Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Who's the Daddy?

OK, I know this is WAY off-topic, but I have to admit... this whole Anna Nicole "Who's the Daddy" mystery is pretty riveting. So I thought we could all just have a little fun and share our opinions here. C,mon, we all have them.

I'll start. I'm certain that its Larry Birkhead. I mean, have you seen him? He is irresistable. That little pouty boy look and that blond hair sweeping casually over his tanned face. Why would she sleep with Howard when she has that hottie drooling all over her? OK she was an addict, but she wasn't stupid. I vote for Larry.

Here are 5 possible choices. Larry Birkhead, Howard Stern, ZsaZsa Gabors husband, her late husband Mr. Marshall from artificial insemination, SpongeBob Squarepants. Post your predictions here!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Let it snow, Let it snow , Let it snow!

OK, Paul, here is a ditty of my own.

The weather outside is frightful,
But Peoria is still delightful.
And if to Flo-ri-da you want to go,
Let me know let me know let me know!

Perhaps not as good as Pauls but I'm trying to keep it real estate related.
Seriously, though, I just love these snow days. All the kids in the neighborhood get together and do some serious playing. Today they built a snow castle and shared lunch with the Polo's across the street. John got home early and took Jim sledding on Carriage Hill while Jenniffer and I were snowbabies and listened quietly to music inside where its toasty.

It is so easy to forget to take time and smell the roses.. these snow days are the perfect opportunity to do so. I admit I was as impatient as anyone last December during Peoria's seriously deficient road-clearing performance... but when it comes right down to it what is so damned important? There you are in your nice warm home with your family. Hopefully you had a stroke of foresight to stock the refrigerator the day before. Why can't we sit back and just enjoy? Slowly we are becoming conditioned to have 16 balls juggling in the air at all times. It really is up to us to make an individual decision to try to slow things down and not let life race past us.

OK time to stop blogging and go stoke the fire!

Diane

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Birthday Parties and More!

First I would like to congratulate Paul Sullivan and Kathy Matlock for winning very expensive and fabulous prizes for their clever and original posts. They should at this moment be munching happily upon their cartons of Harry and David Truffles. And Laura, I love your insights on your early impressions of Peoria. I could just visualize you surrounded by the Kids with the popsicle dripping on your toes ;-)

Also thanks to Laura I would love to share a great party idea for pre-schoolers. We plagiarized her idea and had a slumber party for Jenniffer, who just turned four. Now before you think that we are just completely nuts I shall tell you that the party was over by 8:00 pm. The highlight of the evening was dancing to the tunes of The Chicken Dance, The Limbo, The Hokey Pokey and a new one by Jim Gill, The Silly Dance Contest. If you are ever looking for something to wake up the Kids from the winter doldrums this CD is great. A double bonus; you will love it too!
Here is a link:
http://store.jimgill.com/jimgisisnsoa.html
Or stop by the office and I'll lend you mine. Just as long as you promise to give it back!
;-)
diane

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Lakeview Museum

Yesterday I picked up Jim, Jenniffer, and Payne from school and decided on a whim to take them all to Lakeview Museum. The Museum has a small childrens portion with some really cute interactive exhibits. The kids had a blast creating images of their hands, faces, and (yes), their butts on the "pin" wall. It was too funny. They also enjoyed digging for dinosaur fossils in the little simulated archeological pit. They saw 1000's of images of themselves in the kaleidoscope room and created miniature tornadoes and wind currents. Adjoining the Childrens portion of the museum is the guest exhibit of Ansel Adams Original Photography. I think Peoria was pretty priveleged to get this, and the room was as crowded as I have ever seen it. The kids got a lot of nasty looks in there though as you can imagine how hard it would be for a group of pre-schoolers to contain themselves in a fine arts exhibit. A few tense moments and I was out of there. I made a mental note to go back though because the work was fascinating and it was pretty awesome that you were looking at his ORIGINAL works going back 30 years or so. The only downside of the trip was that one of the museum "guards" (and let me tell you she took the role seriously) followed us around with a plastered smile attached to her face vigilantly watching for one of the kids to overstep their bounds. Made us all a little uncomfortable. Understandable for the Ansel Adams exhibit but completely uncalled for on the childrens side. I'd give it an 8 on a scale of 1 - 10.

Welcome, and thank you for joining me.

Hello,

As a Mom of 2 young pre-schoolers, I have often found myself getting up in the morning and wondering what we were going to do all day that wasn't just the same old hum-drum routine. This seems particularly challenging during the long winter months. I mean, how many times per week do you really want to go to the Mall?

Now that I am back to work as a Broker-Associate at RE/MAX, I decided it was a good time to try to do something about this ongoing dilemna, so voila, the creation of this blog!

My goal is to find fellowship among fellow Peoria-area families that are perpetually seeking exciting, stimulating, and educational opportunities to share as a family, a couple, or for that oh-so-rare "me" time, and stay within a days driving distance of Greater Peoria.

Please visit often and post when you can. If you had a great experience at a restaurant, a shop, an event, a park, a venue, (you get the drift) please share the wealth. Tips and suggestions to enhance the experience are always welcome and helpful. Likewise, what NOT to do. We promise not to tease (at least not mercilessly);-) The more families that come aboard to participate the more helpful it will be for all.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and blog, and I look forward to a robust exchange of ideas that will undoubtedly enhance the quality of our life here in Peoria!

Diane