Thursday, May 15, 2008

Start Spreading the News

We're leaving.....TOMORROW!!! I can't tell you how excited I am right now. We will be up at the crack of dawn to make sure everything is packed and drop off Max at the in-laws before we head for the BIG APPLE!! Our flight leaves just after 8am, so we will be in New York just after 2pm to start our adventure. But the only bad thing is that rain is predicted the whole time we are there. Great. I'm fine with it, as long as the Yankees game doesn't get rained out. The biggest thing that disappoints me is that this is Josh's first time to NYC, and I'll be sad if it is too rainy and cloudy to do the Empire State Building.

So to prepare for our trip, I started thinking that I don't have a comfortable pair of shoes to wear around, and seeing that we'll be walking as much as Josh's knee will take, comfortable shoes are a must. Well, I wear shoes to work everyday that are not so comfy for walking around all day. I sit at a desk most of the day, so I wear heels almost every day. And as much as I'd love to look as stylish as those girls from Sex and the City (but more modest, of course!) with some stylish clothes, going around NYC in some killer stilletos. But let's be realistic here - I would last maybe an hour in heels walking around the city. And maybe I'm being silly, but I look horrible when I wear tennis shoes with jeans. I just feel like I look very frumpy, and my feet look like Ronald McDonald feet. Some people can pull it off - I'm not one of those.

So I started thinking about getting a new pair of shoes. My first thoughts went to Crocs. I'm sorry if I offend anyone, but I think the original Crocs are kind of ugly. And I'm sure no one wears them because they are fashionable - it's because they are comfortable. But when I got on their website, I discovered that there are now many different styles. I found these - the Croc Celeste - and thought they were actually quite cute.
But I started my search a little too late, and I didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for shipping to get them here in time. So earlier this week, I stopped at Macy's on my way home to see if they carried them. No luck. They hardly had any at all (any style) and none in my size, even the ugly ones. I didn't even know where else they sold Crocs, so I looked through the other shoes that they had, and found these Skechers:

I they actually look quite similar, but they are super comfy and they were on sale for cheaper than the Crocs! So now I'm set - maybe I won't be a fashionista, but at least I'll be comfortable!!

Friday, May 9, 2008

I Love the Spring!!

OK, so I don't post for 2 months, and then 2 posts in a row. I'm quite unpredictable, aren't I!?! Actually, I hate posting without a picture, and I didn't have any pictures to post before, so maybe that had something to do with it...

I just have to say that I love the Spring. Each of the seasons has something good about them, but there is nothing better than the flowers blooming after a cold winter, and the leaves on the trees returning. And the weather is perfect.

There are good things and bad things about being a homeowner:

Good - you get to have a yard
Bad - you get to take care of a yard
Front yard grass and flowers

Yes, it is a lot of work, and we really have so much more to do to our yard. But I can say with complete certainty that we have the best looking grass for at least a mile in any direction of us. Josh has a complete green thumb. I only wish I had a picture of the grass when we bought our house 2 years ago. In the front yard, the grass was SUPER long and mostly dead and full of weeds. The grass in the backyard was a very sad sight - I'm actually quite surprised that Josh was able to bring it back from the dead. But Josh knows just how much to water it, when to fertilize, when to mow - I really think it is his pride and joy!

Backyard grass. Josh mows perfect lines!!

The flowers are gorgeous right now. The spring flowers are my favorite - all of the tulips bring a smile to my face! I get sad that they don't last longer than they do. But I love the colors of tulips that I planted - they really are much different than anyone around us. There is pink and purple and white and a really dark purple that is my favorite. I'm planning on planting even more this fall!!

My favorite tulips

Besides the grass and the tulips, our yard still needs a lot of work. I'm planning on posting our progress with both the house and the yard here - and also to get some opinions on different things. So be prepared to comment!!