Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Getting Ready For 2009

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I don't know about you people but ending a year means tons of work for me.

Here is my agenda for the next week in no particular order.

  • Visit 3 more homes to exchange gifts.
  • Put away holiday decorations.
  • Clean all rooms thoroughly.
  • Send out thank you cards/holiday cards.
  • Get my husband's company ready for taxes (spreadsheets, receipts, filing paperwork).
  • Get household finances in order (categorize on Money, file paperwork, organize).
  • Make a photo book through Clark of Christmas 2008.
  • Clean out photos and video from cameras and sort into folders.
  • Go through and delete any photos not worth keeping (approx 5,000 pictures).
  • Make a folder of the best of 2008 pictures and put the others onto a hard drive and onto back up DVDs.
  • Find homes for all Christmas gifts.
  • Pull out 2009 calendar and mark important dates on it.
  • Put my feet up and reflect on the new year.

Tired On Christmas Morning


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Photo taken by Handsome 5.5 years old.

Monday, December 29, 2008

"They're Here"

We always ask Goddess why she ends up in our bed. Her reasons change over the weeks.

Reason 1 - "I don't know".

Reason 2 - "I really, really try but I can't do it".

Reason 3 - "My dreams bring me to your bed, I am very, very sorry".

Reason 4 - "The TV brings me to your room." This is what she told my husband last night. Today I asked again. Her answer was "The TV brings me there. It takes me by the hand and walks me into your room." I asked whose TV and she said "yours."

I am not sure why my TV is pissed at me but I seriously need to talk to it. The Teach and I wake with terrible back aches over the past few years because we have to share a bed with the twitching little mama. I may have to get rid of the damn TV and see what happens.

Ruby Tuesday - Christmas Morning After The Chaos

Head over to Mary's Ruby Tuesday Meme by hitting the button above.


Opening the gifts is fun but I love to see the kids sit with all their presents. Getting them to sit is impossible but the pictures are always fun to look at over the years. My parents used to take a picture like this every year and I still love looking to see what I got for Christmas waaaayyy back in the day.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Monday Morning Memes - Blue Monday Manic Monday, Monochrome Maniacs



Here is my daughter wearing a coat that belongs to her father. He has never worn it but I can't throw it away. I just might have to take pictures of the kids wearing it over the years.



This is a photo of Santa's Christmas cookies which the kids left out for him before going to bed. This is the second year that we are putting them out and I plan on continuing for many more Christmas Eves. In the past we went to my in-laws house and got home long after the kids had fallen asleep. This is something I used to do as a child and love that my kids are so excited about it. We place them in a special Santa plate with the matching cup on a little Santa table.


This was taken with my new Canon EOS 50D. I have a lot to learn but I shot this in black and white with this meme in mind. I anyone has any helpful hints about using this camera, I would much appreciate it.

Sunday Stealing: The TV Meme


1. Name a TV show series in which you have seen every episode at least twice: Lost and Ghost Hunters.

2. Name a show you can't miss: Ghost Hunters, Ghost Whisper and Lost

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to watch a show: George Clooney

4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show: Rosie O'Donnel

5. Name a show you can, and do, quote from: Married with Children

6. Name a show you like that no one else enjoys: General Hospital

7. Name a TV show which you've been known to sing the theme song: Gilligan's Island

8. Name a show you would recommend everyone to watch: Ghost Whisper

9. Name a TV series you own: None

10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium, but has surprised you with his/her acting chops in television:

11. What is your favorite episode of your favorite series? Lost - Sawyer and Kate locked in a cage.

12. Name a show you keep meaning to watch, but you just haven't gotten around to yet: The Mentalist

13. Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad? Grey's Anatomy

14. Name a show that's made you cry multiple times: Little House on the Prairie

15. What do you eat when you watch TV? I drink coffee or water

16. How often do you watch TV? Average an hour a night

17. What's the last TV show you watched? Ghost Whisper

18. What's your favorite/preferred genre of TV? Ummm...don't have one.

19. What was the first TV show you were obsessed with? The Brady Bunch. What? I was like 9 years old.

20. What TV show do you wish you never watched? Dancing With the Stars, Big Brother and the Bachelor, I can't get enough of them.

21. What's the weirdest show you enjoyed? Wipe Out

22. What TV show scared you the most? Nothing yet.

23. What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched? Friends made me laugh out loud

Saturday 9



1. What was the best thing that happened to you personally in 2008? I guess that would be being chosen to be a Godmother to my girlfriend's daughter. I know what a big deal this is for her because she took 8 years to chose someone. Getting the phone call from my soon to be God-daughter saying she was excited made it very memorable year.

2. What was the worst thing that happened to you personally in 2008? That would be having something from my past come back to haunt me. I felt that I had walked away from a situation that would have been life altering but then I stare into the eyes of someone I love and discuss the situation in detail.

3. What was the best thing to happen to all of us in 2008? Anyone who is able to read that question right now is lucky to be alive. That is the best thing in my eyes that has happened. Any day above ground is a blessed day.

4. What was the worst thing to happen to all of us in 2008? I can't talk for everyone. What is good or bad for anyone is about perspective. What may be something I consider the worst thing possible may be a blessing for someone else.

5. What was the best gift you receive during the ’08 holidays? My Camera. My husband has purchased over 6 cameras for me in the past 11 years. Between 35mm, digital, video, and then digital video he has probably spent over $8,000 on camera for me over the years.

6. What was the best gift (most appropriate or best received) you gave during the ’08 holidays? My son getting his Star Wars game for Wii. It was the only present he opened, stopped, jumped up, and threw his arms around my waist to say thank you.

7. Do you have any regrets about what you did in 2008? No. I don't believe in living with regrets.

8. Do you have any regrets about what you didn’t do in 2008? No! See above answer.

9. Did you meet anyone that became important to you in 2008? I met the mom of one of my son's friends and a grandmother of another that I care very much for. They are in my thoughts often and I wish we had more time to talk in our busy schedules.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Saturday Six



1. How many members of your family not living with you did you see on Christmas Day? NONE

2. When spending time with family, how long after you arrive do you begin to feel “antsy” about being there too long? About 5 hours.

3. Is your family more likely to have pleasant discussions or heated arguments during a big meal? Do you join in or quietly listen in? We have pleasant discussions and I am usually an observer.


5. Consider the family member whose views are most opposite of your own: If your friends or co-workers met the person, what single topic would probably be the source of the most embarrassment for you if your friends heard that person talking? Probably just the absolute potty mouth this person uses on a continual basis to discuss and describe everything.

6. Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? What one thing that you didn’t get would you like to have received? There are two things. I wanted the Twilight Box-set and Season 1 of Lost on DVD. I received the most awesome gifts so I really can't complain.

My Christmas Gift!

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No, you can't see it! It's not one of the gifts with the beautiful wrapping paper under my tree. It was the camera that took the photo.

A Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera!

This was the first photo taken and I have a lot to learn.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

Friday 5 - End-of-Year Positivity

  1. What’s one really cool/useful/nice thing you purchased for yourself this year? I purchased a necklace themed from the movie Twilight. I love it!
  2. What’s one area of your life you really improved this year? That would be my schedule. I keep a better calender. The kids have school, extra-curricular activities and various appointments to keep. I write everything down so I maintain total control.
  3. Who or what was a regular source of encouragement or inspiration to you this year? My husband! His advice and relaxed manner throughout the year takes a lot of my stress away. He has always told me to not spend time concentrating on things I have no control over and that is exactly how I live my life.
  4. What’s something nice you did for someone else this year? Oh I don't know...probably. What I may think was something special, someone might think was no big thing and what I think was no big thing someone may think was special. It is all about prospective.
  5. In what way was 2008 better than 2007? A year makes a big difference when it comes to toddlers. My children are a great source of inspiration, and comedic relief. They also allow me to try to give someone a full, hopefully wonderful childhood. Now that they are getting older I really love my conversations with them.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I'm Not A RedNeck But I Play One On The Weekend

This past weekend my husband was sweet enough to build me a fire while we watched the kids play in the snow.

It was fre-fre-freezing out, so he asked if I wanted a fire.

Me, being the nice girl or martyr I am said, No thanks, it's ok.

He, being the gentleman did it anyway.

After grabbing some of our broken bricks that are scattered under our deck he built a small chimney with a half lid using a broken shingle from the house so that the snow wouldn't put out the fire. Then he grabbed some cinder blocks and a piece of wood which was my bench.

It was toasty I must admit.
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Saturday Six on Wednesday


1. On an average year, how many days before Christmas do you generally finish your Christmas shopping? I am usually totally done three weeks before.

2. Is the economy making you spend any less on gifts this year, or are you spending about the same? I have spent about the same.

3. What part of the Christmas scene do you find the most chaotic? What part do you generally worry most about? Visiting the in-laws on Christmas day. It isn't the house that is chaotic, it's the traveling and the stress I feel leading up to the day. Last year was the first year I told them I wouldn't be coming on Christmas Eve (something we have been doing for over 14 years) because I wanted my kids to fall asleep in their own home. My husband's family always does Christmas Eve gifts at Midnight. When we leave there my children obviously are already sleeping from the hour + ride and then we carry them to their beds. They never get to experience what I loved as a child; putting out the milk and cookies and trying not to fall asleep for fear you would miss Santa. I want them to have that and honestly, my son's reaction to the cookies being gone last year is my favorite memory from Christmas morning. Read it here.

5. What Christmas movie is your favorite? Which one is your least favorite? I like the Polar Express. I guess my least favorite is The Christmas Story. I know it is a classic but I just don't get it and think once is enough.

6. What Christmas tradition from years past do you miss the most now? I guess it would be opening 1 present which was always PJ's


Monday, December 22, 2008

Have Scissor Will Cut Hair



Yesterday, I set the kids up to do some crafts at the table. I went over for the occassional request (draw this, write this, glue this) but mostly they did their own thing. This happens about 4 time a week in this house but this day was different.

As I did my 100th flyby I noticed something on the floor under the table.

I said, What is that?

Goddess said, Nothing.

So, I reach under to pick it up and see that it is hair. Her hair! Goddess' hair! Her very first hair cut was done by herself??????

As I collect all the pieces of hair I notice that my son is still coloring and Goddess about to go into her blanket, "I'm just sorry" mode.

With all the pieces (3 small sections) clutched in my hand I remove her from her chair, remove the scissors from her hand, give her a tap on her butt and walk her to her room. Noticing that she is about to cry (insulted, scared, embaressed, or otherwise I see the card I have to play).

I squat down and say, I am very sad. Now, I can't trust you with scissors. This makes me very sad. I stand and walk out of her room.

In true Goddess fashion (I knew this name would fit her when I started using when she was 3 months old) she quietly shut the door behind me.

Standing in the bathroom I look at myself in the mirror as I wait to go back into her room. I am so sad. Why? Maybe it is because this was her first haircut. Maybe it is because I left her alone for 2 seconds. Maybe she wants short hair and I am holding her back, was she making a statement?. Or maybe it is because I am mush when it comes to my kids and her cutting her beautiful hair reminds me of all the terrible haircuts that my grandmother gave me when I was little. Whatever it is, I have humungo tears in my eyes as I knock on her door and walk back into her room. (I know, I knocked on a 3 year old's door. I have been doing this since they were babies. They deserve their privacy and I want to respect that too) She is standing there where I left her trying to hid behind her Princess couch and looks at me.

Getting on my knees I put my hands on her shoulders.

I tell her to look at my eyes. She does.

As she glances at me, I allow a tear to roll down my face (I really should have been a damn actress), and say...I am so sad that you cut your hair. You had scissors close to your face and you could have hurt yourself. Mommy cannot let you do cutting unless I sit with you from now on. You can go color if you want. I hug her and leave.

Standing at the sink about to wash the glass in there she walks over to me.

I look down and she says, I am just so very sorry Mommy.

Giving her a pat on her head I say, I know you are.

She goes back to the table to color.

The whole time her brother has been sitting at the table coloring. As his father comes up the stairs, he runs over and says, "Daddy, Goddess cut her hair."

Giving my husband the envelope with her hair and the cut sign across my throat I tell him I would like to talk to him inside.

She is 3 and since we already talked about it I didn't want her to hear me talking about it with anyone else.

The moral of the story is, kids can't be trusted with scissors even if you have trusted them for months and even when it appears that one child is oblivious, they are taking in the whole thing.

Oh and another thing....no reason to go ape shit and yell at a child when they do something wrong....just get very serious and freak the hell out of them. If I had gone into freak out mode she would have felt defensive.

She will not be doing this anytime soon. How do I know?

6 hours later while cleaning up the toys I asked her to please stop throwing things.

Her response, "ok...I don't want you to be mad and sad like before."

Yes! 1 for mom 0 for kid

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Manic Monday - The Christmas Tree




Man, how I wish I had better photos of my tree....

I really love my tree. The decorations all mean something. Every item has a special meaning behind it. I can remember who gave it to me or where I bought it and why. There is the wedding one, the pregnant one, the second baby one, my parents ornaments, a best friend one, handmade ones, etc...they all hold a special place in my heart.
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Monochrome Monday


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The weekend was spent outdoors. The kids loved the snow and we err...the husband...had much shoveling out to do.

This is my daughter at the top of the mountain next to our house. The kids from the block all come here to sled. Weird!

My daughter has been watching my son go down this hill for 2 years and was dying to go. I kept telling her "next year" but my husband told her to go ahead.

My heart was in my mouth but she did fab and had a blast. She was also exhausted by the end of the night as you could imagine.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Prescribe the Nation Campaign


It is said that "The most powerful element in advertising is the truth."

They also say, "the truth is in the pudding." In this case the truth is in the moisturizer.

Petal Ruch, a voice coach and 50-year-old mother of four from Kodiak, Alaska started a word of mouth campaign on a new product from Vaseline called Clinical Therapy.

Vaseline Clinical Therapy is a prescription strength moisturizer available without a prescription, so people can prescribe it to themselves and others. If she liked it, she could then freely "prescribe" it to anyone else she thought needed it. Through word-of-mouth, her experience spread to more than 600 townspeople—including 39 cousins, a Russian music group, a knife maker, police detective, owners of fishing vessels, and many others-- whom also discovered that Clinical Therapy works. Petal says, "if it didn't work, I wouldn't do this."

Here is one of the video's from the campaign "Prescribe the Nation."
I can totally relate to this. I cannot touch my kids skin enough. Their skin is so silky smooth and mine...not so much.

I can't wait to get my bottle of Vaseline Clinical Therapy to try it for myself.

Sky Watch Friday - Blue Skies


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I thought of your face again
A vision to have and to hold
My spirit still sings
I'm flying again
A wild heart looking for home
-John Denver

PBR Giveaway - For the Men In Your Life!

Holy Moly my very first; Grrr....manly giveaway and I am so proud.
Sponsored by PBR (Professional Bull Rider)


Giveaway Details:
Prize Description:

1 Black T-Shirt
1 DVD
1 Frosty Mug

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Giveaway - Cohesco Calorie Counter

This month I wrote a review of the book Then Along Came An Angel.


Julie Bonn Heath was gracious enough to sponsor a giveaway on Maria's Space. She is giving away a Cohesco Calorie Counter.


CalorieSmart Mini - Nutrition Calculator

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Product Features

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* Easy to use key pad.

* AAA batteries (2) included.

* Light, tiny size can easily fit in a pocket or purse.

* Measures approximately 2 ½ x 3 ¾ x ¾ inches.

Giveaway Details:
Prize Description: 1 Coheso’s CalorieSmart Mini

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Excuse Me While I Freak Out!

This week I was contacted by the Media Editor of Parents magazine and told that I am their Huge Gift Guide Prize Package winner. Can you even imagine?

After using the local food pantry for the holidays over the past four years this is unbelievable to me. I plan on providing gifts to as many of my friends and family as possible who have been there for me over the years. There are been very loyal friends who gave my kids extra every year because they knew we couldn't. Christmas morning in my house has always been amazing but the past 4 years have shown me what true Christmas Spirit is really about. As I wrote to the strangers who bought gifts for my kids the last 3 years, "long after my kids believe in Santa, I will be able to tell them that there really is one and it lives in everyone."

Last week I mentioned that if you are not blog giveaways you are loco. Now, I am going to add, if you are not entering blog giveaways you won't be able to "Freak Out" as I am.

Please visit and buy from the following sponsors who donated gifts to the Goodblog's giveaway.

Friday Fill Ins


1. Said the night wind to the little lamb, do you hear me now??
2. The first Noel, the angel did say, What is noel?
3. Snow blankets the ground, Over the hills and everywhere.
4. It came upon the midnight clear, wow, look at all those stars.
5. If your stomach is heavy, Let your heart be light.
6. And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing or try to sing on Christmas day.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to chilling with the homies, tomorrow my plans include shoveling out and Sunday, I want to relax.

Friday 5 for December 19: Keeping it Positive

Friday 5 for December 19: Keeping it Positive

  1. What’s your favorite thing about the shoes you’re wearing (or the shoes you were most recently wearing)? I love my ankle black boots. They have a small heel and under pants you would never know that they are only up to the ankle. They make me feel more dressed in jeans than if I were just wearing sneakers.


  2. What’s your favorite thing about the people you work with (or the people you go to school with)? I work with a review group online and I love how creative they are.


  3. What’s your favorite thing about the climate where you live? That we get to experience all of the seasons to their fullest.

  4. What’s your favorite thing about Friday? Ghost Whisper.

  5. What’s your favorite thing about the year coming to an end? Tying up all the loose ends and going through all my pictures as I get ready to close out the year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

3 Year Old Goddess is Too Smart for Her Own Good

Yesterday Handsome came to me telling me that Goddess hit him. He wanted me to go talk to her because "she hit me in the head, could you please tell her please don't do that?!"

I call her over and ask, "did you hit your brother? Are we supposed to hit each other?"

She says, "No!"

I tell her "He is telling me that you hit him. His forehead is red, please come over and apologize to your brother for hitting him and don't do that again."

She again tells me "I didn't do it!"

So I ask, "who did it?"

Her answer: "I don't know. It's a mystery!"

In the words of Homer Simpson, Doh! What do I do with this chick?

This weekend after telling her to stop throwing things 2 times she threw a toy at me. I picked her up and put her in her room telling her that I warned her and that I would tell her when time out was over.

I heard her shut her door which is normal these days. I guess she feels like she has the power.

She came out briefly and then went back in. When I walked in less than 3 minutes later she was without pants and crouching in the middle of her bedroom with her back to me.

When I looked past her I noticed that she had peed right there in the middle of the room and the reason she had left her room was to get toilet paper (the only paper she can reach) to try and clean it up.

When asked why she peed in her room she said, "I don't remember where the bathroom is."

Double Doh! She knows where the damn bathroom is, umm...right across from her room. So I tell her, "you know where it is. It is right there."

Her answer, "oh, thanks mom."

Doh!!!
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Last Chance for Bratz Wii Game Giveaway

The giveaway for Bratz Slumber Party for Wii ends tonight at Midnight.

Sepia Scences - Even Santa Knows The Reason for the Season



About 25 years ago I saw a snow globe that had Santa leaning over baby Jesus. His red hat was in his hand and his head was bowed. I collected snow globes and really wanted it. I never got it but have spent the past 25 years looking for it. This is an ornament I found about 3 years ago and is as close as the original as I can find. My search continues...
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Wordless Wednesday - Playdate Fun



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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Product Review - Pledge Natural Beauty Furniture Polish - Try It For Yourself Giveaway


This weekend I received a bottle of Pledge Natural Beauty Furniture Polish. My family has been using Pledge since I was a child. I always loved the smell and as an adult I have tried other products but I always go back to Pledge.
Yes, it could use some updating but it is my favorite piece of furniture.
The reason: This is my mom's dresser. She got it in 1965, the year she got married. It is mine now and I wouldn't change a thing. It is just like it was when I dusted it as part of my chores.


Yes, Pledge Natural Beauty Furniture Polish smells great, shines and restores wood surfaces but there is another reason to use Pledge in your Household. Pledge uses an anti-dust formula that removes dirt, dust, smudges and COMMON ALLERGENS. We can protect our families from pesky allergens while making our home beautiful.

Common allergens such as pet dander, mold, dust mites, and pollen lead to all kinds of colds or worse health issues. Using Pledge Natural Beauty or other Pledge products can help your family keep your home cleaner and healthier..now that is the best reason of all to use Pledge.

Pledge is just one of the products made my SC Johnson. They also make Drano, Shout, Scrubbing Bubbles, Glade, Windex and loads more. If you open up your cleaning supply cabinet I bet there will be at least 1 of these products in everyone's household. This company has been around for 120 years, they must be doing something right.


GIVEAWAY

Most of us are thinking about Christmas but in a few weeks all those Christmas decorations have to come down and the deep down cleaning begins again. Before putting your holiday decorations away, surface clean everything. To help you get ready for the big dusting that usually happens after the holidays SJ Johnson, is giving away 1 bottle of Pledge Natural Beauty Furniture Polish.


Giveaway Details:
Prize Description: 1 Bottle of Pledge Natural Beauty Furniture Polish
How to Enter: Leave a comment telling me your favorite SC Johnson product. Mine just happens to be Pledge.
Deadline: December 27, 2008 by Midnight

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Ruby Tuesday - Some Holiday Decorations


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Finally, a place to put some of my Christmas decorations. My house doesn't have a whole lot of furniture and there aren't many places to put up shelves. The living room doesn't have a full wall at all. Here is the layout of my living room. Walk in...one wall is a half wall or a up to your waist wall. Look over and there are the stair you just walked up. The other wall is all window, the third wall is a fireplace and the fourth wall, non-existent because that would be where the dining room is. In the dining room there are sliders on one wall, windows on the other, doorway into the kitchen on the third wall and then back to that non-existent wall (the livingroom). All of these decorations used to be on the floor by the tree or not put out at all.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Twilight Fans Gift - Etsy Find


Hit the button above to be taken to some amazing hand-made products.

Looking for a stocking stuffer for the Twilight Yesterday I received a necklace I ordered from Etsy seller Atlantis804. The necklace was going to be a gift but honestly...I love it too much to part with it.

I think even Bella and Edward (my desktop background) would approve. Doesn't it look like they are looking at their newborn or something?

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Friday, December 12, 2008

The Friday Meme's and Then Some

  1. When did you last sleep in a bed outside your home? The last time was 2 years ago when my sister in law in from California wanted her nieces and nephew all in the same house while she was visiting. My in-laws were away, so she got smores, made a tent, told ghost stories, and then we all crashed in my in-laws room because it was the only room with air-conditioning.
  1. When did you last drive someone else’s car? It was my girl Clarissa's Jeep. She knew that I would prefer to drive it if my kid was going to be in it. You got to love a friend who REALLY knows you.
  2. When did you last cook in someone else’s kitchen? Ummm...I don't know that I have. If I have then I don't remember.
  3. When did you last care for children who aren’t yours? Last year if we aren't counting the four legged kind. But I will be caring this Sunday for my dear friends baby girl for a few hours.
  4. When did you last do someone else’s job? I do someone elses job everytime I put cans back on the shelf at the supermarket.



1. Friends but loves no more, just friends but not like before (Does anyone remember The Little Rascals?)

2. Good health; it's more than physical.

3. I'm ready for Christmas (don't be a hater!)

4. Lilacs is one of my favorite perfumes or aftershaves or smells.

5. The oldest ornament I have is an ornament that used to be my parents from the first year they were married.

6. Take some chocolate and milk mix it all together and you have my daughter's favorite drink.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sitting with the kids to watch a holiday movie tomorrow my plans include spending time with my husband and Sunday, I want to play with the kids and some board games.



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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Sickies Have Taken Refugee In My House

We are all feeling a little under the weather. It started for me on Saturday night with a scratchy throat. The next day it was body aches and a nice, hearty cough followed by chills. Let's not even talk about the horrific sneezing. Umm...hello, it brings the kids running from whatever room they are in to say, "are you OK?"

Now, the Goddess is complaining and sneezing. She says her head hurts and has been a little quieter today. Even her gymnastic teacher came over concerned asking, "is she OK?"

I called the pediatrician to ask if I could give her St. Joseph's but was told only Tylenol. Crazy! My parents gave my sisters and I St. Joseph's for everything.

Hopefully my husband can hold off the cold but I doubt it considering that I have been holding onto mine like luggage, it is not going anywhere and the boy is now complaining too.

It would help if the weather would work with us. Most mornings we have hats, mittens, scarfs, boots and winter coats and the next we are just wearing a light jacket. Today started out warm but the cold is coming. We are suppose to get 1 to 1 1/2 inch of ice over night.

So just a reminder: Drink your OJ, get a good night sleep, have chicken soup and Tylenol on hand and make sure you dress those little ones warm with Pink and Blue. Like my mother always said, "if your head is warm and dry, you WILL BE warm and dry."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Kids Wacky Christmas Lists



I think we should start setting money aside for the therapy that will undoubtedly be necessary for my kids.

Last night I asked the kids to let me know what to put on their list for Santa.

Here is what they asked for:

Handsome 5.5 Years Old

  • A Marching Band
  • Munch & Abe (he XBox game he plays)
  • Christmas Tree (Ok, Tiny Tim, we already one)
  • Bad Guy Toy
  • Bad Dog Toy ("like my Munch game")
  • Big Guy Toy
  • Daddy's Train (which is around the tree)
  • Snow Man
  • Spiderman Toy
  • Big Bed like Leo's (Leo is a friend of his and he has a loft bed)
  • Angel
  • Daniel Toy that I can knock down and play with
  • A Leo Toy
  • Sled
  • Family Dolls
  • Ghost
  • Skeleton
  • Dora & Boots
  • Bat (He means the flying kind)
  • Snowball

Goddess' List 3.5 Years Old
  • A Marching Band (A black one)
  • Giant Bear
  • Giant Owl
  • Ghost
  • Mummy
  • Bat
  • Halloween Toys
  • Skeleton
  • Play Doh
  • Dancing Snowman
  • Fan in my room "A Princess fan" (Honestly I didn't know what she meant until she pointed to the dining room fan. She wants a ceiling fan!
  • Scissors
  • Moon
Umm...oddly enough I always thought my kids were pretty average, now I am not so sure.

Sepia Scenes - Goddess and The Rubber Chicken



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Goddess is holding the ugliest rubber chicken to her cheek. She only had it for about 4 hours before her brother broke it. Meaning that the water and egg that comes out of it's butt when you squeeze it (don't ask) was shooting everywhere. I finally removed the sack that held the egg and water and now it is just a rubber chicken with a hole in its butt (don't ask).

Winner of Polliwalks



Wow...I can't say I am amazed at how many people wanted these shoes. They are AWESOME!

The winner is......

Carol who will be giving a pair of the puppies to her grandson.

Unfortunately Random.org got stuck when I was trying to save a copy of my winning number and I don't have the Random Integer Generator.

Anywho...congrats Carol I am sure your grandson will love them.

Check out their newest styles. Cute! Head over to Polliwalks to find out where you can get a pair for the kids in your life.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

My Advent Calender - Christmas 2008

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Over 10 years ago I read somewhere about a women who did 24 days of Christmas with her children by wrapping their Christmas books, DVDs, video tapes.

About 3 months ago I went through the kids book cases and pulled out anything that was related to Christmas and stored them in a bin in a closet. November 30th I spent about an hour wrapping all the books and movies and put them in a basket.

December 1st I put the basket on the table for the kids to see when they woke up. I explained that everyday one of them will open 1 gift and when the basket was empty it would be Christmas.

My son opens on the odd days and my daughter on the even. They keep track of who opens what and I love hearing them discuss the basket. It took about 3 days for them to get the concept. Of course they want to open all of them.

I love this tradition and hope to keep it going for as long as I can.

If it is a book we open, we read it, a movie we watch it and a CD we listen to it. It is a great way to enjoy Christmas for a whole month.

Usually December is about planning and buying all for one day. Then the one day is over on Christmas Day.

With our Advent calender we have Christmas for a month. We love it.

Hump Day Memes - Wordless Wednesday & ABC Wednesday


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ABC Wednesday is up to letter "U". My thought for the letter is "under the tree." Last Christmas with the help of family, the food pantry, and friends we were able to give my kids an amazing Christmas morning. My son's reaction when he came out in the morning was "wow."
That about sums it up.

Goddess Names Things - God I love 3 year olds!



If something is missing in the house she says the "taker monster" must have it.

She wants to name her black dress up shoes "tappy"