Friday, April 24, 2009

Go Fly a Kite

It has been SOOOO very windly lately, we finally decided to take advantage of it!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Book Talk - Bonus

I finished reading a book on Sunday and figured if I didn't get this posted, it would never get posted!!!!

I've never read a Lisa Gardner book before and this one was recommended to me. Wow, what a page turner it was; Say Goodbye.
It is a disturbing topic: a serial killer that is also a child molester. I didn't know this when I started reading it and I think that your perspective changes once you have children. When I realized this was part of the plot, I continued on. This isn't a central theme of the book, catching the predator is. She does an excellent job of twisting and turning the story, so that there are times that you really have to sit and ponder all the action that took place and you have to sketch it out in your head and see the big picture.
The serial killer is a crazy man (go figure) that also collects spiders. Apparently this is pretty common on the US; approximately 1/3 of us have pet spiders! Go figure b/c I hire a man to come in monthly and kill all the creepy things in my house. You learn a lot about spiders and if you don't like spiders, I will give you fair warning about the topic. At the beginning of each chapter there is a tidbit of information about spiders....things I'm thnking most of us can do without knowing!!!
Anyway, it is a good read. Even took it to the driving range so that I could finish reading it. My hubby isn't a reader and thought I was the crazy one for toting around a book to the driving range!!! If you want to be scared in the privacy of your home, read this one!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Church Antics

To begin, Little thinks going to church is going to the circus. She's been to both, but somehow calls them both the circus. We are Lutheran, so our services are pretty straight forward and neutral. No one is talking in tongues or doing other non-traditional types of things.

On Maundy Thursday, we went to church. There isn't child care for the evening services, so I packed her bag full of goodies so that she could sit with me in the sancturary; this would be a first. I was nervous; it was an adventure for her!

The youth choir sang and as they came to a close, the entire church is silent and my child, YELLS, "YEAH!" and starts clapping her hands. OMG, was I embarrassed. You see, this is what we do during Kindermusic at the end of songs and in the car, so she felt this was the appropriate thing to do.

You could hear the twitter of chuckles flowing through the church. We survived. Went back the following evening and there wasn't any loud outbursts!! :-) Gotta love the little ones!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Book Talk

I finished reading another Danielle Steel book about a month ago...and yes, it has taken me this long to write about it. The book was a rather good read, A Good Woman. This is set in the early 1900's when times were very different for all of us. This woman endures a lot because she loses her family and her spot in society. This might not seem a lot to us, but in these times, that was a huge ordeal.

True to D. Steel fashion, our main character perseveres and comes out on top, but not before going through a lot of trials and tribulations.

I would recommend this book if you want a good story, not too romantic, but a feel good story in the end. It also makes you appreciate how far women have come in society.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

1, 2, 3, BLAST OFF

.....Little had her first plane ride today. She's off to Disney with Nanna and Papa. They left this morning and Nanna sent me a text stating that she did very well and as the plane was taking off, she said, "1, 2, 3, BLAST OFF!" Rather, she YELLED this! Gotta love a two year old's what will mom do with an empty house for five days??????

Friday, April 17, 2009

To Blog or Not To Blog

My husband isn't a fan of my blogging. He thinks the boogie man will come and get our daughter b/c of the pictures and posts on my blog. I don't comment to him on this........

I have quite a few friends that are much younger than me and I would think they would be HUGE fans of blogging, but they barely know what a blog is....or FaceBook...or Twitter....etc......

I blog b/c I'm a very opinionated person. (I know, this is SOOOO hard to believe.) In fact, my husband gets frustrated with me sometimes b/c I am so opinionated and I'm very black and white with many things.....but, after this many years, I'm not going to change!!!! My opinions have gotten me in trouble quite a few times, but I'm used to it by now. It is the folks around me that aren't always comfortable with it!

I also blog b/c I do have family and friends near and far and I don't get to see/talk with them often and I want to be able to easily share my life and my family's life with them. I figure that I have it available, they have the responsibility to check in and see what is going on.....

I also like to share funny stories and make folks smile. (See, even for all my opinions, I'm really a nice person. Shhhh, don't let that get out b/c I'd hate for it to ruin my reputation!) ha, ha

A close friend of mine called me last night to tell me that my Monday Humor made a dear friend of hers smile during his last days. He passed this week, due to cancer, but she shared my joke with him and he laughed. Her voice mail made me smile and nearly cry.

So, as we enjoy this much needed rain today, I hope that something you read here makes you smile and have a wonderful day!! God bless you all!!! :-)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

This will make you feel old....

I went to a baby shower last weekend. No big deal, right? Well, it was of a former student. Granted, I taught high school for four years and the majority of my students were juniors and seniors, so that makes many of them already in their 20's.

I get to the shower, and my former student is very pregnant. She looks adorable and the shower is beautiful.

Now what makes me feel old is that there were a total of three of my former students there and they had children ranging from 2 years old, to will be born next month!

At least I'm not like some of the teachers I work with at my elementary school that have been teaching for so long that they are teaching the children of their former students!! Now that would make me feel REALLY old!! :-)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


....yes, swimming in Texas in April. I'm already swimming my babies at my house. My child sees me come inside from swimming and proclaims she wants to swim. Sure thing, little too cold for recreational swimming....blah, blah, blah....I'm going to go change out of my wet suit. She then comes into my bathroom, butt naked, and tells me that she is ready to go swimming. Oh really. In that case, why don't we put on a swim suit???? Novel idea, right? So, I'm going to let her test the waters and make the choice of swim or no swim, in her NEW suit I bought her. She tells me she doesn't want that suit b/c it isn't hers. Yes, it is, I bought it for you. Nope, other one.....fine, I pull out her one from last year (OMG, what would fashion divas say??) and that's the one she wants. Off we go.....

Check out her hands....COLD!!! She got this far and decided it was too much. We'll try again in a few days.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday Humor

Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with that expensivedouble-pane energy efficient kind, and today, I got a call from thecontractor who installed them.

He was complaining that the work had beencompleted a whole year ago and I still hadn't paid for them.

Hellloooo,...just because I'mblonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid.

So, I told him just what his fast talking sales guy had told me last year, that in ONE YEAR these windows would pay for themselves!

Helllooooo? It's been a year! I told him. There was only silence at the other end of the line, so I finally just hung up. He never called back. I bet he felt like an idiot.

Friday, April 10, 2009

It's Ok to talk to her.....

My daughter isn't fact, if she says hello to you and you don't say hello, she'll keep saying hello, louder and louder, until you do. She does the same thing with "Excuse me" if she's trying to get by you.

I've come to the conclusion that folks don't know how to handle a two year old that looks them in the eye and talks to them. I've had more people than I can count just ignore her, or just stare at her like she's an alien. It really baffles me. And bless her heart, she doesn't understand why they won't talk to her. Maybe they had too many lessons on "stranger danger" and they are afraid of a two year old stranger!!! :-)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Cinderella Birthday Party

Last weekend, my best friend's daughter had a birthday party and Cinderella came to help out. All of the girls are six and seven, so they are WAY into Cinderella and the entire princess thing. My child: not so much! She played and had a good time, but playing in the birthday girl's room with her toys was WAY more fun!! Ultimately, it was a huge success and everything turned out perfectly!

Other kid's toys are so much more fun!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Running makes us tired.....

.....this is what running does to some members of my family:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Old Furniture

Last summer, my husband's grandmother gave us an entire bedroom set of furniture. I'm not into the French Provential White, so I said I'd re-do know, in my spare time. So, I started into it, made a huge dent and then it sat there until Spring Break and guess what? I finished a piece of it. I'd love to show you befores...but I didn't think that far in advance.

I only have three more pieces to go!!! :-)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cute as a bunny!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009


My child doesn't like to sleep in her bed anymore. Nope, she'd rather sleep in her "house." It is a tent that her dad bought her for Christmas. I finally got around to making a pallet in it so that she wasn't sleeping on the floor. A few times I would let her fall asleep in her house and then move her to her bed. However, she'd wake up in the middle of the night, trod into my room and wake me up, and then tell me she wanted to be in her house. (Really, you have to wake me up to tell me this when you can just walk ten steps and go there yourself? Yes, she is still doing this weeks later!)

Anyway, I think it is funny that she'd rather sleep on the floor than in a nice bed. Oh well, I really don't mind, what I do mind is that on a nightly basis, she comes in and wakes me up and first tries to get into bed with me, and when that doesn't work, tells me she wants to be in her house!!! Oh, to sleep the night through. I am back to having an infant and midnight feedings!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Did you know?

Did you know that you should take your vitamins at night so that your body has time to process them and you don't eliminate them???? That's the nice way of saying you don't pee them out!
:-) It's true.

Did you know that if you wake up around 4:00 a.m., you are better off staying away b/c you aren't able to complete a sleep cycle by the time your alarm goes off? I know, we do it anyway b/c who the heck wants to get up at 4:00 a.m.???

Just thought I'd let you know these few bits of useful information. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No sticker necessary, how much we rely on technology!!! My Blackberry, AKA my lifeline, broke today! I talked to my sister at 7:45 this morning, rec'd a few emails and then I noticed nothing else was happening......I checked it out and on the screen it said, "No Service." My friend teased me that I hadn't paid the bill (it had crossed my mind, so I called my husband and his phone worked!!).

Powered it down, took the battery out, went outside, even when I went to Cosco to get gas (which BTW is the BEST place to get gas b/c it is CHEAPER than most places), no signal, no service. OMG, what to do???? I have two email accounts connected to this, texts, phone calls....all I had was my calendar and to-do list (whatever, can do w/o THOSE!).

Anyway, all is well, I went to the phone store, they did the same thing I did, and fiddled with the SIM card, and guess what? It is broke. Really, did you get a degree for knowing that? Anyway, the lady was very nice and I have a new one on the way. YEAH me!!!