Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Woke up late at 7:10, quickly showered,brushed my teeth and wrapped my hair in a towel.
7:30 wake up kids 7:45 get them breakfast.
8:00 get the kids dressed
8:02 run to bathroom and dry hair while kids get dressed
8:15 brush kids hair
8:20 get the little ones dressed (2 years and 5 years)
8:30 put make up on and get dressed
8:35 Everyone puts on coats and backpacks
8:40 Go get in the car
8:48 Drop off kids at school
9:00 Go back home to brush the little ones hair and get laptop, movies and toy
9:15 go buy 9 bags of ice
9:25 go to school and start unloading ice and pop(you bought last night at 10:30)roughly 30-12packs.
10:00 set up tables and chairs
10:15 sort any late order forms
10:30 put order forms in teachers cubbies (all of the other 300+ order forms were sorted by my DH last night while I worked)
10:45 pizza arrives and the wonderful ladies who volunteer to work with me
11:00 classes start coming to cafeteria
Serving the pizza goes like this
-the teachers return the order forms to the kids
-the kids line up for pizza and turn in the form with what they ordered
-one nice lady tells the orders while another one fills the order ( we actually have two people doing both of these jobs so it goes pretty fast)
-After getting the pizza they pick up their pop from the iced down swimming pool
We get about 5 minutes of break between classes coming in. During which time we collect empty boxes and reload our pizza serving table. It is a fast and furious job but the kids love it, and that is why I do it.
We usually serve our last pizza at 12:45 but today I did not order enough pizza. We actually ran out. I had to call and order 9 more pizzas. The worst part was that it was for the kindergartners. :-( Their teachers were really nice and let them do recess first. When the pizzas arrived they came and ate. It turned out ok because the teachers said that they had doughnuts for snacks earlier and weren't that hungry yet. I still felt terrible!!!! So they finally ate lunch at 1:25.
1:45 finished clean up of pizza day
2:00 went to E's play - WWII play really good. My little guy sang his heart out!
3:00 finally head to the door to go home
3:10 forgot paper work had to go back in school
3:20 leave school and go home
3:30 home and happy to see hubby home early
3:38 kids come home (we live close and they like to walk on nice days)
3:39 pick up my oldest from school (he's on safety patrol)
3:50 home again
4:00 help get them snacks
4;20 get ready for work
4:30 I get a snack
4:40 go to work
4:55 clock in
5:00 - 10:00 stand behind register and check people out (occasionally a Scrooge or 2)
10:15 home at last
10:30 on computer reading bloggy things
Thanks for reading this oddly shaped blog.
Monday, December 17, 2007
This past week my family and I have survived an ice storm. The ice coated the tree limbs so badly that even the largest trees were loosing branches left and right. We lost electricity for about 5 days. We survived by the heat of our fire place and candle light. It was certainly an adventure but all in all. It was fun. We played games and read books. We spent some time with family. We finally went and bought a generator which ran the heater and lights. I have to admit, I did miss the heater but what I really missed was light. The days were cloudy and the nights were coal black. We had lots of candles and lanterns but the darkness still loomed in the room.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
School is almost over for this semester. My last day is next Wednesday. Yeah!! I am going to enjoy Christmas break.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
2. The little angel is now almost 3 years old and I can not seem to keep her clothes on. She has seen the boys peeing in the back yard. I guess she thinks this should work for girls too. Anytime she is outside and has to go to the bathroom she whips off all of her clothes and squats. Yep, I know it is atrocious. I am hoping that it is a phase and that she will suddenly become aware of how naked she is. My others ones were about three when they became more modest. So we will have to wait and see.
3. The day after Thanksgiving I shop. The sales that day are awesome. I always save tons of money! So it has become tradition for my MIL and I to go shopping. It is so fun. It is fun to get up early (4:00AM), stand in line waiting for the store to open, and shop! The people are happy to be there, "high" on the shopping adrenaline.
The only downer is the lines are hideously long!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we have devised a plan for this, we get in the terribly long line when we first arrive, one of us shops while the other stands in the line and pushes the baskets. So if you can take a buddy, especially to ToysRUs.
4.The kids have been picking out a few items the past few weeks but it has kicked to high gear! Usually the kids pick a few reasonable items. This year, however, my lovely daughter picked the FurReal pony "Butterscotch" that is 250.00. When I said that was pretty expensive she said "Well, Santa doesn't pay for the toys. He makes them." So what do you say to that?
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The sad thing is that I only get a chance to see her on our birthdays. We share November birthdays. I keep in touch with her during the year with sporadic phone calls. She is one of those friends that the conversations always seem to pick up where they left off. We spend a few hours chatting and catching up. But all to soon it is time to go and pick up kids and head to doctor appointments. I am definitely going to have to make more time to keep up with long time friends.
You can see Jessie below in the slide show. She is wearing a lovely orange top.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I would like to thank you all for your moral support with my cheesecake issue. I do think that I am going to freeze the cheesecake. I was going to share but, since we have an illness issue, that won't work. I just think I will wrap it and freeze it. That way I can remember this cheesecake for weeks to come.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
It is my birthday today and I am happy to say that I am 34 years old. It is funny to age and have you spirit feel so young. I still feel about 23. I am happy to be getting older. Now, I don't like the fine lines on my face or that laying on the floor hurts my back but I love being more comfortable in my skin. It is constant growth in understand more details of my spirit. I have always had a hard time being in social environments but now I can tolerate them much easier. I love being with people but on a social level I am on the edge of the circle. I am grateful for my children and the opportunity to attend school. I am so happy that my family bought me an entire cheesecake for my birthday!! I excited to go out to dinner tonight for free!! (Scot's aunt is opening a restaurant) The weather is a beautiful fall day and I am feeling GREAT!! I hope you all have a wonderful day !!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
1. I broke my arm when I was 9 years old.
2. I took jazz, tap and ballet for two years in high school. Then I took ballroom for another two years. I love ballroom dancing wish I knew more.
3. I love coconut cream pie.
4. I know how to do sign language. I can say alot but they have to go very slowly for me to understand them.
5. I am starting a pre school in my home this month. It will also include a mothers day out.
6. I am a good listener.
7. My favorite fast food is Taco Bueno.
Thanks Holly for tagging me.
I am tagging:
Dizzy Diaz Days
Living in spin cycle
Friday, October 26, 2007
I am the lucky one.
Friday, October 19, 2007
I was watching a religious program on TV. It was put on by a local church but not the LDS church. I spent time listening while I folded laundry. It was great. I really enjoyed hearing the women share their testimonies of Christ. They were firm in their beliefs of Our Savior. It really was a blessing to my spirit. They spent some of the time sharing that we need to be still and listen to the spirit. This was just an echo of what our prophet has stated in recent years. They ladies then discussed life and how we perceive it. As they continued my mind was drawn back to a quote "We are not earthly beings having a spiritual experience. We are SPIRITUAL beings having an earthly experience." Yes,I know that is not exactly right but you have heard something similar. I realized that lately I have been living the earthly experience seeking for that spiritual experience. It really has been an awakening for me. I am not sure exactly what I am going to do to make the change but I am sure enlightenment is the first step. So I ask, what kind of experience are you having?
Friday, October 12, 2007
I don't go down town often because it is, well, scary. Downtown is where homeless people live (sad) and people are robbed. It is also hard to navigate. Some streets are one way while others are two way. I just get mixed up and I can tell you that I have driven the wrong way on a one way street more than once. The two little ones I took with me were thrilled by the height of the buildings and the new scenery. It was actually pretty fun. I wish that I had taken my camera. Everything went perfectly until we left on the two way street and ended up on a one way that was heading to a highway. It was all OK until I realized once on the highway that I was headed in the wrong direction. So I am having anxiety I am running a little late and I am headed in the wrong direction. I called my dad and he told me that the highway would have an exit that I could follow home. Yay for dad's!! It did and I got back just in time to take lunch to my lovely daughter at school.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Today at the grocery store, we had finished shopping and were leaving the store. Two big noisy boys, they may have been 23 years old, started spouting profanities about how much they had spent in Walmart. So I started walking slower to allow some space between their fowl mouths and my children's ears. I finally had to stop and wait for a few minutes because they had gotten so loud. Unfortunately, for me they had parked right next to me. I noticed that someone had approached them and that they were lost in conversation. The swearing a quieted and so I made a dash for the car hoping to get the kids in before anything else was said.
They stood there talking to the third man for quite some time. I was quickly unloading my basket and I could over hear their discussion. The tone of their voices had changed and they sounded almost sympathetic to the questions of the third man. I was surprised when I heard them discussing Jesus Christ. (We live in bible belt USA and so we have frequent encounters with independent missionaries asking if we have been "saved.") The third man was going from car to car asking and hoping to convert someone to accept Jesus in their lives. The miracle here is that flamingly boisterous boys turned quiet and gentle when brought to the discussions of Jesus Christ. It was a good lesson.
It is amazing the lessons taught in the Walmart parking lot.
Friday, September 21, 2007
1. Finish the Laundry - Only 4 loads left!
2. Get part to fix oven - Broken since May, :-P
3. Take kids to school - Three already there.
4. The dishes - never ending
5. Get dressed - my clothes are in the dryer.
6. Eat healthy food - Low fat, high fiber, my motto.
7. Vacuum - J is having a friend come over so I need to vacuum.
8. Make the bed - no one in my house made their bed this morning so all the beds need to be made.
9. Buy two new tires for the suburban and have it aligned. We bought new tires about two years ago and the back ones are in great shape but the alignment is way off in the front end so we need new tires in the front.
10. Shop at some garage sales - our neighborhood garage sale is tomorrow so lots of people sale today. I like to get first pick.
11. Work on picking out colors to paint the living room - maybe I will pick up some paint chips today.
12. Get things packed and ready for the carnival at church tonight. Tons of fun!!
13. Borrow a Weed eater so I can weed eat the nice lady down the street's lawn.
Here's wishing all is well with you and yours.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
1. I am socially uncomfortable. I spend most of my social time just on the edge of the social cirles. I love to be around people and hear the conversations. I am just painfully awkward unless I know a few of the people there very well.
2. I am husband is a deer hunter. Yes, every October he spends every weekend in the woods trying to kill the "monster" buck. The one thing wrong with that is the big ones taste so gamey, Yuck!!
3. I am a baker! I love to bake anything but especially cheese cake. My kids compare everyone elses cookies and cakes to mine, I love it. If we go to a family reunion or a church event the my kids all ask which one I brought so they can eat it. I am not fabulous but can hold my own.
4. I love romantic movies, the sappier the better. I really like old movies. Anything from the 40's, 50's and early 60's. I like Doris Day, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to name a few.
5. My dad has Parkinson's Disease, I know that is not about me but it is shaping me. It is hard to watch someone you love suffer and loose mobility. Just a few years ago he was a master carpenter, active grandpa and friend to anyone needing help. Now he is all of those things in a body that limits him. His mind has not left and is as brilliant as ever but his hands tremble and voice is quieter. It is heart breaking to realize that it only gets worse from here....
I'm tagging the following:
Dizzy Dias Days
Mom not Mum
living in spin cycle
The rules are:
1. Link to my tagger and post these rules,
2. Facts about me: some random, some weird ... all devastatingly interesting.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of my post and list their names (linking to them)
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Monteserrat posted this meme on her blog. It's pretty funny so I thought I'd join in.
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car)
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME:
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal),
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born),
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first),
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink),
The Green Pepper
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers),
9. Str*pper Name: (fav scent + fav candy) No thanks!
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ),
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter),
12. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower),
13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree),
15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”),
The Blog Rain Tour
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Once when I went to the grocery store and it started to rain. I had finished my shopping and was ready to get home. I decided to brave the elements and load the my suburban with groceries in the rain. I scooped up my toddler and put the other one in the basket and made a run for it. Well it was a quick walk because you can't run holding toddler and pushing a full cart. I put the little ones in the vehicle and began to unload my basket. When all of the sudden I noticed an older gentleman approaching holding an umbrella. He said hello and said it looked like I could use a third hand. He then spent the next few minutes holding his umbrella over me while I finished unloading. I thanked him repeatedly and then jumped into the car. I wish that I carried thank you cards or gifts for such occasions but I am not that organized.
I always look for opportunities to serve. Many times I am overwhelmed with the amount of need for service. So I spent my days looking for little ways to serve. I used to be the door lady. I would try to hold the door open for people to go in and out of stores. But as you may know most stores have automatic doors so that is out. It has really made me look for new and different ways to serve.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
The kids are well into the habit of going to school. It really rocks that we have almost made it through an entire month of school.
Today was grocery store day. I took one, count with me, one child to shop for groceries. I have to tell you it is so much easier with one than five. I don't know if you had a chance to read this yet but Kayelyn at monkeying around linked this groceries store experience. It is a typical adventure at the grocery store for any one with four children or more. Because once you get to 4 everyone asks "Are they all yours?" It is a little long but totally worth it!! Enjoy!
Read the discription
Grocery Store Mom with 6 kids
Monday, September 3, 2007
|Your Five Factor Personality Profile|
You have low extroversion.
You are quiet and reserved in most social situations.
A low key, laid back lifestyle is important to you.
You tend to bond slowly, over time, with one or two people.
You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.
You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.
You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.
Openness to experience:
Your openness to new experiences is low.
You're a pretty conservative person, and you favor what's socially acceptable.
You think that change for novelty's sake is a very bad idea.
While some may see this as boring, many see you as dependable and wise.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Now that school has started I find myself wishing for fall and the events that come along with it. I love the colors and smells of fall. At our house that means I decorate the house with leaves of different colors and pumpkins. I love fall but not so much Halloween. We trick or treat but that is the big celebrating we do. I like the house to be pretty and warm not so much freaky. I also start buying candles the apple cinnamon ones from Glade. (My favorite) The baking bug always bites. I love to bake but the summer months are too hot to light the oven. So when it cools outside I want the oven lit and I want to bake breads, muffins, cookies, and dinners of all kinds. Yummm!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The kids teachers are all sweet. Jake says that his English teacher is kind of a stinker but time will tell.
I miss the little kiddo's already.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
The kids started back to school this week. This was a huge success. Everyone was so excited to go back to school. Mequell missed the first day because of a stomach virus. Caleb's first day was good - he kept saying "no big school." He came out of the school smiling and sharing his adventures at school. Jacob is in the safety patrol and gets to rotate classes since it is his last year in elementary school. Ethan liked his teacher and was happy to find friends in his class. Mequell was thrilled that one of her favorite friends was in her class, too.
I was in charge of distributing pre-ordered schools supplies. One of my good friends passed this job off to me because she moved to Utah. It is not a hard job just time consuming.
I marked clothes for the local JBF Sale. This is a Just Between Friends sale. It is one huge consignment sale. It is fun to shop because it has everything you could possibly want and you earn money from the clothes that your kids have out grown. YAY!! If you don't have one of these locally you should start one. The gals who started ours make tons of money for just a few weeks of work. Also, on the way to drop off my consigned items my little angel threw up in the back seat. It is one of those moments that you are glad you always have a change of clothes in the car.
I took the kids shopping for back to school clothes. This was actually fun. The kids had fun picking out different items and I had fun saying yes!! We live on a pretty tight budget. We have five little ones so we have to count our nickels and dimes, and sometimes pennies. SO when I get to shop with them and let them pick out what they want it is a blast!!
Everyone in the house has had a 24 hour stomach virus. It started early Monday morning and ended with Mequell on Thursday. Luckily it was only about a 12 hour virus. I was grateful that I accomplished so much even with everyone being sick. I am blessed!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I am however getting ready to start back to school. I am going to take Chem II and Art Appreciation. Not fancy but two more classes to check off the list.
I am also going to start selling Lia Sophia. I have a dear friend who introduced me to this jewelry line and I really like it. The parties are tons of fun. It looks like a fun way to make a little extra money and have a day out at the same time. I'll let ya know how it goes.
The kids start to school this week. I am so not ready to loose the days with them. I love to hear them play together. It is fun to have them shop with me and give opinions on the days activities.
My husband has been working tons! He has been working 6 days a week for at least 10 hours a day plus he has to drive an hour both ways. I have been missing him.
Football is getting a little easier. It is extremely hot and humid but he is doing well. Last practice he kept saying how hungry he was, so I knew he was not over heated. His skills are coming along too.
I hope all is well with you and yours.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
1. where is your cell phone? with my husband
2. your boyfriend/girlfriend? married with children
3. your hair? despritly needs cut
4. where is your father? at his house
5. your favorite thing to do? play sing dance
6. your dream last night? playing at park
7. your dream car? 2007 Suburban Blue
8. the room you're in? bedroom
9. who did you hang out with last night? husband and kids
10. your fears? not doing enough
11. what aren't you good at? my penmanship stinks
12. muffins? any except raisin
13. one of your wish list items? new oven
14. the last thing you did? grocery shopping
15. your computer? Lola big white
16. your pet? 2 chocolate labs
17. you are wearing? capris itchy shirt
18. your life? slightly unstable
19. your mood? ready to relax
20. missing? my husband
21. your car? tan suburban
22. what are you thinking about now? money bill job
23. your work? list to long
24. your summer? not long enough
25. your relationship status? always improving
26. your favorite color(s)? I love navy
27. when is the last time you cried? two weeks ago
28. when was the last time you laughed? last night
29. school? Kids going soon
30. favorite 90's group? I don't know
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
1. I love to sing. I used to sing alot in High school but after high school not so much. But recently I have tried to sing more, for my kids and husband (not much appreciation) but my voice is getting stronger and clearer. YAY
2. I am 5'8 and 1%& lbs. I have brown hair and brown eyes.
3. I lost my wedding ring about 8 years ago and have been wearing a fake ever since then.
4. I am the oldest of 4 children. I have 10 neices and nephews, so far.
5. My favorite color is navy. But you can't find navy crayons or balloons so I always pick yellow.(my second fav.)
6. My favorite snack is cold cereal. I can eat it any time. I would serve it at breakfast and lunch if the kids would eat it. Dinner has to have meat or my husband won't eat. He is a meat and potato kinda guy.
7. The first time I went to a restaurant that you ordered from your table. I was 16 and it was on a date. I remember ordering a burger and they asked how I wanted it, I didn't say anything because I did not realize the came in different flavors. I must have a puzzled look on my face because she started listing well, medium well, medium, medium rare or rare. I said rare but she recommended medium well. The burger was great.
8. When I took drivers ed. I was the worst driver in the class. The first time I had to drive on the course, I drove over a pylon and the car got it stuck. The worst part was that all of the class was sitting on bleachers behind the pylon, which sent them all running. When we drove on the streets the my teacher never took his foot off of the passenger side break. I can not tell you how many times my classmates in the back seat were left screaming. I think if their parents knew I was driving they would not have let them come to school that day. I was bad but I had never driven anything before.
If anyone lists 8 random things let me know.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
1. Scot and I met on a blind date. I was going to school with a sweet girl named Shay and she was married. She and her husband thought that Scot and I would make a good match so it was double date with a blind date on the side. I did not like him at all. He was not a member of the church and spent the night drinking beer, a lot of beer. It was right in the middle of the cowboy fad. He showed up cowboyed out. He was also sporting a mullet. He kept calling and I enjoyed talking to him. Soon we were dating and the rest is history.
2. We have been married for 12 years.
3. I was 21 when we got married. He is 6 years older than I am.
4. We were married Jan 7th which is the day before Elvis's birthday. SO every year on our anniversary we watch Elvis movies. We used to have cable and could watch them on TV. We don't have cable any more so we have bought a couple of Elvis movies to enjoy on our anniversary.
5. Scot and I both were married previously. He has a wonderful son from that union.
6. We have five children Jacob 10, Ethan 8 almost 9, Mequell(Mekel)7, Caleb 5 and Makenna 2.
7. When we got married it was a last minute decision. I called around and found a preacher to marry us. I tried to get a Bishop but they were all out of town or had not registered to do marriage ceremonies.
8. We are total opposites. I am soft, sweet and quiet. He is rough, ornery and talkative. We do a good job compromising and working things out. Marriage is not easy. It requires work but if you are devoted to your spouse, and the Lord, the blessings come.
I tag my family bloggers. I also tag my side bar. If anyone else does it let me know. I love hearing how people met. So consider yourself tagged.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
1. Patient - When I backed the car into our other car. He didn't get mad at all.
2. Understanding - He is never angry when I bounce a check here and there. I am always upset but he just cruises through it.
3. Good Dad - He will wrestle with them. He plays with them. He, especially with the boys, is able to heal their tender hearts.
4. Talker - He is the chatty one in our relationship. He can carry on a conversation any one he meets. I am quiet until I get to know you well, then I am pretty talkative.
5. Spiritual - He spends many hours in church service and enjoys it. He seeks the spirit and prays often.
6. Supportive - About six years ago my husband injured his back and ended up having fusion done in his lower back. Since then he has had lots of pain and is not getting much better. The MV helps a ton with the sciatic pain. But some of the nerve pain it just can't touch. I realized that he is not going to be able to keep working at his current level. So about two years ago I decided to go back to school. He is amazing! He watches the kids and gets them to bed. He makes dinner. I am just so grateful for all he does to support my school efforts.
7. Quick wit - He is a fast thinker and can get you laughing.
8. Charitable - He always is giving people money or lawn mowers. Usually our lawn mower. He just has a soft spot for the needy.
9. Animal person - He really, really loves animals. They love him too. The dogs are always so happy to see him come home. He loves the outdoors and hunting the big animals.
10. Adventurous - He is a regular Steve Irwin. Last summer a neighbor had warned us about a large snake that had slithered into our yard. I warned the kids not to go out but Scot was out the door. He found the snake, which had clibed the house and gotten into a tree, and killed it. I was a four foot long water mocasin.
11. Gifts - We usually spend most of our money on the kids at christmas so there is not much left. But he always finds something small that I have really been wanting.
12. Brags - I know you are supposed to be humble but it is so nice to have a husband that tells his co-workers what a good cook I am or how "hot" he thinks I am.
13. Loves me - He is the one I get to dance all my dances with. He is the one I sing to. He is the one that makes me feel safe even when he is sleeping. He is the one who comforts me. He is the one....who loves me.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
More shopping adventures...
Shopping for Helmets We went to the good store. The one where they fit the helmets to your child's head. Well I guess everyone in town had the day off and was there trying to buy helmets for their child, too. We found the helmets but there were so many people and not enough fitters. I decided to go and find a couple of other items that we needed and then come back. We came back and still could not get anyone to help(frustrating). So I asked someone to call an associate to help fit a helmet for my boy and he said he would be there in just a minute. Well 15 min. pass and I am still waiting but I can see that guy is swamped with replacing face masks. I think this must only happen to me. I am always the nice lady who waits and waits my turn, just like in school. I think I am a lush because the salesmen always seemed to find everyone else who needed help but me. SO I heard a sweet guy on the other isle fitting a tiny little guy for a helmet and listened (hoping by now to figure out how to fit the helmet myself). He was so good he was whipping helmets on and off kids in two seconds flat. He finally had a minute and did my little sweetie. He was good and so I asked lots of questions and can now professionally fit a helmet for my child and any other child in the isle. By the time it was over we had spent a hour and a half in the store and most of it waiting. I guess I am just a lush, I worked retail. I know how hard it is when the store is swamped. I try to be nice but sometimes being nice stinks.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Yep, it is that time of year again. My oldest son has asked to play for the past few years but I made him wait till the fifth grade. I guess I made him wait till fifth grade so he would be big enough to understand, and take the rigors of football. I watched my fabulous stepson, Cody, go through what at times felt like torcher. But he survived and managed to do well. So it is very hard to send your little one out to be pounded upon. I like the drills and agility training its the Tackling that I don't care for. I love watching it on TV or at local High School games but seeing your little person out there being pounded left and right, makes me worry.
We had a pre season party and we got to meet the team. It turns out that Jake is the only one from his school on the team. But he did play two seasons with one of the boy's on a soccer team.
It was fun to be social and chat with the other parents on the team. The kids played on a giant slip n slide, Jupiter Jump and Zip line. The food was all, Yum. The team is well organized. Everyone I met was so sweet! Practices start tonight and are four nights a week. So that should keep us busy. I have to say that I am excited for the season to start.
I hope all is well at your house.
Friday, July 27, 2007
|You Are a Dreaming Soul|
Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you away from this world
So much so that you tend to live in your head most of the time
You have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all...
But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult
You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.
Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.
Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.
Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.
Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul
If you do this let me know what kind of soul you are :-)
This turned out to be pretty accurate. Unfortunately, I am a dreamer and I don't tend to follow through. I enjoy dreamin' and so what if I don't ever make a million doing it at least I am happy.
Says I am compat. with Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul. Don't know what a newborn soul is but I absolutely LOVE newborn babies.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
1. My Kitchen Aide Mixer - I got the one with the 6 quart bowl so I can make triple batches of cookies in one bowl.
2. Electrasol Dish Tabs - I love the tab, no mess.
3. My Kirby Vacuum - my Kirby was a Christmas gift about two years ago, The best vacuum ever
4. Downy - the April Fresh Scent. It reminds me of my childhood and love how soft the towels are.
5. Bread Maker - Just handy
6. Cooking Themometer with handy oven probe.
7. Surround Sound - I put it in for my DH for Fathers Day and it really makes a difference.
8. Digital Camera- it has changed the way I take pictures, Love it.
9. Steamer - My sister gave it to me for Christmas and it is awesome. It makes it easy for me to keep every one's clothes wrinkle free and it is so fast.
10. Glade Apple Cinnamon anything - I love their candles and plug-ins. I am just an apple fresh girl.
11. Mona Vie - it is a juice, that gives you the nutrient and vitamins of 5 fruits in 1/4 cup serving. It is yummy and makes me feel energized.
12. Tins - you know like cracker tins or cookie tins. I collect them and place them in the kitchen above the cabinets. When was growing up my Nanny had old tins that she would paint and use for containers. I just love things that make me nostalgic.
13. My Mattress - It rocks. We got it a year and a half ago but I love climbing into bed every night! It is a Lady Americana King size with the Memory Foam topper. I even day dream of going to bed because of that mattress.
From my list I gather that I spent alot of time in the kitchen. You would think I'd be a better cook. ;-)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I've been tagged! Oooh a meme! I've been tagged by Mom not Mum with a meme originating from The Freelance Cynic and this one's about my groanings. Affectionately called:
The Moaning Meme
4 things that should go into room 101 and be removed from the face of the earth.
Mosquito's They drive me nuts.
Wife Swap or any other reality TV
Baby bottle pop suckers - they make the biggest mess.
Tattoos-I just don't think that they are very pretty, the artwork is always amazing I just think it should be displayed on a canvas. (Sorry to all who have tattoos, my husband has one)
3 things people do that make you want to shake them violently.
Parents that are oblivious to what terrible parents they are.
Anyone who uses excuses to not reach their full potential.
Pushy people in the grocery store.
2 things you find yourself moaning about.
The summer is just to short!!
The sink never being empty.
1 thing the above answers tell you about yourself.
I am judgemental and whinny.
RULES:Link to the original meme at freelancecynic.com so people know what it's all about!
Be as honest as possible, This is about letting people get to know the real you!
Try not to insult anyone - unless they really deserve it or are very, very ugly!
Post these rules at the end of every meme!
Today I'm tagging:
Living in Spin Cycle
Rockin' with the Burrs
I hope your having a good day!!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
1. Arrive at least 20 minutes early - So you can choose where you want to sit and have plenty of time to get everyone to use the bathroom.
2. Sit in the back row or at least as far back as you can - That way when she or he starts to complain to much you have an easy and fast way out. We sat second from the front.
3. Bring your own snacks - I don't like to break the rules and I know the sign says "no outside food or drinks" but I think this is more of a guide line than a rule. Bring your big purse and fill it with at least 5 different snacks. It saves you a ton of money and gives your little angel something to be busy with.
4. Go a head and buy a drink - it cost a bundle to, so you have to time it right. You get the drink when the movie is about half over. That way the drink can entertain for a few minutes and when empty open the lid and let em' play with the ice.
5. Flashlight - find the smallest flash light possible and let them hold it. I think the ones on key chains work great. This gives them their own little light. Hopefully good for 20 min.
6. Time it right - Pick a showing that is not nap time. My daughter is transitioning out of naps. However, she still gets tired some day and cranky so try for a time slot that is not when they would take a late nap.
7. Change - If you are going to the lobby be prepared. It is a game room at our theater and so my daughter was constantly playing on them and wanting a penny. She did not realize the machines required money and was content playing the demo. Unfortunately, she watched a couple of really cute boys playing the crane game and figured out that they need a penny or two. I like to play video game so I plopped her in my lap and we raced a few laps. This was fun until my $1.50 worth of change ran out. She complained.
8. Movie choice - try if at all possible to go to a movie that is just over an hour long so you don't have to spend a hour in the lobby with the grumpy angel.
9. Try bringing a small blanket - I didn't try this one but I think it might have helped.
The best advice is if at all possible give it a year - the other children did really well at three years old but 2 is just 2 young for my little angel.
This was the first movie I have been to in . . . . I think about 5 -6 years. It was fun to go with the kids but what an adventure.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
1. The bra's you buy don't have easy access flaps any more.
2. You get rid of all your maternity clothes and some of your regular clothes that look like maternity clothes.
3. You actually work hard to loose the "baby" weight - I gain at least 60 pounds every time I am pregnant. So it was hard to motivate myself to exercise and loose weight when the force was against me.
4. Now that you have lost the weight you realize just what pregnancy has done to your body. Things are definitely different some bigger and some smaller.
5. You enjoy knowing this is the last time I have to potty train.
6. You get to sleep again, all night with no interruptions.
7. This is your last time to make it through the terrible two's.
8. You are happy to give away your baby things to a deserving friend or family member. And you don't have that 'what if' feeling.
9. You start to realize what life is like with out a toddler or infant. no diaper bag! It has been along time for me I guess I have had an infant or toddler for the past 10 years.
10. You start thinking of more permanent forms of birth control. Sorry Honey.
11. You don't have to go in to the baby section at Walmart when you shop for groceries. I find myself passing through, old habits are hard to break.
12. You start planning things for yourself and remembering yourself. When I have very small children I live for them. I devote my life to their happiness and safety. I am an old pro now. So I have not had much time for me. But now I realize in about three years all of my children will be in school. I will have time for me again. SO I plan for the future.
13. You cherish EVERYTHING!! The last everything, it is the last baby and so you cherish the tantrums, but don't give in. You enjoy the little one that falls asleep in your lap. You try to etch the details of their little hands in to memory. You are sad, too! Truly bitter sweet.
I love having babies and will miss it terribly but my season is over. I can feel it when I pray and I know that the Lord has a plan for me and my family. I am grateful to know that my family is complete. I just miss the little ones.
But I know lots of people who are still working on their families so I can hold their babies.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
The kids lit fireworks and played the whole day. I took a pinata that we made. I have a really hard time predicting the break ability of a pinata. You want the pinata to last long enough that everyone gets a turn to hit it but not so long that you spend hours waiting for it to break. This one was OK , everyone had two turns batting until finally the rope broke through the top. Then we just dumped it.
Sorry no pictures, forgot to take the camera. :-(
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Good deal alert: I found a gallon size freezer bag of Polly Pocket stuff at a garage sale Saturday and it was only $3. My lovely daughters have been playing Polly non stop since I brought it home! I love garage sales.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
I had just had my first baby and was getting adjusted to the life as a mother.
What was I doing 1 year ago?
Same things I am doing now - playing with the kids wishing the house was clean.
What are my five favorite snacks?
Cold Cereal - preferably whole grain
M&M's - my favorite candy
Toast with Strawberry Freezer Jam - Yum
Fruit any kind
What 5 songs I know the lyrics to.
I am proud to be an American
that Karate Kid song "Glory of Love"
Lots of church songs
5 Things I would do if I were a millionaire.
Get totally debt free!!
Go on Vacation some place tropical
Give to charity
give awesome Christmas gifts to family and friends
5 Bad Habits-
Don't tidy as I go
I don't RSVP or send Thank You's like I should
Procrastination - seen this on lots of lists
Eating cereal in bed
Laundry pile that never ends
5 Things I would never wear again-
Acid wash jeans
Shortie Shorts and knee socks
Bangs more than two inches tall
leggins I am just getting to old
5 Toys I Love-
Kitchen Aide mixer
Thursday, June 28, 2007
!. Read - one of my favorites,
2. Rent movies - always look for coupons for this one
3. Go the the movies - we have a local theater that has .50 cent Tuesdays
4. Play board games - always a good choice
5. Make cookies - if your oven is working, mine is not
6. Play at the local Carl's Junior or McD's indoor playground
7. Crafts - if your crafty
8. Visit the Library
9. Zoo or Aquarium - if you got one
10. Have a friend come visit - so many I need to catch up with it is hard to choose
11. Nothing - just veg out in front of the TV with the kids, usually turns into a wrestling match
12. Secret Service - one of those make something yummy and secretly leave it at your friends and neighbors houses
13. Clean - this was the last resort but if you need to clean out that closet or organize the dresser go for it, you will be glad you did later!
Hope your days our sunny. We have had the rainiest June ever recorded for our neck of the woods. So we have not been able to swim much or anything else that requires dry ground.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The boys loved this game. It was like hockey only with half of a swim noodle and a tiny little beach ball. This was an awesome way to use up some of that youthful energy.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
1. The Lake - I know that it is nice and beautiful but when my son was 2 yrs old we went to the lake. He walked out about 20 ft and fell into a sink hole. Well I got over to where I had seen him bob up but the water was so murky that I could not see him. I just prayed to Heavenly Father ' If you let him pop up one more time I'll get him' and sure enough he popped right up but now I am scarred.
2. Spiders -Just do
3. Crickets - I 've just had too many of them in my hair.
4. Scary Movies - surprise, surprise
5. CSI - Just the music to those shows gives me the creeps.
6. Personal Interviews - It doesn't matter job, church or volunteer. They just stress me out.
7. When I see my child falling and cant get there fast enough!
8. Cold dirty sink water - when I was growing up my mom always was soaking dishes in the sink and I remember one time I reached in to the water and touched a dead mouse, Yuck, just thinking about it gives me the heeby jeebies.
9. Meeting new people - this is just one of those quirks that makes me, me.
10. Buying gas - the price of gas is so high that I just cringe when the total comes up.
11. Losing one of my family members
12. Night mares - When I have a lot of stress I get terrible night mares.
13. War - The war in Iraq seems to be so difficult. For every good stride of success the Insurgents and Taliban seem to react so violently that the hopes of us ever being able to leave seems low. It is sad because there are families in Iraq that want peace and security. The news this morning expressed a concern of the war spreading. I just pray for peace and tolerance of those involved.
I am not really creative so you will have to bare with me and I will try to be more original in my thirteen, :-)
Monday, June 11, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
My youngest son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Any changes in routine cause him to go through melt downs. Since school has been out he has had frequent melt downs. He just becomes an emotional wreck. I feel badly for him but try to get him focused on calming himself. That is my new goal for him, Self Calming Techniques. He is starting preschool in the fall everyday and I won't be their to help calm him so he has to learn how to do it himself. Which is a real trick because some days I can't help to calm his little sad spirit either. I just keep praying that his progress continues. He has come so far and I am truly grateful but we still have a bumpy road ahead.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
1. I was at the grocery store with my two sons one 18 mos and the other just a tiny little guy a few weeks old. I was just finishing up and the baby had just woken up. I don't know how your babies were when you went to the grocery store but every time I went to check out they would wake up and cry, screaming cry. Most of the time it was because they had slept the entire time and were hungry. But I would do my best to console them while putting the groceries on the conveyor belt. This was usually futile and I would give all my attention to get the groceries out of the cart as fast as humanly possible. But one time a sweet angel of a lady came and offered to hold my little one while I attended to the groceries. This was such a blessing it calmed my child and I was able to finish without all of the hurry. I thanked her many times but I don't think it was enough. I decided when my little ones are no longer babies then I will do this for the young mothers that I see at the groceries store.
2. The whole family went to the local whole sale club. They had just recently gotten new baskets which were shallower than the older style. My baby girl was about 11 months old and was riding in the basket . Well a lady pulled out in front of us and I stopped short and my baby fell head first over the front of the basket. She hit her little head on the basket and the cement floor. It was terrible, one of those moments when you see it happening in slow motion. I ran and picked her up trying to sooth her but nothing was working. Then an angel came up our isle, he was a kind man who must have notice the screaming and the distraught look on my face. He quickly came over and began to talk to my little girl. She stopped crying for a moment when he spoke to her. But then he did the most amazing thing, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a balloon. One of those long balloons that you twist into shapes. He quickly made a little lady bug - as he was manipulating the balloon my little injured child calmed. He put it in her hair and made her a flower, too. He made swords for the boys and an other flower for my other daughter. He was an angel and a blessing. He took time out of his day and blessed our family, I will never forget him.
This was fun. I would like to hear a random act of kindness that has been done for you so if you post let me know.
Monday, June 4, 2007
This week I am going to start:
1. Chore Charts for the kids - helps keep things organized and the kids responsible.
2. Training for Triathlon - May 2008 - I have sort of been training by building up my over all fitness level but now I am going to do timed runs and go for mileage. Wish me luck.
3. Cleaning out the Girls room - Go through toy boxes - work on finishing the Bunk bed so the baby girl can get out of the crib. Maybe a little wall paper?
4. Service projects - I think it is important that we as a family offer service when we can, I think that we might weed the flower beds and something else. It is hard to find service projects that even a two year old can do.
5. Summer reading program - The library has alot of excellent activities for the kids during the summer.
6. Swimming - Wednesday - I tell the kids it has to be 90 degrees before we can go swimming. The weather guy says that Wednesday is the day. Ya Hoo!
Hope you all have a good week!
Friday, June 1, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
1. The house stayed clean
2. Groceries magically appeared when ever you needed them.
3. I had lost those last 10 pounds.
4. My husband did not have to work so hard.
5. I was finished with school.
6. I could be ready for the triathlon, NOW! - every year I watch the Iron Man triathlon in Hawaii and I get motivated to run. The Iron Man is a little out there but did some research and found that there shorter triathlons. I am going for the Sprint version which is the shorter type - swim 1/3 mile, bike - 15 miles and run-3 miles (much more reasonable than the Iron Man - swim 3-miles, bike - 125 miles and run 26-miles).
7. I would not find any more gray hairs - found about 15 so far.
8. The dog would stop shedding.
9. The ocean was closer
10. I was a scripture master.
11. I had new tires for the trucks.
12. My two good friends weren't moving - I know they have to follow the Lords direction but I am sure going to miss them.
13. Money to share.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Sunday Church was good. The best part was that every member of our immediate family was there, including Cody. I love filling the large pew.
Monday, we lounged around for the morning and then in the afternoon we went for a family bike ride. The city has recently put in a bike trail that runs close to one of the local highways. We had not been there before and we are always looking for new places to explore. It was SO fun. The trail was beautiful. The weather was perfect but a little thundery. The weather gal said rain was headed our way in a few hour so we thought there would be enough time to do our ride. The ride to went fine the wind was cool and smelled of a fresh rain shower but nothing looked close to us. The trail runs through a flood plain which looks more like a swampy area. It also winds back and forth under the high way. We stopped under the bridges and the kids threw rocks into the water. The flowers along the path were beautiful and my lovely daughters picked small bouquets. We reached the end of our leg of the path and were heading back when the baby girl (who is now totally potty trained) had to go. So I whipped off her pants and let her squat on the side of the trail. Everyone else continued up the trail. She got her pants back on and we continued on. It was only about 3 minutes and the rain started to pour down. I grabbed the little sister and through her in the stroller and ran to catch up with the rest of the family. Fortunately, everyone else had made it under the bridge before the rain started and were mostly dry. Unfortunately, I was running right into the rain and so I was soaked and so was my baby girl because the rain was blowing into the stroller. But wet or not it was lots and lots of fun. The rain just added to the adventure of it all. E thought found a shower of water running off of the high way above and said it felt warm so he decide to step into it and soak himself. He is my adventurous child!
I hope you all had a great weekend, too!