It's a snack mix that consists of cheerios (I used multi-grain), raisins, peanuts and M&M's.
My mom used to make it for every road trip, every camping trip, every going-away-from-home experience. She had the big golden harvest tupperware canister that housed the taste treat. I always tried to just eat the M&M's and discard the rest, but she was on to me. You had to eat the entirity of your birdseed before you could grab another cup full. Yeah, living was hard then. I had to eat raisins.
Naturally, when we plan trips now, birdseed automatically (sometimes without conscious thought) gets added to the list (raisins included). I even made a g-free version for myself. After all, it is a tradition. And what family trip is complete without a little birdseed?
Actually, there are 5 people like this in my life...at some stage of the game.
I really reallyreally don't like this person.
I don't want to be around this person. At all.
I don't want to be touched, talked to, nudged...NOTHING by this person.
And every year, I end up seeing this person multiple times.
I've put forth a galliant effort to avoid this person at all costs.
Everyone encourages me to see this person.
I hate that.
It's a conspiracy.....he's got everyone on his side.
If I don't, I'm risking a social issue.
I really, really, really don't like this person.
And to top it all off....
I flippin' pay this person to see me.
These archaic, horrible, barbaric things done to me in their presence...
...are flippin' PAID for!!!
And they're expensive too!
Who is this person, you ask?
Who is this awful, horrible, needs-to-fall-off-the-face-of-the-Earth person?
Even writing it makes me feel all kinds of yuck.
It started when I was young.
My first dentist was about 80 years old, and I had horrible nightmares about him after I saw "Nightmare on Elm Street" for the first time.
The second one tried magic to ease my nerves, but it was too late. I was already on to them. I waited at every appointment for them to haul out their leather gloves donning sharpened knives. I swear he wore a red striped sweater under his coat every time I was there.
The third. Yeah. He liked to drill the "oh, just a little cavity" without Novocaine. Which kind of makes me think that perhaps there wasn't a real cavity there and he just needed to bill someone.
I bit him. He kept drilling after I told him to stop. Actually, it came out like "ooopppp!! oooowwww! ooooooo!" He didn't stop, so I bit him. Then he got mad at me, so I swore at him. Yes, I did. See? They bring out the worst in me!!!
The fourth, well, he work Hawaiian shirts. Which was nice. But he still had a freak load of picks and machinery from the turn of the century waiting for the screamers in the back room.
I threw up on him. He got me all worked up, and I threw up. Another time, the hygienist was picking and picking at the same spot. I asked her (kindly) to move on and she didn't. So, I pushed her (gently) out of my mouth, announced that the appointment was over and dropped the alligator clips at the front desk on my way out. There was a purple star on my chart in this office.
And that brings us to the one I saw today. The one that filled my mouth with numb-er, shots, drills, composite material....blech.
This one made me leave looking like a stroke victim. And since I was in a post adrenaline-rush stupor, I thought it was fitting to go to Kohl's to spend my Kohl's cash. Yes, cause I make the best decisions after a trauma like that. (Yes, trauma)
And of all people, I wouldn't run into my sister in law and niece and nephew there...slurping up my drool. Nope. So, when my husband asks me why I debited the $14.86 today, I am going to tell him that the fricking dentist made me do it, and to take it up with him.
We started the day with some breakfast: waffles and blueberries.
During which, my baby boy let me know all the different ways he can count to 3.
(blueberries, toes, fingers, teeth, etc.)
Part of the morning was spent helping daddy and big brother lay the hardwood in the living room. (!)
Then, errand running for the upcoming party. I let each boy pick out a balloon on their birthday. Party City had a special: some of the mylar balloons that were already blown up were marked down from $9.99 to .50. Uh...yeah, while I usually let him pick anyone, I gently steered him to a specific area of pre-blown up balloons. :)
He chose boots. (from Dora)
Then we went to Meijer for the cake.
He chose Elmo.
Then I went to wrap his gift.
Enter: Lightning McQueen.
And, since I'm cheap budget conscious, we used left over
napkins and cake plates.
So, Thomas the Tank Engine and Zoey (Seasme Street) joined the party.
We had both sets of grandparents and D's uncle Greg and aunt Kathy (who were in town visiting) over for dinner:
And some yummy cake:
And just because I'm nostalgic about my baby boy turning 3...
I am a carpenter's wife.
I am THE Carpenter's child.
As a wife, I'm supportive, uplifting, and try not to complain that I'm living in the middle of a construction site.
As THE Carpenter's child, I am submissive, humble, and in awe of the Savior. And I try not to complain that I'm in the middle of His Construction.
Each year, we grow and change, just like any construction site. Eventually, we get to our goal of a finished product. In the meantime, please pardon my dust. I am under construction.
Thank you for visiting our site today, we'd love to have you join us on the journey.
In spring 2005, we shoe-horned our family of 3 (and a 100 pound dog) into the 780 sq. ft. house. SEVEN years of stuff and another son later, we're in the new side! An unexpected pregnancy pushed our progress even faster, and now the old side has been torn down, and is currently being rebuilt to accommodate our GROWING family! Updates come frequently, so be sure to keep stopping by for new pictures.
1. Have a garage sale.
2. Organize boxes in the garage.
3. Find bunkbeds for the boys for under $100.
4. Expand garden.
5. Get trees cut down.
6. Clean out broken toys from toy boxes and sand box
7. Clean out my sock drawer and discard holey socks
8. Purchase light fixture for front porch
9. Add more sand to the sandbox
10. Spray the yard for bugs
11. Devise a strategy to increase SCRIP use.
12. Meet or exceed weekly audit goal for 4 weeks straight (6/4)
13. Gather information for MOPS crafts and form schedule.
14. Start blog or website for D's D&J portfolio
15. Set up schedule for working this summer and stick to it
16. Find a secondary way to earn additional income.
17. Set up a successful PTL budget with committee leaders in place.
18. Clean out SCRIP boxes- at church and at home
19. Organize work projects into folders
20. Start a prayer journal
21. Refrain from yelling for three days straight (includes boys, dog and husband) (0/3)
22. Think ONLY positive thoughts and say positive things for 3 days straight (0/3)
23. Attend one seminar focused on improving some aspect of my life.
24. Finish the Ministry of Motherhood and apply to daily living
HEALTH & FITNESS:
25. Stick to uber healthy eating plan for 7 consecutive days (no cheating!) (7/7)
26. Work out three times in one week (3/3)
27. Work out 3x/week for 4 consecutive weeks (4/4)
28. Join a class designed to help me learn about healthy living
29. Drink 4 purple jugs of water every day for 7 days (7/7)
30. Research and obtain healthy and effective cleaners for the house.
31. Get A's hearing tested.
32. Visit the farmer's market.
33. Go for a family walk 4 Sundays (1/4)
34. Give up sugar for 14 consecutive days (14/14)
35. Play a game of kickball
36. Give up pop (again) for 3 weeks (3/3)
37. Get my old rollerblades out and use them
38. Surprise my kids once a week for four weeks (1/4)
39. Make decision about A's school for next year
40. Teach A to ride a two-wheeler
41. Assemble A's computer and load educational games
42. Research and order reading cirriculum for the summer
43. Start C's scrapbook
44. Help the boys start their own garden
45. Enroll C in a sport
46. Enroll A in one activity
47. Build a fort with the boys
48. Run through the sprinklers with the boys
49. Visit a zoo that we've never been to before
50. Teach A all the lower case letters
51. Start A on FPU Jr.
52. Find a summer hat that C will keep on his head!
53. Allow A to help me cook/ bake something in the kitchen
54. Help A with his first loose tooth
55. Figure out 5 ways to show my husband I love and respect him.
56. Take a friend out for coffee
57. Send a card to a friend- just because
58. Meet Elliot T.
59. Find someone starting a business and support them
60. Have a friend or family member over for dinner
61. Have dinner with Jeannie three times (3/3)
62. Reconnect with an old friend I've lost touch with
63. Go for drinks with Karen
64. Go out on a date with D
65. Invite 3 friends to the zoo (3/3)
66. Visit the Hulsts
67. Have a family bonfire
68. Visit an outlet mall with a friend
69. Start a family movie/pizza night
70. Have a Girl's night out with Rochelle
71. Take A on a mommy-and-me date
THINGS I SHOULD ALREADY BE DOING:
72. Visit the dentist.
73. Update checking ledger everyday for 30 consecutive days (30/30)
74. Plan dinners for 2 consecutive weeks (4/2)
75. Clean my jewelry
76. Back up all my digital photos
OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE:
77. Introduce myself to every person on our street
78. Call in to a radio talk show
79. Learn how to knit
80. Sell something on Craigslist or ebay.
81. Invite someone to church with us
82. Unplug the TV for 2 consecutive days (0/2)
JUST FOR FUN:
83. Get a new hair style
84. Go camping with the boys
85. Plan a family vacation for next year
86. Get a pedicure
87. Find a pretty collar for Molly
88. Go fishing
89. Drive all the way around Lake Michigan.
90. Get a family picture taken
91. Get a massage
92. See a chick flick in the theater (popcorn optional)
93. Read The Time Traveler's Wife.
94. Find fun sunglasses for the summer
95. Have a professional make-up consultation
96. Read a fictional romance novel
97. Go bowling
98. Watch fireworks
99. Take the boys on a roadtrip
100. Find the perfect shade of lipstick
101. SECRET GOAL. This goal will be announced once it has been achieved. A group of select people will be made aware of this goal and will help me get there. NOT SO SECRET ANYMORE! COMPLETE A 5K!!! I DID IT!!!!