Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sledding and My Country Accent!

This is what we did today! It was fun! And i was so happy to enjoy this day with my family as i know so many others are not.







Friday, January 30, 2009

My First Award!!!

A big huge thank you to Mel @ A Box of Chocolates for presenting me with my very first award!!!

The award requires the honoree to list ten honest (and interesting) things about themselves and to pass it along to seven other bloggers. So here are my 10 honest and interesting things about me...

  1. I drink about a pot of coffee a day! Yes i know this is far too much coffee! But it takes a lot to get me up and moving in the morning with 2 wild boys.
  2. I really really love snow but i would love it more if it could snow when it was 80 degrees outside!
  3. I wear a size 10/11 shoe! i have a big foot and i swear it just keeps getting bigger. I was mortified the other day when i went to buy a pair of shoes for work and had to get a size 11. Plus they don't sell cute shoes in a size 10/11!
  4. I have 2 boys and that is exactly what i wanted. Everyone wanted me to have a girl and i told everyone that they were nuts. It isn't that i don't like girls i just wanted boys first. Now i would love to have a girl. Just one so that she might turn out to be a tomboy and i can continue to do the whole cars and mud thing with her.
  5. I am a tomboy! A big one! I don't do dresses and hose and i don't take an hour to get ready to go on a date. I do enjoy purses and the occasional cute pair of stilettos but that is as far as it goes. I don't do barbies or pink and have cursed anyone who buys my daughter (should i have one) pink clothes!
  6. I am a HUGE football fan! Like party throwing, jumping on the couch, screaming at the TV, knock you out if you interrupt my game type football fan! My heart belongs to the Oakland Raiders but until they can get rid of their dumb ass owner I am supporting my Pittsburgh Steelers who also are my loves (specificallyHines Ward and Troy Polamalu)! There is nothing better than watching a good football game!
  7. I have a bad temper! I try my best to control it as well as i can but sometimes the evil temper bug bites and when it does most people know to either stay out of my way or be prepared for a fight!
  8. I am a organization freak when it comes to papers and stats. Nothing else though; which would be evident to anyone who sets foot in my house. I use Microsoft Excel for everything! From tracking my bank account to how much weight each player on The Biggest Loser lost this week. I have every paper the school has ever sent home neatly put away in a folder (which is as thick as a semi) and i have a file cabinet where i file my bills by month and other sub-catagories. I even have a folder for takeout menus.
  9. Although i am not a neat freak i am very anal about the placement of things. I want things put back where you got it from. If it was there when you picked it up, then it was where i wanted it. My husband has a bad habit of putting the dishes away in the wrong cabinet or switching them around and we have had several lengthy talks where he says i talk to him like a child telling him the correct placement for things. My motto: If you dont want to be treated like a child, dont do childish things!
  10. I have a very good sense of humor! This may not be evident through my blog although i do try to get an occassional laugh in there. I have several friends who call me just for the sake of needing a good laugh. I usually have a funny story or can turn a bad situation into a funny story if given the opportunity. I just think things go by faster or are easier to deal with if you can laugh about it. Although not all things are funny to all people and what i think is funny may differ from what you think is funny.
So not that i am done with my interestingness i will tag 7 of you and pray that you are reading this!

  1. Holly @ Anglophile Football Fanatic
  2. Brittany @ Becoming a Mommy
  3. Chelsie @ Daytime Drama
  4. Carrie @ My Happy Family
  5. Lisanne @ Lisanne's Blog
  6. Christina @ Momology
Anyone else who wants to participate is more than welcome! Hope you enjoy and let me know when you get you post up so i can go learn 10 interesting things about you!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I Wanna Get Crafty!!!

OK so i am not the most crafty person in the world but i am always looking for a new challenge so i found it to day on Lisanne's Blog!

Here is how it goes:

The first seven people to respond to this post will get something made by me. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
  • What I create will be personalized and intended for you.
  • It’ll be done this year (2009).
  • You will have no idea what it’s going to be. All you will know is that it will be something made by me for you! So who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
  • The catch? You have to put this offer in your journal as well and make seven things for your friends! (If you have already done this, then I will happily add you to the list if you link to the direct entry.)
I hope you all enjoy this crafty fun!

  1. Lisanne @ Lisanne's Blog






When Time Catches You

(This post was inspired by Mrs. Naz @ Becoming Me)

I often reminisce on the days when i had no children. The days when i was free to sleep till noon and leave the house without complications. Those were the days when i use to wear really cute, expensive outfits that made me look very sexy (not to mention they showed off my cute no pregnancy tummy) and I had hours to get ready before doing what ever it was that friends and i had planned.

I often remember the days of shopping with friends. The times when we would make a whole "day" of it. We would meet at 1 for lunch and then spend the rest of the day shopping and eventually end up eating dinner somewhere. I recall shopping beside the Crazy Lady with her Screaming Toddler! In my naive world, i remember making comments about the Crazy Lady to my friend. "Why doesn't she just make that brat stop screaming", "Girl she really needs to just bust that kids butt", "OMG!!! My kids will never act like this in public"!

If i had only taken the time and paid attention. She was doing everything she could. She was making threats, bribes, and promises. She was also remembering the days when she use to be child free and naive. She was begging in her head for a break to be with her friends and to take a shopping day with out kids screaming. She was wishing that she could just have 10 minutes to enjoy a chapter of a book without hearing Mommy and having to stop every 5 seconds. I should have paid more attention to the Crazy lady because i could have learned a valuable lesson.

Now the roles have shifted and time has passed. My once well dressed, mid-drift bearing self has been replaced by the Crazy Lady! I hardly ever make it out of the house looking cute! My normal outfit looks something like what most none child bearing women would wear to bed or to clean in. I always have a toddler that screams while i wait in line or push the buggy from aisle to aisle. My hair isn't straightened and highlighted with perfect precision. As a matter of fact, it is in a pony tail or bun and looks quiet messy as i probably forgot to brush it today.

I am the one watching and listening as people make faces at me while i am on the verge of tears because my 2 and 3 year old wont stop screaming. I am the one who is crying in her car after she buckles in the kids because she yelled at them. I am the one who drives them directly to McDonald's as her way of apologizing for screaming and making them the bad guys. I am the one who swears it will never happen again.

But it will! It will happen again and again. Because i am not a Crazy Lady...I am a Mom! I do not have brats...I have kids! And as a mom with kids i know that there will be another day sooner than later that my kids will pitch a fit in the middle of Wal-mart. I know i will lose my temper with them and scream because i am a wreck by the time we make it to the car. I will drive to the nearest fast food place that has a kids meal that includes a toy for my best apology effort. And what you childless people don't see is what happens next!


My kids will put their little arms around my neck and tell me the love me and that i am the bestest mom ever! In that moment i will forget all about the hectic trip to Wal-Mart. I will forget about the people who looked at me and rolled their eyes. In my world that is a good day. No one knows forgiveness like a child. They don't hold a grudge and they don't care to. They love me no matter what...even on those days when i am a crazy lady! Children are able to erase the worst day with a smile and a hug!

So for those of you who don't have kids...pay closer attention to the Crazy Lady because she is teaching you a valuable lesson. Her kids are also showing you and teaching you how life will work once you have kids. Pay close attention to the Crazy Lady and her Screaming Toddler because one day it will be you. Be nice to her so that maybe one day someone will be nice to you!

(And now for the great giveaways of the day!!! Mel @ A Box of Chocolates is giving away Custom Twitter Profile!!!)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Just One Of Them Days....

That a girl goes through!!!

OK now that i got that out of my system. I really don't have a lot on my mind which is confusing and relaxing all at the same time. It isn't like i shouldn't have things to think about. I have a lot that i could be thinking about or stressing about i suppose. I just haven't been worrying about stuff lately. I have given it over and let the stress go.

I have became very thankful for what i have. The bills are paid, we have a roof over our head, clothes on our backs, food in our bellies, and shoes on our feet. We cant complain about how our life is going right now. Things are not perfect but tell me who's life really is!?!

I have found a lot of humor in the last few weeks. Just finding time to laugh instead of cry has made me feel that much better about how things are moving along. Marcus and I had been doing a bit of arguing about the whole TTC issue. He said i was pushing too hard and i felt like he didn't really want to take this step in our life. When we finally talked calmly about it (and i got him to open up cause he is a man and they don't like to share emotions) we found that we both wanted this but were both nervous about the change.

To try and "take the pressure off" and relax we have been spending more time just cuddling. We are watching movies at night after the kids go to bed and holding hands more. It really is helping not only with the TTC but also with just bringing us closer than we have been in years.

Don't get me wrong we have a wonderful marriage. We hardly ever have a fight and when we do it is never a huge someone stomps out of the house and leaves too cool off fight. We just had let the "new" feeling wear off. You know what i am talking about?

The feeling you have when you first start dating and then get engaged and get married! The feeling of holding their hand and looking into their eyes to find that you have butterflies in your belly. That feeling of desire that makes you just want to go rent a hotel room for one night and spread roses on the bed. That feeling of fire that just burns every time they brush up against you. Man that is an amazing feeling.

Over the last week we have found that again! I really don't know how we lost it in the first place. Maybe it was 2 pregnancies back to back, or raising the results of those 2 back to back pregnancies. Maybe it was the fact that he works all the time and when he comes home we are so worn out that we can barley find time to talk much less hold hands and watch a movie. Maybe it was both of those combined but either way we found the cure.

Just those few hours on the couch snuggled under a blanket watching a movie. Just the feel of his arm around my shoulders and his hand clasped in mine. Just the feeling i get when he makes me laugh or looks into my eyes and smiles. He gives me butterflies again and it is amazing. We are laughing with each other and oh how i love when he makes me smile. It was one of the reasons i fell in love with him.

We are in it for the long haul and no matter what others may see when they look at us, only we know what is in our hearts. I was watching an interview Barbra Walters did with Will Smith when he said, Divorce is not an option. And since it isn't an option we better find some way to be happy together cause it is gunna be awhile" or something of that. I really like that. Cause i think people often give up too easy. Marriage is hard work! You wont always agree and you wont always win every battle, but you do have to try. You have to remember why you love this person! What made you fall so hard for them. Rekindle the fire that you had in those first years. It is hard work but so worth the end result!

OK i am done being serious for today. I have give aways comments to go fill out! Oh what now you ask? Well Mel @ A Box of Chocolates is giving away a $25 gift certificate for Created By Chel! And if you want to find more great giveaways you can always check out Bloggy Carnival!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Snow Day

So today was a snow day! A big one for us! School was closed not just delayed!!! The boys and I ventured out to play in the snow this morning and we are hoping to go sledding later. For now here are the pictures i captured!





Also for some fun giveaways Mel @ A Box of Chocolates is giving away so yummy snacks! Holly @ Anglophile Football Fanatic is giving away some great books! McMommy @ The McMommy Chronicles is giving away a blog makeover! And it isn't too late to enter Elaine @ The Miss Elaine-ous Life's giveaway!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Procrastination

What i really mean by the title is that i am a lazy butt and this new job is kicking my butt.

So i have been without a vacuum for about a month now. Our vacuum decided that he hated us and his (and i say he cause it must have been a man because he never felt like cleaning) spinning brush thingy broke in half. How does this happen? I have no clue honestly but if someone could explain it to me i would love to know.

Now this wouldn't have been a problem if my whole house wasn't carpeted. Literally every room in my house has carpet, even the bathroom and kitchen. I do not own this house other wise this problem would have been fixed a long time ago. Renting sucks big time!!! Anyways back to the subject at hand!

We had been borrowing my MIL's vacuum when it gets bad enough around here that we can't stand it any longer, but finally, Saturday, we bought a new vacuum. It isn't anything expensive or fancy just a $65 vacuum from Wal-Mart. So i was all excited thinking i am going to go home and clean and run the vacuum. Well Saturday came and went and i didn't clean. Then i said well i will have all day Sunday to do it so tomorrow will be the day.

Can you guess what happened Sunday? I bet you can't!!! I got the living room cleaned and stopped there. The dinning room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and both bedrooms still are a wreck. Now for my defense the kitchen is my husband's responsibility but as most women know i minus well wait around for the cleaning fairy to come do it if i am waiting on him, and the kids bedroom is their responsibility and they just didn't seem to care yesterday.

So here we are on Monday! No school because there was a 2 hour delay which shuts down the head start for the day since they only do half days, and i don't have to work. I could be cleaning right now. No really instead of typing out this post, chatting on twitter, filling out blog giveaway comments, and letting the kids watch TV i could be cleaning the other 6 rooms of my house. But what am i doing instead....well all the above listed items.

But i wont take all the responsibility here as there are some great giveaway's going on that are keeping me at the computer biting my nails.

Oh you wanted to know what they are? Well OK then!!!

5 Minutes For Books is giving away a great group of books worth over $150. They are all books that have been reviewed on the site. 5 Minutes for Giveaways is, of course, giving away a new Peek which is kinda like a Blackberry but only for email! 5 Minutes for Mom is giving away a Kodak Digital Camera which is awesome cause mine is dying! 5 Minutes for Parenting is giving away personalized Fruit Roll Ups which are great for birthday party favors! Mel over at A Box of Chocolates is giving away a 3 month subscription to Weight Watchers (which i will need after all this food being eating while i sit on my butt ready posts)! Mamanista is giving away a really cute nursing bra which i hope i will be able to use by the end of the year! Lisa at Stop and Smell the Chocolates is giving away 2 things. First a Cocoa Mug with 2 servings of vanilla hot cocoa and then second a Hershey's Chocolate Lover's Cookbook...Sweet! Last but not least Elaine over at The Miss Elaine-ous Life is giving away some great art stuff for the kids!

So yea that's why i cant pull myself away from the darned computer! I am sure you can all understand, Right! Right? RIGHT?

OK so if you didn't know this is Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival (January 2009). They have some great giveaways listed and will keep the list growing. You can always check it out for new giveaways or if you want to do your own giveaway you can add yours via Mr. Linkey on their page.

Hope you all have agreat day and get some cleaning done!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

What Is Happening!!!

First me and now Phabian. I got up at 7 and woke Phabian up so that i could get him ready for school. About 5 minutes after i woke him up i noticed he was looking pale. I gave him a drink of milk and told him to sit down on the couch thinking maybe he just needs something in his belly and that will help. Apparently Mom does not know best because about 5 minutes later he started coughing and threw up. i don't know if he threw up because he was coughing or if he has what i had yesterday but i guess only time will tell.

So here i am, as i was yesterday, sitting at home dealing with vomit. I am going to try and keep him hydrated and maybe give him some toast and dry stuff through the day. I hate when i feel bad but i really really hate when my babies are sick. I feel so helpless when they are sick because what can i do besides hold them and make them feel better with love. Being a mommy is so hard and it seems if it isn't one thing it is another.

I didn't go to work yesterday cause i could barley stand up without throwing up. I slept on and off all day and tried to rest as much as i could between taking care of the kids. I am feeling much better to day but as luck would have it i must have passed it on. I wouldn't wish vomiting on my worst enemy. I hate it! It is the worst thing to have to do when you are sick.

I need your prayers that Phabian will get better soon and that i can keep MJ from catching it (which i highly doubt). It would be nice to escape this round of sickness without MJ catching it.

I am suppose to be at work today at 2 but i cant take the kids to the babysitter sick. So i don't know what to do. I think this is partly why i never wanted to work and i just wanted to be a SAHM. When you work you have to make arrangements and call off and rearrange plans when your babies need you instead of just being there no matter what. So i think i am going to wait for Hubby to get home and then go to work. Hopefully he will be home before 6 so i can get in there and help them finish up this weeks order.

I hate feeling like i am letting someone down but my babies come first. I was a mom before i had this job and i will be a mom long after. I hope my boss can work with me and understand. Pray for me!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Blah!!!!

I am sick! The kind of sick that makes you want to not leave your bedroom. Just lay in bed with a trashcan in reach. Yea that is me today. I started feeling a little nauseous at work last night but finished out the work and came home and passed out. I woke up about 2 hours later with that twisted feeling in my belly. Needless to say it wasn't pretty for the rest of the night. Now i am exhausted and want to do nothing more than sleep.

Hubby had to work at 6am so i had no choice but to get up with the kids. Which we didn't wake up til 8:30 so Phabian didn't make it to school. Which i guess i don't really care as i was not going to be able to walk him over there anyways and him and MJ have been all snotty and coughing too. I am hoping i will feel better by 2 today so i can go to work but if not i guess it will be home for me. I don't think making a food product, when you are sick, that thousands of people are going to eat would be a good idea anyways.

So i am just going to try and sleep for awhile when i lay the kids down for a nap and i think a trip to the doctor is in order. Cross your fingers and pray that it isn't the flu cause i cant handle that right now plus that kids haven't had the shot this year (i now bad mom right here).

Hope everyone else is feeling way better than me today. Oh yea and just to add this in there, i am not going to be doing as much random posting. With job outside the house, kids to take care of, and exhausted mommy syndrome i don't have time for random. I will try to post as often as possible and maybe throw some random in there when i feel up to it. I hope someone will miss me lol!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration 2009

So i really haven't had too much thought about the inauguration and not because i don't realize that it is a monumentally historic event. I think that this day will go in the history books and my grandchildren will one day be taught how the first biracial president, or black if you prefer, was elected and inaugurated into office. My kids will grow up and know that anything is possible and i can rejoice in telling them how lucky they are to be living in this era when anything can happen.

I think that i have not given it much thought because I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I got up at 7 this morning to get Phabian ready for school. After he left for school I turned the usual cartoons to Good Morning America and started to watch them talk about what an amazing day this is.

The day after the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday! The man that we celebrate because he had such a passion to give everyone the rights that were afforded to only a few. Could he have ever foreseen that his prayers and his (and many others) hard work would lead to this amazing event. I wish he could be here to see what he did for this nation.

I remember watching election night when they talked to MLK's daughter and she was so proud and so grateful that her father's dream had been realized. Yes we still have a long way to go but this is an amazing beginning. For the young children who get to watch today and never know life any different and for the older people who thought they would never see this day come. Today is a day that will be remembered.

I have read a lot of blogs and heard a lot of chatter but i think Octamom said it best:

"Whether you voted for him, voted for his opponent, were thrilled at his victory or concerned with his election, today we welcome a new president in our country. Today we as Americans watch again an amazing transition, the highest office in our government peaceably and willingly handed over as the march of democracy ambles on. Today, we watch Barack Obama take the oath of office and take the helm as we ride out the storms of this season."

Today is a day of celebration. Not just because he is the first "black" president or because history is being made. We celebrate today that after 100's of years, our democracy is still going strong. No matter the fighting and controversy that brought us to this point, we will march on.

I am sure President Obama will have trials just as every other president has had and i am sure he will not make everyone happy just as every other president has failed us in one way or another. We are human and none of us are perfect. I am sure he will take his position with the utmost care and humility. He knows that in the bigger plan of things he controls nothing. He is just one of many of God's children and he is just one of billions of plans God has made. He will have good moments and bad as we all do but only time will tell whether his legacy will be wonderful or devastating.

I will watch what i can today before i go to work at 2. I will probably cry at the historic and powerful message we send to not only America but the World. I will take in the speech that President Obama will give and seer it into my mind so i will never forget. And as time passes and my children can ask more questions I will have the answers. I can tell them the before and the after. I can explain to them the historic aspect as well as the proud American tradition.

Today the torch will pass hands again as it does every 4 to 8 years and a new president will have his chance to change the way history is written. And today as i watch and relish in the tradition and historiciness (is that a word?) of the events i will feel good that God has put this country in the hands of a capable person. In his plan this is how it goes because who are to say God is wrong.

(If you want to read what others have to say about the Inauguration you can head over to 5 Minutes for Mom and check out all the links)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Will Work For Quiet

So i think i am the only person in the world who is excited to go to work. I mean really excited. Work is my break from the kids and although i would much rather be at a nice restaurant, having a fantastic meal, work will do.

When i am at work i don't have to talk to anyone. I can do my job while being in complete silence. When i do talk to someone it is, at least, an adult i am talking to and not a child. I can keep my nose to the grindstone and get it done all while being in my own head and not having to yell "NO", "STOP", "DON'T" every 5 minutes.

I don't mean to sound like i don't love my kids or like i just wanna run away but i do sometimes. Sometimes i need some me time and that is what work is for me. Making salsa in that little shop is my ME time. I get to focus on what i am doing and it doesn't involve wiping a nose, butt, or anything else of a disgusting nature. I can relax and sing along to the radio or joke with the other girls i work with. No matter what i don't have to yell and that is amazing to me.

On a different note, it snowed last night. I mean really snowed (or at least for us it was really snowing). We got 3 inch in my yard of the fluffiest white snow. It is still snowing now on and of and is suppose to do that all day. I love the snow and it makes the cold worth it.

I wish the kids weren't all snotty because i would love to let them go outside and play in it. It is so rare that we actually get snow anymore. When i was a keep we use to get feet at a time and now we are luck if we get a foot total all winter. We use to have to get a foot before we even got a 2 hour delay at school and now they get out for 3 inches. Things have changed.

My kids are so amazed by the snow. More amazed than i ever was. Probably because they never see it like i did. I was use to 3 foot of snow and i loved it but it wasn't exciting. Phabian exclaimed last night, "This is the biggest snow i have ever sawed," and outside of the bad grammer he was slightly right.

So here is to snow angels and 3 foot of snow. I hope you enjoy it for those of you who have it.

Oh yea don't forget to pop over to my research post and leave me a comment. I am still looking for all the participants i can get.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Asking For Participation

Edited Note: So far i have 12 births recorded and out of those only 2 are wrong. So far this thing is proving pretty accurate! Send people my way i would love to be able to base this on atleast 50 births!

Ok i know this is soooooo weird right but i want to do my own little study on how accurate the Chinese Pregnancy Calender is. So i am asking for participants. All i need is a comment (and it can be anonymous) with how old you were and the month when you conceived each child and whether it was a boy or girl. From my own experience it is pretty accurate but i want to base it on more than just my own pregnancy so if you could help me out a leave me a comment and if you want put a link to it on your blog so i can get even more info and then i will post my results. I really hope you all participate!

Icee

So i never claimed to be a Photographer. I am by far not professional. I could take a picture of a moving object if my life depended on it. Most of my great pictures are of nature and are quiet frankly accidents. I don't have any fancy equipment. I own one Kodak Easy Share C613 Digital Camera. I have no real desire to own a more expensive one for no other reason than i would be afraid to break it. I do however love to take pictures and ever so often, if the lighting is just right, and i position the camera just the right way, i catch a brilliantly beautiful picture. Here are a few i love.

I love the beauty of nature! It can force so many emotions and cause such feeling. I have always felt so close and calm in nature! The world is beautiful and filled with blessings and ever so often I can catch that natural beauty on film.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I'm A TV Addict

So i have concluded that i am addicted to the TV. No seriously...i have a DVR and i am not afraid to use it! I usually don't watch TV through the day unless the kids are napping and i need to free up some space on the DVR. My TV time starts when the kids hit the bed at night. Just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about here is a list of all the TV shows i record on a weekly basis!


Daily Recordings:
  • Nancy Grace
  • The View
  • Local News at 11
Sunday Recordings:
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Extreme Home Makeover
  • Rock of Love
  • Tool Academy
  • Ultimate Recipe Showdown
Monday Recordings:
  • House
  • The Bachelor
  • True Beauty
Tuesday Recordings:
  • The Biggest Loser
  • American Idol
  • Fringe
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager
  • Law and Order: SVU
  • Nip/Tuck
Wednesday Recordings:
  • Law and Order
  • Lost
  • American Idol
  • Lie To Me (New)
  • The Real World
  • Bones
Thursday Recordings:
  • Sober House
  • Ugly Betty
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Private Practice
  • ER
Friday Recordings:
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Howie Do It (New)

Now this is just the short list as i am sure i have forgotten some shows and then there are the shows that are not on air right now like America's Next Top Model or any other show that comes on MTV or VH1.

Now i know exactly what you are thinking (besides this chick is nuts)! I do watch far too much TV! I know this and i would love to correct it but how? If i miss these shows i watch them online to catch up. They have become a intricate part of my life which is very very sad.

What has happened here is that i have became such a part of these shows that don't feel complete if i don't know what my favorite character is doing this week! Well maybe i am exaggerating a tad bit but still it is something like that.

Now as i said i don't watch this through out the day. I record it and watch it in the evenings as part of my chill out post kids relaxation routine. I think to an extent this is one of the few things i treat myself to. So maybe in a way it isn't that bad but still way out of control.

I have tried in the past to ween myself down to only a few shows but what is my day worth if i don't see the latest argument between the ladies of The View or the big fist fight between the smuts on Rock of Love? Can anyone tell me??? I am addicted and there is no rehab.

So does anyone wanna comment and tell me they are addicted too?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I Have Figured It Out

As i have previously mentioned Marcus and I will start TTC soon and i have had a lot of worry and anxiety about this. I desperately want another baby but for some reason i have been so nervous and worried. I had up to this point not been able to put my finger on why i was feeling this way but after a long talk with Marcus last night i think i have gotten to the bottom of it.

I was 18 when i got pregnant with Phabian. I knew that complications could arise in pregnancy (as i had read every book under the sun about pregnancy) but outside of miscarriages (not to make that sound light) i had never experienced any loss as far a children in my family go. When i got pregnant with MJ i naturally assumed that since my pregnancy with Phabian had went so well i would have no problems. When they went in to do an Echo on MJ at 20 weeks (heart problems have been known to happen in Marcus' family) i never thought of anything since Phabian's went by so uneventfully. Then the doctor said this and in exactly these words, "We detected a white spot on the baby's heart and that is a sign of downs syndrome along with other problems. We need to do an amnio and some other test and then you can decide on whether to terminate."

I panicked and started wailing. I would never have ever thought about termination but the thought of my precious baby being sick was not what any parent wants to hear. I was terrified. After praying about it and having my cousin who is a RN do some research for me i learned the statistics and put it in God's hands. If there was something wrong with MJ we would find out after he had been brought into this world. Needless to say MJ was born 100% healthy and we never spoke another word about it.

When Chelsie became pregnant with Nadia we naturally assumed everything would go smooth. She already had one very uneventful pregnancy and there was no reason why things shouldn't be the same this time around. When we found out, when i got the call that day, that something was wrong my stomach dropped. I knew the feeling cause it was the same one i had when they told me something was wrong with MJ. I hung up the phone and cried. We didn't know right then exactly what was wrong or where this journey would take us.

Little Angel Nadia was born on August 31 2007. She was already in heaven even though she was entering this Earth. My heart broke not only because of the loss of my beautiful niece but for the pain that Chelsie had to endure. No one should ever have to bury a child...ever. Nadia touched our lives in her short time in her mommy's belly and in our world, but what we wouldn't have given to have her hear with us today.

You never think that things like this could happen to you or someone you love. You never get pregnant thinking something could be wrong. You never think is my baby going to have something wrong that could cause them not to be born alive. You don't think about these things because they could never happen to you or the loved ones you have...until they do.

Once they do happen it is all you think about. It is all you know. Anytime someone say i'm pregnant you want to tell them anything that could go wrong and tell them to prepare for the worst just in case. You are so worried that instead of just being happy you spend your time praying that God make this baby whole and healthy. This is where i am. This is what my anxiety is all about.

I am so scared because now i know how real the 1 in 10,000 or 1 in 2,000 statistic is. I know that just because it shouldn't statistically happen to you doesn't mean that it wont. It hit close to home and now it scares the hell outta me. It breaks my heart when i think about all the women i have met since who have had to say goodbye too soon to their babies. Kandy had to say goodbye to Ruby, Stacy had to say goodbye to Isaac, Angie had to say goodbye to Audrey! Those are just a few of the many! It scares the hell outta me that i could get what i want only to lose it!

So this is where i am! I am scared and nervous! I put it in God's hands to give me what he feels is right. If he gives me a happy healthy baby then i will take it and love it, and if he gives me a journey that he feels i need to take then i will accept that as well. I know that he knows what is best for me but it doesn't stop me from being scared and maybe it should but i have seen the heart ache and i don't want to feel that pain.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

First Day Went Well

Hi ladies and gentleman! Sorry i didn't send this last night but i was exhausted! My first day went great!!! There are only 3 of us right now that work (there was 4 but apparently one of the girls quit cause she has been a no show for 2 days). Maggie the owner, Michelle the manager, and I are the only consistent workers. Last night Maggie's girlfriend came in and helped us. We were filling the order for Whole Food Stores. It is very much like cooking at home just on a very large scale lol.

We have a routine that we go through. When we first get there we wipe everything down with sanitizer and prep out trash bins. Then we move on to washing all the produce. We hand wash everything with this stuff called bio-wash which is suppose to be better for the veggies than the regular water. We have to cut bad spots out of the tomatoes by hand and cut the top off peppers by hand but other than that there is no cutting involved.

We also package by hand which is pretty cool cause once you get the hang of it you kinda just zone out and go into auto pilot. We have to fill the containers, put the lids on, date them, and then package them. The more people we have the faster it goes. When it was just me and Michelle for the first 4 hours it was moving kind of slow but once Maggie and her girlfriend got there it moved way faster. I got off at 10 even though they were not finished. She told me to go on home since i had been there since 1.

Maggie is the sweetest person ever and so funny. They had the radio on the whole time and Maggie would start singing and dancing. She is quiet the comedian at times. The whole crew if fun to be with and it is more like a bunch of friends than a job. I hope as she expands she keeps this atmosphere cause it is very fun and makes the work fun.

I am not really sore today except for the palm of my hand and my thumb from closing all the lids and pouring the salsa into the tubs. Other than that i am actually looking forward to work today. We will work today and possibly tomorrow but not really sure about the rest of the week as I am not sure what kind of orders she has to fill besides the one they finished last night. So thank you all who sent me thoughts and prayers yesterday cause it went great!

Monday, January 12, 2009

First Day



Today is my first day of work. I have to be their at 1 and i have no clue how long i have to work today. it will be mostly training i am assuming. I could really use you thoughts and prayers as i am very very nervous. I will let you all know how it goes as soon as i get home.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ok Ok Im Here

So i realize i have neglected you for a few days. Allow me to explain what has been going on that could possibly be so important as to attain all of my attention.

First off, as you may already know, Phabian has had an ear infection. He is doing so much better after being on the antibiotics for a few days now and i am so glad. I hate to, as most moms do, see my baby sick. He really took it like a champ though. He never complained once about his ear after that first night. He got to see the doctor and after that everything was magically better.

Second i have been spending as much time with my babies as possible because some time this week i will be starting my new job. I am very very nervous and apprehensive about working. I had someone tell me the other day (which i know this is not the case) that i am selfish for wanting a job because i was the one who choose to have kids and be a wife. Now before I get 1000 comments from mommy's ready to take this persons head off let me say that this came from a person with no kids. Ah yes we all under stand now! She just doesn't get it and that is ok. I know what is right for my family and that is what matters. What is right for us you may ask! Well let me tell you: a happy mama! The me time this job allows me will make me happy intern making my family happy.

Next on a list of what has kept me away from my loyal readers. My husbands birthday was yesterday. I set everything up so that we could celebrate on Friday because he wasn't sure he would be off Saturday night or not. So Friday (while he was at work) i spent the day running back and forth between our house, his mom's house, and K-Mart. His mom and I went in 50/50 on a Wii for his 31st birthday. He knew we were planning something but had no clue. He later told me that he really though we were buying a jersey or something lol. He was so shocked to discover a Wii in that heavy box.

His mom also watched the kids while we went to dinner at Tidewater Bar and Grill. They have by far the most delicious seafood. He had never been and this was like my 5 or 6th time. We ordered fried calamari for an appetizer and it was delicious! Then we both had a Greek salad with out Seafood Grill which is a grill mix that has Swordfish, Salmon, Scallops, and Shrimp all grilled to perfection. I had steamed veggies with mine and he had a baked potatoes. They also have the best poppy seed rolls in the world!!!!!! So that was Friday!

This brings me to my last reason for being a bad blog hostess!On Saturday (which my husband did not end up working) that Wii kicked my ever lovin booty!!! I am hooked on this thing and my competitive nature combined with my husband's competitive nature makes us spend hours trying to beat each others scores. Prime example: I don't like baseball! I have never played and i never had an interest in playing! During high school when we would play in gym class i would sit out and claim PMS for the day, but somehow on this darned Wii i find myself obsessively trying to beat my husbands home run record. Why? Because i want him to see that i can be better than him i guess!

We have no games for it yet, and we don't have the Wii Fit or anything. Just the plain Wii Sports Pack that comes with the Wii Sports disk which contains nothing more than Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Golf, and Boxing. Let me tell you though as i sit here typing this my body is in agony! My muscles hurt and i feel like my arms might just fall off. My competitiveness has led to me realizing how out of shape i am. The Wii has kicked my butt and i haven't even got the exercise gizmo's to go with the darn thing yet. Good thing is that at least i know i will be having fun while i work the flab off my butt and thighs.

So these are the reasons i have been missing. And if you find that i go missing again you will know where to find me. I will be the girl with circles under her eyes stretched out on the couch, collapsed in pain cause she has been playing a Wii non stop for days while trying to tend to her two kids. That's me! Now if you have any suggestions for games i am so open to it!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Snaps of Snow and Ice

It snowed last night and school was cancel today. The kids are napping and so i took the opportunity to snap a few shots of the snow and ice. Beautiful in all of its blustery, gray, winter glory!





I Got A Job!

Remember awhile back i told you about a job interview i had? Well after thinking for the last month that she had chosen someone else for the job and contemplating having to look for a job somewhere else, she called! Maggie from Maggie's Salsa called yesterday while i was at Phabian's doctor's appointment and offered me the job.

I am so happy to be able to accept and start work hopefully on Monday. I went in yesterday after Phabian's appointment and filled out the final bit of paper work for the job. She would have liked me to start today but because of babysitter arrangements i needed to wait til Monday. As i had previously said the job isn't a stead 40 hour a week job.

Since she is just a small company right (only employing about 5 or so people) now she only works when she needs to fill an order. This for me is perfect right now. Some weeks i may get 40 hours other times i may get 10 but either way it is a great way to get myself back into the work force and give me something of my own to do. It will also give me great insight into how to run a small business as i am still trying to get my cake business into a decent swing.

I am really excited about this opportunity but also still very nervous about it. I haven't done anything (and i don't mean to make being a mother and wife sound like nothing cause it is a BIG job) except be mommy and wife for the past almost 5 years and having a job that is mine and no one else's is kind of...well...scary!

Either way i am excited to have the chance to test the waters and see how it all goes. The extra money will be great even though it isn't like we could live off it if Marcus lost his job or something. I just pray that i can adjust to a new way of doing things and a new role that involves me being the one to listen to someone who is the boss. I have been the boss for so long that the new chain of power will be interesting to me.

Please pray for me that i will learn my new job quickly and will be able to do everything that they need me to do. I am sooooooo excited!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My Night/Day

So as promised i am done being lazy and i will explain why i was soooooooo exhausted today!

So last night the kids laid down and went to bed around 10. At about 11 Phabian woke up crying saying his jaw was hurting. We checked it out by naturally assumed that he had bit his cheek in his sleep or something, so we kissed it and sent him back to bed. He went back to sleep but woke up every 10 minutes or so still crying that his jaw hurt. After checking on him about 4 times we began to ignore him thinking he was just trying to prolong bedtime (he wasn't crying more of a whining).

At midnight he woke back up saying that his head was hurting. At this point i was like he is trying awful hard to prolong bed time. He went back to sleep but woke u about 2 minutes later really screaming and crying that his head hurt. I laid down with him in his bed thinking maybe he had given himself a headache by staying up too long or crying too much. I held him for about 3 minutes till i saw him rubbing the side of his head.

Finally after watching him for about 10 minutes i ask him to show me where it hurt and he, without hesitation, pointed directly to his right ear. So, being the horrible mother i am that has no Motrin or Tylenol in the house, i took him into my room and laid with him. He tossed and turned all night long as did i (i don't do well sleeping with kids in the bed). He popped up at 6:00 this morning when i finally said forget it and got up (after MJ ended up in bed with me also).

He begged and cried to go to school so we let him since he wasn't complaining about his ear, but i still called and made him a doctor's appointment. We went to the doctor at 2:10 and sure enough his ear is infected. The doctor said that he was surprised that he hadn't been complaining about it for days because it was so infected. He said he was glad we came in when we did because if we would have waited a few more days his ear drum might have ruptured it was that bad.

This of course made me feel horrible because either A) my baby has been in all this pain and didn't want to tell me or B) my baby has been in all this pain and i didn't even notice. This is Phabian's very first ear infection which according to the doctor is odd in a good way. He said about 50% of kids will have an ear infection before their first birthday and 75% will have one before their second. This is the first for Phabian and he will be 4 in March and MJ has never had one (knock on wood) and he will be 3 in April. I guess i have been blessed with such healthy kids.

So he prescribed us some antibiotics for Phabian (which i hate to give unless they are really needed but that's another story) and said to give him Motrin as needed. I am keeping him home from school tomorrow because we usually walk (since i am an idiot with no licence and Marcus works mornings) and it is going to be like 28 degrees in the morning and snowing. I want the antibiotics to be able to get into his system first before i go marching him out into the cold.

I really hope he gets better soon. Please keep my baby in your prayers that he heals quickly from this and that his pain is minimal.

Wordless Wednesday (Lazy Day)

I am too tired and too lazy to actually write a whole post right now but maybe later. So for now i will entertain you with pictures of my 2 deliciously beautiful kids.


And no nothing is better than Peanut Butter on a spoon!








Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Chicken Stuffing Skillet Dinner

So i have cooked this about a gazillion times using a million different versions but no matter how i do it people always love it. So i thought i would maybe share it with you all. This is by far one of the easiest recipes i know. From start to finish it takes about 20 minutes (assuming the chicken is already thawed). I love it because you could substitute the chicken for turkey if you want and it makes a great way to use up Thanksgiving and Christmas left overs. All you have to do is add a few sides or eat it as is and the topper is my kids love it. So here it goes!

What you will need:
  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken or turkey breasts (or left over turkey/chicken meat)
  • 2 10.5 oz cans of either cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup
  • 2 6 oz boxes of you choice of stuffing (i use chicken or turkey) (or left over stuffing)
  • 1 8oz bag of shredded cheese of your choice (i use cheddar)
  • 1/2 cup milk
Step 1: Slice chicken into bite size pieces and cook on medium in a deep skillet till cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste. While chicken is cooking open cans of cream of mushroom and put in microwave safe bowl with a half a cup of milk mixing together before putting it in microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove and drain chicken and let it set to the side.


Step 2: Prepare stuffing in same pan pressing down till you have a even surface. Add chicken back on top of stuffing. Spread the chicken out evenly.


Step 3: Pour cream of mushroom soup over the chicken and stuffing. Use a spoon or spatula if needed to evenly distribute the soup.

Step 4: Cover with cheese leaving enough left over to add on the plate before serving. Cover and let cook on very low heat till warmed through. Serve and add extra cheese if wanted.

It might not be the most healthy thing and it might not look like it tastes wonderful but it is a favorite in my house. If you like Thanksgiving but don't wanna go through the hassle of cooking the whole thing on a regular day here it is in simple form. Really yummy and really filling.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back To Routine...Not Me Monday

So today Christmas is officially over. We head back to early mornings and drop off and pick up days. In case i have never mentioned before i am not a morning person! I am not the mom who enjoys waking before the kids to have a nice hot breakfast on the table before they rush out the door. I am not the mom who gets up before the kids to exercise. I am not the mom who warmly welcomes the kids with a bright shinny "good morning" as they roll their cranky butts out of bed at 6:30am. I am NOT a morning person.

I am the mom who gets up 5 minutes before the alarm goes off so i can turn the alarm off and wait for the kids to wake me up. I am the mom who blurry eyed and yawning drinks her coffee as her kids watch TV and eat a bowl of cereal. I am the mom who waits till the last possible moment to get them dressed and then rushes out the door to get them to school before they are late. I am the mom who is grouchy cause she didn't go to bed until way too late and got up way too early. I am THAT mom.

As the joy of the holidays pass by and we get back to normal life i dread it. My kids had been sleeping later than ever (which for me is 9am when they use to be up every morning at 7am). I had been enjoying the laziness of my days sleeping till 9 and staying in my Pj's all day unless i really had to go somewhere. I miss those days. Oh how sometimes i long to home school my kids so we could avoid the 6 am wake ups and getting dressed to rush out the door.

Now on to something way more fun.

MckMama over at My Charming Kids invites us all to share our not so bright and shinning moments in her very fun meme Not Me Monday! When you are done reading mine you can zoom on over (or crawl depending on what time it is in your zone) and read more hilarious renditions of Not Me Monday. So off we go!

I most certainly did not put the phone on silent last night causing the alarm to not go off and wake my husband up. He most certainly did not end up being 30 minutes late for work because of this. He most defiantly didn't give me the look of death as he told me he loved me and went to work. Nope wasn't me!

I did not contemplate calling the school and telling them Phabian was sick because i didn't wanna get up, how awful would that have been! I did not give my kids chocolate milk and a candy bar for breakfast cause i was so tired i mistook it for a cereal bar but by the time i realized my mistake they were praising me and it was too late to take it back...no not me...that was some other bad mom!

I did not sit on the computer staring at a blank screen for way too long this morning inevitably making us way late getting out the door. I did not drag MJ a quarter of a mile back and forth because he didn't want to ride in the stroller and i refuse to carry him. Why would any logical person do that kind of torcher.

I will not and did not come home plop myself on the couch and ignore MJ as he talked about Cars for 15 minutes. What kind of mom would do that and the blog about it...humph! I did not just turn Cars on and give MJ his blanket praying that he would go back to sleep so i could take a nap for the next 2 hours until i have to go get Phabian from school! Nope not me!

I would never plan to do nothing for the rest of the day but sit on my lazy but and read blogs, twitter, and watch endless stupid TV shows about women who's lives are far more glamorous than mine. Nope that would be a horrible plan!

Lastly i did not just write this and pray that you laugh and say omg that sounds like me. I did not pray that i don't get endless comments on my horrible parenting skills. I did not rethink this post 20 times before finally pressing the Publish Post button. Nope not me...never!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Phabianisms

#1

Phabian: OH MY GOSH! Mommy you are not gunna believe what i found!!!
Me: What?
P: I found a door knob for the door knob under MJ's bed!
M: (Laughing hysterically)
P: Whats so funny?
M: (Can't stop laughing cause the look on his face is classical)
P: Mommy your are so goofy!

#2

Me: You kids are driving me crazy!
Phabian: Uh yea that's cause were kids!
M: Oh really?
P: Yea DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Income Taxes

So every year hubby and i get back a large income tax and every year we sit and think about what the heck we can do with it. The majority of it goes into savings but we usually save a bit out to treat ourselves with. this year will be no different.

Among the things we plan on buying are a Flip Video Camera, a Wii or Wii Accessories (Marcus doesn't know he is actually getting that for his birthday from his mom and I), and possible a Laptop.

Out of all of those things my favorite is the Flip Video Camera. I am so happy about it that i can hardly wait...seriously...i cant wait! I have always used my digi camera to take video which can never be more than 2 minutes long and takes up all the space on my memory chip. I can not wait to play with this thing and catch all the best moments i can on video. It will be by far the best gift ever!

I am also very excited about the Wii and the Laptop. The Wii will be so fun and aid in one of my improvement goals for this year. The laptop will be awesome as i will be able to take it with us to Florida and Georgia when we go this April and upload all the video and pictures i take on the spot instead of having to wait til i get back home (which also limits how much photo snapping i can actually do).

What do you do with income taxes? Do you set them back and save them for hard times? Do you split them up like we do? Or do you splurge and spend it all? Tell me all about it when you leave me a comment!

Jumpin and Flippin

So my boys have a trampoline an they love it! I took some video of them jumping and flipping around the other day. They have such fun until they get impatient and want to see the video that mommy took.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Words Ending In Y

So i think Phabian really likes words that end with a Y. We have had several conversations today revolving around words ending with a Y sound or EY or how ever you say it.

Conversation #1:

Phabian: Mommy i want a chip!
Me: Okay hold on a minute.
(i pick up the bag of BBQ chips)
P: No mommy i don't want those ones they're too saucey!
M: What do you mean?
P: They got that saucey stuff on em!
M: You mean BBQ sauce!
P: Yea those saucey chips aren't any good!

Conversation #2:
Phabian: Mommy! Mommy! Mommy come here and check out this squeaky thing!
Me: What are you talking about?
(he leads me into the bathroom)
P: Look! (as he shows me the broken toilet seat) This squeaky thingy!
M: How did that happen?
P: I don't know mommy it just got all squeaky!

Conversation #2

Phabian: Bubby your butt is all squishy!
MJ: No its not!!!!!
P: Yes it is!!!!
MJ: Mommy! Mommy! Mommy Bubby said my butt is squishy!
Me: Phabian what are you talking about your brother's butt is squishy?
P: He's all stinky and squishy cause he pees in his diaper!
MJ: No its not!!!!
Me: MJ your butt is wet and squishy cause you don't use the potty like a big boy yet.
MJ: I use the potty!!!!
Me: No you pee in your diaper which makes it squishy.
MJ: NO!!!!
P: Yep but I'm not a baby so i am not stinky and squishy!!!!

Now these may not be funny to anyone but me but this is my life on a daily basis! All the Y ending words and the settling of arguments. It is my life and i wouldn't trade it for anything in the whole world!

Feeling Good

This song just raises my spirits every time i hear it. Nina Simone sure knows how to feel the soul. I had never heard this song till it was on American Idol like 2 season ago and i fell head over heels in love with it. It is my pick me up song. If you have never heard it i suggest you go buy a CD, download the song, YouTube it, or do what ever you have to to hear it. It is beautiful!

Feeling Good by Nina Simone

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Reeds driftin on by you know how I feel

Its a new dawn
Its a new day
Its a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel

Its a new dawn
Its a new day
Its a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don't you know
Butterflies all havin fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That's what I mean

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel

Friday, January 2, 2009

Things You Might Not Know About Me

Itʼs just a way to give your readers a little more insight into your life and what you have done! Enjoy! Feel free to borrow this and let me know if you do so I can come read yours! The things in bold are the things I have done and the things I have in red are the things I would like to do:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5.
Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney World
8.
Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when youʼre not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27.
Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enought money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangeloʼ s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance (does it count if i was riding with the person being transported?)
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (trying to at least)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someoneʼs life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee or a wasp
100. Read an entire book in one day

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Priorities

button for MU

This is a subject that i could use a little practice in. I have been know to get things all messed up and when things are not put in the correct order it seems they all crumble into a big messy pile of crap. Kristen at Motherhood Uncensored invited us all to partake in 2009: The Year of the Mom by writing about what we will do this year to take better care of ourselves. I for one think i not only deserve to take better care of myself but also desperately need to do so.

My priorities as they stand go something like this: Clean the house on a daily basis, make sure the kids are fed, clothed, and bathed daily, play with the kids and teach them, make sure hubby is satisfied with his life in what ever way it should be addressed, make sure the bills get paid on time as to avoid cut off notices, and somewhere after all of this and more i find time for me to get 10 minutes to just breathe.

This year i want to try and bump me up the list. A happy mama makes for a happy family right? There are and have been so many times where i just don't put my needs first when i sometimes should. I want to pamper me sometimes and take care of my stress level.

Things i would like to do for me this year include: Getting a mani/pedi at least once every 2 months, taking 30 minutes a day to read a few chapters out of a book in silence, turn off the TV and computer and just be with myself to think about me, get in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day even if it means ust walking down the road and back again, eat healthies so that i can be the best me i can for my family, and get some good quality sleep.

Now i know those things don't sound like a lot but those are the top of my priority list this year to make me a happy, healthy, stress free mama so that i intern can make my family a happy, healthy, stress free family. I believe happiness starts with one and can spread to many so i plan on spreading the happy bug.

I have a million other things to accomplish this year some more important than others but i will make time for me. I will think about me and how i am affecting my family. I will complain less and be thankful more. I will remember that this is 2009: The Year of the Mom!