Saturday, August 1, 2009

Get Around: Bank of America's Museums on Us Program

It's Museums On Us weekend!

If you're a Bank of America cardholder (credit or debit), you can get into select museums in a variety of cities for free the first full weekend of every month!

Here's the list of participating museums in Atlanta:

The Atlanta History Center;
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Atlanta Botanical Garden;
Millennium Gate;
Zoo Atlanta;
High Museum of Art

To find out which museums in your city are participating, click here.

*Just so y'all know this is not a paid endorsement. What could they give me? Free entrance to a museum? Just kidding. But I just thought I'd let you know that I'm just relating this information because I think it's really cool and plan to take advantage.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Forever. Or Maybe Not.

And now, for some Friday fun...

Jill And Kevin's Unexpected Wedding Entrance - Watch more Breaks Biggest Winners

Followed by this parody:

JK Unexpected Divorce Hearing Entrance - Watch more Funny Videos

And We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Cranky Mommy who is the winner of the Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Shape Set.

From reading her post announcing the contest, I see that she's beginning to home school both her oldest and youngest children, so I know she'll get a lot of use out of this!

Thanks to both of you gals who entered for sharing news about the contest on your site and via Twitter!

And if you're curious as to how I selected a winner, I used the number randomizer at after assigning you numbers for each of your contest entries.

Thanks again for visiting and playing!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Repeating Myself: Enter to Win an Awesome Developmental Toy!

Time is running out to enter to win the Melissa & Doug Lace 'n Trace Shape Set.

It's a great gift for a developing toddler or an older child who has fine motor difficulty. Follow this link to read about the contest and enter. You'll see there are multiple ways you can win!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Arms of an Angel

I just learned about a baby and a family that needs our prayers right now. I've linked to the mom's blog where you can read about what is going on. But please keep little Stellan and his family in your prayers right now.

If you're Catholic, or believe in intercessory prayer, you might want to say this prayer to St. Jude, patron of the hopeless:

Prayer to St. Jude for our Child who is Sick

St. Jude, the glorious apostle faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the patron of hopeless cases of things despaired of, pray for our child who is sick and so miserable. Make use we implore you of this particular privilege accorded to you, to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to our assistance in this great time of need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly to help our child to get better from his illness and to give him good health and to guide his path, and that we may bless God with you and all the elect forever. I promise you, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.

Sea of Teeth

Not only has summer flown by, but it has brought a host of changes.

Both my boys grow and change and become increasingly more...human every minute of every day. Right before my very eyes.

In the span of a month, Brendan has lost his first two teeth; teeth that seem as if they came in yesterday as I massaged his tender gums with cooling gel and froze binkies for him to suck on.

Beckett has gone from baby to little boy overnight as well, it seems. Two weeks ago I pulling my hair out and trying to schedule an appointment with Babies Can't Wait to have him evaluated for a speech deficit because at 31 months old, he's still not speaking in sentences. Then, on Thursday of this week, he just pops out with his first sentence, telling me, "Mom, I have a poop." Meaning, of course, that he had a dirty diaper.

Then, he told me to "Put the lid down." Since then, he has added sentences to tell us that his brother is mean, to ask me to stop doing something he didn't like, and to direct us all to do his bidding.

He has also become less tolerant of having his big brother take his toys without asking and more demanding and grabby himself. Preschool should be fun!

Fear of having a burgeoning bully on my hands aside, all of this rapid change in the boys is very exciting. I love seeing them grow and learn and become more confident and more of who they truly are every day.

It's far to easy to get caught up in life's daily minutiae and miss the miracle of it all. I may not always express it and I know that my penchant for falling into depression can mask it, but I really am amazed by the joy that is to be found in creating, living with, mothering, and just being around these little people, who still live each and every moment fully. What a fantastic experience!