>> Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Please excuse the mess while I remodel the blog again!
Please excuse the mess while I remodel the blog again!
Well C has developed ANOTHER ear infection....Thankfully we caught this one early, so he will start his meds tonight... I think I am developing some sort of ear infection radar, I knew he had one night before last, but decided to give it one more day. He is 2 and a half, but still says his ears don't hurt, even if he has a raging infection, so you can't go by that LOL You can generally tell by his moods though! To say he is cranky when he has one is the biggest understatement of the year! He screams, and is defiant, and he "doesn't want to do ANYTHING"...eg...
Our conversation last night when leaving my mom's house...
Me: Ok baby boy, time to go home
Me: Well do you want to spend the night at Nonnie's?
C: NO! I don't want to do ANYTHING!
Me: Well you have to do something...why don't you stay here?
C: NO! I don't want to
Me: Ok then lets go home then...
C: NO I don't want to do ANYTHING...
Uggg....Welcome to my world! LOL
Life has been crazy busy here lately, and I have totally unintentionally abandoned my blog as a result....I PROMISE to start writing again this week!! Please don't give up on me!!! I love you all! :D I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
Time to find out who won the Giraffalaff Limbo and Scatterpillar Scramble giveaway!!!!
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2009-11-12 05:14:16 UTC
It's that time of year again!! We made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch with the kids this weekend! I really love fall, and although we don't always get the pumpkins carved, we have never missed a year of going to a pumpkin patch...complete with hayride of course!! :)
We have tried a few different farms over the years, and this year's choice was by far our favorite!! The hayride was great; fun AND educational! We saw a few different animals on the ride, and not only did our driver slow down to see them, but he stopped and told the kids all about the surrounding crops int he fields, as well as the animals in front of us. The kids got to see and hear about the cows, goats, peacocks, and even the 2 hound dogs that run through the fields and follow the tractors. :)
While on the hayride, we stopped at the pumpkin field where not only were the pumpkins sitting around the field, many were still attached to the vines. :) There were even some other gourds and such scattered in the field.
After the hayride, the kids went into the play area which included a small maze, some barrel cows to sit on, a slide, and a few pens where they could pet the animals that came to the fence; including a goat, donkey, sheep, and piglet. There was corn all around to feed the animals as well!
At the end, we tried to go through the giant corn maze, but got lost and had to backtrack through the whole thing! After one last stop into the store for a few ham biscuits, and some chocolate covered peanuts, it was time to pack up our pumpkins and head home.
We really had a great time, and look forward to going back next year!!
If you are like me and you like to bake, but know you don't need to eat a few dozen cookies, have I got something to tell you!! While flipping through my newest issue of Taste of Home, I happened across an article on a group of women who bake cookies and send them to soldiers overseas. The website is www.bakinggals.com Immediately the wheels in my brain started turning...Ok, so I get to bake, but the cookies don't hang out and taunt me for days afterward. (Oh and I can always swipe one....Just to make sure they taste good of course)
The soldiers that recieve the goodies get to experience a taste of home when packages arrive. Not only do the sponsored soldiers benefit, but generally they get enough goodies to share!!
When you sign up and visit the site, you can review the teams for the current round, and sign up for a team. For each team site, you will be able to read a blurb, and sometimes see a picture of the soldier that team is currently sponsoring. I know that it is hard to pick a team, but you don't have to limit yourself to one. As a team member, you can bake as much, or as little as you want to; one dozen, or a dozen boxes. :)
This is my first time participating, and I can't wait to get started!! I actually signed up a bit late for this round, but am hoping that I can still get in. If not then I will be first in line to sign up for the next round!!
I really am going to try to keep this blog up beat, however since this blog is about my life, sometimes it drifts... Yesterday would have been my Granddad's birthday.
He was born in North Carolina, and was one of 5 boys. I have had the pleasure of hearing a plethora of stories from him about being poor, and working on the family farm. I wish that I could have recorded some of those stories, since many of the details have gotten lost over the years.
He was in the army and served in World War II.
When I was little, I remember visiting him in North Carolina sometimes. He lived up here, but had an apartment down there during the week. He was the plant manager for a feed company, and I still have vague pictures in my head of what his office looked like, as well as the view from the big window that looked down on the rest of the plant. He retired when I was around 7 or 8 (I think), but he didn't slow down a bit.
My parents are divorced, and my mom was a working mom, so my grandparents had me after school during the week. In addition to going to church Wed nights and twice on Sundays, my Granddad was also a deacon, and in the choir. While I was in Middle School, both of my grandparents started voulenteering at my school, and my Granddad voulenteered there for years after I left.
Being an only child (that lived in my house, I have 2 half sisters that live with my Dad), I was very self sufficient when it came to entertaining myself. I stayed outside in the Summers, and was always looking for supplies and making things from my highlights magazines! :) I don't know what most girls did when they entertained themselves, but I was always one to be playing with bugs and dirt.
My granddad taught me how to make a homemade slingshot (and how to use it) and showed me how to tie a string to the leg of a June bug, so it was kinda like a kite. (something I don't condone, but it was something he did growing up!) I ALWAYS was catching bugs of some kind to keep as "pets"
My Granddad was always there for me, and anyone else that needed him. I really don't know how he did all he did.
He called me his "buddy", or "Jackass" depending on what mood he was in. :) He always had a sense of humor...dressing up like a woman for skits on many occasions to go visit home bound church members.
He was one that knew how to have fun, could always help me with my homework, and was always there if I needed him to be. He lived by his motto... "It only takes a little more effort to go first class"
My Granddad passed away 3 years ago from Cancer. He will always have a big place in my heart, and I will never stop missing him. I know that he is in a better place, and he will always be watching out for me.
I feel VERY blessed and privileged to be a part of his life.
My baby sister is having my nephew within the next 24 hours!! :D She is being induced, and just got to the hospital! They expect him to be born sometime tomorrow morning :D
Posted above is her last belly shot...right before leaving for the hospital. :) She is SO all belly!
As excited as I am, she BETTER keep her legs crossed for the next 8 hours or so b/c I am riding up to get my other little sister with my dad right after I leave work.
Stay tuned for pics of my new nephew!! :D
Now where am I going to put them?!?!?
My house has exploded....well not literally, but it may as well have been!
We completely re did the kids' room a week and a half ago (more on that later) and in doing so what was once the contents of the former playroom, has now made residence ALL OVER my house!! UGH....I just keep telling myself it will all be worth it in the end!
As previously stated I bought myself some BEAUTIFUL flowers, however I have no where to put them! Today was my half day at work *WOOOO* so I can get SOME stuff done, however it will take a long while to get this place in tip top shape!
...and the kicker of it all is that we have decided to take ALL the crap out of EACH room (one at a time), paint, clean, and put it back together....I WILL get it all done!!
.....although I may very well be 96 when it all gets finished....
OMG OMG OMG EEEEEEP I WON!!! I NEVER win ANYTHING!!
WOOO Thanks SO much to Lis over at A Trucker Wife, I won the most AMAZING apron! I posted a pic a few posts back so I could let everyone know about the giveaway! :)
If you can't tell, I am REALLY excited! LOL
Have you ever noticed....that you may never scratch your face all day, but when someone tells you not to move, all of a sudden you itch SOO badly!!
I went for an MRI today, the second I have ever had, and of course while I was in there (towards the end thankfully) it felt like something landed on my cheek. It was everything I could do not to scratch my face. Ugh...so annoying! LOL
...and just in case you are wondering, nothing serious. I have been getting ALOT of migraines lately, and it is just precautionary. :)
Please excuse the HORRIBLE fuzzy pic....I will post good scans of some of my wedding pics another day!
Last night I had a dream...
It was one of those vivid ones, the ones where when you wake up, you remember everything....at least for a few minutes LOL
Did you ever have that one BEST friend? The one that you were over their house as much as your own...
I had that friend in highschool. We were inseparable, we were really more like sisters. I was FAR from popular in our little small town private school, but it was ok because I had Rach. I called her mom "mom", annoyed her little brother, she was my Maid of Honor, and I was hers. In about 8 years for friendship, we had only ONE fight.
I don't think her husband liked me...I don't think he liked me much at all. The ladt time I saw either of them was when I dropped by their apartment one day after K was born. I hadn't talked to her in MONTHS, but I had gotten the notion to get in the car with K one day and go see her. I saw her husband at the apartment office, and waved him down. He was picking up the mail because they had evidently moved into hi parents old house over 30 minutes away. I talked to him in the parking lot for a while, gave him a picture of K to give to Rach, and told him to tell her Hi. I have often wondered if he ever told her he saw me at all.
In the dream, I drove out to her parents old house. Her parents still lived there, as did her little brother. She was at another friends house, and I found out she was pregnant. It was a boy. I think I spent the night at their house, because I was there the next night when she and her friend got home.
I remember seeing her pregnant, and thinking it was so weird because her friend didn't know me. After that I woke up.
I sometimes wonder about Rach. Our lives are so different now. She is not on Myspace or Facebook...as far as I can tell, there isn't any info on the web about her. I did find her brother on facebook, but didn't talk to him.
I know we have both changed, and I don't know if I will ever see her again, but we sure had some great times! I know it sounds really weird, but I don't feel like I NEED to see her. I know that our lives took separate paths, and I just hope that she is happy and healthy.
I know that was kind of a long rambling post, and kudos if you read it all. LOL I wrote it down in a notebook in the wee hours, after waking up from that dream. I knew I would not remember it later, and wanted to document it. Have a great night everyone!!
The kids and I started out the day by going downtown. The first Saturday of the month, the city blocks off one of the streets, and parking garages to hold a farmers & flea market.
We had a good time looking around, although it was VERY hot, and I was brilliant enough to wear jeans.
I couldn't handle both kids alone in that setting...well I CAN, it's just better not to chance things with all the breakables, so C had to sit in the stroller the whole time, which he didn't like.
I got some AWESOME homemade strawberry and fig preserves, and K got a new tutu and matching headband.
When we left, I headed over to my grandmom's where I spent the entire afternoon cleaning out my car...which wouldn't have been soo bad, except for the fact that it was about 300 degrees outside! ugh
First off let me start this by apologizing to my readers. I know I have been MIA, between K having a horrible ear infection, major drama at work, and the looming pile of laundry sitting patiently just waiting for the chance to consume me when I walk by, life has taken over. I promise that I am REALLY going to try to do better from now on! Now on to tonight's story.....
Tonight has been a rough night getting C to sleep...he is in one of those fidgety moods, where he just doesn't want to stay still. Well Hubby finally got tired of it and left him in our bed to "lay there and go to sleep" Well when we went in to check on him he was lying there with a tube of chapstick that was missing most of the chapstick. You guessed it....he ate it! Ugh...You know it would make me feel a LITTLE better if it was some magestical tropical flavor that invited all of your senses, and made you believe it would taste as good as it smells...... Nope, he ate the nasty generic freebie chapstick that I got at one of the last network insurance meetings I attended....
So now I am left with a daughter who will eat nothing but chicken nuggets, and a son who literally will eat ANYTHING!
Ok so I admit it! I am a slacker! Perhaps I should have named this Confessions of a slacker blogger LOL ANYWAY not much has been going on, but it is busy as usual. I do have to share one of those moments that you only get to experience when you have children....today when I picked K and C up at my grandmother's she shared a little story...She was out hanging up laundry, and when she came in she couldn't find C. She was calling his name, and looked in all the rooms, but he was no where to be found. She was starting to get a little frantic, and checked the front door...nope shut tight...all of a sudden she heard him make a noise from the back of the house....she called him again, and followed the noise to the back bedroom, where my son, who will be 2 in 2 days, had gotten ahold of her toothbrush, and was brushing his teeth....as if that wasn't bad enough......
wait for it.....
are you sure you really want to know....
he was using.....
the toilet water to brush them with!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok so really, I know that isn't the worse story you have heard...but still...bleck...It's a good thing he is so darn cute LOL
On Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 pm, I am taking part in Earth Hour-a global event in which millions of people will turn out their lights to make a statement of concern about our planet and climate change.
Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour got started just two years ago and is now the largest event of its kind in the world. Last year, more than 50 million participated and the lights went out at the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the Coliseum in Rome, just to name a few. Even Google's homepage went black for the day! In Israel, President Shimon Peres personally turned off lights in Tel Aviv.
This year, Earth Hour will be even bigger-already 250 cities in 74 countries have agreed to take part including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Nashville with more signing up every day. Around the world cities like Moscow, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai and Mexico City will turn out their lights.
But Earth Hour isn't just for big cities-anyone can participate. To get a better sense of the event, check out this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qr8QXWzT9U.
Participating in Earth Hour is easy, fun and free. I hope you will join me for this amazing event. To sign up, visit http://www.earthhourUS.org where you'll learn more including ways you can spread the word about Earth Hour, plus creative things to do when the lights go out in case you need inspiration!
We want the US to turn out more lights than any other country in the world during this historic event so please pass this note along to anyone you think might want to take part. Let's all turn out and take action on March 28 at 8:30 pm.
Sitting on the sofa with a bag of M & M's watching Robocop 3 on the TiVo. What a better way to spend the night? LOL I think I have finally got the blog how I want it, although I am sure I will be tweaking things along the way. I realize that I should make a post to introduce myself and my family, however for some reason I don't want this entry's title to define me LOL Tonight was a good night, I wasn't feeling well when I left work, so I stopped at Wendy's and got myself a chicken sandwich, and kids meals for the kids. When I got home, I took my sandwich and the laptop, and rested for a bit while working on the blog. :)