for a 'passionate' kiss, blame it on The Little Mermaid!

Support Family and Support Our Troops...

Brock's cousin Tim Wendel has a new book out...and he's doing something pretty cool...

If you purchase his new book Red Rain between now and Veteran's Day (November 11th), Writer's Lair Books will donate a portion of the book sale to Operation Homefront, an organization that helps support military families in need.

For more information about Red Rain, visit Tim's website.

I just ordered my copy!

Friday, September 26, 2008

No, Really, This is Just Plain WEIRD!

It's 7:20 PM on a Friday night and I am looking up the lyrics to a song on the web.

Okay, so that's not totally weird...I've been know to look up lyrics on the web from time to time. The song I'm looking up is "Hey, Hey, We're the Monkeys" and that is kinda weird because I pretty much know those lyrics top and bottom, left to right and probably backwards as I think I saw every episode of the Monkeys at least 5 times. Okay, yes, I thought Davy was cute, but I really kinda had a thing for Mickey!

But that isn't what was just plain weird about this situation. No, what was just plain weird, bizarre even, was the REASON I was looking up the lyrics for the song "Hey, Hey, We're the Monkeys" (anyone want to take bets on whether or not that song makes it into my iTunes library by the end of the weekend???).

The reason I was looking up the lyrics is because BROCK WAS TRYING TO SING THE SONG! Yes, my husband! That was weird! And the reason I had to look them up was because he was singing them wrong, and I knew he was singing them wrong. But he got the wrong lyrics in my head and I had to go looking up the real lyrics because he got me all messed up!

We really need to get out more often! Seriously!

Friday Random 10

Something I am going to try here every Friday...Friday's Random 10 songs from my iPod:

Brooks & Dunn, That's What She Gets For Loving Me
Percy Sledge, When A Man Loves A Woman
Todd Rundgren, Hello It's Me
Collective Soul, Precious Declaration
The Mamas & The Papas, California Dreamin'
Journey, With A Tear
Hall & Oates, She's Gone
Juluka, Siyayilanda
Jonny Lang, Darker Side
Kenny Chesney, When the Sun Goes

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Equal Rights

Brock asked Leda to join us downstairs in the living room after dinner...

Leda: "I can't"
Mommy: "Why not?"
Leda: "I'm getting married!"
Mommy: "Oh really, to whom?"
Leda: "Cinderella!"

Things that make you go, HMMMMMMMM!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I might add some more, but I think I'm keeping what I got here. I'm pretty happy with it now. It's inspiring me to come up with a few new posts, something other than a regurgitation of our weekends.

I've got a few rolling around in this head of mine. Just have to get them down in a post and hit 'publish' so stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out the new site. There's some new stuff over there on the right...I added my Good Reads stuff, books that are on my beside table (that means they will eventially be read! I'm currently reading Edgar Sawtelle!) I think I may have added a new blog or two to my list as well!

At least I won't have to rearrange my bedroom now! ;-)

How Ya Like Me Now?

I'm kinda digging this look. I might keep it for awhile!

Changes are happening...

Warned ya. Should have warned myself. I have lost my old template (well, it's not lost, just hiding) and I have lost all the comments made on this blog since the beginning of time (and, as far as I can tell, they are not in hiding, them GONE!)

At any rate, please don't get too used to the look. It could be changing like a chameleon walking on a Jackson Pollack painting over the next few days or so!

UPDATED: FOUND THEM, I FOUND THEM. The comments, that is. Swell!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It's time for that weekend update!

I promise, I am totally thinking of ways to make the posts on this blog less boring and more exciting. I mean, reading about our weekends can't be that much fun! Even I find them a bit boring, and I was the one having the fun over the weekend! How bad can that be?

So this will be brief...Brock and I did make it out for the evening on Friday all by ourselves. This after much pleading from the offspring that she should be allowed to come with us, that we are a family and we should DO EVERYTHING TOGETHER! PLLLLLEAAAAASSSSSEEEEE??? As soon as Caitlyn (the babysitter) arrived, she forgot she had parents..."oh, are you two still here? When are you leaving?"

We had a wonderful dinner at the Black Lab in town (I highly recommend - food has always been excellent. Oh, and if you are gonna get yourselves a bottle of wine, may I suggest the 2005 Clos Du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon - it was really good!) After dinner we took a walk around town since it was a nice enough night and it was a bit early to go to our movie - stopped off for a beer at the new pub in town, P.J. Ryan's, and a purchase or two at the EarthMart store.

Off to the movie theater we went to see Burn After Reading, which, I have to say, was pretty darn good! It is amazing how unattractive two very attractive men can be when they play complete idiots! George Clooney and Brad Pitt were very good. And I kinda dig Frances McDormand - in a totally platonic way, of course! I thought she was hysterical in Fargo and she didn't disappoint in this movie at all! I would highly recommend the movie, but watch out - the F-bomb drops A LOT!

Saturday was a hang around the house and do nothing day. It was beautiful out, but it was a day of rest after a long week. We did go out and rent movies and get Chinese food for dinner. We watched Pete's Dragon with Leda before she headed off to bed and I introduced Brock to The Big Chill, one of my all time favorites. What was a bit scary was I think I totally remember seeing Pete's Dragon in the movie theater, like when I was NINE! Scary! Leda thought it was pretty great! We spent Sunday cleaning and watching NASCAR and Eagles Football! WOO HOO! Go Eagles!

So that was our weekend. Not sure what is in store for this weekend, and I am sure I'll catch you up next week, but I hope I also come out of this writer's block and come up with some other material to liven the place up around here! Beware, when I get like this, I start re-arranging furniture, so don't be surprised if things start to look a little different as well!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Aye,'s Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Gotta love Talk Like a Pirate Day! Although, I don't think I can talk like that on my conference call later today with the client! Oh well!

Oh, and yeah, it's our Anniversary. Only 10 years. No big deal!


Plans for this evening are leave Leda with babysitter, go have a nice dinner and then see movie...Burn After Reading...I'm really looking forward to it. The dinner. And the spending time with my husband of 10 years. Oh, yeah, and the Brad Pitt and George Clooney action won't be too bad either! ;-)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Horses and Carriages and Birthday Parties!

Yesterday was a BUSY day! We were up at the crack of dawn, I had some work to get started and Leda had to make sure I was up and about early enough!

Actually, it was a good allowed us to spend the rest of the day with a very busy schedule. After I got my work started and Leda got some breakfast and we both got dressed (there was even a shower in there for me!) we headed on out to meet Aunt Jennifer and Aunt Karen and Paige and Sydney at the Durhams for our morning at the barn! First, we stopped at WaWa for some coffee for me and water for Leda and what did we see but LOTS of MINIs preparing to go out on a little rally around Chester County! There must have been about 50 MINIs ready to go...all sorts - Coopers, Copper Ss, Convertibles, Clubmans! It was awesome. Turns out it was the PhillyMini club - a forum I had been a part of ages ago when I first got the MINI! It looked like a lot of fun and Leda and I think we should join back up with the group and start going on some of these runs with other MINIs!

Off to the Durhams we went and we then headed over to the barn to feed the horses and see the Carriages come in to prep for their run down to Radnor Hunt for the Concours d'elegance. We got there a little early so we could feed the horses and hang out before the carriages arrived. Leda LOVED the baby (she's about 6 months now) and LOVED feeding Aunt Jennifer's horse Hero! I think there is a horse or at least riding lessons in our future!!

Leda and the baby
Leda and the baby

Leda feeds Hero
Leda feeds Hero

And right around 11AM, we heard the horns announce the arrival of the carriages. There were about 10 or 11, mostly the open day carriages. But they were all dressed in period clothes (which had to be HOT as it was a REALLY hot (90+ degrees) and humid day!

The carriages were beautiful the horses were gorgeous. I wish my pictures came out better, I tend to focus on the horses rather than the whole package (horses and carriages!) I've got some video I'll post later this week. That turned out pretty well, with horn and all!


After the carriages headed on to Radnor, Leda and I headed home to check on my work and change into bathing suits, then back to the Durhams for a little dip in the pool and some lunch. Daddy met us over there and then we headed home for a quick nap before we headed out for Danny's 4th birthday where we had an awesome time (and awesome cake!!)

It was a really busy day yesterday. I'm exhausted! Hopefully I can stay awake enough to watch most if not all (yeah, right) of the Eagles/Cowgirls game. We'll see how long I can hang. I hate Monday night games...they don't end til way past my bedtime!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Weekend fun...

It's a girl's weekend...Daddy is off working for the weekend and Leda and I are left here to fend for ourselves. I think we are doing a pretty darn good job of it!

I still don't understand the mind of a toddler...will sleep late during the week but just about never fails to wake up in the 6 o'clock hour (that would be closer to the 6 in the AM!) on the weekends. Both days. What is up with that?

Granted, I have work to do this morning...better to do it earlier than later, since we have a big day ahead! But still!

Anyway, yesterday was a fun day. Leda and I got ourselves dressed and ready for the day fairly early. As we were getting dressed, I had the local news on and they were doing a piece on all the Friday Night high school football games and Leda started cheering..."Go Eagles! Go Eagles!" I had to explain to her that yelling Go Eagles was a very good thing, but only when the Eagles were playing. I tried to explain to her that there are other football teams. That we can cheer on other teams, but they had other names. She seemed to get it, of course, she did ask what the teams names I know! Anyway, she yelled, "Go!Go!Go! Get a Touchdown!" a few times at the TV. And I mean YELLED! Oh, yeah, she's so a Cunningham!

We got on with our day. We headed down to the county campaign headquarters for our candidate for a little volunteer time...made a few phone calls while Leda played in the kids corner. She was such a good little girl. Everyone was very impressed with her. She really did behave extraordinarily well. For about an hour and a half. The last half hour we were there she was just good...she got pretty comfortable there, so she was doing a bit more running around and shouting! So, it was time to go. But not until we tried to clean them out of buttons and balloons!

We headed home, took naps and then headed down to Wilmington to have dinner with Daddy where he was staying for work. We hadn't done this before, but did it this time because an old family friend was working with Daddy, Stan Peters, and Stan had asked that we come down and have dinner with them. It was nice to see Stan, who I have known since I was a kid. We had a great dinner. Leda was fairly well behaved, except for the fact that there was a chocolate cookie and chocolate milk involved, so she was on full speed!

Today, I am hopefully working a little this morning then we are going to head off to join Aunt Jennifer and Paige at the barn to see the parade of carriages! Then Daddy will be home early this afternoon and then we are off to Danny's 4th birthday party! WooHoo! More sugar! WooHoo!

It promises to be a hot day today! I hope it's just as fun!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Milestone: First Day of Nursery School

Well, we made it! Today was Leda's first day of Nursery School! It went pretty well, minus a bump or two!

First, Leda had to model her Going To School Outfit and Backpack...

...the front...
Ready for First Day of School!

...and the back...
Ready for First Day of School!

Then, we were properly prepared to leave for school!

Ready for First Day of School!

I went along this morning...Brock actually stayed in the car and I walked Leda up to her classroom. We got to our classroom and placed our backpack in the area outside the room and Leda kinda got a look on her face, like, what's going on here??

I'm staying here???

So we headed into the room and Leda kinda looked around while I was waiting to sign her in and then she headed to the other side of the room to play with the toys. I signed her in and around that time, she came back and looked at me and said, grabbing onto my hand, "Mommy, I want you to stay with me." Okay, yeah, heart broke!

I told her that Daddy would pick her up and before I could even finish telling her this, she just burst out in tears. Were there other kids in the room crying? Nope. Only my kid! I was fully prepared for it, but it still tore me apart. I tried to explain to her that she would have lots of fun and that Daddy would pick her up and she wouldn't even notice we were gone. The teachers were very helpful. She clung and cried for awhile (about two minutes, but felt like a lifetime) and finally I got her over to the toys, grabbed one she was interested in on Tuesday and walked her over to Mrs. Miles and she asked Leda to sit on her lap and draw with her at the table. Leda did so, even though she was still crying, but it was getting a bit better.

I quickly kissed her on the head and made a hasty retreat before she could figure out I left. I paused at the end of the hall to see if she had quieted down and she had.

Brock picked her up 2 and a half hours later and she was just so excited. She had fun...She played and had a snack and liked her teachers. She can't wait to go back on Tuesday! And the report from the teachers was that she was very helpful...was the first one to do anything they told the class to do! That's our girl!

What a milestone! I'm so excited, yet sad my little girl is growing up!

And tonight, we are leaving her home with a baby sitter and Daddy and I are off to have dinner at one of our favorite restaurants (Plush) and will be seeing Los Lonely Boys tonight at the Keswick. I'm looking forward to it.

This day of remembrance has been a great day. We have made some good memories for 9/11. It feels good to know that in subsequent years, we will have some good memories to help with the not so good.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

First Day of School Looms...and other thoughts

Leda had her orientation this morning at her nursery school, where she got to meet her teachers and the kids in her class! She really liked it. The YMCA, which is right around the corner from our house, runs a nursery school. They used to run it out of the church which is right around the OTHER corner from our house (the church that married Brock and I). This year, they moved back to the Y. It was a bit of a re-acquaintance for Brock and I since we have been members of the Y for YEARS but have hardly stepped foot in the place in the past 4 years!

Anyway, last night I went for Parent's orientation and got acquainted with the teachers and some of the other parents and this morning was Leda's turn. Brock and I took her straight to her classroom where she kinda stood back looking around for a few minutes, then started to look at the toys and other stuff in the room, then was straight on into playing with the toys. There are three boys and eight girls in her class. Oh, and just for good measure, she's the only Leda! ;-)

She played, I introduced her to her teacher (yeah, not so excited about that) and when it was time to go, we had to practically drag her kicking and screaming from the room! Hope that happens on Thursday when we drop her off and LEAVE her there for 2 and a half hours! We may get lucky, since she spent the whole day asking if she could go to school tomorrow! Unfortunately for her, she's gotta wait until Thursday!

So I took my child, my small child who was but a babe in arms not too long ago, out to KMart to purchase her first school backpack. Oh, yes, she's got three already (okay, two if you don't count the Dora backpack that is really a toy) but one's too small and the other is a little too big and heavy for her to wear on her back - since she will have to go up and down stairs to get to her classroom, it was best we got her something she could wear on her back. Thus, the reason we went out and bought her a new one.

So I am in KMart with the kid and I'm trying to point her toward the generic colored backpacks and what does she grab but a garish bright purple Tinkerbell backpack. That was a little too small. And didn't have the staying power I think would be nice to have (i.e., when she's 5, she'll probably think it's too baby to take to kindergarten, if it lasts that long). I finally got her to agree with me that the really cool black backpack with Tinkerbell on it was MUCH better. Thus, the one we came home with!

She'll most likely need to get a totally different backpack for Kindergarten. Hey, I tried!

So, Thursday is the day....Leda goes off to school. Check back for first day of school pictures!


It's official...You can expect to find me watching the Tour next year! I'm so darn excited, I did an end-zone dance on a Tuesday!


Speaking of end-zone about dem Eagles? That was one awesome game. And I'm really liking our rookie...DeSean Jackson! Dude totally ROCKED! Oh yeah, gonna be a good year!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Is it Next July Yet????

Oh man, how am I going to make it through to next summer????

I sure hope it's true and the man is gonna make a come back!

So looking forward to it! I really couldn't get into the Tour this year. I tried, but just couldn't muster enough interest in anyone or any team (well, I kinda liked Christian Van De Velde - I'll be watching what he does for next year!)

Guess I'll be keeping posted on Lance's moves! So looking forward to the Tour 09!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Leda Dances!

We bought the Flip Video camera last week....I've got some other video to post. But today was too funny...Leda wanted to dance to the ooka ooka song. So I let her listen, then remembered, I could tape it.

It's very cute. Unfortunately, I stopped thinking about what I was doing and started to sing...oops! It's only half a bar and it's around midway, so turn down the volume about then!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Oh yeah, guess what starts this weekend...that's right, FOOTBALL!

Okay, so it really starts tonight, Redskins vs. Giants.

We started watching the beginning of the game...Michael Strahan presenting the Lombardi trophy to Giants Stadium and indicating they were the best fans in the whole world...oh yeah? I got a beef with that!

So I started the Eagles chant, which scared the Dog and the Husband out of the house. But my little offspring...oh yeah, she's got Cunningham blood in her alright! She chanted along with me...well, she yelled "Go Eagles" at the TV and Michael Strahan. Yep, she'll be chanting the Eagles Chant with me by the end of the season...heck, I wouldn't be surprised if I can teach her the whole fight song!

Yes, the Dog and the Husband are afraid...very afraid!


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Official End of Summer

For the Official End of Summer, we headed north to the Thousand Islands for the weekend. Unfortunately for us, we only had the extra holiday day this time around...usually we spend several extra days around the weekend in the Islands around Labor Day, but we really didn't have any vacation time left to use. So only two full days to rest and relax.

Brock's brother Dan was in from Portland. His wife, Maggie, was spending the weekend with her family in Syracuse and Uncle Dan came up to spend some time with Grandpa and Nana Pam. And, since we hadn't seen him since his wedding in Portland last summer, we headed on up to spend a little time with him. We were really bummed that we missed Aunt Maggie, but hopefully we will see her soon!

It really was a relaxing weekend, with beautiful weather. We drove up on Friday night after work. It was a little rainy on the way up and it rained over night, but Saturday was a beautiful day. Not really hot, but sunny and warm and just wonderful. We headed over to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton with Uncle Dan and Grandpa. Leda loves the boats! There's one or two that she gets to walk around in! And we hit the new speed boat exhibit, where they had some fun stuff for kids to do and ride in!

After a little nap in the late afternoon, we went out to dinner on Wellesley Island and some good conversation after Leda went to bed on Saturday evening. On Sunday, we were up early, hung out watching the boats drift by and then we headed down to Clayton for a little late breakfast, early lunch. We walked around town and hit a few of the shops for a little looksy. Back to the house and an afternoon nap. We had a little barbecue for dinner and again a little conversation in the evening.

Monday morning I woke up really early to the sound of the large ships horns up and down the river. I realized it was about 5 in the morning, and as the sun started to rise, realized that a thick fog had rolled in, thus the reason for all the boat noise! The river looked neat so I headed out at 5:30 to take some early morning fog shots...

Early morning fog

The fog didn't burn off until 9 am or so, but when it did, the day was perfect. We hung out for a little while and then we needed to pack and we were on the road by noon. But not until after a few shots with Grandpa, Nana and Uncle Dan!

Grandpa, Leda and Nana Pam

Leda and Uncle Dan

So bummed to leave the Thousand Islands so soon. We really love going there, it's just so relaxing and fun. One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Hopefully next year we can stay longer as we usually do.

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