>My new ride (hopefully)

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Isn’t this the coolest bicycle around? And who would look adorable riding in the back? Yep, at one time I would have been hauling Zeus & Zoe, but I think Maddy and Libby would really enjoy this. We could even bike over to the humongous Harris Teeter and still have room for groceries!

The great people at Madsen are giving away two of these bikes on July 15 and all you need to do to is have some sort of web presence and link back to their site.

So, consider giving the girls a new ride and click the button below.

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes

>Dreadmill

>It poured here tonight when I was going to go run, so I headed over to the gym for a 3 mile run on the dreadmill. The run wasn’t so bad tonight, but I have no idea what was up with my shorts. And by up, I mean literally …. creepin’, creepin’, creepin’ up my hiney.

I hate that. I kept tugging at the sides not trying to do a full on “yank.” I swear these shorts only ride up when I’m on the treadmill. Is there any logic to that being true? These are the same shorts I wore for my latest half-marathon, so I know it really can’t be all my imagination.

So, for all of the folks that had to witness my pulling and shifting while running, I’m sorry.

And to the guy who hung onto the top of the treadmill while running, just let go! I promise it won’t go anywhere!

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>Pink CHI, RIP

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After a lovely three years with my pink CHI flat iron, she met her untimely demise on Saturday. One too many spills on the tile floor rendered her useless. And believe me when I tell you that I had a washcloth around my hand trying to revive her and not burn myself as I was in the midst of hair-straightening on a very humid day. It’s been a few very scary and poufy last several days.

So, I would like to introduce, Blue CHI. I know that we will grow into a (hopefully) long love affair and I promise that I will try not to drop you on the floor. I was also glad to find that ULTA had you on sale and I also had a 20% off coupon to use when I invited you home.
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>Transition

>It is hard to believe that in just under a month, my babies will be one year old! It really feels like it has all gone by in the blink of an eye.

As most Moms of eleven-months know, I am counting down to the end of formula! Hurray! Yippee! Ca-ching! I really didn’t want to do the math, but when I added it up, I was shocked. I stopped breastfeeding and pumping at eight months, but it made me wish that I had kept going a little bit longer.

A can of Neosure is $14.99 (the cheapest I can find it and Similac has all, but stopped sending coupons.) I used to have handfuls of $5 coupons, but now we’re lucky to get one $3 coupon every other month.

Maddy and Libby go through a can of formula a day. 31 days x $14.99 = $464.69. OUCH.

That’s a car payment, or childcare, or college savings, or half of our new fence, or new clothes for me, I mean new Brooks Brothers shirts for Hubby! I will excitedly buy them the best gallon of organic whole milk that I can find on June 21!

My question to the Mom’s out there … how did you transition? Part milk/part formula and just gradually increase the milk, decrease the formula? Did you still warm everything up? How long did it take you to switch to 100% milk? They like yogurt and cheese, so hopefully this will be an easy transition.

>Just a swingin’

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This afternoon, we took a little impromptu trip to our neighborhood park for a swing and a stroll.
Maddy and Libby loved the swings and I need to remember to take more black and white photos. Happy Memorial Day, everyone.

>Obsessed

>I have been watching these on eBay and I am obsessed.

Everyone I have mentioned them to looks at me like I’m a bit nuts. I keep imagining them all framed the same and hung together in my living room. I have a bare wall over our sofa and I think they would look perfect. I will admit that I am also obsessed with shades of blue and really want to repaint our entry way with a soft blue. Then these prints would coordinate even better.

Do I know anything about British birds or their eggs? Well, no. Does it really matter?

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>Off my chest

>This won’t make sense to anyone but Hubby, so here goes.

I try to do something nice for two people very close to me.

I basically get shit on in the process and feel like I have something held over my head. Actually, I don’t feel it, I know that I have something held over my head.

It is decided that the nice thing won’t happen, but I still can’t help but to feel mad and bitter about the thing that was held over my head. It was surprising and hurtful. I know that I need to be the bigger person and let it go, but why is it so freakin’ hard?

So what do you do now? Play nice-nice and act like nothing ever happened or hold a grudge that keeps you up at night? Neither option really feels right to me at the moment, but I’m hoping that the wine I’m drinking will help me sleep.

I guess the quote, “nice guys finish last” is true.

>Fangs

>Libby now has four teeth … her bottom two, and two on the top. Instead of her top front teeth coming in, her lateral incisors came in first.

Since I’m new at parenting and didn’t really grow up around a lot of babies, I wasn’t sure if this was “normal” or not. I guess it’s the latter after visiting friends for their son’s baptism yesterday and one shouted out, “Oh my gosh … Libby has fangs!”

I haven’t been able to get one picture that shows these little beauties, but it really is the cutest and funniest thing I have seen in a while. Has anyone else seen this happen in babies or should I be calling the orthodontist now!?