Friday, April 30, 2010

Rock And Roll Silly Bandz

Yesterday I wrote about how awesome I am on my other blog. 

Why am I awesome you ask?

Well, because Junior and I drove all over town looking for Silly Bandz.

We didn't find any.  So I did what any other resourceful mother would do...I went home and ordered some online.  I got the Spring and Zoo ones, I think.  I knew the girls would be excited when I told them, and they were.

And so was Ryan.

Um, I thought this was a girl thing?  Apparently I was wrong, and he felt left out because I only ordered "girly" ones.  Are you freakin' kidding me?  So being the amazingly awesome mother I am, I went and ordered these:

They are rock and roll Silly Bandz, just for Ryan.

I know three kids who better be nice to me for the next few days, or I will keep them all for myself! lol!

Sudoku

My oldest daughter, Kasi, loves to do Sudoku puzzles.  I enjoy doing them, too.  My only problem is that when I get stuck, I get very frustrated, and just start putting random numbers in the squares, which just messes me up even more.  I can find help with this, though, through a series of books called Getting to Grips with Sudoku.   This series of books features a step by step solved puzzle in each book, which is pretty cool, because I would love to see the logic behind solving harder puzzles.  These books can be found at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and through the books website

I think I found the perfect gift for Kasi's upcoming birthday.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Oh My!

Ever since we moved, I have been checking our old management company's website to see if they have rented the apartment.  I usually just Google it, and find it that way.  That's what I did this morning, and for the first time, I noticed that Google let's you write a review if you want to.

Our old management company has two reviews, and they are not good.


I could not agree more!  It's nice to know that we were not the only ones living in horrible conditions that they refused to fix.  I am so glad we were finally able to get out of there.  Have I mentioned lately how much happier we are now?

Golf

Aside from my husband, all of the men in my family love to golf.  In fact, every year, my dad and three brothers-in-law go on a weekend golfing trip.  They spend the weekend swinging clubs and hanging out together.

The women are never invited, but I think that's because none of us are golfers.  Now, my sisters could all rock a women’s golf skort, but I am sure there is more to the game than looking fashionable.  I would have to find some extra large ladies golf shirts and pants, because there is no way I would wear a skort.  I just don't have the legs for it.  I'm way too short.  I am sure that there are ladies golf jackets that I wouldn't mind wearing.  Maybe next year my sisters and I will get matching jackets and challenge the guys to a game.

Or maybe not. I know people think playing golf is relaxing, but I don't get it.  You spend the afternoon trying to get a little ball into a little hole.  This doesn't sound relaxing to me.  In fact, it sounds extremely frustrating.  I get fed up playing mini golf.  I guess it's one of those things that you have to practice for a long time before it becomes fun.

Is that the secret, guys?

Happy Blogiversary Stacey!

While I was blog hopping and dropping ecards before, I noticed that Stacey is having a blogiversary today.  It seems she has been blogging for two years!  I found Stacey's blog through entrecard, and was amazed to find out we have so much in common. How could we not become friends?


Seeing her blogiversary got me to thinking about mine, so of course I had to look it up.  And, as usual, I missed it.  In fact, it was April 17th.  I started blogging three years ago.  Wow!  I was going to say that I can't believe I have had that much to say, but come one.  You all know how big my mouth is. lol! 

Anyway, go wish Stacey a happy blogiversary, and while you're there, check out her blog.  Especially her "Chick Flick Fridays".  She reviews some of the best movies ever made.

Happy Blogiversary Stacey!

Healthy Kids

 I am a mom.  I have three wonderful children.  I thank God every day that my kids are healthy and happy.  Some parents are not as lucky as I am, and will try anything to help their kids.  I know if something was wrong with one of my kids, I would do the same thing. 

There seem to be some different types of  Autism treatments. One of which is taking amino acids. This treatment would require taking my child to Prague, where he or she would have a three hour session in a treatment center.  He or she would then take an amino acid compound for six months.  After three months, though, I would see an improvement in my child's coordination and concentration, among other things. 

I do not know if this is a proven treatment, or if it works for every child.  But, if my child had Autism, I am sure I would look into any possible treatment.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Photo Tag

 Tammy tagged me for this, so of course I had to play along.

The rules:
1) Go to your photo files, select the 8th photo folder.
2) Select the 8th photo in that folder.
3) Post that photo along with the story behind it.
4) Then challenge 8 blogging friends to do the same!

In this picture, Ryan is changing the oil in a car that Junior was working on.  The two men in my life love working on cars together, and I love that they have something in common that allows them to spend time together.

I am supposed to tag eight people, but I am only doing 4, mostly because everyone else I would tag has already been tagged. I hate when that happens!  Maybe it's time I made some new blogging friends...lol!

So...Stacey, Diana, Vicki, and Vixen...consider yourselves tagged!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Yummiest Pizza Ever Made

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Freschetta. All opinions are 100% mine.
 I have to start this post by saying that I do not like thin crust pizza.  I believe that the thicker the crust, the better.  Or should I say I used to believe that.  Do you want to know what changed my mind?

Freschetta FlatBread Pizza.

There are a few things I want to talk about.  First, when I opened the pizza to put it in the oven, it was wrapped in cellophane.  On the cellophane was this sticker, which I absolutely loved.


Second, I want to talk about one of the two flat bread pizzas that we tried. It was the Zesty Italian.  This pizza is "topped with pepperoni, sausage, Genoa salami, mozzarella and asiago cheeses, with a zesty red sauce just right for a great Italian taste".  I was a little disappointed that my pizza didn't have very many toppings on it.  It could have just been that specific pizza, but I was really looking forward to the salami (which is my favorite lunch meat) and the pizza I cooked had three pieces of salami.  That's it, on the entire pizza.  I even think they skimped on the sausage and pepperoni.

Toppings issue aside, it was a pretty good pizza.


The third thing I want to talk about is the other pizza we tried.  Technically, it is called the Roasted Garlic and Spinach Pizza, but I think it should be called The Yummiest Pizza Ever Made.  I'm not kidding.  It was so good!  It had "roasted garlic, spinach, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses with a delightfully creamy garlic sauce on a thin and crispy crust".  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

I know that after reading this, you can not wait to try this for yourself. I found these pizzas at Walmart for a little over $5, which is pretty reasonable for a frozen pizza.  (I was lucky enough to have gotten mine for free to do this review)  You can go here to get a dollar off coupon.  I recommend the Roasted Garlic and Spinach Pizza, but feel free to try them all.
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What's Up With The Crabbers?

Most of you know I love Deadliest catch.  You also know how sad I was when I learned that Captain Phil had died.  Watching this season is even sadder, because I know the outcome.  How can a man, who onscreen is larger than life, be gone?  It's crazy.  And then last week, Edgar, from the Northwestern, talks about walking away from crabbing to spend more time with his family.  

What will happen to the show if all my favorites are gone?

Tea

 I have been trying, for the past few months, to eat better. I want to get healthier.

Losing weight has been a bonus. 

My one vice is diet soda.  I drink it from the moment I wake up until I go back to bed at night.  I have tried to drink plain water, but it never lasts more than a few days.  I need something that has some flavor, and I am not a fan of those little packets you can add to bottled water.

I have heard lots of good things about drinking tea, and how different teas can help you with different things.  I know some teas are good for weight loss, while others can help with depression.  There is such a variety of flavors, too.  There's black tea, green tea, white tea, herbal teas, and fruit teas.  Of all of these, I think I want to try the fruit tea.  I found a website where I can buy tea, and they do have a fruit tea that contains Vitamin C rich hibiscus, rose hips, apple, lemon, and orange.  To this base, they add either blackberry or dragonfruit.  Sounds delicious, right?

I hope that it tastes as good as it sounds, because I have got to find something else to drink besides diet soda.

Letting It Go

Brandi had a substitute teacher at school today.

When her class was in the cafeteria eating lunch, Brandi asked the sub if she could go use the bathroom.

The sub told her no.  Apparently, the kids have the opportunity to go before lunch, but Brandi said she didn't have to go then. 

So she had sit for the next 20 minutes, and try not to wet her pants.

This really pisses me off.

She said she had to go so bad, she couldn't even eat her lunch.

I don't want to call the school, because it was a sub, and not her actual teacher, who Brandi claims would have let her go.  Junior, of course, wants me to call.

What would you do?

Burned




I feel like I have been missing out on something really great.  Everyone seems to be talking about the book series, House Of Night. I read the first chapter of the seventh book in the series, Burned, and to be honest, was a tad confused.  But, that is to be expected, since I haven't read the first six books in the series. Yet.

Just that one chapter has me wanting more, so I am going to start at the beginning.  This means a trip to the library one day this week, but that is okay.   For those of you who are like me, and had no idea that this book series existed, let me share with you what I have learned by doing a little research.
Burned House of Night P.C. & Kristin Cast
The series, written by P.C. and Kristin Cash, follows 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she becomes a vampire.  She must leave her family behind, and enter the House Of Night, which is a boarding school for others like herself, who are becoming vampires.  From reading the first chapter of Burned, I get the feeling that she becomes a special kind of vampire. 

You can even download the Burned song free by following this link. There are also several different banners, My Space layouts, wallpapers, and a screen saver that you can use. 


I really can not wait to read this series, and seriously, how have I not heard of these books before?

Comments

For the past couple of weeks, I have been making a real effort when it comes to my comments.  I have been leaving more on the blogs I read daily, and the ones I drop on.  Now, sometimes it's hard to comment when dropping, because not all the blogs update daily.  But, when a post stands out to me, I will read and try to comment.  This is a big step for me, because I usually feel like what I have to say isn't good enough.  I am sure I am not the only on who feels that way. 

I have also been responding to all the comments left on my blogs.  I read somewhere that doing this makes visitors feel more welcomed, because I am taking the time to acknowledge their comment, and it let's them know they are appreciated.  The funny thing is, since I have started doing this, I am getting more comments.

Go figure.

When I Was In School...

 I used to hate when my parents started a sentence with the words, "when I was a kid" or "when I was in school".  It always meant that I was going to have to listen to a story about how much harder things were when they were growing up, compared to how easily I had it as a kid.  You all know those stories about how our parents walked to school barefoot, in the snow, uphill, both ways. 

It makes me cringe every time I hear myself uttering those words, which seems to be more and more often these days.  And whenever I do, I see my kids roll their eyes, as they dread the story I am about to tell. 

The difference is, my kids actually do have it easier.  Let's take their current physical education curriculum for example.  Last year, in 6th grade, Kasi didn't have one day of PE.  Not one.  This year, she only has it for half the year.  Ryan, who is in 8th grade, also only has it for half the year, and most days he doesn't even go.  You see, he is signed up for in school tutoring, and he goes during PE, because the school doesn't consider that a "necessary" class.  Brandi, who is in 2nd grade, has PE once a week, and most of the time, they just play a dance game on the wii.  That's right.  My kids plays the wii as gym.  It's like the teachers are incapable of making pe lesson plans on their own.

Now, when I was ins school, PE was actually physical education.  Starting in 4th grade, you had to change into gym clothes, because you would sweat.  When it came to my high school physical education, from 7th grade on, we had gym every other day throughout the entire year.  I know this equals out to the same number of days had we only taken it for half a year, but it was required every year.   In 11th and 12th grades, we had swimming (my HS had an Olympic sized pool), and you had to participate for six weeks.  If you didn't, you failed.  And if you failed, you didn't graduate.  Gym was a REQUIREMENT for graduation. 

These days, I feel like PE is put on the back burner, and that only contributes to the inactivity of kids these days.  So when I tell my kids how much harder PE was when I was in school, I am speaking the truth.

Unlike the walking to school story my parents always told.

Entrecard

I added an entrecard widget to my new cooking blog, hoping to get more traffic over there.  I am really enjoying writing about the food I make.  I am still trying to figure out how to do the posts so that they are easy to follow recipes, but I'll get there.

Hopefully. Eventually.

“Not in My Yard” Blog: The Gloves Come Off as Havahart® Launches New Nuisance Animal Control Blog

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Homework

I told Brandi this afternoon that she needed to finish her homework.  I was on the computer, so I had my back to the living room.  When I turned around, this is what I saw.
Brandi was laying on the floor, enjoying her book.

She is definitely my kid.

Updating Your GPS System

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NAVTEQ. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am going to tell you something that might shock you.

Are you ready?

We do not have a GPS system in our van.  I believe we might be the only people left in America who don't have one.  Junior seems to know how to get everywhere we need to go, and we hardly ever go anywhere new.  But for all you other Americans out there who do have GPS, did you know that May is NAVTEQ’s Map Update Month?  Updating the maps in your GPS system helps it to better direct you, because let's face it.  If the maps are old, new roads and landmarks will not be on there, and you may not be shown the shortest routes anymore.

I had no idea that there was so much information that goes into these things, and the benefits of having one are phenomenal.  For instance, you can save money and time by driving the shortest routes.  You can drive with confidence and use less fuel.   I really need to talk Junior into getting one of these things.

If you need more information about updating the maps in your GPS system, check out www.mapupdatemonth.com.  From there, you can click on your car's logo and follow the directions to update your system. 

It's that simple.
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My Mommy Guilt Is Kicking In Big Time

I have a secret.  Well, maybe I should say that I had a secret, but now it is okay to share it with you.  But just a little, because there are still some secrets that go along with it.

Confused yet?

Let me explain.  Sometime in January, my sister approached me and asked if I would be willing to do something special for our mom's birthday this year.  She's turning 60.  Of course I said yes, so a trip was planned.  We are taking mom away for her birthday weekend.  She doesn't know where we are going, only that she will need to pack comfortable shoes and clothes she won't sweat in.  Brandi will be coming with us, because she doesn't want to stay home, and honestly, if I left her behind, I would be worrying the entire weekend that she is home crying.  I know she's 8, but I have never been away from her for more than a few hours, and really, it's not a big deal that she comes.

Anyway, we are leaving May 13th, and coming back on the 16th.  This is where my mom guilt kicks in, because Kasi's birthday is May 14th, and I won't be here for it.

And it's her 13th birthday. 

Yeah, I know.  It's been killing me.  She says she doesn't care if I'm not here, and we are planning two different parties for her the following weekend.  But, I know if my mom missed one of my birthdays, especially the one where I became a teenager, I would be a little upset. 

This is Kasi the day we brought her home from the hospital:

She was jaundice, but perfect.  I was so happy that I had a little girl.  Don't get me wrong, I love my son to pieces, but I wanted a girl so bad. 

Anyway, Junior plans on taking Kasi wherever she wants on her birthday.  In fact, I told him to make the whole weekend special.  And I plan on making the following weekend special for her, too.  We are planning a slumber party for the 21st, and a big party at my mom's house (with the pool!) on the 23rd.  My grandmother and favorite aunt are coming up from Florida that weekend, so Kasi will get to see them.  They haven't seen my kids in about six years.  That will be special, too.

I just wish I could get rid of the guilt I feel for missing Kasi's birthday.  Any suggestions?

Do You Have Vacation Plans?

I can not believe it is the end of April.  Seriously, how are we already a third of the way through this year?  The kids only have five more weeks of school, and then it's Summer vacation.

Last year, we camped for a few days.  We are hoping that we can go for a full week this year, but we'll see.  There are so many different family vacation ideas, and I'm thinking that maybe this year we should do something different.   The kids are wanting to take another day trip to the mountains, so I'm hoping we can do that.  When we went over Spring Break, the water was too cold to really enjoy.  Junior says it will always be cold because it is mountain water, but I am sure it will feel a lot better when it is 100 degrees outside.  At least we don't have to worry about baby travel, since our youngest is eight.   It's nice not to have to worry about all the things you need for little ones when you travel, like diapers and formula and baby sunglasses.  I like that my kids are old enough to be responsible for their own things.

It sure makes vacations a little more relaxing.

Friday, April 23, 2010

I Was Invited To A Tea Party

The table was set.
The "cookies" were baked.
The tea was poured.
The cutest little hostess served the perfect little snack.

We have plans for another tea tomorrow. 

What Do I Want For Mother's Day?

 I have been thinking a lot about Mother's Day, mostly because Junior keeps asking me what I want.  If I'm being honest, I would tell him I want jewelry.  We have been married for almost fifteen years, and my engagement and wedding rings are the only pieces of jewelry he has ever given me. 

I know he can't afford to spend much, so I was looking for reasonably priced jewelry, and found this gorgeous pendant.  I love that it has five diamonds.  Each one represents a member of my little family.

I heard you just say "awww".  I did too. I bet that you can't tell that the diamonds are made in Diamond Nexus Labs and that they are not "real" diamonds. I couldn't tell.  They sparkle and shine like "real" diamonds, and I don't think people would know they weren't the real thing. 

The next time Junior asks what I want for Mother's Day, I am going to point him to this necklace.  I want it to be from him.  I still want the kids to shop for me themselves, even if it means another purple sparkly pen and elephant. 

Because I love those gifts more than anything.

I Love My African Violets

When we lived in the duplex, we didn't have any sunshine.  We had so many tress lining the property, so the house always stayed cool and kind of dark.  This did not sit well with all my plants, and most of them ended up dying.
At Christmas time last year, Junior found a really good deal on African Violets.  $.50 a plant!  Unfortunately, they only had 4 left, but he bought them all.  I kept three, and gave one to my mom.  I was not too worried about them dying, because I knew we would be moving soon.

The violets love the new place as much as we do.  I have them on a plant stand in front of the living room window, and they are flowering!  I am so excited!  And they are purple!  I can not wait until all three have full blooms on them.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Our Mini Mountain Vacation

A few weeks ago, during Spring Break, we took a day trip to the mountains of North Carolina. We walked around Lake Lure, which just so happens to be the home of Chimney Rock.
We walked around all the cute little shops, and Brandi stopped to take a peek through the telescope. She wanted to see the flag that sits on the huge rock, and luckily, she was able to.
This flags sits on Chimney Rock. I went up the mountain years ago when I first moved to South Carolina, and was scared to death. (I have a slight fear of heights) The kids wanted so bad to go up there, but there was no way I was doing that again. Besides, the walk through the park is dangerous, and I would have been a nervous wreck the entire time.
One of the little shops had a place where the kids could mine for gems. We paid $20 for a bucket full of sand and planted gems, and the girls had a ball shaking the little screens in the water to discover their treasures. Ryan gave up after his first scoop, but the girls sat for about 30 minutes doing it.

Ryan
Kasi
Brandi
Here is a shot of some of the gems that Brandi found. She was so excited every time the sand washed away and there were colorful treasures left behind.

Next time we go, we hope to be able to go to a real mine, and let the kids try and find some real gems. We were going to go on this trip, but their buckets were so expensive, and there was no guarantee that the kids would find anything. They wanted like $50 for a small bucket, and that was using a coupon code I found online. But, these mines give you the chance to find diamonds and rubies and all kinds of real gems.

We also got our feet wet, and let me assure you, that mountain water was COLD! But after walking for a while in the heat, it felt so good.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

If I Could Ask God Anything By Kathryn Slattery

What was the resurrection of Jesus?

Why is Jesus' Resurrection so important?

It was the answer to these questions that led me to this book, If I Could Ask God Anything by Kathryn Slattery. You see, Easter was about a month ago, and I felt it was important that I explain to Brandi that looking for eggs and getting Easter baskets from the Easter Bunny was great, but there was a whole different, more important reason that we celebrate the Holiday. I tried my best to remember all the things I learned in Sunday School as a kid, but I found myself lacking the answers to some of her questions. In fact, I ended up scaring her, because the way I explained it, she was convinced that all people can come back from the dead, and she was terrified to go to sleep that night.

I knew at that point that I needed help. Luckily, I found the answers I was looking for in this book. Not only did the author explain things in kid friendly language, she listed the scriptures to back up her answers. This was a great way for Brandi and I to look up this story in the bible.

I believe this book is geared more towards kids, but I think adults who know nothing about God, or have never been to church, can benefit from it as well. It is laid out nicely, with each chapter focusing on a different topic, and while the answers are simple, they are spot on. At least that is my opinion.

***I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Gender Specific Classrooms

Brandi brought home a notice today, asking if parents would be interested in attending a meeting at the school to discuss splitting the kids into gender specific classrooms.

They want to have these classes available for parents, if they choose this for their kids. They will also have traditional boy/girls classrooms, and I think that is where I want Brandi to stay. The notice listed the following benefits for the kids being in classrooms that are gender specific, and to me, they are not compelling enough for me to pull Brandi out of a traditional classroom.

typical benefits for girls

  • more interest in and enthusiasm for math and science
  • more academically inclined
  • spend more time on task in the classroom
  • more open to discuss sensitive issues and concerns
  • more interest in classroom participation
  • more likely to study more advanced levels of mathematics and science
  • accept and develop leadership roles
  • fewer gender distractions
  • less likely to have stereotypical views of females in the workplace
  • enjoy school more

typical benefits for boys

  • better chance of being on the college preparatory road
  • more development of reading and writing skills
  • better chance of not dropping out of high school
  • more focused participation
  • more open to discuss issues and concerns
  • learn collaborative working strategies
  • fewer gender distractions
  • less likely to have stereotypical view of females
  • develop a positive attitude toward school
  • less discipline referrals
  • less referrals for special education
I know boys and girls develop differently, but should that mean that they should be taught separately from the girls? Now, my attitude may be different if they were offering this in the higher grades, when the relationships between boys and girls gets a little more complicated, and hormonal. But for a third grader, I think social interaction with boys is a good thing.

Now, that is just my opinion. I am really interested to know if any of you moms out there have you kids in these types of classes. If so, do you see the benefits? Are there disadvantages?

I do not have to make my mind up today, though I did say I was not interested in attending the meeting. Junior agrees with me. In fact, I asked his opinion first, that way he wasn't swayed by mine. I just hope that they don't decide to make the whole school gender specific classrooms. I really think us parents should have a choice, especially in a public school.

Monday, April 19, 2010

We Love Playing Games

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Around here, we have game nights. I cook a bunch of finger foods, and we play cards, or board games, and just hand out as a family. We go through phases with the games, though, Recently, the kids have been wanting to play Pictureka, which is fun, but after a while I like to change things up. There was an episode of Wizard's recently where the family played charades. Brandi thought it looked like fun, and asked if we could try playing it one night. I told her we would, and then completely forgot about it.

Until today.

I found this website where they teach you all kinds of hand gestures, and I have to say, if my little family of five mastered all of these, we would beat anyone in Charades. This site also has a section where you can play a game of Charades to win free music for a year (you have to have a premium We7 subscription). I played their practice Charade, and got it wrong on my first try. I did, however, get it right the second time I watched. Check it out below and see if you get it right the first time.

Did you get it on the first try? If so, you are better than me. I guess I need to go study some of those hand gestures so I can get better at this game. Have I mentioned that I am competitive, and I like to win?
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I Napped

After my niece left this afternoon, I laid down, with the intention of just resting my eyes for a moment. An hour and a half later, Brandi woke me up. It was almost 6:30 by then, and I hadn't even started dinner. We had to run to my mom's house to pick up Ryan's computer, which I accidentally left there yesterday. Then we had to go by one of Junior's coworkers house to pick up some money (he put a new radiator in her car today), and by the time we got home it was after 9. Needless to say, by this point Brandi was exhausted, and I am sure I will have one cranky kid in the morning. I ended up feeding them McDonald's, which is something I am really trying to stay away from. But nights like tonight, when we are running around and we need to eat cheap, we don't have a lot of options.

Oh, and did I mention that the little nap I took has me wide awake right now? Who knows when I will finally be tired enough to head to bed. Hopefully it will be soon.

Discover Your Temptress Temperature

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The funny thing is, it is so wrong. You see, when they ask you a question, they give you four possible answers to choose from. I had to choose the least horrifying of the four, because they didn't have an option of answering yourself. For instance, they ask what you would do on a girls night out. The possible answers were about going to bars and fancy restaurants. For me, the perfect night would be dinner at a nice, but not too fancy place, and maybe some bowling or a movie. There was also a question about what was your title in high school, with the options being class clown, class president, and a couple of others. My answer would have been wall flower; trying to blend in and stay unnoticed. But, the quiz was fun to do, even if the answers were a little off.
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I Hung Out With Lylah Today

I forgot how much work it is to have a baby around the house.

I babysat my little niece, Lylah, today. She has a cold, and instead of being miserable at daycare, she came and spent the day with me. She's almost six months old, and a total sweetheart. She wasn't cranky (too much) but she wanted to be held most of the day, which wasn't really a problem for me :). The problem was that I must have blocked out how much work little ones are. The bottles and diapers and binkies. I didn't eat or pee the entire time she was here! lol! (maybe she should come everyday...that would sure help with the whole losing weight thing! lol)

I enjoyed every second with her. We watched a few movies, a couple of television shows on demand and basically just chilled.

She also made me realize that I in no way, shape, or form want to have another child.

I like eating and peeing way too much! lol!

I Am Not A Sports Fan

Growing up, my dad watched a lot of sports.

Baseball. Football. Hockey.

The Mets. The Jets. The Rangers. All New York teams.

The only sport he never really watched was basketball. I'm not really sure why he didn't watch that particular sport. You would think that growing up in a house where there was sports on the television so often, that I would be a huge fan.

Not so much. My husband isn't a sports fan either. He'll watch the races, but that bores me. In fact, I think the only sport I would consider watching would be hockey, and living in the South now, hockey is not that popular. Football seems to be the favorite around here. Close behind that would be basketball. In fact, I hear a lot about basketball betting, with people trying to make some easy money. The thing is, you have to know what you are betting on. Randomly picking teams, which is something I would totally do, is not a smart way to bet. You need to know the team, and the stats, and all that other stuff that makes no sense to me.

I think I should just stick to my reality shows, and let my sisters bet on the games.

Analytics, Anyone?

I am having the awfullest time trying to get google analytics on this blog.  I keep getting a crawl error message, saying my site is a directory, or something like that.  It says that I have googlebots blocked, and I can not for the life of me figure out how to fix it.  I am in no way computer literate, and everything I have read today has given me a headache.

And I am no closer to a solution.

Any of you have any ideas I could try?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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I love being a mom. Growing up, when someone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered "a mom". I know they meant careers, but I have never been a career kind of girls. I always just wanted to be a mom. I guess you could say I am living my dream.

Mother's Day is coming up soon, and I have been thinking a lot lately about what I would like for my kids to get for me. As much as I love and cherish the home made things I get every year, I think this year I want something I can wear. Maybe some jewelry.

I was looking at Bliss Living Jewelry online, and I found the most beautiful necklaces. The problem is I can not decide which one I like best. The first one I found is this Mom's Name Charm Necklace. These little circle pendants have your child's name on one side, and birth date on the other. They also have a little bead representing their birthstone. I adore this.

The other one I was looking at was this Open Heart Pendant Necklace with Birthstones, and although it doesn't have the kids names and birth dates on it, it is still beautiful. I was thinking this would be a nice gift for my mom, with all of her grand children's birthstones on it. Then I got to thinking; she has fifteen grandchildren. I would have to get two separate hearts to hold them all! I guess I could put the boys on one and the girls on the other. I am glad I still have a few weeks to decide.

I should probably mention that if you spend over $99, you get free shipping. That won't be hard to do, either, because there are so many wonderful necklaces and rings and other things to choose from. I am sure you will be able to find the perfect gift for the special mom in your life.
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Peek A Boo

When we went fishing on Easter, the girls spotted this little lizard. All I wanted was a picture of it, but it has no intentions of cooperating. I finally got this shot. It looks like he was playing peek a boo with me. Every time I went on one side of the tree, it would scurry to the other. I'm impressed I even got this picture taken. lol!

Playing Around

What do you think?

I really like it! It's a nice change from all the black, though I still managed to get some on here.

I am loving the new stuff blogger has to offer.

All I have left to redo is my craft blog. Maybe I'll tackle that one tomorrow...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A New Kind Of Piggy Bank

My husband and I are not good with money. At all. I know we are setting a bad example for our kids, and I really want to get them on the right track.

Ekomini interactive money box can make learning about money fun. It is a virtual piggy bank of sorts, that connects to the internet through a USB cable, allowing kids to keep track of what they are saving. They can also go on adventures in Ekominiville, where they will learn about saving, spending, investing, and even donating their money.

My youngest, Brandi, is eight, and I know she would love something like this. She is all about the computer, and being able to see her savings online would make her more inclined to save, instead of spend, her money.

I watched a demo of Ekominiville on the piggy banks website, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. They explained all kinds of things about money, in a way that kids will understand. They even have a section where Brandi can write in what she wants to save up for, and it will tell her how much she has and how much more she needs to save before she can buy it.

I am really impressed with what little I have seen so far, and this piggy bank looks like a great way for kids to learn about money.

I Am Ready To Put My Fist Through This Freakin' Computer!

Great title for a post, right?

I have been fighting with my computer all day (I am on Ryan's laptop right now) because it somehow got infected with a stupid virus. From what I can find out, it's called Digital Protection, and it is driving me crazy! It keeps putting porn icons on my desktop, and when I run Malwarebytes, it gets rid of them, but not the virus. I tried system restoe, and it won't even allow that either. I don't know what else to do! I googled it, and all the "fixes" say to run Malwarebytes, which I have done like a millin times today. That supposedly gets rid of it, but I haven't had any luck.

Have any of you dealt with this? Any brilliant ideas about what I can try now?

We Need A Fuel Doctor

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 The other day Junior and I were in the van, on our way to therapy.  We were going down the highway, and all of a sudden the van started skipping.  I was a little concerned, but Junior just blew it off saying the van needed a tuneup.  I was convinced that it was something major, because we just paid it off, and that's usually the way our luck runs.

I guess I will trust my husband.  I mean, he is a pretty good mechanic.  He insists that once he does a little maintenance, the van will be running great.  He also said something about buying a Fuel Doctor, because he wants the van to get better mileage.  Right now, it is sucking up gas, and that is getting pretty expensive.  From what I understand, this thing plugs into the lighter socket, and somehow restores the vehicles efficiency through power conditioning of the vehicle’s electrical systems.  Sounds like I know what I'm talking abut, doesn't it?

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I Have A New Blog!

I am really excited about this one, too.  Thanks to Anna, I have an awesome template, and it was so easy to do.  In fact, it was so easy that I also redid my journey blog, and am thinking about redoing this one again.

Anyway, my new blog is all about food.  What I make, what I love to eat, the deals I find at the grocery stores...all kinds of neat things.  You can check it out here.  Feel free to follow once you get there ;P

Victorious

There's a new show on Nick that I actually like. It's called Victorious, and it's about a girl who starts going to an "arts" high school. The cast has great chemistry, in my opinion, and the story line is pretty good. I usually shy away from the kids shows, with a few exceptions. This one can be grouped with Wizards of Waverly Place and iCarly, the other kids shows I enjoy watching. There is also a new show on Disney called Good Luck Charlie, and that one looks promising, too.

Just don't make me watch Suite Life, Hannah Montana, Jonas, or SpongeBob. Those I can not handle.

Scary

My son is 14 years old. He loves spending time online, and I have been trusting him not to go on sites he knows I would disapprove of. I do periodically check his history and stuff, and I have never found anything bad. But, I know he is a growing boy, and I know that he will become curious about certain things.

It seriously blows my mind how easy it is to find the things you want online. For instance, did you know that you could buy steroids, legally, online? Without a prescription. How is this possible? I would be lying if I said this didn't scare me a little. I know that young men think they need to "bulk up", and with these "enhancements" so easily available, it is easy to give in to temptation.

They really should require a prescription for steroids. Maybe then, I wouldn't worry so much.

My Sunday Nights Just Got Better


Jonathan Rhys Meyers. You look nothing like the real Henry VIII, who was old and overweight, but you make history worth knowing. I would have aced history in school if it was taught like this, with hot guys and women in beautiful dresses. I am sad that this season we will see you die. I wonder if Showtime has plans to continue this series through Bloody Mary's reign?

Want to watch, too? The Tudors airs on Sunday nights at 9pm.

You can watch the first episode of this season here.

A Beach Getaway

Brandi wants to go to Myrtle Beach. Whenever we ask where the kids want to camp this summer, that is the answer we get from her. The problem with this is that it is about a five hour drive to get there, and our van hogs gas. It would cost us about a hundred bucks just in gas. Plus, if we were to go, I would not want to camp out in a tent.

My sister took a trip to the beach a couple of years ago, and they rented a house instead of staying in a hotel room. They used homeaway coupons and saved a bunch of money. They stayed for a week, and had a fabulous time. Staying in a house allowed them to cook most of their meals, which saved them even more money.

They spent most of the time on the beach, though, and that isn't something that my family likes to do. We love to swim, of course, but laying in the sand baking in the sun is not our idea of a good time. We'd rather fish, and while I am sure there is some pretty good fishing on the coast, there is also really good fishing around here.

So Wrong, And Yet I Watch

MTV has this show, all about teen aged girls who get knocked up. It follows them as they near the end of their pregnancies, and then for a few weeks after the baby's birth. We the viewers get to see all these young girls have their realities checked as they go from anticipating what life will be like with a baby and boyfriend, to what life is really like with baby and boyfriend.

You can probably guess that most of the time, the show ends with the girls alone, taking care of a child she realizes now was a mistake having. The guys have moved on, though in a few cases, it was the girls who pushed them away. In fact, I watched one episode last week where the girl had twins, and all the dad wanted was for them to be a family. He did everything he could, but the mom just wanted to be with her ex boyfriend. She wouldn't let the dad spend time with the twins alone, and by the end of the show, he was dating someone new, and the mom wanted him back. She claimed she didn't realize what she had until it was gone.

Really? These are KIDS having babies. They have no idea what real life is like. Of course, there are exceptions, and I watched a "where are they now" kind of episode, and a lot of the moms were doing great...without their boyfriends. What worries me is that there are enough of these girls to make a series, and that there are people like me who can't stop watching.

Oh, and MTV? Airing a commercial about abstinence during a show about teen pregnancy is kinda funny. In a weird, really wrong kind of way.

My only hope is that teen aged girls are watching this, too, and seeing how hard life becomes after baby, and they will think twice about getting pregnant themselves.