Monday, January 25, 2010

Harried Happenings and a Winner

What to say? It's been a crazy week here at Harried Mom's house. The school-aged two were off Monday and Tuesday for MLK and a teacher work day, and then William greeted us at 3:30 am Wednesday with a stomach bug. There was no school on Friday due to a 'sleet' day (don't ask, it's ridiculous) so let's see - Evie went to school 2 days last week and the rest of the time we were all home. Have I mentioned that I'm really not a people person?

Anyway! We did manage to fit some fun things in. I badgered Matt into taking the big kids snow tubing on Monday (key word badgered. srsly. just ask him.)

Tuesday I was apparently the only parent at Chick Fil A interested in actually supervising their children in the play area - everyone else just shooed their kids off behind the sound proof glass wall, for me to watch I suppose. Um, I have enough of my own to watch, thank you very much.

Saturday afternoon Evie and I had a little Mommy/Daughter time with the Girl Scouts, her troop sponsored a book swap and they had some terrific crafts to do as well as collecting books to donate to the local library. I think it was a hit!

Evie and Katie concentrating hard on a word search

Bookmark making

The smallest cookbook ever made

Swapping. Each girl brought 5, chose 3 and the rest were donated.

And finally, Saturday evening Matt and I were able to escape the confines of our house and hit the slopes. I hadn't been skiing in 11 years - WAY to long - but apparently it's like riding a bike, you don't forget how. I'd forgotten how much fun it is - although I did wipe out 3 times, and the one - I cracked my head so hard. Not funny. But not bad enough to keep me from trying again. And totally wiping out, again. Oh well :)

Just one of the most unflattering pictures of me ever. But Matt looks nice, and we're together :)

I'm not the only one whose head hit the snow (or ice as the case may be). Matt has decided that being 40 is absolutely no reason not to try new things, and he tried snowboarding for the first time Saturday night. Apparently it is much harder than it looks! And he now has a new-found respect for boarders.



Fall. For the first of many times. Better his hind end than mine.

But he's still smiling!

In my mind, why anyone would want both feet strapped to a board with no hope of release, I have no idea - but he's going to try it again & give it a fair shot. Some people out there make it look so easy! But I guess that could be said for anything. Hopefully (babysitter and weather willing) we'll try it again this weekend, with some friends along for the ride this time. Stay tuned....
Now for the fun stuff - who won the fantabulous giveaway?????

Here's the details - I have 106 followers, there were 30 comments from unique individuals, and 1 person mentioned the giveaway for an extra entry, giving us a total of 137. According to, the winning random number was 103 - so.....

Congratulations to Michelle from Somerset Cottage!

Thank you to everyone, I loved every single one of your comments and wish I could send something to all of you. I truly appreciate you taking the time to stop by and read my scribbles, and laugh or maybe commiserate with me; I often find myself talking about my 'blog friends' with my real friends, and I don't know that they always 'get' it. But in my mind you are my friends, and I'm grateful for you! Have a GREAT week!


  1. So glad you had a great time skiing! I have npot done that in YEARS! Since we left CO.... We have been kicking around going snow tubing with the kids, but are a little worried they are too little.... Do you think they would do ok?

    Hope this week is great and that no bugs visit you guys! Here's to hoping for great weather and another babysitter!!! :)

  2. I am so jealous of your ski date! But also happy for you guys :) The Harried house looks like so much fun!

  3. Looks like much fun!! Hope everyone gets well and stays well.

  4. All in all- it looks like a fun week! Love the book swap idea!! So great!!

    And I often talk to my friends about my blog friends too- they just don't get it!!


  5. bummer
    It looks like you guys had fun! Yeah for getting out.

  6. You had a busy week!!

    so great that you went skiing with your honey!

  7. Not a people-person, ha! I don't know, it looks like the week turned out pretty good. Hope you get to hit the slopes again this weekend. And congrats to Michelle, what a super giveaway!

  8. Those pics of you guys skiing are so cute! Looks like you had tons of fun, which is the best part.
    And also, I want that worlds smallest cookbook. It's cute. :)

  9. I do that about my bloggy friends to all my non-bloggy friends...I'm with you, they don't get it. I'm pretty sure my husband thinks most of my blog friends are made up. LOL

    Congrats to your giveaway winner!

    I love the ski pics! Sounds like soooo much fun! I've never been skiing before, but want to! Great idea on the book swap too!

    Hope you have a great Monday!♥

  10. Sounds like a fun date night! I can't believe that I won your giveaway, I'm so excited!!!!

  11. Congratulations Michelle!!! Jen - what a week! I am glad you guys had a good time skiing. And I love the idea for the book swap - awesome!

    I hope you have a good week this week and your kids are back in school :)


  12. I havent been skiing in years....I'm sure now I would be down more than up. glad you had fun!

  13. Your skiing pics look so cute! You have gorgeous eyes... gosh even your hubby does too. I've tried skiing once... didn't do so well - I am a little pigeon toed & my skies kept getting crossed...THEN I tried snowboarding. I LOVE IT!!! It came so easily for me whew! I've had many a fall but nothing too bad. Now I just need to get my little ones old enough to leave them for the day & go again... it has been 5 years since I've gone :(

  14. Congrats to the winner.
    I loved your update!! Glad you got out of the house for skiing after in so many days!
    Both of you look great--no wonder your kids are gorgeous!

  15. skiing/snow boarding has no appeal to me at all..cold wet and physical pain just aren't big draw cards for me. My husband LOVES boarding though. Glad you had some time away together xo

  16. how fun that you got to go skiing!!!!!!!!! Sounds like you guys have been having a lot of fun!

  17. Looks like you made the most of your harried week! Loved all the pics!

  18. It looks like you and Matt had a great time! Super cute pic of the two of you!

    I've been that mom at Chick Fil A too!

  19. Okay, here is my only bit of advice - get helmets. And not just because of what happened to Natasha Richardson. They are warmer, don't itch and best of all, they give you far less hat head. Glad you had fun, wait 'til your kids are swooshing past you.


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