1. Tax season is one (big!) reason why I'm a capitalist at heart.
2. We had our accountant appointment last night, can you tell?
3. I'm enjoying some Amaretto coffee.
4. If the whole world could drink Amaretto coffee, the world would be a peaceful place.
6. The smell while brewing is absolutely intoxicating.
7. This weekend is jam packed.
8. I'm grateful for grandparents. :)
9. I have the itch to start my garden.
10. I need to see some green! (read: ANYTHING but white snow!)
1. Can you drive a stick shift?
Yes! My dad was a big believer that we needed to drive a stick shift right out of the starting gate. Something about "having more control of the car..." blah, blah, blah.
My first car was a 1987 (oh yeah...) Pontiac T-1000 with a HUGE
written all along the side.
We called it the egg car. It just seemed to hollow.
There was one speaker...directly above the radio in the dash.
Anyway, it's a handy skill to have in my back pocket. Thanks, dad!
2. What are two foods you just can't eat?
Ha! That's easy. 1) Gluten 2) Lactose.
3. Do you buy Girl Scout Cookies? What is your favorite kind?
I buy them for my husband- he likes the peanut butter ones. I used to like the ones with caramel and coconut...but I can't remember the names. But, since I can't eat them (read #2), they're a no-go.
4. How do you pamper yourself?
Girls nights. Or, if that's not an option due to time or money...I usually allow myself about an hour a week to just sit and read a book (sometimes in my own bed under the guise of "I have a headache, I'm going to go lay down for a bit and see if I can't get rid of it...")
5. What is your nickname and how did you get it?
There's only one that's ever really stuck, and only ONE person calls me this.
My dad calls me "pumpkin." I love it. No one else calls me that. Just something for him and me. I can honestly count on two hands the amount of times I remember him calling me by my name.
Sometimes I get called "Sandra D" by friends. That works well too. That one started in high school - when we had to pick nicknames for our color guard sweatshirts, and that's what the entire group voted on for me. Aren't they so imaginative?!?! hehe
Surgery went well. They ended up placing rods/pins in both bones of his leg. He's completely non-weight bearing for the next 2-3 months. After being in traction for 2 months already. My dad is awesome. He goes home today. Thanks for praying!
He's back in school today after being sick since Sunday afternoon with fever, chills, and cough.I took him in to the Dr. (not something I do often unless absolutely necessary) because he was presenting the same symptoms I did when I had strep. He tested negative for strep, but had ear infections and a sinus infection. So glad antibiotics are free.
I forgot today was picture day at his preschool. Yep...he's going to be the kid with disheveled hair wearing a BROWN TOW TRUCK SWEATSHIRT. Great mom moment. Yep, that's my kid. He's currently napping in my bed because, "mommy's bed is the best and smells pretty like her." I'm such a sucker.
Made some furniture out of scrap wood. He's awesome. Pics to come.
Is hot. :)
New hair color! Darker. I get it cut on Friday. I'm excited. My old lady moved out to California 6 years ago, and I almost cried when she left. While I've been happy with the cuts I've received since then, it just hasn't been the same. Well....she's back in town! (and by back, I mean 45 minutes away). I'm excited to see if she can work her magic again.
On another note, D and I have a wedding this weekend from one of his ghetto-fabulous friends*. It will be fun to see them again. I seriously have nothing in my closet to wear to a wedding, so I went shopping. This morning I found a dress on clearance ($12!) in a size smaller (totally not inserting a number here!)!!!! Bonus day.
*seriously, we use this phrase with the utmost love and respect. D jokes that he grew up in the ghetto with his ghetto rat (four tre) friends. It really is more a term of endearment, and not a form of judgement!
1. Really...do you NEED to take all 10 days of an antibiotic?
2. I have 1 1/2 days left, and just want.to.be.done.
3. It's our turn to bring snack to A's basketball team tonight.
4. I made basketball cookies.
5. It's fun being a mom. :)
6. The snow is melting in our yard!
7. We've uncovered the following: 2 sleds, 3 footballs, 2 Frisbees, and 12, 345 lbs. of dog poop.
8. My van needs a bath: inside and outside.
9. My dad is having surgery on Monday for rods and pins.
10. Will you please keep him in your prayers?
Ok, 5QF...here we go:
1. Have you worn the same outfit more than one day in a row?
Oh yes. It's a cross between not wanting to think about "what to wear today" and "what still fits" and "what laundry is clean." Undergarments are always changed, but the top layer...meh. It is what it is.
2. If you had to choose any LARGE city to live in, which would it be?
Even though I LOVE Michigan and really wouldn't prefer to live anywhere else, if I had to move to a large city, I'd prefer to stay in the Midwest. So, I'd choose Milwaukee or Minneapolis.
3. Fly or drive with the kids on vacation?
Well, we've never taken the kids on vacation, so we've never had to answer this question. We're driving on our first vacation this year...so we'll see how that goes. Eventually, we'll get out to Utah, and for that we'll definitely fly. But, almost everything else is within driving distance.
I'm a little scared, though...A. has some motion sickness issues. I'm not quite sure how to approach that - regardless of what avenue we take.
4. What is your idea of "spring cleaning"?
HA! This question makes me laugh.
There's two definitions of "cleaning" in this house: mine and D's.
I'm much more of a surface cleaner with the occasional disinfecting, he is cah-ray-zee thorough.
I don't like all those chemicals, and they seem to put C's asthma to the test (as well as my allergies), so we're working on a happy medium.
5. What is the best book you have ever read?
Right now, I'm on a pretty incredible journey. I don't talk about it much on this blog because its always been a pretty private issue for me, and even though I'm pretty much an open book, this is the hand of cards that I hold closely. But, one book that REALLY hits home right now
Made to Crave really takes a weight loss journey to a whole new spiritual level. And she doesn't always talk about weight loss - she talks about ANYTHING that be put on our priority list above God. It's funny, insightful, and really hits close to home.
(The author knows nothing of me, and has not paid me for any type of review...it's just a darn good book).
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!!!!