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30 January 2009

and on another note...

Max just tried to slip me some tongue. Where do they learn these things?

bollywood news!

First, can you say martial arts Bollywood movie? I want to see it! ( you have to double click in order to actually watch it)

And second, I finally got that Bollywood exercise video and it is FABULOUS! You feel like completely ridiculous while doing it but it is SUCH a good workout. The best thing about for me is, unlike other exercise videos, you can get a really good workout even if you don't do things exactly right. Which is good since I have no rhythm. So is anyone up to a bollywood dance/exercise party?

29 January 2009

25 things

This is actually something going around facebook, but I'm putting it here too. You're supposed to list 25 random things about you then tag some people, but I'm not tagging anyone (although if you want to do it I'll read it!)

1. I got married 8 days after my 19th birthday and don't regret it one bit.

2. I have a major crush on Daniel Craig, closely followed by Christian Bale.

3. I'm actually not that fond of toddlers. I think they're adorable and hilarious but prefer them in small doses.

4. I had more patience before I had a child.

5. You know how some people have trouble losing weight? Well, I have trouble gaining it. (and it's not as nice a problem as you would think it'd be)

6. I've known since I was 12 that I will be the one to take care of my parents in their old age, and have planned my retirement accordingly (and no, they did not coerce me into it, I made the decision on my own). (I'm the responsible child)

7. I miss Fredericksburg with all my heart but will never live there again.

8. Bacon, onions, and vanilla coke are my favorite things in the world.

9. I want to have a lot of kids. Like 7 or 9. If the Harmon line dies, it will not be MY fault.

10. I read. a lot. and quickly.

11. My mood is directly related to how much sunshine there is.

12. I love the desert tremendously but am not sure I could give up my trees.

13. I get overwhelmed really easily. And when it happens I have a tendency to retreat from public life.

14. I am painfully shy- overcoming that is a constant battle. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose.

15. Growing up people thought my brother and I were twins 'cause we're the same size (and still are). In reality we're two years apart.

16. I want to renovate my house like it's going out of style (and it is).

17. I want to visit every continent and all 50 states before I die.

18. I buy children's books based solely on the illustrations. Ones from the 60s and 70s are my favorite.

19. Once we're retired and I don't have kids to take care of anymore I want to go to UVA and get my masters in Landscape Architecture.

20. I am sick of Max eating my food. Real sick.

21. I like to make things.

22. I am really stubborn. It's not a good trait. And Max has it too so all I want to do is beat my head against the wall some days.

23. Max is only two but he can already physically push me around. (he's a third of my weight, go figure)

24. I'm a direct descendant of Geoffrey Chaucer- I think he's my ninth Great-Grandfather.

25. I'm distantly related to both George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush through marriage.

max and I reading my favorite children's book: Where the Wild Things Are (and yes, this book did influence Max's naming and it was also the first children's book I bought when I got pregnant)

28 January 2009

what my days look like

At 4:30pm Monday this is what Max looked like:

And I'm afraid I didn't look much better. I'm so winning mother of the year.

26 January 2009

four days later...

...the snow is gone and we're outside without coats...

[being sly]

... welcome to North Carlolina.

23 January 2009

what winter is supposed to look like...

Since living in North Carolina, I can count on one hand the number of times it has snowed (besides flurries that never stick) and it drives me crazy! Instead, it's cold (but not cold enough to actually freeze anything) and rainy so you get wet every time you go outside and then freeze because it's cold. This winter it actually snowed BEFORE Thanksgiving and that had me hopeful we would get more snow (maybe even for Christmas!). But, I was let down and have been hoping for snow to no avail. UNTIL THIS WEEK! It snowed Monday night and we woke up to an inch or so of snow Tuesday morning!! It made my day, and Max didn't mind either.

It doesn't look like he's dressed warm enough in the pictures (swishy pants and tennis shoes?) but assure you had had on about 4 layers AND I was successful in keeping a hat on him!

This last photo is my favorite from the day- that was the exact expression I got every time I tried to talk to him. The "mom, I'm busy with the snow. Leave me alone" face.

All the snow is pretty much melted now, but I'm hoping we'll get some again!

20 January 2009

Dear Mr. President Obama,

(although I'm just assuming you're the president at this point since I don't have tv and was too late to watch it online)

I just wanted to say congratulations and wish you well on your term as president of the United States of America. Your election shows how far we've come as a country and I hope your term proves to be as historic. I may not share your same political beliefs, but I know you will do what you believe is right for this country and I can't demand any more than that. I hope the next four years are as full of hope and (gasp!) change and all that feel-good stuff as your campaign was.

BUT, what I want I really want to say is THANK YOU. Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing Chicago deep dish pizza to Washington D.C. That, in my opinion, is monumental. Every time I visit our nation's capital and have a belly full of that warm, flaky deliciousnees, know I will be thanking YOU in my heart.

Jacqueline/Jackie/Jax Harmon

ps. I think your family is swell.

12 January 2009

Cannonball heads.

ok, so this is a really bad picture of us, but basically what I saw in the mirror today while playing with Max. He is GINORMOUS compared to me! I knew he looked huge when I held him, and normal sized when Rob does, but I had no idea it was this dramatic! It's hard to believe I pushed that cannonball out of me- I'll occasionally put the hat I'm wearing in the picture on him, and I'm sorry to say it fits him almost the same. He really is going to be bigger than me by Kindergarten.

08 January 2009

cleaning out the attic.

After a chaotic end to 2008, we are finally getting ourselves organized for 2009 (it's not my fault we weren't ready last week- we all got some bug that kept us down New Year's Eve to this past Tuesday). I've started with a very thorough cleaning and organizing of the house, then on to getting my business on the web and a few little projects I've had up my sleeve for a long time, plus I'm trying to be a better mom to Max. Rob and I have/will be (like I said, the illness has put us behind) made/making some major resolutions that involve organizing and scheduling our lives- I'm hoping they'll stick! But the biggest thing I'm hoping will come with the changes we're trying to make is updating the blog more. We'll see. My problem is all the blog delicious-ness that comes to mind is while I'm in bed at night trying to fall asleep. I'm going to have to work on that.

Anyway, I came across this picture from a trip to the farmer's market last fall and had to share.

I just love my child.