Monday, October 31, 2011

PLEASE tell me you can see what it is!!!

We carved pumpkins on Saturday night.

When I say "we" I meant D and I...and the boys "helped."

They helped by picking out a pattern to put on the pumpkin, whined about the gooiness of the pumpkin guts, and refused to touch it, helped by poking holes from the pattern onto the pumpkin (if you're C, you are poling holes EVERYWHERE), and putting your fingers precariously close to sharp knife blades.

Yep, fun was had by all some.

C's pumpkin was the bane of my existence. He picked a moderately hard one...and then he poked holes EVERYWHERE making it difficult to see where to really cut.

So, here's our line up:

In the light:

A's is the spider
Mine is the funny Frankenstein.
C's is the next one.
D's is the U of M block M.  (Go blue!)

Close ups: 

Ok...can you tell what it is?  It's the one on the left below: 

Friday, October 28, 2011


A. had a teeny little cold last week, and C. now has it.  For an asthmatic child, it's never a teeny cold.  We've had a 4 year old bunking with us the last two nights...and last night there was no sleep to be had.  We narrowly avoided an ER visit - for which I'm extremely grateful.  But, now I'm tired.  C. is napping on the couch fully engolfed in Vicks vapo rub (for littles), and I'm here blogging with a full plate of work in front of me. 

Motherhood is such a blessing.  A very tiring blessing.

1. Do you prefer cotton, silk, or flannel sheets?

I'm a cotton girl.  We have a set of flannel that we pull out in Jan/ Feb.  But those only last a week before we realize that we are now in a house that has insulation, and don't need the crazy hot sheets.

I have a few pairs of a Sateen sheet.  Not silky, still cotton....but ohhhhh, so cozy!

2. What time zone are you in?


3. What is your favorite part of the holiday season?

The gift giving.  Thinking of my recipient and finding the perfect gift for them. 

The socializing.  I love being with friends and family doing parties and just hanging out.

The decorating.  There's just something about trimming a Christmas tree.

The worshiping.  Don't forget what the season is all about.

4. What is your favorite "wintry" drink? (It doesn't have to be an "alcoholic" drink!)

Coffee.  Anything coffee.

5. In your opinion, what is the worst job in the world?
Ever watch Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe?  Pretty much any job that he goes to is what I would consider the worst job in the world.  And yet, I continue to watch and just am totally grateful he's there and NOT me.  :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I'm soliticing your advice. And perhaps qualify myself for Hoarders.

It's no secret that I'm not at all type A.

If there was a type Z, I'd be it....because it's the farthest one can get away from A.

But, I'm desiring some order.

I'm feeling like my lack of organization is starting to affect my ability to think clearly, and find things in a pinch.

Those of us that are over committed do not have time to spend 30 minutes searching for that fundraiser paper...that I totally forgot to sell anything from anyway.  Sigh.

Anyway....There are a few areas of my life that really need help.  For example:

My kitchen pantries.  Now that we're totally in one kitchen, the two pantries have a combination of food, spices, bake ware and serving stuff.  There is no rhyme or reason to it, everything just is there.

My papers.  I have a filing system, but the papers never do their job by getting themselves in the proper folders.  They're just complacent and sit around in piles all day.

Junk drawer stuff.  There is no room for a junk drawer in the new kitchen.  This breaks my heart.  And what do I do that that stuff?!?!?

And...perhaps my ultimate vulnerable moment on this blog.  C's old room has become a dumping ground for everything that I choose not to deal with.  And now we have a room that looks like this:

Notice the door doesn't even open all the way anymore.

(hangs head in shame)

Since it's only one room, I don't believe that this qualifies me as a person on Hoarders, right?!?!?

I need organizational help.'s where I ask for your expertise...what do you use as organization for your house?  Is it easy to maintain?  I'm looking for any tips you have here, friends!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top ten random blessings that give my heart joy.

I need to read a book.  I'm not sure what it's called.  But, some of my friends are reading it.  One is actually listing 15 of her blessings every Sunday on her blog.  I think I need to start doing that.  But, in the meantime...I thought I'd share them with you today.

1.  Good books.  Ones that you can't put down, and continue reading...and look up at the clock to realize it's 1am...and you continue to read until you reach the end of the chapter.

2.  Loving husband.  Can't imagine life without him.

3.  A full roll of toilet paper.  Or should I rephrase that to say "an un-empty roll of toilet paper."

4.  A car that works.  Getting me from point A to point B.  Nothing fancy, no status symbol, just gears, wheels and a body.  It gets the job done.

5.  A comfortable bed.  A great night's sleep.  Nuf said.

6.  Camera.  New pretty DSLR camera.  I am content.

7.  A good cry.  Sometimes we just need a good cry once in a while.  Feels good to clean the ducts out once in a while.

8.  Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  Gluten free goodness.  Yum.

9.  Soft fuzzy socks.  Perfect for cold toes.  Emphasis on "soft."

10.  Under arm deodorant.  Allowing mating rituals around the States to continue without repulsion.

Top Ten {Tuesday}

Monday, October 24, 2011

WHOLE developments

Well, it happened.

What I've been waiting 10 months for.

I no longer have 2 1/2 kitchens.

I have one WHOLE kitchen.

That's right. 

It started on Thursday,

(he took Friday to actually work on other people's homes)

And by Saturday afternoon, I was helping him clean out the fridge and repack it.

Wanna see our new (temporary) kitchen?

Here it is!

Why temporary?

Well, because in a few years, the old side of the house will be torn down, and our kitchen will be expanded.

That wall (in the second picture) will be torn down, and our kitchen will expand another 12 feet.

So, for now....I'm going to enjoy our new cozy little kitchen, and the fact that it ONLY takes me 10 minutes to empty the dishwasher!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011


This week has been a busy one.  I've been an auditor, mom, PTL president, fill in nanny, part time babysitter, car pooler, exerciser, discussion leader, friend, wife, handyperson, maid, cook (moreso than usual), and whatever you need to fill in the blanks or additional hats that we moms wear. 

They're all fun hats to wear most of the time, but it certainly fills up the calendar in short order.

Also, I now have 1/3 kitchen and 2/3 kitchen.  One of D's customer's doors didn't come in time for his scheduled day, so he had a "free" day.  And he chose to work on our kitchen.  I now have running water in the new kitchen, but no appliances.  And all of our kitchen items are strewn about our old living room.  This is a very interesting phase.

And we host our small group this weekend.  Awesome.

1. Where do you escape to when you've had enough?

Depends on my mood and what I've had enough of.  If it's the family (which really doesn't happen often with my non-type-a-personality), I'll head out to the store for "something I forgot and need to get right away."  If it's other people...then I just avoid them for a while.  If it's the schedule, body usually tells me when it's had enough by compromising my immune system enough for me to get sick...then I HAVE to take some time off.

2. What shows are you watching this fall?

I really love the Sing-Off.  I'm really trying to be careful of what I watch, and what kind of ideals I'm exposing my mind to.  I LOVE Glee, but they started tackling big liberal issues...and I'm not a fan of all the extra stuff, but I loved the the sing-off really falls into a great category.  I'll watch the Property Ladder at my mom's house on Saturdays...because I can commiserate with them....except for the big payday at the end. 

Any other shows I should be looking for?  I'm open to suggestions.

3. What was the longest roadtrip you've ever taken and where did you go?

When I was in 5th grade, we drove down to Florida.  We split it into 2 days, but it was still a long journey. 

On the way home, we drove straight back.  22 1/2 hours in a mini van.  I'd like to believe that we did pretty well behavior-wise...but you'd have to ask my mom about that one.

4. Do you plan on taking your kids to Disney World?

We'd love to...sometime soon.  But we'll see how that goes.  I want the boys to remember it, and I want C. to be old enough to enjoy the rides, etc. 

Are we going to be the parents that take their kids once every year?  Ummmm, no.  I really don't understand that, but to each their own.

5. What is something people would surprised to know about you?

I really don't think there's anything of me to hide....I'm pretty much an open book.  If you're new here, you can read this recent post.  Hhhhmmmm, something that would surprise people.....

I've always wanted to host a big Halloween party for adults complete with costumes.  My friend hosted one a VERY long time ago, and I was an Egyptian lady....It was fun to see what everyone came as, and it was fun to be dressed up!  I think D and I would have a lot of fun figuring it all out.  :)

Is that surprising?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sneak Peek Photos

We had pictures taken on Monday night (Thanks, RACH!).  It was chilly, windy, not as colorful-foilage as we had hoped, and I had a cranky 4 year old...but we got it done.

She sent me some sneak peeks yesterday via Facebook.  Wanna See?

C. with a pumpkin.  These were fun little props to have around.

Since it's our 10th anniversary year, we asked Rach to get a few of the two of us.

This is a great shot.

I can't wait to see the rest of them! 

(And I hope that I won't want to throttle C. when I see his antics...)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top ten things you may or may not know about me....depending on how long you've read this blog

1.  I'm debt free.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be debt free growing up.    I assumed credit cards would always be a part of my life.  Dave introduced me to Dave Ramsey, and I'm so grateful.  I can't imagine what our life would be like with credit card payments, car payments or a mortgage.  Actually...yes I can.  It would suck.

2.  I bungee jumped once.  Actually, three times- but all within one hour.  I went out to visit my brother in the Air Force, stationed in Utah at the time.  I brought 2 friends with me on this trip, and we had a blast.  I don't regret it at all. 

3.  I have a dream to travel.  I'm addicted to Pintrest, and I have a folder called "pipe dreams."  Other than the dslr camera and a 69 red Ford Mustang Convertible....they're all destinations.  I just realized this when looking through the folder last night.  I think I get this trait from my mom. She loves to travel.  As do I.

4.  I have a crush on Justin Verlander.  Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.  He's a cutie.  Dave knows this and is ok with long as I'm respectful, (which I always am!!!).  I think he's secretly glad they're off the tv until next spring, though.  :)

5.  I used to have my belly button pierced.  It lasted a few years...until I started an internship in an office and had to wear professional clothing.  Most dress pants have a button on the inside.  My ring kept getting caught and once actually ripped some skin.  When I got home, I pulled out my dad's pliers and pulled that puppy out.

6.  I don't consider myself a "trendy" person.  Actually, if someone calls me "trendy" I don't take it as a compliment.  I just want to be myself, not everyone else.  I'd rather be an individual marching to the beat of my own drummer rather than some sheep that looks like everyone else.

7.  I hate the dentist.  Hate them.  Loathe, despise, hate.  Really, I do.

8.  I've lost 52lbs so far, and still have a long long journey ahead of me.  Even though this journey is painfully slow and sporadic, and I have health issues working against me, I figure that if I'm consistent with my choices, I'll get there someday.  Perhaps I'll be 45, but I'll get there.

9.  I used to not text.  This development for me is only 2 years old.  I used to think texting was stupid and used as a method to be rude to others when you're texting while they're talking to others.  But, now that I have it, I LOVE it.  It's totally eliminated the need to make small talk on the phone.  Essentially, texting feeds my love of lazy dialog.

10.  I am unimpressed by people with a lot of stuff.  I'm unimpressed by stuff in general.  Name brands don't send me into a flurry of envy.  Big houses?  Nope, doesn't float my boat.  Fancy cars?  Not that either.  If they need ot have it, that's fine....but it's not for me.  I want to get to know people, not stuff.

Top Ten {Tuesday}

Monday, October 17, 2011

A case of the "Mondays"

I got nuthin'

My brain is empty.

Well, it's actually full.

Of many other things than blogging.

There's an old marching band picture on my facebook wall, and it's amazing how many people are writing on it.  It's been fun to reconnect with my band-mates.    And it's fun now that true things come out...things you suspected about people but never believed because you wanted to believe you lived in a perfect little bubble.

It's been fun.

My friend, Rach, came over tonight to take some family pictures.  C. was less than cooperative.  He thought it would be funny to be the "odd man out" in all the pics.  I hope he gave her something to work with.  And I hope my rolls were concealed.  :)  Thanks, Rach!

It's been fun.

After a short sabbatical, I'm back to writing on the other blog.  Actually, I haven't written yet, but I'm starting a monthly series that I'm hoping will produce more motivation for that aspect of my life.  It's a fun blog, and I adore the ladies I'm working I'm hoping this will continue for some time.

It'll be fun.

I'm working on an audit that I cannot balance.

That's not fun.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Tigers won last night!!!  And it was hottie night in Tiger Stadium (Verlander and Inge.)  Honestly, I don't know how much more I can take....but it's fun to be cheering on a team.  The boys are really getting into it too.  C. is enjoying the numbers, and A. is just obsessed with baseball.  And cute booties in tight polyester pants are pretty awesome.

1. Do you prefer your ice cream in a bowl or in a cone?

Based solely on health alone...I have to go with a bowl.

But I do miss the waffle cones.

2. What three things do you love the smell of?

Oh're gonna think I'm crazy for this. 

Do I dare tell you?

Ok....please don't think I'm weird!

Gas.  Freshly blown out matches, and anything baking in the oven.

To help you think I'm NOT crazy...I prefer the latter one.

Does that help? 

3. Giftcards or no? (In regards to gift giving...)

Unless its been asked for, or it's for a service...I really don't like giving gift cards.  One of my love languages is "gift giving."  I really like thinking about person and figuring out the perfect gift for them.

What's weird, is that I prefer gift cards as a received gift from time to time.  I like going and picking out exactly what I want or need.  And then I can bargain shop, and get even more for it.  Unless that person thinks about the gift they're giving and know it was something I would use/want.

4. What sports did you play in high school if any and do you still play them?

BWAHAHAHA!  No, I was not a jock.

5. Were you in band in high school? What instrument did you play?

I was in marching band, but played no instrument.  I flipped my flag in the color guard.  Those are my best memories of high school- where I made the best friends- ones I still stay in touch with, where I felt the most like myself.  Perhaps that's one of the reasons I love fall so much.  :)

Happy weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My kid sucks this thumb....or I should say suckED!

Anyone who has ever met C. from 8 weeks on knows that the boy loves his thumb.

Heck, when he was 8 weeks old (and sleeping through the night), I loved his thumb.

When he woke in the middle of the night and needed a "fix" he just popped the thumb in and went back to sleep. 

A. was much different.  He had a pacifier....the lost that pacifier every night.  So, I'd put 4-5 in there with him, and he'd loose them too.  It was a very sleep deprived first year.

So, we were grateful for C and is ever-loved thumb.

Until he wouldn't give it up.

After 2, we started hounding him about it.  At 3, we were trying gentle coaxing, yelling, discipline, etc.

Nothing was separating that boy's mouth from his thumb.

Everyone said that once he started preschool, the social pressure would cause him to quit on his own.  We waited a whole year....and nope....he was still sucking.

Then he turned 4!

And was still sucking his thumb.

Then we went to his first dentist appointment a month ago.

I knew she was going to say something about his overbite.

I was hoping she would be stern with my boy.

No such luck.  But she did write something on a piece of paper for me to get.


That's what she wrote.

So, I looked it up.  It's actually called Malava Stop.

I painted it on C's thumb nails (both for good measure- just in case he's an ambidextrus thumb sucker), and he stopped!  It has a VERY bitter taste in the polish, and really tastes like what I imagine a skunk smell would taste like.  Really, it's awful.

It wore off after 5 days (during the bath).  I just reapplied it again, and off we went.

Now, after 20 days, I believe he's kicked the habit!

I applied it 3 times so far, and hope I'm done with it for good!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Brain Purge

- I had a dentist appointment today.  I hate the dentist.  I really hate the dentist.  I've been known to throw up on them (nerves), and occasionally bite.  And one time I pushed the hygienist out of my mouth and walked right out of the office.  Somewhere in my home town, there's a purple star on a chart with my name on it.  Yep....I'm a "special" patient.  I spent all night getting find out my dentist is ill today.  Really?!?!?
-  I watched my friend's kids for a while last night, and I watch my other friend's kids tomorrow night.  Let's just say, now more than ever, I'm convinced that God knew what he was doing when he gave me boys.  Totally grateful.

-  I've been sleeping funky and am in need of a good back massage.

-  My dear friend, Melody, took me to the Melting Pot for dinner last Friday night.  I'm STILL thinking about it and it's yummy gluten-free-ness.  I'm already trying to figure out how to get back there. 

-  A. doesn't have school on Friday.  C. still has preschool.  It's worked out so that I don't have to drive either way on, off to school he goes.  :)

-  Am I the only person in America that's horribly annoyed at the Obamas?  Seriously....they talk, and I wish I was deaf.  ((shudder))

-  How is it fair that on GNO nights, I still have to make dinner for the rest of the clan?

-  U of M and MSU square off this weekend.  Can't wait to kick some green hiney!

-  I'm feeling strangely zen-like about turning 35.  I'm really enjoying life right now, and I'm loving where I'm at.  I feel a lot of gratitude, and am really comfortable in my own skin.  It's taken me 35 years to honestly say that last part.....and I'm loving that I can say it.

- With great nutrition, I'm finding that my fingernails are stronger and growing longer.  How did I realize this?  I went to bite one, and about cracked a tooth.  Bad habit, I know.

-  My cousin is getting married in November.  I'm trying to figure out how to get there and what to do with my kiddos.

-  I wish there was a naptime for adults.  I think the world would be a much happier place.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Top ten things on facebook that annoy the heck out of me....Take 2.

Ok...apparently, I'm annoyed by facebook from time to time.  While writing my previous post, I realized that I had to prioritize the annoyances to ONLY ten....and realized that I had ANOTHER ten (or twenty) to add.  So, here's part two.  If you missed the first can find it here.

11.  Relationship status.  I once talked to our high school babysitter who realized that her boyfriend broke up with her by changing his relationship status from "in a relationship" to "single."  Really, kid?  If you're old enough to date, you're old enough to act like a man.  Grow some.

12.  Bible verses.  Only bible verses all the time.  You know, I'm a Christian.  I love the Bible.  I love reading it, and learning new things.  But when you only post Bible verses on Facebook as a means to need to know that atheist friends are not only NOT reading them, but they're hiding your feed.  Lead by example.  Show your joy.  Meet people where they're at.  Don't get hidden in feeds.  This is the best way to evangelize, in my opinion.

13.  Checking in.  You know that four-square thing, or the checking in on facebook?  Jane Smith is at the Big House with Jon Smith and 8 other people. have a great life.  You're having fun.  But you've just let your 490 friends (some of whom you may not have actually met in real life) that you are not home and won't be home for the next 5-6 hours.  Reeeeeaaaaal smart, socialite.  One of these days, you're gonna get robbed....and scratch your head as to how they knew you weren't home.

14.  Tagging photos.  Really?  When you take a picture of my big fat bootie....#1- don't post it in the first place.  and #2- Don't tag me in it!  Like I need another blow to my fragile ego.

15.  Your culinary expertise- or lack thereof.  If you're making roast beef for don't need to post it.  It's boring and mundane.  I'm probably also cooking roast beef for dinner too, but it isn't really status update worthy.  However....if you're cooking something worthy of mouth all means, post it.  Don't be surprised if I show up on your doorstep with plate in hand.  Just to be clear- grilled cheese, don't post.  Pecan crusted rosemary infused baked chicken with a side of coconut curry it.  And make an extra helping, please.

16.  Deleting other's comments.  I have a friend on facebook who is notorious for this.  She posts things that piss people off, and if they comment (and aren't in agreement with her), she'll delete it. I just think that if you're going to post crap like that, you need to have the ability to accept other's responses.

17.  Serious (or condescending)  responses to funny updates.  This was an addition by my friend Michelle.  And I wholeheartedly agree.    She put up a funny update to let others know she was having a rough day (we moms deal with rough times with humor) and someone posted a very serious comment.  Another friend of mine posted the other day about going far far away for a month or so for sanity.  One of her commentors stated, "As soon as you leave, I'll give your husband the name of a great divorce lawyer.  No joking.  You don't up and leave when the going gets rough."    Wow....know who you're commenting on.....know what they're day was like before you harpoon them.

18.  People with more than 800 friends.  Really?  Do you really know 800 people that well?  Unless you're using it to further your business (i.e. realty, mortgages, public image), really?  800? (Don't even get me started on people who have more than 3500----eye roll).   I doubt you know them all that well to let them know you're out of your house for the entire day.  See #13.  There's an official Facebook "unfriend" day.  It's basically to make you think about how many people you let see your personal information.  The last day, I unfriended 22 people.  It really made me think, and I'm grateful for that.

19.  Blurred lines.  I recently read that one school district requested of its teachers NOT to be facebook friends or twitter followers with their students.  And the teachers had an issue with this!!!  Really?  Why should this even be an issue?  Don't our teachers know to draw a line with their students between personal and professional?  This is an issue for me.  I, as a parent, don't want my sons in a class where their teacher would friend them on Facebook.  In addition, teachers put personal information on there (such as religious affiliations, politics, and personal family stuff) for immature children to see.  Note:  if you friend your students on facebook, please be prepared at some point for it to come and bite you.  If you don't want to get bitten, establish the line.

20.  Your schedule"On my way to Meijer for groceries, then to work (ugh) then home for dinner (grilled cheese) and to bed.  Busy day for me!" this is violating rules #13 and #15 too!  This is a mundane schedule, we are all busy, and're just asking to get robbed.

Note:  if you are reading this, and we are facebook friends....this post does not reflect you.  I promise!  Those that do this don't know I have a blog...and if they do know, they're not reading it.  They're too busy violating rules #1-20.  :)  Thank you for being my friend, on Facebook and in real life and for reading my blog....and most of all, for not being annoying!

Top Ten {Tuesday}

Monday, October 10, 2011

Not Me! Monday--- rerun the embarassement

I posted this a loooooong time ago.  But someone at church yesterday brought this post up and said that they couldn't find it to read to their I thought I'd post it again.


This is a different kind of Not Me! Monday- I'm mixing it up a bit. Here's a fun, but embarrassing story from the past week.

Last week, I was in a store, and realized I needed to use the restroom right now. So, I brought the boys and the stroller into the woman's restroom where there were two stalls. If the boys are with me, I usually go into the handicapped stall with them so I don't' leave them unattended. But it was occupied, and I had womanly things to do, so I was grateful that I didn't have to answer any questions.

I parked the stroller (and boys) in front of the other stall door (you know, so I can watch them through the huge crack in the door) and proceeded to go about my business. The rest is what you could have heard if you were a fly on the wall in that bathroom:

A: Mom, how long will this take?

Me: A few seconds. Please stay on the sit-and-stand with your brother.

Sound: toot echoing in the toilet bowl

A: Mom....WHAT was that?!?!?

Me: It was a toot. A...can you talk to C about school buses? What color are they?

A: It sounded crazy mom! Like an alien fart!

C: Anien fart!!!

Me: That's enough talking about toots, guys...let's talk about something else.

A: Yeah! Like how much it STINKS in here!!! Wheew, mom...WHAT did you eat?!?!?

Me: A, that's enough. What would you like to eat for lunch today?

A: Not what you ate! You stink sooo bad, mom!!! You're stinkier than daddy!

Me: A, that's enough. What's next on our list of things to do today?

C: ppppp eeeewwwww, momma! You tink!

A: Mom, it stinks so bad in here. Can I go to the toy department and look around so I don't have to smell you?

Me: A, I'm almost done. I'll wash my hands and we'll be on our way.

A: Mom, it stinks so bad, I think I'm going to throw up!

C: Momma- you TINK!!! EEEE WWWWW Ouchie Nose!

Me: That's enough, boys.

A: (gagging )

I finish my business, wash my hands and leave. Then I found a secluded spot in the store, and had a little chat with the boys about bathroom etiquette. You see, I was not the one having a BM that day, it was the woman next to me. I can only imagine what she was thinking. So, yes...this is truly a Not Me! Monday.

Friday, October 7, 2011


1. What is your go to comfort food or sweet?

Ohhhhh, I'm an equal opportunity food lover.  But, I do prefer sweets over salt.  I think I'd pick ice cream over all else.

Side note:  The boys and I stopped for ice cream after school (for my birthday).  I had an Amaretto Chocolate Truffle.  It was amazing.  Chocolate amaretto flavored ice cream with chocolate covered cappaccino chips and marshmallow running throughout.

2. What is the most romantic place you've ever been to?

I'm not really a romance-y kind of girl.  We've been to Paris (which is supposed to be the romance capital?), but we found it dirty, smelly, and the people rude.  I prefer to find romance in the little things- a walk with my husband, a back rub when I wasn't expecting it, praying together.

3. What is your favorite thing about fall/Halloween?

Since we've already answered the fall question, I'll go with Halloween.

When I was a kid, I would have said the CANDY!  Now that I'm an adult, I say CANDY!  No, really....I enjoy watching my kids on Halloween night.  I remember that enthusiasm.  Plus, we go out with friends from our small group- so D and I have fun too!

4. How would you spend 24 hours alone?

Hhhhhmmmmmm, what wouldn't I do?!?!?!?  First, I'd sleep in.  Then I'd slothfully sit while enjoying a cup (or 4) of coffee.  I'd take a rediculously long shower, take a long time to get myself ready.  Then I'd take a nap.  Then I'd watch a chick-flick.  Then I'd take a nice long walk- all by myself.  Then perhaps go shopping and try a whole bunch of clothes on.  Then I'd go out to eat at a nice restaurant, come home- watch whatever I wanted on tv.....and go to bed whenever I felt like it.

Or, in reality, I'd spend the day at my computer catching up on work.

5. Does you husband bring you flowers? Are you the bring-me-flowers type of girl?
I used to wish my husband would bring me flowers all the time.  Then, I got real.  They're expensive, they die, and if he gave them to me all the time they would loose their specialness.  He's brought me flowers probably 8-9 times since we first met.  And everyone of those times was special.
Here's the latest he brought me for our 10 year anniversary:

These were cool because this is about half way through the arrangement.  They put some buds in there as well as full blooms.  When the full blooms started to die, I pulled them out, and the buds opened.  I had two different arrangements for the price of one.  Our anniversary was on the 22nd of September, and I just threw them away 3 days ago.
On a totally separate note:  Happy Birthday to my Big Daddio!  75 years young!  Love you!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Half way to 70.

Today is my birthday.

Today I am half way to 70.

I'll let you do the math.  :)

In all honesty, I had more of an issue with 30 than I do this age.

I'm really feeling comfortable in my own skin.

Able and proud to stand up for things I believe in.

Not sticking around to deal with optional garbage.

I know the things I want, and I'm not afraid to go for them.

I guess, for me, age and wisdom come with a confidence.

I dig that.

So anyway, a few of my favorite pictures from the three and a half decade journey.
(that was for those of you who have trouble with division)

Today, I'll be working and catching up from having a way-to-slow-to-be-productive computer.

Well, perhaps a little family party with the boys.  :)

But tomorrow the celebration starts!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Random Wednesday-ness

I'm still having technical work's IT guy has been in my house more than he's been in the office the past 2 days. 

I'm currently working off my old cpu....and now have only one screen (as opposed to 2, which I'm used too).

Hopefully, he will come back later today with a permanent solution.

Fingers crossed.

On other notes:

- I'm crafting again.  I made one card last night and a poster.  I need to make more cards.  I've got the crafty bug.

-  We're having breakfast for dinner tonight.  Only because I don't want to cook....or I don't want to think about cooking.....and I'm in the mood for some maple syrup.

-  I have a birthday coming soon.  I'm not hung up on my age....I don't dread turning one year older.  My thoughts on this are:  It beats NOT growing older.

-  Yesterday was my brother's wedding anniversary, today is my sister-in-law's birthday, and Friday is my dad's birthday.  Not to mention my niece's birthday later this month.  October is a busy month in our family.

-  My best friend starts back to work full time today.  This is her first since her kids were born.  I'm thinking of her a lot today.

-  I think I need a haircut.  I'm in need of a change.

-  That's all I've got.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Phrases that I have uttered in the past 72 hours.

-  Please don't eat my hair.

-  I found a marshmallow.  In my pocket.

- We pee in the toilet, not on your brothers feet.

-  This is going to be an expensive month.

-  I really want to eat a Tootsie Roll, but I'm going to eat a carrot.

-  Mmmmm.  This carrot is much better than any tootsie roll could have tasted.

-  Now that I've eaten the carrot, can I skip my workout?

-  Honey, you're tho thmart.

-  I'm still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.

-  All right, stop.  Collaborate and listen.

-  Can I redecorate the bedroom?

-  Mmmmm, I make good applesauce.