Friday~April 10th, 2009

There's no 7 Quick Takes over at the Conversion Diary today, but I had to do them anyway. There are just too many small bits of information in my head that need capturing.

Ready? GO!

1. I can't believe I have not eaten even ONE Cadbury mini egg yet this Easter season. I have eaten about four packages of Peeps all by myself, but still no mini eggs. What gives?

2. Spring is almost all the way to Minnesota now. The sun is coming out to stop the snow and the air is moving it's way above 40 degrees. One thing I love about having such stubborn winters is how their death and darkness are always completely destroyed by spring renewal. It's truly miraculous, refreshing, powerful, and somehow it changes me. Every year. Just in time for Easter.

3. And spring makes me want to do something good. For only $10. You can too, if you'd like, by supporting Compassion International's Malaria Intervention fund, helping provide mosquito nets to prevent malaria. Can you believe that a simple net can save a life? Read more about it at the Mother Letter Project.

4. I had a whole lot of confidence in my parenting skills up until Miles (my first) was about 3 and a 1/2 years of age. Then something happened and it seems I'm constantly being thrown for a loop. So now I'm pretty sure none of us knows what the heck we're doing. We just try to do our best with what we know. That's why I love Debbie's post so much today. Another great reminder to stop comparing ourselves to something that doesn't exist.

5. I've decided to have my blog redone and I'm so excited! It should be ready to go in a week or two. I just need to simplify. You know, spring cleaning and all that. Many of you know I have attention issues, and my blog kind of over-stimulates me. It's time to get back to basics. Basics are good. Stay tuned! (I know, you can hardly stand it.)

6. Did you know that Ryan's brother is an incredibly talented drummer who rocks the party with The Bad Plus (a famous jazz trio that will blow your mind)? Well, he's also keeping time for Halloween, Alaska. They have a new CD coming out, and tonight Ryan and I will head out ALONE to the release party. I'm so excited! (Take a moment to check out both of the clips I've linked to here when you have time. Seriously good stuff.)

7. My boys left this morning to go stay with my parents. We'll join them tomorrow. This has never really happened before, an overnight with both boys and neither mom or dad there. But I have to say, the quiet around here today is much needed (and also kind of eerie).

Have a good weekend, peeps! Happy Easter to you and yours.

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Rach@In His Hands said...

Blog makeovers and bands and boys gone oh my!

Happy Easter!

LexiconLuvr said...

Happy Easter!

Have so much fun going to the release party!

Kristina P. said...

I am literally sitting here at work, with a bowl of Mini Eggs in front of me. SOOOO good.

Can't wait to see the blog makeover!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Oh my goodness, Heather! A day OFF? Take naps, play with your blog, take a walk in the sunshine, and eat plenty of Cadbury mini-eggs! You desereve it!!

Tooj said...

I bought a bag of eggs and ate them all. Myself. I was proud. Ever since T.O. turned 4, I have started to question. It's bizarre. I am excited to see your blog facelift. And nervous...I have a thing about change sometimes. :) Happy Friday, Happy Easter.

pam at beyondjustmom said...

Wow-- your hubby is a rock star-- how cool is that?
Enjoy your 24 hours without little ones.
Happy Easter to you!

Kim said...

I haven't had any cadbury eggs either...weird. I might have to go buy one today. But, then I'll have to buy 3 and those two kids make such a huge mess with everything they touch. So...maybe I just won't.

How nice that your folks are close enough for a sleepover. I am jealous. Have fun! :)

Happy Easter my dear friend!

Muthering Heights said...

Enjoy the quiet...just try not to miss the boys too much. :)

Mama Zen said...

Don't worry, I've eaten enough mini eggs for both of us!

Enjoy the quiet!

Heather of the EO said...

Pam, No! Ryan is not a rock star (well, he is in my book), but it's his brother that's the actual musician :) Just so I'm not confusing everyone...

Jenn@A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

Oh, Cadbury eggs! I need a couple of those right now!

sara said...

ok, everyone is getting a blog makeover...I think I may have to join in!!!

did you know I don't like cadbury eggs or peeps? I know, I am weird!

enjoy your evening out. Steve and I have always tried to keep a date night throughout our marriage and we usually try to take a weekend a year just for us! So important!! enjoy!

Happy Easter!

Beck said...

Having Easter happen every year just as the snow and the cold finally gives up its grip on us IS pretty powerful.

Something I've found is that you do find your parenting footing again at some point, but there do seem to be these moments for most mothers that are really, really challenging.

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Blog makeover, squeeeeeeeee! :)

You have a day off. I am so green with envy!!! Enjoy it for the both of us!!!! :)

CC said...

No kids for the night? Sounds awesome!!

And "way about 40". Ugh!

happygeek said...

I was just thinking today how much more I appreciate the newness of spring having done the long long long winter.
Enjoy your child-less evening!

Jen said...

Oh my Goodness, a blog make-over and a kid free weekend. How FABULOUS!!!!!
I totally can't wait to see the new look. I have been thinking about a new look too.

Mommy Mo said...

I can't wait to see your new look.

Make sure to keep your panties on and don't throw up onstage at the "release" party.

I'm giggling right now. I'm so juvenile.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Can't wait to see the new look!

Debbie said...

I'm excited about your makeover. Don't let them put too much botox in the blog - I like seeing the emotion.

Heidi Ashworth said...

You should really be enjoying your evening alone right about now . .. (or at least you had better be!)

wendy said...

Have a good Easter yourself my dear. Enjoy your peace and quiet for awhile --you'll be surprised what you HEAR in all that quiet. AND --no Cadbury eggs, are you ill.

a Tonggu Momma said...

My husband will be thrilled to hear of the blog make-over! He feels like he has ADD whenever he pops over here. (And what does that say about me that it doesn't bother me? Hee hee.)

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Oh! Enjoy your alone time!!! That is awesome Heather!

I get really giddy over blog makeovers. Yeah - even other peoples. It's exciting. Does that say something about how often I actually get out and what a life I have? Hope not... ;)

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing your blog makeover and I hope it's exactly what you're looking for.

Happy Easter!

Betty said...

Thanks for the links, enjoy your time with your hubby and can't wait to see your blog redo.

Kazzy said...

Yeah, my blog is pretty simple too. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

I'll bet you have a pretty short Spring/Summer relatively, huh? Maybe it makes you appreciate it a lot more.

Have a terrific Easter weekend!

kel said...

Can't wait to see your new blog!!! And enjoy your quiet time, girl! You'll be wishing for it later!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Easter to you, too, Heather--hope you enjoyed your time alone with Ryan!

Mike said...

I don't know what I'm doing, too. But don't tell my kids. They think I know everything.

Fun that way, huh?

Happy Easter.


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Carolyn said...

I'm excited for the new look!

Carol @SheLives said...

#1 I ate them for you.

#2. Spring is all over the place down here. Don't hate me. It means Texas summer is on the way.

#3 Awesome!

#4 - Hear, hear! My parenting philosophy: We do our best and we pray. Hard.

#5 How exciting! Looking forward to seeing it.

#6. Very cool!

#7. Yay! Enjoy!

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