The circus is in town

The circus is here. PhotobucketAnd it just breaks my heart. I certainly won’t be going and won’t be taking my nephews or giving the circus money. I refuse to fund animal cruelty. Want to see what I’m talking about? Click here then click on Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey to see why I boycott animal cruelty and choose cruelty free circuses like Cirque du Soleil.

Over it

Things I’m over:

  • What happens in ______ stays in ______. If I never hear this saying again it will be too soon. It is soooo over played.
  • Live, Love, Laugh. It’s on EVERYTHING.
  • Vera Bradley bags and knockoffs. Photobucket Don’t get me wrong, I like some of the prints.  I really like the elephants.  But I would never buy one.  One reason:  these bags are EVERYWHERE!  September 2006 Shannon & I were sitting on a bench at some outlet stores and in only about 20 minutes we counted over 50 of these bags walking by attached to people.  And the since then they have gotten even more ubiquitous.  They very well may be a plot by the government to seize control of our brains!  Resist!
  • The election.  And it’s only January.

What are you over?

      Catching up

      I have so much to tell y’all. I have this “to blog about” draft with a long list, but other things keep happening and I just don’t have time to get to it all!

      My camera & I have been v.v. busy the last few days. First, on Thursday I went to visit with Shannon & Emily. Determined little crawler I haven’t seen them since the night they came home. I can’t believe they’ve been home a month! Let me tell you something. Emily is such a little doll! SO cute! And she likes me back, so that’s good. I was there when Mustachio came home from work and I was able to witness one of the sweetest things ever. He came in and swooped Emily up and covered her with kisses and gave big hugs and was just going on and on about how much he loves her and missed her. I whispered to Shannon how sweet Mustachio was being and she said he does that every night when he gets home. How sweet is that?!? Click here for more pictures from my visit.

      Friday night CSP & I went over to Marc & Sara’s for dinner & playing with the kids.Jake on guitar, Joey on drumsJoey's got some big shoes to fill! These boys are just too cute. Look at JoJo dressed up like a present: Joey dressed up as a present Jake pulled out the old six string: Jake the rocker
      Then Saturday night we headed out to Jon’s parents’ house to celebrate his dad’s 60th birthday. Jon's dad turned 60! Marsha & Larry (our favorite honorary aunt & uncle) were there. We had a great time and chatted and played cards til way late. We didn’t get home til after 1am!

      More pictures from all 3 nights are on Flickr!

      Perks & Pesky Pug Pups

      First I want to say thank you so much for all of your support with my shop! So exciting! And don’t forget to scroll down and enter the contest for free earrings (But you have to go visit my shop first!).

      CSP was able to pick a gift from a catalog to reward him for good performance or something like that. We chose a surround sound system with dvd player & iPod dock. Very cool. So CSP was down on the floor hooking it all up. Well, Miss Molly wasn’t too thrilled with that. See, she needs to be attached to CSP AT ALL TIMES. She would prefer it if he would carry her in a Baby Bjorn. I looked over and saw this: Molly climbed up on her Daddy's back Then Kiki had to get in on the action: Kiki squeezed in to show us her bobo I swear, not a day goes by that these girls don’t just crack us up!

      Oh, and

      So I was thinking and I’d like to name some jewelry items after my favorite bloggy peeps….that’s you!  So when you leave a comment entering your name in the free earrings contest, be sure to leave me your favorite color.   And you just might see something cute named after you in my shop!

      And check back often for new products!  Coming soon….more earrings!  more bracelets!  necklaces!  more growth charts!  so much cuteness!

      Bellatini’s back, baby!

      To celebrate the relaunch of my little jewelry making business I will be holding a little contest! Now in stock... Up for grabs, a free pair of earrings custom made for you in your favorite color. Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered. Drawing to be held Sunday February 27.

      And a special contest for you graphic artisty types.  Make me a banner for Bellatini* and I’ll make you a coordinating custom set:  earrings, bracelet, and necklace.  Email me at bellatini at mac dot com if you’re interested.

      Along with jewelry I am also offering custom painted growth charts for sale. And in 2008 Bellatini* will donate $1 from the sale of each pink themed jewelry item to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer via Women’s Circle of Giving.
      So now you can look good and give to a good cause all at the same time!

      Now, go check out my shop!  It is chock full of way cute new designs!

      Take out

      How cute are these food dishes I found for the pugs??? Chinese takeout dishes for the pugs! I wasn’t really in the market for dog dishes, but I saw these at World Market and couldn’t pass them up. Kiki’s real name is IKEA Li Mei Fun and Molly’s is Molly Xavier Mu Shu. They are Chinese pug dogs named after Chinese food dishes (and Swedish furniture sellers) but they can’t eat Chinese food. So at least this way they can pretend.

      Birthday babies!!!

      Friday the 18th was Molly’s 2nd birthday Molly is 2 today! and Joey’s 3rd birthday! Joey showing me his muscles
      Saturday night I went over to Sara’s house for Joey’s birthday dinner. How about that look of anticipation?!?. It was a smallish affair with just family and a couple close friends and their kids. I wanted to make growth charts for the boys’ birthdays but Sara said she wanted them to share one as she’s low on wall space. So I made this:I made a growth chart for Jake & Joey
      We had a lot of fun that night. The ladies gathered round the table and I taught Gigi & Sara’s MIL how to play Bunco. Then we all played Rummikub. Meanwhile snow was falling, but not sticking. I didn’t get home til almost 11! Who knew a toddler’s birthday party could run so late!

      More questions answered

      Judy asked: Did you ever tell us where you get your fridge markers?

      I bought my first set at Target. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to carry them anymore. Now I get them from here.

      Meredith asked:  when do we, the general public, get to hear more about your adoption?

      Well, I think that answer requires its own post, so I’ll do just that very soon, I promise.  

      Jenna asked: my question is how do you like wordpress over blogger?

      Oh my goodness….so much better.  I can customize my layout so much easier on WordPress.  I think publishing is easier.  I like the whole interface much better.  It seems cleaner, smoother, easier to operate.  And there are so many more features.  Now, who knows, maybe Blogger has updated a lot since I left a few months ago.  But I can see stats, moderate comments, maintain my blogroll, and do regular blog posting and admin stuff all from the same site.  Easy peasy.  And WordPress pulled over all my archives from Blogger, so I didn’t lose a thing when I switched.  LOVE that.

      MC asked: How do you find the energy to do so many things?

      Hmmm….I didn’t realize I did so much.  It’s just my regular life.  I’ve always been full of energy and gogogo.  But I have to tell ya, not working in cube land helps.  And I’m never bored.  I have lots of things going on all the time and I try to surround myself with good, positive people, so that helps!

      Michelle asked: We’ve been thinking for a long time now about getting another dog.  I’m leaning heavily towards a Pug.  What info can you give me about them?  Are they good with kids?  Does that breed typically suffer from any health conditions? Would they do well in an apartment(with a patio)?

      Pugs are great with kids!  They are super patient and don’t snap or anything when getting poked and prodded with little fingers.  They are low maintenance.  We clip their nails and brush them periodically and that’s pretty much it!  When you pick one out check to make sure their eyes don’t bulge out too much.  They can have eye problems, hip problems, breathing problems.  We’ve not had any problems like that.  As far as their breathing, just don’t leave them out in extreme heat or cold.  They want to be with you anyway. I’ll email you with more detailed stuff, and if anyone else is interested in pugs and has any questions I can answer, let me know!  We just love them so much and will never be without a pug!