Monday, March 30, 2009

Whatta Weekend!

I am getting to old for this sh*t. But I must say it was a WONDERFUL, relaxing weekend once everything started.

First a big thanks to my Mom and Dad who came down Saturday to watch my kids. They are fabulous and the kids enjoyed their time with Mimi and Pappy. Some things though I must apologize for:
1. Hubby locking you out of the house. I reminded him but it is habit.
2. You having to drive 8 miles out of your way to get to a Burger King. The GPS can be dumb lol
3. Not having any food in my house for you to eat.
4. Not laying towels out for you, but I knew you would find them...you did help me move in and been there a million times.
5. Not having more comfortable beds for you to sleep in.
6. The garage door waking you at 1:30 in the morning.
7. The food taking so long at Bob Evans Sunday morning.
8. And me not having things ready when I left Saturday morning.

But thank you. Thank you for being there so I could relax. :)




Okay now for the fun stuff.
Friday, I went to get my nails done. The 3 girls tagged along and the dum dums worked wonderfully!! The guys got me suckered into getting the girls nails done as well, so Emily, one I babysit, and my daughter, Syd got their nails done. Now, this was Syd's first manicure and I must say...she loved it a little too much!! They charged me a freaking HUGE amount for the girls (Mind you...they are 2 1/2 and 4) . $13!! a GIRL. Needless to say, I cancelled my pedicure, because they enjoyed getting theirs done more than I would with strangers touching my feet.
The wedding rehearsal was fabulous. The food was great and the fun started that night at the hotel...but we had to get home b/c my girl Amy, took my kids for me for the evening which left her with 6 kids!!! She is wonderful and I will pay her back with my services.
Saturday morning, a sweet friend, Teri, did all the bridemaids' hair. I got to the hotel at 9 am and the morning began. We were done up, ate good food, hung out with the bride, got our dresses steamed, and waited for the time to put it all together. By 2:30 we started to get dressed, makeup done, and got the bride ready. I was in charge of lacing!! :) She looked beautiful. We took some pictures and jumped in the nicest limo I have ever been in and rode to the church.
By 5:30, we were walking down the aisle and witnessing a marriage commitment of 2 people. It was perfect. Everything went smoothly and beautifully.
The reception was a hit. They had a heart touching slideshow of pictures at the start of the reception. I was in tears most of the night.
I sit and think about the marriage Shane and I have...going on 9 years in June and the future of my son and daughter. Your thoughts change as you get older when you go to weddings.
Attending weddings is good for the marriage. :) As you will see...the reception was fun too. Hubby was crazy funny and we had a good time. I just love slow dancing with him. I miss that.




Friday, March 27, 2009

Officially Overwhelmed

And thank goodness today is Friday. I am done working online for the next month or so, so things can go back to normal around here after 5 pm. Night time routines, a clean house when I go to bed, laundry caught up, and kids will be dressed for bed by 8:00.

Today, my blogland friends, I am getting nails put on (since what I did have remaining on my hands were bitten off during my online work....there is nothing to do as you read essays after essays after essays but chew your nails) and a pedicure. Sounds relaxing right???

Nope. Try getting nails and a pedicure with a 4 year old, 2 1/2 year old, and a 19 month old. Yep....this outta be interesting. I have a sit and stand stroller and a bag of Dum Dum lollipops for our little adventure. Thank goodness there will be a couple of the other girls from the wedding there to help me.

And I spent the morning before Noah got on the bus going over his huge stack of sight words. He knows all of them but can't say WANT right. It is driving me crazy!! If he misses that one just b/c of his speech I will still be as proud as a Mama can be. And with all the craziness this morning, I just remembered that I forgot to put his snack in his backpack. I feel so terrible.

Tonight is the rehearsal dinner. I do not have anything to wear. I am talking redneck work at home mom attire...sweats, jeans, and tshirts is all I own. It has been 3 years that I have officially been away from teaching, so my wardrobe as you can imagine is a little outdated and dusty from hanging in the closet that long.

Therefore, I will be hitting up hopefully only Kohls and Old Navy today to find some kind of glamorous yet simple dress I can wear to this thing. I do not want to go looking like the redneck WAHM that I am. I want to go as a MILF. A chubby MILF. :) Ya know there are men that like their women a littler plumper lol...my man including. :) And he is a hottie.

So, my goals today are as follows:

The girls and I go to get my nails done and a pedicure.
Hit up Old Navy for 2 birthday gifts and maybe a dress for me.
Then off to Kohls for a gift card and a dress if I can't find one at Old Navy.
Somewhere in there grab fast food for the girls...I know right...terrible terrible, but sometimes you have no chioce.
Back here for naptime and catchup.

No so shabby right?? Nothing like running all over creation with 3 girls. But hey...I am good. I am a multitasker and can take it on!! So I don't need the good lucks....just a survival kit of Dum Dums.

Well, I should go get dressed, b/c my jeans and oversized tshirt with straggily hair is NOT so cute. And since I signed up for this FREE MAGNET then I should at least look the part since I SO can not act the part. :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bright Side

This week is crazy....

I am working online right now, well supposed to be. I am taking a quick break to post because if I don't get posting I may lose the very few loyal readers I have!!

Make sure you all tune into In the Motherhood tomorrow night at 8:00. It will be a good night of TV for me!! First In the Motherhood, then Samantha Who, Grey's Anatomy, and then Private Practice!! I can't freaking wait!! I have been watching In the Motherhood online for a year and it is SO funny!! So the way it is with we moms!!

Tune in ladies or set your DVR!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

KMart Double Coupons

Thanks to my friend Sara, whom if you haven't checked out her blog yet...please do, informed us on KMarts double coupon deal. Our KMart is offering up to $2 coupons to be doubled to $4 off!!


Sara posts good deals she finds, including a lot of free items!!!


So Sara, this is for you!!


I sent my hubby with a baggy full of coupons and had him shop at Kmart while I hit up Martins. He came back with all this for $20. I was proud b/c the diapers in itself would have cost more than that and we got all this for $20!! And to top it off it is all things that we use and need!! I was so excited...and I think he enjoyed saving as much as I did.

I truly have been saving with you girl!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


We are trying a couple cod recipes this week because I purchased a box of cod through our Schwan man and I am excited to try some new recipes!! We are a fish loving family!!


Sunday: Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken, grilled potatoes, and broccoli

Monday: Oven baked cod, Rice, and peas

Tuesday: Fresh Herb Penne with chicken and tomatoes

Wednesday: Baked beef ziti & garlic bread

Thursday: Spicy Cod, baked potatoes with sour cream, & carrots (corn for hubby)

Friday: Rehearsal Dinner

Saturday: Wedding Reception

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fresh Herb Penne with Chicken and Tomatoes

My Mom gave me this recipe. I can't wait to try it!! :)
Fresh Herb Penne with Chicken and Tomatoes


16 oz (1 pkg) Mueller’s Penne
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 tsp dried basil
2 chicken breasts, cut in strips
Sprinkle part skim mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper

Cook and drain Penne according to directions
Heat 1 T olive oil in skillet and add garlic, cook 1 min.
Add tomatoes and basil and uncooked chicken.
Simmer 10 minutes till chicken is done.
Toss with pasta, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese
Season to taste with salt and pepper

According to the recipe the whole box makes 8 servings. Half would be 4 servings.
One serving is 6 points.

Spicy Cod Recipe

Healthy Spicy Cod

4 Servings, about 3 ounces each

Cod fillets, fresh or frozen 1 pound
Paprika 1/4 teaspoon
Garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon
Onion powder 1/4 teaspoon
Pepper 1/8 teaspoon
Ground oregano 1/8 teaspoon
Ground thyme 1/8 teaspoon
Lemon juice 1 tablespoon
Margarine, melted 1-1/2 tablespoons



PREPARATION TIME: 15 MINUTESCOOKING TIME: 25 MINUTES

1. Thaw frozen fish according to package directions.
2. Preheat oven to 350? F.
3. Separate fish into four fillets or pieces. Place fish in ungreased 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking pan.
4. Combine paprika, garlic and onion powder, pepper, oregano, and thyme in small bowl. Sprinkle seasoning mixture and lemon juice evenly over fish. Drizzle margarine evenly over fish.

Oven Baked Cod


Oven Baked Cod

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups plain breadcrumbs
1/2 cup fresh parsley
2-3 garlic cloves
1 lemon, zest of
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
4 (6-8 ounce) cod fish fillets
olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°F Line your pan with aluminum foil and lightly brush with olive oil, or use a bit of cooking spray.

Combine parsley, garlic, lemon zest, and coarse salt on the cutting board. Finely chop, then combine with the breadcrumbs in a shallow plate.

Brush top of each fillet with olive oil. Press fillet into the crumb mixture. Place fillets in baking dish, crust-side up. Bake until firm, about 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Serve with lemon wedges.

WTF??

So I have another blog that I keep up with and I love it. But some Jack ASS wrote a comment on there about my tips on laundry. What this DUMB ASS person doesn't know is I keep my laundry under control so I have MORE time with my kids. Whoever this chicken shit is can kiss my ROSY FLAT ASS :)
Here is the bitch's comment:

I am a working mom. I decided that doing laundry every day is wasteful of all the resources including my time and energy. I got enough clothing for the boys (2) to change everyday and then some. Asked them to separate darks and lights in the hampers, and then help with folding.I did laundry once (1) a week when they were little and then every ten days as they grew older and stopped spilling and throwing up eall the time.You can spend all your life folding laundry or gain some perspective and sanity and help save $$ and reserve much needed water, cut down pollution by re-examining your life and tasks. Being busy all the time does not help your kids, or family, or you for that matter. Being sane and well organized does. Set a good example by being better organized and having a life. In this country we have lost all perspective on what family life should be and it is not about doing the housewrk but being able to be loving and intimate with our kids and mates. Having more family time sharing more. Involve your kids in the household tasks. Raise responsible AND accountable people. You will be grateful later when they hit their teenage years that you raised them responsible. The world needs those mor ethan laundry obsessed moms.
March 16, 2009 8:56 AM





Whoever you are, you are a BIG wuss who can't post your name. If you have that much time to comment about my laundry then you are NOT spending enough time with your kids!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Just when I think

Just when I think my life is dull and boring....


This happens:



  • Last night my daughter took a turn for the worse. The fever spiked and she hardly slept because of the coughing and fever. While Noah and I were at the Dinosaur Dazzle at the mall, Hubby took her to Urgent Care and got her in quickly. She has an upper respiratory infection and a minor ear infection in one ear. She is now on antibiotic and so far....praying to God....she hasn't had another febrile seizure and we spiked up high last night with the fever! So hopefully now that she has been seen, she will get better quickly!

  • My friends and I did a Spring Swap and exchanged names. It was so much fun! We had to get our girl something spring related to get her pumped for the warm rainy spring months. The girls did a fabulous job and I am working on posting their pictures on our group blog: http://stonebridgewomen.blogspot.com/. The person who bought for me is Tiffany. She is currently putting together her blog, and I need to get down there to help her...so I can't link her up yet. But here is what she got me. She dropped it off on my door step, rang the doorbell, and ran like a bat outta hell! I was so excited and loved her idea of getting spring cleaning stuff!! She must have read my blog about needing to get working on that! lol.

Here is what I opened my door to find:



Thanks girls for participating!! I had so much fun shopping for Staci. Here is what I got her.



  • Then to top off Friday evening the kids and I went over to Hubby's school where he and 4 other male faculty put on a rock concert at their school's fundraiser BINGO night. OMG is all I have to say when I took one look at my pretty boy hubby gone WILD!! Check it out! I can't even imagine if I were a student and saw my oh so professional teacher dressed like this!!!





hot right??? Betcha wish you could have taken him home with you! You should have seen this group's posse!! They couldn't keep the kids off the stage! They were so excited!! And in case you are wondering...I was the make up artist lol. And I suppose you could say, wardrobe and tatoo artist as well. Noah said, "Daddy, you are so cool." and Syd just smiled at him and wouldn't go to him till he took his wig off. The make up didn't bother her just the scary wig.


So, now off to the usual weekend of eating out, cleaning house, putting laundry away, and getting groceries. I have a million blogs to catch up on from yesterday and this morning, so once that is all done I am vegging in my bed tonight with my laptop!!


Have a super 2nd day of spring kinda day!


PS Thanks Sara for meeting us for Dinosaur Dazzle. Noah keeps telling me he had SO Much fun! And the best part....IT WAS FREE!!! :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I am a winner!!

I won I did..I really really did!!

At Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls I won a Fiber One basket and it came the other day!! How exciting!!

Our cute little mailman dropped it off and I was so excited. I don't get packages often so this was FUN!!

Here is what I got:


WOOHOO!!! ME EXCITED!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Figures.

Here I sit in the house when it is BE-U- TA- FULL outside.

I am losing my mind being trapped in this house. Our open gym passes are expired, but we couldn't go anyway this week with Noah home. The outiside is off limits because Noah can barely breathe as it is and him running around outside will just make it worse.

I do, however, have my windows open wide and it feels and smells AMAZING.

It might be my big nose, but I have a very keen sense of smell and spring smells are what I call my little mini-orgasm. You know the things that make you so happy you could ALMOST get off on it if it were human. I know right? But I am who I am. We ALL have our mini-Os.

Thank you God for the gorgeous, breathtaking day...even though I am stuck inside. ;)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spell checker?

Over the weekend, hubby and I went to Boston Market to use a coupon I had for buy one get one free entree. This is a fabulous coupon and could NOT go to waste! We both ate there and had 1/4 white roasted chicken, 2 sides, corn bread and a drink for $9. Can't beat that!
However, because only Sydney eats what we eat, I had to run through the drive-thru at a fast food chain (I will not disclose this information unless threatened) in a town that was NOT in WV to get Noah a chicken nugget kids meal. I also picked up some apple thingies too for Syd.
As I pulled up the second window to pay and pick up my food...what did my little eye spy???


I spied a sign.
Now I am known for misspelling spaghetti on my menu board but that chalkboard is for me and only me to read and keep track of what we are eating for dinner. My sanity. My spot for misspellings. I am not, by far, the best speller in the world or the best writer, but I do try.
Back to this sign: It contained a misspelling that was, mind you, TYPED not written. It made me realize that even spell checker can't help whoever typed this. As a language teacher for students with learning disabilities (at one point in my life), I have found that when using spell checker it is very easy to choose the wrong word or phrase. So as I told my students, I will tell you Mr. or Mrs. Fast Food worker, if you are making a note for ALL to read, make sure you CHECK and EDIT your work and have someone else recheck it before displaying it. EEKKKK.....


Or someone like me will SNEAK a picture of it as she/he goes by.....



But thank you for the chuckle on Saturday and of course today as I post it. It made me laugh...

Fabulous Blog

I just came across a cute blog called Creative Gifts and Party Ideas with great ideas that everyday people can do. I found her on the Tip Junkie blog and she is one to keep following!

I am not super crafty but I want to be, so starting small is my goal. This website has wonderful gift ideas!

I will be making these for Noah's teachers for Easter! How cute and easy!!
http://creativeholidaygiftideas.blogspot.com/2008/03/easter-bunny-smores.html

Her blog is worth a peek!

Spring Cleaning...

I am dreading it.

But it must be done.

Things have been put to the side over the winter and you'd think that I would have gotten something, anything done over the winter months. But since the there was a lack of snow days, that hurt my cleaning time. I like the snow days to sleep in and spend the day playing with the kids and getting at least one if not two projects done around the house. That didn't happen.

So, here we are. Spring is here. My son has the flu. Thank goodness it is supposed to be 67 because the windows of my house are going up! The house is being disinfected and I am going to places that I haven't gone in years.

My list is being compiled. And first on the list is getting my Household Notebook and Recipe Binder reorganized. It was organized about a year ago, but I have tossed in things here and there and it looks awfully scary. My goal: Getting this done TODAY.

As for the rest of the house. I am overwhelmed. I suppose I will take one room at a time, but what is hard about this is the fact that once I get one room completed, the kids will destroy the others in the meantime. The only good thing about this is that my children clean up after themselves pretty well. It just takes me a few mintues after they are done to go in and do a sweep of the room. It does get a little easier as they get older. It is less on me and more on them. THIS I like.
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I am very very tired today. I didn't want to move. I wouldn't have moved if it weren't for the 2 kids I babysit, my daughter, and my sick son being home. So, this leaves me with 4 kids today. And a very very exhausted body.

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A co-worker of Hubbys made an adorable, well crafted quilt for Sydney for Christmas and I wanted to share a picture of Syd wrapped up in it because it will be treasured for all years to come.


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Also the other day I came out of the bathroom and happened to look down to check Elliott's food dish to see if he needed fed and to my surprise I saw this....call me weird..cuz I know I am, but Elliott ate his food out of the bowl in the shape of a heart. Is he trying to tell me he loves me?

I couldn't get the picture to turn. Go figure..but you get the picture.

I will be back to check your blogs and work on my first goal for the day.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A venting letter

Dear Residents of the Burg,

It is spring here in the burg and as I walk out of my home, I breathe in and love the smells of spring. The birds chirping, the grass turning green, and the tulips are pushing up from the ground.

However, take a drive outside our community and you will see what YOU, the residents of the Burg, do to our environment. I can't even describe to you how disgusting, appalling, and disturbing the litter problem is in the area surrounding our beautiful community.

I drive the roads that surround our home and let me just say, this year is the worse I have seen it in the 8 years I have lived here. There is not a square foot on either side of the road that doesn't contain garbage. My 5 year old son even pointed it out to me about how gross it is.

How hard is it for you to wait till you get home or to work to throw your garbage out? Why do it out your window? Why stick it in the back of your truck for it to blow out? How are you so disrespectful to the world we live in? You disgust me.

Your beer bottles, soda bottles, fast food bags, garbage bags, and napkins cover the ground. The public access to the creek is NOT your own private dumping spot. Do you think other people should be responsible for your trash? Do you think dumping your single mattress and springs along the road is the best place for it? What is wrong with you? Why do the good people of the world have to clean up after your lazy, disrespectful, disgusting, dirty asses?

I was in tears today as I drove to and from my house. I can't tell you how much it upsets me that this is the way people care for the world we live in. I watch the residents of our community go out ever fall and spring clean up those roads and I watch how much it gets worse after they do something about it. My son asked me today if he could go out and clean it up. I would do that, but your dirty, speeding asses would either run us over or hit us with a soda bottle.

I will take pictures of this. THIS needs to be made more aware and you NEED to be caught and prosecuted. I am watching and believe me I will call the police on your ass. Do not EVEN think you will get away with it if I catch you.

Disgusted resident of the Burg,

Alicia

Manic Monday

Good afternoon to all. Tis Monday....

Big thanks to Kelli who came and watched the girls (She is a mother of one of the girls who took the day off to be with her daughter) while I took Noah to the doctor.

Confirmed: He has the flu.



flu Pictures, Images and Photos






Problem: Tamiflu. $40 copay for each bottle and he needs 2 bottles. Doc not sure when Flu actually started probably Sunday. May work. Might not. Is it worth the $80? I have used it once with him when he was 4 and I didn't see much of a difference. He has had the flu shot and is eating, drinking, resting, and seems fine except the fever and sore throat (which is fine when I keep him pumped with motrin/Tylenol). Frankly, we have gotten over the flu in November with no TamiFlu and a handful of times before.

What do you guys do?? What is your experience?? Should I pick it up and use it or say forget it and keep him home for a few days??



Sidenote: Weight still the same and I haven't been watching or exercising. What is wrong with me?? I guess this is the ADD kicking in. Cuz right now, my focus is on everything but me once again. Maybe I will jump back on the bandwagon but not till I see a rise...Okay where I am for now.



Off to clean the house, fold laundry, and watch Y &R.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Taste of Home: With Pictures

I have not been back home since Christmas. I was really missing it. Just going home with my kids is so relaxing. I feel like I am "getting away" at my own little retreat. My parents make every visit memorable and enjoyable. The kids have a blast playing outside, playing with the animals, and visiting with family. I get to kick up my feet, my Mom makes me hot tasty tea, and the memories just flow back to the good ol' days.

Today was special because we got to meet the new baby goat, Jack and the new puppy Bella. I got to see both my brothers, their wives, my grandfather, Hubby's Aunt and cousin, and my parents. It was just nice. Ya know?

Feeding the baby goat a bottle was definitely a highlight of the day, not so much for the Noah, but for Syd. She thought that was just the coolest thing ever. And my father also got a kick out of the loving the baby goat gave him. My dad, the big softy that he is, tucked the baby goat into his jacket and he just feel asleep cuddled up to my dad. It was adorable! I got lots of pictures of that...I just love how much my dad takes to animals and how they take to him. It's the same with my Sister-in-law, Ashley. She is like Sleeping Beauty or Snow White who goes into the woods and the animals draw to her. I see that is something in their soul...something that shows a deep love for creatures of any type.





















We went to a Spaghetti dinner at my hubby's Aunt's church. It was delicious and even though avoiding people I know from the small town is something I often do, this was nice because it has been so long. So catching up with old friends and seeing how much their kids have grown was a good thing for me. Something I needed.

Then my other brother, Andy and his wife came out with Bella. The cutest little puppy ever. She is sorta mix between a puppy and an Ewok. Very adorable. Cute enough to eat up.

So finally I lay here. Feeling accomplished, relaxed, and good. There is no other word. I. Feel. Good.

Tomorrow is a normal Sunday for us. Get up, finish the weekend's laundry, clean bathrooms, do some dishes, make a grocery list, get groceries, set out clothes for the week, and exercise. Doesn't sound like I will spend much time with my kiddos, but that is what Daddy is for. I spent my time today.
















Hugs and Kisses for Jack


Meeting Bella for the first time. Isn't she cute?

















Pappy and Syd showing some love to Bella
Noah and Bella
Mimi spending time with the grandkids
Good night to all. I hope you are feeling good too.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

On a more happy note....

Things with the kids are great around here. I couldn't ask for better, happier children.

Little Man, Noah, Update:

For one, I didn't jinx it when I said earlier that Noah was sleeping in his own bed all night. We had two rough nights at the beginning of last week but we seemed to have gotten past that. All of last week except Saurday night (cuz I was gone and hubby had poker friends over) he woke up and slept with Daddy later and all of this week he has slept in his own bed from 8:30 till 7:15 each morning. I am so proud of him and how much he is growing up. I never want to look back at the struggles I have had with him due to his sickness, sleep apnea, tonsils, ear infections, febrile seizures, etc. Things are looking up and that makes me stand proud.

Secondly, Hubby went to Noah's school on Wednesday for their WATCH D.O.G program. It was so nice for Noah to get to spend that time with his Daddy. It is so hard for Hubby to take off to do the program as he is an educator, but he made sure he could do it with Noah. The night before, Hubby did a goofy dance and told Noah that he was going to do that for his friends and teachers. Noah was SO worried that Daddy would embarrass him with his crazy dance. Noah said, "Daddy, they will kick you out if you show off." It was so funny. The look on his face was priceless! For the first time I could see him anticipating the embarrassment of his crazy parents.

Things went well for Hubby during his day. As soon as he came into Noah's classroom a little girl ran over to him and asked, "Are you Noah's Daddy?" and Hubby said, "Yes, I am." The little girl proceeded to say, "Well, Noah is my boyfriend. He is mine!" lol. Hubby almost lost it!! Noah's teacher also told Hubby that Noah was quite the ladies man. THAT does not surprise me. He is a great brown noser!! When he gets in trouble at home, he tells me I am beautiful! When his teacher gets on him about anything, he tells her she is beautiful! He is learning from the best.....HIS DADDY!!































As for Sassy Syd, the minature princess Update:

She has not taken a nap in 3 days. She thinks that sleeping 12 hours a night is enough, so tomorrow her schedule is about to change!! She WILL nap tomorrow. As for today, I hear her on the monitor dropping books off the bookshelf and making noises. I leave her in her room for about an hour and she doesn't sleep....instead........

She decides to poop in her pullup and dump it out in her crib. Then proceeds to crawl out of the crib (and in her 2 years 10 months of her life this was only her 2nd time doing that) and plays. She never left her room or attempted to escape. She knew she was supposed to be sleeping so stayed in there to avoid Mommy making her feel guilty.

As I walked into the room, I gasped for fresh air as there was none. Her room smelled like.... pardon my French........... SH*T. She looked right at me and said, "Ut oh I pooped." Yeah no SH*T. Literally.

As she took off the pullup the poop must have slid down the leg so I threw in the tub as I continued to strip her bed and GAG. Nasty I told her.

She just giggled. And I lost it...I laughed so hard.....and I thanked her cuz I needed that chuckle. I need to feel better about everything and she did that for me today. Too bad it involved SH*T.
Our days have been fun since it is warming a bit. We have spent time at the park, open gym, down at the creek, on the playground, playdates, and taking walks. We even pulled out the sand box to play in.
















My Fancy Nancies...They just love LOVE that book. Thank you Grandma Alison! They adore her!








Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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Random B.S.

Weight Loss Hotline Pictures, Images and Photos




I am so down in the dumps. It is Spring for crying out loud. I should be bouncing off the walls...excited about life....feeling energized. But this weather is messing with my head.

I am cosuming myself with is the 2 lbs I gained over the weekend and how much I just don't feel like doing anything about it right now. I tried tonight, but it didn't happen and that is only b/c I almost forgot I had obligations with a friend and went out to dinner wtih hubby and by the time I made it home...it was 8:30. Hubby is at poker, so I had to get the kids ready for bed. So as you can imagine, I do not have the energy this late to exercise. No time. No time at all for me on a daily basis.

When I pass a Mom who has kids and looks like she came straight from a magazine, I feel the urge to punch them. Knock em out. Lay em on the ground and scream YOU MAKE ME SICK. Now, I would never do that but the feelings are there.

Jealousy is not a good thing so I tell myself that they probably neglect their children to look like that. then I hear the skinny moms whosay, "I just can't keep the fat on"...shut your BLEAKING mouth. I can't imagine saying that to any woman who struggles with their weight about your struggle to keep it on. I WILL be forced to knock you out. That is why we chubby women stick together in weight loss groups, weekly weigh ins, exercise clubs, and WW.

There really are no excuses and I am not trying to make them for myself, but....when I get a break, I read with my kids, play with them, or clean. There doesn't seem to be the 30 minutes a day to set aside for me. I was doing good for awhile with MAKING the time, but my house was falling apart as I exercised and then I feel guilty and more stressed cuz for those of you who know me know that I can't STAND living messy!! I go crazy!! Hubby is so supportive with the house falling apart so I can exercise. He tries so hard to help out but his cleaning up really just makes my life more difficult. I spend more time looking for the things he "puts" away then if I were to just do it myself!! So it was either be fat and have a clean house be thinner and have a dirty house. Choices, choices, choices.

I wish I didn't love food as much as I do. I wish I had the will power and wasn't so ADD when it comes to my weight loss. I get bored quick, frustrated, and annoyed. I just stop, things get in the way, I find other things to consume my time (organizing, cleaning, crafts, playing).

It is healthier for me to do this. I know I have more energy when I exercise and eat right. I know my complextion is better when I drink my water. But worrying about myself is SO time consuming. And frankly, I would rather get that extra 30 mins of sleep in the morning than get "ready" for the day just to sit in my house and do kiddy crafts and clean. Sometimes I don't see the point.

Then, I get ready to go somewhere and I feel depressed. At those moments I wished I would have not eaten those brownies for dessert, or drank that sweet tea, or just took 10 mins to jump on my treadmill while the kids play/nap. I know I will find a balance someday, but until then, I am going to be fine with who I am....besides if God sends us another baby, then I will just pork up anyway. Then what?? It will be another jump on the weightloss bandwagon once again. I just want to be 160 lbs and a size 10 and never struggle to stay there. No flucutating, no challenge, just a healthy me. Someday. I. Will. Get. There.

Till then....I will just complain and vent to you, my blogland friends. Thanks for listening to my rants. My mom knows me...sometimes I just talk through my thought processes and I come up with a plan. So hopefully this will help me sleep tonight and I can come up with a plan.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I am a winner!!

While gone on my retreat, I received an email that I won a giveaway that I had entered!! I was so afraid I was too late since I was gone and hadn't checked my email, but I wasn't!!

I won at Frugal Mommy of 2 girls!! I am so excited!! I rarely win anything and when I do I just get all wild and crazy!! You must get in on her giveaways...they are FAB!

This is what I won:

http://frugalmommyof2girls.blogspot.com/2009/02/fiber-one-spa-gift-basket-giveaway-3.html

I am pumped because you people know how much I love me some Fiber One!!

Also, I have to share something my daughter did today.

I went to Target today to get some things for the swap my Mom's group is doing for spring and while shopping along my daughter starts crying because her elbow got stuck in the metal of the shopping cart. I got it out but she was so upset since it hurt so badly. Finally when she stopped she said, "I want Oah." which is Syd's way of saying "Noah". I asked her, "You want Noah?" She said, "Yes, I want oah's hug." Again, my heart melted. My kids just make my day. I love how she needed him when she was hurt. I love seeing how much she looks up to her big brother.

Laundry time. So enjoy the rest of your day fellow bloggers.

Monday, March 9, 2009

My Scrapbook Retreat

Some of my highlights from my weekend getaway with my friend Kim:



  1. Uninterrruped sleep (even if its for only 4 hours
  2. A shower every day with privacy
  3. Many laughs that almost put you in a pair of Depends
  4. Hanging with other women who have the same goal as you
  5. Missed my kids yet get to sit and enjoy memories of them
  6. Got to eat HOT food that was served to ME
  7. 2 Highway boyfriends (you know the ones that get a glimpse of this and only this:



What they see is a blonde with big glasses, but what they don't see is that I have 2 kids and it shows below what they can see in this picture :) Yeah so this is me on my way.. I took this just for you..my blogland friends. I am as goofy and as excited as can be!! I can't freaking wait!




8. Ovulated the entire weekend and I just wanted hubby to drive all the way up and meet me in my hotel room. You all know how much we want this, so I hope I didn't miss my window by going on the retreat, but if I did...there is next month!

9. Ate yummy meals like this:

Seriously no joke. I ate so good that I skipped weigh in because I know that I put on at least 2 lbs if not more. We had this on Friday night, then Saturday we had breakfast, then crousisant sandwiches, wedding soup, tortilli, potato salad, and icecream sundaes for lunch, pizza, salad, bread sticks, brownie and cookies, with drinks for dinner. Then Sunday morning we had breakfast (waffles, eggs, sausage, etc.), then for lunch before heading out we had grilled chicken sandwiches, french fries, fruit, and carrot cake. It was amazing. And hot. Eating hot food is just something that rarely happens unless we go out. So this was a major treat!

10. Had lots of room to crop in with materials to use like CM products, Cricut (thank goodness Amy trained me on hers cuz I knew what I was doing!), use of other's tools, and lots of space!

















11. My sweet tea (thank goodness on those late nights when we stayed up till 3 ish on Friday night and then 4:30 on Saturday night) and getting up by 8:30 each morning.

12. Our creative juices start flowing around midnight, so it was hard to go to sleep once you got moving!

13. A drunk man from a wedding walked by and he gets excited about seeing a room full of women. And when he asks what we were doing, we say we are scrapbooking and his response... "Who the Fuc* does that?"



But he wouldn't leave..even after 2 different people came to get him. He just kept coming back....we were more interesting than the women in the bar....but we knew that!








14, We got use of the indoor pool and hot tub. Very relaxing...I didn't have to focus on my children and just on me :)

15. I made lots of pages of my kiddos that they will have for the rest of their lives.

From Scrapbooking retreat




From Scrapbooking retreat




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From Scrapbooking retreat




From Scrapbooking retreat




From Scrapbooking retreat




From Scrapbooking retreat




From Scrapbooking retreat


16. Hubby held down the fort. He didn't feed them fast food, kept them clean, happy, and even kept my house clean!! I was so proud! :) and relieved. However, he still had the same pony tail in Syds hair I put in on Friday morning lol. Thank you honey for a fabulous getaway!!

17. Best of all...I got to spend time with my friend Kim. Thank you girl for so much fun and the invite. I will be there in the Fall!! Mom, you are coming with us!

From Scrapbooking retreat

Friday, March 6, 2009

Quiet in Blogland

It has been very uneventful here in my little world known as Blogland. We have been working on letter C this week but I probably won't get our pictures for that posted till next week given that....


I AM LEAVING TODAY!! but no jet planes...just me, my little Corolla, the windows down, and big girl music blaring for my 3 1/2 hour trip to Pittsburgh!! I am getting more and more excited!

We went to open gym the last two days and I let it slip this morning that I was taking the girls to the park today since it is supposed to be SUPER warm! And Noah heard me and said, "I want to go!" I said, "Honey you get to play on that cool playground at school today!! And you don't have to wear your winter coat!" That made him VERY happy....

So I had a weird dream this morning. See, my routine is Rise and Shine at 6:00, make lunches, first girl I babysit comes at 6:30, I put her on the couch, then I crawl on the other couch and lay there always attempting to drift back to sleep till 7:30, but it rarely happens.
Well, this morning my son came downstairs at 6:30 and crawled on my couch. When I went to lay down, I gave him a big kiss and hug, and what I thought was a sleeping boy, said, "I love when you snuggle with me." And with his eyes still closed, he smiled. My heart melted right there on the couch.


Because I couldn't sleep last night since my thoughts of this weekend were flying through my head I was very tired this morning. I drifted to sleep around 6:45 and had a dream.

My dream consisted of the following: Amy (my neighbor) was at my house and the girls were playing in the basement and we heard this HORRIBLE crash outside my house....but when we walked into the front room, we looked and it was not outside!! It was inside!! The car crashed THROUGH my bay window in the front and hit my stair case. Here's a visual:



And the guy just backed out and drove away!! If that happened in real life you would have seen my running up the street like a mad woman!

I got a good description of the car and man in my dream though. He was a skinny old guy in his late 70's, gray beard, eye glasses, squinty eyes, and a ball cap. The car was white and looked my like my Ford Fairmont I drove when I was 16. He had Maryland license plates. He looked very scared when we made eye contact before he backed out of my home!! And then in my dream it started to rain!! The rain was pouring into my home and what makes this weird is that the cat that I found (in case you missed this post) was in my home and tried to jump out the missing window. I ran out after her and I found her in the same spot I found her hit by the car. I picked her up and took her back inside to get dried off. The fact that she was alive and living with me is the crazy part. They totally were going to put that poor cat to rest after the damage she had to her back 1/2 of her body. And there she was in my dream...alive and happy to escape!! My Elliott sat on his same spot throughout the whole thing...right there on the back of the couch by the bay window. The car missed the couch as it hit went diagonal into my staircase.


So bizarre. That 45 min sleep I had this morning snuggling with Noah was probably the deepest of sleeps I have had in awhile.


Yesterday was beautiful outside. The girls and I went to open gym, came home and had lunch, and then went outside for an hour of fun. We rode bikes, played on the playground, and played in the sandbox. Syd looked so adorable in her sweatshirt, so I snapped a picture. I wanted to eat her up!!


Okay, off to get a shower and shaving where no razor has gone for months (want a visual??) Here it is:

JUST KIDDING LMAO LMAO Hey it's my blog...I could do that ya know.

Anywho...I am off to shower, pack up cropping stuff, packing lunch for the girls, and off to the park. Have a good day....I may be gone after this till Sunday night...when I will return to catch up on blogs. I wish hubby would let me take my laptop so I could update you as the weekend goes, but he wants it...wah wah. :) Toodles.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Nothing

I have nothing to say....

This blog is dedicated to Staci for whom gets pissy when I don't blog everyday lol :)

I have nothing Staci...absolutely nothing. I am stressed, I have a million things to do before departing the Burg on Friday, no time to do it, heading to Open Gym and to Marys, cleaning, doing letter C this week, and that is about it!

Stay tuned for SOMETHING EXCITING!! *I wish*

Monday, March 2, 2009

You've GOT to be kidding me!

What luck! I will be ovulating during my trip in Pittsburgh!!

Well, let's put it this way...I will be much MUCH busier than I anticipated this week. It says I am most fertile between March 4 and 9th. So I will be needing to pack by tomorrow so I can have "other" plans for the 4th, 5th, and "quick" plans on the 6th before heading out....that only leaves me with March 7...cuz I will return on the 8th and we all know from health class that the little swimmers live can live awhile...actually I double checked and they can retain fertilizing capability for up to 48 hours once they have entered the female genital tract, but could be longer! So, I should be okay.

Then it is up to God to decide if now is the time or not.

There you have it....


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