Saturday, December 18, 2010

The best...

that I have seen since turning 40: so it's only been one day! I was super excited last night!

Best birthday card:  Made by AS-B

Best gift:  Rebel T1i

Best scent:  Jo Malone given special from LS (i smile every time I smell it!)

Best dinner: at "The Stove" with A&T, L&C, S&A, F & his date, R&C (by phone...) put together by the best person in my life... (Thank you sweetie!)

Best sweet treat:  Pink Purse cake made by Merrill's Desserts LLC

Friday, December 17, 2010

FabuLOUs 40??? says who?

Fabulous 40... who coined the phrase?  I don't feel fabulous... I actually feel a bit anxious.  My skin is not as smooth, my hair has been dyed black to cover the gray that is trying desperately to overcome the dark browns known as my hair.  In the last year i have put on over 20lbs that were much easier to loose when I was much younger... well, that's not completly true... it was easier to loose when I worked out at least 6 days a week but at 40, I'm finding working out is like having a job.  Can FabuLOUs 40 "think" themselves slim??? that would be nice... no working out, just alot of thinking with the end result of a Fab-u-LOUs body...

While many woman at "FabuLOUs 40" are super educated and well established in their careers, I'm at the "I haven't figured it out" stage~ Am I slow?  The US Department of Labor says that workers between 18 - 38 change careers an average of 10 times so~  if I go by these statistics, I am officially behind and I'm SUPPOSE to have it figured out by now!  Over the last 20 years I have had a variety of jobs- with the same employer. I have been an office assistant, a security guard, a jail guard, a pipe fitter, a sheet metal worker, a drug and alcohol programs advisor, a technical publications librarian, a safety person, a supply order person, a training person, an apprentice, a welder, a weld production supervisor, a cry baby, a complainer, an "Are you f-n serious?" person....  Then at 38, I retired... so I guess that's about right, a person does change careers an average of 10 times (or more) even if cry baby, complainer, and questioner aren't really occupations- although, they should be or at least I should have gotten paid for it as much as I participated in them.

Now that I am 40, I should have already mapped out the wheres and whats of life, especially since I had it all figured out at FlirTy 30 .  I'm thinking, does every FabuLOUs 40 woman out there have it figured out or do they just look like they have it all figured out? Maybe they secretly wish to change some or ALL of the things that are currently working for them at this stage.  Change is not easy when you have worked hard to accomplish things you wanted in life at 20 or 30..  You know what, this 40 thing can't be all that stressful, the right job, with education, will come... my house will one day have the long lived in look that I want it to have, my friends and I will continue to talk whether it's via email, txt, fb, or phone... You know, maybe I'm over analysing this whole 40 thing, I should probably sit back and enjoy the things that I have accomplished, and look forward to the things to come...  Be thankful for the friends that surround me, my health, the sons that love me and keep me young with jokes, hugs, and funny conversations and the husband that loves me and all the flaws that come with me.. 


I'm 40!!

Monday, December 13, 2010


Due to extreme weather conditions in the mid west... Our new addition won't make it home today (sad face)  I'm so ready to meet him....

Friday, December 10, 2010

holy crap!

I just got the best EARLY b-day gift ever!!!
Rebel EOS... he said it's great for someone who wants to learn photography..

I say it's "It's a great gift from a SUPER AWESOME hubby!!!"


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hostess yum-yums

so... on a quick trip to the grocery store I stumbled across an end cap by the cashier filled with Hostess cakes.  I have all the items I need and spot some twinkies on the bottom shelf... I'm thinking to myself, "I haven't had a twinkie in years, I wonder if it's as yummy as I remember them to be???" There is an older woman standing in front of the cakes, she's doesn't seem to be looking at anything in particular, just standing..
I wait patiently...
(one extra person gets in line ahead of me)
and wait some more...
get a phone call from 5 y/o asking for me to bring candy...
(great... 3 more people jump in line ahead of me)
wait some more and then...
I say "excuse me, can I get something off of the shelf please?" the older woman moves over, I pick up the twinkies and get back in line... The older woman gets in line behind me and says...
"Are those twinkies?"
          "yes ma'am"
"Those were the last ones huh..."
          "yes ma'am"
"I really love those, do you think they have anymore?"
         "I'm not sure, the cashier can probably tell you.  This is the first time I've ever seen the Hostess sold individually in here"
"I sure do love those (sighs loudly) I sure hate that was the last one (sighs again)"

Is this where I am suppose to be the nice person and hand over the last pack of twinkies?  I think I would have if I had not waited almost 5 minutes for her to make a decision to what she wanted off the hostess rack... I thought about giving them up for a brief second, she looked pretty crushed, especially when the cashier told here that was the only end cap with the hostess but she can buy a full box on isle 3.. BUT IT WAS THE LAST PACK OF TWINKIES!!! and I felt really bad as I paid for them, walked to my car, opened them up and ate them on the way to the house~ she didn't appear to even be looking at them!  I guess I could have split them with her... although she may not have been to cool with that... great, now I'm feeling bad over buying the last pack of twinkies...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Still shopping...

I am starting to realize that having a dog is more expensive than i thought it would be.... AND HE'S NOT EVEN HERE YET!! After the bed delima, i decided it would be best to buy a cuddly deep bed that will fit nicely in the 50 dollar crate that we had to purchase for his flight home.  I then set out to buy bowls, collars, leash, food, snacks, and toys.  I'm not much of a brick and mortar shopper anymore, the internet has become my best friend... I've actually completed ALL of my christmas shopping via the internet!  (just got the last gift yesterday :-) Along with X-mas shopping I did all my doggie shopping online as well, it looks like everything will arrive tomorrow.  I'm excited.  Hopefully it arrives before 5 y/o arrives home from school.  This IS part of his surprise gift~ even if the stuff is actually for the dog...

(basket pic courtesy of gourmet gift baskets dot com)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

there search is on...

for a variety of dog supplies~ who knew it would be like shopping for a pair of shoes???  I'm having a hard time deciding on sleeping quarter for Vlad and it quickly went from I want a heated bed to make sure he's warm and cuddly to "OH MY GOODNESS! THESE ARE SO CUTE!!!"  so right now I'm stuck on beds and wanted to share a few of my favorites~ yea, the bed search was this serious!!!

The pink one up there is by far my favorite.  But after buying a book on German Shorthaird Pointers and talking to the breeder and other pet owners I have come to realize that none of these are really practical for the size of dog we have aquired... I'll be lucky if he doesn't take over my couch and put me on the floor...

Monday, December 6, 2010

early present...

so, I have said no to dogs for I don't know how long...5 years now....  mainly because a dog is like having another kid.. a person has to potty train, teach manners, feed, love, take really good care of a dog.... JUST LIKE one would take care of a KID.... The no has finally turned to I guess, and then I found out that somewhere along the lines I said yes.  So, I would like to introduce you all to Vladimir (Vlad for short)  He arrives monday evening around 6.

Let the training fun begin!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I did black friday....

about 7 years ago... haven't participated since.  I was on vacation in Kentucky and got a call from my cousin Kat, although I didn't need anything I told her I would go with her to help her out.  My job was to wait by a section of papered covered boxes and get what ever was under them (I'm still trying to figure out how she knew what was under that brown colored paper) It was early in the morning and the parking lot was full, we got in line, when the doors opened she stirred me to where I needed to be and said "don't move" (I didn't) while I waited for someone to come take down the brown paper, a woman with a small box walked over and said "do you need any of these? two is the limit"  I looked in the box and there were hand held Nintindo games, I didn't need any but said "I'll take two" and I got 2 black ones $78 bucks each... put them in my basket and turned back to wait for WHOEVER was suppose to meet my by the boxes.  As people scurried around me (probably wondering what the heck I was doing) I waited... OOO! a 20 pack assortment of make up brushes for 5 bucks! These will work great for secret santa at the inlaws!!! grab one back to my cart... Really??? throw blankets!  We can always use these around the house! (grab 4 in different colors) back to the basket... Finally!  some one is at the brown paper covered area, I asked "hey, can I get what ever is under here so I can go home?" she says "Kat's cousin huh~" I reply "yea"  she rips off the paper and there are huge battery operated trucks I don't even know the price of them, I think the biggest question is where the heck is she going to put it? we came here in a car! a guy comes over and helps me lay it ON TOP of my basket.... my cousin Kat shows up with a basket full of items and I'm still wondering where she plans to put all of this stuff, the store is crowded, I'm agitated because people are bumping into me and not saying excuse me, one person complains that I am in her way even though she sees me standing behind a line of people, I'm over it, need a cup of coffee, and I am still wondering where the heck all this stuff is going to go...  We pay, her mom shows up for the big stuff, she drops me off at my moms house, I crawl back into bed with hubby.... He asked "how was it?" I tell him "never again"

7 years later, I wake up on black friday, roll over and ask hubby "you want to go shopping?"  he looks me in the eye and asks "are you on crack?"

(pic courtesy of Gear Diary)

Friday, November 26, 2010

funniest thing I've heard today....

 "When did you learn how to use photoshop? Shrinking your body to make it look like you have a big head"

(a conversation between a big brother and younger brother about a picture young brother posted on FB)


craigslist has become my new best friend for selling items that have been lounging around in my closet taking up useful realestate.  From time to time I like to browse the sale section.. you know... just to see what's there~ not that I should buy anything since i AM trying to sell all the extra stuff hanging out but, I came across an item that caught my eye, not because I wanted it, because of how it was written.  All the entry had on it was: 


Now, me being the person I am, I thought~ underwear huh... why would anyone sell underware on here? I'm nosey and want to know what kind of underwear are these people selling, lingere? vintage? one of a kind? hard to find? then I looked to see it maybe this was dealer, they sell lots of stuff on here in bulk~ I open it up to see the post, this is what was posted:

Hello I am a 23 year old 150 lb stud. My wife is a 130 lb 24 year old temptress. We are interested in selling used or fragrant underwear. Price is upon condition. Payment is either mailed or paypal. We are both in shape and very eager to do this if interested please write.

Seriously... I'm not making this up... this is what was written... I read it to my husband who was not the least surprised, he also added "that's nothing, there is some crazy stuff written on craigslist"  Maybe that would explain why he refused to let me sell anything that requires anyone to come to the house for pick up~ makes sence but not matter what~ THAT is some crazy stuff to post!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I'm thankful for

having the opportunity to hear my kids screaming and running around the hous vice the complaints from 20 something y/o's who feel the world should revolve around them despite the fact they have a job that provides them a place to stay, hot food on the table, medical, and a steady paycheck.

I'm thankful for the house that is always in need of some upgrading, repair, or decorating vise my prior living conditions that consisted of a bed called a "coffin rack" and a space shared with over 100 other females who showered IF they wanted to and argued for reasons unkown...

I'm thankful for the husband who has been super patient with the fact that I have had to spend an average of 3 years and several uncounted months deployed or just "at sea" while taking on the role of mom, dad, friend, advisor, head of household, etc... who is just as patient now that I have no job....

I'm thankful for the friends who I have lost touch with over my last 20 years away from my hometown yet, we have all reconnected and had the opportunity to see each other again after such a long period of time.  I'm thankful for the new friends I have made over the last 20 years who remind me of the good times, sad times, times we had no cares in the world...

I'm thankful for my health, my sister who I have grown closer to in the last 10 years, my closest friends Quanique, Kimy, Sam who live miles away but manage to maintain close ties to me, my close friends Chelle and Carolyn who live right down the road from me but we never see each other (haha) no matter, we text & call just to say I was thinking about you...

I'm just thankful to be home, knowing I never have to leave my family in the middle of the night to go out "to sea".... happy, smiling, thankful~

Sunday, November 21, 2010

you could get hurt....

I didn't have a nightmare when I was sleeping...
        -awesome! (high five), what did you dream about?
Tom (from Tom & Jerry) I was chasing him and he fell in a puddle
        -did you rescue him?
No, he took off running when I got close... I think Tom was chasing him
Did you dream last while you were sleeping?
What did you dream about?
        -eating icecream on a mountain with the sun beaming on my skin and the eagles were flying
You probably shouldn't eat icecream on a mountain with eagles flying around.... you could get hurt...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The letter

I got a letter from a friend today, at first it seemed odd, I mean, who writes anymore with email, texting, skype, etc...  the letter was short with things she had to say like, Hello... how are you doing... hope all is well... I miss our conversations... small talk about God... family is fine... life is good... that's all for today...

I read it again, and then one more time. I looked at the card, and then I looked again noticing the details on the card, it's a place I think we have both visited at one time or another: Paris... The Eiffle Tower, La Porte Saint-Martin, faded postage stamps, a quote from Saint Augustine, washed out vines and leaves, it had a vintage feel (so Sam... artistic, smart, and always thoughtful..).

I thought about the time it took to sit down and actually WRITE the note, looked at how neat the penmenship was, and then I smiled.  my friend didn't just "think of me today", my friend really "thought" about me today, and it felt good!  Good to know that even though we are many miles apart, my friend treasures each friendship enough to not just text or email, but actually take the time to write.  and once again, it makes me smile.  Makes me realize that no matter what's available out there (text, FB, email, phone, etc) that to truly let someone know you value their friendship and to let them know they are being thought about. one should take the time to sit down, and get back to the basics.... write a letter, even if it just says "Hello, I thought about you today"

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It's about 5 pm in my part of the world....

It's taken about 30 minutes but I finally got my 5 y/o dressed and ready for his baseball game, as I rush him out the door and into the car I see my next door neighbor heading out the door with her kid trailing close behind in a karate outfit and dragging his yellow belt behind him, we wave and hop in our cars for the next shift of our day. As I drive through the neighborhood I see other moms like my neighbor and I except they are scooting ballerinas and soccer players out of the door. Although I'm not a working mom at this time I have found taking care of a house and an active 5 y/o to be challenging, tiring, and a bit mind boggling. I can't imagine having a job, rushing through tunnels, traffic, and crazy drivers hoping to make it home in time to dress a restless kid in hopes of making the 5:30 game on time. I never realized the number if moms who do what's necessary to keep their kids active and happy... Way to go Moms! The last shift is right after the game!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mediterranean Stuffed Swordfish

You guys KNOW I like to experiment in the kitchen so this blog should come as no surprise... I CAN'T HELP IT!!!  when ever I try something new- I want to talk about it! I just like to share... gets old sharing with 5 y/o, 15 y/o, & hubby... they just say "un-hn" and keep watching t.v.. or texting.. or whatever is important at the time... so I write... SOMEone might read it.. sorry... got off track for a minute there...

Well, today I had the taste for fish, I wanted steelhead trout, hubby suggested swordfish.  We both started searching for a recipe.  He found the Mediterranean stuffed Swordfish submitted by Valerie on one of the many recipe dot come sites available for the world to use...

I brushed the fish with a lemon and olive oil mixture and seasoned it with salt and pepper.  It smelled a bit fishier than I am use to, so I used some lemon on my fingers too... and washed them... again & again, and eventually put on some disposable gloves for the remainder of the preparations...

seasoned and oiled.

Then I cut a slit in one side of the fish so that I could make a pocket.....

To be stuffed with this yummy spinach and feta mixture (don't forget the fresh minced garlic!)
I sauted the spinach and garlic in olive oil JUST until the spinach began to wilt, then removed it from the heat and added the feta... (this tasted good all on its own)
note to self: side dish...

While hubby heated the grill, I stuffed the mixture in the pocket I cut in the swordfish steaks.

It didn't look to yummy after it was stuffed...

But after grilling for about 8-10 minutes it tasted pretty decent next to my bed of garlic and sour cream mash potatoes.... without bread... because we are cutting back on bread... i love bread... ummm simple focaccia..

Who knew...

that gift bags would be this simple to make?  well not exactly "simple" but pretty easy... With practice, it can be perfected, (okay, close to perfected)  This means I would be able to make gift bags with designs from papers I really love to use! (woo-whoo)

My first try was with a small sheet of spare paper, you know... just to see how it would turn out.

super mini gift bag!

Then I tried a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper that had a design on one side, solid on the other.
 not bad for 2nd try! now....

for some accessories~ red ribbon always makes little white bags look just maaa-va-lous!
(note the missing "r" ;-) 

Cute (and small) enough for a ring!  or pair of EAR rings!
(or just something super tiny....)

(this small...)

Excited about my first try...
(did you notice the felt flower???)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hot sauce madness!

I helped hubby make hot sauce today using the peppers from our garden. The process was alot more simple than I thought! I was a bit concerned about making it, you know... because of the whole canning incorrectly thing but, he explained we were not canning (or giving it away) so I helped him out...

we started out with about 20 jalepenos (he wanted to add 2 habenero peppers.. I didn't complain~ I'm not eating it anyway) I chopped about a half a cup of onion and 6 cloves of garlic.

He chopped up the peppers,

Then he sauteed the garlic, peppers, and onion in about a tblsp of olive oil for 5 minutes and let it cool to room temperature,

 He added the mixture to a food processor and pureed it until it was smooth (although it looked pretty creamy to me...). With the processor running he slowly added the vinegar. 

We poured it in sterilized jars and tucked it in the fridge. It will be ready in two weeks...

The book says it'll keep for up to 6 months if stored in the fridge... fun task to do together

Monday, August 30, 2010

So much for the night life... Everyone was asleep by 8.
Angela and I went out for the night, we stopped by the apple store, central park, and down 5th ave and some other areas still crowded with people and ended the night with a snack from one of the many food vendors on the streets.  Good time... even if it was just the two of us!

What a busy day...

Oh my tired legs! Today seemed like it was the longest day of my life! After we checked in unpacked, and rested, we rounded up our cameras and headed out the door, our hotel just happens to be located right next to Grand Central station so naturally~ that was our first stop. Cousin Ree had a full agenda in hand. Time square, rockerfeller plaza, NBC station and a small amount of shopping. After a full day of walking and shopping we came back to the room to relax with plans of enjoying the night life.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I do not know....

ANYTHING about New York.. Although I have lived in Virginia for a little over 12 years, I have not once thought about taking a trip to The Big Apple. We landed at Laguardia around 10:00 am, there are 4 other girls who are flying in from two other locations... Little did Angela and I know, the airport is a bit further apart than we thought! Thank goodness cousin Ree was in constant contact with Angela, we found she was in a completely different area of the airport. An hour later she was standing next to us waiting for the last three cousins to arrive. After a "minor" delay, cousins 4,5,& 6 arrive. We boarded a shuttle and herded to midtown only AFTER a guy expressed how unhappy he was that he could not let his suitcase sit in the seat next to him and that he had to put it under the bus... (really???)needless to say, angry guy asked to speak to Mr Supervisor who didn't give a crap about any guys complaint and told him he could either comply or get off of the bus~ 30 minutes later we are checking into our hotel room in downtown Manhattan. Now to unpack and see what's going on in the Big Apple.

Start spreading the news....

It's 5am, do you know where your mom is? This mom is in the way to New York for the celebration of cousin Ree Ree's b-day. Wide awake with my bowl full of cherries (that I'm eating in route to the airport)ticket conformation, and a suitcase filled with more shoes and outfits necessary for a 4 day trip. I excitedly ride in silence to meet cousin Angela (my pretend cousin who i grew up with in E-town and currently lives down the road from me)for weekend of hanging out in the big city... Should be fun!

Sunday, August 15, 2010


So, I finally acquired a playset for Landon (cost: $0.00, the neighbor was more than happy to pass it on because her kids have outgrown it) pressure washed it (cost $0.00, a friend bought hers over for me to use) water proof stain THE RIGHT COLOR! (cost: $2.50~ got it from the "oops" shelf at Lowes) ...

.....haven't been back out in the last 2 hours to work on it because a few carpenter bees showed up from SOMEWHERE... I've been working on this thing for 2 days!!! Where did these big a@@ things come from????
(sorry, no pic of the bees~ I was too busy running...)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Garden update.

As said before, the garden has overgrown our little plot, today I had to move the pumpkin and watermelon from the garden~ I honestly did not think they would even grow, they were planted by 3 y/o in a started cup and didn't look like they would make it past the first month. they had started to vine and take over our plot so I had to move them out of the garden.. bad idea, I have never transplated ANYTHIG and both currently look on the brink of death (damn this black thumb of mine!)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

my garden...

was left alone for a week... and is now overgrown with weeds and falling plants :-(

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Where are you?

I'm running through the house
looking outside in the back yard
front yard
under your bed
in my closet
under your brother's covers
behind the shower door

Where are you?

I walk back in through the garage door and there you are....

Friday, June 4, 2010

Another quick and easy recipe I wanted to share!

while I wait for the "call" to job happiness, I continue to cook and try to perfect my current Stay at Home Mom position (still a hard job and I still suck at it...) but I am trying! 

Cooking has been the easiest part but I wanted to share a quick and easy recipe I tried if you are ever in a rush for dinner.  It comes from Jasen Guillermo in Tucson, Arizona...

(picture of my dish!)

2-2/3 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta*
1 lb smoked sausage cut into 1/4 inch slices*
1-1/2 cups sliced ffresh carrots
1 cup coarsely chopped green pepper
1 small onion, halved and sliced
1 tbsp canola oil*
1can or 2-1/4 oz sliced ripe olives (drained)
1/2 cup italian salad dressing*

1.  cook pasta accordin to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the sausage, carrots, green pepper and onion in oil until vegetables are tender.

2.  Drain pasta; place in a large bowl.  Add sausage mixture and olives.  Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.  serve warm or chilled.

*I used a vegetable (tomato/beet/spinish) tricolored pasta, smoked chicken sausage, olive oil, and a lite dressing to keep the dish lite and from becoming to oily and served it with a yummy foccocia bread.  Family said it was super good and to save it in my recipe file (to never be cooked again...)

the first time I saw her...

was in my very first zumba class...
then I saw her again at the gym...
I see her from time to time running the trail by my neighborhood...
She came to hang out in my garage and ate dinner one night...
then again, at my dinner table...

Her name is Mindy...

I am somewhat lazy and kind of a whimp...
She is the personal trainer who is going to help me get toned and fit...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ribbons and flowers

In an effort to make my gift baskets more personal (and mine) I have taken on learning alot of nifty little tricks that not only save me money, but also help me find exactly what I'm looking for when it comes to a bow or flower (meaning, if the design I want isn't available but the ribbon has the style of print I need... I can now buy the ribbon and make my own bow!) although I have yet to use any out of the ordinary prints...

some of the bows I like to add to my baskets that either lay flat or ones that will not have a bow on the packaging. (above)

ribbons, ribbons, ribbons turned to lovely giant bows! (above)

and my all time favorite... flowers! full flowers work best with wide ribbon...


I stumbled across a site ( that was full of wonderful crafts, the ones I loved most were the flowers, so as you can see... I've been practicing~ not even close to the ones presented on the site but I know with practice~ it will be like second nature when it's time to make them work in my baskets...

I'm super excited working my crafts and building skills that may help me in my quest for beautiful "homemade" baskets.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Visit from the tooth fairy (or just mom the goofball?)

I don't ever remember telling 15 y/o there was a tooth fairy, Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, etc... but when 5 y/o had to have another tooth taken out because of a small bump that worried the crap out of me (first was impacted after a fall at 2~ then pulled...), the dentist office INTRODUCED him to the toothfairy, who appeared on a small mirror, on the way out of the door to the waiting room.  She kindly told 5 y/o "Congrats on a great job getting your tooth pulled!  if you place your tooth under your pillow I (tooth fairy) will visit you and leave you a suprise!" there was more said but I was stuck on "leave you a surprise..."


from 1246pm until bedtime (9pm) the only conversation from 5 y/o was "has the tooth fairy come yet? we have to check under my pillow! tooth fairy, tooth fairy, tooth fairy"  (thanks dental office associates and your introduction to the ever so bubbly tooth fairy)  I will admit, bath and bedtime was alot easier than normal, 5 y/o could not wait to get into bed and see what would appear under his pillow.

As hubby and I are winding down for the night, I remembered "tooth fairy" and asked "sweetie, do you have a dollar?" he says "no, i don't carry cash anymore" (neither do I....) Great, now I get to be fired from the job as tooth fairy.  I look in my purse, and then I looked in another purse where I found $5... wow~ the tooth fairy is carrying a big bill for such a small tooth! 

Before we turn in for the night, I grab Tinker Bell (don't ask!), my camera, and the 5 bucks I found in my purse and headed to 5 y/o's room..... 

The next morning I heard little feet running from my room to his room, and back to my room with 5 y/o waking me saying "mommy! mommy! the tooth fairy gave me 5 dollars!!!"  I guess playing tooth fairy isn't such a bad job after all (orrrr, I'm just a goofy lady...)